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How about a side of garlic sauce?

Picture 048 I’ve driven by the restaurant many times, and FINALLY I was able to stop in. (I say finally because one time I drove by it was 9 a.m. – of course they are not open. Then the next time I had just finished an interview for an article and I had to rush home…no time for lunch. Then I went on a drive with my mother, but we, duh, ate lunch before we got to town.) But today the open sign was out and I pulled right into the Que Pasa parking lot. Que Pasa is a cozy little restaurant in Henniker that serves Mexican, Latin andAmerican food. Well, I’m all about the nachos, as you know, so I ordered a plate of El Pasa nachos with house-cut tortilla chips, melted cheeses, jalapenos, black olives and Que Pasa garlic sauce. The plate came out piled high – really I’ve never seen anything like it – and I wasn’t quite sure if I should start with the crispy edges or the cheesy middle. And, yes, I took a picture (as I do of all my meals): Picture 049

Never seen nachos like this before? Well, you haven’t tried them with Brendan Walsh’s garlic sauce. Jim (his brother) says that he doesn’t like particularly like the sauce, but if they removed it from the menu there would be a revolution. I can see why. The handmade chips were light and salty and the sweet garlic sauce was a great balance. Throw on some salsa (green or red) and you had the perfect bite. I did my best to finish the plate, but I did end up bringing some home. (The waitress, I’m so sorry I didn’t write down her name, was extremely nice and packaged everything up for me…even the sour cream!)

Was it worth the wait? You betcha. Get your own plate next time you’re in town, maybe enjoy it in the outdoor seating area, and don’t forget to get a side of sauce to go. (Thanks, guys!)

I think I’ll learn how to sew

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I’m handier with a spatula than I am with a needle, but a trip to Quilted Threads on Main Street in Henniker made me want to learn a new hobby. The new shop is really very beautiful. I spoke with the owner, Rebecca, briefly and she said she just moved to this new location last September. There’s a lovely gallery upstairs, where I took photos of the quilts on exhibit, and lots of classroom space. But what I really liked was that many of the kits on display had a final (already made) product with it. It was nice to see exactly what you were going to make. Problem is, I can’t sew and I just wanted to buy the display item! Can’t do that…so I was wracking my brain to figure out who I could buy a kit for…and ask them to make one for me! Any takers? There was a really cute hobo purse…

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Gift shop, and working studio

How cool is it to walk into a shop full of art – and be able to see an artisan at work on a project? You can do just that at Henniker Riverside Artisans, an adorable shop on Main Street in Henniker. I saw some handcrafted items that I hadn’t seen in other stores, such as rock jewelry (store owner Ruth Garrison Funk drills holes into beach pebbles to make a variety of things), potholder purses, shoe button bracelets, and original watercolors by local artists. I splurged and bought a small watercolor by Henniker artist Peter A. Coe. Then I noticed that there’s a rather large working studio in the back of the store – and someone making some jewelry! It must be nice for artisans to have a place to work outside of their home – they can chat with other artists or meet some customers and still get some work done.

Next door is another cute shop: From House to Home. If you’re looking to add a country touch to your home decor or garden, this is the place. There’s also some antiques tucked in the back of the store, as well as modern day Beanpod candles (the awesome soy candles).

Antiques, art & collectibles

A sunny weekend! It’s time to hop in the car and check out the yard sales and the antique shops. I took a ride to Old Road Antiques on 9 Old Sutton Road in Bradford, where Sarah and Geoffrey Hirsch have goodies in their barn, basement and backyard (well, side yard, but that didn’t start with a b). I was impressed with the selection of items – there was a little bit of everything: pottery, jewelry, art, furniture, housewares. I collect refrigeratorware, for example, Hall china and Pyrex used to make storage containers for specific refrigerator brands. Not only did the pre-Tupperware containers fit exactly into the doors or shelves of these old fridges, they usually came in matching colors. I saw a vintage Kraft bowl – it might have been part of a Fiestaware set made for Kraft (buy this cheese and get a bowl) – as well as a Pyrex set of four containers. I controlled myself (for once), but was only because I purchased something at the Henniker Riverside Artisans shop earlier in the day. (See next blog.)

Better read than dead

The Henniker Book Farm says that they have 30,000 books. Well, I believe them. It’s a maze of book shelves – fortunately arranged by category – where you could easily spend an entire day looking at volume titles. This book shop was founded in 1964 and is apparently the oldest used book stores in New Hampshire. And, if you’re looking for a road trip, there are four other bookstores in the area, including Old Number Six Book Depot in Henniker. You’ll be able to get your library ready for some summer reading.Picture 061

A trip to Henniker

I was having a white door day. I was in Henniker for an article interview, and then decided to take a drive. There’s just something I like about old buildings. It doesn’t matter if it is a church, a meeting house, a school or a residence. Approach the front door – some with latches, some with door knobs – and take your first step up. Don’t open the door just yet; just stand there and feel the history. Think of how the building came into existence, how it was used, and all the people who might have entered the building before you. Every building, even my 1977 Eastman home, has a story to tell. (Although some stories are far more interesting than others!) The photos are of the Quaker Meeting House (1799) and the Quaker School House (1867), both on Quaker Street in Henniker. It was such a lovely spot, especially at the school house, that I wanted to stay for the rest of the afternoon. I probably would have if I had something to read or a blanket to sit on.