Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
In Thai, "sarapaan" means variety. This is fitting, since Sarapaan's two storefronts brim with a diverse spread of glittering beads and baubles, all waiting to be manipulated into eye-catching jewelry. Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, and glass beads slide down jewelry wire during jewelry-making classes, which yield personalized pieces such as rings, bracelets, and extra-fancy dog collars. The shop also sells ready-to-wear handcrafted jewelry and custom designs for weddings and other special occasions.
When Phil Todaro and Jeff Barton met as lab partners in a seventh-grade science class, the seed for a joint venture was planted. High school came and went, college came and went, and the seed survived in the friends' nonstop talk of breaking ground for their own business. Then, in 1995, Phil and Jeff discovered hydroponic farming in a newspaper article. The seed sprouted. They watered it by taking a class at the University of Arizona from Merle Jensen, a forerunner in hydroponics and the lead designer of Epcot's The Land pavilion in Disney World. Eventually, their seed grew into a thriving hydroponic greenhouse called Water Fresh Farm.
Today, that farm regularly yields a dozen different crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and spinach. Phil and Jeff plant seeds in rockwool cubes, coconut husks, or perlite mixtures and, once they sprout, transfer them to nutrient-rich pools of water, where they can grow and splash one another during games of Marco Polo. The market sells these vegetables alongside artisan breads and cheese, fresh pasta, and deli meats from local establishments and farms. Other sources of food include the kitchen, which serves soups, sandwiches, and entrees including pumpkin-sage ravioli and pulled pork in an apple-cider barbeque sauce. Nearby, the silo prepares fresh hot dogs and ice cream in six different flavors, including moose tracks and watermelon sorbet.:
As the first-ever college football game played at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, this game between the University of Massachusetts Minutemen and rival New Hampshire Wildcats promises to be a special clash, as both teams jostle for position in the CAA standings. Lead by senior quarterback Kyle Havens, UMass looks to stay atop the conference, while their Granite State gridiron foes hope to ride their stout, interception-hungry defense to an upset victory. Witness the next gridiron chapter in this traditional border battle between bitter enemies, a historic rivalry ever since New Hampshire’s J.D. Salinger recovered Massachusetts-born Jack Kerouac’s fumble in the 1941 Metaphor Bowl.