Author: Nicholas VonSchantz-Ricci

Unconventional Eats

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Manchego and Cherry Chocolate Bar: Is It Worth Eating?

Chocolate, like so many foods, encompasses a wide range of specimens that vary considerably in quality and price. While there’s nothing wrong with tearing open the iconic dark brown packaging of that Hershey’s milk chocolate bar from time to time, sometimes something a little more special is called for. Wander into almost any conventional supermarket, […]

New Hampshire, Restaurant Reviews, Unconventional Eats

Nashua’s Saigon sandwich Celebrates the Banh Mi

There is something oddly gratifying about finding a restaurant that provides satisfying meals at no-frills prices. As an admittedly frugal foodie, I’m always in search of places where the customer gets more for less, and few New Hampshire cities are more equipped with providing inexpensive eats to visitors than Nashua. The state’s second largest city […]

New Hampshire, Restaurant Reviews, Unconventional Eats

Comfort Food with a Hungarian Twist at Lala’s Hungarian Pastry

During my three month excursion to Italy, I had the pleasure of visiting Budapest, the culturally-rich capital of Hungary. It is the land of gorgeous open-air bath houses, eccentric ruin bars and some of the heartiest, most comforting cuisine in all of Europe. The many high-calorie, meat-focused dishes that appear on menus across Budapest are […]

New Hampshire, Restaurant Reviews, Unconventional Eats

Umami Celebrates the Weekend with a Funky Sunday Brunch

I have a special place in my heart for Umami, a distinctive farm-centric restaurant named after that elusive fifth flavor. My admiration for their burgers, hand-cut tempura fries and authentic 19th century farmhouse atmosphere runs deep, and after almost four years of business in the striking town of Northwood, an area with fewer than 150 […]

Restaurant Reviews, Unconventional Eats

The Broken Yolk Grill Serves Up Bold Breakfasts and Lively Libations

For years, 116 Bridge Street in Pelham was occupied by Alicia’s diner, a cozy, no-frills breakfast spot that won over the hearts and stomachs of countless locals and hunger-stricken folks passing through the state line. The diner’s closing, while unfortunate for its many regulars, led to a series of modern renovations with the intent of […]

Travel, Unconventional Eats

Stomach Meets Stomach II: Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino

Anyone who came across my first “stomach meets stomach” article knows that my time in Florence turned me into a die-hard consumer of Lampredotto, the locally-famous cow stomach concoction served at numerous street carts across the city. It’s one of the relatively few Tuscan specialties that has yet to migrate outside of it’s place of […]

Travel, Unconventional Eats

Pasta’s Etruscan Ancestor: Testaroli

Among the many virtues of the cuisine of Italy is it’s unmatched simplicity. Despite all the gastronomic innovations taking place worldwide, many can agree that the most satisfying dishes to come out of Italian kitchens are those consisting of straightforward, seasonal ingredients that are prepared using traditional methods. The concept of simplicity may be most […]

Travel, Unconventional Eats

A Collage of Collagen: Soppressata Toscana

Stepping into a panini shop in Italy is a truly remarkable experience for any food-inclined individual. Despite not being elegant in the slightest, many of the most widely-renowned panini purveyors have their own unique character that distinguish them from their competition. For one eatery, that character may stem from their chalkboard menu and decades-old surroundings. […]