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Lunch at Republic | Manchester, NH

These past few days I’ve enjoyed having my mom in town visiting us, especially since it’s been a whole year since she was here. On Tuesday we had a great day spent downtown, hitting up Republic for lunch, then grabbing cupcakes at Queen City Cupcakes, and finally taking her to the place I’ve been raving about for more than six months now, MillCity Antiques, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. She and I have spent many many years in antique stores together, and I’ve learned quite a lot about antiques, collectibles, and just plain junque from her. Growing up, some of my friends would make comments that our house was a like a “museum” where you couldn’t touch anything, but looking back on it I think it was very special because every single piece in there had a history. The fact that we had a lot of butter churns, pickle barrels and wooden chicken coops used as decorations never caused me to think twice. 🙂 Our family comes from old NC mountain country farmers, so it was appropriate.

But anyway, we had a great lunch at Republic, which started off with their amazing Spicy Whipped Feta. This is the 2nd time I had it, and it only occurred to me the second time I tried it that the reason I love it so much is that it’s almost exactly like pimento cheese!!  Much like good iced tea, it’s a Southern staple that I find really difficult to find good versions of in New Hampshire. (and for the record, their iced tea was really decent too… win win!!)

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Erika Follansbee is a natural light food photographer in Goffstown, NH. She specializes in inviting, ambient photos of real menu items in a restaurant’s own unique environment.   The result is distinctive, compelling, and mouth watering.

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