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Emshika Alberini is a restauranteur, advisor, and investor.

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Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

 

Purchase of 97 Main Street

Meg Brown

 

As one story ends another begins!   Dave and Nancy Ernsberger have owned and operated the popular gift shop “The Nest” for five years.  Dave, who has been instrumental in a number of initiatives in Littleton,  decided it was time for him to step back to focus on his projects and to spend more time with his family and closed the store this past September.

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Emshika Alberini, owner of Chang Thai restaurant as well as the building occupied by Little Village Toy and Bookstore, Blue Jay Café, The League of NH Craftsmen and The Stitch purchased the 97 Main Street building last Friday.  Her plans for the building have, to date, been a closely guarded secret but Emshika has hinted that “it will be the same but different”.  Emshika plans to slowly renovate the space to fit her plan and open her store sometime during the first quarter of 2018.

Emshika said “I am excited to now own one of the nicest buildings in downtown Littleton.  Dave and Nancy have created such an attractive building that has provided shoppers with a unique and comfortable shopping experience.   I hope to carry on the tradition that the Ernsbergers have started.”

“Nancy and I are delighted to turn over the keys to Emshika” commented Dave after the closing.  “She is a rising star in Littleton and beyond and we know she will continue to work closely with other local business owners in continuing Littleton’s goal to make its downtown a pleasant and memorable place to visit.”

Mary Doherty, Broker with Peabody and Smith Realty commented “I have worked with both Dave and Emshika for a number of years and I can’t think of a better match.  I’m very proud to have played a very small part in helping Dave with this transition.”

Island Life: My Food Tour Through Hawaii

Meg Brown

Earlier this month I traveled to Hawaii to visit my best friend and enjoy their authentic island cuisine.

Hawaii is over 2,000 miles form the mainland, so they rely on foods they can grow easily. I've found their cuisine tends to be a blend of Philippine, Chinese, Japanese, and tropical paradise. So yummy.

My first dinner was enjoyed at the Modern Honolulu where I stayed. I went to a luau in Paradise Cove and loved watching the hula dancers while savoring King Hawaiian Bread (a staple made with taro root), salmon salsa, pork poi, rice, taro pudding, and coconut jelly.

 

Olive & Oliver was my go-to in the morning. I adore their strong presence and modern contemporary beach feel. Their coffee was, of course, fantastic as well!

 

Hawaii does a wonderful job relying on what they can grow. However, they do have their splurges.

Due to Hawaii's distance from the mainland, SPAM is incredibly popular because it lasts. It is everywhere on that island!

While in Hawaii I visited my best friend and Hawaiian native, Verena! She knows where to go and invited me to join her private chefs club where Aaron Sanchez cooked us dinner!

He prepared an authentic Hawaiian feast that included rare kumu fish, watercress, rice and corn salsa, and a salad.

 

One morning I stopped by the Surfjack Hotel for brunch. Their spread included fried rice, kimchi and avocado.

Brunch at the Modern Honolulu was fresh and delicious. On my plate was poke tuna and mixed salad with local greens.

Overall I adored the fresh, juicy, and tropical flavors of Hawaiian food. I look forward to my next visit!

Touring Thailand and Japan

Meg Brown

My family and I returned home from a three week trip to my hometown!

Markets full of street vendors are cultural to Bangkok. Every time I'm home I visit them almost daily to taste their savory offerings.

Street vendors typically prepare one or two items, allowing them to develop the tastiest recipe imaginable. Here I am about to try pork satay!

During our trip, we were also fortunate to visit Japan. I haven't been there in so long!

It's a misconception that sushi is a frequent main course in Japan- it's actually a side dish.

Many other dishes make up a typical meal in Japan, including tonkatsu (fried chicken or pork over rice), chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), and radish pico.

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Sakura, or cherry blossoms, bloom just a few weeks in the spring. The streets of Japan were buzzing with people celebrating food and flower of the season, many wearing traditional yukatas.

I get goosebumps every time I think of that sight. When I visit next spring, I'm bringing my kimono.

We returned to Thailand to enjoy a few more weeks in my homeland. Seafood is a staple in Thai food, with squid being as popular in Bangkok as lobster is in Boston.

Restaurants serve a catch-of-the-day special (I enjoyed grilled clam), squid salad, steamed fish, and a side of chili lime dressing.

 

In between food tasting, I enjoyed my $2.50 bit of heaven. Foot massagers are almost as common as street vendors in the market.

I enjoyed a delicious high-end dinner from the upscale Paste Bangkok. I ordered coconut milk with fresh crab meat that came with a side of fruit (star fruit and rose apples) that I dipped in my soup. Yum!

Dessert was truffles with chocolate dust. So good.

One of the more famous street vendors I visited above offered a variety of look-chin made with fish, pork, and chicken. In Thai, we write it as ลูกชิ้นทอด.

I've missed my hometown so much and look forward to visiting again soon. Stop by Chang Thai Cafe to enjoy a taste of my journey; I'm infusing a little inspiration from home into our new dishes!

Chang Thai Named Best of NH Upscale Thai Restaurant!

Meg Brown

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We are overjoyed to announce that Chang Thai was named Editor's Pick: Best Upscale Thai Restaurant by New Hampshire Magazine! They had this to say on their website:

 

Thai cuisine is approaching Chinese in its ubiquity these days, but it still offers some fun surprises — like the straight-out-of-Bangkok café hidden away on Littleton’s Main Street. Chef-owner Emshika Alberini grew up in Thailand, and her menu uses local ingredients to create classic Thai flavors. Don’t miss the non-entrée items. How about an imported Thai beer and dessert sticky rice with that green curry?