Monthly Archives: June 2011

Portsmouth, NH – For The Kids

Being that..

Modern-twist Placemat

Modern-twist Placemat

Monster Placemat

Monster Placemat

New Hampshire was a great getaway without the babe (thank you Nick), I wanted to keep the agenda mostly grown-up. Wine, work, shopping and uninterrupted meals were such a treat. But while browsing at Nahcotta, twentyeight came across this placemat from Modern-twist and I knew I had to give it a shot. Meal times kind of stress me out because sitting still and eating are just not on a 1 year old’s list of enjoyable activities. The food safe, BPA and chemical free silicone placemat offers fast and distracting fun. It’s such a clever idea- you can color, wipe clean and reuse again with the dry erase markers that come with it. The company was started by mom of three, Kat Nouri, who works with independent artists to come up with these creative designs. Nutrition, spirituality and organic farming were all important parts of Nouri’s life growing up, which is shown through the spirit of Modern-twist.

Children's Museum of New Hampshire

Children's Museum of New Hampshire

On another note if you just can’t get away from the family, or just don’t want to, there is a ton to do in and around Portsmouth. Close by is the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, there’s always endless fun at the beach, a day trip to York Wild Kingdom, theme park excitement at Water Country, toy stores like G.Willikers and Treehouse Toys, and who wouldn’t love to indulge in some ice cream from Lago’s at the end of the day?

Lago's Ice Cream

Lago's Ice Cream

Photos: Modern-twist, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Lago’s

-three & twentyeight

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Portsmouth, NH – The Guy’s Edition

From stores to fishing..

Federal Cigar

Federal Cigar

there’s a lot for guys to do while in Portsmouth. If you’re looking to support local businesses, head the Federal Cigar, a shop that’s been around since 1921. It carries a ton of brands (that don’t mean anything to me), but apparently if you in the mood for a good cigar, and know anything about tobacco, you’ll be happy with the options.

Runner's Alley

Runner's Alley

Runner’s Alley in downtown is known as THE running store in NH and has become the “hub” for all things running related – clothes, sneakers, the latest technology and gadgets, local races, you name it. The staff knows what they are talking about too,  always a plus when it comes to your knees.

BaileyWorks 253 Courier Messenger Bag

BaileyWorks 253 Courier Messenger Bag

If you’re in the market for a new messenger bag, BaileyWorks is worth checking out. Every bag is hand made out of super durable materials. Not only is everything made to order, all bags can be customized, so you decide if you want extras like a top handle or an interior water bottle holder. Practical, functional and they can take a beating.

Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Brewery

Shopping’s not your thing? Shocking. Well, stop by the Portsmouth Brewery for some locally brewed beer.  Deep sea fishing out of Rye Harbor is also an option. Trips run daily, apparently the Atlantic Fishing Fleet is a good way to go. Portsmouth Kayak Adventures is another cool way to spend a few hours. They offer classes, tours and rentals – all of which seem pretty reasonable and a great way to take in some amazing views of the seacoast.

Paramount Car

Paramount Car

There’s also an old British sports car dealer, Brit Bits we passed a bunch of times that looks pretty cool. They sell new and used cars that are in good condition and perfect for cruising in the summer. Lastly, stop at The Meat House on your way back to wherever you’re staying and pick up some of the best sirloin tips (no joke) for a night of grilling out. You won’t be disappointed.

Photos: The Federal Cigar, Yelp, BaileyWorks, Facebook, Classic UK Cars

-three & twentyeight

What We Packed

It’s..

What We Packed

What We Packed

casual here in New Hampshire, regardless of the weather. The rainy days were spent at the coffee shop, wandering around Portsmouth and watching movies.  The second the sun came out, it was all about the beach – dresses and no shoes. Love that! Here’s a sample of what the two of us brought for some time out of the Big Apple.

Twentyeight's Bag

Twentyeight's Bag

Twentyeight’s Bag:

Mixed-Media Bracelet, Nars Red Lip Stain Gloss from Sephora, Aubin & Willis Track Pants, T by Alexander Wang Chunky Rib Pullover, Converse, La Roche-Posay Sunscreen, Illamasqua Nail Polish, All Saints Silk Trousers, Christophe Lemaire Ikat Tee, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, A.P.C. Madras Floral Dress, No. 6 Three Strap Clogs, Cleobella Ikat Boho Sack, Leaf Cuff.

Three's Bag

Three's Bag

THREE’S BAG:

MM6 Sandals, Baggu Daypack, Essentials Lip Shield, Scoop Back Tee, Nomad Cotton Scarf, Baxter Skinny Jeans, Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment, Gap Hoodie, Orange Ruffle Skirt, Bensimon Shoes, Necklace by Nallik, Correll Correll Colorwheel Tunic Dress, Lilian Envelope, La Mer Watch, Esska Sandals, Klorane Dry Shampoo

Photos: Bose, J. Crew, iXBT Labs, Harrods, AnOther, Jack Wills, Crate & Barrel, Old Navy, Make-Up Alley, NET-A-PORTER, La Garconne, Nordstrom, Express Chemist, Asos, All Saints, Bird, Matches Fashion, La Garconne, No. 6 Store, Pink Mascara, Jane Norman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Baggu, Rodan + Fields, Mikkat Market, Scout and Catalogue, Top Shop, Beauty.com, Gap, Habitat, Nallik, Pour Porter, Kayu, Need Supply Co., Vamp Shoes, Amazon

-three & twentyeight

Portsmouth, NH – The Home Edition

Can’t..

Nahcotta Portsmouth, NH

Nahcotta Portsmouth, NH

go to Portsmouth and not hit home store Nahcotta. With a wonderful assortment of gifts, art and home products, it’s hard to walk out empty handed. Artists include Chilewich, Simon Pearce, Rae Dunn, John Adler, and so many more.

Sarah Minor Asparagus Canvas Floormat

Sarah Minor Asparagus Canvas Floormat

Tulips on Market Street, carries a ton of local talent. A must-have for kitchens, or pretty much any room, are the hand-painted canvas  floor cloths done by local artist, Sarah Minor.  Cloth floormats have been around since the 18th century and are more popular than ever because not only do they add a great pop of color, they are so practical – easy to wipe, shake and sweep.  Minor creates each piece by hand and does custom orders as well, so if you can’t make it to town, check out her work on her web site.

Dana Heacock, Abacus Calendar

Dana Heacock, Abacus Calendar

Also at Tulips are these must-mention abacus calendars. Painted  by Dana Heacock, an artist in Maine. Each piece has a real New England feel and every month is different, so it’s a great way to refresh your walls on a regular basis.

If you’re looking for Le Creuset, hit LeRoux, they have pretty much every piece in every color imaginable.  Attrezzi has a ton of great gift options as well as a wonderful assortment of dishes, candles and home decor. Speaking of home decor, City & Country on Daniel Street is also a great place for contemporary kitchen and bath supplies. Lastly, you can’t visit Portsmouth and not go to Stonewall Kitchen.. love that place!

Photos: Nahcotta, Sarah Minor Designs, Abacus

-three & twentyeight

Guest Hunter, Tracee Yang

We’ve got..

Guest Hunter, Tracee Yang

Guest Hunter, Tracee Yang

Tracee Yang as our Guest Hunter this week!  She’s a New Jersey native and one of the first people I met when I moved to the city in 2003.  She and I were assistants together and spent long hours pulling product information for stores. We also rolled racks down 5th Avenue on occasion, counted sweaters and tripled checked pricing.. yes, fashion is totally glamourous.  That said, Tracee has over 8 years experience in the fashion industry now and has been involved in merchandising, design, PR – even helped pull off numerous shows during the infamous New York City Fashion Week(s).
Tracee knows a ton about the industry and is one of the biggest shoppers I know (and that says a lot).  Handbags are one of her biggest obsessions, or weaknesses. And she’s a total tourist at heart, recently spending time in Paris. Tracee’s all about exploring new places and is sure to pick some of the best, more undiscovered gems wherever she is.
Click here to check out her picks – in her words.
Photo: Tracee Yang
-twentyeight

Summer Vacation

A much needed..

new hampshire

(and anticipated) vacation is here. The 2 of us are enjoying a little time out of the city in Rye, which is a small town on the seacoast of New Hampshire. This week it’s all about our New England favorites.. where we’re eating, what treasures we’ve found and what we’re up to. So keep checking back.

new hampshire

Photos: Bill Scott

-three & twentyeight

German Potato Salad

An old classic..

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

that makes a fantastic summer side. My father-in-law recently came across his mother’s coveted recipe box, and in it found an old family favorite. The German Potato Salad is a much lighter take on the traditional version. It has no mayo, which makes for a nice change – and I can confirm, it is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold
  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1/3 cup plain white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives, parsley or green onion for garnish

Directions:

Place the potatoes in a medium-size pot and cover them with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Salt the water and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and slice into 1/4-inch rounds. Careful not to over-cook

Try subbing Yukon gold for white potato and Vidalia for yellow onion.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once crisp, place on a paper towel-lined plate and crumble into small pieces. Pour off the rendered fat, reserving 1/4 cup in the pan. Turn the heat to medium and add the onion. Cook until translucent and just beginning to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Whisk in the vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt and stir until thick and bubbly. Add the sliced, cooked potatoes and toss to coat. Top with the crumbled bacon and chive garnish.

Recipe courtesy Mary Nolan

Photo: John Vasquez

-three

Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

Made this..

Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

the other night after seeing the recipe on a box of rice noodles and it will now be in my regular dinner rotation – it was that good. So fresh, healthy and easy. Stir fry that tastes like take-out, way cheaper and totally customizable – I skipped the garlic and added a ton of vegetables (celery, brocolli, carrots). So put the menu down and get going!

Ingredients:
2 tbsp oil
1/2 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken breast, sliced
8-10 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 package of Annie Chun’s Pad Thai Rice Noodles (cooked, drained and rinsed as directed)
1 cup bean sprouts

Sauce:
3 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp low sodium chicken stock
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp light soy sauce or oyster sauce

Garnish:
2 bunches chopped scallion
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
4 lime wedges

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a wok or pan over medium high heat.
2. Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until golden.
3. Add chicken and stir fry until meat is cooked, then add mushrooms.
4. Reduce heat and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
5. Combine all ingredients for sauce.
6. Add sauce, noodles, and bean sprouts to cooked chicken and mix well.
7. Garnish to taste.

Photo: Annie Chun

-twentyeight

Tidiworld

A charming pair..

Tidiworld

Masquerade Ball Dolls

headed to the masquerade ball. Tidiworld makes these amazing detailed dolls that are described as an “homage to the world of ballet, fairy tales and childhood memories.” Take a look at the boy dancer, isn’t he just the cutest thing? They’re designed by Claudia Oribe, are all one-of-a-kind and hand sewn in NYC. A sweet little place of pretend that goes beyond dolls, Tidiworld makes pillows, paper goods and tote bags too.

Photo: Tidiworld

-three

Cars by Tom Frost

Browsing..

Cars by Tom Frost

Cars by Tom Frost

kids’ sites somehow brought me to Boxbird, a Brighten gallery that was founded by print enthusiast Alice Carter and illustrator Graham Carter.  They showcase talent from some of the finest illustrators in the UK like Fiona Hewitt, Jon Burgerman, Sally Elford, and Tom Frost – to name just a few. Boxbird’s online store has a whimsical assortment full of unique pieces like these wooden cars by Tom Frost. They are made from layers of carved plywood, which are coated with a hand screen-printed skin. The wheels are vintage Mecano, they come in a custom made box and are available in the four designs shown. Loving the old-school feel and attention to detail – very cool! 

Photo: Boxbird

-twentyeight