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Guest Hunter, Eva Marino

From..

Eva Marino

Eva Marino

amazing art and drawing inspiration from colorful living spaces to a blender that makes delicious sorbet and classic bikes from Denmark, this week’s Guest Hunter, Eva Marino’s got a ton to share. Eva is the Buyer/Area Manager for Helene M., a women’s boutique with several stores throughout New England. In addition to her day job, she’s got a blog and is a stylist – even takes clients on shopping trips to find practical pieces that work into their existing wardrobe. Smart, right?

Eva grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and headed to Key West (her heart’s home) after college where she worked at her parents’ art gallery/studio. She then moved to the Northeast to start her career in fashion. Got a dog, met her husband and has made quite a life for herself. They live in Portsmouth, NH with their 2 crazy dogs and are expecting their first baby in August! When she’s not busy blogging, styling, sourcing new products for the shop, and working with clients, Eva’s planning her next escape from the cold (which she hates, by the way). Her travels near and far have influenced her and we thank this energentic lady with a great eye for sharing her picks from places near and far! SO KEEP ON READING..

Photo: Eva Marino

-twentyeight

Portsmouth, NH – Eat Like a Local

As we’ve said..

Street Food 360

Street Food 360

we did our fair share of eating and drinking while in Portsmouth. It just so happens that we’ve got a great source for the inside track, so here are a few spots we hit up:

Breaking New Grounds Coffee

Breaking New Grounds Coffee

Breaking New Grounds is a local joint that is the place to go in town for coffee. It was our pseudo-office on more than one occasion, but we weren’t just going there for the free wi-fi. The coffee was remarkable and we snacked on organic yogurt from Maple Hill Creamery.

Me and Ollie's

Me and Ollie's

After our morning cup of jo’ and work session we would head on over to Me & Ollie’s for lunch. They have a fresh selection of breads to choose from like Honey Whole Wheat, San Francisco Sourdough, Triple Seed, Balsamic Herb Rolls and Cinnamon Swirl to name a few. If you’re craving more than just carbs, their menu has an endless selection of healthy ingredients and the assortment is really affordable. They also sell their famous Granola Munch, which has been voted New Hampshire’s best granola & luckily it can be found online too.

Jumpin' Jay's Cafe

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

During our stay we had some wonderful home cooked meals but Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe was at the top of our list for dinner spots. Local fisherman deliver fresh fish daily to the casual and low-key restaurant. The “catch of the day” menu is always changing but never disappointing – New England’s seafood at its finest!

Photos: street food 360, threetwentyeight, New England Photos, Jumpin’ Jay’s

-three & twentyeight

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

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

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