Brazo Restaurant

It’s no secret that I work very close to the intersection at State and Pleasant Street.  I don’t spend too much time wandering this area during the warmer months, as I tend to roam a bit further and head towards the waterfront….but these days when light retreats quickly and the temperatures are a bit cooler, I tend to walk a little closer to the car and drive further out.  I decided to see what the new lens would do on a nearby favorite restaurant of mine, Brazo.  As far as photography goes, I love the evening light on the building and the interesting archways along with the colorful signage.  The contrast of the bright blue Marple & James building next door and the brick mansion behind it adds to the depth and character of the shot.

I’ve had several great meals at Brazo – and while I definitely can’t afford to include it as a regular spot, I always look forward to returning.  Rumor has it that the band that plays on Latin night (on the 1st & 3rd Friday of each month) is fantastic and worth making the trip.  I’ll have to investigate at some point -but in the meantime I hope you enjoy today’s post.

The Portsmouth Brewery

We are lucky in Portsmouth to have some fantastic locally made craft beers.  New Hampshire’s original and thus the city’s longest standing brewpub, The Portsmouth Brewery, is located right on Market Street with one of the most recognizable facades in town.  What I typically pay less attention to is the interior of this fine establishment, which is world renowned for its award winning Kate The Great (which will be released to the public in 2011 on March 7th).  Last time I was in – this cool older sign caught my eye in the afternoon light….and I loved the textures of the sign and the detail of the plant, contrasted against the softer brick buildings across the street.

At the Portsmouth Brewery (Behind the Scenes)

Today’s adventures brought me behind the scenes at the Portsmouth Brewery.  Many thanks to longtime friend Tyler Jones, who is the Assistant Brewer and to Tod Mott (Head Brewer) for hosting me for a quick visit this afternoon during lunch.  These two fellas are some of the finest gentlemen you’ll find in the seacoast.

It was awesome to get a close up of the innerworkings of the brewing process, particularly since they were in the process of using some wet hops to (60 lbs. to be exact!) brew a batch of Hop Harvest.  It smelled incredibly robust, and I can’t wait to have a taste of the product in a couple weeks.  If you’ve ever been to the brewery, you’ve seen where the magic happens in the back – with the large vats behind the glass windows.  It’s a cozy space, so I don’t have too many shots at this point – but here’s a glimpse of what I saw.  These folks are the very same who bring you the world famous Kate The Great – the award winning beer (named Best Beer in America by Beer Advocate) that has people traveling from all over the country to have a taste.

The first shot is the traditional brewing room – with the second shot featuring the cold storage room with lots of goodies and richly colored wires.  The final shot was just a cool shot with some interesting textures and gloves….I enjoyed the peek behind the scenes and hope you do too!

Downstairs at the Portsmouth Brewery

Moffatt-Ladd Gardens | The Oar House

The little garden perched above The Oar House Deck and in front of the Moffatt-Ladd House is easy to miss.  It’s this little oasis with fountains and rich colored flowers tucked right on the side of Market Street.  (It’s also often overpoweringly stinky thanks to the dumpsters at the Ceres St. level).  It’s well worth a stroll down if you’re heading towards Annabelle’s for some ice cream or towards the Decks or out for a Harbor Cruise.

Morning Light from Peirce Island

This weekend had some gorgeous photographic opportunities, and thanks to some encouragement from Chris Lazzery for an early wake up – we headed over to Peirce Island to see what we might find.  There were all sorts of surprises for what was supposed to be a cloudless morning….from the pink clouds above the shipyard, to some gorgeous saturated orange sunlight that you see in this shot….and then, all of a sudden (as if a lightswitch was hit), the light became completely muted and lost its early glow.  It actually made for some awesome shots…and Chris snapped one of my favorite shots I’ve ever seen from the Boat Launch.

Featured in the shot is The Chandler’s Loft – which is open VERY early…and located on Pickering Ave at the former Pickering Marina.  You can stop in to grab your bait, tackle, coffee…you get the idea.  I’ll have to stop in for coffee soon – I wish them the best in the new endeavor!

Latitudes | Wentworth Marina

As I’ve posted recently – the Wentworth Marina is a place where you can see yachts that are ridiculously large – see a gorgeous sunset, and enjoy a delicious meal with a view.  Latitudes is perched just over the Wentworth Marina and is a great spot in New Castle to enjoy a meal out on a deck away from the throngs in downtown Portsmouth in case you’re in the mood for something a bit more laid back.

At the Wentworth Marina

It’s that time of year when everyone loves being in the Seacoast.  The Wentworth Marina in New Castle is no exception, and the water is packed with all types of boats.  This was the first time I’d ever made my way down to the docks below the Latitudes restaurant that belongs to the upscale waterfront hotel…and I was blown away at how fancy everything felt, even though I had expected it to be of the highest quality.  The setting was surreal, though the lighting wasn’t the best…but I was happy to come away with this shot and a few others that will make their way to the site over the next couple weeks.

Lions at The Rockingham

The historic Rockingham building is guarded by some fierce golden lions.  The residential building was once a hotel…burnt down…and was eventually rebuilt by Portsmouth brewer magnate Frank Jones, who is said to have “spared no expense”.  The golden lions are awesome and the building is beautiful….and the steak (& salmon) at The Library Restaurant is delicious.

The Portsmouth Brewery

One of my favorite hanging signs in Portsmouth is the legendary beer stein that welcomes passers-by to the Portsmouth Brewery on Market Street, one of the city’s staple restaurants for nearly a couple decades.  The beautiful colors surrounding the windows and reflected in them have always drawn me in.

At the River House Deck

I went to the River House for a late dinner on Friday night with my brother to celebrate his birthday.  You can sort of see us in the shot above – both with iPhones cranking away, a familiar site for those of you who know us.

I wanted to feature the changing look of the River House’s deck, with the new 2nd-level outdoor deck looking like it’s well on its way to completion.  The steel structure that overhangs the alley is up, and I was told last time over there that there will be a great outdoor addition (think cold beer) to the new setup.  They’re also working on a second indoor dining room to expand their space.  This has become one of my favorite spots for outdoor dining & adult beverages during the spring/summer….and it’ll be interesting to see everything once it’s all finished.  Check out the shot below for a “before” of the outdoor area.