Thursday morning we left New Jersey in the pouring rain, en route to Portsmouth, NH. We stopped for lunch with one of Ryan’s friends in Worcester, MA. She worked at the Ecotarium, a nature preserve for injured and rescued wild animals, so we visited the otters and owls and other critters before grabbing a late lunch at EVO, an organic & natural foods restaurant downtown.
Then we said our goodbyes and hit the road again, arriving in Portsmouth, NH just in time for a late dinner. At Brazo, a Latin fusion restaurant, Ryan suggested we order the jalapeno and artichoke dip as an appetizer. I agreed, but secretly wondered why he wanted that generic dip that every restaurant seems to offer . . . until I tasted it. It was, hands down, the best artichoke dip I’d ever had. The jalapeno offered a good kick, and the ingredients were fresh and super tasty. Our entrees were also delicious (especially my free-range chicken entree) and the Capairinha was kickin’, but mid-meal the long day got to us and we got really tired. Sigh. So we paid, left, and crashed.
And that’s the anticlimactic ending to our first day on the road.