We did a little wandering around Portsmouth on Saturday before leaving to stock up before Sandy hit. We split a breakfast sandwich on focaccia and a breakfast wrap at a cafe downtown called Popovers on the Square. We had to get a popover, since neither of us had ever had one before. It was so crispy on the outside but soft and hot on the inside, and their maple butter was good enough to eat on its own! Oh, and my maple latte was perfect. I wanted to curl up inside of it and never leave.
Portsmouth was decorated for Halloween, and it reminded me of Halloweentown—that great movie that used to show on Disney. I gotta say, that's one of the main drags of not having cable is missing out on all of the themed shows and movie specials around this time of year. Is it possible to just get cable from October 15 through December 26? Someone look into that?
We'd been to Portsmouth before, so we hit up the same stores that appealed to us last time (the kitchen supply store, Macro Polo, River Run Bookstore, Kilwin's...). It's funny because there's a Kilwin's (a gourmet candy/ice cream shop) in Atlantic Station outside of Atlanta that my sister loves going to, so when I saw it I got so excited and sent her a picture. We ended up back there for ice cream that afternoon, and the ladies gave us so many samples I thought I wouldn't have room left to buy any ice cream. Don't worry, I persevered.
All in all, it was a great trip with just enough time to enjoy everything we wanted without feeling rushed. My favorite part was probably the venue, The Music Hall. It felt like a real staple in the community. I wanted to go back to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Halloween night! I'm going to sign up for their mailings so we can see another show there soon.