So far, this has turned out to be an okay deployment 🙂 We were on our way to the desert yesterday, when one of the plane engines went out and we had to land at an Air Force base in New Hampshire.  They promised we’d stop in England, they just didn’t say New England 🙂 {Just a little history about me: I’ve been in the Air National Guard for almost 9 years and yesterday we were on our way overseas for a month long deployment.} We were told we’d be here through out the weekend and I’m on a mission to get some of these guys I’m with to go to Boston with me for the day.  It’s about an hour outside of Portsmouth, NH.

Last night we ate at the Portsmouth Brewery.  It was very good!  I had the Brewery seasonal salad which came with mixed greens tossed with a lemon-tarragon vinaigrette with red onion, balsamic-grilled pears and pumpkin seeds.  I added grilled chicken to it and filled me up.  The guys (I’m the only girl on this deployment) all had their seasonal beers while I sipped on a local cider.  It was good but not like any other hard cider I’ve tasted.  It tasted like a very dry white wine, so it paired well with the salad.

This morning, a co-worker and I ventured all around the downtown area of Portsmouth.  It’s a very cute town and I am in love with the New England architecture.  While we were out and about, we stumbled upon this restaurant called The Friendly Toast.  Thankfully, they had the menu outside so I could look to see if it was a place that was somewhat “gluten friendly”.  As soon as I saw “All pancakes can be made gluten free” I was sold.  This place was very random.  It was a diner/bar and they had a pretty big menu.  I thought I had wanted gluten free pancakes until I saw their omelet selections so I rolled with New Hampshire’s Finest (local goast cheese, asparagus, scallions, & bacon).  I was all set to take a picture, but I devoured it once it got to the table.  It was that good.  I would definitely go back there to try their gluten free pancakes! 

Old board games on the wall (Clue, Candy Land, etc.)
complete randomness all over the walls
The women’s toilet seat contained candy.  M&Ms, gummy worms, lifesavers.  The most bizarre toilet seat I’ve ever seen.

Tonight, we’re on a mission for a lobster tail and hopefully Boston on Saturday.  There’s only so much of downtown Portsmouth to explore.