You are cordially invited…

You are cordially invited… August 7, 2015 Kate Putnam Eat Drink Play, Seacoast Leave a comment Oysters taste like New England. I love it. Photo credit: www.cornichon.org Oysters taste like New England. And, I love it. Photo credit: www.cornichon.org An invitation arrived that began with the words; “You are cordially invited…” and I thought to myself: “OH YES!” I absolutely LOVE being cordially invited to anything. That usually means one of my girlfriends is getting hitched or there is something fun to celebrate. But, this was a different kind of cordially invited. This was an invitation to The Press Dinner at Row 34 in Portsmouth. In case you forgot, The White House has press dinners. Presidential candidates have press dinners for a ‘small’ fee while campaigning and somehow I got invited to such an exclusive event.  I was honored, excited, and just knew it was going to be awesome.  Row34_GIF_GreyBG (1)  And, I’ll be honest. I ate more seafood than the average bear. It started with oysters. Lots and lots of oysters. We even got an oyster shucker and a koozie as party favors. I don’t make my own (anything) but my parents may find it useful and it was a thoughtful gift.  Executive Chef Jeremy Sewall did a wonderful job presenting the food, ensuring our happiness, and our glasses were never empty. From White Heron Tea, to a Double Espresso, to NV/Monstarra Cava (which, by the way, I Googled because I have no idea what that means, but according to the Williams-Sonoma website; “The Montsarra tastes of green apple with a drizzle of lemon juice and an underlying mineral texture and is perfect with oysters).”  The next round was; Tuna Crudo with garlic, avocado, and lime, Scallop Ceviche with coconut milk, red curry, and lime, and a Smoked Fish Board. I’m practically drooling just thinking about it. We ate like King Henry the VIII did during his prime. There were Lobster Farfalles, Pan Seared Bluefish, Deviled Crab Toast, Lettuce Cups with Crispy Oysters and Pickled Vegetables, and there were Warm Buttered Lobster Rolls. It was as yummy, rich, and delicious as it sounds.  Get in my belly. Row 34's crab toast with smoked paprika and celery salad. Photo credit: www.bostonglobe.com Get in my belly. Row 34’s crab toast with smoked paprika and celery salad. Photo credit: www.bostonglobe.com I met new people. Fun, energetic people who all share in one common thing. Their love of New Hampshire. I am super lucky to help co-manage the NH State Instagram (check us out if you like great pictures of New Hampshire) page and that is why I was invited to this exciting event. The restaurant Row 34 in Portsmouth is amazing, the room is open, modern, and the food is delicious. The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was comfortable, relaxing, and pleasurable. Check it out next time you’re on the Seacoast and let us know what you think.

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