Yes, we like to say that Fluff is the most "Somerville" thing ever. Just ask Mimi Graney, the author of "Fluff Nation," and she will confirm. Invented in the early 1910s by Archibald Query, he took the sweet marshmallow creme and sold it door to door. When he returned from WWI, he started a business in Boston, the candy capital of the world.
In honor of the Fluff Festival which was started in 2006, we are posting our favorite places that sell fluff items:
Spindler Confections: One of our favorite stops on the Davis Square food tour is this magical candy store with Jeremy Spindler at the helm. Try their maple caramels with fluff inside!
Gracie's Ice Cream: Try the fluff cone! Trust us.
Davis Square Donuts & Bagels: We hear this creative donut shop uses fluff in their donut toppings. Mmm!
Somerville Brewing Company: Slumbrew has what we call "grown-up" fluffernutters made on Iggy's whole grain bread with a thin layer of fluff, not the goopy fluff and peanut butter on white bread that we grew up with - but still yummm!
Union Square Donuts: They're baaaack. For a limited time every Fall, fluff donuts make their appearance at this Union Square shop, and boy are we psyched!
Insider Tip: Fluff Festival needs volunteers every year, so that's a great way to get more involved. See you there!
Looking for plans this weekend in Boston (besides taking our food tour of course)?
We are excited about the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) and their 8th Annual Boston Local Food Festival. Like our mission here at OTBPFoodTours, this local food festival celebrates all that is local, green, and fair.
Boston Local Food Festival is a free admission outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively Chef Demos, a Seafood Throwdown Competition, diverse music and performances, a family fun zone and more.
What's cool is that they're into education, too. Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, can shop the market, eat delicious local restaurant food available for $8 or less, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs, and enjoy local music.
Insider tip: And what's neat is there's a bunch of awesome Davis Square-area businesses that are participating as vendors in the festival including: Curio Spice, Taco Party, Taza Chocolate, Nussli 118, and Q's Nuts. #obsessed bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/2017/09/take-food-tour-fun-way-support-local-food-vendors-year-round/Check out our blog post about it on their site here!
WHAT: 8th Annual Boston Local Food Festival
WHEN: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11AM - 5PM
LOCATION: Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA (near Aquarium MBTA Stop)
PUBLIC TRANSIT: MBTA Blue Line Aquarium
Hope everyone's Labor Day weekends were fun! Sam and I wanted a warm weather getaway, and since the weather looked nice we headed out to Nantucket. Did you know "Nantucket" means "far away island" in Wampanoag? In all actuality, it's only a one hour fast ferry from the Cape. And definitely an enchanted island - we fell in love with it and can't wait for our next visit.
While at this magical place, we took a really fun bike tour with Nantucket By Bike. Our only complaint is that the "town view" tour wasn't hours longer.
Other Insider Tips:
The Juice Bar: With lines around the block for good reason, this is the best ice cream on the Island. Their homemade waffle cone bowls are perfect to share, and my favorite scoop was strawberry ice cream with dark chocolate chips. Mmm!
Seven Sea Street Inn: We loved this cozy B&B with yummy breakfasts, comfy beds, and quiet evenings although close to everything.
Town Pool: This extremely expensive retail shop has imaginative activities inside such as mini golf and a surprise photo opp downstairs.
B-ACK Yard BBQ: All the noms - definitely worth checking out (the baked beans, mac and cheese, and brisket were the best!)
Brotherhood of Thieves: cool patio and fresh food.
Boy are we happy to live within 3 miles of the Scoop 'N Scootery in Arlington, MA. Every Tuesday - Sunday from 3pm until 2am (gasp!), they will deliver incredible homemade sundaes to your door. Oh, yes, we are living in the age of glorious instant gratification. But even if you don't live that close, you could get sundae delivery even faster from Foodler or Grubhub.
On this particular Tuesday evening, Sam and I had a hankering for dessert while coming home from a meeting. I mean, we had to do a little "research" -- take one for the team, so to speak! Order minimums are $10 with a $1.50 delivery fee.
Within minutes, we were drooling over two scrumptious sundaes while both eyeing the Tums because we're over 30 hahaha. Both were incredible. We tried: the Cookie Monster: Cookie dough yogurt topped with chopped Oreos, chopped M&Ms and homemade whipped cream -- and added an extra marshmallow fluff core because, Somerville. And the incredibly decadent Fainted Pikachu: Frosted red velvet cake sandwiched between chocolate and cake batter ice cream topped with brownie bites and fudge. Neither disappointed, but we had to freeze more than half of each for the next day - not a bad problem to have.
Insider tip: Two mini sundaes are $14.50 which covers the order minimum and allows you to try two flavors more reasonably -- yum!!