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Somerville is a city of seven hills and lots of different neighborhoods. One of the most recently developed is Assembly Row, which is where the Ford Motor Company had its assembly line hence the name.
Sam and I love Assembly Row and are working on a new food tour there. Some of our favorite places in Assembly Row include: Ernesto's (best pizza, each slice is one-quarter pizza), the reclining seats at their AMC movie theater, the ever-addictive HomeGoods, and delicious J.P. Licks ice cream with a view of the Mystic River.
Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, for an info session about our food tours in front of the leasing office for their amazing new luxury apartment building Montaje, from 5-7pm by Reebok and Southern Kin Cookhouse. Sam and I will be signing people up for our newsletter, with a raffle, and also local treats like Union Square Donuts. Come on by! Can't wait to see you!
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.