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We are having so much fun with our new Trivia Nights! Our first trivia location is at Remnant Brewing in Somerville's Bow Market in Union Square. The next one is Monday, June 25th and will repeat every other Monday this summer. Our host, Tara, is so much fun and also very seasoned so we are so lucky to have her!
Here's how our Off The Beaten Path trivia night works: there are three rounds. The first round is Local History, the second is Food, and the third is Beer trivia. There's an activity round in the middle and also a Restaurant Question at the end (guess the restaurant with 3 clues).
Can you answer any of these trivia questions from our first trivia night?
Local History Round:
1. A huge portion of Boston is built on landfill which is dirt used to make land where there is water, including most of where the airport is. Name at least two of the three islands that the current Boston Logan airport stands on.
2. In the early 20th century, which neighborhood of Boston was considered the second largest port of immigration after Ellis Island?
3. What sticky substance exploded out of a tank in 1919 in Boston, sending a 40-foot wave down the street, killing 21 people in a horrible tragedy?
4. What type of food was stored in Somerville's Old Powder House, which also stored the most gunpowder in Massachusetts at one point?
5. What is the official state berry of Massachusetts?
6. What famous Boston dessert is referred to as a "pie in cake's clothing"?
7. Name three micro-beer breweries in Somerville, MA?
8. What % alcohol by volume or ABV did Yuengling produce in order to remain open during prohibition?
9. What beer was called "The Champagne of Bottled Beers"?
See you on Monday! And please help us get the word out by sharing widely. All ages welcome, and if you don't drink beer they have delicious coffee drinks and kombucha.
1. The airport stands on what used to be 3 islands: Governor's Island, Bird Island, and Apple Island.
2. East Boston was the 2nd largest port of immigration, after Ellis Island. It was 2 days closer by boat from Europe, so many people went here instead of New York. That's why Boston is such a melting pot of cultures.
3. Molasses (not fluff)
5. Cranberry! It was designated as such in 1994, and Cranberry Juice is our official state beverage as of 1970.
6. The Boston Cream Pie
7. Remnant Brewery, Aeronaut Brewery, SlumBrew or Somerville Brewing Company, Winter Hill Brewing Company
8. 0.5% ABV
9. Miller High Life
HOW MANY DID YOU GET RIGHT!? Tell us!
Sam and I love living in Camberville, and we certainly don't have immediate plans of leaving the area, but if there was one area of town that we wished was much MUCH closer to us, it would be Jamaica Plain, which is located in the City of Boston near Brookline and Fenway Park. It can take us over an hour to drive to Jamaica Plain on a busy traffic day, and so when we do go there we tend to make it "count" by hitting up multiple restaurants and shops in one day. In fact, we've been known to get there for breakfast and not leave until after dinner, finding things to do and eat along the way.
There are lots of similarities between Jamaica Plain -- called "JP" by the locals -- and Somerville. Although Somerville has double the number of residents as JP, both cities' cultural impact locally is significant. One notable similarity is that both communities love Porch Fest where residents jam out on the open air patios of neighbors and attendees walk or bike from stop to stop. They both have residents who want to keep things "neighborly" and also have significant biking cultures, a DIY scene, and most notably a unique and diverse and delicious food scene!
Over the past few months, we have spent lots of time not only researching the history of the local food establishments but also the history of JP itself. Did you know there are over six theories of how JP got its name? We are in the final stages of launching our new Jamaica Plain food tour, on which you'll be able to taste everything from Lebanese food that uses family recipes from over 100 years ago -- to locally brewed kombucha tea -- to the freshest tacos you could ever eat -- to a beer made with ingredients all from Massachusetts. Won't you join us?
We are so proud of all of our tours, and we are excited to say that our newest tours in Harvard Square garnered high ratings like our Somerville Tours have done, on review sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp.
Scott writes: "We had an amazing time touring Harvard Square in Cambridge on the Chocolate Tour. We visited several shops in the area tasting and experiencing chocolate, learning about the history, tastes, and culture of chocolate. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, not only about the subject but also about details of the many places we visited. All in all a very engaging and enjoyable evening."
Elena enthuses: "This is another great tour for both locals and tourists. I've lived in the area for 9 years and had never been to any of places we stopped at! I loved how much variety there was on the tour. We got to try plenty of chocolate from local chocolate shops but also got to try more innovative foods that incorporated chocolate such as chocolate tea and chocolate baos."
Nicolas explains: "We thought we knew the Harvard Square, but the tour allowed us to discover many new restaurants and new dishes at restaurants we already knew. The tour was fun, interesting and, best of all, allowed us to enjoy many great brands of chocolate. We would highly recommend this tour to any chocolate enthusiast. Thank you."
And for good measure, we thought we'd highlight a review from our Davis Square Food Tour as well.
Our guest writes: "Our group of 6 had THE best time on this Davis Square tour with Katie. She was a tremendous guide, full of knowledge and history. The area (which we had visited but never really knew) is fascinating. We went with her to multiple locations, meeting the owners and talking to people in the shops. The food was simply delicious and the people were gracious and welcoming. We have since been back several times to a few of the shops/restaurants we visited. This is a great way to find hidden gems in the neighborhoods we love. Highly, highly recommended."
We can't stop smiling at this feedback. It really feels like all of our hard work is paying off, and we are creating an amazing experience for our guests and restaurant partners. Motivation like this is exactly what we need to keep going as we work tirelessly to create new tours in Harvard Square including a new Chocolate Tour and a Food Tour as well as a Jamaica Plain Food Tour. You know you're in start-up mode when you're jotting down notes about the history of JP at 2 in the morning that you didn't have time to look into the day before. We're excited to start training our new guides in this month, so stay tuned for new tours on the calendar in March, and please consider taking a Somerville tour this weekend!
We couldn't be more excited to launch the up and coming Off The Beaten Path Food Tours! Stay tuned.