There are many fabulous ways to experience Newburyport! One of the best is to taste your way through town, trying out small bites of the many varied food specialties available. Whether you spend the day exploring on your own, or join in a Taste Newburyport Foodie Tour, your day (or weekend or week!) is sure to give you a true sense of this charming city and culture. To get you salivating, this month's newsletter is dedicated to the many delicious eats and drinks of Newburyport ~ most of which are within walking distance of the Essex Street Inn.
Savory SpecialitiesThe Grand Trunk Old World Market on Pleasant Street is a foodies dream, specializing in imported items such as olives, salamis, cheeses, wine, and beer that the owners have discovered on their travels abroad.
At The Tannery Marketplace, check out Newburyport Olive Oil Company which offers tastings of oils and balsamics from all over the world. Rows of shining Italian stainless steel "fustis,'' which block air and light to prevent the oil from turning, are positioned on a wooden shelf above a copper-covered counter and are labeled with the details about each produces contents, year crushed, country, chemicals, and tips for use.
And, the purveyors of Joppa Fine Foods offer all sorts of speciality items, but they are absolutely crazy about cheese! Drop in to Joppa and taste a creamy goat cheese from France, a hardy stilton from Great Britain, and an aromatic, finely aged pecorino from Italy and find what makes you swoon. New cheeses arrive daily and more than one hundred cheeses from around the world on display at any given time.
Sweet TreatsFeatured on "Cupcake Wars" in 2011, Eat Cake on Inn Street features five flavors of cupcakes, revealed each morning on Facebook, each day. They also make to-die-for special occasion cakes that will be the talk of your party. Everything is baked fresh in-house.
Buttermilk Baking Company offers farm to table fresh back goods from your morning muffins and scones to hand made tarts and fresh fruit pies.
Want something to transport you back to your youth? Check it Chococoa Baking Company for its artisanal Whoopie Pies made from premium chocolate and all natural, local ingredients. Chocolate with salted caramel cream anyone?
Drinks to Die ForCafe di Siena on Pleasant Street is an Italian style coffee house with authentically delicious pastries, famous hot chocolate, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Lilyput Tea House can be found at Absolute Serenity on Prince Place. Curl up in a cozy corner and choose from more than 20 organic teas, served hot or cold, including specialties such as "Berries on Ice," a naturally fruity and sweet tea -- no need to add anything to it.
Newburyport Brewing Company is Massachusetts' only "keg and can" brewery. Offering tasting/pouring hours on Thursday & Friday from 3-8 and Saturday from 12-8 you'll want to include them in your tour so that you can try out their three ales - Newburyport Pale Ale™, Plum Island Belgian White™, and Green Head IPA™ - the beer that bites you back.
Are you salivating yet? If so, contact the Essex Street Inn today and make plans for your food adventure in Newburyport!