当轮到我的计划夏天之旅结束波士顿, I knew that I definitely wanted to go on afood tourwhile there.美食之旅have become one of my favorite activities when visiting a new city since for starters you get fed some awesome eats but you are also given a history of the city and in some cases the neighborhood you’re visiting.
我现在已经做了总共五周美食之旅，这一次肯定是最多的食物背景沉重。We didn’t just go from place to place trying a food and then moving on to the next one-we truly got a background on just about everything from different types of olive oils to the differences between authentic Italian cuisine and Italian-American fare to hearing that one should never buy a cannoli with the filling already in it-it’s a sign that it’s not fresh. Everyone was given handouts which included Michelle’s own dining recommendations for the neighborhood (she’s been a resident for decades), a brief background on all of the places we visited on the tour and some recipes I can’t wait to try out.
Compared to other food tours I’ve been on, this was not one where you’re left feeling full by the end of it. Although we made about half a dozen stops, some of them included several samplings (for instance, our second stop at Bricco Salumeria and Pasta shop included trying things like different types of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette). We also got to sample two types of pine nuts (the Asian and European variety-I had never known this was a difference between the two) and a type of hard candy at an old world style grocery store (Polcari’s Coffee).
My favorite stop was Maria’s Pastry Shop. It smelled simply divine upon first walking in and seeing all the items that are handmade was just amazing. We got to try a variety of treats here but my favorite was the cannoli. Long after the tour we ended up buying some cookies to go.
Outside of a food context, another reason I loved the tour was just hearing about and seeing this beautiful and intriguing neighborhood firsthand. It oozes history at every corner and just had so many places I could have spent all weekend exploring and trying. It was also nice to learn about those businesses that are still in operation decades after they first opened. Small businesses are a wonderful thing and the many we visited on the tour are a perfect reason why you should too.
Note: I was given a complimentary tour in exchange for a review but as always all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.