When I travel, I am always looking for great food products to bring home. Here are some thoughts for those of you wishing to do that while you are visiting Boston. I'm sure other CHs will chirp in w/ their favs as well.
Visitors seeking take-home regional artisanal foods(aside from seafood, poultry and meats) have many choices. Boston is an outlet for New England regional products:cheeses and butters, maple syrup, breads, pastas, craft beers, and various locally produced condiments and chocolates. Most can be found at local food emporium Formaggio Kitchen (South End and Cambridge/Fresh Pond), and many local stores of the national Whole Foods chain, as well as the various producing restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers
Our best artisanal French and Italian style breads can be found at Iggy’s Breads of the World, Clearflour Bakery, and the Whole Foods bakery departments. Our most unique breads are made by When Pigs Fly, a Maine bakery with Boston outlets (their own stores and Whole Foods among them.) Varieties change daily and seasonally, but are generally sourdough based and dense. Red Pepper Hoomus,Sauerkraut Rye, Chocolate Fig Pecan, Oat and Buckwheat Honey, Orange and Toasted Fennel- are a few favs. They
also sell a line of jams and spreads.
Local artisanal chocolates can be found at Burdick's Chocolates in Harvard Sq., and Taza Chocolate in Somerville, amongst others. Both Dancing Deer (cookies and sweet breads) and Tiny Trapeze (candies) are Boston made .Our local potato chips are Cape Cod Potato Chips. Boston and New England have a very active micro-brewery scene; Sam Adams is Boston produced. East Coast Grill in Cambridge makes its own line of hot sauce (Inner Beauty). Good ethnic food specialty shops include Italian, Greek/Armenian/Lebanese/Turkish, Portuguese, Korean/Chinese/Japanese, Russian, Brazilian and Latin American.. Maine’s Stonewall Kitchen, Kate’s Butter, and Duck Trap Farm are well known producers of mustards, jams,and other condiments, butter, and smoked seafood .
Many cookbook authors are Boston chefs. These include: Ana Sortun (Oleana), Chris Schlesinger (East Coast Grill), Andy Husbands(Tremont 647), Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger), Jody Adams (Rialto), Todd English (Olives), Ozcan Ozan (Sultan’s Kitchen), Julia Child, Odette Berry, Madeleine Kamann, Jasper White(Summer Shack), Barbara Lynch( #9 Park), Peter Davis(Henrietta’s Table), Gordon Hamersley (Hamersley’s), Frank McClelland(L’Espalier), and Michael Schlow(Radius).
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