5 Great Gifts for Rhode Island Food Lovers
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dave's Coffee Syrup, Charlestown (but...really...all over)
For true Rhode Islanders there are a few flavors that are necessary to the recipe of who we are. One of those flavors is coffee. It begins, innocently, when we are kids. Coffee ice cream. Coffee milk. Coffee. It's like a rite of passage around here. And then along came Dave's Coffee Syrup to send us--happily--running back to childhood. This is not your grandma's coffee syrup. This is craft roasted. This is cold brewed. This is pretty perfect! They have standard, vanilla, mocha and even decaf for those concerned. It ships well--as our pipeline to the West Coast can attest. We feel like we're in an episode of "Breaking Bad"--so send it to those who long for a taste of home! It's available at better supermarkets around the state or at http://www.davescoffeestore.com/
Tour of Newport Storm/Thomas Tew Rum, Newport
One of our true gems in Rhode Island food and drink is Coastal Extreme Brewery in Newport. They make the excellent Newport Storm beer and also distill Thomas Tew Rum. What most people don't know is that, every day except Tuesday, they offer guided brewery--or distillery--tours at 3 pm. And yes...those include tastings! Now, if you want to tour on your own, you can also do unguided tours whenever they are open, but we prefer the knowledge you get from the guides. You can do tastings of beer, rum or both. It's a fun trip into the mind of a brewer. 293 J.T. Connell Rd. 849-9232, http://www.newportstorm.com/
Gift Certificate to Persimmon Provisions, Barrington
One of the fastest ways to improve your holiday party's Yelp rating is to upgrade your ingredients. One of our favorite ways to raise the bar on dinner is to visit Chef Champe Speidel and his talented team at Persimmon Provisions. Your friends and family will instantly notice that you now have the power (and knowledge) of the Persimmon brand behind it. You can expect wide eyes when they taste the duck-fat-roasted potatoes. "Ooh"s when they taste the grass-fed beef. And "Aah"s when they realize that you spoke to some pros who helped you take their available ingredients and run with them. 338 County Rd. 337-5885, http://www.persimmonprovisions.com/
Cooking School at Pot au Feu, Providence
This is the best "ulterior motive" Christmas gift you could give. Do you have a budding home cook looking to take it to the next level? This Christmas, give them the gift that keeps on giving, and send them to one of Pot au Feu's cooking classes. The gift recipient gets a full day in the professional kitchen at the Pot; a personalized chef coat and what amounts to an all day crash course in food and wine. This is more like a golf lesson as it's very hands-on. They will help you prepare a five-course meal with wine pairings and you get to invite three guests to come and enjoy it. But beware. The diners become your graders and they decide if you graduate. 44 Custom House St. 273-8953, www. potaufeu.businesscatalyst.com
Gift Certificate to Newport Gourmet Tours
Imagine roaming the streets of our fair city while meeting some of the city's top chefs and mixologisits and tasting their creations. Now, sprinkle in some local history along the way and you have the idea behind Newport Gourmet Tours. Here's the rub though...you have to endure your intrepid writers as tour guides. (We promise it won't be too painful!) This tour was named Top Food Tour in New England by Yankee Magazine this past summer. We offer you five stops in about two hours with food--and cocktails!--at every stop. Call us at 401-787-4058 or email us at [email protected]
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Seven Stars Bakery, Providence
Seven Stars Bakery is a staple for any Providence foodie. With breads and pastries made from scratch with local ingredients, the top-notch Seven Stars Bakery strives for quality. Can't decide what you're in the mood for? Try the lemon pound cake, olive bread filled with Kalamata and Moroccan oil cured olives, or ginger biscuit scones.
820 Hope Street, Providence
342 Broadway, Providence
Rumford Center, 20 Newman Avenue, East Providence
A & J King, Salem, MA
A & J King Artisan Bakers serves traditional, artisanal bread and pastries. Along with the bakery's regular menu selections, A & J King features rotating weekly specials like semolina apricot fennel and asiago chile. Have their tried-and-true sticky bun or the caramel bourbon pecan bread pudding for another gooey treat.
48 Central Street, Salem, MA
Mike’s Pastry, Boston, MA
For the best cannoli in Boston, it's all about Mike’s Pastry. But while you're in there make sure to check out the rest of what it has to offer; you won't regret it. From boozy rum cakes to red velvet whoopie pies to ricotta pie to lobster tail, a flaky pastry filled with either white cream or yellow custard, there’s something to suit every sweet craving. And of course, don't forget the classic Boston cream pies!
300 Hanover Street, Boston
Clear Flour Bread, Brookline, MA
Clear Flour Bread has been a Brookline fixture for more than 30 years and has the awards to show for it! Clear Flour Bread prides itself on its Italian and French pastries being made from scratch, shaped by hand, and baked in a stone hearth. The morning buns will pick you right up on those sluggish Mondays, and their croissants, cranberry currant scones, and molasses cookies are to die for.
178 Thorndike Street, Brookline, MA
Standard Baking Co., Portland, ME
The Standard Baking Company in downtown Portland has every bread you could possibly want. Rosemary focaccia, pain de mie, brioche, boules, epi bread? Check. Morning buns? Check. Croissants? Take your pick: almond, chocolate, plain, or ham and cheese? Whatever you're in the mood for, owners Allison Bray and Matt James have got you covered.
75 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Flour Bakery + Café, Boston, MA
A trip to Flour Bakery and Café is the kind of thing that will easily make your day. Be sure to try the amazing sticky buns, the banana bread, granola bars, or brioche with raisins. And for those with a sweet tooth, check out the lemon curd cakes with raspberry preserve, Milky Way tarts, and chocolate cupcakes with Crispy Magic Frosting. Is your mouth watering yet?
12 Farnsworth Street, Boston
1595 Washington Street, Boston
190 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
131 Clarendon Street, Boston
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