On The Road to Portland (ME) and “A Taste Of Portland” Foodie Tour

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Hello Foodie Friends,

I hope you have been enjoying reading about my adventures in Boston  (Part 1 and Part 2) and now the journey continues as I hop in my Mini (courtesy of Mini of Peabody – pronounced Peabiddy. Just thought you’d like to know so you don’t make the same mistake I did, lol) and head to the foodie town of Portland to meet my tour guides and have an enjoyable evening in the Old Port district.

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It was a bit overcast as I approached town but that didn’t deter me one bit.

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Parked the car and got out to take a few pics…walked around a bit before meeting my tour guides for drinks and bites at Duckfat. Duckfat is a small sandwich shop that has it all: classic Belgian fries made with local Maine potatoes fried in duck fat, panini, soups, salads, charcuterie, sodas and milkshakes all made in house. They also have a killer beer and wine list.  It’s a small unique place that seriously packs ’em in. They are not presently on our tour, but may have to figure a way to incorporate them in the future. We decided to sample a couple of their paninis, the Belgian fries with numerous dipping sauces, the poutine, a salted caramel milkshake and some beer. To top it all off we had their beignets for dessert. These are not to be missed (sorry, I didn’t take a pic of these). They’re good for dessert or for breakfast, as I happened to have the one left over the next morning 😉

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This is a reflection on the pavement at night that came on when I hit my key fob to unlock the door. Kind of like Batman’s spotlight…
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My Airbnb home in Munjoy Hill, a convenient location to the Old Port (Portland, ME)  Although I did not get to see my host John, we had been in constant communication through text. I found the key exactly where he had instructed and everything I needed was there. He had parking for me at his home which came in handy also the next day when Marcia, one of my guides came to pick me up and took me for a short drive around the city before we embarked on our tour.
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One of the lovely scenic stops we made as we were leaving Munjoy Hill heading into Old Town Portland.

Here’s what one might expect when taking our “Taste of Portland” historical walking food tour:

Stroll through the Old Port, sampling your way through various restaurants and shops offering an array of delectable items that reflect Portland’s distinct cuisine.  Your guided walking tour carves a path through the historic streets of the Old Port; an area that 100 years ago was home to canneries, factories and textile mills. Today, this warehouse district has been revitalized with dozens of quaint restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries and shops selling gourmet merchandise.

Your local guide will introduce you to several of the finest Old Port venues to sample their wares. While the exact stores and restaurants always vary, you can be sure that the items will be heavily influenced by what’s fresh and indicative of the local cuisine. Some of these Maine-inspired foods may include Maine lobster, cold-water mussels, farm-raised lamb, organically grown vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and seasonal berry jams. It’s no coincidence that Bon Appétit magazine recently crowned Portland “America’s Foodiest Small Town” because there’s so much here to please the palate. As you sample the various culinary treats, the proprietors will elaborate on how they were prepared and where the ingredients were obtained.

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Marcia, our “Taste of Portland” tour guide extraordinaire
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At the Porthole Restaurant & Pub – our first stop on the “Taste of Portland” tour. Guests will get a demonstration on how to crack open a lobster and have an opportunity to taste a lobster roll and clam chowder. Great location right on the pier.

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13599831_1078611312174057_6274293152923201153_nThe Cabot Farmers’ Annex is the second stop on our “Taste of Portland” foodie tour. Here guests will have an opportunity to experience top shelf, award-winning cheddars and other local specialty items.

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Our third stop on the “Taste of Portland” tour is Dobra Tea. Set in a beautiful, tranquil environment, guests will have an opportunity to sample some teas and taste some locally made treats.
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What’s a visit to Maine without a taste of a whoopie pie? It is the state’s official treat. (Blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert). Here at East End Cupcakes tour participants will have the chance to do just that!
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Last but certainly not least is our stop to Vena’s Fizz House, a soda shop and cocktail lounge that creates the best drinks using high-quality, natural ingredients. Guests will be delighted and entertained by owner & mixologist Steve Corman or one of his staff. Vena’s is a one-of-a-kind Mixology Shop, Natural Soda Bar, and Cocktail Bar catering to kids & adults of all ages. Click here to watch this cool video.
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Team Portland From left: Pete Lyons, Marcia Noyes, Greg Wyman and sitting: Savor Our City Founder & Chief Foodie Officer Denise Righetti

The “Taste of Portland” tour is available for private groups of 10 or more. For additional information or a quote, please contact us at info@SavorOurCity.com or (954) 410-3177.

Next stop: Bar Harbor for “A Taste of Bar Harbor” and a stay at a wonderful Airbnb in Southwest Harbor, what they refer to as the Quietside…

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Savor Our City Teams Up With Vino Van Gogh

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It’s time to get messy! Shaina from Take A Bite Out of Boca enjoyed a night full of food, wine and art with Savor Our City on the first ever tour with Vino Van Gogh.

I think I’ve been on every single tour that Savor Our City offers — more than once. Though sometimes this means visiting the same restaurants twice, most of the time I’m being introduced to new spots. Last week, Savor Our City did a mini version of it’s Delray Beach Pineapple Grove Tour, ending the night at a place I have been wanting to go for a while — Vino Van Gogh. It’s a “Paint, Wine and Art Bar” where you and a group of friends (or go alone if you’re so inclined) can participate in a group painting class and unleash your inner artist. Everyone paints the same image, and there is an instructor up at the front of the room helping you along the way. Wine and beer is also available for purchase. It’s a super fun way to spend an evening, and everyone on this special Pineapple Grove tour got to experience it!

Instead of the usual 5 or 6 restaurant stops, this tour was limited to 3 since we would be participating in a class at Vino Van Gogh. We started at SoLita, a regular on the Savor Our City tours, who served us their signature Eggplant Stack paired with a smooth and food-friendly Chianti. Mozzarella and slices of beefsteak tomato are sandwiched between two pieces of crispy eggplant, topped with peppery arugula and drizzled with an aged balsamic and shaved parmigiana. This is one of my favorite appetizers in all of Pineapple Grove. Seriously. The eggplant is so unbelievably perfect — Bubby’s eggplant might give it a run for its money, but I’ve never had it this good from any other restaurant. SoLita proudly boasts this as one of it’s most popular items on the menu. No surprise there — everyone’s plates were empty within mere seconds of those stacks being set down.

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Read the rest of the review and see more photos here!

Take A Bite Out of Boca Explores Atlantic Avenue with Savor Our City

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Shaina Wizov of Take A Bite Out of Boca recaps her very first experience with Savor Our City Culinary Tours.

Delray Beach is so rich with culture and cuisine, it’s about time someone starting showing it off! My good friend Denise has introduced a new concept to the area, Savor The City Culinary Tours. Denise is famed around town for putting together great pairing events with her company “Denise’s Foodie Events,” so she is a natural choice for leading these tours. Her  first tour “Taste Atlantic Ave” takes you up and down the avenue, where you get to sample food and drinks from four restaurants and visit two gourmet specialty shops. Aside from the food, you also get to hear stories and fun facts about Delray Beach and its history from Denise. She interviewed local families and historians to find out some really cool info to share with her tour guests.

A group of ten of us joined Denise this past weekend. Among our group was Shanna from Boca Locals who puts together the ABZs Networking Crawls, and Stevie, a former chef and fellow local food blogger at Fork Notes. Gotta love when foodies unite for fun food-centered events!

 
The day started off at The Office, where we were served a bit of an indulgent sampling of their menu items: their Prime CEO Burger with sweet onion and tomato confit, bleu cheese crumble, gruyere, arugula and bacon, truffle fries and a beer. Yes, this was at 11:00 in the morning. Breakfast of Champions!
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“Savor Downtown Boca”

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We had 17 people attend our inaugural “Savor Downtown Boca” tour, the first in a series of three taking place the third Wednesday of the month through January. Check out what Shaina Wizov from Take A Bite Out Of Boca had to say about the Nov 19th tour.

The next tour is coming up on Wed, Dec. 17th and takes place from 5:30 – 9pm and will make stops at La Stella’s, Spadini’s, Boca Skewers, Souvlaki Fast, Jazziz and Le Macaron. As a nod to the Jewish Holiday (it will be the second night of Hanukkah), a special latke tasting will be provided at Jazziz, one traditional and one eclectic one will be presented by Jazziz’ Chef.

The final tour in the series will take place on Wed, Jan 21st, also from 5:30 – 9:00pm, this time heading back to Royal Palm Place to pick up a few of the restaurants we weren’t able to get on the first tour, such as Estia Greek Taverna, Casimir Bistro, Piattini before strolling down SE 1st Ave for stops at 4th Generation Market, The Olive Tree and True.

More details can be found by clicking here.

 

FOOD TOURS Eat and stroll: delicious stops at PGA Commons

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A sculpture called “Butterfly, ” displayed roadside at the PGA Commons on PGA Blvd., as part of the Art in Public Places Fund. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

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By Leslie Gray Streeter

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Savor Our City™ Launches Inaugural Tour

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Delray Beach, FL  May 5, 2014

Savor Our City™ Culinary Tours debuted their inaugural tour, “Taste Atlantic Ave” on Saturday, May 3, 2014. ” We are delighted to introduce the launch of our unique walking historical food tours in Palm Beach County. Our tours cater to the Adventure Traveler who really wants to enjoy a city through its culinary senses. We journey behind the scenes and soak in the history of old Delray while satiating our guests’ curious appetites. Participants have the opportunity to meet food artisans who represent some of the best restaurants and gourmet shops in the city”, says Savor Our City founder Denise Righetti.

Participants will have the opportunity to get a real taste of Delray Beach.  The “Taste Atlantic Ave” tour will introduce foodies to some of the best restaurants and specialty gourmet shops on “Atlantic Avenue”, a charming streetscape filled with upscale shops, fine restaurants and nightly entertainment.

What makes Savor Our City Culinary™ tours unique is that we have chosen neighborhoods/districts that are 100% walkable and we provide not only historical facts, but  interject fun and interesting anecdotes and stories obtained through interviewing long time residents as well as the historian from the historical society.  Led by founder Denise Righetti and her team of knowledgeable foodies & wine enthusiasts – many with hospitality, culinary and/or food blogging backgrounds – these gourmet adventures take both local foodies and visitors alike behind-the-scenes into each city’s hot culinary communities, where they will be introduced to delicious savory treasures and sweet gems one bite at a time. A typical tour will include sample cuisines from four restaurants and two gourmet specialty shops. An example of some of the foods sampled on this tour may include a gourmet burger and truffle fries from an American Gastropub,chicken souvlaki from a Greek Taverna,ultra premium extra virgin olive oils & balsamic vinegars from around the globe, an authentic Philly steak sandwich, Bahn Mi lettuce cups and finally, something to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Included with the tour, each guest will receive a complimentary map and an insert highlighting every stop on the tour, with the names of each place, the address, their hours, what foods were sampled, with special offers.

“Taste Atlantic Avenue”  tours run every Saturday, 11am – 2pm and the third Friday of every month from 5pm for $65 per person. To book your tour,  go to www.SavorOurCity.com or call our ticketing agent, Zerve at (800) 979-3370. We are running a special promotion for the remainder of the tours this month for $50 per person. (Must use promo code STCL1).

Gift Certificates are available as are Private & Group Tours.

Please contact Denise Righetti for more information or photos. (954) 410-3177.