Season changes in a blink of an eye - you try to hold tight to the tail of summer but the chill has come near. You miss the summer nights on rooftops, sipping pink rosé and watching orange sunset. Day in and day out, your world was reduced to nowhere beyond home and office, riding on overcrowded trains and chewing on never-changed PBJ sandwiches. Until one day, you heard your free soul yelling: “let me out! I need a break!” and you decided to put an end to all of the misery. Packed light, you’re heading north!
Autumn is absolutely beautiful - it’s mild, refined, and delicate, like a swirling golden leaf in the wind; it smells as sweet as ripest apples and it feels as silky as velvet. It’s the best season to go for a drive, accompanied or not.
In this blog, we’re taking you all the way from New York to New Haven and Portland, have a warm taste of the autumn. Trust me, there’s as much to EAT as to see!
A glimpse of the route on Google Map:
New Haven, CT
It’s the home to Yale University since 1701, it’s the city with unparalleled history and culture, and, most importantly (to us foodies, obviously), it’s been named as the Best Foodie City in the country in 2014 by Livability.com. There are 56 Zagat-rated restaurants in New Haven, number one in Connecticut and the third in New England (after Boston and Cambridge). Over 120 restaurants are located within two blocks of the New Haven Green. What’s more exciting is that New Haven is home to a rather eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants and small markets specializing in various foreign cuisines, including Malaysian, Ethiopian, Spanish, French, Greek, Latin, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Jamaican, Cuban, Peruvian, Syrian/Lebanese, and Turkish.
As in the words of our favorite roadfood pro, Jane and Michael Stern once commented,
“As for the New Haven favorite, white clam pizza (hold the mozzarella, please) Modern uses pre-chopped clams rather than freshly shucked ones, meaning there is less soulful marine juice to infuse the pizza; nevertheless, it is delicious – ocean-sweet and powerfully garlicky, and built on a crust that puffs up dry and chewy around the edges, but stays wafer-thin all across the middle.“
Our brick oven reaches temperature in excess of 700 degrees,” Modern’s menu warns. “Some pizzas may blacken around the edges, and even lose their perfect shape due to contact with the brick floor of the oven.”
Ok with us! While a few places around the edge may be charred, the whole pizza has a swoonfully appetizing smoky taste; and you see why when you devour slices off the paper on which the pizza rests atop its round pan. The paper appears strewn with charred little bits of semolina from the oven floor, most of which cling to the underside of the crust, creating a slightly burnt hot-bread flavor that no wussy metal-floored pizza oven could produce.”
Other Yelp review highlights:
“Make sure you try both the garlic and pepperoni pizza and the white clam pizza.”
“My suggestions: Italian Bomb, White Sliced Tomato and Mozz, Spinach and Sausage, Clams Casino, and Bacon and Onion.”
“The clam isn't as good as Pepe's and the stock red pie isn't as good as Sally's but everything else is great.”
From ornate mansions to ocean views, every road traveler will be mesmerized by this charming city. Stroll down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through old-fashioned bookstores, explore lovely craft shops and, of course, have a taste of some of the freshest foods.The legendary Portland Head Light dates back to 1791, and is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world.
The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born and bred in this city, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. What’s worth mentioning is the calm Portland Museum of Art, a small, but certainly eclectic museum with great collections of Impressionist works. Take one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay, it’s up to you how to spend the day. However, be sure to unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city's brewpubs.
This is a food capital - it is Called the "Foodiest Small Town in America" in 2009 by Bon Appétit—and, according to its Chamber of Commerce, second only to San Francisco in restaurants per capita—Portland has grown into one of the Northeast's top dining spots.
849 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04103
Fishermen's Grill restaurant prove that big-city dining can be right at home miles away from a major metropolis. Fishermen's Grill is a neighborhood takeout restaurant where you can get the freshest possible seafood daily at a very fair price. It is know as part of the neighborhood, specialized in local seafood, nothing out of state, everything is New England/Atlantic fishery.
You can surely taste the freshness on the first bite - Fishermen’s Grill buys daily (“so we're not like other places that buy on Thursday and try to sell it all weekend and then special out at the beginning of the week”). Prices vary somewhere between $2 and $55 and the portion size is GENEROUS.
We highly recommend The Haddock Sandwich - it looks simple but only your tongue knows the amazing complexity of flavors.
Hungry already? Well, the wheel is in your hands - We’re sure you’ll be surprised at how picturesque and how delicious this 317 miles drive could be!
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