Recently we took a trip to Newburyport thanks to the $10 Commuter Rail pass. This time we decided to head out west to Worcester.
First stop was Volturno Pizza which was a short walk from Union Station. It was recommended by a friend as a close lunch option. This was a big, open space and the pizza we had was very tasty, as were our cocktails.
We then headed up the street to Valentinos which is known for their bar snacks and cocktails. We were still stuffed from lunch but couldn’t pass up the Big Mac meatballs. Service was a bit slow but they were worth every bite. We were there at an off time, though, so the chef might have been on a break. We would definitely go back.
Next up was Lock 50 where we enjoyed our drinks on their art strewn patio. They had fun drinks and the patio was a fun place to hang.
Next door was the new Maddi’s. This place has a great beer list and fun cocktails. We particularly liked the options of boozy iced coffees. If you go, say hi to Alex, a good friend of Crawl in Boston!
Across the street we ventured to Whiskey On Water, featuring over 300 whiskeys. The service was basically nonexistent here, sadly. We’ve heard there are great servers here, but badly we didn’t get to see it.
We had time for one more spot and was recommended a bar about 10 minutes away. On our route, we passed a haunted house.
The Hangover Pub featured many bacon dishes and drinks. We had the candied bacon and bacon fat fries and both were delicious! We would love to go back and try more on the menu.
We decided to take advantage of the MBTA $10 weekend pass as Saturday was just beautiful. We hadn’t been to Newburyport in years so decided on that destination. The trip from North Station took just over an hour. Once we arrived at the station, we were surprised to find no taxi stands and a requested Uber was 17 minutes away. The walk would have been around 25 minutes according to Google Maps.
Luckily there’s a Mexican bar, Metzy’s Cantina, right outside the station. So a quick margarita did the trick as we waited for the Uber to arrive.
We got dropped off a Brick & Ash for a quick snack and drink. Unfortunately service left a bit to be desired. The food was good, but despite there being very few other patrons, it took almost an hour to receive our order.
Now a little behind schedule, we headed across the street for some cocktails at The Poynt. Once more, we were surprised by the service, but the drinks were good.
It was time for a snack. So we headed over to Brine for a selection of caviar and oysters. The service was, again, a little slow, but at this point we realized that perhaps Newburyport is just a little slower going than Boston. But the oysters were great, and we enjoyed sampling the caviar flight, which was a good deal.
Next we headed next door to The Paddle Inn. They had a fun selection of tiki inspired drinks. We met a very delightful bartender with whom we swapped stories about visiting Mexico.
We were starting to get low on time. We rushed across the street for margaritas at the very lively Agave. Mr. Mobray recommends the Pink Cadillac margarita.
Next was Port Tavern. A nice space with a local tavern vibe, this place was fondly recommended and we can see why this would be a local favorite. They had good cocktails and and nice beer selection. We still had some time left before our train was leaving back to Boston. So we ran over to the famous Michael’s Harborside. Unfortunately they were having a private party upstairs and downstairs was packed so we didn’t get anything here. They do have an awesome patio which usually has a bar, but apparently we were a little too early in the season and it wasn’t set up. So we grabbed an Uber (10 minute wait this time) and headed back to Metzy’s next to the train station to have our last drinks of the day. Overall, this is a great day trip from Boston with lots of great options. The service may be a little slower than usual, but it’s a beautiful town with great places to go.
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Want to do more? Sign up for the Liam’s Lucky Charms Cornhole Tournament this Saturday. Proceeds fund MS research.
Raise a toast to Franklin Park Zoo’s annual wine and beer tasting event! Throughout the evening, guests have the opportunity to sample wines while strolling among the animals in the Zoo’s signature Tropical Forest Pavilion. Here, guests can see western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippo, ring-tailed-lemurs, a giant anteater and many other fascinating species.
This summer, you can bounce in the largest inflatable castle this world has to offer.
The Big Bounce America, which holds the Guinness World record for largest inflatable castle, will stop in Revere this July. Inside, the castle includes ball pits, a basketball court, climbing towers, confetti blasts, and a jumbo slide, all centered around a DJ spinning tunes and “nightclub quality sound and lights,” according to a press release.
Here’s a listing of some Boston area Kentucky Derby events this Saturday
Last year for Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving, I experimented with a Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce. This year I tried my hand at a Cabernet Cranberry Blueberry Sauce. I found the original recipe here but made a couple of small changes after doing a few batches.
One 8-ounce bag fresh cranberries
8-ounces frozen blueberries
3/4 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon or your favorite red wine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients in a large kettle. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring intermittently. Make sure kettle has room for sauce to at least triple in volume. The juices from the berries release and as the mixture boils rapidly, it will foam and a too-small pot will easily overflow.
Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until reduced and thickened slightly, and most of the cranberries have burst. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.
Transfer to heat-safe jars or containers with lids. Allow sauce to cool at room temperature before refrigerating. Sauce will keep airtight in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.