Last Sunday from 1:45-6:00, I participated in the Salem Vegan Food Tour. Now you might think that that's a long time for a food tour, but the time flew by! Our group of 12, led by the wonderful and knowledgeable Karen Scalia, visited 7 Salem hot spots. We started the day at Jean Louis Pasta Shop where we ate two kinds of ravioli including a yummy butternut squash one. Then we walked about 10 minutes to Salem Spice Shop (also known as the Picklepot) where we tried spices, all kinds of interesting salt, and mulled cider. We also tried mini PB-banana cupcakes and mini chocolate brownies by Jodi Bee Bakes www.jodibeebakes.com. We then walked for about 10 minutes to A&B Burgers in the old Salem jail where sat at a big table and ate butternut squash burgers with guacamole on top and a side of flash-fried chick peas and delicious thick chocolate shakes from Lindsay Fair who makes ice cream in Beverly and sells it in Salem stores and restaurants. Next on the list was Comida on Essex Street where we had a tasting of rice and beans with pickled onions on top and a side of guac (no shortage of yummy guac on this trip!). It was so good! Then it was on to Milk & Honey Green Grocer on Church Street where we happily ate apple crisp and 4 mini cups of various ice cream from Linday Fair; Lindsay's ice cream is sold at Milk & Honey. Her company is Ice Cream for All. I loved the salted caramel! Then with pretty full bellies, we took a break from food to have some wine and cider at Salem Wine Imports, which is conveniently located right next to Milk & Honey. We tried some lovely red wines and a dry mulled cider. Then it was a 15-minute walk to the last stop on our tour, 62, as in 62 on the Wharf in Pickering Wharf. Chef Tony does amazing things with food! We sampled delicious pizza, a cauliflower appetizer with agrodolce, and a great pinot noir. We also got a tour of the kitchen! We then finished off the wine, said goodbye to our fabulous tour guide and our new friends, and went home thinking about the host of new places to dine, shop, and of course promote to our friends, families, and coworkers. :) Fabulous tour! I highly recommend it. Oh yes, and all of that food was vegan! Vegans, Salem is the place to go for fantastic vegan eats!
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