Princeton Adventures (Princeton, NJ)
Princeton is a lovely little town, perhaps even better before the hordes of college students return in the fall. Here are a few random places we visited, in no particular order.
"Discovered" this weekend:
The "Soup Nazi" - Well, I think its QUITE OVERPRICED. I didn't see any nasty gentlemen a la Seinfeld episode. We had a small (half-pint) of Lobster Bisque for a whopping $7.95, and a pint of chilled Butternut Squash soup for 7 dollars, and two iced teas, total of 18 dollars and change for two soups!!!. Admittedly, the Lobster Bisque was filled with quite alot of lobster and was very well prepared. The butternut squash soup was, well, like eating a butternut squash. However, it was chunky (and stringy), and I feel it really needed to be a smooth puree. Each soup comes with a small piece of soggy multi-grain bread and a very un-ripe piece of fruit (plums in our case).
Witherspoon Bread - ok, i've gone several times before, but they have WONDERFUL breads. Excellent baguettes, olive ciabatta (although it needs more olives). The challah, croissants and brioche are a bit sweet but very very good.
Bent Spoon Ice Cream - oh my god. Now, Thomas Sweet makes really good Ice Cream, but Bent Spoon blows it out of the water. AWESOME "artisanal" ice cream. I wanted the Fresh NJ Peach with Creme Fraiche, but they ran out just when I got to the counter. (the line is out the door and onto the street, only the bees flying around inside the store are scary). I chose Nectarine ice cream, it was better than eating a perectly ripe Nectarine - WOW. Also sampled the Black Plum with Tarragon - wonderful, "plummy", and the tarragon lends an interesting note. Also listed included Sour Cream sorbet, Chocolate-Habanero, Cucumber-Mint, fresh squeezed Grapefruit, and several other flavors. I'm already craving more.
Small World Coffee - has REALLY GOOD coffee. You can tell the locals, versus the tourists who hit the Starbucks around the corner. Small World roasts are really really good. Oh, I said that already. Plus, its a really nice coffee shop and sandwich shop.
Cherry Grove Farm (Lawrenceville) - an organic farm featuring grass-fed beef, lamb, and pork (available in frozen cuts). In addition, they have fresh eggs from their free range hens ($4.00 a dozen, the lady was still busy sorting them from the large basket, direct from being collected). They also have a farm market on Sundays in Lawrenceville featuring their own organic produce.
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I'm disappointed to hear the Soup Nazi place is so overpriced, but I can't say I'm surprised.
All the other places you mentioned are great. And even though this isn't food related, I especially like that Cherry Grove Farm sells organic Christmas trees for only $20.