Last weekend was my first weekend in New Jersey since the beginning of summer. Since I’m not a huge NJ fan, and I really like travelling and seeing friends, I wasn’t feeling too happy about it. But there is one thing that always makes me happy, and that is food! I decided to go on a road trip down to Princeton in an effort to make myself feel more at home. I take ballet classes down in Princeton, so I knew that there were some cute cafes that I’ve always wanted to try out, but it’s also farm country, so I did a little research ahead of time to find farm stands and small businesses to visit.
About halfway to Princeton, I stopped at something called the Pennsylvania Dutch Market. I didn’t know what to expect, and the strip mall it’s located in was deceiving. It was much bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside (like the Tardis… I’m dating a nerd.), and very much resembled the Reading Terminal Market. There were places to buy meat, local produce, crafts, snacks, baked goods, and, most importantly, fresh pretzels. That was breakfast!
When I got to Princeton, I found a discount/used bookstore where I picked up new cookbook and a few other things.
I still wasn’t exactly hungry at that point, but I had heard wonderful things about the Bent Spoon in Palmer Square, which is full of adorable little shops, most notably a coffee roaster, an olive oil shop, and a bakery.
After tasting a bunch of creative ice cream flavors, I went for Blood Orange and Cantaloupe sorbet- delicious!
I still wasn’t hungry for lunch, so I wandered back to the center of town and bought one of the best baguettes I’ve ever had from Terra Momo bakery, right across the street from the amazing Princeton Public Library.
For a drink, I got a homemade citrus rosemary soda from Small World Coffee, which also has very good coffee- it’s a great place to work or read!
Right outside Princeton, there’s a farm called Terhune Orchards, which has The. Most. Amazing. apples and apple cider and apple cider donuts. My boyfriend and I visited the farm last fall and we’re going back for the Stayman Winesap apple in a month or two- it is by far the best apple either one of us had ever had.
There weren’t any apples this early in the year, but I did pick up a few apple cider donut holes and an apple cider icee. I wasn’t quite ready to go back to my apartment yet, but fortunately Google Maps guided me to Colonial Park, a very large park with trails, gardens, and an arboretum, all only 20 minutes from my place!
All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good day.