A Fun and Romantic Sunday Afternoon in Princeton NJ

Verhune Orchards Princeton NJSunday is the Catholic day of rest. However, Sundays for me could be a great time to spend some quality time with the people you love. That was the case for this past Sunday when me and my significant other decided to take a trip to Princeton, New Jersey.

Princeton is known to have a quaint feel with nice shops and restaurants, along with the look of a village in a larger city. I found an event online that offered a wine tasting at Terhune Orchards.

This was well worth the price of free since we tried 5 different wines including the Heritage Chardonnay, Chambourcin & Apple Wine. The ones that I liked the most (and bought a bottle of) were the Cold Soil White, a semi-sweet wine that goes well with spicy foods, and Just Peachy, an apple & peach wine that goes well with desserts and cheeses.

Or they go well by themselves since we drank the entire bottles within 5 days of buying them. But speaking of cheeses…

Olssons Princeton NJOlsson’s Fine Foods

As an avid cheese fan, I saw this cheese shop and wanted to enter. And we were not disappointed by Olsson’s Fine Foods.

We tried a few cheeses in the store including the Piave Vecchio, which is a very flavorful cheese that’s aged almost a year. Ultimately, we decided to pick the Melkbus 149, which is a gouda cheese that contains truffles inside.

Olsson’s Melkbus 149 was so good that some of it got eaten on the street as we walked out of the store and the rest didn’t last through the night.

Carter Cavero Princeton NJCarter & Cavero

Our next stop was Carter & Cavero Old World Olive Oil Company. I couldn’t imagine that there would be a storefront dedicated to just olive oil, but there certainly is. They actually have one called the Rincon de la Subbetica that won gold medal awards and it certainly shows since it was divine.

Other flavored olive oils we tried included bacon, garlic, basil, roasted onion, chipotle and Persian lime. Each of these tasted amazing in their own way, except for the Persian lime which did not work.

I placed these in the order from my favorite to my least favorite based on sampling each on a piece of soft bread.

Kitchen Kapers Princeton NJKitchen Kapers

The next stop we went to was Kitchen Kapers. They sell unique things for the kitchen from appliances and bakeware to accessories and glasses. I’d definitely shop here if I was in the market for something.

This segued us into getting food at Teresa Caffe. We didn’t want to eat too much, so we just shared 2 appetizers. The Polpettini (braised beef meatballs, tomato sauce, parsley & a garlic crostini) were enjoyable, as was the Salumi e Formaggi, which is a sampling board of:

  • 2 good cheeses, a harder cheese and a softer brie-type cheese
  • Soppressata & spicy thin-sliced salami
  • Castelvetrano olives, which I didn’t eat because I’m not an olive person
  • Crostini that was plain to complement the other items
  • Spiced whole almonds
  • Preserves & aged balsamic

Bent Spoon Princeton NJThe Bent Spoon

Our last stop was for some hot cocoa. I went to The Bent Spoon when I last went to Princeton and ate at the Witherspoon Grill. I decided to get another cup of the habanero hot cocoa with whipped cream to wrap up the night.

That and seeing Princeton’s Christmas tree that’s photographed above. Overall, I loved walking Princeton and enjoyed the shops, food, wine and company. I’m definitely heading back to Princeton to explore more.

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