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Anyone who knows me, or reads my blog, knows what a big fan of Espresso Love I am. You can read here my blog post last February about my obsession with EL’s blueberry scones.. and how I bring them back from MV and hoard them in the freezer. We bring their coffee beans home too because it’s not just the scones, it’s the COFFEE as well. In our opinion Espresso Love has the best coffee on MV.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out Carol McManus, the owner of EL, was going to be in NJ today doing a book signing for her new cook book, Table Talk: Food, Family, Love, A Cookbook. The book signing was at Pennington Market, only a little over an hour away, so that’s where Deb and I headed this morning.
We saw Carol as soon as we walked in, she recognized me and greeted me with a big hug. I introduced my daughter Deb and we chatted about blueberry scones, among other things. We picked up ingredients for Carol’s lemon meringue pie, which Deb will assemble since she’s the baker in the family.
It was nice to see Carol and pick up her beautiful cookbook. As always I look forward to saying ‘hi’ to her when I stop in at Espresso Love for my supply of blueberry scones and coffee beans.
This was the second weekend in a row with an MV connection... I guess if I can’t get there then it’s coming to me in dribs and drabs. <grin>
Update: Lemon Meringue Pie
Deb made the pie this afternoon. The consensus is that Carol’s recipe is one of the best we’ve ever tasted.
The Newes From America is located on the bottom floor (basement) of the original Kelley House building which was built in 1742. The ceiling is criss-crossed with the original large and sturdy beams, the walls are thick brick and the atmosphere is like stepping back in time. The entrance is at street level, there are no steps or stairs.
The menu at the Newes is eclectic and enticing.
One of my favorites is the Smokin Musket Turkey sandwich on peasant bread with sage mayo and cranberry sauce. It’s like Thanksgiving on bread.
Their hamburger, in my opinion and that of my daughter, is that it’s one of the best on the Vineyard. The 1/2 pound burger is cooked to your perfection… add cheese or mushrooms and delight your tastebuds.
Roast Beef Au Jus… roast beef, swiss cheese on a pressed roll with sherry-onion jus.
Lobster Roll – you just can’t go to MV and not have one and the lobster roll at the Newes is grand. Tasty sweet lobster meat mixed with celery… served on a yummy roll…. my mouth is watering thinking about it.
The Caesar salad is a winner too… crisp greens, delicious dressing, lightly toasted croutons and chicken if you choose to add it.
Don’t forget clam chowder. Like lobster rolls, you shouldn’t visit MV without having clam chowder. The chowder at the Newes is always popular. To be honest though I haven’t personally had it in awhile due to food allergies, however, my family members like it and that’s a good recommendation.
Fries… you’ve never had fries served like the Newes serves them… in a brown paper bag !! Certainly a different presentation and one that somehow adds flavor and fun to a food everyone loves and pretty much doesn’t give much thought to. You’ll love them.
I’ve eaten in the Newes and I’ve also gotten take-out from the Newes. The service in the pub is always friendly and timely. The only problem I ever had was with a take-out order… the mistake wasn’t noticed until we’d driven back to our hotel. I called the Newes and they gladly took care of the problem immediately.
I haven’t touched upon the selection of beers at the Newes because well, I don’t know that much about them. One of the interesting touches at the Newes is that for every beer you order you receive a ‘wooden nickel’. Many people pool their wooden nickels to reach the 1000 that it takes to get your name on a brass plaque on one of the bar stools.
While you’re waiting for your food to be served try taking the trivia test on the back of the menu !!! If you don’t know the answers that’s okay… you’ll learn some intersting facts about MV when you look at the answers. For instance, is it true that someone tried to throw former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara over board off the ferry Islander in the 1970′s !!!!
The prices are low, the food is good, it’s family friendly (kids love the bag of fries)… it’s definitely worth a trip to the Newes From America while you’re on MV… once you go you’ll go back again and again.
Espresso Love in Edgartown is my favorite breakfast place.
I love their blueberry scones so much that I bring them back home to NJ and freeze them. The scone pictured above in all its delicious glory I saved for breakfast on my birthday. The stash is now gone but definitely will be replaced. Often we have Espresso Love coffee beans, that wasn’t the case this year but we do have EL mugs to complete the experience. A few years ago for my birthday my daughter Deb contacted Espresso Love and ordered a dozen blueberry scones, coffee beans and the above mugs to be sent to me. Imagine my surprise and delight when I opened the box and there was my favorite breakfast from my favorite breakfast place on my favorite Island.
Espresso Love isn’t just coffee and scones they serve lunch and in the summer casual evening dining in the garden. If you’re on MV check it out for yourself… you’ll be glad you did. Can’t you just smell the coffee now……………… ahhhhhhhhhhhh.