Calling All Gourmands: New Tour Highlights Jamaica Plain Food

A new tour with a Jamaica Plain foodie focus is making its way through the neighborhood while encompassing history, dessert, beer and delicious food. "We truly believe JP has the freshest, yummiest food in town," said Lizzie Bell, co-owner of Off The Beaten Path Food Tours and Experiences. With her husband Sam Schlussel, the duo launched the tour company, which has featured food tours in Harvard Square, Davis Square and Union Square. They launched their Jamaica Plain tour in March, and it's given on weekends. "Time and again, I found myself visiting Jamaica Plain because there is an incredible food scene here with lots of unique stories and history as well as a strong, neighborly culture that shines through," said Bell.


JP’s Newest Coffee Spot: Espresso Yourself Open on Centre Street

There's a new, punnily named business in Jamaica Plain: Espresso Yourself -- likely a reference to the Madonna and N.W.A. songs "Express Yourself," and a play on the popular beverage -- is now open, offering coffee drinks, pastries and more on Centre Street. JP's latest coffee shop joins a cluster of places to get a cup of joe along Centre and South streets, including JP Licks, Caffe Nero, City Feed, Fiore's Bakery, Monumental Cupcakes and two Dunkin' Donuts. The shop opened in the last couple of weeks, and serves lattes, cafe au lait, cold brew coffee, iced coffee and, of course, espresso, alongside a lineup of pastries. Espresso Yourself took over the former Uforge Gallery space.