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Ferry Street, a great place to shop and eat for the holidays

This sign in Newark, New Jersey announces the arrival of the holiday season
Lucy Santos

You do not need a passport or an airplane ticket to travel to Spain, Portugal or Brazil. All you have to do is go to Ferry Street, in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey, where Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures are very much alive. Here the businessmen and businesswomen are very warm, friendly and hard working. As you walk into the shops at Ferry Street, you are always greeted with a smile. There are so many artistic pieces and some that even handmade at these shops, which make great holidays gifts. At the jewelry shops, there are unique jewelry pieces from Portugal set in 18 carat gold, which are very hard to find anywhere else.

For those who have a hearty appetite, there are so many fine Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants at Ferry Street. At these eateries, the menus contain elaborate seafood dishes and juicy steaks as well as a wide variety of specialty dishes. You should be hungry when you come to eat at these restaurants, for you will be served a big plate of food.

One of the specialty dishes served in these restaurants is the paella, a delicacy that originated from Spain in the region of Valencia. There are three different types of paella: Valencian paella, (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco) and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta). Eating a paella is a wonderful experience, and you can share this large dish with a group of people. Whether you are a seafood lover or a meat lover, the paella combined with yellow rice will satisfy your palate.

Did you ever wonder how Ferry Street acquired its name? Ferry Street was named after the ferry that traveled between Newark and points east. Ferry Street is located in the Ironbound section of Newark and is named after the Ironbound railroad that surrounded the region in the 1830’s. When you visit Ferry Street, you will see signs of the old Ironbound railroad. Since there are so many historic buildings and churches in Ferry Street, you can do plenty of sightseeing.

The holidays are a busy time of year, and you can do your shopping at the stores in Ferry Street. You can purchase a unique gift at these shops that a relative or a friend will cherish for many years to come. After all your holiday shopping, you can relax and eat at one of the fine restaurants in the area and order paella. Visiting Ferry Street is worthwhile, for it is a cultural experience.


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