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Tale of Two Boston Bakeries

28 Feb

Here are two bakeries on opposite sides of the Charles River, both offering delicious goodies!

Paris Baguette is inside H Mart in Central Square, so it’s no surprise that there are Asian influences.  It’s like Hong Kong meets Paris – you’ll find red bean-filled donuts alongside baguettes, as well as some truly American concoctions like cream cheese donuts and croissant donuts.

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As it turns out, Paris Baguette is part of an large Korean conglomerate and is expanding its American presence. I’m not a fan of chains, but I can’t deny that these treats satisfied my sweet tooth.

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Info: Paris Baguette, 581 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

SwissBakers has two locations, one in Allston and one in Reading. I visited the Allston location on Western Avenue near Harvard Business School. It’s a modern, IKEA-like space with big windows. There’s plenty of seating both inside and out on the patio (when it’s warm enough). Another big bonus: a parking lot!

Here’s the box full of Euro-treats I got: almond, chocolate and spinach croissants, a raspberry Berliner, a chocolate chip bun, and a pear and cheese tart. The tart has a shortbread crust and is topped with thinly sliced pears. Somehow, its flavour reminds me of Chinese egg tarts (which are also very yummy).

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Inside a raspberry Berliner:

Swissbakers: BerlinerThe Berliner is slightly crisp on the outside with granulated and powdered sugar, but light and springy inside, with raspberry filling. I like that it’s not too sweet.

 Cheese and spinach croissant, flaky and stuffed with spinach!DSC01915

Both these bakeries deserve return visits!

Info: Swissbakers, 168 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134 USA

Swissbäkers on Urbanspoon

 

Afternoon Tea in Kendall Square: Tatte Bakery

23 Nov

With desserts that look this good, it’s no wonder that  Tatte Bakery in Kendall Square, Cambridge, is busy. One afternoon, I wanted to drop by their Third Street location to pick up a cup of Stumptown coffee to go, but there was a line out the door, so I kept on walking. The other two times I’ve been to Tatte, I’ve always managed to find a seat.  Prepare to salivate as you view these delicious treats!

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A pistachio and cherry tart. It’s rich enough to share, but it’s so good,  I ate the whole piece myself!DSC00800

Tatte is known for its signature nut boxes: Delicious whole nuts in a thick and crunchy shortbread box. You can get a little individual box like this one, or a foot-long tart to share!DSC00801

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Info: Tatte Bakery and Cafe, 318 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

Tatte Bakery and Cafe on Urbanspoon

Confusing Cafe: Vicki Lee’s

9 Nov

My visit to Vicki Lee’s was one of my most confusing café experiences ever. On a sunny Saturday, in the middle of the afternoon (around 3 pm), my husband and I dropped by with the intention of enjoying a couple of lattes and sharing a snack – perhaps a tart or a slice of cake. The café itself is bright and inviting, with large windows opening up onto Trapelo Road.

When we stepped into the shop, my eyes immediately moved to the glass case filled with cakes, cupcakes and other small desserts. On top of the case were glass jars filled with different kinds of mouth-watering cookies. At the other end of the café was a coffee bar with tall stools. One patron sat there, enjoying a cup of coffee.

DSC01056A sign at the café entrance told us to “please wait to be seated”.  A server quickly approached and asked if we would be eating here. “Yes,” we responded, slightly taken aback as we had been expecting counter service, and the ability to seat ourselves. Once we sat down, our server delivered menus and looked surprised when we told her we would not be having lunch (it was 3 pm, after all). We only wanted coffees and a dessert.  I eyed the cakes and cookies at the counter only several feet away from me. They did not appear on the menus we had been given.

DSC01058“Could I have something from over there?” I asked our server, pointing to the display case. “Sure,” she responded, “I’ll bring over the dessert tray.”  I was dumbfounded – I could plainly see the yumminess available up front, there was no need to bring me a tray. She came back with a fancy tray of six desserts, the same ones from the menu. No cupcakes, cookies, or eclairs to be found. What kind of café doesn’t serve the desserts it shows off in a display case??

I settled on lemon pudding cake with basil puree ($6.50) because it sounded interesting enough, and it became pretty clear that they weren’t going to serve me any cookies on a plate.

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The pudding cake was more pudding-like than  cake-like but did have a nice lemon flavor. It was a nice, light, dessert. But I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that this was not what I signed up for.

DSC01057As we ate the pudding cake and enjoyed our lattes, my husband and I saw one customer arrive and clear Vicki Lee’s of all their individual fruit tarts. They must have been tasty. I kinda wished that they had been an option for me to order.

If I do decide to come back to Vicki Lee’s, I’ll be sure to head straight to the counter to pick up something that I’ll have to bring home in order to enjoy.

Info: Vicki Lee’s, 105 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA 02478, USA
Vicki Lee's Bakeshop, Catering and Take-Away on Urbanspoon

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Smile of the Day: Boudin Bakery Sourdough Crocodile

11 Jun

 

Boudin Crocodile - people apparently actually buy themSmile of the Day: Boudin Bakery in San Francisco makes sourdough loaves shaped like all kinds of animals, including this crocodile.

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