Posts Tagged ‘cambridge’

Burdick’s Chocolates

February 3, 2011

I am a chocoholic.  I not only love chocolate, I adore it in any shape or form that’s why Burdick’s Chocolate shop in Harvard Square is a regular haunt for me. I love the tiny ganache filled chocolate mice. My favorite way to eat them is by holding one by its satin tail, dangling it over my mouth and nibbling from its head and almond ears upwards ending when I reach the satin tail.

Not into devouring mice? No problem, you can nibble on penguins. Nestled up against the mice in the gleaming glass cases are chocolate penguins, looking dapper in their dark and white chocolate tuxedos.  Don’t like penguins…then go for the white chocolate snowmen decked out in their dark chocolate top hats.  Linger in the cafe over a slice of Burdick’s homemade zuger Kirsch, vanilla tea cake with Kirsch and butter cream or Chocolate Mousse Cake, a dense chocolate cake layered with lingonberry jam.  Wash these down with a cup of mocha hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, an excellent way to warm up a winters’ day.

Burdick’s has three locations; Brattle Street in Harvard Square Cambridge, their signature shop in Walpole New Hampshire and their new shop on East 20th Street in the Flatiron District of New York City.

Flour Bakery in Cambridge

July 9, 2010

     

A display of the sweet delicacies offered at Flour Bakery & Cafe

 

Chef Joanna Chang has done it again, opened another of her fabulous bakeries, Flour Bakery & Cafe, this time in Central Square Cambridge.  This new addition to her two Boston locations is a knock out both in the menu and decor.  Her tarts, cakes, muffins, fruit breads, brioche au chocolat and croissants are displayed in sleek stainless steel cases all the better to drool over.  Sprinkled around the cafe are cozy tables and counters to sit at and enjoy your meal.    

I can tell you from experience that Chef Chang’s food is to die for.  A Harvard graduate who has a degree in mathematics Chef Chang left the high-powered financial world to pursue her passion, cooking. And, she is marvelous at it.  Everything is made on the premises; choose from sandwiches of smoked turkey, cheddar and cranberry chutney or hummus, cucumber, radishes, sprouts and onions or fresh mozzarella, basil pesto and tomato are served on country and multigrain rolls and slices.  Her Quiches filled with ham, cheddar, zucchini, spinach and parmesan are as light as air.     

Chef Chang is known for her talent with sweets, her sticky buns definitely will not disappoint you they sell out early so if going on a weekend order them in advance.  Her cookies run the gamut from peanut butter to oatmeal, raspberry crumb bars (my favorite) to almond biscotti to Belgain chocolate brownies.  And, the piece de resistance, Chef Chang’s homemade chocolate covered Oreo cookies, clearly a chocoholic’s delight.     

Run, do not walk to Flour Bakery in Central Square.       

Image courtesy of Flour Bakery.

Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

July 8, 2010

At this time of year Massachusetts farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables.  We should take advantage of this and support the local farmers that bring their produce to the hundreds of farmers’ markets across the state. 

From the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to the hills of the Berkshires in big cities and small towns there’s a farmer’s market happening every day.  In the hot weather we have been having lately nothing beats the taste of fresh locally grown produce.

The list below is divided by Massachusetts counties and gives details where you can find a farmers’ market.  For more information go to www.mass.gov/massgrown

Unless otherwise noted these markets run May to November

Barnstable County (Cape Cod)

Buzzards Bay – Fridays 10am – 2pm, Main St., Bourne

Dennisport – Mondays, 2pm – 6pm, Village Green

Falmouth – Thursdays, Noon – 6pm, Peg Noonan Park Main St

Berkshire County

Adams – July to Oct., Fridays & Saturdays Noon-6pm, 60 Columbia St

Lee – Fridays 10am – 1pm, next to the post office

Lenox – Fridays 2pm – 6pm, Library Park Main St

Pittsfield – June to Oct., Thursdays 4pm – 7pm, North St. on the square

Bristol County

Fall River – two locations;

Saturdays 7am – 12:30pm Kennedy Park

Wednesdays 9am – 1pm at Ruggles Park

New Bedford – three locations;

Mondays 2pm – dusk Brooklawn Park on Ashley Blvd.

Saturdays 9am – 1pm Clasky Common on Pleasant St.

Thursdays 2pm – dusk Wings Court on Union St.

Westport – July – Sept., Saturdays 830am – 1pm, Westport Grange, 870 Main Rd.

Dukes County (Martha’s Vineyard)

Vineyard Haven – Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 144 Beach Rd

West Tisbury – Saturday 9am – Noon, Grange Hall, State Rd

Essex County

Gloucester – July – Oct., Thursday 3pm – 6:30pm, Harbor Loop, Rte. 127

Newburyport – Sunday 9am – 1pm, Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St

Franklin County

Greenfield – Saturdays 8am – 12:30pm, 20 Court Sq. on the Common

Turners Falls – Wednesdays 3pm – 6pm, Great Falls Discovery Ctr., between 2nd St and Ave. A

Hampden County

Springfield – six locations

Springfield Cooperative, Saturdays 7am – 11am, Avocado St

Forest Park at the X – Tuesdays 12:30pm – 6pm, parking lot of the Forest Park Cyr Arena

Indian Orchard – Fridays 11am – 4pm, Hampden Bank, 187 Main St

Mason Square – Saturdays 10am – 2pm, 11 Wilbraham Rd

Shriner’s Hospital – Thursdays 11:30am – 1:30pm, 516 Carew St

Tower Square – Fridays 11am – 2pm, Main & Bridge Sts

Hampshire County

Amherst – Saturdays 7:30am – 1:30pm, Amherst Ctr, Spring St. parking lot

Easthampton – Tuesdays 2:30pm – 6:30pm, Union Plaza

Florence – Wednesdays 2pm – 6pm, Florence Civic Ctr

Middlesex County

Cambridge – six locations;

Central Square – Mondays Noon – 6pm, parking lot #5 at Bishop Allen Dr. and Norfolk St. behind the Harvest Coop

Charles Square – Fridays Noon – 6pm and Sundays 10am – 3pm, Charles Hotel courtyard in Harvard Sq

Harvard University – Tuesdays 12:30pm – 6pm, Saunders Theater, Oxford and Kirkland Sts

Kendall Square – Thursdays 11am – 2pm, 500 Kendall St

Kendall Square Main Street – Wednesdays 11am – 6pm, Cambridge Ctr Plaza, 500 Main St

Cambridgeport – Saturdays 10am – 3pm, Morse School parking lot Magazine St and Memorial Dr

Nantucket County

Nantucket – two locations;

Nantucketown, Monday – Saturday 9am – 1pm, Corner of Main & Federal Sts

Nantucket Farmers’ and Artisans Market – Saturdays 9am – 1pm, North Union and upper Cambridge Sts

Norfolk County

Brookline – Thursdays 1:30pm – dusk, Center St, Coolidge Corner

Quincy – Fridays 11:30am – 5:30pm, Quincy Ctr, John Hancock Municipal Parking Lot

Plymouth County

Duxbury – Wednesdays 12:30pm – 4:30pm, Tarklin Community Ctr, Rte. 53

Marshfield – Fridays 2pm – 6pm, Marshfield Fair Grounds, Rte. 3A

Suffolk County

Boston – six locations

Boston Medical Ctr – Fridays 11:30am – 2:30pm, Menino Pavilion, 840 Harrison Ave

Boston University – Thursdays Noon – 5pm, 775 Commonwealth Ave

Prudential Center – Thursdays 11am – 6pm, 800 Boylston St

South Station – Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30am – 6:30pm, Dewey Sq across from South Station trains

City Hall Plaza – Mondays & Wednesdays 11am – 6pm, Cambridge St

Copley Square – Tuesdays & Fridays 11am – 6pm, between Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library at St. James Ave, Dartmouth & Boylston Sts

Technique Restaurant

March 5, 2010

Today I had a wonderful experience; lunch with friends at one of Cambridge’s newest restaurants, Technique on the campus of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, yes, the same Le Cordon Bleu that Julia Child graduated from in Paris.

Located in the historic Athenaeum Press building the restaurant is run entirely by students of the culinary institute.  It is one huge gorgeously retrofitted room boasting floor to ceiling windows and exposed brick walls that give it a French bistro feel.

The open kitchen showed students hard at work chopping, slicing and dicing.  Although the menu is a bit limited it offer some very good choices.

The lunch menu includes salads of romaine with bacon and bleu cheese or radiccio and endive with sherry poached apple.  Appetizer choices ran the gamut from seared scallops with macomber turnip puree to mushroom and goat cheese tart.  There are assorted sandwiches (that change frequently) and brick oven pizzas with roasted root vegetables. 

We all chose the hot roasted chicken on ciabatta topped with celery root remoulade and house made potato chips.  We all agreed that the tartness of the remoulade  blended well with the tangy light BBQ sauce on the chicken.  Desserts were the apple tarte tatin and housemade chocolate ice cream and they did not disappoint us.  Believe me there were a lot of empty plates going back to the kitchen.

My next time there will be for dinner.  Some of their prime entrees are sole en papillote with shemiji mushrooms, grilled pork chops with broccoli rabe, and grilled flat iron with pommes fondant and creamed spinach. 

Technique is a great place to gather with friends for good food and it won’t break your budget.  Prices range from $6 for salads, $9 for appetizers (which are large enough to have as a meal), $8 for sandwiches and entrees are $16 to $18.