Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

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.