Monday, May 23, 2011

Wicked Sweet Boston

A few years back this wonderful little bakery, Flour,  popped up in Boston's South End. I'd heard about it and went for a visit and was truly delighted. A large assortment of interesting and finely crafted sweets and treats, not too sugary (except for their famous sticky buns). Among my favorites are some of their brioche based sweets, including a baked cream danish style treat, and a sugar dusted brioche bun, lemon custard muffins, cracklin'- a danish filled with bitter orange marmalade-topped with toasted almonds, home made oreos, fruit tarts piled high, buttery scones, chocolate glazed dacquoise, creme brulee, and so much more. On a recent trip to Boston, I was happy to discover that is wonderful bakery has grown to three locations: South End, Fort Point Channel and Central Sq., and I had the good fortune of eating from each of them in the 2 days I was there, Oy!!!

In addition to the wonderful desserts, the bakeries serve a number of savory items, but I must admit, I didn't even notice them, I was so busy looking at the sweets. Each bakery has a beautifully designed space with many creative and unique touches. Certainly worth a visit!

If you are interested in more from Flour Bakery:

Flour Bakery Cookbook

Dacquoise recipe from one of the bakers @ Flour bakery
This type of Dacquoise is a french dessert made from almond meringues layered with espresso buttercream and chocolate ganache...very rich and decadent!

More on Boston:
We also stopped by the SoWa Market on sunday morning: farmers' market, craft market and food trucks. Not as packed as I'd hoped it would be, but a fun little adventure.
If you make it up to Beantown, you might also check out:
Foundry on Elm or Bella Luna - both spots feature exceptional food by my friend and talented Chef Sam Putnam.

Hi-Rise Bread Co. - another lovely bakery, this one in Cambridge.

Sevan's Middle Eastern Grocery, Watertown - great food, one of my favorites is their Muhamara - a spread made of walnuts, red pepper paste, pomegranate molasses and olive oil.

Porter Square Exchange - Japanese food court filled with inexpensive and tasty small restaurant stalls, Cambridge.

Super 88 Asian Grocery Stores - I heard rumor that some of the locations have closed, but these are incredible and very large Asian markets. They may have changed name, but it is worth searching out some of the great and large asian groceries in the Boston area.

Do you have any favorite food spots in Boston?

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