Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happy Holidays!

On the off chance you needed another excuse to check out Flour Bakery, watch Greater Boston's Jim Braude whip out his doggy bags when presented with an array of Flour desserts and Oleana treats:

May your holiday season bring you just as much joy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Special Kane's Donuts for Curious George and Fall

As always, Kane's Donuts is offering a bunch of special seasonal treats. I've previously visited Kane's and had a blast. I was able to stop by last week and sampled some!

One of my favorite parts of going to Kane's Donuts is their giant coffee roll cakes, which would be a delight to receive at an office birthday party:

Mmmmm donuts:

The view inside the goodie bag:

The caramel apple donut tastes like gooey apple pie with a creamy, caramel frosting and butter crunch topping:

Here is the gluten-free pumpkin spice donut, a cake style donut rolled in pumpkin spice with a honey glaze, and the Pokémon donut, a Bavarian crème-filled donut topped with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate frosting. The pumpkin donut was especially delicious

This is the maple walnut cupcake, yellow cake frosted with Vermont maple syrup and rolled in chopped walnuts:

When you open to plastic container with the cupcake, all you smell is maple syrup. This frosting was so smooth, creamy, and delicious:

I also got to sample a special donut created to celebrate the 75th birthday of Curious George on September 17. 

This donut was frosted with milk chocolate and caramel and filled with banana cream. The Curious George ring was a bonus:

The caramel apple donut, gluten-free pumpkin spice donut, Pokémon donut, and maple walnut cupcake will be available until the end of September. Looking forward to more special seasonal treats in the future!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hatch Chile Chocolate Truffles

This hatch chile chocolate truffle was SO GOOD. I'm not sure I ever had a pepper-infused chocolate before, but there is a hatch chile event at Wegmans and there are tastings with hatch chiles everywhere. The truffle had a silky, smooth texture and pleasant, spicy aftertaste. 

Editor's note - I work at Wegmans. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

On Demand Cream Puffs at Beard Papa's

Have you ever had an on demand cream puff? I didn't know that such an awesome thing existed. A friend took me to Beard Papa's new Allston location the other day and it was so cool!

I got two cream puffs because research. Here is the original cream puff:

Look at all the creamy, gooey filling:

 Here is the ice cream puff:

Is there a more perfect treat to survive this heat? I think not:

Here is your obligatory Instagram shot:

In addition to the Allston location, the original Beard Papa's location is in Chinatown.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Celebrate National Doughnut Day!

Happy National Doughnut Day! Did you know that this day is rooted in the Salvation Army's response to World War I? The women who delivered doughnuts to boost troop morale were called Doughnut Lassies. Isn't that the coolest job title ever?

There is SO MUCH happening with donuts in Boston today - here's the rundown!

Kane's Donuts:

I recently had the chance to stop by Kane's Boston location and they gave me some sample donuts to try. This likely goes without saying, but there is no parking anywhere nearby during the day so plan your visit accordingly.

The doughnuts are huge! My favorite varieties here have simple glazes, such as the basic honey-dipped, and the Maine Blueberry is probably my favorite, but I'm guessing you already knew that

I think my favorite thing about Kane's Donuts is their rotating selection. For example, for Cinco de Mayo, they had an amazing Margarita donut. Did you know that the margarita dates back to 1938 and was invented in Mexico, by Carlos “Danny” Herrera, for a customer who was allergic to many spirits, but not tequila?

For Father's Day, they have a whiskey donut. In fact, they have teamed up with Rhode Island distillery Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. to create the whiskey glazed donut. If there is a special Dad in your life, or you want to pretend there is, this donut is awesome. The whiskey glaze is created using Sons of Liberty Spirits’ international award winning Battle Cry Whiskey, an American Single Malt born from a Belgian-style ale. Battle Cry is a unique experience from beginning to end - hints of dark fruit and spices, such as anise and black licorice, with a subtle sweetness and a lasting finish that leaves the palate begging for more. Kane’s boiled down the Battle Cry to cook out most of the alcohol and then blended it with sugar, local organic honey and butter to craft a divine whiskey glaze. Since this donut is too good to only serve for one weekend, they’ve made it one of their June flavors of the month.

I also love how friendly their staff are. While I was waiting in line, another woman came to get two cupcakes for an office birthday party, and Kane's even had birthday candles available which is a nice touch for such a small space. There is no seating inside this location, but on a nice day there is plenty of outdoor seating. On a not-so-nice day, you can hang out at the window counter.

Here are other ways to celebrate today:

For some other ideas, check out the doughnut archives. Enjoy!