Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The 15th Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer is Happening May 5 - 11!

Folks, it's one of the greatest times of the year in Boston for dessert! Here is all the info you need to enjoy local desserts for a good cause:

Treat the special women in your life to decadent desserts while also helping fight breast cancer during Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer from May 5 through Mother’s Day on May 11. Restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, cafés, chocolate and ice cream shops throughout Massachusetts will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.
Establishments have the option to designate all sales of one specific dessert or fifty-percent of proceeds from their entire dessert menu to support breast cancer care and research. Proceeds will be shared by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Bakes for Breast Cancer, Inc., a non-profit breast cancer organization dedicated to making a difference.
Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer was founded in 2000 by Carol Brownman Sneider in memory of her mother, Eva Brownman, who lost her battle with breast cancer. Since its inception the event has raised more than $700,000 for breast cancer research and care at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber through the Eva Brownman Research Fund currently under the direction of Eric Winer, MD.
The 15th annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer is dedicated to the late Ella Mermelstein, whose daughter, Suzanne owns, Mariposa Bakery in Cambridge and has participated in Boston Bakes for many years. Ella died at age 34 after a five-year battle with breast cancer.
For more information, a list of participating establishments, or to learn more about how to become involved in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, visit www.bostonbakesforbreastcancer.org, follow Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer on Facebook, and Bakes for Breast Cancer on Twitter.  Dessert lovers can also visit www.bostonbakesforbreastcancer.org/shop to have a sweet treat delivered.
NOM. Where are you going to go first?

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Cinnamon Rice Pudding at Anna's Taqueria

I'm not a big rice or bread pudding fan mostly because everytime I've tried them they have always been mushy and gross. However, while at Anna's Taqueria inhaling a grilled steak quesadilla, I noticed they had rice pudding and thought I would give it a try. It was yummy, pleasantly mushy yet structured enough not to be sloppy when you eat it. Also this cinnamon dusting on top was everything and goes perfectly with your Mexican Coke:

Monday, March 03, 2014

Four Layer Peanut Butter Cake for $3.29!

If you're in the mood for peanut butter cups and manage to scrape together another dollar, head over to Whole Foods and get their peanut butter cake instead.

This cake has four layers: a top later of a thick, smooth chocolate mousse, a layer of yellow cake, a later of peanut butter filling, and another later of cake. The top layer is covered in chocolate shavings. This cake is everything you want in a peanut butter cup but have time to sit, relax, and savor every delicious layer interacting with the other.  Did I mention this cake is only $3.29?!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nutella Now Available by the Cup: Paris Creperie Serving Raspberry Nutella Lattes

Yes, Virginia, this does exist and it is every bit as good as you would hope. 

I'm always delighted when something wonderful is made even more awesome. Generally speaking, it's hard to go wrong with anything containing Nutella, that chocolate hazelnut spread that infects all our dreams with joy. While a Nutella mocha might just have one too many flavors, the Raspberry Nutella Latte at Paris Creperie blends together in such a way that each flavor complements the other. When you sip it, you can distinctly taste the chocolately Nutella first, then raspberry notes, then finally a milky smooth coffee flavor. This beverage is stimulating relaxation at it's finest. As well as the setting:

Of course, tarragon-infused ham, spinach, and Brie crêpe was fantastic as well:

Bon appétit, mes amis!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Eating Your Way Through Autumn

So I'm taking a short break from dissertation editing and fretting about academic life to notice that the Red Sox are winning things and apparently it is Fall already. Hello outside world!

While anything with pumpkin typically wins the "eating your way through Autumn" award, I'd like to suggest a couple alternatives. This morning while running to be on time to life, I finally had a chance to sample the Apple Cider donut at Honey Dew:

This snack was prefaced with an amazing chicken sausage sandwich,
folks concerned about your dessert blogger's morning nutrition.
Yes I will be taking that post-lunch walk.
Being from Buffalo, NY and growing up near Mayer Bros. Cider Mill, I was super excited to try this donut. It was good! There was a soft, sugary glaze on the outside and normal cakey donut on the inside. What made this donut memorable and blogable was the apple taste. This donut actually has apples in it! You can tell by the sweet applely aftertaste that lingers in your mouth after each bite. At $1/donut, you should definitely try one.

While on a writing weekend out in western MA, I bought a carton of husk cherries, which I had never tried before. If you're new to them too here is what they look like:
husk cherries (ground cherries)
Husk cherries wrapped. Image sourceSome rights reserved by kthread
Husk cherries unwrapped. Image source. Some rights reserved by karendotcom127
Here are a bunch of yummy recipes using husk cherries.

Lastly, because I'm not sure you're allowed to Autumn in New England without something pumpkin, I recommend the Pumpkin Spice Caramel candies at Peet's Coffee. Here's my post of them from a few years ago - enjoy!