Although it offers drinks and café fare to go, Fortissimo Coffeehouse is no drive-thru pit stop. Instead, the coffeehouse cultivates a welcoming charm with record players spinning classic vinyl and small, intimate tables perfect for a lunch date or an afternoon of getting work done. The team behind the counter helps further either of these pursuits by mixing up steaming cups of coffee, lattes flavored with Monin syrups, and smoothies filled with more fruit than the Chiquita Banana lady’s headshots. Alongside the drinks, baristas make and serve a select menu of breakfast dishes, veggie-filled wraps, and a range of paninis that can be converted into salads. The menu incorporates a variety of flavors, creating unique options like the popular Uncle Toni, which combines jerk turkey with chipotle-smoked gouda, colorful peppers, and guava spread on a choice of panini or atop a bed of salad.
Tables line the sidewalk outside Cafe Pamplona, where patrons sip tea and coffee and students meet up to study. The specials are written on a board outside, beckoning diners to come in to sample internationally inspired soups, sandwiches, and sweets. At one of the oldest cafes in Harvard Square, guests peruse the extensive hot and cold drink menu, seeking the perfect beverage to suit their mood. Drinks at this European-style cafe include unique blends such as the hot or cold Cafe Pamplona, a drink made of espresso and sweetened condensed milk, and the caffeine-free Red Zen tea, which is infused with a mix of lemongrass and orange peel that zings taste buds more effectively than licking velcro. Along with tea and coffee, Cafe Pamplona serves up italian sodas, espresso, and cappuccinos.
PotatoFreak is a unique concept. The restaurant features 2 venues in one: a Dining Lounge and a Chocolate Express Fondue feature offering customers variety while offering exclusive dining experience and the excitement of express fruit/chocolate fondue within a single establishment. The restaurant features a cozy and open co
Judy Rosenberg didn’t set out to be an award-winning chef or an NPR-lauded cookbook author. The owner of Rosie’s Bakery found her calling in 1974 after attending art school and gobbling desserts at some of New York’s finest bakeries, becoming inspired to forge her own batch of sweets. When the staff of a local cheesecake shop got hooked on her homemade cookies, she knew she’d found a recipe for success. Since then, she’s expanded her culinary repertoire to include fudge-nut brownies, bavarian-cream fruit tarts, and more than 14 types of muffins and scones.
Each recipe teems with real, old-fashioned ingredients, such as butter, cream, sugar, and edible monocles. Cakes come in circular layers and rectangular sheets, boasting flavors such as carrot and mocha. Filled with snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip rounds, the cookie lineup conjures more childhood memories than a psychiatrist who rides to work in an ice-cream truck.
Precious coffee is expertly brewed and measured at Voltage Coffee, which pours custom blends and premium chocolate concoctions into the cups of thirsty customers. The tasteful menu demonstrates the breadth of the store’s sippables, a roster that includes exotic creations such as the paper plane latte, which, like most actual planes, is powered by cardamom, rose water, and honey ($4 for 12 oz.). Three single-origin hot-chocolate drinks provided with tasting notes will please cocoaholics ($4 for 12 oz.).
Across from Boston University's west campus, the cooks at Angora Café fill their cozy storefront with the aromas of Europe. Drawing from a stock of imported ingredients, the culinary team incorporates Mediterranean flavors into roll-ups with fixings such as oven-roasted chicken and daily-changing hummus. Atop pizzas, they not only sprinkle classic toppings like mozzarella, but also unorthodox options such as mango and tofu. They also prepare low-carb wraps or low-calorie flatbreads crowned with turkey and spinach.
On the sweet side, the café's beverage concocters blend fruits, juices, and frozen yogurt into creamy smoothies. Scoops of low-fat frozen yogurt even serve as foundations for desserts like the chunky monkey, chocolate fro-yo smothered in peanut butter and Butterfingers.
You heard right. $20 for $50. And in case your Texas Instrument can't handle that calculation, it's a whopping 60% off your dinner. Located at 26 New St. in Cambridge (near Fresh Pond), Basha offers a variety of new experiences. If you've never smoked flavored tobacco from a hookah, it's time. The water cools the hot smoke, allowing you to enjoy the flavor without the burn. Ride that buzz right on through the live belly dancing. Newcomers to belly dancing will be impressed with the skill of Basha professionals, who can even tap dance with special tap cummerbunds fastened to their abs. Hang out in the outdoor patio while enjoying the great drink selection, especially the Basha Signature Martini with Blueberry Stoli, pomegranate juice and blackberries.