With an arsenal of fresh ingredients and rich recipes, Hoff's Bakery has been bestowing gourmet goods on New Englanders for almost 30 years. Check out the sumptuous lineup of desserts, which include six-inch cakes (around $10.95), creamy cheesecakes ($19.95–$23.95), truffle bombs (around $12.95), and trifle cups. Many of Hoff's Bakery's baked goods are certified kosher. Patrons can also snag individual desserts such as mini and personal pastries (starting at $27.50 for 35 pieces), which can be easily concealed in mouths for transport over the border.
Confectioner Deana Martin and the sugar magicians at Wildflour conjure daily-baked desserts from local ingredients, a craft they demonstrate to knowledge-hungry students. Couples or solo apprentices explore the process of creating chocolate treats that run the confectionary gamut from truffle fillings to tempered chocolate to cocoa-dust fog. While dipping and decorating the luxurious spheres, daring digits can indulge an experimental curiosity by coating other sweet treats in chocolate, such as fruit or bags of sugar. Classes run Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and are limited to a maximum of 15 participants to prevent chocolate bunnies from being munched into extinction.
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
Inside the box lies a sampling of different caviars and all the necessary accoutrements, such as a mother-of-pearl spoon and an info card. By using only high-quality American caviar, The Little Pearl offers a lightly buttery taste without being fishy or salty. Even novices to this luxurious specialty will enjoy the rich flavors encountered on the palatal journey through the box's contents. Each one includes:
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.
On a visit to the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Alex Whitmore tasted stone-ground chocolate for the first time. Although the bite was just a fleeting part of a larger journey, Alex was hooked. Upon his return to Somerville, he founded Taza Chocolate and learned how to hand carve the granite millstones that still grind the factory’s cacao today. Each bar of organic dark chocolate is crafted with a set of core missions in mind, including sustainable community and environmental practices, direct trade with cacao producers, and federally compliant drainage of all chocolate rivers. Taza’s chocolate bars and discs also honor Mexican traditions and cross-cultural tastes through their creative flavors which include chipotle chili, salted almond, and ginger.
The caffeine connoisseurs at Boston Common Coffee Co. roast their own beans at a local facility for optimal freshness, pairing the sleep-shaking sips with a sumptuous spread of energizing eats. The in-house bakers and cooks whip up morning mouthfuls in the form of breakfast sandwiches ($3.23–$4.25), muffin tops ($1.85), and freshly baked bagels and croissants ($1.15+), crafted using local ingredients whenever possible to ensure quality. Sink into the eatery's plush leather couches while sinking teeth into the asparagus strata⎯a quiche-like entree made from bread, asparagus, tomatoes, and cheese ($4.25)—or the sourdough-ensconced Prince panini ($6.75–$6.95), a roasted turkey, cheddar, tomato, and dijon-mustard sandwich whose deliciousness can only be expressed as an unpronounceable symbol. Patrons can also opt to take a slice of the coffee pie home by purchasing Boston Common Coffee's flavored, fair traded, or varietal coffees by the pound ($10.25+).