As part of the Hillside Quickie family of delectable eating establishments, Sage Cafe stands as one of Capitol Hill’s original vegan bakeries, specializing in a bevy of scrumptious desserts. Sage’s decadent cupcakes are fit to bursting with rich, delicious flavor, sans the tears of cuddly kittens. Each savory cake is lovingly baked without dairy, eggs, or honey, harnessing the environmentally friendly power of smiles, happy thoughts, and vanilla extract to forge their sweet treats instead. Choose from a delicious array of flavors, including chocolate cream-cheese espresso, rich dark cocoa and vanilla bean buttercream, double chocolate orange, chocolate chai, vanilla pumpkin pie, and vanilla custard buttercream to satiate your grumbling belly and to sign a peace treaty with your digestive tract.
Upon seeing the iced and sprinkled goodies that glisten under the display case at CB Scoops, it's obvious that the bakery excels in the art of crafting inventive sweet treats. Behind the counter, staffers scoop generous portions of ice cream in seasonal and mainstay flavors such as butter pecan, death by chocolate, and coffee almond fudge to cool down maws or overheated laptop batteries. The flavors pour into cupcakes as well as ice cream cakes and festively decorated ice cream pizzas divided into tasty slices. In addition to its celebratory dainties, the kitchen also churns out sandwiches, salads, and soups.
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.
Heirloom Coffee possesses a magic door to Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam—or at least that’s how it seems as they endlessly stock their shelves with the country and region’s best coffees. Their coffee reaches nearly every US state and territory, a feat achieved by shooting the bags of beans out of a huge circus cannon. Out of their red-trimmed office in Medford, the coffee connoisseurs also educate the public on brewing their beverages through detailed seminars that span coffee’s history and culture before diving into a hands-on brewing and tasting lesson with take-home samples and equipment.
The mingled scents of coffee and fresh-baked donuts greet visitors at Verna's Coffee & Donut Shop, whose baked creations were named Best Donuts Around Boston by CBS Boston. Amid sage-green walls, visitors lean over a glass case that displays traditional glazed donuts and pert jelly donuts infused with cherry or strawberry filling. A pot of coffee stands at the ready to perk up tired eyes, much like a sentry who yells, "Wake up, there's a bear behind you!"
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.