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.
Lauded by Daily Candy for accommodating raw and vegan diners, Prana Restaurant balances native temperatures with mouthwatering flavors in organic and gluten-free dishes. After being greeted by fresh hair streaming through wide-flung windows, diners dip flora-favoring taste buds into garlic, veggie, or fig balsamic pizza on naan crust ($10). Chefs trade off gluten-rich pasta for ribbons of zucchini in the pesto primavera entree, served raw or slightly warm with spinach, a seasonal garden medley, and almond-and-cashew cream sauce ($16). Chard leaves or chia-seed shells trump humdrum tortillas in a lunchtime burrito that bulges to bursting with vegetables, beans, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa ($12). Refuel after fatigue-inducing feasts or all-night model-UN deliberations by chugging a coconut-rich SuperCharger smoothie tinged with cacao, dates, and cashews ($9.75).
Pair up with a pal or loved one for an escape to the quaint and sunny L'Aroma Café, where skilled baristas steep imported teas and steam espressos with the level of care seen among ex-plumbers in belt shops. Glass-top tables fog up under mugs of freshly brewed drip coffee and espresso concoctions, and teas sourced from Sri Lanka fill the air with scents of jasmine, spiced chai, and mango. Other beverages range from hot chocolate and chai lattes to zesty apple cider, and L'Aroma can serve any coffee drink on ice, decaffeinated, or in a miniature replica of the local water tower. Fresh pastries and other desserts beckon tongues from behind the café's glass counter. French macaroons wave-down taste buds with buttercream icing and tea bread spells out invites with apricots and pecans.
For more than 20 years, Angora Ice has served up healthy, low fat frozen treats. Dig into signature frozen yogurt combos such as pumpkin pie, pina colada, or chunky monkey—a blend of chocolate yogurt, peanut butter, banana, butterfingers, and gorilla tears. Smoothies are crafted from organic fruit juices and fresh fruit, with a sorbet or yogurt base. Lavazza brand coffee and a selection of fresh baked goods round out the ice cream parlor’s menu.
Uncommon Grounds is more than just a gathering place for Watertown’s residents—it’s also a place where Watertown’s locally produced foods come together in the form of creative breakfast and lunch dishes. Nashoba Brooks Bakery and Russo’s Produce are just a few Watertown producers the chefs tap for ingredients to produce their delectable dishes. Fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes—infused with fresh lemon zest and ricotta cheese—are a big crowd pleaser with early-risers, as are the caprese breakfast sandwiches, which cradle strips of applewood bacon, smoked gouda cheese, and layers of pesto mayo between slices of ciabatta bread. That sort of creativity carries over to the coffee menu, where diners can choose from candy- and- dessert-themed lattes, such as the Almond Joy, the Milky Way, and the Cinnamon Bun brew, any of which is sure to awaken your inner child and exhaust its babysitter. Of course, Uncommon Grounds also keeps the spirit alive well into the lunch hour, doling out hot Panini sandwiches, burritos, and burgers.
More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. We are also a fabulous used book store and we proudly brew Starbucks coffee!