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bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Pastiche is a truly wonderful European-style dessert bakery/cafe in Providence less than an hour's ride from Boston down Route 95S.

A marvelous blend of Viennese konditorei and Parisienne patisserie, this delightful European-style cafe offers a wide assortment of fine desserts, tarts, cakes, cookies, bars, all made with the freshest of ingredients. It is strictly desserts, no breads.

Over the years, I have been slowly working my way through its amazing array of sweets. I am particularly fond of the coconut cake, the fresh lime mousse tart, and most of all the fresh fruit tart. When not in the mood for a rich dessert, Russian tea cakes and cookies are equally delicious. Tea and New Harvest coffee round out the experience

Whole cakes (6", 8", 10"), tarts (8", 11"), etc. are available for take-out. My favorite birthday cake is a fresh fruit tart from Pastiche, reminiscent of the lovely fruit tarts at Maison Villatte in Falmouth.

Prices are on the high side but the quality, fresh ingredients, and cafe ambience make it all worthwhile.

Pastiche is located on a side street on Federal Hill, Providence's Italian neighborhood. It is fun to walk-off the calories with a stroll around the area with its Italian grocery stores, Venda pasta, art shops, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. In the summer there is live music at the fountain in DePasquale Square, steps away from Pastiche.


PVD/RI * May '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon


Thanks for the information about your corner of Rhode Island. I have driven to, through, and around that area but have only stopped at Wright's Dairy Farm and that was to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I tend to focus on metropolitan Providence, East Bay, Newport, and places south along the bay.

A destination-worthy venue in your area might entice me to wend my way northwest out of the city. Any suggestions?

PVD/RI * January '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

In the Now Eating RI: 3/15 there were glowing recommendations for Sushi Yama.


Anyone with information?

Japanese Bento Boxes

Last Sunday my favorite 11 year-old and I viewed the bento box exhibit at the Boston Architectural College on Newbury Street, a colorful display of boxes ranging from lacquered elegant to Lego fun. (Thank you, Croutonweb)

We walked over to Samurai Boston on Boylston Street for a bento box lunch only to find bento boxes aren't available on Sundays. We were happy to discover Ikura Sushi Bar just around the corner on Newbury with bento boxes on the lunch menu. It was a disappointing experience, however, as the fish and vegetables were past their peak of freshness and the salad consisted mainly of the hard white ends of iceberg lettuce drizzled with a Russian-like dressing. We both agreed that our bento box lunch at Haruki in Cranston, Rhode Island far surpassed the one at Ikura.

Nonetheless, it was a delightfully warm April day in the Back Bay, perfect for strolling up, down and around Newbury Street, Boylston Street, and Copley Square.

I loved the idea of pairing a museum exhibit with a meal.

Lunch on a Monday in Bristol, RI

I second the Beehive Cafe.

Great selection of well-made soups, sandwiches, and salads for lunch. Their homemade baked goods are delicious. Wonderful coffee.

It is a cute little place with several indoor/outdoor seating options. There is a lovely view of Bristol Harbor from the upper level.


Rehearsal dinner/ Providence - Bristol - Warwick

The Waterman Grille may be worth checking out.

The New American cuisine menu features an array of well-prepared appetizers, small plates, and main courses.

It is a pretty venue situated directly on the banks of the Seekonk River.

Depending on the season, it is possible to enjoy a meal on the outside deck.

Again, depending on the season, you might see the Brown University crew team practicing on the river.


Iron Works Tavern - Warwick, RI


Thanks for sharing your positive experience at Iron Works Tavern in Warwick.
I drive by it often but have never ventured in. I'll put it on my list.

Now Eating RI: April 2015

Only one new eating venture so far in April supplemented by visits to some of my regular take-outs.

Fat Belly's at Warwick Mall tops my list for the best fish and chips in Rhode Island Large, wonderfully fresh haddock fillet, nicely battered.
For Italian Take Out it is Pasta Patch, Old Forge Road, Warwick. Fresh fettucine; eggplant lasagna, fresh pasta lasagna, chicken pot pie, pizzas made with Buono dough. The very freshest of ingredients. Oven ready, though I stash some in the freezer.

And to satisfy my sweet tooth, LeFavorite Bakery. Governor Francis Plaza, Warwick. A few favorites are chocolate chip cream cheese squares, raspberry-filled shortbread cookies, zeppoles (fortunately they make a mini in addition to the full size), small fruit pies, corn muffins AND terrific glazed doughnuts smeared with a truly luscious chocolate frosting. Though I love to bake I occasionally buy a Boston Cream Pie for a special event. (They call it a cake, which it is, but I call it a pie as it was so-named when it was created at the Parker House in Boston in the late 1800s). Le Favorite is one of the few bakeries I have found where the products taste very close to homemade.

Japanese Bento Boxes

I am taking an 11 year-old to the bento box exhibit at the Boston Architectural College at 320 Newbury this Sunday, April 12.

I would like to have a bento box lunch afterwards. Are they any Asian restaurants between the college and the Back Bay T Station?

Now Eating RI: 3/15

Ursalita, thanks for suggesting Sushi Yama.

RhodyRedHen, I thoroughly enjoyed your review of Sushi Yama.

Seems this is the place to enjoy the best sushi in Rhode Island.

My favorite 11 year old will be visiting soon. I plan on taking her to Wasabi on Bald Hill Road in Warwick, not for fine Japanese cuisine but for the private curtained booths which are bound to impress. After that, Sushi Yama will be next on our list.

Best ice cream in Boston is..


You don't have long to wait.

According to Hillards' website, their homemade ice cream is available in its North Easton store from the Friday after Easter until the end of October.

I enjoy having a sundae in their comfy "old fashioned ice cream parlor" . When I have less time to linger, I'll settle for a cone.

Can't wait for the new season to begin.

Ice cream used to be available as take-out only in their now-closed Canton store. Nor sure if it is available in the new Mansfield location.

Ogunguit / Perkins Cove / Gloucester

This board, Southern New England, doesn't cover northern Massachusetts or Maine.

You might have better luck with the Boston and Northern New England boards.

Best ice cream in Boston is..


Thanks for catching my slip-up.

Without the website those not familiar with Ron's (Hyde Park location) wouldn't know of its unusual set up with the ice cream counter on one side and bowling lanes on the other. I have been to parties there. What a great combination: bowling and ice cream cake.

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Here are some not great but really good ice cream venues in the South End and south of downtown Boston:

Picco, South End. I enjoyed the malted vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips

Ron's Hyde Park with a seasonal location in Dedham: coffee, chocolate chip, as well as ice cream cakes.

Hillarrds, North Easton. Ice cream is available the Friday after Easter though October, My favorite is coconut almond delight. Along with a vast array of chocolate candies they make their own chocolate jimmies. (The Canton site has been closed and replaced with a location in Mansfield.



Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

It was time again to find a place for drinks after a theater performance. My DC and I like to try new venues and our first choice was the bar at Garde de la Mer in the G Building on Dorrance Street. They couldn't guarantee the bar would be open past 11:00 pm, despite the lure of "extended bar hours", so we narrowed our choices to The Grange on Broadway and Ogie's Trailer Park on Westminster both of which have late hours.

The Grange being the closer of the two was our first stop. In other lives it was the Leon's on the West Side and Turtle Soup. Being a corner lot, the space is framed by windows onto Broadway and Dean Street adding light to the mellow interior with its dark wood furnishings. We decided to stay.

We sat at the comfortable bar framed by colorful over-hanging glass bottle lighting. My DC chose the Grange's version of the rum-based Dark and Stormy with its own house-made ginger beer and some essence of vanilla A complex delicious Dark and Stormy.

I decided on Dealer's Choice giving the friendly and knowledgeable bartender latitude to rift on its house-made ginger beer. What a rift: Barr Hill gin,
ginger beer, freshly squeezed lemon juice, house bitters, Meletti amaro (a blend of aromatic herbs), Peychaud's bitters, and a garnish of lemon peel. Pungent, minimally sweet.

Though we tend to try new places, I can see us returning to the Grange should we run out of options.

Cocktails/Lunch after Event at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.


After the Crafts Boston show at Cyclorama, my DC and I decided Myers and Chang would be our destination. Unfortunately only dim sum brunch is available on Saturday afternoon. Retracing our steps we decided to try The Beehive. Because we didn't have reservations we were relegated to the downstairs bar where the Saturday afternoon entertainment was an electric bass guitarist. The vibrations hit us at the top of the stairs and immediately we knew conversation would be all but impossible.

We ventured further along Tremont Street. Aquitane and Metropolis had waiting lists. Stephi's on Tremont didn't fit the bill. We ultimately snagged a table in the conservatory room at Kitchen, with a pleasant view of its snow-covered patio. We both ordered off the brunch menu. My DC enjoyed the scrambled eggs accompanied by french fries and two delectable slices of brioche toast. Knowing we would be having sweets later on, I opted for a classic Greek salad, with very fresh greens and moist chicken breast. Kitchen was a good choice.

We wandered for a bit along Tremont Street before stopping at Picco for ice cream sundaes. My DC had traditional vanilla ice cream while I opted for Malt Chip, a delicious malt infused vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips. The creamy ice cream was topped with rich Schraffen Burger chocolate sauce and whipped cream. What a way to end a stroll in the South End.

On leaving PIcco we passed Barcelona and stopped in for a peak. The beautifully appointed bar and dining area and the make-your-own Bloody Marys feature of the Saturday brunch are enticements for a future Saturday in the South End.

Table, Barrington RI

RhodeyRedHen, after reading your glowing review of Table Bistor in Barrington last year I put it on my list. This week I stopped by for lunch and it was every bit as good as you described

I love the small and intimate space with its cream-trimmed soft brown walls.

The tables and wall moldings are fashioned from wooden silos salvaged in Vermont. I was fascinated with the story of this beautifully hewn wood.

I had the cornmeal-encrusted fish sandwich, the best ever. The fresh and flaky cod was served on potato bread from Foremost Bakery and topped with greens and slivers of pickled onions, and a savory tartar sauce.. Mmmm. It was served with a basket of perfectly cooked french fries. The sandwich was quite large and I had to pace myself to finish it leaving no room for dessert. Next time I may try just their sweets with a cup of tea.

Table Bistro is a terrific addition to the burgeoning number of new restaurants springing up on the East Bay.


Table provided an opportunity to try the potato bread from Foremost Baking Company. It made a great fish sandwich. Foremost produces some of the best bread products in New England. I particularly like their croissant pretzels, a softer take on the traditional Barvarian pretzel. I had my first Foremost pretzel at the jazzy Providence cocktail lounge, The Eddy, and was immediately hooked. The pretzels are also served at the Faust Hofbrauhaus in the Dean Hotel on Fountain Street in Providence. Other venues for Foremost products are listed in the link below.

The bakery is basically wholesale but pre-order products can be picked up at the Winter Farmers' in Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. Info in the link below.

Foremost Baking Company

Japanese Bento Boxes

Croutonweb, Thank you so much for the information about the Bento box exhibit and the link.

What great timing to have an exhibit of Bento boxes in Boston this spring.

I have put it on my calendar.

Cocktails/Lunch after Event at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

Thank you all for the abundance of suggestions and comments.

Until I read your replies, I wasn't aware that so many South End restaurants don't serve lunch on Saturday. Many close after brunch at 3 pm and open at 5 pm for dinner. That presents a bit of a dilemma as our main focus will be on the craft show and I don't want to cut short that experience.

I have checked out all the restaurants you mentioned and am delighted that several will work: open all afternoon, offer cocktails, are relatively quiet, and have menus amenable to my not-too-adventurous DC. Whew!

Cocktails/Lunch after Event at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

On Saturday, March 21, I will be attending The Society of Arts and Crafts' Craft Boston Spring Show.

It is being held at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street in the South End.

Will be looking for a spot in the area to have cocktails and a bite to eat, more on the order of lunch than dinner.

Would like a venue that is lively yet quiet enough to hold a conversation.

My DC enjoys well-prepared fare but isn't overly adventurous.

Now Eating RI: 3/15


Thanks for such a detailed response. I had no idea there were so many venues for sushi in the state.

I seem to be a bit behind in experiencing the various Asians cuisines available here in Rhode Island.

Now that I have tried Japanese sushi I am thinking of Korean. In another post you gave DenDen a nice review and RhodyRedHen mentioned it as one of her favorites. I am putting it on my list..

Japanese Bento Boxes


What a fantastic link.

It was so much fun scrolling through the myriad of benton boxes. Who knew!

Easter brunch buffet

My family has gone to Four Point by Sheraton on Route 1 in Norwood for Easter Brunch buffet in the past.

The brunch was quite good and and we were delighted that there was a separate children's buffet menu which our children just loved. And the Easter Bunny paid a visit.

The adult buffet this year is $33; the buffet for children between 5 and 12 years old is $16; children 4 and under are complimentary.

We have tried many different hotels in the Boston/Providence areas over the years and the Sheraton in Norwood is one of the less expensive ones.

I particularly like hotels at Easter as the children aren't confined to a dining room. When they start getting itchy, one of us adults accompanies them to the lobby area where they can walk around without being in anyone's way.

Now Eating RI: 3/15

I tried Japanese cuisine for the first time a few weeks ago when my pre-teen guest and I went to Haruki on Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston for lunch.

My young guest chose to sit at the counter so we could watch the cooks slice and chop. It was the perfect spot for a child.

She wanted to sample the Bento boxes. Sounded good to me.

We started with miso soup which comes with the Bento lunches. It was hot and flavorful with tiny wontons.

She chose the chicken teriyaki Bento box: teriyaki chicken, noodles w/peanut sauce, sushi, wasabi, shaved fresh ginger and an orange slice
I chose a tempura Bento box so she could try tempura: chicken/vegetable tempura; sticky rice, spiced cabbage, noodles, fresh orange slice.

The chicken in each preparation was fresh, juicy, and delicious. All the vegetables were fresh and crunchy.

The wait staff was professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant.

The next week I went to Wasabi on Bald Hill Road in Warwick where my DC and I took advantage of the Sunday Sushi Happy Hour with its half-priced sushi. We snagged one of the private and cozy curtained booths that line the far wall and enjoyed a glass of Brancott, a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. A decent wine, pleasantly dry and fruity.

We shared two sushi rolls: the Fire Dragon roll with an outer layer of seared steak and an inner layer of shrimp tempura, spicy crab, avocado and the Green Dragon roll with an outer layer of avocado and fish roe; an inner layer of eel and cucumber.

For dessert we shared Tempura Green Tea Ice Cream. Fried ice cream is always a fun way to end an Asian meal.

I am too new to Japanese cuisine to comment knowledgeably about sushi but I did enjoy my meals at both restaurants.

To be sure, neither restaurant is a measure of fine dining but I did enjoyed my first samplings.

I would welcome suggestions for other Japanese restaurants in the area.

Durkee spices

That's good to know.

Could you tell us what brand names to look for?

Japanese Bento Boxes

Thank you for the tutorial on bento boxes. I had no idea they are so varied and ubiquitous.

And thank you for the Rice Barn and JP Seafood Cafe recommendations. I have put them on my list.

Jamaica Plain is well within our search area as are West Roxbury and Roslindale.

Wedding restaurant + grounds for 25 people in Southern New England?

When I think of a spectacular lawn I think of The Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. The expansive lawn, dotted with Adirondack chairs, cascades down to the waters of Narragansett Bay. It is exceptionally beautiful at sunset and has a lovely restaurant. It is also a tad pricey.


The Shelter Harbor Inn (Westerly, RI) is more modestly priced.


Other venues with lovely lawns and water views, such as The Aldrich Mansion (Warwick, RI), Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboreturm (Bristol, RI) ), Glen Manor (Portsmouth, RI), and Mount Hope Farm (Bristol, RI), require a caterer.





Best of luck with your planning.

Japanese Bento Boxes

Had a delightful lunch at the Japanese restaurant, Haruki, in Cranston, Rhode Island.

We tried two different Bento boxes. One with chicken/vegetable tempura, pork dumpling, sticky rice and rice noodles. The other with chicken teriyaki, sushi/slice ginger/horseradish, salad w/peanut sauce. Miso soup preceded both. Perfect for a pre-teen who was my guest

This was my first experience with Japanese food and I found it to be very well-prepared with fresh ingredients. Being a neophyte in this area I cannot comment beyond that.

I am now looking for a Japanese restaurant in the Canton/Norwood/Dedham area that offers Bento boxes. In a pinch Boston/Cambridge/South Shore will be fine.

Best Sub in RI

Clams047, I am not familiar with subs from north Jersey but here in Rhode Island I just love subs from the Food Chalet and Anthony's Old World Deli. Both are located in Warwick, about a mile from each other, close to the Edgewood section of Cranston.

The Food Chalet gets its bread from Buono's and you have a choice of roll, hard or soft. I usually order an Italian on a hard roll and love having to wrestle with the crust.

In addition to deli items, it also carries fine cuts of fresh meats, cheeses, pastries, gourmet Italian products, and a large selection of Buono bread. There are a few tables. The Food Chalet is in a strip mall on Post Road next to the United States post office and across from Aldrich Junior High..

Anthony's gets its bread from LaSalle Bakery. They make their subs on a baguette that also has a crunchy chewy texture. Here I usually get the Milano with mozzarella cheese (processed not fresh), fresh cherry tomatoes, prosciuitto, and basil. It is in the far back corner of a strip mall on Warwick Avenue near Shaw's Market on the other side of I. M. Gan Liquors.

In addition to deli items, Anthony's also offers hot Italian lunches and a BYOB dinner on Wednesday. Ii is a cute little place with posters of Italian scenes on the walls and ten or so tables/chairs. It closes at 4 p;m with later hours for the BYOB on Wednesday. Not fine dining and the Italian fare is just average, but for me the subs are just what I want.

They are both small family-run operations.

Food Chalet, 874 Post Road, Warwick.

Anthony's Old World Deli, 400 Warwick Avenue, Warwick.

Now Eating Rhode Island: 12/14

Reporting back on ice cream for Christmas pie.

The Ice Cream Barn's Cranberry Jubilee wasn't as "divine" on the apple pie as I had anticipated. The combination of sweetened cranberries and slivers of dark chocolate was too rich for the pie.

That delicious blend of flavors belongs on a cone. I hope it is still in rotation when New Barn Ice Cream opens come spring.

Fortunately I had my old standby, Brigham's Vanilla Bean, which was perfect for the pie.