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bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Yeah, I think you may be on to something cassis, I spent some time in Switzerland and was perplexed as to why I did not have similar experiences here until the currency translation became more intuitive and I realized my delightful "pastry and a coffee" experiences cost ~$15.

May 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Yeah, I updated my post, there is a plain "pain au chocolat" (4th from the right in the pic) and what they call, I think, "Les Amandes" (3rd from the right) which is what I had.

May 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

OK I took one for the team, I stopped by Paul on the way to work.

It's very nicely laid out, a little surreal like someone spent a sh*t-ton of money to create, inside an American office building, what Walt Disney would think a French patisserie looks like but with very comfortable chairs.

The people? *really* nice. They will soon be open until 9pm.

I went with the pain au chocolat with almonds. It was not overly petite, $2.65 which is, for me, approachable. It was tasty! Primary notes were not-overly sweet chocolate and not-overly sweet almond (paste). Balanced butter flavor and texture, not cloying.

Accompanied by a very nice cup of Lavazza.

Maybe not Paris but *much* better than the current alternatives downtown, I will definitely hang there.

May 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Too often people here use a discussion about "authenticity" or "greatness" as a way to prattle on their self-perceived worldliness and sophistication. It benefits no one and has nothing at all to do with finding good food in Boston, it's just kind of forum noise.

Slvrspoon to the extent that you do have some passion about pastry and can be articulate about your preferences and experience I hope you'll take the time to try some of the suggestions here and let us know how it goes for you, that'd be very cool.

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Stopped by after work yesterday to grab some protein for dinner and I sh*t you not there were a hundred people in the check-out line it snaked the whole way around the perimeter of the store. It was as if the entire downtown Boston workforce had my idea.

It will work itself out but the store seems to be a hit.

May 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

If "absurdity" to you is someone having an opinion other than your own you must find the world a generally absurd place. Or as we say in Paris: Théâtre de l'Absurde.

May 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Let's put it this way: what you think about a piece of pastry is subjective, but the definition of the word "subjective" is objective.

May 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

OK web site has no hours for the Boston store, blackboard behind the locked doors says M-F 7am-3pm. Someone else will have to try it I'm afraid.

May 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Well ... everything is not subjective but what you and I think of the quality of pasty most definitely is.

subjective: existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to objective ). pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual: a subjective evaluation.

I *am* willing to believe your tastes in pastry are quite sophisticated slvr, psyched to hear about your experiences. I am going to hit Paul on the way home from work today.

May 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

I am all over it, will report out.

May 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Hey isn't/wasn't some euro pastry chain going to open kinda between government center and Quincy Market? I cannot remember the name well enough to research status.

May 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Ugh. Bakeries are many different things. Pastry is not cake. While yes, it would be nice if Ms. Chang did a better job at the pastries that Flour does prepare and sell, the cake-based food (including cookies) there, in my opinion, that is no more or less subjective than slverspoon's, are extraordinary.

Oh - their sandwiches, which are also not pastries, are wonderful. So they not only do not suck, they rock.

See, not only did I read further I posted!

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

My lovely wife and I stopped by 4:45 yesterday, a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I had called a couple of hours previous and the very nice person on the phone said that we should not have a huge problem if we were willing to sit at one of the various bars.

She was right, we were seated right away at the appetizer prep bar which is called something else in Italian. It's not really a "bar" in the sense that one interacts with anyone on the other side of it, there is a glass wall to inhibit that. It is fun to watch the prep though.

I had looked at the menu online earlier and got excited about the "all five" pesce option:

Mussels in Scapece, Saffron & Ceci
Octopus, Shishito Peppers & Citrus
Bacala Mantecato
Calamari "Siciliana"

and what the online menu says is "Mackerel, Chili Marmellata" but was really some sort of fluke ceviche thing that was probably better.

Which starts our journey. The very nice if a little intense waitress greeted us, when I mentioned how excited I was about the five pesce said "we prefer that you order all the food at once so that [something, something about the kitchen organizing something] but we are not that busy so I'll put it in." Off she went.

Somehow we had not yet ordered drinks which we really wanted. We enjoy a drink.

The pesce arrived, still no opportunity for drink order, I *own* it though for being too excited about the pesce.

All cold saladish preps in little tubs served with toasted bread. They were *wonderful*, each of them. And an enormous amount of food. This place is not precious, about which I am very excited. To each their own, amirite?

OK so at this point we are *pouring* over the menu knowing we are on thin ice on the ordering the pesce "early" thing. People, I am of Italian descent and take Italian food culture seriously, it's actually a pretty complex menu. Not complex "bad" but complex like if you have to get your sh*t together to order exactly once you have some focused work to do.

Also the menu descriptions are concise. Again, not in a bad way, but they are a headline, most dishes are more complex than described.

There was a wine guy, whatever is Italian for "Sommelier", he was very helpful.

OK ... so ... we are literally *stuffed* from the pesce, scaled down "entrée" orders to one pizza, had we ordered all at once we'd have ordered way too much food, got the:

Vongole - Garlic, chili, oregano, grana, cockles

The idea of it is magnificent (see pic). The cockles looked amazing, were tasty, but a little weird to deal with on a pizza. And the oregano was fresh. I can seriously see myself getting into the aromatic onslaught that is fresh oregano but I need some time.

Tangential - I can barely imagine the engineering logistics of venting a 1000° wood-fired oven in an 8ish floor modern box of a building. The space is really very nice.

And *boom* we were out of there. Waitress made a significant "error" in our bill which she pointed out that reduced the check significantly. Not expected or deserved but very nice.

OK - just so you know I am and remain *very* excited about Babbo. I suspect we will not just return but will return regularly, it's going to remain mobbed.

But to be clear it's full-contact dining. It's about the food, do not go preparing to relax luxuriously and assess the ambiance and the sophistication of the service. I'm going to know as much as I can about the menu prior to my next trip. We're going to order well and it's going to be awesome.

(Access tip, did notice a bit of a diner arrival lull shortly after we arrived, 5:30ish. I suspect this does not happen during the week, lots of big businesses nearby)

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Bob if your idea of people watching includes paunchy 55-yr old men that was probably me.

May 08, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

I am all over this store because I live on Tremont St. across from the Common and work across from S. Station.

I have been *so* impressed with everything I have purchased there so far - fruit, vegetables, meat, the salad bowls (see pic) *rock* and are reasonably priced.

My years of trying and failing to figure out how to shop at some combination of Shaws Pru, Whole Foods MGH, and C-mart are over.

Roche Bros. strikes me as like WF in terms of quality but without all the hippie new-age organic "GMOs are poisoning the planet" "we are nice to the animals right up until we butcher them" bullshit.

Although I am not abandoning C-mart, any food they stock there is practically free.

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

There is no parking other than whatever existed around DX previously.

Apr 30, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Oh awesome news though.

Apr 30, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

It's open! It's really nice. No alcohol though. It may be like every other Roche Bros. but I have never seen one, for those like me here are some pics. There are no meat pics because I took them for my lovely pescetarian wife :)

Apr 30, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions around the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

The Kimpton nine zero is right by the State House, very centrally located and Boston is small, you can walk to anywhere downtown, Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, or the North End.

If you can do expensive (I'd not worry too much about "fancy" in Boston, virtually all restaurants handle tasteful casual) start by checking out No. 9 Park for dinner, right by your hotel.

Apr 19, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

Indy I completely agree. The notion that e.g. Michael Scelfo and Alden and Harlow are vulnerable to Yelpers is patently *ridiculous*. Combine that with the fact that the young women did not even post anything and his crusade to defend his reputation and servers is laughable. Big, big egos.

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Apr 17, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Web menu says Saturday.

Apr 17, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Do *not* read this if you are hungry:

http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/...

This made me think:

Q. The most delicious?

A. I knew about the cheese steak, of course, but I’d never heard of Philadelphia’s other legendary sub: the roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich, also known as the Italian pork sandwich. If I could go and eat one tomorrow, I would.

Any place in Boston have anything similar? I remember that Pace has a roast pork special somedays, suffered a little work catatonia as a result, it was delicious. I don't remember it containing any rabe though.

Apr 16, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

"If you don't like boar, don't order the boar!"

Apr 15, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

New Trucks: Any Reports?

Yeah I am so excited about Tenoch truck and restaurant, I can't wait until someone posts here about how there's no good Mexican in Boston.

Apr 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

New Trucks: Any Reports?

Pennypackers is new to me (Dewey Sq.), it's awesome.

Apr 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

New Trucks: Any Reports?

They do. It's sizable and pretty straight-forward nori, rice, and spam. If I was not such a pig I'd have saved it for a perfect mid-afternoon snack.

The other day they also gave everyone some congealed sweetened coconut milk cube thing, it was delicious.

Apr 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Best Boston restaurants that are also great for kids

OK - I like the Summer Shack, especially for people from non-New England seafood places. Last time we were at the Boston location with my nieces and nephews from Texas Jasper personally told them all about lobsters including letting them play with some monsters from the tank. I love that guy.

Kid-friendly menu too.

Apr 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

I hit North East of the Border last week. Carnitas tacos were tasty but petite. I had three and was not full.

My lovely wife had one toasted avocado taco, she reported it was tasty but also just a sliver of avocado, a bite really.

I can't abandon Tenoch (very tasty and plentiful) for them.

Apr 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

Although

"9. The chef explains that his cooking has "a story to tell," and it's a romantic novel of self-love"

is kinda clever.