Even in a city full of national history, tradition can get lost amongst the ever-changing trends. In Boston, desserts are no exception. Yet amidst the cronuts and cupcakes, fro-yo and gelato, a classic slice of history can be found at any self-respecting Boston bakery.
The Boston cream pie - a beacon of city treats, the grandfather of Bay area baked goods, a symbol of sweet American heritage. It consists of a light sponge cake, layered with plain custard and topped with chocolate ganache. It’s simple enough, yet each bakery’s subtle differences make a citywide ranking absolutely necessary.
It's one in the morning, you’re still studying, you haven’t eaten anything since dinner, and to make matters worse, everything is closed. Yet, these are the times when you thank yourself for going to school in a city: a city of convenience stores that stay open later than you stay awake. So, after a quick fist pump of victory, you head outside; on the way to the nearest convenience store.
Now I don’t want to say I’m a snack snob, because, a Diet Coke and a pack of Twizzlers can honestly get me through anything; however, some snacks just taste so much better than others. Thus, I have compiled a list of 5 convenience store snacks that won’t leave you with that regret of wasted calories upon finally waking up from your late night struggles.
You know what time of year it is: the leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and everyone is trying to recover from Halloween. Fall is one of the best times of the year, but it is fast fleeting and there is only so much Halloween fun you can pack into October before the next holiday hits. I don’t know about you all, but even though I’m well past the acceptable age for trick or treating, I somehow acquire an absurd amount of candy during this spooky season. From care packages from home and free candy from events around campus, by the time the 31st rolls around, I’m already in a candy coma and have no clue what to do with all the rest. This is probably one of those problems that’s not really at problem at all, but read on if you need some ideas on what to do with your candy stash. Don’t forget to hit up CVS in November for the half-off candy and try some of these delicious ideas.
Photos by Haritha Pavuluri, Words by Grady Erickson
When I was in Elementary school, my grandfather would pick me and my brother up from school every day. On days when he could tell we needed a pick-me-up, or he was just feeling some sweets, my grandfather would take us to Pat’s Dream Cream to get a scoop of our favorite ice cream flavor: blue moon. Not to be confused with the beer, blue moon ice cream is the perfect combination of fruity, sweet, sour, and creamy. Some say it tastes like an ice cream version of fruit loops, but to me, it just tastes like heaven.
My father always said that there are two ways to live. You can live to eat or you can eat to live. Food is an important part of our family traditions so we all tend to lean on the “live to eat” side, as do many others. I have tasted many different flavors, combinations, and textures and have learned that, if prepared well, anything can be good. Despite the variety of tastes available to us, there are two flavors that are craved the most among humans: salty and sweet.
There is such a strong attraction between these two flavors that often drive our love of food. I have these cravings as much as the next person, and over the years I have finalized two intriguing observations of this phenomenon:
While shop windows of Paris have displayed brightly colored macarons for years, the trend is only just beginning here in the United States. Because the trend is still new in America, it is hard to find a macaron that resembles the classic French ones in size, filling-cookie ratio, and taste. Just last August, Ladurée, a Parisian tearoom famous for its macarons, opened in Manhattan. Lines of people eager to get their hands on these Parisian imports constantly stretched around the block. When I heard about Ladurée’s success in New York, I decided to search for the perfect French macarons here in Boston. After much hunting, I have compiled this guide on the macarons of Boston: Crema Café, Cambridge, MA ($1.50 each)