Saturday, July 26, 2014

Food Review: Flour Cafe and Bakery in Boston, MA / Sleeper St. Cafe in Boston, MA

I was able to travel to Boston, MA for two days last week for business. To combine work with the pleasant opportunity to be in a bog city, I was eager to try out some local hangouts.

Now my favorite hangouts are not the nightclubs or some bars, but outside cafes in the summer in the morning, when it is still nice and cool outside and you can sit down with a cup of coffee and a newspaper and start the day off right! I found two pleasant cafe in Boston, both near Farnsworth St. One was the Sleeper St cafe and while the menu was nothing spectacular. One item clearly stood out, the Pistachio Muffin. I love Pistachios and so to find that wonderful flavor in a muffin was just plain awesome. The muffin was deliciously moist and while the concoction had some green food coloring added, the flavor was outstanding. The added bonus were pistachio pieces that added a nice crunch to the muffin. If you are ever in that neck of the woods, I highly recommend the Sleeper Cafe Pistachio Muffin to anyone that loves pistachios. The yelp page for the cafe is here.

copied from Pinterest here, but this is how the Piastachio muffin looked like - I still salivating at the thought.

The next place was the Flour Cafe and Bakery right on Farnsworth St.  and their homepage is here. While they seem to be known for their Boston Creme Pie, I could easily pass on that and select their yeast-based dough goodies they had that morning. They offered, like the Sleeper St. Cafe breakfast sandwiches, coffee and pastries, but the selection here was huge compared to the few muffins available at the other place. Plus the outside seating area at the Flour Cafe and Bakery is nicer because Farnsworth St is really quiet, with not much through traffic and so sitting outside is like sitting in your backyard.

This morning I selected their Sugar Bun and then a twice baked brioche that had a layer of almonds and sugar on to make it even more decadent.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - twice bake brioche was still moist and tender the next day.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - so good and the buttery yeast dough can elevate a simple treat to a wonderful dessert

copyright Durhamonthecheap - speaking of simple pleasures, a tasty and perfect sugar bun!
So if you ever find yourself in Boston with some time to spare. Stop by an outdoor cafe and enjoy the big city at a quieter pace. I can highly recommend the Flour Cafe and Bakery to sit outside and enjoy Boston in the summer. And if you are in Boston, give Pistachio muffins a try. I hope that this muffin flavor will find its way into the southern hemisphere because I will definitely now spend some time experimenting with that muffin flavor!

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