Category Archives: Desserts and Sweets

Museum of Science presents Chocolate: The exhibition

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourThe Museum of Science (one of my favorite museums to visit as a kid) often falls off my radar as an adult. How else can I explain that I had no idea there was an amazing exhibit underway called Da Vinci – The Genius until I learned about the Chocolate exhibit, which initially made me check out their website?

While the Da Vinci exhibit sounds interesting and I may go check it out, Chocolate: The exhibition sounds like something I could really sink my teeth into so to speak. The temporary exhibition which opens today and runs through May 7, 2017 will test your chocolate knowledge of this delicious food and help you appreciate the role it has played through history.

The exhibit shares interesting facts about the plant, the products and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of science, history, and popular culture.  Tickets to the exhibit are $25 for adults and $20 for children if you are not a member.

Chocolate: The exhibition at the MOS

The best cannolis in Boston

Modern Pastry BostonBoston Magazine’s 2017 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll is underway through the rest of the year and this month the magazine is asking their readers to rate the best Raw Bar and best place to get a cannoli in Boston.

With regards to raw bar I have my own personal opinion but the question about where one can get the best cannoli in town this blog answered with a resounding vote back in 2014 in my post, Mike’s Pastry vs. The Modern Pastry Shop.

The pastry shop that won the blind tasting (hands down) is shown in a recent photo I took of a visit there when I was in need of these delicious Italian pastries.

Great gift or date for a chocolate lover

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourAre you a chocolate lover or do you know someone who is? The Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour may be the perfect gift to give or daytime date if you want to mix things up a bit from the typical dinner and a movie.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour is a 2.5 hour walk that encourages you indulge in some of the tastiest treats available in the Back Bay, while your guide provides tips on tasting, buying and storing high-quality chocolate.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour takes place each Saturday morning starting at 10:15 and currently GoldStar.com is offering 50% off through the end of January. You can learn more about The Back Bay Chocolate Tour here and you can get those 50% off tickets from GoldStar.com here. And you can read what Yelpers have to say about the tour here.

Community Servings, Pie In The Sky 2015

community servingsThanks to the help of volunteers, corporate sponsors and staff, Community Servings prepares and delivers 9,600 lunches and dinners each week to families who are home bound with an acute life-threatening illness. Each November Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky fundraiser raises money to help them continue these important services.

You can help make a difference by agreeing to help Community Servings sell their delicious homemade pies for the Thanksgiving holiday or by purchasing one or more of these tasty desserts made by 150 of Greater Boston’s best chefs, bakers and caterers. For more information (help spread the word) visit their website, pieinthesky.org.

Gelology Pride platters

Gelology, Matthew MicariAre you hosting a Pride Party this weekend in Boston?  Matthew over at Gelology has Pride Platter specials for Boston Pride that are a perfect accompaniment to your food and drinks.

4 dozen pieces-$85
24 champagne and elderflower with raspberries
24 watermelon jolly ranchers w/ logos

Boston Pride Platter, Matthew Micari

Gelology is a specialty catering company that focuses on gelatin appetizers, desserts and edible cocktails.  Gelology’s Edible Cocktails are made with spirits for flavoring and novelty. You must be 21+ to order Edible Cocktails. It’s art you can eat™!

Place Your Boston Pride Gelology Order Here Today

Gelology pop up Saturday, March 14th 1-3:30 pm

gelology matt micariSaturday March 14th, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Gelology will be hosting a tasting / pop-up shop at Social Wines in South Boston at 52 West Broadway.  Gelology will tempt you with their Citrus Shamrocks and will also introduce their chocolate Guinness shot-filled cupcakes.

Gelology “Pop Up” at Social Wines
Saturday, March 14 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

There will be a limited number of a tasting boxes which comprise 6 mini cupcakes and 6 citrus shamrocks for sale for $15. These perfect St. Patrick’s Day hostess gifts will sell quickly; pre-order your own tasting box here.

Petsi Pies bakery review (chocolate lovers edition)

sweets, chocolate, bakery, dessertLast Saturday I watched Unique Sweets on The Cooking Channel (locally that is Ch-239).  This episode was dedicated to all things chocolate and included a local pie shop with stores in Somerville and East Cambridge called Petsi Pies.

Living in the South End, I’ve become spoiled by all the great bakeries in my nearby so I went to check out Petsi Pies to see if it lived up to the hype.  In the name of ‘research’, I purchased some of their most popular chocolate goodies.

Whoopie Pie CupcakeThe Whoopie Pie Cupcake includes a decadent chocolate ganache frosting and whipped cream filling that reminds me more of gourmet hostess cupcake than a whoopie pie, but don’t take that as a complaint.  Upon biting into this treat I promptly had to pour myself a large cup of milk.  I can see how these could be incredibly addicting. This is a must try for cupcake lovers.

Petsi PiesThe Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie was too enticing not to try and turned out to be my favorite item purchased.  The Bourbon is subtly infused into the soft chocolate filling and not overpowering at all.  My favorite thing about this pie is the mixture of the filling and crushed pecans generously sprinkled on the top. I think this probably would go best with a large dollop of fresh whipped cream and should replace traditional pecan pies.

Petsi PiesThe Mississippi Mud Pie is for the person who believes there is no such thing as too much chocolate. The dark, thin pie crust tastes like a crushed chocolate cookies.  And that pie crust is necessary to hold all the gooey, chocolate brownie-like batter that is piled on top of it.  However, just to make certain a chocolate-induced food coma will ensue Petsi Pies then tops the filling with chunks of chocolate brownie and drizzles it with chocolate ganache.

All told, I have to say that Pesti Pies did live up to the hype and is worth visiting. If you like this type of ‘reasearch’ let me know, and I’ll continue this important work; ignoring my ever expanding waistline.  Is there a bakery or pastry shop you love in the Boston area you think I should check it out?  Let me know.