Weekly Holiday Bump: Cupcakes, Latkes, Giving, and Santa Claus

16 12 2008

Kickass Cupcakes is holding a cupcake cocktail tastings all week.
December 15th, 16th & 17th from 5pm-7pm
Free tastings of mini cupcakes with cocktail inspired flavors

On Sunday December 21st from 1pm-5pm they will host a Kids holiday cupcake decorating day.  The cost is $5 and includes 2 plain cupcakes and all the frosting, sprinkles and sugars one could possibly dream of.   They even offer a child-friendly “nickname” for themselves by suggestingj, “You can tell your wee ones we’re kick stars cupcakes!”

The Blue Room in Kendall Square will be hosting it’s 5th Annual Lynn Shelter Lunch on Thursday, December 18th from 12 – 2 p.m.  100% of the $35 donation goes to help the children at the shelter have a warm bed, a good meal and a present under the tree on Christmas morning!.

Latkes. The Second Annual Everyone Loves Latkes Party is Saturday, December 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m..  There will be Latke donations and cooking demonstrations provided by some of the restaurants in Harvard Square.  There will also be storytelling and music for the whole family.  The party will be in Winthrop Park (corner of JFK and Mt. Auburn Street.)

Breakfast with Santa.   From 11:00am to 12:00pm Santa Claus will lead everyone on a Holiday Parade, which will arrive at the Harvard Square Welcome Tent in the center of Harvard Square.

Breakfast is at the Atrium Living Room at the Inn at Harvard and is additionally priced at $14.95 for adults and $8.95 for children.

Breakfast with Santa Menu:

Seasonal Sliced Fruit & Berries, French Toast & Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, Homemade Muffins, Danish, Pastries, Breads & Croissants, Bagels with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese Spread, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Onions & Capers.  Omelet Station (Made to Order with only the Freshest Ingredients to Include: Sautéed Mushroom, Fresh Herbs, Cheese, and Julienne of Ham, Red & Green Peppers, Diced Tomatoes, Spinach and Onions). Holiday Cookies Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice & Grapefruit Juice, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, and Tea

Wilson’s Farm.  Just in case you were wondering, Wilson’s farm has some great gift baskets and prepared foods for the holidays.  They are open on Tuesdays this month.

For more info: Kickass CupcakesThe Blue Room Lynne Shelter LunchEveryone Loves Latkes Party, Sparklefest in Harvard Square


The Weekly Bump: Mamadou’s & Winston’s Flowers

2 12 2008

So what’s new?

Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery is now open in Winchester.  Mamadou’s has been at the farmer’s market in Arlington.  Mamadou is from Senegal and is now offering artisan bread all year at their Winchester Bakery on 63 Swanton Street  They are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am – 6pm.

Winston isn’t just Flowers anymore.  Winston Flowers now has found some great ways to tantalize more than just our sense of smell and sight.  Winston Flowers has begun to add some excellent food items to their “menu”.  The food items include: Sweets of the candy sort, specialty teas, Dancing Deer Baking Company’s sweet treats of the cookie sort,Grandpa’s new favourite Effie’s Oatcakes, a Kosher basket of primarily fruit, a New England Basket, Champagne and Chocolates, as well as many others.

Okay, this is not food related exactly but there is a sugar plum fairy.  If you think you’re ready to take your child who you think is ready…to see the magical Nutcracker Ballet, here are some great ways to getdiscounted tickets for the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Bon appetit. ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)

For more info: Winston Flowers,
Dancing Deer Baking Co., Effie’s Homemade,

Weekly Bump: Ode to Verrill Farm

17 11 2008

Verill Farm is a place that I’ve always wanted to go.   I have heard only good things about the farm stand.  With the hectic life of running after a two year old and a four year old and living in Cambridge I have never quite made it out there.

I was sad to hear about their fire not so long ago and moved by all the support from local restaurants and organizations.

I’m pleased to announce that Verrill Farm is up and running and are taking Thanksgiving orders.

Welcome back!

Bon appetit.  ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)

For more info: Verrill Farm BlogVerill Farm

Weekly Bump: Sweet Tooth

4 11 2008

Somehow the holidays are upon us at the stroke of midnight on November 1st.  Whole foods has their holiday orders table set up in the meat department.  Formaggio Kitchen has their list of delicious Thanksgiving offerings.  Hi-Rise has their towering list that sways down over the weekly dinner sheet at the cash register listing all the Thanksgiving goodies.  And *gasp* Santa Claus is already at the Burlington mall.

This month there are some great ways to give and receive.  Here are two of them:

Pie in the Sky: Community Servings is an organization that provides meals to the acutely ill, their families, and their caregivers.  Since November 1993, Community Servings has done this Pie in the Sky fundraiser.  Boston’s best restaurants, bakeries, caterers and hotels have donated thousands of pies that over 350 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. Each pie costs $25, which in turn provides a week’s worth of meals to a Community Servings’ client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer. A full list of the “bakers” can be found on their website but they include; UpStairs on the Square, Chez Henri, Harvest and Rialto.

Home Sweet Home:  Cambridge Housing Assitance Fund (CHAF) works with the community to help break the cycle of homelessness.  As CHAF’s Chairman, David Pap, points out ‘Preventing homelessness is far less expensive, and far more effective, than paying to house a family once they become homeless.’  CHAF is having an evening of desserts and dancing to raise money on November 14th at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge.  Featured chefs will be Judy Rosenberg of Rosie’s Bakery, Jed Hackney of Harvest Restaurant, Robert Daugherty of the Hyatt Regency among others.  In addition, Sommelier Augusto Gabriel will give wine tasting tips in the VIP room where appetizers, port and  wine tastings will be available.  Tickets are $50 or $75 for the VIP room.

Think Local, Thank Local:  From November 16th through November 23rd a group of local businesses have pledged a portion of their revenue to On The Rise, which is a homeless shelter for women in Cambridge and the surrounding area.  So you can support local businesses as well as On The Rise, by shopping locally.  My neighbourhood stores participating are:  Easy Chairs, Full Moon Restaurant, Hallie’s Garden, Henry Bear’s Park, Didriks and The Fishmonger.  For a full list of stores visit the website for Think Local, Thank Local.  Happy Shopping.

Bon appetit.  ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)

For more info: Pie in the SkyCommunity Servings
Home Sweet Home Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund
Thank Local Thank Local, On The Rise

Weekly Bump: Halloween

22 10 2008

Let’s begin with a little something scary.  Apparently, we’re still using a lot of plastic bottles and recycling very few.  Here is a great animation representation of that.  Yes, it’s a little scary but safe for all eyes young and old.  If you’re thinking ahead start getting your co-workers, teachers, a useful gift, but them a re-usable water bottle or cup for their coffee.  My most prized possession of the waste-free genre is my coffee cup.  You can buy it locally at Greenward.  www.greenwardshop.com/shop/new/6314-i-am-not-a-paper-cup-coffee-cup/.

Drum roll please…the video:


I found a great candy store online for Halloween.  I’ll admit that I just bought bags at Market Basket (5 for $10) of the classic chocolate bars, pretzels etc.  However, if I were around for Halloween this year and doing our party as usual, I would definitely have placed an order here.  The sweets are all categorized: made in the USA, organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, feingold stage 1, feingold stage 2, allergen free

The natural candy store (www.naturalcandystore.com/)

Last on my list is a great little bag to put the goodies in.  I keep a Chico bag in my purse for those days that I forget everything.  Chico bags have come up with some great special edition bags for Halloween.  Check it out here: www.chicobag.com/c-3-chicobag-limited-editions.aspx

Bon trick or treat. ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)

Coming up next:  more delivery 101, waste-free lunches, CSAs, cool weather food & snacks

For more info:
Greenward: www.greenwardshop.com/