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Boston Area Thai Jamaican Cannoli

ABCs: butternut squash, cannolis, Jamaican meat patties, Thai ice tea...


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ABCs: butternut squash, cannolis, Jamaican meat patties, Thai ice tea...

Heathen & Spells | Jun 8, 2006 03:38 PM

In alphabetical order: the butternut squash at Bartley's (Harvard Sq) is sublime. It is mashed and very simple, probably just mashed with butter. It is so soothing and warming, everything one wants from mashed butternut squash. The cannolis at La Contessas (Davis Sq.) are prepared to order so the shell stays nice and crisp. The filling is a lovely not too sweet ricotta and you can choose whether you want powdered sugar on or not (by the way I love that the English call powdered sugar "icing sugar") They are also still quite a decent price (I think about $1.25 per). I usually say that they are the best this side of the North End but after getting one for the 1st time in awhile- I think they don't need that caveat for to me they simply taste like the classic, the ur cannoli. They are superb cannolis and that is that. Jamaican meat patties at Tite's Tropical Market- Spanish American & West African convenience store (Norfolk st, Central Sq.) are yes procured from NY frozen but he deals with them so nicely. They are nice warm packages wrapped in wax paper. They cost $1!!! and the crust is tender and warm, the filling esquisite with a lovely slight peppery burn. (especially good earlier in the day, around lunch time. I think that sitting around their crust toughens) The market itself is astounding- a real chowhound destination- it is tiny but filled to the gills- more Goya products than I've ever seen, salt cod, mangoes, bananas, yucca, so many ingredients for preparing Latin American and West African cuisine. He- Tite- is incredibly sweet and has a little black and white tv going in his cramped behind the counter space. There is an incredibly varied clientelle. It is a joy and makes me so happy that a store like this can still exist in these gentrified and chain times. Please go and give business to. Lastly, the Thai ice tea at Montien (Inman Sq.) is in the league of the best ever. The tea base is clearly an excellent quality Assam- it is scrumptiously and addictively wonderful as only Thai ice tea can be. If you told me that Thai ice tea had opiates in it I'd believe you for it is just so amazingly good and satisfying...

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