Went to Boston this weekend and walking round my old Beacon Street neighborhood in Brookline came across Athan's Eurpoean Bakery on the corner of Washington Street. At first glance, I thought wow this place is going to be great because it appeared full of pastries and gelato. But on closer scrutiny I could see that many of the fancy French pastries were old, most likely stale.
Several gelati were neon colored which is the hallmark of cheap, fake ingredients: http://www.traveldudes.org/travel-tip...
The croissants looked good so I got some plain ones and a couple chocolate ones to bring to my daughter's apartment. The plain was good, crispy on the outside, cloud-like on the inside. Thumbs up. The chocolate was skimpy on the chocolate and were just o.k. We picked up a couple pieces of Athans fancy gold-wrapped chocolates to bring to a Red Sox game, one with gianduja and one with cherry ganache. Dull, one note, lacking in flavor, not worth it.
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