Breakfast at Deluxe Town Diner, Watertown:
The friendly counter service made up for an average waffle - tasted OK but texture was disappointing as it was somewhat dense, not fluffy inside while the outside wasn't crisp enough, and the whole thing was rather flat (admittedly, it wasn't a Belgian waffle). Nice that they provide real maple syrup. Decent diner coffee.
Cosmo Cupcake, Watertown:
A block from the Deluxe, I bought the last chocolate 'sea urchin' cupcake. The cake had a buttery flavor and nice moist crumb, and I liked the icing because it was less sweet and had a deeper chocolate flavor than most American-style icings. However, eaten together, I experienced a strange after-taste, like ?corn oil. Nevertheless, will return to try again.
Sevan Bakery, Watertown:
A few doors down from Cosmo. The meat pie (not a boureg) - a half-moon shaped pastry encasing a savoury minced beef filling - was pretty good. Fairly similar to Susi Bun, a Peranakan specialty.
Blueberry syrup (Marco Polo brand) - tasted more like Ribena, a slightly tart English blackcurrant cordial , than blueberries. Ribena is one of my favorite drinks, but I was hoping for a real blueberry experience, similar to the blueberry syrup I once brought back from Quebec City.
Taramasalata - The home-made tarama in a small plastic container (the commercial one comes in a glass jar) had a pleasing tartness to offset the richness of the spread, with the slight fishiness of the cod roe coming through nicely. Less salty than the commerical version.
Baklavas (pistachio, walnut, and shredded) - I preferred the pistachio (rectangular) and the shredded phyllo with nuts (?kataifi, katayif) to the walnut one (triangular).
Brookline Turkish Cuisine, Brookline Village:
Pistachio baklava (rectangular) had a still-crisp phyllo shell encasing fresh ground nuts, while the syrup was just the right sweetness, although I couldn't taste the rosewater. A superior baklava to Sevan's. Turkish coffee (not too strong, just how I like it) provided a nice foil to the pastry.
Baja Betty's, Brookline Village:
Chile Colorado Taco - tasty pork in a guajillo pepper sauce, topped with shredded lettuce and pico de gallo in 2 taco shells. Not spicy-hot, just spicy-spicy.
Anna's Taqueria, Coolidge Corner:
Quesadilla Al Pastor - The combination of Al Pastor (spicy pork shaved from a spit - similar to Shawarma), black beans, guac, lettuce, salsa and cilantro in a freshly-grilled quesadilla is quite delicious. However, their carnitas quesadilla still leads by a nose, IMO.