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AGM/Cape Cod Apr 26, 2002 09:23 AM

My husband and I are throwing a big party in August to celebrate our 50th birthdays and our 20th anniversary. We are catering it ourselves but before I start baking like a fiend I want to see if there is somewhere I could get stuff instead. My friend would be coming from the city and could pick up an order. I want to try out the pastries before I decide. I am looking for small cakes, profiteroles/eclairs, tartlets and such. Can anyone recommend places for me to try? Thanks.

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    Lindsay B. Apr 30, 2002 01:11 AM

    Lyndell's bakery on Broadway (Ball Square area) near the Medford/Somerville border has really good pastry at reasonable prices.

    They obviously use quality ingredients. Their macaroons are very moist and, unlike most, actually taste like coconut. I also recommend their thin, crisp molasses cookies, their fingerling custard-filled eclairs, and their cannoli. Surprisingly, their full-sized cakes are only slightly better than what you'd get at Safeway. The cake is dry, and the "buttercream" is sort of waxy and nothing like the tasty icings and glazes they use on the pastries.

    On a related note, am I the only person in Metro-Boston who thinks that Mike's Pastry in the North end is overrated? I mean, their cannoli are okay, but not superior. The shells are kind of mealy, and not very flavorful. I'm not really a cannoli afficionado, so my opinion may not count for much in this regard. The other pastries I've had there have been flat-out bad, like the fudge cake squares.

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      galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 11:06 AM

      I dunno, Lindsay, I always swore by Modern, but I don't get down there too much(and usually have very few calories left for pastry!)..
      But a few weeks ago, playing tourist, I went into Mike's and just looked for the coolest things. Admittedly, lots of the stuff looked bland and boring. But what we DID get, little 3 or 4 inch sweet ricotta pies, and the moistest pistachio macaroons EVER, restored my faith in the place..I'd travel to the North End again for those macaroons..

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        Lindsay B. Apr 30, 2002 11:54 AM

        Well if

        1) Galleygirl says it's good.

        AND

        2) Pistachio macaroons are involved.

        I've got to give Mike's another chance.

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          galleygirl Apr 30, 2002 12:26 PM

          LOL...But those are the only 2 things I'll vouch for!!
          AND, it was a Sat., so I'm sure that upped the freshness quotient..but I'd still do it again!

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      m Apr 26, 2002 04:58 PM

      Hazel's: Needham for petit fours

      Paris Bakery: Newton for profiteroles

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        SEH Apr 26, 2002 03:25 PM

        I think this is the same as an earlier recommendation but it also has locations in Chestnut Hill Mall & Duxbury. They have beautiful, delishish tiny pastries & petit fours.

        Cafe Vanille
        75 Charles St.
        617-523-9200
        Hours: 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
        Other locations:
        Cafe Vanille, Chestnut Hill Mall, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-559-9799
        Memories, 459 Washington St., Duxbury, 781-934-9020

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          mike Apr 26, 2002 01:49 PM

          Delphins Gourmandise Marblehead

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            C. Simon Apr 26, 2002 10:57 AM

            I think this is your place. Perfect tiny little pastries for tasting.

            Link: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/...

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              Diane S Apr 26, 2002 10:25 AM

              Konditor Meister bakery in Braintree is my favorite

              and

              New Paris Bakery & Candy has excellent cream puffs
              10 Cypress St.
              Brookline, MA 02445-6802
              Phone: (617)566-0929

              Link: http://www.konditormeister.com/index....

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                paul Jun 1, 2002 03:00 AM

                I second Konditor Meistor...their little pastries are great!!

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                  George Comeau Jun 1, 2002 09:12 AM

                  Also, check out White's Bakery in Canton at the Village Shoppes on Washington Street or in Brockton. Very large selection of cakes and pastries at reasonable prices. This is a new location and is large and bright with wonderful original creations as well as all the ususal suspects. Enjoy.

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