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Burdick's closed for renovations-anything else???

Missy Apr 30, 2007 10:48 AM

I jsut went all the way up there ad they are closed to renovate the store. Yet I ahve promised good chocolate to several! Does anybody ahve a suggestion? Thansk!

  1. beetlebug May 4, 2007 07:04 AM

    I went by Burdick's this am and they are open.

    They are closed on Mondays though.

    1. DavisSquare May 1, 2007 08:04 PM

      Wasn't there some buzz a couple of months ago about two artisanal chocolate places opening in Somerville.

      (one web search later) Looks like one was Taza Chocolate (www.tazachocolate.com) which appears to be about chocolate making (beans to bars) rather than chocolate confections. I could have sworn there was a new, high-end Somerville chocolate confectioner mentioned too, but I can't seem to turn it up. Anyone?

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      1. re: DavisSquare
        limster May 1, 2007 08:13 PM

        I think La Tene. Apparently, the guy makes it in his apartment -- there's no retail outlet in Somerville, but can get it at a few places like Temper and Serene.

        1. re: limster
          DavisSquare May 2, 2007 06:42 AM

          Right you are. In fact La Tene and Taza are at the same address (561 Windsor St, B206) in Union Square so they must be related. Anyone know the story?

          1. re: DavisSquare
            limster May 2, 2007 08:36 AM

            As far as I know, they aren't related. When I went to their open studio a few months ago they were just separate stands. I remember hearing that the La Tene guy was thinking about using chocolate from Taza to make this confections (he wasn't back then and was sourcing chocolate from a few places).

            1. re: limster
              pastrytroll May 2, 2007 11:08 AM

              No, the LaTene guy doesn't make the chocolate "in his house", but in the Windsor St. commercial space rented from Taza. Heck, if Massachusetts law wasn't so strict, I'd be making chocolates and cakes from my house! Brendan Gannon, the chocolatier and all-around nice guy, is also the pastry chef for the Taza Chocolate lounge. Brendan has a great palate for chocolate and flavors!

              1. re: pastrytroll
                limster May 2, 2007 04:04 PM

                Thank for the clarification -- I distinctly remembered overhearing him saying something to that effect at the chocolate open house a few months ago. I must have heard wrong.

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        Splendid Spatula May 1, 2007 09:51 AM

        Actually, they are closing 5/14 for renovations. They have been closed Mondays lately, but I was just in there this a.m. for coffee.

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        1. re: Splendid Spatula
          edgewater May 1, 2007 01:22 PM

          Burdick's is excellent but for future reference you might want to try Chocochoco House @ 83 Pembroke in Boston (chocochocohouse.com). They have some really interesting and delicious chocolates.....chocolate purses are especially cute. Also Garrison Confections (garrisonconfections.com) in Rhode Island recently won the Food Network Award for best chocolates and they are superb.

        2. limster Apr 30, 2007 08:41 PM

          Serene Chocolates on Mass Ave, just a bit outside Harvard Sq -- they sell La Tene Chocs which are excellent.

          Temper Chocolates in the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Sq. has a good selection of chocolates to (they also carry La Tene).

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          1. re: limster
            sailormouth May 1, 2007 07:54 AM

            Serene also has fantastic coffee, I find myself going to that no-man's land between Harvard and Central more and more for it.

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            taylor_blair Apr 30, 2007 03:49 PM

            Burdick's is online too!


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              bernie71 Apr 30, 2007 12:09 PM

              beacon hill chocolates on charles street is nice. i also bet that temper chocolates can take care of your chocolately needs:)

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                alsaman Apr 30, 2007 11:09 AM

                you may still be able to get some Burdick's chocolate from Formaggio kitchen in Cambridge. The Belgian Truffle Shop in Somerville does mostly wholesale but they sell their chocolates at the wine shop next door. It;s in Ball Square, Broadway, Somerville.

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                1. re: alsaman
                  DoubleMan Apr 30, 2007 11:59 AM

                  You could also get La Tene chocolates.

                  No mice or penguins, but the truffles are great.

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