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Hi All,

I will be spending a couple of houirs in Boston on a Sunday in a couple of weeks while I wait for my train to Philadelphia. I wanted to make a couple of quick stops to Mike's and Modern Pastry in the North End. Anyone have any idea if the pastries I pick up will last the 5 hour train ride to Philly?

Thanks!

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  1. That all depends on how self-disciplined you are!

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    1. re: newhound

      I will eat my fill while in Boston! I just want to take some home so i can have more the next day!

      1. re: newhound

        cannolis and anything else with cream filling generally won't last. the dry stuff (cookies, etc.) will be just fine.

      2. Modern is about the best, eat the perishable stuff before you board, for the trip and get lots of cookies and Torrone.

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        1. re: treb

          I second the torrone -- especially the espresso/chocolate one. Mmm!!

          1. re: meaganl

            And don't forget some florentines.

        2. Sure, you just have to plan it correctly. Get a cooler with an ice pack. Get the cannoli shells unfilled, and pack the filling in the cooler. In Philly, voila. fill and enjoy a taste of Boston.

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          1. re: Chris VR

            Or instead of a cooler, you could use an insulated shopping bag like the ones they sell at Trader Joe's and most supermarkets. The bags actually work pretty well. With an ice pack inside , cannoli filling or whipped cream-filled pastries like lobster claws would stay cold for several hours, and the bag wouldn't be too inconvenient to carry.

            1. re: Chris VR

              BTW, a ziploc bag is particularly handy for storing the filling. I've had them put the filling in a bag that I supplied, and then when ready to fill, just cut out a corner of the bag and pipe it into the cannoli.

              1. re: limster

                Great tip. Thanks, limster!

            2. Huh. Gotta say, I leave cannolis on the counter overnight and eat them the next day. They're fine--obviously not as good as fresh, but totally fine. I wouldn't worry about a 5-hour train ride with any of these things.

              1. I'd skip Mikes so that you are not distracted from handling Modern well :).

                Toronne as must (as has been said). I prefer the plain.

                A good travel compromise to cannoli would be a ricotta pie, a favorite of mine in its own right. I think it would be fine for five hours without a lot of special handling.

                1. oh, and the best cannoli I have ever had, albeit years ago when I lived in Philadelphia, was from Termini Bros Pasticceria. You might be moving canolli in the wrong direction.