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dwharff May 26, 2008 08:08 AM

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?


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    newhound May 26, 2008 09:07 AM

    That all depends on how self-disciplined you are!

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      dwharff May 26, 2008 01:09 PM

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

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        teezeetoo May 26, 2008 01:10 PM

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

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        treb May 26, 2008 02:42 PM

        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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          meaganl May 26, 2008 05:10 PM

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

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            BostonCookieMonster May 27, 2008 09:58 AM

            And don't forget some florentines.

        2. Chris VR May 28, 2008 05:22 AM

          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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            bear May 30, 2008 06:22 PM

            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.

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              limster Jun 1, 2008 04:11 AM

              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.

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                bear Jun 1, 2008 06:00 AM

                Great tip. Thanks, limster!

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              okello May 28, 2008 05:37 AM

              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.

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                Carty Jun 1, 2008 04:52 AM

                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.

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                  Carty Jun 1, 2008 04:54 AM

                  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.

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