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Dec 8, 2009 10:27 AM

Downtown Crossing Holiday Market

Just swung by there today, on the corner of Summer and Washington. Not much to look at from the outside, but a few interesting vendors. On the edible side, there's a frozen farm-raised meat stand (Stillman Farms, I think) which had some nice looking beef and lamb products. A few bakeries, including Swissbakers. They had an interesting Swiss Christmas voodoo-doll bread, which I may pick up at some point.

The only thing I've tried so far was the Berliner (at the Swiss place), which was excellent. The guy at the booth laid it on a bit thick, though the same can't be said for the raspberry filling. Very tasty, however, and fresh. I may hit it tomorrow morning for breakfast, though the fillings change each day.

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  1. I snagged a sample of cinnamon flavored hot chocolate at the Best Friends Cocoa booth - it was mighty tasty. They mentioned they sell at Savenors and Whole Foods, and I'll definitely be looking for their wares in the future.

    1. good call and why I love this board. I took a fast stroll through the tent the other day and missed the Stilman's stand.

      NS, after reading you, I ran over and got some beautiful lamb kidney chops from Stillman's

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      1. re: 9lives

        wow me too ;I walk by all the time and never even looked in. thanks

      2. Just picked up some Stillman bacon - looks amazing. Almost bought a brisket, too. The best find of the day was a chocolate-filled Berliner from SwissBakers. It's basically a gooey chocolate truffle crammed in a doughnut. I was expecting a lame filling heavy on the whipped cream, light on the chocolate, and was happily surprised.

        1. I was surprised to see Stillmans there too; inside the tent is like a cross between a craft fair and a farmer's market. I picked up a 1/2 gal of apple cider from Carlson's Orchard (back corner) for $2.50. They also sell hot cups of it for $2. That tent is a great idea.

          1. Looks like it's open again. Just picked up a chocolate filled berliner. Fastachi is there this year, so I was psyched to sample their nutz. They were pretty darned good, so I picked up a box for the office. Also saw the honey stand, when pigs fly bread, and a couple other food-related stands. Didn't see Stillman, unfortunately - hopefully coming soon.

            598 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA

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              1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

                Thanks! Hopefully I can wait until tomorrow for frozen pork belly.

                1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

                  Argh - went today and didn't see Stillman's. Didn't see Fastachi either. Had to bypass the berliners, as I think they are responsible for my recent expansion.

                  598 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA

                  1. re: nsenada

                    Stillman's haven't been out yet. I think they posted a date; but can't recall when it was.

                    1. re: nsenada

                      I saw Stillman's there on Saturday. They're just selling meat and don't have any produce on display - did you overlook them, maybe? Also quite possible they're not there every day, unfortunately.

                      I got some excellent cookies from SwissBakers, along with word that they are opening a location in Allston. The woman didn't know any details, although I notice from their website that they sell biweekly at the German International School on Holton Street - not sure whether that was what she meant.

                      1. re: Allstonian

                        Thanks! I was looking for that giant freezer filled with meat, so I may well have overlooked it.

                        I do really like SwissBakers - that chocolate-filled berliner is amazing - though last time the filling was on the skimpy side.

                        1. re: Allstonian

                          went by today, and Stillman's was there. I put in for some skin-on pork belly. They had a quite a few cuts of meat in the freezer, but I had my heart set on crispy pork.