Boston's best pumpkin offerings
- tazia Sep 28, 2010 06:57 AM
'Tis the season for everything pumpkin flavored, and this pumpkin fanatic thinks it's the most wonderful time of the year. I'm sure there are others out there like me, and I'd love to have a comprehensive list of things to try.
-Diesel's Pumpkin Pie Latte
-CBC's Great Pumpkin Ale
-Gingerbread with pumpkin ice cream @ Somerville Flatbread
I'm also a big fan of pumpkin beers. I find that Beer Works's offering is generally quite good, as is Smuttynose's yearly Pumpkin Ale (they're just over the boarder in NH, so it's at least somewhat local).
I highly recommend taking a pass on Shipyard's Pumpkinhead (another semi-local, made in ME), which contains zero pumpkin and tastes to me like stale cinnamon gently soaked in a bath of rubbing alcohol. (I was unfortunately suckered in by the packaging two years in a row and am somewhat bitter about the whole thing, in case that's not apparent. I take my pumpkin beer quite seriously!)
Available year round and delicious:
The Afghani dish kaddo (roasted sweet pumpkin with meat sauce and yogurt sauce) - one of the star menu items at Helmand. I'm looking forward to trying it at the new Afghani restaurant in Allston, Ariana.
There's also a tasty and unusual Burmese dish on the YoMa menu - shrimp with pumpkin.
I had the pumpkin ice cream at Kimball Farm last night. It was good, but I think the pumpkin flavor was a bit muted. I would like for it to have been more intensely pumpkin.
I guess I'll have to go back and try it again sometime.
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If Canto 6 brings back their pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting I may develop type 2 diabetes on the spot. So good...
I noticed Sweet Scoops frozen yogurt on special at Roche Bros a couple of weeks ago, so I picked up a container of Pumpkin and a container of Ginger. The pumpkin flavor and texture was great, I thought - even more so for a relatively healthy dessert. (The ginger was good too, but I preferred the pumpkin.) I'd never noticed Sweet Scoops before but see that its from Portsmouth NH.
I have a weakness for the pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting from Cook's Orchards - they sell them at their stands at multiple farmer's markets - Copley, Brookline, probably several others. They're not fancy and are probably super-easy to make at home, but I can't resist getting one when I see them at the market in season.
Meletharb in Wakefield had pumpkin ice cream on the menu tonight. Kicking myself for not trying it, but given the excellent quality of their other ice cream, I'm guessing it's quite good.
In another seasonal note, they also had Indian Pudding ice cream.
They change flavors often, though, so it might not be available all the time.