Can it be we’ve gone two years without a Savory Scone Update? Well, let me assure you, I have not gone two years without a savory scone, that’s for sure. My new local spot, Dwell Time in Cambridge, offers a nice scone selection, including more than one savory option! At my first visit, I tried the whole wheat bacon scallion scone, pictured blog right.
It was small, but that’s not a bad thing since your average scone is 105% butter and has more calories than you’l burn in a lifetime of sitting in coffee shops writing blogs. It was on the crumbly slide, as opposed to the sometimes chewy type of scone. Visible bacon bits, a good sign for sure. It most certainly hit the spot. Highly recommended.
At a later visit, I tried the Goat Cheese Scallion Scone. I must say the goat cheese was subtle, and that’s not the vibe I usually get from goat cheese. But here’s what sets this scone apart: the scallion was actually visible and tastable, like it is in the better scallion pancakes you can sometimes get in Chinese restaurants, or , if you’re super lucky, in the homemade kind.
A touch of spring onion-ness and buttery goodness. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to sweet scones.
Just so there’s no misunderstanding, let’s be clear: there is no actual pork – or actual mint for that matter – in these “bacon mints.” They are entirely synthetic and could probably be kosher if they were in fact food. That’s what they are not. Here’s what they are: baconesque.
They are uncannily reminiscent of bacon and yet utterly devoid of true bacon nature. Miracle of science or sign of the apocalypse? I’m not sure but after uncharacteristically poor service at Toro, I left them with the tip.
A while ago I noted the appearance of a bacon chocolate bar, and I ate it. Today I am recognizing the existence of gummy bacon – a gift from J – but I’m not actually going to try it. Not because it’s gummy or because it contains titanium dioxide, actually I’m not going to eat this, not even in the name of science, because it’s artificial strawberry flavored. Yech. Nonetheless, the packaging is super cool, and in this day of swine flu anxiety, maybe the world needs more fake bacon.
I visited Sherman Cafe (257 Washington Street) in Somerville’s second square, Union Square, this weekend and had an excellent BLT. I’ve been an occasional Sherman customer since they opened, and I’ve seen them at their best and not so best, but over the past few months, the place has really pulled it together, especially in the sandwich department. I was a little worried when Bloc 11 hit the scene that Sherman might suffer, but they’re still a serious contender in the neighborhood. And an hour of free wifi doesn’t hurt.
The BLT features thick bacon, heirloomy summer tomatoes, and some creamy avocado. I sampled it with and without the mayo. Bread was some kind of multigrain. A light toasting of the bread might be the only thing holding this sandwich back from perfection.
To quote the back of the menu, “Sherman Cafe uses all fresh ingredients, makes most of our menu from scratch, buys local when possible, and tries to keep chemicals off of your plate. We use all natural meats from McKenzie’s of Vermont, milk with no BGH, and our bread is delivered fresh from Clear Flour Bakery every day.”
Other interesting sandwiches on Sherman’s menu include bacon cheedar and green apple (grilled on sourdough) and vermont cheddar with greens, housemade pickles and tomatoes. And their baked goods are far more kick-ass than those fancy cupcakes you can get not far away. During the Union Square Fluff Festival, Sherman served up some fluff-enhanced sandwiches, too. The 2008 Fluff-Off is coming up on September 27th. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.