Did you know that buttery pastries can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration? You probably didn’t know that because it’s probably not true, but that didn’t stop me from picking up a savory scone at 3 Little Figs on Somerville’s Highland Avenue on the way to see my eye doctor. Hey, it’s not as bad as having a tall soy mocha on your way to the dentist.
3 Little Figs is a wonderful little coffee shop bakery serving a range of sandwiches, too. I first found them at the Somerville Winter Market where I got addicted to their vegan chocolate spice cookies. I’ve since been to the shop and had the goat cheese and herb scone twice. It’s impressive.
I tried to get a clear shot but every time I moved the sone, flakes and crumbs came off it. It’s that delicate and that flaky. (Hey, some of my best friends are delicate and flaky) The goat cheese is more pronounced than at Dwell Time but not overpowering at all. What stands out in this scone is the buttery flaky sconiness of it. It’s like the stocky jolly cousin of the skinny neurotic croissant. A superb example of the savory scone.
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.
It’s been a while since our last savory scone update. That’s what I was thinking when I popped in at The Biscuit (FKA Toscanini Bakery) not far from Inman Square. And sure enough, right there in the case was a batch of spinach parmesean scones.
Maybe just slightly undercooked, moist and doughy in the middle (like many of my best friends), this scone scores high for spinach content and crusty cheese flavor. It had several pockets of green and a good chewy outside. Needless to say, it could be improved with the addition of bacon, but at the same time, I think just a touch of sea salt would so almost as much good.
I also picked up a sourdough round and gazed fondly at the quiche and pizza. Be sure to stop in before or after your next visit to EVOO, Dali, and/or the Wine & Cheese Cask.
After catching up with Gibraltarian M at 1369 in Central, I took an errand ramble around the neighborhood and popped into Mariposa Bakery on impulse. On the counter, unlabeled, was a basket of scones that turned out to be cheddar-scallion, one of my favorites. The friendly but somewhat overcaffeinated counterman cheerully rang me up. Smaller than the usual cafe bakery scone, but not so small as to make me feel cheated (see recent oatmeal scone developments at Diesel), Mariposa’s scones were light and moist. The cheddar flavor was subdued but attended by some tasty cheese crusts at the margins.
Running errands I found myself back at Sherman Cafe in Union square. I’ve liked the place since they opened, but there have been some ups and downs in quality over the years. We’re definitely in an up right now, and have been for a while according to local bakery maven J.
They’ve eliminated the raised platform in the window and created more seating, tidied up the back area and deployed some really excellent sandwiches. Maybe the opening of nearby Bloc 11 lit a fire under them. Less appealing to some is the one hour free internet limit, but I think that’s reasonable, and I’m pretty sure if you ask nicely and keep buying stuff, the staff might slip you an extra hour once in a while.
Today I’m enjoying a fresh orange juice and a sweet potato, goat cheese and rosemary scone. There’s a combo you don’t see too often. It’s tasty, but the goat cheese and rosemary are barely evident, even though the sweet potato is in plentiful chunks. It’s good to know it’s here, but I think I’ll stick with Sherman’s strength, their sandwiches.
Adding the obligatory geek note, this is the first post created entirely on the new mini notebook. I put the SD card from my digital camera into the computer’s media slot, tidied up the photo with GIMP and did the rest in the browser. Mission accomplished. This setup is going to be excellent when I’m on the road.