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Ice cream week in review

I’d bet this isn’t the last snowfall of the winter. The only snow to be seen this morning was on top of cars driven in from Route 2. Now everything is slippery and coated with wet snow. Bad white things can happen in March or April. I’d say this is a typical New England spring, more of a lurching, confused end to winter than a swelling return of warm weather. It doesn’t snow, then it does snow. It will be fifty degrees but no it won’t. It is actually going to be thirty degrees. Years ago when I went to college in St. Paul, MN it snowed during spring finals. Ugh. That prepares you for almost anything.

Tonight I ate a good pizza at Area Four, which is a big glass room and a wonderful place to enjoy a snowfall. Similarly, my first positive impression of the new building at the MFA was during a snowstorm, when I listened to a string quartet in the empty interior courtyard.

Yesterday was February 29 and today is March 1. Tomorrow is March 2 and Central Square’s Dance Complex will host its 5th (NOT annual) Leap Year Dance Marathon from 6PM to Saturday, 6AM. We close at 11PM but the Dance Marathon will have cups of ice cream to eat at 3AM or whenever the notion strikes. Andy and Sandra made the ice cream. The dry ice is from Acme Ice on Kirkland St.

http://www.dancecomplex.org/Dance_Complex_Events.htm#marathon

Cambridge has so many new restaurants that the often breathless press coverage barely keeps up. Last Sunday’s Globe magazine had an article on Kendal Square which featured Area Four, a neighbor on Main Street. Thursday’s Food Section had a long article on fish and included comments from Area Four’s Michael Leviton and Rendezvous’ Steve Johnson. Charley Maws and his parents, all of Craigie on Main had the contents of their refrigerator displayed in a Boston Magazine photo essay.

http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/chowder/2012/02/22/the-kitchen-spy-tony-maws/

Armando’s Kitchen on Huron Avenue has long had a neighborhood reputation that is improving.

http://2dineforboston.com/2012/02/14/armandos-pizza-subs/

We didn’t spend the entire week eating.

Nor did we spend any time making flavors that evoked Jeremy Lin. We did find a funny video he made.

New flavors keep emerging from the Bell Lab-like research facilities at 899 Main Street. Salt & Pepa’ is actually Chocolate Salt & Pepper or chocolate ice cream with both salt and pepper. Not too much salt, to be sure. Fancy pastry chefs have been combining chocolate and different salts and peppers. We do too. I think this is one of our best chocolate variations.

Last Monday night we made an Improved Chestnut ice cream for a special meal at Stella restaurant in the South End. Chestnut is an enduring French ice cream flavor that I’ve never really liked, nor do I think most Americans will ever like it. But Andy improved it with praline paste from Belgium. Now it is sweeter and despite the Belgian praline paste a somewhat more Italian flavor.

While visiting Artisans’ Asylum in Somerville I was asked when Cinnamon Nutmeg ice cream would return. We made that.

And Peter Valentine, man about Central Square, talked with Andy over a period of several months about a flavor he imagined. Peter wanted an unsettling flavor and he thought it should be “blue”. We ended up using blackberries because we liked that color, and combined the berries with grapefruit juice, lime juice and Mexcian chocolate bitters. Andy named the new flavor Haunted Valentine. Only one other flavor has been named for an individual, Chocolate Sluggo, named after Paul Slovenski, an MIT coach and teacher.

Sunday The Brattle will have the big screen premiere of Central Square Detective Agency. This will do for Cambridge what Guy Noir has done for MInneapolis.

http://brattlefilm.org/2012/03/04/central-square-detective-agency/

Wednesday March 7 is Purim and we’ll make Hamentashen ice cream for that happy holiday. Later that night Ken Field and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble will play at Johnny D’s in Somahville.

No Breakfast@TheBigTable. We recommend our neighbors, Area Four, Craigie on Main, Mariposa, Miracle of Science, Veggie Galaxy, Z Rant and far away in Bay Village you can Mike and Patty’s, Canada’s Secret Beachhead.

I’d bet this isn’t the last snowfall of the winter. The only snow to be seen this morning was on top of cars driven in from Route 2. Now everything is slippery and coated with wet snow. Bad white things can happen in March or April. I’d say this is a typical New England spring, more of a lurching, confused end to winter than a swelling return of warm weather. It doesn’t snow, then it does snow. It will be fifty degrees but no it won’t. It is actually going to be thirty degrees. Years ago when I went to college in St. Paul, MN it snowed during spring finals. Ugh. That prepares you for almost anything.

Tonight I ate a good pizza at Area Four, which is a big glass room and a wonderful place to enjoy a snowfall. Similarly, my first positive impression of the new building at the MFA was during a snowstorm, when I listened to a string quartet in the empty interior courtyard.

Yesterday was February 29 and today is March 1. Tomorrow is March 2 and Central Square’s Dance Complex will host its 5th (NOT annual) Leap Year Dance Marathon from 6PM to Saturday, 6AM. We close at 11PM but the Dance Marathon will have cups of ice cream to eat at 3AM or whenever the notion strikes. Andy and Sandra made the ice cream. The dry ice is from Acme Ice on Kirkland St.

http://www.dancecomplex.org/Dance_Complex_Events.htm#marathon

Cambridge has so many new restaurants that the often breathless press coverage barely keeps up. Last Sunday’s Globe magazine had an article on Kendal Square which featured Area Four, a neighbor on Main Street. Thursday’s Food Section had a long article on fish and included comments from Area Four’s Michael Leviton and Rendezvous’ Steve Johnson. Charley Maws and his parents, all of Craigie on Main had the contents of their refrigerator displayed in a Boston Magazine photo essay.

http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/chowder/2012/02/22/the-kitchen-spy-tony-maws/

Armando’s Kitchen on Huron Avenue has long had a neighborhood reputation that is improving.

http://2dineforboston.com/2012/02/14/armandos-pizza-subs/

We didn’t spend the entire week eating.

Nor did we spend any time making flavors that evoked Jeremy Lin. We did find a funny video he made.

New flavors keep emerging from the Bell Lab-like research facilities at 899 Main Street. Salt & Pepa’ is actually Chocolate Salt & Pepper or chocolate ice cream with both salt and pepper. Not too much salt, to be sure. Fancy pastry chefs have been combining chocolate and different salts and peppers. We do too. I think this is one of our best chocolate variations.

Last Monday night we made an Improved Chestnut ice cream for a special meal at Stella restaurant in the South End. Chestnut is an enduring French ice cream flavor that I’ve never really liked, nor do I think most Americans will ever like it. But Andy improved it with praline paste from Belgium. Now it is sweeter and despite the Belgian praline paste a somewhat more Italian flavor.

While visiting Artisans’ Asylum in Somerville I was asked when Cinnamon Nutmeg ice cream would return. We made that.

And Peter Valentine, man about Central Square, talked with Andy over a period of several months about a flavor he imagined. Peter wanted an unsettling flavor and he thought it should be “blue”. We ended up using blackberries because we liked that color, and combined the berries with grapefruit juice, lime juice and Mexcian chocolate bitters. Andy named the new flavor Haunted Valentine. Only one other flavor has been named for an individual, Chocolate Sluggo, named after Paul Slovenski, an MIT coach and teacher.

Sunday The Brattle will have the big screen premiere of Central Square Detective Agency. This will do for Cambridge what Guy Noir has done for MInneapolis.

http://brattlefilm.org/2012/03/04/central-square-detective-agency/

Wednesday March 7 is Purim and we’ll make Hamentashen ice cream for that happy holiday. Later that night Ken Field and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble will play at Johnny D’s in Somahville.

No Breakfast@TheBigTable. We recommend our neighbors, Area Four, Craigie on Main, Mariposa, Miracle of Science, Veggie Galaxy, Z Rant and far away in Bay Village you can Mike and Patty’s, Canada’s Secret Beachhead.

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