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New coffee launching: Four Barrel Qorema

29 February, 2016: Mike from Four Barrel Coffee joined us last week for a cupping at DTX and HSQ. His legacy is the crisp, floral, citrusy Ethiopia Qorema. Look for it at all locations. If you’re unsure about getting a brighter, citrusy coffee, ask for a sample… Read More

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Hakurei Turnip Carrot Cashew Salad

23 February, 2016: Remember the Hakurei Turnip Sandwich? A showcase for Michael Docter roots: mild, sweet, buttery Hakurei Turnips roasted then chilled, carrot salad with a ginger-miso dressing, and fried brined onions. If you loved that sandwich, it’s making an early return in salad form. Enzo came up with a Hakurei Turnip Carrot Salad as a way to highlight Michael’s roots. Shredded… Read More

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Pushpir returns

15 February, 2016: This is our third season launching the Pushpir sandwich, but it’s the first time launching it without Pushpir in town. The founder of Guru the Caterer (the best Indian restaurant in Boston, according to Ayr) is in Mysore, India now instead of his little spots in Teele Square and downtown Boston. It’s a bummer, but at least you… Read More

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Pardina Lentil Soup

9 February, 2016: If you’ve ever ordered anything with a legume in it at our Harvard Square restaurant, I’ve probably told you all about Timeless Seeds, a group of farmers in Montana who supply our lentils and chickpeas. We used to go through one pallet of chickpeas every 6 weeks, now it’s one pallet every week. My current favorite Timeless-inspired recipe… Read More

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Accidental exclusive

9 February, 2016: We’ve been enjoying a Colombian coffee from Seattle roaster Kuma at all our restaurants. I just overheard Lucia saying that we accidentally bought up Kuma’s entire supply of La Floresta. That means that we have farmer Olmedo Amula’s entire crop of beans from that particular lot. Olmedo usually gets around 6,000 Colombian pesos for his crop, but it… Read More

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Get this Speedwell while you still can!

4 January, 2016: We’ve been featuring a lot of Ethiopian coffees lately. First there was the Four Barrel Bulga that stole hearts, then a Kochere from our friends at Barrington, and now a Yirgacheffe roasted by Derek Anderson at Speedwell in Plymouth, MA. This one is floral and bright with a citrusy sweetness. We’ll be pouring it for a few more… Read More

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Whoopie Pie Friday is tomorrow!

17 December, 2015: In Maine, whoopie pies are everywhere. The best ones in my hometown were at the local gas station/ convenience store/ deli/ ice cream stand/ game inspection station. After a trip to Maine five years ago, Ayr decided to make them a Friday tradition at our restaurants. Whoopie pies are traditionally two chocolate cakes on either side of… Read More

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It’s compote season!

14 December, 2015: We’ve had a great run with fresh honeycrisp apples from Lookout Farms on our oatmeal and yogurt, granola. Now the season of compotes is upon us. Chris and his team at the HUB have sent out the first few batches of apple cranberry compote. Pear cranberry is on deck. Cranberries are from Standish Farms, MA. Apples/pears from… Read More

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Kiwi, Pineapple, Hakurei Turnip Fruit Salad launching

12 December, 2015: This past spring we launched a new fruit salad from Chris. He was thinking about lemon poppyseed cakes and came up with this awesome idea for a fruit salad. It had kiwi, pineapple, poppy seeds, Hakurei turnip, lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of salt. We’re getting these big, beautiful Hakurei turnips from Michael Doctor at Winter… Read More

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3pm special launching: sweet potato latkes

12 December, 2015: Rolando championed sweet potato latkes three years ago as a Hanukkah-inspired 3pm special. He went with sweet potatoes because they’re pretty and healthy, and because we were getting a lot of requests for sweet potato fries at the time. Latkes always give me flashbacks of my mom groaning while she throws away an oil-soaked paper towel. We… Read More