I recently returned from a trip to the West Coast, where I frequently took comfort in cozy cafes and far too many sweet treats. Still basking in vacation bliss, I was inspired to spend a weekend afternoon walking from the Back Bay, to Harvard Square. During this jaunt, I popped into two local eateries in Central Square for small snacks or treats. The result is a delicious snapshot of an afternoon savored in Cambridge.
I started the day by enjoying a light lunch at one of my favorite cafes, Andala in Central Square. Inspired by Old Jerusalem, Andala has a great menu with light, yet flavorful plates for sharing, in addition to sandwiches, coffee and pastries. It’s a great place for getting work done (don’t be surprised by the many local students lingering over their laptops), a casual date, meal with friends, or solo diner like myself. As pictured below, I enjoyed a fresh Tabouli Salad Plate for $7.95. Andala is located at 286 Franklin Street in Central Square, Cambridge.
Moving from savory to sweet, I celebrated (er, counterbalanced?) my day of walking with Toscanini’s Goat Cheese Brownie Ice Cream (see picture here). Slightly tangy from the goat cheese yet sweet from the rich chocolate brownie chunks, I’d proceed with caution if you’re not a goat cheese fan. Luckily, I adore goat cheese and really enjoyed this unique treat. At $3.85 for one scoop, it’s a perfect treat for a foodie like myself who enjoys an opportunity to try unique flavors (next I want to try Salted Caramel and Bourbon). Toscanini’s is located at 899 Main Street in Cambridge, near MIT.