on the menu: Sofra sweets


If you’re ever in the Watertown area, check out Sofra bakery & cafe. It’s fantastic Middle Eastern fusion with a Mediterranean lilt, owned by the same people who run the excellent Oleana in Somerville.  Ana Sortun, the head chef, also has a great cookbook (and she’s on twitter!).

[And I’m on twitter!]

I’m particularly partial to the sweet stuff, which is often an interesting blend of savory and sweet, as with the dukkah (a blend of herbs, nuts, and spices) crunch donut* (left) and the Persian spice doughnut (bottom). On the latest visit I also went for Simit, a pastry with a soft, bagel-like texture, which I used for an egg sandwich with great success.

*My current favorite.



N.B. Their shakshuka is not to be missed.


on the menu: Union Square Donuts



Union Square Donuts, one of the best doughnut places around, recently started delivering. They deliver. Doughnuts! To me!


So, that happened.


Brown Butter Hazenut Crunch (!)


Maple Bacon (!)

These are excellent doughnuts, of the brioche-like rather than the cake-like breed. I like both styles…and tend to prefer whichever one I am at that moment putting into my mouth. These are massive, too.

The delivery guy was a chunk of sunshine (why wouldn’t he be, spreading joy all over?), and I think I may have failed to respond to a fist-bump invitation? But it could have been he was doing a kind of victory fist pump as if to say, “Doughnuts. Right on.”

Ah, doughnuts. I love doughnuts.