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What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Chocolate, make-your-own mules, "the best Hawaiian pizza in Boston," and more.
Chocolate Mousse Cone Photo Provided by Gaté Comme des Filles Chocolates / Toscanini's Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich photo provided by L.A. Burdick

Chocolate Mousse Cone Photo Provided by Gate Comme des Filles Chocolates / Toscanini’s Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich photo provided by L.A. Burdick

Chocolate Mousse Cones and Ice Cream Macarons

Classic desserts get high-end twists with these new treats in town. While tonight’s event is rained out, for the rest of the summer, weather-permitting, you’ll find Gaté Comme des Filles chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant at Aeronaut Allston every Wednesday and Friday, scooping creamy chocolate mousse into homemade chocolate cones. The decadent drumsticks have been part of Whisnant’s repertoire for some time, and they’re really catching on, she reports. She’s also bringing cones and packed containers to go to Formaggio Kitchen’s Saturday barbecue in Cambridge—that event is rain or shine. Like in her rich truffles, Whisnant uses fresh and local and organic ingredients to flavor the mousse; recent scoops have included wild cherry, raspberry, peppermint, hazelnut, Kenyan coffee, honey with walnut, and, simply satisfying dark chocolate.

Need a frozen treat? Another local chocolatier has teamed up with the venerable Toscanini’s Ice Cream: L.A. Burdick’s Cambridge and Boston locations are selling macaron ice cream sandwiches now through the end of September. Find flavors like Toscanini’s hazelnut ice cream between two chocolate macarons; and pistachio cookies with Earl Gray ice cream, all dipped in dark L.A. Burdick chocolate.

Gaté Comme des Filles chocolate mousse, Fridays and Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m., Aeronaut Neighborhood Nights Allston, Zone 3 parking lot, 267 Western Ave., Lower Allston, Facebook; Saturdays, Formaggio Kitchen BBQ, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-4750, formaggiokitchen.com.

L.A. Burdick + Toscanini’s ice cream sandwiches, $6, available daily, L.A. Burdick, 52 Brattle St., Harvard Square, 617-491-4340, 220 Clarendon St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-303-0113, burdickchocolate.com.

The patio at Precinct hosts Summer Saturdays

The patio at Precinct hosts Summer Saturdays. / Photo provided

Make-Your-Own Mules

We’d prefer not to admit it, but the summer is winding down. Precinct Kitchen + Bar is making sure to make it count with a Summer Saturday Series all this month. This weekend, Belvedere Vodka is fueling a make-your-own mule bar, with flavored spirits, grapefruit, cranberry, peach, and more juices; bubbly options, and garnishes. The patio party also features food specials and live music.

Summer Saturday Series, Satursdays, August 19 and 26, 3-6 p.m., Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Loews Hotel, 154 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-532-3827, precinctkitchenandbar.com.

Union Square by Todd Van Hoosear on Flickr / Creative Commons

Pupusas, Charred Corn & Ricotta Toast, and Filipino “Tamales” in Somerville

If you can’t take the heat, get out of Somerville. The hot ’hood of Union Square celebrates its “sizzling food landscape” at the fifth annual Ignite Festival this weekend, with global bites, food demos, interactive activities, circus performers, fire throwers (oh, Somerville!), a glow stick dance party, and more. Among the food vendors are Casa B, the Juice Union, and Himalayan Kitchen. Plus, the central plaza will host a papusa-making demo with El Potro, Field & Vine’s Andrew Brady making charred corn and ricotta toast, Pamangan’s Ellie Tiglao—who will be a vendor at the forthcoming Bow Market—sharing Filipino “tamales,” and more. Check out the full lineup of food and events on Facebook.

Ignite Somerville, $2 donation, Saturday, August 19, 6-10 p.m. (raindate: Sunday, August 20), Union Square Plaza, Somerville, Facebook.

Cambridge Brewing Company's the Cure, Ales for ALS

Cambridge Brewing Company’s the Cure, Ales for ALS. / Photo via Facebook

The Cure

If doing good, and/or hazy, fruit-forward IPAs with a late-addition hop character are your jam, get yourself to Cambridge Brewing Company. The Kendall Square brewpub just released its 2017 Ales for ALS, the Cure IPA. (CBC doesn’t call it “New England-style,” but you could.) Ales for ALS, a nationwide effort spearheaded by a couple Northwest hop producers, provides an experimental, proprietary hop blend to any brewery that wishes to commit to fundraising for research on ALS—aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. CBC will donate $1 per pint of the Cure to the cause. Summer 2017 is the target release for all Ales for ALS; keep an eye out at your favorite breweries for other opportunities to participate by the pint.

Cambridge Brewing Company, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-494-1994, cambridgebrewingcompany.com.

Tapestry’s Hawaiian Pizza. / Photo provided

“The Best Hawaiian Pizza in Boston”

Break out your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts: Tapestry goes island this weekend. The Club Room lounge hosts live music from Big Party Orchestra on Sunday, with “extra boozy” tiki drinks and “the best Hawaiian pizza in Boston” with pork sausage, pineapple, and peppers, care of co-chefs Meghann Ward and Kevin Walsh. There’s a $5 entrance fee, and a cash bar.

Everyone Gets Lei’d—Tiki Party at Tapestry, $5, Sunday, August 20, 2-11 p.m., Tapestry Club Room, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston, 617-421-4470, tapestry.restaurant, Facebook.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com