What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

The last stash of Pretty Things beer, Somerville chocolate in Cambridge, and more.

gate comme des filles chocolates

Photograph by Toan Trinh for “Think Inside the Box with Gâté Comme des Filles’ Chocolates”

Chocolate!!!

As you start collecting stocking stuffers for your friends and family this weekend, don’t forget the chocolate. Somerville confectioners are making it easy with a couple chocolate pop-ups in Cambridge. EHChocolatier has set up shop for the season inside Central Bottle, Eater Boston has reported, bringing holiday bonbons, sipping chocolate, and more alongside the Central Square shop’s stellar selection. And this weekend, Gaté Comme des Filles and Somerville Chocolate debut this year’s Chocolate at Lizzy’s seasonal shop in Harvard Square. Tonight’s opening party will have free samples of Gaté Comme des Filles’ bonbons (pictured) and chocolate mousse cones, and sweets lovers will find those items, plus Somerville Chocolate’s bars, Lizzy’s ice cream, and more through February.

Chocolate at Lizzy’s Launch Party, Friday Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m., Lizzy’s Ice Cream In Harvard Square, 29 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Facebook.

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OMG, the Last Keg of Pretty Things

Vee Vee just tapped a 2014 keg of the late, great, Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project’s barleywine-style Our Finest Regards, which had been aging in the cellar at the Jamaica Plain go-to. Mr. and Mrs. Vee did so last year, as well—a year after Pretty Things called it quits—but this cask is Vee Vee’s last batch of the stuff, they shared. Get in this weekend to get your (last ever???) taste of Our Finest Regards, but if the tap runs dry, take solace in other excellent draft options, like Trillium Chocolate Pot & Kettle, and a double dry-hopped American pale ale from Maine’s Mast Landing.

Vee Vee, 763 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-522-0145, veeveejp.com.

The Reebok sandwich at Better Bagels. / Photo provided

A (Probably) Kyrie Irving-Approved Bagel Sandwich for the Matinee Celtics Game

The Celtics have an uncommon 1 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, which begs the question, how would Kyrie Irving brunch? The Celtics star point guard, who dropped 36 points on the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, eats a plant-based diet, which he credits for keeping his energy up. His teammate Jaylen Brown has also eschewed beef and pork his whole life. Veganism is officially trending in the NBA. Coincidentally, Better Bagels recently introduced a healthy-ish, vegetarian sandwich at its new Seaport shop. “The Reebok” is a partnership with the newly-Seaport-headquartered shoe company, with hummus, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles on one of Better Bagels’ myriad flavors. Bonus: Every order of this sandwich comes with a coupon to the new Reebok corporate store.

Better Bagels, 83A Seaport Blvd., Boston, betterbagelsboston.com.

A collage of different gluten-based treats in Somerville

Somerville Bread Company photo provided / Slumbrew beer photo via Facebook / Juliet Steakhouse dinner roll photo provided

Gluten in Somerville

A few, grainy haps in the city formerly known as Slummahville: Somerville Bread Company has debuted a walk-up window for retail sales at its Union Square bakery, Eater Boston reports. And across the neighborhood, Juliet brings back its seasonal steakhouse. Chef Josh Lewin is slicing thick steaks, blending beef fat-butter, and baking up Japanese milk bread-style dinner rolls every Wednesday-Saturday evening through December 23. And finally, Assembly Row has a new, indoor, beer hall. The makers of Slumbrew officially debut their second American Fresh Brewhouse on Friday. With 20 Somerville Brewing Company taps, experimental beers brewed on-site, and a full lunch and dinner menu, the brewpub replaces company’s outdoor beer garden at Assembly. It’s open 11 a.m.-midnight daily, and is located right across from the neighborhood’s Orange Line station at 490 Foley St.


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