Hi, friends. You may remember that back in January when Pop.Bop.Shop. turned 12 years old, I shared all the ways I plan to deepen my commitment to supporting small, local businesses. I even set a New Year's resolution to create monthly lists that would give you fresh ideas.
For the March roster, I'm highlighting places offering special items for Passover and Easter. Both holidays are especially early this year, so if they snuck up on you, you are not alone!
Let's get right to the goodies.
1. Passover-friendly desserts at Mamaleh's - It's day four of Passover (the half way mark) and if you're already starting to get bored of your usual matzah recipes, indulge in a fantastic menu of desserts from Mamaleh's in Cambridge, MA. This marble cheesecake caught my eye right away.
They also have macaroons in four flavors - coconut, chocolate, raspberry and walnut - for $2 dollars a piece.
2. Spring holiday favorites at Flour Bakery & Cafe - This year, Flour has delicious offerings for both Passover and Easter. I love their chocolate toffee matzah crunch (so addicting!).
If you're hosting an Easter meal, consider their quiches for an easy crowd pleaser. My choice would be the roasted mushroom.
I can't get over their adorable cupcakes with a yellow frosting chick sitting on top. Little kids will flip for these!
3. Chocolate confections at EHChocolatier - I have been a long-time fan of Elaine and Catherine at EHChocolatier and each year their holiday collections get even more beautiful. This year's Easter bon bon collection includes dazzling flavors like Lime Toasted Coconut, Honey Bunny, Baklava, Robin Egg (Jivara Milk Chocolate), Spicy Paprika Peanut Butter and Marshmallow.
You can order 6, 12 or 18 pieces and they come in the most elegant packaging. This would make a stunning hostess gift.
4. Grown up Easter baskets at Greentail Table - Linda, the owner of Greentail Table in Newton, MA has impeccable taste and for Easter this year she's put together several charming gift bundles.
My favorite is called the Chick N Bowl, which includes a mint or yellow bowl (candy dish size), a package of McCreas caramels and a plush chick, dressed up with bunny ears.
Gift this to a friend or neighbor to put an instant smile on his or her face.
5. Easter brunch or dinner from The Smith - I miss a lot of things about New York City, including dining out at The Smith. The restaurant has now expanded to many cities and if you live in one of them, you can order your entire Easter spread for pick up!
If you are lucky enough to be in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, they will deliver!
I hope this list helps you to show some local love this month. If you missed the previous round ups, you can check them out right here:
*Cover image courtesy of Unsplash. All other images courtesy of vendors.