Japonaise Bakery and Cafe
In the past, Vodka has come to Boston primarily for one of the following two reasons: Nancy Kerrigan and Harvard. While the previous reason may be the one to come with the more absurd stories, the Harvard connection is significant only due to the fact that Vodka had believed up until this point that Harvard is the ONLY thing in Cambridge, MA. (Well, she knew MIT is there, too, but did not care).
This misbelief is the reason that Vodka asks her friend no less than a dozen times during our two-mile trek from Oleana to Japonaise Bakery and Cafe, "But where's Harvard?!"
|And Also, "Why Do People With Such High IQs Not Know How to Light a Christmas Tree?!"|
|So Apparently, This Was NOT Made in the Harvard Dining Hall|
Wandering around the equivalent of the world's tiniest shopping mall, we eventually stumble upon the Cambridge outpost of Japonaise Bakery and Cafe and order one Azuki cream croissant. Taking up residence on the closest wooden bench, we open our paper bag and prepare to dive in.
|Classy Dining Arrangement|
|Hello 911? Our Croissant's Cream Has Been Kidnapped|
|Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are|
"I think it's bean. Red bean. It tastes like bean," my friend determines. "Can I say 'bean' one more time?"
And despite how many times her friend says it, Vodka cannot figure out why bean has any place in a cream croissant dessert in the first place.
|Croissant By Way of France, By Way of Japan, By Way of... Mexico?|
|But Let's Be Real - What's Better Than Epcot?|
Except, that is, Harvard.
Japonaise Bakery and Cafe's Azuki Cream Croissant: 3 stars