Nut-Free Bakery -- Brookline, MA

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By Jesse'sMom on Fri, 02-06-04, 18:23

I have been delighted with the baked goods at Pastry Land N More at 417 Harvard St. in Brookline, MA. 617-278-2400. The shop is owned by a tree nut-allergic pastry chef who has also made the facility peanut-free. On top of all this, it is also Kosher Parve, which means that it is strictly inspected to be dairy-free, too. Believe me -- if you want a level of safety-minded discipline and respect for keeping banned foods out -- you can't ask for any better than a kosher, nut-allergic chef! If you enjoy homey Jewish baked goods such as rugelach, challah and hamentashen -- as well as fancy Parisian-style pastries like eclairs, napoleons and custard tarts -- check this place out! We especially enjoy their fruit pies and tarts. The bakery also has a small eat-in restaurant. If you don't live in Brookline, be sure to CALL before you go over there. The bakery observes the Saturday Jewish Sabbath. It closes several hours before sunset on Fridays and isn't open on Saturdays. They also observe other holidays which you might not be aware of. So, call. Talk to the owner -- a very nice man who knows what people with food allergies go through. Be sure to thank him for deciding to go peanut free!

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By cooper on Fri, 02-06-04, 20:43

Hi Jesse'sMom, My son and I go to PastryLand fairly often and have a great time. The owner is a sweetie. There's a thread further down on this page about this bakery - I think quite a few of us from Massachusetts go out of our way to stop in. Glad you posted a reminder! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Heather2 on Mon, 02-09-04, 15:19

We LOVE this bakery, too. They serve sandwiches and soups and brunch and a great cup of coffee! Don't forget birthday cakes!

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By esmom on Sun, 02-22-04, 16:11

Great place I just went I am so happy. What have you guys tried from there??

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By cooper on Sun, 02-22-04, 22:32

Hi esmom, we've tried just about all the sweet things - love the danishes, cookies, and turnover type items. We haven't so far tried any breads - and I think I saw bagels too, and there are things for lunch. My son is too excited about the desserts to look beyond that first case when you walk in. Plus, I think those pastries are something I wouldn't try making at home. At least not so far. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By nava on Thu, 08-26-04, 01:55

Just reraising. We were there today on our annual trek returning from our Maine vacation to New York. My daughter was in heaven and we left with an apple pie, cookies, and sticky buns.

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By Marian on Mon, 09-20-04, 02:22

Thanks for the info on this bakery! We had so much fun selecting the cookies and pastries from the case. It was the first time that DS ever ate a cookie from a bakery - it was a really big deal for him and we will make it a regular stop!!! We also tried the bagels and they were great! Thanks for posting such a great find!!!

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By Going Nuts on Tue, 09-21-04, 20:50

We'll be going to visit relatives in Needham and friends in Brookline this Thanksgiving, so you [b]know[/b] we'll be stopping at Pastryland again. DS will be thrilled. I can't wait too get those rugelach, myself! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Amy

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By Heather3 on Mon, 11-08-04, 14:49

Is Pastry Land N More gone?! We went into Brookline yesterday. I called to see what time they close and their phone number has been disconnected. I called Directory Assistance and the operator said she didn't have a listing for Pastry Land anything anywhere in Brookline.

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By Going Nuts on Mon, 11-08-04, 15:30

No-o-o-o-o-o-o-ooo!!!

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By tando on Mon, 11-08-04, 15:48

Calling the old number (in this thread), I got the recording that this number has been disconnected or is no longer in service.

Does anyone live/work close enough and have time to drive by the storefront and check it out? Maybe they've moved or started a new business... (hoping, hoping, hoping)

T.

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By Jana R on Mon, 11-08-04, 15:49

I noticed there are several Kosher restaurants on Harvard street on this site - maybe you can contact one of them and see if they know what happened.

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By Heather3 on Mon, 11-08-04, 16:03

Testing

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By Heather2 on Mon, 11-08-04, 16:05

Testing

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By Heather3 on Mon, 11-08-04, 22:37

Test

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By Schnook on Thu, 11-11-04, 14:21

Ok an update...my aunt who is our designated shopper at Pastryland had a chat with the baker when she was in at the beginning of the month. He was going to close for a week or 2 to rest his shoulder (torn rotator cuff) and the see his doctor again. If the pain did not lessen he was going to need surgery. So if it is not open again now, it might be closed for 6 weeks total or more as he will need surgery. His intention was to re-open ASAP. She will drive by this week and see what is up. Thank goodness I already got those apple pies in my freezer or I would be baking them for Thanksgiving and I do not make a good crust!

Schnook

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By California Mom on Thu, 11-11-04, 16:52

I am so jealous of you guys who live close by! I have a sister-in-law in Newton. The next time we go there (but I have not idea when that will be!) I will see if we can check out this bakery.

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By tando on Thu, 11-11-04, 19:41

Well, I drove over by there today. There's a sign on the door saying they have a permit to install a new kitchen exhaust fan. I hadn't read your message Schnook or I wouldn't have made the trip. At least it looks like they'll re-open again!

T.

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By Going Nuts on Fri, 11-12-04, 13:35

Aaargh! I was so looking forward to going there over Thanksgiving.

Well, I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope they reopen again soon. May be just the excuse we need to visit Boston again. Maybe in the spring to catch the Sox? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Amy

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By falcon on Fri, 12-03-04, 01:29

Went by Pastryland and More a few days ago. Looks like they are doing some remodeling. The man that I spoke to that was working there said they would be done in a few weeks and that it is still owned by the same folks.

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By tando on Tue, 12-14-04, 21:37

Great news!

T.

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By jage512 on Fri, 12-17-04, 19:02

I got my haircut this morning on Harvard. St. so I figured I would stop by Pastry Land N'More and see if they are done with rennovations. I walk in, and the place is totally different. It's like a take-out restaurant. There was no bakery items just looked like a cafeteria almost. They were serving some people lunch, and there was only a kid working there, so I didn't bother to ask. Has anyone talked to the owner recently? Has he sold it to someone? Or has he changed the business? The sign still says Pastry Land n' More so I assumed it was still a bakery-but it is def. not. Maybe they moved? Let me know if you hear anything!

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By e-mom on Fri, 12-17-04, 20:02

Does anyone have any information on this business? Is it still operating as peanut/nut free? We are heading out there for the holidays and I was hoping to check it out.

On a side note, Miriam (if you are still here), my dh grew up in Newton--small world isn't it? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By jtolpin on Fri, 12-17-04, 20:12

Its that whole six degrees of separation thing going on...

I work in Newton.

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By e-mom on Fri, 12-17-04, 23:40

Quote:Originally posted by jtolpin:
[b]Its that whole six degrees of separation thing going on...

I work in Newton.

Jason

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Ya don't say [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

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By tando on Sat, 12-18-04, 21:02

jage512,
When I stopped by there during the renovations all the posters from the bakery were still in the windows. There were several taped to the glass to the right side of the door that said "peanut free bakery" Did you notice if these are still there? Were the other posters there too? (The glass store front was pretty filled with posters then.)
T.

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By jage512 on Sun, 12-19-04, 23:51

Quote:Originally posted by tando:
[b]jage512,
When I stopped by there during the renovations all the posters from the bakery were still in the windows. There were several taped to the glass to the right side of the door that said "peanut free bakery" Did you notice if these are still there? Were the other posters there too? (The glass store front was pretty filled with posters then.)
T.[/b]

Tando-
There were no posters on the windows. There were some notices (regular paper size) that explained that they will be open for business on Saturday nights from now on and explained that they have been certified kosher for their meat and other products (because they seem to be serving real food now so I assume they need different type of certification than they previously had). There was no mention of a peanut-free bakery or anything. When I walked in I questioned myself because I wasn't sure if I even walked in the right store. But as I left, I looked up to the sign and it still said "Pastry Land N' More".... hence my confusion. I am now home in CT so won't be able to go check again myself but if anyone hears anything let me know......

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By tando on Mon, 12-20-04, 17:30

Thanks for the info. Newton's a special trip for me from the western burbs (not as far as for you), so I'm not sure when I'll be able to get there by myself. Last time I took DS with me and he was very disappointed to find the bakery closed for renovations.
I hope the place is under the same ownership. If the bakery was nut free because of the baker's own allergy, I'm hoping any other restaurant would be as well. We can always hope...
T.

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By MimiM on Tue, 04-12-05, 21:45

Do any of you Bostonians have any updated information on the situation? I lived in Boston for 12 years so I'm familiar with Harvard St. and we frequently go back to the area to visit friends, etc. Would love to know what this place has now and if they are worth a stop if we are in the area.

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By Nitro68 on Tue, 05-08-07, 15:43

Hello! Please do not call 617-278-2400 unless you are looking for electric guitars, basses, whathaveyou. Unfortunately Pastry Land no longer has that number.
Thanks!

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