Posts in What's That
The Cronut of the Dumpling World

What's That?  |  Xiao Long Bao

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Like meat on a stick, the culinary concept of meat stuffed in a dough pocket is a fairly common one. There exist a multitude of dumpling variations from around the world: Italian ravioli, Japanese gyoza, Polish pierogi, Tibetan momo, Indian samosa, Latin American empanada, Korean mandu and dozens more.

On the vast plane of dumplings, there is one variation that stands above the rest: Xiao Long Bao - the Shanghainese soup dumpling. It does something that no other dumpling dares: it incorporates a warm broth inside of the dumpling.

Curious? We’ll explain what it is, where it came from, how to eat it, what separates the good from the bad, and where to find it.

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Yes We Cannoli

What's That?  |  Cannoli

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

We are pumped to announce that today we are unlocking Boston as a Sidewalk city! You can now explore the best of Boston and Cambridge with Sidewalk.

To celebrate this milestone, we honor Boston’s best-in-class pastry, the sweetened ricotta-filled pastry shells that dreams are made of — the cannoli. If you’ve experienced a Saturday night in the Hub’s cannoli capital, the North End, you’d know that the lines stretching out the doors of the Italian bakeries means one thing: they make some divine cannoli.

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The Sticky Story of the S’more

What's That? | S'mores

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Happy National S’mores Day! Today, we add a segment to the “What’s That” encyclopedia with an exploration of the treat’s mysterious origin, the scandalous history of its components, and a discussion about chocolate with our friends at Dandelion Chocolate.

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6 Fortune Cookie Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know

What's That? | Fortune Cookies

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Fortune cookies: the folded and bent crispy cookie with insightful prophecies, served at the end of the meal at Chinese restaurants. It is a dessert of Chinese mysticism and intrigue. Except it isn’t. A thrilling discovery is in your immediate future [. . . in bed.]

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Permission to Play With Your Food

What's That? | Boba Tea

Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Don't be intimidated! In our world of to-go coffee cups and water bottles, Boba tea can look a little scary. The balls, the straw, and the colors may look downright strange, but it’s practically the national drink in Taiwan. And there’s a good reason for that: boba tea is delicious and fun.

In this edition of What's That? we’ll explain what Boba tea is, why you should try it, where it came from, how to know if it’s any good, and where to find it.

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Where to Hike Through Million Dollar Art

What's That? | Monumental Sculpture

Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

We created a new series called What’s That? to celebrate experiencing the different and familiar, whether it is an object, food, custom, artistic style or type of architecture. In each edition, we introduce an item and explain how to appreciate it and why it’s important. Ideas or requests? Let us know on our Facebook Page or in the comments of the post.  

 In today’s edition, we explore larger-than-life sculptures and where to find some of our favorites.

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