Magic Bites are Magical.

(Photo Credit Michael Piazza for Edible Boston)

According to an Edible Boston article, Magic Bites Bakery and Café in Arlington " is not just a bakery."  Walking into their corner shop on Mass Ave is Arlington is a wonderful experienceIts a dreamy, cozy space that is brimming with delicious products, smells and temptations.

Trying to make a selection feels near impossible, but Husband and Wife team Atilla and Elif are there to help -cooking up a storm and delighting customers with tastes of their meze, soups and pastries. The love and pride they have in their food is obvious and contagious- which is why we had to bring you some of their goodies this week. From Atilla:

"We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, to serve the best quality of healthy food to the valuable guests and customers from a relaxing, clean, boutique designed environment for takeout, delivery , wholesale and catering .

Every product is prepared and baked from scratch with the REAL, healthy and first quality  ingredients; no fake additives, preservatives, mixtures. We only serve the products that we will feel confident to serve to our little kids; healthy and natural. We are committed to the best experience of our guests and customers."

We have brought you their Muhammara "the best spread ever". A red pepper paste made with spices and the best walnuts.  (Contains bread crumbs!) Spread it on toasted bread, bagels, or in sandwiches. Use it on veggies, with fish, or as a simple and perfect Meze.

And when you are craving more; check them out at 916 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. 

But, if you go there and take the last piece of their spanikopita, and there's none left for me, we are no longer friends.

 

WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Pollock from Red's Best; Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery
Pescatarian Protein - Pollock from Red's Best; Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery
Vegetarians - Lentil Fingers (Delicious at Room Temp with a salad!) and Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery
Paleo Proteins - Pollock from Red's Best; Eggs from Feather Brook Farm/Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Romaine Lettuce and Scallions from Brookford Farm; Mushroom Medley from Mycoterra; Kale from Busa Farm
Grain - Polenta from Maine Grains
Special Treat - Nuts from Q's Nuts

 

WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Pollock from Red's Best; Hot Italian Sausage and Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery
Pescatarian Protein - Pollock and Scallops from Red's Best; Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Paleo Proteins - Pollock from Red's Best; Hot Italian Sausage and Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Romaine Lettuce and Scallions from Brookford Farm; Mushroom Medley from Mycoterra; Kale from Busa Farm; Tomatoes from Five College Farm; Asparagus from Brookford Farm

Grain - Polenta from Maine Grains

Special Treat - Nuts from Q's Nuts; Gluten Free, Dairy Free Brownie from Girl Friend Baking

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Pollock from Red's Best; Hot Italian Sausage and Pork Belly and Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery; Gouda from Brookford Farm 
Pescatarian Protein -Pollock, Halibut and Scallops from Red's Best; Muhammara from Magic Bites Bakery; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Romaine Lettuce and Scallions from Brookford Farm; Mushroom Medley from Mycoterra; Kale from Busa Farm; Tomatoes from Five College Farm; Asparagus from Brookford Farm; Sunchokes from Sanders Farm and Rhubarb from Juniper Hill Farm
Grain - Polenta from Maine Grains; Tortillas from Mi Tierra
Special Treat -Nuts from Q's Nuts; Gluten Free, Dairy Free Brownie from Girl Friend Baking (So J.R will stop bugging me about including them!)


RECIPES

Creamy Polenta: Polenta may sounds unapproachable but it's wonderfully simple. You just need to pay close attention (not my strong suit.) I like this recipe because it hits you with the basics, and a few upgrades (hey there, grated cheeeese). It also tells you what to do with leftovers. (hint: grill it in a pan and serve with... yup! A RUNNY EGG.) Or listen to Martha and go with Polenta fries.

Garlic Pollock: I don't like to get to fancy with this fish. Garlic, butter and voila.  Then again Pollock with tomatoes and capers over polenta could be heaven.

Burnt Pork Belly Ends: I want to make this bowl of deliciousness and share with no one.

Rhubarb Compote: This is more like .75 pounds so you will have to adjust.

Roasted Sunchokes: Add a little crunch to your salad or serve a top a steaming bowl of polenta.