Don't 'Pass Over' Passover in the Square

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If you're mulling over not being able to eat carbs because of Passover, fear not! These Harvard Square finds will fuel your eight-day holiday with such deliciousness that you will forget that Moses and the rest of the crew didn't have enough time to leaven that bread.

To refresh your memory, if you're keeping kosher for Passover, you're supposed to avoid foods, except matzo, made with wheat, barley, rye, spelt, or oats.

Depending on whether you're Ashkenazi or Sephardic, you may have different rules, so ask your Rabbi or Hillel if you have any concerns.

Meanwhile, these foods should keep you pretty full for the next week.

Start Your Day Off Right:

In general, most breakfast foods will be on the safe side, so get a little crazy and try Zoe's sweet potato pancakes, topped with homemade cinnamon butter and maple syrup ($6.99).

Afternoon Snack:

Stop by local favorite Berryline and get some frozen yogurt. This week's flavors are original, Nutella and lychee. Most toppings are safe, but avoid the rice-based mochi.

Drop in to Tealuxe for some bubble tea. If you're craving extra energy, try their blended Green Tea Matcha with bubbles—they're made out of tapioca ($4.98 for a regular with bubbles).

Feeling Fancy (With a Full Wallet):

Going out on a date but don't want to put a damper on the evening without those carbohydrates? Harvest has a three-course tasting menu, from which you can order a-la-carte, which is completely kosher for Passover. Go indulge ($44 per person).

Get Your Greens:

All of Veggie Planet's menu can be ordered over a salad or coconut rice. Get the well-known favorite, Henry's Dinner—roasted butternut squash, carmelized onion, herbs, and decadent goat cheese—it won't disappoint!

Can't Help Your Sweet Tooth:

Finale has a kosher for Passover menu, which is just as good as the regular one: Dark Chocolate Decadence, Raspberry Cream Cake, and the Matzo Crunch which is their take on brittle—chocolate covered matzo drizzled with gooey caramel and all of that goodness. Order them while you can! (Cakes are $12 for the small, Matzo Crunch is $6.49 for half a pound).

As a final note, the foods listed above are not acceptable for those who are strictly keeping kosher for Passover. If you have any concerns about the food items listed above make sure to ask whether the items are certified kosher for Passover, and, of couse, Hillel is open for all three meals this week to satisfy your food desires!

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