Editor’s Picks 2018

BEST CURATED COCKTAIL LIST

The Townshend

Cocktail photo by Derrick Zellmann

Located on the first floor of Presidents’ Place, at the heart of Quincy Center, The Townshend is a hip eatery known for its master mixologists. The restaurant recently celebrated its third anniversary and has been part of the town’s growing food and drink scene. Palmer Matthews, a Quincy native, manages the bar and cocktail program. Everything is crafted with care and expertly presented. Try a refreshing summer cocktail like the June Bug, which contains a mix of rose, raspberry, lime and vodka garnished with dried rose buds or a unique fruity drink like the Bramble, which combines dry gin with fresh lemon and blackberry. While old-school drinks like Manhattans and Amaretto Sours are taken very seriously, they also make a mean Tiki drink. In fact, there’s an entire section of the menu dedicated to dangerously tasty concoctions like the Jamaican Painkiller and Real McCoy Mai Tai. thetownshend.com


BEST PROPS FOR PHOTO OPS

Doris Loves USA

Jack Foley

If you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights (or at least your initials) you’ll want to know about Doris Loves USA. Owned and operated by Alison and Ross MacDonald of Braintree, the company provides custom marquee lighting (and temporary tattoo stations) for weddings and special events throughout New England. Designed and handcrafted by American artisans, the light-up letters, numbers and symbols (like hearts and hashtags) make great centerpieces and photographic props. Each figure measures 4 feet tall and contains an average of 80 white LED bulbs. What’s even cooler is that these larger-than-life letters are lightweight and battery-powered (no ugly wires) for easy mobility. dorisloves.com


MOST REFRESHING SUMMER TREATS

Townie Frozen Desserts

Maria Allen

Few things taste better on a hot summer day than a dish of fruity sorbet. Hull residents Robin Flint and Stephen Gore are the owners of Townie Frozen Desserts, a business that specializes in making vegan, non-dairy, nut-free ice cremes, sorbets and flavored ices. But you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy them. Each flavor is made from scratch in small batches at a shared kitchen facility in Kingston called Peggy’s Kitchen. The couple work the South Shore farmers market circuit, scooping a wide assortment of refreshing sorbet flavors, such as strawberry, mango lime ginger and raspberry lime rickey. Their non-dairy ice cremes, made with a coconut base, taste silky and smooth. Try the German chocolate, Key-lime pie or Hawaiian Dream (if you like piña coladas). towniefrozendesserts.com


BEST BLEND OF ITALIAN CUISINE
AND CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS

Novara

Executive Chef Anthony DeRienzo puts a creative spin on traditional Italian cuisine at this popular restaurant, located where the Milton Cinema once stood. With 23-foot-high ceilings, an open kitchen design and a large projection screen on the back wall, Novara is designed to be entertaining. An added bonus is the fact that one of the restaurant’s investors just happens to be Jordan Knight, who rose to fame in the 80s as the lead singer of New Kids on the Block. Knight lives in Milton and is known to stop by Novara and its sister restaurant, Abby Park, three to four times a week, so your chances of snagging a celebrity selfie are fairly good. “Chef Tony is always changing things up and keeping the menu fresh,” says Knight. “Currently my favorite dish is the barbeque swordfish, but some of my all-time favorite menu staples are the chicken parm meatballs and the calamari.” 556 Adams St., Milton, 617-696-8400, novararestaurant.com


BEST PLACE TO BE
SWEPT OFF YOUR FEET

TreeTop Adventures

Upon first glance, the high ropes and obstacle course at TreeTop Adventures in Canton looks like something out of the world of Avatar, with people zipping through the trees and navigating an extensive network of suspended bridges, tight ropes and rolling logs. Locally owned and operated by Christopher and Molly Kerr, the aerial forest park offers a safe zip-line and climbing experience for people ages 7 and older. There are 10 trails located high up in the trees, ranging in difficulty from beginner (yellow) to expert (black). Designed to promote outdoor enjoyment, it’s an ideal activity for families, corporate team-building outings and even bachelor or bachelorette parties (group rates are available for groups of 10 or more people). Clip on your carabineers and challenge your balance, agility (and fear of heights) while building self-confidence and enjoying a few thrills along the way. 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, 781-989-5800, treetopcanton.com


BEST EYE-CATCHING SUNNIES

Randolph Engineering

The only remaining metal eyewear company in the United States, Randolph epitomizes the best of American-made products. The family-run company is world-renowned for handcrafting the finest eyewear using top-grade materials. Made in a factory in Randolph, each pair of sunglasses goes through a six-week assembly process, during which the pieces are cut, molded, stamped, twisted, soldered, plated and polished, mostly by hand. Randolph shades are stylish, lightweight and durable, worn by military fighter pilots and celebrities like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Emma Stone. The new Infinity Collection features six lens colors and nine frame hues to choose from and offers 100 percent UVA/UVB protection—capable of handling the brightest of sunny days. randolphusa.com


BEST HEALTHY MEAL DELIVERY

Clandestine Kitchen

Whether you plan to spend your weekend at the beach, on a boat or on the sidelines of a youth sporting event, eating clean can be a challenge when you’re on the go. Clandestine Kitchen is a new Hingham business that does the meal prep for you, offering healthy, homemade meals (vegan, vegetarian and clean protein options) delivered right to your door. Busy weekend ahead? CK Wellness Coolers come packed with foods that support a healthy lifestyle, such as fresh salads, wraps, homemade snacks, fresh juices from The Green Light in Hingham and organic almond milk from Nectar & Green. Chef/owner Courtney Doyle, sources many ingredients locally, from Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset. There’s a different delicious menu theme each week. Reserve in advance and your Wellness Cooler will arrive on Friday, helping you fuel your body all weekend long. Visit them on Facebook or email info@clandestinekitchen.com.


BEST PATIO FOR GOLFERS
AND SUNSET LOVERS

Crossing Nines at Granite Links Golf Club

Jack Foley

What was once a modest snack shack at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy is now a bustling destination for outdoor dining and drinks. Crossing Nines still offers walk-up window service, but its tented bar area is the place everyone wants to be (golfers and non-golfers alike). There’s live music on weekends and an expansive outdoor patio with a firepit. The adjacent pergola offers a serene setting for dining and there’s a new patio with comfortable couches situated beside the lighted driving range. The hitting bays were moved forward and set off by a beautiful cobblestone “warning track,” which separates swinging golf clubs from the social area. Relax with a summer cocktail and enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the golf course and Boston skyline. granitelinksgolfclub.com


MOST NOSTALGIC SUMMER HANGOUT

Paragon Boardwalk

Kjeld Mahoney

Featuring vintage arcade games, mini golf and a menu of elevated beach food, Paragon Boardwalk has made Hull’s Nantasket Avenue the place to be this summer. Reminiscent of the famed Paragon Park, which closed in 1984, the new family-friendly entertainment complex is situated across the street from the beach, close to the iconic Paragon Carousel. Inside, visitors will find an assortment of classic games, like Fascination, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. There’s also great things to eat and drink. Chef Douglas Rodrigues created a unique menu that contains everything from jumbo turkey legs and corn dogs to lighter options like veggie burgers and spinach salads with goat cheese and strawberries. Don’t forget to order a milkshake made with Nona’s Homemade ice cream. paragonboardwalk.com


BEST ECO-FRIENDLY
SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Green Koala

Jack Foley

Paula Keif of Marshfield launched Green Koala in 2010 after noticing how many products in her house contained toxic chemicals and fillers. The eco-friendly company makes all-natural, handmade organic body care and home fragrance products, from hand-poured dye-free phthalate-free candles made with pure soy wax and lead-free cotton wicks, to their newest product, a nourishing beard balm. In April, the company announced the opening of its new studio and manufacturing facility in Pembroke. The Green Koala studio will be open every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and customers can also make appointments to shop, sample the natural and organic body butters, lotions, and lip care, and explore the subtle scents of the non-toxic candles and diffusers. greenkoala.net

 

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