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No matter which of the five moles you choose, the first taste should make one thing clear: Angela Atenco Lopez knows her stuff. The Puebla native has been mastering her homeland’s cuisine since age eight. So when she whips up mole or guac, authenticity is just part of the recipe.

131 Lexington St
Boston,
MA
US

Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar's staff matches wines and specialty martinis with culinary counterparts drawn from a menu of Italian-inspired steak, seafood, and pasta. Suggested wine pairings help servers increase flavor synergy, enhancing the lobster mac 'n' cheese?s fontina cheese and buttery crumbs with a sauvignon blanc hailing from New Zealand. They also embellish meals or stories about their last fishing expedition with the wildflower martini, a blend of Absolut wild tea vodka, St. Germain, ginger, and lemon juice.

Situated less than a five-minute drive from Logan Airport, Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar houses a geometrically diverse dining room crowded with rectangular and circular leather booths. A signature wall scribbled with autographs reveals the John Hancocks of the restaurant?s myriad guests, and artistic clusters of light bulbs spread warmth across orange couches and exposed brick. The seasonal outdoor patio provides a nice spot to enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch or a romantic dinner under the stars.

107 Porter St
East Boston,
MA
US

All of the cakes and cupcakes at …Cakes are prepped with fresh, quality ingredients, hand-selected by talented pastry chefs working under the tasty eye of owner Deana Martin. Deana—a self-declared purveyor of sweet, but not too sweet creations—teams up with her fellow chefs to craft delicious recipes, playful decorations, and accessible edibles for any confection fanatic. Choose from the everyday cupcakes available in-store, or call ahead at least a week in advance to create your own custom everyday dozen, which allows you to mix and match any flavor combination of classic cupcakes. Flavors include red-velvet cake with vanilla frosting, chocolate cake with mocha filling and buttercream frosting, or coconut cake with lemon frosting.

200 Terminal St.
Charlestown,
Massachusetts
US

A National Historic Site, Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar is a piece of Charlestown’s past. Though the navy yard closed in 1974, outdoor seating at the bistro still looks out over a quaint community that’s rich with history. A bottle from the massive wine list makes the view that much more enjoyable.

1 1st Ave
Charlestown,
MA
US

Lauded by the Rosindale Transcript for its combination of eclectic fare and cozy atmosphere, Masona Grill offers a menu of New American cuisine crafted by owner and executive chef Manuel Sifnugel with an international touch influenced by his Peruvian upbringing. Guests part dark velvet curtains to enter the dining space, which is flanked by chocolate-colored walls adorned with oil paintings and bite marks.

Plates are decorated with sophisticated seafood dishes, such as linguine tossed with local clams and calamari, or land-borne dishes, including a grilled pork tenderloin called out for 2010's Restaurant Week by the Boston Globe as the best entree on the menu: "tender and moist and served a bit pink ? It's really, really good." Brazilian jazz music accompanies meals, moving diners to chew in time to the sultry beats.

4 Corey St.
West Roxbury,
MA
US

Golden Goose Market

The staff at Golden Goose Market will direct you to the right aisle with a smile. But their role in your shopping trip doesn’t have to end there—they’ll stick by your side to help track down every item in a recipe, and even give suggestions on how to cook it. The extra attention to customers may be one of the reasons why the market has enjoyed such an impressive life span—it opened in 1978. But help with dinner is just one way the upscale store’s staff treats its patrons like royalty. Golden Goose opens at 6 a.m. and stays open until 11 p.m., and even offers complementary delivery to the North End, waterfront, and downtown. But customers might want to make the trip themselves, so they can explore firsthand the colorful array of fruits and veggies stacked in the produce section. Buyers select the freshest produce from all over the world every morning, from seasonal berries to mangos. In the butcher shop, employees trim meat and poultry to customer specifications, and shell out fresh seafood like a mermaid with an overstuffed fridge. Deli staff slice Boar’s head cold cuts and imported Italian cold meats and cheeses to order, and also assemble sandwiches, pizzas, and sushi to-go, while bakers craft muffins and cookies, and display them with fresh bread delivered by local artisan bakers twice every day. And, of course, in the grocery aisles, customers will find all the essentials—milk and bread, frozen foods and chips, paper towels and laundry detergent––they need to get through the week. One last surprise? Golden Goose’s liquor selection, which includes domestic, imported, craft, and local brews, along with local wines and better-known whites and reds. Those unsure which wine to choose can also swing by on Wednesdays from 6—8 p.m. for a weekly wine tasting.

179 Commercial St
Boston,
MA
US

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