Cape Cod Fish Share strives to minimize the fathoms between seafood lovers and the ocean, delivering fresh, line-caught seafood from boats to homes as quickly as possible. The group, which considers itself a community-supported fishery, gets its fish from local fishermen who embrace sustainable practices—including ones based out of Chatham, Provincetown, Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, New Bedford, Falmouth, Sandwich, Nantucket, and Fairhaven.
These shares supply customers with at least two different species of fish per week, usually some common fish as well as, for the sake of variety, some unusual and seasonal species. Deliveries might include Atlantic cod, grey sole, lobster, monkfish, sea scallops, ancient 50-foot kraken, or yellowfin tuna—but the contents ultimately depend upon what can be purchased directly off the boats on the day in question.
After workers fillet the seafood directly on the pier, they meticulously clean and pack it so that, upon reaching customers' homes, it can immediately hit the frying pan or the freezer. To help with keeping things fresh, Cape Cod Fish Share's recipe blog provides numerous ideas on how to prepare the fish.
Owner and head chef of Viva Mexican Grill and Tequileria, Carlos Mendez grew up in Mexico watching his mother and aunts as they concocted labor-intensive food without batting an eye. He would even venture off to the countryside to collect any wild mushrooms they might need. Now at his restaurant, he keeps his culinary traditions alive with his menu of Central Mexican cuisine. Fresh guacamole made table-side prepare palates for forthcoming entrees. Handmade masa pancakes topped with queso fresco join slow-cooked pork carnitas and tricolor plates of chilis en nogada with creamy walnut sauce. Thirteen types of margaritas and chilled coladas and daiquiris cool tongues coated in hot spices.
The festive decor of earthy deep blues, red clay tiles and adobe-colored walls also pays tribute to his homeland, as does a mariachi band. These musicians rove between tables, serenading diners with romantic string and vocal harmonies and the occasional rap battle.
Eco-friendly, reusable Re-Pac bags protect food, toiletries, and other items within confines that repel mildew and mould. Vibrant colours and patterns add touches of style to their tightly woven nylon liners, zippers, and polyester outsides, which have been rated safe for food by a third-party lab. The sacks range in volume from 7"x4" bags (about the size of a pair of sunglasses) all the way up to a gallon-size bag ideal for carrying toiletries or the world's largest gumdrop.
The company, which was started by a nurse and her mother, manufactures all its bags within the United States. It also backs each product with a lifetime warranty, which guarantees the bags stay safe during countless trips through the washing machine or the interdimensional wormhole in the dishwasher.
Mahoney's Garden Center beckons green-thumbs and novices alike to its sprawling facilities, which burst with a plethora of plants, blooms, and gardening accoutrements. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may score finds such as a knock-out rose shrub ($29.98), zinnia perennials ($4.98) or an 8-inch hanging ivy ($16.98), complete with a Rhodes Scholar application. The 6-inch hibiscus ($12.98) lends its vibrantly hued blooms to front porches or a modest giant's windowsill. Perch deserving bouquets in the 12-inch embossed teal ceramic planter ($44.99) or display 10- and 11-inch hanging baskets ($12.50) that double as hideaways for spare doghouse keys. Customers can also narrow their searches for outdoor patio furniture at the Winchester and Falmouth locations.
Owned by an aesthetics educator, Luminous cultivates skin's natural beauty with an extensive selection of indulgent facials that have garnered the skincare studio multiple nods from the WickedLocal.com Readers Choice Awards over the last three years. The 75-minute Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial ($90) hydrates faces with Dermalogica skincare products and other ingredients, massaging honey into thirsty pores to keep them shiny and fresh. Countenance curators then blanket faces with a warm paraffin mask for an extra layer of hydration, making the Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial an ideal treatment for those with dry skin or those who have dorsal fins. After inundating your visage with a fresh coat of salutary moisture, pick off bristly stragglers with an eyebrow wax ($20) to show clingy hairs the door with a hard-wax agent agreeable to even the most sensitive skin.
Maria Martin may not be Santa’s Vice President of Presentation, but she can certainly wrap. She applies this talent in assisting clients in their efforts to look and feel slimmer. As owner of Forever Slender and a certified fitness and nutrition specialist, she focuses on weight loss, using wraps and sauna cocoons to help clients detoxify, burn calories, and loose up to 15 inches. She presents a number of wraps, such as seaweed clay, aloe-herb solution, or infrared blankets—which are what NASA scientists cuddle under during movies. She places clients in Alpha 2010 sauna massages, enabling them to sweat out toxins and burn many calories. Maria also offers an ionic foot detox, which activates a mild microcurrent to pull toxins from thousands of foot pores soaking in sea-salt water. As a further testament to Maria’s diverse range of beauty-focused services, she offers custom airbrush tans to bronze skin and further reduce the appearance of cellulite.