By Pamela Denholm.

Who knew? From cannonballs to cranberries to comestibles?

Crane Brook Restaurant is newly renovated with eclectic European inspired decor and an updated mouth-watering menu.

Tony Sousa and Maria Marcalo bought the 259-year old landmark last year and opened to curious locals this summer. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine in the intimate and inviting restaurant, cozy up in the Whiskey Room, host your own private ‘do’ in the Tea Room, or enjoy the country setting (complete with resident ducks) on the generous deck. With most entrees in the twenty-something-dollar range, the new Crane Brook Restaurant has all the ingredients to exceed the acclaim enjoyed by earlier iterations.

Crane Brook Restaurant
229 Tremont Street
Carver, MA 02330
(508) 465-4959
www.CraneBrookRestaurant.com

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Rosa Galeno (center) with daughters Francesca and Jacqueline.

Who knew? Wanna get your Italian on? Skip the Northend, drive to Easton!

I first met Rosa at a festival. I ordered a cup of her soup. It was so good I tried every other item on her menu. Years later, she now has her own place, Rosa’s Food Shoppe. There are no published hours, no website, and the building outside is deceiving, but crossing the threshold is transportive. You’re instantly immersed in Rosa’s world, drenched in Italian food culture and a cornucopia of preserves and pickles (because a well-stocked pantry is essenziale). The food is authentic, the meatballs are the best you’ll have, and at the heart of it, is Rosa.

Mangia!

Rosa’s Food Shoppe
83 Eastman Street
Easton, Massachusetts 02375
www.facebook.com/pg/RosasFoodShoppe

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Who knew?… there’s a funky local craft soda shack in South Easton?

There’s a funky little shack where folks are linin’ up just to get pop.

It’s an idea that has some fizz–a craft soda shack! Simpson Spring, renowned for their refreshing spring water, inviting local market, and bottling tours, also has a popular line of scratch-made craft sodas.

Since they are one of only 100 small bottlers left in the whole country, they wanted to showcase their New England bottling neighbors too. With sodas offered from Yacht Club, Avery Soda, Hosmer Mountain, and Tower Root Beer, you will find everything from nostalgic “Cream Soda” or “Sasparilla” flavors to the highly sought after “Dog Drool” or “Kitty Piddle.” In short, do visit! You’ll leave pop-eyed.

Simpson Spring’s Craft Soda Shack
719 Washington Street
Southeaston, MA 02375
(508) 238-4472
www.SimpsonSpring.com