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    Meagan Shaffer | Monday, November 22, 2010 30 Comments

    A Boston girl no more….

    Well folks, it’s official. After spending the better part of the last 14 years living here, my term as a resident of the beautiful city of Boston is now limited; on December 1st, I’m packing up my things and moving 7 miles (or so) south to Quincy, MA. According to Wikipedia, Quincy is also known as “The City of Legends.” I find this very comforting. See, to me, Boston feels to me to be “The City of Legends” – the city that I moved to when I was 17, fell in love with and never looked back. And we’ve had an absolutely amazing relationship. I never imagined I’d leave such a loyal partner – but the lure of the ocean is calling this “originally Cape Cod girl” home.

    I thought it’d be fun to share what I’m most excited to see/do in Quincy, and to get suggestions from my fellow Bostonareaonians for the best spots to eat, run and shop in my new town.

    Quincy represents huge amounts of new possibilities, excitement and adventure. If you read my post “A PR Girl Goes in Front of the Camera” I talked about my recent journey to wellness on the Dr. Oz show, via a 90 pound (and still going) weight loss. A huge part of my fitness regime is running – and our new place has easy access to the jackpot of Boston outdoor running – Wollaston Beach. With 2.3 miles of well-maintained (and I hear shoveled!) pavement along Quincy Bay and views of the Boston skyline, the walkway along Wollaston Beach is the perfect place for me.

    I’ve lived in Rosi Square for more than 4 years, and I’m going to miss the bread, cheese and wine shops here. Googling for similar meccas in Quincy netted me this little gem – Lisa Lamme’s Gypsy Kitchen. The foodie in me is imagining many a happy Saturday afternoon spent roaming the shelves, picking up wine and cheese and spices galore!

    While I’m on food – it seems that Quincy is something of an ethnic food mecca – within close proximity to my new place, there are Yelp-approved places for great Indian food (Punjab Café), sushi (Fuji), and even an Irish pub with the same name as the one in my hometown on the Cape (The Irish Pub – clever, no?) Thrilllist (if you don’t subscribe, you should) has just written up that a new Texas Saloon/music venue is opening up in “The Z.” I wonder where the best pizza in town is…..

    I have a track record of getting lost nearly every time I’ve driven in Quincy – here’s to adventure! I’m excited to explore this new part of the area and getting to know it well. I’d love recommendations from everyone that has a “favorite.”

  • Holly

    Let me know how the restaurants are…they sound great!

  • http://twitter.com/DJDiG Danielle Kempe

    As a fellow Qunicy gal, I have some food recommendations for you.

    There's a deli on Hancock St. (behind my condo) named Alba Deli Express. It really is a hidden gem in my opinion.

    I go to Fuji at least once a week for their maki lunch specials.

    Here's my Yelp.com list for “My Quincy Neighborhood” http://www.yelp.com/list/my-quincy-neighborhood-quincy.

    I haven't joined a gym yet, because my building has a mini gym that residents can use, but they're a huge planet fitness on Adams St. (across from my condo).

    I've been looking for motivation to get back to a better personal work our routine, so let me know if you're ever looking for an exercise buddy.

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Oh, Danielle – awesome! Thank you!! I think that is the Planet Fitness we're going to be frequenting, as luck would have it – we've been told to avoid the Naponset Bridge at all costs!! I will totally check out your Yelp lis!! :) :) Thanks for sharing!! Do you do Trivia on Wednesdays in The Irish Pub? I want to get that started as a regular event for me and my Quincy friends….

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    :) Thanks Holly, will do!!!

  • Michelle

    Oh Meagan, change is can be very hard, but exciting too. Looks like you are embracing your hometown by diving in already and before you know it, you'll be calling yourself a proud Quincy girl.

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    :) Thanks Michelle. One door closes and another one opens – I'm excited about what's ahead and just feeling a little sad about what is ending!!

  • Danimal

    You have a track record of getting lost EVERYWHERE you drive! Why are you singling out Quincy???

    I seriously can't wait to get some sushi at that place, too…AND we finally get a local that won't get shot up!

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Ha! Very true. Now that I have a GPS, perhaps my unlucky streak will end! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/kalynharkins Kalyn Harkins

    Well, this sugestion goes against your “health kick,” but if you want a sweet treat, Baby Cakes Cupcakes in Quincy, MA on Beale St. has THE ABSOLUTE BEST cupcakes in the world! (http://babycakesshop.net/) They are SO delicious, so many good flavors!

  • http://twitter.com/RedHeadMeag Meagan Ellis

    Hi Kalyn! Thanks so much for taking the time to share!! My husband's company had cupcakes from this place at their holiday last week – and you are totally right!! Amazing!!! (hey, what's good with being active if you can't have a treat once in awhile, right?? :)

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