We just returned from our annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage-to-somewhere...this year, to the South Shore of Boston to visit Em's grandmother and aunt. We escaped for a quick midday date to Wahlburgers in Hingham, which was divine not only because of the delight I experienced at the thought that members of NKOTB and Marky Mark himself had been in the place where I noshed on a delectable and perfectly composed patty melt, but because the delectable and perfectly composed patty melt was one of the best I've ever had, the servers were fantastic, and the music? OMG YES. Every single early '90s jam that made me squee as a pre-teen/tween/teenager. SIGH.
We also stumbled directly into the Hingham Holiday Market, which was packed to the brim with great local artists and crafters. My favorite booth of all was Elizabeth Benotti's, which was conveniently situated right by the door as you walked into the tent. Her handcrafted ceramics are textural and modern, yet whimsical and practical at the same time. I was especially fond of her magnetic succulent planters and handpainted dishware, but my favorites were her ornaments (pictured above, $20/each). Birds, owls, deer - nothing I haven't seen before per se, but the unglazed feel of the ornament in my hand was lovely, and the sparrow in mid-flight just made me happy.
If you live in the Boston area, Elizabeth Benotti will be at the Concord Arts Market: Winter Giftapolis on December 7 and the SOWA Boston Holiday Market on December 8th & 9th.