It was packed with Christmas crowds and I watched a man dressed in baker's whites work his way through the crowd holding a tray of freshly baked cookies over his head. When he walked down a short flight of steps, I saw a hand reach over and grab a cookie.
It looked like a perfectly choreographed scene from Oliver, and I broke into a smile. Even decades later, I remember it clearly.
I recall this story not to encourage petty theft, but to convey the urban spirit of Boston's market. Also know as Fanueil Hall, Quincy Market's roots go back centuries. But it was revitalized more than 30 years ago as one of the first festival marketplaces � downtown dining, shopping and entertainment areas that developed in the 1970s and 80s.
My favorite thing about these markets is grazing through the food stalls. Even in late winter, the choices seem limitless. The latest offering: a restaurant devoted to macaroni and cheese, called MMMac N' Cheese. The Boston Globe recently raved about its Frisbee-sized cheesey proportions. The only problem: it shares space with a place devoted to organic salads!
But don't worry, I just bet someone nearby will be serving cookies.
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