Of all the places in Boston one can have a picnic, the Arboretum is our favorite. With lush grass, bubbling brooks, and thousands of varieties of plants and trees, it is the perfect urban escape, with only the occasional skyline landmark peeking out behind the trees. Due to its many iron gate entrances, takeout options around the border are plentiful.
• On Centre St., between Knoll St. and Weld St., is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Roslindale area. Yucatan, which also has a location on Washington St., has a fine selection of “Mexican food made by Mexicans”. We are absolutely hooked on the ceviche.
• Village Sushi and Grill is located on Corinth St. in Roslindale, and has been making the Square smell good since it opened. Even if you don’t like sushi, there is a maki for you. Our favorite? Idaho Maki, with sweet potato tempura rolled up in rice.
• Wapo Taco on Poplar St. is tiny, family-owned, and has a special - six tacos for six dollars! What makes Wapo special is that they make a lot of vegetarian options. Not just rice and beans, though - they make use of soy-based protein as well, for those of us who miss the ground beef tacos we appreciated so much in our youth.
[Photo: Emerald Necklace Conservancy]