In the immortal words of Alanis Morissette, "Life has a funny way of helping you out when you think everything's gone wrong." Like, when you're wearing too many bags and too many layers in sweltering city heat, and you're a 10-minute walk from the nearest train station, pining for elusive, fresh iced tea.
Then, the Canto 6 bakery appears. Its counter is lined with brioche, croissants, scones and bostok, an obscure French pastry with frangipane and orange blossom syrup. There are teas! They are iced!
On the corner of Glen Road and Washington Street in Jamaica Plain, the rustic European-style bakery is a sort of magical, nice-smelling sanctuary from the summer streets. And it's relatively new. Its dedicated young owners - Alex Emmott, 24, and Evangeline McKilligan, 31 - opened shop about a year ago.
According to Emmott, Canto 6 was McKilligan's lifelong dream. "She used to do cookie platters when she was a kid," she said. A luscious dream come true, for sure. Especially when it goes with a refreshing cup of tangerine and ginger iced tea.
Visit the Canto 6 website here.
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
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