By BILL BROTHERTON

Bill Laganas is on a roll … a lobster roll.

Laganas, Swampscott High Class of 1984, is standing behind his 20-foot custom lobster/clambake trailer, which is parked on Puritan Road in Swampscott, in front of the Atlantic and across the street from where the New Ocean House hotel once stood. He bought it used, from Jasper White, the Summer Shack owner and Jersey boy who’s considered the premier authority on New England food and its history.

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From left, Eva Antaya, Zoe Bannister, and Adeline Massey, all of Swampscott, enjoy frozen yogurt at O-YO Frozen Yogurt.

I scream, you scream, Swampscott screams for ice cream. Let’s face it, no day at the beach is complete without getting at least one scoop of the quintessential summer treat. Whether it’s standard vanilla soft serve swirled neatly into a crispy cone or a decadent sundae piled high with a mound of creamy flavors dripping with hot fudge that is topped with whipped cream and a bright red cherry, there are several sweet storefronts on Humphrey Street where you can indulge in a post-beach frozen treat this ice cream season.

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Karen and Roger Lin are the new owners of Fantasy Island, which reopened in February. 

Yan China Bistro’s owners now operating Fantasy Island

By STACEY MARCUS

When Karen and Roger Lin moved to the United States from Southern China 21 years ago, the young couple worked together at a Chinese restaurant in Arlington. Roger honed his cooking skills in the kitchen while Karen worked in the front of the restaurant learning about operations and customer service. Six years later, they found a spot on Lewis Street in Lynn and opened Yan’s Cafe, a takeout restaurant featuring Chinese and Vietnamese favorites.

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Sometimes there’s nothing better than having your protein, rice and veggies (and everything but the kitchen sink) all wrapped up in one delicious bite. And even though most burritos are often consumed at the same rapid-fire pace they’re constructed, there’s an art to getting that bite right—starting with the careful selection of ingredients and ending with that perfect fold, so that not even a grain of rice escapes. We sampled a few creative combinations at popular spots around town to take the guesswork out of your next order.

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The holidays are a time for indulges. As temperatures drop and gatherings with friends and family members take precedence, calorie-counting is pushed to the back burner. We bake cookies, savor sweets and sip eggnog and hot chocolate. Our cravings tend toward the deliciously rich and drool-worthy. Luckily, even the sweetest of teeth will be satisfied by these dessert options—which can all be enjoyed without ever having to leave the comfort of Humphrey Street.

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