Even in an era when most Boston diners hardly blink at beef cheeks or wild boar, one meat seems to be a restaurant rarity: goat. Though most commonly spotted in Indian or Jamaican cafes, the wonderfully unctuous meat--all the aromatic flavor of lamb with the textural richness of beef--has been popping up in hoitier food milieus, from fusion tacos to modern curries. Do we really need to tell you to get your goat?
(Photo: Goat curry at Brookline Lunch by Christine Liu)
Taking a spa day typically means sipping cucumber water while hot rocks sizzle on your back, but the art of massage isn't just for frou-frou chill-outs (not that there's anything wrong with that). Even the most rugged athlete needs a little pampering now and then, so swap your jersey for a terrycloth robe and call a time-out for a proper pat-down. Not only will you release tension in overworked muscles and alleviate long-term pain caused by overexertion, you'll also get to indulge in myofascial release and hydrotherapy. Trust us, your body will thank you for the musculoskeletal tune-up.
(Photo: Courtesy of Moore Massage)
Let's face it: French fries are one of those things on which everyone has an opinion. Some like `em slathered with cheese and bacon, while others prefer large wedges of potato with slightly crisped edges and creamy centers. But hey, we're the experts here, and we're willing to ruffle a few deep-fried feathers by confessing our five favorite fries in Boston. From perfectly golden shoestrings to sausage gravy-slathered batons thickly cut by hand, these cult-worthy fries are seriously haute potatoes.
(Photo: Gravy fries at Trina's Starlite Lounge by Jessie Rogers)
Pickles in the morning, pickles in the evening, pickles at suppertime--there's no better time than now to be a pickle fanatic (and that includes me; my fridge is pictured). Chefs and kitchens all over Boston are going pickle-crazy, glamorizing the down-home art of food preservation via salt, vinegar and fistfuls of carefully chosen spices. From cucumbers to plums and peppers to lemons, there's plenty of reasons to pucker.
(Photo: Moon Brine pickles by Christine Liu)
Boston, charmed with a split-personality disorder between historical tradition and modern reinvention, has a curious way of turning old into new. One of the best examples: morphing the architectural grandeur of bank buildings into modern commingling spots. Whether anchored by vaults, lined with marble or marked with unbelievably high ceilings, these Boston bars and restaurants carry a moneyed history, indeed.
(Photo: The vault at Bloc 11 by Christine Liu)
Eye-popping plates, unorthodox linens and quirky tabletop objects are the secret weapons of any host with the most. The devil's in the details, so go wild sprucing up your space with a well-designed whim from one (or all) of these five modern housewares boutiques in Boston. For fabulous holiday entertaining, a little goes a long way--just like a dusting of fleur de sel, n'est-ce pas?
(Photo: Jonathan Adler)
Cambridge's Kendall Square, home to some of the finest geek scenes we know in the city (MIT, Google and Microsoft, to name just a few), has a dining scene as smart as its tech-savvy denizens. Rosemary fries! Almond joy pancakes! Gin cocktails to believe in! Seek these local restaurants for a quick, astonishingly tasty bite on the go or a leisurely late-night graze. We're engineering a future--a tasty, tasty future.
(Photo: Emma's Pizza by Christine Liu)
You know the story: It's the holidays, and guests stop by for a night or two ... or three. Suddenly your hospitality is stretched to the limit, and you need an overflow solution, like yesterday. Lucky for you, Boston is home to several hotels that offer high comfort without high prices. It's a win-win situation: You get critical breathing room, and they explore the city at their leisure. Call it a houseguest's home away from (your) home.
(Photo: Courtesy of the Chandler Inn Hotel)
You can take back your pomegranate this or salt-rimmed that, because sometimes only a classic, strong, properly mixed martini will do. The iconic glassware, a dash of dry vermouth and a couple of impaled plump olives make martinis the stuff of liquid lunches and after-work clinking. We confess there are plenty of places to slurp its successes in Boston, but we suggest trying these five to wet your whistle.
(Photo: Classic martini at Oak Bar by Christine Liu)