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The Sweet Life: Pastry Chef Brian Mercury Shares His Dessert Toolkit

As the executive pastry chef at Harvest, Brian Mercury knows how to cultivate a first-class last course. Here's what he relies on to get the job done.

High & Low: Mac 'n' Cheese

Whether you prefer yours drizzled with truffle oil or loaded with crispy bacon, these restaurant versions of the classic comfort food are sure to satisfy on a chilly winter day.

Well Heeled: Loeffler Randall Booties

Fashionable and functional, these booties are perfect for navigating snowy city streets.

The Goods: Local Bites We're Digging This Month

This month, we're into Sweet Cheeks biscuits, The Brine Lab pickles, and Happy Goat caramel sauce.

The Naked Truth: European Lingerie at Lulabelle

Flaunt your assets in European lingerie from this Hingham shop.

New Restaurant: Waban Kitchen in Newton

Chef Jeffrey Fournier introduces another buzzy bistro to the suburbs.

Mind the Gap

Why does Massachusetts, perhaps the most progressive state of them all, have one of the country's biggest wage disparities between men and women?

Leaders of the Pack: Smart Winter Backpacks

Stash your stuff in one of this season's smart carryalls.

Point Man

Twelve years ago, WBUR's Tom Ashbrook had never worked in radio. Today, from his small Boston studio, he hosts one of the most popular and influential shows on public radio, heard each week on 240 stations nationwide. And he's only just getting started.

The Outlaw

Confit and roasted milk-fed pig's head. Swordfish wrapped in guanciale. Hourly menu changes and no time off. Welcome to the no-limits world of the mercurial chef Tony Maws.