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Cheap Eats

Twenty-six inspired ideas for how, where, and (sometimes) when to eat phenomenally well in Boston for $15 or less, alphabetically cataloged from Allston to zhoug.

Features

Diane Paulus: Drama Queen

Diane Paulus has saved the American Repertory Theater, for now. But in the process, has she unintentionally corrupted the soul of experimental theater?

Bad Vibes

Clean, green wind power might be our best weapon against climate change. So why do some people say it’s their worst nightmare?

Departments

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Next Stop: Olympics

There’s only one way Massachusetts is ever going to be smart enough to fix the MBTA—and that’s by doing the stupidest thing possible.

News

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Five Things: Sweet Talk

NECCO Sweethearts have helped lovers express their feelings for 148 years. Some sayings, however, couldn’t keep up with the times.

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Missing in Action

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are two local admirers from afar who we hope find each other soon.

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Q&A: B.J. Novak

Newton native B.J. Novak became famous by writing for and acting in The Office. For his next act: literary fiction. The comedian (and Harvard lit grad) snagged a seven-figure, two-book deal from Knopf last year, and his debut effort, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, arrives February 4.

Restaurants

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Buying the Cacao

We break down eight chocolate assortments (all under $30) by price, taste, and utility.

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Muscat Love

Because it’s never a bad idea to end on a cordial note.

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Parting Favors

Sometimes the sweetest part of a meal is, quite literally, priceless.

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Smooth Saline

Hey, chefs, you’re absolutely right! Now put salt on the table, anyway.

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Dining Out: Beacon Hill Bistro

A Charles Street stalwart gets a fresh makeover (and a stellar duck dish) from a talented young chef. If only his ensemble could get it together.

Fashion & Style

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Bridle Party

To usher in the Year of the Horse, we’re trotting out our favorite equestrian-chic accessories and home décor.

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One in a Million

For the best deals in the Boston area, it pays to be unconventional. Here are four recent budget-luxe finds.

Health

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Earn Your Après

A small Dunkies hot chocolate clocks in at 220 calories. Work it off (and then some) with two hours of your favorite winter activity.

Arts & Entertainment

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There’s a Place for Us

This month, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will fill Symphony Hall with music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story