Alexandra Hall

Shell-Shocked

Superfresh fish at a steakhouse? Killer crab at a Chinese restaurant? It’s true. Dive into these unexpected troves of standout seafood.

Little Wonders

Get out of the saccharine rut your kids are wearing and start dressing them like the miniature adults they are.

A Shining Moment

There is something to be said for demure beachwear — but we’re definitely not saying it now.

Back to the Land… Almost

IT’S 7 A.M. — AN UNFORGIVABLY LATE START, by farm time — and the sun’s barely eased itself above the rooftop of the Inn at Valley Farms. The property’s two roosters have long since sounded their requisite crows; there are…

Case Study

If Parisian sass and Yankee class had a love child, it would look an awful lot like Louis Vuitton’s “Pégase 45” suitcase in the hue Bleu Infini. The rolling suitcase is the ultimate fusion of quintessential New England neo-prep (credit…

First Bite at 94 Mass Ave

IT’S A CURSED ADDRESS, or so they say. And with good reason: Over the past 10 years several restaurants at 94 Mass. Ave. have opened, flailed, and shuttered faster than you can say mediocre. All of them served substandard fare,…

The Big Deals

SO THERE YOU ARE, a Brahmin in the mid-19th century, and you’ve got a problem: In spite of all Dad’s tirades about ostentation and frivolous spending, you’ve somehow developed a soft spot for cassia, that rare and deep-flavored spice those…

Sea and Be Scene

FOR AS LONG AS EAST COAST PREPPIES and tycoons have been donning whale belts on weekends, Nantucket has been the place where the uptight go to unwind. And lately it’s been upping its glitz factor, becoming as international as it…

Destination Dining

WE HAVE, NO QUESTION, become a city of restaurant landmarks. Looking for the State House? Why, it’s right there on Beacon, next to No. 9 Park and parallel to Mooo. Where to renew your passport in the Back Bay? Walk…

Fit to Be Tried

WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS NOW IN RUINS, bathing-suit season looms large. Alas, so does your waistline. Time to hit the panic button — by which we mean the gym. We did, and found new workouts to resculpt your body…