Amy J. Downey

Experts: The Gown Guru

MARIA DONOVAN knows that the wedding-gown appointment isn’t just something to cross off your to-do list — it’s an event that involves several people and requires plenty of planning and patience. "This may be one day, but you’re creating a…

The Ultimate: Sweet Potato Fries

From floppy wedges to well-baked shoestrings, sweet potato fries are showing up on every pub and comfort-food menu in town. But the kitchen at Bukowski Tavern delivers the most snackable spuds. The peeled potato sticks are deep-fried in soybean oil…

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HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL student Vivian Weng made a subtle observation last year: Fashion addicts were finding the same brands at every department store. What else — who else — was out there? she wondered. Weng and her classmate Daniel Gulati…

The Ultimate: Margarita

Our search for the most coveted summer cocktail ends with AUDUBON CIRCLE. Unlike at other watering holes around town, this Kenmore-area bar’s margaritas are made without artificial mixes, syrups, and obnoxious glassware. Instead, bartenders shake up freshly squeezed lime juice,…

Straight Outta Cambridge

IT’S TIME FOR A ROUTINE sound check at the famed Paradise Rock Club in Allston. Dozens of legendary artists have graced this stage over the past 30-plus years: U2, Tom Petty, AC/DC. But today it’s playing host to a skinny…

Ask The Experts: The Sugar Mama

FOR NEARLY A DECADE, NORWOOD’S DESSERT WORKS has been crafting and delivering specialty cakes for weddings all over New England, from Providence to Provincetown. Owner, pastry chef, and head decorator Kristen Repa has always kept a heavy hand in the…

The Ultimate: Cuban Sandwich

Though French-Cuban bistro CHEZ HENRI serves plenty of fine fare, the pressed Cubano — available on the bar menu only — is the plate that keeps ’em coming back. Maybe it’s the buttery baguette, packed with generous slabs of smoked…