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The Ultimate: Pecan Pie

Conventional wisdom has it that the only pecan pies worth tasting are baked down south. But Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q has a little something to say about that. This barbecue joint’s pecan pie features a firm yet flaky shell (punched up…

New England's Best Small Towns: Hancock, NH

  In the beginning, Hancock was a pit stop for the stagecoach crowd; today, it’s a favored destination for New England vacationers. Both sets of travelers have been warmly welcomed by the Hancock Inn, a bastion of Yankee hospitality since…

Covet: Mikko Nissinen pursues the grandest piano

Settling into the Boston Ballet’s new performance home at the Opera House has kept Finnish-born artistic director Mikko Nissinen on his, ahem, toes. The historic space, at which the 52-member company debuts this fall, is perfect—minus one key piece. Eight…

The Ultimate: Strawberry Ice Cream

* * * * * Toscanini‘s Our exhaustive search for strawberry ice cream exemplars—with fresh dairy taste, balanced berry flavor, lively tang, and luscious texture—yielded two standouts: Toscanini’s and J. P. Licks. It was such a close call that it…