It must be tempting for a purveyor of kitchen goods to dazzle browsers with gizmos. KitchenArts doesn't need to. True, it has some trendy doodads (equipment for making those exotic teas you bought last year during your trip to Nepal, for instance), but its raison d'être is to provide the absolute correct tool for any culinary endeavor. There's more than half a dozen types of rolling pins and just as many whisks, alongside bakeware in every size and shape, All-Clad and Le Creuset pots and pans, and an armory of knives (including reconditioned blades at cut-rate prices).
Gadget lovers will find their utopia at this Back Bay culinary treasure trove. Need a butter curler? Kitchen Arts stocks them, along with a huge variety of pots, pans, appliances, and seemingly any tool a novice or expert chef could want. It's easy to stock up here on the little extras that make cooking fun, from a mortar and pestle for grinding your own spices to pastry bags, cutting boards, dish towels, measuring cups, and an array of knives that would make a surgeon jealous. 161 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Even before Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo and Gwyneth Paltrow's Shakespeare in Love, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's free outdoor performances showed Boston just how sexy the Bard can be. Under the brilliant direction of Steven Maler, the young, enthusiastic, multicultural cast of players brings Shakespeare to the Boston Common, using the recently renovated neoclassical Parkmand Bandstand—and all the world—as a stage.
Its stated mission is to "inspire the imagination of children," but it makes adults wish they were back in school. Backstage workshops, art and essay contests, and exhibitions for Massachusetts students, plus workshops for teachers. Our state needs it.
A good little publication has the field to itself.
Graham Gund's Private Collection at the Gund Gallery, in the West Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts.
After a doctor at Dana-Farber was mistakenly identified by the Globe as having countersigned a medication order that led to a fatal overdose, the Globe reporter told the court that it was partly Dana-Farber's then-head physician's fault for failing to point out her mistake to him.
Learn the difference between a rope and a line, and learn to love Boston by sea. 54 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA .
Nice location and a casual, friendly atmosphere. 80 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA .
You know chocolate turtles. Now imagine something three times bigger made with either milk or dark chocolate, cashews or almonds, and buttery caramel. That's a Bari & Gail tortoise. 330 Elliot Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA .
Whoever said you can't get something for nothing didn't know the Courageous Sailing Center. The center teaches mini-mariners to sail for free thanks to finding form the city, adult membership dues, and private donations. Kids start with a half-day "taste" of sailing and progress through four more steps until they are skilled enough to race and teach other youngsters. They'll have a blast tooting around the harbor all summer, but when they sail to the stacks on an all-day outing to the JFK Library, Courageous proves a real parent-pleaser too. Adults can learn to sail for $199, which includes a two-week membership (other learn-to-sail and membership packages are also available) offering use of J-22s and Rhodes 19s, barbecues, sails to Harborlights concerts, and beautiful Harbor island camping trips. 1st and 8th Ave., Charlestown, MA .
Having had way too many perfume bottles misted in our direction over the years, we relish fragrance designer Neil Morris's sanctuary of a studio, the very antithesis of department-store counters. Choose from his signature collection, or relax while he blends a custom scent based on your favorite memories. 221 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA neilmorrisfragrances.com.
Third year in a row, and they've added to their fleet. Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA .
Five-day lesson plans with a fleet of 27-foot boats. Large enough to get a sense of sophisticated sailing, small enough for a novice to handle. 54 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA .