There's no place like home, especially for a pet. But when a kennel stay is inevitable, Land of Pawz in North Weymouth is a close second. A veritable Emerald City of doggie delights, the complex offers training, grooming, a retail center, and transportation. 204 Bridge St., Weymouth, MA 2191, landofpawz.com.
Whole or sliced, and fried to a deep, golden brown, Farnham's clams are soft and juicy on the inside, salty and even nutty on the outside. The homemade tartar sauce is just a happy bonus. 88 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133), Essex, MA .
Great salads, delicious entrees, and terrific desserts make this our favorite stop on the way home from work when the day's been a dud and only a Chinese chicken salad and a Tarte Tatin will make it better. 190 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Day in and day out, all year round, the most dependable source for high-quality fresh flappers and crustaceans. And the frozen fish stock is excellent for making your own soups at home.
As everyone knows, Everett is the home of the American sub, and Angelina's is the place that sub-lovers come to. The Jumbo feeds three Bruins or six normal human beings, and comes in a variety of octanesyou get to pick how many peppers. 696 Broadway, Everett, MA .
Sports guy Steve Buckley holds down four, count'em, four jobs: ESPN2 staffer, Herald columnist, WEEI weekend man, and prodigious freelancer. A little Buckley goes a long way.
Twelve miles of beach, 108 acres of forest with nature trails and bridle paths, two rivers, the marsh itself, and A & W root beer stand, and homes at prices that won't spoil it all. MA
We’re jonesing for the primal pleasures of a deep-charred steak crust that doesn’t involve sweating bullets over a home grill. 161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, grill23.com.
Trained in the school of Michaud, Jensen calls on her years as a makeup artist to deliver brows that enhance the whole face. Plucking, not waxing, allows for maximum precision. 9 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
A beautiful, stylish place, featuring cutting-edge hip-hop and house music, and a sophisticated, multicultural crowd. A slice of the Apple in the home of the bean and the cod. 9 Landsdowne St., Boston, MA .
At a time when the Bay State’s CBD scene is absolutely exploding, this buzzy local startup has gone to great lengths to produce some of the cleanest and purest cannabidiol products on the market, helping users improve sleep, focus, and recovery one drop (or capsule) at a time. And by aligning themselves with a range of top athlete ambassadors such as professional golfer Billy Horschel and gold medalist triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, the company continues to prove that we’re only just scratching the surface of CBD’s powers. beamtlc.com.
Thoughtfully crafted with a keen eye for color and scale, the bold centerpieces, runners, and greenery-forward installations dreamed up by Erica Jones and her team at O Luxe Design feel showy in all the right ways, bringing personality and creativity to every space they touch. One recent standout? A circular sweetheart-table arch, wrapped with trendy pampas grass and Italian ruscus for a barn bash in Groton. oluxedesign.com.
Picking Boston's best Irish pub is a little like picking the loveliest clover in County Kildare. Still, the Green Dragon manages to stand out from its many worthy rivals. Set on a cobblestone street by Faneuil Hall, this 350-year-old pub once played host to Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty, and now rallies a bustling after-work crowd that comes for well-poured pints of stout, excellent fish and chips, live entertainment seven nights a week, and one mean Boston cream pie. Slainte! 11 Marshall St., Boston, MA somerspubs.com.
Ah, sweet infants: immaculately adorable one minute, covered in spit-up the next. The best baby collections accommodate both extremes, though none with quite as much versatility as Janie and Jack. Made of the softest cottons, velours, and wools, these garments evoke the preciousness and high quality of European layette lines, but have a roll-with-it American attitude that won't wilt at that first spot of drool. Atrium Mall, Chestnut Hill, MA 2467, .
Style and comfort: two concepts once forsaken by expectant moms. That is, until Katie Tagliavia's new shop gave a maternity-sized shout-out to pregnant women everywhere. Tagliavia's boutique, with ample couch space and a toddler play area, stocks stylin' sweaters, designer denim, and sleek diaper bags (including a long-overdue invention: one for Dad). Which makes her almost as welcome as the stork itself. 286 Newbury St., Boston, MA .