Skoah's slogan is "personal training for your skin," and yes, a facial here is honestly one of our favorite workouts. All that deep cleansing and extracting while we kick back in a peaceful, light-filled setting. We now go for regular sessions—and you can see the results all over our perfectly toned face. 641A Tremont St., Boston, MA 2118, skoahboston.com.
Marion knows that men's haircuts can be a delicate affair—one part seduction, and a heaping dose of free therapy. Not only will she unflinchingly shear the stray legions off the ears and mow through the shrubbery that accumulates in the zone where the neck ends and the back starts, she will also equivocate like a pro on touchy matters. "Receding hair line? What receding hair line?" Ecocentrix, 30 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
One bite of this Allston beauty's crisp, pillowy scallion-and-roast-beef pancakes, and you'll never order those sad, green-flecked cardboard slabs from your local Chinese takeout joint again. Here, it's all authentic Taiwanese dishes—like three-cup cuttlefish, spicy beef-noodle soup, and dry-cooked chicken with three peppers—and none of that greasy cream cheese-stuffed crab rangoon or gloppy General Gao's chicken you get elsewhere. 103 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 2134, jojotaipei.com.
In June, the Metro columnist was briefly cut back from writing two columns a week to one, owing to a number of errors in his stories, including a column on the first black law-school dean in the region who, a subsequent correction informed us, turned out to be the second black law-school dean in the region. The good news is that, unlike his predecessor Patricia Smith, Walker made factual errors.
As sweets guru for Tiffani Faison’s restaurant empire, Steffen Chinn’s versatility stuns—from down-home desserts to elaborate, whimsical platings. bighearthospitality.com.
It used to be the big hangout for the local ad community. But then Joe's American Bar & Grill opened and the whole crowd moved there. Like a big vacuum cleaner. 131 Clarendon St., Boston, MA .
Lucia Small, who took home the Grand Jury prize at the Slamdance Film Festival for her powerful documentary My Father, the Genius.
The cocktails at this funky-meets-casual spot hit it out of the park—order the mezcal-based "No More Parties in Fenway" to channel your inner ’Ye before weaving through Sox traffic on your way home. 1310 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, citizenpub.com.
Three decades in, this reggae- and R & B-focused music shop on Blue Hill Ave. is still playing the role of cultural hub, hangout, and icon of the neighborhood’s vibrant Caribbean community.
The antique stone barn displays all kinds of produce, but apples are the specialty here—more than a dozen varieties. They appear whole, in tasty pies, doughnuts, pressed into cider; the dry hard cider is a find. 123 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA .
The crust is thicker than usual—almost cobbler-like—flaky and delicious, holding loads of fresh apples; this pie is terrific. We like it Irish-style, without cinnamon. It's also a bargain, at $6 for a 10-inch pie. 793 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA .
There is no better source for caviar in Boston, but you can also depend on Boyajian for a slew of expensive treats, including a whole line of smoked delicacies, foie gras, and especially honeys. 33 Belmont St., Cambridge, MA .
Leave the car at home. Singing Beach—so named for the lyrical sound the sand makes when you walk on it—is just a 10-minute stroll from the Manchester commuter-rail station. 119 Beach St., Manchester, MA 10944, .
Photographer Clint Clemens's Christmas benefit for the Home for Little Wanderers at his Newbury Street studio.
With multiple stores that stock everything from elegant bluchers to throwback kicks to luxe work boots, the Tannery offers sweet sole-ace for style-conscious gents. 711 Boylston St., Boston, MA 0711 Boylst, thetannery.com.