The many Japanese customers attest to the sushi-quality freshness of the fish. An excellent selection of sardines, tuna, mahi-mahi, squid, swordfish, salmon, haddock, halibut, monkfish, octopus, striped bass, snapper, jack, spade, and sole (filleted upon request). 622 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA .
Since the gallery opened, 12 years ago, in Jane Shapiro's home, it has shown dramatic oil paintings, watercolors, and prints by notable black artists, among them Bryan McFarlane, Robert Freeman, Romare Bearden, and Edward McCluney. 17 Wendell St., Cambridge, MA .
We adore the cases brimming with imported and locally made cheeses (like fiore di latte from Everett's Mozzarella House), the boxes teeming with exotic Asian vegetables, and a deli counter loaded with top-notch finds. But the best part about a trip to Russo's is that we get whole foods without dropping an entire paycheck. 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 2472, russos.com.
The bright and preppy furniture lines from New Hampshire-based Company C are just the right complement to the South Shore's coastal-casual homes. All of the upholstered pieces (with New England-centric names like Rockport, Camden, and Newton) are made in the U.S. and come in a wide array of custom fabrics. Derby Street Shoppes, Hingham, MA 2043, companyc.com.
The true test of a great gym is the leg equipment, and Mike's has it all—plus amenities including sauna, Jacuzzi, and tanning beds. From 5 to 8 on weeknights, Adonises jostle for pole position on the endless rows of benches. Otherwise, it's a laid-back place, with a mixed but mostly gay clientele. 88 Union Park, Boston, MA .
This Brookline Village spot refers to itself as "Home of the skillfully crafted sandwich." Every entry on the menu, from the meat to the condiments to the bread selection—is obsessively chosen. The "Roast Beef 1000," for instance, contains a perfectly crafted formula of beef, shallots, sharp cheddar, and Thousand Island dressing, all on a black-pepper brioche bun. 284 Washington St., Brookline, MA 2445, cuttyfoods.com.
There's very little on the cutting edge of hairstyling that hasn't made its way up north, thanks to Interlocks. This full-service salon and day spa may have a small-town feel, but it boasts a pool of stylists and colorists straight from the Back Bay and beyond. Specialty services include strand-by-strand hair extensions, thermal straightening, and imaging software consultations so you can see your hair in any color, style, and length before you take the plunge. Once you're properly coiffed, head over to one of the massaging thrones in the nail salon for a "Margarita Mango" pedicure. 58 Merrimac St., Newburyport, MA interlockssalon.com/.
Fans of time travel should start peering out the car window halfway down the dirt road to this 18th-century tavern. Upon entering, keep eyes low and to the right (avoiding the buzzkill modern kitchen), and sit at one of the communal tables facing the weathered walls. Exquisitely done cassoulet and pan-roasted seafood perpetuate the historic vibe—if you can ignore the nouvelle complexity of the sauces—while riffs on Asian cuisine tempt those diners keeping it current. The emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, of course, transcends both eras. 517 Old Sandwich Rd., Plymouth, MA 2360, .
Ambiance is in the eye of the beholder: One man’s intimate mood-lit heaven is another’s cramped low-lit hell. But once in a blue moon an eatery comes along that approaches capital-R Romantic in an unalienable, across-the-board way. The flames flickering in Bondir’s brick fireplace help set the mood, as do the fresh flowers and exquisite farm-to-table masterpieces emerging from the kitchen. But it’s the warm hospitality that seals the deal, conjuring up memories of a magical honeymoon meal of the pastor a premonition of those yet to come. 279A Broadway, Cambridge, MA 2139, bondircambridge.com.
Former Union Square Donuts kitchen manager Kristen Rummel and her husband, Rory Hanlon, started churning up batches of ice cream for deliveries and pop-ups in 2015. Now their new Cambridge brick-and-mortar dishes out even more of those sweet, fluffy scoops, made with milk and cream from Mapleline Farm in Hadley. Seasonal flavors like Meyer lemon-ginger and cookie-laden alfajores make it tough to choose just one, which is why we usually opt for Honeycomb's ice cream flight—a four-flavor assortment sprinkled with waffle-cone chips. 1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, honeycombcreamery.com.
Shoe heaven is, in fact, a place on earth—and you can find it at this second-floor salon, where heels from Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and other stalwarts mingle with pairs from rising stars like Tabitha Simmons and Sophia Webster. In short: If your soles need saving, look no further than Saks. Prudential Center, Boston, MA 2199, saksfifthavenue.com.
Talk about the Curse. Shortly after the book came out this spring, Gordon had his record consecutive-save streak snapped, then blew out his arm. As for King he got hit by a van on the road near his Maine home.
Finding the perfect sole match can be tough, but the selection at Saks will keep you on sure footing. Like works of art displayed on pedestals, the range of couture styles makes this destination a regular stop among fashion addicts for delicate Jimmy Choos, tropical-hued Prada slings, and Tods flats. 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA saksfifthavenue.com.
Like cigars, but can't stand the sort of people who go to cigar bars? Take home a box from Peretti's instead. These guys have been around since 1870, which practically makes them the Puritans' tobacconists. 2.5 Park Square, Boston, MA .
Teaching in a beautiful home studio, this yoga expert has a loyal following—and an unbounded passion for her discipline. Individual and group classes are taught with precision, kindness, and humor. Her specialty, the Iyengar style of yoga, results in the mind-blowing sensation of a rigorous physical workout mixed with a soothing mental escape. 57 Waverly St., Brookline, MA .