Boston has become a bona fide haven for conscientious carnivores, what with Whole Foods boasting displays packed with New England meats and Lionette's Market touting pork from central Massachusetts and Vermont. Still, only Savenor's hits it right on the snout, with its reasonable (for the quality) prices and wide selection, which includes grass-fed Vermont beef and lamb for the leave-tiny-footprints contingent, plus generously marbled wagyu and sweet wild boar bacon for the occasional indulgence. Call ahead to its Cambridge flagship or its smaller shop on Beacon Hill, and they'll prep almost anything you'd want to roast or grill—from a trimmed crown roast to a trussed and ready-to-stuff whole goose. 92 Kirkland St., Cambridge, MA 2138, .
This store's 10,500 square feet of floor space on Arlington Street is brimming with a minimalist but immaculate selection of contemporary pieces from designers such as B&B Italia, Cassina (including designs by Philippe Starck), and Antoine Proulx. Clean lines, solid colors, and 18-foot ceilings accentuate the two-level showroom where co-owners Christopher and Liz Bates are on hand most days to consult. Showcased in roomlike groupings, the pieces here combine to create uncluttered living spaces of sleek, simply lined sofas, multilevel coffee tables, and softly spherical lamps echoing 1950s futurama motifs. Definitely on the pricier side (sectionals can run into five figures), Montage's original selections will nonetheless last well into your home's next retro phase. 75 Arlington St., Boston, MA montageweb.com/.
There’s only one sign of spring that matters: opening day at Sullivan’s. Once Castle Island’s venerable concession stand starts slinging fried clams, we know it’ll soon be time to romp shoeless on the sandy shores of Pleasure Bay and wander the 184-year-old Fort Independence. 2010 Day Blvd., Boston, MA 02127, mass.gov/visit-massachusetts-state-parks.
With skilled upholstering services, reasonable prices, and a terrific selection of fabrics, this is a great place for one-stop shopping. The shop will also order fabrics normally available to the trade only, or even make custom furniture if that's what it takes to get the job done. 319 Washington St., Brighton Center, MA .
Jack Hynes and John Henning take the news seriously, and it shows. Theirs is an intelligent, thorough and straightforward presentation; it is so well done that it will never be Number 1 in the ratings. Too bad the station decided to put one on at 6 and the other at 11. MA
CBS Scene is perched above the north end zone at Gillette Stadium, allowing fans unrivaled (and yes, unticketed) access to the game-day action. Tailgate among the foam fingers and clouds of Italian sausage smoke, then step inside and watch the instant replay—on some 135 high-def TVs, including one in each booth. 200 Patriot Pl., Foxboro, MA 2035, .
State champs, and home of superstar Pat Ewing.
Sexy stockings to bring home to the little lady. 115 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
It was either him or the whole team. MA
Owner Paul Niski scours the globe for handmade jewelry that's as beautifully crafted as it is just plain beautiful. Exotic leathers, carved bone, hammered metals, and precious stones unite to create one-of-a-kind pieces that turn the human form into a backdrop for exquisite design. 133 Charles St., Boston, MA 2114, shopatgood.com.