Good mole sauce, good salsa, good sangria, and a pleasant setting. 914A Beacon St., Boston, MA .
On the heels of Caldwell's triumphant production of Turandot, the Markropulos Case, featuring the splendid soprano Anja Silja, brought home the point that Caldwell was back.
Life's little necessities—from CD racks to toothbrush olders—artfully wrought, along with terrific accessories for the home, in two tantalizing shops. 272 Congress Street, Boston, MA .
Order a quarter, half, or whole charcoal-roasted chicken, smothered in spices and paired with tacu tacu (rice and beans). 25 Union Sq., Union Square, MA 2143, machuchicken.com.
The team of dolphins that Boston attorney Robert Rines hopes to use to photograph the Loch Ness monster.
Happily, producing director Steven Warnick seems to have stabilized his company in its downtown home. 1 Boylston Pl., Boston, MA .
Where hippie and yuppie meet over whole-meal fettuccine. So who needs sugar anyway? 916 Walnut St., Newton Highlands, MA .
With 4,500 square feet of equipment and studios, the BHAC could hold its own anywhere. 3 Hancock St., Boston, MA 2114, beaconhillathleticclubs.com.
From design conception and development to installation, Sherwood will work with you to transform a mere garden into a thriving outdoor extension of your home. Ipswich, MA ruesherwood.com.
Seasons change, and so does chef Charlie Foster's phenomenal farm-to-table menu, which sources many of its ingredients from Woods Hill's own farm in New Hampshire. One thing that always stick around at the Seaport restaurant, though, is the year-round (!) patio dining experience, thanks to heated translucent igloos that keep us warm once the waterfront breeze cools to a winter chill. 300 Pier 4 Blvd., Seaport, MA 02210, woodshillpier4.com.
The al fresco bar tucked behind Ventuno is less polished than the anchoring Italian restaurant, but that’s part of the charm. With a beachy-casual vibe owing to a cover of vines and an ever-so-random crowd that could, on any given night, include Patriots owner Robert Kraft, pop star Meghan Trainor, one-time frat boys, and a crew of local fishermen, it’s the rare local’s hangout that’s welcoming to outsiders. Bonus points for an unbeatable selection of craft beer. 21 Federal St., Nantucket, MA 02554, ventunorestaurant.com.
In one room, you might find tots trying to vocally or physically interpret instrumental sounds as part of the school's popular Dalcroze Eurhythmics program; in another, grade schoolers might be exploring the cultural roots of playground songs. Once they're hooked, sign them up for group or private lessons on instruments ranging from the piano to the didgeridoo. 25 Lowell St., Cambridge, MA 02138, newschoolofmusic.org.
Flavor and creativity go hand in hand at this island eatery, where dishes such as mushroom-pâté-slathered focaccia and cheesy fried-green tomatoes set the tone for the most innovative brunch menu in town. Top it off with one or two of the Proprietors’ signature drinks (a sparkling rosé cocktail with vodka, passion fruit, and vanilla, perhaps?), and start your Sunday Funday off right. proprietorsnantucket.com/.
The three-story stained-glass-and-bronze globe depicting the world as it was in 1935 is a quirky introduction to the oft-overlooked history of Mary Baker Eddy and the Christian Science movement in Boston. Designed to capture the spirit of Eddy’s publishing empire, the globe is a snapshot of a moment, one informed by her goal of building a transparent, positive press in the era of tabloids gone wild—a goal that might feel just as urgent today. 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA marybakereddylibrary.org/project/mapparium.
Barely bigger than a trophy wife's walk-in closet, the original Ten Tables delivers one of the most divine but relaxed meals around. Charcuterie boards bear house-cured meats and rich patés, bacony collards cozy up to pan-seared bluefish, and orange and bay leaf infuse a crème brûlée, none of it overreaching, all created by chef Sean Callahan's able team. 597 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 2130, tentables.net.