Every major restaurant in the city donates at least one table for 10 at this annual fundraiser; every chef goes all out, every guest has a great time, and every penny goes to Community Servings, deliverers of to meals to people homebound with AIDS. Mark April 3, 1997 on your calendar.
Armani has refined the alfresco lunch to high art. Simple but very good food served with panache, at prices that are astonishingly reasonable. So grab your Armani sunglasses (they're de reguteur), and get yourself there. This spot is too good to waste on the tourists. 214 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
This charming shop offers a jaw-dropping array of card stocks and designs for every occasion, from receptions to rehearsal dinners. You'll also find photo albums, rubber stamps, and embossing tools for scrapbooking—all of which will preserve the memories of your big day beautifully. 105 Charles St., Boston, MA 2114, ruggroadpaper.com.
Even indifferent dessert eaters swoon over the Chestnut Chocolate Majolaine with Coffee Creme, which you can order when you make your reservation. The combination of chocolate and mocha buttercream, alternated with layers of meringue and hazelnut in a pool of coffee creme is as stunning to behold as it is delicious to eat. Definitely worth a few clogged arteries. 1223 Beacon St., Brookline, MA .
Brooks Brothers skirts, Louis shirts, white leather boots, and black funk. What do they have in common? You can see 'em all at the St. Cloud bar, where anybody and everybody feels at home nibbling an appetizer or scarfing down a four-course dinner, even at midnight. 557 Tremont St., Boston, MA .
What do French toast with dulce de leche and Hawaiian poke have in common? They're both on the brunch menu at this French-Japanese fusion spot, where you'll also find house-made pastries, Sunday dim-sum specials, and one incredibly decadent croque-madame sandwich. 145 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA akabistrolincoln.com.
Don't be surprised if you smell this 37-year-old shop before you see it—every inch of the store, inside and out, is a riot of blooms and plants. Whatever your floral needs, you'll find it at this heavenly spot. 87 Corning St., Beverly, MA theleonhards.com.
This white, bright Newton Highlands spot combines the look and feel of a sophisticated city salon with the soul of a warm, family-owned business. Owner and lead stylist Nicholas Penna Jr. will work quickly and methodically to create a hairstyle that frames your face in all the right places. 31 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 2461, saloncapri.com.
Whether your bowl is brimming with coconut-curry-drenched cauliflower or eggplant topped with crispy chickpeas, one thing is clear: This is a sad-salad-free zone. Whole Heart explores the playful side of plant-based eating, turning out swoon-inducing veggie fare that’s anything but rabbit food. Multiple locations. 487 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134, wholeheartprovisions.com.
With a wine list featuring nicely priced surprises (buonasera, falanghina!), and always-tasty plates of beef carpaccio and gnocchi Bolognese, this is exactly the kind of spot that makes you want to become a regular—and when you do, count on the cordial staff to remember your drink order. 502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, vialecambridge.com.
There’s no better way to watch the latest summer blockbuster than from the extreme comfort of a vibrating, reclining seat at this cinema, which luxes up your moviegoing experience with such extravagances as gourmet popcorn from the likes of Joanne Chang and Ken Oringer. 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210, showplaceicon.com.
Softly lit like paintings in a museum, the tile displays at this Design Center showroom beg to be explored. Come for myriad ceramic, glass, and stone options from the likes of Pratt & Larson, Island Stone, and Walker Zanger, and leave with dozens of ideas for your next reno. Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 639, Boston, MA 02210, tileshowcase.com.
Thad Siemasko and Jean Verbridge lead a skilled team of organized, disciplined architects whose greatest talents come from knowing what makes a house a home, as seen in such recent projects as a cozy mountain retreat built into a quiet urban hideaway. Beverly, MA svdesign.com.
True Yankees maintain a healthy skepticism of anything dreamt up in La-La Land, but this Hollywood-spawned fitness empire has won us over. Claim your spot early, then reward yourself with a smoothie from the Fuel Bar. 30 Chauncy St., Boston, MA 02111, barrysbootcamp.com.
You don't have to be a high priestess to shop here. With an intriguing array of crystals, incense, jewelry, and d̩cor, Ritual Arts is welcoming to anyone who appreciates a good Nag Champa. For extra good vibes, end your visit with head scratches for LoveBomb the cat. 153 Harvard Ave., Boston, MA 02134, .