The GOP attack dog is successfully pitching the idea that the state is running short of federal money to pay for the Big Dig because our all-Democratic congressional delegation has lost its clout in D.C. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that the project costs so damn much, could it?
Nectar Pies, the class version of Eskimo Pies, available for fifty-nine cents at health-food stores far and wide (try the General Nutrition Center, 361 Boylston St., Boston). Our favorite is the Mocha Pie—natural mocha ice cream between two granola cookies, coated with carob. General Nutrition Center, 361 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
We know, we know—he was Worst last year. But we're nothing if not open-minded, and Dennis has changed our minds by providing the only consistently tough and aggressive sports reporting on television. Besides, aren't you sick of Bob Lobel?
The Jerry McGuire of the local arts scene, Tucker has been showing us the Monet for the last decade, organizing three spectacular exhibitions for the Museum of Fine Arts—and radically enhancing our appreciation of Boston's favorite French Impressionist. Tucker is also an inspiring teacher.
We all want our kids to like STEM education, but this museum makes it downright irresistible: Enjoy story time for preschoolers featuring live animals, lightning presentations using a Van de Graaff generator, and even fun "magic" shows explained through science. One Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, mos.org.
The market boasts a full bar, live music, and an army of booths that showcase locally made goodies including cheese, coffee, honey, and pasta—plus every vegetable under the sun. Our only complaint: It’s not open year round. Adams Park, Boston, MA 02131, roslindale.net/farmersmarket.
At Fresh—where shelves are sparse but gracefully arranged, and all the products are silky smooth and lusciously scented—quality reigns over quantity. Our favorite indulgence? The Brown Sugar Body Polish, a decadent exfoliant that leaves skin feeling smoother than a fine fondant. 121 Newbury St., Boston, MA fresh.com.
With its whimsical presentation and extraordinary attention to detail, Calla Lilly reinvents hors d'oeuvres. You'll find the usual suspects (crab cakes and California rolls), but the twist is in the remoulades and dipping sauces. Portobella mushroom quesadillas, mini-popovers, and lobster cakes with citrus salsa are served on platters with exotic floral arrangements. 92 Krikland St., Cambridge, MA .
Do the math: $4.39 = orange juice, three eggs, home fries, fresh fruit or cream of wheat, toast, coffee and a plateful of pastries. All this served at no extra charge in the grapevine-canopied patio during the summer. Sometimes, though, the slow seatings make us want to sneak in our own table and chairs. 25 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville, MA .
Heaping piles of juicy tips, soaked in marinade, perfectly grilled and doused with the cafe's secret sauce make the NewBridge our favorite place for the pointy peaks. And not just steak, either; the turkey, pork, and lamb tips are bodaciously good. 650 Washington Ave., Chelsea, MA .
Whether you go for an invigorating facial featuring South African Environ products or a skin-brightening body cocoon, it's impossible to leave Spascape feeling anything but light and rejuvenated. We like to finish our appointment by pulling up a chair on the spa's deck and enjoying the peaceful view of Scituate Harbor with a glass of wine. Scituate, MA 2066,
The Underdog, 6 Bow St., Cambridge, is top dog in our book. The franks are meaty and tasty—the stuff of an Oscar Mayer dream. Marty's Famous, on Cambridge Street opposite City Hall, also hawks hot-stuff red hots. 6 Bow St., Cambridge, MA .
Points off for being a dark cavern in the corner of one of the city's ugliest hotels (the Back Bay Sheraton). But the cushy chairs and cozy nooks lend a decadent air to the art of cigaring. The selection is immense— 100 by our last count— and the bar staff is adept at guiding even novices to a satisfying stogie. Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA .
Dodging the line for Symphony Hall tickets, classical concertgoers in the know head for Cambridge's Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall and enjoy ethereal concerts courtesy of the Longy School of Music. The price of most tickets is music to our ears: free.
This locally grown stalwart earns our salute by appealing to kids and parents alike. Stocking time-honored brands like Alex, Gund, and Manhattan Toy at a variety of price points, Henry Bear's makes it that much easier to say yes to the child who just won't leave without a present. 25 White St., Boston, MA 2128, henrybear.com.