It's not much of an Irish bar, what with all the natty brick and brass, but its pint is as good as you'll find anywhere: properly cooled and poured, creamy, fresh and full-bodied. 304 Washington St., Brighton, MA .
Totally free of artificial ingredients, wrapped in environmentally conscious packaging, and 10 percent of the profits are donated to nonprofit earth-friendly organizations. What better excuse to indulge your chocolate binges? 36 Jarman Rd., Sudbury, MA .
A St. Patrick's Day creation by Faneuil Hall Marketplace's In a Pickle, consisting of a half-sour pickle smothered in garlic and herb sauce. Wash it down with a pint of green beer and go bragh.
It used to house a Howard Johnson's. Now it's gourmet Italian for Provincetown refugees (and anyone else who appreciates fine modern art and an attractive setting, and who has the patience to wait out the sometimes agonizingly slow service). 500 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
State-of-the-art facilities (two complete studios, synthesizers, in-house musicians and engineers) on a hundred-year-old farm. Sauna, Jacuzzi, horses, the works. It was good enough for Stevie Wonder. West Brookfield, MA
Sally Weston draws from New England's classic architectural tradition to design and renovate elegant houses for the South Shore's most glamorous homeowners. With Weston, no detail is overlooked. Hingham, MA sallyweston.com.
With more than 20 display kitchens in a 12,500-square-foot showroom, plus several in-house designers, CCL HomeScapes offers plenty of culinary inspiration and expertise for homeowners. Abington, MA capecodlumber.com/homescapes.
Cozy and welcoming, this authentic Mexican-Salvadoran restaurant has exceptional double-tortilla tacos. Be sure to try the lengua and pescado versions (and get them topped with house-made red chili). 192 Sumner St., Boston, MA 02128, lacancunrestaurant.com.
Finding a seat on the weekend can be nearly impossible, and given the offerings—fluffy made-to-order omelets, creamy iced lattes, melt-in-your-mouth sweet crêpes—it’s easy to see why. 380 Washington St., Boston, MA 02135, cafenation.com.
With a just creamy enough texture, generous potato chunks, meaty pieces of clam, and a house-made biscuit in place of the requisite oyster crackers, the Daily Catch's chowder is an exemplar of the form. 2 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, dailycatch.com.
Marathon Sports’ Brookline outpost stocks shoes galore, from old standbys to coveted limited releases. Not sure where to start? Let a staffer diagnose your stride. marathonsports.com.
What's not to love? Shoes that are hip, yet comfortable. A designer who's a dish, yet a good daddy. And an ad campaign that will make you laugh before you run out with your charge card to challenge Imelda for the crown. 128 Newbury Street, Boston, MA .
For a great combination of price, quality, and service, this family-owned mecca is hard to beat. And you can try out your club selection on the course before you buy. Route 27, Wayland, MA .
Remember Janeane Garofalo in The Truth About Cats and Dogs ? She has nothing on manager/groomer Jane Bruce, who brings out the couth in your kitties and mutts. 9 Woodward St., Newton, MA .
When the occasion calls for more than your standard shower-comb-and-run hairstyle, Javier is the man to call. With a twist of the wrist and a spritz of spray, he'll turn that workaday do into something that will turn heads. 118 Newbury St., Boston, MA .