Chatty and lightning-quick, the self-described perfectionist will put you at ease, show you how to breathe, and get you (and every last one of your strays) out of there before you can say "frog position." 524 Tremont St., Boston, MA 2116, .
A savior for those dying to have born-with-it blond locks, Lyle mixes up a shade so natural and places it so artfully that your roots will be ashamed to show themselves. 275 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
Fred Feldmesser will be your own Indiana Jones, searching for the gem you want and helping you find a jeweler to set it, all for less than a ring bought at retail. 8 Chauncy St., Cambridge, MA .
Technically, it's a salad ($11). But the house special here is a dieter's nightmare and a foodie's fantasy: Crisp, bitter frisée is balanced with salty bacon, braised sweetbreads, a still-runny golden yolk, and crunchy hazelnuts. 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 2215, easternstandardboston.com.
Throw on a pair of $200 distressed jeans and your John Varvatos Chucks and join the in-crowd on the bustling sidewalk patio at Stella for linguine carbonara or a sausage and roasted red pepper frittata. 1525 Washington St., Boston, MA 2118, bostonstella.com.
We frequent this store for its fine selection of olive oils and great deals on arborio rice. The homemade prepared foods and sandwiches are always worth sampling, and this is a great place to get condimenti for your antipasto. 22 Cross Street, Boston, MA .
Here's to a 16-year-old Boston-based for-profit company so successful with its touring theatrical productions for junior and senior high school students that it is now able to be a corporate sponsor and support other local arts organizations.
This is where Whitey used to go to commune with nature, collect his thoughts, and avoid electronic surveillance. If you happen to run across him now while on your daily constitutional, we hear there's a reward.
A savior for those dying to have born-with-it blond locks, Lyle mixes up a shade so natural and places it so artfully that your roots will be ashamed to show themselves. 275 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, emergespasalon.com.
Le considers himself, as he puts it, a teaching artist. That means a snip session with this rising star will not only rock your locks, but also leave you a wiz at recreating the Le-styled look in the weeks to come. G2O Spa and Salon, 338 Newbury St., Boston, MA g2ospasalon.com.
After a short slump, the food is better than ever, the prices as low as ever, and the house red wine as much fun as ever. There's even a waitress who'll sing "Happy Birthday" in Italian. 63 Salem St., Boston, MA .
Christina's specializes in made-to-order nonfat frozen yogurt. Pick your flavoring—chocolate, coffee, strawberry, banana, or boysenberry—and they'll blend it into a superb vanilla base. Best are the fruits, made with real fruit, no flavored syrups. 1255 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA .
Serious chocoholics, take note: one of these confections can make your day. Wonderfully chocolaty, moist and chewy, they're nirvana for brownie lovers. Also available at Starbucks and Coffee Connection shops. 8 Elm St., Brookline, MA .
Not only can you sit in a dining area upstairs, attractively done in butcher block and ferns, but you can peruse a how-to-cultivate-ferns tome while you sip your coffee. South Market Bldg., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA .