We openly mourned when chef Corinna Mozo left her South End restaurant, Truc, more than a year ago, but were quickly consoled when we learned that she had landed at Glory in Andover. Here, Mozo has created a Mediterranean-influenced menu with such offerings as an irresistible ProvenÁal fish stew and wild striped bass with sweet braised leeks and earthy shiitake mushrooms. Mozo occasionally uses Asian ingredients and techniques, seen in dishes such as carpaccio of tuna with mouth-puckering citrus and ginger splash, but she never veers off her delicious course in the process. Three different dining areas offer something for everyone: The large, low-ceilinged bar is a great spot for quiet conversation; a loungelike living room area is slightly more festive and ≠features a separate menu; and the two comfortable dining rooms exude elegance (one also offers live music on some nights). The friendly and unobtrusive waitstaff and an easy-to-manage wine list would make Glory a great restaurant anywhere. 19 Essex St., Andover, MA .
It began 150 years ago as a polo club and now boasts golf, skeet, skating, Frank Sargent, and more Cabots than you can shake a polo mallet at. Dedham, MA
Sure, it looks like something out of 2001. But to stroll through the interior is to be swept away in nostalgia. Columbia Point, Dorchester, MA .
Like moths to a flame. That's how we're drawn to Michael and Jill Leviton's extraordinary Newton restaurant, Lumière. The couple's recipe for refined simplicity and excellent service starts with the crisp, white-on-white tones of the dining room, tempered with warm-hued upholstery you can't help but run your hands over. But the main ingredient is chef Michael Leviton's cuisine. His menu is mostly French in inspiration, though he dips into other parts of the Mediterranean, and occasionally into Asia, for plates that are minimalist in design and void of fussiness, yet bright and bold in flavor. He lets the principal ingredient anchor a dish like pan-seared, pristine sea scallops, then surprises us with rich and sweet truffled foie gras butter or a taste of caramelized fennel. He also keeps a watchful eye on everything from the homemade bread to the desserts. The cherry on top is the calm, efficient, confident, thorough, and knowledgeable service. We wish there were more restaurants like Lumière on this side of the city limits. 1293 Washington St., Newton, MA lumiererestaurant.com.
We spend at least a third of our lives in bedwhy not snooze in style with fine linens from this family-run company? Start with the ridiculously soft 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets that left devotees Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol swooning, then feather your nest with plush cashmere-and-silk throws. 110 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, pratesi.com.
Provincetown is a rather long way to travel for ultrahip vintage and modern accessories, but Yates and Kennedy is a true destination for the antler-hunting, owl-coveting, woodblock-pillow-desiring crowd. Bonus: After working up a shopper's sweat in the delightful store, you can skip down to the beach for an ocean dip. 368 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 2657, .
No matter what the gift, this shop has the wrap. The racks of beautiful papers in every motif imaginable—from botanicals to gilt medieval prints—are a visual feast. What's more, the sheets are sold individually, so you don't get stuck with a half a roll of leftover paper. The card selection is terrific, too. 38 Charles Street, Boston, MA .
While most other high-end linen shops stock only their own labels, Kent carries a kaleidoscopic selection of Italian, French, and British manufacturers. In addition to sheets and the usual bedding accessories, the store also has great robes, slippers, and PJs. 232 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
We’re jonesing for the primal pleasures of a deep-charred steak crust that doesn’t involve sweating bullets over a home grill. 161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, grill23.com.
To quote ourselves from a few years back, Mattapan Car Wash is Cadillac cleaning at Corolla prices. A gentle scrubbing for only $6.50, and a thorough interior wiping and sweeping for only $7. Plus, they have self-wash bays for the do-it-yourselfer. 1480 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA .
The Celtics beat the rival 76ers in game one of the NBA playoffs. The Bruins beat the rival Canadians 6-4 to even their NHL playoff series. The Red Sox sweep a double-header against the Royals. And the Patriots get a future first-round draft pick by trading Drew Bledsoe to Buffalo.
At North End Yoga, even the all-levels vinyasa class incorporates ab workouts and back bends we’ve rarely seen at other local studios. Despite the intensity, its vibe is more incense-tinged serene than sweat-laden studio. Namaste to that. 256 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113, northendyoga.com.
This is the most intense workout we’ve unearthed. The only sound louder than the whir of treadmills was our panting as we sprinted on a 12 percent incline for one minute straight. Barry’s will leave you sweating, shaking, and planning your next masochistic workout. 30 Chauncy St., Boston, MA 02111, barrysbootcamp.com.
A toss up between Buzz on Saturday nights and Avalon on Sundays. If you've got the bod, doff the shirt and work up a sweat with the hotties on the dance floor. In button-down mode? Slink over to the bar, grab a Tanqueray and tonic, and savor the eye candy. You won't be alone for long. 67 Stuart St./15 Landsdowne St., Boston, MA .