April 2010 Issue

Cheap Eats

The secret to eating well in Boston on a budget? Go ethnic. Consider this your cheat sheet: 35 ethnic restaurants – and dishes – you can't afford to miss.

Feature

Top of Mind: Malcolm Rogers

An extended version of the interview with Malcolm Rogers: curator, fundraiser, rabble-rouser, and director of the Museum of Fine Arts.

A Simple Scheme to Rob 45,700,000 People

Three years ago a group of computer geeks slipped into the servers at Framingham-based TJX — the parent company of T. J. Maxx — and orchestrated the world’s biggest identity heist. Now, as the hackers head to prison and the secrets of their scam are revealed, one question remains: Are you any safer?

Modern Influences

Two art-loving Bostonians draw on their world-class collection to transform a Back Bay condo into a masterpiece.

Our Guy: Jason Varitek

He keeps to himself. He intimidates his teammates. And yet, he's the most adored guy in town. As the last of the original Dirt Dogs stares down the twilight of his career, we ask: Why are we still so obsessed with Jason Varitek?

Forecast

Expert Knowledge: Alcott's Secrets

Kelly O'Connor McNees, who visits the Concord Bookshop on 4/25 to discuss her new novel, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, on what she's uncovered on that town's beloved author.

Connoisseur

On Location: Coolidge Corner

Maximizing a day spent in Brookline’s commercial center.

Fashion + Style

The $500 Weekend: Portland, Maine

For the Pine Tree State’s gourmet metropolis, the mantra is simple: Put your money where your mouth is.

Lofts to Talk About

Catching up with the ongoing renewal of Fort Point.

Fashion Masochist: The Toga

A longtime fan of the classics, our writer gets all wrapped up.

Register: Uncle Pete's

A Tannery alum funks up Beacon Hill.

Restaurants

Dining Out: Coppa

This buzzy Italian newcomer aims high — and mostly hits the bull’s-eye.

First Bite: Bombay Club

Transplanted from Cambridge, this Indian favorite has yet to find its place in the South End.

First Bite: Stanhope Grille

This revamped Back Bay restaurant promises flights of fancy. Too bad many dishes don’t make it off the ground.

Tastemaking: The Overprotective Menu

Is dining out really as scary as it seems?

The Ultimate: Eggs Benedict

CODA breaks with tradition, serving the brunch staple with thick-cut ham and spinach.

Department

Society: Little Miss Popular

How an 82-year-old socialite became the pied piper of Boston’s bright young fashion set.

Culture: The Zumba Uprising

For certain members of the Sports Club/LA, a fitness instructor is the new cause célèbre.