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August 2014 Issue

City Life

Best of Boston 2014

Our 41st annual guide to the best of everything in and around the city.



The Making of a McTopia

Armed with a chickpea fritter and mountains of data, Ayr Muir, of Cambridge’s Clover Food Lab, is just a few thousand restaurants short of saving the world.


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The Home of FOMO

The madness over our Fear of Missing Out began just across the Charles River, exactly a decade ago.


Now We’re Cooking with Grass

Top-name Boston chefs are experimenting with marijuana as a key ingredient.

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WBCN: An Oral History

Key players reminisce about a time when Boston was all about sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.


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Getting In Character

Cosplayers are bringing their costume A-game to Boston Comic Con this weekend.

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The Tom Brady In All of Us

Learning to accept our star quarterback’s mortality.

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Hail, Boston

As Uber digs ever deeper into taxi territory, Boston’s simmering livery war comes to a boil.

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Fanatic Proposals

Here’s how to knock your loved one’s sox off, and how much it’ll set you back.

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Power of Ideas: Vanessa Kerry

She’s changing how we provide healthcare to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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The Plywood Palace, 1974

Spencer Grant reflects on his photo of the boarded-up Hancock tower.



Club Crawl

We tried 10 health clubs in two weeks so you don’t have to.



Pit Master

Lately, local chefs have been throwing the avocado on an open flame.


Boston’s Trophy Grills

A look at some of the blingiest high-performing grills around town.


Tie One On

Upgrade your wardrobe with a sturdy, stylish apron.


Fully Booked

Chef Wyatt Maguire is reinventing museum-level dining at the Boston ­Public Library.


Curry On

Joshua Lewin shares seven go-to Indian ingredients.


Hot Cocktail Ingredient: Celery

The crudité standby has evolved beyond mere bloody-mary stirrer.


Potent Portables

Sake consumption in Boston is getting personal.


Dining Out: Row 34

At Island Creek Oyster’s new sibling, the fish is always fresh—and the simplest preparations show it off the best.

Arts + Entertainment

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Culture Calendar

Six must-see arts events happening in August.

Fashion + Style


Strong Suit

Local designer Sinesia Karol’s one-piece bathing suits are anything but basic.


Just for Kicks

Reimagined in metallic leather, calf hair, and studs, street-smart skater shoes go high-fashion.


Neighborhood Watch: Provincetown

Here are a few of our favorite spots to hit up.


Orange Crush

Get a fresh-squeezed summer manicure with these juicy shades, straight from the citrus grove.

Home & Property

Flower Power

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marimekko’s iconic poppy print.