December 2005 Issue


Dining Out: Beacon Hill Bistro

Beacon Hill Bistro conjures a fantasy of a first-class dining car. But chef Benjamin Knack needs to keep the kitchen on the rails and the […]


Did a bitter power struggle keep life-saving AIDS medicine out of Africa?

It was a distinguished group that gathered one night early last year at Evoo, the hip Somerville restaurant with modern art on the walls and […]

Caught up in the celebrity chef craze, culinary stars like Pino Maffeo are being pushed to one-up each other. But all diners want is a good meal. How food fads are threatening to hijack our restaurants.

When inspiration strikes Pino Maffeo, out come the gadgets. The executive chef of Louis Boston's Restaurant L might use his Eppendorf MiniSpin centrifuge, which spins […]

Spring weather is 18 long weeks away. You could hibernate and wait. or, you can flee the freeze by using our go-to guide to the coolest cities, hottest hideaways, must-see metropolises, and biggest vertical thrills. The choice is yours.

BelizeFly | 1,990 miles | 6 1/2 hours Lush tropical forests. Miles of Caribbean coastline. The longest barrier reef this side of Australia. Belize boasts […]

The Lion in Winter: Full Transcript

This is the full transcript of Boston magazine contributor John Sedgwick's interview with Boston University Chancellor Emeritus John Silber: The Goldin Debacle BOSTON MAGAZINE: Let's […]

The best and worst of Boston: The year in review (And by "best," we mean superlatively bad, most memorably embarrassing, and easiest to poke fun at. )

He's probably more of a Green Line guy: After the terrorist attacks in London, Governor Mitt Romney rides the T to demonstrate the safety of […]

Sex. Threats. Prozac. A music industry breakup pits lover against lover. And a local record label winds up in the middle.

The sappy ones involve hard work and adversity ; the gritty ones, substance abuse and jail time. It doesn't really matter how your personal story […]

As the charismatic general manager of the Four Seasons, Robin Brown raised the bar on glamour in Boston. With his new project, the Mandarin Oriental, he's cashing in on his reputation--and pushing Boston to the next level of luxury.

It wasn't a conscious audition, the night that Robin Brown landed his first Hollywood role five years ago. In fact, there was little to separate […]

The Art of Civilized Conversation

Any handbook that presumes to teach its reader the basic tenets of conversation will risk coming across as insulting. True enough, there are considerable swaths […]

A lively tale in a turn-of-the-century Boston boarding house.

In this wintry novel about self-discovery and men in tight britches, we meet Charlotte Heath, a vivacious redhead living in 1900 Massachusetts. Betrayed by her […]

Every Book Its Reader

In his fifth book about the history of books and the people who love them, Basbanes shows us the reading lists of famous authors including […]