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December 2012 Issue

Boston’s Best Doctors: Top Docs 2012

What’s on your doctor’s mind? And what does it mean for the future of medicine?


Pregnant Pause?

Striking numbers of expectant mothers are deciding that there’s nothing wrong with the occasional drink of alcohol.

City Life

Back to the Grind

Nearly two decades after selling his iconic Coffee Connection chain to Starbucks, can George Howell retake the coffee world?

What Happened to the Phoenix?

And can it rise again?



Last season, sexual assault accusations exposed the BU hockey team’s depraved culture of entitlement. So why does coach Jack Parker still have a job?

The Empty Quarter

Boston’s Financial District is hollowing out. That’s a big problem, but it may also be an opportunity.


City Life

Away With Words

Here are a few of Barney Frank’s greatest verbal hits.

City Life

Top Squash Players to Visit Boston

Four members of Pakistan’s national junior team will be coming to town to train and compete.

City Life

Styrofoam Banned in Boston?

Is the city about to make the polystyrene foam containers illegal?

Arts + Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Addis Acolytes: Debo Band

The best local band you’ll hear in Boston rock club that doesn’t play rock.

Arts & Entertainment

Culture Calendar

Events include the Holiday Pops, the First Night Festival, and more.

Q&A: Steven Wright

Boston has produced an endless stream of great comics, but perhaps none as revered as Steven Wright, who became famous in the ’80s for his unique one-liners. This month, he’ll be back on the Boston stage, performing December 1 and 2 at the Wilbur.



Eat and Run: Calories Consumed vs. Calories to Burn

Just how much exercise does each bite of holiday food translate to?



Dining Out: Casa B in Somerville

A high-style take on rustic Latin cuisine in Union Square.


First Bite: Sugar Baking Co.

A Roslindale restaurant/bakery introduces dinner to mixed results.

Vocab Lesson: Sufganiyot

Learn more about these plump, jelly-filled doughnuts.

Cooking the Books

We asked a few food insiders to tell us what cookbooks they’re eyeing this season. Which should you buy for the home chef on your gift list?

Toast of the Town

Whether you call it bruschetta, crostini, or, simply, toast, this crisp bread (and all its toppings) has become the snack du jour.

Super Bowls: The Punch Bowl Goes High Class

The punch bowl goes high class.

The Goods: Local Bites We’re Digging This Month

This month, we’re into jarred sauces, gourmet salts, and chocolates.

City Style

Shop Around

Holiday gift ideas from 10 Boston neighborhoods.

Into The Groove

Ball and Buck Custom Wood-Finished Sound System

Fashion + Style

The Couturier of Fleet Street: Fashion Designer Luke Aaron

Intrigued by the glamour of decades past, a local designer makes an elegant statement.


The Frappuccino: By the Numbers

Fun facts about the frappuccino, like the number of ingredients and flavors Starbucks offers.