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February 2003 Issue



Andy Husbands puts some South in our mouths with his new South End restaurant, Rouge.

Rouge 480 Columbus Avenue Boston 617-867-0600 Chefs: Salvatore Fristensky and Andy Husbands Southern food is more than fried chicken, and New Orleans cuisine more than […]

Forget the flowers this Valentine’s Day, and put your money where your mouth belongs: on a flute of luxurious rosé Champagne.

If you haven’t made dinner plans for Valentine’s Day yet, take my advice: Don’t. Few days on the calendar stress out restaurateurs and diners more […]


Already stalled for two years, the biggest development in the history of the waterfront is now at the mercy of a feud inside the secretive family of billionaires that owns it.

In June 1995, Jay Pritzker called an important family meeting in the apartment of his eldest son, Tom, to lay out his vision for his […]

Impotence? Ouch. If this really is the medical capital of the world, why does Boston have such lousy results with prostate-cancer patients compared to other cities?

Two weeks had passed since I'd seen my doctor. The waiting sucked. When he finally called, I was at home in Needham reading. “There's a […]

From Botox to microdermabrasion, the new brigade of fast, relatively cheap, and pain-free cosmetic procedures claims it can both erase the years and perfect us in a lunch hour. But does it really make a difference?

When it comes to plastic surgery, I am, for better or for worse, a product of Boston's puritanical milieu. Sure, everyone should do what needs […]

Boston's quirky back-street theater community finds a place to fit in.

Perched above a liquor store on Boylston Street, the original Actors Workshop put on no-frills local theater for nearly half a century. Last June, when […]

What doctor would you call if a loved one were sick? We put that question to physicians around Boston, and these are the names that came back most often as the best doctors in 24 specialties.

If Pennsylvania Avenue is the capital of the free world, then surely Longwood Avenue is the capital of the medical world. It's estimated that 200,000 […]

Think Valentine's Day is all about love and romance? Guess again. Sometimes, the night just doesn't go as planned.

My valentine, my Frankenstein. Love's holiday rears up like a monster in my mind. I'm old enough, wise enough, and sophisticated enough to know that […]

Boston’s blues legacy is long and largely unknown. B. B. King and Bonnie Raitt became superstars here. Venues like the Café Yana and Paul’s Mall drew national acclaim. Now a new generation of bluesmen is jamming in the juke joints. Here

Rivulets of sweat run east and west of Peter Parcek’s eyes, trickling from under the band of his porkpie hat as he squints at his […]

When the overindulgences of the season hit home, it's time for a body-restoring, liver-saving bowl of chicken soup.

I am really good at sleeping. I can fall asleep just about anytime, anywhere. I have slept in the overhead luggage rack of an Italian […]

Glenn Rothman started out as a street peddler in Harvard Square. Now he's being called a revolutionary in the high-stakes world of the international diamond trade. The secret to his success? Look very closely at the stone in his hand.

“Hearts on Fire!” screams Glenn Rothman, reclining with his feet up on his desk in his office on Washington Street. Right outside his door, on […]

Is New Hampshire really Kerry country?

Ah, winter in New Hampshire: bitter-cold weather, SUVs hurtling up I-93 to the ski slopes, and White House wannabes wooing voters in the nation's first […]

Forget the flowers this Valentine's Day, and put your money where your mouth belongs: on a flute filled with luxurious rosé Champagne.

If you haven't made dinner plans for Valentine's Day yet, take my advice: Don't. Few days on the calendar stress out restaurateurs and diners more […]

Boston may be a medical mecca, but it's a reputation doctors and hospitals protect so fiercely that they're keeping secret the mistakes they make. And what you don't know could hurt you.

The little boy was two years old, one of the 2,000 children admitted each year to Children's Hospital for cardiac procedures. No surgery could completely […]