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February 2012 Issue

Where to Eat in 2012

Your guide to the city’s most exciting restaurant debuts, the grand openings to come, the hottest culinary neighborhoods, and the chefs who are making waves all over town.


Shut the F*** Up! The Second-Most-Powerful Man in America is Talking

It’s no secret that Bill O’Reilly is in love with himself. But could he actually be suffering from some kind of pathological personality disorder?

Electric Youth

Kids today are subjected to an avalanche of digital media—TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones—and the advertising that comes with it. As researchers try to figure out what that’s doing to our children, Susan Linn and her tiny Boston nonprofit have become a child marketer’s worst nightmare. Just ask Disney, Hasbro, Scholastic, and Kellogg.

Game On! Clash of the Casino Titans

It’s the high-stakes, high-roller tug of war to build the Boston casino.


Crimson Pride

When you think Harvard, basketball is the last thing that comes to mind. But coach Tommy Amaker has turned his squad into a hoops powerhouse—and saved his career in the process.

Bus Stop

It’s time Boston quit wasting money on student transportation and started investing it in, you know, education. Is Mayor Menino ready to do what it needs?

Arts + Entertainment

City Life

Bostonian Groove

For one night this month, Either/Orchestra will jazz up the ICA.

Hubbub: Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has won two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and has spawned two movies. In other words, adults, he’s a BFD.


Variations on a Theme: Vegetable Terrines

A look at the veggie-loaded terrines sprouting up all over town.


First Bite: Sweet Cheeks

Fenway’s new barbecue spot turns on the charm.


Dining Out: Trade

Thanks to early crowds, bold spices, and the talent manning the oven, Jody Adams’s new restaurant sizzles.

The Cocoa Chronicles

How Taza chocolate makes it from bean to bar.


First Sip at Backbar

When you order a drink at Backbar, they want you to know it’s as fresh as can be.

Trade Secret: Black Magic

What’s the secret ingredient behind the Myers + Chang flavor? Chinese black vinegar.


Attack Ads for Jesus

Your greatest source of strength might also be your biggest political blind spot.

My Digital Valentine

In an age when everyone is a digital brand, we’ve become experts at expressing ourselves—or at least our aspirational selves—all over the Web.

The MIT Connection

One of the world’s most innovative and prolific tech gurus makes his intellectual home at—surprise, surprise—MIT.

Fashion + Style

Sheer Delights

Heat things up this winter with flirty lace lingerie in bold shades.

Concord Greats

A fresh look at Concord’s shopping scene.

The Write Stuff

Iconic Cambridge stationer Bob Slate is back in business, thanks to a longtime customer who couldn’t let it go.

Living Large: Rooms with a View

Rachel Slade’s off-kilter take on hub dwellings.

Forget Me Knot

Slim, limited-edition cravats cut from new and vintage fabrics, and even from recycled kimonos.


Just Slide

If you’re not in the mood to spend your weekend traipsing up north to ski, however, we have a suggestion for you: sledding.