Sarah Sweeney

Holiday gift guide: Where to shop in Boston

Welcome to the season of weeping wallets. Your bank account may take a hit this holiday season, but the good news is we’ve rounded up some of Boston’s neatest local shops and organizations in this handy gift guide. For the chocolate lover Cardullo’s literally boasts a wall of...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:31 PM

Where to eat on Thanksgiving Day around Boston

Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself this Thanksgiving season is to let someone else do the cooking for you. Restaurants around Boston are serving up the goods, but if cozying up at home sounds better, you can still reap the rewards — Thanksgiving takeout, anyone?  Here are...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:29 PM

The ultimate guide to visiting Salem, Massachusetts

Salem is a town of dichotomies. The site of the infamous 1692 witch trials is now one of the quaintest New England destinations. The preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone streets are a glaring contrast to Salem’s frenetic, action-packed theme park vibe—especially this time of...

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:20 PM

10 ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend in Boston

The students are back, daylight is diminishing and pretty soon we’ll all be donning waterproof boots and trudging through winter. But you don’t have to go gentle into that good night just yet. Labor Day offers one last chance to live it up, have a summer fling or just get outdoors...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 2:41 PM

This French restaurant in Boston is inside a Masonic temple

Sometimes a passion project falls into place so seamlessly that it feels like fate. For restaurateur Ed Kane, that project is his newest restaurant, Explorateur. This new French restaurant in Boston, located on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets, celebrated its grand opening with a star-...

Monday, August 28, 2017, 12:47 PM

A misfit’s complete guide to visiting Martha’s Vineyard

Time to ditch the pastels, penny loafers and the notion that Martha’s Vineyard is too haughty for the plebeians—aka most of us. While the island might’ve been second homes for the likes of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama, it’s also a hotspot for some of the freshest...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 4:24 PM

Eat like an insider: Tracy Chang gives us the lowdown on Boston's food scene

Spanish and Japanese food aren’t such strange bedfellows. Well, that is if you're PAGU founder and chef Tracy Chang. Both cuisines celebrate technique with a focus on freshness and simplicity, and both also utilize jamón, or ham, Spain’s main claim to fame. “In Japan, you go...

Monday, July 10, 2017, 2:59 PM

Corey Feldman is done with the haters, but ready for Haverhill

There’s a new circus in town and it’s not the Ringling Bros., but that kid from “The Goonies.” Corey Feldman, the actor renowned for his child roles in “Stand By Me” and “The Lost Boys,” also makes music, as evidenced by a now-infamous “Today...

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 2:40 PM

Eat like an insider: Matt Drummond reveals his favorite Boston foodie spots

You can take a chef out of Massachusetts but you can’t take Massachusetts out of the chef. At Southie’s Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, chef Matt Drummond transforms traditional tacos — filling tortillas with everything from grilled avocado to General Tso’s chicken —...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 2:52 PM

Cambridge's Vialé makes a splash with Polar seltzer cocktails

Forget ramps, heirloom tomatoes and even those funky morels — sourcing local ingredients for your seasonal menu now includes a common item found down at your local bodega. It’s Worcester’s own Polar seltzer, and it’s currently making a splash on the summer cocktail list over...

Friday, May 26, 2017, 11:28 AM

10 ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Boston

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, as well as the return of open-toed shoes and chilled rosé. Whatever your reason to celebrate, here’s your guide for how to savor the season with activities ranging from the fun and to the patriotic. 1. Pay tribute If you walk around the...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 3:51 PM

Boston's trendiest roofdecks and outdoor patios

Boston does its best work in the summer. The students are gone, the train cars are less crowded and the weather works its magic on both wardrobes and attitudes. Everybody wants to be outside, of course, maximizing those precious few days of freedom until the cold inevitably returns. But until then...

Monday, May 15, 2017, 5:25 PM

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at these authentic Mexican restaurants

While Cinco de Mayo is a real, albeit mostly insignificant, celebration in Mexico, it’s taken on a life of its own in America. But instead of using the day as an excuse to dump tequila over your head and scream the lyrics to “La Bamba”—hey, we’ve all been there—...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 4:42 PM

Get hoppin' at the Power Beer Fest

It’s getting warm again, which means it’s time to get outdoors and chug some brews. This Saturday, Boston’s beer festival season kicks off with the first-ever Power Beer Fest. The event will bring more than 60 Commonwealth breweries to the SoWa Power Station during opening weekend...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:02 PM

Raise a glass at Wine Riot

Calling all winos: Wine Riot returns to Boston this weekend to tickle your palate, quench your thirst, and, if renowned sommelier and creative director Jason Tesauro gets his way, you just might fall in love — and not just with rosé. Here’s just a few reasons why you shouldn’t...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4:50 PM