La Belle France - The Food Lens

La Belle France - The Food Lens

La Belle France, served by South End newcomer Bar Lyon, shares a name with the first chapter of Julia Child’s My Life in France. That’s no coincidence: Like Child, the cocktail celebrates “the beautiful France,” which in its case means highlighting French gin and French apple brandy.

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Yume Ga Arukara

Yume Ga Arukara

“If my kids ask me ‘Why do you work every day?’ I want to tell them ‘Because I have dreams.’”

That message, scrawled messily in big blue letters against a white wall, may be the only element of Yume Ga Arukara not specifically tied to the preparation and consumption of udon noodles. But it speaks volumes about the spirit that goes into making each bowl.

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Abraham Moon & Sons - The F.E.C. Diaries

Abraham Moon & Sons - The F.E.C. Diaries

Valentino was on to something here. The Italian fashion designer poetically places his thumb on an English sensibility that deeply informs what we do at F.E. Castleberry. It’s evident in our anointment of a young David Hockney as a cardinal brand muse, our allegiance to a code of light formality (albeit slightly bent)—the better your dress, the worse you can behave—and our faithfulness to British cloth; especially our faithfulness to British cloth.


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Game of Thrones Scotch and Other Boozy Movie Tie-Ins - Bevvy

Game of Thrones Scotch and Other Boozy Movie Tie-Ins - Bevvy

If you’ve begun to wonder whether a “Game of Thrones”-themed gift shop has replaced your local whiskey aisle, you’re not alone. The last few months have seen the release of Johnnie Walker’s White Walker expression, as well as eight single malts (six of which are new expressions) from Diageo-owned distilleries like LagavulinDalwhinnie, and Oban, each tied to one of the dueling houses featured in the HBO series. The final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14, by the way, so now is a good time to pickup some bottles.

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Pink Shirts - Blank Label

Pink Shirts - Blank Label

Blue and white are the colors most often held up as the “standard” options for a dress shirt. Those two hues are staples for a reason—they blend in, and match with most anything. What’s often overlooked is the “third option,” aka the pink shirt.

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#smashed - The Food Lens

#smashed - The Food Lens

“A great beginner whiskey cocktail” is how Chase Sutton, beverage manager of the Downtown Crossing location of Boston Chops, describes #smashed. The simple drink debuted six years ago with the opening of the first Boston Chops in the South End, and it won’t be leaving either spot’s menu anytime soon.

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Feed The Fire - The Food Lens

Feed The Fire - The Food Lens

“We tried to add three elements to it: sweet, savory, and heat,” says Rachid Hadouche, general manager of The Bristol at Four Seasons Boston. He’s referring to Feed the Fire, the Bristol Bar’s zingy daiquiri variant that trades rum for vodka and possesses those three qualities in spades.

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Inman Square - The Food Lens

Inman Square - The Food Lens

If you only think of Inman Square as a middle ground between Central and Union, you’re doing it wrong. This neighborhood straddling the Cambridge-Somerville border is a microcosm of what makes each city great, from chef-focused independents to funky local favorites.

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