Lineage: A Coolidge Corner Hotspot in Brookline

Overview: With several Best of Boston accolades under its belt – the most recent of which was Improper Bostonian’s “Best Brookline Neighborhood Restaurant” in 2011 – Lineage has become a Brookline favorite. Located on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner, Lineage enjoys a convenient and central location. Co-owners, chefs, and married couple, Jeremy and Lisa Sewell, attribute the restaurant’s namesake to Jeremy’s own family lineage. With a menu which changes daily, Lineage focuses on fresh, healthy, and seasonal cuisine.Atmosphere: On the restaurant's website, Jeremy Sewell writes, “It Continue reading >>>

‘The Castle’ depicts new lives of former inmates – The Boston

Jules Becker “The Castle” cast members (from l to r): Latanya Jones, Lonnie Farmer and Mark Gibson. (Larry Buckley photo) After 25 years, Mark Gibson is returning to the theater in a play that mirrors his own transformation. On Dec. 8, at Babson College’s Sorensen Center for the Arts in the Off-Broadway hit “The Castle,” the 42-year-old African American Bostonian will be playing the role of Ken Harrington, a nonviolent, ex-offender whose turn-around resembles his own. With the help of an area-based organization called Venturing Out — which is holding the staged reading as Continue reading >>>

Shinan: Chef Marcus Samuelsson has friends in haute places

There was Top Chef know-it-all Tom Colicchio proudly wiping sweat off his own famed chrome dome as he kept the food coming for the blessed at a not-so-shabby polo estate. There was Ming Tsai, the Bostonian who doubles as a modern-day Confucius of Chinese cooking, giving knife lessons within the chi-chi environs of Sandy Lane Resort. And there, oh, was Canada’s own Mark McEwan mincing lamb. To the idyll island of Barbados we went the other week, both eaters and voyeurs, to hang with some of the most seasoned practitioners of the culinary craft. Food. Wine. Rum. So went the sell for this particular Continue reading >>>

The Life Report: Neil Richard Parnes

The following Life Report was submitted in response to my column of Oct. 28, in which I asked readers over 70 to write autobiographical essays evaluating their own lives.Final Grade: FFamilyNeil was born in 1940 into a Bostonian Jewish family (1st generation American), replete with all the Jewish baggage. He spent his youth in a small anti-Semitic Catholic blue-collar community in rural Massachusetts, and bears both the physical and emotional scars from that experience. As a consequence, he disavowed Judaism the moment he reluctantly finished reciting his haftarah and became an atheist, agnostic Continue reading >>>

Fiction review: Four British mysteries

When the tentacles of the past reach intrusively into the present, the results can be deadly. And in "Chelsea Mansions" (375 pages, Minotaur Books, $24.99), the 11th installment in Barry Maitland's series featuring Detective Chief Inspector David Brock and Detective Inspector Kathy Kolla, they're transfixing and entertaining.The story begins with the murder of Nancy Haynes, an elderly Bostonian who is visiting London for the Chelsea Flower Show and staying at the nearby Chelsea Mansions hotel, a shabby but comfortable establishment run by a former British military man. Nancy is grabbed Continue reading >>>

Filene’s Basement final Black Friday

Filene’s Basement fans of all ages descended like a pack of door-busting brides on the chain’s Back Bay store yesterday to experience the bankrupt retailer’s final Black Friday. “There are too many greasy spoons around and not enough quality like Filene’s,” said retired Bostonian Rita Petroni, 74. “It was sad enough when the one in Downtown Crossing closed, and now we have to see this.” The 102-year-old company, which famously bought the stock of Chanel boutiques in 1940 when the Nazis approached Paris and sold it in its Boston locations, will close for good in early 2012 after Continue reading >>>

GUEST OPINION: The Gettysburg Address

On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech." Gettysburg, Penn. Nov. 19, 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived Continue reading >>>

Bruins’ Gregory Campbell Donating Pies For Thanksgiving

Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will make some Bostonian's Thanksgiving a little more memorable. The 27-year old bought 400 pies and will personally distribute them to various shelters and charitable organizations throughout the city on Thursday.  Campbell bought $2,000 worth of pies from Mike's Pastries in the North End and will hand-deliver a portion of them to the Yawkee Family Inn, the Home for Little Wanderers, St. Francis House and the Pine Street Inn. The Bruins will spread the rest of the pies among a group of charities: the New England Continue reading >>>

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I had heard that the line for Tiffani Faison’s new barbecue restaurant, Sweet Cheeks, was out the door on opening night, so I was pumped to hit up the opening party Monday night after work. And apparently I wasn’t the only one. Yo Tiffani Faison, I’mma let you finish, but Sweetcheecks has the best fried okra of all time See more on Know Your Meme After rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z took the TD Garden by storm Monday night, they were hungry for some serious grub. That’s why their tour manager called up Sweet Cheeks, and put in a massive order for the concert’s team to chow down on Continue reading >>>