Here, There, and Everywhere

From a Provincetown restaurant to cool new chargers



The Mews Restaurant and Cafe is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a selection of new (or renewed) events. Bring your sombrero on Sunday nights, 6-8 p.m., and enjoy authentic fish tacos and other Mexican dishes. See award-winning musical acts on Monday nights (grab an early dinner with a stage view), from Zoe Lewis to Penny Arcade, or bring a companion on Thursday nights and get half off one entree. The beachfront restaurant, which has welcomed Al Gore, Whoopi Goldberg, and other notables, offers views of the harbor and Outer Cape. Entrees from $12.50. 508-487-1500,


Tour three of the world’s finest wine-producing regions this Valentine’s Day without leaving New England. The Boxer, the city’s newest boutique hotel, offers the romantic West End Rendezvous package, which includes one night’s accommodations, 2 p.m. checkout, and one dessert and a wine flight for two at the hotel’s restaurant, Finch. Try a Triennes Rosé from France, a William Hill Chardonnay from California, and a Greg Norman Shiraz from Australia, paired with a decadent dessert. Rates from $295, double occupancy, not including tax and gratuities. 617-624-0202,




See more than 100 sketches by a Seattle Times columnist during a new exhibit at the city’s fascinating Museum of History & Industry, a facility that documents and celebrates the diverse history of the city, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. “Drawn to Seattle: The Work of Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario” (pictured at left) captures city views and, according to the artist, aims to “inspire others to pick up a sketchbook and start capturing their corners of the city.” The exhibition runs through May 26. Members of Seattle Urban Sketchers will offer live sketching and share drawing techniques from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday through March. 206-324-1126,


Fly to Lisbon, Europe’s warmest capital, to escape the cold and embrace the city’s rich culinary, cultural, and night life. Explore by foot (statue of King José I in Palace Square pictured below) or funicular, enjoying views of the hilly landscape and the Atlantic, or sign up for a ground tour (additional fee). Take advantage of SATA Airlines’ new explorer package to Lisbon, which includes airfare and your choice of one of five hotels. Depart Boston on a Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday for the six-night stay. Rates, good through fall, start at $1,359 per adult, double occupancy, and include air, hotel, all taxes, and breakfast, or $533 for children under 6; children under 10 cost 10 percent of hotel rate, plus airfare. 800-762-9995,


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Join the first-ever European private train tour to Iran this fall aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The five-country, 15-day inaugural train journey, called the Jewels of Persia, launches Oct. 14 by Seattle-based MIR Corp. Enjoy a champagne reception in the Royal Waiting Room in Hungary, learn more about the Dracula legend in Romania, explore the famous and fragrant Valley of the Roses in Bulgaria, see strange rock formations and ancient frescoed cave churches in Turkey, and visit eight UNESCO sites in Iran, including the ruins of Persepolis. Rates from $12,995, double occupancy, not including airfare. 800-424-7289,



Bring Cambridge Audio’s DacMagic XS on your next trip and significantly boost the quality and clarity of your digital music, movies, and games. This 24-bit digital to analog converter and headphone amp plugs into the USB port of your PC or Mac laptop and into your headphones, offering a much more dynamic, refined sound with superb bass that won’t be drowned out by plane engines or other ambient noise. The device is powered by your computer, weighs just 3½ ounces, and measures smaller than a matchbox. Adjust the sound with two simple buttons. $189 on



Ventev’s innovative new chargers let you quickly power your devices on the fly. One of my favorites, the Powerdash r900, plugs into your car’s DC port and lets you charge USB-powered devices, including tablets, as you drive. Turn off the car, unplug your Powerdash, and hit a button on the USB end to turn on the charger’s internal battery and continue refueling your device. The Utilitycharger 2100 has both wall and vehicle plugs, and the ability to charge two USB devices at once, from smartphones to tablets. And the lightweight rapid-charge Powercell 5000 offers 5000mAh of charging power through two USB ports (1A and 2.1A) for devices up to tablets. Even better, it turns off when not in use, so it won’t drain its own battery. Buy the Powerdash ($39.99), Utilitycharger ($39.99), or Powercell 5000 ($54.99) at Ventev. 800-759-9996,


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