It's one thing to sit down to a perfectly nice three-course meal, surrounded by your close friends and loved ones. It's quite another thing to sit down to the same meal surrounded not only by your friends, but by a slew of shifty-eyed murder suspects. Such is the situation guests find themselves in at Mystery Café, America's original murder mystery dinner theater.
Like the perfect crime, the idea behind Mystery Café is equal parts simple and brilliant. The line between dinner guest and audience member is blurred as a crew of potential murders attempts to evade suspicion by serving a delicious three-course meal. All the while, guests answer a series of questions based on their observations; at the end of the meal, the individual with the most correct answers wins.
Popular though it may be, the mystery dinner is only one of several gut-busting comedy acts sponsored by Mystery Café. Another is ComedySportz Boston, a lightning-fast improv competition in which two teams vie for points by playing in a series of goofy improv games. Regularly held at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville, ComedySportz has all the elements you'd look for in a more traditional sport: breakneck speed, a rowdy audience, and a referee who governs the action and decides if the losers get to live.
The dedicated and caring crew at The Laser Cafe beautifies physiques with advanced laser treatments and traditional med-spa services. Nurses aim to make skin smoother and more youthful with Botox, injectables, facial peels, and laser hair-removal treatments. Inside The Laser Cafe's waiting room, guests can saunter along the hardwood flooring. Complimentary cookies and coffee are available to all clients or any passersby willing to recite the alphabet backwards while doing a handstand.
With a full menu of ethically sourced coffee products, Java Jones Coffeehouse will give your sleepy face a caffeine buzz without putting a frown on your morals. All beverages are brewed with the highest quality ingredients available, many certified organic or locally roasted. Grab a cup of bean juice ($1.85 for a small) to go with a traditionally dressed lox bagel ($6.95) from the café menu and start your day as swimmingly as an Atlantic salmon in a wave pool. Or pair a refreshing glass of iced tea ($2.25 for a small) with a build-your-own sandwich or crêpe ($6.95) for a midday pick-you-up. In addition to serving up tasty tastes by the taste, Java Jones sells a wide variety of its coffee and tea products to be prepared at your autobiographer's home. Steep some red-lavender loose leaves ($2.95) to unwind before calming down with a book in bed, or snatch the seductive French Kiss coffee ($11.95) to turn your kitchen's cold press into your home's summertime mistletoe.
Taryn McCracken and Hanna Gregor have been studying the science of healthy eating since college. Taryn, a committed vegan, earned her bachelor’s degree in health psychology, and while Hanna worked toward a degree in nutritional sciences at Penn State University, she coached the school’s Division I athletes on how to use healthy foods to increase performance. Together they helm Detox Lounge, a salon-inspired health center with a very simple mission: out with the bad, in with the good. That means eliminating toxins and taking in antioxidants.
A large part of their work involves True Juice Cleanses, a proprietary line of complex juices blended from fruit and superfoods that are designed to boost metabolism, eliminate fats, and detoxify the body. Users can graduate to 500-calorie Master Weight-Loss Cleanses, or supplement their progress with detoxifying spa treatments. An infrared sauna expels toxins via perspiration, and aqua detox footbaths draw out harmful elements that have collected in the muscles, joints, fatty tissue, and white blood cells’ junk drawers.
The Grill House café, just off Miramar Road, offers tasty Persian and Mediterranean cuisine at a great value. A favorite lunch spot for local businesses, they have developed a loyal clientele creating a familial atmosphere. The interior is understated, with ample seating and an outdoor patio as well. Favorites here include their authentic kabob plates and skewers, made with the finest beef steaks and fresh ingredients. A true highlight is the koobideh plate, a skewer of juicy koobideh kabob (ground beef or lamb) with premium fluffy basmati rice and a fire-grilled tomato. Customers also enjoy the traditional gheimeh, a medley of split peas, spices, dried lemon in a tomato based sauce, with basmati rice and salad. The portions are generous and the service is friendly, making the Grill House Cafe the perfect spot to pop in for a taste of the Mediterranean.