/

entertainment

The Weekend Guide

shiny squirrel pop-up!

Get your nuts in a row.

SHOP
The Shiny Squirrel Pop-Up
What:
Boost your gift-giving rep with dramatic jewelry, recycled-leather bags, and engraved stationery from both Boston and Brooklyn artists (Dirty Librarian Chains, Cold Picnic, Terrapin Stationers).
Why: The kickoff party lubricates your generosity.
When: Thru Jan. 4, 2012. Opening reception, Sat., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Stel’s, 334 Newbury St., Back Bay (617-262-3348).

CHOW
Kika Tapas
What:
Kendall Square’s dining dominance deepens with a small-plates haven from the Solea and Tapeo team; graze on charcuterie and pintxos as well as classics like ceviche, sizzling garlic shrimp, and patatas (bravas and fritas).
Why: Think outside the turkey wrap with lunchtime sandwiches such as the churrasco (seared beef tenderloin, chimichurri, pimento peppers, mixed greens).
When: Opens Mon. Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 5-10 p.m.
Where: 9 Broad Canal Way (617-245-6030).

HOST
A Cookie Decorating Party

What: Invite your baked goods-loving pals over for a night of festive cutters, snazzy sprinkles, spiked frosting, and more jazzy details for the little bites.
Why: If you don’t feel like breaking out the mixing bowl, choose from 37 ready-made delights.
When: Supermarket goodies just won’t cut it.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.

MUNCH (and BUY)
Eat Boutique Holiday Local Market
What:
Sample the wares before snapping up one-for-you, one-for-me presents from the New England likes of Fat Toad Farm, 7ate9 Bakery, and Yummy Mummy.
Why: Cookbook signings + onsite gift wrapping + Island Creek Oyster samples = done deal.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Made in Fort Point, 12 Farnsworth St., Fort Point (617-423-1100). R.S.V.P. online at eventbrite.com. Event is free.

TOAST
Yule Tide Bulles at
The Hawthorne
What:
Get your feet wet at Jackson Cannon’s posh new watering hole with a sparkling off-menu holiday cocktail of cognac, Bénédictine, and house-made grenadine with a champagne float.
Why: Wash cares away.
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 500a Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square (617-532-9150).

MOVE
Happy Holidays Progressive Dinner
What:
Shuttle betwixt Chris Douglass’s two dining respites during a four-course American/Italian chef’s tasting at Ashmont Grill and Tavolo ($60).
Why: Winter coats required — a midmeal surprise occurs between the two spots.
When: Sun., 6 p.m.
Where: Meet at Ashmont Grill, 555 Talbot Ave., Ashmont Hill (617-825-4300). Email tara@ashmontgrill.com to reserve a spot.

Photo: Courtesy of The Shiny Squirrel

LOCATIONS
500a Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-532-9150
Kika Tapas
9 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
617-245-6030
Made in Fort Point
12 Farnsworth St
Boston, MA 02210
617-423-1100
555 Talbot Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-4300
Tavolo
1918 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02124
617-822-1918
334 Newbury St
bt Hereford St & Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
617-262-3348
MAP IT