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The Weekend Guide

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EAT
Alden & Harlow Opens
What:
Chef Michael Scelfo (Russell House Tavern) debuts his first solo venture in the former Casablanca space, serving sophisticated yet unfussy fare such as Island Creek Oyster gratin, grilled foie gras, and pickled corn pancakes.
Why: Wines from South Africa, Hungary, and Lebanon; desserts like a citrus syrup-bathed olive oil pancake and roasted parsnip cobbler.
When: Sun.-Wed., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square (617-864-2100).

CLICK
The Download
What: Seventeen glorious ways to laze away.
Why: Shop Fashion Week from home, preview Oscar-nominated short films, and sneak-peek St. Vincent’s new album.
When: You’ve no place to be.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

SHOP
Local Love
What:
Treat your inner circle to regional wares (Vessel Candle Co., Adjewelry), sweets (Taza Chocolate, Cameo Macaron), and flowers (Pollen Floral Design) at a V-Day-themed market.
Why: Treat yourself, too — to toothsome snacks from Union Square Donuts and Bad Boy Bake Shop.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Back Bay (617-267-4430).

TIP BACK
Orgy of Oysters
What:
Debauch your way through dollar bivalves from Red’s Best along with free tastings of seafood-friendly wines.
Why: Between slurps, put in your order for the Valentine’s Dinner takeaway box — two steak filets, chocolate, goat cheese, bread, and wine.
When: Sat., 2-6 p.m.
Where: American Provisions, 613 E. Broadway, South Boston (617-269-6100).

LEARN
Standard Education Classes
What:
Expand your horizons during a day of seminars dissecting Scotch and vermouth, wines from southwestern France, and the mysteries of raw food.
Why: Consider cheese as dessert in a session with fromage buyer Matt Baum.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5:20 p.m.
Where: Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, 528 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square (617-532-9100). Tickets ($40 per class) at eventbrite.com.

Cheese Making at Coppa
What:
Stretch your limits by mastering the art of mozzarella, burrata, and stracciatella with Fiore di Nonno owner and cheesemonger Lourdes Smith ($85).
Why: It starts with coffee and pastries and ends with a sit-down lunch.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: 253 Shawmut Ave., South End (617-391-0902). Call to reserve a spot.

Photo: Courtesy of Alden & Harlow

LOCATIONS
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-864-2100
613 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
617-269-6100
122 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116
617-267-4430
253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
617-391-0902
528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-532-9100
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