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The gem of the Amber Road

Gdansk’s enchanting Old Town, vibrant riverfront, interactive museums, and pristine Baltic beaches have won it kudos as one of Europe’s up-and-coming, family-friendly vacation destinations.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

Richard H. Blake with his wife, Teri Thomas, and their son, Greyson, at Walt Disney World.

THE VIP LOUNGE

A conversation with stage actor Richard H. Blake

We caught up with the veteran Broadway actor — and Providence native — to talk about all things travel.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert gestured during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown.

Infinity Pillow

Which travel pillow is right for you?

There are some really comfortable, versatile, and cleverly designed options, from inflatables to bendables to fiberfill loops.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

I canceled my Expedia hotel room — so where’s my refund?

After Carol McLaughlin cancels her stay at a hotel in Segovia, Spain, she’s sure Expedia will refund her money. But when the hotel claims it never received her cancellation request, who will Expedia believe?

The USDA reports that as much as 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste.

In an era of excessive food waste, a plea to restaurants: Cut down your portions

Amid continuing concerns about food waste and obesity, we shouldn’t keep seeing dishes that practically call for building permits.

Dining Out

Is this the restaurant the West End has been waiting for?

Alcove has one of the city’s best views and strong hospitality, but the food has some catching up to do.

Small businesses join forces to afford rent and stay alive in JP

Three establishments — El Colombiano Coffee, Tipping Cow Ice Cream, and Lavender Bee Baking Co. — plan to open Monumental Market, a storefront that will house all of them, in the neighborhood this year.

Matzah for your sweet tooth

Brooklyn-based Fatty Sundays has transformed Passover’s unleavened bread into a fanciful confection dipped in milk chocolate and covered with rainbow sprinkles.

Love Letters

He didn’t tell me his ex is pregnant

I am extremely sad and conflicted because my heart wants to stay and give it a try because he is an amazing person, but my head is telling me that this obstacle is more than I can handle.

A water fountain (right) with a sculpture of a copper-leaved tree dominates the center of the tasting room at Maine Beer Company, which sells beer (top and above left) and pizza from a wood-fired stove (top right).

At Maine Beer, it’s 1 percent for the environment, and 100 percent for doing the right thing

In opening its new tasting space, Maine Beer Co. may be the first to put its ethos into a literally concrete — and interactive — form.

Specialists weigh breast implant safety amid new concerns

US medical authorities are revisiting the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women, the latest review in an ongoing debate about their potential health effects.

Recipe: Gajar ka halwa cake (carrot halwa cake)

This mildly sweet cake is an example of fusion done well that is conveyed in the novel “Sweet Neem.”

Mohini Durgampudi, author of “Sweet Neem,” in her kitchen.

Food & Travel

Novel for food-obsessed travelers puts you in the heart of Hyderabad’s food scene

First-time novelist Mohini Durgampudi lives in Derry, N.H. In “Sweet Neem,” she writes about a young couple, Mia and Sri, who move to India to take over Annapurna, the family restaurant. The food scene is a cultural draw and also symbolizes India rising.

Mark Bittman’s website generated outrage from another online publication that was already using the same name.

After backlash, Mark Bittman agrees to change the name of his new food site

The new online food publication on Medium was going to be called Salty. The problem is, it’s such a good name, another publication had already come up with it.

Spanish graters put the fun in function

Decorated in vivid colors, they add a little artistic flair to any kitchen.

Sips

A sip of Jumbo’s Ashes will warm you until the sun does

March calls for an attention-getting spirit, something to engage with while you wait out the weeks.

Ask Amy

Reader offers a welcome update to past advice

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Dallas-area woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Police say a Dallas-area woman was mauled to death by her two pit bull terriers as she tried to feed them at a veterinary clinic where the dogs were in quarantine for a prior attack.

Names

American India Foundation holds annual Bow Ties & Bangles New England Gala

The event Saturday celebrated the foundation’s Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative.

From left: Lauren Baker, Larry Cancro, Sean O’Brien, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Governor Baker, and Vicki Mucci at the event.

Names

Another successful year for the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Gala

The event, which is in its 12th year, has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits that support people with autism and developmental delays.

A rendering of the interior of the shop.

obsession

More sparkle on Newbury Street

A new Van Cleef & Arpels boutique opens in Back Bay on Thursday.

Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes

It’s a Thing

Train sounds, an odd voice, and fun with foam and numbers

A review of the week online.

Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes

It’s a Thing

Train sounds, an odd voice, and fun with foam and numbers

A review of the week online.

Visitors lined up for a sample at a previous beer festival.

hot ticket

A very funky beer festival — coming in June

BeerAdvocate’s FUNK Boston beer festival takes place June 14-15 at the South End Cyclorama.

Ask Amy

Mom struggles keeping the sweets in check

Advice from Amy Dickinson

love letters

Why doesn’t he want to be with me now?

I was in a relationship for two years with a married man. I know ... very bad, not awesome.

Michael Andor Brodeur | Tech Nomad

Devin Nunes sues Twitter and the Internet has a cow

Whatever the Republican congressman’s reasoning, the lawsuit recenters a dangerous notion of a state-side regulation of political critique.

Style Watch

New job, new (home) office

A professional designer makes a big transition to a sunny workspace in her Dorchester loft.

Connections | Magazine

When it comes to baseball, my 5-year-old plays by his own rules

Watching my son on the baseball field was frustrating — until I realized I had the game all wrong.

Miss Conduct

Advice: I want to avoid a family bully at a wedding reception

Can I ask to not be seated at his table? Plus, runny-nose season.

Perspective | Magazine

Raise my kids in the suburbs? No thanks.

Many friends with children have left Boston for more space in the suburbs, but I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

A Google Home Hub.

NESTOR RAMOS

OK Google, stop terrifying my toddler: When smart homes make life miserable

Nearly every new technological marvel in my house demands that I carry on a conversation with it.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘I told Cupid that they’d get 10 points if my date showed up on a bicycle’

Will this cycling advocate find a worthy biking companion?

book review

Moroccan family’s tale in Calif. desert sprawls instead of focuses

Pulitzer finalist Laila Lalami’s fourth novel is “The Other Americans.”

book review

A heartbreaking epic of staggering creativity in Zambia

Namwali Serpell’s wonderfully chaotic debut novel is “Old Drift.’’

bibliophiles

Author Amy Hempel and her shed full of books

The master of the short story will publish her first collection in a decade, “Sing to It,’’ on March 26.

US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a scene from the documentary

NAMES

Samuel Adams’s latest brew is dedicated to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The brewery will celebrate with pints — and a planking contest.

Aries Noodle & Dumpling serves up dishes like Szechuan-style pork with hot sauce.

quick bite

Aries Noodle & Dumpling, for leisurely exploration of northern Chinese food

This food is worth the wait. Your numb tongue and full belly will thank you.

Tables

What’s behind Door No. 7? You can now find out

Also, a restaurant is coming! A restaurant is coming! The team behind Cambridge’s Loyal Nine will open Northern Spy, inside the copper rolling mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton.

There are many reasons why people thrift. Some want to avoid the mall, others want a unique wardrobe with vintage flair. Everyone wants a deal. Whatever your reason, treasures await you if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

HELP DESK

How to be a master thrift-store shopper

Second-hand shopping is all the rage right now. Here are some tips from experienced shoppers to ensure a successful trip to the thrift store.

Panorama of the Lagoa das Sete Cidades, showing the Blue Lake (left) and the Green Lake (right) divided by bridge

The Azores are lush, lovely, and ready to be discovered

The semitropical archipelago is a paradise waiting to be discovered.

Ask Amy

Parent worries about son’s Michael Jackson fandom

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Finland tops global happiness index for 2nd consecutive year

The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place despite enjoying a booming economy in the past few years.

Unsafe water, not climate change, is the bigger threat in the world, EPA chief says

Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.

Special report

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_ticks_97462[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.

PODCAST

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/17169_LL_Podcast_HP_Episode_4_Tease%20(1).png The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Spotify   |   RadioPublic

 

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

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An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.