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Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Sexting situation unsettles spouse

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

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Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too.

Last fall, I attended the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some of the most memorable moments for a first-time visitor to Dublin were the smaller theaters and lesser-known actors, the pints, and the paintings.

Shire Breu-Haus in Dalton (above) is a community gathering spot. Bright Ideas Brewing flights (left) include four generous pours.

Something is definitely brewing in the Berkshires

Five craft breweries and their taprooms are conveniently spread out on a north-south axis so that a traveler is rarely more than 20 minutes from a fresh mug anywhere in Berkshire County.

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus.

American swimmer Sarah Thomas, 37, became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times in a row completing the remarkable feat Tuesday morning.

American cancer survivor swims English Channel 4 times

An American cancer survivor has succeeded in her remarkable quest to swim across the English Channel four times in a row.

Z Bar overlooks Michigan Avenue from the Peninsula Chicago. Come winter, there’s a canopy covering part of the terrace, and an outdoor fireplace to keep you warm.

Chicago raises the rooftop game

Many of the rooftops transform into other spaces like curling rinks and all-weather beer gardens the rest of the year. Here are some favorites.

The VIP Lounge | Angie Swan

The VIP Lounge with Angie Swan of ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’

The Milwaukee native, who now calls New York City home, is no stranger to Boston — having studied at Berklee College of Music from 2001-05 — and is happy to be back.

For its 20th birthday, ‘How to Cook Everything’ is getting a not-so-minimal update

A completely revised anniversary edition of Mark Bittman’s kitchen classic will feature updated recipes, color photos, and an emphasis on sustainability. At the heart of the update is how we consider meat.

A nigiri selection at Zuma in Boston.

DEVRA FIRST

Is Zuma in Back Bay’s One Dalton worth the luxury price? Our food critic weighs in

I valeted my Subaru behind the Lamborghini at Zuma. Now it’s time to eat. The restaurant harks back to those like TAO and Buddakan — the kind of splashy showplaces that were au courant in the early to mid 2000s.

My Warped Fantasy. A poem.

My warped fantasy

The first letter is a poem. Short thoughts about wishes and dreams. It’s a seven-stanza missive from a person to their engaged colleague.

(Unsent) Love Letters

Have you written a letter to someone you love(d) and not sent it? Composed a confessional email to an unrequited crush or drafted a dispatch to someone who let you down? Psychotherapist and “Where Should We Begin?” podcast host Esther Perel and Love Letters columnist and podcast host Meredith Goldstein explore the messages we keep to ourselves in (unsent) Love Letters.

Sarah Wade, owner and executive chef of Stillwater, hails from Oklahoma and has been in Boston since 2013.

Getting Salty with Sarah Wade of Stillwater

Her big break came in 2018 when she became a champion on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” And a bigger break came in August, when she opened Stillwater in the old Townsman space in the Leather District.

Love Letters

I met a guy on vacation . . .

I have wanted to get out of my comfort zone for a while now, and this is the perfect way to do so.

18bites - Nutty For You Bixby Bites. (Bixby & Co.)

Bixby Bars had some bite-size babies

Nutty For You Bixby Bites are one-, two-, or three-bite candies of chocolate-covered cocoa and peanut butter centers with bits of peanuts and brown rice crisps.

Xxann - Baking Steel Pro for making restaurant-quality pizza. (Baking Steel)

A bigger, better Baking Steel sheet

Cohasset resident Andris Lagsdin developed the new Baking Steel Pro because enthusiasts often contacted him asking for custom-made ones that were larger. So, flex your muscles and get out those extra thick oven mitts.

Xxann - Jonquils Cafe & Bakery on Newbury St. is a new eatery that offers cakes made with molds produced by a 3-D printer. This cake is called Cherry: Dark chocolate mousse, cherry confiture, crunch and chocolate sponge cake. (Ehab Al-Shihabi)

This cafe makes cakes that are art and drinks with state-of-the-art machines

Exquisite cakes in abstract, geometric shapes — each filled with four to six layers comprising mousse, spongy cake, confiture, cream, and crunch — line the display case.

More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from the controversial Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua tiger temple have died, park officials said on Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to inbreeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction.

More than half the tigers rescued from Thai temple reported dead

Officials blamed genetic problems linked to in-breeding as the cause of the disease that killed the tigers. The animals were rescued three years ago from a popular tourist attraction.

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne/ FOX

Harvard grad competing in ‘MasterChef’ finale

DiGiovanni, who majored in food and climate studies at Harvard, is the youngest contestant ever to advance to the finals. The finale airs on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.

Bottles

Here are the two Oktoberfest beers our columnist is drinking in 2019

According to European regulations, only breweries in Munich can call their beers “Oktoberfest,” but plenty of American brewers have capitalized on the popularity of the tradition over the years.

Health care has been the defining issue for Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants’ fears

Overall, the number of uninsured in the United States rose by 1.9 million people in 2018, the first jump in nearly a decade.

9-14-2019 Boston, Mass. 450 guests attended the 2019 Esplanade Association Moondance Gala held in tent on the Esplanade, the event raised 1.2 million dollars. L. to R. are Co-Chairs Stephane and Brenda Bancel of Boston , Executive Director Michael Nichols of Boston and Co-Chairs Alexi and Steve Conine of Boston. Photo by Bill Brett for the Boston Globe.

Names

A marvelous night for the Esplanade

The Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala on Saturday night raised $1.2 million for upkeep of the park.

Taqueria El Barrio’s tacos de birria

Quick Bites

Taqueria El Barrio lifts up Boston’s Mexican food scene

Servio Garcia, co-owner and general manager of Bergamot and BISq, is originally from Mexico. He teamed with BISq chef Alex Saenz and Luis Figueroa for what has become a passion project for the trio.

To help bees through lean times, plant a variety of blooms

The lack of four-season food sources is one of the leading causes of the world’s declining bee populations. | realestate.boston.com

Ask Amy

Family seeker seeks same

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Ask Amy

Grandfather gets a new wife and a new will

Advice from Amy Dickinson

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Jesse David Scott

‘Experimentation should be innate to an artist’

Miss Conduct

Advice: My sister-in-law is toxic. Can I keep her away from my kid?

Plus, dealing with boors at a dinner party.

Style Watch

A relaxing atmosphere for dinner was the goal for this dining room makeover

The color blue and a multitude of patterns helped set the mood.

love letters

Despite his lying, she’s struggling to move on

I think the proximity is part of what is making it hard to forget him — knowing he’s is back for the season and in my hometown.

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: ‘She ordered a Lord Hobo Boomsauce IPA — earning immediate respect’

Will this foodie and Australian transplant order a second round?

Connections | Magazine

Beautiful memories from an ugly chair

The rocker my nearly 90-year-old mother scored at an auction has a strange hold over me.

TV Host Maria Menounos arrives for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by LISA O'CONNOR / AFP)LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/Getty Images

NAMES

Maria Menounos on her mother’s health, her favorite Boston restaurants, and starting a family

“Celebrating her 65th birthday three years after her brain cancer diagnosis is such a gift.”

5 interstellar takeaways from a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

This hotly anticipated, immersive Star Wars playground opened at Disneyland in California on May 31. The Orlando version launched at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29.

Tables

Nautilus Pier 4 to open in the Seaport

Is the Seaport turning into Nantucket North? Asian-meets-Latin spot Nautilus Pier 4 (NP4) will open in 2020.

Pyer Moss debuted Reebok by Pyer Moss Collections 3 and 3.5 at Kings Theater in Brooklyn.

Jeneé Osterheldt

Reebok, Pyer Moss, and the gospel of black beauty at Fashion Week

The same way one goes to church to praise, to dance, to sing, to feel that release that faith can bring — some go to New York Fashion Week knowing their spirits will be fortified.

“Like snowflakes,” the writer notes, “each [island sunset] is different and unique.”

Falling for a Maine island

When my wife and I married in 2000, she told me about this small rustic island, a bucolic destination her family had been visiting every summer for most of her life. It didn’t take long for me to love it, too.

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend.

Love Letters

I think my boyfriend is going to dump me when our lease ends

It feels like he’s getting ready to move on. What do I do?

Netherlands court clears doctor in euthanasia death of a patient with dementia

The court ruled that in rare cases of patients with severe dementia — and who had earlier made a written request for euthanasia — the doctor ‘‘did not have to verify the current desire to die.’’

People worked during the harvest in the vineyards in Ay, in the northeastern French champagne region, on Wednesday. Many people living near the vineyards have voiced concerns over the widespread use of legal toxins used in pesticide sprays.

No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbors

Amid rising concerns in France over the widespread use by its powerful farming industry of legal toxins, President Emmanuel Macron’s government is planning the enforced creation of small buffer zones to separate sprayed crops from the people who live and work around them.

Love Letters

Should I say ‘I love you’ first?

My fear is that if I say it first and he says it back right away, I’ll forever convince myself that he only said it to be polite.

Ask Amy

Enabling mom creates extreme family imbalance

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Maria Isabel Bueso, (left) 24, is among those who will testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Democrats slam decision to end immigrant medical relief

Three of those testifying are from Massachusetts, where opposition to the decision has been strong.

This image released by HBO shows a New York City Fireman speaking to children in a scene from the documentary

HBO produces documentary to help kids understand 9/11

For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn’t a memory. It’s history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event’s 18th anniversary treats it that way.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is the location used for filming

Christopher Muther

A visit to Highclere Castle and the wonderful world of Downton

Christopher Muther loves “Downton Abbey” so he, too, wanted to be surrounded by ancient tapestries and tufted velvet sofas. This was his chance — and he almost blew it.

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/dining_out_90.jpg Where should you eat this week?

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.