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Emilia Romagna is Italy’s gastronomic heartland.

Food & Travel

A family organized a whole trip around one meal in Modena, Italy. Was it worth it?

This family organized a whole trip around a meal at Osteria Francescana, the 2016 “World’s Best Restaurant,” in Modena, Italy. Was it worth it?

Love Letters

‘I am not sure I want him to come with me’

For all of his kindness, he does have some aspects of his personality that really conflict with mine.

Lavva yogurts are non-dairy, plant-based.

You might go nuts over Lavva Yogurt

The non-dairy yogurt is made with the pili nut, grown on trees in volcanic soil in Southeast Asia, and not readily available in stores in the United States.

Ikea to debut a veggie hot dog at Boston Calling — no assembly required

The Swedish furniture company, Ikea, will debut new veggie dogs at the Boston Calling music festival before a US launch in the fall.

The Magic Bullet can be used to quickly make veggie and fruit smoothies.

Fruit and veggie gadgets that can change your life

We reached out to some nutritionists to find out the produce gadgets they use to help them and their families eat better in less time.

Zhoug Sauce from Trader Joe’s.

In Zhoug Sauce, spice is so nice

Blended with garlic, cumin, coriander and cardamom, Zhoug Sauce is a staple in the Middle East and often stirred into hummus for a spicy kick.

Ask Amy

Moms need kindergarten friendship skills

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Pot meets kettle when two women tussle for control

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Names

Empowering moment at Pink Martini concert

At one point Friday night, lead singer China Forbes invited all the women in the crowd, which included state Attorney General Maura Healey, to the stage to sing “I Am Woman.”

Congo to begin vaccinations as Ebola threatens

The vaccine will be given in Mbandaka, the northwestern city where the deadly disease has infected some residents.

Names

A country-style salute

The Oak Ridge Boys sang the national anthem Sunday at Fenway.

From left: MassArt President David Nelson, and his wife, Kimberly; fashion design faculty member and alumnus James Mason; Joan White, founder and director of the Paris Fashion Institute; and Alex Bossi, an alumnus of MassArt and the Paris Fashion Institute.

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At MassArt, a year-end showcase of excellence

The school held its annual fashion show over the weekend.

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

The spread of the hemorrhagic fever in Mbandaka raised alarm among health officials.

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

love letters

Why a March letter writer might not have gotten a second date

I realized, he might be talking about me!

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

Poisoned former spy discharged from UK hospital

Sergei Skripal was discharged more than two months after he and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent.

Shaun Harrison’s job was to look after kids like Luis Rodriguez, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Bradley said. Instead, prosecutors and Rodriguez say, Harrison recruited the boy to sell drugs.

Nestor Ramos

Shaun Harrison and a litany of betrayals

The criminal charges against Shaun Harrison don’t quite do the depravity of his case justice.

Style Watch

Raspberry accents jazz up a formal living room

A burst of color lifts the mood in a Metro West Colonial.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘She almost told me “Avengers” spoilers ... It was a close call’

Will a date between Marvel fans lead to a blockbuster romance?

Connections | Magazine

Before video chat, calling my Deaf parents meant talking through a stranger

Talking to my parents on the phone in the days before Skype and FaceTime was a strange experience.

An artist's rendering of the packaging for the drug Aimovig, the first in a new class of long-acting drugs designed to prevent chronic migraines.

A monthly shot could help do away with your chronic migraines

A new drug, injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, could be welcome news for the 10 million Americans who get frequent migraines.

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday a new policy barring Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health organizations from providing or mentioning abortions at any facility that receives federal family planning funds, according to two White House officials and others familiar with the matter.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Graphic novel’s battle between high, low art; celebrating youth writing and 826 Boston

Boston artist Karl Stevens’s new book is “The Winner.’’

book review

The one that got away

Melissa Broder’s witty, brooding debut novel traces a woman in an existential and romantic funk who finds her latest affair in an unexpected place.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings May 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Meghan Markle (left) arrived with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on Friday.

A field guide to bride Meghan Markle’s embarrassing relatives

Markle’s relatives have gone so nutty in so many ways you almost have to admire their creativity.

Owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, east London, Claire Ptak (L) and head baker, Izaak Adams put the finishing touches to the wedding cake of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace in London, on May 17, 2018. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH MCKAYHANNAH MCKAY/AFP/Getty Images

An early look at part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake

The three-part layered lemon and elderflower wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an ‘‘ethereal’’ taste and an unusual display, the baker said.

Performance pillows, starting at $149.99 at Bedgear Performance sleep shop.

obsession

Pillows get personal

Gearing up for a good night’s sleep with new technologies underhead

An al fresco yoga class at The Street Chestnut Hill.

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Free al fresco offerings at The Street Chestnut Hill

Can’t make it to the beach? Go to Route 9 instead.

Maricela Salgado prepares guacamole at Blue Dalia.

quick bites

At Blue Dalia in Natick, there’s a margarita waiting just beyond the checkout lane

A look at Blue Dalia, a Mexican restaurant inside a Wegmans inside the mall in Natick.

The family resort company Beaches has provided sensitivity training in autism to all of its employees.

Trendspotting

Travel industry takes another look at ‘all inclusive’ and begins to accommodate special-needs guests

Some travel providers are starting to accommodate families with children on the autism spectrum or whose parents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s diseases. One reason is that it’s a big market.

Perspective | Magazine

Why do we fear plane crashes when the ride to the airport is more dangerous?

Our sense of danger needs a reality check.

Backyard Betty's will be opening in South Boston on May 18.

Tables

Hello Backyard Betty’s, goodbye Central Bistro

Restaurant news you can use.

Resin-cast pendants fashioned from discarded computer cords by artist Ani Avanian.

Fashion

A fresh take on wearable tech

Artist Ani Avanian creates resin-cast pendants from discarded computer cords.

Sips

Massachusetts-made wine from Portuguese grapes

Montez could have sourced fruit from California, but looked instead to Transmontano, in northeastern Portugal, where his family’s vineyard and winery are located.

Bottles of Harry & Meghan's Windsor Knot ale, a limited edition craft beer brewed to mark the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The regal-themed brew will be served at the sold-out Royal Wedding Viewing Party on Saturday at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

1,000 eggs, 500 bangers, 136 jams: A royal wedding viewing party menu by the numbers

What does it take to host a bash for 264 royal wedding fans in Boston? You might be surprised.

Miss Conduct

Advice: Is it OK to invite someone to a bridal shower but not the wedding?

Our daughter is paying for her event, and keeping it smallish. Lots of family members aren’t invited, but I’d like to include them in the shower I’m hosting.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement in 2017.

Tell us your wacky relative wedding stories

With the buzz around Megan Markle’s offbeat relatives, we’ve been thinking about how we all have some crazy family wedding stories. Share some of your tales — from the funny to the outright weird — with us here:

Kitchen staff work in the Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle in Windsor as they begin preparations for the wedding banquet for the marriage ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Say ‘I do’ to some classic British recipes

Any wedding viewing party should certainly come with festive royal food.

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

US birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

A spirit book — titled “Renewed Wisdom” — by Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord.

Names

A Newburyport artist brings her otherworldly books to the Arnold Arboretum

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will be on the property for a free public opening reception May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Love Letters

I love her, but I feel like I’m her boy toy

Will his recently separated older girlfriend ever get serious about him?

Whether you hear Laurel or Yanny depends on many factors.

Some science behind why you heard Laurel or Yanny (or both)

Be honest: Which do you hear — Laurel or Yanny? Here’s why you heard what you heard.

Love Letters

We can’t bring each other home

We have spent one night at my house and one at his, when our families were out of town, but that was a rare opportunity. I think taking a step we aren’t ready for would ruin our relationship.

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   |   Stitcher   |   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.