Take a mini vacation from your vacation

It’s school vacation week, and if you have time off, you’re probably spending it with your kids. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few hours just for yourself.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

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

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A picture taken on February 16, 2018, shows a Syrian man receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Afrin. Six men were treated for breathing difficulties in the main hospital in Afrin after shelling by a Turkish-led offensive on their village, the general director of the Afrin hospital said. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad Shafie BILALAHMAD SHAFIE BILAL/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation.

Ask Amy

Dad wants new wife and kids to meet

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

obsession

Cocoa loco

Spice up your winter: sip chocolate with a bite.

hot ticket

Assemble a new workout plan

Somerville’s Assembly Row: Home to shopping, restaurants, movies, and Legoland. But it’s possible to get healthy there, too. Really.

Love Letters

Her passive-aggressive boyfriend

Fast forward to my birthday, and he ignored me. Not a word. He didn’t message me.

Left: The McHugh family — Michael Sr., Brooke, Michael, and Kari — shortly after his diagnosis. Top right: Dana-Farber nurses Margaret Julio (left) and Amanda Carnes visiting Mike at Children’s. Bottom right: Michael with Carly Moran, a nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Globe Magazine

‘Unforgettable nurses’ have plenty of company, readers say

A mother’s praise of her son’s caregivers spurs similar memories, and support.

fashion

Bringing a personal touch to plus-size fashion

Nadia Boujarwah knows that shopping for plus-size clothes can be difficult. But it was only while she was a student at Harvard Business School that she realized it was also an opportunity.

Tech Nomad

Tech Nomad: As apps get crowded out, browser extensions go mainstream

They are a mix of risk and reward.

Rendering of the new Warby Parker store in the Seaport District.

Fashion

Sort of a new look for Warby Parker

The look and feel of the newest Boston store of the eyewear-seller is a bit more contemporary.

Lawsuit challenges ban on abortions due to Down syndrome

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said claims that the ban is an antidiscrimination effort are a masquerade.

love letters by meredith goldstein

Was it casual sex ... or more?

I thought the whole situation would take less than an hour. That would have been perfectly nice, especially considering the place I am in my life right now.

Chef Moe Kuroki prepares an order at Oisa Ramen.

By Devra First Globe Staff

Squeeze in, slurp up at Oisa Ramen

Barely bigger than a shoebox, it is downtown Boston’s tiniest new lunch option.

Terra restaurant at Eataly

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Southern food comes to the South End

Southern Proper is set to open, as is Bootleg Special, which will serve Southern food with a Creole twist.

Who is on the James Beard list of semifinalists this year?

The Boston area made a strong showing in national as well as regional categories for 2018.

Emilio Garcia (at right) in Barcelona with Connecticut chef Eric Stagl.

The VIP Lounge with chef Emilio Garcia

Chef Garcia has worked at many well-known area restarurants. We caught up with Garcia, who hails from Guatemala and lives in Revere , to talk about all things travel.

Karen Akunowicz at Myers + Chang in Boston.

Check out the 2018 James Beard award semifinalists from the Northeast

The final restaurant and chef award nominees will be announced March 14.

Woman who got attention by giving birth to 7 kids has died

Patricia Frustaci was a Southern California woman who made national headlines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven children.

Lake Morey, Vt., offers activities for the young and old.

Time to make your vacation escape plan

Pack the bags, load the car, and dodge the cabin fever.

A surprise retirement party was held at Florian Hall for Boston Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve MacDonald (right, with Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn).

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Retiring Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald gets a surprise send-off

After more than three decades on the job, MacDonald is retiring this month.

Exterior shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston.

New England hotels bring home the gold

Five Boston hotels stand among the best of the best in the country, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

NAMES

Michelle Obama made a playlist for Valentine’s Day, and most of it is pretty good

The romantic soundtrack includes Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston, and . . . Coldplay.

Jenn and Matt Mason

Let’s quit our jobs and open a food business together!

Wait a minute. Wasn’t this supposed to be romantic?

Why go to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Presidents’ Day weekend? To see the Clinton library of course.

They took an oath for a Presidents’ Day tradition

Old friends unite on cold February weekends to reconnect with each other — and history.

Love Letters

Grilled Cheese, Draco, and other chapters from the new Love Letters book

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’re revealing the chapter titles for “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist,” the Love Letters book.

She hasn’t seen him in two months

I have had about 10 e-mails from him in that time period.

Ask Amy

DNA testing reveals shocking results

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever; 37 dead

The World Health Organization says as many as 450 people may have been infected with Lassa fever in Nigeria in less than five weeks.

The canine Kardashians

Social media, particularly Instagram, is making stars of certain breeds

This woman had 14 worms pulled from her eye after getting a rare infection

An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.

travel troubleshooter | Christopher Elliott

Two days in the sick bay cost me $5,929. Why won’t my travel insurance pay?

Oceania Cruises hands Murray Cohen a bill for $5,929 after he’s hospitalized on a Mediterranean cruise. Why is his travel insurance company dragging its feet on his claim?

Boulders Beach, home to the endangered African Penguin.

A vacation sequel as good as the original

Could our recent South African trip possibly measure up to our best-ever family vacation a dozen years back? My daughter and I investigated.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Travel news you can use.

What’s on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center? A recreation of a vintage TWA lounge.

A sky-high look at the glamorous age of aviation

The lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center is filled with classic TWA flight attendant uniforms, cocktail stirrers, branded cigarettes, carry-on bags, and beverage carts with cans of Tab.

A photo of Aly Raisman for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the “In Her Own Words” shoot.

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Aly Raisman posed for Sports Illustrated ‘In Her Own Words’ photo shoot

The gold-medal winner had words and phrases like “fierce,” “survivor,” “trust yourself,” “live 4 you,” and “abuse is never OK” painted on her body.

Ask Amy

To combat addiction, try a social media ‘fast’

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Cakey chocolate-chip brownies

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Rich cakey brownies are studded with chocolate chips. Wrap up a few for your valentine.

Lush with melted chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and sour cream, these brownies are rich and cakey (as opposed to fudgy).

Chicken breasts with dates, oranges, and olives

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Dates, oranges, olives, and other tastes of the Middle East in an elegant chicken dish for two

Chicken breasts for you and your sweetie are cooked with Middle Eastern flavors and served on a bed of couscous.

Ask Amy

Parents wonder if drunk gran is fit baby sitter

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A hands-on pasta-making class from a pro

On the first Wednesday of each month, Framingham restaurant Volturno offers a hands-on pasta-making class.

Gobi Manchurian at Little India Express in Lexington.

What She’s having

What She’s Having: Don’t let the drab strip mall fool you — find amazing food at Little India Express

The Lexington takeout spot is in Commuter Dream World: It’s at an intersection close to Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Winchester, and Woburn.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Solomon Sidell

He works from midnight until 7 a.m. at his landmark South Street Diner, feeding eggs and good cheer to Boston’s creatures of the evening.

Ask Amy

Adult education class leads to childish behavior

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Names

City celebrates BSO-Leipzig alliance

Mayor Walsh hosted a ceremony to launch the five-year alliance between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Germany.

Jennifer Hudson performing at the Dana-Farber event over the weekend.

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Jennifer Hudson performs at annual Dana-Farber celebration in Palm Beach

The event raised $2.8 million for patient care and cancer research.

Elisabeth Moss

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Elisabeth Moss to play Rosemary Kennedy in upcoming biopic

Fresh off her Emmy win for starring as Offred in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Moss has reportedly signed on to star in “A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy.”