February 17, 2013 | Staycations

A trip to Rio de Janeiro, without leaving Boston

The snowy months may say otherwise, but Boston is brimming with places to make you feel the sun and late-night rhythm of Rio. By James Reed

Head to the North End for pasta.

Make believe you’re in Rome

The shopping. The art. The food. Here’s where to taste la dolce vita in Boston. By Rachel Raczka

Miss Conduct


Can you hear me now?

Tips on effective public speaking. Plus, a mom whose children ignore her birthday. By Robin Abrahams

Soundtrack


The sounds of winter

Snowfall, birds, and trees create a subdued concert. By Scott Helman

Connections


Missing Johnnie’s Foodmaster

I shopped at the Somerville store daily and was surprised to realize how much I’d miss the place and its staff. By Daniel Todd Gewertz

Style Watch


Plaid to see you

Checking in on a classic print. By Tina Sutton

Dinner With Cupid

Working the date

They’re both business-minded. But can these two suits make a deal?

Out and About

HOW WAS I? Mayor Tom Menino is all smiles after delivering his State of the City address at Faneuil Hall in Boston on January 29 As seen around Boston and beyond

Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, Francona’s fans, and more.

Cooking

Serve Persian-Style Beef Stew With Prunes alongside rice. Persian and Argentine beef stew

The beef stew recipe uses fruit to add flavor. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

01/31/2013 CHARLESTOWN, MA Boneless short ribs with sesame, roasted prunes, asparagus, and mashed potatoes at Tangierino (cq) in Charlestown. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe) Braised short ribs with prunes

At Charlestown’s Tangierino, a sweet and savory stew.

On the Block

880 SOUTHERN ARTERY / QUINCY2/17/13 On the Block For sale: Little gems

All under 970 square feet, these homes have big upsides.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to stories on second-generation friendships, hockey, and warm places to escape the elements.

One-Liners

B.J. Novak on movie miffs

The Newton-born, Harvard-educated actor makes a joke on Twitter.

Tales From the City

Stalled at the Allston-Brighton tolls

“I should’a charged ya five dollas fa parkin!”