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SIPS

Celebrating the Irish poitín

The clear spirit is an ancestor of Irish whiskey, much like mezcal, which traditionally comes from small, family-run operations, is the forebear of tequila.

COMFORT ZONE

Flock to these winter birding hot spots around Boston

Pete Gilmore, field trip coordinator for the Brookline Bird Club, shared his favorite local stops.

Restaurants we supported this week

Want to order from local, independent restaurants? Here are some suggestions from Globe staff.

Sandpiper Bakery is growing — and moving to Ipswich

Susanne Clermont and Molly Friedman needed a bigger kitchen for their croissants, cookies, sandwiches, and quiches. Soon they’ll add new cakes, tarts, soups, toasts, and salads.

Art and function in these flour sack towels

Pauline Stevens, a food photographer, has turned her photos into designs.

Shailene Woodley confirms she’s engaged to Aaron Rodgers

The actor discussed her relationship with Rodgers on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday, saying they got engaged “a while ago.”

NAMES

What will ‘Mahty’ Walsh be like as labor secretary? Comedian Julia Claire demonstrates

The comedian, who grew up Medfield, gets the accent right, in imagining Walsh's first day on the new job.

Names

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch ‘Renegades’ podcast on Spotify

The friends discuss race, politics, fatherhood, marriage and the country they love.


‘Eastern Standard will forever be the standard in our eyes’: Readers recall scenes from life moments, big and small

When news broke last week that Eastern Standard, The Hawthorne, and Island Creek Oyster Bar wouldn’t reopen, we asked readers to write in with their remembrances of the storied spaces. They delivered.

He broke up with me by text and joined the Navy

"Is it a good idea to see him?"

TikTok users are posting videos promoting restaurants and stores during the pandemic. And it’s helping

The social media app isn’t all dance routines and lip-syncing. Sometimes its users are boosting small businesses (and those businesses don’t even know it).

Vaccine doesn’t inoculate against hurt feelings

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Social media creators are pushing the boundaries of the opulent world of ‘Bridgerton’

Shonda Rhimes’s popular Netflix romance series has inspired fandom in a wholly creative way.

COMFORT ZONE

‘Don’t Look Up’ stars Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio bid Boston goodbye

The Netflix film is said to wrap filming after three months in Massachusetts.

Lynn native Amanda Mena brings her hope for ‘better days’ to ‘American Idol’

She hopes her audition song, Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “Golden Slumbers,” will strike a chord for listeners “waiting for better days.”