What it’s like to tour Chernobyl

The Ukrainian government is promoting the Exclusion Zone as a tourist destination. I had to go.


Country star Hunter Hayes to headline Boston’s Country in the City concert in September

Country music singer Hunter Hayes is headlining Boston’s fourth annual Country in the City concert Sept. 26 at City Hall Plaza, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office said.

Could we be any more excited? ‘Friends’ merch arrives ahead of 25th anniversary

See your “Friends” on the big screen. Deck out your place with “Friends” furniture. Wear your “Friends” as jewelry. Heck, buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid.

Thundering out of an iconic American past: The Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park

In a practical sense, the roundup helps manage the size and health of the herd. For the bison, it’s an annual checkup, complete with a weigh-in and vaccinations for the new calves. For the rest of us, the roundup is a glimpse of a real ritual of the west.

What are local chefs’ favorite restaurants?

They’re not looking for elaborate tasting menus. They want simplicity, seasonality, and soul. (And sushi. Lots of sushi.)

Cycling on the water with beer? It’s real, and it’s in Boston

Cycleboat Boston offers pedal-powered sightseeing tours of Boston Harbor. It can accommodate up to 16 people, and is BYOB (and food).


‘Boy Meets World’ stars reunite in Boston

The stars were in town for Fan Expo by Boston Comic Con.


Billie Eilish dethrones Lil Nas X with her first Billboard No. 1 single

The 17-year-old made history Monday when she became the first artist born in this century to land a No. 1 song — ‘‘Bad Guy,’’ in this case — on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Dolphins’ Kenny Stills objects to comments by Jay-Z about NFL deal

The wide receiver objected Monday to recent comments from the rapper about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick.


5 beers to enjoy in Vermont

I recently found myself back in Vermont for a guys’ weekend, trekking to some of my old haunts and visiting some new ones.

The confident cook

Recipe: Ripe tomatoes, pickling cukes, and crispy croutons are tossed together in this panzanella

In the author’s kitchen, traditional panzanella — tomatoes and soaked stale bread and little else — takes a sharp turn into modern times, or rather, into her bag of farm produce.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Bake brown sugar slice-and-bake cookies at a moment’s notice

Think of slice-and-bake cookies as just a little more work than buying cookies — and far more satisfying.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: For a spicy twist on egg salad sandwiches, add chipotle, paprika, and lime to the mayo

Top these sandwiches with shrimp or bacon , or use the salad to fill avocado halves.

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