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Samples of Cohiba cigars sit on display at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuban cigars aren’t actually all that special

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It may be the best-kept-secret about the vaunted Cuban cigar: It’s often not that good. Yes, Cuba produces some of the best cigars in the world. And for the first time in more than 60 years, there’s legitimate hope that they will once again be sold – legally – in the United States. On the heels of the announcement that …

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With final exams bearing down on them at the end of last semester, nearly 1,000 students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond turned out for “Paws for Stress” – a chance to pet and play with therapy dogs. Pets were once considered a leisure interest, one best kept at home. But there’s a …

Kitchens go outdoors with fire pits, rings, tables

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living trend is continuing to gain momentum,” said Ross Johnson, sales and marketing manager for The …

Put your best face forward while enjoying sun’s warm, damaging rays

Monday, May 6, 2013

Finally. It’s warm and sunny. You’re heading to the park, raking your yard, going for walks without the aid of a treadmill. And you’re wearing sunscreen every day, right? Just because you’re not spending the day under the …

Living online

Monday, May 6, 2013

We’ll forgive you a little melodrama, parents of tweens. After all, if you’re living with a kid (or kids!) between the ages of 9 and 12, you know that EVERYTHING IS A BIG DEAL!!!!! But if you’ve been …

More than just a pretty place

Monday, May 6, 2013

The silky petals of a fragrant pink shrub rose; the crunchy texture of a gravel path; a nook where grass rustles and a stream runs. What we smell, see, hear, touch and taste can make a garden walk …

The best restaurants in Manchester: Republic 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Republic, on Elm Street in Manchester, with its well-designed signage and cool, post-industrial look, has called to me for a while. I’d popped in once before between assignments in Manchester and picked up an amazing slice of German …

The best restaurants in Manchester: El Rincon 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I walked into El Rincón Zacatecano Taqueria on a recent Tuesday night. It is a small, casual place, and it wouldn’t be hard to miss it on Lake Avenue, across from Verizon Wireless Arena, in Manchester. There are …

The best restaurants in Manchester: Mint Bistro

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For anyone who has ever contemplated the compatibility of sushi and burgers, look no further than this posh, pulsating fusion establishment in downtown Manchester, where the staff is bubbly, the fare is decent and the menu seems to …

The best restaurants in Manchester: The Top 8 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Yelp search for the most popular restaurants in Manchester turned up these eight contenders. Our reporters chose their destinations based on this list: Hanover Street Chophouse 149 Hanover St Manchester, NH 03101 644-2467 – hanoverstreetchophouse.com Classic steakhouse Hooked Seafood 110 Hanover St Manchester, NH 03101 606-1189 – …

The best restaurants in Manchester 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

We’ve all had satisfying meals at a chain restaurant or two, but there are occassions that call for a little something more – a special meal, amazing service, a unique menu, stunning ambiance. With that in mind, we …

Happy cleaning: Green products make you feel good about cleaning

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

As friendly as we all want to be to the Earth these days, we’re still not too keen on having it for a house guest. Dirt is delightful in our gardens and all, but keep it off the …

Quinoa and Amaranth: Cooking with unconventional grains

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quinoa and Amaranth have much in common. Both have been cultivated for thousands of years in South and Central America and are easy to grow in New Hampshire’s summer gardens, both are raised for their  high-protein seeds as …