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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 …

Hillary Nelson: Get grilling with heart-healthy Mediterranean foods

Monday, May 6, 2013

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine proved pretty decisively that a “Mediterranean” diet, rich in olive oil, fruit, vegetables and fish, can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke by about 30 …

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 …

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 …

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: 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 …

Ask a Designer: Outdoor lighting options abound

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Many Americans have embraced outdoor decorating, filling their yards with fluffy sofas, gleaming end tables and even outdoor rugs. But what happens when the sun goes down? Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of HGTV’s Going Yard, advises his …

Time to detox?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

With the turn of the new year still fresh in your mind, the new you might be looking to de-clutter not just your desk and closet but also your mind and body. If so, you might be a good candidate for a detox – a cleansing of the …

Three ways to use up root vegetables

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March is the month when gardeners begin starting seeds inside and eating the last of the vegetables stored in their root cellars. They’re called “root” cellars for a reason, because roots, like carrots, rutabagas, storage radishes (such as …

It’s not easy being emerald

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Pantone LLC announced that emerald green was its Color of the Year for 2013, reaction among designers and interior consultants was mixed. The company, which creates and matches colors for the home and fashion industries, picks a …

Start now to have your house ready for the spring selling season

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Architect Chris French and his wife, Anya Landau French, turned up the volume on their vacant Washington, D.C., condominium apartment with designer-inspired contemporary furnishings – leather living room furniture, glass and metal side tables, a black dining room …