Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sushrut Jangi December 12, 2018 Almond cakes and lemon squares sit under glass bowls at Violette Bakers, a gluten-free bakery in Cambridge’s Porter Square, and I can’t decide what to eat.“Are those gluten-free oats?” a patron asks the server, who repeats what must be a mantra here: “Everything is gluten free.” A minute later, I meet baker and owner Leesteffy Jenkins, who estimates that about 60 percent of her typical customers have eliminated gluten from their diets. Some, like herself, have been diagnosed with celiac disease, while others may simply be more sensitive to gluten-containing foods. Advertisement Nursing moms with colicky babies may want something without gluten, Jenkins says. “And I’ve got people who can’t eat egg, soy, or dairy that want alternative options.” Get Today's Headlines in your … [Read more...] about A doctor explains why gut health is as important as heart health
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Eric Maskin December 04, 2018 Now that Maine has become the first state in the nation to use ranked-choice voting for congressional elections, what’s next? Will we see this voting method gather more steam? Or will the status quo win out? Already, cities such as Memphis, Amherst, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, are planning to change their municipal elections to let voters rank candidates, following big cities such as San Francisco and Minneapolis, and smaller ones such as Cambridge and Telluride, Colorado. I am involved in an effort to get Massachusetts to follow Maine’s lead at the state level.There are good reasons for the growing interest in ranked-choice voting. Under the plurality rule voting system predominant in the United States, each citizen votes for a single candidate, and the candidate with the most votes wins, even if far short of a majority. Thus, … [Read more...] about Five reasons ranked-choice voting will improve American democracy
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Compiled by Melissa Schorr December 07, 2018 LYDIA ZEPEDA 23 / freelance graphic designer and copywriter WHEN SHE IS HAPPIEST After a long run or laughing with friends NOTABLE QUALITIES A work-hard, play-hard mentality DAVID ANDRADE Advertisement 30 / program recruiter WHEN HE IS HAPPIEST With his best friends, hanging out WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH He’s fearless and relentless in pursuit of his dreams 7 P.M. VEJIGANTES, BOSTON SURPRISE! Lydia I went to the gym with one of my friends and listened to one of my favorite Spotify playlists. I was intrigued to see what would happen. David To prepare, I read and listened to an episode of the Bodega Boys podcast. That put me in a positive mood. Advertisement Lydia I showed up right on time. The hostess walked me to the table. He had his back to me. I saw him and smiled. He was cute, like a Latino guy my … [Read more...] about Blind date: ‘There were a lot of birthdays that night in the restaurant’
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Kendra Stanton Lee December 07, 2018 The luminarias lining the sidewalk of the church across the street beckon me. This is my first Blue Christmas service.I’ve been melancholy about the approaching holiday. I am preparing to perform the Great FamiLee Holiday Schlep to the Midwest, as we do every year. It is like orchestrating a museum installation of my little family, so that we can reassemble in the homes of the grandparents for what always feels like too short a stay but too long a round-trip journey. The annual exercise is exhausting. I don’t want to go anywhere — but I don’t want to feel left out, either.This is why I am attending the Blue Christmas service tonight. I learn that these rituals are also called Longest Night services, since they occur on or near the winter solstice, when the darkness dominates. Advertisement Bleak poets … [Read more...] about Feeling blue at the holidays? Here’s a thought that may help.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page December 07, 2018 Opening Thursday 1,000 Words View the work of iconic nature photographer Ansel Adams (1902-84) alongside images that inspired him and ones that reflect his influence in Ansel Adams in Our Time, at the Museum of Fine Arts. Compare prints including national park landscapes and aerial shots with work by 19th-century government survey photographers, contemporary artists, and 20-plus 21st-century photographers. Through February 24. $25. mfa.org Monday Wanders of the World Globetrotting experts offer advice about How to Travel Better, at Trident Booksellers and Café. Boston Globe travel writer and columnist Christopher Muther sits down with former New York Times Frugal Traveler columnist Seth Kugel to discuss Kugel’s new book, Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious. He advocates “organic travel,” prioritizing … [Read more...] about Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 10-16