Caffeine has been a boon for civilization, Michael Pollan says. But it has come at a cost.


"Caffeine." "Something like 90% of humans ingest caffeine regularly, making it the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world and the only one we routinely give to children, commonly in the form of soda."

Bet on a good meal at Black Jax Saloon in Centerbrook

The Black Jax Stuffie with shredded chicken (Marisa Nadolny/Special to The Day)

It delivers on smoky, hearty, familiar fare with some very clever twists.

This jewel-toned beet soup with herby pistachios will brighten any wintry evening

Pureed Beet Soup With Tahini and Herbed Pistachios (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

every February, I start to long for a hint of color.Every February, I start to long for a hint of color. Enter beets, deep red and dyeing everything they touch a saturated magenta-pink.

Restaurants on our reviewers’ radar recently

The Fancy at Rosemary & Thyme (Ann Baldelli/Special to The Day)

Reviews of Rosemary & Thyme, Rise and Green Room

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Rick's List — Leap Year Day Edition

Happy birthday, you weirdos.

Download my app for making maple syrup

Syrup production doesn’t have to be all that complicated: Drill a hole in a maple tree, insert a spout (also called a spile), collect sap and boil.

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Upcoming concerts and shows

The Weeknd — July 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $106.25-$186.25

Carlos Santana — Aug. 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $89.50-$199.50

Adam Sandler — April 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $79, $199

Judas Priest — Sept. 12 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55, $75

Weezer — Aug. 28 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $59-$119

Poison — Aug. 12 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $69-$99

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche — April 22 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $30

The Black Keys — Aug. 19 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29.50-$149.50