Jeneé Osterheldt

In midtown, three new spots for cheap thrills

In one weekend, The Star’s Jeneé Osterheldt checked out the late-night drinks at Drunken Worm, 1405 W. 39th St., the light lunch at iPho Tower, 3623 Broadway, and the desserts at Baked in Kansas City, 706 Westport Road, and didn’t break the bank.

Eat + Drink

Medley of veggies and zesty spread kick open-faced sandwich up a notch

The French “tartine” is a savvy sandwich standby: a slice of buttered bread topped with whatever you have on hand. That could be jams, meats or cheeses. Even better: grilled veggies. The Star’s Grilled Vegetable Tartine takes inspiration from the open-faced tartine once served on the lunch menu at the Genessee Royale Bistro in the West Bottoms.

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House + Home

Radiant Orchid finds a place at the Easter table

I strive to never pooh-pooh decorating styles and believe that all colors have their own beauty and adaptability. So I challenged myself to create Easter vignettes for a brunch or buffet table using colors that fall into the Radiant Orchid range. It really wasn’t that hard, because the spring holiday is pretty much all about pastels, including variations of orchid, lavender and lilac.

Faith

Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and begged forgiveness.

Advice Columns

Does lying cheater deserve a reason for being dumped?

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with “Victor” for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn’t reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype: Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him.

Getting too close in the checkout line

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is a kind and yet firm comment that I can say to the person in line after me at the cash register who invariably comes and stands next to my elbow while I’m using my credit/debit card?