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LISTEN | Backstreet Boys

Um, they are on tour. On Feb. 1, the Backstreet Boys — Howie, A.J., Brian, Kevin and Nick — dropped their newest album, “DNA.” You can stop giggling, ’cause, guess what, it’s already reached No. 1 album on the chart. And the only reason they didn’t win “best pop duo/ group performance” is because of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The group will perform in Fort Lauderdale at the BB&T Center on Aug. 23. A listen of the new “No Place” reveals the type of love ballad that made them popular back in the ’90s, except now they’re all tatted up, married and fathers. Available on various streaming channels.

BUY | Mambo’s Tostones

Go ahead and fill an Amazon cart with these delicious tostones, packaged by Mambo. These are the opposite of the waxy substitute we’ve come to expect and feature only three delicious ingredients — green plantains, palm oil and salt. They work as a stand-alone snack, or to crunch up some variation of a taco bowl. Buy on


WATCH | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Helen Mirren and Om Puri knock this heart-warming story out of the park. Driven out of their native India, the Kadam family opens an Indian restaurant right across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Hassan Kadam, one of the sons, is a gifted chef and the family soon runs up against the machinations of the haughty Madame Mallory (Mirren). The plot is predictable, but there are a few original notes, like the gradual build between the elder Kadam and Mallory, and the competitive sparks between the younger lovers. And the food sequences will make you very hungry. See it on Netflix.

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