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Get Your NYC Chocolate Fix HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE

A chocolate maker named Sara Sugar (yes, that is her real last name) shares her four favorite chocolate shops in NYC Chocolate for me is part passion, part taste and a splash of obsession. I rarely (no never) go a day without indulging.I see chocolate as more of a necessity in my life than…

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Let’s Eat for The Power of One — Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Nourishing my body and soul with me, myself and I at Cheeky Chicken before a Pokémon Go adventure “Lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely, I have nobody for my own I’m so lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely I have nobody for my own I’m so lonely.” Before I began my solo adventure of catching Pokémon around the Lower East…

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There’s More To Harlem Than a Shake (Hint: F**d)

A food coma breakfast, lunch and dinner in Harlem (with some Puff Daddy, James Brown, Fat Bastard and Paula Abdul thrown in) Being a California girl, I’ve always been enamored with New York City’s food and culture.  I grew up listening to hip-hop artists like Puff Daddy and Mase, and they rapped about their part…

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My 5 Hour Wait for the Sexiest Form of Nourishment on Earth

My journey, from the airport to Tokyo’s queer district to, FINALLY, Sushi Dai at Tsukiji Fish Market The only piece of advice I could remember about the Tsukiji Fish Market was if I spotted a long line I should make my way to the back of it. It was 4:45am and I had walked two hours…

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Friendly’s Was My Favorite. 26 Years Later I Went Back

Reliving childhood memories and eating big ice cream sundaes at Friendly’s–after a 26-year hiatus One day, I was on the way to Long Island Railroad’s Sayville Station Long Island Railroad from a ferry terminal by shuttle bus, and spotted a Friendly’s from the bus window. Yes, that basic family restaurant.But, I was hit by…

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This Unexpected Place Gave Me Confidence to Imagine Myself a New Yorker

How a cozy, casual and ordinary restaurant made me realize I could make a home for myself in the big, bad city of New York My West Coast friends and family had tried to warn me with NYC horror stories of being trampled by crowds on the subway, pizza-hauling rats, and heavy AC units falling from…

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My Night at Virgola with the Girl in the Red Dress

Enjoying chemistry, cocktails and bivalves at Virgola’s in the West Village, NYC As a sucker for poetic nostalgia (as well as cleverly crafted cocktails & raw bivalves), I feel that a review of this place would be appropriate, as 2015 may have been the tastiest year to date for yours truly; this was a year that…

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How Flour + Water Restaurant Inspired Me to Make Homemade Pasta

 My journey to pasta dough passion by way of Flour + Water Restaurant in San Francisco  2 cups flour + 2 large eggs + 3 egg yolks + a pinch salt  + a tablespoon olive oil + some finger scratching and kneading and boom! YOU HAVE DOUGH.No, not this kind of dough: THIS kind of…

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The Italian Gem of A Restaurant that Saved My NYC Wedding

How a little East Village Italian restaurant named Cucina De Peche  quite literally saved my wedding The giant hanging neon fish outside indicates a time when neon was ordinary. My wife-to-be and I had stumbled upon it in our first year in the City, when every weekend and a number of weeknights were spent in…

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Finding My Place in NYC (via the Perfect Coffeeshop, Bar and Soulmate)

“NYC existed with or without my approval, and quietly contained a treasure trove of amazing places and people waiting to find their amazing counterparts.” I was 26 years old when I moved to New York. I was so excited to finally be in the greatest city in the world, and I knew it would be…

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