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Where to Fall in Love in Brooklyn in Winter (Because Winter is Coming)

Make some winter memories at these four Brooklyn bars You know what I hate? Being cold.It’s the worst.While everyone is busy complaining all summer about the heat and how expensive air conditioning is, I’m shouting to the goddesses to make it last.Unfortunately, winter is inevitable, and with it, I’m told, comes cuffing…

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Costa Verde, Miraflores, Lima, Perú_Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

My Peru: Beautiful Beach, Gorgeous Woman, Painful Sea Urchin

Enjoying Miraflores Beach in Lima (even after I stepped on a sea urchin). There’s a whole array of solo sports that require balance for success – skateboarding, hula-hooping, that two-piece contraption where you have to stand on a rolling wooden board and not fall on your face etc.And I’ve been a fan of most…

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Do I Stay or Do I Go? A NYC Blind Date Planning Guide: Chinatown Edition

A three-part guide to dumplings, drinks, discussion topics and exit strategies for your Chinatown blind date A blind date is less a date and more a series of contingency plans. There is no better neighborhood than Chinatown for supplying a plan B or a plan C.The very nature of the neighborhood – its hidden…

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Three (Equally Awesome) Ways to do Thailand: Which One Would You Do?

(This writer had fun doing all three) Oh the places you will go.  And Thailand is one you should go to, a lot. If you’ve traveled a lot through Asia, you know that there is a plethora of places you can travel to get great cultural experiences, steep yourself in history or explore beautiful beaches….

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I’m from the West (Best) Coast and This Is Where I Eat Tacos in NYC

Where a California-native, current New Yorker finally found delicious, authentic Mexican food in NYC (for a great price, too)  It’s a tired but true complaint: Every Cali transplant who moves out east laments the lack of “real” Mexican food in NYC. It’s hard to find satiety in the absence of tacos from LA’s Tacos Leos or…

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Bright Orange Mushy Deliciousness: My Search for NYC’s Best Uni

The quest for the finest sea urchin and possibly, the meaning of life, at SakaMai, Shabu Shabu 70 and Soto in NYC. My love for sea urchin began innocently enough on a work trip in Tokyo in 2003, enjoying dinner with a geisha performance on our last evening.Our generous hosts raved about the geisha…

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Soho (Photo: shopikon.com)

Let’s Talk About Feminist, Postive and 100% Shade-Free Sex Toys

Why this conceptual artist pioneering the representation of the clitoris believes Babeland is the gold standard for sex toy stores I grew up in Seattle, Washington. It’s only as I get older that I realize how lucky I was to have spent my formative years in this gray city of evergreens and espresso based optimism….

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Pulpo Al Pastor

This Chef Found the Perfect Steak at the Biggest Little Steakhouse in Brooklyn

Every bite carries the punch of five boxers, at Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Love at First Sight I remember the first day that I saw it.They hadn’t opened yet, but already, it was beautiful.A moss green exterior that was sleek, but still casual, like the cool kid at a party whose…

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Interior of Baraka Cafe in Boston

We FINALLY Have An Answer To, “Where Can I Find Algerian-Tunisian / North African Food in Boston?”

Where this Boston foodie goes when she returns home: Baraka Cafe in Boston’s Porter Square Originally from Boston and a foodie, it can be expected that returning home comes with the tough decision of what and where to eat when my trip from NYC consists of only 48 hours of beantown exposure. But, I do have my place: Baraka…

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“Eat Us,” Said All The Popsicles, Because Summer is Ending in NYC

Your Park Slope Popsicle Crawl: 3 Places to Eat Frozen Treats Before Summer Ends (HURRY!!!!!!!!!) A fall feelings haiku: NO NO NO NO NO! SUMMER, NO, NO!DO NOT GO!SUMMER: DO NOT GO!This article is going to be quick so you can get out the door and hold on to the sun as…

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