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1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
For anyone interested in the best beer bars in the city, this should set you in the right direction. http://www.chicagobeermap.com/details.html
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218 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
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With every bite, you begin to taste what this experience is about!
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1606 G St (No Retail At This Location / Online Only ), San Diego, CA 92101, USA
This is my favorite shop in the San Diego community of Little Italy. Regina DiSilvestro is a chemist and herbalist and has created a line of skin and hair care products. Everything is made and packaged right there in the back of the shop. They...
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3731 India St B, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Saffron Noodles and Sate is located on the edge of Little Italy and Mission Hills in San Diego. Owned by Su-Mei Yu, a woman from Thailand who wanted to recreate the types of foods that she grew up with sold by street vendors in Thailand. The food...
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150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Sofia, opened in 1927, is one of San Diego's oldest hotels. The owners have made renovations for electrical and plumbing while leaving the original integrity of the building intact. The rooms are smaller than a modern hotel, but remember, this...
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765 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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This is one of my favorite restaurants in town, serving the best of organic, vegan, and vegetarian health food, all in an India-themed setting, with coral colored walls. One of my favorite things to order is Pipes Pita (pictured above), with...
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1225 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
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Having lived in France and worked in Switzerland I can tell you I have had my fair share of croissants. The best one I have had is *outside* France! A tiny little bakery in Pacific Grove, CA, Patisserie Bechler beats everything I have had hands...
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Bronx, NY 10458, USA
If you want to get into the holiday mood, see the annual Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Gardens which has become an annual tradition for lots of families. In the middle of luscious plants and trees, model trains run through New York...
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163 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
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Chicago may be known for its deep dish, but it's just as easy to rustle up a jumbo slice — without having to pay extra for a soda. The slices at Bacci Pizzeria are as big as any you'll find in New York City. A slice and soda cost $5, except on...
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1551 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
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I've been to most of Chicago's well-known wine bars, but this one surpasses the rest. In the fashionable Old Town neighborhood just north of downtown, Flight 1551 pours more than 250 wines by the glass and by the flight. Burger flights, hummus...
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3868 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Sola is a Hawaiian-inspired brunch spot in Chicago's trendy Lakeview neighborhood, but I don't ever recall having food this good in Hawaii. Try the sour cream pancakes with blueberry, lemon zest and lemon ricotta (my personal favorite, pictured...
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2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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I always look forward to visiting Chicago, especially when it's work related and I'm encouraged to take customers out for dinner. A highlight of my last visit in November was dinner at Trattoria no. 10 on Dearborn. Holy Baby Cow Batman, that was...
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3015 Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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When I was staying with family in Burlingame (a neighborhood in San Diego) one of the things I enjoyed most was getting up in the morning and walking to Rebecca's coffee shop. Eventually, they branched out and moved next door into a much larger...
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Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Little Italy is a great neighborhood with restaurants, gourmet grocers and boutiques- well worth a check out on any day of the week. But if you're in San Diego on a Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm, you have to walk over to the Little Italy...
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Volcano, HI, USA
Why I was so surprised to find a food truck in the village of Volcano outside of Volcano National Park, I'm not sure. All I know is that it was one of the many culinary surprises on the Big Island. This truck was packed with all kinds of wonderful...
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Civic Center, New York, NY, USA
I'm a guy that loves to take long walks and hikes. I first learned of the High Line flipping through the pages of a Details Magazine. When I visited my sister, brother-in-law and their two kids in Brooklyn for a weekend back in April 2012, I knew...
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Amphitheater Lake, Wyoming 83414, USA
On a brief visit with my brother in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we hiked up to Amphitheater Lake in the Teton range. It was gorgeous! It was kind of a strenuous hike (especially if you're coming from sea level like I did), but well worth the climb. The...
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4224, 3702 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Deli Lama is located in the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest in San Diego. I'm not really a sandwich person, but the 'Big Top' panini keeps me coming back! I would like to tell you about the other items on the menu- if I could just get past...
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809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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West Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop has become a new home to the city’s culinary talents. Stephanie Izard first drew crowds cooking dishes like roasted pig face at Girl & the Goat (the restaurant pictured above)....
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50 Greene St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Gudrun Sjödén Swedish fashion icon and designer known for her creative style identity and use of natural fibers since the mid-70s has opened a store stateside. Just a couple of days old, Sjödén's store is now open to the public for her esteemed...
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347 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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The Bee's Knees Baking Company has, in a stroke of why-didn't-I-think-of-this genius, created a "cake cup". Designed to be both portable and decadent, it's basically homemade cake and frosting served in a petite cup. It allows you to savor each...
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200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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If you couldn’t quite make it to Rome this year, this all-things-Italian food market (created by famed restaurateurs Mario Batali and Paul Bastianich) is the next best thing. There are six restaurants and a rooftop beer garden if you want to stop...
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200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA
Simply walking into Global Table is a happy experience - you are greeted by a overflowing array of table top and home accessories in vivid colors, graphic patterns and clean, modern shapes. If you are having a bad day, this store is a wonderful...
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121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The House is possibly the most aptly named restaurant in New York seeing as its a refurbished 1854 carriage house. It's a welcome step back in time, which fits just too perfectly with a lazy Sunday morning. Brunch is my favorite meal—my very...
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130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Tavern at the Park is an amazing foodie destination in downtown Chicago. The menu is full of delicious creations, including some nice variations on classic dishes. I found their wings (which are rubbed and then grilled, not fried) to be amazing,...
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86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Tucked away in the hills south of San Francisco you'll find Filoli—16 acres of English Renaissance gardens, nature preserves and a fabulous mansion—a true hidden gem. The hundred-year-old property takes on new life with each season and a stroll...
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1500 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
Towbar is a cozy European-style café and bar located in Chicago's quaint northside neighborhood, Rogers Park. Owned and run by a tight-knit group of family and friends from across the pond, Towbar serves up delectable sandwiches, salads and...
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1236, 284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
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Red Hook Lobster Pound is laying down the claw. The best lobster roll in NYC now has a permanent home but its worth going to market for in the summer (Smorgasburg and the various Brooklyn Fleas). Fresh, huge pieces of lobster meat, lightly dressed...
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2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Heritage Bicycles General Store is so many things: a coffee shop, a general store, and a place to buy a few key items for your hip closet. Most importantly though, it's a place to grab a cup of joe and watch art being created that you can ride...
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Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
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After the congestion and chaos of Manhattan, a day in Prospect Park provided a welcome return to open spaces and slow paces, narrow trails lost in the trees, frisbees, and the clean sound of crunching leaves. A quirky fellow passing through on the...
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28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
The Sketchbook Project lives within the Brooklyn Art Library, filling their entire left wall from floor to ceiling. Yes, leave it to a place as cool as Brooklyn to have an art library. Anyway, my friend and I stumbled onto this fascinating place...
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New York City Building, Queens, NY 11368, USA
... Or at least that's how you feel when you enter into the room that holds the basketball-gym-sized panoramic, to scale, model, of the entire 5 boroughs of Manhattan. This exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art has been around since the World's Fair...
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686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
At this independent bookstore, sunlight streams onto industrial tables covered by books. They’ve got a range of titles about New York, Fort Greene, and photography.—Jason Lampkin
See all of Jason Lampkin’s favorite places in Fort...
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150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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One of my favorite coffee places in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is Bakeri. Well, it is not a spelling mistake. This is the name of the an artisanal bakery in the neighborhood, with a French feel in it.
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111 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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OK, OK - we all know by now that Brooklyn is ground zero for New York's artisanal food movement. But a chocolate factory in the middle of so-hip-it-hurts Williamsburg is still a pretty cool prospect. Created by real-life brothers Rick and Michael...
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170 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
There's only one place that I made sure to visit every single time I came to New York City before I was a resident. It didn't matter how long or short my stay was, my pilgrimage to 19th Street, up a flight of steep stairs and into the hallowed...
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132 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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This tiny, sexy speakeasy seemed to just appear one day, just a few blocks up the street from our apartment in the pretty and quiet Clinton Hill neighborhood of brownstone Brooklyn. Open late every night, Mayflower is great for a clandestine or...
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154 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Three Lives bookstore in the historic West Village caters to serious book-lovers. The individually owned store and its employees are warm and full of character—it feels like you wandered into your best friend’s (large) library in which...
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23 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
Located in the heart of the Flatiron shopping district is Paper Presentation, a sunny, colorful paper paradise. Browse aisle after aisle of paper, cards, card stock, envelopes, stationery, custom invitations, scrapbooking materials, presentation...
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271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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I have eaten a lot of pizza in my time, but Kesté Pizza in NYC is different. It's serious, foodie-level delicious pizza. Owner Roberto Caporuscio was born and raised outside Naples, Italy where he studied the art of pizza making with the masters....
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
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The Morgan Library is an endowment from Pierpont Morgan and his son J.P. and hosts one of the finest collections of European manuscripts and rare documents in the country. The library hosts revolving exhibitions on literary classics, like recent...
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65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The melodious invitations of “irasshaimase” (“welcome”) from all the staff at Ippudo NY as I walked into the restaurant quickly transported me back to Japan although I must admit it seemed to me slightly dissonant, almost...
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179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Opened in 1914, this is a New York institution. Its been owned and operated by four generations of the same family. You really feel like you're stepping into a NY deli 50 years ago.
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240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Third Rail Coffee. A simple black coffee never tasted so good. Literally stumbled into it after I got caught in a sudden thunderstorm and ran for cover. The tiny space encourages eavesdropping and the glass front invites people watching, but I...
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123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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It often seems there are as many cupcake shops in NYC, as there are hipsters. Everyone has a favorite. Butter Lane on East 7th (and now in Park Slope also on Seventh) is one of mine. They don't have the most inventive flavors in the world, though...
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81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Food is a highly subjective love, of course, but my vote for the best bowl of Asian noodles in New York City goes to Xi'an Famous Foods. Most of their locations are small—you will likely wait, and in the summer it won't feel worth it. However,...
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408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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A taste of Spain can be had right here in New York City. Despaña Specialty Foods & Tapas Café in SoHo has everything you need to transport yourself to the land of flamenco and Gaudi. The store is part wine shop and part market, with a Cafe in the...
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is often on lists of must-visit places in New York, and for good reason. The museum’s impressive collection of contemporary art is unparalleled and allows guests to study art by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso,...
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981 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
If you're up for a more unusual hotel in Brooklyn, the Dean Street warehouse offers some rooms inside as well as a collection of vintage Airstream trailers for a real throwback to New York before it became the playground of the rich. Staying here...
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90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
“This weekend flea market is off the hook. You’ll see a lot of Brooklyn-made items and rare 12-inch records. Its winter location is the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, with chandeliers, marble floors, and high ceilings that remind me of a ’...
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29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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Opened by three artists in 1977, this restaurant has maintained its bohemian vibe despite the rapidly changing neighborhood. It’s one of those places that’s a good bet no matter the time of day, that's popular yet usually with a table available,...
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68 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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This isn’t a restaurant that shows up in tour books or on the pages of glossy food magazines, but that’s exactly what has kept locals coming back since 1973. It has a cozy and welcoming dining room and a menu that is a pleasant mix of seasonal...
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Financial District, New York, NY, USA
Governor's Island in the East River, just 1 km from Manhattan, is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Catch the free ferry from downtown near Battery Park and enjoy gorgeous views of the city, car-free bike roads, picnics and...
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Peruvian star chef Gaston Acurio’s newly opened cevicheria, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana. The plates at La Mar are beautiful to look at and the fluke ceviche and hamachi tiradito delicious. You should definitely have a cocktail while there! The...
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115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, USA
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I stumbled into a brilliant Aussie pie shop called Tuck Shop at 68 East 1st & 2nd Avenues. All the pies were of course homemade & they were only $6.00. A barging for sure. Ah, the pie shop brought back humble memories of Australia. I had a lovely...
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375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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A key player in the "third wave" coffee movement is Four Barrel Coffee, founded by Jeremy Tooker—who has a particular love for light roasts and the bright, acidic flavors that come with this method. Don’t let that description deter you, though;...
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One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Chef Brett Emerson of Contigo says: "The broth is rich, the noodles are hand-made, and the bowl includes tender, pasture-raised heritage pork, fried chicken, and local organic vegetables. It's the perfect remedy to a foggy San Francisco summer...
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137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Add the Palmer Trading Company to your when-I-go-to-New-York-I-always-have-to-stop-at list. Boston natives David and Willy have pulled off Americana just right with their Soho store. I would have walked out with more than just a tie had I not been...
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541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
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Barney Greengrass is my first stop in New York City for the lox platter and a couple of Heinekens. Breakfast of champions.
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Brooklyn, NY, USA
On a hot summer night in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, I captured the essence of the city: something calm and beautiful in the middle of chaos.
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47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
The Grolier Club on east 60th in NYC is devoted to the art of the book.
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200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA
When you visit the NY Historical Society (across the street from the Natural History Museum) be sure to go up to the 4th floor and check out the collection of vintage advertisements. The Audobon prints are up there too.
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1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
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Don't be fooled by its Betty Crocker look, this cake is absolutely delicious, deeply chocolatey and instantly addictive! Everything at the Two Little Red Hens is delicious but this cake is definitely a favourite....
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110 E 7th St # B, New York, NY 10009, USA
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Porchetta is fast and simple food. Noticed I separated the words “fast” and “food”, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. This tiny Lower East Side pork sandwich spot has an even smaller menu and I like it that way. Recommend by my friend and...
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2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128, USA
If you're ever at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum try to look for this faucet. No, it's not part of any exhibit and you would easily miss it if you're not looking. The museum is housed in one of those pre-war buildings in the Upper East...