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Despaña Fine Foods and Tapas Café - Spanish food in Soho
I've said it before, but one of my very favorite aspects of city living is the preponderance of specialty stores for everything you can imagine -- entire stores devoted solely to ribbons, or pencils, or in the case of Despaña Fine Foods and Tapas Café in Soho, the authentic flavors of Spain. Our family loves ...
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Insa - a modern Korean BBQ restaurant in Brooklyn
Not infrequently, it occurs to me that my children are experiencing a far different childhood growing up in Brooklyn than I did, being raised in a small town in a rural state. One area this certainly holds true is with food and restaurants, and so far I've loved taking advantage of New York's rich culinary ...
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Pizza at Roberta's in Brooklyn
Ask ten New Yorkers where to find the best pizza and you're likely to receive ten different responses. New York is a serious pizza town, and opinions, like the styles of the pizzas themselves, vary. It might surprise some, then, that one of my very favorite pizza places isn't focused only on pizza, and may ...
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Greecologies - a yogurt bar in Little Italy
It's not hard at all to find Greek yogurt in most groceries and bodegas in New York, but for something a bit more special and unique, Greecologies, a yogurt lab and café in Little Italy, provides a perfect place to stop for breakfast or a mid-day snack. The shop's signature offering is traditional small-batch Greek ...
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VHH Foods -- an all-day eatery in Brooklyn
We returned to Brooklyn on Sunday after a week and a half away and faced sights familiar, I'm sure, to many families upon return from travel: an empty refrigerator, a mountain of luggage needing unpacking, and tired-looking faces all around. In the name of making sure everyone turned in for the night with full bellies ...
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Il Laboratorio del Gelato
I've mentioned before that we're an ice cream-loving family, so much so that we've identified our go-to favorite ice cream spots in neighborhoods across the city for quick reference should we happen to be in the general vicinity. Il Laboratorio del Gelato tops that list when we happen to be on the Lower East Side or ...
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High Street on Hudson
For those up and ready to hit the city early on a weekend morning, finding a good pastry and cup of coffee isn't a terribly tall order, but finding an excellent full breakfast can be a more difficult task than you might expect. Brunch at many of our favorite restaurants doesn't begin until 10:00 or ...
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Cold Weather Favorites: Hot Chocolate
Cold weather wandering in New York often requires a stop for something warm to drink, and I'm especially partial to hot chocolate. Though most every coffee shop and café offers a cup in a pinch, below are three favorites where you'll find it's well worth walking a bit out of the way for a cup of rich, ...
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Bakeri in Brooklyn
Bakeri is the kind of café I would visit daily if either of the two locations were a bit closer to my house: casual and welcoming, with an excellent selection of house-baked breads, good coffee, and an appealing menu of breakfast and lunch choices. That the light-filled space also the most dreamy wallpaper in all of New York ...
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La Newyorkina
My husband passed his love of popsicles on to our daughter, and despite the arrival of cooler weather here in New York, they're both convinced it's very much still popsicle season. Our local coffee shop, along with nearly 30 other locations around the city, carries a small selection of the La Newyorkina paletas (Mexican ice popsicles made by ...
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Sockerbit
We don't eat a lot of candy in our house (or at least not while our daughter is awake...shhh!), but I'll confess to having an abiding love for sour gummy candy. A small pouch of Sour Patch Kids can be picked up at any hour in any drug store or bodega, but a far better ...
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Smorgasburg
Think of it as an epic picnic where you don't have to pack a single thing: Smorgasburg Sunday gathers together 75-100 food and drink vendors each week in the verdant setting of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Stands with options that range from wood-oven fired pizza to Berliner Döner Kebab and lobster rolls to Filipino spring rolls ring a grassy ...
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Dizengoff
There are times in New York when popular attractions or restaurants are worth braving the crowds, and Dizengoff, an Israeli-style hummusiya located in Chelsea Market, meets the criteria. Chelsea Market, one of New York's original indoor food halls, is still incredibly popular with both locals and tourists alike and on weekends its assortment of stores and ...
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Burrow Patisserie
There is hidden and then there is hidden: I walked by Burrow on my way to and from work and while out and about for nearly a year before becoming aware of its existence. It's the kind of place you have to know you're looking for, because from the street there is absolutely nothing to indicate that buttery pastry ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
Over the last several years the coffee culture in New York has improved dramatically, and it's now possible to procure a serious cup of coffee in just about every neighborhood. Though I'm not myself a coffee drinker (one of the very few, it often seems!), I married into a family of coffee fanatics, and can ...
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Four & Twenty Blackbirds
The promise of pie can brighten even a dreary afternoon, and that's what brought us in out of the rain and cold yesterday. Four & Twenty Blackbirds, a pie and coffee shop located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, makes old-fashioned pies, some in delightfully modern flavor combinations. With painted pressed tin walls and ceiling and comfortably-worn ...
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OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
I would argue that while it's important to have a favorite ice cream place, it's perhaps even more important to have a favorite ice cream place in as many neighborhoods as possible. Weekend socializing, errands, and exploring often take us out of our immediate corner of the city, and I like feeling secure in my knowledge of where we might ...
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
Both my children have an endless appetite for smoked salmon.  Personally, I hadn't tasted smoked salmon until I was a teenager, but living on the Upper West Side, these little girls are fortunate to have sampled some of the best.  While on the Lower East Side to visit the Tenement Museum, we tried Russ & Daughters Cafe, ...
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Doughnut Plant
A few doors down Grand Street from Kossar's Bialys is Doughnut Plant, home of some of my favorite doughnuts in the city. The perfect sweet ending to a progressive breakfast (is there is such a thing? There should be!), you'll be tempted to sample every last flavor. Now a mini doughnut empire with four New ...
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Lower East Side food: Kossar's Bialys
Around the corner on Grand Street from The Pickle Guys is Kossar's, one of the last bialy stores left in New York. For those unfamiliar with the bialy, think of a cross between an english muffin and a bagel, with an indented center traditionally filled with onions. Bialys are baked not boiled, and have floury exteriors and ...
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Lower East Side food: The Pickle Guys
Pickles may not come immediately to mind as an iconic New York food, but with as many as 80 pickle shops and carts crowding Essex Street and surrounding streets on the Lower East Side during the first half of the 20th century, pickles were an essential and familiar part of life for many tenement dwellers. ...
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Ample Hills Creamery
Some might be hard-pressed to think of these winter days, with temperatures below freezing and biting winds blowing, as ideal days for ice cream, but our little family begs to differ. Our plans last weekend took us near enough to one of our favorite ice cream shops that I lobbied for a stop, and we ...
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Court Street Grocers
During the final weeks of my pregnancy, after months of consciously avoiding so many of the foods you're advised against eating while pregnant, I read an article about the perfect Italian combo sandwich in a food magazine and could suddenly think of little else. Made by a small gourmet market a few neighborhoods away from our ...
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The year of positive change! A belated Happy New Year to all of you!! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and the first weeks of 2020 have been good for you. For Courtney, the year has had a rocky start. The devastating fires in Australia have been keeping all of our minds occupied. Thankfully rain is on its way, and hopefully the fires will be under control soon. But the destruction has taken place and the wake-up call has been heard and noted. We have to act now! Let's make 2020 the year of positive change. Simple changes can be made on a personal level. Maybe, after reading this newsletter, we can all take a bit of time to act or reflect? Here are some ideas you can start thinking about: 1. Let's try to drive less! Walking or using a bike are better for our health as well as our planet. Taking public transport is fun! Or drive electric. Fly less: have your meetings virtual and go somewhere local for your holidays. Or take the train, instead of the plane! 2. Eat local and seasonal. Become a flexitarian (or even better, a vegetarian). Eating less animal proteins has a direct impact on your carbon footprint. 3. Repair, re-use, recycle and refuse. If you can, shop responsibly (ethical, green and sustainable). Respect what you already have, mend, pass on to others. 4. Replace fossil fuels (oil, carbon, natural gas) with renewable energy sources. Switch to a 'green' energy provider, perhaps install solar panels. Be more energy efficient. Turn the heating down a notch, wear woollens and blankets to stay warm. 5. If you have funds, invest them wisely. (Not in companies related to the fossil fuel industry, for example, but in 'clean' organisations instead.) When it's time to vote, vote! And vote wisely. Don't feel that one person or one family can not make a difference. Social scientists have discovered that if we see our peers take environmental action, we adjust our beliefs and actions accordingly. So it's worth the effort! Thanks as always for following and reading. xxx Esther
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Earlier this week, a successful beauty blogger in the Netherlands, Nikkie de Jager @nikkietutorials publicly announced that she is transgender. A very brave thing to do and was incredibly impressed by her story and the way she chose to share it. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a lot to learn from Nikkie’s coming out video on youtube. It is an inspiring message from a strong roll model, addressing young people who feel insecure, misunderstood or simply not in the right place. It is about acceptance, respect, hearing and understanding each other, about writing your own story, about the power of being yourself — whoever you are and whatever you are. It is also about the importance of supportive parenting. Nikkie shares that she is intensely grateful for her mother, who always saw and heard, listened and understood, respected and supported her in her choices and in her transition. We have always tried to be straightforward in discussing sex and reproduction with our children, and open about the idea that heterosexuality is just one shade of a wider spectrum of diversity. Thanks for the new blog post @estherbabyccino ... what are your thoughts? Comment below and link is in bio. #babyccinokids #thursdaythoughts
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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