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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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BROOKLYN
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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BROOKLYN
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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BROOKLYN
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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BROOKLYN
MilkMade Ice Cream
  One might think it a bit silly to trek from our home in the Upper West Side to Brooklyn for ice cream in the middle of winter but after drooling over MilkMade Ice Cream’s tumblr feed for months, it was time to give it a try in real life.  The journey was worth it and surely ...
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Pizza
Pizza places are everywhere in New York so picking a favorite would not only be impossible but simply immoral.  There are zillions of restaurants ranging from the simple traditional New York slice to the thin-crust, brick-oven gourmet type and below are a few of my favorites (with kids AND without).  I am going to keep ...
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Veniero's Pasticceria
Without fail... every year since birth, my entire family has celebrated their birthday with a cake from Veniero’s. There simply is no substitute, and frankly, a birthday just isn't a birthday without one. The old-school Italian Pasticceria has been around since the beginning of time and is a wonderful place to bring your kids for ...
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Veselka -- Ukranian 27/7
One of the greatest things about New York City is the ability to source any type food you desire at a moment's notice -- even at 3am. Veselka has been around since I was a kid and I am happy that it is still going strong. This long-standing East Village eatery is open 24-7 and ...
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Have you heard of this cake made with boiled whole clementines? Yes, with the skin and all! Esther gave it a try and the result is a lovely moist, sweet - and slightly bitter too - cake (which is gluten free too, by the way!) Check out the recipe on the blog, link in profile #babyccinoeats
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NYC moms, check this out! Two of our beautiful clothing boutiques @bubblechopsldn and @agiftedbaby are hosting a one day pop up shop in Brooklyn on Saturday 25th - which will be 'Small Business Saturday' in the US. And small businesses are exactly what Babyccino is about. Hope you will be able to make it! #smallbusinesssaturday #babyccinoboutiques
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The happy little face of Casper after a visit at @mamaowl_ 's treasure cove! How beautiful are these new shoes and this cosy, hand knit sweater? Read more about this lovely shop on the blog today, link in profile! (if you're in London, don't miss @mamaowl_ at @theshopup on Dec 3-4) #babyccinoboutiques #TheShopUp
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Your kids are going to love these crayons markers! They can be used on paper but also on any slippery surface like windows or tiles - they can easily be wiped with a damp cloth. Magical! We think they would make perfect stocking fillers! Find them from @babyjungleshop, link in profile! #babyccinopickoftheday #babyccinoboutiques
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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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