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Best Chocolate Babka Souvenir to Bring Home from New York City

Babka, I hear, has made a comeback, splattered all over Instagram with modern versions and recipes incorporating this traditional dessert. For those unfamiliar with this sweet treat, babka is a cross between a cake and a bread, with chocolate or cinnamon infused between flaky layers.  As a staple at New York’s traditional Jewish bakeries, it […]

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Where to Buy the Best Rye Bread in New York City: Orwasher’s Bakery

If you’ve been following my souvenir posts, you’ll know that most of my favorite New York City souvenirs are edible. Fortunately, several of my go-to spots are right in my neighborhood on the Upper East Side (check out William Greenberg, Two Little Red Hens and  Pastrami Queen). Today I’m adding another to the list, Orwasher’s […]

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Visiting Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Most Fun Thrift Shop, Mother of Junk

Mother of Junk may not be Brooklyn’s best curated thrift shop or even the best priced. But if you’re looking for a fun, jumbled thrift shop to sift through, with plenty of offbeat items and WTF moments, then Mother Junk is for you. Mannequins held together with duct tape? Creepy dolls piled high? A wall […]

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Shopping and Day Tripping Beacon and the DIA: the Perfect Winter Excursion from NYC

We recently visited Beacon, New York, on a day trip from New York City– in January, on a chilly winter day. Despite the cold, it was an amazing day, filled with art, chocolate and beer, with some aimless wandering thrown in. We explored local shops, snacked on blowtorched s’mores, and walked spirals through massive sculptures […]

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NYC Souvenir Recipe: the Better-than-a-Diner Reuben Sandwich

I love a good diner. Those laminated mega menus offer everything you can think of, including an all day– and sometimes all night– breakfast (I can confirm that pancakes are much tastier after 9 pm). Growing up in the Northeast, home to some of the best diners anywhere, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere without […]

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