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Introducing The World's First Ice Cream Cleanse

We are all familiar with the concept of a juice cleanse. For a few days your diet is restricted to pre-made juices in hopes they will clean out your system and enable you to lose a few pounds along the way. Well, what about the concept of an ice cream cleanse? It sounds too good to be true, but it's actually completely legitimate — and the tests are yielding some very interesting results.

Ice cream has been a “hot” commodity as far as food trends of 2014 go. Ice cream sandwiches have taken over as the new “portable dessert” (bye-bye donuts!), and “instant ice cream,” which is churned using liquid nitrogen, has become the latest experiment in restaurants all across the country. Therefore, it’s only natural that someone would jump onto the health-food bandwagon and figure out exactly how eating ice cream can benefit our bodies. Enter Kippy’s! Ice Cream Shop, located at 326 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, California, which is serving up a four-day ice cream and yoga cleanse (in a partnership with their neighboring yoga studio) which has yielded serious weight loss and stamina-related results!

NYC's First Cupcake ATM

We’ve all been there: it’s 2am you want a cupcake. Why wouldn’t you? A warm, sugary mini-cake with half melted icing coating the top like a delicious wig, the treat is one of pure heaven. Too bad all of the bakeries are closed and your own baking skills produce embarrassing piles of inedible mush. If only there was some way of quickly procuring a cupcake 24 hours a day…

Thanks to the fabulous folks at Sprinkles Cupcakes, this dream is now a mouth-watering reality. A 24-hour Cupcake ATM opened in New York City yesterday on the Upper East Side, and despite the bitter cold, it serviced a steady stream of customers long into the night. But that is the point.

Pushcart Coffee

Fresh afternoon sunlight spilled through the glass windows and melted into the wooden tables at Pushcart Coffee, bathing the Chelsea coffee house in its warm, gentle glory. It wasn’t too crowded on a Monday afternoon and certainly not raving loud like Starbucks. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries hung in the air as we studied the menu board behind the counter, contemplating what to get.

Pushcart isn’t just a regular coffee shop. It’s a cozy little neighborhood spot with music playing in the background and a community board that advertises local events. It’s a place to meet neighbors. It’s a place to pop in for twenty minutes and enjoy a warm cup of Chai Latte because it’s cold outside. It’s a place to work on your projects because your Wi-Fi at the apartment is acting up again. It’s a place to relax. It’s a place to call home, regardless of whether you live several blocks down or multiple subway stops away. It’s a place for anyone and everyone, even kids.

Sweet Temptation

Every good meal ends with dessert. Many believe that making a dessert is a challenging engagement in the kitchen, but It does not have to be that way. Any dessert novice can step into the spotlight and have conquered them the first time round. It's a liberating experience. Any dessert will be a piece of cake (pardon the pun) So here are a couple of recipes to lose that fear of dessert preparation and to become acquainted with your sweet tooth.

To start off with, how about making some cupcakes, a great combination is lemon and raspberries and here is an easy recipe for you.

Valentine's Ben and Jerry's Guide

With all the hype about love and romance in the air, it can be pretty hard being single on Valentine's Day. You might even want to stay in, turn on something crappy on TV, and drown your sorrows in a gallon or three of ice cream. Well, while we're totally telling you to cheer up and not to be down on yourself, we will also post this helpful guide to five of the newest Ben & Jerry's flavors...you know, just in case. And, for good measure, we'll be pairing them with some quotes from fellow romance cynics.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch

Chocolate ice cream with peppermint and fudge swirls and mint chocolate cookies.

One Pie Wonder

With the days and nights as cold as they are, winter has settled in. The season gives you the advantage of savoring a comforting meal which is flavorsome and accessible. Comfort foods have become synonymous with stews and soups but let’s change that a bit, how about a selection of pies to keep that comfort up? Pies are a great vehicle to carry flavor and texture. The pastry should be crisp and the filling inside should be steaming and melt in your mouth. I adore a good pot or English style pie even a sausage roll goes a long way.

The Black Sheep Traditional Irish fare is found at the Black Sheep Pub. A great selection of beers is on tap and the food will not disappoint. And what might you ask goes great with a good beer a pie of course and that is what you will find at this pub. Stop by some time.
Sweets For The Sweet At Epicerie Boulud

Forget generic, let's go for the good stuff. Pink champagne and chocolate truffles in a heart-shaped box made completely out of chocolate.

...Need we say more?

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and settling for less-than-spectacular in terms of gift giving is unacceptable! Luckily, Epicerie Boulud, located at 1900 Broadway at 64th Street, has turned its production up a notch to provide you with the perfect tasty treat for you to give to your special someone.

The Best Ice Cream Ever Comes to Boston

Ever heard of Graeter's ice cream from Cincinnati, Ohio? Well, Oprah says it's her absolute favorite and Bill Clinton gets it shipped to his house on dry ice, so it's probably batshit amazing. And now Bostonians can sample what is possibly the best ice cream in the world because Whole Foods markets in the area are now carrying the coveted brand.

Graeter's is hand-packed and painstakingly made in small, two-gallon batches using an old fashioned "french pot" process that commericial manufacturers have long since abandoned. Because of their careful technique and high quality ingredients, the frozen result is unique: a dense, creamy, and fresh-tasting dessert. The Boston Whole Foods will carry a limited number of flavors including Graeter's signature Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.

If you're interested in the company's process and why it makes their ice cream taste better than anyone else's, check out this video below:

Our Valentine's Day Sweets Gift Guide !

Valentine's Day is a day for love and romance, but more importantly, it is a day where you can stuff your face with chocolates, baked goods, and wine without judgement. So we're rounding up some of the most delightful, sexy, and lush sweets and other treats just in time for your V Day celebrations!

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Lips

Chef Francois Payard is making it easier to send a kiss this Valentines Day with his Dark Chocolate Raspberry Lips. Each box of 18-count chocolate lips, packaged in a chic red clutch, comes with an edible white chocolate raspberry lipstick. Boxes are priced at $55 and can be found here.

Afternoon Tea at Rose House

Located in Downtown Flushing, Rose House celebrates the marriage of tea and art in its spacious setting, furnished with red leather couches and oil paintings. The atmosphere embodied elegance at its simplest: yellow lamps lent a gentle ambiance while the fresh assortment of pink and white roses made it a lovely haven for delicious English teas. Classical music hummed beneath the layer of quiet chatter that resonated around the spacious teahouse. Everything here was so delicate and the air was thick with the sweet scent of teas brewing in rose-embellished china teapots that perched prettily upon ceramic potholders.