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5 Organic Grocery Stores That Are Better and Probably Cheaper Than Whole Foods

What constitutes a gourmet grocery store?

Is it the over-abundance of the word “organic” stamped on everything? Is it the inflated price tag? Is it the knowledgeable, almost too-friendly staff? Is it the $13 Mason jar filled with local, sustainable cashew butter, whatever that is? And more importantly, which store is the right choice for your personal tastes should you choose to splurge on a $20 piece of wild Norwegian salmon that you then have to cook yourself. If you are someone who adores cooking, or who merely enjoys turning on the oven and warming things up with a hankering to dabble in the finer things, this list is for you.

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Where to Make Your Reservation for Christmas Eve Dinner

With Christmas right around the corner, you’re probably trying to figure out the best deals and places to eat at on Christmas Eve. But even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you won’t want to miss out on these amazing and tasty events and dinner on the night before Christmas.


1. Louro (142 W 10th St.)-
Chef David Santos is celebrating Louro’s second anniversary with seasonal treats all month long. One of our personal favorites at Louro this season is the Feast of the Seven Fishes where guests will be able to enjoy family style dishes such as: Piri Piri Shrimp and Seafood Fitters, Uni Crudo with truffle and grapefruit, Mackerel with smoked pineapple and house aged soy, Sepia with piquillo peppers, potato, cipollini onions and squid ink, Lobster Fra Diavolo Pasta, and Monkfish with a hearty winter stew. Even with all of this delicious food, there is still more for you at the Feast of the Seven Fishes; dessert is a pairing of a gooey chocolate brownie with candy cane ice cream.

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Some Like it Hot: The Spiciest Dishes in NYC

Spicy food is definitely an acquired taste, and while it wasn’t always our favorite, it has latched on to our palettes and made itself at home. We can no longer eat eggs without Sriracha, or sip mild Bloody Mary’s. We find ourselves longing for a tingle, a kick, and reaching for additional additives (Tobasco, Sriracha, chili flakes, chili oil) to spruce up our dishes. If this sounds like the way you enjoy eating, read on.

1.) Pad Ki Mao Pork & Basil at Somtum Der (85 Ave. A)--

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These Are the Food Shops You Should Visit at The Union Square Holiday Market

With the holidays around corner, this can only mean one thing: NYC is about to become an even bigger tourist attraction as the Union Square holiday market is finally open! Since this is legitimately one of the best parts about the holiday in NYC get ready to enjoy festive holiday spirit from November 20th-Decemeber 24th. If you need a little help searching for specific food vendors, don’t worry we’ve already found the best 10 you need to visit.


1. Macaron Parlour-
This should probably be on your list to check out while at the holiday market, because who doesn’t love macarons? Macaron Parlour specifically offers traditional macarons, but with unique flavors. You can try the following flavors: Elvis, Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese, and even Cheetos.

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Jazzing Up the Common Brunch

Obviously every New Yorker’s favorite meal of the weekend is brunch. Well, brunch just got better. Imagine a chance to enjoy this meal while being serenaded by a jazz band? Lucky for you this is a real thing you can enjoy every weekend.


1. Stanton Social (99 Stanton St.)-
Stanton Social is hosting a unique brunch to celebrate their 10 year anniversary! Chef Chris Santos’ designed a share plate menu to allow guests to experience multiple dishes and flavors from multiple dishes such as Oreo Cookie Pancakes, Creamy Smoked Bacon Polenta, Huevos Racheros Soft Tacos, and French Toast Sticks. Now their recently implemented jazz brunch program will allow you to experience the great food with live music from Lateef Beats Trio featuring Vuyo Sotashe.

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Philly's Top 5 Best Recent Restaurant Openings

1.) Fork (306 Market St.)

The finest new restaurant of fall 2014, this Olde City gem features mouth-watering entrees like roasted cauliflower-black trumpet mushroom swordfish, grilled polenta-dandelion lobster, eggplant-olive-hibiscus lamb, and many more savory, scintillating dishes. They also have impressive beer, wine, and cocktail lists to please the couple out on an intimate date, or the party on a pricy night out on the town. At Fork, Chef Eli Kulp overwhelms your palate with outstanding presentations.

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Nachos: The Perfect Cure for Post Halloween Depression

Nachos are every sober and drunk person dream food. Well good thing next Thursday, Nov. 6th is officially National Nachos Day; so grab your friends and get ready to stuff your face with some of the cheesiest and loaded nachos that can be found in New York City.


1. Shadow Boxers Bar (215 W. 40th)-
Rob’s Favorite Nachos will soon become your favorite after you visit Shadow Boxers Bar! Their tortilla chips are homemade and then piled with shredded chicken or beef, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, smother in cheddar cheese, and topped with scallions and jalapenos. While you’re there make sure to take part in their great happy hour specials as well!

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America's Greatest Sandwiches

National Sandwich Day is finally here! Throw away those PB&J sandwiches and instead go find the largest and most delicious sandwich you can find in your hometown. If you need help finding a place to celebrate in style this Monday, be sure to check out to any of our favorite sandwich places across America!


1. The Chester (18 9th Ave. New York, NY)-
If you’re looking for a great sandwich on National Sandwich day then drop by The Chester and try their Caprese Panini (served on ciabatta bread, mozzarella, basil, tomato, lemon and balsamic). Another great option is the Grilled Chicken Panini (served on ciabatta bread stacked with grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle aioli).

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Run To These Places For Brunch After The NYC Marathon

The racers have lined up at the starting line, and while the excitement of the day gets their adrenaline pumping, we have something else running through our minds: food!

This Sunday, November 2nd is the annual New York City Marathon, and while runners from across the country are gearing up to complete their 26.2 mile race, the spectators have their own plans to make. To help you choose the best spots to dine during the race, we’ve paired the NYC Marathon with a piece of Big Apple Culture that every local loves: brunch.

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For People Who Love Television So Much, They Want to Eat It

Turn off your Netflix and look over here! It’s no secret that TV junkies can purchase merchandise from their favorite shows, and for every program which features food, we can expect a specialty cookbook to come out for your purchasing pleasure. So, for all you foodies out there who love nothing more than dining in front of your TV screens, we’ve got the cookbook rundown that places you right inside of the box and at dinner with your favorite characters.


1. Orange Is The New Black - Yum, prison food! The book is designed to feature better versions of the meals in the show, even though we all know that nothing could beat Red’s cooking. Not only does this include recipes approved by the show’s producers, but it also features power charts from Red’s vs. Gloria’s kitchen, Daya’s pregnancy journal, and Lorna’s prison glossary. If you saw something you liked on the show, then you can expect to find it here, as every dish in the book was referenced at some point in Seasons 1 and 2. Don’t worry about needing to smuggle in any ingredients though. Leave that to your favorite inmates.