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Food Flavored Lip Balm is Apparently a Thing

Sometimes when you see a product, you might wonder the following: “Who thought of this?” “Why is this necessary in anyone’s life?” (or our personal favorite) “This could be absolutely disgusting or tasty!”
If you haven’t figured it out, we are talking about the strangest food flavored lip products. Even though Coca-Cola flavored Smackers chapstick was the coolest in middle school, people are still creating even weirder products!


1. Paula Deen’s Butter Lip Balm-
Seriously. This actually exists and since Paula loves butter so much in her cooking, her personal lip balm is butter flavored. If you’re a butter lover or into having your lips also feel… greasy 24/7, then this is your lip balm!

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Mediterranean Brunches Are Trending, and So Are Top 5 Lists

Everyone knows that NYC is known for it's food,especially brunch. If you are looking to change up your normal weekend brunch a bit, then you will want to try some of our favorite Mediterranean brunches. Plus, if you love Mediterranean food (and who doesn't) then these local favorites will be ones to indulge on!




1. Bustan (487 Amsterdam Ave.)-
Although Bustan has only been open since February, it has become a popular staple on the UWS food scene. Thankfully, they also offer the best meal of the weekend (brunch) Friday-Sunday from 11am-3pm.
With over 50 different food offerings ranging from Chef Efi Nahon’s twists on traditional breakfast favorites to lunch options, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Try the Jumbo Lump Crab Benedict (toasted homemade challah bread with jumbo lump crab meat, spinach, truffle oil), Chicken Foie Gras Merquez (eggs and sauce are embellished with house made chicken foie gras sausage and Lamb Merques), various salads, or burgers. The most important part of brunch is obviously the booze, and thankfully Bustan offers seven signature cocktails based on Mediterranean flavors, and over 200 bottles of wine.

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Cheeseburgers Worth a Road Trip For

1. Hodads (San Diego)

First up is the Guido Burger all the way from sunny California. This pastrami burger is served with ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and spicy brown mustard. Just because it's called The Guido Burger doesn't mean you have to be a guido to celebrate national cheeseburger day with this delectable cheeseburger.

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It's Pumpkin Spice Season and Nothing Else Matters

It’s officially the Fall Season — Or should we just call it “Pumpkin Spice” Season? The Starbucks masterpiece is finally back on the market, and as white girls jump for joy and filter their Instagram pictures, businesses across America are tackling this trend in a whole new way.

Fun fact: Pumpkin Spice isn’t supposed to taste like pumpkin; rather, the spices which pair so well with it. Go figure. By mixing these flavors into their products, people have made their own PSL-spinoffs, and we’ve had the pleasure of researching all of them. Ready for a Pumpkin Spice Rundown?

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The Essential Football Season Dining Guide

The season every sports fan is waiting for is finally here- football season! Who doesn’t love football and the great food and drink specials offered during this time? That’s why in order to make sure you find the best bar with the best deals this football season, we have compiled a list of some of our favorites that all football fans will enjoy!

1. Tavern 29 (47 E 29th St.)-
All season long Tavern 29 will have food and drink specials during your favorite games! Their Wild Card Platter includes: Kobe Sliders, BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Fries, and Wings. Along with the tasty food there will be beer, specifically Sixpoint Beer: $6 Crisp & Autumnation Drafts, $24 Growlers, $7 Cans (Bengali tiger, resin, sweet action, righteous crisp), and $36 Sixpoint Bucket. Thankfully, you can enjoy all of this at Tavern 29’s rooftop biergarden and watch your favorite team on two newly installed screens.

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Eat All the Lobster

Claws Hands down, lobster has been the crustacean of the summer. Unfortunately, since the season is almost over, there isn’t much time left to enjoy this favorite warm-weather meal! If possible, be sure to indulge in as much lobster as possible (while you still can). If you need a claw hand (sorry, we couldn't resist!) finding the best spots to accomplish this feat before summer’s end, check out these great local restaurants!


1. NYY Steak Manhattan (7 W 51st St.)-
A notable item on NYY Steak Manhattan's menu is its mixed-in Mac N Cheese. Deciding between mac & cheese and lobster could prove to be a difficult choice. Luckily, when you order this delectable double-whammy of a dish, it's one you won't even need to think twice about! The decadent specialty contains large pieces of fresh, buttery lobster tossed with orecchiette pasta, all covered in a rich, cheesy sauce! The whole makes for a great standalone dish, though, when paired with a nice porterhouse, it's simply divine!

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day the Best Way You Can: Eating

Amidst the clamor for new, upscale restaurants that are about to debut in this changing of seasons, we at Joonbug.com are taking pause to celebrate one of our favorite tried and true cuisines in honor of impending Independence day: Viva la Mexico! The below are friendly neighborhood Mexican spots that we have grown to love, and come in all shapes, sizes, and budgets. What better way to welcome the cooler weather than with a hearty, spicy meal from our neighbors to the south.

1.) Downtown Bakery Cocina Mexicana (69 First Ave.)

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Fashion Approved Menus




Fashion Week is here! Get your best outfit on and get ready to rub elbows with the hottest celebs, designers, and of course, the most fashionable people around right here in the city. If you cant actually attend fashion week, but still want to partake in some of the activities or celeb sightseeing, then make sure you’re at some of the most fashionable restaurants near Lincoln Center and celeb favorites to make sure you don’t miss out on the action!



1. Armani Ristorante (717 5th Ave. 3rd Fl.)-
Armani anyone? Make sure you make it to Armani Ristorante, the stylish Italian restaurant that can be found in the Armani Flagship store. This delicious restaurant not only serves high quality Italian, but it is also a favorite place of Olivia Palermo, Heather Graham, and Leonardo DiCaprio!

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September Restaurant Openings Prove the Best is Yet to Come

August was exciting, but as far as the NYC food scene is concerned, September is the month to anticipate! Almost as though it knew what was coming, summer flew by and made way for the early fall season, which will be hosting dozens of new restaurant openings. In order to keep you posted on where to go in the next coming month, we offer our list of the best restaurant openings for September 2014.

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1. Birds & Bubbles (100 Forsyth St.) - For months, the opening of this restaurant has been all the rage in the foodie news world. Finally, the time has come for Chef Sarah Simmons to open the doors to her new eatery. City Grit’s popular chef is releasing a menu which headlights an option not seen in other restaurants: fried chicken and champagne. Aside from this genius combination, the focus will be on “elevated southern cuisine” in their newly renovated space. Even some seasonal favorites from the City Grit tasting menu are set to be featured, which will leave customers, both new and loyal, full and satisfied at the end of their meals. For right now, no opening date has been released, but at least we know we'll be dining there soon!

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Where to Brunch Labor Day Weekend

The official last weekend of summer is upon us and this means you need to take advantage of some of the best brunch and food options NYC has to offer before they’re gone. This Labor Day weekend gather all of your friends and family and get your brunch on while you can still bask in the hot sun!


1. Labor Day Brunch Cruise (2430 FDR Dr)-
Enjoy a brunch cruise from Above All Cruises on August 31st. If you aren’t a huge water fan, at least check it out for the impressive food line-up. You will have access to a Pancake Station, Waffle Station, Egg Station, Fresh Fruit Salad Station, and a Muffin Station. That’s a lot of food AND you still get 1 free mimosa on top of that. Thankfully, there is still more to this Labor Day Brunch Cruise, including a live DJ performing while you eat during these three great hours on the water.