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eat it: sugar sweet sunshine

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Everyone knows I love cupcakes! So people are often telling me what they think are the best cupcakes in the city. I ask a lot of questions about the frosting, flavors, bakery location, price... then usually dismiss them and defend my favorite cupcakes. A friend recently told me about Sugar Sweet Sunshine, a cupcakery that I am ashamed to admit I'd never heard of. I dashed down there after work today and I gotta say... they steal the crown for my fave NYC cupcakery, hands down.

Now I didn't come to this decision lightly... the Cupcakery Crown is a serious matter to me. The fact that there's seating and a cozy vibe to the place is definitely a plus. Oftentimes cupcake joints in the city are teeny-weeny and you've barely enough room to slide past the display case and pay for your treats. Being able to order a cup of tea and sit down with your cupcake is pretty fab. 

Next, I'm pretty partial to the vanilla/vanilla breed of cupcakes, but when testing out a new cupcake place, I always get a little variety. You can't judge an entire bakery on the merits of their vanilla cupcakes... so I also got chocolate, pumpkin, and lemon. The other impressive thing to note is the price- just $1.50 per cupcake! That's two cupcakes and some laundry money leftover for the price of one cupcake at most other places in the city.

I got 'em home and decided to take a (big) bite of each one... for judging purposes, of course. The vanilla/vanilla definitely measures up. The chocolate was good, but then again I'm not the biggest chocolate cake fan, so take my opinion on that with a grain of salt. The pumpkin and lemon were amazing! The lemon cake and lemon buttercream had a sharp lemon flavor- not overly sweet, but more like actual lemon. Soo good! (Okay, I took two bites of the lemon...) The pumpkin was perfectly spicy- I'll be getting another of those before the season ends. 

I've definitely found my new go-to cupcakery, and plan to stay for some tea next time. Check 'em out!

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eat it: rizzo's pizza

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I've had at least 5 people tell me that the best pizza in NYC is Rizzo's in Astoria. I've been meaning to check it out for myself, since it's only a few blocks from my apartment. I finally made it down there, and was not disappointed. The moment I walked in, the man behind the counter asked if I'd ever been there before. When I said no, he said he'd gimme a slice of their signature sicilian pizza to try. One bite and I was sold! The crust is perfection- thin and crispy, not too much cheese, wasn't greasy... Rizzo's is officially the best pizza I've had, hands down. 

Rizzo's has been a neighborhood staple on Steinway Street for over 50 years. Now I know why. I got 2 pieces to go, and tried their garlic knots as well. They were chewy, soft and doughy- yum! This will definitely be my go-to pizza joint from now on. Absolutely check them out next time you venture to Astoria to hit up the beer garden.

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eat it: the brass rail

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The company I work for had an off-site day-long meeting in Hoboken. We chose The Brass Rail for their proximity to the PATH train, their upstairs dining room, and their extensive menu. The food was fabulous! I'm not in Jersey often, but I do have a couple friends in Hoboken, and would definitely go back here for a more casual experience with friends. The ground level has a sports bar vibe, while the upstairs dining room is more formal. They have a great drink menu, including a pretty comprehensive draft beer offering.

For lunch I had french onion soup, jalapeno and honey marinated chicken with risotto, and fried apple pie a la mode. Soo good! The staff were super friendly and made sure we all had everything we needed throughout the day. (I was a pain and asked for tea when everyone was brought coffee... they brought over a whole box of tea for me to choose from... happiness!)

Washington Street in Hoboken is a pretty rad place to spend an afternoon, so check this place out. It's a 10 minute train ride from Manhattan... you can handle it.

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eat it: italiano!

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I'm really enjoying all this fabulous food I have leftover in my fridge! YUM!

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eat it: news cafe {miami day 2}

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view from my hotel room {Biscayne Bay}

Today I awoke to sunny skies in Miami, which was a relief after a rainy evening last night. I had breakfast in my room and bummed around a bit before heading out to South Beach for the day. SoBe was everything I thought it'd be... prime spot for sunning, swimming, shopping, eating, and people watching. Major people watching.

beachfront biking, rollerblading, and volleyball... natch

South Beach {at 7th Street}

The water was ridiculously warm. I spent a fair amount of time floating around... sandbars galore, virtually no waves. Was nice! There were tons of U Miami kids hanging out... I think I was the only one on the beach without either a styrofoam cooler or boombox. After a few hours in the sun I was a bit crispy and in need of some lunch. I packed up my beach bag and headed up Ocean Drive to the News Cafe-- everyone I spoke to and everything I read regarding Miami said to eat here. So I did.

Ocean Drive

Part sidewalk cafe, part indoor bar, part tourist shop, this place is open 24 hours. I went at 4:30p so it wasn't very busy, but generally this place draws quite a crowd. Reviews say it's overpriced, but I live in NYC and grew up on Cape Cod-- the prices seemed pretty reasonable to me. I got an iced tea and a chicken ceasar salad (I'm boring, I know...). The people watching is absolutely the best part about alfresco dining in South Beach. If I had to describe the majority of people here in 3 words: shameless, vain, exhibitionistic. I know, I sound cynical. I do find it mildly amusing... mostly because it's just so not my comfort zone. I hate being the center of attention (ask my friends-- I get hives).

While I sat on the patio, the group of ladies behind me talked in turn about the famous "ball players" they've each dated, the penthouses they live in, the girlfriends who they've cut off, and the things they've purchased. The valet at the cafe next door had an extremely hard time getting a brand new Maserati in gear... whiles several people photographed the car and its enormous rims. Several women (and one suspected man) walked by wearing thong bathing suits with sky-high stiletto heels... and nothing else. Men hollered at women, women giggled and kept walking. Numbers were exchanged, club promoters handed out fliers, Bentleys rolled by. Everyone put their best foot forward and checked out the crowd to make sure everyone else was doing the same. And I sat there in the middle of it sipping my iced tea, marveling. What a change of pace from NYC. I really think most people in New York do their own thing, rock their own style and don't give a damn. Individuality rules in NYC. Here, it's See and Be Seen. I smirked at the stark contrast of South Beach today.

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