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Laura Siciliano-Rosen

Food Culture NYC

Where to Eat in Queens, According to Locals

October 25, 2021
Where to eat in Queens on a new map

Our new, fully interactive and user-generated map will guide you to the best local restaurants and street vendors in Queens—according to the people who live and eat there.    Queens is a literal treasure trove of cuisine and culture. And yet so many people miss it, or skim over the surface of it, perhaps because they’re busy or distracted, or maybe intimidated by where to start. Via…

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Best Places for Fall Fun in the Sullivan Catskills

October 7, 2021
A beautiful early-fall shot of a lake in the Sullivan Catskills with end-of-summer wildflowers and colorful-leaved trees

Apples, pumpkins, leaf-peeping, cider drinking, hiking—tis the season for some of our favorite seasonal activities, in one of our favorite parts of New York state. Here’s how to do fall in the Sullivan Catskills, just two hours from NYC. This post is sponsored by the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association. Fall is a magical time in the Northeast. But there’s something about the tree-carpeted Sullivan Catskills—crisscrossed by rivers and…

Products Reviews

Good Chop Review: High-Quality Meat + Seafood Delivery Service

September 27, 2021
Packets of raw meat and seafood from the Good Chop delivery subscription service.

Do you struggle to find good-quality proteins near you? Read on for our review of Good Chop, a brand-new meat and seafood subscription delivery service, and a special discount for readers interested in trying it. This article contains affiliate links. We may receive a commission if you purchase through some of our links (at no extra cost to you). Good ingredients aren’t easy to come by—especially when it…

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Recipes From Afar: The Dirty Banana (Tropical Cocktail), Beaches Negril, Jamaica

August 20, 2021
The Dirty Banana tropical cocktail pictured in front of Cayuga Lake in New York.

This post is sponsored by Beaches Resorts. This summer, our family once again skipped international travel in favor of mostly regional domestic trips. For August we chose to vacation in upstate New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes region with good friends. Just a five-hour drive from the city, it was a total escape into a beautiful world of waterfalls and gorges, wineries and breweries, endless acres of farmland and,…

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Narrowsburg and Callicoon, NY: What to Do + Eat

July 9, 2021
People kayaking and canoeing on the Delaware River in the Sullivan Catskills in summer

When considering local travel a short drive from New York City, the Sullivan Catskills region encompassing Narrowsburg and Callicoon, New York, may not be the first destination to spring to mind. Here’s why it should be. This post is sponsored by the Sullivan Catskills Visitors’ Association. A recent visit to Narrowsburg and Callicoon in the Sullivan Catskills skyrocketed this part of New York state to the top of…

Food Culture NYC

The Rise of the Home-Based Kitchen in Queens

May 26, 2021
Selection of delicious diverse foods found in the home-based kitchens of Queens

Whether by necessity or for fun, lots of people have started cooking and selling out of their home kitchens this past year, adding increased variety to Queens’ already super diverse dining scene. Here are 9 to try. [Last update: July 21, 2021] Every other day I seem to learn about another new home-based kitchen or chef in Queens—someone with or without professional cooking experience making something delicious for…

Food Culture NYC

Eat Something New in Queens Recap

March 9, 2021
A recap of the Eat Something New in Queens challenge

What happens when neighbors inspire neighbors to eat something new. Two weeks ago, we hosted our first Eat Something New in Queens challenge, and it was so incredible to see so many community members inspiring each other regarding what and where to eat. I didn’t announce it very far in advance, so I was concerned about how many people would sign up to participate, but we had well…

North America NYC

Where to Get Takeout + Delivery in Queens Right Now

January 22, 2021
Thai takeout from Queens, NYC

Eds. note: This article currently covers 120+ restaurants in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Last update: Jan. 2021. If you’re like us, preparing three meals a day gets pretty old by Friday, so every weekend we support local restaurants in Queens via takeout or delivery. For us it also injects a bit of normalcy into our week—Friday night has always been delivery night; Saturdays are for takeout. More than…

Africa Food Travel

Quintessential Dakar: What to Eat in Senegal

January 21, 2021

Perched on the edge of West Africa, Senegal has long gone quietly about its business while its neighbors get into all sorts of trouble. Quietly, of course, is a misleading word in the context of Dakar, the sultry capital city and dust-ridden domain of all-night music clubs, infamous traffic, relentless hustlers, and nonstop construction, where the dead silence of night is regularly punctured by soaring muezzin calls to…

Holidays NYC

Gift Guide: 10 Ways to Support NYC Restaurants This Holiday Season

December 7, 2020
Biang-Biang hand-pulled noodles from Xi'an Famous Foods in NYC

This holiday season, here’s how to give the gift of food and simultaneously support a small New York City-based food business. It’s finally happening: 2020 is almost over. But first we have the holidays before us and, if you’re shopping for gifts, one simple fact to remember: There has never, ever been a better time to support a small business—restaurants and food shops included. Gift cards to your…