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Laura Siciliano-Rosen

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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…

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The Rise of the Home-Based Kitchen in Queens

May 26, 2021
A Fiesta sushi platter from home-based chef Sushi Fella in Jackson Heights, 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…

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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 a little concerned about how many people would sign up to participate, but we…

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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…

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Thrive Market Review: Why We’ve Been Members for 2 Years

November 19, 2020
hrive Market food delivery box

This article contains affiliate links. There are lots of choices these days for where and how you get your food. But it seems going to the grocery store is increasingly falling out of favor: Even before the pandemic took over our lives, studies showed that millions more Americans—roughly one-third of U.S. households—were shopping online for groceries. We have personally retained regular in-store grocery shopping along with a Sunday…

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Greenwood Lake: Things to Do

September 2, 2020
View of Greenwood Lake from a lake house

What to do, eat, and drink in pretty Greenwood Lake, just a little over an hour’s drive from New York City. This page contains affiliate links—if you book through them, we may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you! Summer 2020 was, among other things, the summer of local travel for many of us, and 2021 will continue that trend. I know our…