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New York City

by Meghann on February 6, 2010

I made it!

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And can you believe my flight actually landed early? A BIG thanks to Mr. Snowstorm for avoiding the Newark airport area this morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As soon as the flight landed my Mom and I headed to our hotel to drop our luggage off so we could immediately start the fun of exploring the city.

While we checked in I had a bag of Plantain Chips that I got on the flight.

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Guess who decided last minute to join my Mom and I on this trip?

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Josh!! (My twin brother)

Josh just happened to have a free weekend and my Mom was able to get a great deal on a last minute ticket as an early birthday present.

Josh and I rarely spend a birthday apart and we seem to have a flair for going all out in celebration. For our 21st birthday we jumped out of a plane, for out 23rd the family rented a cabin in the Blue Mountains, last year was skiing in Colorado, and its NYC for our 25th.

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Josh was last in NYC back in 2003 and he really doesn’t remember much. He immediately wanted to see Time Square and Rockafeller Center.

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We’re coming back to see that Today Show being filmed on Monday!

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Yes, I know I’m a tourist and I’m proud of it! When you visit Orlando and only see Disney World then we’ll talk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I also really, really wanted to ice skate, but it was a little pricey. This tourist does have her limits.

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After a little exploring we met the wonderful Dori at Alice’s Tea Cup for lunch.

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We had an hour wait, but it was worth it. The tiny restaurant was absolutely adorable.

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I started with an individual pot of the Chocolate Mint tea.

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It was very tasty, I wish I would have bought some extra loose tea leaves to take home with me.

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Everything on the lunch menu looked fantastic. It was nearly impossible for everyone at the table to decide what to order.

While the table pondered, we nibbled on a couple of the scones of the day: Pumpkin and Cranberry White Chocolate.

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My plate x5. They were so good I just kept nibbling.

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I told Dori that I could easily live the rest of my life without ever eating another donut again, but could not bare to live a life that did not involve scones. Especially pumpkin scones! The one from Alice’s were exceptionally tasty and delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the main course I ordered a soup and sandwich combination plate.

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The roasted cumin carrot sandwich struck me as just enough out of the ordinary to deserve a taste.

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Marinated carrots had been sliced thin and reminded me of sliced deli meat when layered between the two slices of bread.

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This sandwiching was interesting – I will definitely give it that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was nothing like I have tried before, but that is definitely a good thing. I would order it again in a heart beat.

With my sandwich I had the tomato basil soup.

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Lunch came to an end much too quickly. It was a great meal that I wouldn’t mind repeating over and over again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We said our good byes to Dori after lunch and attempted to navigate the subway system of NYC.

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Public transportation is such a foreign concept to us Floridians that we were a bit confused at first, but by the end of the day I think we had the hang of it.

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It is wayyyyy too cold outside not to take advantage of the convenient subway system.

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We made our way to Union Square and were a bit overwelmed by the amount of people. I was able to locate the only NYC Trader Joe’s and was hoping to come home with a new load of goodies, but after one step inside I knew that wasn’t going to happen. The line for the register weaved in and out of the aisles around the store and I wasn’t ready to wait in line for over an hour. ๐Ÿ™ Dori had warned me it was a madhouse, but I would never in a million years have imagined anything that bad. Yowza!

After a little shopping (I think I found an outfit for Tuesday) we headed to Chelsea Market and I was excited to find something I had only seen on blogs before.

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One Lucky Duck! I know it wasn’t the main restaurant, but it still worked for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

20 minutes and wayyyyy too much money later I had selected two famous raw treats to try for myself.

First, the Buckwheat Crunch Chocolate Bar.

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I sampled two squares immediately and two more a little while later.

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It reminded me of very, very dark chocolate. I would probably go as far as bakers chocolate. I actually didn’t mind it. I think the crunch was what saved it in my opinion.

Second, I purchased Chocolate Crispies

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And immediately had a small handful.

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Yum. Again, these weren’t sweet, but I still enjoyed them.

Originally I had planned on having dinner in Greenwich Village or in SoHo, but it was just way too cold outside to travel anywhere else. I quickly sent out a chain text looking for places to eat that were within one or two blocks of Chelsea Market and Dori immediately suggest Vento.

She raved about their thin crust pizzas and we were sold.

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As soon as we were seated fresh focaccia bread was served to the table. I enjoyed a nice, crusty piece.

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I had originally ordered a flight on wines, but enjoyed the first cabernet so much that I requested to have my other 3 oz pours be the same.

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The table split an order of sweet potato fries as we waited for our meals.\

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As soon as Dori had raved about their pizza I knew that is what I wanted to order. I selected the Sicilian Pizza and was very please with the wonderful thin crust and great amount of veggies layered on top.

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I could only manage a little more than half of the pizza. It was humungous and I had NYC cupcakes on my mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

The waitress knew it was my brother and mine’s birthday, so she had sent complimentary brownie cheesecake bites to the table.

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I’m not a huge cheese cake fan, so I simply nibbled on the brownie part on the outside and left the cheesecake.

The plan had been to pick up some cupcakes from Crumbs on the way back to the hotel, but apparently the close early on the weekends. ๐Ÿ™ Cupcake fail!

I tweeted my displeasure in my cupcakeless evening and Dori responded that the Buttercup Bakery was within a couple blocks of my hotel.

Cupcake Victory!

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I got a Carrot Cake Cupcake to go.

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And now I am officially stuffed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow morning is the BIG race! I hope I am prepared for the coooold temps. Luckily I have no intentions for this race, but to have fun. Running through Central Park and hanging out with other wonderful bloggers is all I’ll need.

Still, I better rest up!

Good Night!!

1 Yum Yucky February 6, 2010 at 11:49 pm

oh my gosh! you’re having so much fun! enjoy it all!

2 emily February 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I’m sure you’ll be busy but so you know there is actually another TJ’s in Brooklyn (Cobble Hill). It is just a stocked but the lines are much much smaller and the area it’s in is super cute and worth taking a trip to. Walking to that TJ’s was one of my husband and my favorite things to do.

3 Margaret February 6, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Looks like you hit up some excellent spots! I love Alice’s Tea Cup and Buttercup, and now it looks like I’ll have to go to Vento!

I’m looking forward to meeting you at brunch tomorrow!

4 Dori February 7, 2010 at 12:03 am

This post makes me sound like an expert in all things NYC but really I feel like I never know where to go! Now you understand why I never step foot in TJs. I basically feel like we don’t have one here just because I can never shop there.

So glad you loved Vento! I love super thin crust like that. I need to go back there. Missy works across the street! Those cheesecake brownie bites look amazing, I would love those. I want to ask for that next time I go there.

Curious to hear where you got your outfit. And HOW GOOD IS BUTTERCUP! See you bright and early tomorrow.

5 theprocessofhealing February 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Good luck tomorrow!!!!
It sounds like you are having an amazing time, NYC is totally one in a million. That cupcake looks out of this world good!!! I could comment forever and ever on your food but i’ll stop myself…haha ๐Ÿ˜€

6 MEG C. February 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

wow sounds like dori gave you lots of good help! sounds fun

7 tiffnie February 7, 2010 at 12:15 am

OMG pumpkin scones at Alice’s! Weren’t they amazing?! I’m glad you got to go there…wait is long but totally worth it, imho.

I wanted to try Crumbs last time I was in NYC but didn’t get a chance…hope you’re able to this time.

Hope you have a good day tomorrow!!!

8 Ashley February 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

Wow i’ve never heard of Vento. Bo and I will definitely have to give it a try soon! I’m so glad you had safe travels and made your way to Chelsea Market. Isn’t it great!? I have returned to that One Lucky Duck 3 times in the last few weeks for Green juices but i’ve never bought anything else. If you see the icicle and pink lululemon headband that’s me:) Good think I bought a running coat on sale today!

9 caronae February 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Glad you’re having fun! I’m so jealous — I live here and have never gotten to go to Alice’s Tea Cup. It’s on my list. Sorry about the Crumbs fail!
Are you going to be doing a blogger or reader meetup while you’re here?

10 whitinspired February 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

Good luck tomorrow! Hopefully you can stay bundled up..I know it’s so cold up there. And Alice’s looks too cute…I’ll have to try it next time I’m up there!

11 Nicole February 7, 2010 at 12:32 am

The wait at trader joe’s isn’t so bad, the crew members are great about keeping the line moving. The shopping, now that is the tricky part! Also have not heard of Vento, but will check out in the near future…and I absolutely adore Alice’s Teacup. Chocolate mint tea is the best!!

12 Jacquie February 7, 2010 at 12:40 am

Awww you and your brother are too cute. I hope the three of you are having a blast. I used to live near Union Square so I definitely know how busy Trader Joe’s can be. I used to have to go late morning to wait in the shortest lines. I think though living in NYC, you learn to get used to long lines.
I’m so glad you got to see Chelsea Market too. I absolutely love that place ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep having fun!

13 eatingRD February 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

Looks like such a fun time!! What gorgeous food! Hope you have fun tomorrow, stay warm ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 7, 2010 at 1:40 am

That’s the Alice’s right by where I work! I’ve never actually tried the food there, just the scones ๐Ÿ™‚ The pumpkin is by far the best, especially when served warm; maybe I’ll get one as a treat after the Gridiron Classic!

Hope to see you, Dori and the other bloggers tomorrow morning! Oh, and give Crumbs another try if you get a chance (there are plenty around the city). I like their cupcakes way better than Buttercup; the frosting is less heavy, they have a better flavor selection and are much bigger! ๐Ÿ˜‰

15 Sara (effortless health) February 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

I looveeeee oneluckyduck stuff! More than that, I LOVE that teapot!!!

16 Jana February 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

For skating you could try Bryant Park. It’s $12 to rent skates, free to skate. Bring a padlock for your locker (or you can rent one for like $5).

17 Kim February 7, 2010 at 3:25 am

Meghann, you wanna killer cupcake?? Billy’s Bakery or Magnolia Bakery. Like whoa.

18 foodfitnessandfreya February 7, 2010 at 4:01 am

Oh you ate too much DELICIOUS looking food there for me to comment on individually, it all looks amazing! The carrot sandwich sounds cool – there’s a company in England that does a carrot and cumin sandwich, with loads of seeds and hummus I think – it’s SO GOOD!!
Ican’t belive you’re in NYC, I’m so jealous – it’s my dream!
Have an amazing time ๐Ÿ™‚

19 ilanalala February 7, 2010 at 4:51 am

Great New York eats! Glad you’re enjoying it here! I’ve never been to Alice’s Tea Cup but I noticed it got mentioned a bunch of times in recommendations to you so maybe I need to give it a try.

As a girl from the city who doesn’t drive I honestly don’t know what I’d do without the public transportation system…Without it, I am lost!

20 Hangry Pants February 7, 2010 at 7:25 am

(1) I almost said, “Is that Josh’s girlfriend,” before I realized it was your momma!

(2) Yay Alice’s! Although, that’s not the one I’ve been to it looks almost the same inside and has the same cutie stuff.

Seeeeeee you soooooon.

21 Melissa February 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

So happy you went to Vento! And Alice’s Tea Cup! They’re definitely two of my favorite places in the city. Its a shame its soooo cold – you’ll definitely have to make it back when the weather is nicer. Have a great time!

22 MegaNerd February 7, 2010 at 7:37 am

Running in Central Park?!!?! I’m jealous.

Looks like you’re having fun and getting to do all the “girlie” stuff you wanted even though your brother was there. Tell him that his birthday is the 10th… lol

23 intheskinny February 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

Amazing NYC pictures! Can’t wait to see more.

24 Daydreamer Desserts February 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

Great pics! Good luck to you in the race tomorrow… see ya Monday!

25 Bridget February 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

It all looks great! However, your airline gave you plantain chips?! That’s a huge, exotic step up from the peanuts and regular pretzels that most airlines give…go you! Glad that your brother was able to join you for your birthday!

26 Sarah (Shep) February 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

i’m so shocked that your flight was able to land! this snowstorm is CRAZY and i know it only gets worse as you go north! (i’m in central VA, but have heard stories all about Northern VA and DC, as well as philly and beyond)

27 Jenna February 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

Wow Meghann! What a great first day!
My aunt who lves in NYC says the sane thing about tj’s- it’s crazy!
All of you eats look amazing! From the scones, tea, carrot sandwich, pizza, chocolate, cupcakes!
Good luck on the race Tom!!

28 Heather February 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

It looks like you’re having so much fun! I wish I was there haha. I can’t believe there’s no snow on the ground there. I can’t wait to hear about watching the Today show being filmed…I’m obsessed!! Good luck with the race in the AM- hopefully Disney prepared you for the cold!

29 sunnytropic February 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

Looks like you are having a blast in the city! Buttercup is literally 1/2 a block from my new apt so I am sure I will be there more than I should be =) It’s fantastic!

30 dianacheung February 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

holy mcgeez! only 24 hours into it and I’m JEALOUSS. Have fun at the cold run tomorrow! Can’t wait to read about your blogger meetup!

31 Quinn February 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

Yay! You went to Alice’s Tea Cup! Didn’t you just LOVE it?

Also, I heard from the a DC Trader Joe’s tip that that NYC TJ’s is the #1 and busiest in the nation. Hence the craziness.

Will look for you on Today tomorrow!

32 Erin February 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Everything looks delicious! Have a fabulous time — can’t wait to read all about it.

33 Vicky February 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

You gone to go to so many great places. If you are a coffee person you should try Joe’s. I used to be able to drink any coffee… and now I have to have Joe’s every morning. Have fun in the big city.

34 Jen February 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

So glad you made it. Looks like you had a great time! That cupcake looks divine! Good luck today ๐Ÿ™‚

35 Sammi February 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

Hey!! I barely ever go to Disney when I go to Orlando! Does that make me any less of a tourist? Probably not, but still! lol. I stick to my true theme park love, SeaWorld. I know that place like the back of my hand ๐Ÿ™‚ (well, I did before they put in that new ride, I haven’t been there in a couple years lol)
That’s awesome that your brother decided to go too!
I can’t wait to hear about the race!

36 Karla February 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

How fun! My dream is to run in Central Park! Have a great race!

37 maren February 7, 2010 at 10:11 am

looks like youre having a great time!!! i live sooo close to chelsea market! havent been to ventro, ill have to try it!

38 Matt February 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

Good luck tomorrow (or I guess today ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

39 Anna February 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

You are a LUCKY DUCK for getting to go to lucky duck! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like your trip is off to a great start!

40 Maggie February 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

That’s not NYC’s only Trader Joe’s, there’s one in Brooklyn and one in Queens! ๐Ÿ™‚

41 skinnyrunner February 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

what a fun day! you make me want to go to ny bad!

42 Ashley February 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

Any chance you could make it back to the Trader Joe’s on a weekday? I’m sure TJ’s in NYC is way, way busier than ours here in Raleigh, but I’ve had similar experiences trying to shop at my local Trader Joe’s on the weekends. Crazy busy. It’s much easier to navigate the store on weekdays, and the wait until check-out is much shorter than on weekends.

43 Simone February 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

it’s actually worse on weekdays…. seriously, a NY madhouse ๐Ÿ™

44 Erin February 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

Looks like you had a great day! And yay for meeting Dori, she’s so great!

45 amanda February 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

girl, you definitely have been living it up in new york.
i ADORE alice’s tea cup. i’m so glad you went. it’s
seriously the cutest thing ever. and the chelsea market
is awesome!

if you find the time, stardust diner is a neat experience.
it’s right in times square. the wait staff sings and dances.
pretty fabulous if you ask me.

46 Elisa February 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

There is cheaper skating in Central Park!

47 Simone February 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Looks like you are having such a good time!!!

Last year I used to live right next door to the Union Sq Trader Joe’s. The line is ALWAYS wrapped around the entire store, it’s crazy!! The worst is, sometimes, there is a line outside of the store just to go INSIDE to shop. Madness!!

Good luck with the race! Cupcakes are perfect fuel… ๐Ÿ˜‰

48 biz319 February 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

Best of luck with your race today! And happy birthday to you and Josh!

I love being a twin – you get born with your best friend! ๐Ÿ˜€

49 islandgirleats February 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm

What an awesome first day in the big NYC! Good luck with your race. I love Central Park.

50 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I love Alice’s! I went to that one a few times with my friends when I was in NYC- so good. Have fun and enjoy the rest of the fabulous birthday weekend!

51 mrssturgis February 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

What a fantastic trip! I miss NYC so much now that I live in Boston. The picture of you with the teacup is gorgeous! Also, that “carrot” sandwich looks extremely intriguing. I’ll have to put that on the list for the next time we’re in town. Take care!

52 Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I’m so jealous! I love NYC. If you want some amazing cupcakes, go to Little Red Hen on the upper east side. Way better than Magnolia!

53 Katie February 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Running in Central Park is on my bucket list. I’ve never been to NYC, but your pictures are making me itch to get there SOON! Good luck with your race.

54 fitandfortysomething February 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

While reading your post I could not stop thinking of the song, “empire state of mind” by Jay Z and Alisha Keys!

55 eaternotarunner February 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Looks like an amazing day of nyc eats, this post makes me miss living in the city ๐Ÿ™

56 Cait (Cait's Plate) February 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Aw yaaay! You’re right by where I work! Have SO much fun!!

57 kt February 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I love the Alice theme of that little restaurant! I loooove Alice in Wonderland. That’s so cute, and it all looked DELICIOUS!

58 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

ooooh it all looks so wonderful! I would love to visit New York one day! I am trying to convince Mr BBB that we need to have a US holiday sometime….this year perhaps…..

59 Run Sarah February 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm

NYC looks like a foodie heaven! What a fun way to celebrate your birthday with your bro and mom. Good luck on the race!

60 BethAnn February 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

ahh totally forgot to tell you about peanut butter and co in the village!!! go there!

61 Running on Faith February 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I am SO HAPPY that you visited my two favorite places when I was in school – ALICE’S and BUTTERCUP!! THEY were a MUST, esp when I lived in the city during the summer and was training for the half marathon. They were my long run treats!! I am utterly jealous and wish I could go back again. Have FUN!

62 The Brunette February 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

You have a twin brother!?!? Crazy! So jealous you’re getting to enjoy all the deliciousness that is New York. Looks like you’re hitting up all the hot spots ๐Ÿ™‚

63 Missy Maintains February 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Glad you are having fun in NY so far! Dori told me that I HAVE to try Teacup now! I heard it was an amazing lunch. I’m happy you got to try Vento too! I am so tempted to get the pizza every single day when I leave work! Have a nice rest of the trip.

64 rustique February 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Alice’s Teacup is the most precious place on earth. I always have urges for going there decked out and having a tea party.

65 Olga February 8, 2010 at 12:07 am

Best TJ’s is in Brooklyn on Court Street: it’s HUGE!

66 kristilyn February 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist! Hey, sometimes I’m a tourist in my hometown. It’s amazing the things we don’t see in our own cities.

That cupcake looks delish!

K

67 Rose February 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

68 finnyfinds February 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Your food looks amazing and your hair is super cute!

69 Caroline February 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Your eyeliner looks great! Would you mind posting a closeup? I never know how far around to line my eyes.

70 katy February 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I live, work & play in NYC and you made the right choice with Buttercup (previous co-owner of Magnolia, too)! I like it much better than Crumbs. Next time you’re here, try Sweet Revenge. It’s a bar AND a bakery in one – go for a cocktail and a cupcake. You will NOT be disappointed!! I just discovered it and plan to go back asap.

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