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App-y New Year!

New year, new you, right? Every January, millions of people pledge to take on a challenge to better themselves. But according to the online Goal Setting Guide, 20% of people drop their resolutions after the first month and by July it's estimated that over half of the remaining resolution-keepers give up. Often times it's easier to keep a resolution when you have someone, or something, to hold you accountable. Try out some of these highly recommended apps to keep you on track all year long.

HOW-TO
Treats for Your Next Picnic

Spring is here again and it’s the perfect time of year to begin to frolic in the park. Whether you plan a rousing game of Frisbee, touch football or badminton, you’ll need some nutritious reinforcements to keep your strength up. Here are a few delicious recipes to keep you satisfied on an afternoon in the park.

Toasted Corn Crisps

Courtesy of Gourmet magazine July 2009, Ruth Cousineau

Yield: Makes 6 dozen crackers

Ingredients:

DAILY BITES
Have a Taste of the Upper West Side

When most people think of “foodie neighborhoods” in NYC, the Upper West Side may not be at the top of their list. However, this area has reinvented itself and is now home to more and more of the cities' best chefs and restaurants such as A Voce, Bar Boulud, Telepan, Kefi, Rosa Mexicano, and Jacques Torres.

In honor of this neighborhood's amazing talent, diverse food and restaurant culture, Whole Foods Market is hosting their Fourth Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side on Friday, May 20th, and Saturday, May 21st, 2011.

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Want a Beer and a Warm, Homemade Pretzel?

San Francisco has long been known as a culinary mecca. The city always has its fingers on the pulse of the next big culinary breakthrough. One thing it's not known for is its pretzels. You could scour the city neighborhood-by-neighborhood and be lucky to find one. Thankfully, Joonbug's here to help!

Sure, there is the obvious choice of Auntie Anne’s or Wetzel’s Pretzels. There are also the random food carts around Union Square for the tourists to indulge in. However, If you are looking for a homemade twist and an easygoing bar experience, try your hand in the Elephant and Castle. It’s a casual chain restaurant and pub that offers Pub Pretzels. They come in a set of three served with a Bass Ale mustard sauce for a whopping $7.00. These pretzels aren’t the best out there, but they are nice to enjoy with a cold beer.

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The Best Damn Pizza in New York City

Super Nostalgic Slice: Did you know that Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Nolita was the very first pizza parlor in the US? It’s true; they opened in 1905! Ever since, they've had some of the world’s best pizza!

Gourmet Slice: Pizza, one usually thinks, is hard to swank up. Well, guess what? That guy has never tried the $1,000 pie at Nino's Bellissima Pizza. Yes, kids, that’s right! At eight slices and topped with crème fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of very carefully sliced Maine lobster tail, and salmon roe-with a touch of Wasabi, this 12” pizza is a delectable thin crusted delight. (Save this one when you get your: Book deal, Christmas bonus or wining Lotto number!)

CHEAP EATS
San Francisco Best Breakfast Burritos

Everyone should start his or her day off right with a hearty breakfast. Put down that tired bowl of cereal for a change and try something that will warm you from the inside out. Healthy breakfast burritos will fill you up and won’t slow you down. Here are two places in San Francisco where you can get your breakfast on the run.

Velo Rouge Café is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Velo Rouge offers breakfast every day until 4:30 p.m. There can be quite the line in the morning, but the wait is surely worth it. You can get their Leipheimer Breakfast Burrito, filled with two eggs scrambled, black beans, potatoes, cheddar cheese, avocado, salsa, sour cream, with an option of adding bacon or sausage to the scramble. This hearty burrito only costs $6.95 and is served with chips and salsa.

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Planning a Picnic?

When you need some sun, a field to lunch on, and some grass to rest your head, stroll on over to these lush spots for a picnic.

Located on 6th and Race streets, Franklin Square is a family-friendly oasis nestled comfortably in Center City East. As well as a great picnic area, Franklin Square offers all sorts of entertainment for the whole family. Lay out your picnic blanket under a nice big tree and let the kids run wild. Did you forget a blanket? Sit at a picnic table under a tent and enjoy the shade. Play catch on the grass and enjoy the room to run, play a round of minigolf and jump on the carousel right afterward. If you have a picnic basket, then open it up and enjoy; but if not, you can find summer friendly foods at the "SquareBurger," open from April all the way until December.

DAILY BITES
Want a Taste of Brooklyn's Best Food?

More than 25 of Brooklyn's best restaurants and vendors will be under one roof at Brooklyn Exposed's first-ever Tasting Brooklyn event. From 6:30-9pm on April 5th, sample culinary treats and drinks and watch live cooking shows from Fairway’s TV personalities Dan Glickberg and Mitchel London.

Participating restaurants include Baluchis, Barrio Foods, Bati Kitchen, Cheryl’s Global Soul, Clover Club, Fornino, Linger Café and Lounge, Loreley Williamsburg, Mojito Cuban Cuisine, Osteria il Paiolo, Palo Santo, Pete’s Downtown, Purple Yam, reBar, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicellis, Stone Park Café, Tanoreen, Tchoup Shop, The Castello Plan, The Chocolate Room and Thistle Hill Tavern.

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The Varli Food Festival is Approaching!

Looking for a great place for Indian food but don't know which place to try?

Why not all of them!

At The Varli Food Festival on April 7th, 35 Indian restaurants across NY are offering samples of their best dishes and desserts to all festival-goers. Restaurants include Tamarind, Devi, Junoon, Tulsi, Baluchi's and more.

Celebrate Indian food with cooking demonstrations by 13 Award-Winning Celebrity Chefs, a live cooking show , a documentary on Indian food, and even a picture with your favorite celebrity chef in the photobooth.