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After being a contestant on Fox's hit reality series Hell's Kitchen in 2007, Chef Seth Levine has been taking the culinary world by storm. Levine has steadily compiled an impressive résumé, which runs the gamut from taking the role as executive chef for both Georgica and Wine and Roses in New York, opening POP YOGURT- one of the hottest frozen yogurt shops in Manhattan, and becoming a contributing editor to the internationally-distributed FOOD Magazine.

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Vegan Girl Scout Cookies
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Attention Cookie Pushin' Fools: Girl Scouts Take New York!

Worried about not being able to trek out to suburbia to stalk the local Girl Scout stands in order to support your very naughty Girl Scout cookie habit? Fear not, cookie hounds! The sassy sashes are at it again with their badge-garnering problem-solving skills. For those of us too broke to afford Girl Scout cookie rehab, rest easy! The Scouts have again opened up their city-wide "cookie cupboards" that allow us metropolitans easy-access for shamefully chasing our vices.

With locations in four of the five boroughs (sorry, Bronxers), the cupboards will be open through May 6th, with cookies going for $3.50 per box. Word on the street (or, you know, at the Girl Scout Council meetings...) is that if you're planning on stocking up with 20+ boxes for the upcoming months (that's what you'll say, but we know those cookies won't see past next week...), you should call in advance. The cupboards are accepting cash, money orders and personal checks, and they're all stocked with the Girl Scout classics - Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos and the paragon of all cookies in the history of the world: SAMOAS. In addition to these old favorites, expect newbies like Dulce de Leche, Lemon Chalet Cremes, and Thank U Berry Munch.

DAISY GO ROUNDS
We Salute Thee: Scouts Honor

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. The time of the year where adults stalk little girls wearing bright green uniforms (pause). The Girl Scouts have released their newest addition of cookies to the world. The two newest flavors are Dulce de Leche (a homage to all things Latin) and Daisy Go Rounds (the name speaks for itself).

The cookies have been around for over 80 years and are not only a staple in American culture, they are amazingly good (especially the Thin Mints and Samoas). The change should not come as a surprise - our culture is ever changing and the new cookies actually replaced some of the unpopular choices.

…Now only if they bring back Cartwheels and Lemon Coolers. Mmm.

COOKIE CUPBOARD
Girl Scout Cookies Guilt Flatiron District

This is going to sound like a drug deal. It is, kind of.

Go to the seventh floor of 43 West 23rd Street today or next Friday, March 13, between 2 and 5 p.m. Ask for someone by the name of “Cookies,” and wait until they bring the goods. Check for purity. Then, and only then, do you give them the money.

The Girl Scout Council, which actually constitutes its own sovereign nation in the eyes of The Emperor of Flavor (no sales tax, more schmaltz), stocks a "Cookie Cupboard" that will open today selling all of this year’s cookies. So today is kind of like that distribution lineup they have in Requiem for a Dream, except this probably won’t end in a shootout or erotic group voyeurism.