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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month!

The month of April, already admired for its warmer temperatures and promising showers, also plays host to a very notable month long holiday—National Grilled Cheese Month. And whether you’re a fan of white American, brie, or even the traditional cheddar, you’ll be amazed by the many ways restaurants across NYC are dishing out in order to provide customers with the best grilled cheese sandwiches possible. Here are our Top restaurants which are serving up grilled cheese spin-offs for you to visit and enjoy this month:

Featuring a seasonal menu, this restaurant should definitely be the first stop on your sandwich adventure. The menu is almost completely made up of grilled cheese options, such as a breakfast sandwich of crispy pork belly, egg, Gouda, gruyere, and kewpie mayonnaise on a brioche bun or a classic Muenster and white American on peasant bread for lunch. But be warned, not all of the options are this standard. Those who love the taste of blue cheese can sink their teeth into the pear puree, stilton, toasted walnut, and sliced pear sandwich, or grab a protein booster and try a sharp white cheddar, avocado mash, lemon, and herbed kewpie mayo on peasant bread. With so many other options, there’s an opportunity for a person with any taste to find something to love, so bring your friends and take a trip downtown!

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Stick It for National Something on a Stick Day

#1 POP TART ON A STICK

Who knew that Pop Tarts needed any improvement? These itty bitty pop tarts look adorable and delicious; if only we could have some coffee on a stick to pair it with.

#2 DONUT ON A STICK

Practical yet creative, a munchkin donut on a stick is a sweetooth's dream appetizer.

#3 MINI PANCAKES

We'll be taking our gourmet breakfast to go on a stick today!

#5 Burgers on a Stick

Is it just us, or do these make you feel like Alice in Wonderland when she grows too much? We are so down with sliders on a stick!

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Our How-To Guide To Choosing Healthy Foods

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Rosemary Elderflower Ice Cream and Pink Peppercorn Almond Brittle‏

With Easter shortly behind us and the weather getting warmer, our minds are brimming with excitement at all the new seasonal food possibilities. Fresh fruits, vegetables and, oh, ice cream.

Whilst ice cream can be a bit daunting to make at home, self-taught cook Ryan McBride Mellinger, a line chef and general all-rounder at Mulberry Street hotspot Balaboosta, is here to shatter the myth and share with us her fool-hardy recipe for an ice cream and brittle duo that is sweet, warming, and refreshing all at the same time.

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Linzer Heart Cookies for Your Hunny
With V-Day sneaking upon us it's only right that we share with you all our romancing secrets. The key to anyone's heart is through their belly and Kathleen King, founder and owner of Tate's Bake Shop, is sharing with us a great recipe from her latest cookbook, Baking for Friends. These Linzer Heart Cookies not only look the part, but taste the part, as well. Additionally, Tate's in celebrating Valentine's Day by offering 50% off a Valentine's Cookie Cube & Cookbook combo, along with 20% off any web store purchase with the code BLOG213.
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PB&J Cookies from Top Chef Contestant Marisa Churchill

Marisa Churchill, contestant on Top Chef, is all about nutrition. In her cookbook, Sweet & Skinny ($24), she has a plethora of sweet treats that won't leave you with a stomachache. So nix those sugary Halloween candies and whip up a batch of these scrumptious PB&J Cookies instead!

PB&J Cookies - Makes 16 cookies

Per cookie: 130 calories, 6 grams of fat

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Chef George Duran's Moroccan Style Arroz con Pollo

For the largest minority in the United States, October is a month in which to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture and the contributions that Hispanics and Latinos have made to this country. Perhaps our greatest gift to American culture is that sazón that we have injected into the national palate. Many Americans have become enamored with Latin American dishes and ingredients, and it makes many Latinos and Hispanics proud to see people from other cultures serving our traditional dishes at restaurants and out of food trucks. In addition to being Hispanic Heritage Month, October is also the time of year when the temperature drops, leading chefs and home cooks to think about warming comfort foods, and nothing says comfort food to a hungry Latino like a plate of arroz con pollo.

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Mexico Revolucion: Because The Party Never Ends

Just because Mexican Independence Day is over, doesn't mean the fiesta can't continue! Tequila Revolucion pays homage to Mexico with a signature cocktail made with their 100 Proof Tequila. Revolutionize the way you drink by whipping up this bad boy cocktail and get ready for your night to begin.

México REVOLUCION

· 2 oz. Tequila REVOLUCION 100 PROOF

· 1 lime

· 1 lime supreme

· Lime zest (1/2 lime)

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Official Fashionable SKYY Vodka Cocktail Recipes!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has come to a close. But, to celebrate next season’s trends coming down the runway, SKYY Vodka has created delicious signature cocktails inspired by the season’s standout trends!

As the official vodka of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2013 Collections in New York City, SKYY Vodka has an exclusive on site presence at all official receptions and VIP lounges, serving up the sassy cocktails with names like ‘Catwalk Queen’ and ‘Enchanting Kiss’.

Fashion insiders were treated to four signature SKYY cocktails in the tents celebrating the 2013 Spring/Summer season’s trends: Classic, Romantic, Glam, and Progressive. Whether you will be front row at Lincoln Center or creating your own Fashion Week moments at home, be sure to try these trendsetting cocktails. See the fun recipes below. Cheers, everyone!

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Celebrate the First Day of Summer with These Delicious Ice Pops


Summer is officially here, so it's time to whip up the frozen desserts! And what could be easier than making ice pops? These are perfect sweets to hand out at a barbeque or to enjoy after a long hot walk back from work. These recipes won't only impress your guests, but will bring you back to your childhood memories.

Peaches 'n' Cream Ice Pops

Whether you liked them or not we all know creamsicles as those fruity ice pops with the creamy center. This peach flavored version has a little more texture and is simple to make.