Indulging in a little sin

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Living in Astoria allows me the perks of living quite close to Manhattan as well as having access to many cafes, bakeries and cute bistros so that I can fulfill my cravings without having to trek into Manhattan to get them. Now, everyone knows I was born with a sweet tooth so I was very surprised that I was able to resist La Guli for over a year after having passed it on numbers occasions! But a recent visit to my family in New Jersey finally had me opening the doors of this beautiful and quaint bakery to get some sweet treats to take with me to my family’s place in Jersey.

Upon walking in to La Guli, you are immediately greeted by the delicious scents of warm baked treats; the sort of scents you would associate with your grandmother’s kitchen after she finished baking pies, cakes and breads! After a few inhales and exhales your eyes will be treated with the sight of trays and trays of yummy baked fares that are just too sinful to be legal!

My choice for the day? Tarts and cannolis…and everyone in that house in West New Jersey was quite happy for the rest of the evening! So go in to La Guli and indulge in your sweet tooth!

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Stealing a little bit more of summer

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The end of Summer is here 😦 boooooooo! So let’s extend Summer just a tad bit longer by indulging in WonderBerry’s Frozen Yogurts Delight. The bright and fresh decor of WonderBerry coupled with the delicious aroma of freshly cooked waffle cones will have you leaving your pockets just a bit lighter after leaving! Located conveniently in Hell’s Kitchen on 9th Avenue between 46th and 47th street, this is the perfect spot to wander into after a romantic dinner with your beau! Give them a try! You won’t be disappointed! 

Ferrarra Bakery & Cafe

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Holy Cannoli are the only words that come to mind when I think of my recent trip to Ferrarra Bakery & Cafe – the first Espresso Bar in America since 1892. The sweet treats at Ferrarra are simply amazing and because you are presented with so many choices it will be quite difficult to make up your mind on what to order! I recommend for anyone going to this wonderful spot on a date, with friends or even solo! You will not be disappointed!

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Atlas Cafe

Being a new New Yorker, I always thought it was pointless to go to the same restaurant twice but whenever I have a craving for something vegan or organic I always end up at Atlas Cafe and I have never once been disappointed. Atlas has been a destination for me even before I moved here. It was one of the first cafes I’ve been to when I was a tourist and now that I am engrained in the life here, it’s the only the cafe I keep going back to over and over again!

Atlas is a wonderful hole-in-the-wall spot to visit, especially in the early or late Summer months. I love sitting on the bench outside enjoying a vegan cookie and a latte while I watch the passers-by on 2nd Ave. While Atlas maybe not be the most romantic spot to go on a date, it’s cute and cozy atmosphere on the inside will have you rubbing shoulders and knees with your sweetheart and the summer breeze on the outside will stir a bit of romance into your afternoon!

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Macaron Cafe

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When was the last time you sat at a cafe and sank your teeth into the velvety smoothness of a french macaroon? Macaron Cafe is one of the sweetest spots for indulgences in Manhattan! In addition to yummy macaroons, Macaron Cafe offers a wide variety of cafe items to choose from their menu. The ambience is relaxing and welcoming and the sweet treats are amazing! This is a perfect spot for a brunch date!

From the bar: Rhubarb Mezcalarita

Ahhh! Very yummmy!!!

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I first tasted Mezcal when we were living in New York City a few years ago. We were fortunate enough to indulge in an incredible meal at Wylie Dufresne’s, WD-50, but because our table wasn’t ready on time, we were left in the entertainment of the talented mixologist – and my taste buds would forever be opened to the infinite potential of the cocktail. Up until then, I stayed very close to the mixed spirits that were familiar to me – cranberry vodkas, margaritas, gin & tonics, the occasional white Russian at the bowling alley (yes, the Dude would abide). Nothing fancy. But when my lips tasted the drink that was placed in front of me, dubbed “Que Pasa Calabaza”, my mind was blown. Cocoa nib infused mezcal danced around with yuzu, liquified squash and black salt. It was so good that I ordered another….and then another. That was fall, so…

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Sucré Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Sucre Macaroons are soooooo good! Definitely a sweet date spot!

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In honor of sweet mommas everywhere, New Orleans confectionary, Sucré, is giving one lucky Love+Cupcakes reader a box of their famously delicious macaroons to share with mom (or to keep all to yourself!…don’t worry, I won’t tell!). Visit Sucré’s online macaroon shop here, and leave a comment below telling us something sweet about your momma – how you’re honoring her this Mother’s Day, a favorite memory, the sweetest thing she’s ever done for you… ANYTHING! Just make sure it gives us a toothache! One of you will be chosen at random on Wednesday, May 8th.

BONUS! If you like Love+Cupcakes on Facebook or follow me on Twitter you’ll be entered for a second chance to win! Good luck!

{Contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry international friends!!!). Comments will close on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 12pm (PST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after.}

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Siwon is “Sexy, Free & Single” at the Met Gala

The Gala would have been a perfect opportunity to take your significant other out on a date and popping eclairs and sweet treats into each others mouths would have made it a sweet date!

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Siwon is “Sexy, Free & Single” at the Met Gala

It wasn’t just Psy who was invited to the annual costume ball in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. A handsome gentleman, Super Junior‘s Siwon was also in attendance at the Met Gala, otherwise known as the ‘party of the year’ on May 6!

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Dating in NYC can be challenging! Learning to love yourself makes it a lot easier!

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About 2 years ago, when I was skinny (and didn’t know it) my mom came to visit me in New York City. When she saw me her first reaction was “You’re so skinny!” And not in a you’re so beautiful way. In a should I be concerned for your health? way.

I, of course, scoffed. I was not skinny. I was thin, certainly. But not terribly so. I was regular. She was just used to me being about 10 lbs heavier.

Later, as we were standing in front of the restaurant waiting for my stepfather to join us after parking the car, my mom watched a woman walk by. She made a funny face when the woman was past and said something like, “Oh. Does everybody here just look like you?”

I think my response was something like, “Sorta. It’s New York City.”

I am bringing this up because until…

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