Tea Please!

Cha-an Tea House is a perfect place to take your date on a lovely Spring afternoon. This elegant Tea House makes me feel warm, welcomed and happy whenever I trek down to the East Village to enjoy a yummy cup of tea and dessert treat. Cha-an is a place everyone will enjoy as they offer something special for all of their patrons. Think they only serve tea? Cha-an offers a wide variety of options ranging from coffee, sake, wine and beer in addition to their huge selection of their signature teas! What Tea joint would be successful in NYC without offering a bite to eat? Cha-an also offers light breakfast and lunch options and delicious desserts as well! 

Check out Cha-an next time you and your sweetheart are in the East Village! 




Wine for All!


DiWine was the first wine bar I went to when I first moved to New York City. Located in a cozy pocket of Astoria just off the Queens Borough Bridge, DiWine offers a wonderful selection of wines, cheeses and desserts to appease any wine aficionado (and sweet tooth). DiWine has the feel of a lounge, a classy bar and a restaurant all rolled into one and will set the mood right for you and your sweetheart. I love DiWine’s selection of wines. My favorite type of wine is white and DiWine does not disappoint.

DiWine is a perfect spot to have a fun first date. It is elegant, romantic and very cozy so check it out and tell me what you think! 


Emergency Small Batch Brownies

I have days like this alllllllll the time!

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Do you ever have days where you feel like you need a brownie so badly that you’re sure the sky will fall, continents will crumble, and gravity will release it’s sticky grip and throw us all into chaos if you don’t get one?

No? Me neither.

Emergency Small Batch Brownies

In unrelated news, here’s a recipe for making just 2 or 3-ish brownies. For those times when you don’t want to share. Or the times when you don’t trust yourself not to eat a full pan of brownies in one sitting. Or, you know, when you just really, really want a rich, fudgy, decadent brownie. Or else.

You’re going to need something other than the usual 9×13 or 8×8 pan to make these. The good news is that you have a few options. You can use an 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan, 2 or 3 ramekins, or two of these adorable little 5-inch cast…

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Sometimes it’s great to go on a sweet date but sometimes it’s great to have a fun date by staying in and making a sweet treat with your significant other. Try one of these yummy recipes next time you’re thinking of a fun dating idea!

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It seems like once the weather cools down everyone wants to jump right into pumpkin season. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin as much as anyone else, but to me September is apple season.

I was thinking about how often apples get overshadowed by pumpkin a few weeks ago when my husband asked me if I wanted to attend a dinner party with some of his coworkers. “Hrmmm. Maybe…”, I said. “They asked us to bring some kind of food to share”, he said. That was all I needed to hear. Not one to pass up an opportunity, I agreed, “I’ll go… but only if I can bring dessert.” I had visions of apples and caramel and cupcakes swirling in my head.

It took me a while to decide on an approach for these cupcakes. Did I want apple cupcakes with caramel frosting? Caramel cupcakes with apple frosting? Would…

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Absolutely Amazing Recipe and Photos!

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I’m sure this is normal of most couples, but Evan and I tend to have random conversations about a plethora of banal topics – bananas and what level of brown spottedness we prefer to eat them at, the pros and cons of down sleeping bags, whether or not our water filter is really doing its job, and how ice cream sandwiches may be the perfect dessert. Well, that last one we’ve only discussed in detail once, but we spent a good 30 minutes listing the positive attributes of the ice cream sandwich, namely the fact that you get ice cream and cake or cookie all in one hand-held dessert. We started dreaming up the best ice cream and cookie combinations – Chocolate/Peanut Butter, Coconut/Lime, Cinnamon/Sugar, Gingerbread/Pumpkin, the list goes on. So, I decided I’d start bringing our ice cream sandwich dreams to life one by one.

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Gimme that Cupcake



Light, sweet and delicious; Magnolia’s is a wonderful bakery for couples of all ages to stop in and enjoy their baked treats! The airy, bright and inviting atmosphere of each location beckons sweettooths in from all across Manhattan to sample their goods. 

Magnolia make all their goods fresh, from scratch and on-site everyday so customers are guaranteed absolute freshness in every bite! I have never been disappointed with any of their goods and with countless options to choose from their menu, I keep going back and you will too so take your date over on your next date to sample yummy treats from Magnolia’s! 


Price Range: $

Cozy Level: 2 Stars (out of 5)