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Ice Cream Cook Books, Taco Cook Books, Smoothie Cook Books Galore!

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We all know that sugar is the real way to the heart.

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Who says Valentine’s Day can’t have some spice? This museum-worthy almond bark will certainly add some kick to your day. Get the full recipe at Foodie Crush.

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Caz Hildebrand, author of “HERBARIUM,” recommends herbs to keep you well throughout the winter months.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Have a cough or achy joints from the cold? As the prime time for harsh weather and even harsher sicknesses, winter can wreak havoc on the body. Our aches and pains usually take us to the drugstore to buy medicines, creams, and the like, but there are natural ways to promote wellness during the winter months. In her newest book, Herbarium, Caz Hildebrand provides a directory of 100 herbs along with a colorful illustration of each that includes facts like its botanical name and place of origin. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

December was a boozy month for the town of Hopewell, New Jersey. It marked the grand opening of two new breweries: Troon Brewing on the property of Double Brook Farm (130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Road) and The Referend Bier Blendery located on 1595 Reed Road. You might think this could lead to a “Battle of the Brews,” but in reality, it’s a welcomed coincidence according to James Priest, owner and founder of The Referend. more

Enjoy libations, jazz music, and local bites on January 28

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

New Year’s Eve is only 1 day away, but we all know the true countdown begins at 11:59 p.m. in Times Square when the famous Centennial Ball descends 141 feet to ring in 2017. This year, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon will push the button to release the crystal geodesic sphere. As part of their 10-year “Greatest Gifts” series, Waterford Crystal manufactured crystals with a particular theme for the upcoming year to add to the Ball.  more

Deck your holiday treats with Dandies Marshmallows

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Just about everyone has a great affection for marshmallows. They connect us with childhood experiences like campfires, making s’mores, and drinking hot chocolate. We love a classic vanilla ‘mallow, but we also appreciate a company that offers a twist on the original. Dandies Marshmallows does just that. Their marshmallows are made with all natural ingredients and are Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, and kosher. They also come in an oh-so festive peppermint flavor to ensure this year’s holiday treats meet Santa’s standards. Below, Urban Agenda shares some of Dandies’ Peppermint Marshmallow recipes to try out. more

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These field jackets for women will never go out of style. 

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By Ellen Gilbert 

Designed by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is now the third largest transportation center in New York City. It serves 250,000 Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world. At approximately 800,000 square feet, the Hub’s concourse will ultimately connect visitors to 11 different subway lines; the PATH rail system; the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal; the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; World Trade Center Towers 1, 2, 3, and 4; and Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center), which houses the Winter Garden. more

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Birthplace of the telegraph and home to NJ’s best meatballs.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Morristown, New Jersey has the conveniences of a city and the charm of suburbia. Along with access to mass transit and a walkable downtown, the Morris County town boasts Victorian-era homes, respected public schools, and historic sites. Among its estimated 18,594 residents are young professionals happy to find a culturally vibrant area where they can raise their families and arrive at Penn Station in an hour’s time. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

“A touch of glitter works wonders. You will be spreading this sparkle for days…” – Egil Matiss, owner of Eggsotic Events.

How do you throw a party that’s larger-than-life? Larger-than-life decorations. Eggsotic Events based out of Hampton, New Jersey helps people in the New York/New Jersey area celebrate life’s greatest moments with their event décor and lighting design services. These party professionals can turn the seemingly craziest ideas into unforgettable events. Along with his team of experts, Eggsotic Events owner, Egil Matiss has created everything from a custom red carpet for the James A. Michener Art Museum to an oversized wall of live flowers for a wedding proposal at the Mondrian SoHo.  more

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Shop sweet Cyber Monday deals from Dylan’s Candy Bar. 11/28 ONLY: CYBER MONDAY SAVINGS! 25% OFF YOUR ORDER with code STOCKINGSTUFFER

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This NJ-based company is the salt of the earth.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

You won’t find any low-sodium items in the Santiago house, and trust us when we say you wouldn’t want it any other way. As the CEO and founder of SALTOPIA, Kimarie Santiago takes salt to a new level – one that is a far cry from the heavily processed table salt on kitchen tables across America. more

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Delicious additions to any holiday gathering. 

 

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

“What grows together goes together.” This adage guides wine rookies and sommeliers alike through the complex art of food and wine pairing. It’s true that foods from a certain area often complement wines from a similar place, but what happens on Thanksgiving when your menu includes edibles from practically everywhere? The rules of food and wine pairing mean nothing when it comes to the eclectic flavors of this holiday feast. To help with this annual conundrum, some of the leading voices from northern New Jersey’s wine scene share their wine selections for this Thanksgiving.

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Before the ‘fest ends on October 3, make sure you get your chance to yell, “Prost!” at a local brewery

Saturday, September 17 marked the beginning of Oktoberfest, where millions of people flock to Munich, Germany to consume just about a million liters of beer. As the world’s largest festival of its kind, Oktoberfest is something to experience. While we can’t fund your ticket to Europe, we can provide you a list of seasonal brews in NJ ready to be consumed. Here, North Jersey brewers share their seasonal beers for this fall. more

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North Jersey foodies Anne Constance & Natalie Lewis share their tips for taking a savory snapshot

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

In the age of Instagram, people are sharing “foodstagrams” with their social media networks in unprecedented numbers. Perfectly plated veggie dishes and artfully designed acai bowls seem to be taking over the Internet, and we’re not complaining about it. This is particularly true when a photo from Fish.Eye Design (@fisheyedesign) pops-up on our Instagram newsfeed. more

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Have your cake, and eat it too…

 

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Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.

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Reserve a table at this celebrated Montclair restaurant

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Modern American restaurant and gastro-lounge Pig & Prince takes the term “Jersey Fresh” to a whole other level. Co-owner and chef, Michael Carrino hails from Nutley and his Montclair restaurant features locally grown ingredients and humanely raised animals from Andover’s Pittenger Farm.  more

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Registered nutritionist and dietician Jane Schwartz eases you into school-lunch-packing season with her nutrition tips for parents and their kids

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

How many times have you looked into your child’s lunch bag to find a piece of fruit left behind? Most kids have no problem finishing their Dunkaroos or fruit snacks, but when it comes to eating health foods, they often transform into picky eaters.  more

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Friday, September 2

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Dino Dig at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City. Dig for dinos at this special, limited-engagement event.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY. Partake in 16th century rides, games, arts, crafts, food, music, and dance (through October 2). more

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Today marks day four of the US Open, where big-name celebrities and tennis fans alike flood to Queens, NY to watch some serious tennis before summer’s close. Here, we outline some interesting facts and figures about the highly anticipated USTA event.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey-approved baker shares her go-to dessert for your Labor Day BBQ.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Katrina Villani of Trina’s Treats knows that chocolate makes everything better. That’s why her eponymous dessert shop in Lyndhurst, New Jersey offers chocolate covered Oreos, strawberries, rice crispy pops, apples, pretzel rods, and marshmallow pops.  more

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Shop for fall during the final days of summer!

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Friday, August 19

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Dino Dig at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City. Families will experience a paleontological expedition, working alongside LSC’s Dino Dig Guide Team to discover replica fossils of prehistoric creatures from the late Cretaceous period, buried in 35 tons of sand (through the month of August)!

Saturday, August 20

9:15 a.m.: Back to School Bash at Athleta’s at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Join Sukha Arts for a hip hop class, get your hair braided, try some hair chalk, and more. more

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What kitchen gift do you get the couple with impeccable taste? Try one of these.

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Cancel your home rental at the Jersey shore and book a room at The Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The Bungalow Hotel located at Pier Village in Long Branch is the only Jersey shore getaway of its kind. Just steps away from the beach, the boutique hotel features 24 diverse guest rooms with personalized design touches and various accommodations. Bungalow guests have accessibility to some of the finest restaurants and entertainment in the area from the Stone Pony to the popular French restaurant Avenue that features a lounge, raw bar, and beachfront dining.  more

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Rosé – fabulous to wear, even more fabulous to drink. Shop one of this season’s hottest colors.

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Friday, July 29

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Englewood Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale in downtown Englewood (also on Saturday, July 30).

Saturday, July 30

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park, located at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza in Lyndhurst. Enjoy butterfly walks and kids activities.

11 a.m.: Kiddie Academy Northvale’s Storytime LIVE where live characters jump off the page. Also, families will have the opportunity to meet Curious George! Kiddie Academy is located at 271 Livingston Street in Northvale. more