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West Branch Satisfies Upper West Side Bistro Needs

I’ve never been a huge fan of Ouest, Tom Valenti’s celebrated Upper West Side eatery.   So my expectations for West Branch, his new bistro situated at 77th and Broadway, were pretty muted. But, boy, was I pleasantly surprised! This is a great addition to the Upper West Side dining scene.  For the price, the [...]

Obama Cupcakes

Many people have asked to see an image of the Obama cupcakes I wrote about for Huffington Post.  I can’t upload the picture to the original post, so I’m posting it here.  These cupcakes were produced by the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to honor Obama’s inauguration.

Jewish Food: The JCC’s Yiddish (Food) Festival

Oy gevalt! Tap into your Yiddish roots and check out  Yiddish Live! at the JCC this weekend. Of special note, Arthur Schwartz, the Jewish culinary expert, will be on hand to discuses his new book, Jewish Home Cooking – Yiddish Recipes Revisited Yiddish comes alive in an all-day festival dedicated to contemporary takes on Yiddish [...]

Obama-Themed Foods Just in Time for the Inauguration

If you want to celebrate the inauguration in style, check out my story on Huffington Post today about Obama-themed foods, including some options right here in NYC. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-weiss/from-cupcakes-to-cocktail_b_155725.html

Whole Foods: Will Open Late Summer/Fall at 98th and Columbus

For all you Upper West Side  worrywarts living north of 96th Street, the rumors that Whole Foods will not be opening its planned new store at 98th and Columbus are false, according to a Whole Foods spokesperson. “We are indeed opening,” the Whole Foods rep wrote in an e-mail. “Store opening date has not been [...]