Around Town: Treat House – New York City

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If you’re a Rice Krispie treat lover, then Treat House will be dessert heaven for you. Inspired by a successful bake sale, the Russell family expanded into a store when their gourmet treats were a huge success. Treat House is a flavorful twist on a childhood favorite treat.

While I normally can’t get enough of good ol’ marshmallow and crisp rice cereal, the flavors here are fun and creative. Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, there are a variety of options to choose from. With flavors ranging from Birthday Cake to Watermelon to Pina Colada to Cotton Candy to S’mores, there’s something for everyone. An entire store dedicated to sweet rice crisp and marshmallow treats with unique flavors – yum! Visit with a friend and share a few so you can try a bunch of these sweet treats.

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Images by Lauren

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Around Town: Levain Bakery, New York City

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Whenever I’m on the Upper West Side, I always make a stop at Levain Bakery. Though it’s very popular, I’ve only had to stand in a long line once. I go just for the cookies, but their bread, pastries, and coffee are frequently ordered items. I find myself dreaming about the Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies, and if I’m really in the mood for chocolate, the Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip (pictured above) hits the spot. The latter is a mix between a fudge brownie and cookie.

The cookies are heavy and dense, but incredible. They are crispy on the outside, but soft and doughy on the inside. Though the cookies certainly aren’t inexpensive ($4 each!), they’re huge and are worth every bite. Visit Levain with a sweet tooth and an empty stomach – you won’t regret it.

Levain Bakery
167 West 74th St
New York, NY, 10023

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Around Town: Cafe Luxembourg in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ – New York City

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When Harry Met Sally (1989) is one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made. It’s effortless, hilarious, and filled with lots of restaurant scenes. Nora Ephron is a romantic comedy wizard and I can’t get enough of her work. During the film, Harry, Sally, and their two best friends go out to dinner at Cafe Luxembourg on the Upper West Side. In this scene, emotions are realized and relationships have changed. A very funny interaction between all of the characters takes place before they have even ordered their food.

Cafe Luxembourg, which opened in 1983, has a low-key vibe that made for an enjoyable breakfast. I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice, hot chocolate, and the Classic French Toast with fresh berries,‏ honey butter, and Vermont maple syrup. The French Toast was incredibly soft, and you just can’t go wrong with real syrup. This charming restaurant was a perfect backdrop for this double date, and it’s a must-visit for all you Nora Ephron/When Harry met Sally fans!

Cafe Luxembourg
200 West 70th Street, NYC
(between Amsterdam Ave. & West End Ave.)

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{Photos by Lauren & When Harry Met Sally}