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When it comes to weekly eating habits, New Yorkers try to show a lot of restraint. Monday thru Friday, lunch staples normally include soups, salads, light sandwiches and the like. So, when a few weeks ago I found myself salivating over a heavenly smell coming from a coworker’s cubicle, I had to know what they were eating and how they found the courage to switch up the mundane lunch routine.

I always believe the best gifts are those that have a story. New York City, with a plethora of independent shops—carrying everything from one-of-a-kind artwork and home décor, to artisanal foods and vintage fashions—is one of the best places to find unique treasures for you or a loved one.

Inwood’s Piper’s Kilt is my home, more so than any apartment I’ve ever had. It’s been there for me since my first week in New York when I was a college freshman and my cousin brought me to the Kilt (as its known among the locals) where I met a slew of neighbors and had the most delicious hamburger I’ve ever eaten, known as the “Best Burger in Town.”

Though antiquing is usually associated with quiet, New England towns, one of the best places to find furniture and fine art of the past is New York City’s Antiques at the Armory.

A few weeks ago, I spent a lively evening at Joe’s Famous Club & Cabaret The Monster in Greenwich Village. The two-floor, gay-friendly establishment—named after a carved wooden sea serpent from a Coney Island carousel—is the perfect place for fans of showtunes.

The 10th Annual New York Times Travel Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors, representing more than 150 countries focusing on travel destinations, tour operators and cruise lines. The show features discounts and entertainment for families, singles, couples and seniors, including exclusive travel discounts, international dance and live music performances, travel seminars with experts, family friendly activities, international food and wine tastings, and book signings with leading travel authors.

New York City has a lot to offer—Broadway shows, awe-inspiring architecture and a plethora of restaurants, which run the global gamut. I mean, where else can you have maple bacon popcorn on a Monday, chicken tikka masala on a Tuesday, whiskey-infused wings on a Wednesday and anything and everything else to round out the rest of your week? Unfortunately, with the wide variety of eateries in NYC, surrounding areas—namely New Jersey—take a back seat.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend with a choral festival presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) at Carnegie Hall.

Something tells me Kristen Holly Smith is a huge Dusty Springfield fan. It might be the fact that she co-wrote and stars in Off-Broadway musical Forever Dusty, where she spends 90 minutes a night singing hits like “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” or that she’s been working on this show since 2006.

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