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When I visited my friend in Seattle a few years ago, she brought me to Pike Place Market and said I had to try the mac and cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Never one to pass up macaroni, I ordered a small serving and dug in before even leaving the store.

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.

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