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Tokyo Food Cast, Flickr

A few weeks back I blogged about the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and it got me thinking about sake and about a very special store in San Francisco where you can discover a whole world of rice wine unlike anything else in town.

 

Sake is a big part of the springtime season, and a huge part of Japanese culture, period. My first memories of sake were as a 10-year-old boy living in Kobe. No, I wasn't an under-age alcoholic...

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You’d think in a place like sunny Santa Monica, outdoor movies wouldn’t be so hard to come by. During the summer, the pier usually hosts free outdoor movies, best enjoyed on a picnic blanket, with some buttery popcorn from a nearby concession.

But who wants to wait until summer?...

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It looks like it’s been there forever. Even the awning declares the bakery has been around “since 1987.” But how could I have passed this shop for so many years and not seen it?

 

A little investigation confirmed I wasn’t going crazy: The Best Chocolate Cake In The World is a new addition to the Upper East Side — open just a few weeks ago...

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Jasmine Star Photography

It’s no secret that I’m a shoe-aholic. (Read my profile to find out just how many shoes I have in my closet!) But there’s one brand that appeals to me for more than just its fashion statement...

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There are times when I’m walking down Lexington Ave in the upper 80s and I feel like I’ve gone through some kind of vortex and ended up in the Village. I mean there are actual single-family houses here! And cute family-friendly boutiques, too, like Raising Rover and Baby...

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indefinitetransit.com

Spring is the season for gallery hopping. And the Lower East Side is a great place to start. There's nowhere else in Manhattan that's seen such an explosion of gallery growth over the past five years. Sure, Chelsea has more of them (over 300), but the Lower East Side has gone from less than a dozen small spaces just five years ago to around 100 today, making it the neighborhood with the second-highest concentration of galleries in Manhattan...

Shot by: Thiago Da Costa. Edited by: Thiago Da Costa, Katie Ennis, Zack Wolder

Mary Brickell Village is home to some of my favorite boutiques. In my latest video, I take you shopping for one-of-a-kind clothing inspired by glittering Indian designs and rich truffles made by a meticulous French chocolatier. Come join me...

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Robby Campbell of BeachedMiami.com

If you want a taste of Miami’s art and design scene, then mark your calendar for the second Saturday of the month. That’s when dozens of galleries in both Wynwood and the Design District...

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Muy Yum, Flickr

You may have seen their cakes in a glossy wedding magazine, or maybe you saw the one that won Food Network’s Cake Challenge? Vanilla Bake Shop has certainly hit the big time, but what I love is that...

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For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated cherry blossoms and the birth of spring. And this year, like every year for the past 43 years, San Francisco's Japantown will host the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. Except, of course, this year is different...