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When I took stock of my schedule last week, I was pleased to note that the first installation of my new blog “Almost Cultured” would coincide with a truly refined and urbane experience: dinner at Café Boulud. My husband and I were in possession of a $100 gift certificate to Café Boulud, and—since Monday was… Read more »

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I’m holding on to summer like a screaming toddler holds on to the bag of candy that mom just bought at the sweet shop. I’m going to put my fingers in my ears and tell fall to take a hike while I sip a cucumber lemonade chiller from one of the new bars in Lower… Read more »

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We have just one opening for you in this edition, but this store has already become one of the most popular businesses on Fulton Street. Any neighborhood with a growing population of residents, not to mention workers and visitors, needs a well-stocked grocery store that caters to a variety of needs. Key Food’s huge new… Read more »

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Grandma’s House, 27 Peck Slip, (212) 472-6362 This cozy spot, which looks more like your grandma’s kitchen than a restaurant, is a throwback to simpler times when a big meal and a hug made everything better. Or maybe old-fashioned milkshakes and mac and cheese just delude us into thinking life is great. Either way, diners… Read more »

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Summer is the season of escape. In this edition, we have a new car rental service for your upcoming vacation, a sandwich shop to equip you with food for the road, a shoe store so you’re fashionably shod when you arrive, and a nail salon and spa to pamper your tired feet when you return…. Read more »

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…that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone… —Deuteronomy 8:3 Last week, I addressed Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban. After stewing on the issue for the past several days, I realized I had even more to say… There are many compelling reasons for the government to try to get people… Read more »

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When a person commits a sin and repeats it, it becomes permitted for him. Does it really become permitted to him? Rather for him it becomes permitted.  —Babylonian Talmud Michael Bloomberg recently announced that he wanted to ban soft drinks that were larger than thirty-two ounces. Public reaction was extremely negative, and he was dubbed… Read more »