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Treat of the Day: The Chocolate Bar

Our favorite dessert spot in Westfield is the Chocolate Bar, and we’ve been there many, many times. They sell gelato and all sorts of chocolate items, including chocolate covered brownies, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered graham crackers, chocolate dipped pizzelles, chocolate dipped biscotti, almond bark, chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, gourmet coffee and more.

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Date Night: Patria

the Mixology Bar at Patria

It’s always exciting when my hubby and I get a date night. Especially when we go to a hip and trendy restaurant – something that we rarely ever do. Recently we actually had a double date, meaning with other adults, not our kids. Fortunately these adults expressed […]

The New York Chocolate Show

I realize right now when you think of chocolate, you’re thinking of Halloween candy.


chocolates for sale…copyright deborah abrams kaplan

The Chocolate Show is coming up in New York in a few weeks. REAL chocolate. The largest chocolate show in the U.S., featuring 65 vendors.


Treat of the Day: Melt Bakery

the lovely Melt Bakery lady

We visited the High Line Park recently and happened upon the Melt Bakery cart on 23rd Street at the lawn. For the record, Melt Bakery to me sounds like a grilled cheese sandwich place. But it’s not. It’s an ice cream sandwich place. And it was yummy.

The kids […]

A Day in Times Square

Locals tend to avoid Times Square – for good reason. It’s crowded and touristy. However, if you’re a tourist, or plan to see any of the sites around there, a guide is helpful.

Times Square at night



Treat of the Day: Dylan’s Candy Bar

I had so much fun looking at pictures of the Robot Candy Company, that I thought I’d do another candy treat of the day. This one is Dylan’s Candy Bar – have you been? More than just edible candy, they sell candy decorated clothing (cute PJs and rain boots), fudge, chocolate covered fruit, candy-inspired bath […]

Treat of the Day: Lemon Ice King of Corona

We were visiting the New York Hall of Science, and took a break for lunch. We had already passed the Lemon Ice King of Corona while driving to the science center and made of note of it so we could come back. So we did.

The Lemon Ice King of Corona – copyright Deborah […]

Treat of the Day: Je and Jo Ice Cream

My daughter and I were poking around the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on a day when it felt like, well, hell. You remember that 100 degree (plus) day? Oh yeah, there were several recently. Well we were sweating buckets while looking at crap used items, and we came upon a very sweaty vendor with an […]

Treat of the Day: Cliff’s Ice Cream

Here is the first in our occasional series we’re calling TREAT OF THE DAY. We’ll highlight a place for treats, mainly locally owned companies.

We’ve been to Cliff’s Ice Cream in Ledgewood twice now, and it’s a really fun stop. Plus, USA Today claims it’s the best ice cream in New Jersey.


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Whenever friends and family members with children ask where to eat in New York, I always ask several questions: How old are the little ones? How much […]