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I *did* eat it as a kid...and I never stopped!

If they still made Screaming Yellow Zonkers, I'd inhale it every day (and then need to be rolled out of my apt).

Kraft mac n cheese
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Oreos (but even better if you stick a freshly roasted marshmallow in between!)
TEDDY GRAHAMS (nom nom nom)

Gluten-Free Tuesday: How to Make Croutons

Any particular gluten-free bread that you recommend?

A Guide to UK Chocolate Candy

I would pretty much sell my cat for a case of Malteasers.

No, I'm sorry Smushmut....I don't mean it (I kinda do)...

Have You Ever Had Airline Food You Actually Liked?

El Al has an AMAZING tray! Sabra hummus and cheeses and pita - YUM! (There's probably more my now-vegetarian mind has blocked out...)

Win Tickets to the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 9, in NYC

Torrisi Italian Specialties please!

Grapes of the Amazon: Like the Mangosteen, But Way Better

Cherimoyas (or "custard apple" in the UK)! I used to get these on my way home from school every day when I was studying abroad. They're from South America, but for some reason the UK can get them and we can't. You just slice em in half and eat it w a spoon. It's like a cross btwn a banana and an apple - DELICOUS!!

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

Oooh! And Reese's Puffs! That stuff is like crack

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

- Kraft mac and cheese. That color is positively radioactive. Although I AM good lately and get the "whole grain" one (which is def only about 5% whole grain)

- McDonald's french fries with honey

- Conversely, sweet potato fries with maple syrup. No, not real maple syrup. I don't even like real stuff on my pancakes. The fake, Aunt Jemima, corn-syrup crap. God I love that stuff.

- M&Ms. Not dark chocolate, not peanut, not anything "gourmet." Just regular plain m&ms. In a bowl. For me to INHALE.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates' Edible Chocolate Holiday Box

Warm chocolate chip cookies. Every. Time.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Pasta Mancini Collection

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Whole wheat everything bagel, scooped and toasted, with low-fat cream cheese.

What's the Deal with Marzipan?

My grandparents fled Germany during the war, so I grew up with the stuff. It's heaven. I'm also convinced that almonds are the world's most perfect food...

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates' Edible Chocolate Holiday Box

chili-infused chocolate

Cook the Book: 'Baked Explorations'

Any place that will give me a warm chocolate chip cookie - YUM

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolate

Jaques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate (chili chocolate)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Whole wheat everything bagel, scooped and toasted, with low-fat cream cheese. I'm such a Long Islander...

Oh, and also - any pancakes from Clinton Street Baking Co.

Cook the Book: 'Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies'

My grandparents were German, Belgian, French, and Luxembourgish. Somehow...they all brought the tradition of Lebkuchen with them when the came here. It's a holiday tradition and my goodness, what a delicious one!

Poll: Which Celebrity Chef Would You Most Like To Meet?

Michael Pollan....does he count?

Cook the Book: 'The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto'

Living in NYC, I've had many places that claim to be gelato. However, I think I TRULY had gelato for the first time when traveling with friends in Italy. One scoop chocolate chili, one scoop mint chocolate chip. The contrast of heat and cooling....DIVINE!

5 Ways to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

...so I'm the only one that stands naked in their kitchen every morning, and just eats Nutella on a spoon?

TGI Fry-Day: 'Thrice Cooked Chips' at The Breslin

Is it too obvious to mention Pommes Frites? The sauces...they're just so...WONDERFUL....

Are There Foods You Can't Keep In The House?

Cinnamon toast crunch, Bunny Grahams (honey flavor), and kettle corn that's not individually packaged (Trader Joe's does small bags of LITE kettle corn!). Also - I THIRD the thin mints!

Poll: Are You a Sweet or Salty Breakfast Eater?

I eat eggs because they're healthier, but DAMN - some banana chocolate chip pancakes sound good right about now!

Cook the Book: 'My Bread'

Why, oh why, did I not realize that you can't bake pizza on a cookie sheet? Soggy, uncooked, and GROSS! I'm a New Yorker - pizza crust should be thin and crisp!

Serious Eats Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificates from Threadless

Italian restaurant near West Village

So my boyfriend's and my 1 year anniversary is coming up shortly, and our favorite restaurant just closed (Nero D'avola)! We need a new special "us" place, and quick!

Some specifications:
- In, around, or near the West Village (I don't mind going uptown a bit or across on the L, but going to the upper east side is a pain)
- ITALIAN
- His favorite thing in the world is mozzarella caprese. Extra points if it's bufala mozzarella. It really doesn't even need tomatoes. You can just plop a chunk of the mozzarella on the plate and he'd be happy.
- MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE VEGETARIAN OPTION (for me)
- Homemade pasta is a plus (though not required)
- Not outrageously expensive. It's our anniversary, but we're in our mid-20s and we're not loaded.

I know it's a huge list of requirements, but does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much!!

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