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Craft: Upscale Yet Comfortable

November 19, 2014 5:01 pm

Craft is the creation of Chef Tom Collicchio, the famed judge of Bravo’s Top Chef. The original location in New York’s Flatiron District has received three stars from the New York Times and offers a daily farm to table menu.

Customers rave about the tender braised beef short ribs. Large portions are served with family-style sides; the Hen of the Woods mushrooms and duck risotto are popular choices. Doughnuts with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce are perfect for after dinner coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Diners appreciate the extensive wine list and refreshing cocktails.

The warm wood and brick decor is upscale yet comfortable and staff is welcoming. Visit Craft's website to learn more about this popular New York City restaurant.

43 E. 19th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 780-0880

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4 Party Dips Your Guests Will Love to Scoop

November 12, 2014 6:35 pm

Dips make the perfect party snack because they’re easy to make, easy to serve and easy to eat. From fresh, spicy salsas to creamy guacamoles, there are a number of different types of dips that just about any guest will love. Here are four tasty party recipes that pair perfectly with chips, crackers and more.

Feta, Honey and Date Spread
If you’re tired of the usual dips and you’re looking for something with a more unique flavor, this Mediterranean-inspired dip is sure to impress. It takes just 20 minutes to make and is best served with warm pita chips.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
You simply can’t go wrong with a gooey, cheesy spinach artichoke dip. A mix of Parmesan and pepper jack cheeses combine to make this one extra flavorful.

Cheesesteak Dip
Ideal for football games or for those looking for to bring a taste of Philadelphia to a party, this recipe turns the meaty flavor of a classic cheesesteak into dip form.

Creamy Cobb Salad Dip
Bring this one to a summer barbecue or picnic and you’ll be met with compliments all day long. Bleu cheese, avocado and bacon incorporate the traditional salad’s flavors, while chopped tomatoes on top add a fresh taste that’s tasty on crackers, toast points and much more.

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Check Out These 4 Stress-Busting Tips and Tricks

November 6, 2014 5:00 pm

Occasional stress is normal for all people, but too much stress can start to become a hindrance on both your work performance and your happiness. Here are a few simple ways that you can beat stress before it even starts to happen.

  1. Catch it in advance. Take note of things that make you feel stressed so that you can handle them before they get worse. For example, if you frequently feel stressed out about your email inbox because you know how quickly it can build up, set aside a few minutes each morning to devote to tackling those emails.
  2. Control your body language. Your physical behavior plays a large role in your stress levels. If you chew your fingernails, you encourage more stress, but if you sit up straight, take deep breaths and fake a smile, it can have a positive effect on your mood.
  3. Unplug. If you obsessively check your phone all day at work, that behavior can carry over into your personal life. Turn off your phone after you leave the office, and avoid checking your email until you go back to work the next morning.
  4. Be decisive. If you’re stressed out about the thought of making an important decision, get it out of the way. The more you let something stew the more it can build up in your mind, so do whatever you can to decide on a solution and move on.

15 Easy Ways to Bust Work Stress [MSN]
7 Ways to Bust Stress [SheKnows]
Easy Ways to Bust Stress [Bubblews]
Top 10 Instant Stress Busters [Lifehacker]

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