It had to happen. There had to be a way to take home a little piece of artisanal New York in a handy package. Voila, the GoodHoodGoods line of neighborhood gift buckets (brought to market with a little help from yours truly). Each GHG bucket represents a different neighborhood and includes gems from local makers like Baggu, Chocolat Moderne, and the Good Home Company.

Buckets are on sale at the Milford Hotel in Midtown and can be ordered online right here.

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08:41AM on 08/23/2013

A 45-minute Ancienne Ultimate Age-Delay Facial is the ultimate gift for mom this Mother’s Day. Not because she needs it, of course, but because after the pampering at this boutique spa, she’ll receive the equivalent amount ($125) to  in store credit, which she can spend immediately afterward and treat herself to what she really wants.

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01:29PM on 05/08/2013

An amazing breakfast doesn't have to be something you indulge in only on weekends. SCRATCHbread, a rustic, artisinal bakery in Bed-Stuy, serves five-star to-go breakfast options every day of the week, like the Build Your Own Grits, (single $3, double $6), with toppings like charred jalapeno, wood roasted mushrooms, Sicilian salsa verde, kale and dandelion pesto, and soft-boiled eggs.

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11:00AM on 05/02/2013

This Veronique Leroy Bomber Jacket ($1,099) is the ultimate statement piece, combining all our favorite trends into one Spring jacket. Sheer? Check. Embroidery? Check. Leopard print? You know it. You can wear it with denim shorts and your new sneaks or over your favorite colorful print dress.

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11:00AM on 04/23/2013

With rumors about pink slime and slaughterhouse horror stories dominating the news, vegetarianism is becoming more and more appealing. But that would mean giving up bacon. Which is why BK Cured wins a Brooklyn Choice Award, for providing us with delicious and guilt-free all-things-meat.

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11:00AM on 04/19/2013

That means it’s not only healthier than normal granola, it’s also more versatile, perfect for cereal and yogurt as well as salads (or on its own, of course). It comes in delicious flavors like Cranberry Nut Crunch made with kale, dates, almonds, coconut flakes, cranberries, sesame seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon.

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11:00AM on 04/16/2013

Psst…Want to know a secret? That unmarked bar-restaurant on the Bowery is Wise Men, a sexy brand-new bar and restaurant. This sleek and modern bar is an ideal date spot where you’ll you’re your favorite Arcade Fire songs while sipping classic cocktails like the Perfect Rob Roy (Deward, Vermouth, Peychard Bitters, $12). The surprisingly to-die-for menu items: the Pork Chop (with mustard, onions, and peppercorn, $18) and the Broccoli (charred with lemon, olive oil, chili flakes, $8). They will the best pork chop and broccoli you’ve ever had, at the best new hotspot in NoHo.

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11:00AM on 04/14/2013

This season is all about all-white or Easter-egg pastels, and Cinzia Rocca's Sample Sale has you covered on both fronts. These Spring coats are just what your wardrobe needs to celebrate the warm weather, and at up to 70% off or buy one get on free!

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11:00AM on 04/12/2013
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One of the great things about breakfast is that what should probably be dessert counts as the meal itself. A perfect example is coffee's favorite partner in crime, Dough's donuts. Unlike other doughnuts, these aren't overbearingly sweet. Whether you get the Blood Orange (pictured) or the Dulce de Leche with Toasted Almonds, they're the perfect combination of doughy, sweet, and flavorful.. They're also huge, making one doughnut a sufficient meal for just $2.

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11:00AM on 05/05/2013

Smoked Pork Hash & Poached Egg ($11, pictured), made with house-cured pork with a flavor-packed Carolina-style rub, served with a cherry tomato salad and scallions. Add a personal French Press brought to your table, and you've died and gone to brunch heaven.

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11:00AM on 05/01/2013

When it comes to sunglasses, go big or go home. These French Frieda Cheetah Sunglasses by Illesteva ($260) are no exception. The 50's Havana-inspired frames are the ultimate movie star accessory, a must-have for every Manhattan fashionista.

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11:00AM on 04/20/2013

One of this season's hottest trends is a (possibly premature) nod to the nineties, which is fine with me if it means putting daisies on everything. These Daisy Sandals ($50) from Pixie Market are perfect for romping around in May flowers.

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05:04PM on 04/18/2013

CLOS Wine Bar is a brand-new bar just off the Bowery where you and your date can have a wine-tasting experience right here in the city. You can spend the entire evening here indulging your taste buds, so conversation (and your palate) will never run dry.

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11:00AM on 04/16/2013

Phosphorescent seems fitting as singer-songwriter Matthew Houck's chosen epithet. His folksy tunes may make you see fireworks. Thursday April 18th at 8 p.m. ($15)

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11:00AM on 04/14/2013

Meet Jon. He's the manager of Choice Greene, and he's opening a brand new nursery in the backyard of this neighborhood favorite. Now you can start your own urban garden with organic plant starts from local farmers.

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11:00AM on 04/12/2013

Robert Moy, master balloon-folder, isn’t going to make you just another balloon dog. He’ll make you a wearable Darth Vader helmet with a light saber or wearable butterfly wings. He’ll make you an adult-size T-Rex if you give him half an hour. Needless to say, he’s a hit at kid’s parties.

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11:00AM on 05/03/2013
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Healthy eating is a habit that starts at a young age. Which is why Lisa Suriano started her company, Veggiecation, a cooking class for kids that shows them how yummy veggies can be! Her 163+ recipes are simple and kid-friendly, which make them easy to replicate at home. Check the website to schedule a class for a party, Scout troop, or classroom.

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11:51PM on 04/29/2013

This summer, the Brooklyn Flea will cross over the East River into the South Street Seaport, giving Manhattan a much-needed taste of what Brooklyn has to offer! Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the Flea will open an outdoor beer garden and food court along Front Street between Beekman and Fulton featuring a rotating selection of vendors.

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11:30AM on 04/19/2013

Hot sauce is the best condiment. It's good (and arguably necessary) on everything. A & B American Pepper Sauce is not only spicy and flavorful, but made in small batches with all-natural, high-quality ingredients. If you need more convincing before you toss the Tapatio, or if you just love hot sauce as much as I do, check out A&B at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo at East River State Park on April 20th & 21st.

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11:00AM on 04/18/2013

Pearl & Ash is the perfect blind-date spot: you don't know anything about your date's taste preferences, so why not go somewhere that lets you make it into whatever you want it to be? Wine bar, cocktail bar, tapas bar...etc. etc.

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11:00AM on 04/15/2013

Birthdays are meant to make you feel like a world-famous celebrity. With Red Carpet Kids, your child and friends get a full day of stardom, including filming their own green screen movie with special effects, props, make-up, and costumes, and a paparazzi photo shoot down the red carpet for the movie premiere (popcorn included).

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11:00AM on 04/13/2013

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