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Dip Into Three Varieties of Guacamole at Toloache Mexican Restaurant

July 23, 2014 11:02 am

Next time you’re heading to a show or find yourself in New York’s Theater District, Toloache makes an excellent spot for drinks, a small bite, or filling dinner. This upscale Mexican restaurant is the brainchild of chef Julian Medina, a mentee of Chef Richard Sandoval who possesses an impressive culinary resume throughout New York’s top Mexican restaurants. Medina combines the flavors and inspiration from his native Mexico City with expert skills gained through formal training at the French Culinary Institute.

Appetizers are a must-have at Tolache, and don’t be shy about over-indulging. Diners highly recommend the guacamole. There are three types to choose from — mild, medium, and hot — with the medium highly recommended for its playful combination of flavors that include pomegranate, mango, and Thai basil. The Queso Fundido is another favorite with its mushroom additions. Most diners go for tacos; although small in size, they’re big on flavor. Try the Costilla & Tuetano made with beef short ribs.

Tastetful Mexican decor, including many panels of painted tiles, and a lively atmosphere make Tolache an enjoyable experience. It’s popular among theater-goers, and the staff is respectful of time constraints. Make a reservation to ensure table availability when you want it.

251 W. 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1818

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History Meets Adventure at These National Parks Near New York City

July 16, 2014 11:01 am

Beyond the hustle and bustle of New York City lie two national parks that were built to commemorate unique moments in American history. One is the home of a beloved First Lady, and the other is a former haven for artists seeking refuge outside of the city.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Amidst the 180-acre rural sprawl lies "Val-Kill," the only property that Eleanor Roosevelt ever owned. She purchased this modest cottage with encouragement from her husband, Franklin, to use the home and land as a means to develop her numerous endeavors. During the Great Depression, she used the cottage as a furniture factory to teach young men the trade. The house and its surrounding units are now open year-round to visitors for walk-through tours. There are also trails throughout the land nearby.

Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, 60 miles northeast of New York City. This structure was once home to a legendary artist community started by famous impressionist painter J. Alden Weir. Take a guided tour through the house where Weir and other painters, like Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Twachtman, developed the skills that would later define the period. There are even art supplies provided free of charge for guests to make paintings of their own, if the house and its history should inspire you.

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Shop Six Floors of Used and Antiquarian Books at Argosy Books

July 9, 2014 11:02 am

It may not be the most famous bookstore in NYC, but Argosy Books could be a close second. Family-owned and founded in 1925, this shop has the atmosphere of a charming independent shop. Warm wood shelves from floor to ceiling are filled with old and new titles. The lighting is welcoming without being overbearing, and the distinctive smell of old books wafts through the area. Bookworms love this six-story shop, and many shoppers are drawn in after finding a title in the $1 bin out front.

Antiquarian books are the shop’s specialty. These rare and first edition prints are stored on the fifth floor, but you’ll need to ask a staff member to show you around. Customers also enjoy browsing through the old prints and maps, which are a fun and affordable way to decorate your walls.

Argosy Books
116 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-4455

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