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Happy Fall everybody!

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As you can see I haven’t written in a month, but I have a good excuse: I found a job!

If you are looking for quick employment (in New York or otherwise), I highly suggest Care.com! It isn’t just babysitting. You can apply as a turtor, personal assistant, elder care specialist, or for babysitting! I was able to find a permanent position pretty close to where I live. 

I’m also tutoring online, so if you or anyone you know needs help with school work (kindergarten through college), check out my site and schedule a virtual tutoring session!

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Now that all that advertising is out of the way, I can get down to the nitty-gritty.

I have another recipe to share and some recommendations for a few places around NYC if you are planning on moving or visiting! 

First and foremost, I want to tell you guys about Mother’s Bake Shop! The lady I work for took me there right after Yom Kippur to buy some Challah bread, but I went back by myself a week later and am now obsessed. This place has EVERYTHING. 

If you watched the recent Anthony Bourdain: Part’s Unknown episode in the Bronx, he went to a deli in Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx…this bakery is right next door. 

It’s a Jewish bakery, but they also sell all different kinds of European and American desserts. Cannolis, cheesecake, baklava, cupcakes, cookies, etc. and it’s extremely reasonable. I visited with a friend and we got a piece of cheesecake, a coffee, and a box of mixed desserts for $14! 

I personally recommend the Almond Horseshoes!

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I also discovered Wave Hill Public Garden! If you’re ever in the Bronx, or want to get off of Manhattan and have a nice quiet day you should stop by Mother’s Bake Shop and then head to Wave Hill. I believe it’s $8 per person and there are miles of walking trails, a cafe, gift shop, beautiful views of the river, and tons of areas to picnic, sun yourself, draw, take pictures, and just chill. 

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If you are a history or art nerd, there are several notable places to visit within Wave Hill and there are also various exhibits to see!

This month’s recipe isn’t too glamorous, but it’s another cheap, quick, Vegan dish that could easily be spiced up with the additon of some ground beef and sour cream: Taco “Fried” Rice

Ingredients
3 cups white or brown rice, cooked
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 envelope taco seasoning mixed with 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
black pepper
pickled jalapeños
1 avocado-sliced
1/4 large white onion-sliced
1 slice lemon

Vegan: Combine rice, salsa, taco seasoning mixture, olive oil, black pepper and jalapeños (to taste) in a medium pot over medium high heat. Stir rice vigorously until thoroughly heated. For added texture let the bottom layer fry a bit longer, then continue stirring to incorporate the crispy layer back into the rice.

Non-vegan: Add some shredded chicken or beef and cheese!

Serving suggestions
Make a bed of tortilla chips and spread some beans, taco rice, avocado, pico, and onions over the chips for Vegan nachos! Add queso and sour cream if you wish!

Place some taco rice in a bowl and add some corn, beans, pico, avocado, onions, and a spritz of lemon juice for your very own Vegan taco bowl!

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I haven’t really gotten to explore much downtown since I live and work in the Bronx, but I hope to explore Bleeker Street in the coming weeks, which means I will have more reviews!

In the mean time, check back for a few movie reviews and watch out for those crazy subway rats! 🙂