Concepción Gonzalez has been cooking tamales every Sunday for over 62 years. The tradition is filled with love, the recipe being the same one her mother taught her in the town of Tochimilco: a part of the Mexican state of Puebla. “Cooking reminds me of family and brings me home,” says Concepción in Spanish, as her daughter, Teresita, translates

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Looking to change your diet? Perhaps that juicy steak is no longer doing it for you? Then now is the time to try plant-based food. As veganism and vegetarianism culture continues to grow, more and more local spots have been adopting the cuisine and putting their own twist on it.

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Gift Box  The newly opened Gift Box is a crown jewel of local gift stores. The cozy boutique offers its visitors a bounty of cute, fun and thoughtful gift ideas created by artists both local and from around the world: from Astoria to Bali, Gift Box showcases unique and sustainable creations from a wide array…

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Astoria is certainly not lacking in restaurant options, but your wallet might not appreciate it if you eat out every day. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the neighborhood’s tastiest menu items that won’t break the bank.  Spanakopita at Cafe Boulis Cafe Boulis is a neighborhood institution; you can find regulars…

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photo Sofia Pipolo

A bar is only as good as its bartender. With so many amazing spots to choose from in Astoria,
you could have a different face pouring your drink every night. What stands out most in the
crowd, however, are our incredible female bartenders, showcasing their skills and knowledge
as they perfect a traditional Old Fashioned or their own signature cocktails. We were fortunate
enough to have some of these talented women share their journeys behind the bar with us.

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Kicking off the New Year, The Grand has happy hour starting at $7 All Day, Every Day! Try their signature drinks and cocktails such as margaritas, mules, mojitos, sangria and more. If you’re feeling chilly this winter, have a look at their hot drinks menu for something that will warm you right up. You can…

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