Owner/Chef of The Thirsty Koala, Katherine Fuchs. As phase two begins in Astoria, there seems to be a lack of direction and divided opinions in regards to the COVID19 situation. Thirsty Koalas owner Katherine Fuchs describes these frustrations as additional difficulties in keeping a business alive during the pandemic. The rules and regulations of reopening…

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Cake Pops! Ingredients Cake Buttercream Cake pop sticks Candy Melts Sprinkles of your choice Styrofoam board Recipe Add the cake in a large bowl. Crumble it and add a tablespoon of buttercream at a time until the cake is moist enough to roll a ball, yet thick enough to keep its form. Roll the mixture…

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Image courtesy of RiverCrest. After months of being open only for pickup and delivery, Rivercrest has opened their outdoor seating during phase two re-openings. The team at Rivercrest is being as diligent as they can to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time. To avoid too much handling of paper menus, they have…

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I think it’s safe to say that we are facing very scary, uncertain times. Few things bring us comfort right now, one of those being warm, satisfying delicious bread. Plain, sweet or savory, choose your preference. Me personally, I like a little bit of both, which is why in this weeks recipe, I chose to…

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Image via Artopolis Bakery (@artopolisbakery_) Instagram. Give Me Astoria is sad to share the news that Artopolis Bakery has officially closed its doors. The beloved bakery, located at 23-18 31st St., was famous in the neighborhood for its cakes, pies, and specialty Greek pastries. Artopolis Bakery was a staple in Astoria for nearly 17 years. Artopolis…

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Image courtesy of Trattoria L’Incontro (@trattoria_lincontro) Instagram. Trattoria L’Incontro’s owner Rocco Sacramone’s mission has been to make his restaurant a place where you receive a dining experience. When you are limited to only offering take-out, it becomes an additional challenge of trying to reinvent yourself. With take-out, you can’t express yourself on the plate. There…

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The Yard Astoria

Image courtesy of The Yard. With the support of the community and their loyal employees, The Yard is up and running despite some of the difficulties created by the COVID19 situation. Although they have had to limit store hours and restructure certain aspects of the business, The Yard has still maintained their affordable prices and…

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This week’s Tuesday Treat is: Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies! Basic ingredients are crucial. Do not mess with them! Flour, liquid, salt, fat and leavening ingredients are all equally important for a recipe. Baking is chemistry. Every little detail counts. Unlike cooking, you must measure everything accurately with the right measuring tools. Every baker should learn…

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Antika Astoria

Image via Antika (@antikaastoria) Instagram. With so much fear and uncertainty, there has been a need now more than ever to provide to our neighbors. Antika’s owner Jerry Sbarro along with one chef, and one pizza chef, have been committed to doing everything they can to stay open and support everyone in the community, especially…

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A little bit about Auntie Eli… Born and raised in Astoria from Cypriot parents, I studied as a graphic designer but always had a passion for baking. On impulse, in 2010, I rented a small spot in Larnaca, Cyprus and named it Auntie Eli’s. This all happened in a matter of 2 hours. Yes, that’s…

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