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Hey there! I'm Stephen, a Long Island native with a love for food, exercise, science/tech, cooking, travel, and trying new things. I studied biomedical engineering and currently help others with product design for new invention ideas. Being involved with products, I like researching and sharing information so others can enjoy them as well.
It’s all in the broth. No, really. Chef Taka simmers chicken broth for up to 8 hours and infuses a variety of ingredients to give your ramen and your taste buds a flavor punch! Dip into beef or pork miso ramen or opt for a savory fish flavor with Shoyu or Okinawa ramen. For folks who like a kick to their food, Kuu also serves up Spicy Tuna Donburi bowls and Kuu Chili ramen. Price: $15.
Weighing in at 3.3 lbs and sporting a brushed-metal look in a variety of vibrant colors, the Asus Vivobook S15 is a stylish and practical choice for any student. The computer comes decked out with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 15.6” display. Its unique hinge design gives your keyboard a little lift like you would see in a desktop keyboard. At a price tag of $699.99, it’s an excellent choice for a mid-tier student laptop.
Whether you’re crashing a party or kicking it with friends, the JLab Crasher is sure to bring the tunes and pump up the energy! Jam till you drop with 18 hours of battery (medium volume) and a booming 90dB max volume level powered by 2 drivers and a rear passive subwoofer. With a bluetooth range of 30 feet, you can rest assured the beats will still be bumping even when you leave the room. All that with a sleek look to boot and a price tag around $76.
Look like a pro while shooting with ease thanks to Nikon’s COOLPIX B500 camera. Distance is no dilemma thanks to the powerful 40x optical zoom and 80x dynamic fine zoom on its NIKKOR lens. Preview your content on its fold-out LCD screen and film stereo-sound 1080p videos at 30 fps. Equipped with wifi, bluetooth, and NFC connectivity, you can transfer photos on the go and keep up your instagram flow with breathtakingly vivid pictures. It clocks in at 19.1oz and an average price of $250.
The Spotted Pig in Greenwich Village needs no introduction. While April Bloomfield left in 2018, the chargrilled burger is still one of the best in the city. It’s a no-frills burger consisting of juicy meat (chuck, short loin, brisket), pungent Roquefort cheese, and a char-grilled bun. Oh, and it’s served alongside a sea of thin shoestring fries that may consume your burger before you do!
Turns out the promised land of BBQ isn’t in Kansas City, Austin, or Memphis. Rather, this gem of a joint is smack dab in Brooklyn and dishes out BBQ kosher style. Started by Sruli “Iggy” Eidelman, this place serves up succulent dishes like the sliced brisket sandwich,and the smoked fried chicken sandwich alongside tasty sides such as smoked beans and house slaw. Feeling fusion? Say no more - grab some pulled beef empanadas, eggrolls, or tacos (from Izzy’s Tacqueria right next door). $20-$30 .
With a view fit for a king, Monarch Rooftop Bar is the perfect name for a place that gives you a glorious view of the Empire State building and Midtown Manhattan. Chill inside the indoor skylight lounge or walk around the outdoor patio and gaze out 18 floors above West 35th street. Check out their craftily-named specialty cocktails like “Grow a Pear” and “Girls just want to have Rum.” At an average cocktail price of $15 - $20, you’re paying for the location, views, and ambiance as well.
Formerly 10Below, this unique ice cream spot's offerings went viral and had lines out the door when it opened shop back in 2015 in the heart of Chinatown. Like the name says, they spread and chop ingredients on a cold plate at -10F and serve it rolled Thai-style. Let your eyes be mesmerized by the presentation and while your sweet tooth takes a roller coaster ride on flavors like S’mores Galore, Monkey Business, and Fruity Bam Bam. They even serve up these rolls in waffle tacos! Price: $7
Imagine receiving a delivery of freshly baked cookies on demand between 12PM-3AM next day. Sound like a dream? Insomnia cookies doesn’t think so! Started by college students and loved by many more, Insomnia cookies comes knocking late at night with a variety of delectable treats like cookies, ice cream, chipwiches, brownies, and, for those special occasions, cookie cakes. You can even get milk with your cookies, just like Mom used to give you. Typical price is $2 - $10.
Everyone is unique, and so is their scent. That’s the philosophy behind Scent Truck, a company that delivers customized fragrances to monthly subscribers. How do they customize it? Here’s how it works: receive a scent palette in the mail, take the scent test online, and get ready to bask in a personalized fragrance each month. They also offer gift subscriptions so you can share this scent service with others. Monthly subscription costs $16 for a 30-day supply (5mL atomizer).