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Written by Lauren Shotwell
I inadvertently had one of the most easily mapped apartments on the planet when I lived in Santa Monica. All I needed to tell people was that my building “backed up to Bay Cities,” and immediately almost anyone from the greater Los Angeles area knew exactly where I resided. Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery is a Santa Monica institution that has been around since 1925. Though the small market is full of gourmet goodies, it’s by far the most famous for the sandwiches that come from its deli counter. And of its lengthy sandwich list, Bay Cities is by far the most famous for The Godmother.
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Inspired Bites and an Inspired Cocktail: Apple Sage Cooler

Casey Barberby Casey Barber October 20, 2014

“The following drink is inspired by one of the signature cocktails in Inspired Bites. The book version blends together a fall-centric lineup of pear, thyme, and ginger, but I’m switching things up with my favorite autumn beverage—apple cider—and woodsy sage.”

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Eating My Words: Practical Magic’s Meatloaf and Green Beans Are a Little of Both

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden October 13, 2014

“Ultimately, whether we’re reading aloud from Hoffman’s novel or watching the (admittedly slightly silly) antics of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman while we eat, sharing food with my sister is about the most magical thing there is. I hope you cook up this dinner of meatloaf and green beans and share the magic with favorite people of your own.”

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Squashing Pumpkin Spice Expectations: Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor October 6, 2014

“What we talk about when we talk about pumpkin spice isn’t really pumpkin. Nor is it spice. It’s the simulacra; it’s the marketing juggernaut; it’s the manufactured essence of childhood nostalgia, of crunching leaves, of hayrides and brisk weather and pumpkin patches. And most of us are falling for it, every single time.”

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Travel the World with Queens: A Culinary Passport

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 29, 2014

Queens: A Culinary Passport is a guidebook, shopping resource, and cookbook all in one, with an adorable subway tile-inspired design that virtually whisks you from neighborhood to neighborhood even if you’re not in New York proper.”

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