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This week we’re sharing where to eat and drink before the Holidays, highlighting more gift ideas and introducing you to a cool new friend: Daniel Emilio Soares of Alimentari Flâneur.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING

The Lower East Side’s favorite place to get an authentic Italian sammie just expanded into SoHo!! Stop by the new Regina’s Grocery at 241 Mulberry 7 days a week to try the Uncle John, Grandma Lucy, or Lil Phil. Fun Fact: each sammie is named after Regina’s family members, some of whom are no longer with us, some of whom pop in from time to time, and whose faces decorate the walls of the shop.

EAT
Head to Prospect Heights' KIT this Saturday for the bake sale of ur dreamz. We’re talking butter mochi, babka buns, plus a cake raffle from Sohla El-Waylly and Cakes4Sport!! The cake raffle & pre-sale ends TODAY but some pastries will be avail at the door! All proceeds are benefiting 2 NYC mutual aid funds focused on feeding our neighbors.

DRINK

For the rest of this month, Bonnie’s, Di an Di, Fish Cheeks, Kopitiam, Saigon Social & Win Son will be teaming up with our fave new sparkle h20 Sanzo to create one-of-a-kind cocktails. Swing by cool new thing’s Bonnie’s (or any other participating spot) to sip on their lychee fizz collab mocktail. 10% of sales will be donated to Welcome to Chinatown :)

SHOP

Pop Up Grocery Gratitude Shop

If you’re still looking for gifts for your “Brooklyn Chef” friend…Pop-Up Grocer is abt to solve all ur problemz. Their latest project, The Pop Up Grocery Gratitude Shop, is now open for biz. Shop their 4 goodie box sets (all under $40) to gift ur pals the newest, cutest, well-designed food goodies. PS- 60% of the products featured are women owned, and 100% are ethically made… PLUS $1 from every box sale goes to Invisible Hands. Everybody wins!! sHoP hErE

Dimes Market Outdoor Bazaar

OMG Dimes (of Dimes Square) is hosting THE holiday market you should be going to this weekend. Stop by 49 Canal this Sunday from noon-4p to shop stuff like cool friend Sophie Lou Jacobson glassware, Mater Soap & Walterfilter.

Cool Friends:
Daniel Emilio Soares

of Alimentari Flâneur

Meet Daniel, the founder of Alimentari Flâneur, the famously romantic specialty produce market based in the Lower East Side. We first discovered Alimentari last winter when we were absolutely smitten with Daniel’s hand-selected PINK! LEMONS! We caught up to hear how one finds themselves with such a beautiful point of view about what it can be like to buy food.

How did you start Alimentari Flâneur, your specialty grocer?

I started Alimentari Flâneur with $25k and a hopelessly romantic idea of wanting to tell my own story. The previous summer, I had done a similar pop up at Maman in Soho named after my grandmother, Grace Balducci. The idea behind that project was to show my family who I was working for at the time, that our history and legacy still had relevancy and that people would connect to a story about quality produce presented beautifully. Just as my great grandfather and grandfather had done. I also felt strongly that the only way my family’s business would effectively compete with the proliferation of grocery via Amazon, Walmart, Target was to introduce smaller footprint, exceptionally well curated, hospitality driven grocery markets with an emphasis on fresh produce and specialty provisions. Unfortunately, my family didn’t believe in the vision so I ultimately decided to do it on my own. I also wanted to tell a story influenced by my time living in Paris and traveling abroad, where I would spend my days discovering beauty while wandering.

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

The sheer commitment to collaboration and genuine support of one another. It’s deeply, deeply inspiring. I love that we all recognize one another’s work and champion our individual and shared successes. 

What's inspiring you right now?

My mother’s work ethic. My grandmother’s love and warmth. Laila Gohar is a huge inspiration. She’s so talented and is truly fluent in the language of beauty. She said that she doesn’t always know how to describe what it is that she does and I thought that was beautiful. If she is the Hermès of whatever it is that we do, I want to be Ralph.

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