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Read Along As Christopher Captures Life and Food in NYC

Inspiration Right From My Tiny NYC Kitchen and Other Observations from Life in New York City.

Living in New York City we’re surrounded by great food, innovative restaurants, and amazing farmer’s markets. I’m constantly on the hunt for fun new recipe ideas. Follow along as I discover this amazing city, find great food, take in life and celebrate the diversity of food and people in this great city.

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