Postcard from New York: hit the sweet spots

Native New Yorker turned ethical shopkeeper Elizabeth Kiester (her behind Cambodia’s Wanderlust lifestyle stores) has nobly agreed to add blogging for Smith to her rosta of Wonderwoman-worthy activities. In her first post for the Smith Travel Blog, she reports back from one of her regular New York trips (to keep up with her fashion roots, doncha know) with three toothsome little finds that are guaranteed to hit your sweet spot. How about it, cupcake?

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Popbar – New York ice-lolly deli

Indulging in a sweet something from time to time is a luxury one should never be willing to forgo – especially in New York. Avoid the tourist traps (that certain bakery on Bleecker Street, made famous for its starring role in Sex and the City, for one) and search out the more ‘home-grown’ sweet shops that are sprouting up all over NYC. When the humidity level reaches epic, jungle-ish heights, head over to Popbar, a gourmet ice-lolly shop in Manhattan that serves up interesting flavor combos and allows you to customize your choice, based on your mood. <Slurp!>

Best pie in New York?When the weather’s yucky or I need to feel, well, cared for, a piece of comforting home-made seasonal fruit pie at Clinton St Baking Company is as good as a hug from grandma (maybe even the best pie in New York). Sigh. And since I love a little irony and a cheeky spirit, and over at Sugar Sweet Sunshine, they serve sassily named, home-made cupcakes and layer cakes that allow you to indulge your wicked side, without overdoing it. Yes!

Popbar 5 Carmine Street @ 6th Avenue
Clinton St Baking Company 4 Clinton Street @ Houston
Sugar Sweet Sunshine 126 Rivington Street, between Essex & Norfolk

Elizabeth Kiester in New York

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For more destination inspiration and New York hotel recommendations, check out Mr & Mrs Smith’s guide to New York

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

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