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Choc∙O∙Pain

Choc∙O∙Pain French Bakery & Café Opens Fourth Location

#Hippers living in Hoboken’s Hudson Tea Building Uptown are in for a sweet treat!

Clemente Danko, owner of Choc∙O∙Pain French Bakery & Cafés (Choc∙O∙Pain), is pleased to announce their fourth location is now open on 1500 Hudson Street. This location joins their original downtown Hoboken spot on 1st Street and their two Jersey City properties, including the 3,900 s.f. commissary bakery that opened in July of 2017.

Choc∙O∙Pain is a boulangerie that creates their sourdough-based breads in the traditional European way with 4 basic ingredients using a slow, long fermentation process. The menu offers La Boulangerie: pains (breads), brioches, baguettes, viennoiseries, tartes, desserts and macarons; Le Café: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch including: quiche, sandwiches, croques, salads, soups (vegan) and pastries. Beverages include La Colombe Espresso & Coffees, Kusmi teas, house-made specialty beverages and Alain Milliat juices; and La Boutique, a select retail assortment of hard-to-find French specialty items and cooking ingredients including: macarons, local honey and Alain Milliat jams.

The newest member of the Choc∙O∙Pain family is a 1,600 square foot, 40 seat café and retail space planned by Hoboken based Minervini Vandermark Architecture. This location also offers a private event room that seats up to 20 with options available for special events and catering for personal and business events.

Bakery and café open daily Monday-Friday 6:30am- 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-7pm with delivery available via postmates.com. Made to order salads and sandwiches will launch shortly after opening. Best of all, street parking is available for those coming from out-of-town!

The interior will reflect a Parisian chic design aesthetic with simple rustic touches including reclaimed wood and decorative elements and offer award winning signature house made breads, pastries, and café dishes as well as specialty French retail items. A little slice of France, west of the Hudson!

This January, the group was a selected finalist in French Morning’s Best Croissant NYC juried competition. As the sole #HipNJ bakery entered, it was quite an accomplishment to receive the People’s Choice New York City award for their croissant! They received this same People’s Choice award in 2016 for their baguette.

Visit chocopainbakery.com for more information.

LSC After Dark

LSC After Dark Celebrates Mardi Gras

Liberty Science Center just threw the hottest Mardi Gras bash in New Jersey, and #HipNJ was there for it all! Check out some highlights from their latest LSC After Dark event.

Upon walking in, you were made to feel like you were on Bourbon Street. The Hungry March Band, a legendary street bass march band from NYC that has previously played at Mardi Gras, got the crowd going with their energetic tunes (and copious amounts of beads!)

The Hungry March Band transformed Jersey City to New Orleans.

DJ Dprizzy kept the good vibes going, while party-goers decked out in green and purple beads danced the night away. After burning up an appetite, there were plenty of food selections for attendees to choose from, including Waffle It and Co, Yani’s Bake House, Luke’s Empanadas, Mozzarepas, Under the Bun Burgers & BBQ, Cryo Cream, Sisig City, Guac Spot, and The French Quarter.

Yani’s Bake House Displays their Mardi Gras Kings Cake

The night’s highlight would have to be the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium. Guests sat back and explored the stars and beyond for the debut of LSC’s newest planetarium show, Lovers of the Cosmos LIVE! The experience included dazzling special affects that made you feel as if you were really traveling through space.

Travel to parts unknown at the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium!

On the third Thursday of every month, guests 21 and over can enjoy cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows, and more at LSC After Dark. Don’t miss out on the fun; click here to learn more.

Kale Me, Maybe? Food Box HQ Says #HipNJ Singles Least Likely to Date Vegans

Are you vegan and stuck home alone on date night? Food Box HQ may have the reason why.

‘Going Vegan’ may be the hottest global food trend right now, but it turns out a plant-based diet isn’t the food of love… New research from Food Box HQ has revealed that 31% of New Jerseyites would not consider dating a vegan. This compares to a national average of 28.2%.

The popular mail delivery review service polled 2,500 people, and found that overall men are more bothered by prospective partners’ culinary preferences than women, with a huge 33.5% stating they wouldn’t date a vegan. This is compared to the 23.3% of women who would say no to a date. Almost a third of men would try to persuade their vegan/veggie partner to eat meat!

Interestingly, it’s the older generation who consider eating habits more of a deal breaker, with 31.9% of 45-54 year olds saying they wouldn’t swipe right for a vegan. Millennials were more accepting of the lifestyle choice however, with a lower 25.9% of 18-24 year olds stating they would consider veganism off-putting.

But how do vegans feel about dating meat-eaters? Well, it turns out they’re not as strict with who they date as they are with their food – a huge 89.5% of vegans said they would consider starting a relationship with a meat-eater.

When asked if they would consider giving up meat and go vegan for a partner, 70.1% of Americans said they would not. And while 12.2% of Americans said they would cut down on their meat intake for a partner, they also admitted they would still eat it while their partner was away!

But though the majority of carnivores refuse to give up chicken wings or a juicy steak for love – only 16.4% of them would try to persuade their vegan partner to eat meat. This varied hugely between the sexes however, with almost a third of men (31.6%) saying they’d try to persuade their vegan/vegetarian partner to eat meat, compared to just 2.4% of women.

When asked about the most unattractive diet habit in a partner, respondents said that the most off-putting thing is ‘obsessing over healthy eating’. This was closely followed by ‘overeating fast food’, ‘overindulging in alcohol’ and ‘always dieting’.

It was mainly women who thought being health obsessed was unappealing, whereas men felt that ‘overeating fast food’ was the most unattractive diet habit in a partner.

Finally, Food Box HQ’s survey revealed that poor table manners and dinner date decorum may be costing singles their chance of a second date. Respondents said that ‘talking with your mouth full’ was the worst thing a date could do, followed by ‘chewing too loudly’ and ‘eating with fingers instead of cutlery’.

Dan Scalco of Food Box HQ, says: “Dating tends to revolve around eating out, whether it’s a romantic meal out or breakfast in bed, so finding a partner who respects or shares your values toward food is really important. America is certainly becoming more accepting of healthy and ethical dietary choices, but our survey has shown that more than a quarter of people still wouldn’t date a vegan. We expect this percentage to decrease as veganism continues to trend in 2018, and more restaurants start offering plant-based options.”

Americans say ‘obsessing over healthy eating’, ‘overeating fast food’ and ‘overindulging in alcohol’ is unattractive. But like the old saying (kind of) goes; “If you can’t handle me at my preferred diet, you don’t deserve me at all!”