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Christmas Shopping In Downtown Cranford

Still need to do some Christmas shopping? #HipNJ is here to help. Downtown Cranford has the perfect gift for everyone in your life, and here are some phenomenal businesses you need to check out.

Simply Art and Framing

Simply has something for everyone. The gallery is filled with hundreds of wonderful art and gift items, offering so much more than just framing.

Cranford Golden Touch Jewelers


Looking to get that special someone a beautiful piece of jewelry? Head over to Cranford Golden Touch Jewelers and you will not be disappointed.

The Amber Feather

The Amber Feather is perfect for the fashionista in your life. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind piece, this vintage, retail and resale shop is the place to be.

Hot Yoga Revolution

Hot Yoga Revolution is offering a $100 gift card for $80, as well as 25% off retail: premium yoga mats, hot yoga towels, china gel, pura vida bracelets and more!

Cake Artist Cafe

Cake Artist Cafe has a wide range of cake pops, cookie sets, and other delicious goodies that make the perfect stocking stuffer!

Fresh Press Juice Co.

Fresh Press Juice Co. is giving customers who purchase a $25 gift card or more the choice of a homemade granola bar or truffles.

Happy shopping!

Bakeries To Check Out This #NationalCookieDay

December 4th is National Cookie Day, and if you’re anything like us at #HipNJ, you love your desserts. That’s why we wanted to help make sure you optimize National Cookie Day this year and get your sugar in! Check out some of our favorite bakeries with delicious desserts that will not disappoint:

1. Texeira’s Bakery – 184 Ferry St Newark, NJ 07105
This Portugese bakery is a hit with anyone who comes through the door.

2. Mara’s Cafe & Bakery – 25 E Main St Denville, NJ 07834
The desserts here are crazy good and full of options . Cookies, pies, brownies, cupcakes, gelato, coffee – and they also serve sandwiches and the like as well. With ample seating and great customer service, you’ve gotta come here at least once!

3. Lyndhurst Pastry Shop – 256 Ridge Rd Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
“Well worth the calories. So many pastries, cookies and turnovers. Run by true old school Italians.” The reviews are in! What more do you need?

4. Honey Bakery – 673 Bergen Ave Jersey City, NJ 07304
In the mood for something different? Honey Bakery serves up both Korean and Russian foods/desserts, so you never run out of delicious options!

5. Vanillamore – 349 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
Delicious desserts, great ambiance, reasonable prices – and did we mention delicious desserts? 

6. Gencarelli’s Bakery – 446 Broad St Bloomfield, NJ 07003
“Best bakery ever. I can’t even stress how yummy everything is.” I’m surprised I haven’t stopped writing this blog to go get some cookies myself. The things we do for our #Hippers…

7. DaVinci Bakery – 100 Centre St Nutley, NJ 07110
Cool name, cool place, great sweets, and they also make beautiful cakes! So after you grab a few cookies and treats, order a cake for the Holidays – you’re welcome.

8. Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe – 1017 Stuyvesant Ave Union, NJ 07083
I HAD to put a photo of the decor – it’s Van Gogh! Rest assured, this place has incredible food, desserts, and coffee.” If you looked up the word “cozy” in the dictionary, you’d find this place.” It’s perfect for any occasion, but if you’re looking for a reason to try somewhere new, let it be National Cookie Day! Run, don’t walk!

9. WHOS Gluten Free80 Mallory Ave Jersey City, NJ 07307
Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for exceptional decor, but c’mon – who doesn’t love owls? I’m also a sucker for places that accommodate specific diets. Celiacs and folks just plain avoiding gluten rejoice! WHOS Gluten Free is loved by all, come check it out.

10. Adam’s Hot Bagels – 771 State Rt 15 N Ste 2 Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

Don’t let the name fool you, this place has tons of tasty dessert items including (but not limited to) delicious Italian cookies! Stop in for the sweets, and maybe even get a sandwich to go.

We hope you’ll take some time today to grab a cookie to celebrate today, and if not take a lunch break at one of these lovely locations. Either way try and remember to take some time for yourself today, whether or not you decide to #treatyourself.

Cara’s Cucina: Pasta Alla Griccia

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Pasta Alla Griccia!

While delicious, guanciale is occasionally difficult to come by. So, Di Falco has you covered. “If you can’t find guanciale, you can substitute in pancetta or American bacon,” she states. Check out the ingredients for the dish, which serves 6, below.

Pasta Alla Griccia

1 lb. rigatoni
8 oz. guanciale, diced
2 c. pecorino romano cheese
black pepper

Tools
multi-pot
deep saute’ pan
slotted spoon
ladle

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

If you make this at home, be sure to post it on Instagram along with the hashtag, #CarasCucina.

Buon Appetito!