Why Not Feast on Animal Hearts for Valentine's Day?

Enjoy a romantic meal of the Peruvian cow heart kebabs called anticuchos at Lima Limon.

Let's face it. The tried-and-true methods of celebrating Valentine's Day have outlived their usefulness. A romantic restaurant? Forget it. The prices have been jacked up for awful prix fixe dinners, featuring things like sweet pink cocktails, cherry Jell-O, and heart-shaped cupcakes. Even if you decide to splurge, the noise level - often in excess of 90 decibels - prevents you from anything like romantic conversation. "I love you" sounds much better whispered than shouted.

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CookieBar Returns for a Pop-Up with Liddabit Sweets

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Who wants a sugar plum when you can have a cookie?
Dorie Greenspan hinted it might happen, and now she's confirmed the return of CookieBar. According to her Twitter feed, CookieBar will take part in a pop-up shop along with Liddabit Sweets at 39 White Street between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on December 18 and 19. World Peace Cookies and caramel bacon popcorn? Sounds like it's going to be a sweet, sweet holiday.

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Our 10 Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candies

The girl on the Mary Jane wrapper looks totally baked, and is that a short skirt she's wearing or a rubber flotation device?

Who can forget the thrills of trick-or-treating? Schlepping from door to door with the largest bag you could find in the kitchen, scoring treats from shopkeepers if you were a city kid, hitting up the neighbors if you grew up in the 'burbs. The more committed would trick-or-treat for hours, sometimes leaving bags of candy at pre-arranged stash points if the sugary loot was abundant enough.

We were connoisseurs of Halloween candy in those days, and our favorite brands were seared into our culinary sensibilities. Herewith our 10 favorite Halloween candies.

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Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candies

Wax lips and fangs presented us with our earliest childhood paradox: Lying in the vast gulf between candy and gum, how could facial features made of wax taste so good? And at what point do you stop wearing them and start chewing?

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