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Dads are different these days. Today's dad doesn't mind braiding hair (although he could use a few lessons). He's getting pretty good at texting (aside from that time he put an eggplant emoji on an actual shopping list). He even learned how to "dab" convincingly (a year after everyone else stopped doing it, but still). Today's dad also has different Father's Day standards. Nothing so impersonal as a necktie is going to cut it as a gift anymore. Today's dad is culturally plugged in, gastronomically curious...in a word, hip. So how about celebrating your awesomely hip dad with a gift box that appeals to his modern appetites?...

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 Above: Andy Laird of Nunu Chocolates with his family. Photo: Andy Laird Andy Laird, the co-founder of Nunu Chocolates, has created the ultimate Brooklyn mom and pop chocolate shop with his wife Justine Pringle. Together they own two storefronts, Nunu Chocolates' flagship in Boerum Hill and Nunu Chocolates Cafe & Tap Room in Park Slope, and have retailers all over the city and online (including yours truly!). He's also a devoted dad of Adda, 5 and Senna, 3. So who better to plan the Ideal Father’s Day in Brooklyn than a modern day Willy Wonka? We asked Laird to name his favorite spots for meals...

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 Did you know that National Doughnut Day is a real holiday, not just a bogus way to increase food photos on Instagram? The day actually celebrates the Salvation Army Ladies who served doughnuts to WWI and WWII soldiers. In a pinch, the doughnuts were fried right in the soldiers’ metal helmets, according to the Salvation Army website. You can celebrate how far these tasty treats have come, at the best doughnut shops in Brooklyn. Du's Donuts Word is that star chef Wylie Dufresne spent three months perfecting the cake doughnut recipe for his Williamsburg doughnut shop attached to the ultra modern...

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Everyone's mom is different, sure. But commonalties exist, big time. So allow us to mark the occasion of Mother's Day by postulating a Grand Theory of Momness: That every mom we know can be divided into three main types. Bet you recognize one of these ladies. And we've got a curated gift box that will suit her unique style:  1. Chill Mom. Chill Mom rarely raises her voice. She can hold a Warrior 3 for twice as long as you, and look way better doing it. And she drinks tea. All. Day. Long. So enhance her mellow with the cozy Tea for Two gift...

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Another St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon us, and we're gearing up. Local meal planning? Check. Accessories shopping? Done. Here are a few sudsy facts to contemplate while you sip (?) your Guinness. 1. We often associate beer with Ireland, but Ireland only ranks fifth in beer consumption per capita. Take a bow, Czech Republic. (The USA is #14.)   2. You know that extra-creamy mouthfeel and long-lasting head that are typical of Irish stouts like Guinness? It's because of a process called nitrogenation. Science!   3. Guinness actually contains fewer calories than low-fat milk. We're tempted to try some in our next bowl of Lucky...

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