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This Week in NYC: Dec.18–24

The holidays are in full swing, and we know you’re rushing around shopping for gifts, going to work, traveling (and hopefully not getting stuck in the Atlanta airport), wrapping those gifts, and all the while trying to fit in a moment to have a therapeutic glass of wine (or two). This week there’s all sorts going on to help you with your last-minute holiday to-dos. From shopping in FiDi to gift wrapping at Grand Central, you’ll be ready to settle down with a hot toddy (or glass of sangria!) in no time. Have fun, Bitches!

Christmas Day is just one week away, which means it’s time to wrap up your holiday shopping. At the holiday market at the Oculus, you’ll find 20 merchants offering a wide range of unique gifts, as well as entertainment, food, festive photo moments, and other fun surprises to make your shopping experience as pleasant as possible. 185 Greenwich Street New York, NY

Tea is the perfect cold-weather drink, and it’s also the center of attention tonight at Catland. At the specialty boutique’s ritual tea workshop, in addition to sampling a variety of teas, you can also learn about herbal teas and their health benefits, get a brief introduction to tasseomancy (tea leaf reading), participate in a hands-on tea blending demo and a small guided tea ritual for the group, and much more. Get your tickets ($15) here. 987 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Happy National Sangria Day, Bitches! Celebrate this boozy holiday at Mad Dog & Beans, where you can enjoy half off glasses of sangria with the purchase of any entrée. Additionally, the restaurant will be hosting a complimentary tequila tasting by Astral Tequila from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. because it’s not a party without tequila. 83 Pearl Street, New York, NY

Finish up your holiday shopping at Grand Central, and then treat yourself by letting someone else wrap your purchases for you. After you present proof of any purchase from The Shops at Grand Central, you can get up to five gifts wrapped in custom wrapping paper featuring the iconic Zodiac mural in the main concourse. Head to the station master’s office near track 37 to experience this Holiday Wrap-Up89 E 42nd Street, New York, NY

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme Installation View

The Museum at FIT consistently puts together unique and educational fashion exhibits covering everything from designers of African descent to the history of denim. The museum’s current exhibit, Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme. Open through January 6, this exhibit explores how travel to extreme environments influences fashion and is the first of its kind. Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York, NY

Baking cookies is one of our favorite holiday traditions, and with Christmas Eve tomorrow, now is the perfect time to throw on an apron and get to work on some delicious desserts. Want to go beyond your standard sugar or chocolate chip cookies? We’re currently obsessed with these Lavender Shortbread Cookies with Rosewater Icing and Italian Wedding Cookies. Both recipes are easy to make and sure to please anyone and everyone you’re celebrating the holidays with this year.

Augustine Brunch

As we wrap up the year, we’re looking back at what we’ve eaten and loved all throughout 2017. Congrats to Augustine for topping our list of 2017’s best brunches of the year. And don’t miss out on our list of 2017’s best brunch bites—think Bloody Marys, spicy bites, cheesiest bite, and more. It’s been a great year (for food at least), and we can’t wait to continue tasting everything under the sun in 2018.


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