a day and a giveaway: the lower east side

I love hanging out with my sisters, they’re two of my most favorite people in the world. We’re the sort of sisters that are either singing eighties songs together at the top of our lungs, or plotting each others demise. Anyways, a couple of days ago we decided to put off the demise plotting and set aside Dexy’s Midnight Runners for an afternoon spent hunting down our favorite treats in the Lower East Side (LES). We ended up going to The Doughnut Plant, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and Economy Candy (all famous in their own right).

Awww yeahhhh...

We picked up a tres leches, blackout, creme brulee, and a passion fruit doughnut. The Plant is a place where they ask you “yeast or cake?”- a reference to the type of doughnut that you want. Personally I’m a cake girl, but the fact that I have a choice makes the fact that I can buy a passion fruit doughnut at all even better. By the way, if you’ve got a couple minutes you should totally check out the history of The Doughnut Plant on the interactive timeline they’ve got on their site (or you could just check out their other drool-worthy flavors).

Click this pic to read what SSS wrote on their menu board!

Sugar Sweet Sunshine sells the best cupcakes in NYC. I cannot say enough about their cupcakes, they are seriously my favorite (and I live in NYC, home to big CC stars like Magnolia, so you know I’ve had a cupcake or two in my day). Their cupcakes have adorable names like Sexy Red Velvet, Sassy Red Velvet (yes I’m naming my favorites, ‘cuz I’ve got these names memorized), and the Bob. You can imagine how fun it is to say “Yes, can I have a sexy, a sassy, and a bob?”

The last place we went to was Economy Candy. This famous old school candy store has been featured pretty much everywhere. Walking into this tiny store was literally like walking into my 9 year old fat kid dreams (or like walking into Willy Wonkas closet). Sweets literally line the walls, so it’s no wonder me and my sisters dived eagerly into the candy architecture. Sure there were moments, squeezed between other candy connoisseurs, that I genuinely hoped no fire or fight would erupt because I would surely die between the giant Eastern European guy clutching his box of Turkish Delight and a wall of dark chocolate. But candy consumption is not for the light hearted! So I plowed on and retrieved two items from Economy that I just KNEW I had to giveaway here on the nyc talon:

An Economy Candy Belgian Milk Chocolate Smores Bar, and a Blue Q coin purse! The Economy Candy Smores Bar is ah-maze-ing! Whenever I go to Economy I alway pick one up. The Blue Q purse is made out of %95 recycled material, but what really got me was the design. The front reads: “Drive a Hard Bargain, Boss Lady, Zippy, Money Bag”, and the back says: “Show’em The Bacon yer Out There Makin'”- which really sealed the deal for me, I even got one for my mom!

So because I feel these two treats really embody my day in the Lower East Side with my sisters, and the nyc talon I’ll be giving them away to one lucky reader! Here’s how to enter, and remember for every entry leave a comment:

1. Click on the Sugar Sweet Sunshine image and tell me what’s your favorite reason to eat a cupcake?

2. Comment on another post and leave a comment here telling me you did

3. Subscribe to nyctalon via email (right sidebar)- I really appreciate this one you guys!

4. Follow me on twitter

5. Like nyctalon on FB

6. Share this giveaway on social media sites (twitter, fb, etc.) and post a link in the comments, you can do this multiple times

7. If you’ve entered any other of my giveaways then you get an extra entry here

This giveaway starts 2/27/2012 and Ends 3/07/2012. I was not compensated in any way for this review/giveaway. Open to US only

102 Responses to “a day and a giveaway: the lower east side”
  1. Marilyn Wons says:

    My favorite reason to eat a cupcake is for the great taste!

  2. Paula Tavernie says:

    I love liking the icing off the top before eatin it!

  3. I’ve never needed a reason to eat a cupcake. If it’s there, I’m eating it!
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  4. My biggest reason for eating a cupcake – purely selfish deliciousness!

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  6. Christine says:

    My favorite reason to eat a cupcake is for the sugar rush

  7. Kim says:

    My favorite reason to eat a cupcake is that I can eat the WHOLE thing without feeling too guilty!

  8. It makes me feel like a kid!

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  10. Nancy says:

    Reason I like : Because it tastes better than a radish!

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  12. Nancy says:

    Commented on the post And the Winner is … me!

  13. Nancy says:

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  14. deanna says:

    this one sounds yummy: Pumpkin: Pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing
    fave reason: because eating a whole cake would be too much work for my thighs at the gym the next day

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  19. elissa says:

    My favorite reason to eat a cupcake is because I can!! I’m alive and kicking!!

  20. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    To treat myself of course! :)

  21. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

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  22. Jackie Griebel says:

    My reason to eat a cupcake is because I love sweets!

  23. Jackie Griebel says:

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  26. Jackie Griebel says:

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  27. Diane Baum says:

    My fave reason to eat a cupcake, not that i ever needed a reason to eat something that looked this good..is for the great taste

  28. Mary Lea says:

    My favorite reason to eat a cupcake? ….just the decadent feeling of being young again…eating a whole miniature cake!

  29. Brittney House says:

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  30. Brittney House says:

    I love the frosting!!

  31. Kimberly Attridge says:

    I like the first one – “Because it tastes better than a radish”

  32. Frugaluser says:

    Clicked the link ..
    My reason to eat a cupcake, it could be having people over, a birthday, a holiday, a Friday, a happy day, need a pick me up day. I guess I could always find a reason to have a cupcake

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  33. Colleen Busch says:

    Like on fb as colleen busch

  34. chadro says:

    I follow u with twitter as Harzich

  35. chadro says:

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  36. Marija says:

    My favorite is #3 — It makes you feel like a kid!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  37. Marija says:

    following you on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

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  38. chadro says:

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  39. Mechele Johnson says:

    Because it makes me feel like a kid!

  40. Mechele Johnson says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  41. Mechele Johnson says:

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  42. Mechele Johnson says:

    I follow you on Twitter as @mmjohnson55

  43. Mechele Johnson says:

    I tweeted.

  44. Emily says:

    I woke up and said, “I’m worth it!”

  45. Claire says:

    My favorite reason is cause they are Delicious!! :)

  46. Ger says:

    Their reason, Because it taste better than a radish, is great. My reason is for the shear pleasure!

  47. Barbara says:

    I like eating a cupcake for the taste and texture.

  48. Barbara says:

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  50. Barbara says:

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  51. kendra says:

    never a reason needed! I love them!

  52. Stacie says:

    Because mass transit was on time. Since that is so rare, it’s cause for celebration when it does happen!

  53. Char W says:

    I would eat a cupcake because it looks delicious!

  54. Char W says:

    I subscribe via email.

  55. Char W says:

    I follow on Twitter as @CAMomofTwo

  56. Char W says:

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  57. Michelle Tucker says:

    Eating a sexy red velvet makes you feel sexy. Now I really am hungry.
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  58. Michelle Tucker says:

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  61. Michelle Tucker says:

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  62. Jessica Davis says:

    Because you had your heart broken

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  66. Jessica Davis says:

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  67. Rhea says:

    My favorite reason to eat a cupcake is that I feel like a kid everytime! Each little morsel is like a morsel of childhood. ;D

  68. Rhea says:

    I just signed up to receive your newsletter via email.

  69. Rhea says:

    I now follow you on Twitter.

  70. Rhea says:

    I like you on Facebook.

  71. Rhea says:

    i shared the contest on Twitter. The URL is:

  72. Robin Blankenship says:

    My fave reason to eat a cupcake is because it is a day that ends in Y

  73. Rhea says:

    I commented on your “And The Winner Is…” post.

    :) Rhea

  74. Julie b says:

    It makes you feel like a kid!

  75. My favorite reason to eat a cupcake is it makes me feel like a kid.

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  80. Julie b says:

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  81. Sue Bunting says:

    my favorite reason to eat a cupcake is I love cupcakes!!!

  82. Sue Bunting says:

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  85. Sand says:

    My favorite reason to have a cupcake is because I had a bad day. Sugar makes me happy!

  86. 1955nurse says:

    The reason to eat a cupcake is…. because it’s there – & cupcakes just naturally make me feel… good!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) ;-)

  87. 1955nurse says:

    I liked you (HollyCunningham) on FB ((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com))

  88. 1955nurse says:

    I shared this (HollyCunningham) on FB ((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Better late than never, eh?!?!?!

  89. 1955nurse says:

    I commented on: And the winner is… me! ((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Thanks for the chance….

  90. Sarh Snarski says:

    I love cupcakes because they are like delicious finger cakes. lol

  91. Sarh Snarski says:

    following on Facebook
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  92. michelle oakley warner says:

    because it tastes better than radis,lol,thats great

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