Neighborhood Spotlight: Aladdin Sweets And Restaurant

Konstantin Uzhinsky
Sometimes you discover new things for yourself, even though they’ve been around for a long time. Sometimes these places are right in your own neighborhood. Aladdin Sweets and Restaurant was this kind of fortuitous discovery. 

Love Is In The Air… At The Cinema!

—Scott Lakeram
February is the month for love, chocolates, roses and the Oscars! On Valentine’s Day many will brave the cold to purchase candy and flowers for their significant other, taking them to dinner and best of all, the next blockbuster hit. 

How To Have A Happy Un-Valentine’s Day!

Melissa Mennona
It’s that time of the year when walking into any drug store you become inundated with aisles of chocolates in frilly heart-shaped boxes, cheap teddy bears and other Valentine’s Day trinkets. Hearts, flowers, chocolates – who needs them? We are not all in relationships and there is nothing wrong with that. 

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Happy Valentines Day! I’ve finally gotten my computer up and running and have some downtime to get some recipes out there. As promised, here is the yummy recipe I’ve been Tweeting about all week. As you know from previous posts, I’m Italian and love pasta. 

Some Vicarious Romance

—Anaé Petito
With Valentine’s Day to warm up the Queens Scene’s February issue, what better way to tap into the romantic spirit than sharing some of our favorite romantic literature. There’s a flavor for every personality! 

Pick A Perfect Valentine Gift

Valentine’s Day is nearly here! Many of us will scramble at the last minute to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Don’t fret, Astoria has everything you need right here for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Here are a few spots we think you should check out. 

Intimate Dining For Valentines

Here are a few quick recommendations for those of you still scrambling your brain for someplace different to share your evening with a loved one on Valentine’s Day. You can use this list as a guide by either picking and choosing, or you can try to hit them all! Of course, the night is young and Astoria never sleeps. 

Valentine’s Day Mixtape

—Anaé Petito
In keeping with the theme of exploring romance through the eyes of a writer, the following selections will help you experience love through music. To be fair, this is not your average “Love Songs” playlist. 

Get Swept Away With A Harlequin Romance

—Catherina Gioino
Now is the season when roses are seen in flower shop windows and cupid decorations line the aisles of your favorite commercial pharmacy. Or, if you’re like me, you’re drawn to the endless aisles of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Halloween candy is for babies. Valentine’s Day is for lovers, and there’s no greater love than between a person and their chocolate. 

Thank You! But Who’s It Really For?

Melissa Mennona
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many stores will be selling the latest and sexiest lingerie. Many people consider Valentine’s lingerie to be the ultimate sexy, romantic gift. But some ladies ask the question, “is lingerie actually a gift for women or for men?” Most women we know like to put on pretty bras and underwear. 
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