Welcome to Baker's Dozen! This week, we have a history of Japanese sweets accompanied by kittens; a fourteen-year-old carton of milk that has a birthday and a family; dance parties on the streets of Midtown and more.
It's the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a free celebration of jazz music and musicians in New York. This year it's from August 24-27 - expect some jaw-dropping performances. Multiple locations, check websites for individual events.
On Thursday nights during the summer, do what most New Yorkers avoid and head to the streets outside Madison Square Garden for live music and crazy dance parties. Click the link for dates and times.
In honor of Monday's Lunar Eclipse, Krispy Kreme is giving their doughnuts their very first chocolate glaze. Grab your shades and one of these babies and prepare for this special event.
What do hipsters and Jews have in common? Food, apparently, and there's a plethora of it in Portland, Maine right now. Read more about the Jewish food phenomena there at Tablet.
Just when you might have stupidly thought that cats couldn't get any cuter, a breed of curly cats comes in to remind you that cat cuteness is infinite.
An amazing slideshow of vintage kitten and cat pictures from LIFE. Fashions may come and go, but cats will always be there.
A food history of Japanese pastries just came out on The New York Times, and the pictures of the sweets and accompanying cats is the best thing you'll see all week. Take a peek behind the scenes at the link above.
An interview on Food52 with Joan Nathan and Yotam Ottolenghi on all things Jewish food.
A history of the culture of Jewish food preservation, accompanied by a new book on the topic, The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster.
Horrifying? Yes. Heartwarming? Maybe.
Being touted as the "Fyre Festival of cheese," what was supposed to be a beautiful day of celebrating the best food on earth turned into disaster when they ran out of...cheese. How, you may ask? Read the link above.
A detailed, thorough history of the Oreo and its claim to fame by the insanely talented Stella Parks, aka BraveTart.
A look into the world of autism through the eyes of a non-verbal child and his family.