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As part of our foray to the Bronx, we decided to check out the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. Different retailers sell from the large building - cigar makers, florists, housewares (like a mini, less gentrified Chelsea Market) - amidst the stretch of restaurants, bakeries, fishmongers, and other butchers on Arthur Avenue. We made a beeline for Michael's Deli, in the back right corner of the market, because we had seen Michael give a demonstration of how to make fresh mozarella on NYC TV. After he sort of making fun of us for taking pictures (forcing us to pose with a ball of smoked mozarella, so we could be holding "Michael's ball"), Gothamist bought some fresh mozzarella, which, upon trying when we got home, was some incredible stuff - rich and creamy. We didn't even need to salt it!

You can order smoked cheese and meats from Michael's Deli online. Here's a recipe for the thin crust pizza made with fresh mozz on NYC TV. And Slice covered the fresh mozzarella tip with lots of good links.

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Yesterday, Gothamist posted on visiting the Bronx Zoo's Holiday Lights. Tomorrow, we'll cover the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens.