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Model Missy Rayder Drinks Garlic and Eats ‘Dragon Bowls’

Missy Rayder, currently featured in Gap’s khaki ads, isn’t sweating the whole “skinny models” thing: She grew up in Wisconsin eating McDonald’s and microwaveable cheese-filled hot dogs. Her tastes were refined after she moved to New York City at the age of 16: “I switched a long time ago from my days of drugs to food.” Of course, that doesn’t mean she’s staying home cooking. “My stove doesn’t even work. I don’t think I’d be a very good wife.” Nevertheless we let her seduce us with tales of superlative brisket (fed to her while Terry Richardson photographed her for Uniqlo) and the best French fries in the city.

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Lower West Village Offers Niche Lunches for Its ‘Creatives’ and Carpenters

Where the West Village edges into Tribeca, you'll find publishing and advertising execs in the Saatchi Building, government employees off Houston, and union carpenters and hip-hop studio workers. Lunch-wise, nearly all ethnicities are well represented, and independently owned niche foodie destinations far outnumber franchises. Jane Jacobs, the famed urban planner who lived nearby, would be proud. Welcome to the micro-micro-neighborhood around the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Leroy Street.

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