Once upon a time, I understood why tourists stood in line at Magnolia. Not because I think they have the best cupcakes in the city; not because I think it's a particularly smart use of time. But because, seven-odd years ago, fancy cupcakes weren't yet A Thing across the country; and if you wanted fancy cupcakes, well, New York was in fact the place to get them. Today, though, when every American city from Peoria to Walla Walla has its own cupcakery—why waste your limited hours in New York?
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