Catch It: Magnolia Bakery

For me, the joy of watching my Mom bake a pie, a cake, or cornbread was the best things in life. The aroma of sweetness flowed throughout our house in Georgia. I am reminded of those days whenever I come across Magnolia Bakery.

Last week, I sauntered into Magnolia Bakery located in Rockefeller Center at 1240 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10020. I stood in line to buy a slice of German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Caramel Pecan Icing.

I enjoyed my cake while I trekked uptown, and at the same time, I spoke to my Mom on the telephone. She laughed. I smiled…just like we always do.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Catch It: Alice’s Tea Cup

From time to time after my walks in Central Park, I treat myself to a yummy oatmeal cookie at Alice’s Tea Cup (102 West 73rd St., New York, NY 10023). It is like being in your own secret garden in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Alice’s Tea Cup is a pretty little place with teas, sandwiches, and scones. It is a mixture of families from the neighborhood; tourists’ stopping by in between shopping on Columbus Avenue, and passersby discovering something new.

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Catch It: Chopped Parsley

Chasing the night wind after an event in Harlem, my friend Kelli and I wandered into Chopped Parsley at 500 West 146th Street, New York, NY 10031. The restaurant’s motto is “Japanese Food & Beyond.” The food was exceptional; the ambiance was a mixture of the 1960s openness and today’s urbane place to be. The family-owned restaurant is small and charming with a bountiful reservoir of smiles.

We sat at the communal table drinking a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, as we conversed with a couple who had purchased their home in the neighborhood in the 1950s. He was Irish American, she was Asian American, and they both were professors in Manhattan. In the background was a soundtrack of Jazz; and while we all ate our scrumptious meal, our delightful waiter would stop by to make sure all was well.

It was an enchanting evening.

Chopped Parsley has a homey sense of preparing good food, relaxing with special friends in a Japanese room in the heart of Harlem.

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Catch It: Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life

Every time I pick up Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life by Mary Schmich, I have a smile on my face. Ms. Schmich’s lovely book is a treasure trove of wisdom and fun anecdotes for living in a hectic world in the 21st century.

What a joyful book to share with a loved one on Valentine’s Day.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Catch It: Gotham 2018: Meredith’s Astoria

One afternoon, as I was on my way to Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Queens, my head was filled with the beat of Duke’s Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder”. While strolling the streets of Astoria, I peered at trendy restaurants and old-fashioned shops blending with new tall buildings. I remembered I knew someone who lived in Astoria: Ms. Meredith.

A runner who often speeds throughout her vibrant neighborhood, Ms. Meredith epitomizes the radiance of the community. So here is my interview with the very nice lady, Ms. Meredith.

What are you favorite restaurants in Astoria?

VIA TRENTA – Amazing Italian and a lovely staff. Great feelathome type of place. Great food, a warm welcoming environment. Yummy brunch and outdoor seating in the summer. They have the type of staff who knows their regulars and shows their excitement when you enter the restaurant.

LUNERA – It is newer restaurant in the neighborhood. Amazing Mexican, also great service and specials.

WATAWASUSHI It has that city lounging vibe and the sushi is excellent.

TAVERNA KYCLADES – Greek and delicious seafood.

JUJUBE TREE – Vegan and healthy treats.

ANTIKA – Italian and the pizzas are sumptuous.

SUGAR FREAK (Louisiana) – It’s our comfort-food, Southern-style restaurant.

What do you like about living in Astoria?

After working all day in Manhattan, there is a sense of calm once I am get off at the subway station and walk to my home. Though I’m active and on the go, I feel as if I slow down in Astoria.

The food and entertainment options are great and evolving. Even with the changes, the locals are loyal to the small businesses, and the neighborhood feeling has been preserved.

Astoria is very accessible and it operates pretty much 24 hours/day. The passion in the owners and their employees behind the local businesses is why there is a strong culture here.

Thank you, Ms. Meredith.

The weather in New York may get cold, but there is light and warmth in the unexpected joy of discovering something new while strolling in and around the city.



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Catch It: Salumeria Rosi

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”—words by Tennessee Williams. With this holiday season upon us, I recall the fondest times at my family’s Thanksgiving dinners in Atlanta, Georgia.

And last Saturday, I was connected to that place and time through the enchanting ambiance at Salumeria Rosi on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I instantly felt like I was home at my Mom’s kitchen table—down south.


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Catch It: Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

A weekly celebration for me is a chocolate treat at Kruether Handcrafted Chocolate. Kreuther is a chocolate bar where I take pleasure in exquisite pieces of chocolate confections and drink a cup of rich coffee while gazing at Bryant Park.

I came upon Kreuther, located at the Grace Building, 43 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, as I was walking to the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan. Since then, whenever I have been writing in the Rose Room, I stroll to Kreuther afterwards.

What fun there is in knowing Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolates are near.

Happy Halloween!

P.S. You can also shop online.

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