Return to Licorice Heaven–Myzel’s Chocolates Still a Treat

Going to see the Alvin Ailey company once again, we made our ritual stop at Myzel’s across the street.Kamila Myzel has owned the shop for 25 years, creating fresh chocolates, cookies and candies for all of us.  She of course specializes in collecting licorice, over 100 kinds, and this time we went for the candy-coated…

Nougatine and Juilliard

For Rory’s birthday, I treated him to the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges’ more casual cafe, Nougatine, next door to its big sister in Trump Tower. When I say more casual, I am speaking strictly of the decor which is very gray, very silver, very chic, not the food, which is exquisite. Part of the fun…

Coney Island Whales and Jackson Heights Indian Sweets

(photo by Artie Raslich) Yes, that’s right–whales–humpbacks to be exact, disporting themselves around New York City, particularly just beyond Coney Island. We attended a Gotham Whale event sponsored by the NYC Sierra Club that proved it. There they were–60 foot giants breaching and gorging themselves on schools of fish called bunker almost on our shores.…

No Need to Wait for Restaurant Week–Enjoy the Great Prix Fixe Lunch at Boulud Sud

Courtesy of dear friends Alan and Linda who generously invited us to share their 46th anniversary celebration, we ate one of the best meals ever and for a very reasonable price (considering that you are eating haute cuisine); that would be $26/pp for two courses and $34/pp for three. What’s nice about this is that…

Atlantic City for Seniors–a Surprisingly Good Value

For those not lucky enough to have a generous niece and nephew who provide a loan of their beachfront condo, there are many nice hotels on the boardwalk with rates starting below $100. The key, of course, is not to gamble and you can have a very reasonably priced vacation as Atlantic City is friendly…