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An Ode to Musical Theatre

During the past week, I bought tix to see the upcoming performance of Little Shop of Horrors, with Ellen Greene (she originated the role of Audrey), saw Hedwig (again), and made an unplanned stop to Marie's Crisis Cafe, where I sang my little musical theatre heart out, including a duet of Suddenly Seymour. I was also reminded of this gem, from Avenue Q. Musical theatre was a huge part of my life for so long, and although it's not as much in the forefront these days, it's always in the background, deep in my heart.

Puppy Love

Laren04112015_0002My love for dogs goes waaaay back. Paprika (or Pappy for short) was a Puli, a Hungarian Sheepdog (she's got her summer haircut in this pic). She was with me from birth until probably age 14 or so. #TBT


Bacon, Egg, & Cheese

Love, love, LOVE this article in this week's food section about the beauty that is the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwich.  That said, I take issue with one phrase: "in the classic and possibly highest formulation: bacon, scrambled eggs and cheese on a roll."  I always thought the classic was a fried egg, but maybe that's because I always get it that way. My perfect deli/cart BEC is a fried egg over medium with American cheese (yes, American cheese), and well-done bacon on a roll. Perfection.

My Eater 38

Was reading this thread about people's personal takes on the "Eater 38" -- essential NYC restaurants. Here's mine, in no particular order. What did I miss?

  1. Pearl Oyster Bar
  2. Joe's Pizza
  3. Momofuku Ssam Bar
  4. Momofuku Noodle Bar
  5. Porchetta
  6. Caracas Arepa Bar
  7. Hearth
  8. Otto
  9. The NoMad/NoMad Bar
  10. Uncle Boon's
  11. Nom Wah Tea Parlor
  12. Red Farm
  13. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
  14. Prime Meats 
  15. Bobwhite Counter
  16. La Nacional
  17. Taim
  18. Banjara (nowHaveli/Banjara)
  19. Mother's Ruin
  20. Crif Dogs
  21. Blue Ribbon
  22. Kanoyama
  23. Village Yokocho
  24. Great Jones Cafe
  25. Blue Smoke
  26. Minetta Tavern
  27. Old Town Tavern
  28. Katz's Deli
  29. Di Fara
  30. Maison Premiere
  31. Eleven Madison Park
  32. Bar Veloce 
  33. Frankies (Bklyn)
  34. Russ & Daughters (the store)
  35. Fried Dumpling (Mosco St.)
  36. Jing Fong
  37. White Bear
  38. Mayahuel