Thursday, June 23, 2016

CLASS PET SQUAD: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TOWN. MEET JULIUS!

Julius is a brilliant at planning out the missions, but he's kind of slow, you know, like a turtle, but the squad loves him just the same!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

CLASS PET SQUAD: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TOWN. MEET SUZU!

Meet Suzu. No one's entirely sure what she does, but she sure has a lot of fun doing it!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

CLASS PET SQUAD: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TOWN. MEET MAX!

My new chapter book CLASS PET SQUAD: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TOWN will be released on June 28, 2016, but first I'd like to introduce you to the squad. First up is the leader, Max.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

HELLO FORT WORTH, TX!

I had a swell time at the Morningside School in Fort Worth, TX.


How about this for a welcome? Although Mr, Kelly got top billing over me, it was still a thrill.


And take a look at this! The path to the school was lined with my book covers!


I knew I was in Texas now!


I'm always so grateful for such a wonderful welcome.


I guess the teachers and librarians prepped the students for my visit.


Note to self: get a new headshot and lay off the chocolate ice cream.


We had a great time talking about Jacques Cousteau.


Alright, who's the wiseguy?

Monday, June 22, 2015

FLYING FISH!

During my visit to Fort Worth, TX I discovered some pretty incredible Southern style seafood.


Look! Up in the sky! It's the famous Flying Fish!


What a fun place it was. There were fish everywhere just to remind you of what they served.


There was lots of fun stuff to look at while I waited for my order.


And there were sure a lot of plastic fish everywhere.


A piece of advice- try the unsweetened iced tea first! One time I ordered a large sweetened iced tea and I was all crazy jittery for about 2 days.


Ahh! At last. My order of fried catfish, shrimp, and hushpuppies. Deee-lish!


I think someone wanted a bite.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

RUSS & DAUGHTERS!

So to follow up on my visit to Katz's Deli, I usually then pop into Russ & Daughters, another one of my Lower East Side  favorites.

Whenever I  come here I feel like a kid in a candy store, pretty much because I am in a candy store. Look at all these wonderful treats! Everything is better dipped in chocolate.


Even coffee beans! And so many different kinds. I may have to try them all.


After being here for a few minutes, my head was spinning with choices. So many sweets! So many different kinds. I had to turn away for a moment, but when I did, I saw this...


I've been coming here for years and I still can't quite figure out why they also sell all sorts of fish. I mean, I  like fish, but why are they selling candy on one side of the store and fish on the other?

Oh, well. I'll take a quarter pound of the chocolate covered coffee beans, a quarter pound of the chocolate covered graham crackers and a quarter pound of the herring.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

KATZ'S DELI!

If you visit my blog, then you know how much I love all sorts of food.

I've lived in New York City for over 25 years and fortunately my absolute favorite delicatessen is still here!

There it is! Mighty Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side, a short walk from my neighborhood.

The first thing you must know is to KEEP THE TICKET YOU'RE GIVEN AT THE DOOR! Do not lose it! Even if you don't eat anything, you must give the ticket back on your way out.

Ah! The sights, sounds, and aromas of Katz's. It's usually pretty crowded whenever I come here, but that's okay. There's plenty of seats. You can get table service, or...

You can walk right up to the counter and order your food. Today, I'm ordering a Reuben sandwich (pastrami, Russian dressing, sauerkraut on rye bread) and a knish (pronounced "kin-ish"- it's actually a large square of golden brown potato). While you're waiting for it all to be prepared, you can examine the pickles and pickled tomatoes. 

And there it all is! They even gave me a plate of garlic and half sour pickles to compliment my meal. Notice that my ticket is always in sight.

As I eat my lunch, I look around and just enjoy the atmosphere.

Take a look at this lovely still life, worthy of painting. If you look hard enough, you'll find beauty everywhere.