My friend Madalyn 

and I plus, 

an ever changing group of friends,

have been

having lunch together

almost every month

for over fifteen years

I just recalled

I think we had a Madalyn

birthday lunch

five or ten years ago

but she never revealed her age


you never ask a lady

she is

a very classy lady

She is smart, lovely, well traveled

became a single Mom

before there was a term

and a true joy

She is one of the few people 

who make me smile

But why

Union Square Cafe

Service, Ambiance, Food


Danny Meyer, owner


Executive Chef and Partner

Carmen Quagliata

and the staff


create magic 


only on the plate 

but throughout the restaurant

The art...

I have visited 

Union Square Green Market

in every season

But what caught my attention

last week were the flowers

bees included

Well and 

yes the tomatoes

And yes it is fall


They left  for Quebec

the next morning

Avocado, radish, fried egg

and basil on

multigrain bread

Short rib ravioli, serrano ham, 

pistachios, arugula

and two oils

Vanilla ravioli

with slightly cooked strawberries

and fresh blueberries

It was a perfect day for 

lunch at the beach

cool, crisp, not a cloud in the sky

We chose 

Avenue in Long Branch

it is upscale and over looks the ocean

we knew our Australian family 

would enjoy it

Grilled chicken

BLT Club


Lobster Roll

Lamb Sandwich

Smoked Salmon Plate

A lovely day

My Pal 


Rhonda my 

Australian sister

George Segal

Depression  Bread Line

No mustard please

Great hat

Do not wake me

nice socks

'Déjeuner Déjà Vu'

is inspired by

Edouard Manet’s 'Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe'.

Seward Johnson's

'Were You Invited?' 

is inspired by French Impressionist 

Pierre Auguste Renoir’s

nineteenth-century masterpiece,

'The Luncheon of the Boating Party'.

When we visit

Grounds For Sculpture


Hamilton NJ

we always have lunch



Grounds For Sculpture

in many ways is

Seward Johnson's


We were there

at the request of my 

Australian sister Rhonda

and with luck

Seward Johnson Retrospective

had not closed

it is the largest exhibit of his sculptures to date

the above is

Cull and Pistol

Oyster Bar

Chelsea Market

is an interesting little spot

located next to 

The Lobster Pound

the name is

Cull, a lobster with one claw

Pistol, a lobster with no claws

and they are an oyster bar

Weekdays from 4-6 PM

at the bar

oysters are $1.00

and yes that is where we sat

six hammersly for me

(west coast)


six assorted for my

(east coast)

Australian friend 

when our spouses arrived

we moved to a table

scallop, clam, corn chowder

It was a perfect lunch

with my Australian family

lovely service and food 


good friends

the best

above an

amuse bouche

of pressed watermelon

with tequilla and lime

burrata salad with 

corn and heirloom tomatoes

Chicken Liver Mousse, 

Sunnyside Egg and Blueberries 

the $15.00 wine flight

great pours

Duck Confit, 

Market Beans and Coddled Egg

Skate, Radish, 

Citrus and Brown Butter


Mozzarella and Basil Pizza

Elizabeth Street Garden

Little Italy

Mulberry Street

At the corner of

Spring and Mulberry Streets

A graffiti show

The Candle House

In the late 19th century 

a horse stable and 

carriage house, 


the most famous canvas for 

street art in NYC, 

now home to 

three amazing condominiums

I wonder if the oven 

is still there