A Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza to one and all!


Sunday October 1, 2017


you happen to be in the New York City area during the year-end Holidays, here are some of the most merry places to visit:

1Rockefeller Center, famous for its outdoors gigantic Christmas (and the Ice-skating Rink).

2Bryant Park Ice Skating and Outdoor Holidays Night Market.

3Macy’s fabulous windows display. (See also Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor).

4Little Italy and China Town for walking tours and food scouting.

5Ferrara’s on Grand St. in Little Italy.

6Di Palo’s Fine foods for handpicked goodies from Italy. Brothers Louie and Sal will answer all your questions about Italian cheeses, and cold cuts. It is worth waiting to order as your food is handled with the utmost respect, reverence almost. Chefs flock to get their supplies from this family enterprise. Even the Italian Consulate relies on these two brothers to promote Italian delicacies.

7See the architectural landmarks: Empire State; Chrysler Building; Oculus/World Trade.

8Enjoy roasted chestnuts served at street corners.

In New Jersey, just come on over to Hoboken. You will not lack for places to walk into for a surprisingly fair-priced meal. Lunchtime offers inexpensive fares. At five p.m., every restaurant (and bar) starts to rock. Go online to check prices and schedules. My favorite places are KarmaKafe, La Isla, Havana Cafe for Happy-Hour appetizers, Biggie’s for Clams and Oysters, Halifax at the W Hotel for If you happen to be in the New York City area during the year-end Holidays, here are some of the most merry places to visit: 1Rockefeller Center, famous for its outdoors gigantic Christmas (and the Ice-skating Rink). 2Bryant Park Ice Skating and Outdoor Holidays Night Market. 3Macy’s fabulous windows display. (See also Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor). 4Little Italy and China Town for walking tours and food scouting. 5Ferrara’s on Grand St. in Little Italy. 6Di Palo’s Fine foods for handpicked goodies from Italy. Brothers Louie and Sal will answer all your questions about Italian cheeses, and cold cuts. It is worth waiting to order NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY Breakfast Buffet, Happy-hour and Holiday dining.

It’s Greek to Me serves the best Greek style-fries, GFG (Greek from Greece) has a selection of pastries, and appetizers. Old German Bakery (OGB) is just that, old German goodies like those that you will find in a small-family-owned bakery in Saxony. (Recently, I was surprised to see the same as my two of my favorite cakes at OGB served by special-order from a local baker in Germany). Mahmoun’s from Bleecker St. is also in Hoboken. Giorgio’s Bakery uptown and Di Carlo’s are two of the oldest Italian pastry shops in town. n Happy Holidays, dear ones! (Janice B. Lingad-Thabet. All Rights Reserved. NJ. 2017

About The Author: Janice B. Lingad-Thabet

Janice B. Lingad-Thabet (née Barbasa) considers herself a Jersey Girl who has lived in New York. She is a trained artist who studied at The Art Students League; The National Academy of Art; and, in Cher, France at the atelier of Richard Ahntholz, a former Academy professor. A Literature graduate of UST, she has since been awarded two scholarships by the Sister Rose Thering Fund at Seton Hall University Graduate School of Jewish-Christian Relations. As a former Editor-in-chief of “What’s On in Manila?” Magazine; publisher/editor of “Miscellaneous Magazine”; and, Managing Editor of Student Canteen Magazine edited by the late humorist Mr. Kitch Ortego, Ms. Thabet relishes the experience of having worked on projects with the ever-generous friend and social influencer Mr. Boy Abunda; The FDAP; Mutya ng Filipinas; The FAMAS Awards; and, The Manila Film Festival. Contributors such as Rosalinda Orosa, Isagani Cruz, Jr., the late Joe Quirino, Celso Carunungan, and Kitch Ortego were invaluable resources on whom she had learned to rely. She credits Mr. Murray Hertz, of What’s On? in Las Vegas as a mentor who generously shared his Travel and Tourism publishing experience. One regret she professes to is having been too shy to allow Mr. Bob Razon, The Photographer of presidents and first ladies, to take a her portrait for one of his exhibits. She says she misses her friends in Manila but unlike the enviable location of L.A., the East Coast is comparably more remote from life in the Philippines.



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