The Dinner-Club Queen

Leave your shoes at the door, feed your cash to the kitty and come on in for dinner. Tamara Reynolds, the barefoot chef with the flamboyant carrot color hair and cherry-red toenails, is still whipping up stuff in the kitchen. The skillet is searing something, and the Cuisinart is crunching and crushing against time. So just help yourself to some wine; the glasses — mason jars — are on the serving cart. Tamara’s not big on formality. You don’t have to meet her to know that.…

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The Proud Parader

The kettle is on the stove, the cats are on the couch, the St. Pat’s statue is on the table, and Brendan Fay is elbow-deep in the paperwork and politics of parade preparations. As Brendan knows only too well, March is Irish season in New York, the time when the city shows its true colors. In the palette of Brendan’s St. Pat’s for All Parade & Fair, the hues run not only to the orange and the green but also to every color of the rainbow. “Parades are very important community…

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The Cafe Novelist

There’s tea on the bakery shop’s menu and Michael “Meesh” Schubert knows it, yet when it’s his turn at the counter, surprisingly, he orders espresso. When the proprietor brings it to the table – in a snowflake-white demitasse that is emblazoned with a crimson crest – Meesh declares it excellent at first sip. “It has a nice crema on it,” he says as he swirls sugar into the frothy brew. It’s odd seeing Meesh sitting in a cafĂ© not working…

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The Humble Humanitarian

Amando De Guzman is gazing out the window. His eyes are restless. He’s staring at the people walking on 23rd Avenue, but all he’s seeing is the rubble of Port-Au-Prince. “In my imagination, I saw bodies in the destroyed buildings,” he says, his voice soft and sad. “I was shocked by the condition of Haiti and all the suffering. It’s much worse than the photos.” Amando, a registered nurse, is a pro at dealing with emergencies. His is one of the first faces…

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The Out-of-the-Box Actor

There are no cupcakes in Michael Cyril Creighton‘s apartment. Something is terribly wrong. Since July, the world has been watching with delicious delight as Michael stuffs his face with Bakeway cupcakes on , the comedy series he created for YouTube whose second season starts today. “I do not like cupcakes; Jack does,” he says emphatically in his stage-perfect diction. “I would prefer a taco. I’m more savory than sweet.” This is a blow, especially after the workout…

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