I’m a huge fan of making lists: to-do lists, to-buy lists, music I need to remember to download lists, books I haven’t read lists, etcetera. So, naturally, I thought it would be a good idea to make yet another list: the five things that I am preoccupied with this week, person, place, and things.
Fancy file folders: I troll all of the paper stores in the area on a weekly basis, and each for different things (i.e. laugh-out-loud, non-occasion cards at JoyCards; my favorite note-writing pens, Le Pen, at The Papery), and this week I stumbled on the most stunning file folders I’ve ever seen at Paper Source. In a variety of designs and prints with names like “Chocolate Kimono,” “Lotus Jasmine,” and “Rajasthani Paisley,” these folders are good-looking enough to wear. Paper Source, 82 Nassau Street, Princeton; 609.921.0932 or paper-source.com.
Donuts at Halo Pub: On any given morning, buy a cup of coffee and get a free warm, delicious donut (while supplies last). Enough said. Halo Fete/Halo Pub Palmer Square, 9 Hulfish Street, Princeton; 609.921.1710.
Bookscape at the Cotsen Children’s Library: Yes, the Cotsen Children’s Library is part of the Princeton University Library. But what you might not know is that it also houses one of the most enchanting reading spaces for children—and it’s open to the public. Bookscape is pure whimsy, with garden topiary animals, a wishing well, a “Hearth of Darkness” fireplace, and a towering bonsai that is hollowed out and makes the perfect spot to curl up with a good book, especially on a cold January afternoon. Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University’s Firestone Library, the corner of Nassau Street and Washington Road, Princeton; princeton.edu/cotsen.
Fetch Clay, Make Man: Maybe it’s because this is the first McCarter play that my husband is actually excited to go and see. Maybe it’s because I saw Ben Vereen (who stars in it, alongside Evan Parke) in McCaffrey’s last week, buying groceries while listening to his iPod. And maybe it’s just because I heard Will Powers, the playwright, is a mean dancer. Regardless, I’m heading to the theater this Saturday night to see the new play Fetch Clay, Make Man, about the improbable bond between 23-year-old heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali and disgraced former Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. And here’s a tip: If you want to see the show on Tuesday nights, tickets are only $20 when you use promotion code “PSCOOP.” A steal, to be sure. McCarter Theatre, 21 University Place, Princeton; 609.258.2787 or mccarter.org.
DeAnna’s Restaurant: I unabashedly love Italian food. I would eat it, if I could, for every meal, and this restaurant would be the place I would eat it at. This unassuming, intimate spot has a fantastic bar with great energy, a cozy and chicly decorated indoor and outdoor dining space, and a wait staff so lovely that you will want to take home with you. And the food: Cherry peppers stuffed with pecorino cheese and prosciutto. Hand-cut pasta. Hot garlic bread. Homemade cannoli. And the best vodka gimlet you’ve ever had. Like heaven, but with cheese. DeAnna’s Restaurant, 54 North Franklin Street, Lambertville; 609.397.8957 or deannasrestaurant.com.
Jennifer Henderson is the editor of Princeton Scoop online and a freelance writer who has worked for several magazines, including Vanity Fair, Talk, W, and New Jersey Life. She lives in Princeton with her husband, daughter, and chocolate Labrador. She welcomes any inside scoop on what to do and see in the area. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.