*Finally indulged in pizza from the Manchester, Conn., branch of the famed Frank Pepe's while celebrating my granddaughter Elizabeth's fourth birthday Saturday. Pepe's pizza place is one of the country's oldest and it's known from coast to coast. Now I can see why. It was terrific. Good news for New Yorkers: A Pepe's parlor soon will open in Yonkers. Another is planned for the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.
*Also made a long-overdue stop Friday at the Everready Diner in Hyde Park. We had time only for a quick late-morning breakfast, but I vow to return for one of those classic diner dinners and some on-site baked goods that helped this place garner a segment on the Food Network's popular "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" program.