In New York City, everyone goes to Serendipity 3 on 60th Street for one thing above all else: the restaurant's exclusive Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. The deceptively simple recipe has delighted the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and millions of children. And the 50-year-old eatery, which has kept the recipe under wraps for all these years, has now made the drink available for everyone with its at-home chocolate mix! Or, make it from scratch using this recipe!
"You always can get good fried chicken, good soul food—Southern food," Jessica says. "Food that puts your hips on you!"
Roscoe's House of Chicken n Waffles
5006 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Oprah: Oh, I do think it is simply divine, darling.
Colin: It's wonderful. I like anything pink in a bottle. Particularly when it's got bubbles underneath it!"
"Whenever I'm on my way to the hotel, I always stop off at the Hickory House from the airport to have these ribs before I check in. They're that delicious.... They're really only good when the sauce is running down your face."
What makes them so delicious? "I think because they're succulent and they're juicy and they're moist and they're overloaded with flavor," Colin says.
Hickory House Ribs
Oprah recommends biting into them very slowly. "They make the little hairs on my head rise...," she says. "It's so sinful!"
Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
"They have the most incredible hard shell tacos I've ever had," Mary-Kate says.
11401 Moorpark St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Mollie makes her famous meatballs by hand. Her secret ingredient: raisins!
Get the recipe for Trattoria Mollie's Turkey Meatballs!
1250 Coast Village Rd.
Montecito, CA 93108
"The best sandwich I've ever had in the United States is the Shrimp and Bacon Sandwich at The Cheesecake Factory," Chris says. "I know it sounds crazy. Shrimp and bacon. Incredible. Whoa."
The folks at The Cheesecake Factory say that it's the secret sauce on the shrimp that makes this sandwich a bestseller!
The Cheesecake Factory
Two and a half years ago, Margaux Sky opened the Art Café and Bakery in San Luis Obispo, California. Her specialty: delicious sandwiches on homemade bread. While business had been steady, she was barely making ends meet. This summer, she decided to sell her café.
Her last to-go order happened to be for Oprah, who was in the area to meet with Tim Bennett, the president of Harpo Productions and Margaux's brother-in-law. Oprah took one bite of Margaux's Curried Chicken Sandwich and was floored.
Margaux was to sign the papers to sell the café at 9 a.m. the next morning—at 8 a.m. she got a call saying that Oprah was going to help out to keep the business open. "I thought, anybody this good can't be closed down," Oprah says. "So I sent Margaux a check, and now she's back in business and cooking like crazy!"
Learn more about Oprah's favorite sandwich and get the recipe for Margaux's Curried Chicken Sandwich!
"Some of my fondest memories are of sitting in Maya's kitchen watching her create...dishes that you would think, 'Well, if this is my last meal, that would be okay,'" Oprah says.
Get the recipe for Oprah's absolute, all-time favorite dessert of Maya's: banana pudding.
"This is one of my favorite places on the planet," Alicia says. "It's the coolest place, because they have all this live blues and you get some great soul food. Catfish is my favorite. The cutest part is they have these mugs and it's really old school.... So you pour whatever you want to drink into these mug-jars that say "Warmdaddy's" on it. It's one of my favorite places to go and kick back and relax in Philly."
Sweet potatoes are so popular in this tiny town of 150, they even have their own special day. It starts with a parade and continues with family games—they even have a bake-off where everything is cooked with sweet potatoes! But the highlight of the sweet potato festival is the auction, which raises money for local needy families.
Golden Sweet Potatoes
"Love that," he says. "It's made with Ezekiel bread. That's the low carb bread, so there's no guilt with it—so you can really be comfortable."
And to make sure our guests left comfortably, the ever-gracious Colin made up goodie bags for all our guests in the audience! Everyone received champagne truffles from Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, Neiman Marcus' chocolate chip cookies, Veuve Clicquot's La Grande Dame Rosé champagne, a bottle of Hickory House barbecue sauce, Golden sweet potatoes and a copy of Maya Angelou's cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table.
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