Believe it or not, things just got even saucier at Princeton’s Hoagie Haven. The culinary hotspot has recently started bottling and selling Sanchez Sauce, the staple ingredient in its legendary – and aptly named – Sanchez Sandwich. A fresh Italian roll filled with chopped chicken cutlet, fries, mozzarella sticks, and American cheese, the Sanchez Sandwich is beloved both near and far for its lively sauce that combines the kick of hot sauce with the creamy flavor of honey mustard. more

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If you’re anything like me, when the cold-weather months come around, all you want to do is curl up next to a space heater and enter a hibernation-like state. However, you and I both know that hibernating should be left to the bears, especially when our beautiful town of Princeton is overflowing with places to warm up – and provide some entertainment, shopping, and grub all at the same time. Below, we highlight some of the best places in Princeton to escape the winter’s chill. more

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Valentine’s Day is often associated with flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears; however, this year, Princeton Magazine is offering up a few new options. These gifts are suitable for all ages, male and female, young and old. To purchase, simply click each product image.


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by Anne Levin

portraits by Andrew Wilkinson

It was the promise of free babysitting that lured David Gray and Kyra Nichols from Manhattan to Princeton some 16 years ago. With toddler Joe now part of the family, Nichols, a celebrated principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and her husband Gray, a writer who had worked in that company’s press office, started thinking about the future.

We knew we needed to move when another dancer told me I had to get Joe interviewed for pre-school. And he was only two!,” says Nichols, a lithe and young-looking 57. “I also knew I wanted to raise my kids where they could run outside and play without having to be bundled up and taken into Central Park.” more


interview by Kendra Broomer

photography by Kay English Photography

Mary Bradley Events offers event coordination for weddings, parties, and corporate functions throughout the United States, as well as destination locales. Mary offers a bevy of à la carte services, so that clients can relax, celebrate, and enjoy on their special day. With Bradley’s background in interior design and 20 years of event planning experience, she is the perfect candidate to ensure that clients remember their wedding day as “the best day of their lives.” more


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Send the one you love something sweet for Valentine’s Day! From the perfect cup of coffee to a festive box of Cadbury chocolates, these gourmet delights and comforting gifts are sure to warm the heart. Simply click on each product image to purchase. more

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Photo Courtesy of Terra Momo Restaurant Group

by Linda Arntzenius

From a simple croque monsieur at Terra Libri cafe in the Princeton Public Library to sophisticated French theater performances by L’Avant Scene, Princeton’s French Theater Workshop, French culture has put down deep roots in Princeton. Besides periodic visitors from its sister city of Colmar in Alsace, the town has a significant number of French transplants, many from Paris.

On November 13, 2015, that community was rocked by terrorist shootings in Paris.

Parisian native André Benhaïm, who joined the Princeton University faculty in 2001, was traveling when the news broke: “In a somber coincidence of sorts, like on September 11, 2001, I was on the road, driving with my sons down to Virginia. All kinds of text messages started to come in, and I pulled over at a rest stop. This is where my children and I saw it on TV. Noah, who’s 9, asked immediately if my mother, who lives in Paris, was okay. Gabriel, who’s 14, was shocked by the number of victims, which, at the time (in the first hours of the events), was not nearly as high as it was going to be.” more


by Ilene Dube

If historic preservationist Clifford Zink could travel back in time, he’d have to make at least three stops in New Jersey’s capital city. He’d want to land in 1845, at the site of what is now Waterfront Park, when Peter Cooper started a rolling iron mill. “They were rolling the first I-beams in America,” says Zink. “I’d want to walk around that factory and see the steam- powered operations.”

Next, he’d want to get off the time machine in 1849, to see Brooklyn Bridge designer John A. Roebling & Sons build the largest wire rope factory in the world. Today, Roebling Market occupies that space; Zink offers an historic tour of Roebling Iron Works during the annual Art All Night event in Trenton. more


by Linda Arntzenius

photographs by Jeffrey E. Tryon; Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Known for enormous-scale displays, elaborate gardens and over-the-top floral creations, the Philadelphia Flower Show brightens the dull days of March. This year, the show takes on a theme big enough to match its reputation: a tribute to the centennial of the National Park Service. One of the first anniversary celebrations of the year, the Philly show is sure to be spectacular. No less could be expected from the world’s largest indoor horticultural event and the largest flower show in the United States.

As chief of Shows & Events for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Sam Lemheney has a big title and an even bigger responsibility—directing the planning and creation of the Society’s major events including the Philadelphia Flower Show. But it’s a job he’s been raised for. His grandfather owned a landscape nursery and his father operated his own flower shop. When managing the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Lemheney chaneled the talents and energy of Disney’s horticultural staff into a transformation of the gardens into one of the country’s most exciting flower and garden events. more


by Stuart Mitchner

The most effective art therapy book I know is the Audubon Guide to Wild Flowers. My son must have been eight when he began looking through it, fascinated by the bright images, especially the more exotic flowers. The Audubon became his book of choice at bedtime. It wasn’t long before he wanted to make up his own guide. We found a large bound book of blank pages, gave him crayons and marking pens, and he spent many happy hours following the Audubon model. First he drew his idea of the flower, gave it a name, and then a description like the ones he knew. These were all his own inventions. Not only was it more satisfying, and more do-able, for him to make up the flowers, rather than trying to copy the real thing, his small motor disability gave him no choice. Simply trying to copy the image would have led to frustration, as happened in school where most kids could at least draw some identifiable semblance of an assigned object. In this case, neccessity truly was the mother of invention, for once he gave up the obligation to replicate the image, he was free to dive into the riot of color he’d discovered in the Audubon guide. An insensitive teacher would have made him feel at fault or inferior for not being able to keep up with his peers. Fortunately, he had one or two teachers who lived up to the Greek definition of therapy: therapeía “to be attentive” — and not judgmental. more


by Anne Levin

One day in December, Paul Hoffman, the president and CEO of Liberty Science Center, was taking a stroll through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a show that has been breaking attendance records since opening this past fall at the Jersey City museum. A little girl, maybe six or seven years old, approached him.

“Her parents were busy reading some of the information on the walls. She turned to me, suddenly, and said, ‘How many icebergs are there? How big do you have to be to be an iceberg?’ I happened to have my I-Pad with me, so we looked up her questions online,” Hoffman said. “Then, she asked me how ships are designed today and how they stay away from icebergs. She had lots of great questions.” more

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by Donald Gilpin

photographs courtesy of Good Grief

In a discussion room of the Good Grief Princeton headquarters on Mapleton Avenue, a group of 10-12-year-olds, all living through the recent death of a family member, is getting excited about answering questions from the question jar.

“What would you change about the funeral?” one of the questions reads. “There wasn’t any cake,” one girl chimes in. Words of support arise quickly from the rest of the group. “Yeah, there should have been cake at the funeral.”

Next question: “Do you ever dream about the person who died?” An eleven-year-old responds, “My mom had this beat-up old van and she loved it. And dad sold it after she died.”  In the dream the child’s mother came back and was angry and was asking where the van was, and, in the child’s words, “it really sucked that she was mad, but it was really nice to see her.” more

Thursday, February 4

8PM Pianist Igor Levit performs at Richardson Auditorium. www.princeton.edu/richaud

Friday, February 5

7PM Princeton University men’s ice hockey 
vs. Colgate at Princeton’s Baker Rink. 

Saturday, February 6

NOON-6PM Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards. Sample chocolate and Terhune Orchards’ own award-winning wine (also on February 7, 13, and 14). www.terhuneorchards.com more

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According to the weather report, this weekend may very well be the debut snowstorm of 2016, and Princeton Magazine wants to make sure you make the most of it. Below, we put together a list of some of the best sledding hills in Mercer County. So this weekend, swap your Netflix account for your Toboggan and enjoy some good, old-fashioned snow day fun. more

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The special trustee committee that is considering Woodrow Wilson’s legacy at Princeton University has posted a schedule for on-campus, in-person conversations with members of the committee.

The committee has scheduled small group discussions (up to 12 participants per group) on Jan. 28 and Feb. 18-20. Members of the committee will be attending the Feb. 15 meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC). The committee also will conduct an open forum on Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. more