The premise of this blog is that teaching artists are busy. We spend a lot of time in transit, and sometimes we need to eat on the run. But the not so secret secret is that we do a lot more on the run than just eat: we practice audition material in the reflection of the subway doors; we edit videos in the private handicapped seating on the 6 Train; we make doctors’ appointments from the elevated train.
And sometimes we realize that in our blended vocation/avocation in-transit lives, we’ve forgotten something really important. Like our mother’s birthday or our husband’s opening night party. Sometimes the food we need is not for physical nourishment, but for the nourishment of the soul. Sometimes we need something that says “I love you,” or “I’m sorry,” or “thanks for volunteering 6 months of your time and talent to help me realize my creative dreams.” Sometimes we need som’in sweet.
Enter Maharaja Sweets in Jackson Heights, a magical land of mini cakes, including Rasgulla (syrup soaked cottage cheese), Cham Cham (milky cake with lemon and rosewater syrup), and Chandrakala (a sort of nut raisin turnover). The delights are rich, but not overly sweet. There is no hint of that granulated, tooth hurting sweetness so common in candy bars and packaged sweets. The dominant flavors are honey, coconut, nut, sweet rice, and warm milk. A two inch cake is satisfying enough for two. The front counter is like an edible jewelry box and a novice could get overwhelmed by the choices. I suggest you leave the decision making to the staff and as for a mixed box at $8-$9 per pound. Your loved ones and colleagues will be blown away by the visual beauty and unique flavors of your gift.
Maharaja Sweets is two blocks from the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue subway hub, serviced by the E,F,M,R, and 7 Trains.