My kids want to get near anyone famous, so when we were planning a visit to New York, I asked them if they wanted to visit Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., home of "Cake Boss," the reality series on TLC.
The series documents life at the bakery, where owner Buddy Valastro directs a team of bakers and family members who decorate and sell elaborate pastries. Buddy is funny and has a lot of charisma, which has made the show a success and the little bakery a big tourist destination.
We waited in line for an hour to get into the bakery, and once inside, it was packed and claustrophobic. It was hard to see the pastries because of the crowds and I couldn't wait to get out of there.
But my kids were in heaven. Although they didn't get to see Buddy, they got a picture with his sister. Despite the crowds, the employees couldn't have been nicer and got everyone through efficiently.
We left with a box of cookies and cupcakes and a few T-shirts. It was an experience we'll remember, but I'm not sure I would go back.