Most children only want a cookie or ice cream for dessert, but my daughter, Joelle, chose to do things differently. Her request, from an early age, was always a bowl of oatmeal. To this day, at 28, she still ends her evening with her cereal. You cannot imagine my excitement when I learned that OatMeals was opening in the Village. We were thoroughly bewitched by the oatmeal creations of owner Samantha Stephens. She has been working towards this dream for the past ten years. Sam gave up her career in investment banking, went to the French Culinary Institute, and is now filling this niche market. What a clever, healthy concept she has begun serving up. We sampled both the hot and cold oatmeal selections with an array of sweet and savory toppings. I was in heaven tasting warm oatmeal with truffle oil, parmesan cheese and sea salt, while Esteban delighted in having oatmeal with pesto and sun dried tomatoes, and we both topped it off with cold oatmeal that had berries and brown sugar on top. Anything that you can imagine is baked with oatmeal, plus sandwiches on oatmeal bread, and then you can wash it all down with specialty teas and coffees. In a small farmhouse setting you can choose a stool by the window, or just have your oatmeal treats on the go. This one’s for you, Joelle!!!