Homer Panteloglou still reeling from Mariah meeting

Thursday 8 August 2019

Homer Panteloglou still reeling from Mariah meeting |
It's been a week since Mariah Carey walked out of the rain into Westside Market, on Broadway between 98th and 99th Streets, seeking help because her van broke down on the way to the Fresh Air Fund camp upstate that bears her name.

The first thing that went through Store Manager Homer Panteloglou's mind when he saw her was "Holy crap! Is that really Mariah Carey?" Panteloglou said he'd had a crush on the singer since he was 9 or 10 years old, living in Fresh Meadows, Queens, where his parents owned a pizzeria. "I just remember watching her videos and feeling so in love."

Now 34 and single, Panteloglou said his crush on Carey, 49, had been "subsiding, but it's been rejuvenated since I saw her in person. She's just as beautiful as she was then."

A lot of celebrities show up at Westside Market, Panteloglou told us, but none affected him as Carey did. "Usually I get starstruck, but when I was talking to her she made me feel very comfortable. We joked, we laughed, and I didn't feel nervous at all. She seemed so normal and down to earth. I was able to be honest with her."

He told her about his childhood crush and sang to her. Would he like to see her again? "I'd love to see her again. Of course. You think you'd be able to convince her to come back?"

We suggested he make her an offer she can't refuse. "How about this? I'll give her Maria's cookbook, Made With Love. Maria Zoitas is Westside Market's owner and main chef," he explained. "I will personally cook Mariah Carey any dish in that cookbook she wants."

(West Side Rag)

Betty from Canada
(Saturday 10 August 2019; 04:35)
Awww, such a cute story a real L4L, I am glad he got to meet her.
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