5 Things I Have To Have Now

Laura McManus, president of Mackenzie Ltd.

December 16, 2007|By [LIZ ATWOOD]

An avid gourmand, Laura McManus has spent the past 12 years as president of Mackenzie Ltd., a gourmet food mail-order company that sells various items such as crepes and caviar. Her job takes her around the world sampling fine foods, although she says her favorite is Spanish food, especially paella. "We try so many foods every week. ... I get to try so many amazing weird things."

McManus, 39, lives in Ruxton with her husband, George McManus, who owns J.J. McDonnell & Co. seafood company in Jessup, and daughter Madeline, 7, and son Will, 4.

1. Dinner with noted wine critic Robert Parker

"I love his sensible, educated approach to writing about wine, and I'd love ideas on how to expand my wine collection."

2. Tickets to the Hannah Montana concert in Baltimore

"OK, this is more for my 7-year-old daughter, Madeline, than for me. But trust me, it will make my life so much easier!"

3. A treadmill

"I can't think of a better way to work off those food tastings and holiday cookies."

4. A trip to Madrid, Spain

"Having lived there many years ago, I miss the city and cuisine that is so near to my heart." 5.

Universal remote control

"Our house is being overrun with remotes. I think they're actually remote-shaped aliens because they keep mysteriously multiplying."

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