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Katie Holmes: 'I'm having a great time'

The actress and single mom loves Cronuts and city living.

USA Today
By Donna Freydkin

NEW YORK You know you're a New Yorker for real when you can brag about having eaten one of the city's most-hyped foods.

"I tried the Cronut. I went to the San Gennaro festival (in Little Italy) last Wednesday after hot yoga and they were doing Cronuts. And they were phenomenal," sighs Katie Holmes, referring to the croissant-doughnut hybrid that's been sweeping the city.

Holmes, 34, moved to Manhattan after announcing her split from Tom Cruise on June 29, 2012. Now, she has become one of the city's most covered residents, photographed on a near-daily basis taking her daughter, Suri, 7, to school or out to playgrounds. She's something of an enigma: often seen out in public, at fashion shows or industry parties, but doing barely any press and never discussing her former marriage.

And despite some brushes with rude paparazzi, Holmes loves living here, saying that she gets left alone much of the time.

"I'm having a great time. I like to put on my headphones and take long walks. I like to go to the park with my little one. I like to go out for ice cream with her," she says.

This week, it's about charity: Holmes stopped by a Feeding America event sponsored by Hellman's mayonnaise, featuring what was billed as the world's longest picnic table overlooking the Hudson River.

"It's a wonderful thing. Donating a million meals I support things like this that help people. It's a beautiful day. I love Mario Batali. I ate at Babbo last night," she says, of the famed chef who's active in hunger causes.

She also has finished two films, Mania Days and Miss Meadows, works on her clothing line Holmes & Yang, and is the face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. Plus, she's trying to be more active in her downtown kitchen. "I love food. I'm working on being a better cook. I flourish at pancakes. I do sea bass, too. Every little thing I do, I take a thousand pictures and send them to my older siblings. 'See, I can do it, too,' " she says.

Do she and her daughter, who recently sported a cast on her broken arm, have any kind of evening routine? "You an always order in. It's a mixture of doing a cooked meal or ordering in."