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Each week a special guest discusses a fantastic food find. These posts will give you inside tips on what’s new and what’s trending…

Everything You Absolutely Must Do In NYC This Fall


Posted Monday, October 8, 2018

Courtesy of Thrillist
Welcome to autumn in New York City, that fleeting few days between the scorching summer temperatures and inevitable polar-vortex-cyclone-nado. Your brief window to enjoy beautiful fall foliage, cool, crisp air, and unchecked pumpkin consumption seems to narrow with each passing year.

With mere weeks [...]

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The 35 Best Boardwalk Foods at the Jersey Shore

Andrew Mill | Star Ledger

Posted Monday, July 16, 2018

By Peter Genovese I NJ Advance Media for

Boardwalk food gets no respect, and maybe it shouldn’t. Underwhelming and overpriced, boardwalk food caters to – takes advantage of? – a captive audience.

But there is good, even great, boardwalk food out there, if you know where to [...]

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101 Best Burgers in America

Burger Article

Posted Monday, July 9, 2018
From the Daily Meal

Is there any food more quintessentially American than the burger? The simple sandwich of ground beef on a bun allows for considerable creativity from the chef or home cook who’s making it, and there are thousands of variations, from one [...]

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Every Major Jersey Shore Beach Town Ranked

Beach Stone Harbor

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018

By Shannon Carlin for Thrillist

In the last decade, the Jersey Shore was hit by Sandy and Snooki and still managed to stay strong. In fact, each of New Jersey’s beachside towns have not only survived, but thrived by leaning into their unique identities. (Definitely looking at [...]

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All 35 Restaurants in Asbury Park Ranked from Worst to Best

Prime 13 Steaks

Posted Monday, May 28, 2018

By Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for

To many of us New Jerseyans, a summer pilgrimage to the Jersey Shore means “vacation” and “vacation” means “food.”

And over the last decade, the revitalized beach-city burg of Asbury Park has cultivated an identity as the bar-none foodie [...]

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Best Restaurants in Washington DC Right Now

DC Food

Posted Monday, April 23, 2018

By for Thrillist

DC’s food scene is still at a rolling boil. With a buzzy new restaurant opening basically every week, keeping tabs on the latest “it” spot is a task more futile than Sisyphus’ eternal boulder to-do list. It sucks [...]

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A Lady Walks Into A Bar…the Wine Bar


Posted Monday, April 2, 2018

By for Jersey Bites

Where I Was
The Wine Bar, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

When, Exactly
Friday, March 9, 6:58 p.m.

Where I Sat
Corner of the bar—first (and only) two seats available on a bustling Friday night

Who Served Me
Katie, the bar master, with the [...]

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The New Chumley’s Raises the Culinary Bar

Chumley's 3

Posted Monday, March 12, 2018

By Pete Wells, NYT
If you heard that Chumley’s is open again, you were misinformed. The dim, spare, beer-scented hideaway in the West Village is gone, torn down, not coming back. At its old address is a restaurant that has nothing in common with the original [...]

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The Best Restaurants in Asbury Park

Asbury Pizza

Posted Monday February 26, 2018

By for Thrillist

Asbury Park has many reputations — some know it as the slightly grungy home of The Stone Pony, the music venue where Bruce Springsteen got his start, while others consider it the best damn beach town [...]

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25 Best New Restaurants of 2018

Prime Rib

Posted Monday, February 5, 2018

By Eric Levin
Sophistication that’s a cinch to slip into. Full spectrums of food, drink, design and price. From fine dining to grab-and-go, New Jersey has again gifted us fun new places to eat.

2nd Jetty, Sea Bright
Nailed to a wooden post out front, colorful directional signs give [...]

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The Best Happy Hours in NYC


Posted Monday, January 22, 2018

By , and

Don’t let the name confuse you — happy hour in New York City can be downright terrible. Already-cramped bars become claustrophobic nightmares, [...]

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The Private Dining Directory – NYC


Posted Monday, January 8, 2018
By Hannah Albertine, Bryan Kim, and Katherine Lewin

In a city where square footage is scarce and competition for elbow space with fellow diners is commonplace, it’s crucial to know where you can have a civil, comfortable meal with a large [...]

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The Perfect Prime Rib

Prime Rib

Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
By J. Kenji López-Alt for The Food Lab

I admit that I’m often guilty of hyperbole and severe misusage of words, particularly when it comes to “perfect.” Truth be told, there’s no such thing as a perfect recipe, because if a truly perfect recipe did exist, [...]

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709 Sold to B2 Bistro & Bar


Posted Monday, November 27, 2017
Courtesy of Jersey Bites

Big changes are coming to the well-known restaurant 709, located at 709 Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach. On November 15, the property and building were sold to the owners of B2 Bistro + Bar in Red Bank.

This will be [...]

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Festive Roasts for Your Holidays

Roast Rib eye of British Beef with all the Trimmings

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Courtesy of Jersey Bites

The calendar has turned to November and that means one thing…Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This true kickoff to the holiday season brings families together to enjoy each other’s company, give thanks for their blessings, watch football, and of course, feast [...]

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Favorite Fall Cocktails Recipes by Top NJ Mixologists


Posted Monday, October 23, 2017
By Veronique for Jersey Bites

Before the first cold front of the season hits, before you have to bundle up to go to the liquor store, and before hordes of kiddies come trick-or-treating, pre-plan your chilly weather cocktail game with handcrafted drinks featuring pumpkins, apples and seasonal [...]

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Fall Foliage Map

Fall Foliage

Posted Monday, October 2, 2017
By for Thrillist

With much of the best days of summer in the rearview mirror, it’d behoove you to start looking at the trees. From coast-to-coast, the changing of the seasons brings with it ample reason to put on a flannel [...]

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The NYC Bucket List: 50 Things You Absolutely Have to Do in the City

Alan Tan Photography/

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017


Things you’ve probably done in New York: killed a cockroach, overpaid for a craft cocktail, waited for a delayed train on an A/C-less platform. But whether you’ve lived here your entire life or just hit the five-year mark, there’s [...]

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The Best Places for Taylor Ham/Pork Roll in NJ

Credit Jason Varney

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017
Courtesy of Thrillist

Nothing quite says Jersey, food-wise, like pork roll (or Taylor ham, as it’s known in North Jersey): a lightly smoked and cured pork product, akin to Canadian bacon. A pork roll, egg, and cheese is the unofficial state sandwich. The obsession goes [...]

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The Sausage Scoop from JVrola


Posted Monday, August 7, 2017

Fat or thin? Long or short? Firm or soft?

Yes, we’re talking about sausages! With an incredible number of combinations, as well as an international array of flavors, sausages are delicious, easy to prepare, and economical.

Italian pork sausages are among the best known. Traditionally both hot and sweet, [...]

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The Best Restaurants in Asbury Park


Posted Monday, July 24, 2017


Asbury Park has many reputations — some know it as the slightly grungy home of The Stone Pony, the music venue where Bruce Springsteen got his start, while others consider it the best damn beach town [...]

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Feet in the Sand…Cocktail in Hand


Posted Monday, July 3, 2017
By Laura Bowers – NJ Monthly

Picture this: sun, surf, sand—and you with a favorite cocktail in hand. Alas, it’s not always easy to complete that seaside scenario, at least in terms of the cocktail. Most Jersey beaches and boardwalks ban overt imbibing. No worries. We’ve traveled [...]

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Best Brunches in NYC

Brunch Bodega Negra

Posted Monday, June 19, 2017


Brunch will forever be a hotly debated topic, particularly in New York City where an estimated wait time is 46 moons plus a donation of your first-born child, and a real-life nightmare known as “club brunch” [...]

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The Absolute Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

Fromagerie Cocktail

Posted Monday, June 5, 2017

By for Thrillist

When the late Sasha Petraske opened Milk & Honey on the Lower East Side in 1999, he started the first wave in a sea change in how bars crafted both cocktails and the environments in which we consumed [...]

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Food Truck Spotlight: Johnny’s Pork Roll

Johnny's Pork Roll

Posted Monday, May 22, 2017

When he got started in the food truck business, Johnny’s Pork Roll owner John Yarusi put his branding and marketing background to work, and it was clearly the right move. Starting today, May 19, Johnny’s Pork Roll will be at 7th and the boardwalk in Asbury [...]

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Philly’s Most Luxurious Restaurants Worth Splurging on, by Price Point

Clay Williams

Posted Monday, May 1, 2017

By for Thrillist

Philly’s dining scene trends toward casual, no-reservations-needed spots with tasty, unpretentious food and, frequently, BYOB policies. But sometimes you want to get all dressed up and have a dining experience. Maybe you want to pop the question. Or [...]

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Every Single Place to Boozy Brunch in Manhattan

Brunch Bodega Negra

Posted Monday, April 17, 2017

By for Thrillist

If bottomless brunch were an Olympic sport, New Yorkers would unquestionably win the gold, rally, and then go celebrate at another boozy brunch across town. Whether you’re looking for a hair-of-the-dog hangover cure situation, an endless mimosa-filled birthday [...]

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One Dish at the Nomad

Roast Chicken at the Nomad

Posted Monday, April 3, 2017

Yes, just one. But it’s not just any dish — it’s Daniel Humm’s roast chicken for two at The NoMad, talked about more avidly and incessantly than any other new restaurant offering in town, going back perhaps as far as the introduction of the Bo [...]

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Local 130 Seafood

Local 130

Posted Monday, March 20, 2017
From the Asbury Park Press

Growing up in Bergen County, Eric Morris enjoyed visiting the Jersey Shore, fishing off the jetties in Manasquan and Point Pleasant, and everything seafood.

It was a passion which led him to later positions cooking at restaurants as well as at a private dining [...]

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Best Things To Do in NYC This Weekend


Posted Monday, March 6, 2017
From Time-Out New York

You’ve been working hard all week, so let loose with our awesome recommendations for the best things to do in NYC this weekend. There are amazing movies, concerts and museum exhibits to explore, but If you feel like getting out of the city [...]

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Philly’s Most Luxurious Restaurants Worth Splurging on, by Price Point


Posted Monday, February 20, 2017

Philly’s dining scene trends toward casual, no-reservations-needed spots with tasty, unpretentious food and, frequently, BYOB policies. But sometimes you want to get all dressed up and have a dining experience. Maybe you want to pop the question. Or it’s your first Valentine’s Day together. Maybe you [...]

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The Best Pizza in New Jersey


Posted Monday, February 6, 2017

By Rachel Khona for Thrillist
(Editor’s Note: While we generally agree with this article, we think they missed a couple; DeLorenzo’s in Robbinsville, Squan Tavern in Manasquan and Pete & Elda’s in Neptune.)

New York typically gets all the attention when it comes to pizza, but it’s time [...]

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40 Reasons to Love New Jersey


Posted Monday, January 30, 2017

By Breanne McCarthy, Eric Levin, Jacqueline Klecak, Joanna Buffum, Ken Schlager, Lauren Yobs and Maryrose Mullen | December 1, 2016 | Appears in the December 2016 issue

For New Jersey Monthly’s 40th, we’ve rounded up 40 Jersey people, places and peculiarities that fill us with pride and [...]

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New York’s Best Speakeasy is Back

Chumley's 2

By Steve Cuozza for the NYPost

From pickled playwrights to pickled black trumpet mushrooms.

That’s the story of Chumley’s, a 95 year-old New York “institution” that was for many years easy to laugh at despite a long-ago literary legacy. The new Chumley’s — pricier, a lot prettier but a bit precious — [...]

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NYC’s 100 Most Important Foods


Posted Monday, January 9, 2017

and for Thrillis

Tonight, at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, fine diners will dig into a nine-course meal that includes a dish called “Oysters and Pearls” and costs the same as your electric bill during [...]

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17 Things to Look Forward to in NYC in 2017


Posted Monday, January 2, 2017

So maybe 2016 didn’t go your way. No matter. It’s a new year, with a fresh slate of exciting events, restaurant openings, technological advancements, and other NYC happenings to lift your spirits, make life easier, or at least distract you from the more miserable things going [...]

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The Jersey Bites Holiday 2016 Food Lover’s Gift Guide

Jersey Shore Cookbook

Posted Monday, December 19, 2016

Finding the perfect gift is not always easy, but if you know someone who loves food or cooking, check out our Food Lover’s Gift Guide!

The Jersey Shore Cookbook
Get the recipes for fresh summer flavors from the boardwalk and [...]

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12 NYC Restaurants with Great Holiday Decorations


Posted Monday, December 12, 2016
by Cristina Cerullo for Eater NY

Many of these establishments serve great food, and all of them are good places to enjoy a celebratory cocktail or two.

1. Lucky Strike
Lucky Strike, the Keith McNally restaurant that everyone forgets about, is best enjoyed during the month of December, when [...]

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Everything You Must Absolutely Do in NYC This…December


Posted Monday, November 28, 2016

By Melissa Kravitz

Well, New York is officially starting to feel a lot more winter-y. (Hello, high winds and low temps!) And while it’s very tempting to pull a fuzzy blanket up to your chin and curl up with Netflix, it’s really in your best interest to [...]

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Uncle Steve’s sauces Bring Homemade Love to the masses

Uncle Steve's Pasta Sauce Cooking Demo & Meet & Greet With Steve Schirripa

Posted Monday, November 14, 2016

for Jersey Bites

When Steve Schirripa, who is scheduled to appear at Forks, Corks & Hops on November 14 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan (of which Jersey Bites is a sponsor), speaks about Uncle Steve’s pasta sauces, [...]

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9 Things That Atlantic City Has That Vegas Doesn’t


Posted Monday, November 7, 2016

By Cassie Hepler for Thrillist

Sure, Vegas has a lot of things Atlantic City can’t compete with: a really big ferris wheel, a bunch of vintage neon signs, a functioning economy. Oh, and did we mention the topless pools?!

But Nevada’s glamorous gambling mecca doesn’t have everything. In [...]

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The Best Small Towns in America

Kenneth Wiedemann/Getty Images

Posted Monday, October 31, 2016

By Stephanie Waldek for Architectural Digest

Do you live in one of the best small towns in America?
While there’s nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace isn’t for everyone, and urbanites themselves often need a respite.

But the U.S. is home to thousands [...]

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Butternut Squash Crockpot Chili


Posted Monday, September 26, 2016

By Deborah Smith, Founder & Editor of Jersey Bites

This healthy chili recipe is a Jersey Bites original.  When I’m creating a recipe, rarely do I hit a home run the first time out, but this time, home run city.   This recipe is hearty and delicious [...]

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Best Diners in New Jersey

Summit Diner

Posted Monday, August 28, 2016

By @rachelkhona for Thrillist

Diners are a staple of Jersey life and a nostalgic reminder of your past should you ever leave. These shrines to all things greasy and delicious serve as havens for late-night [...]

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The Best Pizza in New Jersey


Posted Monday, August 22, 2016

Editor’s Note: “Best” of lists are pretty subjective, so we like to point out what they may have missed. Any “Best Pizza” lists for New Jersey should include DeLorenzo’s in Trenton, Squan Tavern in Manasquan and Pete & Elda’s Pizza in Neptune.

By Rachel Khona for Thrillist

New [...]

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Celebrate National Peach Month with Peach Sangria


Posted Monday, August 15, 2016

From JerseyBites

August may be National Peach Month, but every day is a peach day in the summer in the Garden State. So grab some locally grown peaches, and wow your friends with this peach sangria recipe, from Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas.


5 [...]

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Unique Take on “Dinner and a Show”

Photo: Richard Hoynes

Posted Monday, August 1, 2016

By Suzanne Zimmer Lowery for NJ Monthly Magazine

In Asbury Park, grab a bite from food trucks, then sit onstage–yes, actually on the stage–at the renovated Paramount theater as a top musician plays for you.

Asbury Park’s oceanfront Paramount Theater is teaming with the adjacent North Eats Food [...]

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The N.J. Food Bucket List: 50 Items to Eat Before You Die

peter genovese

Posted Monday, July 25, 2016
By Peter Genovese.

Talk about mission impossible.
Pick 50 great foods and/or dishes to represent the entire state, from casual to high-end fare; breakfast, lunch and dinner; appetizers, main courses and desserts, and not just restaurants, but markets, stands, specialty stores and food trucks?


I’ve sampled thousands of [...]

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Fromagerie to Re-Open

fromagerie 1

Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

Spend a few minutes inside Brando’s Citi Cucina and you will see it is led by someone who knows what he is doing.

The space is classic – dark woods, white tablecloths and oversized artwork that brings life to [...]

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The 411 on Jersey Fresh

jersey fresh

Posted Monday, July 9, 2016

By for Jersey Bites

Here’s a close-up look at the Jersey Fresh campaign by way of answers to some frequently asked questions.

I’ve seen the Jersey Fresh logo and sign at my grocery store and at farmers markets. Does [...]

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Local Sourcing Crusader – Chef Bryan Gregg

Bryan Gregg

Posted Monday, June 27, 2016

Jersey Bites

Chef Bryan Gregg of Escape Montclair has been a crusader for local New Jersey food producers for over 15 years. At his Essex County restaurant, Escape Montclair, [...]

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“Best Beef Bar in Every State” Local Winners


Posted Monday, June 13, 2016

By and for Thrillist

These are heady times for the American beer drinker (get it?!). But seriously, the quality AND quantity of suds in this country have never been better. Case in point: [...]

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Why Is New York City So Obsessed With Whole Roast Chicken?

roast chicken

Posted Monday, June 6, 2016

By Claudine Ko for Thrillist

When Chef Greg Proechel was brainstorming for the menu at Le Turtle, which opened Downtown last November, he decided to showcase dishes he’d created throughout his career, from his early days at Eleven Madison Park to his last stint, at Long [...]

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Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage at Eleven Madison Park

Carrot Tartar

Posted Monday, May 30, 2016

By Laura Siciliano-Rosen for Eat Your World

A tribute to New York City’s culinary traditions, fine dining when it counts, and 10-plus years of loving food—and each other.

Anyone who knows us knows we don’t, for several reasons, make a habit of dining at pricey Michelin-starred restaurants. [...]

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Drinking Up at Jersey Juice Shops


Posted Monday, May 23, 2016

By Melissa Beverage for Jersey Bites

Our motivation to keep up with your oh-so-healthy resolutions may be waning we move past January 1, but have no fear! I’ve put together some of my favorite places to grab a fresh Jersey juice first thing in the morning [...]

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Reading Terminal Market


Posted Monday, May 16, 2016

By Anna Goldfarb for Thrillist

On the edge of Market East, Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia) is a sprawling, slightly chaotic urban food paradise. Row to row, aisle to aisle, it’s packed with more than 100 merchants selling everything from alligator gumbo to zucchini curry. There’s a lot [...]

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12 Best Tequilas Under $25


Posted Monday, May 9, 2016

By Christopher Osburn
There are plenty of myths about tequila, like the idea that it somehow turns you into a total psycho, or that you have to drink it with a worm to truly enjoy it. One falsehood looms over all the others, though: namely, that cheap [...]

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The Absolute Best Steakhouses in NYC


Posted Monday, May 2, 2016

By Chris M. Walsh for Thrillist

While New York is known for its fancy old-school steakhouses that are rich in history and loaded with mahogany, white tablecloths, and black & white photos of celebrities, we also have some of the country’s most modern, forward-thinking (and even affordable) [...]

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The Best NYC Bar and Restaurant Openings From April

Speedy Romeo

Posted Monday, April 25, 2016

By Lucy Meilus for Thrillist

April’s been a big month for New York — 70-degree temps finally arrived, we voted in the presidential primaries (and learned that HRC loves her wine ice cream), and millions of people continued to not get tickets to “Hamilton.” We also got [...]

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The Great American Bucket List: 50 Things to Do in the US Before You Die

pacific coast highway

Posted Monday, April 11, 2016

America is big. Life is short. And whether you’re the kind of traveler who strays off the beaten path or one who hits the biggest damn tourist trap no matter the number of selfie sticks, you have to admit that some places across this great land [...]

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NJ Cooking Classes

Photo Courtesy of Chef Central

Posted Monday, April 4, 2016

By Melissa Beverage for JerseyBites

While many of us fancy ourselves pros in the kitchen, there’s always something new to learn. At these Garden State cooking schools, you’ll learn how to prep, sauté, roast, and even bake your way into the hearts of family and friends. [...]

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Secret Bars in NYC

Bathtub Gin

Posted Monday, March 28, 2016

By for Thrillist

Editor’s Note: We are frequently asked “where’s there a cool place for a drink in NYC?” Look no further than this primer from Thrillist.

Because there’s nothing better than drinking somewhere secret, we decided to round up the best [...]

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The Best Irish Bars in NYC

McSorley's Old Ale House

Posted Monday, March 14, 2016

By Christine Fischer for Thrillist

During the Potato Famine in the late 1840s, Irish immigrants fled to America, and with them came the traditional Irish pub. Fast forward to today, and New York City has almost 2,000 Irish bars in which to pound Guinness and whiskey — [...]

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Manhattan’s Best Oyster Happy Hours


Posted Monday, March 7, 2016

Adapted from article by Jane Asher for Thrillist

There’s nothing better than oysters and a beer… except, of course, happy hour-priced oysters accompanied by an equally cheap beer. If you can’t stomach high, raw bar prices but still need your fix, you’ll be happy to learn that [...]

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Best Wine Bars in NYC

Wine and Glasses

Posted Monday, February 29, 2016
By Liz Newman for Thrillist

Historically, cocktails and beer have gotten more attention in the NYC bar scene than wine. Sure, NYC launched the modern cocktail movement, and we’re at the heart of the East Coast’s craft beer territory, but it’s time we recognize that many of [...]

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Cardinal Provisions

Cardinal Provisions

Posted Monday, February 22, 2016

By Kerri Sullivan for Jersey Bites

By any account, neither Grace Crossman nor Laura Brahn should have ended up working in restaurants. “I was supposed to stay away from this industry,” Brahn said with a smile after telling me that both she and her business partner [...]

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Best New NYC Bars and Restaurants This Winter


Posted Monday, February 15, 2016

By Lucy Meilus for Thrillist
Winter’s by no means over yet — in fact, aside from that single snowstorm inexplicably named after a Disney Channel boy band and a few flakes after that, it’s fair to say it’s only now just beginning (nothing like the potential for [...]

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The Best Places to Eat in NYC Right Now


Posted Monday, January 25, 2016

By Lucy Meilus and Andrew Zimmer for Thrillist

You can spend pretty much every minute of every day chasing down something new to eat in NYC. We know, we do it. But that can get tiring… like, running-on-an-elliptical-set-to-difficulty-20 tiring, so, to make things easier, we present Eat [...]

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The NYC Cocktail Bucket List: 22 Drinks to Try Before You Die


Posted Monday, January 18, 2016

By Kara Newman for Thrillist

New York has no shortage of good drinks. But some drinks are so special — memorable, symbolic, or simply delicious — that they’re beyond good. They’re “bucket list” drinks: the ones you absolutely have to try before you die (or otherwise leave [...]

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The Perfect Chicken Francaise


Posted Monday, January 11, 2016
Courtesy of Recipe30

I have never been a big fan of the “francaises”, but my wife is, so I went in search of a recipe we both could enjoy. This delicious recipe from Recipe 30 has made me a convert.


2 chicken breasts
Half cup plain flour
2 eggs
1 [...]

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Christmas Cocktails

Christmas Drinks

Posted Monday, December 21, 2015

This sponsored post is brought to you by Atlantic Cape Community College Academy of the Culinary Arts. Courtesy of Jersey Bites

Kick your holiday entertaining up a notch with these festive cocktails!

Holiday Egg Nog

4 cups milk
5 cloves, whole
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 egg [...]

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Jersey’s Own Clarement Distilled Spirits


Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

for Jersey Bites

Claremont Distilled Spirits in Fairfield takes the farm-to-table concept to a new level, by using Jersey-grown veggies to produce its vodka (potatoes) and moonshine (corn) as well some [...]

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Is It Pork Roll or Taylor Ham? New Jersey’s Great Debate

Posted Monday, December 7, 2015

Flickr/Lenka Reznicek


Is It Pork Roll Or Taylor Ham? New Jersey’s Great Debate.

It only takes two words to know whether someone is from North Jersey or South Jersey. Those two words are Pork Roll OR Taylor Ham. [...]

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Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremonies

christmas tree

Posted Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday, November 30
JSAC Tree Lighting
6:30 PM
Jersey Shore Arts Center
66 South Main Street, Ocean grove
Info: 732-502-0050
Come celebrate with Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
The Cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas
and the pride of the Jersey Shore
Tuesday, December 1
Downtown Freehold Tree Lighting
5:00 PM
Hall of Records
1 E. Main Street, Freehold
Info: 732-333-0094
Rain [...]

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A Chat with Jacques Pepin


Posted Monday, November 16, 2015

By Rachel Weston for Jersey Bites

On Halloween, The Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank, treated fans of Jacques Pépin with the opportunity to get up close and personal with him. As his 80th birthday approaches, Pépin shows no signs of slowing down. Early arriving guests clutched [...]

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Jersey Spirts Opens in Fairfield

Jersey Spirits

Posted Monday, November 9, 2015

By Veronique Deblois for Jersey Bites
Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. recently opened its doors in Fairfield and will be the only NJ distillery at the Whiskey Festival on October 15 in Jersey City, where its white whiskey will be available. Here’s what co-owner John Granata had [...]

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Manasquan Pantry

Manasquan Pantry

Posted Monday, November 2, 2015

By Jessica Herring for Jersey Bites

The Manasquan Food Pantry is primarily run by volunteers from the Manasquan Ministerium, a group of 13 churches in the local community. They help support towns along the Jersey shore, from Belmar to Point Pleasant. The food pantry receives food and [...]

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12 Best Seafood Restaurants in NYC


Posted Monday, October 26, 2015

By Patty Lee for Thrillist

With the profusion of killer oysters, fat lobster rolls, and all-you-can-eat crab, you’d be silly to not to dive into these, the 12 best seafood restaurants in the city. NYC is a coastal city — it’s time to act like it!

Freshest catch: [...]

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Why Long Island Wine Country Is Just as Legit as Napa


Posted Monday, October 19, 2015

By Tony Merevick for Thrillist

When I first visited wine country on Long Island, I knew it’d be no Napa Valley. But that’s about all I knew — I’m a child of the Midwest turned New Yorker with just about as much wine knowledge as the [...]

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The Truth About Columbus Day


Posted Monday, October 10, 2015

By Kevin Alexander for Thrillist
Legend has it that when Christopher Columbus was 10, he looked at a map of the world and said something profound, though no one understood what it was, because he spoke some weird Genoese dialect of Ligurian. But what everyone does understand [...]

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21 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.


Posted Monday, October 5, 2015

Traveling this fall or Winter. here’s Thrillist’s list of the Top 21 Most Romantic Restaurants in the country.

By Deanna Bennett

America is bursting with great restaurants these days, but for an anniversary, date night, or “I’m sorry I took a little too long to delete Tinder [...]

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10 Spectacular WaterFalls

rainbow falls

Posted Monday, September 21, 2015
By for Thrillist

Because TLC isn’t the boss of you, go chase all the damn waterfalls you please this weekend (and, really, every weekend), starting with these 10, the most Crazy,Sexy, Cool ones the Empire State has to offer:

New Croton Dam
Croton [...]

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The Boston Bucket List


Posted Monday, September 7, 2015

By Kim Prosise for Thrillist

There is a lot to love about Boston, and we’re not talking about the Cheers bar. With its world-class dining, rich heritage, and quirky obsessions, the Hub is a wonderful place to spend a week, or a lifetime. So before you die [...]

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10 Best Weekend Getaways From NYC

NY Foliage

Posted Monday, August 31, 2015

By Lauren Matison for Thrillist

Even if you totally love your job, weekends are everything, particularly when they’re spent outside of the city guzzling local wine, biking to seafood shacks, and roasting marshmallows like you’re in some campy ’80s movie about camp. Here are 10 weekend getaways, [...]

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NYC’s 12 Best Outdoor Restaurants, Bars, Beer Gardens and More

North River

Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

By Patty Lee for Thrillist

With almost 100 rooftop bars, close to two dozen waterfront ones, and beer gardens galore, you’ve got ample options when it comes to outdoor drinking in NYC, enough that there’s basically no way you’re going to be able to hit them all [...]

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In Defense of New Jersey


Posted Monday, August 10, 2015

Let’s start with what you’ve heard: New Jersey is a coastal shitfield of garbage and hair gel that shields New York City from the rest of the country. Sound about right? You can admit it. It won’t hurt my feelings. I know that New Jersey is [...]

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Best Boardwalk Eats

Greetings from Asbury Park - Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant

Posted Monday, July 27, 2015

By Eric Krass

If you’re headed from the Freehold area to one of the area’s beaches on the Sandy Hook side of the Jersey coast this summer, chances are you’ll be searching for some tasty seaside grub. Check out our guide to the best Jersey boardwalk [...]

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Restaurants Complain About Yelp


Posted Monday, July 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: We continue to hear complaints from restaurants about Yelp. No one is trying to abridge free speech, but the restaurants claim that Yelp’s policy of posting just about anything is unfair. “Someone recently posted that they weren’t seated promptly when they arrived, when the [...]

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Pierogi Love


Posted Monday, July 13, 2015

By Melissa Beverage for Jersey Bites

“She’s a genius!” Actually there was an expletive thrown in there, too. After laughing at my sister’s language, I have to agree. New Jersey resident and writer Casey Barber releases her latest cookbook, Pierogi Love: New Takes on an [...]

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TASTE Award Winners Announced


Posted Monday June 29, 2015

By Susan Weiner, Asbury Park Press

The TASTE awards all started with an idea to recognize culinary excellence at the Shore.

“Having worked with the restaurants for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, I have come to appreciate the quality of restaurants at the Jersey Shore,” said Jim Flynn, chairman [...]

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New Jersey Blueberries


Posted Monday, June 22, 2015


What bountiful Jersey Fresh crop is a fan favorite, the star of countless summer desserts, and a healthy snack to boot? If it’s June in Jersey, it’s time to celebrate blueberries!

The blueberry is the official state [...]

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Bruce Julian’s Bloody Mary Mix

Bloody Mary

Posted Monday, June 15, 2015

By Melissa Justice for The Good Life
Photos by Jamey Price

Some add hot and spicy ingredients, while others add lemon juice, but celery stick as a garnish is guaranteed. Legend says the celery stick was added because the bartender ran out of swizzle sticks to stir [...]

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One Dish at The Nomad

Daniel Krieger for The New York Times

Posted Monday, June 8, 2015

Diner’s Journal
New York Times

Yes, just one. But it’s not just any dish — it’s Daniel Humm’s roast chicken for two at The NoMad, talked about more avidly and incessantly than any other new restaurant offering in [...]

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The 10 Best Bacon Dishes in Philly


Posted Monday, May 18, 2015

By Dan McKay

As the country’s number one bacon city, it’s pretty obvious that we know what to do with everyone’s favorite cut of pork. To celebrate our swine supremacy, we’ve rounded up the 10 best bacon dishes you can get in the city.

Blue [...]

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Grand Banks; Oyster and Cocktail Bar

Grand Banks

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015

By Tony Merevick

Opening May 15th

Just in time for peak drinking-by-the-water season in NYC, Grand Banks, the magnificent oyster and cocktail bar on a historic 142ft sailboat and one of our favorite places to drink last year, is slated to [...]

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Jersey Bites Visits Festhalle


Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Yesterday, we were among the lucky ones to walk right in to Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten without what’s become known as the infamous outside wait. By the time we left at 3 p.m., the wait had begun. There is nothing like this restaurant anywhere in [...]

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The 15 Best Value Michelin-Starred Restaurants in NYC


Posted Monday, April 27, 2015

By Patty Lee for

Eating out in NYC is expensive, and eating at Michelin-starred restaurants in NYC is really expensive, like Tiger on a yacht, f-off expensive, but the finest of dining shouldn’t be reserved for only those with big bucks. That’s why we scoured [...]

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The Pork Roll Cookbook – Really!

Pork Roll Cookbook

Posted Monday, April 20, 2015

Little did The Times of Trenton journalist Jenna Pizzi know that a story about the first Trenton Pork Roll Festival would lead to her first book, a tome dedicated to the foodstuff from the capital city.

“[The [...]

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Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar Shines

Polo Bar

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

1 East 55th Street

In a city with hundreds if not thousands of restaurants, how do you stand out from the pack? ….attention to detail. Seems easy, but few get it like Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar on East 55th Street, right next to its flagship store [...]

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Food Shack Re-Opens March 12th

Food Shack

Posted Monday, March 9, 2015

One of our favorite breakfast spots re-opens on March 12th. here’s what we wrote last year about them:

“Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, so I am always on the look-out for great places to enjoy that meal. A few weeks ago we came upon The [...]

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Croquetas – A Cuban Favorite


Posted Monday, February 16, 2015

What: Delicious deep-fried croquettes of (usually) ground ham, chicken, or cheese mixed with bread crumbs, flour, onions, and various herbs. Good croquetas have a soft, moist interior and a crisp, not-too-greasy crust.

Where: Croquetas are muy common on Cuban appetizer lists; those sold at the outside sandwich [...]

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Cape May Brewing Company is Jersey Fresh


Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s (NJDA) Jersey Fresh quality grading and marketing program is one of the most successful in the country. According to the program’s website, “This voluntary program, established in 1985, enhances regional and national marketability of more than 80 New Jersey [...]

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The Egg Cream

Egg Cream at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, New York, NY

Posted Monday, January 19, 2015

What: Containing neither egg nor cream, the egg cream was reportedly invented by Jewish candy-store owner Louis Auster in Brooklyn in the late 19th century…or it might have been another guy on the Lower East Side; competing claims abound (and no one knows where [...]

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Local Spirits


Posted January 12, 2015

What: Gin and bourbon and moonshine, oh my! As if New Yorkers needed more incentive to go out (or stay home) and drink hard alcohol, now they can do it with fine, locally made artisanal spirits. Since 2010, microdistilleries have begun making a big comeback in NYC—in [...]

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In Search of…….the Perfect Chicken

poulet bleu

Posted Monday, January5, 2015

Many Americans have switched to more chicken dishes in recent years to counter the fat and calories of beef and lobster. The US consumes an astounding 40 billion pounds of chicken a year. The most common breed today is the Cornish Cross which is built  to ” [...]

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The Greatest Roast Chicken Recipe Ever

Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted Monday, December 29, 2014

This amazing roast chicken recipe was a staple at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston, which sadly closed in October 2014 after 30 years.

Hamersley’s Roast Chicken  with Garlic, Lemon, and Parsley Recipe reprinted from Bistro Cooking at Home by Gordon Hamersley.

For the marinade 1 bunch Italian parsley  [...]

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Ralph Lauren to Open Polo Bar in NYC

Polo Bar

Posted Monday, December 22, 2014

New York Times

Ralph Lauren arrived at the Polo Bar, his first restaurant in New York City, looking as if he had just come from a fox hunt on the grounds of Downton [...]

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Christmas in New York

Rock Tree

Posted Monday, December 15, 2014

There may be no more beautiful city than New York at Christmas, especially if we have snow. Aromas of roasting chestnuts, carriage rides in Central Park, skaters and the tree at Rockefeller Center and the glorious department store windows on 5th Avenue make this a very [...]

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Memorable Dishes from 2014

salt creek

Posted Monday, December 8, 2014

There are so many great places to eat at the jersey Shore. here’s just a sampling of some of the best we enjoyed this year.

Temple Gourmet Chinese, Red Bank-Peking Duck. Slow-roasted Long Island duckling finished to a crispy, juicy perfection. served with finely sliced scallions, cucumbers, steamed [...]

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Christmas Time Fun with Kids


Posted Monday, December 1, 2014

This is a great afternoon with kids or grand kids. Start the day with lunch at the charming Allenwood General Store. Operated since 1972 by the Herbert family, a general store has been on this site since 1925. The kid’s will love the food but love [...]

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6 Turkey Day Tips

Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted Monday, November 24, 2014

1. Perfect gravy. The Gravy base from Williams Sonoma is the best gravy we have ever had. Base + milk + turkey drippings + white wine. It is so good we buy extra and freeze in ice cube trays to use throughout the year.

2. Cook your [...]

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Jersey Bites Sponsors “Forks & Corks” TONIGHT


Posted Monday, November 17, 2014

Reserve your tickets for FORKS & CORKS, A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting, at The Mill in Spring Lake Heights, on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 pm. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sample artful dishes from area restaurants as you sip a delightful [...]

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Why Do You Think They Call It Beantown?

Baked Beans

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014

What: Slow-cooked beans have long been a tradition in Boston; the dish is said to have originated with the Native Americans, who baked navy beans with maple syrup, venison, and bear fat in pits dug into the ground. At some point, early English settlers started stewing [...]

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An Addictive Appetizer

Rye Baot

Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

As the Holidays approach, we’re all looking for creative new appetizers to serve our family and friends. Here’s one we got from a friend, back in the 70′s that has become a family favorite and one that friends gobble up (no pun intended here) so fast [...]

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Last Minute Holiday Recipe “From the Kitchen”


Posted Monday, October 20, 2014


Recipe blog From The Kitchen has no shortage of mouthwatering edibles. This blog is my little secret when searching for the perfect dish to make for any occasion. If you have family and friends coming over [...]

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Crockpot Pork Tenderloin with Sage, Rosemary and Cannellini Beans


Posted Monday, October 13, 20914

While I was getting my economy induced gray hairs artfully erased from my delicate dome last week, I came across this recipe in Family Circle Magazine. (When you start going gray you must start reading Family Circle. It’s written somewhere, I’m sure of it.)

This [...]

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Stone Crab Claws

Stone Crabs

Posted Monday, October 6, 2014

What: These pretty, sweet-tasting crab claws are perhaps Florida’s most sustainable seafood, thanks to a strict harvesting season (roughly Oct. 15-May 15), laws prohibiting fishermen from taking the whole crab, and the crab’s ability to regenerate its claws fully within a year or two. But while [...]

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23rd Culinary Classic-TONIGHT!

Culinary Classic

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

Interested in sampling cuisine from more than 25 local restaurants? Visit the 23rd Annual Culinary Classic, hosted by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The event, held next Monday, September 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake [...]

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Hot Dogs and Condiments

Hot Dogs

Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

By Emily Elyse Miller

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up rooftop parties, hot dogs and day drinking. Having only ketchup and mustard available just won’t do it, which is why this stunning [...]

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The Manhattan


Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

What: A classic cocktail made of whiskey (traditionally rye), sweet vermouth, bitters (usually Angostura), and a maraschino cherry, the Manhattan has its origins, of course, in the borough of Manhattan, at the Manhattan Club or a joint on Broadway, depending on whom you ask—neither is still [...]

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The French Laundry’s English Pea Soup

English Pea Soup

Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

I would eat just about anything Thomas Keller put in front of me. Now you can recreate something that came from the mind of this iconic culinary figure. You may think the recipe is going to [...]

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Jazz It Up Wine Festival

Garden State Wine Festival

Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

Jazz It Up Wine Festival, hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), hits Allaire State Park in Farmingdale on August 30 and 31. Guests can enjoy a combination of music, food and nearly 300 New Jersey-grown wine options.

Tasters can [...]

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The Repeal of Prohibition: Where and What to Drink

Old Fashioned

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014


Any excuse to drink right? Well let’s celebrate one of the most exciting days in history… the Repeal of Prohibition! We have 80 years of celebrating to do and I am here to help you figure [...]

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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Posted Monday, August 11, 2014

What: A brunch staple born in NYC but popular well beyond, eggs Benedict consists of poached eggs and Canadian bacon or ham on an English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce (a rich and creamy concoction made with egg yolks, butter, and lemon juice or vinegar). Its [...]

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A Talk with FOUR USA-”The World’s Best Food Magazine”


Posted Monday, August 4, 2014

By Emily Elyse Miller. Trends on Trends

If you love food and have not read FOUR, then you have a lot of catching up to do. Their tagline is “World’s Best Food Magazine,” which is apt and well deserved. This magazine is filled with photography enticing [...]

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Garden to Glass Sous Vide Bloody Mary

Sous BM

Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

Bloody Marys. So controversial. People either order them every Sunday with their brunch, or are completely nauseated by the thought of them. Perhaps the ‘ew’ factor comes from the classic, pre-fab V8 tomato mix full of preservatives and god knows what else. But such is not [...]

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Where to Dock and Dine in N.J.

Shrimp Box

Posted Monday, July 21, 2014

Looking for a spot along the NJ coast where you can dock and dine? Look no further! Check out our list of suggestions. And if you have another recommendation, please add it to the comments!

Atlantic City
Wonder Bar: Located just two blocks from the Read more

The Submarine Sandwich


Posted Monday, July 14, 2014

What: The submarine sandwich, or sub, is akin to Philly’s hoagie, New Orleans’ po’boy, and New England’s grinder. Like those, it can be traced, in some way or another, back to Italy and the immigrants who brought their affinity for stuffing cold [...]

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The Queen of SodaStream


Posted Monday, July 7, 2014

Let’s talk bubbly. No, not champagne — though we love that too. This is all about “setting the bubbles free” with SodaStream. I am going to assume that you’ve heard of SodaStream, unless you have been stuck in a time capsule for the past three years [...]

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BFB-New York


Posted Monday, June 30, 2014

Today we welcome Emily Elise Miller, founder of Trends on Trends. Culinary trend forecasting for the aesthetically inclined. Trends on Trends is an online platform for all things delicious and visually stimulating.


No, really. This place is called [...]

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Steak Grilling Tips From a Pro


Posted Monday, June 23, 2014

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a nice, juicy steak? While it’s not necessarily an easy task, grilling can be truly rewarding because it produces a great charred taste that everyone loves. Chef Steve Capodicasa of Kings Food Markets [...]

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Frozen Custard


Posted Monday, June 16, 2014

What: Similar to soft-serve ice cream but incorporating eggs (including yolk) and boasting a silky creaminess, frozen custard is a boardwalk must on a sweltering day. Though pockets around the U.S. are better known for frozen custard, one company, with roots in Pennsylvania and a huge [...]

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Introducing Coeur D’Est

Coeur D'Est

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014

It started with an idea.

Wine makers from New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain, designated by the federal government as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2006, needed a signature wine—one that would identify the region and stand out among the [...]

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Catering Legends


Posted Monday, May 12, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to interview acclaimed caterer and James Beard Award winning Chef, Jean Marie Lacroix, and Chef Thomas McMullen of Brulee Catering. Lacroix enjoyed the title of Executive Chef of the Four Season’s Fountain and then on to establish his namesake restaurant Lacroix at the Rittenhouse.  Brulee are [...]

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Burgers-Custom Blended


Posted Monday, May 5, 2014

What: Burgers may be as all-American as apple pie, but proprietary-blend burgers—those featuring beef blends customized specifically for chefs by a local butcher, so that a restaurant can claim its very own unique signature patty—now that’s modern-day New York City. If it sounds over-the-top, well, it [...]

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April in Paris at the Flaky Tart


Posted Monday, April 28, 2014

In the Atlantic Highlands on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, The Flaky Tart hosted a cooking class titled April in Paris. Chefs Zeet Peabody and Marie Jackson kept all of the students busy learning the techniques of mise en place, whisking, and the art of whipping [...]

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Hogfish-Florida Keys


Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

What: Common catches off the Keys that you’re likely to see on “fish of the day” menus down here include mahi-mahi (a.k.a. dolphin fish), wahoo, various species of snapper and grouper (red or black Gulf grouper are best, from an ecological standpoint), and hogfish. You’re probably [...]

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The Fish Sandwich

The Fish Sandwich

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

What: Locally caught fresh flounder, fluke, sea bass, monkfish, bluefish, and whatever else the fishermen pull in. Might be prepared fried, grilled, stuffed, in sandwiches, on platters…you get the picture.

Where: Over the (recently rebuilt) Mantoloking Bridge off oceanfront Route 35, between Bay Head and Lavalette, the [...]

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Delmonico Steak


Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

What: New York is synonymous with a number of steaks and steakhouses, from the dry-aged New York strip to the Delmonico; from the venerable Peter Luger in Williamsburg and dark-paneled Keens Steakhouse in midtown to Greenwich Village’s clubby Strip House—and [...]

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Restaurant Latour Welcomes Chef Jean Paul Lourdes

Chef Lourdes

Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes brings a wealth of diversified experience from the world’s finest kitchens to Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour. A native of New Zealand, Lourdes was hand-selected as Chef de Latour for his unique ability to develop inventive menus that will perfectly [...]

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Craft Beer-Philly Style

Craft Beer

Posted Monday, March 24, 2014

What: Philadelphia is yet another of those once-thriving American brewing cities whose beer industry never really recovered post-Prohibition (see NYC and New Orleans, for starters). But the last few years have brought national attention to Philly’s beer scene—not only because of the dozen [...]

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Pastrami New York Style


Posted Monday, March 17, 2014

What: Jewish-deli red meat, generally brisket or navel (a.k.a. the plate cut), that’s been cured in brine, well seasoned, smoked, and steamed, then sliced and served hot piled between two slices of rye. The addition of mustard gives a spicy tang to the moist beef. This [...]

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Local Shellfish


Posted Monday, March 10, 2014

What: Nothing beats chowing down on fresh shellfish just yards from the boats that hauled it in, or the sea from which it came. Especially lobsters! NJ lobsters account for only a fraction of the state’s seafood and around 2% of the country’s catch, but it’s [...]

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Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge


Posted Monday, March 3, 2014

Tucked away in a small shopping center, just off busy Route 9 in Old Bridge, is kitchenware shop and culinary center, Heirloom Kitchen. Opened in November 2013, the one-of-a-kind store was dreamed up by mother and daughter team: Judy [...]

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Jersey Wines Win Gold in California

NJ Wines

Posted Monday, February 24, 2014

The New Jersey Wine industry has had its share of doubters from the beginning. Mostly known for their sweet, fruit-based wines, vintners in the Garden State have fought long and hard to showcase quality grapes and wines worth drinking. Throw in the constant comparisons between the [...]

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Frozen Custard

Frozen Custard

Posted Monday, February 17, 2014

What: Similar to soft-serve ice cream but incorporating eggs (including yolk) and boasting a silky creaminess, frozen custard is a boardwalk must on a sweltering day. Though pockets around the U.S. are better known for frozen custard, one company, with roots in Pennsylvania and a huge [...]

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Cooking with Marilyn and Friends


Posted February 10, 2014

The third annual Cooking with Marilyn and Friends series, hosted by restaurateur and philanthropist Marilyn Schlossbach, kicks off this week at her oceanfront restaurant Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park. The first event took place Wednesday, January 15, at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy an internationally [...]

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Top 10 NJ Chocolate Shops

Photo by the Chocolate Shop

Posted Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while some sweethearts are satisfied with a mass-produced, gigantic box of drugstore chocolates, the foodies among us will appreciate an artisanal, handcrafted box of locally-made chocolates, albeit in a smaller package.

Whether your beloved enjoys handmade caramels, truffles or [...]

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Evan Victor-McLoone’s Asbury Grille


Posted Monday, January 27, 2014

Interview by Jackie Vrola
JVrola Meat Company

It’s that time of year again for a new-featured “Chef of the Month.” Many of us are dreaming of warm weather and some fun in the sun, especially with the weather dropping to an insane 4 degrees! But why travel [...]

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The Philadelphia Hoagie


Posted Monday, January 20, 2014

What: This simple, savory, built-to-order sandwich—similar to a grinder or hero, the subs of New Jersey, or the po’boys of New Orleans—is commonly filled with cold Italian meats and cheeses, plus lettuce, tomato, and onion (and hot peppers, if you prefer). The backstory of [...]

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Philly Cheesesteaks


What: Nearly synonymous with Philadelphia, the cheesesteak was allegedly developed by Pat and Harry Olivieri in South Philly in the 1930s, when chopped, cooked steak (usually thinly sliced ribeye or top round) was served in a hoagie roll (cheese, it seems, was a later development), leading to the founding [...]

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The New York Bagel


What: Ah, the New York bagel. It’s just a circular piece of chewy bread with a hole in the middle—a simple mix of flour, yeast, malt, water, and salt that’s traditionally hand-rolled, briefly boiled, then baked—sliced lengthwise and spread with your favorite “schmear,” yet much has been sung of its [...]

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Jersey Shore Craft Beer

Beach Haus

What: The Jersey Shore—long the domain of Miller and Coors, where Sam Adams is often the only craft beer you’ll find—finally has its own local brew in Beach Haus, launched in 2010 by East Coast Beer Co. Though the beer is currently contract-brewed by High Falls Brewing Co. [...]

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Chef of the Month by JVrola

JVrola Logo

Editor’s Note: This week’s Guest Blog comes from our friends at the JVrola Meat Company. Jackie Vrola has introduced a Chef of the Month feature for thier blog. This is the December post.

Tis the Season here at Vrola Meats and with the holidays right around the corner comes a new [...]

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Pork Roll

Pork Roll

What: Sometimes called Taylor pork roll or Taylor ham, thanks to the Mr. John Taylor who created it, pork roll is a large log-shape hunk of meat, sliced and eaten grilled or fried, most commonly on a round sandwich roll with cheese and egg. Though it originated in Trenton in [...]

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Local Seafood

Eat Your World

What: Nothing beats chowing down on fresh shellfish just yards from the boats that hauled it in, or the sea from which it came. Especially lobsters! NJ lobsters account for only a fraction of the state’s seafood and around 2% of the country’s catch, but it’s got ’em and they’re [...]

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