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Vital Dining in Montclair

Healthy Food with a Caribbean Twist  Montclair’s new health destination with a Caribbean twist, Vital, has been opening to rave reviews and I recently set out to finally try this spot for myself. (My disclaimer to this story is that my good friend’s cousins own Vital.) The truth is that it’s absolutely delicious and that […]

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New Jersey Seafood and Wine and Beer

Pairing New Jersey Seafood with Wine and Beer

This sponsored article is brought to you by Atlantic City Bottle Company. New Jersey, along with the rest of the east coast, competes on the world stage to get the most productive and diverse seafood landed on its ports. New Jersey has six main ports; Atlantic City, Barnegat Light, Belford, Cape May, Point Pleasant and Port […]

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School is in Session at The Ryland Inn

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a small class at The Ryland Inn, in Whitehouse Station, by Executive Chef Anthony Bucco. The class was conducted in the intimate setting of the chef’s dining room adjacent to the restaurant’s immaculate, drop-dead-gorgeous kitchen. The Ryland Inn and Chef Bucco are aiming to offer monthly classes […]

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dock and dine Restaurants in New Jersey

Where to Dock and Dine in New Jersey

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 boardwalk on Albany Avenue, Wonder Bar offers its Sunset Room, […]

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Recipe: Fish Chowder

You might be surprised at how satisfying this fish chowder is, considering that the recipe calls for reduced-fat milk. I suspect that the lightly browned leeks and potato purée come together to provide the heartiness we usually crave for dinner. Click here for the full recipe!   Kathy Mathieu is the creator, author and moderator of […]

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Crabby's seafood combination

Crabby’s in Mays Landing

Crabby’s in Mays Landing is Anything But They gave my son a free soda the night we ate at Crabby’s Suds & Seafood. The reason? The waitress loved that he ordered calamari and pronounced it ‘calamads,’ like a good descendant from Molfetta would. The moment was one of many that made us smile during our […]

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Ebbit Room interior

Cape May Catch Dinner at Ebbitt Room

My recent dining experience in the newly renovated and re-imagined Ebbitt Room restaurant at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May was, to put it mildly – fabulous. The finer moments in my life are when I make the choice to view an experience as an adventure rather than a daily task, and my recent visit […]

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Lots of Options at Medford Seafood Market

Every day, in the early morning hours, Fred Glasgow hand selects all of the fresh fish and seafood he’ll bring back to stock his recently-opened Medford Seafood Market. “We want to make sure we are offering the freshest fish available,” said Fred’s wife and business partner, Toni Glasgow. The new Medford Seafood Market is a […]

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Bonefish Grill Opens in Red Bank

Red Bank’s dining scene just got hotter. Much to the delight of residents of Monmouth County, Bonefish Grill has finally opened its doors. Although technically located in Red Bank, this location is officially being referred to as Bonefish Grill, Middletown. Bonefish Grill began in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since that time, it has enjoyed […]

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Tuna and Ham Rolls with Tomato Pepper Relish

As we roll into the holiday season (can you believe it?  didn’t we just put those decorations away?), I am always on the lookout for anything that is new, different and most importantly, easy.  I know I am going to be at about one million holiday gatherings with cheese balls and spinach dip,  and while […]

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