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Union Republic in Jersey City

Beyond the Noodles I was recently invited to a dinner at year-old Union Republic in the Historic area of Jersey City. A supporter of local, sustainable, organic products, Union Republic serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Opened in November 2013, Union Republic is the brainchild of Chef Owner Gregory Torrech and his business partner, Noah […]

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Healthy Cooking Courses in North Jersey

If you live in the NYC/northern New Jersey area, and you’re interested in learning more about simple and delicious healthy cooking, what it means to eat “clean,” and living a long-term, sustainable healthy lifestyle, a few courses I’ll be teaching may bring a perfect opportunity for you to embark on a life-changing healthy lifestyle journey. All of the recipes taught […]

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Satis Bistro in Jersey City

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend “A Taste of Burgundy” at Satis Bistro in Jersey City. It’s a beautiful restaurant and lounge in the Paulus Hook neighborhood. The space, which once housed a bank, was meticulously restored and updated with a lovely main dining room, a cozy loft-like second floor dining […]

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Chef Spotlight: David Viana

Before becoming executive chef at The Kitchen at Grove Station in Jersey City, Chef David Viana held posts as chef de cuisine and sous chef at several other restaurants in the Garden State. Jersey Bites recently caught up with Chef Viana for this Spotlight, in which he reveals his favorite coffee, an embarrassing—but memorable—moment, and advice for […]

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Matt & Meera in Hoboken

Fresh Flavors My first encounter with Indian cuisine was on a plane. Airplane food: take a perfectly good dish and let it sit for hours in those warmers and it will ruin just about anything. I thought I didn’t care for the flavors. Over the past few years, though, I’ve completely changed my mind. Now […]

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Jar Goods Classic Red: Product Review and Recipes

I recently received a sample jar of fresh sauce from Jar Goods, based in Hoboken. I always love receiving samples before reviewing a product, because not only does it enable me to relay to my readers a personal encounter with the product, but also because it provides such a wonderful first impression when distributors make a […]

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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

THIS WEEKEND November 2: The Creole Girl Gala ~ A Benefit to Support Tracie Orsi-Godier will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Headliner nightclub in Neptune. The event will include a gift auction with items donated from the community. Tickets are $20 and support Traci Orsi-Godier, of Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant in Belmar, as she undergoes treatment with Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Headliner Night Club, 1401 State […]

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Food Events in New Jersey

Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

THIS WEEKEND October 24: Pair wine, cheese, chocolate and companionship at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch and New Brunswick’s 5th Annual Wine Tasting. Fifteen distributors will offer 80 wine choices with buffet selections. The event also features a tricky tray auction. Tickets are $80 and benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides ill children […]

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Fall Ingredients: What New Jersey Chefs Crave

Cool, crisp weather. Orange, yellow and red foliage. Kids back in school. Fall’s here, and with it comes a bounty of autumnal ingredients. Some of the top chefs in New Jersey share what their favorite fall ingredients are and how they like to use them to create delicious, comforting dishes. What are your favorite fall […]

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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

THIS WEEKEND October 17 to 19: The traditional German celebration of Oktoberfest comes to Cape May. The Town Fire Bank Company hosts an Oktoberfest featuring seasonal and regular beers provided by the Cape May Brewery, live music and food from Smoke-n-Bones. The event is free with a $5 suggested donation to benefit the Fire Company. Cape May Airport, 415 Breakwater Rd., Rio […]

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