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Now Open: Rinn Duin Brewing in Toms River

When I asked Rinn Duin’s Chip Town what caused the often delayed opening of the brewery, his exhaustive sigh told the story. It wasn’t one big thing, it was a million little things. He never imagined all the plumbing work that goes along with starting a brewery. Disaster almost struck again when, an hour before their soft opening, […]

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Manalapan’s Bonefish Grill Reaches Out

Bonefish Grill celebrated its newest New Jersey location, in Manalapan, with a grand opening charity event benefiting The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. On Saturday, January 25, Bonefish Grill hosted an evening full of restaurant favorites, refreshing cocktails, and music while raising $7,340 for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. With the funds […]

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Back up to Food Trucks & Fire Pits at Laurita Winery

There may have been a chill in the air, but the day was spectacular for those of us who bundled up and ventured to check out the Food Trucks & Fire Pits Event hosted by Laurita Winery in New Egypt on November 2 and 3. It looked like a shopaholic’s version of an amazing flea […]

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Foodbank’s Culinary Classic: Better than Ever

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will hold its 22nd Annual Culinary Classic tasting event on Monday, September 23rd from 5 to 9 p.m at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights. Guests will enjoy selections from approximately 40 restaurants, along with fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. All proceeds will benefit the FoodBank, […]

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Local Smoke, Jersey Shore “meathead” Love

To say I love barbecue would be an understatement.  In fact, I am pretty sure Merriam-Webster has yet to include a word that adequately describes the way I feel about the delicious American staple.   Nothing makes me happier than sinking my teeth into a pile of sauce-covered meat.  Normally I consider myself a classy gal; […]

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The Gables in LBI: A Romantic Getaway

In our effort to share with you the most romantic restaurants in New Jersey just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked our readers and Facebook fans for their personal suggestions. Top of the list, as it turns out, is a 120 year old establishment in Beach Haven. The Gables is a small Victorian era […]

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Brooklyn Bistro: Italian Home Cooking in Toms River

Brooklyn Bistro opened about a year ago on Rt. 9 in Toms River after its owners took over a small space previously occupied by a kebab joint. They renovated the little building and took it from a fast food dive to a welcoming Italian café, and my husband and I have been dying to try […]

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The Serenity Café Brings Exciting Eats to Toms River

I recently had the opportunity to have dinner at The Serenity Café in Toms River, and was smitten the moment I walked in the door. This warm and inviting nook of a restaurant is tucked away in a strip mall on Rt. 37. It’s unassuming from the outside, but the cozy lighting, leather chairs and […]

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Beer in the ‘Barrens:The Tipperary Pub in Lakehurst

When I think about craft beer in New Jersey, I don’t think “Lakehurst.”  That is, until now.  It seems like craft beer is rapidly finding it’s way into all corners of the Garden State.   I attended the first beer tasting dinner at the recently opened Tipperary Pub and they kicked it off with Kane Brewing […]

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New Jersey Seafood Spots: The Local Dish

We Jersey Shore natives call this time of year “Locals Summer.” The weather is gorgeous and the beaches are empty (and free.) After a long day of sun and sand (sans the tourists), we head to our favorite local seafood spot for fresh fare and no lines. For out-of-towners picking a spot for a fresh […]

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