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Villalobos in Montclair: Ready for Its Closeup

Most parents tell their kids to stop playing so many video games, or perhaps to stop squabbling with their siblings. Interior designer Ashley Rose’s mom used to tell 10-year-old Ashley to stop moving the furniture around their Nutley living room. Little did the Rose family know that they were actually witnessing a budding interior designer […]

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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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A Sneak Peek at Talula’s in Asbury Park

Walking around downtown Asbury Park is an amazing treat. On one of my daily walks when I strolled down Cookman Avenue and saw that there was a pizza place coming in, I immediately started googling who was joining the growing list of eclectic restaurants. Google provided me with all the buzz on Talula’s, which looks […]

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Birravino Opens in Red Bank

Vic Rallo is at it again. In between shooting the second season of his hit television show Eat! Drink! Italy! which is now broadcasting on Create TV (check your local listings for show times and channels), training for an Iron Man competition, and managing his restaurants including Undici in Rumson, he decided to renovate the local’s […]

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Oyster and Steak Delights at Hamilton’s Grill Room

On October 3, 2014, for the first time in 26 years, Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville unveiled an exciting, fresh and sophisticated new menu: owner Jim Hamilton is spearheading a change that passionately celebrates delectable, locally sourced steaks and luscious oysters. I recently had the pleasure of enjoying Hamilton’s wonderful company while sampling items from his […]

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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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Opening Soon: Paragon Tap & Table in Clark

Even if you know Chef Eric LeVine from Morris Tap & Grill, now you’ll know him even better. Next month, Paragon Tap & Table will open in Clark, featuring Chef LeVine’s award-winning food paired with 20 artisan craft beers on tap. The gastropub experience will be enhanced by friendly and knowledgeable staff, five large-screen televisions in […]

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Restaurant Openings and Closings in NJ

Here’s a handy list of some recent restaurant openings and closings around the Garden State. This list is not comprehensive, so please send your tips on new restaurants to info@JerseyBites.com. Thanks! Please be sure to check directly with restaurants before heading out, as opening dates sometimes change at the last minute. OPENINGS North: Allendale Steakhouse, 95 […]

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The Hundred-Foot Journey: Screening Samples

If you haven’t already heard, Jersey Bites has teamed up with Dreamworks Pictures to present a screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey, tomorrow night in Montclair. Here’s a sneak peek at the area restaurants who will be part of this celebration of French and Indian cuisine, with a sampling of their own fine offerings. Brick Lane Curry […]

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Local Roots in Cranford Welcomes Summer

After opening their second restaurant in Cranford, you might think that Andrea and Jim Carbine would be content to sit back and relax. “Relax” is just not in their vocabulary, though, as their two restaurants—under the umbrella of Local Roots Cranford—A Toute Heure and 100 Steps, have quite a bit coming up. 100 Steps is the newer restaurant […]

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