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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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Kielbasa, Sausage and Bacon, Oh My!

We get a lot of requests to sample food products, and unfortunately I just don’t have time to review everything. Luckily, the Jersey Bites mighty band of biters is willing to step in and pick up the reviewing responsibilities on occasion. However, when Sam Vitiello, owner of Sam’s Butcher Shop, emailed me to ask if I would […]

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Wonderfully Raw’s Snip Chips and Brussel Bytes

I am always looking for healthy snacks to feed my kids (and myself)! At home, I usually serve fresh fruits and vegetables, but those don’t work as well when we’re on the go, so I find myself on the hunt for delicious, nutritious pre-packaged snacks that travel well. When I got the offer to try […]

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Sunday Brunch at The Ryland Inn

Just a few weeks ago, gorgeous The Ryland Inn began serving Sunday brunch. The space is beautiful, inviting and has a calming effect each time I visit. We were seated in what I’ll call the main dining room off the attractive courtyard where a band was setting up. Cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar in hand, […]

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Café Matisse in Rutherford

A Work of Art in Rutherford (via The Cook’s Tour) It had been a long time since I visited Café Matisse (like at least 10 years). Sometimes you become enamored of the shiny new “objet d’art” and forget about the old masters. So when I received an invitation to try their new a la carte […]

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Chef’s Degustation at Blu in Montclair

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of experiencing Restaurant Blu‘s tasting menu. Blu, the popular Montclair restaurant led by Chef / Owner Zod Arifai, is a jewel in Essex County’s dining crown. Chef Arifai’s food is nothing short of a work of art, as I’ve documented over the years, and the tasting menu […]

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Cubacan in Asbury Park

If you’re looking for a place that offers something a little different, with unique flavor combinations, tempting cocktails and a view both inside and out, Cubacan in Asbury Park should be on your list. A few weeks ago my husband and I were in the mood for just such a place when we headed out for a […]

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Otto Strada in Hoboken

The New Italian, In An Old Italian Neighborhood I tried to wait for a warm day to make the 10 block walk up to Otto Strada, Hoboken’s newest Italian spot. But it’s winter. And with the winter we have had so far, if it was forecasted to be above 15 and snowless, I was making […]

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American Melts in Kenilworth. Grilled Cheese restaurant

American Melts in Kenilworth: Grilled Cheese Heaven

The Grilled Cheese Holy Grail: It’s in New Jersey! I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like cheese—and  those who have a disdain for grilled cheese are not even worth my breath. Thank you, I feel better getting that out. On the flip side, for connoisseurs of fromage, I’d like to introduce to you the Littlest […]

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Bistro Rylo in Ocean Township

Winning Flavor Combinations A new culinary force has just opened in Ocean Township. Bistro Rylo, owned and operated by Executive Chef Ryan Lory, offers unique Euro-Mediterranean style dishes in a warm and inviting setting, perfect for those gourmands looking for world-class dishes. Chef Lory is no stranger to the kitchen. While studying at the Art […]

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