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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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Bongiovi Brand Pasta Sauce

As a New Jersey native, I’m destined to like certain things. Two of those things are tomato sauce and Jon Bon Jovi. So when I was offered an invite to taste test the Bongiovi Brand tomato sauces, I quickly accepted. I learned quickly that there are more than just musical genes in the Bongiovi family. […]

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Crystal Springs Vintage Champagne Dinner

Last Saturday, I was thrilled to attend Crystal Springs’ Vintage Champagne dinner held in the gorgeous wine cellar room. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to tour the cellar at Crystal Springs, there are complimentary daily tours given at 3 p.m., which I’ve documented in a prior post and are impressive. The […]

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Orange and Olive Caterers and Chef’s Table

  I recently had the pleasure of being invited to dine at Orange and Olive Caterers and Chef’s Table. Besides its luxe catering services, which have been available since 2011, Orange and Olive’s owners, Chef Sam Fertik and Aaron Nemani, are now offering a 10-course tasting menu reflecting the season and fresh ingredients. The tasting […]

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Noodles & Company: Opening and Giveaway

Noodles Anyone? The “fast-restaurant” industry must have caught onto a trend, offering higher quality ingredients with more flavors for those pickier customers (yes, I’m talking about myself). Along with Chipotle, Panera and Smashburger comes Noodles & Company, a Chicago-based chain that has everyone going a little… noodles. The Mascott Corporation of Hillside opened its first […]

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