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Dining Al Fresco in New Jersey

The Jersey Bites team shares its favorite spots for dining al fresco around the Garden State. Know of a good one we didn’t include? Add it to the comments! Asbury Park Porta: Asbury Park has come quite a long way from its ghost-town reputation and is now abuzz with excellent al fresco options. When it […]

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What’s the Deal with Oysters?

The staff over at 100 Steps Supper Club + Raw Bar knows oysters, so we thought it would be great to get a little “Oysters 101″ from the Cranford eatery. Here’s their take on this often intriguing menu item. Oysters. People love ‘em or hate ‘em. The tasty bivalves have all sorts of strange reputations and myths […]

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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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Patricia & Paul in Westfield

Just over a year ago, Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics opened its doors in downtown Westfield, introducing the area to artisanal olive oils and vinegars. Owner Patricia Hanigan has a degree in nutrition and worked in food service for more than 20 years. She was interested in the health aspects of olive oil […]

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Chef Spotlight: Kara Decker

  Chef Kara Decker joined the Local Roots Group in late 2007. Most recently, she headed the kitchen as Executive Chef at A Toute Heure and now focuses her efforts primarily at 100 Steps as Executive Chef while she continues to oversee the culinary endeavors of the Local Roots Group. Much lauded in her field, Chef Decker […]

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Cranford’s Dreyer Farms: Better Than Ever

If you’ve driven up Springfield Avenue in Cranford at all in the past few months then you’ve been sure to notice the changes happening at Dreyer Farms. The old structure was torn down and a beautiful new building stands in its place. I spoke with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Director Dawn Salerno about the new […]

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Free Food Alert! Pollo Campero

Celebrate National Empanada Day at Pollo Campero this Tuesday, April 8, with free handmade empanadas! The Latin chicken restaurant chain is also celebrating its 43rd birthday by inviting guests to its five locations in New Jersey from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to enjoy one of Latin America’s most popular dishes. The following is a […]

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National Grilled Cheese Month

A Toute Heure in Cranford: Your Grilled-Cheese HQ

In honor of April being National Grilled Cheese Month, A Toute Heure’s Sous Chef Kelly Zavala took the time to let me know about some of her favorite grilled-cheese sandwich combinations, as well as the secrets to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. When asked what ingredients she adds to her grilled cheeses, Chef Zavala ticked […]

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Lickt Gelato in Kenilworth

For anyone who’s been to Italy, the mention of gelato brings to mind a luscious frozen treat where quality is stressed over quantity. That is exactly the mantra behind Lickt Gelato, created by Margaret Asselin. Margaret had experience making gelato for friends and family, and in 2011 she decided to leave the corporate world and […]

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Pizza Time at Galloping Hill’s Red Knot Restaurant

With the amount of time I spend in a classroom, it can be a touch difficult for me to want to step inside another one after the 3:45 school bell rings. You can, however, coerce me if the classroom is also known as a kitchen and the one doing the instructing isn’t me! I love […]

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