First Time Back in NYC Means Lunch in Hoboken.

It’s been four months since my last blog entry. I had to put my dog down in May and just have not had any desire to write due to mental and emotional exhaustion. While I have been living my life, I only now feel like I owe it to myself and to you, my supporters,…

Two Italians Walk into an Italian Cafe

Cafe Giotto describes its establishment on its website as an Italian cafe in Montclair, NJ serving authentic, house-made pastries, bread, paninis, pasta, gelato and other specialties. The menu is designed by Chef Luca to “showcase the highlights of Italian cuisine.” A friend and I went to Cafe Giotto on a Sunday afternoon in mid March….

Roberts Scratch Kitchen Serves Continental Cuisine

Back in October, a friend and I dined indoors at a BYOB restaurant in Totowa called Roberts Scratch Kitchen. According to their website, this restaurant alters their menu to reflect Continental Cuisine. We initially made our reservations for outside but it started to rain and we opted for indoors. Unbeknownst to us, their outdoor dining…

Stella Gs – The Corner Gem

Sitting on the corner of Main Street in Hackettstown is a cute little breakfast and lunch spot called Stella Gs.After hiking at Schooley’s Mountain in Washington Township in October, a friend and I drove to Stella Gs to refuel. When you are seated at a table you will find a listing of scones being offered….

Tapas & Sangria in Mahwah

At the end of September, a friend and I were looking to catch up. We wanted to eat some delicious tapas and sangria. This place came highly recommended. Welcome to Sangria in Mahwah, NJ. When I made the reservations I didn’t think about the 25% capacity of indoor dining. I assumed you had a choice…

Lunch Spot After Hiking

Looking for a cozy little lunch spot after hiking in Vernon? Look no further than The Daily Bean Cafe. A friend and I hiked Stairway to Heaven in Vernon on Saturday. If you are a hiker, you know that’s no easy task! It’s a rocky and hilly climb but the pay off is beautiful. See…

Early Breakfast at Hapgoods

Labor Day weekend was a weekend of catch ups with cast mates, friends and family. On Sunday morning I met a friend for breakfast who I have not seen in about five years. We decided on a spot half way between us and ended up at a cute casual place in Mountain Lakes, NJ called…

Axton’s Chef is former Hells Kitchen and Chopped Contestant

Outdoor dining continued at Axton’s in Pompton Lakes with one of my besties. Owned by former Chopped contestant, Hells Kitchen contestant and Pompton Lakes alumni Anton Testino, Axton’s serves up rustic food with fresh ingredients with amazing presentations. We decided to start off with the crab cakes. These were Rockefeller style crab cakes served over…

Outside Dining in Covid Times

It’s been almost four months of the Covid pandemic here in New Jersey. We experienced a lock down and only take out and delivery causing major problems for small businesses and eateries. Slowly we are trying to get back to normalcy but it’s two steps forward and three steps back. Restaurants are allowed outdoor dining…

Food in the Time of Covid

It’s been a while. Weird times we are living in. It’s a time of mask wearing, social distancing, and Zoom for human connection. It’s also a time where restaurants and small businesses need us the most since they are strictly take out or delivery. That’s why we chose to still celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Ironically…

Birthday Celebration Prior to the Covid-19 Era

Prior to what I refer to as the Covid-19 era, I celebrated my birthday with my significant other at a delicious French restaurant in Northvale, NJ called Madeleine’s Petit Paris. The last time I dined at a French restaurant was when I was in Canada in 2009.We had a very accommodating waitress who offered us…

Girls Night at Suburban Bar & Kitchen

On January 17 two of my girls and I went to Suburban Bar & Kitchen in Randolph to celebrate a birthday. If you are familiar with the area, you know this restaurant used to be Morris Tap & Grill where the food was prepared by Chef Eric Levine (Previously reviewed some years back). Everything has…