A Sweet Cheese Pairing with Marie Fromage

Before attending the October 11th cheese and sweets tasting at Vanillamore in Montclair, NJ, I could not tell you the definitions of affinage, affineur, or rennet. Thanks to host, Mary Connolly a.k.a Marie Fromage, I now know. This BYOB tasting entailed artisans cheeses paired with yummy sweets from Vanillamore. Where cheese comes from, the best…

Uncle Dood’s Donuts Rides the Wave of Freshness

South Jersey has so many yummy donut shops. On October 13, 2016 I reviewed a fabulous donut place in Asbury Park, NJ called Purple Glaze. Now I want to take you further south and tell you about Uncle Dood’s Donuts in Toms River. I have been following this place and it’s owner, Dominic Livolsi on…

Spend an Autumn Day at Warwick Valley Winery

Fall is in the air and that means tri-color leaves, crunchy leaves on the ground, hoodies, apple cider, and pumpkin spice. It also means a beautiful afternoon at the Warwick Valley Winery in Warwick New York. Spend the day apple picking, wine and cheese tasting and pairing, cider tasting, bourbon tasting or all four! When…

A Taste of Thailand in Kinnelon

Nestled in the Meadtown Shopping Center in Kinnelon, NJ is a fabulous little BYOB called House of Thai. House of Thai states on their social media page that they prepare and serve meats that will transport the customer to the very streets of Thailand. I’ve never been to Thailand but if they serve food like…

Asbury Park’s Porta

What comes to mind when you hear “A trendy Italian Restaurant”? Do you think of an upscale place? A modern place? A place with small plates? If you search for the exact definition of trendy you will see it is defined as “Very fashionable or up to date in style or influence.” Over Labor Day…

Cost Effective Dinner for the Work Week

Did you ever clean out your drawers and find a gift card you forgot you had? That’s what happened to me. I found a 25.00 gift card to BJs Wholesale Club and it couldn’t have shown up at a better time. I was at the tail end of my paycheck. I drove to BJs and…

Bum Rodgers Crabhouse & Tavern No Bummer

Normally when I go to a new restaurant to eat and review, I follow them on Instagram for a while first. This time I did some due diligence and asked around to individuals that have beach houses in the Toms River area. I had a hard time finding restaurants that served alcohol in Toms River….

Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Coney Island

I’ve been told by multiple people I need to expand my horizons. What prompted this was me explaining in casual conversation that I had never been to Long Island or Brooklyn and the only time I have been to the Bronx or Queens was to attend a baseball game. Well, I can cross Brooklyn off…

Big Menu at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro

I lived in Northern NJ all my life and had never been to Margate. Atlantic City of course but never Margate. If you are familiar with the town, then you know it’s the home of the popular tourist attraction and historical landmark, Lucy the Elephant. Lucy celebrated her 187th birthday the weekend of July 20th….

Maggie’s Tavern: A Place for Gatherings, Friends, Family, and Fun

If you are a long time resident of the Morris County or Passaic County area of New Jersey, you know 1082 Hamburg Turnpike near the Wayne Hills Mall used to be a Chinese restaurant called China Paradise known for their powerful Mai Thais. The landmark is now the home of Maggie’s Towne Tavern. This is…

California Dreamin’ by Guest Blogger Eric Holgerson

I have gone on many adventures for food with Lisa, but this adventure was a solo one. I travelled across the country to Venice, California.   As I truly enjoyed the sand and sun, I also enjoyed some great food.  Let me tell you about a place called Simmzy’s . Simmzy’s is a gastropub known…

Food Truck Fun

I’ve been wanting to hit up a food trust festival for a long time. A friend and I attended the Just Jersey Food Truck Festival in Mendham on June 16th. It was $5.00 to enter at which time they gave you a smiley face wrist band. The cost of food and drink was the responsibility…