That’s the Boldest Scotch I’ve Ever Had

The other night, I cracked open a bottle of Laphroaig 10. It was a Christmas present from my mom. Though such a gift would normally be a sipping Scotch after dinner, something inside of me just wanted to have it while I was eating. From the first sip to the last, I was utterly blown…

Gordon Ramsay’s “24 Hours to Hell and Back”

As a fan of Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay in general, I was excited to see him returning with a new “restaurant help” show after a nearly four year hiatus. In fact, judging from the commercials, it appeared that this was going to be the same show, just done in a more challenging 24 hours…

Farewell to the Claddagh

Another beloved institution to its locale has bitten the dust. Demolition began a few days ago and continues today on the Claddagh, an Irish pub in Highlands, NJ. I only visited there once, probably four or five years ago, but it was a cool place and I enjoyed driving past it seeing a little piece…

New Year’s Eve Nibbles

This New Year’s Eve was very different as we chose to ring it in with a combination of homemade nibbles and Chinese food. Did we really need the latter? No, probably not. There was just way too much food. I didn’t take pictures of any of the takeout, but it included a beef and broccoli…

Photo of the Day: January 1, 2018

As you have a gander at this “exotic” selection of jerky at a shop in Lahaska, PA, I want to again wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019! We will be taking a break from daily posting for the next month or two. Just like for my YouTube series, the dead of winter has always…

Photo of the Day: December 31, 2018

Why a gigantic mushroom on New Year’s Eve? Well, this is what the town of Kennett Square drops every year. I had the pleasure/misfortune of witnessing this event two years ago. It was one of those cute but boring “Small Town America” things that you only have to do once. Anyway, another year in the…

Photo of the Day: December 30, 2018

Breakfast on Christmas morning consisted of Chocolate Chip Brioche French Toast and grilled slices of leftover honey ham from the party. Best enjoyed while wearing pajamas.

Restaurant Review: Kelly’s Pub (Carteret, NJ)

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, when you are about to walk into a bar and read a sign near the door saying, “Pledge allegiance or get the hell out!”, I think your mind would begin to form certain images. I was expecting to see a raucous crowd of old, white men…

Photo of the Day: December 28, 2018

Was introduced to ice cream from Nicholas Creamery in Atlantic Highlands this past weekend when a friend brought pints of Chocolate Bailey’s and Egg Nog to our party. Both were delicious, though the chocolate chunks in the Bailey’s one were so large that it actually hurt my teeth to chew them. The Egg Nog was…

Photo of the Day: December 27, 2018

Justin’s falling-off-the-bone pernil for a Christmas party we had this past weekend. It marinated in garlic and spices for three days and was cooked for 10 hours. The result was unbelievable. Each bite burst with flavor (and leftovers made for an excellent sandwich the next day).

Photo of the Day: December 26, 2018

Speaking from experience, those cannolis were pretty damn good. We had a great selection of baked goods (far more than pictured here) at our annual Christmas concert at the museum last week.