Updating Esposito’s Pizza and Pasta (Matawan, NJ)

When I first reviewed Esposito’s, it was part of a Takeout Joints column for pizza and Italian food. I only ate there once before this past week. It was good, but I did not remember much. Most encounters here have been takeout, notably their award-winning sesame seed crust pizza. But a couple of days ago,…

Photo of the Day: September 23, 2017

A half-pitcher of Blue Moon at Brothers’ Pizza in Red Bank. I’ve always loved the color and delicate sweetness of this Belgian-style brew. It goes great with pizza…especially when said pizza is covered with hot peppers.

Photo of the Day: September 22, 2017

Whenever I come home from lecturing, I usually have a martini. But since that was my dad’s drink, I have not really been in the mood for one the last few months. On this particular night, I poured myself a Napa River Merlot. Nothing fancy. I’m not much of a wine guy (horrible Italian, I…

Photo of the Day: September 20, 2017

Nothing beats an old-fashioned candy shop. From the aromas to the selection, it just takes you to your childhood. Minette’s, Frenchtown, NJ. Summer 2017.

Restaurant Review: Cafe Paris (Metuchen, NJ)

Will and I walked into Cafe Paris right after dinner at Hailey’s Harp and Pub, which is across the road and a little farther down Main Street in Metuchen. The place was empty since it was near closing time. Only one table taken inside. It was a couple, sitting next to each other, having dinner….

Photo of the Day: September 19, 2017

Let’s stick with Frenchtown, New Jersey. This item was spotted in the window of a shop on Bridge Street. I’d say that’s just about right. Summer 2017.

Photo of the Day: September 18, 2017

Who doesn’t love a bar in a historic building? Just look at gorgeous woodwork and ceiling inside Frenchtown’s National Hotel. Summer 2017.

Photo of the Day: September 17, 2017

One of the assistants for my summer camps this year was Chinese, and his mom immigrated from Szechuan. I asked him if she could make me something spicy. She delivered with a tofu noodle and cucumber salad the first day, and then this, cold noodles with chili oil and scallions the next. While I’ve eaten…