Photo of the Day: February 22, 2018

A shot behind the counter of a bagel place by my new house. No, we didn’t move to New York. This is Sheepshead “Baygels” on Route 35 in Holmdel. Review coming soon, I’m sure.

Photo of the Day: February 20, 2018

Preparing to make homemade garlic butter. I used a recipe from my friend Walter that could not be any easier. Let two sticks of butter soften at room temperature, add a half a head of garlic and some fresh chopped parsley, and mash it all together with a fork. After that, let it rest in…

Restaurant Review: Galata Turkish Cuisine (Marlboro, NJ)

This is a case of social media having an effect on food advertising. I was first made aware of Galata Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine by stumbling upon their Instagram account a few months ago. I then checked out their website and menu, and decided I would give it a try the next time I was…

Photo of the Day: February 19, 2018

The first time I ever had venison, and I cooked it myself. My friend’s family hunts and brought back a slew of deer steaks. So here is one of them. Cooked in butter and olive oil for seven minutes on each side. I threw in a few cloves of garlic midway through for additional flavor….

Photo of the Day: February 18, 2018

An addition to the top of my bar. It was found in a bin of antiques I was going through in my basement as we prepared to move last month.

Photo of the Day: February 17, 2018

Billed as a hot sauce, Tiger Sauce is more sweet than spicy. Maybe that’s why I love it so much—it’s different. Great on chicken, beef, or seafood, the Tiger is good enough to stand on its own or act as an enhancer when added to another sauce or salsa. First had it at J.J Bitting’s…

Photo of the Day: February 15, 2018

And last but not least, the main course: chicken piccata. I love when places can do rustic mashed potatoes instead of pasta. Just makes the dish a lot more hearty. Hats off to Nonna’s for making some of the best Italian food I’ve had in recent memory.

Photo of the Day: February 14, 2018

For an Italian restaurant, Nonna’s actually has quite an affordable whiskey list. This pour of Glenfiddich, which I tried there for the first time, was only $9.

Photo of the Day: February 13, 2018

The first of three pictures from Nonna’s in Englishtown begins today. As a bread-loving Italian, there is no better way to start off a meal than with a spread like this. Homemade, warm, crusty bread, and a dish with two kinds of olive oil, butter, and tapenade.