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…

Ranking the Fall-Themed Coffees Vol. 2

Rook Pumpkin Hot It took a few extra weeks, but Rook did indeed come out with a hot pumpkin coffee. Once again, it is labeled as “pumpkin” not “pumpkin spice”. However, there are some mild notes of spice flavoring. The cold brew ran into a problem with the robustness of its taste. Too much sugar…

Food Pics from my Grandma’s 90th Birthday Dinner

My grandma’s 90th birthday was the other day and we ironically took her to Nonna’s (which means “grandma” in Italian) in Englishtown. This is a restaurant which has cranked out quality meals and cocktails without fail every single time I have gone there. Their prices may be on the higher side but the portions are…

A Dismal Taste of Fall at Holland Ridge Farms

Justin’s number one goal this fall was to go to a pumpkin patch. The big place around here is A. Casola Farms for all the usuals: pumpkin picking, a display of mums, a hay ride, and of course, a “haunted” hay ride. We were all set to go to this when my mom found a…

Restaurant Review: Outback Steakhouse (Middletown, NJ)

I rarely write about chain restaurants on this blog unless the experience is ultra positive (or negative). I had been sitting on a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse for the last six months and finally used it a couple of weeks ago. It must have been my first time there since I was a…

Ranking the Fall-Themed Coffees Vol. 1

Rook Pumpkin Cold Brew For those who have not yet had this coffee, I will warn you: it is not pumpkin spice. It is pumpkin. Many people do not quite realize that the plethora of pumpkin spice products they consume every fall do not contain any pumpkin whatsoever. Instead, we are looking at cinnamon, nutmeg,…

The Breakfast Gold Mine in Holmdel

You haven’t lived until you’ve been to the Holmdel Towne Center on a weekend morning, especially in the summer. There is a certain craziness centered around two unaffiliated businesses. The first is Holmdel Bagels, whose sign out front is only a mere, nondescript “Bagels”. Right next to that is a Rook Coffee. I have lived…

Stir Fry on Sandy Hook

Last week, my chef friend Walter (featured on this blog here and here and maybe a few other places) went all out to whip up the following meal on Sandy Hook. He had said a week earlier that he wanted to have my mom, Justin, and I for stir-fry on the beach. However, he ended…

Rum Buckets and Wings at Miami Club (Keansburg, NJ)

After a few hours at Runaway Rapids, Justin and I were thirsty‚Ķand a little bit hungry. The smell of grilled meats had lured us across the street to the amusement park. We had grabbed a beer one night at a place called Miami Club a few weeks earlier. On this afternoon, we ended up stopping…

Our Anthony Bourdain Memorial BBQ

My co-workers-turned-good-friends from Brookdale are food lovers. Not just in the eating sense but with cooking, exploring, and trying new things. For the five years I’ve worked there, we have always talked about having a cookout. It was one of those really good ideas which just never came to fruition because of everyone’s schedules. However,…

So This is Pittstown

There’s a barn from the 1800’s that has a saying on its roof that reads, “So This is Pittstown”. I passed by it several times before deciding to actually pull over and take a picture of it yesterday. I had long felt that such words were put up by locals for the world to see…