Highlights from Kunya Siam’s 2019 Thai New Year

As promised, here are some pictures from yesterday’s Thai New Year (Songkran) celebration at Kunya Siam. This was my fifth year helping out, and like always, it was both crazy and fun! I did not get as many pics as last year because I was in our downstairs kitchen and prep room most of the…

Restaurant Review #243: Sa La Thai (Lancaster, PA)

After being so impressed by the variety of culture in Lancaster City on our last trip, we wanted to venture more into what the area has to offer. Originally, Justin and I planned on trying a Trinidadian restaurant, but it was a Monday and they were closed. We continued walking around and ended up in…

Kunya Siam Rings in Thai New Year on April 14

One of the most anticipated culinary events in Atlantic Highlands every year is Kunya Siam’s Thai New Year celebration. I have helped out at the festivities in various capacities four or five times now. For 2019, there will be three seatings (all sold out—waiting list available) beginning at 3 PM on Sunday, April 14. While…

Restaurant Review #242: Oriental Empire (Red Bank, NJ)

With a name like “Oriental Empire”, you may be inclined to think this place was nothing more than a takeout joint. That’s what I thought as I walked past this establishment for years, never bothering to look inside. I was wrong! Justin and I both had some time off yesterday, and decided to head to…

Restaurant Review #234: Himalayan Curry and Grill (Lancaster, PA)

I once read somewhere that New Jersey is second only to India and its surrounding area in terms of where you can actually get quality Indian food. After a few experiences I have had in Pennsylvania, I started to believe that was true…until now. Justin and I wanted to explore Lancaster City. Even though I…

Takeout Joints Vol. 10: Chinese/Asian Part 4

We wanted to make an attempt to celebrate Chinese New Year this week, and what better way to ring it in than with Americanized, MSG-laced takeout? My normal go-to, especially since I moved, has been Number One Chinese in Hazlet. However, our last order there encountered a small problem: there was a piece of metal…

Restaurant Review #231: China Palace (Middletown, NJ)

Harmony Lanes has been around forever. I moved to this area in 1995 and remember going there with my parents at a young age. They have a Chinese restaurant attached to it called China Palace. When I say attached, I mean the restaurant is part of the building. You can access the alley through there,…

Takeout Joints Vol. 8: Chinese/Asian Part 3

I had been sitting on these reviews since fall but was waiting until the New Year to post them since a lot of people ring it in with Chinese food (including myself). Restaurant Review #227: China Garden (Red Bank) I think I have eaten more Chinese in October than any other month. So many late…

Restaurant Review #206: Pru Thai (Clinton, NJ)

As a food blogger, I probably never should have uttered the phrase last year, “I never met a Thai restaurant I didn’t like”. Well, after having a solid string of restaurant visits all over New Jersey and even out of state with this particular cuisine, I finally ran across my first dud. Pru Thai in…

Restaurant Review #204: Sichuan Cottage (Marlboro, NJ)

As an avid reader and contributor to the Hungry Onion message board, I have noticed a love affair with a particular Chinese restaurant. That place is Sichuan Cottage in Marlboro. While the board is a place for debate over dining, there seems to be something about this establishment. All agree it may have the best…