Photo of the Day: September 11, 2018

My father and I at the makeshift 9/11 memorial in Union Beach, New Jersey the day after. The smoke from the towers could be seen from this spot.

Takeout Joints Vol. 7: Pizza/Italian Part 4

Salerno’s Pizza (Hazlet) Nothing outstanding here, but in a sea of mediocrity they do stand out a cut above. Their buffalo chicken pan pizza was absolutely perfect. Too much chicken for its own good, but did not fall apart. The crust off their pan pizza is good enough to eat on its own as breadsticks….

Photo of the Day: September 8, 2018

Across from the Red Mill in Clinton is the Hunterdon County Art Museum. While we both found it underwhelming, this piece from an exhibit on pantyhose art was rather interesting.

Photo of the Day: September 6, 2018

How would you like to start your day off with this? Fried rice topped with an omelette, brown gravy, and a couple of meat balls. It is impossible to shop at Edison’s H-Mart without stopping at the food court.

Photo of Day: September 5, 2018

Justin’s mother’s masterful rendition of pernil (pork shoulder). It is cooked covered for three hours and 15 minutes, then the top is removed for the remaining 45 minutes in order to achieve a crispy skin. The meat was tender, juicy, and bursting with an unmatched flavor. As for the skin, when chopped into pieces, it…

Photo of the Day: September 4, 2018

A few days ago, I got Puerto Rican cooking lessons from Justin’s grandmother. These are homemade tostones. Nothing low-fat here. Slices of plantain are fried, left to cool, smashed in a wooden press, and then fried again. Dust with salt and garlic powder for a delicious snack or crispy side dish. I was even given…

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…

Photo of the Day: September 3, 2018

The sun is setting on the summer of 2018. I hope you had as much fun as I had these last two months, and enjoyed my Photos of the Day! This picture was snapped just three nights ago outside Barnacle Bill’s.

Photo of the Day: September 2, 2018

Appetizers from another outstanding meal at Galata in Marlboro. Hummus is in the foreground while the best Baba Ganoush I’ve ever had is behind.