Photo of the Day: August 17, 2017

A giant cow hangs out near the entrance of the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania. While it is oriented more towards children, adults will also find themselves having a good time. Buy your tickets in advance. When it comes to kids and all-you-can-eat samples of ice cream (and making your own pint), the crowds…

Introducing a New Guest Column

In addition to my friend Hunter Dillon and his “Casual Crusades” guest column, I am bringing in the husband-wife duo of Gordon Bond and Stephanie Hoagland for something new. They are going to be tackling a guest column of their own, titled “Fermented Musings”. In it, they will focus on liquor reviews, cocktail recipes, and…

Photo of the Day: August 16, 2017

In June, I went to my first Somerset Patriots game in about five years (it’s so much fun—I’ve been to a few since). I used to go to about seven or eight games a year with my dad, but kind of fizzled out for no particular reason. It was great getting back there. Hockey is…

Photo of the Day: August 15, 2017

The giant neon “Eat” sign of Jose Tejas in Woodbridge, New Jersey on Route 1. Go on a weeknight, and you’ll wait at least an hour for a table. Go on the weekend, and just forget it.

Photo of the Day: August 14, 2017

I cannot help but long for Ocean City, Maryland in the middle of this August. With so many restaurants on the strip, it’s Dumser’s Drive-In that comes to mind today. A classic beach-town eatery specializing in burgers, shakes, and fries. Good prices and good eats. Just don’t go there on a diet. March 2017.

Photo of the Day: August 13, 2017

Looking for a quick and easy snack/appetizer? Then try this “Greek Stacker” which I concocted a couple of months ago. The bottom is a cube  of a stuffed grape leaf (roughly a third of one), topped with a piece of feta cheese, and either a Kalamata or green olive. The result is mostly salty and slightly…

A Note from One of My Favorite Restaurants

Our family has been going to Neelam in Middletown for nearly 20 years. Like everyone, the owner and his family were shocked to hear of my dad’s passing in June. This place was one of his favorite restaurants. The owner always came over and talked with us on every visit. Last night was the first…

Photo of the Day: August 12, 2017

I Instagrammed this with the caption, “God lives in this”. Beef, rice, and veggies slathered in that creamy “white sauce” from Halal Guys in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Oh, and I learned my lesson: only one squirt of hot sauce. That’s just a thing of beauty right there. If you cannot enjoy something like this,…

Restaurant Review: What’s Brewing at Maria’s (Frenchtown, NJ)

Tucked away on Bridge Street in the quaint, little hamlet of Frenchtown is a place called What’s Brewing at Maria’s. It’s a stop that rounded out a wonderful day-trip to the town last week which also included a visit to the National Hotel. After a good meal and a lot of walking around in one…

Photo of the Day: August 11, 2017

A simple chicken parm from my second visit to Nonna’s in Englishtown, New Jersey in the spring of this year. It’s one of the best I’ve ever had. You will note how little sauce there is. Some might take issue with that, but for me, it’s perfect. Less sauce = crispier chicken, and boy was…

Photo of the Day: August 10, 2017

I’ve never been inside Crate’s Liquor Store in Red Bank, New Jersey, but I just had to stop and photograph this awesome vintage signage. So much of it has been taken down everywhere, but even far-removed from their glory days, metal emblems like this still reek of Americana and a simpler time. That’s why there’s…

Photo of the Day: August 9, 2017

A welcome sight before any Japanese meal. Chopsticks ready to grab food, while the Sake is there to wash it all down. Toki Japanese Restaurant, Red Bank, New Jersey.