Photo of the Day: January 11, 2018

We have a double-shot for today’s “Photo of the Day”. Our Jazz Nights at the museum are BYOB. I thought it would be nice to bring along a little Woodford Reserve. A few of us promptly killed what was left before moving on to the star of the show: Wild Turkey bourbon out of a…

Photo of the Day: January 5, 2018

I talk about the “museum” a lot on this blog, especially in October when I practically live there for all our Halloween events. We also have Jazz concerts and other events during the year where food and drink is involved. I don’t think I’ve ever posted a picture of this, the Strauss Mansion Museum. It…

Restaurant Review: Kunya Siam (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

I held off writing this review for years because I thought it would be a conflict of interest. I know the owner (Kunya) of this restaurant personally. I’ve even done some work for her during special events or down at her stand at the annual film festival at the harbor. She has graciously donated to…

Takeout Joints: Chinese/Asian Volume 2

Here we are with some more Chinese and Asian takeout reviews. The last column was very well-read, showing just how important takeout and delivery are to our busy lives. I love going to a restaurant, but sometimes the sheer convenience of these places makes them necessary. Also, remember that places like these are often graded…

Photo of the Day: August 19, 2017

Something called Pad Prik Khing with chicken and a sinister level of spice from Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands. I have not reviewed them on my blog because I sometimes work there during special events for my friend and a review would be a conflict of interest. That being said, the food is amazing, fresh,…

Photo of the Day: August 8, 2017

It doesn’t get much better than relaxing by the bay with a basket of clam strips and some killer (though minuscule) coleslaw. Why does fried food have to be so enjoyable? Summer is upon us, so scenes like this will thankfully be more frequent. Sissy’s at the Harbor, Atlantic Highlands. August 2016.

Photo of the Day: July 24, 2017

Let me tell you something about Kunya Siam on 1st Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. I have known the owner, Kunya, for years. She is a wonderful human being. When my father (a loyal customer) passed away a few weeks ago, she personally delivered three trays of food which kept us fed for days. What can…

Restaurant Review: Sissy’s at the Harbor (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

If I had to describe Sissy’s, I would say waterfront dining with diner prices. I cannot think of a more fitting and succinct way of telling you what they are about. Home-cooking, large portions, cheap prices, all with an excellent view of the Atlantic Highlands harbor and Sandy Hook, with New York City off in…

Five Mini Reviews of Restaurants Visited Before this Blog

I started Eating New Jersey last September. I was food blogging on my personal website for a few months prior to that. Around that time and slightly before it, I visited a few restaurants which I did not review on my blog. I either forgot about them or felt I could not write enough for…

Dining Establishments Coming and Going in Atlantic Highlands

Volunteering at the Strauss Mansion Museum over the last few years has caused me to fall in love with Atlantic Highlands. It’s a beautiful small town that I could easily see myself living in one day. But considering its square mileage, there is no shortage of restaurants. There’s two pizzerias, two diners, two Chinese takeout joints,…

Hunter’s Casual Crusades: Sub[way] Series Vol. 1

Nothing is more classic than a carefully constructed sub sandwich paired with your favorite bag of chips. Take time to note the chosen word “sub” as opposed to the cringe-worthy “hoagie.” Only the untouchable, glorified Wawa chain can refer to their subs as hoagies— their annual “Hoagie Fest” is the best event since Woodstock. Even then nobody ever…