Photo of the Day: May 11, 2018

Panini perfection at the New Monmouth Diner: turkey, bacon, avocado, and chipotle sauce…with more sauce on the side!

Restaurant Review: Barnacle Bill’s (Rumson, NJ)

It is always a good start when your Mai Tai comes in a pint glass. When  space is not being taken up by half an orange and there is no freakin’ umbrella. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by how they treat their cocktails. Are they giving you what is right, or trying…

Photo of the Day: April 6, 2018

Another one from Portuguese Manor. The appetizer sampler with stuffed clams, stuffed mushrooms, and bacon-wrapped scallops.

Restaurant Review: MJ’s Restaurant (Middletown)

What we ordered could not have been anymore American: a pizza, a burger, wings, and beer. Somehow, MJ’s has eluded me in the 23 years or so that I have lived in this area. I was riding around with my friend Jason. We were originally going to head into Red Bank, but were pressed for…

The Dinner that was Closure

As you all know, my dad passed away in June. On Father’s Day, of all days. Without going into too much detail, it took from that moment until late November for my mom and I to know if we would be able to keep the house, my childhood home for 23 years, or not. When…

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part 2)

 “We talk, drink wine, have the first course, talk, drink wine, second course, talk, drink wine, main course, drink wine, talk, dessert, and more wine. Did I mention wine?”- Walter on dinners he hosts for his friends. If you survived the first installment and have come back for more, we shall proceed. We began the…

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part 1)

America is a funny place. All summer long, we will scarf down a mechanically separated pink colored slime in tube-form consisting of fat, cartilage, and “trimmings” affectionately known as the “hot dog”, but will shiver in horror when it comes to liver. It was ingrained into my head as a child, the nastiness of liver…

What Eternity Feels Like

It was around 12:55 AM when I walked into Keyport’s IHOP location with my friends Jake, Ben, and Jason after a night of paranormal investigating. We’re not fans of the place in any capacity, but it’s one of the only restaurants open in the area at that time. Like an after-party, being at IHOP this…

Restaurant Review: Shannon Rose (Clifton, NJ)

Snow had been falling for several hours when my friend Dave and I headed into the Shannon Rose. It seemed the perfect combination: freezing cold and some hearty Irish pub fare. We had just seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi on opening day, and wanted to skip our usual haunt when I’m in town, the…