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…

Restaurant Review: Kings Arms II Diner (Belford, NJ)

I have a lot of fond memories of this place, going back to when it was the Marina Diner. When I coached in Atlantic Highlands, many a dinners with friends, coaches, and players were eaten here following hockey games and practices. It seemed almost as soon as I became a regular, the business switched over…

Travel Guide MD: Another Fun Off-Season Getaway to Ocean City

My last three visits to Ocean City have been in the off-season (December, March, November; in that order). Now I’m starting to wonder if I ever want to go back in the summer. Sure, there are more attractions open and the amount of people down there makes it seem like one big party, but there…

Restaurant Review: Reo Diner (Woodbridge, NJ)

I last ate here four years ago. It was an experience so unbelievably awful that if I outlined what happened here, people would accuse me of slander. So I will leave it at that. I actually never planned on ever visiting the Reo Diner in Woodbridge ever again. A few of my friends (the “hockey…

Restaurant Reviews: Meemom’s (Middletown, NJ)

There was a cheesesteak staring at me on the menu with ingredients such as Guinness-soaked onions, hot cherry peppers, and two kinds of cheese that had my mouth-watering. Then a near-full page of French Toast beckoned. After our friendly and super-knowledgeable waitress explained the menu and noted how Meemom’s is known for their French Toast,…

Photo of the Day: November 1, 2017

“Photo of the Day” is back after a month-long hiatus!I hope you enjoyed the horror movies and ghostly tales over on my other blog, Reel to Real, for the month of October. Anyway, back to food. I’m not a fan of hotel cuisine, and even less a fan of room service. When when time for…

Photo of the Day: September 27, 2017

Hailey’s Harp in Metuchen is my favorite pub. It’s not just a watering hole, but a place that churns out quality eats. I’ve been there a bunch of times since my initial review and I have yet to have a bad meal. Featured here is the massive Sullivan’s Sampler which is a tour of Irish…

Photo of the Day: September 16, 2017

I was never a fan of IHOP—I always thought Perkins was better. But you cannot go wrong with what is pictured above. A late-night stop after work helped to slightly sway my opinion of the pancake house chain.

Restaurant Review: Lenora’s Cafe (Keyport, NJ)

Lenora’s is basically a diner with a Mexican spin. I do not mean that in a derogatory way. It’s actually quite refreshing to be able to get chips and salsa instead of French Fries with a sandwich. I opened up the menu when I first sat down and was impressed. There were a lot of…

Restaurant Review: The National Hotel (Frenchtown, NJ)

As I walked in, it reminded me of the hotel from the 1967 Richard Burton movie The Comedians. On the outside, some paint was peeling off the siding. Had it seen better days? I did not know what to expect. The front doors were open, while the antique ceiling fans circulated the air through the…

Photo of the Day: July 30, 2017

Homemade pierogies topped with cubes of slab Polish bacon. These were made by both myself and my friend Marta’s mother this past winter when she was visiting from the homeland. She taught me well, though I will never be as quick and efficient as her.