Restaurant Review: Whistling Willie’s (Cold Spring, NY)

Rare is it to have an experience that begins with such promise and ends with such anger. We did some restaurant research before our trip to Cold Spring aboard the Seastreak. After browsing at one menu after another online, we decided that based on price and selection, Whistling Willie’s seemed our best bet in this…

Photo of the Day: October 15, 2018

An Oktoberfest dinner we had two weeks ago. There was chicken schnitzel, mushroom gravy, spaetzel, and German potato salad. Non-German dishes included my mom’s spinach pie, rolls, and my homemade garlic butter. There was also mom’s German apple cake for dessert. Oh, and plenty of Riesling. What a spread it was!

Restaurant Review: Outback Steakhouse (Middletown, NJ)

I rarely write about chain restaurants on this blog unless the experience is ultra positive (or negative). I had been sitting on a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse for the last six months and finally used it a couple of weeks ago. It must have been my first time there since I was a…

Our Anthony Bourdain Memorial BBQ

My co-workers-turned-good-friends from Brookdale are food lovers. Not just in the eating sense but with cooking, exploring, and trying new things. For the five years I’ve worked there, we have always talked about having a cookout. It was one of those really good ideas which just never came to fruition because of everyone’s schedules. However,…

Restaurant Review: Ripper’s Pub (Bethlehem, PA)

Bethlehem is loaded with many fine restaurants. That much is apparent. But as Justin and I walked around town (this being my first-ever visit), nothing spoke to us. We finally found one place that we wanted to try only to realize a few moments later that it was closed. It was a Monday after all….

Restaurant Review: Water Witch Coffee (Highlands, NJ)

It was really the perfect day when I think about it. I worked out on Sandy Hook with an awesome group of fourth graders on a beautiful morning, and then ended the day grabbing lunch at this nifty little spot. I had driven past the Water Witch Coffee and Tea Company numerous times. I’ve known…

Photo of the Day: June 4, 2018

The perfect appetizer (or side dish) for your summer barbecue or gathering. Thinly sliced potatoes topped with cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and scallions.

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…