Restaurant Review: Don Manuel (Perth Amboy, NJ)

You’re off to a good start when once again you’re the only white guy in the restaurant. Perth Amboy strikes me as one of the last bastions of the Jersey Coast where ethnic and cultural centers have not been overtaken by the bearded hipster in flannel. Such a sight would have caused me to run…

Photo of the Day: May 18, 2018

A teeny-tiny organic grass-fed sirloin (that was totally worth the price) along with some sauteed string beans and roasted potatoes.

Shots From This Year’s Thai New Year Celebration at Kunya Siam

For the fourth year, I found myself working at Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands for their Thai New Year celebration, also known as the Songkran Festival. I could explain how I came to work in a Thai restaurant once or twice a year, but it is a rather long story. We will make this post…

Photo of the Day: April 20, 2018

An unbelievable skirt steak at Kunya Siam. Been eating there far too long to have never ordered it before. Oh, what I was missing!

Photo of the Day: March 18, 2018

Homemade beef with scallions. It was as delicious as it looks. While it cost about the same to make as it would have been to order a quart, there is some satisfaction in pulling off this dish and it tasting just as good. Not to mention how much sodium and calories we save. This only…

Restaurant Review: Los Corrales (Keyport, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Mexican restaurant.” Oh boy. Can I get away with that? I mean it in the nicest way possible. Los Corrales is an authentic Mexican restaurant. Sure, they have quesadillas and nachos, but if you order either of these two items, there should be legal justification to hang you by…

Photo of the Day: March 3, 2018

I call these “hybrid” meatballs. The recipe called for a blend of 90% lean ground beef, mushrooms, and zucchini. Honestly, they tasted more meaty than if they were just beef.

Restaurant Review: Little Szechuan (Little Silver, NJ)

There is a fine line between nostalgic and dated. Any restaurant that can manage to walk that line and succeed is okay in my book. I’ve written numerous times about restaurants such as Little Szechuan—places that are stuck in the time they were built. When it comes to actual sit-down Chinese restaurants, there are few…

Restaurant Review: Bayroot (Shrewsbury, NJ)

Bayroot is very similar to the previously reviewed Galata. Instead of Turkish food, we have Lebanese. While I never had this kind of cuisine before, the menu was very similar to Galata’s and other middle eastern restaurants I have been to. Bayroot is a play on the word Beirut, which is the capital city of…

Photo of the Day: February 3, 2018

Homemade brasioles on their way to searing in a cast iron skillet. Thin slices of beef have been wrapped around a mixture of sauteed spinach (extra virgin olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper) and seasoned breadcrumbs. What’s not to like?

Photo of the Day: January 13, 2017

Is there anything better than coming in out of the cold (17 degrees) and being met with a nice, hot Massaman curry? Especially when prepared at Kunya Siam.