Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Restaurant Review #230: Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There…

New Year’s Eve Nibbles

This New Year’s Eve was very different as we chose to ring it in with a combination of homemade nibbles and Chinese food. Did we really need the latter? No, probably not. There was just way too much food. I didn’t take pictures of any of the takeout, but it included a beef and broccoli…

Photo of the Day: December 20, 2018

Our friend Walter  had us over for one of his themed nights a couple of days ago. This time it was Danish “hugge” (or hygge) which focuses on relaxation and ambiance. There was brie, gruyere, ghost pepperjack, deviled eggs, spiced apples, mulled cider, and Scandinavian cookies. Not pictured: lobster rangoons and brie baked in phylo…

Photo of the Day: December 17, 2018

Perhaps the best order of “Disco Fries” I’ve ever had—and I have eaten this quintessential Garden State diner snack all over the place. Ordered up at The Globe in Red Bank following a performance of The Nutcracker last weekend. These are not actually on the menu: ask for their curly fries with cheese and gravy….

Photo of the Day: November 20, 2018

Homemade pizza. I gave up on this a while ago, because my pizzas always came out looking like footballs and having the consistency of a cardboard box. Maybe it was the different treatment of the dough tonight, but the pizza actually came out like pizza. One with half mushroom, half meatball, and the other a…

Photo of the Day: November 19, 2018

The famed Italian breakfast dish (and hangover cure) “Eggs in Purgatory”. Homemade chunky tomato sauce, get it bubbling, and then delicately float two eggs over the sauce. Cover for a few minutes and done. Easiest thing ever. Loaded it with pepper flakes to get some warmth on what was a bitter cold night. You don’t…

Restaurant Review #221: 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: November 11, 2018

Justin took me on a mini tour of Perth Amboy corner stores to show me what I have been missing my whole life in the suburbs. This was the best of the lot. Just look at that display. Nothing healthy, but all of it delicious. We did a sampling of five, but the cheese empanadas…