Travel Guide PA: Logan Inn (New Hope)

If there’s a historic and rumored-to-be-haunted hotel restaurant in a quaint river town, you can always count me in. Despite many years of visiting New Hope, I have managed to avoid its landmark: the Logan Inn. That all changed last week. My mom and I took a day trip out there in what would be…

So, How About Pumpkin Spice?

It’s that time of the year again. The air is getting crisp. The leaves are changing. Halloween is right around the corner. Oh, who am I kidding? Pumpkin Spice coffee was out at the end of August during a heat wave. People are divided on the subject. There are few who just like or tolerate…

Restaurant Review: Le Peep (Edison, NJ)

The morning started innocently enough. I was on my way to run some errands and grab a bagel and coffee in Aberdeen when Will called and asked if I wanted to get breakfast at Le Peep. He had been raving about it for as long as I can remember. So, I made a U-turn and…

Restaurant Review: Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet (Red Bank, NJ)

If there was ever a place that belonged on some kind of Food Network or Travel Channel show in this area, it would be Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet in Red Bank. Part deli, part restaurant, part Italian market, there are just too many decisions to be made the moment you walk in the door. I admit,…

Restaurant Review: The Globe Hotel (Red Bank, NJ)

The Globe Hotel has been serving up drinks since 1840. At that time, there was actual lodging. Today, it’s just a bar and restaurant. I had been there for the first time two or three years ago. My friend had something famous in these parts—the Globe Burger—which is just like any other burger except for…

Photo of the Day: August 11, 2017

A simple chicken parm from my second visit to Nonna’s in Englishtown, New Jersey in the spring of this year. It’s one of the best I’ve ever had. You will note how little sauce there is. Some might take issue with that, but for me, it’s perfect. Less sauce = crispier chicken, and boy was…

Photo of the Day: July 28, 2017

Readers of this blog know I will eat almost anything. Almost. Blood and brains and all that good stuff are no problem, but I cannot bring myself to eat or even cut open this sinister looking fruit: the Durian. It is known as the “rotting corpse fruit” because of its odor. The kind of smell…

Restaurant Review: McDonagh’s Pub (Keyport, NJ)

Will and I have been tearing through Keyport in the last two weeks. I literally live right down the street in Hazlet, but Keyport, for the most part, has been foreign territory. I’ll come for the antique shops every once in a while, but I’ve never really taken the time to eat there. That all…

Travel Guide CT: Maggie McFly’s (Glastonbury)

When you walk in, you are immediately met with a dessert-making station. Cakes and ice cream are sourced from local bakeries and dairy producers. As you wait, you stare at the display case. We grabbed a menu to browse. We knew very shortly after that we were skipping over an appetizer to save room for…

Restaurant Review: Hailey’s Harp and Pub (Metuchen, NJ)

Metuchen is a great food town. There are cafes, pizzerias, a fantastic ice cream shop, restaurants of every nationality you can think of, and then there’s Hailey’s Harp and Pub. Of course the food has to be good, but when it comes to pubs, the first thing I’m looking for is actually the atmosphere. Does…

Photo of the Day: June 1, 2017

Another one from the Menlo Park Diner in Edison, New Jersey. The French Canadians have nothing on us with this Jersey Diner Classic: “Disco Fries”. This one features both American cheese and Mozzarella, in addition to a heaping ladle of gravy. This is as beautifully done as you will see anywhere. Hey, you don’t go…

Restaurant Review: Sissy’s at the Harbor (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

If I had to describe Sissy’s, I would say waterfront dining with diner prices. I cannot think of a more fitting and succinct way of telling you what they are about. Home-cooking, large portions, cheap prices, all with an excellent view of the Atlantic Highlands harbor and Sandy Hook, with New York City off in…