Photo of the Day: April 18, 2019

One night, I decided to surprise Justin with a Puerto Rican feast. The stuff in the middle: Mofungo. Mashed plantains with ham, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings. There are different versions of this. Most call for mashed fried plantains. However, that pushes the calories per serving to about 900 (and who eats just one serving?)…

Photo of the Day: April 6, 2019

A selection of pies at Burbelmaier’s in Ocean Grove. Though they looked delicious, we were not fans of the one we tried (Chicken Tikka Masala Pie). It had an overwhelming flavor of lime, which just did not taste right.

Photo of the Day: March 12, 2018

I wish I could say I “made” this chicken makhni, but what I really did was doctor up a couple jars of store-bought Indian simmer sauce and added cream, cilantro, peas, and pulled/shredded rotisserie chicken. It was delicious. Served with naan, basmati rice, grilled onion, and lime.

Photo of the Day: March 3, 2019

I’ve had a lot of excellent meals at Nonna’s, but this Chicken Giambotta outdoes them all. I asked for extra spicy and they delivered. Tender chicken, a flavorful and spicy sauce, crispy potato chips with rosemary, and tons of hot cherry peppers. I tried to replicate it myself a week later.

Takeout Joints Vol. 10: Chinese/Asian Part 4

We wanted to make an attempt to celebrate Chinese New Year this week, and what better way to ring it in than with Americanized, MSG-laced takeout? My normal go-to, especially since I moved, has been Number One Chinese in Hazlet. However, our last order there encountered a small problem: there was a piece of metal…

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…

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…

Photo of the Day: November 10, 2018

A spicy and flavorful Jambalaya with chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage cooked up by my friend Walter during a Cajun-themed dinner last month.

Photo of the Day: November 5, 2018

An appetizer selection at Neelam consisting of something totally new for me to try: that bread on the right was stuffed with bits of tandoori chicken and spices. Totally delicious!