Where Are All the Filipino Restaurants?

Crispy, crunchy, salty, sweet, savory, deep-fried. Those are just a few words I would use to describe Filipino food, and they are all sensations that Americans love in what they eat. If you live in New Jersey, chances are you have at least two or three Chinese places within ten minutes of your house and…

Restaurant Review: Max’s Restaurant (Jersey City, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Filipino restaurant” is how this review should begin. Actually, Will and I are both white by appearance, but since he is half Filipino, I was the only Haoli in the restaurant at this particular time. I say all of this in humor, but as is the case with each…

Photo of the Day: June 7, 2017

Chicken Ravello. A simple dish consisting of thinly-sliced chicken breasts covered in Mozzarella and Marsala wine sauce. Garnished with roasted red peppers and asparagus. The ingredients manage to represent the tri colore of the Italian flag. Trattoria Rustica, Matawan, New Jersey.

Photo of the Day: June 3, 2017

I love the way Bento Boxes compartmentalize everything (and I don’t even have OCD). It makes for a wonderful presentation when you do it right. Korean BBQ chicken, kale salad, udon noodles, and a fried egg…do you need anything else? Sunberry Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut. March 2016.

Photo of the Day: May 25, 2017

A Dijon chicken panini at the Mystic Diner in Connecticut. An unremarkable sandwich—I just love how this picture came out. They say you eat with your eyes first, but nevertheless, it’s our mouths and stomachs which count the most. March 2016.

Five Mini Reviews of Restaurants Visited Before this Blog

I started Eating New Jersey last September. I was food blogging on my personal website for a few months prior to that. Around that time and slightly before it, I visited a few restaurants which I did not review on my blog. I either forgot about them or felt I could not write enough for…

Restaurant Review: Nonna’s Citi Cucina (Englishtown, NJ)

Any restaurant which starts you off with homemade bread this good is okay in my book. I had heard about Nonna’s for years. People rave about them, but that is mainly directed at their family-style dinners. It may be a misconception that family dinners are all that Nonna’s serves. They actually have a full ala carte…

Moroccan Food at a Friend’s House

“You’re not really going to review my cooking, are you?” my friend Walter asked as I pulled out my camera and aimed it at the table. No, not a review, per se, but I did still want to blog about the experience. I met Walter through the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society last year. He wanted to…

Restaurant Review: Penang (Edison, NJ)

It started with a cup of hot lemon tea. It was sweet, and served with a lime wedge. I was not expecting the sweetness, but it lent itself in a pleasing way. Asian cooking is all about contrasts. Different flavors, different textures, different feelings in your mouth. This simple tea opened up my palate to…

Hunter’s Casual Crusades: Claudie’s Chicken (Red Bank, NJ)

Claudie’s barreled its way into the Dillon Family dinner cycle over a year ago, and due to our eager demand it may stay forever. Just about twice a week, you can walk into my house to the sight of overflowing pearly white buckets. The voluminous cardboard boats are rubber-banded together to hold the additional mouth-watering…

Hunter’s Casual Crusades: Mr. Pizza Slice (Red Bank, NJ)

I finished working a shift that started at 5 a.m. with a hockey game the night before that had me in bed at 2 that morning. Sleep deprived, my buddy texted me asking if I wanted to join him at some pizza place he recently posted about on social media. Uh oh. As we spoke,…