Photo of the Day: January 8, 2018

This sub was a two-hander: a chicken cheesesteak with hot peppers, from Luigi’s in Matawan. The bread was crispy and thankfully sturdy enough to hold the sloppy fillings on the inside.

Photo of the Day: January 7, 2018

A work lunch at Lenora’s with a friend, and one of the best taco bowls I’ve ever had. Thin strips of grilled chicken piled high with rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream inside a homemade taco shell.

Photo of the Day: November 25, 2017

I’m very self-critical, but that’s one of the best things I’ve ever cooked. Chicken in a spicy peanut sauce with peppers and onions. The sauce consisted of peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, garlic, black pepper, chili flakes, oil, and water. Cooked until thick and poured over rice. The pepper and onion maintained a crunch, while the…

Photo of the Day: November 16, 2017

Looking back to the time my friend Walter, former manager of Wildflowers in New Hope, Pennsylvania, cooked Will and I this chicken in a tagine. Spring 2017.

Photo of the Day: August 19, 2017

Something called Pad Prik Khing with chicken and a sinister level of spice from Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands. I have not reviewed them on my blog because I sometimes work there during special events for my friend and a review would be a conflict of interest. That being said, the food is amazing, fresh,…

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…

Restaurant Review: Zhang’s Grille (Holmdel, NJ)

Every once in a while I have a dining experience that leaves me at a loss for words. On this rare occasion, I try my best to just put my head down and churn out a review to the best of my abilities. A recent visit to the newly opened Zhang’s Grille in Holmdel (formerly…

Restaurant Review: The National Hotel (Frenchtown, NJ)

As I walked in, it reminded me of the hotel from the 1967 Richard Burton movie The Comedians. On the outside, some paint was peeling off the siding. Had it seen better days? I did not know what to expect. The front doors were open, while the antique ceiling fans circulated the air through the…