Restaurant Review: Ichiban 18 (East Brunswick, NJ)

We stopped at Ichiban for some late night drinks and snacks with friends a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time I had been in the place since it was Shogun years earlier. It looked exactly the same. The sushi bar and tables in the front, a circular bar, and hibachi grills in…

I was All Set to Rip These Two Cheap Spirits…

A 750 ML bottle of Jacquin’s Royale 100 Proof Vodka and a liter of London Tower Gin came to a total of $15. I found them at a liquor store in the “Made in Pennsylvania” aisle two weeks ago. I had never seen either of these two items before. The only awareness of Jacquin’s I had…

Restaurant Review: Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits (Keyport, NJ)

Yes, the name of this restaurant has a plus-sign in the title. I guess the word “and” was not hipster enough. Anyway, as you read this review of Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits, you might get the feeling that I did not like the place. Actually, that was not the case. Will and I both enjoyed…

Cocktail Recipe: The Last Word

Like Absinthe, Chartreuse is one of those more mysterious spirits. It is produced in France, using a recipe more than 400 years old. That recipe is known by only two Carthusian monks at a time. They prepare the blend of 130 herbs which are steeped in alcohol. The product is either green or yellow Chartreuse,…

Product Review: Military Special Rum

My estate-sale friend nabbed a bottle of this for me a couple of weeks ago. The previous owner was a former serviceman and in turn, had collected hundreds of military-related items over the years. With her being told to get rid of or take anything that would not sell, she knew I would appreciate a…

Restaurant Review: Piero’s (Union Beach, NJ)

Piero’s is one of those places I have driven past almost every day for many years. I live less than 10 minutes away, but until two weeks ago, had never been there. We went for my mom’s birthday. My parents had been there once before and wanted to come back. The chef/owner used to be…

Travel Guide PA: King of Prussia and the Surrounding Area

King of Prussia is one of those places I have driven past my entire life en route to Lancaster. I knew there was a mall—a big mall—but that was about it. A day-trip this weekend turned into a one night’s stay, so here are some quick hits for the Travel Guide.

Travel Guide MD: The Crab Bag (Ocean City)

Talk about a seafood marathon. After eating way too much fried food that afternoon but still in the mood for seafood that night, we decided to give The Crab Bag a try. I had read that they had the best crabs in Ocean City. Their menu is actually gigantic. There are more choices of various seafood…

Christmas 2016 Product Review: Smith & Forge Hard Cider

Every year on our birthdays, my friend Brett and I exchange “Birthday Beers”, where we try to get something new for each other. His happened to be last week, and I decided to change it up a little and get him something that we had both been talking about trying: Smith & Forge Hard Cider. We are both fans…

Christmas 2016 Product Review: Torani Bacon Syrup

There is bacon everything on the market. I love the smokey pork product as much as anyone, but how much is too much? Months ago, I was introduced to something called Bacon Syrup. While I was very skeptical at first, an initial whiff of the liquid produced by Torani had me going,”Wow!”. It truly smelled…

Christmas 2016: Four Kinds of Egg Nog at “Nog Fest”

At our historical society’s Christmas party this weekend, we held a mini “Nog Fest”. Joanne had been raving about Mr. Boston for months, while I wanted to submit my favorite, Pennsylvania Dutch. However, when it came time to shop for this party, my go-to was out of stock. So, I had to settle for Zackariah Harris,…

Christmas 2016 Product Review: Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

I admit it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for a “different” kind of gin to play around with or to get the gin lover in your life for Christmas, then Opihr might be the one. What we have here is a London dry gin that looks for a flavor profile which is more oriental…