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…

Photo of the Day: October 1, 2017

It’s the first day of October! My favorite month! 31 days of watching horror movies and telling ghost stories. As a paranormal investigator who volunteers at a haunted museum and lectures at Brookdale Community College on local legends and hauntings, you could say this is my busiest month of the year. But I still make…

Restaurant Review: Cafe Paris (Metuchen, NJ)

Will and I walked into Cafe Paris right after dinner at Hailey’s Harp and Pub, which is across the road and a little farther down Main Street in Metuchen. The place was empty since it was near closing time. Only one table taken inside. It was a couple, sitting next to each other, having dinner….

Photo of the Day: September 19, 2017

Let’s stick with Frenchtown, New Jersey. This item was spotted in the window of a shop on Bridge Street. I’d say that’s just about right. Summer 2017.

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,…

Travel Guide PA: Menno Tea Cafe (Bird-in-Hand)

Hipsters have arrived in Lancaster County! Just kidding. Well, maybe not. Across the street from the bustling Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market is a charming, new cafe located in an old brick building. It’s called Menno Tea. They have a naturally grown, organic mint farm nearby and specialize in infusing coffee and tea with their mint. No…

Restaurant Review: What’s Brewing at Maria’s (Frenchtown, NJ)

Tucked away on Bridge Street in the quaint, little hamlet of Frenchtown is a place called What’s Brewing at Maria’s. It’s a stop that rounded out a wonderful day-trip to the town last week which also included a visit to the National Hotel. After a good meal and a lot of walking around in one…

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…

Photo of the Day: July 22, 2017

Nancy’s Village Cafe is a lovely spot for a sandwich and relaxing cup of coffee in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. Do yourself a favor: ditch the tourist traps and try to find this somewhat hidden cafe. February 2017.

Two of the Best French Bakeries Around

When you think about it, Red Bank, NJ and New Hope, PA are very similar. Both are located near a river, both offer posh specialty shops, both have pricey restaurants (ranging from the well-executed to the pretentious). While New Hope may have a bit more history, one thing is for sure, the similarities include fantastic…

Photo of the Day: June 13, 2017

Another mug shot. You know you’re in for a good breakfast when this hits your table. I can’t wait to eat here when I’m in Pennsylvania next week. Dienner’s Country Restaurant, Ronks, Pennsylvania.