Photo of the Day: December 7, 2018

The Clinton Station Diner is one of New Jersey’s best. The coffee is always fresh, orange juice squeezed to order, hand-cut fries, and homemade bread/rolls for their sandwiches. Justin had an excellent burger while I went with the chicken cordon bleu sandwich on this most recent visit.

Restaurant Review: Hanover Eatery (Bethlehem, PA)

We wanted to end our three-day excursion throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania last month on a good note with a good breakfast. We were staying in Bethlehem and I did a quick search for the nearest diner. Right up the road was the Hanover Eatery. I walked in and was immediately reminded of…

Ranking the Fall-Themed Coffees Vol. 2

Rook Pumpkin Hot It took a few extra weeks, but Rook did indeed come out with a hot pumpkin coffee. Once again, it is labeled as “pumpkin” not “pumpkin spice”. However, there are some mild notes of spice flavoring. The cold brew ran into a problem with the robustness of its taste. Too much sugar…

Photo of the Day: September 21, 2018

Photo of the Day posts have been sporadic this week as I prepare for October, but here is one from this morning. My first pumpkin spice coffee of the season! Paired well with a bagel and a horror movie.

Bagels on the “Express” to Hell

Just a week after raving about Holmdel Bagels, here is a major gripe about D’Alessio’s Bagel Express in Leonardo. Went a few days ago en route to Sandy Hook. Didn’t feel like making the detour to Atlantic Bagels on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. I had never been to D’Alessio’s, but they have been there for…

Ranking the Fall-Themed Coffees Vol. 1

Rook Pumpkin Cold Brew For those who have not yet had this coffee, I will warn you: it is not pumpkin spice. It is pumpkin. Many people do not quite realize that the plethora of pumpkin spice products they consume every fall do not contain any pumpkin whatsoever. Instead, we are looking at cinnamon, nutmeg,…

The Breakfast Gold Mine in Holmdel

You haven’t lived until you’ve been to the Holmdel Towne Center on a weekend morning, especially in the summer. There is a certain craziness centered around two unaffiliated businesses. The first is Holmdel Bagels, whose sign out front is only a mere, nondescript “Bagels”. Right next to that is a Rook Coffee. I have lived…

Restaurant Review: The Joint (Bethlehem, PA)

After an excellent lunch at Thai Thai, Justin and I hit up a small coffee shop called The Joint which is in an alleyway and off the beaten path. The inside was cute. They had chalkboard walls with their menu colorfully presented. A list of recommended books on another wall was a nice touch. But…

Photo of the Day: July 24, 2018

This shot of Rook’s Mint Mocha may look inspiring, but in reality, it was some of the worst coffee I’ve had from them. Not terrible, but incredibly bitter. If there was ever an iced coffee that needed sugar, this would be it.

Travel PA 2018 Part 2: The Double Tree at Reading

Justin and I were only in Reading for one day and one night. We arrived late in the afternoon after antiquing in Adamstown with a mandatory stop at Renninger’s. We picked up some books and another piece of hardware for my bar. The traffic was horrendous, so we stopped at only one more shop before…