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…

Restaurant Review: Amy’s Omelette House (Long Branch, NJ)

Hear ye, hear ye, all those on diets, stay away from Amy’s! This place is named the “Omelette House” for a reason: there are 222 of them to choose from. You open up to the front pages of the menu and you are blitzed and inundated with options. The array is dizzying. How can any…

So This is Pittstown

There’s a barn from the 1800’s that has a saying on its roof that reads, “So This is Pittstown”. I passed by it several times before deciding to actually pull over and take a picture of it yesterday. I had long felt that such words were put up by locals for the world to see…

Dunkin’ Donuts to Add “Donut Fries”

While IHOP was fixing their financial crisis with a name change, Dunkin’ Donuts was working on something sinister. This is according to an anonymous insider. Customers will be saying hello to donut fries beginning in July. Such items have been available on a test-run basis at select locations around the country, but only this summer…