Restaurant Review: Red Bank Diner (Red Bank, NJ)

Even with good food, sometimes service can be the difference between a 3 and a 4. My mom and I were looking for a place to have lunch after a busy day closing our house for sale last week. Mentally, we were exhausted. It was an odd time of day, just after two in the…

Photo of the Day: March 2, 2018

The aesthetics of this cup and saucer were better than the actual coffee it was holding: a strong Turkish brew at Galata in Marlboro.

Photo of the Day: January 20, 2018

It was a frigid morning last month when Will, his brother, and myself headed to Top Golf, a driving range in Edison. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything even remotely close to “real” golf. They have targets which if you hit give you a score on a computer screen in your booth. For…

Photo of the Day: January 2, 2018

Walking around Red Bank one night before a ghost hunt during Christmas week with my friend and co-investigator Patrick and his cousin Jon. With Starbucks in hand, we can’t be any more basic.

What Eternity Feels Like

It was around 12:55 AM when I walked into Keyport’s IHOP location with my friends Jake, Ben, and Jason after a night of paranormal investigating. We’re not fans of the place in any capacity, but it’s one of the only restaurants open in the area at that time. Like an after-party, being at IHOP this…

Photo of the Day: December 7, 2017

I could go for this scene right now. A slice of Hummingbird Cake (kind of like carrot cake, but with banana instead and more nutty) and coffee, from Nancy’s Village Cafe in Lahaska, Pennsylvania.

Restaurant Review: The Turning Point (Holmdel, NJ)

I always thought the Turning Point (a small NJ chain) was a place where soccer moms went to complain about their children’s teachers over breakfast after dropping the little darlings off at school. I never actually considered this would be a restaurant I would enjoy, despite its immense popularity. Within five minutes of sitting down…

Old Time Bagels in Hazlet Achieves Perfection

Hazlet is far from being any kind of food Mecca, but at least there’s a place to get a decent bagel. Well, more than decent. Crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. That’s what a bagel should be, and Old Time Bagels in Hazlet delivers. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall with three tables….

I Have Become What I’ve Mocked

This was the scene today for me: drinking a pumpkin spice latte at a Starbucks in a Barnes & Noble…while wearing a flannel, no less. Good Lord. I’ve made fun of such things at some points in my life. I discount the multi-grain bagel which was kind of blah, but I didn’t feel like quiche…