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: May 14, 2017

You’re looking at one of the hottest meals I’ve ever had in my life. Those chili seeds combined with the bowl holding the heat from cooking makes this a double whammy. Hell never tasted so good. Curry Beef at Thai Tida in Lambertville, New Jersey.

A Story About Hot Sauce

Nothing beats the adrenaline rush brought on by spicy food. I love it. Whether it be hot sauces, a good curry, or peppers themselves, I try to have something that puts me in mild agony once a week. Flavor aside, spicy food is actually pretty healthy for you: it boosts metabolism, reduces inflammation, and some say…

Travel Guide PA: Cafe Chocolate (Lititz)

With a name like Cafe Chocolate, you would not expect much else. That and we were told to go here for the fondue. I had no idea they actually had a menu with real food on it. And an eclectic menu at that: you could get Indian Mulligatawny soup, vegetable curry, or a grilled chicken…

Restaurant Review: Penang (Edison, NJ)

It started with a cup of hot lemon tea. It was sweet, and served with a lime wedge. I was not expecting the sweetness, but it lent itself in a pleasing way. Asian cooking is all about contrasts. Different flavors, different textures, different feelings in your mouth. This simple tea opened up my palate to…

Takeout Joints: Chinese/Asian Volume 1

“You can’t swing a dead cat” without hitting a Chinese takeout place near my hometown of Hazlet. Like pizzerias (reviews of which to come at a later date), they are everywhere. But for every gem there are three or four that are just average, and a couple more bordering on abominable. Many seem similar on…

Travel Guide PA: A Taste of Britain (Wayne)

As a big fan of Downton Abbey and British television, I’ve always wanted to do the whole afternoon tea thing. Normally, I’m more of a coffee drinker, and I never actually had an authentic scone. But the whole set-up is just something that appealed to me. The pot of tea, the multi-tiered tower of food,…

Restaurants We Miss: Mie Thai (Woodbridge, NJ)

Of all the restaurants I will ever cover in this column, Mie Thai was my favorite. In fact, it was one of my favorite restaurants. Period. I had been coming here with my family since I was a kid. I also had many lunches and dinners with my friend Jeff following meetings at a museum…

The Recipe Book: Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup

The following recipe is heavily tweaked from what I found online. My alterations were to make the dish a little cheaper, as well as much healthier. The original called for three cups of coconut milk in place of the vegetable stock I will use. I never cooked with coconut milk before, so when I got to…

Travel Guide PA: General Sutter Inn (Lititz)

Chicken and Leek Pie. While at the Lititz Historical Association, we had inquired about the General Sutter Inn to the tour guide we were chatting with. He said that along with the British pub connected to it are owned by the same person, a man who was from Liverpool, and that the food was authentic. This…

Restaurant Review: Crown Palace (Middletown, NJ)

Singapore Mei Fun I have written about several restaurants on this blog which are stuck in time yet still hold on to their charm and enhance the dining experience. Crown Palace does not qualify as one of those places. It is not dirty, or even ugly, but you walk in and the atmosphere just screams…

Restaurant Review: The Dublin House (Red Bank, NJ)

The Dublin House is a very popular and oft-talked about dining establishment in Red Bank, New Jersey. For years, I have heard people rave about the food and how it is one of the best places to eat in the trendy, almost hipster town. To get right to the point, the meal I had was…