Photo of the Day: August 20, 2017

On any hot summer day, I could dream about the ubiquitous Filipino dessert Halo Halo. An interesting, colorful, and somewhat odd mix of shaved ice, ice cream, jello, fruit, flan, and a few other things that I don’t even know what they are. In any event, it’s more than satisfying. Max’s Restaurant, Jersey City, NJ….

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…

Photo of the Day: August 7, 2017

You’re looking at one of the best slices of cake I’ve ever had in my life. Period. Go figure that it was actually at a vegan restaurant. I make fun of them a lot and do not believe in the lifestyle, but the Loving Hut in Matawan, New Jersey did know how to cook, and…

Photo of the Day: July 21, 2017

There is no introduction needed for this creation. It was the shining light after a deplorable meal at Dave & Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. January 2017.

Travel Guide CT: Maggie McFly’s (Glastonbury)

When you walk in, you are immediately met with a dessert-making station. Cakes and ice cream are sourced from local bakeries and dairy producers. As you wait, you stare at the display case. We grabbed a menu to browse. We knew very shortly after that we were skipping over an appetizer to save room for…

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…

Restaurant Review: Max’s Restaurant (Jersey City, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Filipino restaurant” is how this review should begin. Actually, Will and I are both white by appearance, but since he is half Filipino, I was the only Haoli in the restaurant at this particular time. I say all of this in humor, but as is the case with each…

Photo of the Day: June 9, 2017

I’ve already professed my love for Ikea—I would go there just to eat. But they have much more than their famous meatballs. There’s also an array of snacks and desserts. You can’t swing a dead cat without running into advertising for their remarkable dollar cinnamon buns. When you make your way downstairs to the item…

Photo of the Day: May 28, 2017

You have to commend a restaurant for going through such presentation lengths for a $6 scoop of fried ice cream. Thai Thai, Old Bridge, New Jersey. March 2017.

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…

Portuguese Manor’s Lethal Spanish Coffee

I never thought I would make a post about a dessert coffee, but this is well-deserved. Perth Amboy’s Portuguese Manor is without a doubt my favorite restaurant. You can see why here. Since the initial review, I have posted a couple of updates, including this one on their awesomely spicy Zarzuela seafood stew. I rarely…

Travel Guide MD: Rayne’s Reef Luncheonette (Berlin)

Walking around the many antique stores in Berlin made us hungry. The shopkeepers at all locations were incredibly friendly. With conversation comes restaurant recommendations. Three different people pointed us in the direction of Rayne’s Reef for lunch. We were told how the burgers were the best in town, made fresh every day. Well, I am…