Restaurant Review: Sahara 34 (Matawan, NJ)

I just came from one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, and probably the best middle eastern meal I’ve ever eaten. Period. Sahara 34 is located in a little strip mall in Matawan. The place has been there forever. The menu reads “Under New Management”, but it was all new to…

Travel Guide PA: Logan Inn (New Hope)

If there’s a historic and rumored-to-be-haunted hotel restaurant in a quaint river town, you can always count me in. Despite many years of visiting New Hope, I have managed to avoid its landmark: the Logan Inn. That all changed last week. My mom and I took a day trip out there in what would be…

Funnel Cake at Fright Fest

Normally, something like this would be reserved for my “Photo of the Day” series, but since that’s on break until November so I can concentrate on Halloween on my other blog, I’ll share it here. Last week, I went to Fright Fest at Six Flags for the first time. Actually (and here’s a confession) it…

Restaurant Review: Le Peep (Edison, NJ)

The morning started innocently enough. I was on my way to run some errands and grab a bagel and coffee in Aberdeen when Will called and asked if I wanted to get breakfast at Le Peep. He had been raving about it for as long as I can remember. So, I made a U-turn and…

Photo of the Day: September 20, 2017

Nothing beats an old-fashioned candy shop. From the aromas to the selection, it just takes you to your childhood. Minette’s, Frenchtown, NJ. Summer 2017.

Photo of the Day: September 17, 2017

One of the assistants for my summer camps this year was Chinese, and his mom immigrated from Szechuan. I asked him if she could make me something spicy. She delivered with a tofu noodle and cucumber salad the first day, and then this, cold noodles with chili oil and scallions the next. While I’ve eaten…

One Year of “Eating New Jersey”

Well, our one year anniversary is here. Eating New Jersey started on a whim. I had been Instagramming my food for years and started writing about restaurants on my personal blog. But because that site is such a mish-mosh of topics, I wanted to have a blog devoted entirely to food. I’d say we had…

Photo of the Day: September 16, 2017

I was never a fan of IHOP—I always thought Perkins was better. But you cannot go wrong with what is pictured above. A late-night stop after work helped to slightly sway my opinion of the pancake house chain.

Restaurant Review: Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet (Red Bank, NJ)

If there was ever a place that belonged on some kind of Food Network or Travel Channel show in this area, it would be Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet in Red Bank. Part deli, part restaurant, part Italian market, there are just too many decisions to be made the moment you walk in the door. I admit,…

Photo of the Day: September 10, 2017

The vineyards of the Laurita Winery in New Egypt. It was a blisteringly hot day, pushing 100. There was a food truck festival with some very underwhelming eating to be had. However, the local wine was great and the setting makes one feel temporarily transported to Napa Valley. Summer 2016.

Restaurant Review: The Globe Hotel (Red Bank, NJ)

The Globe Hotel has been serving up drinks since 1840. At that time, there was actual lodging. Today, it’s just a bar and restaurant. I had been there for the first time two or three years ago. My friend had something famous in these parts—the Globe Burger—which is just like any other burger except for…