Photo of the Day: October 15, 2018

An Oktoberfest dinner we had two weeks ago. There was chicken schnitzel, mushroom gravy, spaetzel, and German potato salad. Non-German dishes included my mom’s spinach pie, rolls, and my homemade garlic butter. There was also mom’s German apple cake for dessert. Oh, and plenty of Riesling. What a spread it was!

Photo of the Day: September 22, 2018

Glorious garlic shrimp from a family dinner at Portuguese Manor a few days ago. The oil is liquid gold when you dredge some of their crusty, homemade bread through it.

Photo of the Day: September 12, 2018

Justin’s baked barbecue wings. They were first rubbed with Adobo, pepper, and garlic powder, before being left to marinate overnight in a honey barbecue sauce.

Photo of the Day: September 4, 2018

A few days ago, I got Puerto Rican cooking lessons from Justin’s grandmother. These are homemade tostones. Nothing low-fat here. Slices of plantain are fried, left to cool, smashed in a wooden press, and then fried again. Dust with salt and garlic powder for a delicious snack or crispy side dish. I was even given…

Photo of the Day: August 23, 2018

What to do with all those leftover lobster shells? Make a stock or a bisque! Check tomorrow’s Photo of the Day for the finished result!

Photo of the Day: August 10, 2018

A killer pasta dish my friend Walter cooked for Justin and I. Angel hair with Alfredo sauce with broiled bay scallops mixed in after the scallops had been covered in garlic-herb butter and Gruyere cheese.

Our Anthony Bourdain Memorial BBQ

My co-workers-turned-good-friends from Brookdale are food lovers. Not just in the eating sense but with cooking, exploring, and trying new things. For the five years I’ve worked there, we have always talked about having a cookout. It was one of those really good ideas which just never came to fruition because of everyone’s schedules. However,…

Restaurant Review: Chilangos (Highlands, NJ)

For years I had heard from people, “Chilangos is the best Mexican food in Highlands”. Well, they are right, but with a caveat: they are the only Mexican restaurant in Highlands. Actually, in the entire surrounding area. You would have to venture into Red Bank or Keyport for true Mexican food above the “fish tacos”…

Photo of the Day: June 10, 2018

The one night I actually decided to go low-carb. An absolutely scrumptious meal of pan-seared scallops atop a bed of sauteed spinach. What would probably be $30 in a restaurant I was able to compile for under $10.

Photo of the Day: June 7, 2018

And speaking of Brothers’ Pizza, here are two personal pies. Mine was a white with onion and garlic (no ricotta). Meanwhile my friend got the works on his. This place probably has the largest and most cheese-packed personal pizzas around. Appetizer or not, have never been able to finish in one sitting.

Photo of the Day: May 18, 2018

A teeny-tiny organic grass-fed sirloin (that was totally worth the price) along with some sauteed string beans and roasted potatoes.