Photo of the Day: February 19, 2018

The first time I ever had venison, and I cooked it myself. My friend’s family hunts and brought back a slew of deer steaks. So here is one of them. Cooked in butter and olive oil for seven minutes on each side. I threw in a few cloves of garlic midway through for additional flavor….

Photo of the Day: February 10, 2018

A quick and easy vegetarian meal consisting of a grilled Kontos* flatbread topped with hummus and sautéed spinach. Served with a side of oven-fries and a splash or two of hot sauce. Delicious…and dare I say, healthy? *Look for Kontos “Mediterranean Lifestyle” flat bread. They purport it has some of the benefits of Greek yogurt….

Photo of the Day: February 3, 2018

Homemade brasioles on their way to searing in a cast iron skillet. Thin slices of beef have been wrapped around a mixture of sauteed spinach (extra virgin olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper) and seasoned breadcrumbs. What’s not to like?

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part 2)

 “We talk, drink wine, have the first course, talk, drink wine, second course, talk, drink wine, main course, drink wine, talk, dessert, and more wine. Did I mention wine?”- Walter on dinners he hosts for his friends. If you survived the first installment and have come back for more, we shall proceed. We began the…

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part 1)

America is a funny place. All summer long, we will scarf down a mechanically separated pink colored slime in tube-form consisting of fat, cartilage, and “trimmings” affectionately known as the “hot dog”, but will shiver in horror when it comes to liver. It was ingrained into my head as a child, the nastiness of liver…

Photo of the Day: January 4, 2018

This is what it looks  like when you want even your leftovers (from Sahara 34) to look presentable. I made myself some garlic-lemon spinach to go with the other ubiquitous middle eastern condiments.

Photo of the Day: December 27, 2017

One night, my friend and I got an order of cold sesame noodles. They were disgusting. Disgusting. The sauce was icky and so packed with sugar that we could feel the granules in our teeth as we bit down. So what did we do? Rather than throw it out, we literally washed off the sesame…

Restaurant Review: Kings Arms II Diner (Belford, NJ)

I have a lot of fond memories of this place, going back to when it was the Marina Diner. When I coached in Atlantic Highlands, many a dinners with friends, coaches, and players were eaten here following hockey games and practices. It seemed almost as soon as I became a regular, the business switched over…

Photo of the Day: November 29, 2017

Another killer appetizer from Brothers’ Pizza, the place that served up the best God damn stuffed mushrooms I’ve ever had in my life. Clams here, roasted to perfection, and drenched in a wonderful garlic sauce. Needed a second loaf of bread for this one.

Restaurant Review: Nakayama Sushi (Hazlet, NJ)

I don’t usually write reviews based on takeout, but because Nakayama is an actual restaurant and my experiences there in two orders were good, I figured this could stand on its own. My coworker and I wanted a change from Sultan Palace after a couple of greasy, unappetizing meals in the last two months. This…

Photo of the Day: September 26, 2017

Another one from Ichiban. First time in forever I had hibachi, and this was Will’s first altogether. The food was decent, though I enjoyed the garlic fried rice more than anything else. Our chef was pretty entertaining, including launching a few jokes on the raunchy side. Actually, the sexual innuendo was quite profound. Still, it…