Restaurant Review: Barnacle Bill’s (Rumson, NJ)

It is always a good start when your Mai Tai comes in a pint glass. When  space is not being taken up by half an orange and there is no freakin’ umbrella. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by how they treat their cocktails. Are they giving you what is right, or trying…

Photo of the Day: March 12, 2018

A spur-of-the-moment sopapilla using whatever I had laying around. A lightly fried whole wheat tortilla is topped with chocolate chips, honey, whipped cream, and a scoop of pistachio ice cream.

Photo of the Day: December 22, 2017

It was advertised as “fried ice cream”, but it really wasn’t. Instead, it’s a scoop of ice cream inside a fried taco bowl. The end result was actually better than the normal fried ice cream because it did not melt and leak all over the place. Just another great dish from Tequila Mockingbird in Ocean…

Photo of the Day: December 12, 2017

This thing from Maggie McFly’s was called the “Titanic”. And why not? Two chocolate lava cakes, four scoops each of chocolate and vanilla ice cream chocolate chips, M & M’s, walnuts, peanut butter cups, chocolate syrup, caramel, gummy worms, and whipped cream. They should have named it the “Iceberg” instead because it could sink a…

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…

Photo of the Day: September 3, 2017

Back at What’s the Scoop in Metuchen for the end of summer, which is the best ice cream place you could ever ask for. As profiled here, they offer a great atmosphere, endless flavors, and family [and wallet]-friendly prices. This sundae above is a lot larger than it seems, and was only $4.95. Cookie dough…

Travel Guide PA: Menno Tea Cafe (Bird-in-Hand)

Hipsters have arrived in Lancaster County! Just kidding. Well, maybe not. Across the street from the bustling Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market is a charming, new cafe located in an old brick building. It’s called Menno Tea. They have a naturally grown, organic mint farm nearby and specialize in infusing coffee and tea with their mint. No…

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….

Photo of the Day: August 17, 2017

A giant cow hangs out near the entrance of the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania. While it is oriented more towards children, adults will also find themselves having a good time. Buy your tickets in advance. When it comes to kids and all-you-can-eat samples of ice cream (and making your own pint), the crowds…

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: Sea View Snack Bar (Mystic)

Before your mind begins to wonder, no, this ain’t no “snack bar”. In fact, such a misnomer is dangerous. What the Sea View Snack Bar actually is, is a 40-year-old roadside seafood joint that sits about 50 feet from Mystic River. As we approached it, I knew this would be a place we would like….

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…