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…

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: 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.

Restaurant Review: Ichiban 18 (East Brunswick, NJ)

We stopped at Ichiban for some late night drinks and snacks with friends a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time I had been in the place since it was Shogun years earlier. It looked exactly the same. The sushi bar and tables in the front, a circular bar, and hibachi grills in…

Travel Guide PA: Antiques and Ice Cream in Columbia

I bought tickets for Will and I to go to the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia. Then I went on Trip Advisor to see what people had to say. Yeah, I messed up. I did it out of order. As someone who has a readership on there of 90,000 (so my account tells me), I…

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…

Restaurant Review: Thai Thai Cuisine (Old Bridge, NJ)

With two friends who own Thai restaurants in New Jersey, I know good Thai food when I see it, err, taste it. I had eaten at this establishment years ago when it was Pooket. Since it changed to Thai Thai, I had driven past many times without giving it much thought. Then last week, Will and…

Travel Guide PA: Hank’s Place (Chadds Ford)

This place was more than just a diner. It’s a neighborhood eatery that’s been there forever where everyone seems to be a regular local. There is a sign outside that reads, “Where hungry people eat and friendly people eat”. With Hank’s swamped with customers and the servers appearing to be working tables by committee, I…