Photo of the Day: August 26, 2018

This Chicken French Onion took a long time to make. Spent 40 minutes caramelizing the onions. Added a splash of balsamic vinegar (they key to the entire meal as far as I’m concerned) right as they finished. Cooked it down some more. Removed the onions, added the chicken to cook, removed the breasts, added beef…

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!

Restaurant Review: La Cipollina (Freehold, NJ)

I opened the menu to see the following inscription on the bottom of one of the pages:¬†“We ask that you refrain from cell phone use unless you are instagramming or facebooking our delicious cuisine.” As an avid food blogger (I despise the term “foodie” as you know), this was license to go crazy with pictures…

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,…

Photo of the Day: July 22, 2018

I wanted to give the cold Indian dish Bhel Puri a try. I took leftover basmati rice and some crispy Indian snacks from an event I attended and mixed them up with some homemade spicy onion chutney. The result was incredibly similar to what I have had in restaurants. I was proud of myself.

Photo of the Day: June 16, 2018

The famous 10 ounce burger at Barnacle Bill’s, served up with the customary side of sauteed onions and mushrooms. But this masterpiece was ordered¬† by my mom, not me.

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.

Restaurant Review: Fran’s Pub (New Hope, PA)

This was the first dining experience I deemed so terrible that I would not even put the pics of what my friend and I ate on my food-based¬†Instagram. I didn’t want anyone to know that in a town full of decent and exciting restaurants, we happened upon the resounding dud known as Fran’s Pub. If…

Restaurant Review: Off the Hook (Highlands, NJ)

Long before Guy Fieri was blathering the phrase “Off the hook!”, there was the restaurant Off the Hook which is, in self-explanatory fashion, located just feet from Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area. Admittedly, I had driven past this restaurant hundreds of times over the years. Each time, I would glance up at…