Photo of the Day: August 23, 2017

When someone asks you if you want a Sake Bomb, you don’t even need to know what it is to say yes. We were out at Ichiban celebrating a friend’s birthday in June and her husband ordered one of these for everyone. Basically, you drop a shot of chilled Sake into a glass of Japanese…

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….

Do You Remember…Jack O’Connor’s Restaurant (Bridgewater, NJ)

Why do certain restaurants pop into our heads? Ones that we are fond of, and some we wish we had still forgotten. That’s where this series comes in. It’s not quite in the “Restaurants We Miss” territory. These are just the places worthy of a quick reminisce, or maybe because I cannot remember enough about…

Photo of the Day: August 19, 2017

Something called Pad Prik Khing with chicken and a sinister level of spice from Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands. I have not reviewed them on my blog because I sometimes work there during special events for my friend and a review would be a conflict of interest. That being said, the food is amazing, fresh,…

Photo of the Day: August 15, 2017

The giant neon “Eat” sign of Jose Tejas in Woodbridge, New Jersey on Route 1. Go on a weeknight, and you’ll wait at least an hour for a table. Go on the weekend, and just forget it.

Photo of the Day: August 14, 2017

I cannot help but long for Ocean City, Maryland in the middle of this August. With so many restaurants on the strip, it’s Dumser’s Drive-In that comes to mind today. A classic beach-town eatery specializing in burgers, shakes, and fries. Good prices and good eats. Just don’t go there on a diet. March 2017.

A Note from One of My Favorite Restaurants

Our family has been going to Neelam in Middletown for nearly 20 years. Like everyone, the owner and his family were shocked to hear of my dad’s passing in June. This place was one of his favorite restaurants. The owner always came over and talked with us on every visit. Last night was the first…

Photo of the Day: August 12, 2017

I Instagrammed this with the caption, “God lives in this”. Beef, rice, and veggies slathered in that creamy “white sauce” from Halal Guys in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Oh, and I learned my lesson: only one squirt of hot sauce. That’s just a thing of beauty right there. If you cannot enjoy something like this,…

Photo of the Day: August 11, 2017

A simple chicken parm from my second visit to Nonna’s in Englishtown, New Jersey in the spring of this year. It’s one of the best I’ve ever had. You will note how little sauce there is. Some might take issue with that, but for me, it’s perfect. Less sauce = crispier chicken, and boy was…

Photo of the Day: August 9, 2017

A welcome sight before any Japanese meal. Chopsticks ready to grab food, while the Sake is there to wash it all down. Toki Japanese Restaurant, Red Bank, New Jersey.

Photo of the Day: August 8, 2017

It doesn’t get much better than relaxing by the bay with a basket of clam strips and some killer (though minuscule) coleslaw. Why does fried food have to be so enjoyable? Summer is upon us, so scenes like this will thankfully be more frequent. Sissy’s at the Harbor, Atlantic Highlands.¬†August¬†2016.

Photo of the Day: August 7, 2017

You’re looking at one of the best slices of cake I’ve ever had in my life. Period. Go figure that it was actually at a vegan restaurant. I make fun of them a lot and do not believe in the lifestyle, but the Loving Hut in Matawan, New Jersey did know how to cook, and…