Photo of the Day: March 15, 2018

I hate using anything frozen or pre-made, but sometimes I feel like cooking without making everything from scratch. This duo of Phillips crab cakes were only $8.99. After a quick thaw in the microwave, they are pan-seared¬†in oil for three minutes on each side. It was surprisingly delicious—it actually did not taste frozen. This meal…

Restaurant Review: The Chowda House (Red Bank, NJ)

The Chowda House ran out of Chowda! That’s what my friend Roy and I were told the moment we walked into the Red Bank seafood establishment on a rainy Thursday afternoon. He had been wanting to take me there for some time, and assured me that the Lobster Bisque was even better than their chowder,…

The Dinner that was Closure

As you all know, my dad passed away in June. On Father’s Day, of all days. Without going into too much detail, it took from that moment until late November for my mom and I to know if we would be able to keep the house, my childhood home for 23 years, or not. When…

Photo of the Day: February 25, 2018

Know where to shop and you can have a seafood feast for a fraction of what you would pay in a restaurant. Mussels from Trader Joe’s and lobster tails from Aldi (only $6 each). Placed on top of some spaghetti which I tossed in olive oil and homemade garlic butter.

Restaurant Review: J.J. Bitting Brewing Company (Woodbridge, NJ)

Where do you go when you have a craving for quesadillas? Why, the J.J.¬†Bitting Brewing Company, of course! All kidding aside, this was the first time I had eaten here in over two years. When I worked in Perth Amboy once upon a time ago, coworkers and I were here at least once a month….

Photo of the Day: December 16, 2017

A beautifully presented broiled eel (the first time I ever tried it) at Mahzu in Aberdeen. It’s a place I still have to review. Exceptionally high quality Japanese food can be had including sushi, hibachi, and udon. Winter 2016.

Travel Guide MD: 32 Palm (Ocean City)

You all know how I feel about chain hotel restaurants. No matter how good they look, or how enticing the menu is, the food always manages to be lackluster. Whether they be inexpensive glorified diners, or fancy eateries, I’m never impressed. Even as I love the Hilton brand, I’ve never truly loved a restaurant on…

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.

Travel Guide MD: The Globe (Berlin)

The Globe is an old theater built in the 1900’s. It has been renovated but not to the point where you do not know its former use. After all, the dining area is broken up into two spaces: the downstairs where the seats used to be and the actual stage which you have to walk…