Photo of the Day: July 8, 2018

I was called into action a few hours before the Meerwald (pictured yesterday) set sail on an evening dinner cruise in partnership with the museum. Some hors d’ouevres needed prepping. Pictured is my creation. While my friend Lynn made the crab salad topping, I was tasked with cutting the cucumbers into 80 thin slices and…

Restaurants We Miss: Casey Jones (Long Branch, NJ)

Such a restaurant and theme would be fitting of Central Pennsylvania more than anywhere else, but there it was in the middle of Long Branch, New Jersey. Casey Jones’ Restaurant is an establishment that left an indelible mark on my early days of eating out. After all, there was an actual train car attached to…

Photo of the Day: June 10, 2018

The one night I actually decided to go low-carb. An absolutely scrumptious meal of pan-seared scallops atop a bed of sauteed spinach. What would probably be $30 in a restaurant I was able to compile for under $10.

Photo of the Day: June 3, 2018

Back-to-Back spicy shrimp dishes featured in the Photo of the Day column. This is named (simply enough) “Hot and Spicy” Shrimp, from UJ’s Asian Bistro. It had wonderful flavor, but despite the sinister look with all those chili flakes, really failed to deliver on the heat.

Restaurant Review: House of Chong (Middletown, NJ)

My friend Roy read my review of Temple from last week and called me up saying I needed some good Chinese food in me. I obliged, and my mom and I joined him and his wife Joanne and daughter Katie the other day. They are ardent fans of House of Chong, which has been in…

Restaurant Review: Temple (Red Bank, NJ)

My friend Justin and I were originally going to a food truck festival in Keansburg today. Because of how hot and humid it was, we then decided to go to an actual restaurant instead. Somewhere. Anywhere. We ended up in Red Bank and felt like Chinese. Having passed Temple many times and heard decent reviews,…

Photo of the Day: April 6, 2018

Another one from Portuguese Manor. The appetizer sampler with stuffed clams, stuffed mushrooms, and bacon-wrapped scallops.

Photo of the Day: March 31, 2018

A crock of homemade Crab Imperial. With all the mayo, eggs, and butter, I was expecting it to be as decadent as I have had in restaurants. While it was still very good, I will save such a luxurious item for dining out (though making it myself was indeed much cheaper).

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,…