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,…

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.