No Better Bang for Your Buck than The Sitting Duck & Pour House

The Sitting Duck in Long Branch and Pour House in Tinton Falls are sister dining establishments. They boast similar if not identical menus. While I have not yet been to the latter, the first place mentioned has become one of my recent favorites. The deal was sealed this summer, when I ordered a soft shell…

Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There is an…

Photo of the Day: November 10, 2018

A spicy and flavorful Jambalaya with chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage cooked up by my friend Walter during a Cajun-themed dinner last month.

Food Pics from my Grandma’s 90th Birthday Dinner

My grandma’s 90th birthday was the other day and we ironically took her to Nonna’s (which means “grandma” in Italian) in Englishtown. This is a restaurant which has cranked out quality meals and cocktails without fail every single time I have gone there. Their prices may be on the higher side but the portions are…

Photo of the Day: August 24, 2018

Not a bad looking lobster bisque using the scraps featured in yesterday’s Photo of the Day. I used milk instead of heavy cream to save some fat and calories. It’s very easy to make and costs almost nothing.

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!

Photo of the Day: August 13, 2018

Turned that beautiful lobster into stuffing for Lobster Rolls. Gave the meat a quick toss in melted butter, salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, and a dab of mayo.

Photo of the Day: August 12, 2018

Look at these beauties. I always jump at the opportunity when the local Shop Rite goes down to $6.99 a pound for lobster. The next two days will include pictures from this meal.

Restaurant Review: Sofrito Gastropub (Reading, PA)

I had never realized the sheer numbers the Hispanic population represents in Reading. There was one restaurant after another. It was hard to decide which one to check out. Being in town on a Sunday helped, as many of the dining establishments we had our eye on were closed. We felt like something cultural, and…

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…