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….

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part 2)

 “We talk, drink wine, have the first course, talk, drink wine, second course, talk, drink wine, main course, drink wine, talk, dessert, and more wine. Did I mention wine?”- Walter on dinners he hosts for his friends. If you survived the first installment and have come back for more, we shall proceed. We began the…

Photo of the Day: December 31, 2017

What’s this giant mushroom and why are you posting it on New Year’s Eve, you may be wondering? Well read on. The snippet below is from last year’s December trip to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. And of course, what would a stay at this place on New Year’s Eve be without sticking around to see the…

Photo of the Day: December 3, 2017

Isn’t this a beautiful scene here? A sandwich from Taliercio’s with imported prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and balsamic vinegar on crusty Italian bread with a glass of Federalist Cabernet.

Photo of the Day: November 19, 2017

My friend Walter and I (who I semi-profiled here) hanging out at the Strauss Mansion Museum during our monthly Jazz concert series. He’s drinking his usual white wine while I have Buffalo Trace bourbon and Pepsi 1893 cola. September 2017.

Photo of the Day: November 13, 2017

The exterior of the Rumspringa Brewery in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Winery on the bottom, brewery, small-scale restaurant, and tasting room upstairs. Hard to believe that in a lifetime visiting the Lancaster area, this past summer was the first time I ever ventured inside. It was an awesome experience.

Photo of the Day: September 22, 2017

Whenever I come home from lecturing, I usually have a martini. But since that was my dad’s drink, I have not really been in the mood for one the last few months. On this particular night, I poured myself a Napa River Merlot. Nothing fancy. I’m not much of a wine guy (horrible Italian, I…

Photo of the Day: September 19, 2017

Let’s stick with Frenchtown, New Jersey. This item was spotted in the window of a shop on Bridge Street. I’d say that’s just about right. Summer 2017.

Photo of the Day: September 10, 2017

The vineyards of the Laurita Winery in New Egypt. It was a blisteringly hot day, pushing 100. There was a food truck festival with some very underwhelming eating to be had. However, the local wine was great and the setting makes one feel temporarily transported to Napa Valley. Summer 2016.

Photo of the Day: August 30, 2017

With the summer coming to an end, I’m looking back to a 4th of July party which I bartended at for the second year in a row. It’s a great gig. My friend who is a chef does the cooking, his wife who is also a close friend of mine does the singing, and another…

Travel Guide PA: Rumspringa Brewing Company (Bird-in-Hand)

There’s a red barn-looking building on 340 that I have driven past for years. It contains the Rumspringa Brewing Company as well as the Mount Hope Winery tasting gallery. Figuring it would not be a bad thing to try something new, we pulled over. I thought we would be there a few minutes, maybe take…