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…

Travel Guide PA: A Whirlwind Two Days

“Like horseshit at a racetrack” you could say of Will and I on this two and a half day getaway to my beloved Lancaster. And that’s exactly what it was: a getaway. I can hear the sirens now. After all, in times of stress, we find comfort in familiarity. I was not even concerned with…

Moroccan Food at a Friend’s House

“You’re not really going to review my cooking, are you?” my friend Walter asked as I pulled out my camera and aimed it at the table. No, not a review, per se, but I did still want to blog about the experience. I met Walter through the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society last year. He wanted to…

Another History of Liquor Lecture

On March 2nd, I will be giving a lecture on the history of liquor at Brookdale Community College for the third time. To my happiness, it has been very well received so far, even calls for a sequel. I try to cover as much as I can. Such an extensive topic can not be condensed into…

The Westfield Trader Joe’s is Reopening!

It was a date that lived in infamy. During a snowstorm in January of this past year, the Trader Joe’s in Westfield, New Jersey suffered structural damage. The roof collapsed and the walls caved in. No one was harmed, but it was still a real tragedy. TJ’s, as they are affectionately known as, is my…

The Recipe Book: The Sangria You’re Having this Thanksgiving

You need to have this on Thanksgiving. Trust me. Before I begin, I just want to say I am not taking credit or claiming ownership of this recipe. There are hundreds of similar ones online. I read through a few and made a some tweaks until I got what I felt would be the most enjoyable….