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One nation, under DOG!

January 8, 2009

There has certainly been enough news coverage surrounding the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Now I’m not saying that I’m not excited, but it raises a question, when is enough, enough already?

Well today I changed my mind on that theory thanks to the below promotion from the Lowes Regency Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City featuring Executive Chef Marc Ehrler and his dog Stinky

Now anyone who knows me understands that I am passionate about a few things: food (obv.), jets/mets, blondie, and of course… BULLDOGS!

I have stayed at the Lowes in Miami… GREAT HOTEL. Thanks to this, I can definitely say that I’ll be back.

Behold the 2009 “inDOGuration”… featuring new items on the Lowes Loves Pets menu…

Stars and Stripes have never tasted so good!

Stars and Stripes have never tasted so good!


Ooh yea yea yea… cheeeeeeeeeessseeeeee! A visit to Badger Country

November 20, 2008

I have made it quite obvious that I take pride in finding and dining at eateries throughout New Jersey. However, once in a while, I get the opportunity, mostly thanks to my job, to travel our great country and discover the local cuisine.

My most recent adventure… a cheesy trip to Madison, WI… a town that is very easy to a) fall in love with, or, b) have a heart attack. Well i suppose it was so enjoyable because in addition to the food, I also enjoyed the fall colors with a balmy temp of 72 degrees.


The fare is very American… Cheese, Beer, Cheese, Brats, Cheese… and Wisconsin does it their way. I knew I was in for some fun when the first bar I walked in had Budweiser on the “IMPORT” list…

Hell, give me classy pub grub anytime, and I guarantee a smile. My time was limited and my stay at the Madison Concourse Concourse Hotel was short…however, I had the opportunity to try two great local establishments… The Old Fashioned and The Great Dane.

Co-workers and locals suggested favorites such as fried cheese curds and custard, but I balked with the hope of returning home at the same weight that I departed at.

Favorite Selections of the trip…

  • Brewman Rob’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese at The Great Dane (123 Doty St.)- yes, you heard it, grilled cheese. Start with Two thick slices of Wheatberry-grain bread. Stacked with Gouda, Otter Creek Organic raw milk seasonal pesto cheddar, organic tomatoes, finished with basil pesto and oh, what the hell, 4 strips of local applewood bacon.  Takes wonder bread and American to new heights!!!
  • Totally Naked Beer– New Glarus Brewing Company – Nice Pale Ale… the way I like it anyway

The best part of all… I didn’t pay more than $15 for any of my meals.

The real “Value Meal”

August 27, 2008

Something I had to share after I unfortunately had yet another forgettable midtown-Manhattan overpriced, under-satisfying, downright pathetic… LUNCH!

This got me thinking…

12 dollar salads! 6 dollar soups! 8 dollar turkey sandwiches! Worst of all, they don’t even taste good!!!!!!

 I think I would rather not eat… if only my brain, not my heart, had control over my stomach.

That said, I thought a list of food that was actually worth its weight in gold would make me feel better… cost does not apply here, but the below list is worth it — for $1 or $1,000,000. These are not necessarily heart-healthy choices… however, they are good for the soul.

– Veal Sorrentine at E&V – West Paterson, NJ – $17.95

– A Spicy Tuna Hand Roll at Kazu- Howell, NJ – $6.00

– A Cheesesteak at Jim’s Steaks– Philadelphia, PA – $10.00

– A baked lobster roll at Sushi Roku – Santa Monica, CA – $19.00

– BBQ at Redbones – Somerville, MA – $8.00 – $25.00

– A Roast Beef, Mozz and Gravy at Fiore’s deli– Hoboken, NJ – 8 inch $5 – 16 inch – $10

For those who live nowhere near any of these…some chains

– A Double-Double from In-and-Out Burger – West Coast (mostly CA)

– a 10-pack from the castle – Nationwide

– a spinach salad from Maggianos – Nationwide – (and yes, this is me endorsing a menu item from an Italian-chain restaurant…try it)

to wash it down…
– an 05 Krug Cab – $26 p/bottle

and for after the meal…

– a rhum clement on the rocks – $40 p/bottle

– a gurkha grand reserve cigar- $8

now that’s livin…