Posted tagged ‘New Jersey’

Back in the kitchen

June 15, 2009

Dear blog of mine, it’s been far too long and miss you, I do.

Since we last spoke, I dined at CulinAriane, food-modeled for La Fonda Del Sol, toured the Upstate New York wine country, chowed on the best that the Bahamas had to offer and pigged-out at the NYC BBQ block party… and yet, despite all of that,  I’ve found no reason to share my experiences with you?

My apologies for having been missing in action for so long, it won’t happen again! I’m back and believe me, I’m hungry.

More to come, including updates on the previously mentioned culinary experiences.

Why? Because IAteItMyWay… That’s why!

Strikin' a pose at one of NYC's hottest new Tapas Spots

Strikin' a pose at one of NYC's hottest new tapas spots

2 dudes, 8 chins, 12 slices

January 26, 2009

Should you be a regular visitor to my blog, you may have caught a recent post where I reference some of my favorite pizza joints around Jersey… today, with great respect, I bow down to my neighbors to the east in what I must deem: The greatest pizza I’ve ever had.

I was told over and over again by a group of insistent Staten Islanders  that I need to trek out to Bensonhurst (Bklyn) and give L&B Spumoni Gardens a fair shot… well, I finally did, and, needless to say, for the past three days I have not been able to stop eating… and apologizing for my ignorance.

Fresh, hot, cold, re-heated, microwaved…it just doesn’t matter. This pizza is the truth. It’s safe to assume that below a layer of tomato sauce, beneath a hidden layer of cheese and a crisp, well-done Sicilian crust are the answers to some of the world’s greatest questions.

24 slices... 12 to eat, 12 for later

24 slices... 12 to eat, 12 for later

Do yourself a favor, take the Lincoln to the west side, to the battery park, down the belt, past the Verrazanno,  beneath the D Line and down 86th St.  for a guaranteed appetite pleasing experience. It’s well worth the $25+ in tolls. WoW!

Top Chef: You could see it coming from a mile away…

January 14, 2009

With more than 20 minutes left in tonight’s episode of Top Chef, I knew the inevitable was about to happen. As I stated in last week’s recap, you knew the season was about to get interesting… unfortunately, as interesting as it got, it appears that my interest in the rest of the season will soon fade away…

Tonight, we say goodbye to Ariane Duarte… after 3 wins, a Today Show appearance and some solid home-state representation, she will certainly go down as my favorite contestant from the show.

It seemed that everyone was out to get her from the beginning. However, I have also stated over and over again that the main dish is the main focus, and apparently, the lamb failed miserably.

What I know is this, the base of a good eating experience comes from everyone that has their hand in the meal. From the farm that grows the food, to the chef that prepares it, to the bus boy who clears your table. I find it really hard to believe that one person can be held accountable for a poor dish in a setting like that.

I’ll be visiting Montclair soon and I definitely don’t see this as the end to my dining experience with Ariane.

Later my friend
Later my friend, it’s been fun…

Restaurant Wars next week, I suppose that could be fun… oh, and the whole Hosea/Leah romance… enough already, I’ve seen porn relationships with more depth than that.

… oh, and last week it was Dr. Pepper, this week it’s Spam… what’s next, cheese doodles? easy cheese?

Pie-O-My

January 13, 2009

So Midtown Lunch decided to compile a list of the best pizza in Midtown Manhattan. Because I work in the area, I can assure you from first hand experience…  although these may be the best, they are nothing to write home (or a blog) about.

Of course, as most things do, this got me thinkin’… what pizza is worth writing about? 

Naturally, I crossed the Hudson River to prepare my list of the Best Pizza in New Jersey. With respect to Pete Genovese and the Star-Ledger Munchmobile, below are my choices for Jersey’s top slices…

  • Pizza Town USA– Recently re-introduced to the tasty and seemingly always open stop just off exit 157 in Elmwood Park
  • Grimalidi’s– So maybe we stole it from Brooklyn, but this pizza has brought the brick oven to Hoboken
  • Carmine’s– The pizza I grew up on… way out in Netcong, NJ
  • The Godfather – Stop in East Hanover for the ultimate toppings from Bruschetta to Baked Ziti
  • Pete & Elda’s/ Carmen’s Pizzeria – After the beach, a stop in Neptune City  should be the first order of business down the shore… paper thin XXL
  • Lodi Pizza – Another great stop along Rt. 46
  • Rocco’s – It got me through college and greatly improves the Madison food scene
  • Lido’s Pizza – Back to Hackensack, my birthplace, for more paper thin crust
A slice of heaven! Rarely a leftover at Pete  & Elda's

A slice of heaven! Rarely a leftover at Pete & Elda's

While I’m not an expert, I do have respect for pizza from the 5-boroughs… for more info check out I Dream of Pizza… hoping for some L&B real soon (ya hear that, pags?)

Is this really the way the cookie would crumble?

January 12, 2009

While watching yesterday’s NFL playoff games I was summonsed by a commercial to ask myself a question for the ages…

Who would win in a contest of eating Double Stuffed Oreos?

I got winner...

I got winner...

The Mannings vs. The Williams

C’mon, are you serious?

  • The Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, of Super Bowl (and more recently exiting the playoffs early) fame
  • The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, whose skills,  in addition to the the short skirts of Anna Kournikova, can be personally thanked for the rise in women’s tennis

Seriously though, these aren’t the athletes I would choose in an eating competition.  Below, I have compiled a list of my top 5 eating patners from the wide world of sports… The list is with all due respect to Joey Chestnut, Kobayashi and all the annual Nathan’s competitors.

5. Michael Phelps – plain and simple….you eat 12,000 calories a day, you earn a spot on my chow squad

4. T.O. – the guy stops mid-game to eat… Get’cha popcorn ready

3. Willian “Refridgerator” Perry – read the name, ’nuff said

2. John Daly – put him on a course, sweating and drinking beer to expand the stomach for 5 hours… I guarantee he can pack it away

1. Tony Siragusa – hmmm… The Goose is Jersey born, 340 lbs and owns a fine chain of Jersey Rib houses (Tiffany’s)? Bring it Manning ladies…

I still can’t tell if I care for these ads, I suppose I will find out on 1.18.09. Hey Peyton and Eli, perhaps you could have planned to be busy that day. Maybe helping lead your team to the Super Bowl???

Top Chef: Heating Up in the Kitchen

January 8, 2009

I’m sure, as always, there is a ton of criticism this week about Top Chef, however I really REALLY enjoyed the show.

For a good competition, make it simple. Basically: “Chefs… go crazy, cook what you want, oh by the way… two of you are going home and without knowing who’s food they are eating, your cohorts will be helping judge”

What a great premise…

What we learned was…once again… Ariane is a champion. Fact is… the woman knows how to prepare a great meal. Focus on the main course and do the sides/garnish/etc. right. The Michelin man, who really bothered me on this episode and thrashed everyone during the quickfire, could not have been more impressed.

Jamie, congrats, at least we don’t have to hear you whine. (gotta love the Italian… “This is Top Chef, not Top Scallop”)

Toby Young seems like he will be a fun addition.

I’m not sure why, but I just thought that Eugene deserved another shot. Colicchio made it clear that this is a competition, and the chefs shouldn’t attempt safe dishes. That fish was risky and beautiful…but hey, taste is taste.

Judging by the whiff I got via smell-o-vision, I would love to try Fabio’s dish… man did that look good!

I really think we’re in for a big finish… Go Jersey… The weak is almost weeded out….it should get interesting.

No lie, Italy did beat France in the World Cup

No lie, Italy did beat France in the World Cup

oh my GOD… it’s JERSEY

December 23, 2008

Funny food item here…maybe only for me. 

We’re all familiar of those stories where people see an outline of the Virgin Mary in a slice of toast or their Alpha-Bits cereal spell out something biblical… well I had my own special experience tonight… get ready… a chicken cutlet in the shape of the state of New Jersey… don’t believe it… see below.

Complete with a perfectly shaped Cape May County!

Is this a sign?

Is this a sign?