It’s been more than a month of failed attempts at devising my latest culinary delight to share with all of you. And by failed attempts, I really mean no attempts! I have been on complete autopilot. The wedding is officially one month away! If that weren’t excitement enough, my work life got a bit more interesting when my supervisor decided to take her leave and my other counterpart is on her way out the door for maternity leave. Did I mention I will also be out of the office for almost a whole month? So I am trying to hold together the pieces of many workloads and enjoy the last 30 days of engaged bliss.
I have another fun New Jersey restaurant review for all of you today. I apologize for my lack of recipe sharing in the past few weeks. The wedding appointments paired with attempts to fit in catch up sessions with friends and family has had me dining out way more than often lately. The good news about this is that I have so many food loving friends and the handful of restaurants I have experienced lately have really been top notch.
This restaurant review has been a long time coming. It’s not new to the local Morristown scene nor was it a first time visit for me (or even my 10th visit for that matter). End of Elm in Morristown has been around for nearly three years taking the old home of Hennessey’s bar near the train station. The restaurant has a gastropub appeal featuring refined American small plates and a great variety of craft beers and cocktails. I was quick to try it out when it arrived and I have frequented since. Why it has taken this long for me to do a write-up is a question I do not have the answer to!
I’m excited to share a new restaurant with all of you today! A few weeks back I decided to venture outside of my Morristown comfort zone in order to get some new dining perspective. One of my foodie friends and I decided that we needed to try something new and refresh our taste buds from the same old (while very good) restaurant repertoire. We drove up and over to Mountain Lakes, NJ to give The Station Restaurant a taste test.
My food life lately has consisted of asking myself what healthier meal option can I make for dinner in the fastest amount of time?
I am a persistent daily deal scrolling artist. I’d estimate that I am signed up on about a dozen or so websites that offer local deals and of course clothing and other goods. I could spend an hour or more each day looking through all the great deals however; it’s once in a blue moon I actually ever purchase anything. Today’s blog post happens to be about one of those rare trigger happy purchases from Gilt City (an exclusive deals website).
The Montclair Rotary Club has done it again! Monday night’s annual Taste of Montclair event took place at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. More than thirty local restaurants and celebrated chefs came together and showcased their talents for the charity event. I had the pleasure of attending for the second year in a row and I was once again blown away by these restaurants’ mastery of their craft. Before I get into the culinary achievements I was lucky enough to indulge in, I want to share the positive message that this event takes pride in spreading each year. One hundred percent of all ticket proceeds for The Taste of Montclair go to charities supported by the Montclair Rotary Club. Some of these include the Salvation Army, the Human Needs Food Pantry and Toni’s Kitchen. The Taste of Montclair raised thousands of dollars at this years event. The efforts of all those involved whom put together this night to support local businesses while benefiting a great cause should not go unnoticed.
So often my weeknights are filled with long commutes and traffic home from work and running necessary errands. It’s a miracle that I’m able to put dinner on the table some nights but I always seem to manage. I envy people who are satisfied with just pouring a bowl of cereal and considering that a meal. My problem is that the very thought of something so mundane for dinner is depressing. My whole afternoon consists of the anticipation of dinner. It’s the next best thing after lunch has come and gone (spoken like a true food lover!). For example, knowing I might have a rendition of the Spanish classic, paella, for dinner which is a dish bright with flavor from the vegetables and peppery spices is exciting. It’s certainly more of a happy ending to the day then a simple bowl of cheerios (at least in my mind!).
The foodie happenings around NJ are back. The month of March if full of great reasons to get out of the house. There will be festivals, luncheons, wine tastings and more! Get the calendars ready….
Life has been hectic lately to say the least. Working a full time job, planning a wedding, keeping up with the blog, getting in my crossfit workouts four days a week and juggling my very busy personal life is not an easy task. Is it rewarding? Yes, but certainly not simple. In the midst of falling behind with Behind the Plates posts and social media updates I have also hit an innovative block. I started to be more serious about my wedding diet once the New Year came around. In addition to taking an overall healthier approach to meals, I also have decided to give up one thing entirely each month in order to keep up the motivation. Last month it was alcohol. February has been a dairy free (to the best of my ability) month. Next month the attempt to give up gluten will start.