March Foodie Happenings Around NJ

March 2015 Foodie Happenings

Can you believe it’s March already? I know I can speak for most of us by saying that I am very patiently waiting for warm weather to return.  I’m hoping that March gives us a few days to get back to enjoying the great outdoors (And selfishly my fingers are crossed that if those days appear that they are on the weekend!!).

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Salute Brick Oven Bistro-A Taste of Tuscany in Montclair, NJ

Salute Brick Oven Bistro-Montclair

Reviews, The Dish | February 27, 2015 | By

A recent girls night out brought me to Montclair for dinner. This North Jersey town has a vibrant restaurant scene and there are so few that I have been able to visit. With a recommendation from one of my friends who frequents the area we settled on going to Salute Brick Oven Bistro for dinner.

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Rotary Club Expects A “Sold Out” 2015 Taste of Montclair Event

Taste of Montclair 2015

Hello Readers-I’m bringing you news on yet another exciting Foodie Fueled event.  Over 45 Chefs, Restaurants, Specialty Food Firms, and Much More will be celebrated on March 9th at Montclair State.

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REDPACK© Carnivale Inspired Antipasto Salad Recipe and GIVEAWAY

REDPACK Antipasto Salad

For today’s recipe I have paired up with REDPACK© tomatoes to honor the traditional Italian winter festival, Carnevale. To celebrate I have brought you an inspired dish along with a chance at a winning a REDPACK© tomato giftpack!

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Greek Pita Pizza Recipe

Greek Pita Pizzas-Behind the Plates

Main Courses, Recipes | February 19, 2015 | By

This whole wedding budget thing is harder than I expected! While attempting to save for our dream day the fiancé and I are trying to learn to cut corners. In the past we thought nothing of going to grab a casual weekend lunch because we were simply too lazy to cook (and by we…I mean “I”). One of the easier ways to save a little extra is to cut out unnecessary expenditures like these lunch outings. I would much rather go to one or two awesome dinners out a month then use up our restaurant outing budget on small lunches here and there. Now that we would no longer be dining out every weekend for lunch I had to start coming up with ideas to whip up at home. The key word for these meals was that they needed to be simple. After long, busy work weeks, I want nothing more than to make my life easier on my two “rest” days.

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MomoFuku Noodle Bar, NYC-The Ramen Experience

Momofuku Noodle Bar-Ramen

Reviews, The Dish | February 16, 2015 | By

I finally paid a visit to a New York City restaurant that has been on the “it” list for a while.  Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village has become a buzzworthy restaurant scene. They are known for their ramen bowls and however; some may confuse this establishment with David Chang’s other renowned restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar which serves up an array of inspired desserts.  My visit to the noddle bar entity was in efforts to finally get my hands on a bowl of ramen (I felt like the only person left in the world who had not yet tried this dish!).  I was tired of scrolling through Instagram with repeated foodporn photos of the trendy “soup” so I was determined to finally have a tasting.

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake Batter Truffles Recipe

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake Batter Truffles

Desserts, Recipes | February 12, 2015 | By

I’m sharing a throwback recipe…this has been a popular one for both the readers and in my own household. I make these for all occasions, not just Valentines Day but they are an extra special, great gift idea for the holiday of Love!

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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Blue Cheese Polenta Recipe

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Blue Cheese Polenta

I’m always looking to create meals that are easy to make but, don’t taste like it. These are the kinds of dishes that people will think you slaved all day in the kitchen when in reality you let the dinner cook itself.

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Eggplant Caponata Recipe

Eggplant Caponata-Behind the Plates

Appetizers, Recipes | February 5, 2015 | By

Today’s recipe will become a go-to antipasto, appetizer and even a dinner staple. Eggplant Caponata has always intrigued me because it has such a variation of textures and flavors but they all work well together. It’s also so such a versatile spread.Eat it plain on a slice of crusty bread (My personal favorite), top an Italian sandwich with a spoonful, serve it over pasta, or even stuff a piece of chicken. The end result is always satisfying.

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February Foodie Happenings Around NJ

February 2015 Foodie Happenings

Hello Everyone- Welcome to the month of love…and chocolate {mostly chocolate ;) }. Gear up for quite a handful of chocolate inspired events. They are all great excuses to pick up you’re Valentine’s Day gifts while getting to sample all the sweets for yourself! There’s also some wine, beer, and Mardi Gras celebrations going on around the state that are noteworthy. Its the perfect time to get out from being stuck indoors and embrace the winter spirit by attending one of these exciting events!

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