Spaghetti was a regular dish in my household growing up. The big pot of sauce simmering all day and wafting delicious home cooked scents throughout the house was my favorite part. And although my Mom’s will always be my favorite, I wanted to highlight another pasta dish that has recently captivated my attention.
One of the biggest food travel tips I have to share (It may be more like strongly encourage!) is that you should always “eat local”.
As most of us New Jersians know, and pride ourselves on, we have great pizza! There are restaurants in almost every town that offer pizza for takeout and delivery. Most of us consider pizza as a food of convenience. It is something to order when we don’t have time to cook or need something to feed a crowd.
The one thing I’ve noticed about going any diet is as soon as you can’t have something, you want it. It’s funny, going into this whole eating gluten free thing I assumed the hardest part would be omitting my obvious favorites…bread and pasta. And while they were a larger part of my everyday life and I do absolutely miss them; my cravings have been for more random dishes that were a rarity in my diet to begin with! Things like cereal, cookies and cake. Pretty much the sweet stuff.
Morristown, NJ hosted their annual Restaurant Week a few weeks back. Many of the eateries in town participated however; the structure was a bit different then you would see at the NYC Restaurant Week. The New York event highlights a pre-fixed menu that is the same price at every restaurant. The perk of this format is that the more exclusive restaurants you may not typically be able to afford suddenly become attainable attractions. The downfall is that you may be overpaying at some of the more moderately priced establishments.
I love Spring vegetables! They are all so fresh, crispy and bright. Artichokes are one of my favorite Spring food flings. They are best in season from March until May. I have always loved artichokes but, admittedly I have been a bit intimidated to make them at home. I began playing around with cooking them in a crock pot and soon realized how easy it was.
The warm weather has slowly but surely arrived. I know that once the weather is nice I want to spend the majority of my time outside. I have pulled together some of the many food related events around New Jersey that will be running this month. Most of these events have one thing in common, they are outside (well two things in common because they all feature great food of course!).
Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone!
This is one of my favorite days of the year. Who doesn’t love sipping margaritas and munching on Mexican food with friends in celebration? It’s your excuse to party it up during the work week and binge eat tacos and tamales all in the name of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla back in the late 1800s. (This is the origin of the holiday. I am somewhat embarrassed I had to look this up because I did not know the cause for this celebratory day. But, here is you history fun fact of the day!)
Morristown, NJ (my current hometown) has really been building up over the past few years. Every time I go out it seems like another restaurant, boutique, coffee shop etc. is cropping up. My “to-visit” list just keeps getting longer. One restaurant that is fairly new to the Morristown scene is The Taco Truck. Their sit-down eatery in town is an extension of their NJ trucks that frequent areas like Jersey City, Newark, and Hoboken. They also have a truck in Boston and additional store fronts in High Line, NY; Hoboken, NJ and soon to be in Cambridge, MA.