This past Sunday marked the grand opening for De Novo European Pub in Montclair, NJ. Restaurateur Demetri Malki became the undertaker of renovating the Upper Montclair train station to transform it into its current chic, casual and rustic state for his new venture. His vision for the restaurant was to be styled after “The family-oriented casual pubs of Europe… Guests can expect a recognizable and comforting menu with house-made breads, small plates, charcuterie, flatbreads, salads, burgers, house-made pastas, entrées and late-night bar bites created and inspired by De Novo’s executive chef, Marika Villik.”
This is it….the end of summer has arrived. And while I do love Fall, I’m just not ready for the cooler weather to be back already this year. I’ve decided I need to savor the last bit of warmth with some über summery things for instance, ice cream!
Last October marked the end of the popular Bamboo Restaurant at Basking Ridge Country Club. Bamboo was a laid back, American eatery with an island feel and a great view.
My most recent restaurant outing in New York City was one I was eagerly anticipating for weeks leading up to it. I had booked a group of us to dine at The Marrow, Harold Diertle’s (The 1st ever Top Chef Winner for those not familiar), latest venture. The restaurant opened last year and I had been trying to get a reservation there the past two Restaurant Weeks with no success. This time around I wasted no time, setting up our reservation 28 days out (The latest they will allow) on OpenTable.
Calling all deal lovers! Grissini Restaurant of Englewood Cliffs, NJ is holding a special 5 day promotion. This campaign is in honor of the restaurant’s 21st anniversary.
Ten months ago I was listening to my favorite podcast on my drive home, The Splendid Table . As a quick side note, If you have never listened to the show I highly recommend it for anyone who loves food culture or cooking. The host, Lynn Rossetto Kasper, is an acclaimed food writer and cooking teacher. Her wealth of knowledge is infectious. Getting back to the story, during my weekly listen on that drive I heard a call that would spark my idea for today’s recipe. There is a segment where listeners can call in to ask food science, cooking or baking questions to the host (which by the way, she ALWAYS has an answer, it’s impressive). One listener said she had an idea to make a Thai basil pesto and asked if using Thai basil, coconut oil, cashews, and chili peppers sounded too outside the box for a dish. Before Lynn could even answer I was mentally taking note. I have been a Thai food addict for a few years now but have not attempted too many of my own dishes at home. After hearing confirmation that this ingredient combination sounded fantastic I rushed home, wrote down the four ingredients so I would not forget, and put it on my refrigerator.
Its National Sandwich Month and to celebrate I am honoring the ultimate sandwich maker, my dad!
I was fortunate enough to live in a house where both of my parents were fantastic cooks. They took turns cooking dinner but; my Dad took on the task of making school lunches. Growing up, I was quite the picky eater (American cheese and white bread were not dared to be mentioned…for the record, they still aren’t!). My parents went through hoops to find lunch options to please me. It started with simple cold-cut roll-ups but by high school I had moved up to “gourmet” wraps and sandwiches that my father created. Everything from chicken caesar salad wraps to roast beef and pickle sandwiches graced my lunch box. My friends started to become jealous of the daily unveiling of my sandwiches which led to my dad packing me 2, 3 even 4 sandwiches a day so that I could share with all the fans!
A new restaurant is coming to Montclair food scene this month. The renowned restaurateur, Demetri Malki (His former restaurants include Table 8 and D’metri’s) is opening the latest addition to his restaurant line up, De Novo European Pub. It will be located inside the historic former Upper Montclair Train Station.
This year I embarked on the adventure of starting my own herb garden. I was excited to try out my green thumb skills. Gardening seems like the perfect hobby for a foodie. Who wouldn’t want to grow their own produce or herbs? It makes your meals feel so much more personal because you know in some small way you worked for it. I had this fear that I would never see the fruits of my “labor” because I’ve never been able to keep a house plant alive, let alone multiple outdoor ones! I read up on herbs and found that they are pretty forgiving for novice gardeners like me. Based on this fact, herbs seemed like the right place to start for gardening. There is also the fact that my backyard is pretty much non-existent so potted plants were really my only option.
Did you know you can partake in a wine tasting from the comfort of your own living room couch? What if I told you that during this in-home tasting you would still get the personal touch of LIVE tasting notes from the vineyard and even a chance for you to interact, ask questions, and talk with other at home wine tasting participants?