What do you do when it’s the perfect spring day, your agenda is empty and your husband is out golfing? You explore your own city! That’s exactly what I did a few weeks ago. I decided to take a long walk around the center of town and about three hours later I had discovered new shops, indulged in a giant ice cream come from the South Street Creamery, and took in the Morristown green’s budding views. It honestly was the best afternoon I had in a long time.
Do any of you scan your Instagram food feed regularly to look at food photos? I know that due to who I follow on my blog account (@behindthepl8s …in case you aren’t already following along! Get on that!) I look at a sea of “foodporn” every day. It’s how the latest and greatest food trends get discovered and the next “it” eateries do their best marketing. One dish that has been on repeat on my feeds for a few years now is Ramen (and Ani Ramen’s posts are certainly lumped into this food porn phenomenon!)
Before I share my experience at Piattino, there’s a few things you should know about me. It’s very rare for me not to enjoy an Italian meal. With New Jersey and New York hosting more Italian restaurants than most places across the country, it’s easy to come across a decent dish. While I love to eat Italian food whenever I can, the restaurants I visit also tend to be a dime a dozen. My general feeling is that once you try one, you’ve tried them all. I shouldn’t paint such a broad brush but, as a large majority, most Italian eateries serve the same overplayed Americanized meals that we have come to accept as “true” Italian food.
Believe it or not, there are still a small handful of Morristown restaurants I have not dined my way through. It’s not necessarily for lack of wanting to try them. It’s just that I’m always out to try the newest place on the block or settling with my regular favorites. Ming ii is (WAS) one of those restaurants I hadn’t checked off the list.
Morristown has had some exciting new restaurant additions in the works for the past few months. Stirling Tavern is one of these endeavors! It took over the beloved David Todd’s space on South Street. I was a big fan of David Todd’s so they had a lot to live up to in my mind. Once I learned that the renowned Stirling Hotel would be taking over the reins I had high hoped for good things to come. (I haven’t been myself but have heard only great things!)
Spoiled Rotten. That’s the words that best describe me after my recent excursion to Ninety Acres at Natirar. Before I carry myself back and away with the dining experience, I’ll let you know how I ended there. Natirar is a sprawling 500 acre property and estate in Peapack, NJ that houses a cooking school, farm, meetings and event space, and a fine dining restaurant, Ninety Acres.
My husband and I have been trying to meet my grandparents for a double date dinner for months now! We hadn’t seen them since our wedding and we had taken our big honeymoon trip and they had just returned from a long cross country excursion. There was so much to catch up on. It was decided that there was no better way to talk about Paris than to eat in a true Parisian style restaurant. My grandparents were the ones who introduced me to the beautiful French city back when I was 12. So going to Pascal and Sabine in Asbury Par, NJ was all very fitting.
Last week I was invited in to try out a new gourmet burger restaurant. The place was Westfield’s newest restaurant scene addition, Butcher Block Burgers. After pre-viewing the menu online before my visit, I had those fun butterfly excitement feelings. It looked like Butcher Block was using a different take on their burgers.
I will try to quickly get to the facts and the experience that you all are eager to read about. When iPic theaters reached out to me to extend the invitation to come in for an advanced tasting and screening at their new (and only) state of the art theater in New Jersey, I was instantly excited. The fact that I work a full time job with a long commute and carry very busy athletic and social calendars makes it extremely difficult to get to media events to represent Behind the Plates. So when I get an invitation for something that is interesting to me, relevant to the blog and my readers AND on an open day, I do a little happy dance. Ok, time to get down and dirty with the facts on this new theater.
What do you do when you are having a honeymoon hangover and feeling a little like you aren’t getting the appropriate Vitamin D and excitement levels in your life? You whisk yourself and your husband off to a local getaway to ease the pain. At least that’s what we did. Just three weeks after our return from the honeymoon we were wander-lusting so hard that we booked a last minute weekend in New York City. I’ll get to our experience at Park Avenue Summer soon but first, a little travel anecdote.