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.
Locals alert!!! Limited Whole Foods Markets rolled out their new Square Style square pizza at the stores’ ready-made food counters. The Morristown location happens to be a part of this exciting food introduction. I was privileged enough to visit the store on launch day to speak with Rico, the pizza chef, who is helping to lead the inaugurations across the New York and New Jersey stores.
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.
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!)
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!
This week it’s all about burgers! First, I want to clear up any possible confusion about why I would post a detox recipe and discuss my healthier eating resolution post last week only to completely derail myself with gluttonous burgers a week later. I taste tested and visited the next 2 posts’ restaurants back in December. I took the opportunity during my holiday time off to test out recipes and visit some exciting new eateries so that I could bring all of you some great material for 2016. So don’t be surprised if you see some less than perfectly “clean-eating” recipes thrown into the mix in upcoming weeks as well. Now that I’ve thwarted all possible judgments for food indiscretion, it’s time to get into my first burger review.
Two weeks ago I had the privilege to host my 8th annual Christmas fundraiser party. In my first year it started as a simple living room cocktail party where a handful of my closest friends brought a toy to donate. In year eight the celebration, number of people and donations continues to grow. This continued experience gives back to me just as much as it does for the organization we contribute to. Every year my heart grows seeing all of the love and support from my family and friends. Their generosity is astounding and their excitement to help is ever-growing.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…farmer’s market season!!! My weekends will soon be complete with my pit stop to the local market to get my weekly goodies. I subscribe to the Morristown farmers market because it happens to be right up the street. I’m treated to farm fresh fruits and vegetables directly from their sources, fresh baked breads, and chicken straight from the poultry farm; along with other occasional splurges like crisp pickles, homemade pierogis, and gourmet cheeses. It’s a food lover’s dream.
I want to first start this post with some background about the restaurant selection process for who I choose to write about on the blog. For the majority, my reviews and write-ups are “pre-planned” in the sense that I go to the restaurant intending to write a blog post about that particular visit. There are some occasions or experiences that I just want to sit back and truly enjoy without having to think through how I really feel about what I am eating or take the time to take photos. This is not to say that I haven’t had some terrible dining experiences on these times out that I chose not to write about. I also go into all food experiences extremely optimistic. This is just purely my personality. I have a huge passion for food; so the prospect of trying something new or reliving a past gratifying experience at a restaurant is always exciting. The problem arises when I go into a meal with the intention to do a write-up and the experience does not meet that overly optimistic expectation that I had walking into it. I never like writing a bad review. Just like people have bad days, I also believe restaurants can have one too. I don’t want to sum up one bad experience as the end all be all. However; I also believe in being honest and if I didn’t share how I truly felt then there would be no credibility to writing about food. Simply put, not all food is created equal. That being said, I think reviews are simply opinions and unless a repeated pattern of bad reviews tells otherwise (if there is a string of bad reviews about a place, there is a reason) than it should be taken with a grain of salt.