Slurp. Sip and Repeat with Ani Ramen, Montclair, New Jersey

Reviews | June 1, 2017 | By

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!)

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A Taste of Regional Italy at Piattino- Summit, NJ

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.

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Ming ii -A Morristown Asian Food Experience

Reviews, The Dish | February 28, 2017 | By

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.

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An Evening at Ninety Acres, Natirar Estate: Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

Reviews, The Dish | December 29, 2016 | By

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.

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Workman’s Friend, The Everybody Pub- Charlotte, NC

Hi Everyone!

Last month I scooted back down to Charlotte for a weekend to visit my bestie. I have a feeling it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the Queen City (As Charlotte is often referred to). For those of you looking to travel there, just check back every few months to find more reviews and travel tips. And for those of you reading from the Charlotte area looking for great spots to try out, I’m happy to share your city! If you missed out on my big foodie find from my September trip, here it is (Midwood Smoke House).

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A Seasonal Escape to Park Avenue Summer, NYC

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.

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Princeton Lunch Dynamic Duo- Teresa’s Caffe and Halo Pub

I’m taking a break from my travels today to share a summer staple lunch duo. This post would, could, should have been written years ago! A small group of us from my office started a quarterly tradition that has spanned the last five years. It involves two of my all-time favorite foods pizza and ice cream. Teresa’s Caffe and Halo Pub have nailed down these food groups.

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A Review of Greek Taverna, Montclair

Reviews, The Dish | August 14, 2015 | By

A few weeks ago I took an excursion to Montclair to one of their many restaurants. I’ve said this over the course of writing my blog but, Montclair is a mecca for good food. The problem is, so is Morristown, which where I live. While I continue to try and conquer my own town I very rarely get out and explore others. I took a trip to visit an old friend was a great excuse to get out of town for the night and explore more of Montclair.

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French Fusion at Ma Maison in Millburn, NJ

Bonjour! I have stumbled onto a new fusion restaurant that is write-up worthy. I discovered a place where French bread and focaccia lay side by side in your bread basket. You’ll also find classic moules marinières and artisan pizzas comingled on the same menu. Ma Maison in Millburn, NJ is serving up French food with some Italian fusion.

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Bottomless Brunch at Cascabel Taqueria, NYC

Bottomless Brunch….it’s just one of the infinite reasons to love New York City. For those of you who are not familiar with what a bottomless brunch is, I’ll enlighten you. Essentially, it’s paying a set price for as many alcoholic drinks as you can consume (aka just another way to say “open bar”). While young 20 something’s flock to these Sunday Funday endorsing establishments for the great drinking deals; I always have to wonder about actual brunch quality? Don’t get me wrong, if I’m looking for a reason to party, a bottomless brunch could do the trick. But, can I actually consume a worthwhile Bloody Mary that’s not just tomato juice and house vodka? Or enjoy a decent meal?

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