Orange Squirrel Vincent Price Cookbook Dinner

Orange Squirrel Vincent Price Cookbook Dinner

One of Hot From The Kettle's favorites, Chef Francesco Palmieri, owner of Bloomfield's The Orange Squirrel, presents the Vincent Price Cookbook Dinner!

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Stamna, Little Falls & Bloomfield: Holy Mackerel, The Sardines!

Stamna, Little Falls & Bloomfield: Holy Mackerel, The Sardines!

Lunching at Stamna Greek Taverna is as good for my coronary health as it is for my husband's financial well-being.   Both Stamna locations, Bloomfield and Little Falls, are BYOB, and offer a reasonably priced lunch menu, where you'll find the Americanized Greek standards, like Moussaka, Gyro, Halloumi pita, and Spinach pie, but it's the other menu items - like grilled sardines - that make Stamna a desirable lunch spot for Mr. Hot and myself. 

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Phonatic! Binh Duong, Vietnamese Restaurant in Bloomfield

Phonatic! Binh Duong, Vietnamese Restaurant in Bloomfield

Pho (pronounced "fuh") rhymes with "duh" and it's the only Vietnamese word I know.  I'm a certifiable phonatic, and thanks to the globalization that brought Vietnamese cuisine to the US, I only need travel to Bloomfield for a satisfying pho fix.

Pho, a popular street food as well as the national dish of Vietnam, is essentially a rice noodle soup with broth, spices and herbs, and depending on what region of Vietnam you're eating,  a variety of garnishes and sauces as well.

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Not Quite Mes Reves, Bloomfield, NJ

Not Quite Mes Reves, Bloomfield, NJ

The space is beautifully lit, the decor gentle, and the atmosphere refined.  Ladies night took us to Mes Reves, and if I hadn't driven there myself, I wouldn't have guessed the location to be 407  Broad Street, Bloomfield.  

Upon entry, service was kindly and we were immediately seated.  A large party of about ten had a long table in the center of the room, and our three top was near the window.  Considering the reviews that were previously written, I had high hopes.    

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All Thai'd Up: Brookside Thai, Bloomfield, NJ

All Thai'd Up: Brookside Thai, Bloomfield, NJ

“I’ll have the curry” I said, pointing to the menu item, “with bamboo shoots and -- ”

“No!” The server reprimanded me without a glance,  "first number, then meat!”

“Oh! Okay, then I’ll have pork with number -- ”

“No! Number first!” Daggers shot from her eyes, and she looked at where my finger was pointing, with a note of disgust, she added, “You want green curry or red?”

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