The Nobel East: Duck Dynasty

The Nobel East: Duck Dynasty

The Noble East, Montclair's newish Asian restaurant, boasts a  4.8 star rating from Google Reviews. I have ordered take-out from the restaurant several times, including Peking Duck, Ants on a Tree, Dan Dan noodles, and Pork Dumplings.

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Coming Soon! The Kitchen at Grove Station in Jersey City

Coming Soon! The Kitchen at Grove Station in Jersey City

Chef David Viana has announced that he will be the executive chef at The Kitchen at Grove Station, a BYO slated to open in downtown Jersey City in November 2014. 

Most recently, Viana was chef de cuisine at Ryan DePersio's  Battello in Jersey City. Previous to that, Viana was chef de cuisine at Daryl Wine Bar (closed) in New Brunswick under Zod Arifai. 

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The Ultimate Cupcake: The Sweet Spot in Chester

The Ultimate Cupcake: The Sweet Spot in Chester

If I were to tell you that I recently had THE BEST CUPCAKE EVER, would you believe me? I know that this is a big claim … but I swear this cupcake lives up to it: The Salted Caramel Cupcake from The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester, NJ. I don’t know how to describe it in a way that will convince you that it’s almost life changing –I promise I’m not overselling this – if you like cupcakes, this one is dressed to impress.

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Lunch: Palazzo, Montclair

Lunch: Palazzo, Montclair

There are just some things I don't expect.  For example, polishing and sorting flatware in the full dining room of a romantic Italian restaurant - with linens and a piano in the foyer.  The rhythmic drop and clank of the knife into a bus tub did no service to the otherwise enjoyable soundtrack of acoustic - albeit eclectic -renditions of Stairway to Heaven, As Time Goes By, and Think of Me.

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Califon General Store: The M.O.A.B. Sandwich

Califon General Store: The M.O.A.B. Sandwich

If fat indeed equates flavor, this small town breakfast sandwich is exploding with both. It’s called “The Big Boy.”  Layered with sausage, Taylor ham, eggs and bacon, I call it “a heart attack on a bun” and to this my husband always replies, “sometimes we just need to eat food that shortens our lives but makes us happy.” 

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