Executive Chef Anthony Bucco & The Temple of Gastronomy

Executive Chef Anthony Bucco & The Temple of Gastronomy

Armed with a zillion interview questions and my camera, I arrived at a local dining mecca, The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ to meet with Executive Chef, Anthony Bucco.

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Food Foto Friday: Lunch on the Patio at Highlawn Pavilion

Food Foto Friday: Lunch on the Patio at Highlawn Pavilion

 There are few places in NJ as beautiful to dine at as Highlawn Pavilion in Eagle Rock Reservation.  Though the dining room offers refinement and sweeping views, I prefer the al fresco patio - and especially the bar menu! 

Here's a few pics for the food porn inclined from Highlawn. Tweet @melodykettle #foodiefriday.

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Food Foto Friday: Fascino, Montclair

Food Foto Friday: Fascino, Montclair

Along with the newly updated dining room, Chef Ryan DePersio has amped up his "Italian without borders" cuisine his renown Montclair restaurant, Fascino.   



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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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Favorite 5: Beers of Summer

Favorite 5: Beers of Summer

Rosé is trending -  but, frankly, I prefer beer. It goes better with my brats, compliments my cut-offs, and doesn't snark at my flip-flops and green Vermont baseball hat.  In short:  Beer enjoys the moment without pretension, while rose, arguably, represents seasonal marketing for those seeking the "rosé state of mind."

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