Thing 1 is Hot From The Kettle

Thing 1 is Hot From The Kettle

Mothers Day of 2010 was the year I knew I loved food. It should be called the curse of a foodie, my mother, Melody Kettle, as most of you know is a known food blogger, she has formed me into the person that loves food and likes to blog about it.  

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"You Have A Groupon, Right?" At Saveur Creole, Montclair

"You Have A Groupon, Right?" At Saveur Creole, Montclair

Haitian cuisine seemed an appropriate selection in the midst of a sweltering NJ heat wave.  So, with that in mind, Saveur Creole was set as our Ladies Night dining destination.  

Located in a inconspicuous, little spot on Grove Street, Saveur Creole is a Montclair BYO that serves "une novelle cuisine Hatienne"  in a Caribbean inspired atmosphere (envision a smaller, finer version of Cuban Pete's with more comfortable chairs). 

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Escape, Innovative Farm Dining, Opens in Montclair

Escape, Innovative Farm Dining, Opens in Montclair

A rectangular blackboard hangs on an exposed brick wall in the dining room of Escape.  It's a bill of fare, of sorts; a white chalk roster of New Jersey farmers and artisans from which chef and owner, Bryan Gregg, sources proteins and produce. Gregg is source-centric. 

There's a gastronomic school of thought that says, "farm-to-table isn’t a trend - it’s the way it should be," and therefore food writers shouldn't be impressed with a chef  just because he uses farm fresh ingredients and local purveyors.  

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Nuevo Latin Cuisine at Mamajuana in Secaucus, NJ

Nuevo Latin Cuisine at Mamajuana in Secaucus, NJ

One-third through my first Coco Mojito, I became blind to the traffic zooming by on Route 3 East.  It’s safe to say, that if I were capable of only three senses – taste, smell and sound -  I might fancy myself somewhere in the Riviera Maya.  But I wasn’t in Playa del Carmen or Tulum, or some sexy South American city.  I was in Secaucus, NJ.


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Adios to Tapastry in Montclair

Good food is always better in the company of friends, and as Greg and Cheryl Spinelli prepare to close Tapastry this Sunday, March 24, I only hope the new owners will continue the tradition of community, music and friendship that prevailed  at Tapastry.

But before Greg and Cheryl sail off into the sunset – actually, they’ll be just down Bloomfield Avenue operating a catering and private party business at Chill – I’d like to say a word or two  about the last meal I enjoyed at Tapastry.  While Tapastry was never as critically acclaimed as other Montclair restaurants, there was a certain charm to the communal small plates in a lively, seasonally al fresco, atmosphere.

Read all about it on Devil Gourmet.

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