A Smorgasbord Of New Dining In Baristaville

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (14)


In Baristaville, culinary capital of New Jersey, we can’t ever get enough of new restaurants to satisfy our adventurous palates. Boonsong Thai, Tutti Vous, Costanera, and 32 Church are the latest restaurants to arrive on the scene, and aren’t we lucky!

Boonsong Thai Cuisine, at 1040 Broad Street is spicing things up in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield. This is the second restaurant for owners Siriphun and Somporn Meelarb, who for seven years have owned Tuptim in Montclair. Chef Siriphun was professionally trained by the Thai government to prepare traditional Thai dishes, and she’s delighted to present a totally different menu than what is prepared at Tuptim. Husband Somporn “Noon” says they’ll prepare any favorite Thai dish, even if it’s not on the menu. Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Lunch specials $6.95, served from 11:30 – 2pm.

Now available on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair is “world cuisine” from Tutti Vous and new world Peruvian Cuisine from Costanera.

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A Smorgasbord Of New Dining In Baristaville

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

In Baristaville, culinary capital of New Jersey, we can’t ever get enough of new restaurants to satisfy our adventurous palates. Boonsong Thai, Tutti Vous, Costanera, and 32 Church are the latest restaurants to arrive on the scene, and aren’t we lucky! Read about these newcomers, on Food.

Open Houses In Baristaville, Sunday, May 2, 2010

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 3:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Condos, Colonials, and Victorians for sale – open for inspection this weekend. Check out your Sunday Sampler, on Real Estate.

Open Houses In Baristaville, Sunday, May 2, 2010

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 2:23pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Here’s your Sunday Sampler:

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Montclair Realty will have five homes open on Sunday, May 2, from 2-4 pm:

5 BR – 36 Glenwood Road, Montclair $1,400,000

6 BR – 87 North Mountain Ave, Montclair $979,000

7 BR – 9 Rockledge Road.Montclair $899,000

6 BR – 27 Duryea Road, Montclair $829,000

5 BR – 153 Watchung Ave, Montclair $699,000 (pictured)

For more info on these homes, click here.


Keller Williams Towne Square Realty is showing three Baristaville condos and a Victorian home (pictured, left). All open houses are 2-4 pm except 415 Claremont Ave., H5, which is 1-4 pm.

1BR Condo in Montclair 415 CLAREMONT AVE (The Dorchester) $229,000

1BR Condo in Little Falls 181 LONG HILL RD $225,00

3 BR Condo in West Orange 14 BENVENUE AVE $379,000

5 BR Victorian Home in Montclair 66 BROOKFIELD RD $579,000

For more info on these homes, click here.

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Joanna Radecki, at Re/Max Village Square has an Open House this Sunday 1-4.

5-BR Victorian/Colonial 792 Valley Road $779,000

Realtor comments: Lovely and inviting , fully renovated 11 room Victorian circa 1895. Only second family to own this beauty. Convenient to Montclair State University and within walking distance to NYC train and bus, local shops and restaurants. Easy access with circular driveway on wooded lot. Special features include Ultra Master Suite with enormous walk in closet, Gourmet Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, exposed architectural brick walls, loads of natural light and Surprisingly Low Taxes!

For more info on this property, click here.

Weekend Roundup: May In Montclair

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 2:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This weekend’s big headline: Saturday, mid to high 80′s!

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If that’s not enough to get you going, there’s a lot to fill your calendar. Barista Kids has it all spelled out for families who love art, adventure, and trips to the Big Apple. Mini paleontologists will dig Dinosaur Day at Newark Museum,

Tonight, Friday April 30 _Empty Bowls Project

Montclair High School students are hosting a dinner to raise funds for the hungry. You are invited to come and enjoy some yummy fare (some donated by local restaurants, some cooked by MHS students) in a student made bowl. The way it works: Guests select a bowl, fill it with food, and take it home when they’re done! Cost: $10 Time: 7-9 PM Place: MHS Annex Cafe, Park Street and Chestnut. Proceeds will be donated to Tony’s Kitchen in Montclair. For more info, call.917-365-1339.

Saturday, May 1

If there are tulips, it’s May in Montclair…

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SOPAC TIX OFFER: Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 12:06pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


SOPAC presents the premiere of Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company’s latest work “Cercle d’Amour,” this Saturday, May 1, at 8 pm, and Sunday May 2 at 3 pm. Read a review of last weekend’s performance, here. If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll find more show and ticket info here.

But you know how it goes on Baristanet – you can win a couple of free tickets to Saturday’s show! The first five people to email me with the proper translation (English, of course) of “Cercle d’Amour” will each have a pair of tickets to Saturday night’s 8 pm performance waiting for them at the box office.

If you’ve never attended a performance at SOPAC, try it, you’re in for a treat.

Update: Contest Closed – we have our five winners. Congrats to Jennifer, Sally, Vicki, Marilyn, and Joanne.

Kyleigh’s Law Puts Red Stamp On Young NJ Drivers

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 10:49am  |  COMMENTS (41)

Sixteen-year-old Kyleigh D’Alessio, of Morris County, NJ, died in a car crash three years ago; thanks to the efforts of her mom, Donna Weeks, NJ lawmakers passed “Kyleigh’s Law,” the first teen driver-decal program in the nation, but not without controversy. No surprise, youth groups have opposed the law, and a Rockaway attorney l has tried to have the law repealed.

Effective tomorrow, May 1, Kyleigh’s Law requires new drivers under 21 years-old to place red decals be placed on vehicles they are driving — to make them readily identifiable to police. Montclair PD was at the high school yesterday to inform teens about the new law, which affects all drivers under 21 with a Special Learner’s Permit or first-year provisional or probationary licenses. The new law also imposes an 11 pm curfew for drivers, and prohibits more than one passenger in the car unless a parent is in the car.

For more information, go to NJTeendriving.com or here. Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey is launching a national campaign of her own, against texting and talking on cell phones while driving.

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Montclair Station Re-Opens For Morning “Joe”

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 9:20am  |  COMMENTS (5)


Following our story yesterday, Montclair Station in Upper Montclair re-opened for early morning commuters today. Doors will open at 6 am, says owner Charles Nuzzo, and a self-service coffee station has been set up for commuters to grab a quick cuppa joe. Payment is on the honor system.

Prosciutto di Baristaville?

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 12:01am  |  COMMENTS (1)

There’s an old Italian joke that goes like this: “The only way to make your own prosciutto is to buy your baby pig a one-way ticket to Parma.” When said in broken English, it’s much funnier than it reads. Last fall, I decided to try to make my own prosciutto. Whether the idea was born of fiscal desperation (the desire to avoid paying $18-$25 per pound), or memories of garages with paper-bag covered pig legs dangling from the ceiling, or perhaps the Travel Channel special on the Parma region of Italy, the concept took hold. I began Project Prosciutto.

I didn’t have a baby pig of my own to send to Parma, so I went out and purchased a pork shoulder. Next, I Googled how to turn this hunk of pork into a cured meat delicacy. I washed the meat in vinegar, rubbed it with spices, pressed it in salt, rinsed it, larded it and hung it. All was well, no vermin were gathering and I had high hopes for my piggy. I waited in eager anticipation for six months, as I don’t have the proper conditions to give it a full 18 to 30 months.

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Brutal Beating in Watsessing Park

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 11:47pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

A 13-year-old Bloomfield boy was beaten by a group of four East Orange teenagers in Watsessing Park on Tuesday, according to a report on NJ.com. The attack occurred at 4:45 p.m. and caused the victim to fall into a coma. The boy has since regained consciousness, but had serious head injuries.

Two 18-year-olds and two 17-year-olds have been arrested. They are alleged to have stolen the victim’s iPod and cellphone as well as assaulting him.

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