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.
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.
Montclair High School musical director Patrick Dearborn is never one to shy from a challenge or from challenging material: he took on Les Miserables a few years back and the musically and dramatically powerful Parade three years ago. Miss Saigon follows in that ambitious vein. Miss Saigon is a modernized reworking of Madame Butterfly by the team that wrote music and lyrics for Les Miz. It tells the tragic story of an American GI who falls in love with a young, beautiful Vietnamese prostitute–some deep stuff for high school kids.
Over 50 Montclair High School students are in the cast, led by Emma van Inwegen and Michael Robinson as Kim and Chris. The sets–which really are pretty unbelievable–were built by a student tech crew led by MHS theater teacher Kenneth Cleerdin. The entire technical crew–sets, costumes, props, sound, lighting–comprises about 30 MHS students; the pit band includes MHS students, one MHS alum (Daniel Parente), and even Glenfield Middle School orchestra and jazz band director Jonathan Ward. It’s a big community production that you won’t want to miss! Miss Saigon Who: Children at least 13 years-old and up. What: MHS School of Visual and Performing Arts production of Miss Saigon, a tragic tale of love. Where: MHS Little Theatre in the George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042. When: Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at 8 pm / Sunday, May 2 at 3 pm / Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 8 pm / Sunday, May 9 at 3 pm. Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students; parental discretion is highly recommended for children under 13, due to the adult content of the play. Tickets are available at the box office one hour before curtain.
Here’s your Sunday Sampler: 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.
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.
This weekend’s big headline: Saturday, mid to high 80’s!
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…
This weekend has so many fun events, it’s almost a shame that they all fall on the same days and you can’t do them all. We’ve put together some great itineraries to please all types of families. Check May 1 and May 2 listings for all details: For Artsy Families: Saturday, May 1 11 am – Start the weekend at the theater and enjoy Westminster Arts Center’s production of Alice in Wonderland. 1 pm – After the show, head over to the Montclair Art Museum for their Imagination Station program, a drop-in art program for families. This week’s theme is Memories & Heritage. 2 pm – Bring all that inspiration to the Montclair Public Library’s Young Writer’s Open Mic and have your kids perform an original story, poem or essay for the crowd. Sunday, May 2 11 am – Bring the kids to get their faces painted at Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats. 12 pm – Take a ride to Hoboken for its annual Arts & Music Festival. There is great music for both kids and adults playing at two stages, family activities and good food.
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.
This weekend Newark Museum will travel back into the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Sunday, May 2 is the museum’s annual Dinosaur Day, and this year it promises to be better than ever.
This year two life-sized, animatronic T-rex dinosaurs are the stars. The robotic dinosaurs, similar to the ones used in the movie Jurassic Park, replicate the exact movements and sounds of a T-rex. In addition to the massive robots, dozens of exhibits will give families a real look into prehistoric time. Fossils and mineral digs, a live animal show featuring lizards, snakes and turtles, science experiments, dinosaur art projects and a new planetarium show The Dinosaur Prophecy which will “allow you to travel back in time millions of years to solve four famous cases from the age of the dinosaurs. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived, thrived and died.” The show will be the first in the newly renovated Alice & Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium.
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.
Christie's political career is finished and quite frankly, the state of New Jersey is so over him and his big mouth bully tactics that we're all wishing his replacement was part of the Nov 8 election. Hooking his caboose to the disastrous Trump campaign is his only option.