The Seinfeld Soupman to Visit Toni’s Kitchen With Soup from The Original SoupMan

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Original SoupMan and the Seinfeld Soupman, who coined the phrase “No Soup for You” in the famous Seinfeld soup episode, will team up on December 5 with Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, to provide one thousand soup cartons during the Holiday Season to people in need.

The Original SoupMan will donate 1,000 soups to Toni’s Kitchen to support its feeding program.  The donated tetra pack soups will include such famous flavors as Crab & Corn Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Jambalaya Soup, Lentil Soup, and Chicken Noodle Soup.

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And the Winner in the MSU and Montclair Bread Co. Great Doughnut Challenge is….

BY  |  Monday, Nov 28, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Back in September, Montclair State University’s Commuter Student Programs and Services teamed up with Montclair Bread Co. to host The Great Doughnut Challenge. The mission was to create a new, limited-edition MSU inspired doughnut. Today the results are in and the winner is MSU student Valerie Neuhaus’s creation —the “It’s All Here” Doughnut. Continue Reading

Baristanet Thanksgiving Round Up 2016

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)




The big day is almost here — Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Gobble ’till you Wobble Day!

Here is a collection of recipes, cocktails, decor advice, playlists and more that we have given you over the years to help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner:

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Big Montclair Food News: Oh My Cod, Fiamma, Diesel & Duke, Jack’s Lobster Shack, Belgiovine’s Grill, Absolute Zero

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 2:35pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s our favorite news to report — a ton of new eateries open or coming soon to Montclair. Here’s the scoop:


Oh My Cod will open on Wednesday, November 30 at 103 Forest St. in Montclair, thanks to Rachael Crampsey at Montclair Bread who is launching the new chip shop offering quality Irish Styled Fish & Chips. Oh My Cod will serve both cod and whiting as well as Montclair Bread Company bread for those tasty fish sandwiches. They will also have traditional sides including mushy peas, baked beans, and curry sauce, as well as imported sodas.



Fiamma Wood-Fired Pizza, of Westfield and Millburn, has opened a third location in Montclair. Located at the former Greek Delights space on Bloomfield Ave. (used to be the Soda Pop Shop), Fiamma is a sprawling space with comfy booths serving wood-fired Acunto brick oven pizza as well as pastas, salads and subs. What we want to try: Sorrentina pie with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, wood fired sausage, roasted peppers and basil. Individual pies (12″) are $9-11, large pie (16″) $18-19.



Also open, is Diesel & Duke, located at 39 Glenridge Ave., in the space last occupied by Andersons 1949. Check out their burgers!




Have you tried Thai-inspired rolled ice cream? Now you can. Absolute Zero opened last week at 410 Bloomfield Ave. (by the Wellmont Theater) and social media is filled with folks taking videos of the super cold, super fun treat you can customize with toppings like Pocky Sticks, pretzels, toasted marshmallow, coconut flakes, crushed oreos, berries and more. Liquid is poured onto a surface with a freezing point below zero and then gets spread out and turned into ice cream rolls. Watch and learn.

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A lobster roll after a trip to Montclair Art Museum? Sounds divine right? Get ready because Edgewater’s own Maine-style seafood shack, Jack’s Lobster Shack, will open a Montclair location in January 2017 in the space last occupied by Lalezar. What we love: A menu that offers both Maine and Connecticut style rolls along with other seafood delights.



Love Belgiovine’s Deli? Soon there will even be more to love. “It’s true,” manager Gerard Cope tells Baristanet. “We’re expanding next door and opening a casual sit down restaurant in February featuring top sirloin burgers freshly ground daily, Italian hot dogs, grilled sausages, chili, and stacked New York style pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.”

Look for the grill to have an old-fashioned vibe complete with stools and a counter where Holsten’s ice cream and Junior’s cheesecake will be the star desserts.

Baristanet Guide To Dining Out on Thanksgiving

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 24. Does dining out for turkey dinner make you thankful you don’t have to cook a huge meal and then do the dishes? We’ve  got you covered.

Here are some local places to go out for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal:


Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Strip House in Livingston. Choose a three-course prix fixe menu (Poached Pears or Butternut Squash Soup; Roasted Organic Free Range Turkey or Grilled Atlantic Salmon; Pecan or Pumpkin Pie) or enjoy signature Strip House a la carte menu items like Lobster Ravioli, Branzino or your favorite cuts of steak. Seatings from 1-9 pm, $53 pp or $29 children under 12 (plus tax + gratuity) Reservations at 973.548.0050


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The 26th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving: Anarchy in The Gravy, Plus a New Location in Montclair!

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The story goes — 26 years ago, a few guys going to Montclair State decided to throw a Thanksgiving feast the Monday before the actual holiday. About 20 people showed up, and there was plenty of beer, but not much in the way of napkins and silverware. Hence the nickname: The Pagan Thanksgiving.

Throughout the years Pagan Thanksgiving has grown into a full feast with many more guests.

This year, the 26th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving shindig will take place at a new location in Montclair — Fin, but the feast is the same. They’ll be food, drink, and the annual Wishbone Grudge Match! They’ll cook up turkeys, ham, potatoes, stuffing. You bring a delicious side dish to share. If you are too busy to prepare something, no problem. Go and have fun, and please consider making a donation. Every year, the organizers of Pagan Thanksgiving collect donations for the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Your donation ensures that a hungry person receives nutritious food with dignity.

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Montclair’s 578 Grill: Think Middle Eastern Meets Chipotle

BY  |  Friday, Nov 11, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Looking over the menu at 578 Grill, my first thought was “this can accommodate every one in my family with no problem and we’ll all be happy.” Not a small feat, considering we have eaters who are vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, slow carb, and low fat. Of course, if none of those restrictions apply to you, you will just have that many more choices at this casual new Middle Eastern eatery.

Similar in concept to a Chipotle, each person builds his own platter combining ingredients from four food categories, and then some, to end up with a personalized meal for under $10 per person.

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Calling All Turkeys! Turkey Ride and Thanksgiving Donation Collections

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Even if you’re feeling busy running around shopping for Thanksgiving, please take time to remember those in need in our community. Here are a few ways to help make Thanksgiving special for all:

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Where To Order a Perfect Pie For Thanksgiving

BY  |  Monday, Nov 07, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Pies are the comfort foods of desserts. They are the sweet ending to a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. Whether you want to bring a pie to a dinner you are attending or if you’re hosting and want to lighten your load, there is an abundance of delicious Thanksgiving pies to enjoy in our area:

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The Pie Store’s Chocolate Mousse Pie

Watchung Plaza’s The Pie Store will still be baking delicious pies, but this year will be order-only and will not have walk-in pies available for pick-up. That means you have to order ahead if you want a Brandied Pumpkin Pie, Coconut Custard Pie with Whipped Cream, and — one of my favorites — Chocolate Mousse Pie with Whipped Cream, as well as several other varieties. Pies from $11.95-$29.95.
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Election Day: Cupcakes, Free Coffee for Voting, and Other Treats to Get You Through the Day

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

If the stress of the 2016 presidential election has you eating away your feelings, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In solidarity with my fellow stress eaters, here are a few ways to indulge on Election Day, after you vote of course:

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Cupcakes by Carousel (25 Church Street, Montclair) will be selling these tasty Election Day cupcakes from Saturday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 8, to show your support for your candidate and eat away our stress as you watch the results come in. Orders should be placed in advance to insure you get your cupcakes as there will be a limited supply. Call 973.707.2589

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