Sweet and Savory Treats for Easter And Passover

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


With Passover beginning on Friday, April 3 and Easter on April 5, the first weekend of April will be filled with joyous celebration. Local bakeries are offering delicious food for both holidays:

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Updated: Local Easter Brunch and Dinner Options

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Easter Brunch

Easter is on Sunday, April 5. Looking to celebrate Easter out? Put on your Easter bonnet and go enjoy a special Easter brunch or dinner at one of these local restaurants:

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Babo Teahouse in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Mar 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

babo teahouseBabo Teahouse has opened on Walnut Street in Montclair (next door to Mac Attack) offering bubble tea, ramen, dumplings, gelato, and other quick eats. This is the second location for Babo—the first is in Jersey City. The place is small, but cute. With an entire wall of Japanese toy vending machines and a communal charging station for phones, Babo has a very young and hip vibe.

The Bubbly Good stuff: The drinks—and lots of them. Babo has a four step process for ordering tea: Step 1: Type (milk or fruit tea, shakes or special blends, Step 2: Flavor (many choices, such as almond, banana, Thai Iced Tea, Vietnamese Coffee, Ginger, Pomegranate, Lychee…), Step 3: Sugar (25-100 %), and Step 4: Sinkers (Tapioca, Jelly Bits, Strawberry Hearts, Mango Stars, Aloe Vera, and Red Bean).

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Enjoy a St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole Today

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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A couple of years ago I replanted a new dogwood tree in my front yard. While digging out the old tree we found a statue of a saint buried upside down in the ground. Not growing up Catholic, I had no idea how and why it ended up there. So I reached out to friends and neighbors who explained.

It turns out that the belief is if you want to sell your home, you bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down in your front yard and you’ll be blessed with a quick sale. It apparently worked for the former owner of my home.

St. Joseph is celebrated today on March 19 with a feast. In Sicily St. Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron saint, and in many Italian-American communities, thanks are given to St. Joseph (“San Giuseppe” in Italian) for preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages.

A popular treat at the feast is a St. Joseph Day pastry, aka sfinci, aka Zeppole di San Giuseppe. It’s basically a fried zeppole piped with rich custard or cannoli cream…and sounds delicious! You can enjoy some at these local bakeries:

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Creative Confections Cafe Opens on Bellevue Ave., Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)


EAT CAKE. I need no further invitation. The words in large, metal letters sit in the window of Creative Confections, a new bakery on Bellevue Ave. The sunny spot vacated last year by the popular Le Baker’s Dozen lures the early spring pedestrian, so recently wrapped in Eskimo garb, with the waft of fresh pastries and, yes, cake.

Run by Jennifer Duran, 50, and her daughter Larissa, 19, the bakery and cafe opened on March 7th, and will offer daily selections of pastries sweet and savory and breads, too, “with a European flair,” along with a wide selection of coffee and tea.

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Sample Local Cuisine at the Taste of Essex

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Taste of EssexDon’t miss delicious tastes from some of the area’s favorite restaurants and discover some new stars on the local culinary map at the 15th annual Taste of Essex on March 30 at The Manor in West Orange.

This year’s event promises to be better than ever with dozens of restaurants showcasing their outstanding cuisine and with hundreds of people on hand to sample appetizers, main courses, desserts, drinks and more. And if that isn’t enough, Elements Massage will provide free chair massages, a custom cigar roller will be demonstrating in the bar, and there will be live music and a DJ for entertainment.

Taste of Essex is an opportunity for restaurants to promote their offerings and grow their business. For attendees, it is a chance to sample outstanding food from dozens of restaurants across Essex County.

The cuisine at Taste of Essex will include Indian, Italian, Asian, Greek, American, Irish pub food and lots more. Participating restaurants will be judged in the categories of “Sweet” and “Savory” by the sponsors of the event. A sample of the food and drink purveyors that will be participating include: Laurel & Sage, Amalia’s, Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza, Bella Italia, Cricket Hill Brewery, Essex House, Highlawn Pavilion, Lithos Estiatorio, Livingston Pretzel, Miss Nicky’s Gourmet Toffee & Vegan Cookies, Mark & Julie, Chocolate Works, Carousel Cakes, Aroy-D, Mausam, Petite Bakery, Punzone Vodka, Purity Vodka, Simit Bakery, Spice II, Stamna, Strip House, Solar Do Minho, Tuthill House at The Mill, Tierney’s Copperhouse, Two Men And An Appetite, and Verona Inn. Check the Facebook page for more updates.

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Gus & Co. Seafood Opening in Montclair This Spring

BY  |  Monday, Mar 16, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

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The long-awaited Gus & Co. Seafood will soon open in Upper Montclair at 626 Valley Road.

Baristanet got a sneak peek of the shop over the weekend where owner Paul Gustavsen is working hard on the finishing touches before opening day this spring.

Gustavsen worked as a fishmonger at New York’s Fulton Fish Market for the past 25 years. Now the Caldwell resident is bringing his experience and vast knowledge of seafood to town, providing Montclair with what he says is “the finest hand-selected seafood from the Market,” which he will have delivered to Gus & Co. daily.

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Celebrate Pi Day With Pie

BY  |  Friday, Mar 13, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Pi Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, is Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical Pi, the Greek letter π. Pi Day is celebrated by math fans around the world on March 14 because Pi = 3.1415926535… This year, Pi Day has special significance because at 9:26:53 am and pm the date and time represent the first 10 digits of π.

Celebrations call for food and we believe any excuse to eat pie is a good thing. Here are a few places to purchase a pie (or two) for Pi Day:

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Laurel & Sage, a Modern American Restaurant, to Open in Montclair Tonight

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (6)

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Laurel & Sage, a modern American restaurant, will open in Montclair tonight.

Named for the Chef and Owner Shawn Paul Dalziel’s daughters, Laurel & Sage (located in the former CulinAriane space at 33 Walnut Street) will offer, what Dalziel told Baristanet will be a “globally inspired and locally sourced” seasonal menu with signature dishes like Ginger-Soy Lacquered Chilean Sea Bass, Pomegranate Molasses Braised Short Ribs and Crispy-Warm Camembert Wheel. In addition, Dalziel says the menu will offer daily specials and tweaks to reflect what he picks up at the Montclair’s Farmer Market.

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Magically Delicious Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

If you ask me, St. Patrick’s Day, coming up next Tuesday, is not complete without Irish Soda Bread slathered with some Kerry Irish Gold butter.

Delicious Irish Soda Bread, as well as may other St. Patrick’s Day treats, can be found at these local bakeries:

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Little Daisy Bake Shop (622 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) is baking up Chocolate Stout Cupcakes, Bailey’s Buttercream, Irish Soda Bread, Grasshopper Bars, and these adorable Pot O’ Gold cake pops:

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Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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