7th Annual Local Harvest: Farms, Food, and Family Indoor Market in Maplewood

BY  |  Monday, Jan 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Local Harvest: Farms, Food, and Family

Slow Food Northern NJ’s 7th Annual Local Harvest: Farms, Food, and Family, will be held Sunday, February 1, at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ.

This is an opportunity to stock up on the best of local, sustainable produced foods from farmers and artisanal food makers while supporting the growth of school vegetable gardens in Northern NJ.

Visitors can purchase seasonal vegetables and fruit, grass-fed beef and pork, pastured poultry, eggs, cheese, breads, and prepared foods from more than 20 local growers and producers while learning about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and how to purchase a seasonal farm produce share.

On hand at the market:

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The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate

BY  |  Friday, Jan 16, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (12)

The Best Local Thing I Ever AteIn our column, The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate, we ask local chefs, restaurant owners, and food lovers to share their favorite dish in the area. These are the kind of meals that you crave, dream about, salivate over. The meals that you order over and over again.


This month, three delicious picks:

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Hot Chocolate Out of the Mug

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Last winter, we offered you a guide to hot chocolate drinks in the area. It still holds up, but if you just can’t get enough of hot cocoa, we’ve compiled a list of “out of the mug” hot cocoa treats to enjoy with, or without, a mug of hot chocolate:

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Chocolate Works Opens in Montclair, Get Free Grand Opening Samples

BY  |  Friday, Jan 09, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Chocolate Works

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chocolate Works is now open at 42 South Park Street at The Siena building in Montclair.

Chocolate Works offers an interactive chocolate factory experience that combines a chocolate and candy store with options for birthday parties, workshops or private events.

Owner Marcia Lemberg is excited to open, “I’m looking forward to being an integral part of the community, helping the neighborhood celebrate their most joyous and important events and occasions.”

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Mediterranean and More: MishMish Cafe Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jan 05, 2015 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Montclair’s Glenridge Avenue gets another new restaurant as MishMish Cafe, serving brunch, lunch and dinner, opened December 2014 in the former Blue Suede Shoes space.


It’s hard to believe the space, created by chef/owner Meny Vaknin, hasn’t been a restaurant forever. MishMish has a warm decor, plenty of tables and an open kitchen table with bar-style seating where you can watch dishes like shakshuka, the traditional poached egg dish with Isareli/Tunisian origins, being prepared. There’s also house made Turkish bourekas and freshly made hummus, the latter elevated to so much more than just the ubiquitous paste you find at the grocery store.. There’s even a Mediterranean take on tacos, with octopus, smokey eggplant or lamb kebabs.

mish hummus

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The Year in Food 2014

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Year in Food 2014

2014 was another fast-paced year for the Montclair area restaurant scene.

Here, we take a look back at the biggest openings, closings and notable food news of 2014:

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The Next Big Frozen Dessert: Protein-Enriched Ice Cream?

BY  |  Monday, Dec 29, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Yang Bai, founder and CEO, Flexfrost ice cream, scoops out samples in Montclair's St. Luke's Episcopal Church's commercial kitchen, a space he rents.

Yang Bai, founder and CEO, Flexfrost ice cream, scoops out samples in a commercial kitchen he rents from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair.

Is lower-calorie protein-enriched ice cream the new frozen yogurt?

Yang Bai hopes his homemade Flexfrost ice cream containing 550 calories (per pint), amped up protein content and natural ingredients might be the Next Frozen Dessert.

“We are looking to be gigantic,” says Bai, 25, a Glen Ridge resident. “The thing that we have that is incredibly unique is that the ice cream tastes amazing. I guarantee the flavors we have taste a lot better than the normal ice creams you have eaten.”

The Johns Hopkins University alum, who studied mechanical engineering, finance and behavioral economics, created his flagship flavors — Chai Vanilla, Colombian Expresso and Chocolate — after experimenting with hundreds of recipes.  Continue Reading

Baristanet Christmas Round Up 2014

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go, and especially in Baristaville.

With the holiday almost here, we offer our annual Baristanet Christmas Round-up, including our favorite cocktails, recipes, gift ideas and more from this year and holidays past:

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A Christmas Cocktail

BY  |  Monday, Dec 22, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Debbie Anday, Mixologist at Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona offers Baristanet readers a Christmas cocktail with seasonal flavors to enjoy at your holiday meal.

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Montclair Restaurant Owners Share Their Diverse Holiday Food Traditions

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Homemade lasagna

Homemade lasagna

Like many families, mine follows some holiday food traditions. Years ago when my Italian-American grandparents were alive, they served seafood on Christmas Eve. Over the past three decades, homemade lasagna, meatballs and ricotta cheesecake became staples on many Christmases.

Baristanet asked restaurant owners who make up Montclair’s diverse restaurant scene what they serve and eat around the holidays:

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