ShopRite Original Barbecue Sauce Scores Big in Thrillist Best Bottled BBQ Sauce Taste Test

BY  |  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:44pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

bbq sauce

Want really great bottled BBQ sauce for your parties this summer? Just head over to Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield.

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Chef Mike Carrino Shares His Recipe For the Perfect Spring Soup

BY  |  Sunday, May 15, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Chilled Asparagus Soup

Chef Mike Carrino of Pig & Prince Restaurant in Montclair shares his unique recipe full of spring flavor with Baristanet readers. With warmer weather coming, this recipe is the perfect fit for entertaining, or even a date-night dinner. And it’s simple enough for the home cook to prepare.

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Bloomfield Center Alliance to Host Inaugural Bloomfield Center Block Party on Saturday May 14

BY  |  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Center Block Party pic- May 14

The Bloomfield Center Alliance invites the community to attend its first ever Block Party on Saturday, May 14. You’ll enjoy diverse culinary offerings from participating Bloomfield restaurants, music, entertainment, and lots of fun for the whole family!

One of the goals of the event is to showcase the emerging restaurant and dining scene in Bloomfield. According to BCA Director Ollyn Lettman, “This event will highlight both new and established eateries now serving a wide array of great food in and around Bloomfield Center. The response thus far from restaurant owners and the rest of the community have been fantastic.” In sharing why he wanted to participate, Essex Junction Craft Kitchen and Bar owner Jeremy Goldberg says, “There’s some awesome stuff going on in Bloomfield, including great restaurants and bars. It’s always fun for us to come together and throw a blow out party for the community.” Continue Reading

Montclair Food News: Vegan Menu at Le Salbuen, More Ramen, Breakfast all Day, and a Festival

BY  |  Friday, May 06, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Your latest Montclair restaurant and food news:

le salbuen

The husband and wife team of Le Salbuen (97 Walnut Street, Montclair) are offering up a new concept at the Walnut Street cafe.Christina Buenano is a carnivore and her husband John David Salierno recently started eating a 100 present plant based vegan diet. Now Le Salbuen offers local, organic, farm to table, and gluten free PLUS its new menu broken down into 50 percent Carnivore vs. 50 percent Vegan food. Get a Vegan Taco or a Burger — you have choices.


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The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate

BY  |  Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:20am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Best Local Thing I Ever AteIn Baristanet’s The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate column, 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 we have four delicious picks:

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Baristanet Mother’s Day Dining Guide

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Forget breakfast in bed! Want to truly make Mom happy on Mother’s Day, May 8? Make reservations and treat her to a great meal with zero clean up. Here are some local suggestions:

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Montclair: What’s Coming to the Former Marzullo’s Space?

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)


After a 31-year run in Montclair, Marzullo’s closed nearly a year ago. Jeff Munoz, owner of the very popular The Corner on Walnut and Grove Streets, is also owner of the the former Marzullo’s space next door. Munoz tells Baristanet that there are plans to open a new restaurant in the space and that it “will be a new concept, but it is too early to tell as we are still working on it.”

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Ray’s Luncheonette and Molina Family to Raise Funds for Ecuador Earthquake Victims

BY  |  Monday, Apr 25, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ray's Luncheonette

Before Walnut Street looked like Park Slope West, Ray’s Luncheonette shared the now gentrified block with an Italian social club (now Le Salbuen) , an overstuffed thrift store (now Babo Teahouse) and an industrial butcher shop (now Halcyon). For 40 years, Ray’s has been the meeting place for local politicians, blue collar workers, yoga moms and generations of Montclair high school students.

Today, Ray’s is owned and operated by the Molina family who hail from Mantas, Ecuador. On April 16, 2016, a devastating earthquake rocked their hometown, destroying homes, business and infrastructure. The area is in crisis and they are reaching out to the Montclair community for help.

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Oakeside to Present Taste of Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 1:20pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Taste of Bloomfield

The annual Taste of Bloomfield returns to the Oakeside-Bloomfield Cultural Center on Sunday, April 24.

The fundraising event hosts between 15 and 20 area restaurants and food establishments which will showcase tasty samplings from their menus.

Restaurants slated to attend this year are Anthony’s Cafe, Anthony’s Cheesecake, Applegate Farm,Blue-eyed Bakettes, Brookdale ShopRite, Brookdale Tavern & Kitchen, Casserole Bistro, Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar, Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen, Fitzgerald’s 1928, Frungillo Caterers, Mr. Cupcake, Orange Squirrel, Salute Bistro, Senorita’s, Spice Thai Cuisine, Victorio’s Restaurant, Village Gourmet, Zi Zia Pizzeria & Trattoria.

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Sweet Treats For Your Passover Celebration

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 22 and continues for seven days, and you’ll need desserts for your holiday table. These Montclair bakeries have what you need:



Order crunchy dark chocolate covered matzoh from Dolce Federica.





Gina’s Bakery (110 Walnut Street, Montclair) has a full menu for the holiday: flourless brownies, coconut macaroons, hazelnut raspberry torte, and more. Check out the full menu and order form here.




Plum Bakery (179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair) offers gluten free treats for your Passover meal. They offer Rugelach and Challah bread (we hear this is delicious), as well as many other treats.




Montclair Bread Company (113 Walnut Street) has created a Flourless Chocolate Almond Doughnut special for Passover.




Cupcakes by Carousel (25 Church Street) offers all the treats for Passover: Sponge Loaf, Flourless Chocolate Tore, Macaroons, Seven Layer Cookies and much more. See the full menu and order form here.




Chocolate Works Montclair (42 South Park Street) has everything you need to make your Passover Sedar extra sweet, including adorable Chococlate covered Frog lollipops and Seder plates.




Whole Foods Market (701 Bloomfield Avenue) offers a full menu for Passover.



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