BY Tara Williams | Monday, Dec 29, 2014 12:00pm
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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
BY Tara Williams | Friday, Dec 19, 2014 10:30am
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:
BY Tara Williams | Monday, Nov 03, 2014 12:30pm
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Frank Alberto, co-owner of
Fumé Cigar Shop and Lounge
For me, cigars have always been associated with Edward G. Robinson, George Burns and Gordon Gekko and a pungent odor that clung to my clothes days after I was around a cigar smoker. To better understand the world of cigars, I stopped by Fumé Cigar Shop and Lounge (415 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair).
“Cigars are definitely an acquired taste. Some people prefer beer; some people prefer wine; some people prefer cigarettes over cigars; and then there’s different types of cigars and there different types of cigar smokers,” says Frank Alberto, who along with brother Ralph (and another person who is no longer with the shop), opened Fumé in 2004.
The shop offers 2-3,000 different types of hand-rolled, limited produced high-end “boutique” cigars from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Honduras ranging from $7.00 to $50 per stick or $100-$1,000 by the box, depending on the number and type of cigars in the box. The Alberto brothers also sell cigar cutters, lighters, tobacco pipes, humidors and select cigarette brands.
Members (for a $400 annual membership fee) have access to a lounge where they can smoke their cigars that are stored in their own humidified lockers. They can also watch sports on a wide screen TV (hot food is served on Sundays), attend special events and get discounts on purchases.
While the majority of members are male, Alberto says there are two female members. “One lady is here every night,” says Alberto, who grew up in Newark and now lives in Cedar Grove. “It definitely takes a woman who can deal with men on a large scale. There is a little bit of a watch TV, a lot of sporting events on. If you’re not into sporting events, it’s probably difficult if you’re a lady. Some guys don’t even like sporting events, so they’ll go in the back room where it’s quiet and sit there and smoke.”
BY Tara Williams | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 1:27pm
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Edward “Ox” Occhipinti, owner of Jinx Proof Tattoo and Body Piercing.
You see them everywhere. A woman walking down a suburban street with a leopard skin tattoo covering her calf; a man on the train with a skulls and roses tattoo “sleeve” decorating his entire arm; a woman on line at the grocery store donning a tribal design on her shoulder.
“Everybody and their mother now has a tattoo,” says Edward “Ox” Occhipinti, owner of Jinx Proof Tattoo and Body Piercing at 7 Midland Avenue in Montclair. On any given day, a gang member, cop or soccer mom may come into his shop, looking to get a tattoo. Occhipinti has been in the tattoo business for more than 20 years, has seen tattoos become enormously popular and he is less than thrilled about it.
BY Tara Williams | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:30am
In the mood to express your Inner James Bond or one of his, um, female colleagues, and sample a variety of wines, microbrewed beers and spirits while chomping on good food on the grounds of New Jersey’s first public museum?
Two Aston Martins (Mr. Bond’s preferred mode of transportation) will join the Montclair Art Museum’s 12,000-plus works of art on Friday, June 13, 2014 as part of the institution’s Centennial Toast & Taste fundraising event from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at its 3 South Mountain location in Montclair. The outdoor event (weather permitting) is a part of the Museum’s year-long series of celebrations marking its 100th birthday.
Attendees will be able to check out Aston Martin’s Rapide S (MSRP: $215,000) and Vantage V8 (MSRP: $128,000) parked in front of the museum, courtesy of sponsor Aston Martin of Summit/Short Hills (future test-drives at another site may be available.)
They will also sample wine, beer, scotches and bourbons and food from sponsors Amanti Vino, New Jersey Beer Co., Upstairs Restaurant & Bar, The Hunger Construction food truck and MBDelicious Home Baked Goods. Elements Therapeutic Massage (another sponsor) will offer massages. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for non-members (attendees must be 21 years old) and can be purchased on MAM’s website. Continue Reading
BY Tara Williams | Friday, May 02, 2014 4:18pm
People who knew and loved Sharmain Jenkins will celebrate her life during a candlelight vigil on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Montclair State University (1 Normal Avenue in Montclair), the school she attended. The event will begin on campus in Dickenson Hall’s Cohen Lounge and end with the candle lighting at the university’s amphitheater at dusk. Continue Reading
BY Tara Williams | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 8:00am
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Montclair State University sophomore Sharmain Jenkins, 20, wants to use her experiences in foster care to advocate for and help children as a policy maker, social worker or in another role in foster care. But now, she needs help.
Sharmain is recovering from Guillaine-Barré syndrome (GBS), a painful and rare condition in which a person’s immune system attacks its nerves and can lead to paralysis and breathing difficulties. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the condition strikes one in 100,000 people. Some experts cite viral and bacterial infections as the possible causes of GBS.
While some of her medical costs are covered by Medicaid and benefits from New Jersey Department of Children and Family (DCF), Sharmain does not have parents or relatives who can help her pay for medical expenses that may not be covered by these sources. Costs could include physical therapy and adjustments needed to accommodate her condition when she returns to her home, daily living expenses and more.
“We can’t tell exactly what the costs will be,” says Cathy Brown, an assistant professor at Montclair State University (MSU), who is also a teaching specialist at MSU’s Center for Child Advocacy and Policy and one of Sharmain’s teachers. With the help of Mary Anne Fanning-Lauria, who has worked with Sharmain as program manager with MSU’s Center’s Adolescent Advocacy Program, the Sharmain’s Guillain-Barré Recovery Fund has been created. Fanning-Lauria also partnered with One Simple Wish, a site that matches wishes from kids in foster care with “wish grantors,” to create Help Sharmain Heal. Continue Reading
BY Tara Williams | Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 2:30pm
If you have ever played the violin, viola, cello or bass recreationally, stopped when work, kids and life took over but miss making music, dust off those cases and break out the rosin, the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is looking for string (and wind) instrument players.
BSO Conductor Israel Herman is recruiting musicians to help him revive one of the oldest community (volunteer) symphonies in New Jersey after experiencing a decline in membership over the past several years. Volunteers will perform Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, Shumann’s Genoveva Overture, Opus 81 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Opus 36 at a performance, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 8, 3 p.m. at the Bloomfield Middle School located at 60 Huck Road in Bloomfield. Music lovers will be able to purchase tickets for $12 (adults) and $8 (seniors). Admission will be free for children under 12. Continue Reading
BY Tara Williams | Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 8:00am
Dr. Patricia Clark Kenschaft is busy advocating for issues she is passionate about–local organic food and math education.
The 73 year-old organic gardener, Montclair resident and Montclair State University professor emerita of mathematics is promoting her book, “Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even if You Don’t,” which has been reissued (it was originally published in 1997).
“It’s the only book by an American mathematician for parents (with children) ages one through 10,” she says.
BY Tara Williams | Monday, Feb 17, 2014 2:00pm
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Dr. Patricia Clark Kenschaft is a busy person. The 73 year-old Montclair State University professor emerita of mathematics is advocating for local organic food.
This Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey, an organization dedicated to local organic food growth and distribution, which Kenschaft helped establish after reading an article about the need to become “food self-sufficient” in Organic Gardening magazine 30 years ago, will co-sponsor the presentation, “Your Food and Jobs—Effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Reasons to Stop It” at St. Peter Claver Church in Montclair (56 Elmwood Avenue). Led by Matt Smith, regional organizer for Food & Water Watch, the event will feature displays by co-sponsors New Jersey Peace Action, the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey, Food & Water Watch, GMO-free NJ, Genesis Farm and the Essex/Passaic Green Party. Continue Reading