Cooking Up Romance

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday — and area restaurants are offering special menus. Before the big day, you could work side by side with your sweetheart at a cooking class with molecular gastronomy chef Tre Goshal. Continue Reading

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Bloomfield Edition

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 2:25pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Sure, it’s brave to go on a national quiz show and risk humiliation in front of a national television audience. You know what’s even braver? Inviting your colleagues, landlord and friends to the Town Pub to watch the show over pizza, even when you know how it’s going to turn out. Which is exactly what happened today, when Gsell’s episode aired at lunchtime. At the end his round, taped in the fall, he walked away with $1,000 — and several very nice mentions of his Field Station: Dinosaurs theme park, scheduled to open in May, by game show host Meredith Vieira. Continue Reading

Second Sundays: Special Afternoons for Special Kids

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 1:30pm

WORDS bookstore in Maplewood, known for being a haven for families with children with special needs, offers Second Sundays: Special Afternoons for Special Kids, a free monthly event series for children with special needs and their families. Each second Sunday, they offer a fun program for children ages 3 – 10 and another session for kids ages 11 and older. This weekend kids can learn karate with Huang Karate. Huang Karate offers its own Special Needs Karate program in conjunction with Pediatrics Martial Arts. Read more about the program here. The next few months will offer a cooking class, acting workshop and yoga.

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The Extra Annoyance of Getting Ticketed in Front of MHS

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Check one? Not on this ticket.

Think people were mad at the beginning of January, when the Montclair Police Department started issuing tickets because of new parking rules around Montclair High School? Guess what? Nobody’s figured out yet what the violation will set you back, so if you got one you can’t pay it online and can’t pay it at the counter at the police department. You have to actually show up in traffic court.

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Glen Ridge High School’s Iron Chef Pizza Night

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 11:30am

Take the family out for pizza on Thursday night and help raise money for the GRHS Student Council.

At this fun annual event, several pies from local pizzerias are there for the tasting and voting. The catergories will be:

  • Best cheese pie
  • Best sausage pie
  • Best pepperoni pie
  • Best specialty pie
  • Best homemade pie
  • Best sauce

For just $10 per person, you can eat all the pizza you want and be a food critic. Bring your own beverage! Iron Chef Pizza Night is limited to the first 200 people.

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Southern Belle Closes, Coal Pizza Coming

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (8)

All I know about coal oven pizza is that it’s hot — 900 F hot, and that it’s coming to Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair soon as Mancinni’s. Opening date is uncertain, as last-minute construction takes place and town permits are awaited.

The restaurant is on the site of the former bead store next to the former Cafe Eclectic. Montclair is also losing its other bead store, Montclair Beadworks on Church Street.  Continue Reading

Love Among the Shopping Carts

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 9:52am  |  COMMENTS (21)

UPDATE: The Book Doctors have selected cathar as the winner of our novel prompt contest.

It might have been the beginning of something big, but for the price check at Register 9. From NJ Craigslist:

We were on adjoining checkout lines at Shoprite, both with full baskets and a long wait on line. We were staring at each other often, even during the time you answered your phone and were chatting. I looked like we would finish our check-outs at the same time and I was going to discreetly approach you, but then my line got held up behind someone that that a problem item and you were gone by the time I got outside. Message me with which Shoprite.

Which Shoprite indeed? Novels have been written on lesser writing prompts. The best opening of a new novel wins a vintage Baristanet coffee mug from me and a referral to the Book Doctors at Pitchapalooza.

Happy Toy Machine Makes Kids Happy

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Meet Aqua the blue dog and Sugar the pink and purple cat. They are my daughters’ newest stuffed animal friends. They are special because they were created by them.

Happy Toy Machine is a new company that allows kids, or their parents,  to create custom stuffed plush toys on an easy to use 3D creator. The stuffed toys can be created in almost anyway that you can imagine from having a blue nose with yellow feet to having wings and one eye. The choices and combinations are endless. Once the toy is created online, Happy Toy Machine takes over and makes it come to life in plush fabric.

My girls had so much fun creating their own custom stuffed animal friend. Once they were happy with their creation, they gave them names and we completed the order. In just a little less than a week we received the animals. Opening the box was very exciting, they squealed with delight when they saw how cute they were. We received the large regular-sized animals, which I’ll admit, is a bit too large for my liking, but they love them. I’m told the large size ones are huge, so keep that in mind if you want something big.

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Bob Russo Spotted at Pals Cabin

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 8:58am  |  COMMENTS (30)

We had almost finished digesting the fact that Cary Africk will not be seeking reelection to the Montclair Council, when we ran into a prime beneficiary of the news at Pals Cabin last night — 2nd Warder Bob Russo, member of the Jackson-Murnick-McMahon-Russo slate.

Russo has picked up packages to run either for 2nd Ward or at-large, so Africk’s defection means that he could run in that slot without fear of going head-to-head with an incumbent. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Family 4-pack to Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Symphony Space

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

WINNER: Congratulations to mtclibn42

Symphony Space’s Just Kidding performances in February feature some of the hottest acts in kindie music: Shine and the Moonbeams, a new family favorite, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Recess Monkey and a gala Thalia Kids’ Book Club event celebrating one of the all-time classics of children’s literature, A Wrinkle in Time.

It’s an exciting month and we have exciting news.

Gustafer Yellowgold will be performing next month as well! We first were introduced to the insanely creative combination of catchy original songs accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature named Gustafer Yellowgold and his earthly friends when the band performed at the Montclair Public Library back in March 2009. We interviewed Morgan Taylor, the creator and singer/songwriter of Gustafer and learned all about the band. Not only did my girls love the show and Gustafer — they each have a stuffed GY doll, but my husband and I loved it as well. When you actually like the music your kids like, it’s awesome. We listen to our Gustafer Yellowgold CDs a lot.

Normally accompanied by a full band, singer-songwriter Morgan Taylor takes Gustafer to a new level with this year’s annual Symphony Space concert. Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s performance includes Taylor’s full band and The Chelsea Symphony in the Gustafer Yellowgold Golden Heart Symphony. There’s no better way to get swept up into Gustafer’s world.

Thanks to the generosity of Symphony Space, we have a Family 4-pack of tickets and an Infinity Sock DVD/CD to give away to one lucky Barista Kids reader!

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