Where do you live? Howell, NJ
When did you move there? I moved to Howell when my son was born in 2013. I had been living in Montclair prior and was so reluctant to leave the area, but Monmouth County has won my heart. It’s so beautiful.
Where did you grow up? I moved to Ohio from New Jersey at age 8 and lived there until I graduated from Kent State University. My siblings and I spend our summers here though, and were given this amazing experience to experience both country and city life. I wish everyone could experience both.
How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion?
My career is my passion. My family and I own and operate The Bloomfield Steakhouse and have been there for almost 17 years. It has been quite an adventure. I sometimes think about what I would do if not this, and it always comes back to food. I love to serve it, cook it, and just be a part of the whole experience of it. I truly enjoy making people feel warm and fed and like they are home when they are dining with us. Like your mom knowing exactly how you like something. My customers are my family. I am honored to serve them.
Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee. All the time, every time. I am obnoxiously addicted to it. Shamefully addicted to it.
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day?
I am trying so hard not to hear Brody, from the movie Mallrats, and give a thoughtful, non cheesy response to an honest question. The fact is, as corny as it may sound, a perfect weekend day would be spent with my family by the pool, listening to music and grilling. I love it. We have so much fun. It’s like a mini vacation for us every time. I also love Saturday mornings spent with my son doing Muay Thai together. I love fitness and I really enjoy sharing this form of martial arts with him. We got our first arm bands together and I will cherish that always.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Ummmmmmm, The Bloomfield Steakhouse. Seriously though, we are so blessed in this area to have such variety and deliciousness. When I do get a chance to eat out in this area I love the food at Momoya and Buccos here in Bloomfield.
What’s on your nightstand? A glass of water and the One Minute Gratitude Journal. It’s nice to take a minute and reflect on all of the good in your life and write it down, or at least think about it. Let’s be real here, sometimes I forget to brush my teeth. I like the reminder though, and taking some time out to think about it really helps with perspective.
What are you listening to? What am I NOT listening to? Music is everything to me. I go from hip-hop, to the Grateful Dead, to Electronic Dance all in one ride to work. I am not sure how I have a place for both Jerry Garcia and Drake in my heart, but I do and I love it all. I seem to walk through life with a soundtrack constantly playing in my head at all times. I’ve passed this love on to my children, on a cellular level, and it makes me so happy.
What are your current indulgences? When I splurge I go for baby lamb chops at our restaurant. I just realized this year that I loved lamb. I’ve been missing out for sure. I mostly eat fish so when I have lamb it feels super decadent. And whiskey. I love Irish Whiskey.
What talent you would most like to have? If I could choose a talent it would be to be perfectly organized in all areas of my life. I dream of how stress-free it would be to have order. Like, Marie Kondo level order. I am currently rough drafting these answers on the blank backs of my children’s old school flyers and homework assignments. Oh, and to hold a perfect unassisted hand-stand. I would really like that.
What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Bloomfield? Bloomfield as a whole is the secret. It is this gem of a town with so much diversity, and beauty, and people are only just finding out about it. With new restaurants and housing going up, the refacing of the downtown, The Friends of Watsessing committed to keeping our parks clean, beautiful and tree filled, what’s not to be proud of? I am so happy to be a part of this ever evolving community and look forward to many more years to come.
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I hope they say that I lived a good and honest life. That I loved hard. That I was someone people could depend on. That I fed them well.