Thanksgiving Pies! Where To Get Them Before They Are Gone

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pie for dessert. From the all-American apple pie to pumpkin and pecan, to more untraditional but very tasty pie options, there is a pie for every taste that will satisfy a sweet tooth after a delicious holiday meal. If you’re looking for pie, you won’t have to go far. There are plenty of pies — what’s your favorite?

The Pie Store’s key lime pie

The Pie Store in Upper Montclair’s Watchung Plaza will be offering up its tasty treats on a first come, first served basis only, with no pre-ordering available. Available pies will be Apple, Raspberry-Blackberry-Apple, Apple-Cranberry, Chocolate Mousse, Key Lime, and Pumpkin. The store will be open until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, but don’t wait too long! Pies from $12.95 to $29.95.

Tiny Elephant

Tiny Elephant, also in Watchung Plaza on Fairfield Street in Montclair, Classic Apple Pie and Classic Pumpkin Pie on their full Thanksgiving Catering menu. Each is $20. Cookie platters are also available. Order by November 19 for pick up on November 22. Continue Reading

The Tea Store Montclair – A Soothing Spot For A Cuppa and Much More!

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fans of The Pie Store, where sweet and savory pies and groceries from the U.K. reign supreme, will be thrilled to discover The Tea Store, located just steps from The Pie Store on Watchung Ave., on the other side of Montclair Music Studio.


The store, a second chapter in Montclair for Pie Store owner Samantha Codling, offers all kinds of teas, as well as proper biscuits, scones, baked goods and your Cadbury fix.

A cafe and shop all in one, The Tea Store is darling, featuring a bright, cheerful space with a large table as well as stools that offer a perfect perch by the windows. Enjoy a relaxing cup of tea — just choose from a list of over 40 teas including four different kinds of chai — and it will be served to you in a large pot on a tray with a biscuit. Drop by to pick up a tea to go or stay for lunch with hearty soups or a warm slice of quiche on the menu. Codling will also be offering pastis or slices of her pies as well.


In addition to stopping in for a spot of tea, The Tea Store also offers all the accoutrements for a wonderful gift basket — luxury teas, tea paraphernalia, biscuits, shortbread, cookies, chocolate, mints and more.

The Tea Store, 106 Watchung Ave, open 10 am – 5 pm (6 pm on Saturday). Closed Monday.



You Are Invited! The 27th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving

BY  |  Monday, Nov 13, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s an annual Montclair tradition: Pagan Thanksgiving!

Where: Fin, 183 Glenridge Ave, Montclair, NJ
When: The Monday Before Thanksgiving – November 20, 2017
Why: Drinks – 7 PM, Dinner – 8PM
What: Bring a side dish and some cash for the bar
Who: Everyone, and anyone you want to bring, all are welcome. We want a BIG
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Plum on Park Chef To Compete on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 07, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bring on the baskets! Montclair’s own Plum on Park and Plum Bakery owner/chef Natalie Colledge will be competing on Food Network’s Chopped on Thursday, November 9 at 9 pm.

Colledge can’t reveal anything other than this: She competes in a pie-themed challenge — every basket contained a pie, along with other ingredients — and the final dish had to be some kind of pie.

“As nerve racking and stressful as it was I had a great time,” says Colledge. “Working in both Plum on Park’s small kitchen, and the even smaller kitchen at Plum Bakery, I have to be very efficient and neat. In high speed service it’s a must. That experience prepared me for my challenge.” Continue Reading

Mangia! Cafe Giotto Opens On Church Street in Montclair

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 04, 2017 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fans of Osteria Giotto, and its famous lasagna, were devastated to learn that the restaurant would close in 2016. Fortunately, owners Robert Pantusa and Luca Valerin have brought their magic touch to a new location, the long dormant, former Beans space at 42 Church Street.

Cafe Giotto, the next chapter for Pantusa and Valerin, is a new labor of love they share with their wives Caroline and Deborah, who you’ll find behind the counter of the charming cafe space, decorated with lots of exposed brick, distressed walls and vintage accents that add to the space’s rustic, old-world charm.

Robert Pantusa (left) and Luca Valerin at Cafe Giotto

Cafe Giotto offers a place to buy your morning (or afternoon) coffee and pastry (croissants, donuts and more) or a breakfast sandwich, but the menu offers so much more, including lunch and dinner options, for dining in or take out.

Stop in for a plate of pasta (yes, the lasgana is back!) or a hearty bowl of soup, a salad, a slice of pizza or a panini sandwich served on homemade ciabbata (bread is baked on the premises daily). There’s also gelato for your sweet tooth, as well as small grocery section where you can find imported ingredients for purchase (you can also put in your order for holiday gift baskets). Continue Reading

Yes, Soup For You At Raymond’s in November To Fight Hunger

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Grab a bowl of creamy tomato and help fight hunger.

Just in time for the suddenly chilly weather: Starting today and all through November, Raymond’s (in Montclair and Ridgewood) will be donating 25% of all soup sales to Toni’s Kitchen and the Social Service Association of Ridgewood.

Today, Raymond’s in Montclair will be serving creamy tomato with Parmesan frico, croutons, and basil oil as a special; chicken dumpling as well as curried cauliflower soup with saffron currants & diced apples are also on the menu. Upcoming special soups will be French lentil with chives and sour cream; loaded baked potato soup, and roasted parsnip soup.

Olive That! and More Celebrates 5 Years With Three Days of Celebrating

Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Our go-to place for terrific hostess gifts, addictive truffle salt and of course, amazing infused olive oils and flavored vinegars is turning 5! Yes, it’s been five years since Olive That! and More opened at 246 Bellevue Ave. in Upper Montclair in 2012. To celebrate, owners Steve and Jen have planned three tasty days this weekend: Continue Reading

6th Annual Guy Fawkes Fish & Chips and Trivia Night

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 12:05pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The 6th Annual Guy Fawkes Fish & Chips and Trivia Night is Friday, November 3. The Friends of Barnet Fish & Chips and Trivia fundraiser supports the Student Exchange Program with Montclair’s Sister City of Barnet in London, UK.

There will be fish and chips fried fresh on-site by the famous Argyle Restaurant of Kearny and five rounds of British-themed trivia questions with prizes! Continue Reading

Mundo Vegan and SO Tasty Vegan Team Up To Offer Vegan Grab & Go Bowls and Pop-Up Dinners

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Locals in search of healthy, delicious, quick meals now have a new one-bowl option in downtown Montclair. Fanny Fuentes-Phalon of Mundo Vegan and Sally Owens of SO Tasty Vegan have teamed up to offer Vegan Power Bowls that will fill you up without weighing you down. These tasty vegan bowls will be available in the take-out refrigerator at the front of Mundo Vegan to make meals convenient and quick.

Combinations will include curry chickpea quinoa and pesto with roasted vegetables. Chef Owens only uses organic produce, and all bowls will be gluten-free as well. Bowls will sell for $12-$13, and flavor combinations will vary each week.

In addition to the Grab & Go Vegan Bowls, Mundo Vegan and SO Tasty Vegan will host monthly Pop-Up Dinners starting in December, including a special February 14th dinner. Owens is excited about the partnership, “The values of Mundo Vegan are the perfect complement to my goals as a vegan chef. I’m thrilled to be able to offer healthy, creative meals to the community.”

Chef Fanny Fuentes-Phalon adds, “The partnership with SO Tasty Vegan is a natural fit for Mundo Vegan. We were looking for a more casual lunch option for our customers, and the flavors Sally creates are delicious and stick with our principles of using organic, whole ingredients.”

Chef Ilson Gonçalves Shares Recipes in The Samba Montclair Cookbook

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 11:18am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bolinho de Mandioca, a coconut yuca cake.

Fans of Samba Montclair and the culinary skills of Brazilian-born Chef Ilson Gonçalves can try and recreate some of Gonçalves’ favorite dishes at home with The Samba Montclair Cookbook: Authentic Home-style Brazilian Recipes and Reminiscences.

The book features the chef’s memories of growing up in the southern state of Santa Catarina, where he learned to prepare these dishes from scratch using fresh, all-natural ingredients.

One of those ingredients is yuca and the root vegetable (which grew wild in Gonçalves’ backyard growing up) figures prominently in the cookbook’s 42 recipes for home cooks, including yuca gnocchi, yuca and codfish croquettes and Bolinho de Mandioca, a coconut yuca cake that Gonçalves’ favorite dessert as a child.

“It was common for me to pick wild fruits for snacking and spend the day surrounded by natural beauty,” says Gonçalves.

Ilson Gonçalves signed his new cookbook at a launch party on Tuesday.

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