10 Bowls of Soup Found Locally to Warm You Up Through Winter

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 1:31pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Winter weather have you chilled? A hearty and warm bowl of soup is the answer and there are many great options in Baristaville to enjoy.

Here are 10 great bowls of soup to warm you up through winter:

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SShhh…Montclair Food & Wine Festival Presents The Speakeasy

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Their last event, BBQ, Bourbon and Biergarten, was a blast!

Now Montclair Food & Wine Festival presents The Speakeasy, a clandestine affair set in the grandeur of the Wellmont Theater, on Saturday, January 28. Reminiscent of the Prohibition Era, the evening will intertwine illicit libations coordinated by Amanti Vino, fine culinary bites from more than 20 area restaurants, and the sultry sound of Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion. Continue Reading

Say Au Revoir Fricassée French Bistro in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 10:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)

fricaseeSay au revoir to a great french restaurant in Montclair. Fricassée French Bistro, which opened at 6 Park Street in 2013 with great success, has closed.

The owner, Chef Mark Papera, who was also the original owner of Epernay in the same place in 2006, has closed the doors and put up a for sale sign.

Attempts to learn more from Papera have gone unanswered.








Where to Brunch on New Year’s Day

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brunch on New Year's Day

You stay up late, drink champagne, and wake up wanting a stick to your ribs brunch on New Year’s Day? No worries, there’s plenty open in the area to do just that. Plus, it falls on a Sunday — a perfect brunch day.

Here’s where to brunch on New Year’s Day:

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Winner, Winner, Where to Get a Fried Chicken Dinner

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (12)


fried chicken dinner

Fried Chicken at Turtle + The Wolf. (Photo: Sharon Sevrens)

With New Year’s coming up and losing weight and eating healthy a common resolution, we say whatever. We’re craving comfort food and fried chicken dinner is on the menu.

Here’s where to get a fried chicken dinner in Baristaville:

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A Bit of the Jersey Shore Comes to Church Street With Playa Bowls Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Dec 23, 2016 12:23pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Playa Bowls

Step away from the heavy comfort food you may turn to in the winter and opt for a summery and light meal at Playa Bowls, which is celebrating its grand opening at 19 Church Street in Montclair today.

Playa Bowls started down the Jersey Shore, first in Belmar and then opening other locations in Long Branch, Ocean Grove and made it’s way north to New Brunswick and now Montclair. The menu features smoothie bowls ($9-$10) — Coconut, Acai, Pitaya, and Green Bowls — which are basically a thicker smoothie that you eat with a spoon instead of suck own with a straw, with added toppings, like granola or chunks of coconut on top. Traditional smoothies, oatmeal, organic soups, and other healthy items, are also on the menu.

Desi Saran who is the owner and the man on the right is Gary Charming the executive director of their nine location chain

Hinck building owner Dick Grabowsky, (left) with Playa Bowls owner Desi Saran, Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson and Gary Charming, executive director of Playa Bowl’s nine-location chain.



Where to Enjoy a Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner on Christmas Eve

BY  |  Monday, Dec 19, 2016 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Feast of the Seven Fishes

For Southern Italians and Italian-Americans, Christmas Eve is celebrated with a Feast of the Seven Fishes. The special meal typically consists of seven (for the seven sacraments) different seafood dishes and is believed to have originated in Southern Italy, where it is known as The Vigil (La Vigilia). The tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat or milk products on Fridays, and on the day before Holy days like Christmas.

Local Italian-Americans shared how they celebrate with us here. The number of how many fishes one actually eats seems to vary, however no matter how many fishes you eat on Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a Feast of the Seven Fishes at these local restaurants:
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Montclair Chef Shares His Favorite Hanukkah Doughnut Recipe

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Sfenj hanukkah doughnut recipe

While latkes are a Hanukkah favorite, Montclair Chef Meny Vaknin, of MishMish Café in Montclair, says Hanukkah isn’t complete without Moroccan Donuts, also known as Sfenj, at his family’s table.

Originally from Morocco, Meny and his family celebrate Hanukkah with Sephardic traditions. Derived from the Arabic word for sponge, Sfenj have a sweet, crispy exterior and a fluffy interior. Served with powdered sugar and a drizzle of honey, they are the perfect celebratory treat to celebrate such a joyous occasion.

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The 2nd Annual Baristanet Cookie Recipe Exchange

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 10:30am

Lemon Star Cookies

Last year we started the Baristanet Cookie Recipe Exchange, where we shared delicious cookie recipes from local residents to share some holiday sweetness. We continue the tradition this year with some delicious recipes!

Going to a Cookie Exchange party? Hosting a holiday get together? Dazzle your guests with these delicious Cookie Exchange Recipes shared from the recipe books of the fine folks of Baristaville:

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UPDATE: 24 Dinners Donated to 24 Families on December 24 from Montclair’s Villa Victoria

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

UPDATE 12/22:  Thanks to the initial gift of 24 family meals and an additional 52 family meals donated by the community, the partnership of Villa Victoria Pizzeria, the Montclair Center BID, Montclair Community Officer PO Guthrie and Toni’s Kitchen will feed over 200 people on December 24!

Chef Floyd of Villa Victoria Pizzeria came up with the initial idea of feeding the needy for Christmas.  Executive Director Israel Cronk of the Montclair Center BID came up with the partnership of Community Officer Guthrie and Toni’s Kitchen to distribute food.  Additionally, the BID promoted the fundraiser through social media and raised $520 from the community for this initiative.


On December 24, Villa Victoria will donate 24 large trays of dinners to 24 deserving families in Montclair. They will be distributed by P.O. Garth Guthrie, Community Officer of the Montclair Police Department. The Montclair Center BID is collecting additional funds to feed even more people. A $10 donation will provide a hearty, additional meal to a deserving Montclair resident, donate at the Montclair Center Facebook page or at https://bit.ly/2hdD4Oz.

“It’s important for me to acknowledge the people that can’t afford to eat on this holiday season,” said Villa Victoria owner Floyd Montiel. “We’ve been here for 20 years and it’s important to support the community that has supported us.”

“It’s amazing that we have business owners like Floyd that are willing and able to help our community,” said P.O. Garth Guthrie. P.O. Guthrie will be distributing the meals to families in South Montclair. Continue Reading

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