#SCBDReview: .@LangostaLounge–Back from Superstorm Sandy

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It was a dark and stormy night. Truly it was. This winter just wouldn’t let up on us down the Jersey Shore. And so it was on a dark, rainy night with impending snow that Sara and I went to visit the Langosta Lounge. Arriving at the entrance right on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park is pretty cool even in the nastiest of weather. A weeknight in bad weather in the winter, we were lucky enough to snag a table with a view of the Boardwalk and ocean. But the place filled up shortly after we were seated.

What a unique place. Vacation inspired cuisine. I know that means the chef-owners vacations, but just going there is like a vacation away from your everyday. If you haven’t been yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Ahh,maybe you wanted to read my review first?

 

We started with one of their house inspired cocktails each. I had The Fashionista- Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, triple sec, fresh lime & cranberry because I love grapefruit juice and Absolut so I was starting as a happy camper. Sara had The Market Mojito- Fresh mint and strawberries; she tries to make her drinks healthy too. A little fruit, fresh, and that muddled mint. Can you smell it yet? They also have a unique wine offering. It is wine on tap. I know you are thinking, must be crappy stuff. But quite to the contrary, it is wine from France. In May, there should be a sampling evening.

They brought out their breadsticks and sundried tomato butter. So much better than plain butter, ya know? Then we tried a few appetizers. We had Thai street food, not what you think, unless you’ve been to Thailand. These were steamed Chinese buns with braised short rib and kimchi. So delicious.

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It was then that Marilyn Schlossbach, the Executive chef here, popped out to say hello. This is no ordinary woman, I know I could write quite a few pages about her alone. Suffice it to say, she runs numerous restaurants, does work in many communities, and is raising twin toddlers. So, I asked her where her Superwoman cape was? She is a passionate woman and it is obvious in her restaurant.
Back to the food. We had lobster esquite on a stick. We had Cuban corn and curry lobster. We had Tuscan sausage with greens, cheese and white beans and then topped it off with Lobster Carbonara Pizza. Oh, yeah, we just had appetizers! Yikes, was there room for dessert? After we were told about the Passionfruit Pannacotta cheesecake and Jennies moms cookie sundae, we said YES. Coffee? Sure. So pleased when it came in a full sized mug. Perfect to wrap our hands around on this damp night. And the desserts were as delicious as they were beautiful.
So, if you haven’t been, you MUST go. And if you have been, when are you going back?

SCBD’s POV: Before Arlene and I dined at Langosta Lounge this last time, we actually went 4 years ago for my 21st birthday, it was also before Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. I didn’t understand food like I do now so I didn’t exactly appreciate it but I knew the food was great. I’m so happy we came back when we did. Langosta Lounge is owned by Chef/Restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach, She owns a few restaurants in the area including Pop’s Garage, a traditional Mexican concept next door. Langosta Lounge’s theme is based around food that Marilyn has ate on vacation and the dishes range from Thai Street Food to Lobster Carbonara Pizza. It’s definitely creative comfort food. As Arlene mentioned the Mixology program is phenomenal. Her Fashionista cocktail was a great mix of vodka and juices. My mojito was great too, you could taste how fresh the ingredients are. The desserts were just as delicious and perfectly prepared as dinner was. The cookie sundae was great but I really loved the Passion Fruit Pannacotta cheesecake, it knocked me off my feet.

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They also have a lot of events going on that support different charities and the community, check them out, here.

Planning to go to the shore this Spring or Summer? Make sure you make Langosta Lounge one of your dining destinations.

Find out other restaurant’s Marilyn owns, here.

Dined there already? Tweet us @ArleneGaona & @Smchickbigdeals and let us know what you thought of it!

 

*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for our meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDEventRecap: The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest

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This is the 2nd event for April’s Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. If you’ve wondered about going, stop wondering and go next season. This is a day of fun and food. Isn’t that what the Jersey Shore is all about?

This is hosted by Bar A in Belmar. For $30 there were many burgers and these cute little tasting mugs for beer. The beer was Jersey Shore’s very own Beach Haus. There was an IPA and a Pilsner. It’s got me hooked on the IPA. Bold, yet satisfying. And did I say great with burgers? A shout out here to Julie the bartender in the main area of the burger competition. She was filling those tiny mugs for hours with a smile. Thanks.photo 1

So my companion and I signed in and got our tasting mugs and were on our way. A little burger, a little beer. What a fine time. People were inside, outside, taking up all spaces Bar A provided.

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Now to the burgers. They were all so different. Cave, an all Paleo restaurant in Avon had a bunless burger that was juicy and tasty with a hint of siracha. Bar A, representing the house, had a Tex mex burger with a ghost pepper sauce, hoo haa, spicy!

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Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park had a burger with caramelized onions that they do so well. Harpoon Willy’s, Wall, had a burger with avocado and roasted tomatoes that made it so juicy. Shipwreck Point from Point Pleasant, known for its gourmet fair, did not let us down. Their burger was pulled brisket in their own BBQ sauce and a special slaw. Jersey Shore BBQ, Belmar, had a burger with pulled pork on it, oh yeah. I’ll be stopping by for one of those again.

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709 in Point Pleasant had a no bread cheeseburger. No bread, but a Haloumi cheese bun. It was a 2 napkin burger but well worth the needed napkins.
The Committed Pig from Manasquan, did the People’s Choice winner burger. It had an onion ring on top and a little siracha, just a little and the bun,like a pillow for that burger. I may be committed to this burger. All in all, a fun time and creative food, too.

Now, enjoy the rest of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week.

#DealAlert: .@JSRWeek returns this Friday, April 4th #JSRWeek

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The 10th Jersey Shore Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, April 4 and goes until April 13, 2014. The week features three course dinners at top Jersey Shore Restaurants for either $20.14 or $30.14. Nearly 70 restaurants have signed up for the Spring event and the timing couldn’t be better after this long winter. The event is sponsored by JVrola Meats, Shore Foodie and Pine Belt Autos.

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Celebrating it’s 5th anniversary JSRW has become a much anticipated event for both consumers and restaurants. A post event survey in November showed the number of people who dined out more than once jumped 134% vs. a non-RW. Consumers also try new restaurants during RW. Over 65% went to a new restaurant during the November Restaurant Week. Restaurants reported dramatic revenue increases with 35% realizing increases of 31% and up.

New restaurants participating for the first time in April include Schneider’s in Avon, Blend on Main, Manasquan, Even Tide Grill, Sea Bright, Farrell’s Stout and Steak, Point Pleasant, Park East, Hazlet, Shore Points Coastal BBQ, Point Pleasant. We also welcome back previous participants Giamano’s Ristorante, Bradley Beach, Tulipano’s, Belmar and Bahr’s Landing, Highlands. Our new favorite, Coastal Chaos Waterfront Restaurant, is also participating!

Special events planned for the week include:

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First Bites: Kick-Off to Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. 6 top Jersey Shore Chefs create an extravagant 6 course small plate tasting menu paired with wines followed by strolling dessert carts featuring cheese, pastries, chocolate and port. Thursday, April 3rd, The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Participating chefs include Michael Bonner of The Mill, Spring Lake Heights, Chris Brandl of Brandl, Belmar, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, Terry Eleftheriou of Shipwreck Grill, Brielle, Mike Jurusz of Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill, Seaside Park and Lou Smith of the New Blend on Main, Manasquan

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“The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest” returns to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on Saturday, April 5th. Top Jersey Shore restaurants compete for the title of “Best Burger at the Shore”. Judging panel and People’s Choice award. Sponsored by BeachHaus Beers.

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Eat, Drink, Indulge: Mastering the Art of Wine Blending. A unique and interactive evening where the guest becomes the winemaker for the night. Guests will taste 4 different wines from Lyeth Estates, learn what differentiates them from one another and based on their own tastes, create their own perfect blend. Monday, April 7th. Squan Tavern, Manasquan. Tickets include wine and the best pizza at the Jersey Shore!

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Burgers, Bloodies and Brews is one of the most popular events on Saturday, April 12th. Harpoon Willy’s. From noon. Something new this time: Beer tasting flights! No advance tickets necessary.

Tickets on sale at at www.jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com. Ticketed events fill up quickly and limited tickets are available at the door.

Don’t miss out on these great events and amazing dining deals! Stay tuned and see where we will be dining by the shore over the next week! Cheers!

#SCBDExclusive: Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant debuts this Thursday in Brick, #NJ

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Get your tastebuds ready, Jersey Shore. Josh Barnhard, restaurateur of Taylor’s Dockside Restaurant and  Josh’s Coastal Chaos is back with a new restaurant– Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant.  Coastal Chaos is located ideally along the Metedeconk River on Princeton Avenue in Brick, NJ. Josh is taking up the space where his brother, Ryan Michael formerly  had his restaurant, Ryan Michael’s Waterfront Restaurant. Ryan has now taken up Josh’s old space and has a coastal barbecue concept in the works, stay tuned for details on that within the next few weeks. Now let us give you the details on what Josh has in store for you at  Coastal Chaos

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If you dined at Ryan Michael’s before this, be ready for a completely new concept. This time around, Josh is running operations and has an Executive Chef running the kitchen. Chaos’ Executive Chef, is a fellow Howell native and Howell High School graduate, Matthew Levine. Levine got his classical French training at The Culinary Education Center (an extension of Brookdale Community College)  in Asbury Park, NJ where he apprenticed under Chef John Brendesma. After graduation Levine became Executive Chef of the late Plan B in Asbury Park, Dive in Sea Bright, and last at Toast in Asbury Park. Levine told me, “I am really excited to part of the new restaurant with Josh. We are a great team and are excited to serve up ‘classy casual’, ‘chaotic comfort’ food in the new space.”

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 Coastal Chaos is definitely a foodies heaven. The lunch menu has soups, salads, and handheld items in it. This includes their take on the Caesar salad called,  Ides of March ($8.99) which has fresh romaine lettuce, grilled tomato, homemade croutons, grated asiago cheese, tossed in one of their three homemade dressings: Classic Caesar, Vegan, or Creole. I was also told that the Triple C Soup ($3.99/$5.99) is delicious and has fresh crab, herb roasted chicken, and sweet Jersey corn in it. Levine even included a the Brandesma Burger ($9.99), paying homage to his mentor, Chef John Brandesma. The burger is a seasoned half pound burger, topped with cheddar jack cheese, garlic-herb roasted tomatoes and pickled shallots. Getting hungry already?

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Dinner is just as delectable as lunch and features dishes such as Lucky Town Clams ($9.99) which is roasted clams topped with bacon hash, chorizo, onion leeks, carrot, celery and herb and Speakeasy Shrimp Cocktail ($8.99) three shrimp with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. The pasta selection also isn’t to be missed with dishes like, Lobster Mac N Cheese (19.99) which has Conchigle Giganti pasta tossed in their decadent truffle and cheese sauce with chunks of Fresh Lobster meat and topped with breadcrumbs. They also have something for those who are vegetarian and vegan, Vegan Lasagna ($16.99) which has fresh, local veggies layered with a vegan red sauce and tofu ricotta. If you are looking for seafood Coastal Chao definitely has you covered with dishes like Chaotic Paella ($20.99) Big Kahuna Salmon ($18.99). Last, the Georgia Baby Backs ($19.99) are not to be missed. These ribs are slow-cooked and topped  with the house-made grilled peach BBQ sauce and served with pan roasted corn and garlic smashed potatoes.  Coastal Chaos prides itself for serving fresh, never frozen and locally sourced ingredients in their dishes.

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The restaurant will be open for dinner opening night, this Thursday, March 20th from  4:30pm- close and will be open for lunch and dinner from this Friday. March 21st forward. They will also start serving breakfast beginning the weekend of March 29th. The breakfast menu will be the same menu from Josh’s previous breakfast & lunch concept, Josh’s  Coastal Chaos which will be sure to bring in some of his loyal regulars! Since the restaurant is along the Metedeconk River they also welcome anyone on their boats to dock & dine as they please. Coastal Chaos is currently a BYO restaurant but we hear working with a local winery is in the works.

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 Coastal Chaos is a family owned and operated BYO waterfront restaurant with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s tastefully decorated with a magnificent, scenic view of the Metedeconk River with outstanding cuisines, fair prices, and excellent customer service.” Levine and Barnhard plan to make it to their mission to give you that exactly.  Plan on coming to the  Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant opening this Thursday or Friday? Let us know what you think! We’d love to see you there and know Josh and Matt along with their team are ready to feed you!

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#SCBDReview: @MEEMOMSNJ- Means Grandma to Many, Means Great Food to Us

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Interesting place, this Meemom’s. I expected it to be comfy-kitchy, but it was more upscale-delicious with a healthful hint.

I’ve now been to Meemom’s twice. My first visit was for lunch with my co- teacher. We rarely get out for lunch, but this day we had a teacher in service and I just had to get to this place that everyone was talking about. The menu was different, but in a good way.

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They have a coffee bar with all sorts of fun and funky coffees, but we just decided on the coffee of the day, it was Summatra, and delicious. We each had a sandwich, but at Meemom’s a sandwich is much more than just a sandwich. I chose to have a MonteCristo and here it is served with what they call Spuds. They are yummy crispy potatoes with onion and green peppers. My co-teacher had the Sam-Wich which came with pasta salad. But apparently this pasta salad is just not any pasta salad. She kept saying “This is REALLY good pasta salad”. So eventually I got the drift. REALLY! As we left that day, we heard the cashier tell someone, the usual “See you soon” and his reply was “Yeah, soon…I’ll be back tomorrow!”

The next time I went it was for breakfast and I was with my companion and Small Chick Big Deals, Sara, herself! My companion and I had the coffee of the day again. Sara had one of the Specialty drinks. The menu just looked so good we couldn’t decide between the sweet and the savory. We decided to have the Crazy Monkey French toast to share as a breakfast appetizer. Maybe more places should serve something like this. It was stuffed with homemade peanut butter, marshmallow spread, and fresh cut bananas & topped with walnuts served with chocolate butter. Oh, yeah.

For our main dish, I had the Jersey Omelet which included diced pork roll, tomato & American cheese and of course those Spuds. It certainly did Jersey justice! My companion had the Breakfast Enchilada which was two tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, sausage, & topped with homemade cheese sauce & melted cheddar jack cheese. Bet your mouth is watering now? Lastly, it was Sara’s turn to order, she had the Steak Benedict, which was skirt steak, spuds & two poached eggs served over toasted biscuits topped with hollandaise sauce. There are so many good choices to choose from, you really need to check out the menu for yourself and come to Wall.

I, myself, will certainly go back and secretly hope Meemom’s opens a place in Howell as well.

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SCBD’s POV: Like Arlene mentioned above, I expected the usual diner-like, Jersey-style like eatery upon walking into Meemom’s in Wall but it was nothing like that. Meemom’s is now my favorite breakfast joint in the area because the menu is fun and filling and the staff is on point.

On the website, the restaurant is described as, “Meemom was hands down the sweetest woman anyone could ever know. From close relatives to relative strangers, everyone called her “Mom”. She just had a way about her that made people feel at home. Whether it was with her infectious smile, her warm embrace, or her unbeatable cooking, Meemom’s biggest joy in life was bringing joy to others. We can only hope that the home cooking at Meemom’s Kitchen, created from recipes passed down from Meemom herself, can continue to pull people together and bring smiles to their faces.”

Meemom’s Kitchen is just that, the first time I went I got a cappuccino and fresh squeezed orange juice, the Crazy Monkey French Toast, and the Steak Eggs Benedict. Meemom’s unlike most breakfast joints around here has an extensive coffee bar so my cappuccino was satisfying and the fresh squeezed OJ did not disappoint. Next, came out our Crazy Monkey French Toast which was perfect for three people to split. It wasn’t too sweet and you didn’t feel too guilty eating it. Last, came our separate entrees we each ordered. Arlene and her companion were satisfied with their choices as I was with mine. The steak eggs benedict were great, tons of flavor, great portion. They were served on a biscuit instead of an english muffin which I didn’t mind.

The last time I stopped by, I had what Arlene got for breakfast when the three of us went– the Jersey Omelette. The Jersey Omelette is one of their signature dishes and has tomatoes and pork roll (or Taylor Ham to some of you) in it. I’m very picky on how much pork roll I consume oddly but it had just enough in it to balance with the tomatoes perfectly.The omelette was also fluffy so it was great to eat!

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If you are local and haven’t been to Meemom’s yet, make it your next breakfast destination. If you are coming to the Jersey Shore over the summer, make it your breakfast destination. I highly recommend it and I hear they are talking about opening shop in a town a bit closer to me and honestly…I can’t wait!

Meemom’s Kitchen
Plaza 35
1825 Highway 35
Wall, New Jersey 07719
732-359-8544
Open everyday 6am-3pm

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#SCBDEvent: .@ACFashionWeek

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Get ready fashionistas! Atlantic City Fashion Week is back in Atlantic City, NJ this weekend from February 28th until March 2nd. The event is compared to the likes of fashion week in NYC, Paris, and Milan. There will be many exciting guests and designers at ACFW this year such as past contestants from Project Runway, Cory Wade Hindorff from America’s Next Top Model, current Miss NJ Cara McCollum, and many other important people! The fashion shows will take place at The Pier Shops at Caesar’s, located just off the boardwalk in Atlantic City. It is a beautiful venue that features a 48 foot runway, as well as amazing fountains that change color surrounding the runways.

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Each night the shows run from 7 PM until 9 PM. Friday night will highlight Ready to Wear fashions, while Saturday is the Couture fashion shows. Sunday is an even more special treat with the South Asian Fashion Festival. This final night of ACFW will feature fashions from several countries in South Asia, as well as a pageant. It should be a very exciting weekend! Tickets are $35 a person for Friday and Saturday nights of the event, and $40 for Sunday’s event. Small Chick Big Deals will be there covering the event and live tweeting all weekend! Don’t miss this exciting event in Atlantic City!

#SCBDExclusive: Interview with Chef Josh Barnhard of Josh’s Coastal Chaos

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to meet with a local chef Josh Barnhard at his restaurant, Josh’s Coastal Chaos that is located in Point Pleasant, NJ. Josh’s Coastal Chaos is unlike anything in its area and focuses on giving its customers good, hearty meals that have a creative focus and are also a bang for your buck. Check out my interview with him below and see how he got started and his plans for the future.

SCBD: How old were you when you started cooking?

JB: I’ve always loved cooking since I was little. I was 17 when I started working in a kitchen and continued to work in restaurants throughout college. I  worked at Tiffany’s in Toms River, Front of House at Lone Star and Charlie Brown’s.  Then I  started working at my family’s restaurant, Taylor’s Dockside Grill while working other jobs. I also learned a lot when I worked for Aramark for a period of time.

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SCBD: What made you want to choose cooking?

JB: My dream career is one where I can creative and I can do that with cooking. I am  extremely passionate about cooking and music.

SCBD: What made you want to open Josh’s Coastal Chaos?

JB: I was working at Taylor’s Dockside up until the time Superstorm Sandy hit.  The damage was so bad because of Sandy that we couldn’t reopen.  After a while I decided to Chaos in Point Pleasant  Beach and its been open since April.

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SCBD: What’s your vision with Josh’s Coastal Chaos?

JB: We’re doing a lot of trial and error. We currently have breakfast and lunch every day and may even serve dinner at some point due to the high demand from our customers.

SCBD: What would you call the cuisine here?

JB: We’re a family based restaurant that specializes in comfort food with a chaotic twist. We have everything to breakfast classics to lunch favorites. We don’t serve any frozen food, everything is homemade from the chicken fingers to pancakes.

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#SCBDEventRecap: Forks & Corks: Pop a Cork for the Algonquin Arts Theater

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Arlene Gaona and companion were fortunate enough to attend Forks & Corks: A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights on Monday November 18, 2013. This was the first annual event to raise money for the Algonquin Arts Theater in Manasquan, NJ.

The event was sponsored largely by our friends at JerseyBites.com. Each vendor was there to show off a highlight and in that respect…they shore did. Yup, the shore is on purpose. This whole event was less than a mile from the beaches previously destroyed by Sandy.

Let me invite you to walk with me as I recall what we ate and drank. Lots of the vendors were eager to chat with us about their product and we were eager to learn. We began downstairs, and decided to try the cognac infused vodka by Exclusive Vodka. Perfect for all the cool nights ahead and the straight vodka was top of the line as well. This may have been our first stop but it was also our BIG DEAL of the night. Either one is available for the big deal price of $10!

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Ragin Cajun had jambalaya and chicken gumbo. Spicy like Cajun food should be, just enough heat to taste all the flavors. Sweet Tease had tasty little baked goods. 3 kinds of pie, pumpkin, apple and blueberry and carrot cupcakes. They told us that they didn’t use a lot of sugar, therefore these pies tasted like real pie and fruit. They were great! Beach Haus Beer had two kind of beer to try. There was a pilsner and a lager. The lager was dark, with chocolate and other notes. They were both darn good beers and I think we’ll be picking some up for the holidays. Chocolate Bar, is located in Manasquan locally, but YES, it is associated with the one in NYC and other spots globally. They had an array of goodies. Pumpkin cookies, deluxe and spicy brownies and a winter hot chocolate. Who thought hot chocolate could be better than the regular warm yummy stuff we already drink? Well, they did here. If it weren’t for other things I would have drunk this all night.

Scarborough Fair as always, had delicious food. Fins showed their flare for the inventive as they do every day. They had a fresh blue corn mini tortilla with lobster and a Polynesian luau glaze. The texture of the corn tortilla with the creamy lobster, was out of this world. Sure hope this gets on their everyday menu!

Then, it was time to go upstairs. You could smell deliciousness on the way up.
First stop for us was Brandl, they were serving a 24 hour sous vide bacon with apple, gorgonzola and maple vinaigrette. Oh my gosh! If that doesn’t make you want to make your next reservations there, I don’t know what will. In chatting with the fellows from Brandl, my companion discussed whether they should cook our turkey or if we should do our own. They said,” Oh, you don’t want to do it, let us.” Almost hypnotic.
Carton Brewery, is in Point Pleasant Beach and they have some darn good beer. The one offered to us, BDG, Brunch Dinner Grub, was quite tasty. They make a number of other beers including a 12% beer called Decoy, for those of you who like the high alcohol content beers.

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Chef Michael’s Café got my companions vote for best food of the event. Chef Michael was there making a prosciutto di parma, gorgonzola bosc pear lollipop and a tequila lime shrim tostada. I was thinking, ok this is the next restaurant to go to that we haven’t been to yet. That was, until I checked his brochure and found he is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday –Friday. Umm, I’m a teacher, those are my work hours. Hmmm, I’m thinking lunch over winter break. Sure hope he is open then! The Committed Pig is a restaurant that has been feature on the website before. During this event they served meatloaf, in the shape of a meatball, over whipped potatoes. What a tease, I’m not a big meatloaf eater, mainly because I like my own, but I’d order this because now I need more. That taste was just not enough of their good food.

Doolan’s Shore Club has become my family spot for Mother’s Day brunch, they really outdo at the event. I always run into at least one other mom I know there and they are just as pleased with Doolan’s as I am. Fratellos Restaurant and Lounge a spot we often visit during restaurant week, had a sumptuous eggplant rollatini, tender enough for small plate standing and eating. Kaya’s Kitchen is a vegetarian restaurant. I admit, I am no vegetarian, but they had two soups to offer. I chose the Thai sweet potato soup. Absolutely delicious, I took the menu and it is really an updated vegetarian restaurant. What I mean by that is that there are items on the menu that would be in a meat eaters restaurant, but vegetarian alongside traditional vegetarian items.

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Krave Spirits was different from the rest of the vendors. They had many choices of drinks, i.e. red and white sangria, egg nog and cider to which they add their liquor, Love Potion #9. I had the cider and it was delicious. Langosta Lounge had a sweet for us to try, Merlot Truffles. A nice change to eat wine and chocolate instead of drinking it. I could see myself buying this as a gift, for sure. McLoone’s restaurants had a carving station. This brought a party air to the event, not to mention some quality meats.

The Mill got my vote for the best food bite of the night. They served short ribs on creamed turnips. I mean, really, there is nothing The Mill does badly, so I should not be surprised, but this really hit the mark. Short Ribs so tender, there was for sure no need for a knife. I sure hope your mouth is watering now, because mine is.
Spirit of ’76 Wines and Liquors were offering a few different wines. In chatting with them I found out they liked our name since they are a business of Chicks as well! Owned, managed and run by chicks. Gotta love that, as well as the large selection they keep in stock.

Taka offered an asian twist to the short rib that wowed by companion. It is easy to understand why they are expanding to a larger space. The owner was there and he told us it will be 4x the size. Looks like we will all be able to go! Woodchuck’s BBQ was serving their popular pulled chicken and pork. It is obvious to see why it is so popular. Tender, juicy BBQ. Perfect for any season. Then, it was time to leave. What a night, it was visions of restaurants, not sugarplums that danced in my head that night.

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#SCBDEvent: FORKS & CORKS- A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting

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Monday, November 18 • 6-9pm

Hope you reserved your tickets, like we did, for the first annual FORKS & CORKS: A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting, at The Mill in Spring Lake Heights, on Monday, November 18 from 6 to 9 pm. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sample artful dishes from area restaurants as you sip a delightful array of premiere wines, beers and inventive cocktails from local distributors.

This event is being sponsored by Jersey Bites. Arlene Grossman Gaona Of Small Chick Big Deals will be attending this event. Not only is it a worthwhile cause, benefiting the Algonquin Arts Theatre, but it is going to be one fun night.

Sure to sell out, FORKS & CORKS promises to be an epic evening for anyone who is a fan of the edible arts – and offers an exciting glimpse of the delectable options that abound at the Jersey Shore! All attendees must be 21 years or older.

Here is a list of some of the great eats that will be there:

  • Beach Haus Beer (Pt. Pleasant Beach)
  • Brandl (Belmar )
  • Carton Brewery (Atlantic Highlands)
  • Chef Michael’s Cafe (Wall)
  • Chocolate Bar (Manasquan)
  • The Committed Pig (Manasquan)
  • Exclusiv Vodka
  • Fins! A TropiCali Grill (Bradley Beach, Sea Girt & Brick)
  • Fratello’s Restaurant & Lounge (Sea Girt)
  • Kaya’s Kitchen (Belmar )
  • Krave Spirits (Matawan)
  • Langosta Lounge (Asbury Park )
  • McCloone’s Restaurants
  • The Mill (Spring Lake Heights)
  • Ragin’ Cajun (Belmar )
  • Scarborough Fair (Sea Girt )
  • Shore Point Distributing Company (Freehold )
  • Spirit of ’76 Wines and Liquors (Manasquan)
  • Sweet Tease (Manasquan)
  • Taka (Asbury Park )
  • Unionville Vineyard (Ringoes)
  • Woodchuck’s BBQ (Pt. Pleasant)

#SCBDReview: Harrigan’s Pub-Jersey Shore Traditional Irish Pub and a Wee Bit More

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Middle of September we wound up at Harrigan’s Pub. One of our friend’s bands, The Clamdiggers, were playing there and we thought to meet up with another couple who likes to hear them, too.

Open Faced Reuben

Open Faced Reuben

We got there a little ahead of our friends and a little ahead of the band, so we sat at the bar and had a drink while waiting. For a mid-sized bar, they had an incredible amount of beers, ales and ciders. My companion choose one of the fall brews and I asked for a Jack Rose. Now, a Jack Rose is a Monmouth county drink. Since it is made from Laird’s Apple Jack produced in Colts Neck, you can really only get it in Monmouth county and only at a bar with an experienced bartender. I took my chances and was well rewarded. There’s something rather satisfying about a bartender who knows his stuff, and at Harrigan’s that is a guarantee.

Guiness Stew with Puff Pastry

Guiness Stew with Puff Pastry

Our friends arrived and the hostess provided us with a table right away. Nice. The band started playing too. Great evening. Only decision left was what to order for dinner. No easy choice here. Menu just chock full of great choices. Lots of good old American food and plenty of Irish fare. We did discuss that since we were in an Irish pub…maybe we should try something Irish. So, I decided on the Guiness stew topped with puffed pastry and so did one of our friends. My companion ordered the open faced Rueben. There was warm bread and butter and then a soup or salad. They had pea soup, I love pea soup. I was a happy camper. And then came the stew…. I have to say, that stew went on and on. It was in a huge bowl and there was no way I was ever going to finish it. It came home as lunch for the next few days at work. Lucky me. My companion’s corned beef was sliced so thin it created a superb Reuben. One of the best he’s ever had, and way too much to finish in one sitting. Again, lucky lunch later.

So we had these containers to take home, our bellies were full, but the food was so good, we just had to try a dessert. Ok, we split those. Our friends had the chocolate cake which disappeared quickly and we had the homemade bread pudding. Nothing as comforting as homemade bread pudding. My mom never made it, put she probably should have. Well, we came for the band and they were great as usual. I mean who wouldn’t love a band called The Clamdiggers at the Jersey Shore, and they play all the songs you want to hear to sing along with or dance to. It also doesn’t hurt that the lead singer, Steve Hodgin, has been a family friend for years.

Like I said, we came for the band, BUT, we’ll be back for the food. Meet us there next time.

Harrigan’s Pub 703 Baltimore Blvd Sea Girt, NJ 08750 Phone: 732.449.8228 Harriganspub.com

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