#SCBDReview: .@SpuntinoWineBar with Wine Boy

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Wine Boy and I were craving small plates and wine after a long day of working together, so we headed to Clifton, New Jersey. Right by the AMC Theater is an Italian Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant called Spuntino, known for its fabulous selection of Italian wines and small plates. The atmosphere was welcoming and I loved the decoration of wine racks surrounding the entire restaurant. The restaurant was divided into two main parts: the bar area and the rest of the restaurant with tables and booths.

Wine Boy and I had the nicest waitress: her name was Allison, so I highly recommend grabbing a table that is served by Allison. That night, Wine Boy and I shared truffle French fries made with truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Italian herbs. After that, we shared spaghetti alla carbonara with bacon, peas, Pecorina Romano, and egg yolk. Finally, we had speck, which is smoked prosciutto, from the Aldo Adige region in Italy, served on grilled crostini.

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He simply had a soda since he offered to be my designated driver, so I treated myself to a quartino of Moscato. The Moscato was a 2011 fruity, medium bodied white from Trentino, specifically Mezzocorona which is a commune in this northern Italian region. I’m absolutely in love with the wine list at Spuntino. All of the wines are Italian wines. Suffice to say I fell in love with the moscato. It was not super sweet, which I find to be a great thing if it’s only sweet enough. Instead, the moscato was fruity, and I could smell pears, apples, and other light fruits.

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas also takes OpenTable reservation. I highly recommend going to Spuntino either on a date or with a group of friends and/or family so you can all share these small plates. You can also buy the wines by the bottle. There are over 150 Italian wines to try from nearly all of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Saluti, cin cin, e buon appetito!

 

Cheers!

XOXO

Kelly

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#SCBDEvent: .@TheRylandInn Sunday Brunch to Benefit the Community

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The Ryland Inn is proud to announce its support for the Grow-A-Row foundation through the Landmark Hospitality corporate giving program H.U.G. (Help Us Give). Beginning on Sunday, April 6th, The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station,

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NJ will be hosting weekly Sunday brunches from 11 AM to 3 PM. Come and enjoy LIVE music from a rotation of acclaimed bluegrass, jazz and Americana original groups. Brunch items include fun dishes like, Crispy Griggstown Chicken with Waffles, and Local Maple Syrup; classics like our Green Market Frittata with White & Green Asparagus, Foraged Mushrooms, and Spring Garlic; sides like Slab Bacon with Maple Syrup, Polenta & Truffle Pecorino and Potato Rosti and starters that include a fresh baked basket of Breakfast Pastries with seasonal preserves. Each month, a different community organization will benefit by receiving 10% of the proceeds from the restaurants top three most popular tables.

Join the Ryland Inn this Sunday for good food and a good cause! For reservations and more information, please call 908.534.4011 or email info@rylandinnnj.com

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#SCBDEvent: .@YardsBrew 4 Course Beer Dinner .@HyattMorristown

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On Monday, April 7th, the Hyatt Morristown will be hosting a 4 course Beer Dinner featuring craft beers from Yards Brewing Company. The meal kicks off at 6 PM with Artisanal Flat Bread as an appetizer, a choice of smoked salmon or braised pork belly as an entree, and caps off with chocolate bread pudding with dessert. Each dish is accurately paired with a craft beer from Yards: malt, pale ale, tavern ale, and porter ale.

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Established in Philadelphia back in 1994, Yards “strives to achieve balance and subtlety through careful selection of ingredients and an unwavering commitment to artisanal production practices.” From English roots and humble beginnings, Yards uses their success and expertise to give back to their community and the environment. Nearly 70% of the brewery’s employees are Philadelphia residents, and they’ve donated over $20,000 and 2,000 cases of beer to local charities including Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, and The Food Trust. Yards uses 100% off the grid wind power to run their brewery and composts food scraps, water, and spent grains to further reduce their carbon footprint. Many of the brewery’s signature items, including their packaging and bar tops, are recycled, re-purposed, and certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

If food, booze, and community outreach seem like your idea of a good time, then book a reservation at the Hyatt Morristown this Monday. The restaurant manager can be reached at  (973) 647-1234

 

#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!

#SCBDFitness: Working it Out .@Barre3 in #Morristown #NJ

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Sara and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit and take a Barre Tone class at Barre3 in Morristown, NJ. We were so excited but never had taken this class at a private studio dedicated to it before. I have taken them at a local gym, but let me tell you this is the best workout class I have ever taken! They recommended for us to wear comfortable clothing, such as yoga type workout pants and a comfortable shirt. Sneakers are not required; in fact they prefer you to wear no shoes. You do have the option of going barefoot or wearing socks. They even make these partial socks (which they sell at the studio- called ToeSox: http://shop.barre3.com/products/barre3-bella-toe-socks#.Ux-Q4I2Ya00) that have a non-slip pad on the bottom and only cover about a third of your foot. The end is open to allow your toes to move freely around.

Finally, they also recommend bringing a water bottle. They do sell water bottles if needed and they also have filtered water available for anyone to have if you need to refill.

No prior experience is needed; this class was great for beginners or the professionals, always offering different options of levels throughout the class. All the things used during the class are also provided (mats, yoga strap, Barre3 core ball, ballet bar, and light weights). Walk-ins are also welcomed, but you can call ahead to reserve a spot too! They sell all types of special packages if you want to buy a pack rather than pay each class as you go.

I am sure one question new prospects may have is what are the benefits of these Barre3 classes. Right on their website they list all the benefits. Some major points are that the class ‘builds long, lean muscles and a strong core’, develop muscle balance, helps increase flexibility and stability, and great motivation and support. This class is for everyone and they even offer childcare during certain class times (check the website for available times). They even recommend this class for pregnant and post-partum clients and minors 14 years and older (with a parent or guardian attending as well).

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Walking into the studio, we felt so welcomed and were greeted by everyone, including the owners Rebecca and Lisa. They showed Sara and I a tour, and explained the process of price, locker use, babysitting, and the class. We took off our coats and shoes, locked them up, and went in to start the class. We felt so welcomed into the actual studio, the instructor introduced herself as Taylor and asked for our names. We started slow and then worked right into it. The first few moves were stretching and then we moved into planks on the ballet bar, planks on the floor, different dance moves, and some ab exercises. It varied and does vary in different classes. There were always options to make it harder or easier if needed. I didn’t feel pressured to ‘keep up’ with the instructor or others. We used light weights with high repetitions, and did lunges and holds. The entire time the instructor kept the energy light and free, and always motivating all of us. She said everyone’s names throughout the class, such as ‘Good Job Kristen, keep that up’ and motivating us just when we are ready to give up. I won’t lie, it was a hard class, but by having that uplifted spirit and motivation, it really pushed me to do better for myself and to focus on the movement and my breathing. When the class was over, I felt so empowered and ready to conquer anything. It was not just a fitness class, but instead was a personal workout session with a dozen or more individuals.

As a final note about the class, the instructor also took the time to show us the moves and then get up while we were doing it and be sure we all had the correct form. She would help us out and show us how to do it correctly or modify it if it seemed too difficult. Most classes I have taken (in various locations) do not dedicate themselves to correcting individually and privately. They either don’t modify or help at all or they scream across the room embarrassing you and putting you on display.

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After the class, everyone again was so nice! Rebecca and Lisa, the owners also gave Sara and I a gift bag full of awesome Barre3 things. We did not expect that at all, it really shows their dedication and passion about this class and company. I cannot wait to go back and take another class, in this generous gift they gave us a subscription for 30 Days to their online workouts, a free guest pass to go back and take another class, a Barre 3 water bottle (which I use every day now), a hair band, a Barre 3 core ball, and a Barre 3 DVD. I was so excited to receive this and to be able to spread the word on how wonderful this fitness studio is and how everyone needs to try it out!

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SCBD’s POV: I am the type of person who works out occasionally. I honestly think I should work out more since I am always eating but I find my balance. I’ve always loved zumba, and I danced growing up. So I figured taking a Barre3 class would be perfect. The exercises we started with were challenging in the beginning but as the class kept going it got easier. We started doing exercises I used to do in dance which was relieving for me. It felt great to do the exercises again. I know I left the class feeling like I just had a great workout. I’d definitely take a class again and wish there was a studio closer to where I live. 

 Our instructor Taylor, was great and helpful throughout the whole class. Like Kristen mentioned, she’d show us what to do in class but also help us individually and continue to encourage us when we were doing well. Also the owners, Lisa & Rebecca were extremely welcoming. Before we left they gave us each a goodie bag which included a DVD to do some of the workouts at home. I can’t wait to use it! I know I will also definitely be coming back for a class again!

They have various locations all over the United States too. If you check www.barre3.com you can find a location near you.

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#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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#SCBDFitness: Beauty From the Inside Out- My Journey on a Five Day Smoothie Cleanse

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Most people don’t realize that the old adage you are what you eat applies to the health of your skin. In the season of holidays and The Super Bowl, I had consumed my fair share of junk food and alcohol, which was wreaking havoc on my complexion. I needed to detoxify in someway. In the age of cleanses, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try one. The Green Smoothie Cleanse by Lisa Sussman seemed to be the best option for me. I had tried a raw juice cleanse in the past, and failed miserably. I thought that smoothies would keep me fuller, this proved to be true, and I can now say I successfully completed a smoothie cleanse. My cleansing journey came with its pros and cons, and now I can share them with our readers.

The first step in committing to a Cleanse is PREP. You need time to choose which cleanse you will be doing, mentally prepare, stock your fridge, and set goals for what you would like to get out of your cleansing experience. I started by reading the book cover to cover, to better understand what I was getting myself into.  Sussman’s book is full of pages on nutrition, what to expect while on the cleanse, ways to save money, how to keep motivated on this cleanse, and even tips on what to do when you have given in to your temptations, and fail. I personally loved the pages on money-saving tips.  I learned how to make my own protein powder, because of this book. Sussman really puts an emphasis on avoiding overly processed food products, and wasting money. A philosophy that is near, and dear to my heart.

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As a disclaimer, cleansing can break the bank, and this cleanse can certainly do that if you aren’t conscience about what you are buying. I was impressed that the book acknowledged that fact. I think it is important to note early on that I did set a budget of $25 dollars a day for the five-day cleanse, plus pre cleanse. Totaling 8 days of food. I was under budget most days. However, I did spend a total of $293.28 on groceries, and all ready-made foods. That seemed like an enormous price tag at the time, but I am still have a lot of the ingredients that I bought for the cleanse in my pantry and freezer a month later.

I bought most of my ingredients at Whole Foods of Madison NJ, and Trader Joes of Florham Park NJ. Although, I am obsessed with Whole Foods, I think going to Trader Joe’s will save you money. Had I gone to Trader Joe’s for my big shopping trip, I calculated that I would have saved, at least $50, taking into account that I bought organic produce. Above, I mentioned that you need to be conscientious about your purchases on this cleanse, I think I definitely purchased too much. Most of the recipes make too much, and I found myself freezing a lot of smoothies, and being left with unused produce, which doesn’t keep in the fridge for long.

Having tested the waters now, I recommend buying produce for a day worth of smoothies, and buy more from there. It is time-consuming, but it will also help your wallet. Frozen fruits are great for out of season products, and can really help with keeping your budget down. Take note of the DIY section. As I said before I made my own protein powder, and saved money doing it. Don’t stress about substitutions, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to buy more. Also avoid going out for food. One night on the Pre-Cleanse I went out for salmon, being too tired to cook. What a huge mistake. It cost me $9.00 more than if I had just taken the time to make a better piece of fish at home, and it didn’t even come with brown rice.  Taking your time with this cleanse saves money. Pay attention to what you are doing and you won’t pay a higher price than you need to.

Back to the cleansing process, part of your prep is choosing which cleanse you will be doing. You can determine this by taking the quiz within the book. I decided to take the Five-Day Fine-Tune Cleanse given that I really wanted to reset my eating habits, am normally very health conscience, and have cleansed before. You can also choose from a one day, three-day, or two-week cleanse. These cleanses are in three parts, Pre-Cleanse, Cleanse, and Post-Cleanse. A Five-Day cleanse is really a two-week event. You should not jump right into the cleansing stage, or break from it right after the cleansing days are over. This smoothie cleanse has an option for everybody, which makes it different from other cleanses I have seen. After deciding which cleanse you will be doing, start planning. I kept a journal for this, which really helped me stay motivated and organized throughout the process. In the journal I logged what I had been eating prior to cleansing, how I felt about the process, what I was going to eat during the Pre-Cleanse, which smoothies I would be making during the Cleanse, how I was going to eat after the Cleanse, and which smoothies were my favorites. I also took notes on what I already had in my pantry, made shopping lists, and kept tabs on how much I was spending.

The Pre-Cleanse days were boring, but easy. I wasn’t starving, and life without caffeine wasn’t terrible which kept me in good spirits about doing this. I kept it simple by eating similar things everyday. I didn’t want to get smoothied out before starting the process, so I only had one smoothie for dinner on the third night. My snacks were always veggies, and mixed nuts, I used the whole container of Trader Joe’s Carrot soup for lunch, and tried to have salmon for dinner as much as possible. Below are pictures if my omelet and ingredients, hot water with lemon and raw honey, and mixed nuts.

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Variety is important on the Cleanse portion of this journey. The book shares sample menus with you for each cleanse, that makes choosing simple. The recipe box is so much fun, there are tons of smoothies to choose from, no one smoothie is a like, and they keep you full.  You can cleanse for a variety of different reasons including dieting. While on the Cleanse, I also noticed that I was getting slimmer, but never starving myself. If you are interested in losing weight, this might be a good way to start. The recipes were easy to follow. My favorite part of the day was making the Master Green Smoothie. It was the time of the day that I could go a little off script, and make my own creation. Sometimes it went beautifully, other times it was awful, like on Day Five. Some of my favorite smoothies were Almost Cup of Joe, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Grasshopper, and Virgin Mary. The pictures below are from Day One.

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While on the Cleanse I often made my smoothies for the next day. I always in transit, and not necessarily near a kitchen. I kept those smoothies in thermos, and in carrying bags. Save yourself time, and don’t let cleansing get in the way of your busy routine by investing in these things. I had my thermos, but they are available to purchase on the Internet for cheap. I recommend buying Mason jars with handles, and a convertible lids to save some cash, and be eco-friendly.

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They say Day Three is the toughest to get through in the book, but for me Day Three was cake, and Day Five was terrible. I was resisting the temptations of my friends and family like a pro, but it was the little things that started to accumulate into my hatred of this cleansing. By Day Five I was tired of drinking liquid, I was often too full, didn’t want to deal with the blender anymore. I was drinking pre-frozen smoothie in an attempt to save money. I had felt cleaner, but there was no real change in my skin, which was the purpose of the Cleanse. Additional negatives included, spilling a smoothie; forcing me to buy one from a health store and attempting to use  all the ingredients and making a mustard green Master Green Smoothie that was downright terrible. It was my last smoothie, and I wanted to quit. But I didn’t. I completed the Five-Day Cleanse with an awful taste in my mouth. As soon as the next morning came I went back to my old ways of eating, which was terrible on my stomach, and later choose to actually follow the Post Cleanse the days after. You are now probably wondering why I think it was a good cleanse after all that.

Beauty wise I think it teaches you something about what you are ingesting. Cleansing isn’t a miracle worker, but rather a start to a better routine. Eating better helps your skin. Not in five days, but over time. It wasn’t so bad, I just had one bad day. On my good days, on this Cleanse, I had more energy, I did feel more beautiful, and was not bogged down with sugar, which is half the battle. The first Post-Day was a real indicator of how much I changed when it came to my diet. The junk didn’t interest me as much.  Removing most of the junk food in my life has helped my skin, and it started with the process of checking in, and doing this cleanse. I love coffee, but drink less now, I think before I gorge, and have even healthier habits, all culminating in a more radiant self. I say to you go cleanse with an open mind, take the bad days for just bad days, and take the good days to mean you are creating a more beautiful self. Happy Spring Cleansing to all!

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#SCBDExclusive: .@WhiteCastle is coming to East Brunswick, NJ!

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This Sunday, March 16th, White Castle will be opening it’s 30th New Jersey location in East Brunswick! This state-of-the-art White Castle, which includes two flat-screen TVs, a grab-n-go drink cooler and free Wi-Fi, is located at 645 Highway 18.

“We’re excited to add another new restaurant to the White Castle family,” said Lisa Ingram, president of White Castle and fourth generation family member. “We can’t wait for Cravers to join us in East Brunswick to share our famous Sliders, and we hope to initiate some new customers into Craver Nation.”

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East Brunswick’s new White Castle will be open 24/7 serving breakfast from midnight to 10:30 AM daily, along with their traditional lunch and dinner menu. For those Cravers that show up early, White Castle’s team members will be handing out free giveaways to the first 50 customers.

For more information about this and other White Castle locations, visit their website!

#SCBDExclusive: St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Tri-State!

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Whether you’re Irish by blood or Irish in spirit, you can find tons of fun ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey. The top bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend long to help celebrate the Luck of the Irish! Check out these cool events happening in your neighborhood:

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NCAA March Madness at The Village Pourhouse Hoboken | Sunday, March 17th – Monday, April 7th

The only place to watch the NCAA March Madness tournament is with us! With specials on everything from pitchers of beer, to our signature wings and burgers, and enough HDTV’s to watch every minute of every game….how could you say no? Join us for “March Madness” and reserve your space now! For additional information and reservations, visit this site!

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Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” St. Patty’s Weekend at Manhattan’s SideBAR | Saturday, March 15th – Monday, March 17th

iAdventure.com and SideBAR (115 E 15. St, NYC) bring Manhattan their 3rd Annual Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” weekend bash! Join us for a weekend of everything green…Green Beer, Green Eggs, Green Bagels, Green Pancakes & of course, Lucky Charms. Tickets, including our breakfast buffet & open bar options, are available here.

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Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders | Little Town Hoboken

Little Town’s Executive Chef Jordan Andino is whipping up his New “Secret Menu Item!”

Try chef’s Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders, with a scoop of Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry ice cream sandwiched between each warm cookie. For more information & menus please visit their website.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities @ Red Knot @ Galloping Hill Golf Course

From Executive Chef Ralph Romano: a series of delicious Dinner Specials, including Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness-Steamed Mussels as well as (of course!) a traditional Corned Beef Dinner ($18) with potatoes, cabbage
and carrots. Irish Soda Bread, too.

This special menu will be available Friday night, March 14th through Monday night, March 17th. Additionally: From Friday to Monday, Red Knot will be decorated for the holiday and (recorded) Irish music will be playing BUT on Saturday night, a Live band playing Irish music will be featured!

For more information and to register for these events, visit the Galloping Hill Golf Course website.

 

#SCBDReview: In Heaven at Veggie Heaven in Denville, NJ

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I decided to try this restaurant I pass by all the time in Denville, NJ. It is called Veggie heaven. It is a 100% natural vegetarian cuisine restaurant. They pride themselves to being super healthy and vegetarian. They cook with pure olive oil and other healthy oils that all have positive nutritional value. They are an Asian inspired place as well. They create their dishes with vegetables and vegetable derivatives. They even quote on their menu that “our ‘meat’, ‘poultry’, and ‘seafood’ are made from ingenious blends of bean curd, taro root, wheat gluten, mushrooms, yams, and other vegetables.”

They are located right on the main street in the center of Denville. They start out by giving you water and a dish of a cabbage mix. It was sweet and so tasty. A great start to the meal.

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For my meal I decided to go with a lunch special. It costs $6.95 and included a choice of soup or spring roll. The main dish had a choice of white or brown rice. I decided to start with the spring roll. It came with sweet and sour sauce to dip it in. The taste was so fresh. It was delicious and honestly was the best spring roll I have ever had. The crust was flakey but not super oily.

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For the main dish I ordered the sweet and sour ‘chicken’ with brown rice.

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This was outstanding. I asked if it was fried, and she said it is lightly but can be cooked without it being friend, so I took that option. Everything was delicious. The rice was soft and good, it came with broccoli and mushrooms. These were soft and fresh. The sauce I got medium spice, it was the right amount of kick to enjoy. The ‘chicken’ was delicious. It was better than chicken, it was full of flavor and was a cool consistency. It was soft but not too soft. It had a consistency similar to tofu, but more hard. It was outstanding. I even had a little left over that I brought home. It was a good portion for lunch!

I also ordered the house tea. They do have other flavors but I was unaware of this when I ordered. It was similar to Chinese tea but not as strong. It was a delicious combination to accompany my meal. This was also no additional fee for the tea.

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The meal finished with the bill and a fortune cookie. I love finishing my tea with a fortune cookie; the combination of the two is delightful. My fortune cookie read ‘solid gains are possible today, but with a headache.’ I can relate to this. It has been a long day, but one where I accomplished a lot of difficult things. I love fortunes.

Finally my bill was under $10, it cost $7.44 with tax. Then I left a tip on top of that. It was a great deal for some amazing food. Even the average meat lover would love this place. I love a good steak, chicken, or pork dinner, but this place is outstanding no matter what type of eater you are.

I rate this place an A plus. Service was outstanding and alert, really friendly too. The food is beyond outstanding and the atmosphere is so relaxing and pleasant, it is like a getaway. Please try this place, a must go in Denville.

 

http://www.veggieheavennj.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veggie-Heaven/106379826139652

They do have other independently owned locations, listed below.

Veggie Heaven Teaneck: www.veggieheaventeaneck.com

Veggie Heaven Montclair: www.veggieheavenmontclair.com

Veggie Heaven New City: www.veggieheavennewcity.com

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