#SCBDReview: Prospect Tavern

scbdreviewIt’s usually a terrible idea to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, but in this case I’m glad that I did. I not only bought enough groceries to feed a small army, but also stumbled upon my new favorite spot for food and drinks. Prospect Tavern is a relatively new restaurant, but it has gained a lot of popularity in Madison, NJ, among locals and college students alike. It has a classic tavern feel with a dining room complete with a stone fireplace and a full bar with a patio, but it wasn’t always a restaurant. The building originally housed a coal company in the late 1800s.

Prospect Tavern has a new menu, encompassing everything from tavern favorites like wings and burgers to gourmet dishes like brie and spinach stuffed pork chops and lobster mac & cheese. While I am usually partial to all things brie, I decided to try their lobster roll. As the daughter of a Maine native, I must admit that I am a bit of a lobster roll snob. My expectations were exceeded by far, especially because it was served in a toasted hot dog bun (the New England way). The roll was perfectly complimented by their sweet potato fries.

iphone 007No visit to Prospect Tavern is complete without having a drink (or two). I am a big fan of their pumpkin pie martini, but after trying the new apple cider fizz, I might be a convert. The apple cider fizz is a seasonal twist on a mimosa in a cinnamon sugar rimmed flute. It’s served with an individual bottle of prosecco, which is not only adorable, but gives you the ability to make this sweet concoction as boozy as you want. Aside from specialty drinks, Prospect Tavern offers a variety of draft and bottled beers and wines. They also have happy hours at the bar almost every night of the week including College Night on Tuesdays, which draws in a nice bar crowd.

iphone 005If you find yourself in Madison, check out Prospect Tavern for great food, drinks, and service.

#SCBDReview: Ipsy Beauty Glam Bag Subscription: November Review



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This bag is so fun! I think it is perfect for the Holidays, a great accessory to a Holiday get together or party. The bag has a strap on it, so it is perfect to use alone or to put in your purse and find easily! The makeup is also great for the holidays, they are fun and classy!

The first ipsy product I tried was the Em Michelle Phan sheer lipstick. It is considered a Lip Gallery and the color I receive is Nude. The neat thing with this product is that I received a full size of it, not a sample size. This is because this is a new line of makeup by Michelle Phan, and this lip stick is amazing. The color is perfect with my skin tone; it goes on smooth, and also acts as a moisturizer. It didn’t feel sticky to me. A great addition to my lipsticks, it actually is my favorite now because of the reason’s I listed above. We also received a card with a promo card to receive 30% off all purchases of em cosmetics. I would love to share with you, go to emcostmetics.com/ipsy and enter the promotion code ipsy30. You will be happy you did.


The second product I tried was a nail polish by ‘nailtini’. The color is called Champaign. I am obsessed with this color, especially for the Holidays. It is a beautiful bronze with a lot of glitter. It is warm, and can honestly be worn at any time of the year. It went on smooth too, I only did one coat. It lasted long too and dried really fast! I included a not so flattering picture of my toes painted in this beautiful color.


The third product is an eye shadow. It was called Galaxy Chic by bhcosmetics. The color is called Aphrodite and is a red bronze color. It is very pretty but pretty prominent. I like more neutral colors, so I wasn’t the biggest fan of this product color, but the actual product seamed nice. It was blend-able and very shiny. This product also came with a coupon code for bhcosmetics.com/Ipsy for 20% off (code: IPSY20).


Next was another lip product. This one was a bright red (called Hot Damn) lip crayon by be a… bombshell. This went on so smooth and felt like it moisturized as well as gave me color. It was not sticky and stayed on long, even after wiping some off

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on a napkin; I still had a slight tint of red to stay as a lighter option. I would use this product again if it was a lighter color, only because I don’t wear reds too often.


Starlooks sent an eye pencil, and I am obsessed. This eye pencil is silver with glitter, and I love to use it to accent my eyes. I like to put it under my bottom lashes into the corner crease. It makes my eyes pop. This product goes on so smooth, and stays on all day. The color is called Topaz. This pencil should last me a while, but when it runs out I would repurchase it.


Finally, a blush was the last product. This was by Pixi in Subtly Suntouched color. I used this over my make up, and it is nice. It goes on smoothly and adds a touch of color. This just reminds me of an ordinary blush, so I would not buy it again. But I am going to use this one up!




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#SCBDRecipe: a Healthy Thanksgiving Desert: Pumpkin Pie

scbdrecipe1Pumpkin Pie is full of sugar and fat, but it also one of my favorite desserts and the most delicious winter food I know. So what if I could find a recipe that is made of all natural ingredients? Well I think I found just that, and just in time for Thanksgiving! After a huge meal, filling yourself with the extra calories from pie may not be everyone’s idea of a happy Thanksgiving. So trying something new, that will not only make you feel better about going for seconds with your diet, but fulfill your need for a delicious dessert and a great end to a thankful day. I found this recipe on http://www.teambeachbody.com. I was going through a list of ‘Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes’ and came across one for Pumpkin Pie. Most of the recipes (there were 13 in total) sounded delicious, but I decided to try this pie because it is my top all-time favorite dessert. It was simple to make too, the prep time was so simple. I have some pictures of the process and final product.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Total Time: 1hr. 20 min.

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cooking Time: 1 hr. 10 min.

Ingredients for the pie crust

Ingredients for the pie crust

Ingredients for Crust:

  • 3/4 dry quinoa
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pure ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup evaporated nonfat milk
I used a coffee grinder to grind the Quinoa

I used a coffee grinder to grind the Quinoa

Preparation for Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Grind quinoa in a spice or coffee grinder until finely ground.
  • Place quinoa, walnuts, and cinnamon in a food processor; pulse until well mixed.
  • Combine quinoa mixture, oil, and maple syrup in a medium bowl; mix well
  • Press mixture into 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Preparation for Filling

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine pumpkin, eggs, extract, and maple syrup in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and milk; mix until just blended.
  • Pour pumpkin mixture into cooled crust.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Cool completely on wine rack. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The finished product, although it is not perfect, it turned out fabulous!

The finished product, although it is not perfect, it turned out fabulous!

 I did run into one problem with the crust, it seemed a bit dry. But it turned out fine on the bottom, just the edges seamed to crumble. It still worked great, for my first pie-crust. I also learned that next time I need to make it thinner on the bottom and make sure it is even throughout the whole bottom.

Thick crust, but it still tasted so yummy!

Thick crust, but it still tasted so yummy!

 I shared the pie with my family, I loved it. It is not as sweet as pies you buy at your local farm, but it is full of nutrients and great taste still! My dad has a huge sweet tooth, so this one was not his favorite. But for the rest of us, we enjoyed it very much so. If you are looking to make a sweet ‘traditional’ pumpkin pie, then this is not for you. But if you want a healthy and nutritious pumpkin pie that is delicious and creamy, then this is for you! Either way, step out of the box and try something new, and keep an open mind. Keeping your mind open allows you to accept other things and create new things to share and enjoy!

My piece of Pie. Yum!

My piece of Pie. Yum!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 203
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 41 mg
  • Sodium: 108 mg
  • Carbs: 28 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Protein: 6 g


#SCBDEvent: Pre-game to Thanksgiving with the NYC Craft Beer Festival – Winter Harvest Returns!

scbdevent-4Remember our first time at the NYC Craft Beer Festival? WE DO.

As we recall – it was nothing short of a beer heaven! And it’s back for an incredible tasting extravaganza, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Now quick – get your tickets before it’s too late:

Where: Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Ave.) Manhattan, NYC

What: The Hand Crafted Tasting Company makes a beer-lover’s dreams come true by bringing 75 of America’s best Craft Breweries (with approximately 150 selections) together one magical weekend in November!

When: Saturday, Nov. 23rd & Sunday, Nov. 24th (Two Sessions)

Saturday, Nov. 23rd 

SESSION 1: General Admission 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM
General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Sunday, Nov. 24th (Afternoon Session only)

SESSION 1: General Admission 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

*** There is NO Evening Session on Sunday ***

Please click here for pricing details.

-5A quick sneak peak and a perfect example why this is going to be AMAZING:

Giancarlo Annese from BeerUnion.com said, “When curating this list we wanted to showcase local breweries and how they fit into larger craft beer landscape, as well as some great brews from across the country. In fall and winter you like to have roasty and spicy flavors. But as always, the freshest beer is better beer.”

-6See you at the festival!


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

scbdeventforks&corksFORKS & CORKS: A Food, Wine and Beer Tasting
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)

‘Put Some South in Yo Mouth’ at the Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in New Jersey!

Last Friday I had the opportunity to go dine at the Brother Jimmy’s BBQ that just opened by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. I’ve been past some of the Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in the city but had yet to go while I was there. I was staying by my boyfriend Jason last weekend and figured since he doesn’t live too far from New Brunswick it would be the perfect opportunity to enjoy a great, post-birthday week night of food & drinks with to kick off the weekend and Brother Jimmy’s did not disappoint!

carolina cooler

To start, I got the signature Carolina Cooler and Jason got a beer. The Carolina Cooler was great because it’s a mix of Skyy vodka, fresh lemonade, blue curacao, and muddled lemons. It wasn’t too sweet or sour so I enjoyed it. We also ordered some spinach & artichoke dip to start. I really loved how that it was heavy on the spinach, the flavors were right on point.

spin dip

After fully digesting the menu, our waitress came around and we had decided on what entrees we’d order, our  spinach and artichoke dip was almost gone.  I decided to get the half rack of Northern Style Ribs with collard greens and Jason got the BJ’s Signature BBQ Burger with all the fixin’s and fries. The ribs are smoked then grilled with Brother Jimmy’s Original BBQ Sauce. The BJ’s Signature BBQ burger wasn’t just any burger, they actually have their Pat LaFrieda custom blend, which is really tasty. The burger is basted with their Chipotle BBQ sauce and topped with cheddar cheese & onion straws.

BJ's Northern Style Ribs

BJ’s Northern Style Ribs

BJ's Signature BBQ Burger

BJ’s Signature BBQ Burger

I loved the Northern Style ribs, the flavor was perfect and had a little kick and Jason savored  and devoured his entire burger. In fact, there is a little kick to all of the food at Brother Jimmy’s but I enjoyed it and so did Jason.

The Charleston A.P

The Charleston A.P

I loved my first cocktail so much that I figured I might as well try another signature so I went with The Charleston A.P– Brother Jimmy’s boozy take on the classic, Arnold Palmer made with South Carolina sweet tea infused vodka and lemonade. Our waitress and some of the staff recommended it. I also looked around and the cocktails were flowing, the restaurant was crowded. As always, I had some leftover ribs to take back to with me, which were just as delicious the following day. I actually couldn’t wait to eat my leftovers!

Cheers!Sipping on my Charleston A.P!

Sipping on my Charleston A.P!

Our trip to the new Brother Jimmy’s was definitely a success. It’s a great addition to the dining scene in New Brunswick and is a new Jersey foodie destination, especially to those who may get to NYC often. The food is top notch, staff is friendly and accommodating, and the drinks are creative and won’t break the bank! I’m definitely a fan of the Brother’s Jimmy’s BBQ now and plan on taking a trip back in New Brunswick or NYC soon!

5 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

Happy Eating!

Cheers to the weekend! :D

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

Pizza done the Italian way!

Finding authentic food in New York City can prove to be a challenge at times but worth every second. While attending an Italian play at Cherry Lane Theater (38 Commerce Street, NY, New York) for an extra credit assignment this past week, a restaurant suggestion was made for us to check out Numero 28 (28 Carmine Street, NY, New York). The restaurant offered our group of 20+ accommodations instantly and greeted us with pure Italian hospitality. The authenticity of the restaurants energy complimented the menu perfectly and the pizza dishes that arrived at our tables completed the experience with pure satisfaction.

Our dishes included the Margherita plain, the S. Daniele and the Prosciutto with Arugula pizzas. A bite into either one of these slices was like taking a trip to Italy every time. The texture of the brick-oven slices added to the experience and when complimented with a Birra Moretti (Italian beer), the meal was complete. If the endless pizza and beer werent enough to satisfy the tummies of our group, the torta di cioccolate was absolutely did the job and was heavenly. The hint of what seemed to be coconut allowed our senses to go wild and visit a sense of euphoria.

Take the trip to Numero 28 Ristorante and enjoy your bite of Italy today!

Tiffany Salisha

Tiffany is a born and raised true New Yorker. Having lived in 3 of the 5 boroughs, her taste for NYC life includes both the social energy of the city as well as the amazing eateries she can stumble upon. Her grandmother, who is a native to Puerto Rico, instilled her passion for food and boy was she sure to bring the flavor with her. Through the years, she has expanded her food horizons & has grown an appreciation for all shapes, sizes, & tastes of food allowing her to self-proclaim herself a “foodie”. Follow her @atiffanything!

#Sandy hits home in many ways for #SCBD

Sandy has hit home for me in many ways. My hometown, Howell is about 15 minutes from the Jersey Shore’s well known beaches such as— Belmar, Manasquan, Lavalette, Seaside Heights. These beaches gave me childhood memories with my family, moments of peace throughout my young adulthood and were a haven for me constantly. I can’t even tell you how many times I used to go to the Manasquan inlet just to think and take a deep breath of the ocean and relax. It was my getaway that wasn’t too far from home and now it’s gone. I also met my boyfriend and shared numerous memories at the Point Pleasant boardwalk which is now destroyed. It breaks my heart in so many ways.

My best friends & I on Manasquan Beach before Hurricane Irene last year. :(

The Mansaquan Inlet post-Sandy

Point Pleasant boardwalk post-Sandy

Sandy brought me home. First off, I haven’t been home since I’ve moved out officially into my apartment which is actually 4 months ago this weekend. Due to the loss of power in my new apartment in Bergen County after four days of surviving on gas & hot water (which we were fortunate to have) with my boyfriend Jason, his dog Aby, and my roommates we decided to come home. I’m now safe in my hometown Howell which has power, visiting my grandma’s who weren’t doing too well, and trudging through trying not to cry. My boyfriend is now home still waiting for power in his town in Somerset county now. As far as I know one of my roommates is safe somewhere with power while the other also waits in Northern Monmouth county.

Sandy hit my other ‘homes’– NYC & Hoboken. As you may know I am constantly commuting into the city and/or Hoboken constantly. I was actually supposed to go do an interview with the owner of Sweet Revenge in NYC the Sunday Sandy hit but due to high winds I had to re-schedule. I’ve seen so many posts of New Yorker’s pulling through and it makes me which I could I #DineOutinNYC in a flash but I am so far away and have no way in. I actually just got a haircut for a deal I will be telling you about when appropriate in Hoboken last Friday. The salon is now damaged and will need to be rebuilt. Hoboken has it the worst in North Jersey. It saddens me so much, I’m lost for words.

Hurricane Sandy’s toll on Hoboken

PATH station destroyed

The waiting game. As I wait for power to come back to my apartment and fortunate to have power where I am at home. All I want to do is help but I don’t know where to start, there are so many options which I will mention in my next posts or two. It’s uplifting to see so many people coming together in the area in a time of need.

Gas lines. The gas lines are crazy up in Northern Jersey especially near my apartment,  the gas lines are ridiculous and were long before the rationing even begun. It’s also bad near my school in Morris county. Rationing has effected all the counties I have and/or currently reside in. I never imagined this happening but I know it’s effective.

This post is very personal for me, this is just a local’s point of view on Sandy’s destruction to the places that mean a lot to me. Take this post however you’d like but it comes from a deep place.

The bright side. The bright side is that there are ways to help whether it be a donation, volunteering, eating local, giving family/friends a place to stay warm and charge up or even a warm meal. It’s so great to see residents of New Jersey & New York come together.

Before I start posting multiple ways to donate the easiest and most effective way is through the Red Cross, you can see this link on the side of my page & throughout my next few posts. If you can afford to donate, please do, anything helps:

On that note, please look out for my posts regarding Sandy within the week, ways to donate in New York & New Jersey which are hurting bad. I will resume my normal reviews, recipes, interviews, etc in a few weeks when I feel appropriate but until then look out for post- Sandy dining destinations both locally & nationally, organizations to donate to, post-Sandy recipes for those of us who may no longer have anything in the fridge (like me), comfort food recipes, and more.

Be well, stay blessed & strong…after every dark night there is a brighter day.

Help the Fight Against Hunger this November at #NYTaste!

First of all, happy October– this year is surely flying by & to many people the fall means — pumpkin picking, apple cider, hayrides, & pumpkin spice coffee. In the food world, fall would not be complete without food events. From mid-September until early November you can find about 3 every weekend. One of the largest events in the New York City is next weekend is NYCWFF (aka New York City Food & Wine Festival)

One of the last food events of the season that I forgot to mention in my previous fall event round up is NY TasteNew York magazine’s 14th annual culinary event. It’s an event not to be missed & I’m pretty stoked about it!

 New York Taste, will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at The Waterfront in New York City. The signature event will be hosted by New York culinary editor Gillian Duffy, and will feature restaurateurs and mixologists from New York City’s most celebrated restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from the evening is donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. Tickets are on sale at nymag.com/taste, and regular updates will be posted to Twitter with the hashtag #NYTaste.

The tasting event will host some world renowned talents, including Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem (Modern American), Abram Bissell of NoMad (Mediterranean), Laurie Jon Moran of Le Bernardin (French), Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto (Japanese), Dan Barber of Blue Hill (Modern American), and many more. The culinary masters will gather in a new historical setting—built in 1891 as the Terminal Stores building, the Waterfront was the most ambitious riverfront structure of its time, and 121 years later will set the stage for an evening of cocktails and great cuisine. This year’s event will also feature increased mixology offerings, with the main bar curated by media partner Liquor.com.

 The event hosts over 1,000 guests, with general admission tickets costing $175. VIP tickets can be purchased for $250, and include admission to a special preview hour, access to the VIP lounge, and a VIP gift bag filled with a variety of products, including culinary tools. VIP tickets are limited and sold on a first-come first-serve basis.

Also at the event, guests can preview In Season, a beautifully illustrated and user-friendly cookbook of over 150 recipes provided by the country’s finest chefs and restaurants. The recipes were compiled by New York magazine’s food editors, Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, and were inspired by fresh farmers’ market ingredients. In Season will officially be released on November 8th, 2012. 
Guests will taste dishes from thirty-one of  New York’s elite restaurants:
  • A Voce
  • Aldea
  • Benoit
  • Bistro La Promenade
  • BLT Fish
  • Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
  • Bobo
  • Booker and Dax at Momofuku Ssam
  • Brushstroke
  • Clover Club
  • Corton
  • Crave Fishbar
  • Ed’s Chowder House
  • FP Patisserie
  • Hill Country
  • La Silhouette
  • Le Bernardin
  • Le Cirque
  • Lincoln
  • Morimoto
  • NoMad Restaurant
  • Osteria Morini
  • Porter House New York
  • Recette
  • Red Rooster Harlem
  • Rouge Tomate
  • SHO Shaun Hergatt
  • Telepan
  • Tertulia
  • William Greenberg Desserts
  • Wong

 I don’t know about you but an event that helps fight hunger, tasting of over 30 restaurants, and has an exclusive cookbook sounds like an event that I do not want to miss! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets, here.

Stay tuned for more news, fun fall posts & my event coverage from Bergenfest and  Wingfest this past weekend!

Until then, happy eating & drinking– cheers to a great October!

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