#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!







Main Website                   http://spuntinowinebar.com/

Spuntino’s Twitter          @SpuntinoWineBar

Images courtesy of YELP.

#SCBDReview: #Health and #Fitness Vemma Products




I’m a health & fitness guru and once I tried some Vemma products after my latest workout. I couldn’t get enough of the flavor and taste. I felt honored to be able to sample some hearty and healthy dietary supplements. The box contained a bundle of healthy goodness. These products are packed with vitamins and essential minerals!

Once I took my first guzzle of Vemma’s Next Orange Blast Ultra-Premium Dietary Supplement, I knew I fell in love. It’s filled with orange flavor and its super yummy! I was sent a bunch of Vemma products along with that one such as Vemma Verve, an energy supplement, Vemma’s Chocolate and Vanilla Bode shake and Vemma’s ultra-premium antioxidant supplement.


One by one, I tried each and had a love affair with all of them. I couldn’t choose which was my absolute fave, but I’d say I loved Vemma’s Vanilla Bode Ice Cream Shake the most because I’m a vanilla gal at heart. The ingredients read to mix this powder along with an 8 oz. glass of water and add ice.  It was so simple, so tasty and so healthy and I wanted more. I’d recommend Vemma products to anyone who is looking for some dietary supplements in their life.

Happy drinking!

#SCBDExclusive: #Health and #Fitness Interview Shirley Archer: 9 to 5 Workout




When Shirley Archer, world-renowned fitness and wellness educator, trainer and award-winning author of 15 books, suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she learned a lot about “self-care and how to create optimal health,” Shirley says.

“Eating well, managing stress, sleeping well and regular exercise are all parts of the puzzle to create health and fitness,” Shirley shares. “After restoring my own health and feeling great, I wanted to share all the valuable tips and information that I had learned to help other people.”

Shirley’s “Fitness 9 to 5: Exercises for the working week” allows us to exercise while we’re working. You can’t make any excuses that you have no time because you’re working a lot.

“I am absolutely positive that others are in their offices feeling frustrated and wondering what it is that they can do to stay in shape while working full-time,” Shirley says. “You can maintain muscle tone, strengthen, stretch, manage weight, improve posture and reduce stress with the tips in the book.”

We all know staying positive and motivated can be quite difficult, but with tips from Shirley, we know it’s more than possible!

“I’m motivated to support others. I believe that if I don’t “walk the talk,” why should anyone believe what I have to say,” Shirley says “My mom always taught me that a picture is worth a thousand words so I make a point to live everything that I also teach.”


According to amazon.com, this “This handy book features 75 quick and easy exercises that can be performed discreetly while sitting at a desk, standing at a file cabinet, and even on the morning commute.” Along with that, there are Coffee Pot Curls in the kitchenette build up biceps, while Stairwell Bun Blasters are sure to improve the bottom line. And stress-busters for tired eyes and wrists keep computer fatigue at bay. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work and exercise at the same time?

Always remember that you can change. You can push yourself to lose and maintain that weight. You are powerful and strong enough to stay true to yourself!

“I want to help people create the healthy life that they deserve – to feel and look their best, to avoid suffering and to enjoy life. These tips will help prevent back pain, neck and shoulder aches and maintain strength and flexibility,” Shirley says.

Please feel free to check out Shirley’s digital edition, sold on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google play, kobo and ibookstore.

For more information on Shirley and her books, visit her sites:



#SCBDExclusive: Must-Know Fon-DO’s for National Fondue Day Today!




Do you fondue? This classic Swiss meal has its own holiday. April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day, a time to fire up the fondue pots for food, fun and good conversation.  I don’t see a better way to spend a Friday night then to Fondue it up!

To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA, whose Original Cheese Fondue is made using the traditional Swiss recipe,  is sharing the must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from how to treat the host to tips for when you dip – along with some other touches of etiquette that sometimes get lost in translation.
Mind Your Manners
The simple staples of etiquette sometimes tend to go by the wayside, but they go a long way in showing the host that this hard work in creating and hosting the meal is appreciated.

  • Don’t arrive empty handed. Bringing something to dip is always a good hostess gift.
  • Be a little adventurous by tasting everything you are served (the exception to the rule is a dietary restriction, in which case you may politely decline).
  • Sample before salting. Try a bite of your food before adding anything. Fondue is already seasoned with spices and wine, so it might be perfect just the way it is.

Be A Delightful Dipper
While fondue is all in good fun, there are a few basic guidelines to follow in consideration of other guests.

  • Skewer like a pro. Be sure your food is secured to your fondue fork or skewer before dipping to avoid losing it in the cheese.
  • If you missed the first step and drop your dipper into the fondue, politely ask for the host’s help in removing it to ensure the pot remains clean for all.
  • Perfect your twirling and swirling. It is polite to make one to two small swirls before removing your food.
  • Resist the urge to double dip. Food that has been bitten should never return to the communal pot.

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Tasting Notes
It’s all in the details, and these simple suggestions will ensure that you keep it classy, but still casually cool, when indulging.

  • Wait your turn. Allow one person to dip at a time and proceed in a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion around the table.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Dip larger pieces and then cut them into smaller bits on your own plate.
  • A moment on the lips is frowned upon. Your fondue fork or skewer should never directly touch your mouth. Transfer your food to your plate before indulging.
  • Let it cool. Never blow on freshly dipped hot food. Avoid splatters and allow your food to cool slightly on your plate.

Emmi’s Original Fondue comes in in a ready-made pouch – all you have to do is heat it up and stir, making the meal a snap to prepare for a fondue fete that’s as easy as it is fabulous.

Fondue Original Box

#SCBDReview: #Health and #Fitness: Pig Board Snout A Pig Game



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Are you looking for a game that involves health, fitness & fun? Well, you should check out Pig Board Snout A Pig.

Stephanie Lough, the publicist for this popular game says, “The key to the game is turning negative thoughts and feelings into positive action. The game is simple – players take a picture of something that represents an issue they are battling in life (be it a photo of their favorite dessert, to an ex that they never got closure on, the theme is entirely customizable to the group!), and share with the group their lingering negative feelings. This can be as silly/funny to serious/thoughtful as the players chose to be. After their story, they “snout” the image to The Pig Board, and with it they vow to let go of those pent-up feelings for good!”

While there are gyms, fitness equipment, home video workouts, this is a game to get you in the mood to work your muscles! If you’re looking for something new & exciting, be sure to check out this game!

The Pig Board can be a great motivational tool several ways – both as a game for a weightless support group, or as simple visual reminder for individuals to stay on track, shares Stephanie. She also mentions that, “It is important to note that in no way does The Pig Board imply that people who are trying to lose weight are piggish or should view their former selves as piggish. The Pig Board is simply a cute “friend” who is available to take any emotional burdens (or decadent chocolate cake recipes) off the shoulders of his owner!”

But, I was very curious about this game and asked how it assists someone who wishes to get in shape.

“Like a vision board can help inspire you to reach your goals, The Pig Board can be used as “fit”spiration, as well as give you the opportunity to discuss your fitness successes (and fails) with a group of like-minded individuals. Studies have shown that people are more likely to stick with their exercise and diet plan when they are not alone!” Stephanie says.

Pinned Board

Everyone is so focused on the act of working out and no one takes the time to think how mental it can be. You must be in a certain mindset to get motivated. You can’t just decide one day, “I’m going to work out” because more than likely, it won’t happen.

“Mental wellness is just as important as physical health, and while there are gyms, fitness classes, equipment and so much more available to help people maintain physical health, caring for mental health is a much more taboo topic,” Stephanie says. “The Pig Board opens to door to healthy dialogue between friends, promoting emotional strength and therapeutic release of mental burdens.”

For more information, visit– http://snoutapig.com/

Happy workout!

#SCBDGiveaway: Gluten Free, Kosher, and All Natural Flavored Popcorn-@GHCretors


downloadfilePopcorn is more than just a movie snack. I am a huge popcorn fan and I love having it anytime and anywhere. It is a relatively healthy snack and tastes so good. There are also many different ways to prepare popcorn, adding different flavors and toppings to it to make it a desert or light snack. I recently obtained a sample pack of full size bags of G.H. Cretors Popcorn.

The first thing is to explain the history of the company of G.H.Cretors. They are a company that uses all natural ingredients. They also use brown rice syrup in their popcorn instead of corn syrup, this is because it adds a “crisp sweetness to the taste, has a low glycemic value, and it is good source of minerals.” (ghcretors.com/our_passion). On top of that, the products are also Gluten Free and Kosher. The Company G.H.Cretors began in 1885 with the invention of the popcorn machine (invented by Great Grandpa Cretors). From there on, the same cooking style with copper kettles is still used today to make this delicious treat. These products can be found locally at Kings Grocery Store, Shop-Rite, and Fairway (Check http://www.ghcretors.com/store_locator/ to find the closest store to you). You can also purchase it online, they even sell a sampler pack that includes two ‘Just the Caramel Corn’, two ‘Chicago Mix’, and one ‘Just the Cheese’ mix.

I love the story behind this brand of popcorn; it is all local corn and made with natural products, not fake sugars and unhealthy ingredients. The first type of popcorn that I tried was the “Just the Caramel Corn”. This corn is like a desert. It is so crunchy and sweet. It tastes so fresh, like I just took popcorn and melted caramel on it. It can be a snack or a great evening treat to get some sweetness before bed. I love the fact that this is all natural too, because I do not have to worry about tasting a weird after taste or artificial flavors. As I said, it tastes so real, so I know it is natural.

The second one was “Just the Cheese Corn”. This is popcorn with red cheddar cheese. It is another delicious mix of corn and the cheese. One thing I love is reading the ingredients on this, it is popcorn, sunflower oil, cheddar cheese that includes pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, and enzymes, cream, sodium, and salt. I recognize everything that is included, nothing is foreign language to me like some bagged snacks have included. The cheese taste is so enjoyable and fresh. It leaves a great taste in my mouth and every time I ate some I wanted to pop in more. I felt like I could too, because they are about 85 calories per cup.

The third one was a combination of the two. It is called “Chicago Mix”. This is the Caramel popcorn and the Cheese popcorn mixed in one bag. At first I thought what an off combination. Then I tried a handful, and I was blown away. I actually liked it better than each alone! It is an outstanding combination of two flavors. They mix together well to create this super popcorn. It is a nice combination because the caramel has such a sweet flavor and the cheese has a robust taste so together they balance each other to have this smooth taste.

It is unbelievable how great this popcorn is and how it is made with natural ingredients. Highly recommend this, especially around the holidays. It is a great treat to bring to parties, or grab the smaller individual for a snack on the go. You can also give them out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, give as a Fourth of July snack, or even a movie; a smart and natural snack.

Speaking of parties, I decided to bring this to a get-together at a friend’s house. Everyone loved it and could not get enough of it! A successful company, fresh taste, and big hit!

GIVEAWAY: Want to win a fill size sample pack of G. H. Creators Popcorn? Tell us on twitter @smchickbigdeals your most creative and fabulous way to serve this awesome popcorn if you were to win the pack! Just tweet us the idea and use the hashtag #ghcreatorsgiveaway #scbd to enter and the winner will be picked on Monday, April 14th 2014 at noon!

#SCBDRecipe: Ground Turkey Quinoa


Ground Turkey Quinoa

I was in the mood to have ground turkey and made a dinner. So I created this meal! I call it my Ground Turkey Quinoa. This is so healthy, and really fills you up when you are hungry! With any recipe I post, you can add or remove things as needed or wanted. I tend to use things I have around my kitchen, but you can plan ahead more and go out and buy things. Either way, enjoy it!

Ground Turkey quinoa recipe ground turkey quinoa

#SCBDReview: Get a goodnight’s sleep with .@Bedgear #SleepFuel



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Hey readers! As you know, it’s my own personal policy that, when I get a product sent to me, I always test it out for myself before I write about it.  A few months back, I was sent the Balance pillow by Bedgear. In all honestly, I hadn’t been sleeping very well so I was in need of a new pillow, so working with Bedgear was perfect.

I was sent the Balance pillow, which is meant for multi-positional sleepers. It has unique Mesh Gussets facilitate optimal airflow so you sleep cooler. It also has Hypoallergenic latex springs combined with self-leveling gel fibers. It’s definitely helped my sleeping over the past few months.

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I love a lot of pillows when I sleep and usually sleep on 2-3 if possible. When I first started using the Balance pillow I had it as my first pillow. I really liked and got used to it but my back continued to hurt me but I honestly think the pillow helped my posture because of that. I now have it as my 2nd pillow and my back doesn’t hurt and I sleep peacefully.

I love Bedgear because they customize all of their products by customer. Before my pillow was even sent to me I had to take a quick survey on my sleeping habits to determine which pillow would suit my sleep style best.

If you’re looking to get a better night’s sleep with a pillow customized to your sleeping style, I highly recommend Bedgear. I don’t think I could ever really go back to a regular pillow. I love it!


*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*


#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.


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!

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