#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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Main Website                   http://spuntinowinebar.com/

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#SCBDReview: #Health and #Fitness Vemma Products

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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.

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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 – FDU’s Best Kept Secret at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirits

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photo 1Up on a hill across blue parking spots at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) College at Florham campus in Madison, there is a bar known as Vanderbilt’s. In the same way that Ted and the gang love the nonexistent MacLaren’s Pub in the Upper West Side, my friends and I love to go to Vanderbilt’s as our default bar of choice. (As a side note, if you want to see the bar that MacLaren’s is modeled after, it’s at a bar called McGee’s located in Midtown West on 55th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.)

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Vanderbilt’s holds a special place in my heart, especially considering all I have to do is walk more or less the same distance I do to get to class in order to get a change in scenery from the luscious greenery of the former Vanderbilt and Twombly estate to see the classy Wyndham Hotel bar. Vanderbilt’s is an interesting mix of young urban professionals on a Friday and Saturday night and the football fan crowd on a Sunday afternoon when they have 99 cent wings.

photo 2When in doubt, I enjoy my Smuttynose IPA and play a rousing game of pool. When I think of Vanderbilt’s, I think of pool tables, gin, great buffalo wings, and the friendly bartenders who know my drink of choice. They have specials every night of the week, and I have always found the relaxed, low-key vibe of Vanderbilt’s to be a more economical and relaxing alternative to the bar and pseudo-club scene at Morristown.

photo 4More important the simple and welcoming atmosphere at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirit are the memories you will make with your friends that you bring there. Vanderbilt’s is the place I hold near and dear to me where I  will always look back fondly on the heart-to-heart talks I had with my girlfriends there, talking about our college and personal lives, attempting to piece together the road map and journey of life one Samuel Adams® OctoberFest at a time. Here’s looking at the Spinach Artichoke Dip. Cheers!

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#SCBDTravels: Do #LA the right way in 72 hours!

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About a month ago, I had the opportunity to travel to LA for my job at the time. It was my first time ever traveling to to the West Coast and I loved every bit of it. I stayed in Downtown LA in the Little Tokyo area which meant having ramen was a must.

Here are some of the spots I loved and checked out while I was in DTLA for 72 hours:
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1. El Pollo Loco (various locations)- It’s a chain but a great one, you can find down South in Texas and a long the West Coast. They serve some of the best rotisserie chicken, tortillas, rice and beans that fills you up!

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2. Ford’s Filling Station (Culver City) – My first night in LA, I spent going out with my cousin who lives in the area and we went to Ford’s for dinner. They serve homestyle classic American food with a Modern twist. I’d definitely come back since it was hip spot. The food was delicious and filling like they mention in the title.

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3. Sprinkles Cupcakes (various locations)- Home of the first cupcake shop in the US. Sprinkles is a staple in LA. The cupcakes are delicious and all they are cracked up to be. I enjoyed a classic cupcake– chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The cupcakes are delicious and #SCBDApproved.

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4. The Original Pantry Cafe (DTLA)- This downtown LA restaurant is a staple in the area. They serve a homestyle breakfast so I decided to go with sausage gravy with biscuits. It was delicious and I’d definitely go back but keep in mind they only take cash!

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5.  Citadel Outlets (Citadel) – About a 20 minute drive from DTLA (without traffic), this outlet is huge and even has an American Apparel Outlet Store in it. I loved and had a great time shopping there. I would definitely come back on a weekend when I had more time on my hands.

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6. Daikokuya Ramen (Little Tokyo)- For about $10 and change you can get a hefty bowl of ramen and a soft drink. It’s delicious and LA local favorite. Keep in mind that they only take cash and be ready to wait and put your name down before your seated. It’s totally worth the wait!

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7. LA Live- The new place to eat, drink, and enjoy LA sports teams. I went to the Yardhouse while I was there and the spot was definitely the place to be. Check out there website, to see what other restaurants that are in LA Live.

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8.  JiST Cafe (Little Tokyo) – JiST is a hidden breakfast nook in Little Tokyo. They serve classic breakfast dishes with an Asian twist. I got chocolate chip and banana pancakes and the serving was huge and delicious! It was a perfect breakfast before my last day working in LA.

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9. In & Out Burger- No trip to LA or even to the West Coast is complete without stopping here. Yes, it’s fast food but its the bomb. I really loved my burger and fries and will be asking for animal sauce next time. It was such a deal and was only $5 too! No complaints!

I still can’t believe I went to as many places as I did in 3 days while I was in Cali! I definitely would love to live there eventually but until then I’ll be finding my way to vacation back! I got to take a peek into so many places I’d love really get to spend a day or two at to get the full experience, including Santa Monica Blvd.

Stay tuned for more travel posts!

Cheers,

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#SCBDRecipe: Organic Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday for all of our fellow die-hard foodies. From corned beef and cabbage to soda bread, the Irish really know how to cook up a delicious holiday. Growing up with an Irish grandmother, I was lucky enough to indulge in an annual St. Patrick’s Day feast, complete with the traditional and delectable dishes mentioned above. While I love my grandmother’s cooking and celebrating my Irish heritage, it’s nice to switch it up every once in a while!

With some help from Fancy Girl Table, we’ve rounded up some fun new twists on some classic Irish dishes. These organic dishes are perfect for those of you who are looking to switch up your St. Patrick’s Day dinner menu.

Fancy Girl Table (www.fgtable.com), a popular catering and event design company, has a unique menu for the famous Irish holiday, like Emerald Arugula Salad with Pickled Berries, Upside Down Smoked Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, Sugar Hill Farm Corned Beef with Mustard Roasted Cabbage, Chocolate Stout Bread Pudding and more. They can provide recipes or tips on how to create a fun and tasty menu for your own St. Patrick’s Day party. The menu items are inspired by ingredients from local farms and are so tasty they break the stereotype of organic food.

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Beer Braised Chicken Stew with Potatoes & Onion

-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped                                                                                               -1 tablespoon smoked paprika                                                                                                 -3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil                                                                                           -2 ½ lbs. skinless boneless chicken thighs                                                                             -1 12-ounce bottle of beer (ale or brown)                                                                               -2 bay leaves
-1 cup frozen pearl onions                                                                                                       -1 lb. red fingerling potatoes cut in half lengthwise                                                                   -1 large carrot, sliced                                                                                                               -2 tablespoons whole grain mustard                                                                                         -2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped                                                                                       -1-cup chicken stock                                                                                                               -1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped                                                                                   -1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped                                                                                      -Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Mix together the garlic, smoked paprika and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to form a paste. Rub all over the chicken thighs and let marinated at least an hour.
  •  Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the remaining olive oil and when hot, add the chicken. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides.
  • Add the beer, bay leaves, onions, potatoes, mustard, thyme and chicken stock. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are fork tender.
  •  Add the parsley & chives and adjust salt and pepper.                                                         Note: this dish is best made the day before to allow for the flavors to further develop.
  • Yields 6 servings

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Emerald Salad with Pickled Berries, Caramelized Apples, Irish Cheese & Smoked Mustard Vinaigrette

-1 piece of sliced ginger, ½ inch thick                                                                                     -8 pink peppercorns                                                                                                                 -3 allspice berries                                                                                                                     -1 cinnamon stick                                                                                                                   -2 cloves                                                                                                                                 -1 bay leaf                                                                                                                                 -6 tablespoons sugar                                                                                                             -2 tablespoons sea salt                                                                                                             -1 ½ cups red wine vinegar                                                                                                     -1 ½ cups water                                                                                                                     -1-pint blackberries                                                                                                               -1-tablespoon butter                                                                                                                 -4 medium red- or pink-skinned lady apples (such as Pink Lady) cut in half and seeds removed                                                                                                                                   -1-teaspoon sugar                                                                                                               -1/2-cup extra-virgin olive oil                                                                                                   -3 tablespoons sherry vinegar                                                                                               -1 large shallot, minced                                                                                                           -1 teaspoon Dijon mustard                                                                                                   -3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika                                                                                           -1/4-teaspoon salt                                                                                                                 -1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper                                                                                     -4 cups dark green arugula                                                                                                      -¼ cup toasted pecans                                                                                                         -4 ounces Irish cheese, such as Cashel Blue

• In a saucepan, add the ginger, spices, bay leaf, sugar, salt, vinegar & water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Cool the brine. Pour over the black berries that have been placed in a large jar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 days, but one week is best.                                                                                                     • Cook the lady apples: in a skillet heat the butter. When hot, add the lady apples and sprinkle with the sugar.                                                                                                             • Cooked the lady apples over medium heat, turning them occasionally. Cook until softened and lightly browned.                                                                                                   • Make the dressing: Place oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper in a blender; blend until well combined. You will have dressing leftover for more salads.             • Assemble the salad by tossing the arugula, apples, and pickled berries with ¼ cup of the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more dressing if necessary. Top with crumbled cheese and pecans.                                                                                       •Yields 4 servings

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Vegan Upside Down Shepherd’s Pie

-4 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled & cut into 6 pieces                                                             -4 Large Russet Potatoes, peeled & cut into 6 pieces                                                             – ½ tablespoon each chopped fresh oregano, rosemary & thyme                                         -4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil                                                                                         -1-¼ cup green or red lentils                                                                                                   -2 bay leaves                                                                                                                           -1-teaspoon onion powder
-½ teaspoon smoked paprika
-¼ teaspoon ground fennel                                                                                                   -¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon                                                                                            -½ teaspoon chili powder                                                                                                        -1 cup chopped onions                                                                                                           -1 ¼ cup sliced shiitake mushrooms                                                                                      -1 red pepper, chopped small
-1 cup chopped kale                                                                                                             -1 ¼ cup bread crumbs. We use Mary’s Gone Crackers: Just The Crumbs. They are gluten-free and have a great texture.
-Salt & Pepper to taste

  •                              Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit
  • Make the mashed potatoes: Place all the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with a fork. Strain the potatoes, but save 1 cup of the potato water. Put the potatoes and 1 cup of the reserved water back into the pot with the fresh herbs and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and mash. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Cook the lentils: place lentil in a pot with enough water to cover. Add bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, add spices and partially cover. Add more water if needed during cooking. Cook until soft.
  • In a sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until hot. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the mushrooms and peppers and cook until the mushrooms release their liquid. Add the chopped kale and sauté until just wilted. Add in the cooked lentil, add salt and pepper and mix well. Remove from heat.
  •  Assemble: In a baking dish (we use a 9 x 13 inch dish) add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 cup of the bread crumbs. Mix together then spread on the bottom of the dish. Next layer ¾ ‘s of the masked potatoes and spread evenly over the breadcrumbs. Next spoon the lentil vegetable mixture over the mashed potatoes and lightly press down to make even. Then with a scoop or spoon, scoop on the remaining potatoes, making about 12 balls. Cover the top with the remaining breadcrumbs. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes more or until browned on top.
  • Yields 8 servings. Serve with some steamed broccoli or a big salad.

#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!

#SCBDRecipe: St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

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Everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is one of the booziest holidays of the year. While most celebrate by guzzling down green beer, others like to toast to the Irish patron saint with something a bit more fancy. We did a round-up of some of the classiest cocktails that will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the right way!

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Basil Hayden’s® Irish Julep

INGREDIENTS:

-2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon -½ part DeKuyper® Green Crème de Menthe -1 part Half and Half

METHOD:

1. Shake all ingredients well with ice.

2. Strain over crushed ice into a highball glass.

3. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Basil Hayden’s® Shamrock Sour

Recipe by Julie Reiner – New York, NY

INGREDIENTS:

-2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon -½ Part Green Chartreuse -½ Part Lemon Juice -½ Part Grapefruit Juice -½ Part Agave Syrup* (To make, combine equal parts of water with Agave Syrup) -¼ Part Egg White

METHOD:

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake without ice to blend.

2. Add ice and shake.

3. Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

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THE BEST IRISH COFFEE YOU EVER HAD

It has been said that “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” Here is a version you can make at home that traces back to the 1940s Foynes Airport original.

-1 ½ oz Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey -¾ oz Demerara syrup (made with 1 part water to 1 part Demerara sugar) -4 oz Fresh brewed coffee -Cream: whisk 2 oz of Brady’s

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-Irish Cream with 6 oz of heavy cream -Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg

Fill an Irish coffee glass or mug with hot water and let stand for a few minutes to warm. Pour out water. Add the whiskey, syrup and coffee, then stir. Add whipped Brady’s the width of your thumb. Freshly grate nutmeg over top.

Created by Jack McGarry, on behalf of Irish to the Core.

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THE DUBLIN SIDE

With both honey liqueur and agave nectar, one would think this drink would only satisfy those with a serious sweet tooth! However the aromatics of gin, lemon and mint awaken and refresh the palate in this lemony twist on the South Side cocktail.

-1 ½ oz Celtic Honey Liqueur -1 oz Gin -½ oz Fresh lemon juice -1 tsp Agave nectar -Handful of mint leaves -Garnish: mint sprig

Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass or over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

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If you want to partake in festive St. Patrick Day’s drinks but aren’t a big fan of alcohol (or if you’re underaged,) check out this mocktail from celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner. The Matcha Maker Melon Agua Fresca makes a refreshing and fun beverage for any time of the day with bright bursts of honeydew melon and lime.

Matcha Maker Melon Agua Fresca

Ingredients

-4 tea bags Good Earth Matcha Maker, tag removed from the tea bag -4 cups boiling water -1 honeydew melon, skinned, seeded and cut up into chunks -4 cups ice -4 slices lime

Directions

-Steep the Good Earth® Matcha Maker™ in boiling water for 5 minutes. -Strain the tea bags and remove from the water. -Add the water into a blender filled with the melon chunks -Puree the water and melon chunks in the blender and then strain the smooth mixture through a fine, mesh strainer. -Pour the mixture over cubed or crushed ice. -Garnish the tall glass with a slice of lime.

 

#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.

 

#SCBDExclusive: Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with These Top Philly Picks for St. Patrick’s Day + Weekend

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This St. Patrick’s Day, Philly is the city to be in for the best food, festivals, and fun! All weekend long, the top Philly bars, restaurants, and spas will be celebrating the Luck of the Irish with delicious menu options and awesome deals for all.

 

FESTIVALS AND PARTIES 

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INAUGURAL HEADHOUSE IRISH FESTIVAL

Head to South Street Headhouse District and celebrate before and after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16th, from 11am to 7pm, with live Irish music, Irish dance performances, classic Irish food, drinks and food under the Shambles (Second Street between Pine and Lombard). Second Street will be closed between Locust and Pine, leaving plenty of room for dancing and partying.

Beer pouring during the festival will include Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Magners Irish Cider, Yuengling, and Coors Lite. In keeping with the Irish theme, you’ll also be able to get 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, Jameson and Fireball shots. Seating will be available to enjoy the many Irish foods including Bangers and Mash, Lamb Stew, Shepherd’s Pie and Corn Beef Quesadillas. Kid friendly fare includes chicken tenders and hot dogs. Entertainment will include live music from Mark Monahagn Trio, a DJ, Irish dancers and the 2nd street Irish Society Pipes & Drums Brigade (after they head back from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade).

Presented by Cavanaugh’s Headhouse and O’Neals Pub. All ages welcome, 21 to drink. FREE admission.

KISS ME I’M IRISH AND GAY

Join the official Gayborhood St. Patrick’s Day Party at U Bar (1220 Locust Street) with Kiss Me I’m Irish and Gay on Monday, March 17th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Tickets are only $20 at the door and include one free drink, discount drink specials, discount beer specials, complimentary food from Terra, door prizes, a benefit raffle, music and surprises – including some good ole Irish fun and frolic. EVERYBODY is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so dress in green to win prizes. The event is open to everyone, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders and family, friends and allies, from 21 to all ages. This annual event benefits City of Hope Philadelphia and QUEERtimes.net.

FOOD AND DRINK 

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SERRANO AND TIN ANGEL

Serrano Restaurant and Tin Angel (20 S. Second St.) present a fun-filled weekend with live music, a new flaming drink and Irish food specials – plus special Monday hours.

At Serrano downstairs, owner Donal McCoy (who hails from Belfast) presents dishes and drinks that celebrate his favorite Irish flavors.

** Flight Agus Bite – A flight of four that showcases the diversity of Ireland. Enjoy two Irish whiskies (Jamison and Bushmills) from opposite ends of the spectrum, a pour of Harp Lager, paired with a Deconstructed Ulster Fry (Sausage, potato croquette, mushroom, housemade potato and soda bread).

** Wee Taste Of Ireland Cheese Plate – Three artisan Irish cheese with accompaniments include Cashel Irish Bleu, Cahill’s Irish Porter Cheese a traditional Irish Cheddar. Paired with housemade potato and soda bread.

At the bar, head bartender Shawn Gormley (past owner PBR in Old City) conspires with McCoy on two special new libations:

** The McIlhatton Manhattan – A classic Manhattan only with a twist – Irish whiskey will be used instead of American, bourbon or Rye.

** Flaming Irish Potato – This special shot is sure to put on a show by itself as it is lit on fire with unique sparks for a tongue-in-cheek poke at the rotten American candy! Featuring Malibu Coconut Rum, Bailey’s Cream and cinnamon.

** Watch for weekend Harp and Guiness specials at the bar.

Upstairs at Tin Angel, on Saturday, March 15th, Don McCloskey returns to the Tin Angel for his annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. Tickets are only $12.00. Doors open at 9:30pm, with the show starting at 10:00pm. Don McCloskey is an independent artist based in Brooklyn, NY who infuses folk music with elements of rock, hip-hop, electronica, country, pop and world music. His lyrics often deal with the themes of love, sex, war, spirituality, world religions, American politics, his hometown (Bristol), literature and pop culture.
On Monday, March 17th, Serrano will open at Noon with the above specials and a full dinner menu. Normally Serrano is dark on Mondays.

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All three SliCE locations (Rittenhouse, South Philly, South Jersey) bring the luck of the Irish to the love of pizza. On Friday, March 14th, kick-off the weekend with “Free Friday” and find samples of the new “The St. Patrick’s” pie at the end of the rainbow. This new creation features a special family recipe of braised ham and cabbage, bacon and swiss cheese, topped with a spicy mustard. No purchase necessary for pizza samples. The pie will be available through St. Patrick’s Day and until the end of March. During the weekend, watch for in-house deals and special slices to welcome tourists traveling on the Erin Express.

Addresses:
Rittenhouse – 1740 Samson Street, 19103
South Philly/East Passyunk – 1180 S. 10th Street, 19147
South Jersey – 137 Egg Harbor Rd, Washington Township, 08080

NICK’S ROAST BEEF IN OLD CITY

Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City District (16 S. 2nd Street) kicks off a weekend of St. Patrick’s inspired fun – kicking things off early with a special Guinness Benefit on Thursday, March 13th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Support Dennis Leary’s Rescue Me Foundation and earn a chance to win a fireman’s shirt and jacket. Money raised will support local fire houses in Philly’s smallest neighborhoods. Look for beer specials and promos, giveaways and other fun!

On Friday, March 14th, Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th, Nick’s serves as home venue for the Luck of the Irish St. Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl with food and drink specials. Ticket info is found here.

On Saturday, March 15th only, Nick’s features a special St. Patrick’s Day Karaoke Party starting at 9pm with Old City Karaoke and DJ Lars Peterson.

On Sunday, March 16th, head to Nick’s before or after the St. Patrick’s Day parade for Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes at only $8.99, plus Leprechaun Balls shots featuring Irish Whiskey and Baileys for only $3.00. Bud Light Aluminum Bottles (16 oz) will be specially priced at $4.00. Opens at 11am.

On Monday, March 17th, Nick’s opens bright and early at 11am to get your St. Patrick’s Day day-drinking on. Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes, Leprechaun Balls shots and Bud Light Aluminum Bottle special will be served again. For those with empty pockets after the weekend party, Nick’s serves up lunch specials for only $6.95! Day-drinking and lunch starts at 11am.

GREEN SPA TREATMENTS 

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EVIAMA LIFE SPA

Go green for St. Patrick’s Day with specials at the region’s eco designed and operated spa! Eviama Green Spa and Boutique in Midtown Village (109 S. 13th Street) offers three discounted and specially designed services perfect for the lasses (and leprechauns) to pamper and rejuvenate themselves.

After a long weekend of some wee Irish spirits, detox with a special “Tea and Aromatherapy Wrap” featuring Nettle, Ginger, Holy Basil and Immortelle to get your system humming again. Featuring dry brushing and a special trip to the infrared sauna. For a warm fuzzy place at the end of the rainbow, enjoy a special trip to the infrared sauna without a service for $5.00 off all weekend.

Will the luck of the Irish bring spring days ahead? Find out with our Back Work Kansa Wand and Citrus Body Scrub to prepare with strokes from the Kansa wand, exfoliate with aromatherapy blended Himalayan Sea Salts, and finish with one of the enchantingly rich Dr.Hauschka Body Moisturizers.

Finally, luxuriate in the amazing array of Dr.Hauschka formulas through a Dr.Hauschka Classic Treatment. Eviama is an exclusive retailer for this world-wide organic collection. Transition to the new season with your unique inner clock reset. This two hour rhythmical transformation includes lymph brush for the face, aromatherapy, foot soak and rub, head and arm stretches and much more. Plus save at the boutique on Dr. Hauschka shopping.

 

#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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