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Lobster Bake Seaweed in NJ?

I'm attempting our first New England Lobster Bake. I found a place that sells the appropriate sea weed in Manhattan (the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market). I live in Keyport, NJ. Does anybody know of a more local place that sells it?

Thanks.

Jul 10, 2009
lolly318 in Mid-Atlantic

Matawan: Restaurants busting out all over...

In retrospect...my comments were extremely generous. Since my post, other family members have gone to dinner there--other family members with much lower standards than mine I might add--And they thought it was awful. I guess I took some happy pills before my meal that night. Or maybe I just hate when a new place opens and makes an effort and falls so short of the mark. I think they are doomed.

Oct 15, 2007
lolly318 in New Jersey

When do plates get cleared?

I learned the 4'o'clock trick in Europe. I couldn't figure out why the servers would NEVER clear my plate. With a little observance I caught on. I think that's when I got irritated when I came home and placed my fork and knife in the proper position and my plate was never cleared! Now it turns out that maybe they weren't being inattentive they were just waiting for the rest to finish!

The other issue why I want my plate cleared is totally selfish and does not take into consideration the other diners at all... I don't have a lot of self control the longer the plate sits in front of me, the more I will eat.

Oct 07, 2007
lolly318 in Not About Food

Restaurant portion sizes ... and what to do about server's snide remark?

It's out of the ordinary for somebody to order two entrees. So it doesn't seem crazy or rude for him to have made mention/ made a joke of it.

On the other hand I think most restaurant portions are way too big. I usually only eat half. I guess I would be irritated if the waitress asked "what are you on a diet?"

Oct 07, 2007
lolly318 in Not About Food

When do plates get cleared?

I've always been irritated when I sit with my plate in front of me too long after I've finished my meal. A friend recently stated she hates when a server clears her plate when other people are still eating. With a little research I discovered it is actually etiquette to wait until everyone is done before plates are cleared so that the people still eating don't feel rushed. That makes sense but I think most people equate having their plates cleared promptly with good service. Which is it? I'm curious what the chowhounds prefer.

Oct 06, 2007
lolly318 in Not About Food

what are the best farmers markets and roadside stands in NJ??

Samaha's on Lloyd Rd in Aberdeen, right off the parkway will always be my favorite for corn.

Oct 06, 2007
lolly318 in New Jersey

Blue Rock Cafe in Cliffwood Beach, NJ?

I've been there twice. Once I had the biggest best fried shrimp. The second time I had the biggest worst RAW fried shrimp and the RUDEST waitress ever. Maybe third time's a charm?

Oct 06, 2007
lolly318 in Mid-Atlantic

Matawan: Restaurants busting out all over...

Despite all of the awful things I've heard about the Copper Leaf Grill I decided to give it a try. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe my expectations were so low that they could go nowhere but up? I ordered the grilled pork chop. It was well cooked and everyone at my table enjoyed their entrees. Don't get me wrong this was not the culinary highlight of my month or anything...secret ingredient in the roasted potatoes seemed to be salt...But I liked it well enough to eat the leftovers today. The portions are generous and they come with a Caesar salad. I thought the decor was inoffensive almost pleasing in a generic way. But it was a little too quiet. Barely audible music and only 4 tables on a Friday night. We weren't being loud, just enjoying ourselves, talking at a normal level and laughing and I felt like we were sticking out. I had no problem with the service. It was an older guy. Maybe the owner or manager. I wish they would work on that sign out front. The inside is nicer than the sign lets on. Anyway, I would say walk don't run there. Maybe they've improved...or maybe I am in generous spirit.

Oct 06, 2007
lolly318 in New Jersey

Just moved Atlantic Highlands/Middletown area

There's a relatively new pizza place on Rt 36 in Hazlet or Union Beach. It's Called Antonia's. It's in a litte strip mall on the Westbound side of 36 before you get to Union Ave (lucky 7 deli and lighthouse fishery are also in the strip mall.). They have an amazing Old Style Sicilian. It's square with crispy medium thick crust. Each piece has a slice of fresh mozz on it and fresh garlic and basil. I have to say it's a tiny bit inconsistent. Some days it's been a little greasier and more well done than others. But even on their bad days I think it's the best pizza around. We LOVE it. I've also had their panini, also very good.

Sep 23, 2007
lolly318 in Mid-Atlantic

The Trimbach Discovery

Ah yes. The big Gewürzt moment. I had mine at Red Light in Chicago. I had never tried this varietal but had read in many places that is was a good pairing with asian food. My friends allowed me to be adventurous and I ordered the Hugel Alsace. It was a revelation! It smelled like rose petals. I've enjoyed the Trimbach as well, but the Hugel will always have a special place in my heart.

Sep 11, 2007
lolly318 in Features

D'lish in Matawan

I can't go back to D'lish after my last time there. I've been there twice. First time was inoffensive. Food was decent, not excellent., but our server -- a guy in his 30s-- was good. So we went back a second time. This time...ohhh boy.

I asked my waitress a simple question, Is there any cheese on the "Veal Saltimboca?" I will try to relay an brief version of what followed:

The waitress: Do you want cheese?
Me: Well, I want to know how it's prepared. If there is cheese on it, I definitely want cheese.
The waitress: How do you want the cheese?
Me: I want the cheese however it comes. Melted I assume?

Cut to the plate being put in from of me with a sunny side egg laid over the top of the Veal/Spinach/Proscuitto.!..I called over the waitress....and stated the obvious:

Me: Um excuse me, this is an egg.
The waitress: Yeah I know.
Me: Do remember me asking you about the cheese?
The waitress: I know, I think there's cheese IN it.
Me: But you never mentioned the egg. An egg on top of veal is a really big thing to not mention.
The waitress: I know. I asked them if I should tell people about the egg and they said no.

And with that, I removed the egg and put it on my bread plate and tried to enjoy my meal. I don't even like eggs that much for breakfast let alone on my $28 Veal dish. I totally respect the chef's vision. He's perfectly entitled to put whatever he wants on his veal but to not disclose it on the menu implies he knows it's something people would be put off by and just doesn't care! If I had that information, I certainly would have tried a different dish. What if I had an egg allergy? A little while later the manager/chef's father? comes by and asks how everything is. I look at my egg and shrug Ok i guess. The guy in the white track suits says "great" and keeps moving.

Need I say more. The waitress' ignorance of the menu and how she handled my disappointment in the dish was inexcusable, purposely hiding such a non-traditional item on a traditional dish is in excusable, the manager's obliviousness to my ambivalence was inexcusable. I think not letting the management know my displeasure at the time was inexcusable on my part. And I apologize for airing it here instead of giving the management an opportunity to remedy the situation. I was just so irritated at the time.

Mind you, this place was packed both times I was there. I don't get it.

Jun 27, 2007
lolly318 in New Jersey