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Near Newark Airport -- Something to Bring on the Plane

Terminal C has to be one of the best terminals in the entire country for airport food. The Jersey Diner has good stuff if you want sandwiches and such, theres also a portuguese place in the food court area. I havent tried the Gallaghers.

Egg Cream on Long Island

Frederick's in great neck is one of the last surviving practicioners of the egg cream on Long Island. The place is known for it.

http://www.exploreli.com/entertainmen...

Founded in 1951 It was closed for several years but reopened in 2007.

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

First of all lets get a few things out of the way. I'm not a professional food critic. A professional food critic has a methodology that enables him to better sample the cuisine of a restaurant -- they go on multiple visits and take groups of people with them so that they don't get "made". If you order twelve dishes and you are going by yourself or with a date its gonna look awfully suspicious. Frank Bruni probably visits a restaurant two or three times before writing up a peice and he goes in groups of like 3 or 4 people.

My blog posts, at least the ones prior to October of this year, frequently reflect multiple visits. Because of the nature of blogging, you can photograph food on one visit, post about it, and then update the post. With a few of my favorite restaurants, this has happened quite a few times. I also bring other people with me and I also photograph the food of other diners. I also didn't eat "all" the plates at a particular meal. So its very easy to assume one is eating huge quantities of food at a restaurant based on a blog post. Sure, on occasions, I definitely over-ate. A lot. But its not just how much you are eating, its WHAT you are eating. Its your lifestyle in general that contributes to your health.

Now when cooking at home and blogging about it, you don't necessarily have those constraints. I probably got myself into the condition that I am in more from not being conscious of how much I was eating and what I was cooking than any restaurant meals I went to.

The bottom line is, and if you read the article, I'm clearly doing something about it now. I'm down nearly 60 pounds since mid-October of 2007 and I plan to lose at least a hundred total by this time next year, if not more. My blood vitals right now are probably the best they have ever been, my diabletes II is asymptomatic, my blood pressure is totally controlled and my cholesterol is about as optimal you are ever going to find in an obese person -- 100-112. This is all because of a change in diet, moreso than actual portion size. I still eat a ton of food, but its protein, vegeteables and whole grains, and I have cut off all sugar and saturated fats. If you want to see what we're doing in a nutshell, we summarized it recently here:

http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

two words: degustation menu

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

Its not an accurate comparison. You can't accomplish your job as a wine critic and drink every glass because it will impair your judgement process. A food critic can certainly accomplish their job by eating every plate. Oh you'll get sick, and you'll get fat, and in the long term, it will endanger your health, but it won't impair the quality of your food writing.

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

Yes, I'm -really- doing it. I don't have much choice in the matter.

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

Good for you, man. I salute your superior willpower. :)

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

Thats a very good explanation of Diabetes. By the way, it was not explicitly said in the article, but the type of Diabetes I have is Type II, and since I have altered my diet its asymptomatic according to my doctor and my latest bloodwork.I dont take insulin nor do I have the need to do glucose monitoring. My cholesterol is at 100-110 and my blood pressure is within normal ranges.

NYT Article on the "Fat Pack"

Well, thats a big assumption on your part. :) I've been troubled by obesity all my life, but when a doctor puts a mortality number on it, it becomes a bit more of a priority to resolve.

Solar do Minho

The original restaurant is in Belleville. One of my favorite Portuguese/Brazilian places.

Feb 23, 2008
OffTheBroiler in New Jersey

Sichuan restaurants in NJ, as close to fort lee as humanly possible

Can't really help you with this one. Chengdu 1 is the only really authentic Sichuan in the area, and that's in Cedar Grove, near Montclair. China 46 had some nice Sichuan dishes but it closed last year. There's also another place in Florham Park but you might as well go to Chengdu 1 if you are going to make the effort.

The best Chinese restaurant in your immediate area is arguably Petite Soochow in Cliffside Park, which is Shanghainese. If you go to my blog and search on it theres a ton of photos on it there, as well as for Chengdu 1.

Obviously if you live in Manhattan you have some pretty excellent Sichuan restaurants. Grand Sichuan International, Wu Liang Le, just for starters.

Italian New Jersey?

Di Palma Brothers in North Bergen. Hands down. Just look for it on my blog at offthebroiler.com and have a look at all the photos. NY Times reviewer David Corcoran loved it.

I have attached two photos here, one of their Seafood Pasta Al Cartoccio and also a shot of their dining room, which is absolutely wall to wall with antiques. Its a nice place and an excellent value, portions are huge and not at all difficult to split entrees and appetizers.

Great Vietnamese in Jersey!!!

Ms Trang does not often cook at her Englewood restaurant. She cooks for the most part at Mo Pho, in Fort Lee, which in my opinion is currently the better of the two restaurants. While I agree the Pho is very good to excellent, and her other main dishes are very good, it is Americanzed style Vietnamese food and may not be what many people are looking for.

Other Vietnamese restaurants of note are Binh Duong in Bloomfield, Little Saigon in Montclair, and Nha Trang Place (my current favorite) in Jersey City -- all of which are covered on my blog. Viet Ai in Florham Park is also prett good.

Ridgefield: China 46 - closed?

According to Bill Pitcher's blog on NorthJersey.com It's gone for good. Cecil has elected to end his lease early because the owners of the property want to re-develop the land. Lets hope he opens up something else soon.

Ridgefield: China 46 - closed?

I've put out feelers but I haven't heard anything yet. It doesn't look good.

Batali got the boot (from FN)

It should be noted that the Gelatos at OTTO are not made by Batali. They are the products of Meredith Kurtzman, his very talented pastry chef.

http://www.ottopizzeria.com/menu_gela...

Muffuletta Report

and c'mon, shelved garlic preserves is not what they use on muffulettas or in Olive Salad.

Sep 06, 2007
OffTheBroiler in New Orleans

Muffuletta Report

I didn't find the bread hard to swallow. But then again, after marinating it in the wrapper for like 4 hours, it had a ton of olive oil drenched into it.

Sep 06, 2007
OffTheBroiler in New Orleans

Muffuletta Report

Jetblue YES. Airtran NO. :) That's all I'm gonna say!

You really should have seen the look on everyone's faces when we cracked that puppy open on the plane... the smell of that olive salad utterly reeked. Went great with the new Tabasco/Creole Tomato Zapps.

Sep 05, 2007
OffTheBroiler in New Orleans

Muffuletta Report

The best Muffaletta that I have recently tasted -- as of several days ago, was at Nor-Joe's in Metairie. We tasted it side by side with the classic Central Grocery sandwich and we all agreed that while the Central Grocery muff is still very good -- the Nor Joe's is just more stuffed and more artisanal. The Nor Joe's muff is made to order whereas the Central Grocery ones tend to marinate in the olive salad for an hour or so, but they are constantly being produced to fill their queue. Central Grocery uses 3 types of meat and one type of cheese, whereas Nor-Joesuses mortadella, two types of ham, salami, provolone and emmentaller, plus more olive salad, although it is more finely chopped. You also have the option of doing extra meat, olive salad on the side, or extra olive salad, whereas at CG, one size fits all. The Nor-Joe's one is also discenably heavier on the olive oil in the salad, which I like, and tends the preserve the sandwich over a long trip. It actually tasted better several hours later and was still very good the next morning for breakfast. And its easier to park at Nor-Joes and it is closer to the airport.

We also tried to get a Muffaletta at Serio's, the one that was recently profiled on Bobby Flay's show on Food Network. I asked for a muffaletta and they said they were out of olive salad. Interpret that as you wish!

I should have a blog post up in a few days, but for the time being, enjoy the side-by-side photo.

Sep 05, 2007
OffTheBroiler in New Orleans

North NJ (Bergen County) CSA's

About $46, the last time we checked.

PurpleDragon isnt your typical CSA. They support regional agriculture in addition to small farmers elsewhere.

Layover at Newark Liberty

5 and a half hours is more than enough time to eat locally in Newark. I'd suggest Seabra's Marisqueria and Casa Vasca as two really good options. You could also do the Rodizio/Churrascaria thing at Brasilia Grill or Mediterranean Manor, but that might be too heavy a meal before a flight. In any case, the Ironbound section of newark is only 10-15 minutes away from the airport and you can get a cab in both directions pretty easily. All the restaurants above are covered on my blog if you want to check them out.

North NJ (Bergen County) CSA's

Yes, you have PurpleDragon Co-Op which is very good. My wife and I act as substitute members for it from time to time.

http://purpledragon.com/

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East Japanese restaurant in Teaneck, NJ

While the idea of carousel sushi is fun, I find the freshness of the sushi in this restaurant seriously lacking.

clifton, new jersey eats

If I can only ever manage to get there when they are open!

there's a Bon Chon (Korean fried) Chicken in Ft. Lee

In addition to Boom Boom and Bon Chon in Fort Lee, theres a Kyedong Chicken in nearby Palisades Park. I actually like Kyedong as much as the other two but you can only order takeout, they have no seating. The chicken is great though.

Fort Lee - need some korean recs?

So Mun Nam Jip, the other Charcoal BBQ place is also very good. Snoh likes that place a lot, its bigger than Woo Jeon but I think Woo Jeon is more generous with the banchan. "Mandarin" the Korean/Chinese place is also really good. I haven't been to the Nangmyun place yet but its supposed to be excellent. Kyedong Chicken makes great korean fried chicken but its strictly takeout -- I think its as good as Boom Boom's or Bonchon's.

clifton, new jersey eats

The only thing about that Papaya King is it closes really early, it only stays open during the hours the Corrados Wholesale Outlet is open. So I never get there on time.

clifton, new jersey eats

And if you want killer Turkish... TOROS.

clifton, new jersey eats

PIZZA TOWN!