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monsu dinner

I had plans to go tomorrow, but I have to cancel because I'm not feeling well this week. :( Can't wait to try it!

May 18, 2011
DJMarilyn in Philadelphia

Gourmet Caramel in Philadelphia?

Di Bruno Bros. carries Bequet Caramels as has been previously mentioned. They are doing a sampling of Bequet Caramels this week at their Ardmore Store. Bequet is officially launching a new flavor - Green Apple Caramel - there this week - a full month before anybody else. So go try some. YUM!

May 18, 2011
DJMarilyn in Philadelphia

seeking perogies in center city

.50 cent perogies at Tattooed Mom's on Wednesday (deep-fried only, though) :-D

May 24, 2009
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Confused...don't Philadelphians like brunch?

My favorite joints are: Honey's, Royal Tavern, National Mechanics, and Cantina Los Caballitos.

May 24, 2009
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Gordon Ramsey in Philly?

It wrapped up Thursday and he was gone on Friday.

May 24, 2009
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Kosher Philadelphia

Hey folks,
I'm living back in Philly and not sure what supermarkets carry kosher meats. Also, are their any straight up kosher food markets in Philly?

Thanks!

Dec 30, 2008
DJMarilyn in Kosher

Dinner for 4 on a budget

I just ate at Vietiane for the first time last week - quite delicious and affordable. I had duck spring rolls and chicken in tamarind sauce with sweet sticky rice. So good and the portions were generous (I thought). I definitely want to go back again soon since I live in the 'hood now.

Oct 20, 2008
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Reading, Pa - Gourmet groceries?

Cloud 9 - I used to work there 7 years ago. I assure you, everything is fresh, made from scratch, and quite tasty! I miss that place. :)

Oct 20, 2008
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Philly Restaurant Week coming up

Tried Ly Michael's. Good start, then went downhill for some. I say this is a drinks & apps place because they were quite good. Several entrees were misses, though. The place wasn't even busy. Nice enough place & service was pleasant and not at all bad.

Sep 15, 2008
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Matawan: Restaurants busting out all over...

My comments were censored, I guess I'm nothing but a troublemaker here since that tends to happen a lot when I voice my opinion. Anyways, yes, a big pet peeve of mine is if a restaurant doesn't have a website at all. Heck, even if they have a MySpace profile, that's better than nothing. Restaurant Passion is a great restaurant directory that does well in search engines. In any case, there's no reason for any restaurant not to have a good web presence. I'm not saying it will break them, but it could certainly "make them"... more easy to find and inviting to potential customers.

I am moving back to Philly tomorrow so sadly I will not be able to check out AJ Pizzle. I wish them well, I really do. This area actually has some really good restaurants, I'm going to miss it. Now let's see if this stays up. :)

Aug 30, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Bistro Amerigo- Matawan

We tried Bistro Amerigo a few weeks ago. He started with the stuffed mushrooms, and I had the Bistro Maki roll. Nothing spectacular, but certainly good enough. For my main course, I opted for the calamari salad and I have to say it was probably one of the best calamari salads I've ever had. I will go as far to say the calamari was nearly perfect. The portion was generous too, so I was satisfied with my selection. He had some sashimi for main course and said it was okay.

We both had a glass of Riesling which was nice.

The service needs work, though. It was a Tuesday night, not really busy at all, but there just weren't enough servers so it was painfully slow and disjointed at some points. We had to ask for things a couple of times. Slow and forgetful service always turns us off. So even though our food selections were fine, service-wise we had a complete opposite experience than kadeshpa.

Aug 29, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

Koo Marlboro NJ

Thanks for the recommendations RGR!

Aug 24, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Trying to impress a very attractive Woman

If a guy would want to impress me, he'd have to take me to Morimoto. LOL Oh snap, I went there didn't I? ;)

Aug 23, 2008
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Koo Marlboro NJ

Morimoto has been on my list for YEARS to go to. Hopefully I'll land a big client with a healthy wallet, and I will celebrate by going there. Or, now that I'm newly single, some nice gentleman will woo me by taking me there. I can dream! :)

Aug 23, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Kanji in Tinton Falls

Well I have said a few times that Kanji is, by far, my favorite in the area. I haven't been to Kazu, Oyako, or Mr. Pi's so I wouldn't know how to compare. But my vote would be for Kanji. I really don't think you would regret it. Plus it's BYOB and there is a wine/spirits store right next door. :)

Aug 23, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Koo Marlboro NJ

Thanks for the well wishes RGR!

I lived in Philly before I moved to Monmouth County so I'm excited to be going back! There's been several new restaurants that have opened that I'm really excited about - Amada, Parc, Ly Michael's, and others. I'm obviously looking forward to re-acquainting myself with the sushi restaurants. ;)

I've already started a new food blog to document my dining adventures. :)

Aug 23, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Koo Marlboro NJ

Yeah, overall we noted it as simply just "good". While everything tasted okay, certainly nothing stood out as "stellar". We weren't disappointed or anything, but it was not put on our list to rush back to.

In my humble opinion, the BEST Japanese/sushi restaurant in Monmouth County, remains Kanji in Tinton Falls. With Ichiban and Takara (Ocean/Oakhurst) as runners-up.

Alas, I won't have the opportunity to go back to any of my favorite sushi places in Monmouth County as I move back to Philadelphia in a week. So I will be posting more and more on the Pennsylvania board. Look for my reviews of sushi restaurants over there. :)

Aug 23, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Vegetarian Restaurant in Philly

I just tried Horizon's Vegan Cuisine a couple of weeks ago and it was amazingly good! I am a meat eater, but I went with a group of friends to celebrate the birthday of a vegan friend, and I didn't miss meat at all here. Everything was delicious from appetizers to main course to dessert. Even though you're just wanting a vegetarian meal, I think it's worth a shot for you to check out Horizon's. http://horizonsphiladelphia.com/

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Horizons
611 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Aug 17, 2008
DJMarilyn in Pennsylvania

Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ Coming Soon to Matawan

I agree with Libramama, the food is good and service was helpful and friendly.

I went in last Wednesday night. I walked in around 8:30 and ordered to go. The place was about half filled, so I was served right away. During my short wait I checked the place out. There are 12 tables, so it can accommodate a small family or group. There are a variety of soft drinks and other beverages in drink cases. I chose a brand of diet Brazilian soda called Gurana (in a can). It was tasty!

I ordered the half BBQ chicken with yellow rice and beans. The portions were quite generous and everything was tasty. Prices are extremely reasonable. There are soups, salads, appetizers, barbeque combo’s, entrees (beef, chicken, pork), and fish/seafood (shrimp, salmon, cod). My platter was only $7.50. The most expensive item on the menu is a whole Grilled or Boiled Cod Fish (Bacalhau) at $18.00. I hope to try them again before I move.

FYI: I overheard the server say they are looking for more help, both in the kitchen and also more servers. So if you or someone you know is looking for a job, either call them or walk in. Here’s their number: 732-242-9946

Aug 02, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

Taco shop - Keyport/Aberdeen

I believe I remember it recently being a coffee shop in addition to pizza? In any case, it's good to see something move in there - may have to try the food before I leave the area.

Jul 14, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant recommendations on/near Rt. 18 in East Brunswick

In that strip mall, I have tried the seafood buffet (Makkoli http://www.chowhound.com/topics/445805) and the Korean restaurant (Maru http://www.chowhound.com/topics/3203085) I have reviewed both here (see links) and on my blog (see my profile).

Jul 12, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

best produce?

I'll throw in another vote for the Red Bank Farmer's Market, however I also like Delicious Orchards (Colt's Neck), Campobello's Market (Holmdel), and Samaha's Farm Market (Aberdeen).

Jul 11, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Red or Teak Restaurant in Red Bank

Teak would totally be my choice.

Jul 10, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ Coming Soon to Matawan

On Main Street across from the train station, a new BBQ joint is “Coming Soon”. It’ll be situated in the middle of the building between the cleaners and dog groomer. There are a few big signs on the store front windows; one practically yells “Matawan BBQ“, another proclaiming “Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ“, and another with a list of the types of foods that will be available.

No word on opening date. There’s a number, too, on one of the signs, but the light turned green and I didn’t have a chance to write it down.

I’m excited. I love BBQ. I don’t have much experience with Brazilian or Portuguese BBQ, but I’ve always wanted to try. I hope it opens before the end of the summer! Stay tuned.

Jul 08, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

Koo Neo-Japanese Asian Cuisine

We tried Koo tonight. Overall, not bad. Service, though pleasant, was mildly disjointed. The food was good so no worries there. He had the fried calamari for app, said it was okay, nothing special. I had the Roti - Asian pancake with chicken curry. I wasn't sure how to eat it; I actually dipped the pancake in the curry sauce. It was tasty.

For my main, I had the Fantastic Eel roll and Tri-Color roll. Both were quite good and amply sized. The thing that stood out the most on the eel roll was the seaweed salad inside. Eel is typically my favorite, but the seaweed salad inside definitely kicked it up a notch! The Tri-Color roll has salmon, avocado, and ginger inside, tuna & yellowtail outside. I usually don't like ginger, but this worked and I enjoyed it.

He had the sushi & sashimi combo and noted that it was really good. No complaints at all. The prices were on par with other sushi restaurants in the area. So I say it's worth a visit especially if you're into trying new places.

Jul 02, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

IS there any Good Sushi?

We finally tried Maru on Saturday since I wasn't hungry enough for Makkoli. I got a couple of sushi rolls. They were pretty good, not the best I ever had, but certainly passable. He had the Bibim Naeng myunm and said it was tasty. So it was a good trip.

I hope to make it up to Edison sometime, since that seems to be the consensus of where the best Korean restaurants are in the area.

Jun 25, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Pizza Loolu Rte 35 Hazlet, NJ (Buffet)

I took an 8 year old (daughter of a friend) here last night. Totally love this idea! The food certainly isn't gourmet, but for the price you just cannot beat it. I am lactose intolerant, so I had to fill up on salad and pasta, but for the price, it was still worth it. They had these little "hush puppie" type potato balls that were good.

The kid said the pizza was pretty good. There were several different types of pies, and they offered that if you didn't see it on the buffet, they would make it! We were both especially thrilled with the dessert selections: mini muffins, rice krispie treats, fudge brownies, and jello in an assortment of colors. My only complaint was that there were no breadsticks or rolls available. Would have been nice to have with the pasta.

In any case, it was a cost-effective dinner. 2 buffets (1 Adult + 1 Kid), 2 fountain drinks (free refills) = under $15! I highly recommend it!

Jun 01, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey

Korean Restaurants in Central Jersey

Great! Maybe we'll try this next week. We're always excited to try new restaurants, and I don't mind driving. East Brunswick really isn't that far from us. In any case, finding a decent Korean restaurant has been on our list for quite a while. There is a dearth of Korean food in Monmouth County, unfortunately. Thanks for your vote of confidence for Maru! :) I'll be sure to report when we've tried it.

May 18, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

Korean Restaurants in Central Jersey

I posted on the sushi thread about this. We tried Makkoli's last night, and I noticed the Korean BBQ restaurant, Maru. It's certainly on our "to-go" list now. I wish they had a website, though, so I could peruse the menu. I noticed they also do Japanese cuisine. So I am going to assume you can get sushi along with Korean specialties?

May 18, 2008
DJMarilyn in Mid-Atlantic

IS there any Good Sushi?

We just tried Makkoli's last night. We were pleased overall. For buffet food it was pretty good. Certainly not the best sushi we've ever had, but you cannot beat the price. I ate so much sushi/rolls, I couldn't really eat much of the hot stuff. I saved a little room for some dessert, though. All in all, we certainly got more than our money's worth. I'm sure we'll check it out again.

In that same plaza there is a Korean BBQ place. Has anybody tried it?

May 18, 2008
DJMarilyn in New Jersey