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Looking for Callebaut chocolate in the Dirty Jerz

Perrineville. But I can go up to South Brunswick sometimes, east to about Freehold, and West to Princeton. Those are my radii =)

May 15, 2008
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Looking for Callebaut chocolate in the Dirty Jerz

I know once you get into the real quality chocolates, there's actually an art to tasting like wine. But all I'm looking for is a rather inexpensive Dark Choc (anywere from 50 to 85%) to use in baking, pastry, or just plain nomnomnom chocolate eating.. I heard Callebaut is the best value, at somewhere around 4 a lb.

May 14, 2008
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Looking for Callebaut chocolate in the Dirty Jerz

Heyy, I saw this stuff in Cali at a supermarket called Fresh&Easy, (which, IMHO, kicks the crap out of Trader Joe's/WF stuff). Apparently it's really good supermarket chocolate. Anyone seen it in Jersey? Maybe someone who is a amateur chocolatier or just someone who nomnomnoms chocolate as much as I do.

Also, have you seen the price for rice lately? At least the Indian and Thai brands? Like I was in Apana Bazaar and 10 lbs of Adora/Tilda cost me 7 bucks a week ago, now it's freaking 18 dollars? WTF? Apparently there's a rice shortage or drought or something. Damnit. Better start eating more naan.

Also, anyone from NJ familiar with Austin? I've been and loved it, and may go to college there at UT( Great engineering/architecture schools, in the top 5-10, also top business school, don't know about the rep in NJ, though)

May 12, 2008
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Looking for El Yucateco Hot Sauce in Jersey!

Hey Angelina, are you talking about the one in the Atlanta Bread Plaza? Then yes, I've been and they don't have it. Actually, they didn't have any Mexican hot sauces, which is a bit strange considering the fact that many patrons are Mexican and that unlike Freehold, there aren't really that many Mexican stores in Hightstown (To my opinion), aside from that Orquiedas Bakey and Rincon de Sabor.

The Route 9 and 130 farmers market share many characteristics. One, they're both run by orientals. Two, the prices ain't bad. Three, they have pretty good peanut crisp.

Currymouth,
Route 18/E. Bruns is a bit of a stretch for me, but next time I'm in the area I'll get it. But I'm still looking for a local vendor. Nothing in Princeton/Windsor/Monroe that I know of.

Anyone else got a closer rec? I was thinking Jamesburg, but there aren't that many Mexican stores there. Or perhaps there's a better sauce. I think Cholula is just intensified Tabasco, though the bottle is nice. Any others?

Mar 30, 2008
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Looking for El Yucateco Hot Sauce in Jersey!

Went over to a friend's house for a party and they served up some Lamb Biryani. On the table was this unassuming little bottle of Mexican Hot Sauce called El Yucateco, Kutbil-Ik version. Tasted great, provided a good amount of heat and good flavor [instead of drowning it in cayenne and vinegar (yuck)]

I asked them where they got it and they said the Shoprite on 130 in North Brunswick. I went to the Shoprite in East Windsor and whaddya know they don't have it. I was wondering if anyone here knew about the sauce as well as where I could find it.

Or if anyone can recommend any other good hot sauce that provides flavor and heat and is fairly priced, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks!

Mar 30, 2008
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Any excellent Indian food in the sayreville/south amboy area?

There's a place called Alishaan on 206. It's kinda close to the Wegmans/Depot plaza. Went there for a party, and the food is good. Not great, just good.

Mar 29, 2008
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Near Raritan Center in Edison

If you're willing to try something a little more flavorful and something that's really good around here that you can't find most places else, try the Kashmir Grill and BBQ on Woodbridge Ave. (I think) Delicious kebabs. I took some of my American friends there and they loved it. Just be sure to either call ahead or wait hella long. It takes them like 40 mins. for the food, but it's all fresh.

Also, Cheng's cafe at the intersection with the big Hess is pretty good, too. If the Milennium diner was still open, I'd tell you to go there, but it's closed. I knew the guy who ran it, he came over to my house for Indian food.

Harold's pastrami is really good, but if you're bringing more people, know that they charge 5 something for sharing, essentially a few pieces of bread. Not the best value once you start doing that.

Mar 28, 2008
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Chinese Food Recommendations - Central NJ [moved from Tristate board]

Well, even if you're looking for American Chinese, they have a few things on the menu at HK supermarket that'll fit your needs. I also like Sen's Asian Cuisine on Route 1 in the Home Depot/Stop and Shop Plaza. But yes, Edison is probably where you'll find the better chinese places. If you live out in the forest like me, you might want to try Hunan House on 130 in Hightstown. Both these places have really fresh ingredients and there is actually a flavor to the food as opposed to just tasting gobs of brown/white sauce.

Mar 08, 2008
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How's about Battleground Deli in Freehold?

Wonder if anyone's been.

Feb 13, 2008
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How's about Battleground Deli in Freehold?

Haven't seen it on Yelp or Chowhound. My dad's been there quite a few times and says its very good. I think he said they use Boar's Head. He said the only thing weird about it is that it usually runs out of stuff and closes at 3 o' clock. Anyone got any experiences?

It's on Tennent Road, next to that Serafino's garage or something. If you head down the road, you'll hit Clayton brick/masonry and then 9 around the empire diner.

Feb 10, 2008
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Why is Peking Pavilion always so FULL?!?!?!

I guess you're right, hotfood. Most of the clientèle don't look like chowhounders.

jsfein, I know we're not in the prime zone for good Chinese food. But when I can't go a little farther north to places like Sen's and stuff, I usually hit up Hunan House across from Americana in East Windsor on 130. The food is very good, not greasy or overly salty. Nicely prepared, you can actually taste the flavors of the ingredients (good, like big jumbo shrimp) as opposed to just the sauce. Even if you're dining in, which I've done once, they've got great service and the dining room is pretty. Doesn't have the huge plasmas like Peking, but it is very nice. Prices are a little more than the average, but you get more than you pay for, and it's nowhere as overpriced as Peking Pavilion. I've come to know the owners well, and they're really nice as well.

So that's where I go for Chinese food. Is there something I'm missing in Peking Pavilion that others know about? I can tell you I've had some of the more expensive dishes on the menu, and they did not deliver what they should've. And if you're looking in the other direction of 33, I know there are some good Chinese places around Freehold and a little north.

Feb 10, 2008
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Sharpening a santoku

Good question. I live by my Calphalon Santoku. I didn't pay much for it either, it was on clearance at BBB with a Chef's knife. Great knife though, and I guess this is a good question for those whose knives will dull in the future.

Feb 10, 2008
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Why is Peking Pavilion always so FULL?!?!?!

Anyone who has traveled on 33 between P'ton and Freehold at night can usually see the (new) Peking Pavilion chock full of cars. I'm talking packed to the brim. I've searched on Chowhound, but couldn't understand why its packed ALL THE TIME! Honestly, I've been there three times (none on my own), and I can tell you that its not anything to jump up and down about. It's okay, and way too overpriced!!! I mean, it's not like there's no other Chinese in the area, just go to Freehold! And if you're in the other direction, go to Hunan House on 130 in East Windsor.

I'm just curious, partly because I just fail to see the appeal of such a place. Maybe there's something I don't know. Yes, it looks nice. No, the food isn't outstanding. Yes, the parking lot is packed to the brim. What's the deal?

Feb 10, 2008
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CJ Garden Buffet in East Windsor

Any better than the big Chinese buffet on route 9 in Freehold?

Feb 10, 2008
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Decent Chinese restaurant in northern Tinton Falls area?

Don't know exactly where you're looking, but I know that across from Eatontown TV, there's a little Chinese restaurant. When I was working in Tinton Falls (Cloverdale), I ate here a few times. They're decently priced, and the food is not too greasy as it is. I usually got the Shrimp with Broccoli lunch special and I requested brown rice and easy on the sauce. The very nice woman happily obliged, and it was really good.

Nice place. Not gourmet, but good food that's priced right. And the people are nice.

Hope that helped.

Feb 10, 2008
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Edison Area Health Food

I think there's a health food store in Colonia, it's in the Walgreen's plaza that's across from the supermarket and close to St. John Vianney's. I think they had some health food there.

I will say that Whole Earth center has a great selection. It's a little overpriced in my opinion. but I guess that's because of the selection and being in Princeton.

Jan 18, 2008
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Authentic Mexican Food in Monmouth Cty

Hey there....

Not exactly sure where you live, but if you're around Jamesburg sometime, try out Maria's Authentic Mexican Restaurant. Some of the Mexican guys I work with go there, and so do a lot of other Mexican people, so It's safe to say they're authentic. I've had their food, and it's great. I haven't even had an opportunity to saple their more authentic dishes, but I think it's probably pretty good.

The guys I work with don't liek Acapulco in Freehold, and I prefer Maria's over them.

Buena Suerte!

Jan 01, 2008
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Anyone been to the Route 130 Farm Market in Windsor?

Cool, so it is kinda similar to the Route 9 market, which is not a bad thing. I find that produce there and (probably here) is a bit fresher, better in quality, and cheaper than produce in grocery stores. I'll definitely have to check it out. Props for having a Boar's Head deli nearby! I hope they sell prosciutto and provolone.

About the farm market thing....I feel the same way. There are a few stands in the area that really do sell farm fresh produce, and it's real good, but there are also(especially in high-traffic areas, RT33) some places that do nothing more than sell you the same veggies as ShopRite or worse.

Atlanta Bread is nothing special, IMO. You're better off getting lunch at the Kebab House just a few minutes down the road.

Oct 17, 2007
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Anyone been to the Route 130 Farm Market in Windsor?

Saw a new farm market on Route 130, in the Atlanta Bread and (Very Delicious) Hunan House Restaurant. Is it just like the Route 9 Farmers market in Freehold? I saw the Boar's head sign, and was wondering how their prices were. I trust they've got a full deli, as well as good produce, knowing all the farms nearby.

Oct 16, 2007
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Spotted: Kabab House in East Windsor NJ

This place is great. The quality of the goat and lamb is superb, far better than that of the popular Halal/Non-Halal places up in Edison and far northern. I've become fond of their lunch specials. Really good food, at a pretty reasonable price.

The chicken biriyani/kebabs are muy delicioso as well. Just don't try the fish.... I didn't like it....maybe it's the fact that they're using a drink fridge to keep it cool. It doesn't work.

I think the only thing that'll disinterest non-Asian customers is the fact that it smells like that "Halal Meat Shop" smell. I don't know what it is, but all of them smell the same.

Tip: CALL AHEAD!

Aug 03, 2007
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New restaurant in town! Little Saigon Vietnamese

Says so on the menu.

Aug 03, 2007
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New restaurant in town! Little Saigon Vietnamese

Will do. Thanks for the tip. LOL on trying to make a NJ board. We've got so many good restaurants.

Aug 03, 2007
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Anone eaten at La Piazza Ristorante in Allentown, NJ?

Cool. I'll check it out. Thanks!

Aug 03, 2007
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Anone eaten at La Piazza Ristorante in Allentown, NJ?

I'm wondering whether or not people say this place is good because its the only Italian restaurant in town (which is the case with more than a few places that get absolutely rave reviews in a small town) other than DiMattia's or because it really is that good?

Regardless, how's their pizza, and how are their prices?

Aug 02, 2007
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New restaurant in town! Little Saigon Vietnamese

Yup. Also the same plaza as the great Kebab house.

Aug 02, 2007
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New restaurant in town! Little Saigon Vietnamese

Hi dudes....

First post. I was at Asian Kebab House in East Windsor/Hightstown yesterday, and this new Vietnamese place opened up yesterday about two stores down. Picked up a menu, traditional fare, looks family owned. Hope someone can tell us about it!

Aug 02, 2007
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