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Need lunch and dinner recs in Aruba

Linda you seem very informed on Aruba, do you mind me asking how often you visit?

about 21 hours ago
jrvedivici in Latin America & Caribbean

Need lunch and dinner recs in Aruba

Ha! Yes we are the 16th to the 23rd. Casa Del Mar is a sister property to Playa Linda, as well as the Costa Linda. I've never been to Casa Del Mar, but I do know they do an excellent job in maintaining their properties so I'm sure you are going to be happy with your accommodations. I posted a picture of my "crew" from last year (in another Aruba thread), and you can kind of see me in my profile pic, so if you see me please say hello! Just be warmed, I will most likely be intoxicated so I might need some gentle reminding how I know you!!

Portofino's - Tinton Falls

She told me the lady she baby sit's for pays her in spare lunch money she has laying around!! Uggghhhhh And she wanted me to take her shopping for a B'mer for her next car!?!?!?!

Sep 29, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Need lunch and dinner recs in Aruba

Where are you staying? If you in one of the High Rise Hotels there has been a lot of development there in the past 10 years and there are plenty of places you can walk to for lunch (or dinner for that matter). I myself have a time share at the Playa Linda and we never go out for lunch, so I'm not much help for lunch.

Of the places you mention;

Flying Fishe Bone, go for the ambiance more than the food. Food use to be excellent but I feel it fell off. I haven't been in the past 4-5 years maybe it improved again.

Screaming Eagle, not familiar with....by name. If this is the beach front restaurant on Eagle Beach then I have been there and enjoyed it.

Gianni's is the sister restaurant to Azzuro our home restaurant at the Playa Linda. Always dependable for a solid meal. (I stole the flambe parmesan cheese wheel from them many years ago for one of my restaurants)

Ana Maria's - Not familiar with

El Gaucho - the novelty wore off on El Goucho many years ago. Nothing against the place at all, but their prices for the novelty of "Argentinian Beef" just lost it's interest. The actual "El Goucho" steak is just the tail end of a filet mignon, nothing too special just a cut you don't traditionally see served here in the US. They had a live jazz club across the street (Don't know if it's still there), I use to enjoy having a steak, then going across the street for after dinner drink and cigar with the live jazz band. Certainly not a toddler type night out. lol

Places I suggest;

Madam Jeanette's. To me the best restaurant on the island. Family friendly. (as most places are)

Drift Wood, is the place old, yes. Has the menu changed in the last 20 years, no. If you like wahoo, this is the best place on the island to get it. I go every year, sometimes twice, just for the wahoo. (I might charter a boat this year and see if I can hook one myself, then I'll cook my own wahoo!!)

Elliotti's for Italian. The Chef (assuming he is still there) you might know or remember from Valentino's. Valentino's use to be my favorite Italian restaurant on the Island, they closed and the Chef came here, I followed him.

Places that use to be good (10 years ago) that now aren't;

Gasparito's, the last time I was there 2 years ago there was new ownership and things had gone way down hill. I'll be surprised if they are still open, or under the same ownership this year.

Old Conucu House, practically the same as the above.

Chef's Table, Out of 12 of us there wasn't one happy person.

Hope this helps. Enjoy and please report back, I go on Nov. 16th for what will be my 15th trip!?!?!?!

Portofino's - Tinton Falls

I'll go check it out, my tickets have been booked awhile now back on the 16th of Nov!!

Sep 29, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Portofino's - Tinton Falls

OUCH!!!! Dam.....I'd hate to see what would happen if I were on your bad side!! Or maybe I am!?!?!

Sep 29, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Portofino's - Tinton Falls

Mara's on 35 South Amboy? I have yet to be there, but I had gone to Atlantic Grill (?) a previous incarnation at that location and it was good as well, but only lasted a year or so. I think that location is just too out of the way.......I don't think the local surroundings will support a fine dining restaurant, and I don't think anyone thinks of traveling there. It's a shame...but I doubt Mara's will last. What became of the property auction, do you know?

To me that would be an excellent location for an MJ's type brand. (God knows I fail to see the draw of that place, but I think that's what would be better suited for there)

Sep 29, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Portofino's - Tinton Falls

Decided to give Portonfino's another try......mostly at the urging of my daughter who after years of my explaining that this place was never of my particular liking, she still insists on experiencing it for herself. (see my review of burger night at Fromagerie)

Anyway the place hasn't changes since the last time I stepped foot in it 10+- years ago. I was hoping the 2nd floor would be open for dining but it wasn't so we were seated at a table on the first floor, the first table when you walk into the dining room. (you will see my reason for pointing this out momentarily) The downstairs dining room was not even half full; this was on a Friday night. The waitress came over took our drink order brought a basket of excellent Italian bread and told us the specials. The service is certainly a plus here.

The drinks came and we placed our order 1 fresh stuffed mozzarella and prosciutto platter and one pasta fagiole for appetizers. Entree's were one angel hair pomadoro, broccoli rabe sausage and linguine, chicken milanese and risotto with spinach and shrimp. App's came after an appropriate wait, the mozzarella was good as was the prociutto, not allot of skill involved in the prep of that dish, the pasta fagiole was not to my liking. I'm not going to sit here and say it was bad, because it wasn't, it just wasn't like most pasta fagiole's I’m use to. Most are a tomato based broth; this was more similar to a lentil soup with the pasta and beans. Not to my liking but not bad just different.

There was a table of 5 - a family, 2 parents and their 3 boys at the complete opposite end of the restaurant. As far as possible be given the dining room configuration. By the time our appetizers were finished my daughter knew the boy's names, the fact the parents are a 2nd marriage and there is a daughter (or two) that weren't with them that night. The room is very small and the ceilings are rather low, and voices travel. Across the dining room a nosey 19 year old girl was able to pick up their entire conversation, as well as the table next to the family as well. Apparently at that table, which was a younger couple, the girl was as a stripper and they were on their first date. (Not sure if she over-heard the stripper portion of if that was just my daughters observational commentary. Hey strippers have to eat too!) I tend to block out background "chatter" but once she pointed it out I did pay attention and yes, you can pretty much hear any conversation at any table if you pay enough attention to do so. I stopped talking at this point in the evening.

Entree's came.....rissotto (wife) was very good. angel hair pomodoro (daughter) very good, chicken milanese good but the chicken didn't seem like the breadcrumbs were seasoned rather bland, sausage and broccoli rabe dish the broccoli rabe was too overbearing. Yes, broccoli rabe is bitter, but it shouldn't dominate the dish it should be used a bit more discretely than it was on this dish, it left you puckered up it was so bitter.

No desert.

Not a bad evening at all.....I still don't care for the small dining room.....the food is not bad and for a menu with pasta dishes starting at $15. not a bad value either, especially considering the excellent service. But will I go back......well as my daughter said "Ok I see why you don't come here". Do they ever learn to just take our words for thins?

Interesting side note on their online menu there is an entire pizza section which does not exist on their dinner menu.

Sep 29, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey
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Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

I just noticed the caption on the Anthony Bourdain thread/article/picture above has changed. Has anyone else noticed that? I was involved in another thread regarding that article and the caption wasn't "Anthony Bourdain Gay Marriage Equality" It was something more like "That time Anthony Bourdain shames boy's with gay comment and I laughed" (no joke that was literally the name of the article) Who changes that? Chow?

Sep 26, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

Well it seems like someone has finally noticed because it's gone now. While I don't disagree with the points you made/make, my observation was after 3 day's there were -0- responses. (Last I looked) I haven't been monitoring that thread, but I fail to see the harm it posed or how it would contribute towards the downfall of the site.

Like so many times arguments of this nature come up, I'm always of the "If you don't like it ignore it" crowd, which seemed to be the case with that thread. Am I wrong?

Sep 26, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Crabbing, Fishing, Hunting, etc. in NJ

Yes that is the one I'm thinking about, I think that is where mhujm said they are renting from, Red Bank Marina. The one you are referring to is behind Barnacle Bills? I agree I think the prime crabbing is over for the season but I didn't want to discourage mhujm from having a nice day on the water, this weekend is suppose to be a nice one!! (although if they wanted to save the expense of the boat rental I would suggest throwing some traps in the water at marine park, I was there last weekend and they were still crabbing and fishing off the pier there)

Sep 26, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

Hey Dawg,

I checked that link out and I'm wondering, what about that do you think will make the naysayers right? What do you see as the problem? Not being argumentative, just curious. (I didn't read the entire thing if there is something offensive I missed, I just looked it over)

Sep 26, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Can't post a photo with iOS 8

I can see your picture and would like to order one of those delivered to my office would be great! Thanks!

Sep 26, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Crabbing, Fishing, Hunting, etc. in NJ

Unfortunately they won't allow them to take the boats to that section of the river.

Sep 25, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Can't post a photo with iOS 8

IOS 6 is working just fine!!!!

Sep 24, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

mike, no need to apologize, read the whole thread, there is plenty of levity here.

Sep 24, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

"Labial Frosting" a term I will bet my life has NEVER been used on Chow before!! LOL

Further proof as to why there should be a Jr. Board!! Labial Frosting for ALL !!!!!

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

That is the question of the ages sunshine...........

Sep 24, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

LOL !!!!

Sep 24, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

Fromagerie Burger Night

I don't know how my kids looped me into taking them to burger night, but hey I'm a sucker for my kids. As an update to cc's experience burger night is now $29.00 it includes a salad, (or quiche for $6.00 supplement) and a beverage, glass of wine or beer.

If you didn't read my previous contribution to this thread I will reiterate my feelings here; I DO NOT LIKE DAVID BURKE, nuff said.

With that off my chest, I will say the place had a good vibe going on and it was pretty busy. Similar crowd as cc' described, this seems to be the Thurs Girls Night out for the Rumson crowd. The bar area was at least 50/60% middle aged single women. (single as in no date for the night). They had live music, one man playing guitar and piano, mostly doing Bruce songs in honor of the Boss's recent birthday.

My daughter ordered the Ice-Burger with a veggie burger patty, and added bacon to it. (don't ask me she only shares half my genes, obviously the bacon half). My son ordered the David Burke special burger, served on an over sized English muffin. I'm not a burger guy, especially not a $30. burger guy, so I ordered the short ribs with home made cavitelli and a "table side' cesare salad. Interesting note; the cesare salad is $15.00 and white anchovies filet are a $5.00 supplement. I asked if anchovies were used in the dressing, which they confirmed so I didn't feel the need for the filet's as a garnish on top of the salad.

They had a had a 35 day aged NY Sirloin on the menu which was calling my name and I was about to order it ($48.?) but then read the fine print, 10 oz. Not 16, not 12, but 10 oz? That is petite filet mignon territory.....I couldn't bring myself to do that so I passed.

The salad is "table-side" because they bring the salad pre-maade to the table in a bowl, then chop and mix and serve it. Interesting........but honestly if you are paying $15 - $20 for a salad that's called table-side, make the frigging thing table side dammit!

Overall the salad was ok, not to my particular liking for a cesare salad, but not bad either.

Burgers were served, see pics. The Ice-Burger is a cute novelty, not sure why it didn't come with fries.......the Burke Burger looked good, although my son was annoyed with the English Muffin vs. bun. Neither really complained about the burger, neither really loved their burger either. My son did flat out say, he would have been as happy at the Mc Donalds dollar menu.

My short rib & homemade cavatelli was very good. Short rib cut with a fork, the cavatelli was excellent......the sauce topped with truffle oil was delicious. A very good meal, no complaints. (as much as it pains me to give them credit)

$130, for two burgers, 1 salad and an entree', 2 non-alcoholic beverages. So for $160.(including tip) + $5. parking = $165. for the night......I can't in good conscious recommend burger night.

ETA the pictures which I forget and to fix about a dozen typo's.

Sep 24, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey
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Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

I just realized the 2nd row, 2nd from the right brings back happy memories of my prom.

New Buffalo Wild Wings to Open in Toms River Next to Shoprite Rt 37

I just have so many memories of the dark smoke filled bar from the late 80's early 90's I can't imagine them serving sushi. It was always a burger n beer joint. Times Chanage.....maybe if they painted the outside and got rid of that stupid awning and freshened it up the curb appeal might change peoples perception of the place. I drive by and from the exterior it is still 1986, minus my mullet and trans am.

Sep 24, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

Since this is my thread I think it's ok for me to ask that we keep things neat, sloppy doesn't bode well for this topic.

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

My mother always said; "If your going to have a labia on your cookie, better make it a fancy one". Looks like she was right.

The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

Hahahahaha yeah I do see a trend in my posting today.

Sep 23, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

Ok so Chow has a new font going on I realize that, but is it just me that read this thread as;

"The Penis of Coffee Snobbery"????? Until I opened the thread I was sitting here staring at the title wondering WTF this could have been about.

ETA picture
I'm sorry but for the 3-4 feet I set from my monitor that's why I read.

Sep 23, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

Article speaks for itself...

Sep 23, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

(Silly) question about ingesting soap.

It was a valiant effort.

Sep 23, 2014
jrvedivici in Not About Food

What cut of beef is brisket? - Alternate name??

drongo/paulj/jpr_54,

I'm not being critical of any of your response(s), you've all offered good information to those inquiring. I'm just curious none of you questioned these posts? Obviously it's an 8 year old thread, revived by a 1st time poster, followed up by another 1st time poster and then "thanks" by another first time poster responding as if they were the OP!?!?!?! Is it just me or does the thread have a Twilight Zone quality to it?

Sep 22, 2014
jrvedivici in General Topics

Western Monmouth Lunch Party Location

What about The Metro, they have the upstairs which I think would accommodate that many people in privacy. Food's not bad, nice atmosphere.

Also Osteria Cuccina in Marlboro has a back room that could probably accommodate that amount.

If price is more a concern I understand the Gold Coral has a private room!! (joke)

Sep 22, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey