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Left cheese out overnight; unsafe?

How do we know you didn't die? This could be a zombie post.

about 17 hours ago
jrvedivici in Cheese
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Fernandes 3 - Sayerville, NJ

Yes, the salad bar is a joke, however it has improved slightly since my first time there.

1 day ago
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Cross & Orange - are there two of them?

Yes it was unpaved if I recall correctly. They probably just moved into the space, signed a new lease and opened on somewhat of a shoe string budget. (just my assumption) They did a good PR campaign surrounding their opening, there was a buzz on the street.

I thought it was a curious decision to open the week before Valentines Day, who would want to chance their big Valentines Day dinner to a new novice restaurant. I guess the pulled it off.

2 days ago
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Cross & Orange - are there two of them?

I have not be to C&O, but during one of my visits to Ivan and Andy (review on here somewhere) the acoustics sitting at the bar were awful. I guess because the bar is elevated above the dining room, but the ceiling remains at the same height, you are sitting where the noise travels. That much I can agree with you on.

2 days ago
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Q & A Format -- Horrible

festering manifestation will eventually go away

Say that 3x's fast !! (took me and my 3rd grade reading level a half hour to just read it)

2 days ago
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

What happened at the new AMA? The landlord (Stavola) there threw (Pat?) the original owner/Chef of AMA out? Something like that? Did he ever land anywhere else?

2 days ago
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

Where and when was this? Never heard of it.

May 04, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Fernandes 3 - Sayerville, NJ

I've been back a few times since my last post about this place, most recently with another couple and we got a chance to sample some more items.

I stayed away from the radizio as I just can't handle it, I'm too much of a glutton and always walk away eating way too much, being uncomfortable and swearing off the place. This latest visit I got the steak on a tile, which is a rib eye, pre-cooked, sliced and placed on a clay tile with a sterno under it to "finish" cooking table side. The key is they serve this with Portuguese style garlic shrimp on top. Oh my F'n God was this good......the garlic and oil dripping off the well marbled taste of the rib-eye, great dish, huge portion, still couldn't finish it.

My buddy got the 40(?)oz porterhouse for 1, I think it was $40.00. This is the size of most porterhouses for 2 and was excellent. No it wasn't prime, or aged (to my knowledge) just a very good cut of meat at a very reasonable price for the size.

There was a paella Valencia & salmon dish at the table as well, both received high marks. If you compare price vs. quality there doesn't seem to be a better game around. The food off the menu is just as good as any other place around. The sangria is also very good.

This place just keeps getting better in my opinion.

May 04, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Brando's Citi Cucina in Asbury Park

Finally found my way here after too long of a wait to try it out. I've been to their sister location, Osteria Cucina in Marlboro, and I certainly like the food, just not most of the locals hanging out there. (lol sorry if any of you are one of them)

Perhaps because it has been so hyped up by what I have read and heard about the place, I just found it didn't live up to the hype. They pride themselves on their steaks, but they don't have a steak menu, it says something like "ask us about our steaks" I prefer my drama on TV.

Also, when I pulled up to valet parking, behind the restaurant where there is a kitchen entrance, one of the cooks was out side hanging out with the valet parker having a smoke. That was a HUGE turn off. (yeah yeah yeah....everyone has a right to smoke etc. just don't do it by the back entrance of the restaurant)

Although we had a reservation I didn't know there was a bar section and dining room, we were seated in the bar area, while the table was comfortable it was rather loud. Perfect for a married couple of 20 years who don't really care what the other has to say, not so good if your on a date. The steak itself was very good, but not great, I left with my socks still on, they ween't knocked off. Similar review for the wife and daughter, nobody loved their entree's.

All in all, I'll go back to Oysteria Cuccina and sit at the outside bar next time I want to sample their food.

May 04, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Has anyone been to Birravino in Red Bank?

Ok, so I finally got myself in here to check it out. Long story short, I wasn't a huge fan of Basil T's "brand"......and although this has been re-branded, I'm still not a big fan.

Nothing was horribly wrong, nothing was terribly great.

Smaller portions, small prices, same.....eeeehhhhhhhh

May 04, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Hannah's Resto. .... Eatontown

Way back in the day......I was cut off at the Sizzler in East Brunswick during one of their steak and "unlimited" shrimp promotion. I don't remember the exact count, but I was saving the tails on the table to keep count, the manager came over placed my latest order of shrimp on the table and said "that's your last order of shrimp."

When I complained by saying, "I thought it was all you can eat shrimp for $11.95? (or whatever the 1987 price was for the promotion) The manager nodded his head and said "Yes it is, and that is all the shrimp you can eat for $11.95"..........

May 04, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Hannah's Resto. .... Eatontown

Equal_Mark gives a pretty accurate history of the place, minus a stint as Star 50 Cafe - Jersey Girls and a forgettable Italian place before shutting its doors forever.
Rossie O' Grady and Hana's were the only two to make a go of it, great location and layout.
I had inquired on the location between the closure of Star 50 (or Jersey Girl) at the time there were multiple partners from various eateries in the area (like literally 6 partners) and it was impossible to negotiate with them, people, owners, investors were crawly out of the woodwork.

May 04, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Asbury Park Restaurant Tour

Brando's I went to for the first time this past Saturday, went specifically for the steak and wasn't terribly impressed. Our table was in the bar area, not the dining room, but I just didnt like the vibe of the place.

Johnny Mac's is hands down the best bar in the area. Sunday "brunch" is a must do experience.

Apr 28, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Palate Memory...

Funny I thought the same thing at the time, the only thing missing was the quart or pint of milk they use to serve us.

Apr 25, 2015
jrvedivici in General Topics

Palate Memory...

Awwww sorry to hear that geneo. It's funny but as a kid we ate a lot of roasts, pork, beef etc. My mother did make good gravy and meatballs, but it wasn't till an adult I realized she wasn't a very good cook. While we ate well I came to realize she had a very limited spectrum which she always stayed within.

Apr 25, 2015
jrvedivici in General Topics

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Tru dat! I was roll-less this morning so I chose the frying pan grilled cheese method, can't make a true breakfast sandwich on toast.

Apr 25, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

In honor of this thread.........my breakfast today.

Apr 25, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Palate Memory...

Hahaha well I did get the underage portion right! Good stuff, have one tonight on me!

Apr 25, 2015
jrvedivici in General Topics

Palate Memory...

Well you have to give some back story, where do these beverages bring you back to? I'm imagining some smoke filled pool hall where you hung under age, hustling pool for beer and smokes money.

Apr 24, 2015
jrvedivici in General Topics
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Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

I would have no problem using my real name, but I've had some problems in the past with exposing myself, so I tend to shy away from that now.

Apr 24, 2015
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Palate Memory...

There is a thread somewhere on here about "Palatable frozen foods", which brings me to a recent experience I had. A couple of weeks ago I opened my freezer to find a box of Ellio's pizza. I really had no interest in Ellio's pizza, but for whatever reason I took out one rectangle sheet of the frozen pizza and placed it in the oven @ 350 for the 10-12 minutes.

I took it out of the oven, took one bite and was immediately brought back to grammar school days. At my grammar school we only had "Hot Lunch" once a week, and once a month that "Hot Lunch" was Ellios Pizza. Immediately my taste buds brought me back to the Church Cafeteria....the smell, the sounds of kids screaming around me, the simple taste of that forzen Ellios Pizza brought back such a rush of memories.

How about the rest of my fellow hounds? Is there something you can eat that takes you immediately back to a special time or place?

Apr 24, 2015
jrvedivici in General Topics
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10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Yes, excellent advice once again from the all knowing MGZ!! I also agree an 1/8th is what I could consider the ideal cut for some very yummy pork roll. Also remember as the picture(s) demonstrate, a proper PREC sandwich is never made with just one slice of pork roll, you stack those babies high!!!

Apr 24, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey
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10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Oh, that shucks!! (see what I did right there??)

I missed it last year and was looking forward to going, but lines tend to piss me off. Even the lobster fest, while I enjoyed it, there were only one or two vendors actually selling whole lobster, it was mostly lobster salads/sandwiches. It was also a bit of a challenge to eat, clean, pick out the lobster meat with plastic utensils.

Apr 24, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Thank you for the info! I look forward to being one of the blobsters!!

Apr 23, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

I just paid my annual life insurance premium, don't tell my wife they make that sandwich.

Apr 22, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

HEY!! You know what, when I just opened this thread to read the latest response the picture from the article was full screen for a second or two. The picture for this article show's a sandwich with sausage patties on it!?!?! NO.....NO....NO self respecting PREC sandwich is going to share itself with sausage patties.....that is just wrong, wrong, wrong!!

You can put homefries or a hash-brown on it, that is an acceptable addition, but under NO CIRCUMSTANCE can you have a proper PREC with sausage or bacon or any other meat than pork roll. Shame, shame, shame on the APP for this.

Apr 22, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

eatingjoy, you don't know how difficult being easy can be.

Apr 22, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey
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10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Wow....how did I miss that thread? The only thing is it's in Trenton.......I don't like pork roll that much. Also according to MGZ The Gov is already the pork roll king, so I don't even have a title to go for.

Apr 22, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Ugggghh good catch on the Sriracha.

I will make this comment, I don't like any runny yolk on my PREC, give me a well done fried egg. I'm not a fan of things "squirting in my mouth" when I bite them. (yes I did just loft a slow pitch over the plate for you and other to hit out of the park!)

Apr 22, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Clueless moderation?

When I have faced similar situations, I just "un-follow" the thread. Actually today the thread on this board about "pagenation" or whatever the title was, it has close to 500+- responses, hey guess what? There is nothing I need to read on here after 100+ responses let alone 500+-.