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Halfway Between New Haven and Philadelphia - Late Breakfast/Lunch Near 95?

I was coming here to suggest Skylark too!

Feb 14, 2012
scarletfan in New Jersey

New Brunswick

Yes, it closed some time ago. Nothing has taken its place.

Sep 14, 2011
scarletfan in New Jersey

ISO: Unique Hot Dog Toppings

Bacon & mango salsa - Hawaiian dog!

Aug 13, 2011
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Where can I buy really nice loose leaf tea?

I'm not sure if they have a store but I've often bought Ducky Life teas at various fairs and festivals around central NJ. They have a nice selection and I've enjoyed a few different varieties.

Aug 07, 2011
scarletfan in New Jersey

Back To School Breakfasts

I make a frittata on Sundays and eat it all week. Today I made one with spinach, onions, garlic and halved cherry tomatoes.

Aug 07, 2011
scarletfan in Home Cooking

George Street Ale House

It's not totally clear to me either. For what it's worth, I'm mid 30s and wasn't uncomfortable with the crowd, but I went before 10 on a Friday and on a Sunday for a playoff game.

The beer selection is pretty good but they do need to expand a bit more if they want to reach the beer connoisseurs. I tried the wings and the fried pickles and they were both good. The manager is very welcoming and informative. The service lacked follow up but wasn't terrible.

Feb 01, 2011
scarletfan in New Jersey

italian BYOB in Somerset area

Maybe Tomato Factory in Milltown or Lucas in Franklin Park (not to be confused with Loucas in Edison)

Loucas Restaurant
9 State Route 27 Ste 9A, Edison, NJ 08820

Jan 21, 2011
scarletfan in New Jersey

Any place serve fried pickles?

There's a new place that just opened in New Brunswick called George Street Ale House and they are service fried pickles. The chipotle ranch that comes with the pickles is awesome.

Jan 21, 2011
scarletfan in New Jersey

Easy dinner ideas for beginner?

I was in a similar position (minus pickiness) a few years ago and in all honestly, the Betty Crocker cookbook Cooking Basics helped me a lot. It covers a lot of basic recipes and techniques. It really helped me get more confident with cooking and I feel like I am able to adapt recipes pretty well now. Here's an easy recipe with great flavor:

Chicken w/ mushroom sauce
Brown boneless chicken breasts in 1 tbsp olive oil. Remove and keep warm. Add some butter to the same pan and sautee a diced onion and a package of sliced mushrooms until soft. Add 1/4 cup of sherry to the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Mix 2 tbsp flour with 2/3 cup 2% milk, then add to pan. Bring to a boil and simmer 2-3 minutes more. Return chicken to the pan and heat through.

I usually serve this over egg noodles.

Jan 15, 2011
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Purple Dragon food Co-op

We shared the share with another couple in summer 2009 and decided not to continue after the 3x trial period because it didn't seem worth it.

Fun to get different vegetables and try them out
The fruit was great

The produce isn't local so there are a lot of food miles (an issue for me)
It went bad very quickly - we picked up on Thursday and by Sunday we were throwing things away

Oct 06, 2010
scarletfan in New Jersey

Chef's Tables

I'm looking for restaurants in the New Brunswick area and north to Morristown that will do a chef's table and any related info such as cost minimums, best nights to do it, restrictions on party size, etc.

If you have been to a chef's table anywhere, even outside of the area, I'd also love to hear how it went!

Aug 10, 2010
scarletfan in New Jersey

Cafe Primavera (Somerset, NJ) - under new management

Have you tried Aposto in HP? Someone recommended it to me as an alternative but I haven't been able to try it yet.

Feb 04, 2010
scarletfan in New Jersey

Cafe Primavera (Somerset, NJ) - under new management

We've been disappointed with Meola's in the past but we'll give them another try. I haven't been to Vincenzo's or Carpaccio in years but we'll probably audition them as well. I like having an old standby Italian restaurant nearby.

Jan 14, 2010
scarletfan in New Jersey

Cafe Primavera (Somerset, NJ) - under new management

They're keeping the pasta dishes, for what it's worth. My understanding was that any alcohol is against the owner's beliefs so he doesn't want it being consumed in the restaurant. Wine, Italian food, and steaks all seem to go hand and hand so this is an unusual business model in my opinion, but as you said, I'm sure there is a clientele that will be interested in it. I like a good steak so I'm willing to go back once they are on the menu...perhaps with a flask hidden in my purse. :P

Jan 09, 2010
scarletfan in New Jersey

Cafe Primavera (Somerset, NJ) - under new management

We've been going to Cafe Primavera for years and tonight we discovered that it is under new management. In addition to being under new management, it is no longer BYOB and alcohol is not being used in the cooking. Pork and veal have also been removed from the menu due to the religious beliefs of the new owner.

That said, the kitchen staff has been retained and the food seemed generally they same, with a few exceptions. I'm sure we'll go back but the change in the BYOB policy is really a disappointment because we absolutely loved pairing the food with wines from our collection.

We also found out that the name is going to be changing soon and dry aged steaks will be added to the menu within the next week or so, once the first round of steaks has completely their aging process. I'm interested in checking this out but again, and not to sound like an alcoholic, the restriction on drinking is a bit of a let down.

Any other experiences since the change?

Jan 08, 2010
scarletfan in New Jersey

Kairo Kafé - New Brunswick, NJ

The food is very good, especially the lentil soup and falafel. The hookah is enjoyable, especially when they open the upstairs room. However, their espresso machine has been broken for over a year yet the menu still offers lattes and cappucinos!

Aug 05, 2009
scarletfan in New Jersey

Tula Restaurant and Lounge, anyone?

I had dinner there a few weeks ago and would return.

We had an appetizer of brushetta 3 ways and it was very tasty, although a bit on the small side because there was only one serving of each. We also had the ceviche, which seemed very Thai, due to the coconut.

For entrees, we had the crab cake sandwich, which was about average and the grilled colossal shrimp, which I thought was outstanding. The shrimp is served with potatoes, corn hash and chorizo and the flavors all just blended together perfectly.

I also really enjoyed the Dragon Kiss drink - strawberry and basil go together perfectly. The Greenhouse was also pretty good if you're open to things like celery and cucumbers in your drinks.

Jun 21, 2009
scarletfan in New Jersey

Suggestions; After Theater New Brunswick

Some of the places mentioned have the potential to be complete zoos on Saturday night. Harvest Moon is typically packed with the college crowd and it's far too crowded for me (in my 30s) so I can't imagine that it's appropriate for hard of hearing seniors. You can barely move in Clydz, Old Man Rafferty's is crowded and loud too.

I second the suggestion to order some food and drinks in the bar at Catherine Lombardi. The drinks are the best in NJ and if you choose wisely, it can be affordable.

Steakhouse 85 or Due Mari may be other options to consider as well. Also Sputino 360/360 Gill might be an option. It's usually not crowded.

Mar 05, 2009
scarletfan in Mid-Atlantic

Need a restaurant in/near Piscataway, NJ

There are a lot of good options in New Brunswick, but I'd also suggest Cafe Primavera on JFK Blvd in Somerset. It's Italian, with a large menu, inexpensive, BYO.

Feb 27, 2009
scarletfan in Mid-Atlantic

Cooking Dried Beans in the Slow Cooker

I soak and them just add them directly to the recipe and they come out fine. I tend to cook things for 8 hours on low though - not sure how it would come out if you do 4 hours on high.

Feb 10, 2009
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Cooking with Laughing Cow Cheese

I used it in a sweet potato quesadilla with good results.

I saute some onion and garlic in about 1/2 tbsp of butter while a sweet potato is boiling. Mash up the sweet potato and add chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper to taste. Mix the sweet potato in with the onions and garlic. Spread the mixture on one flour tortilla, then spread one wedge of laughing cow on the other, assemble and prepare however you normally prepare a quesadilla (I pan fry with cooking spray).

Feb 09, 2009
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Help: V-Day Dessert for Two

Chocolate "quesadillas"
Heat about 1/2 tbsp of butter in a pan. Put about a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in a flour tortilla and sprinkle some cinnamon over the chocolate chips. Fold the tortilla over and pan fry until golden, flip and fry the other side.

Feb 09, 2009
scarletfan in Home Cooking

If you can use applesauce as a substitute for oil, will canned pumpkin work?

Have you heard of Hungry Girl? It's not exactly gourmet food but they offer a few pumpkin based baked goods:


Brownie muffins

Feb 03, 2009
scarletfan in Home Cooking

What is the most unusual, but tasty, sandwich you make or have made?

I like cream cheese and pistachio nut sandwiches. I ate them as a kid but I've never heard of anyone else eating them. I tried one awhile back and it was just as good as a remembered. :)

Jan 11, 2009
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Help! Surprise Party Cooking Advice...

How about beef bouguignon? You can make it the day before, then it just needs to be heated the day of the party.

Dec 17, 2008
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Lots of cream

If it is at least 40% fat, you can freeze it to save it for another time. it won't whip up the same once it's thawed, but it should be fine in recipes.

You could also mix it with milk to make half and half if you like that in your coffee.

Dec 16, 2008
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Panettone + Egg Nog = Bread Pudding Bliss?

I followed this recipe but used French bread instead of Panettone & added chocolate chips. I made them on Saturday night and everyone loved them! The muffin tins made it so much easier to serve.

Dec 15, 2008
scarletfan in Home Cooking

Help with munchies to go with champagne

How about shrimp cocktail? That's pretty light and I can't think of much that is easier than that.

Dec 12, 2008
scarletfan in Home Cooking

need help! part veg part meat eater dinner party

My mom always used to make lasagna with just mozzarella because my dad doesn't like ricotta. It comes out fine. Maybe you could add some spinach if you are concerned out it being dry.

I also recently saw a recipe for pierogi lasagna that sounded really good.

Dec 12, 2008
scarletfan in Home Cooking

What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

Thanks, I try! :) We're going to stay there for a few days after xmas.

Dec 12, 2008
scarletfan in Home Cooking