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  1. Curlz

    Steven Shaw

    It's been a long time since I've posted on eGullet, but with this news, I felt compelled to do so. Imagine that the first page of names are mostly of people I recognize from years ago (I found eG in 2003, and one of my dearest friends is a result of this board)--that right there is a testament to what Steven and Jason built. My heart breaks for Steven's family and those who knew him best; having lost a close friend in his 40s a similar way, I know what a shock it is, but what a wonderful legacy Fat Guy has left behind! It was far too short a run, but he certainly gave it his all. Eat/drink well wherever you are, Steven.
  2. Fwiw, Tabla is hosting some pretty amazing-sounding events (including a Diwali celebration) in the next couple of months...you can get on the e-mail list via the website.
  3. I responded to this on another site, but I think Adega Grill has what you're looking for...and a big parking lot to boot!
  4. You're right...the Pernil IS excellent! Thanks for letting the rest of us know about Ada's! Great spot!
  5. Thanks for that tip, Suzi! I grew up right near there and still have friends in the area; will have to give it a try. I'll add that I think the pho at Viet Ai is terrific. I also love the food I've had over multiple meals at Huong Viet, which (I'm almost afraid to say it) may have finally dealt with their service issues! If you get there, don't miss the pork in caramel sauce (a casserole dish)!
  6. Well, then, I stand somewhat corrected--they're open in Seaside, but trust me--they're closed in Lyndhurst. Sign is gone, place is dark, and the sandwich board out front doesn't say anything like "Visit us in Seaside Heights"--just saying. Perhaps they'll head back in this direction at some point, but they're not where they were!
  7. It appears that Bubba's has closed.
  8. Picnic, the Restaurant website is up, albeit in the early stages...! You can read more here.
  9. Can't help you in Union County, but you're really not far from Edison, where I'm told there IS some authentic Chinese to be had! If that's of interest, do a search and let folks here know--I'm sure someone will chime in. And if you're willing to go in to Essex or Morris counties, I'd recommend Chengdu 1 (Sichuan in Cedar Grove v. close to Montclair) or Noodle Chu in Parsippany--NC does full-blown dim sum, and does it well.
  10. Agree with much of what has been said here, but I'll add a few other thoughts: -A reasonably-priced tasting menu is one of my favorite ways to eat, as I often think "I'd love 3-4 bites of about half a dozen of these menu items!" That's how I get my fix. -Remind servers to ask if a diner wants to take home what's left on their plate. Some of us are very happy to have round 2 of a great meal (or at least part of it), even if it's just a few bites, and esp if it means we can leave the restaurant without being uncomfortably full. Then use decent takeaway containers (read: no leaks on the ride home)! -Everyone isn't a chocolate freak. If you want me to order dessert, offer something not crazy sweet--in citrus, something savory, or even a few great (again, not chocolate) cookies to go along with the aforementioned great coffee. And btw, great coffee made in a french press makes me VERY happy at the end of a good meal--and make sure there's a decaf available that's just as good as regular, please! -A little wine education can go a long way with the staff, and that includes wine service. Rather than have us witness them struggle to open bottles tableside, let them do it at a side station--but only if they can bring it back in a timely fashion! And PS, forget the Rabbit; get some ScrewPulls--anyone can use them with ease. Can't wait to check out your new digs! Curlz
  11. If you head down Columbia Turnpike towards Florham Park, there is a place next to Kings Super Market called Cullin's which serves tasty, healthy, fresh food. Casual spot. Trader Joe's is in the smaller strip behind it, so you can also load up on snacks for later in the day! This is probably 3 miles or less from the Westin. Viet Ai is all of 1.5 blocks from Cullins...authentic Vietnamese food if you want to grab a bowl of pho! In Morristown proper, there's Sushi Lounge and Origin Thai, both good, both on the pricier side.
  12. Okay, I've officially blown my own mind. Was in Denville tonight with some OLD friends for a Denville Dairy fix. And what did I have? SAFFRON PISTACHIO ice cream. At Denville Dairy. Couldn't have shocked me more when I saw it in the case, and the comment to my friend was "WOW--that's very 'gourmet' for Denville Dairy! But I'm thrilled to see it." A quick taste confirmed my choice for the evening...creamy, almost lemony, refreshing, and not overly sweet. Had to bump up the ice cream thread to mention it and I was really floored to see this old post of mine...so I've been proven wrong! And I'm quite happy about it.
  13. Terrific. Thanks for the quick reply, Chris!
  14. My boss and a co-worker will be in Providence next week and need to grab lunch in between meetings at Brown and RI College...there is a slight chance that a client will end up going to lunch with them. They don't want or need anything super-upscaled, but is Brickway too casual? Do you know anything about Z Bar & Grille? Any other suggestions for an easy in/out (is parking a concern in that area?) lunch that could turn in to a working one? Based on the maps, I thought it best to get them off the Brown campus and headed over towards RIC, but tell me if that's a bad idea. I think we need a fairly straightforward spot; salads, sandwiches, soups, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions! Curlz
  15. judsg, it would help to know what kind of a meal you're looking for, what sort of cuisines you do/don't like, how much $ you want to spend, etc., but here are a few thoughts to get you started: -Sushi Lounge (just off the Green in Morristown proper) -Copeland at the Westin Hotel (close to the Morris Museum) -Viet Ai in Florham Park (just a couple of miles down Columbia Tpk) for great pho and other Vietnamese food -Tim Shafer's Cuisine on Speedwell Ave in Morristown Give us a few more details and I'm sure you'll get many more ideas!
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