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denise madison

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  1. Café 2825 on Atlantic Avenue is amazing Italian. They have a table side Caesar salad, polenta, And the most amazing pasta prepared and a cheese wheel. Olon in the Tropicana, Is great for south American fusion.
  2. Yes, that is the name! I don't really read Italian, but from what I see, it is the ingredients. My daughter's boyfriend is a pastry chef, so I am going to ask for his help with the dough and try to make for Christmas. Thank you. Denise
  3. Thank you so much for the recipe! Did it have a name? My grandmother's town was in Salerno so Campangna makes sense. Did it say what type of chocolate to use (Dark or Milk?) Also, is the dough the same as strofulli? Also, any measurements on chestnuts, chocolate, etc. I will definitely make for the holidays. Thanks again.
  4. My grandmother made a chocolate pastry around Christmas time. It was a fried dough (may have been a stufoli recipe) with chocolate, chestnuts, pine nuts and citron inside. The looked like round raviolis and were fried then covered with honey. I believe she called them bastadella (sp?). Anyone know of any similar recipe? Thanks
  5. The restaurant next door is Brick Oven Pizza. Nice inside and out. Brick oven personal pizzas in many varieties along with chicken, veal, pasta, and fish dishes. Settabello's, Famished Frog, and LaCampanga still there, but I am not a fan. Orgins or Andaman Sea good for Thai; Sushi Lounge, good but a little pricey for sushi; and Grasshopper off the Green good for sandwiches/pub food. Lastly there is Mendhi and Ming 23 - Indian and Asian fusion in the HQ's
  6. The new restaurant at the Lincoln Park Airport is called Sunset Bar and Grill. Not only was the parking lot extended, they now have valet parking. You enter into the bar area which is done in an exposed brick and has a clubby feeling. There are also two downstairs dining areas as well as an upstairs, all with views of the runway. The outside dining area seems to be extended. There is an outside bar, as well as the patio seating, and a grassy area with umbrellas and round tables. We stopped by last night for drinks and an appetizer, but we will be back for either lunch or a casual dinner. The drink menu is great, with lots of sweet and frozen drinks. My favorite on the menu were the mojitos. Take your standard mojito and add a choice of fruit - stawberries, blueberries, rasberries, mango; then add a choice of either muddled mint, basil, or cilantro. My daughter had the mango and cilantro and it was to die for. We shared their fried calamari appetizer. The calamari was not at all greasy, and were accompanied by kalamata olives, celery, hot peppers, on a bed of greens, with a balsamic dressing. It was a perfect size for sharing but did not last. Other appetizers on the menu included, nachos and wings. The menu also offers panninis, wraps and flatbread pizzas, as well as a long list of burgers. There were also salads, including an ahi tuna salad. The dinner menu featured, sirloin steak, lobster mac and cheese, seared salmon, and a few other offers. From an early look, it seems that this will be a perfect place to enjoy good comfort food while watching the planes fly by.
  7. My husband flew in this weekend and spoke to the airport owner. Yes, the restaurant will be opening in a few weeks. Fare will be American. We look forward to the spring/summer lunching there. Denise
  8. I believe that the restaurant on Main that was a Portuguese restaurant is now Rare, a steakhouse.
  9. Went to Belcourt last night. Party of four ordered 5 apps. and 4 entrees. Had the oysters - fresh, clean flavor; boudain blanc - agree, great flavor to the dog, and the homemade kraut and chips were good; the octopus was cooked to perfection but a tough one to share around the table due to its size; the duck pastrami was very flavorful; and the sweetbreads were yummy, although plentiful, we yearned for more. For the entrees, we orders four different choices. The pork belly - very good,the sausage flavor was amazing, and the spatzel was delicous; The branzino in a salted crust was very moist and flavorful. The rabbit was braised to perfection and had a lot of flavor; and the hangar steak with bone marrow sauce was to die for. The steak was rare as requested, and the the flavor of the marrow sauce was the prominent without being overbearing. The fried scallions that came with the steak were tempura like and tasty. Service was good, although the waiter was new and could not really answer questions without going to the back. Loved the atmosphere of the place. This is definitely worth a return trip since the prices are reasonable and things can only get better since they are recently opened.
  10. So is it offically opened? Hours, do they have liquor license?
  11. We discovered this place about a year or two ago. We enjoy it on a regular basis - once a week or every other week. We like that we can get consistant quality of Italian-American cooking at a price where it doesn't pay to eat at home. Some favs are their Seafood Salad (agree); their Green Bean, Tomato, Potato salad - $6.00 for an app that two can share with leftovers the next day; their pizza; and their flounder mareciada...; and the list goes on. If you are looking for a very good Italian American restaurant, I do recommend it.
  12. Are they doing a soft opening? Are they opened for lunch on Sunday?
  13. Going to see A Bronx Tale tomorrow and would like to have lunch. Looking for either a good Spanish tapas bar or a small plate restaurant. Any ideas?
  14. Carmella's in the Mountainview Section of Wayne (right off Rt. 23) may fit your need. BYOB, Italian, pasta, chicken, veal, fish. Salad, veg, or pasta come with meal.
  15. What about Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank
  16. One of my all time favorites are zucchini blossoms. I only found them once this year in the Morristown Farmers Market. I then went to Valley Sheppard Cheese and purchased goat cheese. Went home and stuffed 1/2 with goat cheese and fresh basil, then egg wash and floured and the balance just egg wash and flour; fried them up and it was heaven. Cannot find them in the last couple of weeks so wondering if anyone has seen them on a menu. If so how were they prepared?
  17. As much as I love Cafe Matisse, I will not go again without calling ahead and asking if Peter is in the kitchen. I was at the restaurant two times in the past 6 months where all our meals were off and both time Peter was off. The last time Larry was off too and so was the service.
  18. Pazzo Pazzo in Morristown.
  19. Funny--I was at Sushi Lounge (a rarity) last Fri night around 7:30 and we waited less than an hour. The place certainly was packed, though! Can you tell me where Ambrosia is? Is that near the train station in MP? Thanks! ← Aji is across on the same side of the street as the MP train only one block over. Ambrosia is on the Arthur's side of the street directly across from Aji
  20. Good to know that Ming II is good. Wanted to try it. Aji's food is similiar to Sushi Lounge, except it does not have the atmosphere or a liquor license.
  21. One of my new favorites for sushi is Aji Sushi/Fusion Restaurant in Morris Plains. I have been going there since its opening, I believe it was last fall, and have increased the frequency of my visits since it continues to have great and innovative sushi. Aji is right on Speedwell across from Ambrosia. Aside from sushi and sashimi al la carte, regular and deluxe, they have great rolls and sushi apps. They also have noodle and other kitchen entrees, but I am there for the sushi. One of my favorites is a special app called the Treasure Island. It is a whole avocado hollowed out and filled with salmon, tuna and a third ??? fish cubed and covered with a spicy sauce. At $9.95 it is a meal in itself. We usually find it hard to spend over $40.00 before tip for a meal there, and we usually have a doggie bag to go.
  22. Found a new place for dinner and live jazz. KC’s Chiffafa House is on Hilltop Road in Mendham, NJ. It is opened for dinner Thursday through Saturday nights and I believe it serves coffee and lunch on weekdays. Dinner is a $65.00 prix fix and it is a BYO. The menu is broken into 4 parts. Appetizer, Main, Extra, and Dessert. Some of the appetizers were: Crayfish Fricassee, which were sautéed Crayfish tails over mushrooms and a custard flavored with vanilla; House smoked fennel crusted salmon; Moules & Pernod – Mediterranean mussels in a cream and Pernod broth; and a salad. The main courses included; Ferel Swine Chops which were wild boar chops over sage risotto and trumpet mushrooms; Filet Mignon, Salmon, a frenched chicken breast and another steak entrée. The extras included three different potato dishes – pomme frittes, dauphinois potatoes, and rugged mashed. Three cheese mac and cheese, sage risotto with truffle oil, and asparagus with hollandaise were also on the extras. There were two desserts – an espresso crème brulee, and a croissant bread pudding. Three in our party had the mussels. They were substituting Prince Edwards for the Mediterranean, which was fine since the mussels were a good size, firm and succulent. The portion was large for an appetizer and served in a cast iron pot with bread for sopping up the great broth. The other app at our table was the Crayfish that was also enjoyable. The chops were also ordered by three of us and they were wonderful. Cooked to a medium rare, the meat was tender and the reduction and the risotto flavors melded. There were praises for the three cheese mac and cheese and the dauphinois potatoes. The filet mignon was ordered medium rare and was cooked to perfection. There was barely room for dessert but we all opted for the crème brulee that was yummy. The atmosphere is cozy, French bistro-like and seats about 40 in two rooms. The service was prompt, unrushed and courteous. Initially we thought that $65 was a little steep, but when you consider the quality of the food as well as great live entertainment, I would definitely go back.
  23. After reading Curlz post, went to Raul's yesterday and the empanadas were as good as they sounded. I had the 5 sausage and lime and a hummus. The sausage is bursting with juicy flavor. The hummus had abundant filling and was also tasty. Unfortunately they were out of sauces, but there was enough flavor despite the lack of condiments. My husband also had the 5 sausage and a Raul's beef. He also though the flavors were amazing. Felt a bit guilty about consuming fried foods, so next time I will call ahead (as stated in the Times Quick Bites) and put my order in for baked vs. fried.
  24. Went to Ora last night and it was amazing. We had been there twice when it first opened and I admit I was a bit disappointed. However, last night's meal shows that they have improved significantly. Went before 7:30 on a Community Theater night, so we had the price fixe menu. My husband and I both started with the octopus appetizer. It was grilled and very tender and the roasted squash, Chinese sausage and wild chives complimented the app. My husband had the short ribs that were wonderful and I had the pork belly and was so disappointed when it was gone. We shared a creme brulee with a lavender shortbread type cookie that was wonderful. Unlike other creme brulees that are icy cold with a brulled crust, this was warm inside and yummy. We will be back for the full menu or the tasting menu soon.
  25. Japanese - Sushi Lounge, great sushi, interesting rolls, but can get pricey. For great sushi/sashimi that is also a great price point try Aji Japanese Fusion on Speedwell in Morris Plains. Thai - Andamann Sea Recipes is my favorite New American - George and Martha Tavern on Morris. Great burgers, and other choices for lunch. Pizza - Suvio's but no delivery Indian - Moghuls on the lunch buffet. Dinner is al a carte and unless you go with a few people, you can't get to sample as much as you can on the buffet.
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