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  1. MJP, are you (or are any other egulleters) going to the Munchmobile picnic this Sunday?
  2. MJP, I just finished reading about your tour online http://www.nj.com/entertainment/dining/ind...obile_real.html Looks like a good time was had by all -- and in all honesty, I would have probably chickened out on some of those dishes!
  3. Congrats MJP! Do you know which cuisine* you'll be sampling? ----- * yes, it's funny to use the word 'cuisine' when talking about the Munchmobile.
  4. Wonder if I could convince Pete to let me ride again?
  5. How about Manny's Texas Weiners, in Vauxhaull (Union), NJ?
  6. ¡Oh Calamares! 102 Kearny Ave. Kearny, Nj. 07032 Phone: 201-998-4111
  7. We're supposed to go to a Peruvian restaurant, ¡Oh Calamares! , in Kearny on Saturday -- has anyone been there and can you offer a review?
  8. larryc

    China 46

    No, you're not overreacting. I agree; everyone deserves the same service. There was a (mildly-heated) thread about this topic a few months ago; suffice to say it seems I'm in the minority point of view (at least compared to the other egullet members who posted.) Nevertheless, I try not to patronize restaurants that do this.
  9. I took my wife to Sultan's today for lunch. Lots of Munchmobile postings all over....When I walked in, the guys working there looked at me like they recognized me but couldn't place from where. My wife asked them if the article has been good for business; they said yes it's been great with lots of people calling for directions and coming by. They then asked if we had read the whole article, at which point I pointed to my picture and said "that's me!" Felt like a big muckity-muck! We both loved our gyros, kofta kebabs, and zucchini patties. Can't wait to come back with the kids!
  10. They finally published my Munchmobile trip! Here's the site navigation since it's a bit confusing: The article My blurb Top Picks by the Munchers No photos online yet, sorry. MJP -- there was even a call-out to you in the article!
  11. My Munchmobile blog post is now up -- article coming out tomorrow!
  12. My trip on the Munchmobile was a blast. We met at the Star Ledger at 10:30 in the morning and I didn't get home till 10:30 at night. Overall we hit five restaurants. For those wondering, the restaurants do not know we are coming (in fact, Peter decides at the last minute where to head); however once we got to each restaurant we told them who we were (no anonymous reviews are possible when you arrive in a van with a hot dog on top) The places we hit were: Sultan Gyro in Lyndhurst - Thanks to whomever (MJP?) from egullet recommended this place; it was great! Tabboule in Ridgewood King of Shish Kabob in West Paterson Kabob Paradise in Lake Hiawatha Sahara in New Brunswick I have to say I didn't pace myself enough, even though they warned us! I tried to hold back at the first two places; by the third I was getting full and by the fourth I hardly wanted to eat (but I did try to taste everything!) There was a long drive to the fifth and final place so I thankfully got some time to digest. Peter posted a live blog from our trip here; My "review" will be posted as well when the article comes out in two weeks. I'll definitely be heading back to some of these restaurants (just not for a while; I'm still middle-east'ed out.)
  13. They printed my wife's submission as the Munchmobile letter of the week. They didn't print the full letter unfortunately; the original included a call-out to egullet! As for me, I'm off on my middle eastern tour tomorrow - wish me luck!
  14. Wow, lots of good restaurant suggestions here. You can let the Munchmobile people know your suggestions by emailing pgenovese@starledger.com or calling the Munchmobile hotline at 973.392.1765 and say which trip it's for.
  15. Nope, just told me to be at the Star Ledger offices bright and early and to be prepared to munch!
  16. An update - I'll be riding with the Munchmobile on June 23 for the Middle Eastern tour. I think the article will come out two weeks after that. Can't wait!
  17. She told me she had to email an essay as to why I would be ideal for the Munchmobile. Guess she did a great job Unfortunately, I think the deadline was last Friday. Eric - I haven't heard about a kickoff party yet, but if I do attend I'll be sure to look for you!
  18. A "NJ" thing.... sponsored by the Newark Star Ledger newspaper. Each week, they take a bunch of ordinary people and drive them across the state in a van with a giant hot-dog on top, taking them on a trip to sample food from down-home style restaurants. Each week has a theme - hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, etc. You can see the hot-dog van in the background of this photo.
  19. Unknown to me, my wife sent in an application for me to ride with the Munchmobile this summer. Much to her (and my) surprise, I got picked! I really can't believe it - but I'm really excited! I'll post again here after I have my adventure - although I may be sworn to secrecy about the details until the article is published. Larry
  20. China Gourmet has Hong Kong style dim sum on Saturdays & Sundays. Pushcarts with your typical specialities come around: shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings, dai bao, ribs, chicken feet, etc. , as well as carts with fried items & dessert items like sesame buns, spring rolls, custard buns and something called a mexican bun that my kids love (basically a sweet roll with frosting & custard) There is also a station near the front where they are cooking items such as clams, turnip cakes, pan fried scallion dumplings (yum!), and congee. Waiters also circulate with large plates such as prawns and chinese broccoli.
  21. I like China Gourmet in West Orange.
  22. How about Jerusalem West, on Mount Pleasant Ave? They have Middle Eastern/Israeli food plus your standard deli-type items. They offer lots of veggie dishes (grilled & otherwise). -Larry
  23. Two more: Bien Hoa Restaurant 2090 Lincoln Highway 27 Edison, NJ 08817 732 287 9500 Bien Hoa Express (in the Kam Man Market food court) 200 Route 10 West East Hanover, NJ 07936 973 503 0660
  24. There's also Pho 99, near the Hong Kong Supermarket in South Plainfield. 3600 Park Ave South Plainfield, NJ 07080
  25. larryc

    88 Cafe

    I had lunch there last week. Overall I liked it. I had the Peking Noodles w/ minced pork, which was very tasty (and inexpensive, I might add). Service was good & I found the staff friendly and accomodating. There are some fusion dishes (e.g, thai & southeast asian, as well as jicama in some dishes style) on the menu in addition to the traditional Chinese, as well as a number of dishes beyond the "same-old, same-old" typical Chinese-American. It may not be "authentic" Chinese like China 46, but they seem to execute their dishes well. I will definitely go back. BTW, the menu said it is owned by the people that own Bill & Harry's.
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