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  1. I like David's Kosher salt - the taste is fine, but the big attraction is that it comes in a 40 oz plastic bottle that's a lot easier to store, and keeps the contents a lot drier, than the boxes that Morton's and other brands come in.

    I have found it in New Jersey at Wegman's and Foodtown.

  2. Novita at 425 South Elmer in Westfield (it's off South Ave, just East of Central), byob, and pricey but very good

    Mona Lisa at 157 E. Westfield Ave in Roselle Park just reopened - there's a fine dining side and a more casual bbq pub food side. We've done the latter and the food was good (not byob)

    Great burgers and such at the Cellar Grill in the Cranford Hotel on South Union ave in Cranford (not byob)

    Thailand, in an old diner on Central Ave in Clark (about a half mile north of exit 135) byob

    Haven't been there in a long time, but Pecos Grill on North Ave in GArwood wasn't bad (byob)

  3. We walked into Balthazar yesterday (Sunday) at about 11 am and lucked into a table for 5 with no wait. The place was packed.

    We all had eggs of one sort or another, except for one order of the day's special crepe, a buckwheat item filled with ham, gruyere and scrambled egg. The egg people had poached with polenta and pancetta, eggs benedict and an egg dish with smoked salmon. No one drank anything stronger than coffee.

    The food was great, the service was wonderful, the cafe au lait just what we needed after a long visit with the Gates in Central Park. Two of our 5 had always wanted to try the place but had never been - they loved it, and so did we.

    I've never had anything but a great time there.

  4. I went to the Garwood ShopRite at about 7 am on Saturday morning. The store opens at 7, and on a normal saturday there'd be 6 or 8 cars in the parking lot waiting for the opening. There must have been 50 cars the other day, and there were 25 people ahead of me when I took a number at the deli counter. I definitely observed the 'end of the world is nigh' approach to what was in people's shopping carts - comfort food, staples, and a lot of snack items.

    To their credit, they had called in extra staff, so that while the check out lines were pretty long, they had more open than on a usual saturday morning, and some lines had packers working with the cashiers. I waited 5, maybe 10 minutes to check out.

    I skipped the deli in favor of presliced turkey for lunches, bought shrimp and little necks for pasta saturday night, and a chicken and yams to roast for last night.

    I went out for the Times yesterday at about 10 and stopped at the Elizabeth shop rite (because it was near the newspaper place, and it was open) - the produce section was unkempt, but the meat and poultry coolers were full, the fish guys were all set up and dairy was well stocked, too. There weren't many people in the store and, given the conditions of the side streets, I doubt many people ventured out if they didn't have to.

  5. I'd never seen it on another list in New Jersey, for sure. I think La Griglia was charging about $90. The only NJ retail store I've seen Turley was the Spring Lake Bottle Shop (Shoppe?). They had one or two bottles about 6 months ago - don't remember the price

  6. Got an email about holiday events at Le Rendez-vous in Kenilworth, and then checked their website. It has new owners, and I was wondering if anyone had been there since the place was sold and what that experience was like.

    Haven't been there in a couple of years, but it was a big favorite for a long time.


  7. Looking at the quoted section of the law on suspended establishments, I think (and this is just one man's opinion) that if you had a liquor license, and it was suspended, you couldn't even cook with booze unless it had been properly salted and rendered undrinkable.

    But if you don't have a liquor license, or have one that was not impaired due to prior misconduct, there is nothing in that section that I would interpret to prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages in cooking at a restaurant

    Whoever noted that many menus list wine sauces and similar items probably was on to something.

    One last thought - as inane and aggressive as some gov't agency inspectors can be, I seriously doubt there'd be trouble over legitimate use of wine or booze in cooking. I can see trouble if the pork loin in Jack Daniels sauce had 4 ounces of booze and was being sold as a take out item to junior high students, but .......

  8. I go to Elmora Bagels all the time. They are the best I have had in NJ (although I can't claim to have done a lot of comparative shopping - it's my local bagel place)

    Someone probably knows the real story, but I seem to remember that Elmora and the other "Bagels 4 U" stores are related to the Sonny Amster bakery...

  9. Roaches, gaaaaah!

    They were the end of long love affairs with the Mexican Gardens on Waverly Place, and Tennessee Mountain in Soho (although I confess I was so enamored of the sausage enchiladas at MG that I might have gone back once after first seeing roaches...but not twice). This was back in the early 80's.

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