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athena

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  1. there is a trader joe's on route 17 north in paramus, also. past the container store and the west elm. i take exit 163 off the parkway. it's about 30 seconds (depending on traffic, of course) from the exit. i drive from belleville, and it only takes me 15 minutes. but then, i only go on sundays. ;-)
  2. waahhh! oh, well. i shop at wf in west orange and montclair, too. it would have been nice to have something so close to home as i work in secaucus and going to west orange/montclair after work is too much.
  3. I just passed this place the other day. Here is their website http://farmbistro.com/home.aspx .The sign outside said they also deliver now. I hope to check it out soon. ← thanks! i searched for a website the day i posted but didn't come up with anything. looks good! i will try it this week.
  4. my sister and i were driving back to my apartment in belleville on franklin avenue on sunday and she noticed this between centre and harrison. does anyone have any info about this? we passed it again, but i was driving and couldn't really take the time to really look at it.
  5. so, any new info? the stew leonards wine store is open i think. yes tj's? no tj's? i know trader joe's is not a real supermarket, but it would be nice to be able to stop on the way home after work for some specific instead of having to wait until sunday to go to paramus (you won't catch me there any other time; i hate route 17).
  6. athena

    Stamna

    i saw stamna a while ago but kept forgetting to ask if anyone here had ever been. i finally got there last night with my greek friend. we ordered the assorted dips and a small horiatiki salad to start. my favorite is the taramosalata, and it didn't disapoint. the other dips were good, too. the salad was good -- no lettuce -- which is correct. ;-) all very authentic and yummy. my friend ordered the paidakia (lamb chops) with the horta (dandelion? greens -- sometimes it's some other green). she said they were excellent. i don't like lamb (i know, how can a greek not like lamb), so i didn
  7. i've been to after athens a few years ago with my family (my parents are from greece). say, 5 or more years, before my parents retired to south carolina. from what i remember, the man that seated us and waited on us was also native greek. in greece (and i think this is true for most of europe), you have to ask for the check. they will not offer it. not because they don't care, but because it's the culture to allow people to enjoy their meals. they will let you stay for hours and hours without saying a word. so, maybe they are still in that mindset and forget that americans expect the ch
  8. i did a write-up for my friend on this here: http://farmtophilly.com/index.php/site/com...foods_festival/ bshapiro, my friend and i were lamenting that we didn't get the olive oil or even get the name. thanks for mentioning it!
  9. both the montclair and the west orange whole foods are advertising pumpkin ravioli in their windows. :-)
  10. i already have my tickets! i've had the manchego style cheese by valley shepherd (bought at the montclair farmers market), and it was really so good!
  11. i think massaman curry is supposed to be mildly spicy. but my experience has been that what thai people consider mild or not spicy is very different than what westerners consider mild or not spicy. pad thai is the iconic thai dish, and it is not spicy at all. you can also order the pad khing, which is a stir fry. the menu has the little chili pepper icon next to the spicy dishes. i was there three days ago, and it was great! i got the pad cee euw (or however you spell it. everyone spells it differently), another noodle dish that is not spicy. i have to mention, though, that the service c
  12. the best i've ever had was at the rockleigh country club. the gigantic shrimp on the dinner salad was the tenderest, best shrimp i've ever had. (hmmm, maybe i don't get out much). the cocktail hour spread was mind-boggling in breadth and scope and really fresh and delicious. not just good food for a wedding. gooooooooood food period.
  13. oh! i guess i didn't look at the address (or a map). good to know. thanks! and that sounds like exactly the kind of atmosphere i'm looking for.
  14. thanks for all your replies! i've been to the chart house recently for a small function, and while i thought the food was good/ok (not spectacular, not bad), it's really not this group's scene. they do appreciate good food. also, i think most of the guests would prefer to take the PATH, so walking distance from that is ideal. amanda's and anthony david's look really wonderful but a little pricey for me. i'm basically footing the bill as there are no other bridesmaids. i'm thinking the elysian cafe. i like their menu. it seems interesting without being too out there, and it's in my price
  15. hi! i'm new. :-) i was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for an affordable but nice restaurant in hoboken that can host a low-key bridal shower (i.e., no games or squealy present opening) for about 18-20 people. my sister is the bride and she lives in queens. most of the guests will be coming from nyc. i live in belleville, and i think this might be a good compromise so i don't go crazy. i hope. any advice would be appreciated. athena :-)
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