After the hot and steamy debut of theMontclair Food and Wine Festival in June 2013, the organizers have worked to make 2014 hotter, albeit with air conditioning. Instead of just two days, 2014 will see the event expanded to three, May 31, June 1, and June 2. Held this year at the Montclair Art Museum, more than thirty restaurants will take part in the Grand Tasting on March 31st including favorites like the Ryland Inn, A Toute Heure, and Asalt and Buttery.
Stash made a good thing even better, adding double 100% pure bergamot to their award winning Earl Grey tea.
For many years, Stash Earl Grey Tea has been a favorite of tea lovers. Many people seem to love the careful balance of citrussy oil of bergamot and the blend of fine black teas.
Oil of bergamot comes from the rind of a citrus fruit which grows very well in the Calabria region of Italy. Pure top quality oil of bergamot is expensive but no blend or man-made flavoring can match the ethereal aroma and finely nuanced flavor of the real thing.
Certain Earl Grey fanatics have grown especially fond of the top grade Calabrian oil of bergamot that we use and have asked for more, ..More,... MORE! Thus was born Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey.
In Stash's Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea, the black tea base still serves as a solid foundation for this blend, but the oil of bergamot takes wing and soars to new unprecedented heights. The flavor is quite pronounced but not at all soapy or bitter which would happen with low grade oils. Is the flavor too strong? For a conservative drinker, maybe yes, but more adventurous types really seem to like it.
This is a great late afternoon or early evening tea. It goes very well with shortbread and cream scones. And for a uniquely appealing cold beverage, try Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea on ice.
We first encountered Double Bergamot Early Grey at Corrado's Market on Berdan Avenue, just off the Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne NJ but it's available in most supermarkets (if you can't find it, ask!)
Bleary eyed residents of the Walnut Street area woke this recently to discover the grand opening of the Red Eye Café. Located diagonally across from Le Salbuen, Red Eye is named after the classic coffee beverage.
A Red Eye Coffee is named for the Red Eye flights from the West Coast. Late night (9 or 10pm) flights out of Los Angeles and San Francisco land in New York at about 5am. Because of the time difference it feels like 2am resulting in red bleary eyes of the travelers. When coffee wasn’t enough to recharge for a day in the Big Apple, travelers took to having a shot of espresso added to their morning coffee. The name was transferred to the beverage and has remained a classic ever since.
Like its namesake drink, the Red Eye Café is steeped in history yet uniquely its own place. Owner Anthony Brinton, who spent more than a decade behind the bar at Montclair's iconic coffee shop, Cafe Eclectic, brings with his familiarity of Montclair’s unique customers plus the chance to add his own spin on the classics making this Walnut Street destination both new and familiar at the same time.
adjective : having a diamond-shaped pattern in two or more colors; dates from about 1790–1800; variation of Argyll; so called because original patterned after the tartan of this clan
Lately I have been seeing the potential for adding argyle painted patterns around the house, the first thing that comes to mind are the panels of the side door of the garage. Right now the side of the garage is a sea of mediocrity, an argyle pattern on the individual door panels will no doubt be whimsical, and if its too much, it can always be painted over. But I doubt that will happen.
"At the start of every day, I reflect on the previous day, and sometimes take a look at what's coming up in my planner, so that each day starts with a sense of gratitude."
Write them down! Writing daily gratitudes in a journal, either sentences, words, phrases, whatever works, is a great way to add depth of meaning to them. The gratitdue journal can become a great source of hope during those times when things just are not going as planned.
Find everything, anything, for which to be grateful. On those days that have less pleasant events and experiences, old stand-bys like Oreos and Iced Tea serve as great reminders of those things for which we can be grateful.
Find it, anything, start out each morning in a state of being grateful, and the blessings will follow through the day.
Come to The Rotary Club of Montclair's Taste of Montclair Monday, March 10, 2014 and help us put charity back on the table. The participating restaurants represent the eclectic, wonderful culinary artists that thrive here in Montclair. Whether you have an urge for Italian food or a yen for new Americana cuisine, Montclair restaurants have what you crave. You don't need a plane ticket to travel the world for international foods in one spot - at The Taste of Montclair.
The Taste of Montclair will offer you a world of culinary delights under one roof. Once you buy your ticket and enter our event, you will have all night to enjoy food from every restaurant participating in our non-profit event. All you need to do is buy your ticket - and come sip some wine, taste some food, and discover restaurants you've always wanted to try - under one roof, for a wonderful cause. Join us - 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. on the campus of Montclair State University.
The restaurant list reads like a who's who of Montclair Food and Restaurants:
12 West, Asalt and Buttery, Beyond Pita, Costanera Cocina Peruana, CulinAriane, Java Love, Fairway Market, Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen, Mac Attack, Fitzgerald's 1928.
Also joining us will be: Fresco, Greek Taverna, Highlawn Pavilion, Le Salbuen Cafe Market, Olive That And More, Manny's Diner Mesob, Miss Nicky's Toffee, Red Eye Cafe, Samba, Sapori, Salute Bistro, Sodexo, Sweet Sister Cakes, The Manor, The Office, Toro Sushi, Whole Foods Montclair, Williams Sonoma.
Don't Forget Java Love, Montclair Bread Company, Jarets Stuffed Cupcakes, The Chocolate Path, CARS Delivery, and Yellow Plum.,
Last year, Taste of Montclair raised over $25,000 for charity including the food programs of the Salvation Army in Montclair, Toni's Kitchen, and the Human Needs FoodPantry.
Love is an action, a pleasure, an art I remember when he told me and showed me He treated our time together, like a treasure A box that was opened and given new light, everytime we came together He smiled and I felt it He laughed and sang and wrote me Pages and pages of poetry We danced, we dined, we walked together Relaxed, we'd unwind
He was the object of my affection And I was his I smile thinking about it
The memories, his kiss He found me when I was out at lunch with my friends We met as I was leaving I must see you again So what began by chance Blossomed and grew He shared his love of love My inspiration lifted and flew I was touched by his life, his presence, his words
And although we've moved on
I am saturated in a pool of remembering, love is a verb~
Lisa Lipscomb is the author of Somewhere In the Middle Of Love . Her fans enjoy her blog where she often publishes her work, but we're waiting for her next book. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, Lisa)
On this day in 1821 Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton died.
She was the first saint born in the US.
Born in New York City to an Episcopalian Family, Seton converted to Roman Catholicism after spending time in Italy following the death of her husband. She returned to the United States and started a school for Catholic girls.
Eventually Seton founded the first apostolic community for women in America : the Sisters of Charity of St Joseph. In addition to starting a free school, it dedicated itself to care for children and the poor.
Today her legacy lives on in numerous parishes and Seton Hall University bearing her name where countless numbers of people have been inspired by her work.
Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was canonized in 1975,