Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crab and Salmon in the Tree of Life in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom

"The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword, But Nothing Brings People Together Quite Like A Fork And Spoon" - John Lee

Terre a Terre is the highly acclaimed Farm to Table restaurant in Carlstadt New Jersey. I know, Carldstadt, off the beaten path, away from the hot food towns of the Garden State, a little out of the way, but so good that even New Jersey Monthly gave Chef Todd Villani 3 1/2 stars. (its been forever and a day since that has happened)

Discover Terre a Terre, and in the meantime, gather some friends and people you know and remember what I wrote "The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword, But Nothing Brings People Together Quite Like A Fork And Spoon"

Monday, November 24, 2014

Meet Santa at @MundoVeganMtc in @MontclairCenter Friday Nov 28

We are THRILLED to welcome Santa next Friday afternoon -- and the event is a fundraiser for some really important and wonderful community organizations! Read on for details, and see you next Friday!!

****Montclair’s Mundo Vegan invites kids of all ages to come and visit with Santa Claus on Friday, November 28. Santa will be at the Church St. restaurant for photos between 2 pm and 5 pm.
The event’s $20 suggested donation will benefit two different animal welfare organizations, JerseyCats and the Montclair Township Animal Shelter. "

Donation recipient JerseyCats is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats and kittens in New Jersey through rescue, adoption and spay/neuter programs. Montclair Township Animal Shelter is municipally run and governed by the Township of Montclair. The facility provides animal care and control for the townships of Montclair, Verona and Nutley.

Mundo Vegan will also be open to celebrate their first Thanksgiving between 12 and 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving; call them at 973-744-5503 for reservations or take out for a healthy, cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal.****

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hazlenut Dreams

SCORE! @dudeletseat just shared one of my (@johnleesandiego) photos to over 27,000 followers #tasteofmontclair @tastemontclair

When the Montclair Rotary wanted some photos of the restaurants and participants for Taste Of Montclair 2015, I sent them this photo of Asalt and Buttery's French Macarons. Then this happened:
@DudeLetsEat has over 27,000 Twitter followers and they all saw my photo
 and the Taste of Montclair tags. Woot!

 Taste of Montclair returns to Montclair on March 9 2015 followed by Montclair Restaurant Week March 9 to 15. Both events are sponsored by the Montclair Rotary.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Old Canal Inn Opens Less Than A Week After The Fire #ocinutley #restoreoci

The Old Canal Inn Reopened At Noon Nov 22
The legendary Old Canal Inn reopened at noon today just short of a week after a fire in the kitchen. The kitchen and dining room portion of the Inn are closed as reconstruction and restoration work is done.

Owner Mark Conca estimates that that portion of the business will be closed for about six months. In the meantime the bar, including the iconic death seat and shuffleboard table are open and ready for guests.

A large party tent was put up in the parking lot as a gathering place while the dining room is rebuilt. It is a great gathering place and can hold dozens of people, which is perfect because on Thanksgiving Eve, people from all over the region are expected to visit to express their gratitude for what they have this year, and that the Conca family, their tenants upstairs, and their business are all headed toward a great 2015.

First "Sale" After The Fire
Located on the Bloomfield/Nutley  border, the Old Canal Inn was saved from being a total loss because of the swift efforts of the Bloomfield and Nutley Fire Departments. The first paying customer after the fire was a Bloomfield Firefighter. The Conca Brothers were ready to put that beer on their own personal tabs tab but he insisted to pay $10 for that one beer to help the business recover.

That story, and so many others from this period of restoratin, tell so much about the type of place the OCI is: people coming together in good times for a beer, and coming together to support each other in the not so good times. It is always like that at the OCI.

While it will be several months until the "New Old Canal Inn" reopens, the organizers at Bloomfield Restaurant Week were proud to announce that the OCI was the first restaurant to sign up for the August 2015 event. The Old Canal Inn will indeed come back bigger, better, and more bad-ass than ever before.


The Old Canal Inn
2 East Passaic Ave Nutley, NJ 07110
Type of Cuisine: Pub Food
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar

The Old Canal Inn REALLY Needs Your Support #restoreoci @TheOCI_NJ

After the fire, and before reopening the bar at the Old Canal Inn on Nov 22, Mark and Danny Conca were caught watching One Direction on Ellen. Is this how you #concatheworld ? Drop in, grab a drink, and encourage them to watch something real on TV. 

The restaurant portion of the Old Canal Inn will be open in the spring following extensive renovations. (The bar is open now). The OCI was the first restaurant to join Bloomfield Restaurant Week 2015 coming to town in August. 

Looks Like There Might Be Breaking News About Old Canal Inn #restoreoic @TheOCI_NJ

On the night of November 15 a fire broke out in the kitchen of the Old Canal Inn. Not even a week later it appears that at least the bar portion of "Two-eez" is open. Details will follow in the morning. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Something Is Going On At The Old Canal Inn #restoreoci

Nutley’s Traditional Holiday Celebration Set for November 30th, 2014

Nutley, NJ – Mayor Alphonse Petracco and the Board of Commissioners have announced plans to host one of Nutley’s oldest traditions – the annual Holiday Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting. The entire community is invited to attend the Township’s official kick-off of the Holiday Season.

The annual celebration will take place on Sunday, November 30th from 5pm to 7pm, with activities scheduled to take place both inside John H. Walker Middle School and areas in and around the Nutley Park Oval. Franklin Avenue will be closed between Chestnut and New Streets. Chestnut Street between Franklin Avenue and Vincent Place will also be closed during the festivities.

“The annual holiday celebration is a wonderful community event bringing families and friends together to welcome in the holiday season,” commented Mayor Alphonse Petracco. “It is a great way to see our community at its best,” the Mayor added. Santa returns to Nutley with his reindeer and will be ready to have his picture taken with the children. (Photographs will be available for individual purchase.)

Carrying on the holiday tradition, the celebration will include live entertainment from local musical groups approximately every 15 to 20 minutes, including the Elementary School Choir, the John H. Walker Middle School Concert Choir, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Choralettes, the MS Madrigals, Men’s Choir and NHS Chamber Singers and the Brass ensemble. Under the direction of Music Director James Riley, the groups will provide a medley of holiday music sure to please all in attendance. The events festivities will feature a mini-train ride, horse and buggy rides, roasted chestnuts, hot cider & coffee and family entertainment.

There will be a special refreshment/bake sale to support the Friends of the Nutley Singers (FONS) and the Nutley Music Boosters, as well as a hot cocoa sale to support the senior class.

Star Anise : The Not So Secret (Anymore) Ingredient In My Turkey Brine

Star Anise

Thursday, November 20, 2014

World Nutella Day Is 5 February 2015 : Save The Date

World Nutella Day was created in 2007 when Sara Rosso, an American blogger living in Italy, thought that there were many days in the year but no day set aside to appreciate Nutella. Why not?

And World Nutella Day was born.

Sara recruited Shelley from At Home in Rome to be her partner in crime for World Nutella Day 2007. In subsequent years, Sara was joined by Michelle from Bleeding Espresso as they spread World Nutella Day love!

Giraffe in the Tree of Life at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disney's Cinderella Arrives In Theatres March 13, 2015

"Ella, you have more kindness in your little finger than most people posses in their whole body"

Cinderella: "They're made of glass?" Fairy Godmother: "And you'll find they are really comfortable"

"Where there is kindness there is goodness, and where there is goodness there is magic"

Cinderella in in theatres March 13 2015. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Still Life With Ketchup and Fries at Terre a Terre ( @localnjfoods ) | Carlstadt #foodporn

The new Prix Fixe lunch at Terre a Terre in Carlstadt is finding devotees across the Garden State. The menu echoes the same locally sourced Farm to Table concept as the dinner menu and changes a bit each week. My first visit included the TaT Burger whose toppings will change based on seasonal availability. Don't miss the hand cut fries - they are as good as In-N-Out in California but LOCAL, and the ketchup is served in that little pot - perfect for dipping.

Meerkat and Snail in the Tree of Life at Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom