Friday, July 18, 2014

#MadibaQuotes #Madiba #MandelaDay #67minutes

Laughing With Tyler Perry on #Madiba 's Birthday #MandelaDay

Seriously people, it's Madiba's birthday, not Medea's!

Medea is a hysterically funny character created by Tyler Perry.

A madiba is a brightly coloured batik print shirt, popularized in South Africa by President Nelson Mandela. It is considered formal wear. The name madiba comes from the name of an honorary title given in his clan.  Madiba is also the affectionate name give by South Africans to Nelson Mandela, who who have celebrated his 96th birthday today.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bloomfield NJ Restaurant Week August 3-9 2014

The Township of Bloomfield, New Jersey will hold its Third Annual Restaurant Week from Sunday, August 3rd through Saturday, August 9th, 2014. During this week, an anticipated twenty plus local eateries will offer prix-fixe menu selections designed to attract both new and returning customers. At the conclusion of the week-long event, there will be a random drawing for a $100 gift certificate which the winner can redeem at the participating restaurant of choice.
If youre a foodie, Bloomfield is the place to be during our Third Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week. You will get to see what our talented chefs have to offer, promises Anthony Lauro, owner of Anthonys Cheesecakes, and one of the Bloomfield Restaurant Week committee members.
Riding on the success of the previous events, this years organizing committee is optimistic that the third annual food week event will yield an even greater turnout. Francesco Palmieri, an original committee member and owner of The Orange Squirrel, a top-rated restaurant pick by The New York Times and New Jersey Monthly, predicts, Judging by the success of the first two events we expect an even stronger turn out - We are excited and optimistic that our 2014 event will be the biggest yet.
The special prix-fixe, multi-course options offered by each participating restaurant encourages diners to try several different eateries during the August promotional week. As an added incentive, customers can enter a free raffle for a $100 gift certificate to the participating restaurant of choice. To enter the drawing, customers can visit the Bloomfield Restaurant Week Facebook page and simply Join the Mailing List.
Andres Quesada-Cascante, founding committee member and co-owner of Señoritas Mexican Grill sees Bloomfield Restaurant Week as an opportunity to create awareness about Bloomfields dining scene. We want to highlight all of the variety and different ethnic restaurants in Bloomfield. People were very happy with our previous events - with the price point, the great food selections and the level of customer service they received.
Bloomfield Restaurant Weeks extensive mix of participating eateries includes American, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine, French and more, according to Quesada-Cascante.
Rodgee Cao, owner of Spice Thai Cuisine, is equally enthusiastic about this event and the opportunity to interact with the dining community. For me, food is universal and thats what excites me about Bloomfield Restaurant Week. As a restaurant owner, I get to meet all types of people from different backgrounds. During the last event, I met some new customers who had never eaten Thai food before and they have now become regular customers. Bloomfield has a rich cultural history and diversity and Restaurant Week showcases the array of eclectic and fascinating cuisine our town has to offer. He continues, My hope about this third annual Restaurant Week is to make people aware that they really dont have to go to Montclair or Nutley or Newark because we have an array of different restaurants representing food from all over the world that they can patronize right here in Bloomfield.
Extensive promotions for Bloomfield Restaurant Week will reach local residents as well as the neighboring communities of Montclair, Nutley, Glen Ridge, Belleville, Clifton, West Orange and beyond.
Xcel Federal Credit Union and Comcast Spotlight are major sponsors and promoters of the event; watch for commercials on Comcast beginning in July on the Cooking Channel, Food Network and other local cable channels.
Palmieri commends Bloomfields local government, particularly Mayor Michael Venezia, for directly supporting Bloomfield Restaurant Week and encouraging restaurant growth in the community. Restaurants are the driving force of a township because people go into a town to dine or for shopping. Theyll get a visual experience of a town as well see what the town has to offer...its cross-promotional.
According to Palmieri, thats why many Bloomfield businesses other than restaurants are getting involved with financial sponsorship and promotion of Bloomfield Restaurant Week, including individuals, small local businesses and larger corporations.
Additional Information including participating restaurant menus and specials for Bloomfield Restaurant Week is available at;

Monday, July 7, 2014

Christopher James To Be Head Bartender at Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen

Last week the keen ears of Devil Gourmet learned that the winner of New Jersey's Iron Shaker bartender competition, Christopher James, will be the head bartender at Chris Cannon's new Garden State venture "Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen."

Set in the historic, and renovated, Vail Mansion, Jockey Hollow is set to be a game changer in the culinary scene on the East Coast.

Devil Gourmet was the first media outlet to share this news. For the full story read Key Personnel Named For Jockey Hollow on Devil Gourmet.

Key Personnel for Jockey Hollow Announced | Morristown

Lavender Doing Its Thing In The Garden

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day

Devil Gourmet: Dine Out For The Best Garden State Eats This 4th Of July

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fireworks are so delightful, and since the food scene is the place to go, get up and go, get up and go, get up and go! 

In our over-scheduled, over extended, over the top lives setting up a grill, and cleaning said grill, is just about the last thing most of us want to do, but we do it anyway because those are the rules. Then along came Arthur and the rainstorms that pretty much cancelled or postponed most outdoor activities and set the stage for the best Fourth of July ever! Now everyone has the perfect excuse to go out for an enjoyable meal with family and friends without the scornful glances of your neighbor for breaking tradition. (you know the one, everyone has THAT neighbor)

As you start making plans to head out to some of the best restaurants in the Garden State, just remember, if THAT neighbor says anything to you, just tell him that "the Devil told me to do it!"

Pop over to Devil Gourmet to find out what's open this Fourth Of July


Because Independence Means So Many Things : Toni's Kitchen Montclair

Because Independence Means So Many Things : Toni's Kitchen Montclair The good people at Toni's kitchen know that a good meal is one of the first steps towards indendence. Each year the volunteers and several guests of Toni's Kitchen proudly march in Montclair's 4th of July parade. Toni’s Kitchen is a food ministry at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey, where as many as 70 to 80 “guests” are offered warm hospitality while being served a hot, nutritious luncheon several times every week..

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Scallops with Chorizo atop Fresh Corn Purée at Yellow Plum Bloomfield

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head; Public Art In Clifton NJ

Public Art in Clifton NJ

Looking more like something one would expect to find in Los Angeles, this bit of Freeway Art was spotted on Broad Street in Clifton NJ where the roadway passes under an ramp connecting the Garden State Parkway to Route 3. Simple stencils were used to create the umbrellas and raindrops - adding a bit of whimsy to an otherwise mundane piece of infrastucture.