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  • Straight From The Table: Via 45

    By Lori Draz If you had to choose one word to describe dining at Via 45, it would be “home.” The restaurant has a decidedly homey feeling, from the mismatched plates to the intriguing décor accented with antique fair finds, cookbooks, and curiosities. The mood continues with the comforting autumn colors of the walls, the close tables that co-mingle the energies of the other diners, and the fact that your dinner is ready when mom is done cooking it. At Via 45, they make it clear, on ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Pears

    By MaryAnn Miano Where would the ubiquitous painting of a basket of fruit sitting on an autumn table-scape be without the wonderful and delicious pear? It would be an incomplete portrait. Nature blessed us with the pear – juicy like a peach but crunchy like an apple and a close cousin to the apple, despite their difference in shape and flavor. The pear has a long and honorable history. The pear was well-known in Greece around 1,500 B.C. and had been consumed in China for centuries ...
  • Books For Cooks: My Uncle John’s 100% Whole Wheat Bread

    By MaryAnn Miano Has a close relative ever inspired you to bake? The book (part of the Catherine Henning Collection at the Colts Neck Library) “Uncle John’s Original Bread Book” by author John Rahn Braue` has shared recipes collected in his family for generations. His father was a master bread baker who brought Old World traditions to America, with recipes handed down from family to family and baker to baker. Expect to find more than 250 recipes for breads, biscuits, griddle cakes, ...
  • New Jersey’s Own Rocks the Farm

    On August 27, The Journal was there as some of New Jersey’s biggest names came together to Rock The Farm. The benefit took place at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and brought music artists, food trucks, and vendors together to support the CFC Loud N Clear Foundation, an organization that addresses prevention, intervention, and recovery from addiction. The CFC Loud N Clear Foundation promotes positive life choices by aiding drug recovery efforts and inspiring a healthy, positive ...
  • Straight From The Table: B2 Bistro + Bar

    By Lori Draz B2 Bistro + Bar B2 Bistro + Bar has a cool name and a chill vibe to go with it. It occupies the space of the former Blu restaurant and has a revivalist industrial feel, with brick walls, exposed heating pipes, and a bank of tall windows, kind of Chelsea Market-style. There are two rooms: the bar, which has pub-height tables, and a dining room. Owners Andrew Rasizer and Cesare “Chez” De Chellis have clearly spared few expenses on everything from the plates to the open ...
  • Day Trip to The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    By Joanne Colella Each month, our Day Trip page focuses on fun, entertaining, and lighthearted destinations that are an easy distance from our area, offering activities or attractions for every age group. This month’s topic is more somber, but certainly no less important a place to visit, whether one were to go this month or at any other time, now or in the future. It is of particular significance for residents of our area and a recommended site for all ages – both for the older indivi...
  • Another Successful Concert Season In The Books

    Monmouth County residents are fortunate to live in an area where a variety of entertainment is offered at numerous venues on a weekly basis, especially during the summer months. One such venue is the PNC Bank Arts Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Holmdel, which can accommodate 17,500 patrons, including 7,000 seats and a vast lawn that can hold another 10,500. Located conveniently off Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway, you will find diverse new food menus and beverage offerings inside ...
  • Teen Scene: Alyssa Pepsny

    By Lori Draz and Alyssa Pepsny Welcome to Teen Scene. Each month, our young authors write, in their own voice, stories that will educate and inform fellow students and parents. If you are a teen who would like to write your story, contact The Journal. We’ll help you polish it up, so don’t worry – let’s just get to sharing. This month’s author is Sea Bright’s 16-year-old Alyssa Pepsny, a junior at Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch. Alyssa is one of four sisters, ...
  • Business Matters: Rest From Your Device

    By Glen J. Dalakian, Sr. Sitting with friends I have breakfast with on a regular basis, I told them about an historic site in Brooklyn that I visited and shared some interesting insights I received from the curator of the facility. One of my peers, who is from Brooklyn, asked what street was it on and believe it or not, I could not tell him. Once I put the address into my GPS, I followed the car where it told me to go.  Years ago, I would pride myself on the fact that once I drove somepla...
  • Books for Cooks: August 2016

    By MaryAnn Miano There are many interesting dishes that can be made with fruit when you think outside the box. In Catherine Henning’s Cook Book Collection at the Colts Neck Library, there is just such a book filled with unusual and classic fruit recipes. Fruits in Cooking, by Robert Ackart, provides the cooking enthusiast with tempting recipes for every appetite. The world of fruit can be mysterious, but really, fruits are simply the fleshy seed containers of certain trees, shrubs, and ...