Food & Spirits: Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy, NJ)

Restaurant: Ocean Bay Diner Date: June 22, 2016 Location: 1803 State Route 35, South Amboy, NJ New Jersey is the diner capital of the world. This is both a good thing and bad. It takes a lot for a diner to actually stand out as being one of the best. New ones are opening up…

Food & Spirits: Woody’s Ocean Grill (Sea Bright, NJ)

Restaurant: Woody’s Ocean Grill Date: June 17, 2016 Location: 1 East Church Street, Sea Bright, NJ Though I am always in the area, I very rarely eat in Sea Bright or Long Branch. Past experiences have shown me that all most of these restaurants care about is pushing expensive drinks and then feeding you over-priced…

Food & Spirits: Nancy’s Village Cafe (Lahaska, PA)

Restaurant: Nancy’s Village Cafe Date: June 16, 2016 Location: Peddler’s Village, Courtyard Store 7, Lahaska, PA When you visit Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, be prepared to shell out some big bucks. This applies to both shops and restaurants. However, there is one place which has been in business forever and is off the beaten…

Food & Spirits: The Loving Hut (Matawan, NJ)

Restaurant: The Loving Hut Date: June 8, 2016 Location: 952 NJ-34, Matawan, NJ I’m a carnivore and happy about it. It was Will who wanted to give The Loving Hut, a vegan restaurant, a try. I obliged. I had been there about four years prior, right after they first opened. There was some online coupon deal…

Food & Spirits: Shanghai Bun (Matawan, NJ)

Restaurant: Shanghai Bun Date: June 4, 2016 Location: 952 State Route 34, Matawan, NJ Shanghai Bun has two menus. There’s the one for wimpy Americans with the typical assortment of lo mein, fried rice, and egg rolls. Then there is the one with the authentic Chinese food, featuring dishes with pork intestine, shredded beef stomach, and…

Food & Spirits: Fireside Tavern (Strasburg, PA)

Restaurant: Fireside Tavern Date: May 31, 2016 Location: 1500 Historic Drive, Strasburg, PA Admit it: whenever Robert Irvine chews someone out for not using enough seasoning on Restaurant: Impossible, you laugh. You think to yourself it’s not a big deal and there is no way it can affect the food that badly. Now, store that in…

Food & Spirits: Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli (Strasburg, PA)

Restaurant: Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli Date: Cumulative Visits (most recently: May 31, 2016) Location: 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA) Oh how the mighty have fallen. This used to be my favorite restaurant as a child visitor to Lancaster County. After all, it was a fun place to be a kid. One room of Isaac’s Restaurant…

Food & Spirits: Stop Putting Green Stuff on My Food

We’ve all been there: the plate arrives at the table and although it probably tastes really good, it is littered with green flakes of some herb. Usually it’s parsley. Sometimes oregano or thyme. There are some occasions that call for it. At fine dining restaurants we can expect a sprig of this and a dollop of that,…

Food & Spirits: Trattoria Rustica (Matawan, NJ)

Restaurant: Trattoria Rustica Date: Cumulative Visits (most recently: May 6, 2016) Location: 259 Main Street, Matawan, NJ I worked here when I was in high school and have been eating here since well before that. Trattoria Rustica is one of those rare places that provides you with both quality and quantity. Meals are enormous, and…

Food & Spirits: Alibi American Whiskey

Normally when I travel, I bring a bottle of Maker’s Mark with me. This is just my standard. It’s what I pour after I have come back to the room to start blogging about the day’s events. On this week’s trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I decided to change things up. I didn’t bring anything with…