Ode to that Grimy, Terrible, Amazing Hockey Rink

My best friend nearly lost an eye here. I was once given a two-handed slash to my shin that was so hard I had a welt the size of a golf ball for months. The goals scored, tantrums thrown, and screaming matches exchanged here were enumerable. I don’t think anyone actually knows who Bill Ward…

Halloween 2K16: A Full Schedule of Events at the Strauss Mansion

Just like last year, Reel to Real will feature a special series for the fall season. Titled “Halloween 2K16”, this will be where I blog about horror movies, share fall recipes, and also let you know what’s going on in my paranormal investigating adventures. October is going to be a busy month. My team, Ghosts…

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: 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: 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: Authentic Korean Cuisine in an Unexpected Place

Restaurant: Hmart (Food Court) Date: March 21, 2016 Location: 1761 Route 27, Edison, NJ In Edison lies one of the greatest stores I have ever been to. It has an unassuming name for a place where you can find thousands of items relating to Asian cookery, in regards to both food and cooking tools. I…

Food & Spirits: Nothing Nutty About the Nutley Diner (Nutley, NJ)

Restaurant: Nutley Diner Date: December 20, 2015 Location: 372 Centre Street, Nutley, New Jersey My friend Dave Zohn had been raving about the Nutley Diner for years. It is such a part of his life that I let him name the title of this restaurant review. We went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

Food & Spirits: Greek and More at Melody’s Cafe (Lincroft, NJ)

UPDATE: As of July 29, 2016, Melody’s has been out of business. It is featured on Greg’s new food blog here. Restaurant: Melody’s Cafe Date: December 27, 2015 Location: 650 Newman Spring’s Road, Lincroft, NJ Its a very odd combination: a Greek restaurant with a cafe atmosphere and a diner menu, yet it works. There is a…

Food & Spirits: Mike’s Deli Deserves a Mention (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

Restaurant: Mike’s Dairy and Deli (takeout only) Date: Cumulative Visits Location: 160 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ What’s that? He’s writing about a deli? Why yes, yes I am. This may seem out of place but I feel compelled to write a review about a convenience store in Atlantic Highlands named Mike’s (not to be confused…