Famous Pizza Maker Coming to Atlantic Highlands with Una Pizza Napoletana

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – It started the way things do in a small town, with someone who was strolling along First Avenue noticing the posters plastering the windows of a long-vacant building. “Una Pizza Napoletana,” the posters read. Soon, other people noticed and the buzz began to grow. Inevitably, in a time of tweets and texts and Instagram, the news went viral: This small town on Sandy Hook Bay was soon to welcome the most renowned pizza chef this side of the Bay of Naples. After pioneering his

Savor sweet dreams of Napoli - Touring Bird

Renowned chocolatiers Gay Odin have been making artisanal chocolates in Naples for well over 100 years. It all began in 1894 when Isidoro Odin, a chocolatier from the city of Alba in the north of Italy, packed all he owned and bought himself a third-class train ticket to Naples to open a chocolate shop. His business became such a success that he soon established his own chocolate laboratory and factory in Naples. He and his wife, Onorina Gay, lent their names to the shop that is now an inextrica

There’s a Breath of Spring (And New Names) for Two Rumson Restaurants

Two of Rumson’s landmark restaurants are greeting spring with a fresh direction and a reaffirmation of their strong connections to the community. At Ridge Road and Avenue of Two Rivers, the elegant Victorian building that was long home to the legendary French restaurant Fromagerie has been reborn as The Rumson House. And on River Road, the former What’s Your Beef/Russell & Bette’s is now Victory Park Tavern. Owners of both restaurants have chosen names that honor each restaurant’s deep roots
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Rounds of cheese aging at Murray's Cheese Caves

Inside Long Island City's Cheese Caves

On a visit to Murray's cheese caves, no spelunking equipment is required  In a crayon-scribbled children’s book inherited from my older sister a few decades ago, there’s a picture of a little girl running barefoot with a couple of goats on a green hill in Switzerland. In the story, the little girl named Heidi has come to live with her grandfather in a spartan log cabin high in the Alps, where he welcomes her with a bowl of goat milk, bread and cheese: simple food for simple folk, born of what he

For the Severini Family, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

FAIR HAVEN – Next Monday, with the bustle of holiday chores behind them, George and Kathy Dorn Severini will be doing what they’ve done together on many Christmas Eves. The longtime Fair Haven residents will be leading a Christmas sing-along at the piano in the lounge at Nauvoo Grille. Snow might not be falling. The weather may be warm. But Christmas will be coming anyway, as it has always done, through good times and hard years, bringing with it a few brief hours to celebrate, to count our bl
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An Alpine cottage made of gingerbread

Gingerbread Neighborhood Rises in Atlantic Highlands

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The weather outside was frightful, but inside the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council gallery at 54 First Ave. things were as sweet as – well, gingerbread – as the council hosted its semi-annual Gingerbread House workshop. Sitting amidst an array of candy canes, gumdrops, nonpareils, Tootsie Rolls, marshmallows, sprinkles and cookies, about 15 aspiring gingerbread house makers glued their walls and raised high the roof beams under the expert tutelage of arts council board membe

For Linda Chorney, Grammys Were An ‘Emotional Jukebox’

SHE GOT TO meet her idol, Gregg Allman. And she got to dress to the nines and walk the red carpet, wearing she noted, “gorgeous black diamond earrings” she’d borrowed from the Gold Tinker in Deal, not to mention her $29 boots from Daffy’s. Sea Bright musician Linda Chorney earned her place as a Grammy nominee in the Best Americana category after 30 years on the road and 5 self-produced albums. Her history-making nomination in a category that included Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder and

Chef Joe Racioppi Add His Touch At The Pier House

Chef Joe Racioppi is well-known in the two river area as a the former proprietor of Racioppi’s restaurant in Red Bank, where Joe and his family cooked up culinary delights for their patrons for more than 15 years. These days, Racioppi is wearing a different hat (or toque), however – as executive chef of McLoone’s Pier House restaurant in Long Branch. Since joining McLoone’s Racioppi has introduced some of his own specialties to the restaurant rightly famous for its crab cakes while leading the

Edible Red Bank

Community spirit is the strong and colorful thread that binds this town on the Navesink. Since the days when the Lenni-Lenape harvested oysters off the banks of the Navesink River, the site of modern-day Red Bank has been a place where people go to feast on the finest foods that nature has to offer. Today, visitors flock to the town to do just that and more, feasting not only on its vibrant food scene but on its eclectic shops, its music, art and theater, and its joyful atmosphere. With well ove
Eileen Moon

Inside Long Island City's Cheese Caves

On a visit to Murray's cheese caves, no spelunking equipment is required  In a crayon-scribbled children’s book inherited from my older sister a few decades ago, there’s a picture of a little girl running barefoot with a couple of goats on a green hill in Switzerland. In the story, the little girl named Heidi has come to live with her grandfather in a spartan log cabin high in the Alps, where he welcomes her with a bowl of goat milk, bread and cheese: simple food for simple folk, born of what he
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