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This Charming Red Bank Eatery Could be the Perfect Spot for Valentine’s Day

“Bonne Saint Valentin,” which is, “Happy Valentine’s Day” in French. So, have you guessed what kind of food we selected in this month of l’amour? We chose the light-hearted Cé La Vi in Red Bank. This little charmer, just off Broad Street, is part backstage at Cirque du Soleil, part children’s book illustration and completely […]

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Sage Fine Dining

Astounding! Every now and then, something truly special happens, like it did the night we had dinner at Sage Fine Dining. First of all, forget everything you think you know about kosher and fine dining. This is not kreplach and corned beef, nor is it a single olive floating on bed of pea foam. This

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Europa South

This month we traveled to Point Pleasant Beach, skipping the crowded waterfront spots to visit an evergreen: Europa South. With its near-40-year history, Europa South is one of the area’s few authentic Portuguese places, and its success and customer satisfaction is evident. I have a soft spot for these kinds of places that don’t pay

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Pagano’s UVA Ristorante

With spring in our hearts, we headed off to the always-busy dining town of Bradley Beach to give one of its mainstay restaurants a whirl: the family-owned Pagano’s UVA Ristorante. In a town with so many dining options, this authentic Italian cornerstone eatery has been a steadily glowing ember, and it delivered that homey, established

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Albariño Tapas & Wine Bar

This April, we tried something a little different and visited the recently opened Albariño Tapas & Wine Bar in Shrewsbury. Albariño is the latest offspring of the Terra Moma group, a well-respected Princeton-based brand which includes Eno Terra, Mediterra, Terra Momo Bread Company and Teresa Caffe. Albariño is named for the wine grape grown in

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Bangkok House 

In a month that features so much Irish fare, we decided to travel halfway around the world, via Eatontown, to sample the exotic tastes of Thailand at the Bangkok House. It really did feel like we had left Monmouth County. This place is the most authentic Thai restaurant I have visited in a long while.

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Ocean Avenue Kitchen 

One of the greatest Superstorm Sandy success stories is Sea Bright, which has been on a steady and quite impressive rebuilding campaign. As the rebirth of this town continues, many new businesses have joined the Sea Bright landscape. Among them is a new restaurant called Ocean Avenue Kitchen (OAK). OAK is located, no surprise, on

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