Spice Up Your Pandemic Love Life

Date Night

How to Revisit Your First Date Your relationship might be sorely in need of attention. Why not recreate the special day that sparked it, with an enhancement or three? For many people, the monotony of the last 160-plus days has depleted just about everything. You aren’t alone if you barely recognize yourself, let alone your […]

Summer Fruits Hit New Jersey Menus


Where to find sweet treats featuring blueberries, blackberries, peaches and more. A lot of summer traditions look different this year, but desserts featuring summer fruits like berries, stone fruit, even tropical fruits are still popping up on time on menus around the state. Here’s a short list of the fruit-driven sweets available for takeout or […]

My First Meal Dining Outside At A Restaurant Since COVID-19

Liz Jeressi and friend at Drifthouse

Here’s the restaurant I chose for my first meal out and what my first dinner-out choices were 🙂 By Liz Jeressi. Click here to read the entire article on 94.3 The Point online. I will try to never again take for granted how great it is to dine out. It has never felt better to […]

Dinner with a Mask

Dinner with a Mask

Dinner with a mask: How bacon (and margaritas) helped me overcome my fear of dining out again Monday marked the return of outdoor dining, and this food writer was ready to get back out there. Sort of. As soon as I could find my purse. And my bra. And my courage. We made it two […]

Talking Television, French Cuisine, and More with David Burke

Chef Burke

Which new bourbon are we pumped about? What does it take to be a master journeyman? Where are we excited to travel to next? Each week, The Manual Podcast invites an expert, artisan, or craftsman for a roundtable discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in their trade. For this week’s episode of The Manual Podcast, Greg, Nicole, […]

Alone Together: Dispatches from the Jersey Restaurant World

Chef Burke

As residents continue to shelter in place, restaurants miss us even more than we miss them. Excerpt from article on njmonthly.com: Early in the crisis, chef David Burke had a laugh at his own expense. His three New Jersey properties (Ventanas in Fort Lee, David Burke at Orange Lawn in South Orange and Drifthouse in Sea Bright) were open, offering takeout […]

Chef David Burke Launches ‘Name Your Price Weddings’

Scallops and Broccoli

Chef David Burke known for his creative, innovative and gutsy solutions to challenging situations – as seen on season five of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters – has done it again with his “Name Your Price Weddings” campaign available at his three New Jersey restaurants all situated on iconic breathtaking locations, and at his eponymous David Burke Tavern in […]

Unemployment Rates Reach Unprecedented Numbers

Lunch Break Volunteers

PHOTO COURTESY LUNCH BREAK / FACEBOOKLunch Break volunteers Jennifer Anderson and board president John Klein recently delivered food to homebound clients. Representatives of the nonprofit are reporting significantly higher demands from community members compared to last year. By Allison PerrineClick here to read the entire article on TwoRiverTimes.com. Just over 45 days ago, the U.S. […]

Here’s what NJ chefs make for their moms on Mother’s Day — and their recipes

Mothers Day Dishes

Cooking is a delicious way to show love. And while there may be more expensive, more pizzazz-y, more creative ways to say “I love you,” there isn’t a more down-to-earth, more nourishing, more doable, tastier way to show your deep appreciation than by taking time to prepare and serve your loved one a homemade dish. Moms certainly know it; they’ve […]