Please accept this post in the spirit it is offered: as a short respite from the craziness going on all around us.
Edible Jersey’s Annual Travel Issue Features Katie Parla
By now you’ve probably heard of Katie Parla, author of the acclaimed book, Tasting Rome, and whom Mario Batali considers “an expert on all things Rome.” Parla talks about her Jersey roots and future plans in my story in the Winter 2017 issue of Edible Jersey, here.
Kingston’s Main Street Bakery Morphs into PJ’s Pancake House
Gretalia Hospital Group: Tino Procaccini, Zissis (“Z”) Pappas, John Procaccini
All the Main Street properties – this bakery/cafe, the bistro in the Princeton Shopping Center, the commissary in Rocky Hill – were bought out late in 2015 by the folks behind Agricola in Princeton. But since then, this modest bakery/cafe that had anchored the tiny hamlet of Kingston since 1984 changed hands again. In March, it will reopen – newly refurbished and expanded – as a PJ’s Pancake House, the third (but not last) iteration of the iconic Nassau Street eatery. Get the scoop on this and the growing stable of eateries from the Gretalia Hospitality Group via my feature story here, in the February issue of the Princeton Echo.
February’s ‘Food for Thought’ Column
- Downtown Trenton finally gets a great breakfast spot (and lunch, too). Hot beignets and coffee with chicory are just two of the New Orleans-style offerings from chef/owner Bert Dumas of Studio B Bakery & Bistro across from the Sun Center.
- Just in time for Valentine’s Day: 2 romantic restaurant tales from the staffs at Princeton area restaurants.
- A passel of new and forthcoming restaurants in and around Central NJ.
Before I get to the restaurant stuff, I want to let you know you’ll be getting a second posting from me today. On Monday I composed and thought I had published a post on what restaurants are doing to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. Somehow I forgot to press the “publish” button. I’m blaming that on Sandy. Although I was one of the lucky ones – only 3 days without power, no damage – I have noticed that I’m not multitasking as efficiently as usual. Have you noticed the same?
US 1 Fall Dining
Despite the soft economy, some veteran restaurateurs in Central NJ are adding sibling restaurants to their existing stable. Read my profile of them and their new and forthcoming restaurants in the 2012 Fall Dining Issue of US 1.
Among the restaurants: A second Osteria Procaccini, a second PJ’s Pancake House, North End Bistro, Masa Sushi, and Centro Grille. That last, btw, is from the current owner of Acacia in Lawrenceville.
Just: A Fine Dining Restaurant on Route 9 in Old Bridge
Read my review of this ambitious undertaking on an unlikely stretch of that roadway, from the November issue of New Jersey Monthly.
Elements Collaborative Dinner Thursday, November 15
An interesting lineup of NJ chefs is cooking up a collaborative feast for a good cause at Scott Anderson’s elements in Princeton. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Taking on one course each are David Felton of 90 Acres, Josh Thomsen of the highly anticipated Agricola, Gabby Carbone of the Bent Spoon, Will Mooney of the Brothers Moon, and Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6pm. For information and reservations click here.
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