Sunday, May 20, 2012
Need a good sandwich? You can't go wrong at these places.
From traditional Italian cold cuts to kosher specialties and everything inbetween - there are a hots of good delis here in Essex County. With summer arriving, you told us what Belleville delis you count on for the tastiest breads, meats and homemade salads. In Belleville, Frank's Deli at 313 Union Ave. was your top choice. The Frank's Deli staff offers a wide variety of foods, including deli meats, bagels and donuts. It also sells prepackaged snacks like chips and pretzels, as well as sells beer and soft drinks and catering is available. The A & S Italian Pork Store of Nutley at 200 Franklin Ave. was your top in Nutley selection. Operating since 1990, A & S has a staff that offers a complete line of Italian food and specialties, offering a…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
What's a great place to get sandwiches where you live?
Perhaps it's the fresh bread, savory meats and cheeses or homemade salads? Maybe it's the personality of the folks behind the counter. But everybody has a delicatessan that's special to them. I mean, it's New Jersey after all. Maybe you like to get pastrami on rye, mozzarella and prosciutto, or fresh turkey on a roll. But whatever you order, you keep going back there for a reason. This week, share with us the name of your favorite deli. And, if you like, tell us why you like it in the comments section. We'll publish the results on Friday. And, in the meantime, bon appetit!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
From concert venues to sporting events, Patch readers know how to have a good time without leaving the area.
Who needs to spend a lot of time and money going on a cruise or a trip far away?According to Patch readers, there are lots of great places to "staycation" right here at home. From parks, to restaurants, to concert venues and sporting events, you know how to have a good time without depleting your wallet and your vacation week. Here's where you said you like to spend your leisure time: For Bloomfield readers, FLIC Spa was the stayaction spot of choice. After all, what better place to “get away from it all” than a full-service spa that calls itself a “vacation without the flight” ? Flic Spa offers seven different types of massages and facials, several rejuvenating body treatments and three different “Couples Retreats” featuring …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
There are lots of great options for a fun and restful "Staycation" right here in Essex County. Where would you go if you need a break but don't want to go far?
Sure, going on vacation is fun. But it's also expensive and involves a lot of driving, waiting at airports, sand in your clothes and paying for restaurant meals. Sometimes, it's far more relaxing just taking some time off close to home. The term "staycation" has become popular in recent years as people realize they still have fun, explore and "recharge their battery" near home. With a little imagination and flexibility, you can have a lot of fun, save money and time and still get home in time to watch the next episode of "Game of Thrones"! Maybe your idea of a great "staycation" is a spa day, followed by a good meal and a night out to hear some music. For families with younger children, a staycation may include a day trip to the zoo or …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Where is your favorite Mother's Day brunch location? Tell us this week!
Who is more special than mom? As we get ready to celebrate Mother's Day this month, sons and daughters all over America are trying to find ways to make their moms feel valued and important. But what better way to show our love for mom than by taking her out to eat? After all, isn't it our mom who cooked night after night, year after year, taking care of everyone else? Now, it's time to take care of her. This week, Patch is taking a look at Mother's Day brunches all over Essex County, in the hopes of finding the perfect meal for our moms. We'd like to ask you - our readers - to let us know where you'll be taking your mom to eat this year. If we've forgotten to include your favorite bunch restaurant, be sure and let us know in the comment …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
There are lots of places around Essex County to go for the prettiest posies.
No one wants to miss the sweet-smelling flowers of spring, hanging planters, candles, colorful bouquets or elegant arrangements. And thanks to these local florists, you don't have to. After asking Patch readers this week where they love to get their flowers, they weighed in on a selection of wonderful shops throughout the county. Patch readers in the Caldwells and Verona-Cedar Grove overwhelmingly chose Caldwell Flowerland as the best florist. Conveniently located at 329 Bloomfield Ave. in Caldwell, the florist offers fresh cut and the dried and silk flowers needed to perk up tabletops and windowsills for any occasion. They offer a large selection and provide home delivery. Montclair Patch readers picked Clores Flowers at 590 Valley Road …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Readers say there are lots of places for delicious bagels around Essex County.
New Jersey readers have good appetites and sometimes they crave a perfect bagel - made fresh from the oven, with the soft inside and dense texture eaters have come to expect. There's no shortage of excellent bagel bakeries in our area. Here are a few you chose during this week's Readers Choice poll: Sonny's Bagels in South Orange is reader favorite, along with Bagel Chateau in Maplewood. Sonny's opens daily at 6 a.m. with freshly-made bagels at its location on South Orange Avenue. Bagel Chateau is a popular eatery on Maplewood Avenue and a good place to run into your neighbors. In West Orange, Poppy's Bagels on Mount Pleasant Avenue was far and away residents' favorite bagel shop in the surrounding area. During a busy morning rush, Jacob …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
New Jersey residents love their bagels with a passion. Where do you get your favorite bagels?
Some people think a bagel as just a plain old bread product in the shape of a circle and every bagel is the same. However, New Jersey residents know that is just not true. A staple food of the state, bagels can come in all different types, sizes and shapes. Some people like to have seeds on their bagel, such as sesame or poppy or the ever popular “everything bagel” which includes a mixture of it all. Some people like their bagels to be sweet with chocolate chips or raisons or even blueberries. Some like their bagels with a kick and buy the types with onions or garlic; a few places even make them with jalapenos. Then there are the old classics such as pumpernickel and egg bagels. Then there is the size and density of the bagel. Some…
Saturday, April 14, 2012
There's no shortage of places to buy sports gear in Essex County.
With spring comes spring sports season and Essex County's Patch readers have weighed in on their favorite places to buy their gear. There's no shortage of stores where an athlete can buy baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, soccer balls, football jerseys, tennis rackets and swimsuits. Here are a few of your favorites: Stay tuned for next week's Readers Choice when we will ask you to weigh in on a New Jersey staple - your favorite bagel.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Readers choose favorite tax preparers just in time for April 15 deadline.
After a week of voting, Patch readers have recommended their favorite accountants and tax preparers - something good to know with the April 15 tax deadline a little more than a week away. Here are your recommendations: Stay tuned for next week's poll when readers will weigh in on their favorite places to buy sporting goods.