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A STRAWBERRY KISS FOR YOUR VALENTINE

020916taste3A Strawberry Kiss, by Taste manager/bartender Meagan Davis. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re out to make an impression on a certain someone. A romantic cocktail is a good start, but first you have to figure out what that moving spirit is.

An experienced bartender and now manager at Taste, in the Galleria Red Bank, Meagan Davis has a few ideas about what might set hearts fluttering.

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GET READY FOR A SMOOCHFEST

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Remember those great old Valentines that used to run each year in the classified sections of newspapers? Getting one was a thrill. But just sitting and reading them was a delight, too — a window on the ways people saw their relationships, and a great showcase of love, lust, affection, pathos and laugh-out-loud humor.

On February 14, redbankgreen will launch its first-ever Valentine’s page, which we’re calling Smooch. It’s a place where lovers, swooners and others aglow with amore can send their beloved a special message while proclaiming their love to the world.

But unlike the Valentine’s messages newspapers used to print, this one’s both mess-free and interactive, and comes with nice prizes.

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WELCOME TO SMOOCH!


SMOOCH_415x300_SOCIALWelcome to Smooch, redbankgreen‘s first-ever interactive Valentine’s page!

Smooch is where lovers, swooners and others aglow with affection can send their beloved a special message for publication on this page on Valentine’s Day.

But unlike the Valentine’s messages newspapers used to print, this one’s interactive, and comes with prizes.

That’s right. It’s interactive: if the object of your affection claims your Smooch by matching his or her email address with one you’ve submitted at the time of your Smooch purchase, you’ll BOTH be entered into drawings for $200 worth of dining and shopping in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter! (See complete rules below).

But even without that, a Smooch is fun way to proclaim you love, in your own words — whether your mood is tender, funny or sexy or all three at once.

So, are you ready to give somebody a great big Smooch? Scroll down and order one in seconds!

JUST PUT YOUR LIPS TOGETHER, AND… TYPE

Travis 012616 2Bob and Lisa Travis of Little Silver share a recent smooch at Jamian’s. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

Smooches come in two sizes/orientations:

Sample horizontal in-story

The Horizontal Smooch will be published right here in this column on Valentine’s Day, with a way for your intended recipient to claim it, instantly. And it costs just $10.

Want one? Just fill in the message box below (you’ll have 200 characters to wax poetic), and then enter your beloved’s email address. That second step is optional, but participating give you BOTH a shot at $200 worth of shopping and dining in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter.

Then, click “Add to Cart,” which takes you to a page where you can pay for your Smooch with a credit card or via PayPal.


Smooch message (200 char. max)
Your beloved’s email


Sample squarish in-story

The Squarish one goes for a mere $15. It’ll appear in the far right column on Valentine’s Day, with a way for your intended recipient to claim it, instantly.

Want one? Just fill in the message box below (you’ll have 200 characters to wax poetic), and then enter your beloved’s email address. That second step is optional, but participating give you BOTH a shot at $200 worth of shopping and dining in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter.

Then, click “Add to Cart,” which takes you to a page where you can pay for your Smooch with a credit card or via PayPal.


Smooch message (200 char. max)
Your beloved’s email


ON THE GREEN: EAT YOUR HEART OUT, LOVER

021015 carlos bakery heartCarrie Zensinger shows off one of the several heart-shaped cakes available at Carlo’s Bakery in Red Bank, above. ArtSea Gallery in Sea Bright carries chocolate Kewpie dolls, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

020715 artsea chocolate cupidWith the approach of Valentines Day, the heart swells – especially for those foodies who like their treats in the shape of a heart.

And there are plenty to set culinary hearts a-flutter, as PieHole discovered earlier this week on a tour of the Greater Red Bank Green in search of heart-shaped foods and desserts.

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