SHREWSBURY: METROVATION BUSY HERE, TOO

Country curtains 031816 1Country Curtains opened last month after relocating to a new space across Broad Street from its former home in the Grove shopping center. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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There’s lots of Retail Churn activity to report concerning three Metrovation-owned properties in Shrewsbury.

The development firm, which built Red Bank’s 91-residence West Side Lofts apartment-and-stores project and is about to transform the long-vacant Anderson Building at the borough train station into a second Sickles Market store and office building — as reported Thursday by redbankgreen — has also been involved in a flurry of leasing deals one town over.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SOBA SALAD IN THE GROVE

010916d'jeet1A pretty, noodle-based salad from the jam-packed D’jeet in The Grove.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

010916d'jeet6The apres-holiday crowd at the Grove in Shrewsbury must have been putting their gift cards to use, because the parking lot was crazy-busy.

It’s nice to treat yourself to a relaxing, sit-down lunch every now and then, especially on the weekend. And apparently, many other people in the area had the same idea shortly after New Year’s, because D’jeet was packed with diners fueling up for an afternoon of serious shopping.

Our hostess handed us a buzzer and suggested we do a little shopping while we wait for the next available table.
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RECIPE: A “FAMOUS” THANKSGIVING SIDE

casey pesceChef Casey Pesce tells PieHole that his family celebrates Thanksgiving with a surprisingly throwback menu. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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When a top area chef’s restaurant menu features such sensational and creative combos as goat cheese fritters with apricot preserves and truffle honey and butternut squash pizza with Brussels sprouts, carmelized fennel and ricotta, you’d imagine that his Thanksgiving table would feature at least a few dishes that push the boundaries of traditional American turkey day fare.

But if we’re talking about Casey Pesce, the masterful culinary mind behind d’jeet in Shrewbury, you would be mistaken. Pesce celebrates with a Thanksgiving dinner right that could have come right out of a 1950’s Better Homes and Garden Cookbook.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: MUNCHING AT MUMFORD’S

mumfordsChicken bruschetta sandwich served on a croissant at Mumford’s Culinary Center.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumTucked away down a side street off of Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, Mumford’s Culinary Center is not a lunch destination that you would be likely to accidentally stumble across. But it’s absolutely worth seeking out.

As usual, the parking lot at lunchtime Thursday was jammed. We parked on a side street and strolled past the restaurant’s backyard garden beds, bulging with greens and veggie seedlings.

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PIEHOLE: BRINGING WARMTH TO A COLD WEEK

Gail Doherty from Good Karma Cafe in Red Bank Good Karma Cafe’s Gail Doherty transports PieHole readers to the south of France. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoredbankgreen’s PieHole is all about local food and drink. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet or followed us on Twitter, you may have missed some of these recent stories . . .

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    PIEHOLE: SNOW DAY MEANS HOT CHOCOLATE

    hot cocoa (1)PieHole tracks down a few hot chocolate recipes from chefs, bartenders and home cooks to help you weather the storm. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

    By JIM WILLIS

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    With plenty of bacon and booze on hand, PieHole headquarters is well-stocked to weather the coming snowstorm. Besides these survival staples, though, we also believe that nothing says “snow day” like hot chocolate.

    Some folks are fine with emptying the powdery contents of an envelope into a mug and adding hot water. Others prefer a long, slow melting of exotic chocolate with a touch of hot pepper.

    PieHole knows there’s no one right way to make hot chocolate. We surveyed some of our area’s finest chefs, bartenders and home cooks to come up with a few recipes for you to try when you’re holed up at home by a snowstorm. If you’ve got a recipe you’d like to share, please feel free to add it to the comments below.

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    PIEHOLE: SOPPRESSATA, CHOWDER & BRISKET

    chowda_house3PieHole ate (just) west of the tracks in Red Bank recently, tasting some tacos and chowder. 

    PIEHOLE logoredbankgreen’s PieHole is all about local food and drink. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet or followed us on Twitter, you may have missed some of these recent stories . . .

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    SHREWSBURY: D’JEET HARVESTS THE GROVE

    djeet 5Chef/owner of d’jeet Casey Pesce harvesting greens at the Grove. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

    By JIM WILLIS

    When Casey Pesce, chef/owner of d’jeet in the Grove was studying in Italy, he learned about the harmony that eating local brings to food.

    “The air you breathe, the water you drink – there’s a harmony with the local food,” he says. “If you drink a Chianti in Chianti, you’re getting everything– you’re breathing the air that the grapes were breathing, the climate. You have a harmony.”

    Pesce wants his customers to experience that same harmony when they dine on the kale and herbs that he serves from the gardens at the Grove.

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    LAPPING IT UP AT THE GROVE

    Molly, Dexter, Denali, Cappucino, Skippy and Harry were among the one-named attendees at Doggie Date Night at d’jeet? restaurant at the Grove shopping center in Shrewsbury Friday night.

    The occasion was a fundraiser for Project Animal Worldwide’s effort to save street dogs in Puerto Rico. redbankgreen was there to get the dog’s-eye view of the proceedings.

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    DONE GOOD: ALL THIS AND BROWNIE MOO

    brownie-mooOrphaned street dog (turned guest of honor) Brownie Moo joins Project Animal Worldwide in welcoming you to a Doggie Date Island Style night this Friday, at D’Jeet? in The Grove. (Photo by Kim Levin)

    Done2The attire ranges from black tie and tails to, well, tails — and admission ranges from a raising of the auction paddle, to simply raising your paw and volunteering. This week’s DONE GOOD roundup presents a typically eclectic smorgasbord of ways in which to help, and have a Done Good Time doing it.

    For Alan Fisher of A.H. Fisher Diamonds — a native Red Banker who’s “enjoyed watching the fireworks for over 50 years” — doing a decent for the community can mean plastering his Broad Street storefront with signage that decrees a Cash for Gold (and silver, platinum, diamonds) event, proceeds from which will be donated to the presentation of this year’s Kaboomfest Fireworks on the Navesink event. As Fisher points out, the three-day extravaganza (scheduled for July 1-3) utilizes no taxpayer money, and has relied upon ever more innovative fundraising vehicles in an era when event costs have skyrocketed in sync with the fest’s centerpiece display. Fisher’s cash-on-spot KaBoom KaChing runs from this Friday, June 10 through July 9 — just in time for the KaMittee to get busy planning next year’s skysplash.

    There’s more Done Good under the June moon, and it’s on view with the flip of a paperless page.

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