RED BANK: CINNAMON SNAIL ROLLS TO A STOP

cinnamon snail 061514 2The Cinnamon Snail has been a fixture at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market in recent years. Below, chef Adam Sobel in his mobile kitchen. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

adam-sobelThe Cinnamon Snail, the nationally lauded vegan food truck that calls Red Bank home and is a top draw at the town’s Farmers’ Market, is putting it in park later this month.

Chef Adam Sobel announced in a recent Facebook post that the mobile restaurant, featuring a robust menu “designed to shatter the misconceptions” about vegan cuisine, has failed in repeated efforts to renew its permit to sell on the streets of New York City, its primary location, after it expires on February 28.

As a result, Sobel wrote, the curbside operation will close down at the end of the month, though it could be resurrected as a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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SEA BRIGHT: A LOW-KEY SAYONARA TO SUMMER

sb bikers 090113Francois Bertrand Lemay, Ary Meziane, Martin Hetu and Maxime Boon get ready to roll out on the next leg of their ride from Montreal to Miami. Below, some beachgoers turned out despite the gray day. (Click to enlarge)

SB 2 090113Summer 2013’s unofficial end was a relatively quiet one in the beach community of Sea Bright, thanks to gray skies.

Thanks to a reader tip, redbankgreen got to meet a group of 25-year old Canadian bicyclists who had stopped to camp in town Saturday night en route  from Montreal to Miami, a distance of about 1,700 miles.

“It’s a random trip, we’re just going down south,”  Maxime Boon said Sunday morning, as the quartet readied to depart.

All four men expressed strong gratitude for the hospitality of Sea Brighters.

“It was one of the best nights of our trip,” said Francois Bertrand Lemay. He recounted how it started with a half a case of beer from man in town who had biked long-distance when he was younger.

“We’ll be back for sure,” said Martin Hetu. “Keep on living the life, the dream life by the beach.”

Other random views of the day are after the jump…
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