IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON PIEHOLE…

mustard 061214And when the Düsseldorf-style mustard’s gone? Well, a little beer might be nice. (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 . . .

• Looking for something different and light? Vietnamese summer rolls at Pho Le in Red Bank may hit the spot.

• Mustard in a mini beer stein? Jawohl!

• “Everything tastes better fried,” says the owner of Jamian’s in Red Bank. He’s serving a deep-fried cheesecake. Not kidding.

What’s for Lunch? A zesty tuna panini says “summer” at Undici.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TUNA PANINI IN RUMSON

undici 062614 3 The tuna panini, at Undici in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumHere’s a zesty lunch that conveys the bite of summer.

It’s  the “sette,” or number seven, on the panini menu at Undici (“eleven”) at 11 West River Road in Rumson.

A sturdily built yet somehow light combination, the sette layers Italian tuna in olive oil, fresh arugula, hot peppers and black olive tapenade, which are hot-pressed in house-made wood-oven pizza bread.

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RED BANK: MUSTARD IN A STEIN? JAWOHL!

mustard 061214Alstertor Düsseldorf Style Mustard comes in a 250-mililiter beer stein.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

morsels medium“Crisp clean and sharp taste, this smooth German mustard is a classic.”

So says the website of – we kid you not – the National Mustard Museum (“Home to the World’s Largest Collection of Mustards and Mustard Memorabilia”) in Middleton, Wisconsin, about Alstertor Düsseldorf Style Mustard.

We found this appealing little curio of a condiment in neither Wisconsin nor Düsseldorf, but atop the meat case at Monmouth Meats in Red Bank.

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ICYMI IT ON PIEHOLE…

A 2013 view from the kitchen at Locals Creative Fresh Takeout in Rumson. (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 . . .

• A tryptophan trip, perhaps? PieHole‘s turkey sandwich from Locals in Rumson triggered a flashback to middle school.

• Peruvian eatery Runa will open in Red Bank this summer, its owner writes in a blog post in which she admits she was “paralyzed by fear” over business issues.

• Our latest visit to the Fair Haven Community Garden finds it looking a bit like an airport runway.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? CLAM PIZZA, IN RED BANK

DSCN1865Puglia’s clam pie, called the Mulberry Street. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumBy SUSAN ERICSON

A town that has more than 20 pizza venues at any one moment has some serious competition.

In Red Bank, one goes out (Biagio’s) and another is on it’s way in (Patrizia’s). For restaurateurs, breaking the habits of diners who rarely step out of the box on on their usual Friday night order is a challenge.

Dining out, though, with pizza specifically in mind, well, there’s a chance for diners to try something different.

One of the new kids in town is Puglia. If this Bridge Avenue pizzeria, located in the former home of Red Bank Pizza, seems remotely reminiscent to another time and day, that might be due to the Little Italy vibe. The place pulls you in with its promise of good Italian food, and keeps you there with comfortable atmosphere and good service.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BURGERS IN SEA BRIGHT

sb beach burgers 040314Premonitions of summer at Beach Burgers and Grille in Sea Bright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Thursday’s warm weather and bright sunshine found PieHole putting the top down on our convertible and heading east to the beach.

We poked around Sea Bright, a  hive of reconstruction activity buzzing with backhoes and bulldozers.  Strolling a sunny Ocean Avenue, we noticed the breeze carrying the perfume of the ocean and the warming sand, and decided on lunch at Beach Burgers and Grille, one of a handful of new businesses that set up shop in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN RUMSON

atlantic bagel 022514 2The Metropolitan, with a side of red potato salad, at Atlantic Bagel in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumHonestly, this kind of blew us away.

It’s called the Metropolitan, and it’s hefty sandwich of maple honey ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato and roasted peppers with your choice of dressing – we had the Russian – on a bagel.

Tasted great. All the ingredients obviously fresh. But what knocked us out was the price: $5.20. And it comes with a huge side of potato salad.

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PIEHOLE: CHEESE SCHOOL IS NOW IN SESSION

Caitlin O’NeillReady for cheese school? Read all about it in PieHole. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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PIEHOLE: VALENTINE’S TIPS, DISH AND PHO

cocktailPieHole checks in with area bartenders for some Valentine’s Day cocktail suggestions. (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 . . .

• Ladies, if your date starts looking for cheap beer and Redheaded Sluts, that’s a bit of a red flag. Bartenders from Jamian’s, David Burke Fromagerie and Murphy’s Tavern share dating insights and favorite Valentine’s Day cocktails.

• We note the positive flu-recovery benefits of a diet high in pho, from Red Bank’s Phol Le.

PieHole caught up with Dish chef Anthony Ferrando to talk about his short ribs and his favorite pizza place in town.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN RED BANK

rb diner 013014Grilled chicken wrap with curly fries, at the Red Bank Diner. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumThe seasoning on the grilled chicken in the grilled chicken wrap sandwich at the Red Bank Diner? It’s a secret.

And the dressing? Also a secret, teases owner Loui Kanellos, before allowing that it’s just a simple house concoction.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN LITTLE SILVER

felicia's 012314 2The Little Silver Panino, at Felicia’s & Sam’s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumThe name “Felicia’s and Sam’s” may not shout “Italian,” but restaurants on the Green don’t get much more Italian than this cozy place in Little Silver.

Tucked away behind the CVS drugstore in the Markham Place strip mall, the place is owned by husband-and-wife Felicia and Sam Zaffiro, who emigrated to the United States separately from the same tiny town near the toe of the Italian boot, Vallefiorita.

And while the location and decor say “American luncheonette,” the menu is infused with the benefits of a culture “where every mother makes sure her daughter knows how to cook,” Felicia tells PieHole.

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PIEHOLE: WHAT’S ON YOUR SUPER BOWL MENU?

Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-join-Bruno-Mars-at-Super-Bowl-XLVIII-650x406PieHole wants to hear what kind of Super Bowl menu our readers can put together featuring surf, turf and a side of chili peppers.

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumFor some of us East Coast football fans, the most exciting bit of this weekend’s Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver will be the halftime pairing of Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

But with Washington’s famed salmon and oysters and Colorado’s beef and lamb, a Super Bowl menu pairing of surf and turf could make for yet another interesting matchup.

Moreover, you’ve got Washington State’s great wines to go up against Colorado’s long beer brewing history.

Combine the offerings from these two states with New Jersey’s hosting of the game – which, of course, gives you license to put pork roll on whatever you make – and you’ve got the makings for a historic Super Bowl menu here.

What about you PieHole readers: What will you be serving up for this Sunday’s game?

 

 

 

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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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN SEA BRIGHT

sb pizza 1 011014Chicken roll with dipping sauce, at Sea Bright Pizza. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumAn Italian chicken roll? What’s that?

“If you go to Italy and ask for an Italian roll, they’ll look at you like you have three heads,” says Sea Bright Pizza owner Cono Trezza.”It doesn’t exist. It’s like ‘chicken parm.'”

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RUMSON: GET YOUR GATSBY ON

murphys_redesignHeather Vena and Robb McMahon of Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson have wrapped up a marathon week of renovations and updates to the bar. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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The first thing you notice about the freshened-upped Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson is the new sign that hangs outside the bar. Right out front it reads, proudly, “Since Prohibition,” a nod back to the basement bar’s past as a neighborhood speakeasy.

With the help of some family and friends, owners Robb McMahon and Heather Vena spent the past week putting a Prohibition-era refresh on the bar they took over nine years ago.

“We were tired of looking at the same four wall,s and finally put our own thumbprint on the place,” says Vena.

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PIEHOLE: TWO OPENINGS, A RETURN & A MOVE

RB san remo 011514 1Long the home of the Little Kraut, the building at the corner of Bridge Avenue and Oakland Street in Red Bank now hosts a two-story version of the relocated San Remo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

redbankgreen‘s PieHole is all about local food and drink. Of course, you’re probably hip enough to have already “likedPieHole on Facebook. Still, you’re only getting an amuse-bouche portion of local food and drink news if you rely on Facebook alone for your fix. So if you didn’t have time to fire up PieHole in your browser every day this week, you may have missed these recent stories:

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TURKEY SUB IN LINCROFT

joyce's turkey sub 011514The turkey sub with hot peppers at joyce’s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumJoining a stream of paint-spattered tradesmen, women in businesswear, hungry young guys from Christian Brothers Academy and others streaming into Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, PieHole expected good, cheap What’s For Lunch eats.

Located in a characterless but busy strip mall on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, the 40-something-year-old shop is a mainstay among neighbors that include Pat’s Market and a Dunkin’ Donuts.

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RED BANK: WHO’S MAKING YOUR NEXT SUB?

subs5Now open in Red Bank’s City Centre Plaza: Jersey Mike’s. Yeah, a chain. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

Does Red Bank need another sub shop?

The folks at the Jersey Mike’s chain clearly think so. They opened a store in City Centre Plaza on Water Street Wednesday, adding to an already deep bench of sub shops in town.

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FAIR HAVEN: FOOD MARKET TO REOPEN FRIDAY

balderose (2)A “Now Hiring” sign appears in the window of Balderose Fine Foods in the run up to its reopening this week. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumAfter a bizarrely short first go, Balderose Fine Foods in Fair Haven is set to reopen this Friday, says chef and owner Tony Balderose.

PieHole saw the lights on early Monday morning, we popped in to find the Grateful Dead playing on the radio and Balderose getting the coffee equipment ready for the reopening.

The business had only been open three months last August when Balderose, of Shrewsbury, closed its doors indefintely because he was at odds with his business partners.

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IN PIEHOLE: CREPES AND PIZZA

puglia (1)Michael Mancuso of Puglia, where he’s the saucemeister working alongside his father, Ben. (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 . . .

• Red Bank’s Whipped Bites is bolstering its menu of crepes to include lunch and dinner offerings.

• There’s a new restaurant called Puglia at the long-vacant former home of Red Bank Pizza, one with roots in Manhattan and a Sandy story.

Follow the links to the stories, and check out PieHole’s Facebook page or follow its Twitter feed @RedBankPieHole for up-to-the-minute postings.

 

 

RED BANK: SOOOO EXCITED FOR THE BREAD

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East Siders Christina Dostie and Jenny Rossano made the snowy trek into downtown Red Bank this morning for the debut of Antoinette Boulangerie, the new bakery on Monmouth Street. The pair toted home bags of flaky carbs to get them through the snow day.

“We’re exited for the bread and croissants and a place to stop on the walk home from school,” says Rossano. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

Check out PieHole’s Facebook page for more opening day pictures.

PIEHOLE: CHAMPAGNE, CAVIAR & FRESH BREAD

boulangerie15Sisters Zeynep Ozdemir (left) and Ayca User (center) with executive pastry chef Gina Roselle-Broschart in the Antoinette Boulangerie kitchen. (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 . . .

• Middletown’s Restaurant Nicholas owner/chef Nicholas Harary weighs in on Champagne and prosecco.

• If your New Year’s Eve parties aren’t memorable, perhaps it’s time for you to bring in some caviar. We get some guidance from Sickles Market in Little Silver.

• And if you’re like the rest of us and you’ve been dying for some fresh-baked bread, the wait is over, with the opening of Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street.

Follow the links to the stories, and check out PieHole’s Facebook page or follow its Twitter feed @RedBankPieHole for up-to-the-minute postings.

 

 

LITTLE SILVER: FROM FRANCE, STUFFED PRUNES

prunesSickles Market stocks these French prunes only during the holidays.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 11th in the series.

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Hailing from the south west of France, these are not your everyday prunes.

Similar to a regional wine, the d’Agen plum receives a geographic designation. Following a centuries-old process, these prunes are stuffed with a whipped, sweet filling and go great with a duck pâté or foie gras or as a sweet accompaniment with coffee.

Pruneaux d’Agen Fourrés go for $28.99 for a large tin at Sickles Market in Little Silver.

RED BANK: TASTING ROOM’S WINE HARDWARE

tastingroomA gift box of wine hardware, including an in-bottle decanter and a preserver vacuum, from The Tasting Room in Red Bank. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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Decanting wine ostensibly serves two purposes: it keeps any sediment that may have developed in the wine bottle during aging from ending up in your glass, and it aerates the wine, letting it breathe a bit.

For $49.95, the Soiree Signature Series kit from Faustini Winery’s Tasting Room in Red Bank has an in-bottle decanter that you can bring along with you when heading out on the town to your favorite BYOB restaurant.

It fits in the neck of the bottle and decants as it pours. Handy. The kit also has a few other wine-related goodies, such as a preserver vacuum and a drying rack for the decanter.

RED BANK: EXOTIC SPICE STOCKING STUFFER

tea_and_spiceOne of Red Bank’s newest stores is the source of today’s gift idea. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 9th in the series.

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The perfect stocking stuffer for the friend who fries his or her own falafel or aspires to make authentic-tasting Middle Eastern food at home, Zahtar is a must-have spice blend.

PieHole likes to use a pinch or two when mixing up an olive oil and lemon juice salad dressing. A one-ounce pack goes for $4.39 for at Red Bank’s newly-opened Spice & Tea Exchange, on Monmouth Street.