RED BANK: A COOL COTTON KARMA CARRIER

goodkarma_toteTote you veggies home from the Farmers’ Market in this cotton bag. (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 8th in the series.

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Here’s a little something for the eaters on your list who want to show their support for Red Bank’s vegan mecca, Good Karma Café, on East Front Street.

These all-cotton tote bags (which have a pair of long handles not visible in the photo) go for $6, and could be handy when carrying home your Farmer’s Market finds.

PIEHOLE: A CHRISTMAS FEAST

tiki sunsetThere’s a whiff of the sea to go with your evening cocktail at the newly opened Tiki Bar at Driftwood in Sea Bright.  (Click to enlarge)

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PieHole sat down with some Italian moms to learn what you need to know to buy, roast and eat chestnuts.

• When it comes to the main ingredient of a Philly cheese steak, Silvio Fabbri of Umberto’s in Fair Haven has no patience for “cheap ****.”

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? PHILLY IN PHAIR HAVEN

umberto's 121313Umberto’s Phlly cheese steak sandwich with onions. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumWhen it comes to cheese steak, it’s often best not to look too closely or ask too many questions. Rubberband sandwich? Say no more.

Silvio Fabbri has no patience for it.

“It starts with good steak,” says the owner of Umberto’s Pizzeria, on River Road in Fair Haven. “You can’t buy cheap ****.”

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RED BANK: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

cheese_caveCheese Cave owner Steve Catania at work. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 7th in the series.

The Cheese of the Month Club from Red Bank’s Cheese Cave costs $45 a month and comes in three-, six- or 12-month subscriptions. Each month, subscribers receive a selection of three different cheeses (approx. 1.5 pounds of cheese per month) along with a fact sheet about the cheeses and an accompaniment such as a jar of Brooklyn Jam Stand’s peach and sriracha jam or Castleton Crackers, artisanal crackers from Vermont.

RED BANK: A NOT-TOO-ECCENTRIC CAB

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PIEHOLE-GIFT_MEDPieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. So for the food lovers on your gift lis,t we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 5th in the series.

Wine preferences are notoriously subjective and personal. It can be difficult to give someone a really nice wine if you don’t know much about the drinker’s preferences.

The Wine Cellar on Monmouth Street in Red Bank carries Duckhorn Cabernet from California. PieHole‘s opinion is that this wine has a bit of the personality and complexity you’d expect in a pricier red without being too eccentric. A very tasty safe bet if you’re looking to gift a bottle of wine. $66.99.

RED BANK: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 4th in the series.

Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe on White Street makes its own chocolate. While a box of homemade chocolates might make a good gift, this dipped bottle caught our eye.

“Our chocolate-dipped wine or champagne bottle makes a great host gift,” says Jackie Cherko. “When you open it up, the chocolate breaks around the bottle and makes a great centerpiece. ”

Bring in your own bottle. It costs $23.95 to have it dipped.

RED BANK: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 4th in the series.

Back in the day, when it was on Monmouth Street in Red Bank, Readie’s was a German butcher. Though it’s now a deli on Broad Street, the shop still has some old-time customers who like the German flavorings, and these German cocoa biscuits remain popular, says owner Tom Fishkin. And they fit in well with his gift-basket business. $3.50.

RED BANK: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 3rd in the series.

Zaitooni Deli on Mechanic Street in Red Bank has a rackful of Middle Eastern foods, including pistachio halawa (or halva, as the Israelis call it). It’s a sweet treat mixture of tahini and pistachio that Zaitooni owner Jamil Hage says he eats right out of the container with a spoon. $5.75

FAIR HAVEN: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 2nd in the series.

For the coffee AND diner lover in your life, ten bucks will get you a 12-ounce bag of fresh-ground “Jersey Diner” coffee at Booskerdoo on River Road in Fair Haven. “It’s a blend of Colombian and Brazilian beans that are typical of American diners,” says the company’s Mike Teti. “It’s like the classic coffee taste.”

PIEHOLE: SOPPRESSATA, CHOWDER & BRISKET

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

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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: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 1st in the series.

We stumbled upon this dynamite stocking-stuffer at the olive oil purveyor, Carter & Cavero on Monmouth Street. It’s a hot and spicy Calabrese vegetable spread that you could also use as a marinade. $9.95

SHREWSBURY: SLOW FOOD FOR WINTER

 casey pesce d'jeetCasey Pesce, in the d’jeet? kitchen, tells PieHole that winter is a time to slow things down a bit. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PieHole reveres the home cook. We know that the most important food is the food you eat everyday, not the occasional expensive plate of vertical food approved by a Michelin Guide.

And so it goes with home cooking in December that we sit here and look at our barren garden, the summer’s herbs buried under a blanket of white, and try to conjure an answer to that daily question: “What’s good to eat?”

PieHole checked in at d’jeet? in Shrewsbury’s Grove shopping center to see if with chef/owner Casey Pesce had any inspiration to offer home cooks around the Green.

“That’s what I love,” says Pesce. “I love eating something that someone has made at home.”

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RED BANK: MEAT AND TATERS IN THE LARDER

crockpotIt’s crockpot season, and the PieHole Larder spotted a meat-and-potatoes deal for this week.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

With holiday shopping and decorating for Christmas eating into PieHole‘s precious cooking time, we’re ready for some easy crockpot meals.

This week’s PieHole Larder – yes, this is the first you’re hearing about our new feature about unbeatable food bargains – brings you a pair of specials that go together like meat and potatoes.

Because, well, they are meat and potatoes.

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RED BANK: A DICEY CHAT ABOUT CHOWDA

chowda house 040513PieHole visits Red Bank’s Chowda House to get the chef’s take on New England versus Manhattan. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoHow’s this for warming a cold, grey December day? Today, redbankgreen‘s PieHole food page tucks into two chowders at Red Bank’s eight-month-old chowderhouse, conveniently named the Chowda House.

We chat with chef Glenn Kovacs about what’s behind a decent made-from-scratch chowder, and ask the obvious question: red or white?

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: CINNAMON SNAIL PLAN SQUASHED

cinnamon snail 2 051213Red Bank has seen the last of the Cinnamon Snail, at least until next year’s Farmers’ Market at the Galleria, says mobile chef Adam Sobel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Plans for a mobile food truck to set up in downtown Red Bank on Sundays through December have fallen apart as quickly as they came together.

Vegan chef and Cinnamon Snail owner Adam Sobel tells redbankgreen‘s PieHole that town officials threw up bureaucratic requirements Friday that would be impossible to satisfy in time for the truck to operate in the Monmouth Street parking lot of Teak restaurant, as planned.

An unidentified borough employee told a Snail employee that the truck would need a peddler’s permit, the type of license issued to roving ice-cream trucks, Sobel said Saturday afternoon.

“It seems bizarre that we would have to do that just to operate on a different piece of property,” Sobel said. “It’s silliness.”

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PIEHOLE: LEMONS, TUNA, SPICE AND WHISKEY

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Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson is returning to its speakeasy roots, so to speak… easy.

• Howard Bernstein’s Spice & Tea Exchange expects to open in Red Bank late next week. Meantime, he’s sharing slightly-used lemons with the Cheese Cave next door.

• What’s For Lunch? How about a tuna sub from Elsie’s in Red Bank?

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: LET THERE BE TRUCK FOOD!

cin-snail1The vegan magnet Cinnamon Snail will have a temporary home beside Teak, thanks to a little help from PieHole. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PIEHOLE logoAs the final Sunday of this year’s Red Bank Farmers’ Market wrapped up in November, Cinnamon Snail food truck entreprenuer Adam Sobel was confident  he’d be able to continue serving his vegan truck food to loyal followers, telling PieHole that he’d remain at the Galleria parking lot every Sunday through the month of December.

But earlier this week, Sobel put out this urgent message on Twitter:

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Now, thanks to the intervention of PieHole, the Snail appears to have found a temporary Sunday home – in downtown Red Bank, a place not seen as friendly to four-wheeled purveyors of fine cuisine.

Is this the breakthrough truck food fans on the Green have been yearning for?

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FROM MEXICO TO DENMARK, VIA PIEHOLE

la esquina1Red Banker Brian McCourt gets it city style at La Esquina. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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• At Red Bank’s La Esquina, the tacos, tamales, tortas and more aren’t just Mexican – they’re Mexico City-style Mexican. Elias Ayala, who owns the shop at the corner of Bridge and Oakland with his father, explains the difference.

• The owners of Red Bank’s Danish Café, always striving to introduce denizens of the Green to the culture of Denmark, host a Danish Breakfast with Santa this Saturday for kids who like a bit of chocolate and some ho-ho-hos with their morning meal.

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.

 

MIDDLETOWN: THE BEST DEAL ON NUTS

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By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWe’re not sure how sitting around cracking nuts got its start as a holiday tradition, but PieHole can say with a certain amount of first-hand knowledge that nothing helps you ease back into a nice, easy pace with your holiday cocktail like a bowl of nuts.

A bowl of peanuts may be OK with your pilsner, but when you start throwing rye or bourbon and some bitters into the mix, PieHole suggest a large bowl of nuts, heavy on the pecans and walnuts.

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RED BANK: RICE & BEANS, ITALIAN & TURKEY

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To get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green will be celebrating Thanksgiving, PieHole checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists. In this, the fifth and final in the series, we pop in on three barbers.

Art’s Barbershop, Monmouth Street.

Jim Murphy, Monmouth Beach: Go over my mother in law’s, and she just cooks like a madwoman. Three different kinds of meats for about 15 to 20 people. She’ll make a ham, turkey and lamb. And she’ll make meatballs, too.

Barber, Rick Memmola: Going to a friend’s house in Long Branch, and we’ll probably have pasta or a lasagna. I’m not a big fan of turkey. I just plan on eating a lot.

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RUMSON: MARKET OUT (AGAIN), CUPCAKES IN

cups and cakes (3)Denise Kelleher, owner of Cups and Cakes. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoTime for a little Rumson Churn, as the latest iteration of Rumson Market packs it in – killed by taxes, the owner says – and Cups and Cakes prepares to move in from just a few doors away, broadening its menu.

Read all about the East River Road shuffle today in PieHole, redbankgreen‘s buttery-good food page.

RUMSON: CUPS AND CAKES GOES UPMARKET

cups and cakes (1)Breakfast, homemade baked goods and a juice bar will fill the space vacated by Rumson Market when Cups and Cakes moves in from its current location two doors down. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

After three years on East River Road in Rumson, Denise Kelleher is ready to expand her bakery, Cups and Cakes.

She plans to take over the space two doors down left vacant when Rumson Market abruptly closed its doors in September.

Bad news for the market, but the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Kelleher.

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RED BANK: MOM CAN’T “COOK LITTLE”

thanksgiving barber 1Rocky’s Barbershop. Barber: Michelle Rago. Chair: Anonymous (she played hooky). (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

morsels smallTo get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, PieHole checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists. Here’s number four in the series.

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RED BANK: WORKING, GIVING, GIVING THANKS

thanksgiving barber 5Dequanne Gibson waits for an open chair at Rigo’s Barbershop on Shrewsbury Ave. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels smallTo get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, PieHole checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists. Here’s number three in the series.

Rigo’s Barbershop, Shrewsbury Ave.

Dequanne Gibson, Red Bank. “I’m working on Thanksgiving, but when I’m done, I’ll go home and eat with my family. We eat turkey. My mom’s a pretty good cook. We’ll have turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing – a lot of stuffing. We’ll have apple pie for dessert and some ice cream.”

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