Restaurant Review: Costanera

(Published on Baristanet Sep. 17, 2010)

In the expansive and romantically lit interior of Montclair, NJ’s relatively new Peruvian restaurant, Costanera, and awash with its intoxicating scents, sights and sounds, it’s easy to be transported to Lima, or Quito, or another busy Latin city.

The restaurant, whose earth-tone walls were studded with slices of log on the one side, and wood cutouts of animal and large insects on the other, was a hive of activity at 7:00pm on a recent Saturday evening, and almost packed to capacity when I visited it with my husband and two young sons.



September 18, 2010. American, Latin, Restaurants, Reviews, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Rosh Hashana 5771: And Cake Makes the New Year Sweet

It was 12 years ago that my husband and I were at a party and we spied a friend’s incredibly cute curly-mopped 3-year-old hogging the buffet table and stuffing his fat cheeks with honey cake.

“I want one of those!” I declared to the hubby fresh off the chuppah.

“What, a baby?” he asked, brows raised.


September 8, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish, Kids, Rosh Hashana, Stories. 4 comments.