Turkish Delights at the Four Seasons Kebab House

(Published on Baristanet Dec. 20, 2010)

If there’s one thing Valley Road had lacked, it was a family restaurant serving wholesome, ethnic food, with lashings of warmth and hospitality.

Enter Four Seasons, the Kebab House, on Valley Road in Montclair, NJ.

Owner Ozturk Eren, 44, is very particular. From the way he is adamant Turkish tea should be drunk – straight up without milk or sugar, to his insistence, for consistency’s sake, on personally preparing all the safely guarded family recipe-based sauces served at Four Seasons, he knows exactly what he wants.

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December 22, 2010. Tags: , . Musings, Restaurants, Turkish. 3 comments.

Why WW’s New Plan May Kick Atkins’ Derriere

Weight Watchers’ new PointsPlus plan is one I reckon that will wipe the floor with the oversized clothing of its competitors.

The dieting regime, which was embraced with fervor by Americans and the world in 1997, awards points to different sorts of food, with each dieter having to stick to a certain number each day in order to lose, or maintain, weight.

Three days ago, I signed up for WW’s new plan online, after a four-month stint on steroids for an inexplicable allergy sapped me of energy and left me looking like the GoodYear blimp. (more…)

December 8, 2010. Tags: , , . American, Asian, Health, Nutrition, Stories. 7 comments.

Spicy or Sweet, it’s Time for Latkes

Every year, my kids ask, “What do latkes have to do with Hanukkah?” And every year,  I relate the story of the Miracle of the Oil in the Temple.

But faced with the eating of latkes and donuts all week, they forget the Miracle all over again. (more…)

December 1, 2010. Tags: , , , . Cultural Feasts, Festive, Hanukkah, Jewish. 1 comment.