2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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December 30, 2012. Tags: , , . Musings, Stories. Leave a comment.

Panic Shopping 101 for a Storm

As the U.S. Northeast gets used to a new normal (of being slammed by several massive storms in a row), it’s good to have an action plan as one heads to the grocery stores for the mandatory panic shopping.


November 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . American, Kitchen Snippets, Musings, Stories. 1 comment.

Anthony’s Cheesecake: A Year in Bloomfield

It’s been a year in Bloomfield, NJ for Anthony’s Cheesecake, whose repertoire has expanded to breakfast, brunch and lunch, alongside a mouthwatering array of baked goodies. You get all types when it comes to restaurateurs, but I like Anthony’s type best. Friendly and down-to-earth, and it’s nice that we both take food inspiration from our grandmothers. It also helps that he always remembers my (cake loving) son’s name and asks about him.

Here’s the story I wrote about Anthony’s Cheesecake when it opened last year.

I talked to him as the cafe celebrated its first anniversary recently, and here’s what he said: (more…)

October 18, 2011. Tags: , . American, Baked Goods, Restaurants, Reviews, Stories. Leave a comment.

Liveblog (sort of): Diva Babysits

It’s a work-at-home day. A friend had an important meeting in NYC today and her regular babysitters weren’t available. So, after attending our own oldest son’s graduation from elementary school, I offered to watch Rachael and Mark’s two young children for a few hours.

By few, I mean five six (but who’s counting). It’s been a while since this family’s had a youngest who’s just 3, so I thought it might be fun to liveblog (sort of) the occasion. (more…)

June 22, 2011. Tags: , . Kids, Stories. 4 comments.

Harrar, Ethiopian in South Orange

(Published on Baristanet June 21, 2011)

When the main component of your meal also serves as plate and spoon, it had better be tasty. And Harrar, an Ethiopian restaurant on the shop-and-restaurant-lined Village Plaza of South Orange, has its traditional sourdough flatbread, known as injera, down to a fine art.

The teff-based flatbread (teff is a high-fiber, high-iron, tiny grain harvested from an annual grass native to the northeast African highlands), is similar in texture but not ingredients to the Southern Indian dosa, a pancake which also goes through a fermentation process, and a labor-intensive grinding preceding it. (more…)

June 21, 2011. Tags: , . Ethiopian, Restaurants, Reviews, Stories. Leave a comment.

A Sweeter Tweeter (aka Cakebook)

(Published on Baristanet May 12, 2011)

Never underestimate the power of social media, even if you’re tweeting about cake.

Or the power of cake in general.

It was the savvy Twitter feed and Facebook posts of a young lady from Bloomfield that first alerted the tweet-sensitive antennas of Debbie Galant and me to the alluringly named Cake Seduction.

May 25, 2011. American, Food Stores, Stories. Leave a comment.

A Spring Birthday!

I like to think of my child-rearing method now as carrot and stick. As in carrot cake and carrot stick. I’m not averse to cake, as you can tell by my well-fed Baked Goods label. But I am averse to anti-cupcake Nazi-types, who only fuel my desire to cheer the pro-life (pro-cake) population by regular and prolific baking. (more…)

May 12, 2011. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cupcakes, Festive, Stories, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Mesiah’s Charoset-Inspired Toffee’s a Revelation

(Published on Baristanet April 15th, 2011)

What could be sweeter than having some charoset at your Seder table made by Mesiah? Not the Messiah, but Nicky Mesiah, Montclair’s own queen of the caramelized confections, who has come up with a charoset-inspired toffee.

I cornered Miss Nicky recently and persuaded her to divulge the secrets of the Delivery of the Enslaved Toffee-Fruit Confection (to your home). (more…)

April 15, 2011. Tags: , . American, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Easter, Festive, Jewish, Passover, Stories. Leave a comment.

Enter the Year of the Rabbit!

The Year of the Rabbit hops in today, Feb 3rd, with a 15-day party involving a feast of symbolic food, visits to relatives and friends and general merry making with age-old traditions such as lion and dragon dances. All around the world, folks of Chinese descent will celebrate (or not, as the case may be) in different ways, depending on which region in China they trace their lineage from. (more…)

February 3, 2011. Tags: , , , . Asian, Chinese, Stories, Stories. Asian. 2 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.

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