Jessica’s Café Comes to Plainfield

Open:   —Ermelin Saqe, formerly of Restaurant Lorena’s in Maplewood, is a little over a month into the opening of Jessica’s Café & Wood Fired Pizza in Plainfield. The restaurant space itself is casually elegant, efficient and everyday with lots of sunshine, all of it anchored by the massive wood-burning oven in the corner. Saqe’s…
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Airbnb Superhosts Share Their Jersey Homes and Stories

Sitting at their kitchen table in 2013, shortly after building their 4,500-square-foot dream home in Lambertville, Keith and Kim Black realized they had arrived at a crossroads. He had just sold his wine shop in Weehawken. She had just been laid off her job as the vice president of design at Coach in New York…
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6 Outdoor Accessories Hotter Than July

1. PUT YOUR FEET UP The Sunlounger sofa offers comfy support for all-day napping with a slatted design and cushioned topper; $5,568 at rochebobois.com. 2. SECURITY BLANKET Make this plush towel home base for relaxing on the sand, or wrap it around as a stylish cover-up; $185 at Gypsy Lane in Stone Harbor (609-796-5266). 3. DISH…
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Checking Out the Newly Renovated Pier House in Cape May

Once the “Coming Soon” sign went up in front of the Pier House in Cape May, I drove by daily, looking for signs of life. Always one of my top dining spots, the popular Mediterranean restaurant closed in late 2016 for a total renovation. It reopened last month, and has quickly reclaimed its standing as…
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The Jersey Shore’s Newest Hotels, Spas

Brand-new, high-end hotels are a rarity on the Jersey Shore, but this summer yields a bumper crop. Each of the three hotels that debuted in recent weeks—the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel in Asbury Park, the Wave Resort in Long Branch, and Hotel LBI in Ship Bottom—offers its own spin on modern luxury. Adding to the…

Marathoner Larry Grogin Goes The Distance For Unity

Larry Grogin sees a country divided. He’d like to help bring it together—on foot. Starting July 19, the Franklin Lakes resident plans to run 3,000 miles—from Paterson to Ventura, California—in hopes of inspiring unity among all those he encounters.  Grogin, 64, hopes to cover about 30 miles a day, a modest and flexible pace that will…

Mountain Creek Resort Hosts Dinner Series

Dinner Series at Mountain Creek ResortThursday, July 26, 7pm If you’ve never been to Mountain Creek outside of ski season, or just want something a little different out of a summer night, head to the resort’s Hawk’s Nest restaurant for their newly-launched dinner series. For $65, you’ll get five thoughtfully composed courses each paired with…
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Alyson Lupinetti Takes On the Male-Dominated World of Barbecue

Alyson Lupinetti is proving that “like father, like daughter” definitely applies to barbecue. Not only does the 27 year-old Mount Laurel pitmaster follow in her late father Butch’s footsteps all over the country, she wins awards like him, too. On the road for seasonal competitions with the Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ  team, Lupinetti already…
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Remembering Jim Bouton, Yankees Pitcher and Tell-All Author of “Ball Four”

Photo courtesy of Amazon [Editor’s note: Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, who was born in Newark and grew up in Rochelle Park and Ridgewood, died this week at the age of 80. Bouton, whose notorious tell-all memoir Ball Four, published in 1970, made him a baseball outcast, spoke with New Jersey Monthly correspondent Tom…
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When Dentistry is a Family Affair

Kevin Lehnes with his wife, Stephanie Rossy, and sister-in-law Danielle Rossy, left. Photo by Scott Jones ALL IN THE FAMILY Danielle & Stephanie Rossy, sistersPediatric Dentistry Kevin Lehnes, husband of StephanieOrthodontics OFFICES: Randolph and Newton (Kevin only) FAMILY FACTS: Danielle and Stephanie co-own Rossy Pediatric Dentistry, but they’re not the only ones with a sibling in…