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from the editor-in-chief If there is one person on this planet I can’t seem to get enough of, it’s Angela Raiola...aka Big Ang. This largerthan-life Mob Wife matriarch has morphed into an icon of all sorts. Known for her raspy voice, her extreme inyour-face honesty, large lips and even larger breasts, this reality TV super-star has won the hearts of millions around the globe. So when I heard Ang was opening yet another Drunken Monkey in Brooklyn (the original is located in Staten Island) I couldn’t resist spending the day chatting with, and photographing, my favorite person in the world. Not all photo shoots and interviews are as glamorous or as fun as they seem…but, full disclosure, this one was! I ended my day watching Ang buy the entire bar (mostly fans) shots of Patron. I hope you enjoy my no-holds-barred Q&A. I know I sure did. Not to change the subject, but it’s been 2 1/2 years since I left my job as the editor of a local penny saver to reinvent myself and start Metropolis Nights. My days have been long, but my desire to create a free nightlife magazine that the likes of New Jersey has never seen drives me each and every day. That being said, I rarely take the time to look back at the past month’s issue. My attention is always fast forward. However, I couldn’t help but notice how good the May issue looked. I’m so proud of my staff and all the hard work that has gone into creating this magazine. So many talented people with good hearts surround me daily. I’m beyond grateful to all of you. Of course I can’t say it enough, the reason Metropolis Nights exists is because of our advertisers. I’ve gotten to know so many of you personally over the past few years. In the past, my only understanding of nightlife was what I saw from my stool. Not anymore. I’ve listened to all of you and have heard your concerns regarding everything, from the economy to parking problems to bands vs. DJ’s. It’s amazing to me how those that put their heart and soul into their bars, clubs, and restaurants get through the day with all the anxiety that goes along with the territory. To all of you in this crazy business, I promise that Metropolis Nights editorial content will continue to adapt to your needs. Finally, it pains me to announce that the North Jersey nightlife scene lost two amazing people in May: legendary Scott Ryder was unexpectedly was taken from us and Dingo’s Den beloved bartender, Danielle Daszcyszak, was tragically killed by a drunk driver. RIP. Chaunce Hayden editor-in-chief Cell: 201-873-3874 @Chauncehayden


I can’t wait for the June Issue! You guys should put Big Ang on the cover! Gina, Ramsey Well Gina, your wish is our command. Editor - Chaunce Hayden

I used to read your old magazine Chaunce. I don’t know why you left, but I just have to say, congrats on your new venture. Metropolis Nights is simply amazing! Love it, love it, love it! Kelly McMahon Ridgewood, NJ

You weren’t kidding when you said Blair O’Neal is the world’s hottest golfer! Wow! Toni Costello Dublin, Ireland


JUNE 2014




on the cover

The Naked Truth

Johnny Presto teams up with Teresa & Joe Giudice

Featured Interview: Big Ang

On Sex, Rudy Guiliani, Plastic Surgery & More

Chef of the Month

Keith Belfiglio of Cabana Grill

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CREDITS Founders

Moodie Foodie

Cabana Grill is Paradise!

Punzone Vodka

Interview w/CEO of Punzone Frank Guerrera

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Angel of the Month: Lea Rannells

Founders Robert Gartside Robert Gartside Melvin DeLeon Melvin DeLeon Editor-In-Chief Editor-in-chief Chaunce Hayden Chaunce Hayden Copy Editor Associate Editor Leanne Aciz-Stanton Katelynn DeWitt 57 Felicia Associate Editor Executive Director The Beautiful Voice of Philidelphia Katelynn DeWitt Hendrick Lee Executive Director 54 Bartender of the Month Art & Design Director Redd’s Sarah Beagle Hendrick Lee Katelynn DeWitt Art & Design Director 72 Monica Lewinksy Fashion Editor Katelynn DeWitt A Shameful Revival Krys Longan Fashion Editor 64 Restaurant Review Creative Director Krys Longan Twindoor Tavern Hubert Moda Creative Director 78 Jersey Jewel Wardrobe/Stylist Hubert Moda Taylor Anderson Jairo Arias Wardrobe/Stylist Culinary Editor 36 Straight Pay Jairo Arias Rory Schepsisi Robin Hood of Wallets Culinary Editor Contributing Writers Rory Schepsisi Krys Longan Contributing Writers Angela PompelliKrys Longan Butler Angela PompelliKurt Loder Butler 10 Man Cave 52 MotorMouth Alan Tecchio Kurt Loder Man Stuff for Manly Men Dog & Differnet Kind of Ryder Ash Ley G Alan Tecchio 14 Ladies Lounge 58 Exposed Biago & Leilani Biagio & Leilani Beauty Trend Show & The Art Factory Pagliarulo The Blackthorn Pagliarulo 40 Life*Mod 38 LeAnn Aciz Cocktail of the Month Leanne Aciz-Stanton You Are What You Eat Rory Anzano Sangria Martini Chris Wertz Britta Winans 41 Metro Sports 70 Music News Britta Winans Chantalle Luberto Fash I-95 Sports Report The Black Keys, Rock n’ Roll Re-release & More Chantalle Luberto Brittany LoCurto 68 The Jersey Pulse 76 Brittany LoCurto Between the Sheets Account Sales Confesssions of a Jersey Girl Account Sales Tips for Success! Chaunce Hayden 66 Bar Whining Chaunce Hayden 81 Spilling Whiskey Jimmy Connolly Come Back When You’re Older Photographers Few Spirits Bourbon Photographers Chaunce Hayden 26 Fashionista Chaunce Hayden David Kotinsiky Urban Outfitters Gets Super Hip Brian Hays Dave Persuade

Pourhouse 17’s Joey LaCorte






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The Future of Drones emember when you were a kid watching science fiction movies and you would see gadgets/technology that were so far-fetched, you couldn’t believe your eyes? Well, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw these plans for the future. Here is an image of a Prime Air vehicle carrying a package during an Amazon test of a drone delivery system. The FAA believes that by 2016, delivery companies such as FedEx, UPS and maybe even your local pizzeria, will actually be using these drones to deliver packages all around the world. GPS technology will be the anchoring software.

R Brockmans Gin

What is a drone you ask? Basically, it’s an aircraft with no human on board. It’s the same thing as someone texting while driving their car. The difference is that the drone knows where it’s going. I’m not sure if these companies will actually be able to pull this off, but I do know that the Jetsons were definitely onto something! (Please Fly Responsibly)

When I think of gin, visions of old timers cleaning wounds come to mind. Times have changed, ladies and gentleman! Brockmans Gin (winner of several awards) is definitely like no other. It’s not like boring London dry style gin because Brockmans uses exquisite botanicals, Bulgarian coriander, and juniper berries from Tuscany. It’s craft distilled to keep the purists happy and has notes of citrus peel, blueberry, and blackberry. That’s right, BLUEBERRY and BLACKBERRY. The flavor profile is truly unreal, and the packaging is absolutely beautiful! Cheers! (Please Drink Responsibly)

IT’S A GIVEN ...that drivers pick their nose in the car because they think nobody can see through their CLEAR glass!!!


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Jessica Rabbit “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way” is not something every woman can say. Jessica was born and raised in Hollywood, California and her age we simply cannot disclose. She was one of the hottest actresses in 1988. Now I know what you’re thinking, ’that was 26 years ago’, but we recently caught up with Jess and she has not changed a bit. She paved the way for red heads all around the world as an international actress and superstar. Jessica has been involved in charitable organizations such as Acme and Save Toon Town. No wonder Roger was Looney!

Clint Eastwood At His Best When it comes to movie stars, I am far from star struck and would never ask someone for an autograph. A hand shake and a thank you for keeping the entertainment world alive would generally do. However, there are some exceptions to my rule, and that would be Clint. He’s not just a star but an icon for all men to look up to. He has that gift of making a statement without saying a word. He is, by far, my idol! So I put together a list of my Top 5 favorites:

#2 Dirty Harry (1971) #3 The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

#5 Escape From Alcatraz (1979) #4 Every Which Way But Loose (1978)


A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)



Ladies Night




1st Wednesday of the month


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by Michelle Vargas

Hi ladies! Happy June! Summer is here, and there are so many exciting and fun ways to enjoy this month, so get lost in the summer and make it a memorable one! Happy Summer Solstice! The summer solstice on June 21st marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year because the sun is at its highest point. Spiritually, it’s a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves, and within each and every person! Use this day to step into your power, raise your energy and re-align, and to reflect just how precious each day and this season is. Since the solstice is the longest day of year, it’s also the sunniest! I need to remind you to always wear your sunblock. Melanoma is increasing due to UV Rays from tanning beds and the depletion of the ozone layer, and is also the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 24-30.

Here are just a few quick tips: •

Even people with darker skin color need to wear sunscreen

Make sure you reapply every two hours

Use a sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30-35 and labeled Broad Spectrum like Lancôme’s ‘Bienfait UV’ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ Since we are published the very beginning of the month, I have to also say Happy Independence Day!!! Celebrate your freedom! Please remember to party responsibly; never leave your drink unattended, use the buddy system when hanging out with a new group of people (always make sure you have a friend with you) and always use condoms! Enjoy each and every moment, ladies, and keep smiling!


South Moon Under This place has an Inspiring expression and is a great one-stop shop for all your needs! They sell everything from clothing to swimwear to shoes, from brands like Free People and Michael Kors! They even have makeup and Butter nail polish! They’ve just opened a new location at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake! You can find out more info at:




Paterson Art Walk June 14th & 15th If you’re looking for some arts & culture, we’ve got it! Go to the 6th Annual Paterson Art Walk another amazing event at the one and only art mecca, Art Factory. Each year the Paterson Arts Council brings together hundreds of regional and international artists to exhibit their art, create sitespecific installation pieces, and enjoy musicians throughout the Great Falls Historic District at the Art Factory (adjacent to the National Park) and the Paterson Museum Row. For more information, please go to: or call 973.278.1500.

“The Original Selfie” Photo Booth


The original “selfie” is making a comeback in the biggest of ways! Who remembers going to the Boardwalk down the shore (or to any carnival) for photobooth pictures? Ahhh, the memories! These days it’s all about having your own booth for parties and events! They are popping up all over. One of the best I’ve seen is by Blast Entertainment; they add a trendy vibe to their booths and the background and props are chic and fun! They have an open-air photo booth that allows for more room for loved ones in pictures, and they produce really great quality photos too! You can check them out at or call 973.727.3808.

NJ Beer and Food Festival The New Jersey Beer and Food Festival at Crystal Springs Golf Resort is a time not to be missed! June 13th & 14th Crystal Springs Resort continues to brew up new ways to have fun with the Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival! Spend a day (or the whole weekend) as you sample your favorite brews, discover a variety of new, flavorful beers and enjoy great food (ranging from an all-out BBQ feast to a beer & food pairing reception provided by top chefs from NJ!) You can also party to all of your favorite music, participate in the Brews & Birdies Golf Tournament, and so much more! For more information, please go to:

Happy Gay Pride Week To all my LGBT readers, have a Happy Gay Pride Week!!! From June 24th-29th, enjoy a whole week filled with activities, parties, and music, leading up to the annual parade on the 29th. For more information, go to:



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by Chaunce Hayden

Meatball King Johnny Presto

Talks about teaming up with

Teresa and Joe Giudice The Juicy Joe meatball is named after Teresa’s husband, Joe Giudice. It’s a combination of Teresa’s blended meatball and her blended sauce that is right out of her cookbook. Something about a Juicy Joe sounds so wrong. Everything on the menu sounds so wrong! It draws people in. What’s the connection between Jersey Meatball Company and the Giudice’s?

Chaunce Hayden: How long has your meatball mecca been open? Johnny Presto: We just had our soft opening. We’re still getting the kinks out of the way. What makes your meatballs so addictive? Having a meatball is like having a hamburger. You can do so much with it. You have so many choices when it comes to the sauce, the topping, and the meats. You can do anything. You can play around with it. I’m afraid of the answer, but I have to ask…what is a Juicy Joe meatball?



I got hooked up with Joe through Kim D, who is also a cast member of New Jersey Housewives. Joe was interested in opening a restaurant, so I showed him a few restaurants that were available, but nothing panned out. About 3 months ago I started to put the meatball concept together, and I asked Teresa and Joe if they would be interested in putting their recipes on the menu - they were happy to do it. Are they partners in the restaurant? They are marketing partners. What’s a marketing partner? Basically they promote the place. We are working hand in hand. I’m in the wine distribution business and Joe and Teresa have their Fabellini champagne. Since I’m out there helping them get their product out, Joe and Teresa felt they would help me by getting their meatballs on my menu, which will boost my business. Does Teresa spend any time in your kitchen? Yes. She comes in and shows us how to do her recipes. I actually have a video of Joe and Teresa working in the kitchen. We have a lot of things planned coming up with them on YouTube and social media. Lets talk about Joe and Teresa’s recent bad publicity for tax evasion and mail fraud. Do you think your association with them could hurt your business? I didn’t know them when the show started, but what I know of them now compared to the people you see on TV is very different. I

celebrity NAKED TRUTH can tell you that they are two different people. They are very hard working and they love their family and kids.

Probably, but it’s very lightly out there that Teresa is my partner. However, yes, I can already see people coming from far away.

So you don’t feel their connection to Jersey Meatball Company will hurt business?

You’re a meatball expert. How would you describe Teresa’s meatballs?

I don’t think so. They are Jersey people just like I am. I believe in them. Of course there is going to be a percentage of people who are going to hate them. I’ve had a few people come in who have had a problem with their meatballs, so when that happens, they buy my balls instead.

Teresa makes a pretty good meatball. It’s all about the ingredients. Her balls are tender, her balls are fresh. She uses a little bit more spice than I do.

You’ve had complaints already? A couple of people, nothing too bad. They’ll say something like, “Oh you have that Teresa girl here? I would rather have yours instead.” You’re going to get that. Are you at all concerned that Teresa and Joe may have to go to prison and how that might affect meatball sales? I don’t think about that right now. I don’t think it will hurt me. In fact, I think people will want to come here even more if they go to prison. Any publicity is good publicity. I hope the best for them though. I hope they get a light sentence and they don’t have to go away. I don’t wish evil on anybody, but things happen sometimes. Do Teresa and Joe make money from your meatball sales? We help each other out. I help them and they help me. If it goes any further and we open a chain of Jersey Meatball Company’s, Teresa and I can do some more things together. I think it will happen. The response thus far has been pretty crazy. Do you expect fans of Housewives of New Jersey to come to North Bergen, New Jersey just to see what all the fuss is about?

Do you feel any sense of competition with Teresa’s balls? No. She’s happy to come in and show me how to make her meatballs and I’m happy to show her how I make mine. I would say 65 percent of my customers want Teresa’s meatballs and the rest want mine. Do Teresa and Joe confide in you about their future and what may happen to them? I’m pretty good friends with Joe now. I believe that in the world he’s in now, he can’t trust too many people. Finally, what’s the biggest misconception about the Guidices? Everybody looks at them as criminals. I don’t think they are. I think they just got into a bad spot for listening to the wrong people. It happens. If anybody tells you they never did anything wrong, I’m sorry, we’re not all angels. They are good people and Teresa is an animal. She works so hard and Joe is the same way. He hustles. He hustles every day. I feel bad for the kids that they have to go through something like this. I feel bad for Joe because I see how stressed out he is. It’s killing him that he knows he’s going to do some time and not be with his daughters. He told me, “The hardest thing is going away and not seeing your daughters grow up.” He’s holding it together, but you can see he’s a little nervous.


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hile wandering around Williamsburg about a month ago, I came across a brand new shopping incarnation in this hipster mecca. It’s called Space Ninety 8, and it combines two shopping environments with a rooftop bar and restaurant (which will be opening soon). Located at 98 North 6th Street, the main floor, second level, and third level is occupied by Urban Outfitters, but features many items of clothing, accessories, and home goods that are exclusive to this store. The basement level is a concept store that is currently featuring Adidas sneakers and fashions, and if you take the elevator all the way to the top you will find an open air bar with amazing rooftop views. Besides featuring unusual items you will not find in the chain locations, the front area also showcases jewelry and objets d’art by local NYC artisans. Even if you don’t live in Brooklyn, this shopping experience is worth the trip.


The next item on your must-have list for summer: A great pair of oversized sunglasses that don’t cost a fortune. I love this retroinspired pair from Vint and York, called Doll Too. Available in black, burgundy or faux tortoise shell with green accents, they sell for $129. Vint and York often set up booths at NYC flea markets, such as the one in Long Island City every weekend. Or buy them online at

CUTEST COVER-UP EVER It feels like I have spent a lifetime of summers searching for the perfect bathing suit cover-up. Every year I find plenty of options, but there is always one aspect that makes them undesirable: They are either too short or too long, too sheer or too heavy, too expensive or too blah. So imagine my surprise when I encountered the cover-up of my dreams on the Lands’ End website, of all places! Made of cotton jersey, their version is just the right length and weight, and it has all the details I have been looking for


without appearing fussy. The sleeves roll up, it has a cute hood and a drawstring waist, and you can wear it open or zip up the front. Best of all, it sells for only $45! At that price, you can afford to buy all three colors: Rose, deep sea and pool blue. See it for yourself on their website, www. This cover-up is so cute and casual I can picture zipping it up on the beach and heading straight to the seafood restaurant after a long day in the sun!


Pourhouse17’s JoeyLaCorte Interview and photography by Chaunce Hayden

Chaunce Hayden: Pourhouse17 is a nightlife landmark. What can you tell me about this historic North Jersey location? Joe: If you ask most people, they’ll talk about the Fatso Fogherty days and the turtle racing. That’s what I love about it. I love we have that history. I grew up in Lyndhurst, so I’m only a town over. I’ve been coming here my whole life. So when the opportunity came for me to take this place over I jumped on it. What’s the difference between the Fatso Fogherty days and the Pourhouse17 we see today? Fatso’s was a very young college crowd. I’d like to bring Pourhouse17 back to a town bar. We still have our college night on Thursday’s, which is great. But on the other nights I want all ages to feel comfortable here. We’re no longer that college bar. I’ve added a kitchen and the food I have to say is very inviting. Let’s talk about the food. The menu is the most important thing. I would never have bought this place if I didn’t plan on putting in a kitchen and the outdoor seating. It was imperative that I be able to add a great menu and kitchen to take Pourhouse17 into the direction I wanted it to go. It’s important to know we are not just a loud college bar. I want families to bring their kids. So what would you describe as your signature dish? I’m a big burger guy. I go right to the burgers every time. It just depends on your taste. We have 15 different burgers with different toppings. I researched for a year what type of food I would serve based on my travels around the country. It’s important that the menu be


authentic to the area the food originates from. But to be clear, the Thursday college night is still a pretty big night for Pourhouse17. That’s what we are known for and right now it’s our biggest night. Describe it. (Laughs) Well as I get older it seems to get crazier and crazier! But I’m fortunate because I have a great staff and my DJ Freddy Z is someone who I would put up against anyone in New Jersey. People come just to see him and we also have dollar drafts, which the college kids love. But even though it’s a college night, the crowd that comes out is a great group. It’s a great party without the problems. Everyone enjoys it. I love it. I also like keeping the tradition. I’m a big person on tradition, so it’s something I’ll never go away from. I’ll always have my Thursday nights, but I respect everyone’s tastes and interests. Fast-forward a year from now. We just plan on getting better and better. We have a lot of new things coming up. We have an outside sitting section with lights and brick oven pizza coming. We’re going to be adding bands and our Saturday jukebox night features a very mixed crowd. Your vision for Pourhouse17 seems like an enormous undertaking for one person. I’m lucky because from day one I’ve been surrounded by unbelievable family and friends. They are the reason I’m here today. It’s all the unconditional love and guidance that has made me who I am today. There’s so much more I plan to do and I owe those people dear to me for their support.




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Weekend Happy Hour Specials with Table Service starting at 5 PM

Our first Seafood Fest ever! Vote for your favorite seafood vendor and Win $250 in our shrimp peeling contest.

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CAMEL & OSTRICH RACING Exotic animal racing is back! Plus live belly dancing.

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The Robin Hood of Mobile Wallets

And Its Band of Merry Merchants


he whole premise of Robin Hood and his band of merry men (as we know from children’s folklore) is the thought and execution of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Leave aside the pillaging, feathered hats, and god awful tights, and replace those merry men with 5 restaurant/bar business owners fed up with greedy credit card merchant service fees, and what have you got? The StraightPay App. Moving away from childhood fables, let’s focus on business. While all small business owners account for expenses; staff, products and so forth, not many have control (nor do they give a second thought) to customer-induced credit card fees. Not factoring in the costs of doing business with credit card companies is a major mistake when trying to maximize your profit. So, what is a business to do? Grin and bear it? StraightPay says, “No more, fellow countrymen!” (Insert British accent for the Robin-HoodEffect). The great business guys (with small businesses in mind) over at StraightPay originally designed the app for themselves and ended up creating a wonderful solution to this small business problem. Take thousands a month that would normally go to the greedy credit card companies (aka the Rich) and parlay that into company profits (aka the Poor). For example, one of the establishments


that have already joined the bandwagon had 1,000 transactions equate to $881.92 in merchant services. Now compare that to the same 1,000 transactions done with StraightPay, yielding only $350.00 in fees. I know, right? No brainer. While running a business that accepts credit cards (which most do) on average you’re looking at merchant fees of percentages ranging from 2.75% up to 4.30% per transaction. Trust me, those add up – consider that on a bill of $100 and the fee would be $2.75-$4.30 PER swipe or key in! StraightPay transaction costs are a flat rate. The transaction amount is .35 cent over $10 and .15 cent under 10. Since we are doing well with saving you money, let’s move onto the even better features of the app. Whether you’re a merchant or a customer with the app, you have a 5 minute turn around for download to use. Not to mention, they can link any of their favorite credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX) and still get the purchase perks from such. Once your customer base has StraightPay, the possibilities are endless. First off, when they make payments through StraightPay, they receive loyalty points and these points are equated rewards that are used in the business of which they were bought. So, what better way to entice return business and repeat clientele? Since the system is GPS enabled it also becomes your mobile marketing solution. As an



owner you become an easily accessible venue by being able to send PUSH notifications to any StraightPay user in a 5mile radius, whether it’s a special, daily deal, or just a message. This further allows you to create your own Groupon or Living Social deal (by accessing customers and enticing new/further business) without all the hassle and debacle or getting screwed in that scenario. Now you can do all these things, without expensive equipment and no high start-up costs. Lets move over to the win/win for consumers and owners: SECURITY. There is literally no exchanging credit card numbers, no expiration dates, and no identity besides your account. Most mobile wallets offer the convenience of bumping and or scanning your information to pay, and while this is safer than swiping your credit card, it still leaves you susceptible to fraud. More so, you can even pay for services when you’re not even at the location! For example, I can order pizza, have it delivered to hungry kids, pay, and tip the driver all while being in meeting. Talk about the way of the future! This allows the customer to make multiple transactions at different locations without worry and reducing the amount of information you even carry around. Not to mention, your payments are pin protected so even if your phone was lost, there is virtually no way a thief could even hack that! So all in all maximize your profits, reach your customer base and join John, Joe, Jimmy, Paul, and Nick in their band of merry men. Use StraightPay as your horse drawn carriage, download the app as your Robin Hood and create your own folklore!



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LIFE*MOD health

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK LIFE*MOD® CORNER WITH DR. ORLANDO V. GONZALEZ We have all heard the phrase, ‘you are what you eat’. But just how much credence can we give to that phrase. I’m here to tell you that now more than ever, this statement is true. In fact, I would go farther than that and say that this phrase is what determines how long you will live! As founder of LIFE*MOD, my experience with food and the food choices people make on a daily basis, is substantial. It is also very shocking. Consider this: take note of your next meal. Actually look at the food you will be eating and ask yourself, where did this ‘food’ come from? Was it alive? And if so, how long ago? Is it marine or land based? Was it in the wild or kept in a confined space? What foods did ‘it’ eat? Or, if you are a vegetarian: where did it come from? Where was it grown? How long ago was it connected to the soil? Did it grow in the wild or did it grow on a farm, where pesticides and ‘nutrients’ were added to the soil? I realize that most of us cannot answer any of these questions. In our society where fast is good and bigger is better, we are just content with eating. We don’t worry or even care where the food comes from, where it was prepared or how was it prepared. I recently went to visit my parents in New Mexico, where they still live in the same house that I grew up in. My dad still grows all the vegetables and fruits and herbs in his garden and they still keep animals like chickens that give them not only meat but eggs as well. What they put in their mouths comes from their backyard. They truly know where their food comes from and how it was prepared. This is truly the way we should be eating and living. I realize that most of us don’t have this luxury of raising our own food and growing our own vegetables, but we do have the ability to choose. Get involved in your local farmer’s markets, buy food that is fresh and prepare it as soon as you can. Don’t eat anything that has been ‘packaged’ or comes in a can. Ask if any hormones or pesticides have been ‘added’ to your food. When you go out to eat, research the restaurant and find out how ‘organic’ and fresh it is. Most restaurants nowadays, have the ‘farm—to—table’ concept deeply engrained in their motto. At LIFE*MOD, one of the five pillars we live by is nutrition. Believe me when I tell you that you will never be truly healthy if your food intake is haphazard and unplanned. You need


to know everything you put into your mouth. You need to make great choices and you need to eat with a purpose. After all, the best machine is you and the fuel it needs cannot be second best. It is the food that you eat today that forms the health that you want tomorrow. As we say at LIFE*MOD, victum vestri vita! Conquer Your Life!

DECIDE.COMMIT.SUCCEED Dr. Gonzalez is a Sports Medicine orthopedic physician who is also board certified in Family Medicine as well as neuropsychological concussion testing. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently practices orthopedics and sports medicine in Livingston, New Jersey. He has LIFE*MOD offices in Jersey City and in Manhattan. Please call 1-855-710-5433 for more information, or visit us at: www.



by Bobby Guarente


or us Americans, the Super Bowl is widely considered THE premier sporting event of this great country of ours. Even the casual sports fan watches at least part of the game, which has tuned into a pseudo-holiday. After all, the day after the Super Bowl is the day where most of us call out sick from work! No wonder the NFL keeps pushing things back and now wants to add more teams to make the playoffs each season. This big machine run by Roger Goodell wants Super Bowl Sunday to be played on President’s Weekend when most of us are off for the national holiday. But as great as football is being our #1 sport, it pales in comparison to futbol, the #1 sport of the world. June 2014 is finally here, futbol, I mean, soccer fans; it’s time for World Cup 2014! By comparison, 111.5 million people watched the latest Super Bowl played in our backyard. Yet the latest World Cup final in 2010, a match featuring two European countries, drew 700 million viewers! I’ll admit that I am part of the growing legion of soccer fans that caught onto the sport in recent years. Being Italian-American myself, the two teams I root for are the Italian National Team (winners in 2006) and our American squad. As a big sports fan, I have always felt that the two teams that one can really sink their pride into and root rabidly for are your school and your country. While it is great to say you’re a die-hard fan of the Yankees, Giants or Dallas Cowboys, for example, unless you’re a minority owner or former player of that team, what real stake do we have for these teams, a jersey or hat you bought supporting them? But the high school, college or town team we went to or played for? Our prides are beaming when we they do well! Now imagine that pride when it’s your country. Maybe we’re spoiled here with all of the sporting options to both watch and/or partake in but for most of the world, soccer IS their life. The game they grew up playing and now root intently for.

I’m not going to begin to predict who will win World Cup 2014 but, like the Olympics, that 4 year wait we’re made to endure has me hungry for some action! I’m going to root hard for Super Mario Balotelli and even harder for Clifton-born Italian striker Guiseppe Rossi to make the final cut. If the Italians can make their way out of a tough Group D which includes England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, then they could do well in the knock-out rounds. The Americans are stuck in the proverbial “Group of Death”. In layman’s terms, the Group of Death is that group loaded with top ranked teams, thus making it difficult to progress. We are in Group G with soccer powerhouses Portugal, Germany and a Ghana team that has beaten us plenty the past few World Cups. I am excited to see what American coach Jurgen Klinsmann, a World Cup champion as a player in 1990 for West Germany, can do for us. After a slow start when he took over the reigns as head coach, he has the team playing at a higher level. Getting the Americans into the knock-out rounds will be quite an accomplishment for him. The host country Brazil is favored, as should be expected. Watch out for the name Neymar as he could be the breakout player of this World Cup and Spain, the defending champion, will be formidable once again. The best player in the world is Lionel Messi of Argentina but he’s coming off of some injuries AND just signing a new contract that’ll pay him close to $37 million a year. That figure makes A-Rod blush! The pressure will be on him to deliver but Argentina will have an easy path into the semi-finals. Getting back to national pride, consider Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been a country since 1992, making its first ever World Cup appearance. Watching their Group F matches inside this Southeastern European country will be the place to be! I’ll get more into the knock-out stage matches in the July issue but for now, enjoy the games and watch sports fanaticism at its best!





BIG ANG Interview and photography by Chaunce Hayden

Lovable Angela Raiola, aka “Big Ang”, is the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela, a single mother of 2, was born and raised in Brooklyn, with her two sisters and four brothers. Big Ang always strived to be popular with “the mob.” She is what many consider a ‘mob moll’. Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like “one of the guys” - even catching a case with some high-ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all. She is like a character straight from the movie Goodfellas and lives by that lifestyle code. Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical woman who would depend on a man. Big Ang has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, and furs by many well known mob wise guys.

One would believe that they call her Big Ang for her “E Cups” or for her even larger lips, but it’s really because of her larger than life personality. She is hysterically funny without even meaning to be. Often referring to herself as “bad girl”, she will have you laughing upon meeting her and keep you laughing until you leave. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Big Ang about her fame and how she really feels about sex, menopause, and dare I say… Rudy Giuliani.

Chaunce Hayden: So what’s new Ang? Angela “Big Ang” Raiola: You mean in my life? Where do you want me to start? My grandchildren, my bar, my house? What? Let’s start with your new bar. Why did you decide to open a Drunken Monkey in Brooklyn? Well I often go to Ignazio’s Pizza, located on 1 Front Street in Brooklyn, which has the most amazing pizza in the world. Above them was a bar that became available, so my husband and I decided to buy it. You just became a grandmother? Yes, to Angelina and Annabella. So your business has expanded and your family has expanded. How about “Mob Wives?” We’re going to start filming season five in June. I’m so ready for it. Bring it on! There was a rumor you weren’t coming back this season. I don’t know where that came from. Several cast members including, Ramona Rizzo, Karen Gravano, Carla Facciolo and Alicia DiMichele, decided not to return this season. How do you feel about that? I miss them, but things change.




re you surprised? I was a little shocked, but that has nothing to do with me. That’s between them and VH1. You’ve become a pop icon of sorts. Could it be they were jealous of your fame and weren’t getting equal treatment and pay?

I don’t think that was the case. I do know that I did grow very high. I think it’s about personal issues with themselves and VH1. Why do you think you’ve become an icon? Why do people love you? Maybe it’s my personality! People know I’m a good person. Even children love me. When a child loves you, it’s because they see something in you - and kids know best. Kids adore me. I don’t know what it is. Everybody has loved me my whole life. Even before the show, people just loved me. It seems lately the entire world loves me, not just my neighborhood. Mob Wives airs all over the world, so your fan base has truly gone global. Yes! I’ve had people come to the Drunken Monkey from Israel, Australia, Norway, and London. All over the world! There wouldn’t be a Mob Wives franchise without you. True or false? I’m not going to put my foot in my mouth! I just think a lot of people are infatuated with the mob. People might act like they’re not interested, but they are. The mob leaves a big impression on people. Everyone loves to read about it.


We’re talking about terrible crime and even murder. Yeah, but we don’t do that. Our family did it. The cast isn’t like that. We’re lovable. Do you get any heat from mobsters who may not like the way you bring attention to a crime family? They did, but not when they are with me. What’s your opinion of former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, who is credited for bringing down the mafia? I don’t think much of him. I don’t like him. He should worry about other people. He should worry about the molesters and the terrorists, not the mob. Whoever the mob kills, it’s amongst each other. That’s their thing. He should worry about people who kill innocent people. The mob only goes after the mob. He should focus on people trying to blow up the Empire State Building. Do you give Giuliani credit for destroying the mob?

Yes. He really did. He definitely did. Then he retired because he was probably scared. Are you saying he might have been bumped off?

I’m saying he was probably scared of getting whacked. However, he just couldn’t be touched. He was always surrounded by security. Still, if they can kill a president, they should have been able to get to Giuliani. I can tell you he’s not well liked. He really did bring down the mob. You make it no secret that you had some plastic surgery and that you want more. What else would you like to be altered? Everyone always wants to give it to me for free! I could use a little lipo or something, like a little body touch-up. Your friend Renee Graziano nearly died after her plastic surgery went bad. Doesn’t that frighten you? Well it didn’t stop her because she went back for more. As for me, I haven’t had anything done since 2005. I’m way behind. I need touch-ups every ten years, so I might go back in 2015. I would really like to have my neck done and a little lipo. Nothing too crazy, just here and there. Since they’ll be filming season five in June, is there a chance we’ll get to see you in a bikini? I hope not! I’ll show you a photo of me in a bikini and you can tell me what you think.



BIG ANG exclusive

The Drunken Monkey didn’t work in Miami, why do you think you’ll succeed in Brooklyn?

killed. Actually, I think Godfather is the best mob movie. Godfather II was better than Godfather I.

I’m from Brooklyn. I now live in Staten Island, but it’s only a hop and a skip away. Miami was totally out of my league. I’d rather be around my people. My fan base is in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe might be going to jail this summer. Your thoughts?

You have been open about going through menopause. Can you tell me what it’s like? It’s terrible. It’s torture! You get shooting hot and cold pain from your feet up! It’s a terrible feeling. Does it affect your sex life with your husband? He say’s he’ll kill himself if I don’t give it up! I really can’t sleep; I’m either hot or cold. They say it can last 10 years! I’m always so hot. I don’t think I can take 10 years. I sleep at the foot of the bed naked. I want to jump out the window! I want to kill myself! It’s complete torture. I hate it. What’s the key to a happy and active sex life? Drink Patron! It’s the only way my husband gets it. Does size matter when it comes to sex? Size definitely matters, but right now, nothing matters to me. Little or big, I just don’t want it. But for the record, my husband is very well endowed. Best mob movie? Goodfellas. Did you know those guys? I knew every single one of them. I knew all the people who were


I’ve had dinner with Teresa. I feel terrible for her. I’ve been in that situation where you are facing jail time. It’s horrible. I have a feeling she’ll be okay. First of all, her husband has to take the hit and be a man for their daughters. He might be deported. Whatever it takes. He should go to jail and she should be allowed to take care of the children. They need their mother. End of story. That’s what men do. Save the family. If Teresa does have to go to jail, how will she do? I can’t picture it. It’s going to cost her a lot of money. She’ll have to pay everyone off to leave her alone. Everyone will line up to get commissary money from her. I honestly don’t think jail is for her. I know a lot of people in jail and jail is no joke. Let’s talk about your wine. I have a prosecco, which is amazing. I just came back from a big convention in Atlantic City and people loved it. I also have a chardonnay and a cabernet, which are very good. Finally, what can fans of Mob Wives expect next season? You never know what’s going to happen. They never prepare you. It just comes as it comes.

A Vodka That Represents The Finer Things In Life

Exclusive interview with the CEO and creator of Punzoné Vodka Frank Guerrera Chaunce Hayden: You come from a financial background. What got you interested in vodka? Frank Guerrera: It was the drive from my family and friends to bottle the Originale. It was the original blood orange punch formulation that is the reason the brand is here today. I made it for my family and friends, and they just raved about it. To make a long story short, I decided to perfect it in Italy and spent six years developing the brand. From that came the Punzoné organic line of sprits on the market today. You don’t think of Italy when you think vodka. That’s true. However, Italy is known for perfecting anything they do. Vodka is such a saturated industry; I knew that being from Italy and it being organic would help get the brand recognized. Ingredients are very important to me. The best things in life are known by what they are made of and Punzoné is made up of the highest quality ingredients in the world. You came out in 2012. Are you


surprised by the recognition you have received from around the world? Yes and no. I’m not surprised by the consumer response to the product. Overall, I am surprised by how fast the product has grown. It’s a true testament to the quality of the product and the consumer testimonials. When our customers put the product to their lips, they immediately taste the quality of the brand. How important was it to win the 5 Star Diamond Award? Incredible! Just to be considered was incredible. What took place to get this product to market was immediately recognized. When the product was finally tasted, I was given the great news and it gave us worldwide attention. How important is social media to the brand? It’s everything. Social media today is a great way to introduce any product. For someone like me who doesn’t have the ability to market Punzoné across the nation with billboards and print ads, it’s


crucial to be able to interact with our customers via social media. You have three unique brands of Punzoné. Let’s talk about each one. First, let’s talk about Punzoné Vodka.


Calabria. When people try it, they are speechless. It’s so clean and smooth. There’s just nothing that compares to this product. Punzoné Lemoncino?

Punzoné Vodka is very unique. Other brands try to hang their hat only on smoothness. However, we are a lot different. We blend our vodka with water from the Italian Alps and distill it 5 times. We are the definition of handcrafted vodka. We offer flavor much like the Italian culture. When you put our vodka to your lips it has a beautiful, flavorful, bold essence that hits your palate but also goes down soft and clean.

The most important thing I can tell you about Punzoné Lemoncino is that it’s not Lemoncello. Punzoné Lemoncino is the sister formula of our Originale, but instead of the red grape we use a chardonnay white grape Italian sangria, and blend it with our vodka and Sicilian lemons. It’s not too sweet or overpowering. It’s important to know that these are not flavored vodkas. These are blends that are hand crafted at an Italian winery. Nothing is infused.

Tell me about your Punzoné Originale.

Finally, what are the longterm goals of Punzoné?

Punzoné Originale is the main reason why the brand is here today. There’s nothing else like it on the market. It’s a blend of our incredible vodka, Sangiovese grape Italian sangria and blood orange from

My initial goal was to see Punzoné on the shelf. Obviously, we came far past that. My goal now is to be able to bring this product to market around the globe to all those who want it.



OF THE MONTH Interview and photography by Chaunce Hayden

Chaunce Hayden: How would you describe the ambience of Cabana Grill? Keith Belfiglio: Well, the idea was to be eclectic and moderate in price while presenting dishes from places that I have visited. For instance? Two of my inspirations are Jamaica and Louisiana, and the recipes that I’ve brought back with me. In fact, I was in Jamaica and I tasted Jerk Pork for the very first time. I was completely blown away by it. So I went up to the chef and said, “You have to share the recipe with me!” He said, “I can’t give you my recipe, we’re a hotel!” I kept asking and he looked down and saw my new sneakers. So we made a deal. He traded me the recipe for my sneakers. I took those puppies off my feet in two seconds! That’s the recipe I use to this day. So is Cabana Grill based around a tropical vacation mentality? That’s the thing: We wanted an Island vacation vibe inviting people to come back again and again with our moderate prices to enjoy the food and fun atmosphere. The price is moderate and the menu is full of things off the beaten path, but we still have traditional American dishes as well. What would you say is your signature dish? Interesting…I would say the Jerk Pork, but if you’re asking me what MY favorite dish is, I would say the Shrimp Scampi. I got the recipe from someone who was a chef for many, many years. He

opened up several restaurants in Fort Lauderdale that are still running today with that recipe as the signature dish. It’s gotten me invited to a lot of Christmas parties (Laughs). I also have to mention the Mojito Chicken. It’s probably our most popular sandwich. We also get a lot of requests for our Sizzling Steak. It’s a very intimate location. Do you have any problems meeting the demand for tables? People do make reservations on Saturdays. We have a dance floor and on Saturday’s there is a ballroom aspect to the evening. We do a lot of live entertainment and I want a place where you can hang and depend on something always going on. What time does the entertainment begin? Depends on the night, but usually around 8 or 9pm. We have a very eclectic entertainment schedule. We have an open Jam on Mondays, which has become very popular. My thought is to always have something going on onstage. Do you watch the reaction of people when they bite into your Jerk Chicken? The answer is absolutely yes, if I’m the one who talks them into that particular dish. I like to recommend food off the menu based on what people tell me they enjoy. Finally, can we trade you anything for your Shrimp Scampi recipe? (Laughs) I’ve actually given it to a few people…so there’s always a chance!




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With the riding season now in full swing, it is worth mentioning that riding a motorcycle in the NY metro area can be a potentially lethal activity. The traffic mix is unrelenting and the amount of distracted drivers, overwhelming. That’s what makes my part time job as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach so gratifying– the hope that I am helping to save lives through training. Sadly, this month’s column is about someone whose life I was not able to save. No, he was not a motorcycle rider, but his name was William “Scott” Ryder and that’s good enough for me to dedicate this entire page to him.

Scott as most folks called him, may not have ridden a moto, but I did ride my own bikes many times over the years to visit him at various establishments he either owned or ran. They included The Cadillac Bar and Boo Boo’s Funkadelic Lounge in Hoboken, Jimmy’s in Morristown, his own place–The Fireside in Denville, and even at his G.M. gigs running a few different T.G.I. Fridays locations. The Fridays spots are all still there but sadly, just like Scott, all the rest have since been laid to rest. A heart attack took this old friend, loyal client, talented musician and generally amazing guy from the world at the young age of 47. Truly, I am still in total shock that he is gone and can hear his voice and infectious laugh every time I think about him. The black and white picture of him shown here captures his fun-loving nature perfectly; full of life and laughs. Scott lead a very interesting life though I must admit, I do not know everything about him. The stuff I do know though, was impressive. At a young age he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of making it in a band. Although that did not work out, he never became one of those bitter “I almost made it” musicians that many people I’ve known, did indeed become. Scott usually booked bands where he worked, played in bands on the side and in general, always had a lot to discuss if it pertained to music. True, he and I never saw eye to eye on the William “Scott” Ryder band Rush (He hated Rest in Peace them and I love them) but aside from that he always had supportable opinions on all things musical and it was a pleasure to 52 METROPOLISNIGHTSNJ.COM • JUNE 2014

engage him in such talks. (Even if just to bust his chops about how great Rush are!) I recall when he, along with his lovely wife Missy, re-mortgaged their condo to purchase The Fireside. I thought he was out of his mind given the high failure rate of restaurants and bars. But undaunted, they made a go of it and ended up doing so well that they were able to sell the place a few years later for a nice profit after making money operating it for a number of years. After that, I recall he took some time off to spend with his wife and two sons Weston and Keaton who he utterly adored & would gush about anytime there was a chance to do so. After that came the corporate days with Fridays and he also joined his friend and former bartender Anthony’s band Long Gone Day. That was initially a fill-in position but it worked out so well that he became a permanent member and huge force behind getting the band exposed. I must admit, I thought he was crazy for that too since it saw him playing bars and clubs all around the country with little payoff aside from a growing fanbase. However, looking back now, I think it was great that he got the chance to play music so often in his final days. The words on Scott’s memorial card truly captured the man’s spirit. Reading it, I realized that I (and all of us for that matter) should make the most of every moment of every day. Once those moments are gone, they can never be recaptured. Though Scott may be gone now, his force lives on through his wife and children who were surely enriched having had him in their lives. I will leave you with those very words: “Success” To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. -Author Unknown. You did all of that and more Scott, and though those who knew you may miss you terribly, we would all do well to learn from the example you set of fearless determination and positive energy.


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Sarah Beagle Interview and photography by Chaunce Hayden

What inspired bartender?





I started bartending when I was still a senior in high school. Initially, I was drawn to being a part of an older crowd and of course...the money. Over the last decade, though, the places this career has taken me and the people I have met is what keeps me in it and looking towards the future. Redd’s is so legendary. What can you tell us about it? We’ve been through it all with the sports complex. We watched the Devils and Nets leave. We watched one stadium go down and another one go up. We watched a Superbowl roll in and out of town. Redd’s is such an integral part of the Meadowlands for people just in town for a one day event, people on vacation for a week, or the many who spend every Monday through Friday in one of the many hotels around us. Being located under the shadows of Met Life Stadium you must get a lot of interesting people. Any you care to share? I meet all sorts of people from every walk of life. I must meet at least five out-oftowners every single shift. I just recently met the lighting director for a really famous band. I didn’t realize until after he left, but he’s apparently a pretty big deal in his industry. What’s your favorite cocktail? Sangria, both to drink and serve. Redd’s has a great recipe that is really tasty ! In your opinion what is the secret to being a great bartender? Just being heads up and aware of what is happening around you. Engaging your

customers is also very important. I want people to feel like I want them there and I want to see them again soon. Redd’s just opened the patio upstairs. What can you tell me about it? The patio is awesome. It’s got a loungy feel and is super comfortable. You can party until last call on a Friday night and then bring your parents in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Plus, it’s amazing to watch any fireworks from the stadium go off from up there. Tell us something about Redd’s nobody knows. There’s so many big things happening in the near future for Redd’s. We have an award winning executive chef joining our team very soon and dpalsi Events , an allencompassing event company is being established. The coming year is going to be a big one for all of us! Tell us something about you nobody knows. I probably share a little too much with people. I don’t know. I have an extremely messy purse....I think everyone knows that though. Biggest tip you ever got? I’ve gotten a lot of tickets to sporting events and concerts over the years. In 2007 I was given great seats to the Georgetown VS. UNC game at IZOD for the Elite 8. That one is probably my favorite. When can people find you at Redd’s? I close the bar Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday nights. Of course, during football season, I’m there all day on Sunday.



exclusive When did you first realize that you had a special singing voice?

all of the different experiences that I have gone through.

When I was 4 I started performing in musicals. I loved performing and singing, which allowed me to gain enough confidence to enter talent shows and go into the recording studio. At the age of 13 I started recording cover songs and then at 14 years old I recorded my first of three EPS with all original music.

At age 11 you sang the Star Spangled Banner at a sporting event. Why is our national anthem so hard to sing?

You started singing professionally at a very young age. What inspired you to want to pursue a career on stage? I realized that life is too short not to do something you love. Being around constant music in my house from my father and brothers DJing, my mom and grandparents always encouraged me to sing around the house. They inspired me to start performing in talent shows, commercials, and TV shows as well as encouraged me to enroll in the University of the Arts for college. I have always been a performer at heart since I was younger. I don’t just consider myself a recording artist, but a performer. You are a legend in your hometown of Philadelphia. Can you tell us about your relationship with Philly?



Philly is where I had my start. I perform at all the local festivals, Columbus Day parades, and many other venues. That is how my fan base grew! In 2012 I was runner up to Tina Fey for “Best Philly Celeb” on the Hot List, which was really cool. I also started the “Live Pray Music & Believe” Foundation recently, which lets me go to schools to talk about anti bullying and self-esteem. You have so many songs that have become popular. Is there one song that you would say defines you? The song of mine that defines me the most is “I’m Just A Kid” because at that time in my life, I was going through a hard time in high school with people bullying me because I loved performing and singing. “I’m Just A Kid” is a song that helped me because it is very uplifting to tell people “be who you want to be and don’t ever hide it - no matter what anyone says.” You also write your own music. What inspires you? When I write music, what inspires me is everything around me, and

I started singing the national anthem at such a young age that I really don’t remember it being difficult. The only thing I can say is the most difficult would be is finding your starting pitch. Depending whether or not you start too high or too low can mess up the whole song. It took me many years of practice and singing the national anthem at boxing matches, sporting events, and other venues to stylize the anthem to make it my own. Does emotional pain and love inspire better songs? Absolutely. I think that emotional pain and love make the best songs because it’s a way to express yourself and let out all of your feelings. What would you like people to know about you more than anything else? I always strive to be a role model to the younger generation and I try to help anyone in need. I have a big heart and I’m very passionate about everything I do. Another thing, family is the most important thing to me. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in acting. What is the most important thing in your life right now? The most important thing in my life right now is working my hardest to get my voice heard all over the world. I am very grateful to Ron Charles, who runs the label Panache Entertainment that I’m signed to, because we are planning to promote my single “Sound My Heart Makes”. I’m also grateful for my producer Giuseppe D because we are currently back in the studio working on a lot of new material, so stay tuned! What advice would you give to anyone who has the dream of becoming a pop star? The advice I would give is to always believe in yourself. No matter what anyone says, never give up! Another important thing to remember is to always stay grounded and stay humble. Focus on the goal and you will achieve anything you set out to do.






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There’s nothing sexier than a sexy girl in a sexy car. Do you agree? I’ve heard men say that there is something about a sports car that reminds them of a beautiful and strong woman: the lines and curves, the sleekness, and the unpredictable temperament. If that’s true, I can see why there would be nothing sexier than a confident, happy, and gorgeous woman enjoying the ride. Psychiatrists say a sports car can be seen as a phallic symbol of sorts. Do you think women see it that way? That’s a dangerous question. I think it depends on the woman. Sports cars do tend to give off a certain “playboy” vibe to most women, but I know a few really good guys who own sexy sports cars. It’s a good lesson in not judging before you get to know someone’s heart. Do you care what kind of car a guy drives? No, it’s more important to me that he opens my car door then what he’s driving. What’s more of a turn on: biceps or brains? Can I have both? When did you first realize you were stunning? As I’m getting older, I find myself getting more and more comfortable in my own skin. I was the awkward geeky girl back in my middle school days. The modeling industry has taught me a lot about embracing my unique beauty and being confident. Confidence is truly the sexiest attribute a woman can possess. Ever get out of a speeding ticket because, well, you’re hot? I think every girl has tried to bat her eyelashes to get out of a ticket or two. I’ll tell you this; the only speeding ticket I ever got was from a female cop.




Fastest you ever drove? I hit 170 behind the wheel on a racetrack once, but I think I’d be too chicken to go that fast on the open road. Can you change a flat tire? I can. Even though I’m a firm believer in men being gentlemen and helping a lady out, I also want to know that I can get my hands dirty and take care of business If needed. Would you date a guy who couldn’t change a flat tire? Probably not, I’ve always been drawn to guys who could do “man stuff” and who weren’t afraid to get their hands in the mud. Finally, tell us one thing about yourself that you never told anyone...ever! Since we are on the topic of cars, I have never told anyone that my ultimate fantasy car is the Ferrari 599 GTO, because it looks like the kind of car a superhero would drive.





Featuring Great Food and Great Music! Interview and photography by Chaunce Hayden

Interview with Monica Byrne, Social Media, Promotions and Entertainment Manager There have been so many changes lately. What can you tell me about the new look and the new vibe? The renovation has given new life to the establishment. 99% of our regular long-time customers love it and all the new clientele that has come to dine, drink, or listen to the music love it too. What challenges are there to mixing a nightspot and a fine restaurant? Well, I wouldn’t consider Maywood Inn’s Twin Door Tavern a fine dining establishment, we are a more classic/Americanstyle/family-friendly eatery. The biggest challenge is making sure you have entertainment that is pleasing to the ear. We have found that the right band will keep our dinner customers here, even after they are done eating in addition to bringing in their own crowd. The food is amazing, to say the least. What would you say is your signature dish? There are so many great menu items, it would be hard to pin it down to one! Our Chicken Francese is extremely popular, as is the Porcini Ravioli with Vodka Sauce. Our vodka sauce on anything is great, we constantly get rave reviews on it! We also get the highest compliments on our burgers and people come to us specifically for our Jumbo Wings, which I feel are the best around. What can you tell me about your chef? Our chef Rodrigo has mastered his trade working here for the last 25 years. He especially makes great sauces, such as the White Clam Sauce, Vodka Sauce and so many more.




Brunch has become so big these days. What sets your brunch apart from the other restaurants? We only do brunch on Easter & Mother’s Day, or for private parties, like baby or bridal showers (or whatever the occasion may be). Besides food, you have been getting a great reputation as a place to hear live music. Tell me about your music scene. Since our renovation and open floor plan, the live music scene here has exploded. Not only do our customers love it, but the inquiries from musicians and bands that want to play here is off the charts. I wish I could have them all play here but it’s just impossible. That’s why we love our Sunday Night Open Mic Night because it gives local talent a chance to come play and get to know us in the hopes of getting a gig in the future - or just to share their talent with fellow musicians and friends. We have actually gone from having live music 2 nights a week to 4 nights a week now because it has become so popular! There are few places that feature live music in North Jersey. Why do you think that is? It’s a big commitment and expense. However, when a band comes in and packs the place, it is very much worth it. What kind of live music do you look for when booking bands? We like all kinds of music so it varies with us, but definitely a band that is pleasing to the ear and brings in a nice crowd. What else should we know about Twin Door Tavern? We offer private affordable party packages for all budgets. We are family owned and have operated for 60 years. We have some great daily food & drink specials, just check our website specials page. All our info on the website is kept current. Finally, tell us one thing about Twin Door Tavern that nobody knows. Besides that fact that the owner Dave is very generous and supportive of the local community, if there is something specific you are in the mood to eat and we have the ingredients to make it, we will. You just have to ask!


BAR WHINING real talk


By Leanne Aciz-Stanton


ecently, on a rather uneventful night bartending, a group of guys sauntered into the bar and sat down. With one look at them, I knew they were underage. I asked for ID and immediately noticed one of the guys was already nervously clutching his, tapping it on the bar. I smiled – not only because this kid didn’t know any better that that was a clear indication of guilt, but because I flashed back to a time when I wanted to be able to drink at a bar and couldn’t because I was too young. Ah, to be young again. Anyway, so I checked his ID and noticed it said he was from Connecticut, but his street just so happened to have the same name of a well-known block in town (a mere few blocks from the bar, in fact). I knew better than to ask the routine questions, like ‘what’s your address’? and ‘what year were you born?’ I knew the only way to stump him was to ask for the zip code. When I did, you could literally watch him call defeat. He began to ramble off an explanation but I waved my hands and said, ”Now, show me your REAL ID”. He reluctantly did and sure enough, he was a 19 year local. I asked for everyone else’s ID’s and smirked when they all handed me a Connecticut drivers license, followed by their legitimate New Jersey ones behind it. Guilty side-glances began. “But I’ll be 21 in a few months” isn’t going to save my ass in a lawsuit if God forbid something happens to an underage person who consumes drinks that I served them. Some people may roll their eyes at me for being such a “Grandma” about it - or some may think I’m being hypocritical because most likely, I consumed alcohol before the age of 21. Yeah, I did, but I never bought into the ‘fake ID scams’ that were popular back then and I don’t buy into them now. Especially when I have a legal responsibility as a bartender to keep MYSELF safe, as well as others. It’s summer. There’s going to be tons of kids who are aching to be able to hang out with their older friends (who may already be 21) - now is a better time than ever to refresh on the signs to look for when it comes to spotting out a fake ID. •

Acceptable forms of ID are: a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID and passport.

Forms of ID that are NOT acceptable: a birth certificate, school ID, and voter registration cards.


A valid ID will always have the owner’s birthday, signature, and photograph. It should also be current (not expired) and in tact (no ripped sides).

To decide whether or not an ID is legitimate: •

Check whether or not the images and text on the ID are correctly placed (counterfeit IDs have improperly placed icons to avoid criminal liability).

Check the holograms when tilted to ensure they are valid.

Look for the ghost photo – a tiny, faint copy of the person’s original photo.

Check that the text (and license number) on the ID is in a normal font size and has proper spacing.

When comparing a photo to a face, consider the chin and shape of the face first.

If you’re not sure about an ID, always ask for a second proof of identification.

If you’re a bartender and you’re scoffing at this, let me just remind you of a few things. You probably know about civil liability (bartenders can be sued and forced to pay damages to an injured guest) and criminal liability (facing criminal charges for breaking alcohol laws, like serving to a minor) but do you know what dram shop laws are? If not, you should. Dram shop laws allow a bar/ restaurant’s owners and employees to be sued by someone injured by a customer who had been drinking at their establishment. So not only do you have to worry about YOURSELF (as the bartender) and the customer, but you also have to consider the people who may come in contact with them. Bartending is a fun job – but these kinds of things should be taken seriously. I’m not trying to be a buzz kill, but it’s so important for bartenders to understand the responsibility of providing alcohol (in addition to a good time) to guests. I’m not saying that those kids shouldn’t come back in a few months when they are finally 21, but trying to be sneaky by passing off a fake ID could impact my life just as much as theirs. Call me bitchy, call me wise, just don’t call me your bartender - because I won’t be until you’re of age.

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July 23rd




By Brittany LoCurto


n December 3rd 2009, the world was introduced to the Jersey Shore. Well not the real Jersey Shore, the MTV reality television show. It starred a Motley Crue of guido’s and guidette’s frolicking and drinking in Seaside Heights. I think for a good few years I told people I was from New York. I know it’s pathetic but I was so sick of the jokes. The Jersey Shore I knew was ridiculous at times, but isn’t that part of its charm? Plus, we all know most places aren’t even like that. Yes, there is a small population of ridiculous fist pumpers roaming the boardwalk. I won’t deny that a species of that kind exist. However, there are places all over South & North Jersey that totally kick those stereotypes to the curb. There is so much more to do in New Jersey, since the days of gym, tan, and laundry. I no longer tell people I am from New York during the summer. I am proud of my highlighted blonde New Jersey roots. In fact, I thought it would be fun to share some of my own Jersey Girl confessions in “honor” of The Jersey Shore.

Porta 911 Kingsley St. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 Contact- (732) 776-7661 It’s kind of embarrassing how I heard about Porta. I was at a shop in Asbury Park browsing, and two strangers were raving about Porta. I felt like such a creep but I had to keep listening (the things I will do for a good time) while they described it. Fortunately, being nosey paid off because it’s one of the most unique spots in South Jersey. Porta has 3 rooms with different music, dancing, and themes. When the warmer months come along, the garage doors open and turn into Porta National Park, an area that has picnic tables, hosts live bands, and even has a bocce ball court. The bones of the structure are that of a warehouse and there is a cavernous feel. However, long wood family-style tables add community and warmth. The food is amazing, specializing in Italian cuisine and simplistic pizza with unique toppings. I am so excited because this summer Porta is opening another location in Jersey City! Now regardless if you are in South Jersey or North Jersey, you can enjoy Porta’s unique flair and delicious cocktails!


First, I use about as much hair spray as Theresa Caputo and The Jerseylicious Cast combined. My favorite way to wear my hair is long with big loose curls aka ‘Porn Star Hair’. Is it my own hair or extensions? Let me give you a hint: my weave, my business. Like I told my ex once, “I paid for it, so of course it’s my own hair!” Shockingly, I do go tanning from time to time! Obviously, I love anything that has to do with the mall. Although, I do get a panic attack in most Forever 21’s and H&Ms. Honestly though, what woman doesn’t? I think Garden State Plaza should be a town in Bergen County. I would actually get into politics and run for mayor of GSP. Oh, and finally, my favorite alcoholic drink is Vodka & Red bull! I am planning to be sipping my vodka & red bulls all over the place this summer. Obviously, I have my choices once again for you this month. However, I want to know where Met Night readers go. Is there an awesome place we should check out? Did you try out a place we recommended? Well, why don’t you tweet/ instagram/ facebook us?. You never know where we could end up! Wishing you all good summer vibrations this summer!

Whiskey Café 1050 Wall St. Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 Contact- (201) 939-4889 My favorite place to go for Summer Happy Hour is absolutely Whiskey Café. My advice is to go on a Friday afternoon for The Friday Night Happy Hour Jam. This is held from 4pm to 8pm and wrists bands are your best bet. Some happy hour deals include $4 dollar mixed drinks including top shelf liquors, beer bucket specials, $6 dollar apple martinis, cosmos, mojitos, and $6 dollar appetizers. If you want all of the offers mentioned, please visit and make sure to print the coupons (or show the coupons on your phone). Also, I’m super excited that Whiskey Café is hosting the new trend of Paint Nights on Mondays. Many bars in NYC, Chicago, and San Diego have had great success with this trend for a while. These Paint Nights are also known to attract a lot of singles. Many have left with not only brush stroke tips but also dates! Also check out The Vintage Market Place & Gourmet Food Truck Fest. This particular event will be on June 8th from 11am7pm. There will exhibitors selling antiques, vintage items, and collectables. There are many gourmet food trucks participating, as well as live music, and a beer/wine garden. The website is www. for all info on events I mentioned.

9th Avenue Pier at the Belmar Marina 905 Route 35 Belmar, NJ 07719 Contact- (732) 749-3800 9th Avenue Pier is the newest addition to Belmar. It’s a beautiful patio bar to relax, catch up with friends, and catch some sun. The pier overlooks Shark River and is absolutely breathtaking at sunset. The bar/restaurant also has live bands almost every single day of the week. Some of these local live bands include Fun Box, Jamie Brown Experience, and The Fun Party Duo. If you are more in the mood to get sporty, why not play a round or two at their mini golf court? Just a heads up, this bar is usually weather-pending. They have a bright and colorful beach décor and traditional beach cocktails in what literally looks like a sandcastle pail. Come here if you feel like getting away from the mega mix at Djais!

Park and Sixth Gastropub 247 Washington St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 Contact- (201) 630-4184 Unfortunately, 247 Washington Street was believed to have been cursed for many years. The residence seemed to be doomed especially when 3 previous restaurant owners all tried and failed. However, that didn’t stop Brian Dowling from making that his second home with Park and Sixth Gastropub. He spruced things up, changed the layout, and most importantly brought along the passion for what he does. He was able to clear the once negative energy and fill it with the laughter and joy of satisfied customers. It doesn’t hurt that their mantra is, “Cool Food, Craft Beer”. The craft beer on draft is $4 dollars on Tuesdays before 7 pm. There is an interesting list for draft beers, bottled beers, martinis, and “Libations” like the Jack Sparrow cocktail, which is Captain Morgan, triple sec, fresh limejuice, and pineapple juice. They have 50 cent wings on Wednesday with a choice of 5 unique sauces. On Tuesdays they have bluegrass night. So I suggest you relax outside and sip your IPA while enjoying a beautiful summer day!

Life Ultra Lounge 400 Cedar Lane Teaneck, NJ 07666 Contact- (201) 697-2952 Life Ultra isn’t even open yet and already there is a huge buzz in the nightlife industry. The Teaneck lounge is bringing different elements of other cities, such as NYC and Miami, to create the perfect balance of sultry and innovative. It is going to be a premium indoor and outdoor lounge with all the amenities. The fact that there was a trailer for the opening of Life Ultra makes me more excited than seeing a blockbuster movie. It will be 8,000 square feet indoors and 5,000 square feet outdoors. When Life Ultra is open, it will be open on Fridays and Saturday nights at 9 pm. This Ultra is also going to be completely different than the one before. Watch the trailer and get information about VIP, bottle service, and deals at

Jenkinson’s 300 Ocean Ave. Point Pleasant NJ 08742 Contact- (732) 899-0569 Last summer I wrote about how important it is to support our shores after the huge hit they took from Hurricane Sandy. Well this summer its still needed just as much as last year. When it comes to the Point Pleasant area, I decided to write about Jenkinson’s. I love Tiki Bar but it’s time to shed some light on Jenkinson’s this month. This past spring, Jenkinson’s had a grand re-opening and not only did it receive some much needed boardwalk repairs, it’s also been completely revamped. The entertainment has also been completely turned up a notch. Some of the most popular live bands and DJ’s are scheduled all summer! Basically, never leaving a night un-touched with great entertainment. Their new motto is ‘7 Nights and 7 Parties’. This is perfect for those of you going on day trips or renting a house for the week. No matter what day you decide to go to Jenk’s, you will be blown away by their new sound and stage experience. A heads up on some of the drink specials: $2 dollar Miller Light cans from 9-12 on Fridays, and my personal favorite, the fresh squeezed OJ mixed with their Absolute vodka for $10 all day on Saturdays. Also, if you feel like a Texas style barbeque in Jersey, Wednesday is your night for a beach barbeque blow out. Check Jenk’s website to see acts like Life Speed, Back Seat Love Affair, DJ Unique, and more!








hose who say rock and roll is dead clearly aren’t embracing The Black Keys, a two-man band consisting of Ohio-natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. The Black Keys have come out with a new album called True Blue (produced by Danger Mouse), which is not only as awesome as El Camino, but darker and edgier too. This album seems to be largely inspired by the messy divorce that Auerbach is currently reeling from, which has resulted in him being granted temporary custody of his daughter Sadie. Carney went through his own divorce in 2009 (and has since remarried) so to say these songs about lost love come from those in the know would be an understatement. If music is an expression of emotion, then The Black Keys have clearly been going through an intense transition. Track by track, the album truly gets better and better. “Weight of Love” was obviously influenced by Pink Floyd – this song is trippy and delicious in a sensual kind of way. “Turn Blue”, clearly based on heartache, shows their version of trying to make a devastating situation sound happy…maybe even, optimistic. It would be a sweet track for a chill night because of how mellow it is. I would compare it to watching honey drip because it’s that... smooth. “Fever” is quintessential Black Keys that you have come to expect, very similar to “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling”. One of the best songs on the album is “Year In Review” – I love the lyrics and the theme hovering over it: “Why you always wanna love the ones who hurt you / Then break down when they go and desert you?” The echo in the background is haunting, but in a good way, and you wonder if the singer (Auerbach) is reflecting within himself. “Bullet In The Brain” is the saddest song on the album with obvious Pink Floyd influence. The tempo is low in this track, almost as if Auerbach is scared to sing louder. “It’s Up To You Now” is a powerful song, in which somebody is being forced into being on their own and fending for themselves.


The Black Keys have come a long way since Brothers (2010) and El Camino, yet they just keep getting better by capitalizing on a sound they have made their own. This album is heavier than the last two, and that’s because while El Camino was created at the on-set of their fame, Turn Blue was made during the thick of it. I guess The Black Keys are NOT rock and roll in that sense because fame has managed to make this band better (regardless of personal issues) which is pretty much the complete opposite for other rock acts. The Black Keys keep on killin’ the competition and I can’t wait to see how they raise the bar on their next album.


Rock Legends Reissue RELEASES:

SUMMER PLAYLIST: After the winter we had, hopefully there will be no shortage of barbeques and parties this summer. Nothing creates a great vibe better than good music, but who has the time to make a backdrop CD to have on while everyone mingles? If you’re better at cooking rather than making a fun playlist, I’ve got you covered. Here are 20 summer-y songs (ranging from club to indie) that friends and family can enjoy while welcoming the beautiful, sunny weather.

“Fever” – The Black Keys

Are you still obsessed with old school bands Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd? If so, then you’re in luck, because this summer these legendary bands are reissuing their classics! On June 3, Led Zeppelin will rerelease deluxe editions of their albums, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, as well as launch a reissue of 9 of their studio albums in chronological order (remastered by Jimmy Page). In addition to that, they are also sharing tons of unheard studio/ live recordings that were previously kept very private. In fact, each album will come paired with a second disc that consists entirely of unreleased music. Great item for loyal Zeppelin fans! Bon Jovi will reissue a remastered edition of the 1988 album New Jersey on July 1st. New Jersey was one of Bon Jovi’s best albums and contained “Bad Medicine”, “Living In Sin” and “I’ll Be There For You”. The new versions will be available in three formats: a single disc, a two disc deluxe edition, and a two CD/one DVD super deluxe edition. The two deluxe editions have tons of bonus material like 13 unreleased demos and a 32-page booklet filled with rare photos and insider commentary.

On July 1st, Pink Floyd will be reissuing 1994’s The Division Bell as a lavish collector’s box set to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary. Oddly enough, that same day Bon Jovi will be releasing their own reissue. The box set contains a vinyl pressing of the album (remastered from original analogue tapes), an additional “Take It Back” vinyl record, two different vinyl copies of “High Hopes”, and five art collection prints. Look out for REM’s digital release of over 150 ‘rare’ songs coupled into two packages ‘straight from the vault’ called The Complete Rarities: I.R.S 1982-1987 and The Complete Rarities: Warner Bros: 1988-2011. You can find both on ITunes.

“Ready To Go” – Guards “Sleeping With A Friend” – Neon Trees “All You’re Waiting For” – Classix “I Got You”- Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones

“Lazaretto” – Jack White “Best Friend” – Foster The People “MoneyGrabber” – Fitz and The Tantrums

“Cardiac Arrest” - Bad Suns “Tennis” - Lorde “Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore “Thunder Clatter” – Wild Cub “Summer” – Calvin Harris “I Wanna Get Better” (Vince Clarke Remix)– The Bleachers

“Comfortable” – The Knocks ft X. Ambassadors

“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry “Pompeii” – Bastille “Miss Jackson” – Panic At The Disco “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea “National Anthem” – Lana Del Rey



REAL TALK celebrity

MONICA LEWINSKY Shameful Revival by Christine Simmons


ixteen years after a young intern shamed the president, leaving the country aghast, and after ten years of blissful silence from “That Woman”, the “BJ Queen” has decided to raise her head yet again in her June Vanity Fair interview. Beginning this tale of woe, Monica Lewinsky’s bold headline takes center stage: “Shame and Survival”. My first thought was, really? Shame, most definitely. Survival? The balls on this chick! Survival is a strong word, my loose-lipped compadre. I had no idea that Monica Lewinsky was volunteering blood donations to help AIDS relief, or that she conquered cancer, or that she was possibly living in the Yucatan escaping malaria while building huts for third world children. Oh wait...she wasn’t. Lewinksy survived rug burns - let the pity begin. Needless to say, the article goes on to aid this narcissist in her role as the victim. She begins with defending her “consensual relationship” with Bill Clinton. What happened to girl code numero uno, don’t screw someone else’s man? You wonder why Hilary (his wife!) was quoted saying her husband was trying to “manage someone who was clearly a narcissistic loon.” Then she goes on to berate a woman for such comments and continues to question why feminist camps did not support her. When you become the “other woman”, you lose out on girl power and certainly the feminist support. Monica Lewinsky delves deeper into her depression in the aftermath of the scandal, proclaiming that she had “suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after.” Internet shaming and bullying ARE real problems, but if you are considering suicide after you willingly entered into a situation which you fully knew the consequences, that might be a bit of a stretch. In her case, it would be called shame, disappointment, and social suicide. Lewinsky continues to preach about her depression and reclusiveness, and claims the only reason for this reveal is for the purpose of “helping people” due to internet shaming. The 2010 wake of Tyler Clementi’s death (who, if you recall, was an 18 year old Rutgers freshman that had his moment of kissing another man streamed via webcam which caused him to commit suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge) was Lewinsky’s epiphany to sharing her story. I am not really sure helping others to survive adultery as the


adulterer is the right way to provide aid. Confusingly, after having the will to speak out and stand up, Monica describes after a quick self-google how she hermits herself. Contradiction much? Continuing her pity party, Lewinksy pronounces her inability to find an occupation. She began interviewing “for a variety of jobs that fell under the umbrella of ‘creative communication’ and ‘branding’ with an emphasis on charity campaigns.” Is the major flaw in the search laughable or what? Which marketing or communicationsbased firm would want that type of bad publicity? The moniker is Public Relations, not Public Felations. So while many in our economy may sympathize with the lack of finding work, any idiot can see why no one would hire you for such a highly visible, professional position. Between her attack on feminist camps and victimization, here comes the kicker, “Every day I am recognized. Every day.” Please don’t flatter yourself. I find it quite hard to believe that after all this time, people would still approach Monica Lewinsky, let alone take notice. Working and living in the NYC metro area, I can tell you from personal experience, most jaded Americans would not even flinch if their shopping cart bumped into an A-list celebrity, let alone a vixen from the 90’s. All in all, her apology (or lack thereof), her want to help those in similar situations, and her need for self-proclamation falls flat on deaf ears. While saying “I deeply regret what happened,” Lewinsky follows up that shallow remark defending her “authentic connection” in her “consensual relationship.” I would also like to request back the 20 minutes of my life that I wasted reading her word vomit. How about trying to hide in your closet with your filthy blue dress? While what went into your mouth 16 years ago may have caused controversial conversation, not one person cares what comes out now


MOODIE FOODIE Cabana Grill 213 Washington Ave Little Ferry, NJ 201-440-4700





re you dying to take an island vacation but money is a little tight? I have your hometown solution. Welcome to the Caribbean, right in your own backyard in Jersey! Cabana Grill of Little Ferry, NJ offers an eclectic mix of island food, great original favorites, and drinks that will make you feel like Jimmy Buffett. Before even sampling any of their Caribbean concoctions, I sat down with owners Ralph and Dee to get their take on this unique venture. Having both traveled many times to the Caribbean, Ralph and Dee were struck by the warm, friendly, and open vibe that made you feel right at home. Suddenly they were searching for a way to bring that nature to NJ and in February of 2014, Cabana Grill opened. Hearing what Ralph and Dee tried to accomplish, they succeeded with flying colors. With a severe emphasis on customer service, the wait staff and bartenders make you feel right at home in this unique atmosphere. The establishment has a very well stocked bar, a seating area for dining, and plenty of dance floor space. From there of course I had to sample some drinks. TIP: go see Pete at the bar for a banging Cabana Tea. They can be deadly, but they certainly are delicious going down with an island flare on your generic Long Island ice tea that definitely gets you in the mood to tango. Two beverages you just can’t miss are the Cabana’s own Mango Tango and Chocolate Martini. Both are strong but light, offering a delicious way to kick off your NJ Caribbean vacation. The Mango Tango (made with mango liquor, Malibu and splash of orange juice) is just as fun as a piña colada without all the heavy calories and sugar. The chocolate martini is light chocolate heaven, right down to the genuine Hershey that drips from the rim. Once you venture from the bar to get yourself some grub, you’ll be ready to dive head first into Cabana Grill’s made-from-scratch menu. Absolutely everything is made fresh, from the salsa to the breads to the ingredients, which proves that this establishment takes pride in an authentic affair. To couple the ripe nature of cooking, they also include farm fresh meat and use only black angus beef. To start off my tour of the islands, I began with jambalaya, empanadas, and citrus mango shrimp. The jambalaya is a dense

stew of sorts with mixed meats like sausage and chicken, paired with tomatoes and rice to offer the perfect amount of spice. Black angus beef with many spices wrapped in a fresh pastry and deepfried make up the empanadas. While alone they are delectable, give them a quick dip in the hot sauce served on the side for a taste pairing that puts some hair on your chest. The citrus mango shrimp are beautifully chosen shrimp that are grilled and served over fresh mango with a mango dipping sauce. The sauce adds a light, sweet nature to the shrimp and clears the palate for more dishes to come. Now onto the main affair, the mahi mahi (which is sautéed with salt, pepper, and EVOO) is served over rice and offers a light option that isn’t the slightest bit fishy. Pan-fried with garlic and shallots served over rice pilaf, the shrimp scampi is crisp, fresh, and flavorful. I had to sample the buffalo chicken sandwich, which is chef Matt’s signature creation (I nicknamed it the Buff Mateo). You have your choice of mozzarella or pepper jack cheese to pair with the buffalo chicken, spices, onions, and celery served on fresh bread. Finally, it was necessary to round out the meal with some authentic jerk pork. The jerk seasoning originates out of Jamaica with a hot pepper spicy flare. I learned that this is made in roast form, sliced to order than panned seared to pair with plantains, black beans, or rice. I chose my jerk chicken to be served with rice and black beans, which was a phenomenal decision. The meat was tender and had a little kick while putting the beans over the rice to calm my palate. By now I had little room to breathe, let alone take in more food, yet Dee and Ralph brought over their signature Mama B’s Piña Colada Cake. It being Ralph’s mother’s from-scratch recipe, I could not resist. Let me say, make room for this! The vanilla cake (with pineapple, pudding, cream, and coconut) gives a light complement to the entire meal that doesn’t end in a dessert belly bomb. All in all, come for the crazy cocktails that do not disappoint, enjoy an authentic fresh feast, and stay for the dancing and entertainment that happens every night of the week! From pro jam sessions, free tango lessons on Tuesday’s, and live bands on the weekends, drop in to Cabana Grill because it’s your new island destination that has something for everyone.




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an you believe that 15 percent of women have never experienced an orgasm in their life? This is an ongoing issue that I hear women talk about all the time and no offense, but if this is you, I don’t understand how that is even possible. Isn’t that the whole point of having sex? It’s like running a marathon and never getting to the finish line! I guess if you’ve never had an orgasm before, you technically don’t know what you’re missing but hell, even for curiosity sake, you better believe I would die trying. If I didn’t have an orgasm at least 2-3 times a week, I would turn into a creature of the night and probably run around ripping people’s heads off. Let’s put it this way, my husband wouldn’t be the only one who would be scared of me. Here are some pointers that will help get you on your way to your best orgasm, BTS style; whether you’ve had one before or not. You’ll thank me. For starters, there are two types of orgasms that a woman can achieve: internal and clitoral. Both are acceptable, but I prefer clitoral. For me, this only seems to happen in a certain position; on top while working the middle, if you know what I mean. If you’re not familiar with this position, I suggest trying it out, it works like a charm for me every single time! If you can’t figure it out, don’t get discouraged, pro moves like mine come with time…LOL! The internal orgasm seems to “cum” a little easier for most, at least for me. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but my guess is that the internal vagina has so many hot spots that you’re bound to find something to work with. Don’t forget to keep your head in the game, like a football player before the Super Bowl. Don’t be worrying about the laundry, what you have to do at work, or how you’re going to pay your bills this month. Your problems and issues will all be there afterwards, so enjoy being in the moment. Don’t feel bad asking your partner for what you want, especially if you’ve given them ample opportunities in the past to get you to climax and they weren’t able to deliver. If you think you know what might do the trick, let them know and they will thank you in the long run. Try some serious foreplay beforehand and come as close to an orgasm as you can before you actually engage in intercourse. This will get your blood flowing in places it needs to and take a bit of pressure off of the both of you, knowing that you’re just about there to begin with. If all else fails, step up to the plate and take matters into your own hands. If you haven’t found that certain someone that can help


you achieve your orgasmic destiny, there is still no excuse to not have one. Use your hand, get a toy, or rub yourself up against a wall…LOL! Do whatever you have to do to make it happen, it will be a life changing experience! Kisses, Angela Do you problems having an orgasm or never had one at all? Please share your questions, comments or stories with me at Don’t worry, you will remain anonymous.




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EW Spirits is based in Evanston, Illinois, just north of the north side of Chicago, along the western shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago has a rich, well-known heritage in terms of whiskey and the Prohibition era and FEW takes its name somewhat ironic name from the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard. This Evanston resident played a prominent role not only in the suffrage movement, but (like many women activists of her day) was also instrumental with the temperance movement. Willard made Evanston the home of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.


• 2oz Few Spirits Bourbon • 1 Barspoon Orange Marmalade • 0.75oz Lemon Juice • 2 Dash Orange Bitters • Wheat Beer Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with wheat beer.

Evanston was a natural home for a temperance league, as it was founded as a dry community and remained so over 100 years, from 1858 until 1972, when restaurants and hotels were finally allowed to serve liquor. It took more than another decade, until 1984, until retail stores were allowed to sell the stuff. Come 2011, Paul Hletko launched FEW. Take that, Frances! FEW’s basked of spirits includes a gin, a white whiskey, a rye whiskey and a bourbon, in addition to periodic limited editions such as their single malt whiskey. The bourbon became one of the constituents of the Four Kings collaboration blend that attracted so much attention last month. The Bourbon FEW Bourbon Whiskey is aged less than four years in charred new oak barrels from Minnesota. The Minnesota oak is younger due to a shorter growth season, thereby offering a tighter grain than normal cooperage timber, changing the aging dynamic somewhat. F.E.W. distills their bourbon from a mashbill of 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% two-row malt to 67.5% ABV and barrels it at 57.5% ABV, before ultimately bottling it at 46.5% ABV (93 proof). In the glass, FEW Bourbon is a deep copper in color. On the nose, you get notes from each component of its three-grain mash bill. There’s a malty sweetness with caramel and vanilla, as well as a strong rye spice, and a woody accent. On the palate, FEW Bourbon starts dry and rather spicy, with tastes of wood and a bit of pepper. Some sweetness soon kicks in with malt, caramel and molasses. There’s a long, rather warm finish, with the spice and wood lingering behind. Add some ice and you’ll notice that the corn becomes prominent for the first time, with much reduced spiciness, although the wood remains. The long, warm finish is replaced with a quick finish of malt and corn. The Price Costs vary for F.E.W. Bourbon, with online listings for a 750 ml bottle ranging from $49.99 to nearly $80. If you’re based in the U.S., however, you shouldn’t spend more than $50 or $55 for a bottle.




June 2014