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f ever spring had a mantra, that would be it. And it’s one that’s echoing throughout our region, as folks ready their homes for the summer season. Whether you’re purging your closets, or refreshing your awnings, chances are you’re eyeballing some of the best new items to update your collections this spring. Here are some of the must-have accessories, from the coolest hi-tech gardening tools to the can’t-miss app for your Smartphone. (If you have a favorite that’s not mentioned here, please let us know!) Gardening Gadgets: You may not need a green thumb with these hi-tech helpers! • The GKH Gardening Companion iPhone Garden Assistant promises plenty of advice, and it’s free! It puts planting information at your fingertips, with thousands of articles and YouTube videos. It also lets you set reminders and share your garden with your friends online. • The Parrot Flower Power Plant Monitor is a wireless sensor that assesses your plants’ needs and sends alerts to your Smartphone. Shaped like a branch, it tracks sunlight, temperature, fertilizer, and moisture. Fitness & Health: Beach season is just around the corner! • You may have your favorite exercise app, but this one takes fitness to a whole new level. The free app Charity Miles lets you walk, bike, or run for a good cause. Corporate sponsors donate a few cents for each mile and you get to choose the recipient from the approved list of charities. • Looking to eat a little healthier? Fooducate is an app that can help. Use it to scan the barcodes on the food you buy, and see what “grade” it’s assigned. The app will even give you alternative brands that score better. Fashion: Update your closet with these spring favorites! • New York’s Fashion Week spotlighted some fun trends for spring, from half moonshaped handbags to metallic scarves, and pastel fringe sandals. But the “it” shoe of the season could be the “babouche,” a flat leather slipper with pointed toes originating from Morocco. Look for it in your favorite fashion-forward shoe store. • The Pantone 2016 “Color of the Year” is the tranquil rose quartz. This blush pink is an airy pastel that’s perfect for the season — and our wardrobes. With this list, you’ll be more than ready for spring. So slip on your babouches, grab a copy of NJ Lifestyle and walk for charity to your favorite reading place. With so many interesting and relevant articles, you’re sure to be inspired this season. Enjoy!
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CONTENTS FEATURES Fashion Weave trending pieces into your existing wardrobe.
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Trend Watching Effortlessly weave trending pieces into your existing wardrobe to create current looks
dentifying the most current fashion trends can be as easy as flipping through a glossy magazine at your local salon or tuning in to an episode of â€œKeeping Up with the Kardashians.â€? But incorporating these stylish trends into your existing wardrobe can be a much more tedious and stressful task. By following these on-trend guidelines, giving your current wardrobe items a spring facelift can be easy, practical and super exciting. One ideal way to both expand your wardrobe and ride a current trend is to add a shirt under one of your existing sleeveless dresses. This
On-trend layering from No. 21
Boho chic from American Rag
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popular layering trend was an especially strong showing on the spring 2016 runways, further accentuating its vast versatility. Add a plain white t-shirt under one of your summer dresses and you will add a boost to your spring wardrobe, plus get extra wear from an item you already own. By bringing your summer garments into your spring wardrobe, your options for chic outfits grow exponentially. You will be amazed at the sheer number of combinations you can create. This spring 2016 runway look from designer label No. 21 effortlessly shows off this growing trend. The juxtaposition of an oh-so-casual white
Off-the-shoulder look from J. Crew
t-shirt paired with a frilly dress combine to make a bold, yet fun fashionforward statement. You will be both comfortable and stylish in this refreshing hip look. The No. 21 label hails from Milan and is the brainchild of designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Featuring crisp tailoring in structured materials alongside feminine shapes with ornate trims, No. 21 injects a refreshing, dynamic sensibility into a modern, feminine aesthetic. Celebrity clients love the label’s subdued palette of monochrome and pastel hues interspersed with glimmering elements and graphic flourishes. Get in touch with your spirit side and channel your inner hippie for this next exciting spring fashion trend. Many designers clearly were looking toward the West Coast this season, and have created new looks that perfectly captured the peasant vibe associated with the spiritual crowd of the 1970s. Nothing says hippie-chic better than a patterned peasant dress, and if you don’t already have one in your closet, go seek one out. Currently available at Macy’s, this maxi dress from designer
White-on-white fashion from Vince
Citrus dress, Marissa Webb
American Rag features a hypnotic print and a trendy handkerchief-hem, creating boho style magic. Established in 1984, the iconic West Hollywood brand American Rag has grown from a small, exclusive vintage store on La Brea Blvd., to a complete lifestyle apparel brand. The successful mix of fast fashion and moderate price points continues to push the brand into exciting new categories and on to new heights. Fashionably fresh while staying true to its boutique heritage; the line melds vintage-inspired colors and prints with classic denim and the season’s latest trends. Believe it or not, the most popular body part to showcase this season is, hands down, your shoulders. Yes ladies, thankfully those midriffbaring tops have been replaced with off-the-shoulder looks that flatter everyone. Who knew the sexiest slice of skin to show for spring 2016 would be the shoulders, and women across the globe are thrilled. Check out this delightful ensemble from designer J. Crew, certain to become a favorite of the season. Highlighting this season’s erogenous zone, this Showcasing stripes from Blugirl
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LIFEST YLE FASHION outfit’s lively pattern and carefree feel will start your season off just right. American label J. Crew debuted in 1983 with the mailing of its first catalog. Six years later, they opened a flagship store at New York’s South Street Seaport, and today, the business includes retail and outlet stores nationwide and an ever-growing online and catalog business. This loved brand evokes a welcoming, all-America feel — a mood of underrated timelessness — and features expert color-blocking and pattern mixing. Everyone looks fashion-forward in a chic monochromatic color scheme, and no one knows this better than the entire Kardashian clan. White-on-white is red hot this season and, odds are, you already have this trend hiding in your closet. Choose a crisp white button-down top and pair it with some white jeans or capris. If you are searching for something new for the season, check out this look from the coveted Vince label. A lightweight layering piece with chic, minimalist appeal, the long vest is cut with high side slits for a modern edge. The neckline and straight hem give a clean look to the relaxed fit when worn loose, and offer cool contrast when belted for a slimmer fit. Vince is a global brand synonymous with a modern, timeless aesthetic and effortless sophistication. Founded in 2002, the brand strives to create a collection of iconic essentials women and men would want to wear every day with a focus on distinctive design, enduring style, and uncompromising quality. The brand caters to the woman who favors the luxury end of casual chic dressing, and celebrity clients include Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Moss. After experiencing all the spring 2016 runway shows, one thing is for certain; there is a lightness and brightness to this season, a concept that was reflected in countless designers’ garments. The majority of tones were happy, citrus, and bright. Odds are you have something bright
On the Fringe Go bold in these “Abria” gladiator sandals featuring the fashionable trifecta of caged details, fringe, and ankle-tie design. These suede open-toe ankle-tie strappy sandals have a back zipper closure and offer tassel and fringe details at the ankle, Guess, $125.
Sashay on to the scene in these trendy, fringe-detail “Hustle” sandals. With a peep-toe ankle-strap, fringe detailing, and a wrapped stiletto heel, this suede stunner is ideal for spring, Nine West, $119.
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and fresh already in your wardrobe. Perhaps a sunset-toned top or maxi dress you added in years’ past? Well, this juicy option is available for you trendy ladies looking to add something new from a hot designer. The Marissa Webb label presents this orange stunner; an embroidered organza dress with an oh-so-feminine bodice and an on-trend tiered hem. Layer a white t-shirt under this dress and you will be yet another rung up on the fashion-forward ladder. Born in Korea and raised in the United States, Marissa Webb’s design aesthetic blends and juxtaposes elements of architecture and nature by mixing highly-structured, tailored pieces with whimsical softness and flow. Each collection is created to appeal to the woman who appreciates timeless fashion but maintains the confidence to incorporate contrasting and unexpected pieces. If you’re looking for a chic casual look for the warmer weather, the stripe trend may just be the one for you. Stripes were big on the runways and were seen in all sizes and colors. If you have searched and searched for that striped top you are certain you had in the back of your closet from last year, fear not. This stylish trend is all over the retail racks this spring. I especially love this option from the Blugirl label. Not only are the stripes fabulous, there is also a peek-a-book shoulder; another trend of the season. An Italian fashion line, the Blugirl brand embodies romantic, youth, and femininity. Founded in 1995, the label is based on the concept of freestyle clothing. It offers lots of delightful separates that can be mixed and matched, reinvented and worn with a healthy dose of creativity and playful irony. Anna Molinari is the famous name behind the popular label and believes fashion is a mix of sensations and cultural influences — a return to the past and a vision of the future — for a modern, sexy and feminine woman. n
Add some flair to your footwear this season Fun will follow you when you wear this Lambert Fringe Bootie. Long faux-suede fringe swishes and sways from this Western-inspired bootie, featuring a dramatically-curved topline and a stacked heel, Coconuts by Matisse, $89.
Expertly crafted in Italy, this “Pocahontas” fringe sandal will be a welcome addition to your closet. Crafted in suede and accented with fringe detailing, you will fall in love with this gorgeous shoe, Aquazzura, $875.
Be both comfortable and oh-so-stylish in these “Alex” sandals. Featuring a fringed ankle cuff, comfortable thin toe strap, and a side-zip closure, this leather beauty is made in Brazil, kate spade new york, $79.99.
Your feet will love the comfort of this leather “Dinky” Fringe Sandal. Tiered fringe adds to the rustic vibe of this breezy backto-basics thong sandal, BC Footwear, $59.
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Decorating and Dining 101 Tips to make your special gathering place shine By Candice Adler
o longer is the dining room reserved for formal dinners or just holiday celebrations. In fact, many homeowners prefer to skip a formal dining room altogether, and just combine a large seating area along with the kitchen or great room. Whether you spend weekly dinners with your family, or possibly are hosting a dinner party, the dining area is ultimately where people come together. Because the dining area and kitchen are the heart of your home, it’s important it reflects your style and clearly functions on a daily basis to fit your specific needs. From traditional to modern styles, there are many options available. Think about what colors and style appeal to you when planning your dining area. If you’re not sure, visit a website, such as Houzz, and you will get stimulated very easily, even possibly addicted. First, I usually ask my clients how they plan to use the dining area. Will it be for formal entertaining or rather a more casual, relaxed space used often. Generally, a formal dining space may be darker and dramatic. It will include possibly ornate wallpaper and decadent chandeliers. As I have always said, lighting will set the tone for the atmosphere you are creating. If you are more casual, I suggest lighter colors on the walls and maybe a fun wallpaper pattern. Some interesting furniture and track lighting will work perfectly. By adding an eclectic mix of unique collectibles or an assortment of candles on your table rather than a traditional floral centerpiece, the space will feel more relaxed and easy. The table in your dining room is like the sofa in your den. I would say it’s very important to get it right when selecting, as it will anchor your room. Please consider size, color, and durability when selecting the table. Once the finish has been selected, all the other elements that play in the Photo by Alex Anton room come together. Upholstery on the chairs, the carpet, and the curtains are what makes the story come alive. I always say, it’s like a story. I just ask my clients which story appeals to them the most and we go from there. Materials do not always need to match exactly. They will carry a similar style and weight, but it’s always more interesting to pull together several elements to make the space unique. If you choose to include a hutch to display tableware, have it lit up so in the evening hours it is a focal point and adds ambiance while dining. Use the surface of a credenza as a display spot for some of your favorite accents. I tend to like asymmetrical arrangements on a sideboard, with a pair of lamps or a possible organic arrangements to feel natural. If possible, a mirror above the credenza reflecting your chandelier would be ideal. The perfect lighting plan would combine natural and artificial light if possible. Always put your overhead lighting on dimmers. Your hanging lighting should hang 30” from the surface of your table to the bottom of 12 May Issue 2016 | LIFESTYLE REPORT njlifestyleonline.com
your fixture. By having it on a dimmer, you will reduce the chance of having a glare. Wall sconces always add an elegant touch. If you decide to use candlelight on the table while entertaining, soft lighting by the lamps on a sideboard will create low ambient light for your guests. Your chandelier will sparkle if you use clear bulbs. If using pendants rather than one fixed light, make sure there is at least 12” on either side of the table to maximize effective lighting and reduce unwanted glares. Think of the lighting priority — as a function as well as the decorative appeal — that not only needs to look amazing, but ultimately perform just as well. Lastly, consider the amount of natural sunlight that comes in the space for entertaining at all times of the day. You want your lighting to be energy efficient and stylish at the same time. Now comes the fun part; texture, layers, color. We add all these fun elements with our rugs, window treatments, and upholstery. You can never go wrong with long panel sheers framing your windows. They can let in the daylight, while having no problem taking a key role at night. A sizable rug will give the perfect layered effect of texture while anchoring the underfoot space. Choose something that will wash easily and be durable enough when chairs are dragged back and forth on the surface. If using an area rug, it is without question that when the chair is pulled back it still rests entirely on the area rug. You never want half the chair resting on the rug while the back legs of the chair are on a hard surface. To determine you have the correct measurements, measure the width of your table and add 4 feet. You can experiment with different shapes depending on the size of the dining area and the shape of your table. I believe what makes your home ideal are the personal touches you add that are unique to you. The dining room is a perfect setting to show your personality with the objects you choose to display. If there is a mantel in the room, it will be perfect to show off some great accents that are meaningful to you. Create a wall of old family photos that everyone will enjoy over the years. I even had a client start the tradition of each year at holidays taking pictures of everyone at the dinner and frame them to build on each holiday. It’s so nice to see how everyone grows and changes over the years. Let your walls do the talking with an unexpected wall color or paper. Whatever you decide, the centerpiece should be eye-catching, something dramatic even if you don’t necessarily use it. As long as the elements are all to scale, you will easily create the harmonious balance you are seeking. n I hope you enjoy my tips to make your home the one you love. If you have any design questions, please feel free to reach out. Visit my website at www. candiceadlerdesign.com for inspirational photos and ideas.
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Taking Care of the Customer: Atlantic City Barstool Brothers
Featuring heirloom-quality pieces custom made to suit any style By Felicia Lowenstein Niven
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Brothers and co-owners Russell Schanker and Joseph Czyzewicz
SPEND JUST A FEW MINUTES AT ATLANTIC CITY BARSTOOL Brothers and you’ll soon realize this is no ordinary furniture store. Sure, it has gorgeous furnishings on display, and the catalogs you might expect with many more choices. But the real difference is that Atlantic City Barstool Brothers won’t tell you “no.” They won’t tell you they don’t have it, they can’t get it, or it’s out of your price range. Because they’re willing to customize it for you so it’s exactly what you want.
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It’s a unique concept that’s earned brothers and co-owners Joseph Czyzewicz and Russell Schanker plenty of kudos — and repeat business. “It’s not just about the sale,” says Joe. “It’s about taking care of the customer.” That’s exactly what they’ve been doing since they opened the business over 25 years ago at that first location in Ocean Township, Monmouth County. The brothers expanded their customer base when they relocated to Mays Landing in 2000, and then again when they moved to Northfield in 2009. Their 5,000 sq. ft. showroom located near the Tilton movie theatre is their largest yet, though it doesn’t come close to showcasing all of the furniture that they offer. “We carry over 200 different manufacturers, including 20 Amish companies, and over 100,000 selections of brands,” says Joe. “We have the largest selection of dining and barstools on the East Coast.” The business also features Amish bedroom sets, sofas and loveseats, and the full range of formal and casual dining and living room pieces. Pricing is “A to Z,” from modest to higher end. “We could have a store that’s 30,000 sq. ft. and still not be able to display everything,” he noted. “This way, we keep it manageable and also save on costs that we don’t have to pass along to the customer.” The furniture displayed at Atlantic City Barstools has an important distinction, however. It’s all U.S.-based. “So much of the furniture sold in this country today comes from China,” said Joe. “We made the decision that everything we carry would be made in America. It’s important for us to offer our customers that kind of quality. Our
“We pride ourselves that we are a family business and take care of our local customers. As a result, a lot of our customers become our friends.”
pieces are made by master craftsman and quality companies, and that’s the difference. These are pieces that will stand the test of time. For example, the Amish pieces are not just farmhouse tables but heirloom quality that can be handed down from generation to generation.” But it is their custom furnishings business for which the brothers are known. “You can choose any shape, size, finish, fabric, style and price range,” said Joe. “You can even etch or burn a family crest or initial. We want people to get what they want and walk out happy. It might be building a one-ofa-kind piece that doesn’t exist anywhere else, or it could be building a less expensive version of a piece that’s displayed in our store.” The design is complimentary if you’re commissioning a custom piece at Atlantic City Barstool Brothers. Joe is at the helm of the process, offering expertise based on his background in design. Russell utilizes his background in architecture design, and years of handcrafting custom furnishings, to bring the design to reality. In-store and at-home design consultations are both available. The process is very customer-centric. “So many people don’t trust themselves when it comes to design,” said Joe. “They tend to hire designers to tell them what they should do. But really, you as the customer do know what you like. We help you by asking the right questions, and really getting to know your personal style. Our goal is to make the furniture selection process easy and fun. And yes, you can bring in your designer too if you’d like.” Atlantic City Barstool Brothers isn’t limited to designing for residences, however. The brothers also stage homes for real estate agents, and furnish casinos and area restaurants such as the Tuckahoe Inn, Johnny’s Café, and Luke Palladino’s. Through it all, they develop relationships that transcend business. “Our customers are our shareholders and they are the ones we strive to make happy,” says Joe. “We pride ourselves that we are a family business and take care of our local customers. [As a result] a lot of our customers become our friends.”
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Brain Health The symptoms, treatment and future hope for Alzheimer’s Disease
n the movie Still Alice, Julianne Moore’s character is a happily married 50ish linguistics professor with three grown children. She starts to forget words, gets lost during a jog, and is finally diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. In the final scene, Alice needs constant care and is barely able to speak. As I watched, I was both informed and moved. When the credits rolled, tears streamed down my cheek. I could only imagine what families and caregivers must experience when someone they love slowly slips away due to this disease. My thoughts turned to fear. How do I know if I am at risk? What about my parents? Can Alzheimer’s be prevented? What are the warning signs? As host of a radio health program, I have a unique opportunity to speak with top professionals, and I was inspired to learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease. One such expert is Claire Day, Senior Vice President of Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter. She says, just like other organs, the brain does not work as well as we age. However, typical effects of aging do not mean we have Alzheimer’s. There are 10 warning signs that the Alzheimer’s Association wants us to know, such as short term memory loss (see sidebar). Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive degeneration of the portions of the brain which controls thinking, memory, movement, communication and sensation. Genetics play a part in developing Alzheimer’s, but a smaller role than once believed, according to Day. The biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is advancing age — doubling every five years after age 65. While we can’t change family history,
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genetics or our age, there are risk factors that we can control. There is growing evidence that links brain health to heart health. Each time our heart beats, it nourishes our brain. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s appears to be increased by high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. As Day puts it, “What’s good for your heart is good for your head.” Staying physically active, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking can help us reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It can also help to stay socially connected and maintain brain health through mentally stimulating activities such as playing cards, brain games and reading. One in nine people over the age of 65 and one in three over the age of 85 are afflicted with Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in our country. As the baby boomers age, it is predicted that 10 million of them will develop the disease in their lifetime. The number of people with Alzheimer’s is predicted to more than triple by the year 2050. This bleak reality finally reached Congress, who approved a historic $350 million increase last year for Alzheimer’s Disease research — a 60% rise in budget. According to Day, Federal funding for Alzheimer’s has lagged in comparison to funding for cancer, heart disease and HIV/Aids, and this new funding will help fuel further research that not only answers “what”, but “why”. Over the last 30 years, there has been amazing progress in understanding healthy brain function and what happens to a brain with Alzheimer’s. Ongoing research is focused on new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s. According
to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently five FDA-approved Alzheimer’s Drugs that treat the symptoms, but do not treat the underlying cause of the disease. Promising studies and clinical trials will hopefully lead to the next generation of drug therapies. In addition to greater medical knowledge, public perception of Alzheimer’s Disease is changing, according to Day. She says there was a time people would whisper “Alzheimer’s” just like the word “cancer”, but we don’t whisper it anymore. The recent passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan reminds us of her influence in helping to increase awareness of this disease. In 1994 President Ronald Reagan made a brave announcement of his diagnosis, bringing Alzheimer’s out of the shadows. There is so much we don’t know, yet there have been great strides in brain health. The future may one day hold a promise for reaching a cure and the ultimate goal of The Alzheimer’s Association — a world without Alzheimer’s. If you suspect that someone you love has Alzheimer’s Disease, don’t ignore it. Seek medical attention right away. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. You can also contact them at alz.org. n Robin Stoloff, was the Health Reporter for NBC 40 for more almost 30 years. She is now the new host of her own radio program, “Living Well with Robin Stoloff” on Lite Rock 96.9, WFPG FM (A Townsquare Media Company) on Sunday mornings from 9-11am. Robin talks with local experts about health, fitness, nutrition and so much more. You’ll also hear her “Health Update” segments throughout the day on air and online at literock969.com. Learn how to live a better, smarter and healthier life with Robin Stoloff’s “Living Well” program and “Health Update” features.
Health Watch By Robin Stoloff
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks. 4. Confusion with time or place. 5. Trouble understanding visual images or spacial relationships. 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. 8. Decreased or poor judgment. 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. 10. Changes in mood and personality. — Alzheimer’s Association njlifestyleonline.com
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For Those About To Rock
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By David J. Spatz
ans of the long-running classic rock band Kansas rejoiced when they learned their favorite group from the 1970s was finishing up its first studio album in 16 years. But don’t get your hopes up about hearing any of the new material on the radio. While the six-piece band responsible for big hits like “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” spent over 200 weeks on the Billboard music charts during the height of their popularity, members of the band approached the new project with enthusiasm tempered by a healthy dose of reality. They know that based on current trends and formats on terrestrial-based radio, there isn’t much air or interest out there for a band that was formed in the early 1970s. “That would be a very lucky thing if that happened. We, and really none of our peers, haven’t been able to crack that one in a very long time,” says Kansas guitarist Richard Williams, 66, one of two members who played on the group’s self-titled debut album in 1974 who’s still with the group. The other is 65-year-old drummer Phil Ehart. “(It’s difficult) getting something to fit within the format of the flavor of the month in today’s radio by a classic rock band,” he adds. “Give me an example of when that has happened in recent history, because I can’t really think of one.” Kansas is simply hoping their new music resonates with their fans, more than two million of whom follow them on their web or social media sites. They’re realistic enough to know the chances of them actually scoring a hit single for the first time in decades is a stretch. “We won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen,” Williams says during a phone call from Atlanta, where the band just completed the last tracks for the still-untitled album. “But we’ll be pleasantly surprised if it did.” While the band has seen its share of personnel changes over the decades, there haven’t really been that many. Other than their newest lead singer, Ronnie Platt, the current Kansas lineup consists of musicians who have
been with them for decades. For the new album, the group didn’t just blindly go into a studio to record some original material hoping that something would stick and click. They first needed to see if their current lineup had the chops to produce the Kansas sound. So they locked themselves in a Florida hotel conference room last year and started working on material, sort of like a musical self-focus group. “We started pounding things out to see what we could come up with and see how it was going to go with the new lineup,” Williams says. “We just had to see what’s there, and it was a very positive experience.” Williams said Kansas, which headlined at Trump Taj Mahal in February, took a more “organic” approach to its fifteenth studio album. That means more “real” instruments instead of virtual ones, he explains. “We’re bringing back the (Hammond) B-3 (organ). There’s just nothing like that beast on a recording compared to the digital ‘almosts,’” he says. “So everything about this is trying to go for a live musical feel much like we recorded back in the days of yore.” When it releases the album, Kansas will aim its digital marketing sights directly at its fans. “We’re not ‘artistes,’ y’know,” he says. “We’re a band. And that’s what we do best, we perform. Playing live is why I do this. This is why I got into the band in the first place, because I actually wanted to play guitar.” This album is not going to be someone other than who we are. It’s just more of us.” With Platt now singing lead vocals following the retirement of former front man Steve Walsh, who served two tours of duty over 41 years, Williams says their new singer has to perform a delicate musical balancing act between the past and the present. “He’s won over the fan base. He’s a great performer, a great singer, and a great guy that is really good on and off stage with the fans, a very personable guy,” Williams says of Platt. Platt has a similar vocal range of previous Kansas front men, and because he grew up while Kansas was making its name in the
1970s, he was heavily influenced by music of the era, Williams explains. “He has his own voice, but he’s also very respectful to the songs as written, the melody lines, as people are used to hearing them (on the original recordings),” he says. “The new album gives him a chance to now do Kansas his way. These are his songs now, he owns these. While he does a terrific job of delivering a representation of our past, he now has a whole catalogue of stuff that’s going to be a part of our future.” *** Last summer, Borgata stuck its toes in the water to see if a major outdoor concert venue could work in Atlantic City. This summer, it’s taking the full plunge — but not with outdoor concerts. Instead, it’s currently turning the one-and-done Festival Park into a large and luxurious swimming pool capable of accommodating up to 1,000 hotel guests. Festival Park was a great idea that entertained a lot of people, says Joe Lupo, the casino’s senior vice president of operations. But the concept wasn’t as profitable as Borgata anticipated. “A successful organization sometimes has to make tough decisions. A lot of people had a great time out there, but it was very difficult to book bands,” he says. “It was only specific to a genre of music that had a demographic that was willing to stand, because it was a GA (general admission) type of atmosphere. We just didn’t see the ticket-buying like we would for an indoor facility. I think people waited to see how the weather was going to be. So not being able to book as many shows, (the venue went unused) six, sometimes seven days a week.” Borgata expects the pool to be ready in time for the July 4 holiday weekend. Although Borgata’s companion boutique hotel, the nongaming, 400-room Water Club, has an outdoor pool, Borgata’s new Roman-style pool will be a first for guests staying in its 2,000-room hotel tower. Like practically everything else at Borgata,
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L I F E ST Y L E E N T E R TA I N M E N T the 3,200-square-foot pool will be an overthe-top amenity. Guests will relax on over 400 chaise lounges and daybeds or seek shelter from the sun in cabanas. Borgata isn’t completely scrapping everything associated with Festival Park. The rented main stage is gone, but it’s repurposing other elements associated with the venue and blending them seamlessly into the pool. “Most of the money we spent last year (on Festival Park) really remains intact,” he explains. “The bar, the smaller (side) stage, and all the infrastructure — like getting the land ready — cost a lot of money. And all of that is staying. We’re just changing the area where people stood (for shows) by digging a hole and putting a pool there.” Instead of being used only sporadically throughout the summer, the pool will be available seven days a week, Lupo adds. There will be a DJ to “set the tempo” on weekends, he says. But the facility won’t morph into a full-blown nightclub the way its neighbor, Harrah’s Resort, transforms its domed pool on weekends. Not this summer, anyway. “We’re spending a lot of money on our pool, we’re spending a lot of money on our
Artist’s rendering of Borgata’s new Roman-style pool
hotel guests,” he says. “We want to make sure we execute that right. Depending on how that goes, we may look at (the outdoor nightclub concept) for 2017. But for now, we really don’t want mixed messaging or positioning of what that pool really is. Right now, we’re going to have a really nice and energetic outdoor pool.” The pool is only part of a property-wide upgrade for Borgata. Last fall, its original nightclub, known as MIXX, closed and the casino is spending millions to create a new 18,000-square-foot venue called the Premier Nightclub. The new room, which Borgata says will rival the top clubs in New York, Las Vegas and Miami, will debut this spring. “For the new customer, the things that were hot 10 years ago aren’t hot now, especially with nightclubs,” Lupo says. “Nightclubs don’t have a very long shelf life. The young nightlife person wants to go into some place fresh and new.” Later this year, Borgata will introduce a new restaurant helmed by Iron Chef Michael Symon. The dining room will replace chef Stephen Kalt’s Fornelletto, which features Italian cuisine. Symon’s restaurant will be the celebrity chef’s first attempt at Italian dining. Symon will become the fourth of the Food
Network’s Iron Chefs cooking under Borgata’s roof, joining Bobby Flay, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Wolfgang Puck. (Puck, who only appeared on one episode of the series, is considered a “retired” Iron Chef.) The $50 million Borgata will spend on improvements in 2016 is twice what it spends during an average year to enhance the visitor experience, Lupo says. Unlike Las Vegas, which many people visit once a year, if that, Atlantic City relies heavily on repeat business. “The Atlantic City visitor will come anywhere from 10 (to) 50 times a year. So it’s important that we continue to evolve our product and give (people) a reason to come back by offering different amenities,” he notes. During the fourth quarter of the year, Borgata will also add an additional 25,000-square feet of convention and meeting space, something other casinos have done. “We continue to invest in our property and invest in our people and I certainly think it shows our commitment to the area and the city, and hopefully people can realize that we’re not going anywhere,” Lupo adds. “We’re going to remain on top by investing a lot of money. Our customers appreciate that and our employees do as well.” n
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CROSSOVER SUVS ARE TAKING the American luxury car market by storm, Car & Driver reported in its March issue. People who used to prefer mid-size sedans are now switching to crossover SUVs because they’re more practical for busy lives. They’re a soccer dad’s dream come true, with the ability to transport all his offspring’s sports equipment while impressing others in the stands with his sense of style. “Americans just can’t seem to get enough of these pricey family haulers,” Tony Quiroga wrote. The Infiniti QX30, introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and again at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, is one new model that will satisfy drivers’ desire for comfort, speed, and performance, while providing the hauling capacity of a small SUV. The concept was introduced last year in Geneva, and the 2017 model is set
to appear in American showrooms this summer. The price is expected to be in the mid-$30,000 range. “With a purposeful, elevated crossover appearance and signature Infiniti design cues, the QX30 makes a bold visual statement, and defies categorization inside and out,” the company said in a press release. “Powerful elegance” is the design standard. Thanks to Infiniti’s recent partnership with Daimler, the QX30 will be built on a Mercedes-Benz compact chassis that is used in the German manufacturer’s CLA and GLA Class. But the rest of the vehicle is Infiniti, creating a cross-breed of German and Japanese engineering. For an idea of what to expect, the QX30’s chief competitors will be the Lexus NX, the Audi Q3, the Buick Encore, and the Mercedes GLA. The QX30 will be manufactured in Sunderland in northeast England, and sold worldwide, with different engines to suit each market. The American version will have a 208-horespower, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder gasoline engine. It comes with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, which means the gear shifting will be barely perceptible. It will have Intelligent All Wheel Drive, meaning that the front wheels will do most of the work, but up to 50% of the power can be transferred to the rear wheels when needed for better traction. Drivers will be able to choose one of three transmission modes. Eco Mode is for maximum fuel economy, Manual Mode gives the driver more control over the shifting, and Sport Mode is for acceleration and responsiveness. The specifications of the QX30 have not yet been released, but estimates are it will go from a standstill to 60 mph in about seven seconds. The Car Connection took a brief test drive in the sport model, and found “the engine and transmission proved responsive, whether accelerating from a stop or speeding up to overtake” wrote Christian Gulliksen, another car reviewer. The 60-40 split folding rear seats give the QX30 more storage space than most mid-size sedans, and the cargo hold has a reasonable capacity even when the seats aren’t folded, Gulliksen wrote. Even though the chassis is Mercedes-Benz, the design of the QX30 is pure Infiniti. “Infiniti’s DNA is evident in every curve,” according to the company. “In front, the top arc of the grille mirrors and the arc of the bottom form Infiniti’s signature double-arch grille.” The LED headlights can be seen from both the front and side, which has “a crescent-shaped C-Pillar and a dramatic rising and dipping shoulder line,” the company states. One possible detriment is the QX30 is a hatchback, a feature many Americans find distasteful even in economy cars. But that is not really a problem, Andrew Krok wrote in Road Show. The high ride and additional décor on the lower half give the QX30 a rugged, sporty look. “It’s daring — to be sure — but looks about as good as a hatchback can look,” Krok wrote. “That may be what it takes to distract American buyers from their usual prejudice.”
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ON WHEELS “The automaker also wanted to make sure ride quality didn’t suffer as a result of its height,” Krok wrote. “The springs and rear anti-roll bar are just a bit stiffer to flatten out the handling and counteract the higher center of gravity.” Reviewers say most people will find it easy to get in and out of the QX30. The QX30’s interior appointments also reek of luxury, with Infiniti’s signature asymmetric styling. Upholstery comes with high-quality black cloth or optional Nappa leather with several color choices. Of course, the QX30 contains all the bells and whistles that buyers expect in this price range, and maybe even a few more. Safety features include a 360-degree camera system and a warning if the driver strays from the lane of travel or if another vehicle is blocking the road. When the bright headlights are in use, they dim automatically if the car senses a vehicle in oncoming traffic. The infotainment system is one of Infiniti’s strong points. A seven-inch touch screen helps
the driver keep up-to-date on e-mails and texts — without risking a citation for distracted driving. Just plug in your smartphone, and you can use voice commands or the screen to get directions, call friends, have e-mails and texts read, or play your favorite music. Two USB ports allow for an extra device to be connected to the system. People who have found parallel parking to be the bane of their existence since their first behind-the-wheel lesson back in high school will certainly appreciate the QX30’s Intelligent Park Assist. When you spot a parking space at curbside, just press a button, and a dozen sensors will determine if the vehicle will fit. If you get an affirmative answer, push the button, and you push the brake pedal and accelerator while the QX30 parks itself. No more looking like a fool in public while trying to parallel park or back into a space. Reviewers were mixed about riding comfort, especially for taller passengers. Joe Bruzek wrote on cars.com that he felt a bit awkward getting his six-foot frame through
The 2017 Infiniti QX30S features a lower stance and aggressive front
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The Joys of Spring Remedies for wine enthusiasts, plus a visit to the West Coast
suppose looking back on the Winter of 2016 we didn’t do too badly, except for that massive snow storm which had me shoveling 20”+ of snow off of two cars and having to take regular “single malt whisky” breaks to revive my frozen aging body. And that’s a terrible way to empty a
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cherished bottle of single malt. But when the inexpensive stuff isn’t on hand, one has to do what one has to do. Didn’t John Wayne say something like that? Anyway, spring has sprung, and that finds us heading outdoors and sipping some refreshing wines. I want to offer a
slightly different column this month which I hope will help many of you to enjoy wine, especially those of you who have some problems with the elixir, plus a suggestion for West Coast wine country travelers. Before “that” storm visited us, I had attended the opening night of a play. While
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at the after-show party, I was chatting with an actress about the production and then the conversation changed to wine (I think I may have been responsible for that). She told me she has stomach cramps every time she drinks a glass of wine. My initial response was going to be the one the doctor used when his patient said: “Hey doc it hurts when I lift my arm this high.” The doc responded: “My diagnosis is simple ... don’t lift it that high.” Obviously, she can eliminate her cramps simply by abstaining from wine. But that’s an easy way out. An alternative medicine doctor I visited several times in London, Alla Svirinskaya (www.allasvirinskaya.com) provided the answer to this very issue during one of my sessions. I learned that people with digestive disorders which are irritated by wine, often causing cramps, can be eased, and in many cases eliminated, by dipping a piece of bread in olive oil prior to quaffing the nectar. I can tell you from firsthand experience, the remedy works. Not sure I understand why, but it does. Wish I could help the man with the arm problem, but that’s way out of my “reach”! Many people find white wine — especially dry young whites from Germany — gives them heartburn. Me too! I discovered that a Prilosec OTC pill about one hour prior to drinking, will seriously improve the digestive system’s intolerance to these acidic wines. I also have a word of advice for anybody who suffers from allergic reactions to wine, getting ruddy faced, coughing, and generally sounding wretched. This malady, primarily affecting people after drinking red wine, is caused by the histamines produced from the skins of the red wine grapes. If you pour a glass of wine and let it sit for about 30 minutes, you’ll find the histamines
dissipate into thin air and you can quaff away to your heart’s — and nose’s — content. Or you can take an anti-histamine pill before drinking the wine. I am not a member of the medical profession, and you should always seek medical advice from your family doctor, especially before taking any over the counter medications, but I’m offering these suggestions based on my personal experiences. As many of you who listen to my weekly podcast already know, we traveled to the West Coast for a couple of weeks before the holiday season, where I recorded four shows, two editions in northern California around Redding, and two along the central coast with Hearst Castle the jewel in the series’ crown. If you are planning a spring or summer trip to the West Coast, here’s a recommendation. After a fairly long flight from Philly to San Francisco, it’s not a good idea to sit behind the wheel of a rental car and traipse off to one of the wine regions, if that is indeed your ultimate destination. Having devoted a lifetime of trips to the vast vineyard on the West Coast, I always spend at least one night in the city where Mr. Bennett left his heart. I’m not a large corporate hotel kind of bloke. I like small beautifully appointed “gems” which you only hear about from well-traveled friends or brilliant wine columnists who write for the best magazines (so, you’re in luck). My wife and I enjoy minimalist, un-swanky hideaways with oodles of charm and people at the front desk who clearly enjoy their work and leave their surly demeanors at home. We arrived at the corner of Geary and Mason streets in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square. And there it was: Hotel G, nestled among fashionable restaurants, art galleries, theatres, and the finest shops in
town. Our room was the “Greatest King” (but of course) with a sitting area cleverly designed with a settee and coffee table. And this was ideal because my oldest chum in the wine world, and his wife, were spending the evening with us. Sanford was bringing a selection of wines he produces for us to sample, and I was in a hotel room after a stressful day wondering what the heck to do about dinner. Fortunately, Three 9 Eight Restaurant and Bar is accessed through Hotel G’s lobby and the feel is very European, simple and relaxed. William, the bar manager, evaluated the situation and within 30 minutes delivered the food he guaranteed would complement the Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay our guests would be bringing along. We had an antipasto of local artisan cheeses and meats, hummus, Shishito peppers and tapenade, and the total for four people was $30; amazing and delicious and perfect with the wines. Hotels G’s rooms offer all the essentials, which include complimentary Wi-Fi, terry towels and robes, and a very well-stocked honor bar. But above all, it boasts the quietest rooms I’ve ever occupied in a bustling city. We had a fabulous night’s sleep after a wonderfully relaxing evening hosting our friends in the spacious room. (Hotel G, 386 Geary St., San Francisco, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon and Viña Cobos Felino Malbec
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Spring is in the air What could be better than a grilled lamb steak?
A s we look around, and hopefully get our daily walks in,
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game since we managed to survive the frigid weather. With another season upon us, I am reminded I still have my list of house chores that somehow I never got to last year. This time I’ll stay focused, set goals and succeed. I know it’s a cliché to say it, but life is short, live it to the fullest. I need to re-read this every now and then and take my own advice. As you read this, the local farmers are busy with all the beautiful early spring vegetables coming into season. Please embrace them. Try new things. We only live once, there’s no second chance or do-overs. Make the most of each day and remember to smell the spring flowers. Here is one of my favorite spring dishes.
Recipe Corner Grilled Lamb Steak with Moroccan Spices • A saddle of lamb • 1 tbsp. cumin seed • 1 tbsp. allspice • 1 tbsp. cardamom pods • 1 tbsp. coriander seed • 1 stick cinnamon • 1 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped • Zest of 1 lemon • 1 tsp. fresh garlic, chopped • Fresh ground pepper • Touch of olive oil Ask your butcher to cut a saddle of lamb, crosscut, with 1 1/4 inch thickness. Depending on price (saddles are expensive), you can also do this with a leg of lamb. I prefer the saddle, as it’s a lot more tender. The leg can be a bit chewy. Toast off seeds, pod, and stick, then pulverize in a spice grinder. Rub all over the meat. Then rub in the garlic, mint, and lemon zest. Use the oil sparingly, and finish with fresh cracked pepper. Let sit/marinate. Before grilling, season with salt. Enjoy your spring. n 32 May Issue 2016 | LIFESTYLE REPORT njlifestyleonline.com
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Ram’s Head Inn
9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1700 ramsheadinn.com The Ram’s Head Inn continues the long-standing tradition of superior quality food and service that the Knowles family brought to Southern New Jersey in 1979. This started at the Manor in the 1950s, and also continues at the Highlawn Pavilion and Pleasantdale Chateau (all located in West Orange, NJ). Traditional food and beverage is served with a contemporary flair at various venues within this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Executive chef Elio Gracia has provided outstanding culinary excellence for seventeen years, incorporating as many seasonal organic and locally-grown foods as possible. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Blue Water Grille
60 N. Maine Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-343-7447 fantasearesorts.com Located on the 7th floor of FantaSea’s Flagship Resort, the Blue Water Grille is reinventing itself under the direction of Yianni Papaspanos, Director, Food and Beverage, and Executive Chef A. Juliano Cannuscio. Amazing views abound as the well-trained servers offer American Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences. Dine on their delicious selections as you enjoy the magnificent ambiance.
2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 609-927-7377 thecrabtrap.com Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. Flourishing as a 400-seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand, they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap, they don’t believe that has happened, or ever will.
Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery A Touch of Italy Ventura's Offshore Cafe
2015 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 609-641-5158 venturascafe.com Ventura's is a family restaurant and sportsman's bar with a cozy hometown atmosphere that makes you want to come back again and again. From their famous mussels marinara to their award-winning filet mignon, to their simply delicious gourmet pan pizzas, they offer fresh homemade meals to please everyone's palate.
6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-641-1855 touchofitaly.net A Touch of Italy offers the finest quality of food and service. Each meal served is cooked to order. A friendly and pleasurable atmosphere will make your visit a memorable one. Established in 1981 with more than 31 years of experience, this restaurant, banquet facility, and lounge serves only the finest natural veal, steaks, poultry, pasta, seafood and brick-oven pizza.
72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-2111 renaultwinery.com Open since 2001, Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery has become a local favorite of the Atlantic County area. The continued patronage speaks volumes to the flavors that Chef Joe DeGennaro creates, which combines his unique flair and traditions. The food quality and atmosphere are surpassed by none. The Milza family commits themselves to the highest level of service and customer satisfaction. Whether you choose Italian, seafood, premium steaks or a burger, you are sure to be pleased. Try their diverse flavors and experience their amazing ambiance in a unique setting.
470 White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 6126 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 609-561-9621, 609-625-1181 joesmaplewood.com For almost 70 years, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood has been known for its consistently great food! They believe that freshness and loving preparation are keys to satisfied customers. They have high standards for their food. Consistency can and should be expected. Food is fresh, salads are made to order, and pasta is boiled right before sauce is poured over it. “Gravy” or red sauce is made fresh daily and is loved by the locals in the area. They only use the finest ingredients at the Original Maplewood. Two locations — Same Great Food. Your Choice. 34 May Issue 2016 | LIFESTYLE REPORT njlifestyleonline.com
9314 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ 609-822-9111 sofiaofmargate.com Exhibiting classical Greco-Mediterranean design, Sofia invites you to enjoy her dinner table and share in a celebration of a wholesome cuisine built on homestyle cooking expressed by exceptional chefs and recipes acquired from past generations. Thus, making Sofia a truly extraordinary South Jersey Greek restaurant.
The Melting Pot
2112 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-441-1100 meltingpot.com At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable four-course dining experience. Patrons can dip into something different — and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners.
Barista’s Coffee House
199 New Road Ste. 10, Central Square, Linwood 609-904-2990 baristascoffeehouse.com Owners Mark and Debbie Becker have created the perfect “neighborhood” atmosphere coffee house. Brewing up more than just coffee, customers come back time and time again for Barista’s espresso, tea breakfast, Liege waffles, Brussels waffles, gourmet desserts, and Italian gelato. Once you walk through the doors, you instantly become part of the “Barista’s Family”. Open Mon. - Fri., 7 AM-6 PM and Sat., 8 AM-6 PM.
We’ll be the first to admit our name doesn’t tell the whole story. Bountiful Seafood. Succulent Steaks. Perfect Pastas.
And yes, Award-Winning Crab Cakes. 2015 Best of Press Awards: “Best Seafood Restaurant”
9300 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ 609-822-7535 tomatoesmargate.com A favorite of chefs and foodies who are impressed with the location, food, and view of the Margate Bay. The elegant and refined atmosphere includes a bar area, sushi bar, private meeting and dining rooms in addition to the main dining room. Trendy with a high-end, eclectic American fare and sushi, plus a happening bar scene. Excellent fresh fish, wonderful sauces and impressive desserts.
Somers Point 609-927-7737 www.thecrabtrap.com Serving from 11am Children’s Menu Available Lunch • Dinner • Cocktails Live Music • Deck Bar
2400 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-344-7875 angelonis.com Offering the finest Italian-American cuisine in the Atlantic City area. This family owned and operated business has been preparing the finest ItalianAmerican entrees in the greater NJ area for over 40 years. Angeloni’s II surrounds you in a warm and elegant ambiance fitting the fine dining you will be sure to enjoy.
Roberta’s by Joe Muldoon
1205 Tilton Road, Northfield, NJ 609-677-0470 robertasbyjoemuldoon.com A young Joseph Muldoon found his passion for food early on; while still at a tender age he began to work in the kitchen of New Jersey country club, Scotland Run. It was through this experience that Chef Joseph knew he wanted to pursue a career in the culinary field, but wasn’t sure what institution would allow his creativity to flourish. Almost in time to celebrate his 28th birthday, Muldoon opened his first independent restaurant, Roberta’s, at the intersection of Tilton and New roads in Northfield. Named for his mother, a home economics teacher whom he credits for instilling in him a love of cooking. njlifestyleonline.com
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The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-4660 broadwayburgerbar.com Ark Restaurants introduces Broadway Burger Bar at the Quarter in Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City serving up fresh ground, grilled, prime beef burgers and a large selection of tapas style appetizers. Order from a full bar featuring 60 craft beers, specialty cocktails, adult milkshakes as well as your traditional favorites. Live Acoustic acts every Friday and Saturday add to the vibrant and unique atmosphere. Fun for families, a quick lunch or an intimate dinner. At Broadway Burger Bar, they make burgers great.
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 800-345-8767 tropicana.net Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, Il Verdi serves meticulously-prepared gourmet dishes in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Dine on your choice of hot and cold antipasti, soups, salads, pastas, fish and meat entrees, and desserts. Il Verdi’s award-winning wine list features Italian wines selected to complement the food. Have a truly unique dining experience at the Chef’s Table, set amidst the action of the Il Verdi kitchen, where you can enjoy a customized menu of six or seven courses with wine pairings.
Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-6555 gallaghersresorts.com Gallaghers is located on the 2nd floor of Resorts Casino. A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dry-aged meats, wonderful fish and shellfish. Their glass-enclosed meat locker is in the front of the restaurant for all to view; and all of the beef is dry-aged for 21 days at a constant 36 degrees to insure tenderness. Offering the finest selections of seafood as well. An ambiance of warm woods and deep reds. Friendly, efficient and gracious service. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm.
Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-344-6000 resortsac.com No passport needed for this Italian experience. Capriccio’s all new menu features gourmet Italian cuisine in an exquisitely comfortable Mediterranean atmosphere, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Capriccio’s has beautiful murals on the walls featuring Old World Italy. The food is as spectacular as the view.
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-2273 phillipsseafood.com Phillips Seafood brings guests a classical American seafood menu boasting an array of fresh seasonal fish and Phillips’ famous jumbo lump crab cakes. Renowned chef Robbin Haas has designed a menu that offers guests the freshest, finest seafood available, complete with a rolling oyster cart where regional varietals are shucked tableside and a double-decker live lobster tank stocked with 3-10 pound lobsters. Experience an upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen and sweeping ocean views.
Souzai Sushi & Saki
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-4443 souzaisushi.com.com Simple… seasonal… sensual… Souzai features a diverse menu of hand-rolled sushi, fresh sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as a wide range of innovative cocktails, Japanese sake and beer. Showcasing stunning views of the beach, ocean sunsets and the sparkling cityscape from its perch high above the famed Atlantic City boardwalk, Souzai has become one of the hottest spots in town to mix and mingle. Grab a seat and discover Souzai for yourself.
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-6700 cubalibrerestaurant.com Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make this restaurant a must-see, must-experience dining destination. 36 May Issue 2016 | LIFESTYLE REPORT njlifestyleonline.com
Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-2350 caesars.com A unique take on the classic steakhouse, the restaurant features a menu of popular signature dishes with New Jersey flare. You can indulge in Guy’s signature dishes including a java rubbed ribeye chop, filet with roasted garlic and brown butter, spicy bloody mary jumbo shrimp cocktail, Jersey shore clams casino, and Cape May fried flounder. Complement your meal with a glass of California-sourced wine, a robust craft beer or spirits from a small batch distillery. A mash up of flavors and classic styles, Guy’s new restaurant includes a bevy of steak and seafood options — all in a relaxed joint.
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-674-0100 buddakanac.com Buddakan's dreamlike ambiance makes an enchanting setting for hosting special events. Guests are instantly transported to an ancient Chinese village complete with rock gardens, thatched roofs and a dramatic twilight sky. The menu portrays an innovative interpretation of Modern Asian cuisine that matches the decor in terms of creativity and inspiration. Guests will feel relaxed and indulged in this exotic and comfortable environment.
HARRAH'S Sammy D's Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ 609-441-5402 sammyds.com Sammy D’s is an all-you-could-ask-for eatery from culinary sensation Chef Sam DeMarco. At Sammy D’s, a retro restaurant, bar and lounge, Chef DeMarco takes East Coast favorites to the next level with his Philly Cheese Steak Dumplings, Lollipop Wings, SAM-'Whiches and Craft Drafts. Before hitting the boardwalk, or the jackpot, pull up a chair or grab a stool and relax at Sammy D's in Harrah's Resort.
BORGATA Wolfgang Puck American Grille Borgata Casino Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-1000 theborgata.com The man who revolutionized the culinary industry carries an undeniable cachet, synonymous with bold, innovative cooking and an unmistakable panache and passion that redefined dining in America. Offering contemporary American cuisine, the restaurant offers two distinctive dining areas ranging from casual and relaxed to elegant and upscale.
Old Homestead Steak House
Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-1000 theborgata.com Their domestically-raised, hand-massaged Kobe beef is not only the envy of the trade, it’s trademarked. But that isn’t the only reason the venerable Old Homestead has been a New York City landmark for 137 years. “It’s consistency on all fronts,” says Marc Sherry who, with brother Greg, opened their second location at Borgata. The menu nearly mirrors New York’s — and for good reason.
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