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“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” —Eudora Welty
eachy and laid back, glittering and glamorous, or colorful and crazy, South Jersey has its distinct personalities. But one thing is true to them all; a “photo op” is never far away. Think about it. Who hasn’t pulled out their phone to capture the frenzy of Boardwalk rides, the froth of ocean waves, or a fiery sunset over the bay? Of course, we don’t stop there. We share it on our favorite social media channels for everyone to enjoy. So that you’re well prepared for your next Jersey shore photo session, we thought we’d share our favorite photo-worthy spots. These places are uniquely south Jersey, and we think they’re picture perfect. Lucy the Elephant (Margate): From her polished toenails to the ornate howdah on her back, Lucy the Elephant is fun and funky. Standing six stories along the Margate Beach, she’s a colorful addition that offers plenty of angles for great pictures. Catch her peeking out from behind Lucy’s Beach Grille, which is a great shot, or go inside and photograph the sphere-like walls and ceiling. There’s really no way you can go wrong with a photo of Lucy. Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May): Spinning wool, cooking over hearth fires, and firing cannons are just some of the sights you’ll find in this early America open-air living history museum. Not only is it educational, it creates an incredible backdrop for photos. Dress in your own old-fashioned garb and create a one-of-a-kind photo that’s perfect for next year’s holiday card! Funny Farm Rescue Animal Sanctuary (Mays Landing): There are not many places you can go for a photo op with a pig — or a goat, horse, and turkey. Funny Farm is a unique rescue organization that has created a home for unwanted farm and domesticated animals. Most of the animals are allowed to run free, and some even seem to know to pose for photos! Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (Cape May Airport): This nonprofit museum honors the airmen who perished while training here during World War II. But it also provides plenty of photo fun. Visit the 1940s exhibit room to see what life looked like back then. Sit in the cockpit, climb an air traffic control tower, try a flight simulator, and see 26 planes and helicopters up close. Don’t forget to take pictures while you’re having all that fun! I could go on and on. I didn’t even start to explore Atlantic City’s glittering casinos, the signature boardwalks in many of our beach towns, the Victorian “painted ladies” of Cape May, or the lighthouses standing tall and proud as a backdrop to any worthy photo. Then there are the color-coordinated family beach photos that are so popular. I’ll leave that for you to decide on your perfect summer photo album. I hope you use this issue for inspiration on all that our area has to offer. Happy reading!
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DEPARTMENTS From unique toppings to crave-worthy sauces, 42 there is surly a burger for every palate.
Local Chatter.............................................. 6 The buzz on happenings in and around our area.
Lifestyle Fashion......................................... 8 A weekend at the shore.
24 If you want noise, the full-size Dodge Charger sedan may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Raising the bar with one of NJ’s top attorneys.
Lifestyle Home........................................... 14 Shake up your workspace.
Money Watch............................................. 16 Health savings account benefits.
Making Noise..................................... 24 Inside the Dodge Charger Daytona 392.
Home & Design Spotlight........................... 17
New Hope’s New Image...................... 28
Entertainment Spotlight............................. 18
The (really) great outdoors.
Serenity and scenery abound in this historical area.
The Schultz-Hill Foundation celebrates 15 years.
Anecdotes of Art................................ 32
Health Watch............................................. 20 Skin deep.
A local artist reveals his engaging collection.
Health Spotlight......................................... 23
Good Burger...................................... 42
A visit to Luxuria Medical Spa & Laser Center.
7 sinfully-delicious burger joints.
Lifestyle Entertainment.............................. 34 Schaffer shines on.
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Lifestyle Opinion........................................ 36 Call it a comeback.
Lifelines.................................................... 37 An Atlantic City love story.
The Social Scene........................................ 38 Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.
Lifestyle Cooking........................................ 45
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A tribute to a father and the food he loved.
Lifestyle Wine............................................ 46 Delight in these palate-pleasing wines.
Dining Gallery............................................ 48 All the details on the area’s great dining venues.
A Final Word.............................................. 52 The boardwalk diet.
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FOR ALL THOSE BERRIES LOVERS out there, keep in mind the picking season in The Garden State is both short and sweet. Presently, the anticipated strawberry season is in full bloom and residents and visitors alike are enjoying the freshest of the Jersey Fresh right now. There are 600 acres of strawberries grown in New Jersey and, according to reports, the yields are exceptionally sweet this year. Jersey-grown blueberries are picked mid-June through early August, with approximately 80% of New Jersey blueberries coming from Atlantic County. Don’t miss the 31st Annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival held in Hammonton, the Blueberry Capital of the World, on June 25th. Hosted by the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce, this festive gathering features live music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, jugglers, and, of course, all things blueberry: pie, muffins, fresh berries, lemonade, and even a blueberry pie eating contest.
A Boardwalk Beer Garden JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved a plan to turn a site in Atlantic City’s Tourism District — just off the Boardwalk, between South California and South Belmont Avenues — into a beer garden. The proposal calls for the construction of an al fresco restaurant and bar called “Bungalow Biergarten.” Expected to be completed around the July 4th holiday, the project will include seating for over 300 guests, an outdoor kitchen area, and two bars. The project will also feature three propane fire pits and a game area.
For the Love of Art
THE ICONIC PETER MAX, “America’s Painter Laureate,” returns to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor over the July 4th weekend with a collection of his recent works and most-revered imagery spanning five decades. This year’s exhibition marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, and will include many of Max’s vibrant, cosmic images that captured the spirit of the 1960s youth movement and were cited by art critics as “the visual counterpart to the music of the Beatles.” A pop culture icon, Peter’s transcendent imagery, bold colors, and uplifting themes have touched almost every aspect of American culture and inspired generations. Throughout his incredible artistic career, Peter Max has been the official artist for many national and international events, has painted presidents, world leaders and rock stars, and has created artwork on everything from a Boeing 777 to a 600-foot Woodstock stage. In addition to a collection of his famous cosmic images in celebration of the Summer of Love, this year’s exhibition will include numerous paintings created specifically for the Stone Harbor exhibit. 8
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In the Pink
ON JULY 12TH, mega superstar and Doylestown native Pink (a.k.a. Alecia Moore) will kick off Atlantic City’s 2017 BeachFest concert series on the Atlantic City Beach. Rumored to be her only scheduled performance on the East Coast for 2017, the three-time Grammy award winner’s most popular singles are “Just Give Me a Reason” and “Sober.” The second 2017 beach concert will take place on July 13th and feature country music star Brantley Gilbert. He will perform with Luke Combs, whose single “Hurricane” has become a chart-topping country song. Gilbert’s biggest songs include “The Weekend” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” A third beach concert, rumored to be a hip hop/R&B act, will be announced in June. The 2017 Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series, presented by Live Nation along with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, is part of a three-year, $6 million agreement with the CRDA that requires Live Nation to bring beach concerts or events that attract 30,000 attendees or more to Atlantic City during the summer.
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IRON CHEF AND “THE CHEW” cohost Michael Symon brought his classically-crafted Italian cuisine to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on May 6th at the grand opening of his new restaurant, Angeline by Michael Symon. Named for his beloved mother, Angel, and inspired by the nostalgic family recipes Michael grew up enjoying, Angeline expertly features classic Italian-American dishes in a welcoming setting reminiscent of a timeless Sunday dinner. “This restaurant is so close to my heart, and takes me back to sitting around the family table as a kid, chowing down on my mom’s lasagna,” reveals Symon. “Angeline’s menu is a modern version of the Italian comfort food I grew up with, served with passionate hospitality in a space that gives off that same warm, cozy feeling.” Michael taps into his Sicilian roots with a menu of simple, bold recipes classically crafted with fresh ingredients and prideful attention to detail. Every dish is inspired by his heritage and personal history, capturing the soulful cooking style that makes the James Beard Award winner a culinary master. Add this new hotspot to your must-visit list this summer.
Music in Margate
THE BAY ATLANTIC SYMPHONY is heading “downbeach” to Margate, with a star-spangled addition to a vibrant summer concert schedule. On July 3 at 7 PM, the symphony will perform a free concert of patriotic music at the Potena Performing Arts Center, located at 7804 Amherst Avenue in Margate. Under the baton of Music Director Jed Gaylin, the orchestra’s 50 plus professional musicians will perform a variety of patriotic and soul-stirring compositions such as “Armed Forces The Pride of America,” “Star Spangled Banner,” Copland’s “John Henry,” John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. In honor of Independence Day, this concert is made possible through a partnership with the City of Margate, Dr. Thomas Giegerich, Margate Board of Education, Margate Library, and Friends of the Symphony.
Celebrating 325 Years CAPE MAY BREWING COMPANY recently announced an exciting collaboration with the Cape May County Department of Tourism to celebrate the county’s 325th anniversary. Released May 11th, Follow the Gull — an IPA with 325 pounds of hops and 3,250 pounds of malt — is available at better bars and restaurants throughout New Jersey. Cape May County was created on November 12, 1692. Since then, Cape May County has become one of the Jersey Shore’s premier destinations, with its seven shore towns linked by the scenic Ocean Drive. Travelers are directed from Cape May to Atlantic City by signs that ask adventurers to Follow the Gull, making it the perfect name for a commemorative beer. This exceptionally hoppy IPA commemorates the founding of Cape May County with 325 pounds of hops and 3,250 pounds of malt. Intensely juicy, tropical, and crushable, this 5.5% ABV hop bomb is brewed with 5.5 pounds of Citra, El Dorado, Amarillo, Cascade, and Azacca hops per barrel. “It’s an honor to be asked by anyone to help them celebrate a milestone,” said Ryan Krill, president and co-owner, Cape May Brewing Company. “It’s an even greater honor to be asked by our own county.”
Simply the Best WILDWOOD CREST RECENTLY BESTED 49 vacation destinations across the country to be named the No. 1 Summer Hot Spot in 2017 by TripAdvisor. Wildwood Crest beat out locations such as Anchorage, Alaska, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Myrtle Beach, and South Carolina. Free beaches, the longer-than-twomile Boardwalk, featuring Morey’s Piers amusement rides and attractions, shopping and dining are just a few features that draw thousands to the Wildwoods every year. TripAdvisor’s Summer Hot Spot list was calculated based on the greatest increase in seasonal hotel booking interest, including the average one-week vacations costs for hotels and airfare. Kudos to Wildwood Crest! njlifestyleonline.com
LIFESTYLE | Shore 2017
By Alyson Boxman Levine
A Weekend at the Shore Show off your unique style with these chic choices
ell, it’s finally here; that anticipated sojourn you have been looking forward to all month long. That first weekend at the shore, launching Summer 2017, has arrived, and you are determined to make it memorable… but you are facing a challenge. What should I bring? Packing for a weekend away can be quite challenging. You don’t want to bring too much (yes, five cover-ups is a bit excessive), but you also want to be sure you have what you
Women’s Long Suit, Tutublue
Poplin Dress, Donna Morgan
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Jersey Knit Jumpsuit, Eileen Fisher
need for all those oh-so-fun shore activities. Instead of packing that worn swimsuit from last summer — and your sandy beach bag with the sunscreen stains — think twice. Use this mini vacation to embrace the current fashion trends and jumpstart your chic summer wardrobe. Purchasing a new item for a weekend getaway somehow makes the vacation seem a bit more special as you create lasting memories with friends and loved ones in style.
nnn The Beach Stroll along the sand this summer like a surfer girl and toss all your sunscreen worries aside. Coverage is the current healthy trend this season when it comes swimwear, and this vibrant pink Volcano long suit by the Tutublue label is super hip and stylish. This one-piece UPF 50 fabric beach suit is breathable, comfortable, quick drying, and provides the ultimate protection from the sun. The cut and construction support athletic activity while also creating a flattering silhouette for all shapes and sizes. Made in sunny Los Angeles by “Shark Tank” alum Sarah Buxton, Tutublue was born of her love of sun, fitness, health, and high fashion. “I like to wear my beach suit while I swim, surf, snorkel, stand up paddle board, windsurf, hike, bike, run, play tennis, beach volleyball ... just about any sport in the sun,” said Buxton. “I was struck one day with this idea to make a suit where I could enjoy the outdoors on my terms. I didn’t want to hide in the shade and I
couldn’t rely on sunscreens which are greasy and continually need to be re-applied.” nnn The Boardwalk Promenading along the boardwalk in the evening is a true Jersey Shore tradition. There is something about the crisp evening air and delicious scents of curly fries and funnel cakes that are forever forged into our memories. Look fabulous in this super-cute striped poplin dress from the Donna Morgan brand. Designers are still in love with this crisp off-the-shoulder style, featuring the season’s most important detail — stunning statement sleeves. Understanding a woman’s need and desire for dresses that reflect her individuality, fit her lifestyle, and flatter her shape is both a passion and a priority of the Donna Morgan brand. According to the company, “our commitment to creating looks without compromising quality for value — in style, fabrication and attention to detail —
Lace Dress, Gucci
Striped Dress, Ali & Jay
Pink Dress, M Missoni
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Dinner with Friends
A Romantic Dinner
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LIFEST YLE FASHION is unwavering. Imagination and innovation combine to produce translatable trends that any woman can wear with confidence.” nnn Family BBQ Time Comfort is key when relaxing with family, as you toss all your inhibitions aside and relish every moment. Ideal for playing badminton with the nephews or bocce ball on the lawn, this ohso-comfy black jumpsuit it truly the one to wear. Made of a supersoft jersey knit fabric, this outfit from designer Eileen Fisher is lightweight, sleeveless, and features a relaxed, easy silhouette. For more than 20 years, Eileen Fisher has been designing clothes that make women feel good about themselves. Fisher defends her simple clothing by saying that since she was an uncomfortable individual, she wanted comfortable outfits. The designer never does fancy parties, product launches, or runway shows, and thinks if the
product is made right, there is no need to go public. Known for her use of basic fabrics and the simplicity of her designs, Fisher has also become a champion for sustainability, currently leading the charge to produce sustainable fashion. nnn A Romantic Dinner A sexy dress is always a must-have for a weekend getaway. You just never know when the opportunity will arise for a romantic dinner or a night out on the town. Pack something you feel special in, like this Salsa Conmigo striped dress from the Ali & Jay label. Dance the night away in this flowy striped dress, designed with a sultry surplice neckline, a deep-V back, and ties at the shoulders. A true California lifestyle brand, Ali & Jay is designed by and for girls living the LA dream — wherever they are. The brand embraces the duality of the modern girl: cool but classic, fearless but feminine.
Forget Me Nots Must-have weekend accessories
The Ideal Sandal
Handcrafted in Italy, these white designer sandals will perfectly match all your summer outfits. Adorned with sparkling pearls and studs, these leather beauties are the ideal combination of form and function, Baldinini, $472.
The Carry All
Elevate your summer style with this oh-so-fun Hello Summer floppy straw hat. This easy-to-pack garment protects your face and eyes from the bright summer sun while also looking super chic as you bring a bit of glamour to the beach or pool, Nordstrom, $29.
A Good Read
According to award-winning writer Vera Nazarian, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” And hot off the presses, Made for Love by Alissa Nutting is the ideal summer read; a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love — and how far some will go to escape it, Amazon, $18.35. 12
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Walk along the beach in style carrying this on-trend and ohso-cute La Dolce Vita Raffia Tote. The ideal size to fit all your necessities — but without the bulk — this stylish bag will add fun and functionality to your beach day, Kayu, $138.
Scent of Summer
Don’t leave home without these “Liar Liar” cat-eye tortoiseshell sunglasses. Inspired by 1990s California, and expertly crafted from acetate, this hip pair is finished with dark brown lenses and comes with a soft protective case, Le Specs, $60.
Perfect for the light, carefree days of summer, this new fragrance, Fleur de Portofino, is inspired by the cascades of white flowers that spill off the branches of the white acacia, a beloved shade tree that dots the Mediterranean's gardens. This private blend creates a crisp and bright floral accord; with effervescent citruses and acacia honey, Tom Ford, $67.
Exuding an authentic LA vibe, the label expertly captures that perfect mix of edgy and elegant. nnn Dinner with Friends Looking forward to a night out with friends will elevate anyone’s mood, and choosing the ideal outfit is vital to the success of the evening. You want to be on-trend and dressy, but not too elegant. This embroidered light blue dress from the coveted Gucci label fits the bill perfectly. Meticulously made in Italy and worked as a continuous piece, each flower on this Cluny lace dress is connected to another. The black velvet waistband adds contrast and balances the crystal bow and flower appliqués on the detailed front. The embodiment of high design, House of Gucci is an Italian fashion powerhouse and one of the most famous and prestigious brands known globally. Also a premier manufacturing leather goods supplier, the company currently also holds a Guinness Book of World Record for one of its apparel collections called “Genius Jeans”, which were priced at a whopping $3,134.
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nnn Shopping on the Avenue Pink has been declared the unofficial color of the summer and girly girls everywhere are embracing this feminine trend. From shades of fuchsia to muted blush, face it … everyone just looks prettier in pink. Check out this chic option from the M Missoni label, perfect for your shopping extravaganza. A look you can wear now through the end of the year, this colorful dress, in a metallic zigzag stretch knit fabric, features three-quarter bell sleeves, an empire waist, and a flattering A-line silhouette. M Missoni is the ready-to-wear second line launched by the fashion house Missoni, founded in 1953 by Rosita and Ottavio Missoni. The line proposes a total look dedicated to a woman that doesn't give up her love of elegance and color combinations during her free time. The collections are distinguished by their unique style and special manufacturing processes for wool and bold colors. As you plan your summer jaunts, remember to infuse fun and versatile items into your wardrobe. Pack smart and travel light this summer season and you will look both carefree and stylish on all your adventures. Make them memorable ones. n njlifestyleonline.com
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Raising the Bar: Hankin Sandman Palladino & Weintrob FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS, Steve Hankin’s Atlantic City office, in a long since abandoned county courthouse, has witnessed some of the region’s most fascinating, highly publicized cases. As the founding partner of Hankin Sandman Palladino & Weintrob, Steve has become one of New Jersey’s top appellate, complex commercial, land use, environmental and real estate development attorneys. After trying a series of murder and other serious criminal cases, appearing before New Jersey’s Supreme Court, litigating as co-counsel with the famed F. Lee Bailey, representing Mercedes Benz of North America, automobile dealers and wholesalers, boating manufacturers, large developers, casinos, and authoring some 14 New Jersey Law Journal articles, Steve continues to enjoy a phenomenal career. “I moved from my hometown of Bridgeton to Atlantic City in 1971 because I wanted to practice where I wanted to live and have been fortunate to be here ever since,” said Hankin. He attributes the longevity of his practice to an intellectual curiosity, dedication, and desire to help “the guy on the street” in addition to the well heeled. His belief in the saying, “The law is a jealous mistress,” leads him to constantly stay on the cutting edge of the law. “The great thing about being a lawyer is that you learn something new every day and can use that knowledge to benefit others,” he said. Hankin is joined by partners Robert
Sandman, John Palladino and Amy Weintrob, all leaders in their own practice areas, who have led the firm to double its footprint while bolstering its reputation as “the best of the best” in numerous legal specialties. Now occupying three full floors of the historic courthouse, the firm will shortly consist of nine attorneys and nearly a dozen support staff. “This is the only legal job I have ever had,” said Robert Sandman, a certified civil trial attorney specializing in personal injury cases. “I have been here since 1982 and can’t imagine being anywhere else.” Highly regarded as one of south Jersey’s top personal injury attorneys, Sandman is just as adept at the practice of municipal law. The son of the late Congressman Charles Sandman, Sandman has deep ties in Cape May County, where the firm maintains a satellite office to meet with local clients. John Palladino, the firm’s manager, was born and raised in Ventnor. He heads the firm’s construction practice which occupies the building’s entire second floor. A top construction litigator and counsel to many of the largest contractors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Palladino handles cases in which literally tens of millions of dollars are at stake. “My clients build the roads, bridges, schools, casinos, hotels, and public buildings we use every day,” said Palladino, “It is extraordinarily gratifying that when they have a problem, they turn to me to help solve it.” Given the large
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volume of documents and other evidence involved in modern construction cases, Palladino has integrated a state-of-the-art, nearly paperless case management system that allows thorough, efficient, and costeffective handling of cases. “Technologically, we are on par or more advanced than some of the state’s largest firms. We take pride in that and constantly work to stay ahead of the curve,” said Palladino. Rounding out the partners is veteran family law and criminal litigator, Amy Weintrob. Another Ventnor native, Weintrob has built a reputation as one of the region’s most feared divorce and custody attorneys. Having cut her teeth as a public defender before moving to private practice, Weintrob has the zeal and swagger of a trial veteran combined with the empathy and compassion required for sensitive family cases. “A divorce or custody case is the most difficult and high-stakes matter a person can encounter in our legal system,” said Weintrob. “You have to be ready to address a client’s emotional needs and concerns, while fighting with everything you have to obtain the best possible result in court.” Though she handles cases of all shapes and sizes, Weintrob excels at the intersection of business and family law, having cultivated a network of top-notch accountants and financial experts to assist her clients when necessary. Consequently, she is often hired by individuals with successful family businesses that must
“The great thing about being a lawyer is that you learn something new every day and can use that knowledge to benefit others.” —Steve Hankin
be valued or sold in divorce cases, complicated endeavors that few other family attorneys in the area can handle. The firm’s other veterans are Colin Bell and Evan Labov. Just 36, Bell has already established a reputation as a top-level civil litigator and trial attorney. A former Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor, Bell now focuses on construction, commercial, and employment litigation, earning recognition as one of the state’s “New Leaders of the Bar,” according to the New Jersey Law Journal, as well as a certified civil trial attorney designation. Active politically, he has served as a member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and deputy vice chair of a state political party. Labov, a 2012 graduate of George Mason University School of Law, displays an expertise well beyond his years, focusing on construction and commercial litigation, including complex appellate work before the New Jersey Appellate Division and Supreme Court. Hankin points out that the firm could not succeed without the brilliance and aid of all of the partners, associates and legal support staff, including firm administrator Fran McNellis, who joined the organization 28 years ago. “Our goal has always been a collegial, team environment where everyone works together to focus on achieving the best possible result for the client,” Hankin explained. “We eat lunch together every day, discussing our cases and issues, and we speak at night and on weekends, almost living together.” From Hankin’s top floor office, he can watch Atlantic City’s rebirth, from the ongoing construction at the former Showboat and Taj Mahal Casino and the Steel Pier observation wheel to the Gateway Project that will bring Stockton University and South Jersey Gas to the city. While the firm supports and applauds those developments, there is one thing Hankin, his partners and staff hope will remain unchanged: “That we will always remain together and be part of Atlantic City’s legacy.” n
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Lifestyle Home By Candice Adler
Shake Up Your Workspace Design advise to increase your productivity and elevate your style
e all know that work happens. Whether you have an at-home office or a workspace in the corner on your laundry room, we all know where we spend plenty of time “getting it done.” Sometimes we tuck our workspace into a closet, while other times we create a luxurious room with lots of storage. Either way, organized spaces increase productivity, so I’ve put together some things to consider when planning and Photo by Eric Weeks personalizing your workspace. All work and no style can make a space decorative bins and baskets that coordinate and feel dull. You want to feel motivated to be as keep things organized while still being easily accessible yet hidden at the same time. productive as possible while you are there. If the atmosphere feels good, your attitude will Visible for access, yet out of site for as well. You should love going to work because aesthetics is always a good thing. Containing you feel great there. the mess is key. Here are some suggestions to For starters, figure out what makes you tick. keep it tidy. • Use trays to sort your supplies. They come If you like tidy and clean, think about putting in various shapes, sizes, and materials and doors or sliding shutters over shelving to not can be used to sort anything. feel cluttered or overwhelmed. If the space • Stack boxes and bins neatly on top of one is small, the doors could be mirrored to give another to make the most of your vertical the illusion of a much larger space. If you’re space. fortunate to have a lot of natural light, keep • Use magnetic or bulletin boards to post your window coverings as just accents rather items and prioritize important dates. than privacy. Natural light is known to have a • Use attractive accordion files to easily wonderful effect on positive thinking. If there organize papers, bills, and invoices. is not an opportunity for natural light, I highly • Make room for the items not often used in recommend recessed lighting and task lighting. an area easy to access, yet out of the way Straining your eyes will only make you feel from your daily workspace. fatigued. • Protect your identity by shredding If there is not a designated room for your any paperwork that contains personal workspace, consider perhaps placing an information. interesting table, along with a chair, in the • Spend five minutes at the end of the day to corner of your living room. Then, add some clear off your desk and prepare for the next personal touches by using a favorite tumbler day. At the end of each month, sort through and fill it with pens and pencils. If your feeling projects and toss anything that is no longer creative, purchase coordinating fabric that goes needed. well with your upholstery. Make a bulletin You can shop online for most home-office board by wrapping the fabric around mediumproducts. It’s fun and you can squeeze the density fiberboard and it will flow with the shopping into your work day. Just type in the rest of your room. It’s always fun to buy 16
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things you’re interested in and you will find super ideas, along with competitive pricing for all your needs. Look for general household storage as well as office to get to the most variety. If you are looking to repurpose existing office furniture, dress it up. Add a splash of color or pattern and give it new life. Make sure you prepare the surface properly, as there will be hard use on it. Seal it properly with clear polyurethane to ensure the finish and its longevity. Maybe use an old armoire. Fill it with containers, hooks, and other organizing items to add a personal touch. Some other tips include: • Plan a desk height of 26” for a computer keyboard, and 30” for a work surface for crafting. • Accommodate a pull-out keyboard shelf to keep everything within reach. • If your tight on space, consider converting a closet with pull-out storage to hold bulky items. • Save your back and use a chair with extra support. • Consider wireless internet to eliminate the need to rewire cables. • Utilize wall hanging, open-file storage to organize and access current work. If you plan your office area with specific goals in mind, the finished space will work efficiently and feel good at the same time. There is no reason you can’t have a beautiful space to work in daily if planned and sourced properly. I hope you find this helpful, but don’t work too hard. It’s summertime at the shore … enjoy your family and friends! n Candice Adler is the owner of Adler Design Inc. in Cherry Hill, NJ. Visit www.candiceadlerdesign. com for inspirational photos and ideas, or contact Candice at 856-216-8170 or candiceadlerdesign@ candiceadlerdesign.com.
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HSA Benefits Health Savings Account = A great retirement tool A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA) IS A TAX-ADVANTAGED SAVINGS account for individuals and families enrolled in a high-deductible health plan. Contributions to an HSA are tax deductible and can be made via payroll deductions, as well as from outside contributions. Withdrawals used to cover qualified medical expenses are not subject to federal taxes. These plans are designed to provide a tax break for the out-of-pocket medical costs associated with a higher deductible health plan, however they also can be used as a great vehicle to save for retirement. For 2017, a single individual is permitted to contribute up to $3,400, with families permitted to contribute up to $6,750. Furthermore, if you are over age 55, an additional $1,000 “catch-up” contribution can be made. Employers are permitted to make contributions on behalf of their employees, which count towards the annual limit, but also have the benefit of not being counted as taxable income. Unlike a flexible spending account (FSA), contributions to an HSA do not need to be spent down by the end of the year, and are portable as you move from job to job. Retirement Benefits Similar to an IRA and a 401(k), contributions to an HSA are tax deductible regardless if you itemize your deductions or take the standard deduction. Money inside an HSA can be invested in a variety of investment vehicles, such as equity and fixed income mutual funds, and the earnings grow tax deferred. Withdrawals from the account are tax free provided they are used to cover qualified medical expenses. This triple tax advantage; tax deductible, tax deferred, and tax free, is a very attractive quality of an HSA. Any withdrawal not used for medical expenses will be subject to income tax and an additional 20% penalty, however the penalty drops off at age 65, meaning non-qualified distributions will only be subject to income tax, replicating the withdrawals of an IRA or 401(k). Unlike an IRA, the Health Savings Account is not subject to required minimum distributions, and there are no income limitations for contributions. For investors who have maxed out their 401(k) plans, IRAs, or are disqualified from contributing to an IRA due to their income, contributing to an HSA is an additional avenue to save for retirement while benefitting from an upfront tax deduction and the additional benefit of tax free medical withdrawals. Although the Health Savings Account is designed to pay for medical expenses, it can actually make sense not to spend your contributions, and let the investment continue to grow tax deferred. Rather than pulling money out each year to cover qualified medical expenses, pay those expenses out of pocket, and treat the HSA as an investment account. The longer the money remains invested in the HSA, the higher the probability 18
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of maximizing your investment returns, giving you significantly more assets to work with in retirement. A major advantage of an HSA is you are not required to take a distribution to reimburse yourself in the same year you incur a qualified medical expense. In other words, you can reimburse yourself for any qualified medical expenses incurred after opening the HSA at any point in the future. This is a significant benefit as you can take advantage of compound tax deferred grow, and withdraw funds completely tax free in the future. Just remember to save your receipts! There is a wide range of medical expenses that qualify for tax free reimbursement from an HSA. Common expenses include: Vision care (eyeglasses, contacts, Lasik surgery, etc..), wheelchairs, X-rays, childbirth, hospital bills, hearing aids and batteries, guide dogs, ambulance services, dental treatments, disabled dependent care, therapy and counseling, oxygen, annual physicals, in-home nursing services, nursing homes, prescription medication, and many others. HSA withdrawals can also be used tax free to cover insurance premiums. These include continuing coverage under COBRA, qualified long-term care coverage, coverage while receiving unemployment compensation, and Medicare premiums (except supplemental coverage). Overall, the triple tax advantage of a Health Savings Account makes it a great tool to save for retirement, while at the same time providing tax free distributions for qualified medical expenses. These plans are often misunderstood and overlooked when choosing health plan coverage. Investors can add significant value to their retirement resources by maximizing contributions to an HSA, investing those contributions, and leaving the balance untouched until retirement. The next time you need to decide on health coverage, don’t automatically write off the highdeductible health plan, as it gives you access to the many benefits of an HSA. n * Please note the state of New Jersey currently taxes HSA contributions. Tom Reynolds, CPA & Matt Reynolds CPA, CFP® Co-Managing Partners, CRA Financial Francis C. Thomas CPA, PFS, Investment Advisor Robert T. Martin, CFA, CFP®, Investment Advisor This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as the basis for an investment decision. Consult your financial adviser, as well as your tax and/or legal advisers, regarding your personal circumstances before making investment decisions.
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The (Really) Great Outdoors By Molly Golubcow
FOR OVER 20 YEARS, YOUNG’S LANDSCAPE management has created outdoor masterpieces in yards and properties all over the Delaware Valley. By designing a plan that suits the unique needs of each client, Young’s combines traditional landscape services with innovative options like low voltage lighting and outdoor audio products to create a backyard oasis of comfort, beauty, and ease. According to Joe Ehrenreich, General Manager, “Our best designs include multiple elements, synthetic turf, hardscaping, lighting and of course plantings to bring a client’s dreams to fruition. The popularity of outdoor kitchens and fire features has changed the way people use their backyards with more and more activities are moving outside during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.” A Maintenance-Free Landscaping Alternative One of the most popular products offered by Young’s Landscape Management is a synthetic lawn option that gives a fresh-cut appearance year round with no maintenance required. Partnered with STI (Synthetic Turf International), Young’s offers a full line of synthetic turf products that are safe (for children and pets), durable, and aesthetically pleasing. Imagine the thrill of having a plush, green lawn year round without the agonies of having to mow and maintain it during your precious free time or weekends! So popular is the synthetic lawn concept that Young’s has created a separate division, Y-Turf, that solely designs and installs synthetic turf for putting greens, bocce areas, dog runs, or just a gorgeous lawn to sit back on a lounge chair and enjoy. The company’s high quality designers and craftsmen excel in blending synthetic surfaces with natural plantings, patios and walkways, accent lighting and water features for residential and commercial use. A Whole New Meaning to Going GREEN In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and maintenance free, going the synthetic lawn route is the “green” thing to do in more ways than one! Traditional lawns require a massive amount of water — approximately 41,000 gallons of water yearly for a lawn. Having the Y-Turf team transform your traditional sod lawn to a synthetic product reduces fertilizer and pesticide use while cutting down on air pollution produced from lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment. Save the planet and save your dollars too — all in one “green” step! Shore Landscaping Solutions for Shore Properties For folks near the shore, synthetic lawn options are a perfect solution — durable and dependable for storms, wind, and salt air. After Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, Young’s Y-Turf division received positive feedback from clients who were very pleased to see that their synthetic lawns not only remained intact, but beautiful to look at as
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Save the planet and save your dollars too – all in one “green” step! well. According to Y-Turf clients Dori and Gene Haley, Jersey Shore, “Y-Turf survived Hurricane Sandy in fine form. The drainage held. No puddles or sinkholes. It’s still the nicest ‘lawn’.” Award-Winning Landscaping Designs The Young’s Landscape Management team brings hundreds of years of experience in landscaping and related fields, dozens of relevant degrees and certifications, and on-the-job knowledge from having worked with thousands of local homeowners and businesses. Over the years, the team has proudly earned several honors from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at the Philadelphia Flower Show, including “Special Achievement: Garden Club Federation of PA-Horticulture” and “Best Achievement: Creating an Inviting Garden Setting.” In 2014 Young's received two NJLCA Achievement Awards for Residential $50,000-$100,000 Category for its Popler Residence project and the Residential $100,000-$200,000 Category for its Topolski Residence project. Also, in 2012, Young’s received an Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJLCA), for the category of Residential Landscape Design/Build ($50,000-$100,000) for its Fornia Residence project. Ready to Transform Your Yard into a Landscaping Work of Art? Visit the Young’s Landscape Management website at www.youngslandscape.com or call them at 609-654-5441 to begin the process of transforming your lawn into a Young’s masterpiece. For more information about Y-Turf, please visit www.Y-Turf.com. n
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The Schultz-Hill Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary By Felicia L. Niven
“With the Arts, we have expression; with history, we have knowledge. Together, we have our future.” —The Hon. John Schultz Ask John Schultz and Gary Hill 15 years ago if they thought a nonprofit for the arts, history, and education would be successful, they might have said, “we hope so.” Now, on the occasion of the Schultz-Hill Foundation’s 15th anniversary, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Because of this organization and its dedicated supporters, thousands of students have been exposed to the Arts. Students and educators have received scholarships and grants. Seniors have enjoyed a Music & Memories series that enriches their lives, and many businesses, individuals and performers have become involved in a movement that’s inspiring us all. It started in 2002, after John and Gary retired from the demanding night club industry. Wanting to give back to the community, the pair formed the Foundation. The announcement, in a Press of Atlantic City article, was read by friend and singer/pianist Michael Feinstein. “Michael called us up to say that the next time he’s in town, he’d like to help,” recalled Gary. “Because of his connections, Michael convinced Broadway star Linda Eder to perform with him, and that was our first benefit concert, held at the Hilton.” Since then, the Schultz-Hill Foundation has organized one benefit performance annually, the proceeds of which support the remainder of their year-long arts outreach programs. Past performers have included Marc Antonelli, Lucie Arnaz, Eddie Bruce, Julie Budd, Clint Holmes, Chris Macchio, Deana Martin, and Tami Pescatelli. The Foundation has been fortunate enough to have been at Caesars, The Claridge, and Resorts with these great entertainers. Presenting … Christopher Macchio, a man and his music This year’s signature event features the remarkable tenor, Christopher Macchio at the Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel on July 15th, at 8 PM. Chris performs everything from Broadway to Josh Groban, Michael Buble’, Mario Lanza, and Italian standards complete with a 12-piece orchestra and special guest singer Jackie DiMaggio. He has performed on NBC and PBS and at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Chris’ story is not the usual one of an aspiring performer. Enrolled in gifted classes in science and math in high school, he was headed toward a very different sort of career — until he was “discovered” by his high school chorus teacher. “I sang for him, and he immediately started pulling out sheet music from the cabinets,” remembers Chris. “He said that in 25 years of teaching, he hadn’t heard a voice like mine. He said that I had a 20
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gift and had to share it with the world.” That encounter effectively changed the trajectory of Chris’ life. “I left class that day knowing that the path I was now obliged to follow was difficult, unpredictable, and requiring a lot of sacrifice.” Chris graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, one of the most prestigious conservatories in the U.S. But since opera jobs were few and far between, he wasn’t able to make a living with his music. In fact, he nearly gave up to attend law school. That’s about the time of his big break. “A friend of mine invited me to audition with her and a small group for a PBS special,” he says. As it turned out, the group didn’t make it — but Chris did. Not only was he cast in the TV show, he got a recording contract. Chris is slowly making his name known. “I’ve performed at Golden Nugget and Resorts,” he says. “Most people hadn’t heard of me, and afterward they’ll tell me that this is the best show they’ve seen there.” The Schultz-Hill Foundation is near and dear to his heart. “What this Foundation represents is part and parcel about why I’m in the business. Arts raises our sensibilities and gentrifies the cultural landscape. At the end of the day, it’s not about me. It’s about the greater fabric of humanity.” Making A Difference in the Lives of Students & Seniors “We always invite an arts group to attend the big benefit to give them a taste of a true professional arts event,” says Gary. “We’re very proud of our diverse corporate and personal individual support of sponsors, that make this possible.” Past guests have included the Holy Spirit Music Department, the Atlantic City Ballet Company and high school arts students. The Foundation uses the funding from the benefit to continue its popular student and senior programs. This year, the Senior Music & Memories series offers free concerts at the Jewish Community Center in Margate and at Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township. In addition, the Bay Atlantic Symphony recently performed for 250 students from Atlantic City schools. The Schultz-Hill Foundation also maintains an active arts education fund. To date, they’ve awarded over $125,000 in student scholarships and art/historical grants. Resorts Casino Hotel is a presenting sponsor of the event. Limited $175-per-person VIP tickets include preferred seating and a tax-deductible post-show “meet and greet” champagne/dessert party, and may be purchased online at www.schultz-hill.org. General admission seating tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster or at Resorts box office. n
Health Watch By Robin Stoloff
Skin Deep What Skin Cancer Taught Me About Sun Protection
It was just a tiny spot on my upper inner thigh. It was there for years. Then one day I notice the spot had grown to about double the size and it got a little darker. I have been doing reports and interviewing doctors about skin cancer for many years, and if there is one thing I have learned it’s that you do not take a change like that lightly. So off to the dermatologist I went for a biopsy. I was hoping it was nothing, but the lab results showed squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common type of skin cancer. It is certainly not as serious as Melanoma, the most aggressive and deadly type of skin cancer, but I was advised to get it removed as soon as possible. The doctor did not need to tell me that twice. I set an appointment with a plastic surgeon who numbed the area with a needle and took out a nice slice of my skin and stitched it back up. I just assumed that was the end of it. It hurt a little but it was beginning to heal when I got a call from the doctor. The lab report showed there were still some squamous cells remaining. How much did this spread? Is this more serious than I thought? For the first time, I felt a little nervous. About 2,500 people die each year due to squamous cell carcinoma, and that thought kept playing over and over in my head. Once again, I went back to the plastic surgeon. He gave me a needle and began to cut. I jumped. It wasn’t quite numb and I felt him slicing. One more needle and I was good to go. He took a much bigger, deeper slice of my inner thigh, a very sensitive area, I might add. The healing took a little longer but fortunately the lab results showed that he got it all this time. As he was stitching me up, I told the
surgeon I had a basal cell spot removed from my chest a few years earlier. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. His response, “Now your body knows how to make cancer, so be extra careful.” I felt the blood drain from my face. Even though both of my skin cancers were in areas that do not see much sun, I am sure that UV rays played a role in their formation. In fact, 90% of skin cancers are related to ultraviolet exposure. While skin cancer is more prevalent in areas that are exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds, it is important for all of us to know that skin cancer can occur anywhere on our body. You know the saying, “If only I knew then what I know now.” When I was younger, I spent hours on the beach or outdoors playing sports. Protecting my skin from sun damage was the furthest thing from my mind. Back then, I did not know that my skin would remember every second of ultraviolet exposure. Today, my moisturizer contains sunscreen. I use it even if I am just going from my house to my car to my job. Car windows do not protect us from the sun, so I wear sunscreen even while driving. I love the beach, but these days I usually don’t go there until about 3 PM when the sun’s rays are not as strong. I always wear UV protecting sunglasses and a visor, but I will be trading that in for a wide-brimmed hat to protect more of my face. I will also be more diligent in reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours and staying under the umbrella. The one thing I cannot do is rewind the clock and reverse the time I spent in the sun as a kid and teen. However, I can continue to
teach my kids the importance sunscreen and skin protection to help them reduce their risk of skin cancer. With more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than there are cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined. One in five Americans will get some form of skin cancer in their lifetime and almost half of all Americans who live to age 65 will get skin cancer at least once. Be sure to ask your physician to check your skin carefully during a routine cancer-related check-up or visit a dermatologist once a year for a complete skin check. Many doctors also recommend that you check your own skin about once a month. Use a hand-held mirror to check areas of your body that are hard to see. Skin cancer is highly treatable if detected early. That is why we need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. While it is very common, we can reduce our risk of skin cancer by following the guidelines for skin protection. Equipped with my sunscreen, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, I know I will. n Robin Stoloff is a former TV health reporter, and now hosts her own radio program, Living Well With Robin Stoloff, on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG in Atlantic City on Sundays 9-11 AM. Robin interviews local medical professionals and offers useful health tips. A fitness instructor and former fitness competitor, Robin has dedicated her life to empowering people to live a healthier life. Check out her health tips on her Facebook page – Health Update with Robin Stoloff.
Good Advice from the Skin Cancer Foundation Use the “ABCDE rule” to look for some of the common signs of melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer: • • • • • 22
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Asymmetry: One part of a mole or birthmark doesn’t match the other. Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred. Color: The color is not the same all over, and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue. Diameter: The spot is larger than ¼ inch across — about the size of a pencil eraser. Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
The Facts About Skin Cancer >5
1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
Your risk for developing melanoma doubles if you have had more than five sunburns.
Regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces risk of melanoma by 50%.
1 person dies of melanoma every hour.
0 - 35yrs
Nearly 50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once.
People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.
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1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
4. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
2. Do not burn.
5. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
6. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
7. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months. 8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. 9. See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
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“We take Having Fun seriously!
Experience Smithville in this Mediterranean masterpiece Viewed from the street, this sparkling split rancher with separated sleeping areas is just one of many charming homes along the meandering lanes of Four Seasons in Smithville. Set halfway around a quiet circle in the 55-plus community, the house has a traditional pitched roof, sided walls and fieldstone face, plus artfully landscaped grounds complete with a picturesque birch tree. An expanse of Florentine terracotta tile flooring leads to a sumptuous, single story living space that has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. An unobstructed floor plan and 14-foot ceilings give the home quite a spacious feel. The spacious master bedroom has a high-soaring ceiling, large windows with multiple views, his-and-hers closets, and a master bath that recalls an Italian grotto in its cobblestone floors and tub surround. The kitchen is set behind a 10-foot rough-cut stone partition that contrasts with the smooth granite counters and rich wood cabinets. There are contemporary touches that mix well with the more formal features – like a dining room. The sunroom boasts a splendid view of the sun-filled backyard, with pavers used for retaining walls, flowerbed enclosures, and walkways. There’s a lot to love about the Four Seasons lifestyle. The K. Hovnanian master-planned community spans hundreds of verdant acres crisscrossed by lakes, walkways, and bike paths. Developed in the 1990s, the neighborhood designed like a series of interlocking hamlets adjoins Historic Smithville, a small town that sprang up around a stagecoach route in the late 1700s. Smithville and the Village Green are close by, with their rows of boutiques and restaurants. In the spring and summer, the ice cream parlor, amusement park, and boat rides are especially popular.
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Revealing Your Beauty A Visit to Luxuria Medical Spa & Laser Center By Felicia L. Niven
If you’ve ever cringed at a stretch mark or eyed your “muffin top” with less than affection, you understand the huge difference that small — but meaningful — changes can make. Drs. Igor and Irina Tsyganov understand, too. Revealing a woman’s (and man’s) most beautiful self is what they do, and they do it well. The couple founded Luxuria Medical Spa & Laser Center in Egg Harbor Twp. to offer the types of services that simply make people feel better about their appearance — including many non-surgical options. It’s a calling that resonated with Dr. Igor ever since he first delved into the field. Dr. Igor Tsyganov “It’s incredibly rewarding to see my patients’ response to their treatments,” says Dr. Igor. “They’re able to make improvements in areas that significantly bothered them, and that leaves them feeling healthier, more beautiful and more confident.” Luxuria Medical Spa has some very high-tech equipment that help achieve dramatic results. The Exilis ELITE is a radio-frequency technology that offers noninvasive liposuction, reducing fat and firming skin in the face and body. This device offers twice the power and effectiveness of the original Exilis, which means better results in half the number of treatments. “While not a replacement for surgery, for those seeking a non-surgical solution to small areas of fat on the face, neck, body, legs, arms, back and knees or those who wish to improve skin tone and quality, Exilis ELITE is a great alternative,” says Dr. Igor. During an Exilis ELITE treatment, precisely controlled radio frequency energy is used to heat the deeper layers of the skin. This heat causes fat cells to shrink and contracts the skin tissue, stimulating new collagen production in the process. There’s no downtime with the procedure. Patients typically see some results after just one to two treatments, but in most cases, optimal results are achieved after the third or fourth treatment. Treatments are spaced out over one to two week intervals. “Exilis ELITE is a relatively new device, but current studies show that those who have had treatment over 2 years ago have maintained their results,” says Dr. Igor. “Typically, once fat cells have been destroyed, they do not come back.” Dr. Igor is looking to add the next generation of the Exilis—the Exilis Ultra, the first and only device to simultaneously combine radio frequency and ultrasound to tighten skin and treat cellulite. Ultrasound has been used by itself to tighten and tone skin, but this new device takes it a step farther. He and Dr. Irina are also contemplating the Exilis Ultra Femme, for female tightening and rejuvenation externally and internally. Luxuria also features the SculpSure™ device, an FDA approved breakthrough in non-invasive and non-surgical body contouring that treats bothersome areas of fat. The 25-minute procedure uses light-based technology to permanently destroy up to 25% of treated fat in a problem area such as the
abdomen and love handles. “Even with diet and exercise, most adults have those stubborn areas of fat that seem impossible to get rid of,” says Dr. Igor. “That’s where SculpSure is effective.” As with the Exilis, there is no downtime, and patients can resume normal activity right after the procedure. “It’s wonderful that we have all of these options available to us, to look and feel our best,” says Dr. Igor. “I invite you to see which one might be right for you.” Luxuria Medical Spa & Laser Center also offers a host of other noninvasive procedures to help reveal patients’ beauty. Laser hair removal is a popular service, and Luxuria features the Vectus™ laser, which treats larger areas in much less time. It’s also the most safe, painless and effective laser for hair removal on the market today. Tattoo removal has never been easier or less painless than with Luxuria’s Revilite® SI laser. Lasers remove the ink by targeting ink’s pigment with a high intensity light beam causing it break up into smaller molecules. The ink is then absorbed by the natural bodily processes, fading the tattoo until it is no longer visible. Dr. Igor effectively treats acne with Omnilux™ light therapy. The treatment eradicates the bacteria that cause acne and inflammation, and the light works naturally with the body to promote a healing response. Skin, like all organs of the body, undergoes changes due to the passage of time. Luxuria has several options to help it regain its youthful appearance. The HydaFacial™ provides cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration including a Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. BOTOX® and other fillers help to eliminate forehead lines, crow’s feet and other signs of aging. Skin resurfacing is done with the state-of-the-art Sciton® medical. Photorejuvenation uses lasers to remove the effects of sun spots and wrinkles. Carboxytherapy is a simple but very effective method for treating stretch marks. Carboxytherapy is done by injecting CO2 gas into the stretch marks. The CO2 gas stimulates collagen production, and is safe for every skin tone. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Igor to determine which of the procedures will Before and after with one Exilis skin tightening treatment help you reach your goals. Call 1(844) LUXURIA, (609) ($400). Better results then Kybella or Mini CoolSculpting. 241-8723 or email info@ luxuriamedaspa.com. For a full list of services and more information on each, visit luxuriamedspa.com. Luxuria is located at the English Creek Shopping Center in Egg Harbor Township. n Located in English Creek Shopping Center njlifestyleonline.com
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Making Noise Inside the Dodge Charger Daytona 392 By Elaine Rose
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SOME CALL IT THE ULTIMATE CROSSBREED of a muscle car and a family sedan. If you want noise — the kind that attracts both admiring looks from automobile aficionados and annoyed glances from other drivers — power, and acceleration, but have a couple of kiddos in tow, the full-size Dodge Charger sedan may be exactly what you’re looking for. The recent release of the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious series has drummed up more interest for the Charger, as one of the main characters is behind the wheel of one of these babies. As tempting as it may be, don’t try the stunts you see in the film on the Garden State Parkway. While other automakers are trimming the size of their models, Dodge is going for bigger and stronger, Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars for the company, told Motor Trend’s Alisa Priddle. “Dodge wants to pay homage to cars that were once race cars and today are everyday drivers with style and attitude,” Priddle wrote. And the Charger has plenty of power, style, and attitude. The Charger comes in eight trim lines, and four different engine choices. The entry-level SE comes a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder, 292-300 horsepower engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and a base price of $27,995. While Dodge bills all the Chargers as “pure muscle,” you have to go up the food chain to get more oomph. Of course, as you hitch more ponies up to the engine, the fuel economy starts to slide. Some reviewers say that the top-of-the-line Charger Hellcat, with 707 horsepower and a base price of $67,645, is far more than most people can handle. Motor Trend reports that the Hellcat has been clocked at speeds of up to 204 mph. There’s nowhere in South Jersey you can drive with that kind of velocity, not even illegally. It is the Daytona trim line, which comes in two versions, that has the most interesting history. Yes, it’s named after that famous speedway in Florida. This year introduces the fourth incarnation of the Charger Daytona, which now comes in two different versions. The first Charger Daytona was built in Hamtramck, Michigan and introduced in 1969 for the sole purpose of circling speedway tracks. Only 501 of these cars were built, and the surviving few are valuable collectibles fetching prices into six figures. It was quite
Dodge Charger Daytona in heritage-inspired color names, Torred and Yellow Jacket
Dodge Charger Daytona 392 with optional Scat Pack Interior view
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successful as a speedster, and with Buddy Baker at the wheel, was the first race car to break the 200 mph mark on March 24, 1970. But NASCAR changed the rules at the end of the 1970 racing season, and the Charger Daytona and three other “Winged Warriors,” as they were called, were retired. The Charger Daytona reappeared in 1975 and lasted for three years. Its power was much less than the original, and the only signs of the car’s racing heritage were some stripes and decals on the exterior. After lying dormant for nearly forty years, the Charger Daytona was introduced again in 2006, now as a four-door sedan manufactured in Brampton, Ontario. At 350 horsepower, the limited run had a sporty interior and exterior, with “Daytona” emblazoned on the panels. The 2009 model came with the then-new Variable Camshaft Timing Hemi, upping the horsepower to 368. The Charger Daytona was then retired once again. The Daytona was again made for only the 2013 model year. Now it’s 2017, and the Charger Daytona is back again. This time, they are two different cars, the Daytona and the Daytona 392. The Charger Daytona starts at a price of $39,995 and comes with a 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi eight-cylinder engine. Upgrade to the Daytona 392, starting at $44,995, and you get even more muscle with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque, a speedometer that reads up to 180 mph, a 220amp alternator, Pirelli all-season efficiency tires, and an ability to go from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds. Both Daytona models are equipped with eight-speed automatic transmission, a Mopar cold-air induction system capped by a conical air filter, and an exhaust system so large it guarantees to attract attention as you go about your daily errands. They also have Dodge’s Super Track Pak, with stiff suspension, high-performance brakes, and a three-mode stability control system. The cars run on rear28
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wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. The inside provides all the luxury modernday drivers expect, including 104.7 square feet of cabin space. The seats are made of black Nappa leather with gold stitching. Front seats are power adjustable, and can be heated and cooled according to the weather conditions. The rear seat can hold three adults. The trunk is adequate for everyday needs, with 16.5 feet of trunk space. If you need more room for your stuff, the rear seats fold with the standard 60-40 split. All Dodge Chargers but the base SE level come with a new and improved UConnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. High-powered sound systems are available, in case the standard doesn’t meet your expectations. If you’re looking for a car that will blend in with others on the highway, the Charger Daytona is definitely not for you. The exterior screams, “Look at me,” especially if you choose it painted in the retro colors of Go Green or Yellow Jacket. A Hemi logo is on the hood and the Daytona logo on the rear panels. The Daytona 392 also has fender decals declaring that number. So what’s it like to drive this thing? First of all, it’s loud, Chris Perkins wrote for Road & Track after test-driving the Daytona 392. Real loud, with no controls to turn down the decibel level if you want remain inconspicuous. “At startup, it’s loud (prepare for dirty looks if you live in a quiet area). Cruising around town, it’s loud. At anything more than half throttle, it’s obscenely loud, complete with crackles on upshifts,” Perkins wrote. “Just starting it up in the morning feels naughty. Even if you never exceed the speed limit, you still feel like you’re doing something illegal.” The Daytona 392 comes with two drive modes, Default and Sport. The throttle is extremely sensitive in either mode. As little as one centimeter of pressure on the gas pedal
can mean the difference between comfortably cruising down the freeway and seeing a state trooper’s lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Perkins tested the Daytona 392 on a rainy day, and found the tires too narrow to handle all that horsepower. It was difficult to keep the car in a straight line and to get the right traction on a wet road, he wrote. But there is good news. The roar of the engine might help you forget — but remember your little darlings in the backseat? They’re pretty safe in this car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Charger five out of five stars. For extra security, you can purchase the Technology package, with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist for all trim levels except the base LE and the Hellcat. The bad news is there are a couple of prices to pay for all that power and performance. The first is at the gas pump. The Charger Daytona gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. The Daytona 392 is even thirstier, with 15 mpg in town and 25 on the highway. If you buy this car, budget for plenty of trips to the filling station. The second price is in the garage. Consumer Reports rates the Dodge Charger as having well below average reliability, which means more time and money spent with your mechanic. If you can live with these drawbacks, and want a performance car while your children are still living at home, the Charger Daytona may be right for you. Just be prepared to get plenty of attention on the road, both positive and negative. “They are not autonomous. They are not hybrids. They do not get 50 mpg. You cannot summon them with your smartphone,” Tim Kuniskis told Motor Trend. “But they might encourage teens to put down their phone and enjoy a ride down a boulevard in a true muscle car.” n
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New Hope’s New Image
Serenity and scenery abound in this historical area of Pennsylvania By DAN SCHLOSSBERG
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Remnants of the underground railroad used by fleeing slaves were found on the grounds of the historic Wedgwood Inn.
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George Washington slept there. So did author James Michener, football star Michael Vick, and a myriad of actor types in town to perform in the Bucks County Playhouse. New Hope’s reputation is larger than the actual town, home to 2,500 permanent residents and thousands more when the weather warms. The one-time transportation hub and mill town now thrives on tourism, with more bistros, boutiques, and galleries than cities several times larger. A mere speck on the map of eastern Pennsylvania, New Hope sits on the west bank of the Delaware River, six miles from the spot where Washington crossed the Delaware to surprise the sleeping Hessians in 1776 and turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. New Hope is 15 miles from Princeton, 35 miles from Philadelphia, and light years from anywhere else on the East Coast. Packed into its 1.4 square miles are nearly 250 historic buildings, some predating Washington’s bivouac, and remnants of a canal Irish immigrants dug by hand early in the 19th century. As recently as 2004, mules pulled tow barges packed with camera-toting tourists. One of those buildings, the Wedgwood Inn, was built in 1720, redone in 1870, and enlarged in 2000, the year remnants of the Underground
Photos courtesy of visitbuckscounty.com Railroad were discovered on the property. Coupled with two adjacent structures, it is the centerpiece of the 18room Wedgwood Collection, a bed & breakfast operated by the husband-and-wife team of Carl Glassman and Dinie Silnutzer for 35 years — far longer than the tenure of other innkeepers. Escapees from the corporate rat race of New York City, they relish their roles as hosts for out-of-towners lured by the surprisingly long list of local attractions. Among other things, New Hope has antique shops, museums, music venues, and riverside restaurants with outdoor patios where dogs are encouraged to join their owners. There’s even a working steam locomotive, which can be heard miles away when it’s out of view. All these things are within walking distance of the Wedgwood, a verdant oasis from the frenetic cities that supply most of its visitors. The blend of Victorian architecture, classical music, and enticing kitchen aromas serve as a siren call to guests who return on a regular basis (the fresh-squeezed orange juice is a great way to start any day). Each room in the Wedgwood Collection has its own personality, with antiques, art, piles of pillows and comforters, and private bath. Hardwood floors, brass ceiling fans, and four-poster canopy beds are features of some and a few even have hot tubs and fireplaces. Even the dogs, which are allowed, seem to enjoy the accommodations. Both the inn and the town look like they were figments of someone’s imagination. The town is both tiny and tony. Packed into a single square mile, it is part of a 1,000-acre tract given to William Penn by King Charles II as payment of a debt to Penn’s father. Robert Heath acquired the land and set up the first mill in 1700. Remnants of both a grist mill and a cotton mill converted to silk still stand on the south bank of Aquetong Creek. Called Wells Ferry until 1765 and later renamed Coryells Ferry, the town got its current name when locals rebuilt Benjamin Parry’s Hope Mill after a serious fire. Parry Mansion, a stone structure that still stands, was built in 1784. Five generations lived there before the New Hope Historical Society bought the property. Parry’s barn has morphed into an art gallery while his grist mill is now the Bucks County Playhouse. Because he operated mills on both sides of the Delaware, Parry built the first bridge to Lambertville, opened the first bank in New Hope, and helped finance the construction of the Delaware Canal — an enterprise that thrived for a century before competition from railroads made it obsolete. Before the bridge, locals leaned on a ferry service launched in 1722. What’s known today as Ferry Street was once used by stagecoaches traveling from Philadelphia to New York. The Logan Inn, appropriately called Ferry Tavern in its early years, was a stopping place for stages. Today, the entire town is a stopping place for visitors searching for serenity and scenery. With the weather warmer, a visit to New Hope is both a spectator and a participation sport. Out-of-towners enjoy bicycling on back-country roads, hiking wooded trails in state parks, walking the canal towpath, or relaxing on a riverboat, horse-drawn carriage, or antique train. Shopping,
A quiet riverside town by day, New Hope sparkles after dark with fireworks, festivities, and more than a dozen vibrant nightlife venues.
A one-time stagecoach stop with a tradition of welcoming out-of-towners, New Hope attracts shoppers to galleries and bistros on its tree-lined main street. One of the oldest structures in New Hope, the Logan Inn, also includes a restaurant.
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Sounds of the town range from the steam locomotive on The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad to the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriage tours.
The New Hope Winery is among the town’s 240 historic buildings. Like a friendly dog, the old Delaware Canal begs to be walked. For those who’d rather ride, New Hope has narrated historical tours on the river, on the rails, and on the streets.
swimming, and photographing any of a dozen nearby covered bridges are other options. Not surprisingly, New Hope is full of ghosts — with lantern-led ghost tours allegedly encountering Aaron Burr, a phantom hitchhiker, and other apparitions. Although ghost sightings are not guaranteed, visitors don’t have to look hard to find living history lessons. In addition to the Parry Mansion, condominiums that stand on the site of the Union Mills Paper Manufacturing Company were built on the spot where Washington hid the boats used in his surprise Christmas morning attack on the Hessians. A cannon fronted by a mound of cannonballs was actually used in the historic Civil War sea battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac. A viewing window in the floor of the Wedgwood Inn provides a peek into the Underground Railroad, used by northbound slaves escaping the clutches of southern plantation owners. Several structures even have unexploded British bombs — the result of a shelling directed against the Continental Army — stuck in their roofs. Now that peace and prosperity embraces the town, the only noise comes from the motorcycles that clog the streets on summer weekends. There’s an occasional train whistle too. There are lots of whistles, plus clapping and cheering, inside Bucks County Playhouse, a testing ground for potential Broadway shows. Robert Redford and Grace Kelly actually started their careers there. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, though most don’t take reservations. Ideal on a moonlit night, The Landing features patio dining with perfect views of the two-lane steel bridge to the Jersey side of the Delaware. The pocket park next to Martine’s, where patrons can also partake of a patio, was once used for river crossings. In deference to city slickers, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts face each other on opposite sides of Bridge and Main Streets. For those who want to make maximum mileage from limited time — or just can’t fathom the idea of waiting for a table — there are plenty of places to grab a hot dog, slice of pizza, or ice cream cone. New Hope will leave a sweet taste no matter how long visitors stay. There are free Saturday night concerts at Canal Locktender’s Park, a spectacular auto show at the local high school, and an annual arts and crafts festival each fall that draws visitors from as far away as Florida. In addition to a fall foliage show that rivals the best leaf-peeping in New England, the town celebrates Halloween for the entire month of October. Some visitors may never leave: Carl Glassman is an active speaker and consultant who wrote a book called How to Start and Run Your Own B & B Inn. Some of his students are now competitors! n For further information, contact Visit New Hope, tel. 215-5289620, www.visitnewhope.com or The Wedgwood Collection of Historic Inns, tel. 215-862-2570, www.WedgwoodInn.com. The New Hope Visitors Center at 1 West Mechanic Street is staffed all year. Award-winning journalist Dan Schlossberg is travel editor of New Jersey Lifestyle and the host of both TRAVEL ITCH RADIO and “Travel Tuesday,” a weekly morning segment on WLIS Old Saybrook and WMRD Middletown.
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Ron Ross Cohen in front of his Atlantic City studio
Anecdotes of Art Aquatic Ambassador
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A LOCAL ARTIST REVEALS HIS ENGAGING COLLECTION THERE ARE NUMEROUS SCULPTURES COMPETING for the eye’s attention — some of which are life size, others colorful, all thought-provoking — but the focus of interest falls on artist Ron Ross Cohen in this Atlantic City studio space. Without need or want to be showy, he’s engaging in a simple way. In fact, Cohen’s tone seems similar to singer-songwriter James Taylor. He is a natural at weaving together tales of travels and unusual jobs that connect to his work. This is what makes him stand out despite the visual spectacle surrounding him. Aloud, he wonders if he’s changing topics too often, but every anecdote gives a glimpse of the wonder that is Cohen. A visit to this collection is like opening the storied door to a grandfather clock, and, in an almost childlike way, discovering something new. Leading the tour is a guide who comes across like either a favorite, cool uncle or the most interesting invited guest at a dinner party. Right now, he’s revealing the name of a seemingly peculiar material in one particular sculpture (and, in retrospect, I wish I didn’t have to ask because curiosity enhances the experience). In an effort not to participate in a spoiler, the name of the sculpture shall remain anonymous. But here’s what he said. “This?” he asks. “Oh, that’s leather,” says Cohen. And just like that, admiration blooms for another fan. He isn’t confined or defined by one medium, though leather is his passion. Bolts and bolts of leather are stored in rafters above his studio space. His appreciation for it grew out of the 1970s when bikers, teenagers and the average consumer demanded these goods. Sure, he says, he can make a wallet, a belt, a handbag, but his nearly life size sculpture of an Italian tailor shows that he isn’t bound by the functional use of leather. That sculpture he calls “Alterations.” Leather is a fabric universally recognized on a handbag, shoes or coat, but Cohen uses water and pliers, for example, to mold it into any shape he wants. Sometimes he paints the leather to change its color or adds sheen for a top coat. It makes it almost unrecognizable. “Think about it. You can make a mask out of leather,” he points out. “You lay it on top of a [mold or form]. Remember when you’d take off your leather gloves as a kid and lay them on a heater to dry? They’d be stiff and wrinkled, right?” Cohen makes it seem so simple. Now decades into his art, Cohen, who is a
long-ago transplant from industry-strong Flint, Michigan, has successfully avoided taking a shift job in a plant. He made a personal goal of “playing art” for a living. Occasionally, he’s left New Jersey, like the time he worked on a boat rig in the Gulf of Mexico, but for the most part Atlantic County has been his home since age 19. He presently lives in Egg Harbor City. Through trial and error and a great imagination, he has skillfully developed technique and honed his craft. The list of awards and art exhibits where he’s shown, including Washington, DC, New York City, and Paris is long and growing. Right now he’s working on assembling a group of pieces to show in Miami. Among the collectors of his leather art include the original owners of Coach Leather in New York, Miles and Lillian Cahn. His relationship to them began in the earliest days of his career when he and some friends asked to have the scraps from the workshop floor. Cohen’s penchant to recycle continued — and expanded — throughout his life. He’s worked in the business of antiques and estate liquidation, which impact his art as well. That started with an invitation for extra work from a local realtor who was renting him and some friends a store front in Atlantic City where they sold mostly handmade leather goods. At the time, there were many abandoned buildings, including large hotels, still fully furnished, that needed to be emptied and/or boarded up. “He would have us go in and clear out these places,” he recalls. “We’d have truck loads.” Cohen stores many items and found treasures that’s he acquired during his lifetime and uses them in another form of art that incorporates found objects. A remarkable sculpture he calls, “Celestial Quest” features a ship made from the likes of light fixtures, tea kettle stand, pieces of an erector set, parts of a draft table and furniture trims. This sculpture took about six months to complete, he says. It’s an attention-grabber at more than 6-feet high. In another standout, he repurposes porcelain flowers he’s collected over the years from dishes, lamps or vases, for example, which had been salvaged from cracked or broken pieces. Originally intended for an upscale bird bath, he later changed direction and created a sculpture calls “Love Bomb,” which is an orb of the porcelain pieces that stands on an ornate ironwork pedestal. He
says he was inspired to build it in response to the troubled state of a “blurred reality and cyber world” that is experienced by some of today’s youth. Larger sculptures fill the floor space and glass displays feature smaller ones. Art is also hung around the perimeter on the walls. Cohen’s studio space, which is located at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University in Atlantic City, features six other artists and many others on temporary exhibit. Cohen is part of group that hopes to see an arts corridor develop in that area of the city. His proximity to and respect for the ocean is, unsurprisingly, a theme that shows up in some of his work. Cohen’s concern for clean water is clear in “Aquatic Ambassador,” which features a part human face, part fish sculpture. It’s mounted on beached wood that is embedded with trash he’s found in the water highways cutting through local water systems. He talks about people consuming fish swimming in these waters and the effects of pollution. “Look, here,” he says, gesturing to the inside of the mouth. Inset, he’s placed a simple word in black and white on a round slip of paper. It reads, “HELP.” That sculpture just returned from being shown in Long Beach Island. Cohen hopes it inspires kids and adults to stop and think; to do better. Other sculptures that generate conversation include his interpretation of “Father Time,” a bust, and another called “Hold It,” which features an early model camera that replaces part of a man’s face and is smartly polished off with an old-fashioned bowler hat. Cohen utilizes a wide variety of materials to support sculpture internally or join pieces together. He offers up a list that includes plaster, foam, wood, dry wall tape and bondo, an agent used to fix dents in auto repair. Bar bells are incorporated at least once. Some people might hold back on these details — these secrets of the trade — but not him. In this way, he again becomes the supportive uncle openly sharing and teaching about something he knows. He’s also the local marvel, the artist you remember. And, at a fantasy dinner party, he’s the one you seat at the head of the table. n Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University is located at 2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, 609-626-3805. njlifestyleonline.com
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Shaffer Shines On After nearly 40 years, Paul Shaffer is picking up where he left off.
Shaffer, who spent more than three decades as music director and comedy foil to late-night TV host David Letterman, is back on the road. But things are a little different today now that he’s the star of a tour instead of a musician playing behind the headliners. That’s because the last time he was a road warrior, Ronald Reagan was still packing his bags before moving into the White House. “I haven’t done this for a long time. The last time I was on the road was with the Blues Brothers tour in 1980,” Shaffer said, “Otherwise, I’ve been in the studio, be it television or recording, for all these years, but never traveling.” 36
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Shaffer, who had been part of the house band on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” hooked up with two original SNL cast members — John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd — and led the Blues Brothers’ band when the two comedians formed a group after the success of the movie of the same name. What Shaffer remembered most about his last tour was the battered old twin-propeller plane they used to travel between gigs. That, and the fact that the band contained a few old southern rockers like Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn, who were contemporaries of Buddy Holly, the rock star who died in a plane crash that was memorialized by singer-songwriter Don McLean as “the day the music died” in his 1971
Everyone’s favorite band leader hits the road By David J. Spatz hit American Pie. “I remember on (one flight) thinking that the plane was shaking a little bit,” Shaffer recalled with a laugh during a chat from his New York office. “So I said to the guys that we needed to write a song to leave behind … a legacy, in case something happened,” he added. “And we actually did it — we wrote a song called Rough Tragedy, All They Had To Do Was Spend a Few (Thousand Dollars) More On The Plane. We would sing it every time we took off hoping to ward off evil spirits.” Everything old is new again for the 67-year-old Shaffer, who’s touring behind an album he recorded with his original TV music group, which was known as The World’s Most Dangerous Band when Letterman’s show was on NBC. After Letterman jumped to CBS in 1993, the program became known as “The Late Show,” and Shaffer found himself working with many of the same musicians. But using their old NBC name wouldn’t fly with the Peacock network, which kept the rights to the name under their corporate umbrella. “When we got involved in that whole ‘late show’ wars thing, a new word surfaced: ‘intellectual property,’” Shaffer says. “And (the band name) became the property of NBC along with everything else on the show. We had to leave it alone and (we became) the CBS Orchestra.” Shaffer always preferred the band’s old name, which was actually created by Letterman when his late-night show debuted on NBC in 1982. “That was the funniest name that Dave made up,” Shaffer says. “He came up with The World’s Most Dangerous Band. It had something to do with professional wrestling.” Letterman adapted the name from the former a professional football player-turned-wrestler named William Afflis, but better known by his nom-de-ring Dick the Bruiser. Promoters often billed him as The World’s Most Dangerous Wrestler. So when Shaffer decided last year to record an album, he wanted to do it with the musicians with whom he was most comfortable, the ones who played with him on television five nights a week, some for as long as 33 years. And dammit, he wanted that old name back, too. But he figured prying the rights loose from NBC’s corporate grip would become a legal nightmare. It wasn’t. “My manager said (he didn’t) think anyone at NBC is even alive (today) who remembers that stuff, nobody cares any more,” Shaffer said of the 1993 power struggle between NBC and CBS when Letterman switched networks. “So we made a call and sure enough, they had forgotten all about (the band name) and they said we could use the name,” he said. “So that’s why we’re back to the name.” Members of the old/new band include bassist and singer Will Lee, who’s also the founder of the Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux, Anton Fig, a much sought-after session and touring drummer who’s now working with bluesman Joe Bonamassa, and guitarist and singer Felicia Collins, who has toured or recorded with everyone from Madonna to George Clinton and Vonda Shepard. Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band, whose self-titled
album was released in March, made their Atlantic City debut in April in Borgata’s Music Box. Valerie Simpson, the R & B singer, songwriter and producer best known as part of the husband-wife musical team Ashford and Simpson, was the evening’s special guest. Shaffer was truly excited to be performing in Atlantic City for the first time. “I’m playing Atlantic City, baby,” he said, and you could hear the excitement in his voice. “This is like sort of a dream come true for me.” The album, simply titled “Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band,” features a mash-up of different types of music, from rock to the blues and more. The album is loaded with an eclectic list of guest artists, including Darius Rucker, Dion DiMucci and his longtime pal from “Saturday Night Live,” actor Bill Murray. “We made (the album) with a producer who was a real pro, one of the best I’ve ever worked with, even as a sideman or a soloist, named Richard Gottehrer,” Shaffer says of the producer who, along with two partners, wrote the hit song My Boyfriend’s Back for The Angels in 1963. Shaffer says Gottehrer has remained “current” and, at 77, has adapted from old school to new. “He’s out there doing digital streaming and distribution,” he says. Shaffer’s music career first began forming as a kid taking piano lessons in his native Thunder Bay, Ontario. He got involved in a band called the Fabulous Fugitives and then joined the group Flash Landing Band and performed throughout Edmonton. Although he earned his college degree in sociology, music was his primary focus. He became musical director for the Toronto production of “Godspell” in 1972, where he met virtually unknown cast members like Gilda Radner, Martin Short, and Eugene Levy. Shaffer eventually began playing keyboards in the house band on the original “Saturday Night Live,” where he and Murray developed the “bad lounger singer” character that became a regular feature on the show — Murray with his smarmy cocktail lounge patter and off-key singing, Shaffer stoically playing the piano behind him. After the 1980 Blues Brothers tour, Shaffer eventually hooked up with Letterman. The rest became the stuff of legendary late-night lore. Although he now has a freedom he never had during his television run — he would have never been able to tour to promote an album during the Letterman years — Shaffer admitted he misses doing “The Late Show.” That gig ended on May 20, 2015 when Letterman hung up his microphone and was succeeded by Stephen Colbert as the show’s host. A 33-year habit is hard to break, but Shaffer says he and Letterman are still in touch regularly. Shaffer lives in New York, while Letterman’s primary home is in Connecticut. “He has very sweetly shown that he has the desire to keep our friendship alive. And he makes sure that we get together at least once a month or so to have dinner and have a few laughs,” Shaffer said of Letterman, a paparazzi target these days because of the thick, white bushy beard he began growing when the show ended. “He’s doing great too, maybe even better than I, in the transitional part (from television),” he added. “He’s been enjoying his family very much and still does, as he says, just enough to feel useful.” n njlifestyleonline.com
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Call it a Comeback By Harry Hurley Op-Ed Contributor
After a decade of financial decline, Atlantic City is poised to rebound.
IN PREVIOUS COLUMNS, WE HAVE ADDRESSED THE ISSUE that Atlantic City has experienced a number of economic downturns since it was first incorporated on May 1, 1854. During the great recession (2008), and the associated contraction of the casino gaming product in Atlantic City, the city dropped from an assessed property value of more than $20 billion to less than $7 billion presently. This created great pain across the board, and led to the loss of more than 20,000 jobs in the casino industry alone. As a result, Atlantic City has the highest unemployment rate in America, along with the most home foreclosures in the nation. Despite the closure of five casinos during the great recession, I confidently projected to you that Atlantic City would rebound from this latest series of setbacks; just like Atlantic City always does. Following nine long years of horrifically bad headlines — multiple casino closings, numerous financial market downgrades, near financial insolvency, a full state takeover and more — Atlantic City is now in the process of turning the corner and the results are both positive and undeniable. The best news to greet Atlantic City in a long time is that Hard Rock International and other investors have purchased the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort from billionaire investor Carl Icahn and has announced plans for a $375-$400 million total refurbishment. Hard Rock International operates numerous casinos around the world and owns more than 150 Hard Rock Cafés. This deal will also create approximately 3,000 new jobs. Most respected studies yield that for each of these casino jobs, 2-3 additional jobs will be created in the private sector. The Atlantic City region needs this infusion desperately. As recently as 2015, the greater Atlantic City area had an unemployment rate of nearly 14%, from a labor workforce of about 141,000. After a decade of unrelenting financial hardships, Governor Chris Christie announced his formal plan to enact a full state takeover of Atlantic City on November 10, 2016. The Governor selected a trusted “hand,” former United States Senator Jeff Chiesa to be the appointed Chief Executive Officer for Atlantic City. Chiesa is also a former New Jersey Attorney General. Christie appointed Chiesa to both positions. They have a trusted, long-time professional relationship and friendship. Chiesa is a very good man, who was handed a nearly impossible mission to tackle. A combination of decades of mismanagement that was masked because of the sheer size of the prior tax ratable base of Atlantic City had all come crashing down. No longer can Atlantic City borrow its way to prosperity; in reality, they never could. It’s been a text book case of a lack of revenue, coupled with an insatiable appetite to spend. The official process involved the state Local Finance Board voting 5-0 to take over Atlantic City’s major decision-making authority. This gave the state the power to hire, fire, break union contracts, sell or lease city lands and many other unilateral powers for up to five years. It should be noted that the leading candidates for Governor, 38
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Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno have both publicly confirmed their opposition to the current state takeover. The structural imbalance in Atlantic City was, and still is, dire. The city had a roughly $100 million annual budget shortfall and more than $500 million in total debt. Five Atlantic City casinos have closed since 2014, from 12 down to seven. When Hard Rock opens next year, this will bring the number back to eight, which many gaming experts believe is the right size for the Atlantic City gaming jurisdiction. Another statistic which goes by underreported, Atlantic City is still the second largest gaming market in the United States at $2.6 billion annually as of 2016. More proof that Atlantic City is rebounding is the fact that Atlantic City casinos won more (1.5 % increase) in 2016 vs. 2015 for the first time in a decade. The last time Atlantic City casino revenue increased was in 2006. This was the year that approved casino gaming in Pennsylvania began. This dealt Atlantic City a crippling blow, with convenience gamblers staying away. Online gaming has helped Atlantic City over the past several years. It is popular and really helping to generate revenue that would not have occurred with the existing bricks and mortar hotel casinos. Internet gambling revenue in Atlantic City has grown by more than 32% versus last year, to nearly $200 million. New Jersey is one of only three states in America where internet gaming is legal (Nevada and Delaware), with New Jersey being the largest online gaming market. The entertainment policy in Atlantic City is also remaining at a very high level. The upcoming summer concert series, Air Show, and other special events will be spectacular. For example, the performing artist Pink will play in Atlantic City on July 12, 2017 in the 2017 Atlantic City Beach Fest Concert Series, presented by Live Nation, in coordination with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the city itself. This is a big “get,” as this will be Pink’s only East Coast performance of the season, along with one of the few dates she is scheduled to perform in North America. CRDA Executive Director Chris Howard has confirmed that serious talks are proceeding and more summer concerts will be announced in the near future. The former Showboat Hotel and Casino is now owned by Bart Blatstein. He is a reliable developer/operator and there is every reason to be positive about its future. I do not hold this same level of optimism for the near-term future of the former Revel Hotel and Casino, now called Ten. Beyond this one blip (and, it’s a big one), there’s reason to be very optimistic about The World’s Play Ground. I objectively forecast that this will be a great summer season for Atlantic City. n Harry Hurley is the president of Harry Hurley Consulting and Communications, LLC. He hosts the daily talk radio program “Hurley in the Morning” 6-10 AM weekdays on Townsquare Media, WPG Talk Radio 1450, where he also serves as the senior programming consultant, www.harryhurley.com.
An Atlantic City Love Story The marriage and music that helped shape my affection for this city by the sea By Michelle Dawn Mooney
Photos, from left to right, Michelle’s grandparents (Granny & Pop Pop) a.k.a. Elmer and Margaret Snyder, Michelle’s grandparents (center couple) at their 20th Atlantic City High School Reunion at the 500 Club (Class of 1939), backstage before showtime at Dante Hall last year for the 500 Club tribute, and Michelle performing at the show.
A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away (or Atlantic City), a handsome young man named Elmer met a beautiful young lady named Margaret in the high school, and they lived happily ever after. Well, there’s a little more to the story… Before ending up with the love of his life, Elmer dated another girl, who ended up marrying his best friend, whose sister happened to be Margaret. Sounds a little like a soap opera, right? Thankfully for me, it all worked out in the end. You see, Margaret and Elmer were more affectionately known to me as Granny and Pop Pop. Decades after they walked down the aisle, their fourth grandchild (yours truly) was born in the same city that first brought them together. Sometimes, however, it feels like it was a few decades too late, as I often wonder what it would have been like to take in some of the amazing sights and sounds during the mid-century heyday of Atlantic City’s nightclub scene. From an early age, I recognized the influence that mid-century culture had on my life. It’s not that I wasn’t into modern day trends during my school years, but I was equally intrigued by the styles and stars that graced the stage and screen when Hollywood was seen in black and white. As a teenager, I remembered loving the idea of losing myself in an old Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart flick, and my closet was starting to see an impact as well, with classic inspiration from the likes of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. For years, my mother told me I had Granny’s taste in fashion. Unfortunately, she passed when I was five, but seeing pictures of her when she was my age proved just how in sync we were. While I was captivated by the style of the 40’s and 50’s, perhaps even more alluring was the music. Many of you know I am a music lover through and through. I listen and appreciate almost every genre, but there are a few in
particular I am especially fond of. When it comes to The Great American Songbook and the popular standards of the early- to mid20th century … well, they may just be at the top of the list. I’m in awe thinking of the days when many of the voices behind those songs would perform in Atlantic City. I can’t imagine being at the 500 Club on a regular Saturday night and hearing the likes of Frank Sinatra, or Eartha Kitt, or Nat King Cole. Sadly, that Atlantic City treasure burned down in 1973, but the memories of so many talented performers that came through during the club’s decades-long run were not soon forgotten. In fact, they still live on today. Last year, in true 500 Club fashion, Atlantic City was treated to a resurgence of the old sounds heard in the iconic venue. Stockton’s Dante Hall played host to a five week tribute to the club, complete with a star studded lineup of performers from across the country backed by a full orchestra. If you missed it, I’ve got some great news. Back by popular demand, Dante Hall will once again be swinging to the sounds of some of the greatest music ever written, with the five week summer tribute series The 500 Club Revived. The show will run every Friday and Saturday from June 30 through the end of July. What a wonderful way to get a glimpse of what it was like to experience some of that old school magic of yesteryear right in our own backyard. There’s something special about an amazing era of music coming to life right in front of your eyes, and ears. I speak from first-hand experience, as I was thrilled to be able to perform a few songs at one of last year’s shows. If only Granny and Pop Pop had been there to see it. Then again, I sometimes forget they had the chance to experience all the musical greatness that era had to offer in person. Imagine my surprise when I discovered an old picture of their Atlantic City High School reunion taken at, you guessed it, the 500 Club. n njlifestyleonline.com
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The Social Scene
Stockton’s 37th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala Raises over $400,000 Guests at Stockton University’s 37th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala, held recently at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, raised more than $400,000, with net proceeds going to the Benefit Gala Scholarship Endowment Fund. Earnings from this fund are used to provide annual scholarship awards to Stockton students. Since 2007, the Benefit Gala has added more than $3 million to the endowment in support of student
scholarships. This year more than $110,000 has been awarded to 113 students. “These scholarships make a huge difference in the lives of our students,” said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman. “There are also incredibly successful alumni here in this room tonight, and they are illustrative of the dream coming true.”
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From left to right, Liane and Lloyd Levenson with Melissa Paul Meilak, Peter Straub, dean of Stockton’s Natural Young and Ken Wolf, of Cooper Levenson law firm Sciences and Mathematics, and his wife, Paula Straub
President Harvey Kesselman and his wife, Lynne, in the center, with Margo and Brian Kowolski
Sal and Lisa Bancheri, on the left, and Michelle Purdy with Anthony, Gina, Nicole and Raymond Ciccone, a member Tom (a Stockton alum and president and her husband, Galloway Mayor Tom Purdy of the Stockton Board of Trustees COO of the Borgata) and Dinky Ballance
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The Social Scene
AtlantiCare Gala Recognizes Edward R. Knight Award Winners More than 700 people attended AtlantiCare’s 58th Annual Century Club Gala at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in April, during which AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, recognized the Glenn family and Alan Simpson, M.D., FACR, with Edward R. Knight Community and Physician Awards. Guests entered the “Moulin Rouge”-themed event below a replica of the famous Moulin Rouge windmill. Moulin Rouge-themed decorations filled the reception area and
L to R: Dorie Herndon, D.C.; Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare; Bekah Schweiger, and Dorie Herndon
Inua Momodu, M.D. (left) and his wife Lami Momodu with Olawale Fadugba, M.D. and his wife Bimpe Fadugba
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ballroom; and deep red roses with gold accents and black ostrich feathers were featured in the centerpieces. Guests posed at the selfie station with fans, berets, and faux mustaches. Proceeds from the Gala benefit AtlantiCare’s clinical and community programs and services, including the Heart Institute and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus, and AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program.
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Brett Matik, president of Harrison Beverage, with husband Darren Matik
Casey Lowery, Michelle Purdy, and Jennifer Purdy, take a selfie
Kris Radcliff, M.D. with his wife Kate Radcliff
Michael Charlton and Lori Herndon present Alan Simpson, L to R: Tim Glenn, Michael Charlton, Kerri Glenn Byrne, M.D. (center) with the Edward R. Knight Physician Award Anne-Marie Glenn, Lori Herndon and Kim Glenn njlifestyleonline.com
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The Social Scene
MBCA Awards $25,000 in Scholarships/Grants at Annual Luncheon Over 700 guests attended the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association’s (MBCA) 16th Annual Spring Scholarship Foundation Business Awards Luncheon on April 12th at Tropicana Atlantic City. The MBCA Education Foundation presented over $25,000 in student
L to R: Gary Hill, Miss America Savvy Shields, Chris Howard and Alisa Cooper
Atlantic City Day Nursery presents the Alumni Scholarhip to Mia Helene Concepcion.
scholarships and teacher grants for students planning to continue their studies at an accredited higher education institution. This year’s keynote speaker and MBCA’s Outstanding Educator Award recipient was Miss America 2017 Miss Savvy Shields.
Outstanding Educator recipients with Sylvia Mary McFadden, Dr. James Mc Gimm with Savvy Shields
The Johnny D‘Angelo Music Scholarship sponsored by The Forza Insurance group awarded to Ryan Gattini.
Lori Herndon presents scholarship to Tiana Cannon with Mayor Guardian, Savvy Shields and John Schultz.
“Diez de Mayo” Event A Success The historic Atlantic City Day Nursery celebrated their annual spring fundraiser, themed “Diez de Mayo” at the Atlantic City Country Club. The event was inspired by Mexico’s Mother’s Day, and honored the 2017 “Giving Tree” recipient, Laura Engelmann of AtlantiCare’s Growing Green program. Also recognized was the 2017
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Board of Directors Scholarship recipient Mia Concepcion. The event marked the celebration of the school’s rich 111 year history and was attended by members of The Charity League of Atlantic County, along with sponsors D’Arcy Johnson Day and AtlantiCare, as well as many other friends and supporters.
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“Eat clean to stay fit; have a burger to stay sane.” —Supermodel Gigi Hadid 44
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ON THE HEELS OF THE RECENTLY SOLDout Atlantic City Weekly’s Annual Burger Bash held at Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget, one thing is for certain; Atlantic County residents love their burgers. From expertly-aged meat stacked high on a toasted bun, to unique toppings and crave-worthy sauces offering mouth-watering flavors, there is surly a burger for every palate. But what incorporates a good burger? Is it the juicy flavor? Or the decadent endless toppings that adorn the bun? Or perhaps the flavorful sauces are the secret ingredients. This is a heated topic burger enthusiasts take very seriously, and has been one of debate for over a century. According to historians, the exact origin of the hamburger in the United States may never be known with any certainty. Most history buffs believe the burger was invented in the 1880s by a cook who placed a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread in a small town in Texas. Others credit the founder of White Castle for developing the “Hamburger Sandwich.” Fast forward to 2017 and one thing is for sure; burger joints are popping up across Atlantic County, and all claim to serve the best burgers in town. This list of top performers are not only consistently delicious, but are the reigning favorites among locals as well. Conveniently located in the Quarter at the Tropicana Casino & Resort, adjacent to Cuba Libra, is the Broadway Burger Bar. With a full-service bar and live entertainment, this is not your average, run-of-the-mill burger joint. The full bar features a vast selection of craft beers, and live acoustic acts Thursday through Saturday that add to the vibrant, unique atmosphere. But the main attraction here are the burgers — the fresh ground, grilled, prime beef burgers — with an array of 15 scrumptious toppings to choose from. Ideal for a business lunch or an intimate dinner, Broadway Burgers will have you salivating with their unique selection of hamburgers cooked over an open flame. Feeling hungrier than usual? Try the Hub Cap Burger; served on a brioche bun and weighing in at a whopping 24 ounces.
The establishment also offers a wide range of healthier options for those who prefer to pass on the beef, including a tasty selection of tapas-style appetizers. And if comfort food is what you’re craving, indulge with giant soft pretzels at the bar, warm chocolate chip cookies, or their heavenly bread pudding … your taste buds will never be happier. With its cozy atmosphere and multiple screen televisions, Gallagher’s Burger Bar, located on the dining level of Resorts Hotel & Casino, tops the list of must-visit hotspots. Featuring Gallagher’s signature dryaged sirloin in its burgers, guest happily choose from a selection of mouth-watering offerings cooked over a wood fire. Enjoy arguably the best burgers around while watching your favorite sporting event. Begin your meal with an array of appetizers, including fresh coconut shrimp, classic chicken wings, and Gallagher’s signature mozzarella triangles. Their clams casino perfectly balances clams on the half shell with mouth-watering bacon … but make sure to save some room for the main event; the burger. Local favorites include the Italian burger; topped off with grilled prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and tomato bruschetta. The buffalo chicken burger spices up the menu, with ground chicken and a delicious combination of hot sauce, Point Reyes blue cheese, and shaved celery. Ideally located at Harrah’s Resort, at the location of the former Bills Bar & Burger, AC Burger Co. opened in February to rave reviews. According to restaurant officials, “Our burger patty is a special blend 100% Black Angus beef, verified non-GMO, and raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones on a 100% vegetarian diet in the USA.” Delightfully serving up classic and signature burgers, AC Burger Co.’s popular selections include the Green Chili Burger, an 8-oz. patty topped with grilled serrano peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, red onion, salsa verde, and charred jalapeño mayo on a Kaiser roll. And vegan guests will find comfort with the Vegan Mexican Burger, a black bean and quinoa patty; topped with pico de gallo, vegan mayo, and pickled onions on a sweet potato bun. The location also features an extensive craft beer menu — from local breweries to highly-soughtafter rare beers — and legendary Belgium brews. And don’t forget to try the milkshakes!
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Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
R E STAU R A N T R E P O R T
Take your taste buds on a global adventure this summer at Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Café. No passport is necessary at Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour, a limited-time offering of Hard Rock Local Legendary Burgers, inspired by the taste and flavors from cafe locations around the world, beginning May 1 and continuing through June 25, 2017. “Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour continues to feed our guests’ desire for adventure, so this year we’ve revamped the menu to highlight unique and authentic ingredients from around the world,” said Darryl Mickler, Senior Director of Research and Development for Hard Rock International. “Guests can
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experience global flavors without leaving their hometown — from bold South Korea kimchi to sweet Colombia plantains; there’s something legendary for every palate.” This year, more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with crowd favorites added to the 2017 World Burger Tour lineup. Hard Rock Café menus will feature the following delectable tour offerings: English Breakfast Burger (London, England); Colombian Plantain Burger (Cartagena, Colombia); Jambalaya Burger (Louisiana, United States); Kimchi Burger (Seoul, South Korea); Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Olé Burger (Barcelona, Spain); Banh Mi Burger (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam); and Tennessee BBQ Burger (Tennessee, United States). The featured burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, and paired with the ultimate sidekick — Hard Rock’s Savory Artisan French fries. Throughout World Burger Tour, each French fry selection is paired with a complementary signature dipping sauce. Guests can choose from Hard Rock’s classic
seasoned French fries or additional new offerings, including Garlic Fries with Garlic Aioli and Spiced Curry Fries with Tandoori mayonnaise. Looking to unwind on island time? Well, you don’t have to be a “Parrothead” to relish a cheeseburger in paradise. Just throw on a Hawaiian shirt and head down to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Located inside Resorts Hotel Casino, this bar and restaurant is the perfect place to kick back with friends over a tropical cocktail and their gourmet bacon cheeseburger, a local favorite. Margaritaville also features a stage for weekly entertainment, a tiki bar, and Jimmy Buffet-inspired accent pieces throughout, including a giant blender at the restaurant’s entrance. If you get a burger craving while at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, you’re in luck. Stroll over to the bar at Wolfgang Puck American Grille and place your order for the grilled prime burger. The key to this luxurious burger is the onion marmalade, which Puck himself describes as having more of a kick than regular onions, yet you can “kiss someone later without having onion breath.” World-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef Aram Mardigian brought Puck’s innovative menu to the American Grille, which of course highlights the chef’s take on the most classic of American dishes, the burger. With one of the most extensive wine and spirits menu at Borgata — including extensive beer offerings — and a decadent dessert menu, you can truly make this savory eatery a regular hangout. Opened in 2014 to rave reviews, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City is the epitome of a relaxed burger joint packaged inside a classic steakhouse. His extensive menu is highlighted by his oh-so-popular Bad Boy Steak Burgers. Included is his Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese Burger, Guy’s New York Food and Wine Festival Burger Bash winner. The tasty selection features six–cheese mac ‘n cheese, Applewood bacon, the chef’s signature SMC (super-melty-cheese), and crispy onions. The restaurant also features a menu of popular signature dishes with New Jersey flare, such as the Java Rubbed Ribeye Chop, Spicy Bloody Mary Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Jersey Shore Clams Casino, Jersey Tomato Salad, and Cape May Fried Flounder. Save room for dessert, as Fieri’s choices are unique and super decadent. Try the S’mores Tacos, featuring a deliciouslywarm chocolate brownie, dripping Nutella, and sweet homemade marshmallow. Is your mouth watering yet? n
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Time Passages A tribute to a father and the food he loved
lot has happened over the past few seasons I’ve been writing for you. We all go through a lot in our lives even, if it’s just everyday stuff. You could say life throws us a curve ball at times (it is baseball season), just to see how we handle ourselves. We have to remember to remind ourselves, some of it we can’t control and some things we can. Take it slow. Try not to focus on everything at once. Somehow as I write this, I say to myself “do you hear yourself?” There are times — especially this past year when I’ve had many ups and downs — when I needed to take my own advice. Once again, the curveball comes into play. How are we going to adjust? Whatever the case, we need to adjust to it because we have to win out in this game of life. You could say it’s all about adjustments, or checks and balances. My life for the past nine months or so, as this issue goes to print, has been an endless roller coaster. From my place of work, the Taj Mahal, that closed down — which is now going to be The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
— which brings more uncertainty for me. Before it closed, I got a rescue Chihuahua (can you believe it), to go along with Mr. Milo (a Scottish Terrier). Turns out, she has been a handful. But she also brings much joy and love to the home. My wife, who wanted to be closer to me and not just see each other on weekdays like we have been doing for nearly five years, left her New York City job to be with me in Brigantine. Then, wouldn’t you know it, my boss called me in for a meeting and told me he needed me back in NYC! This turned out to be a blessing, to a degree. My wife stayed behind to work in Jersey and I’ve been working in NYC on different restaurant projects. And, as time would have it, being back home with Mom and Dad in Queens, NY is the blessing. Dad had dementia and eventually, we had to bring hospice into the picture. This decision turned out to be a great move, as they were very caring; easing Dad’s pain and helping us as well. Only time will aid in the healing of our
hearts, but fortunately we have many fond memories that will last a lifetime. Growing up, Dad taught me about gardening; which included flowers, lawns, and, in the summer, the vegetable garden. Another lesson engrained in my memory was when Dad would make his homemade ravioli’s with the help of Mom. Mom would make the dough; Dad the filling. He would roll it out so thin, cut the ravioli with a wine glass, and the finished product would be light as pillows. I wished we could have one last meal of ravioli with Dad. I am very grateful to have known such a wonderful man. To many in the neighborhood, he was their “coach.” Sorry to say, not mine, but he coached my brothers teams growing up. Gardening was his love. I’ve been known to make a few large beds in the Brigantine area, and now being back in Queens, I’m looking after his flower beds and lawns. I know he’s looking down and smiling. n Follow Chefwsavarese on Instagram.
Mom’s Pasta Dough
• 2 c. all-purpose flour • 1 egg • 2 Tbsp. EVOO • 1 c. warm water • Pinch of salt –If too dry, add more warm water
Dad’s Ravioli Filling
• 1 c. ricotta • 2 eggs • 1/4 c. Italian parsley • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon • Salt & Pepper to taste Mix all. For filling, roll dough thin, and make circles with wine glass. Put filling in spots and fold over sheet of dough on top. Cut again with wine glass. Enjoy! njlifestyleonline.com
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We’re all going on a summer holiday, No more working for a week or two. Fun and laughter on our summer holiday, No more worries for me or you, For a week or two. We’re going where the sun shines brightly, We’re going where the sea is blue. We’ve all seen it on the movies, Now let’s see if it’s true.
Everybody has a summer holiday, Doin’ things they always wanted to, So we’re going on a summer holiday, To make our dreams come true, For me and you. For me and you. —Songwriters Brian Bennett/Bruce Welch
A Shore Thing Delight in these palate-pleasing wines, plus introducing “The Best of the Bunch”
he shore still brings waves of nostalgia to my aging memory. I walk along the beach as the sun is setting and the world seems like a peaceful, kind, loving place to live. And as I watch the distant boats slowly move across the horizon, I am transported back to my childhood when, as in all childhood memories, the sun shone every day, and the world was a peaceful and idyllic playground. And I also remember, while on holiday with my parents in Bournemouth, England, in August 1963, I was building sandcastles on the beach, singing those lyrics to Summer Holiday by the first real rock and roll star to emerge from England. At the same time, John Lennon was also listening to Cliff Richard and is quoted as saying, if it wasn’t for Cliff, there probably would never have been a group called the Beatles or the British invasion. Cliff showed British kids they could make songs as well as American kids. Cliff and his backing group The Shadows starred in the film of the same name as the song. The movie flopped in the U.S., where it was released two days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. And it was the first full-length film directed by a young Brit, Peter Yates, who went on to make many Hollywood box office blockbusters, including 48
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the brilliant Steve McQueen Bullitt in 1968. I still find it hard to believe one of my most regular guests on my show — and a very good friend, and the man who asked me to host his show and interview him in front of thousands of his adoring fans in NYC two years ago — is the very same Cliff Richard. Now, he is Sir Cliff Richard. “To make our dreams come true” indeed. I adore going to the shore for the magic it brings into our lives, especially in these gloomy times. It is the place where we can make our dreams come true. It is a great place to recharge our batteries, catch up with old friends, and sample some of the amazing wines I’m sharing with you this month. As always, there is no particular order to my selection, other than the order in which I tasted them. This month I have selected my first ever Phill’s Shore Thing Best of the Bunch Choice, which indicates the wine I feel offers the best in price and quality, overall. And, one final comment, there is an overwhelming presence of pink (or rosé) wines this month. Why? Because they are the best pink wines I’ve ever tasted! Earth Day (April 22nd) came along smack in the middle of our last edition, so I’m starting off with some wines I tasted in
honor of that day. They are so amazing for shore quaffing, I absolutely have to share them with you. I have two wines that are totally awesome and both are pink. After all, a good rosé wine brings even more magic and romance to a trip to the coast. These are Earth-Friendly and FairTrade wines (Buying FairTrade wine helps ensure that farmers and workers are receiving a fair price, as well as an additional premium in the country of origin, to help their community invest in essential services such as education, sanitation, and healthcare). They not only taste delicious, but are produced intentionally to cause minimal impact to our planet’s fragile ecosystem. De Bos 47 Varietal Rosé 2015, Walker Bay, South Africa (approx. $17). The wine is made from 47 varietals, I’ve checked the list of grape varieties. They are obviously modest amounts in the bland, but, yes, I did indeed count all 47! The Bosman family (as in De Bos) have been practicing the art of grafting and growing quality vines since 1888. The Walker Bay 47 was made from the outset to contain a fresh tasting wine with beautiful mouth feel, with a long fruit-packed, persistent finish, with a ”mélange” (their words) of wild strawberry and cranberry notes in the bouquet. The
Lifestyle Wine Bosman family own a nursery in the Walker Bay wine growing region, where they grow the 47 grape varieties being used in this rosé. The complex fruit flavor is also a “mélange” (my word now) of taste, and stays deliciously on your tongue way after you’ve drained the last drop from the bottle Raimat Rosé 2015, Costers del Segre, Catalan, Spain (approx. $12). Costers del Segre is a region that has been practicing environmental sustainability for over a century. Grown in a former stony desert area, which was reclaimed and turned into vineyards, the wines produced here are made with eco-friendly winemaking and harvesting techniques. Produced from Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo grapes, this bright pale pink wine has some strawberry in its perfume and its taste is fresh with some hints of grapefruit and anise. This rosé is the perfect companion for all kinds of tapas and fish (especially tuna and salmon), pasta, rice dishes, and pizza. Tenuta dell’ Ammiraglia Alìe Rosé, IGT Tuscany, Italy (approx. $18). Alie, a fabled sea nymph, a symbol of sensuality and beauty, inspired this elegant rosé with a luminous pink hue and subtle ruby highlights. Produced in the heart of the coastal Maremma region of Tuscany, Alìe Rosé is a stylish, beautifully-balanced blend of Syrah (98%) and Vermentino (2%), varieties that express their finest qualities when grown by the sea. Scents of spring wildflowers, wild strawberries, and citrus peel combine and follow through to the taste. It sees four months in stainless steel, followed by one month in bottle. The result is a refined and elegant wine characterized by its pale rose color and subtle peach highlights. Isabel Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon by Isabel Mondavi, California (approx. $20). This wine is produced at the Michael Mondavi Winery, and it’s a family affair, created by vintner Dina Mondavi, daughter of famed winemaker Michael Mondavi and his wife Isabel. Dina leads the packaging and blending, while Isabel’s son, winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr., manages the cellar. And Isabel’s husband, and wine industry veteran, Michael Mondavi, is the brand’s cheerleader. Good for him, that’s what dads are for. Isabel Rosé is made primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, but Dina also pays homage to the Mondavi family’s Italian heritage with the addition of Barbera and Muscat Canelli. The wine is a light pink, salmon-color, with fresh, aromatic aromas of strawberry, cranberry, and ripe pear. The flavor is fresh, clean, refreshing with a hint of summer fruits (cherry and
strawberry) in the glass. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia Toscana IGT (approx. $31). Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is a red wine that combines the Mediterranean expression of opulence and generosity with structure and complexity. The approachable style of Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon, reflects the philosophy and savoir-faire of Ornellaia. High quality of the tannins in its taste: silky, refined, and without any sharp edges. The wine displays a deep ruby color with a fresh perfume and soft fruity flavor. One of my shortest descriptions for a very big wine! Beronia Reserva Rioja, Spain, (approx. $18.99). Spain has a tradition of Txoko, where friends and family meet and cook together while enjoying good wine, along with small pintxos, or tapas-style snacks common to the Spanish Basque country. And in 1973, a group of friends who used to meet every weekend for a Txoko, decided to produce this red wine, which they created as the perfect accompaniment to pintxos and tapas served at a traditional Txoko. Beronia Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo (93%); Graciano (5%); Mazuelo (2%) aged in wood barrels of American and French oak. The wine has a deep garnet color, a perfume of dark fruits, licorice, and some chocolate and cinnamon. And the taste is extremely smooth with delicious fruit flavor, some cocoa and toffee notes. And, indeed, as intended, it perfectly complements any traditional tapas/ pintxo such as Chorizo with Manchego; Jamon Iberico; Patatas Bravas; Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar — just to name a few dishes you can enjoy on your deck looking out at the ocean. BTW, if your balcony does look out over the ocean and you plan to serve this wine and food, just email me to come along as your guest! Every day at the shore is a celebration of life, good friends and family, love and good cheer. So let’s end with the perfect wine for July 4th to guarantee a sparkling evening: Moët & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Brut, Champagne, France (approx. $65). The 2008 Grand Vintage marks the Champagne House’s 72nd vintage wine since the first release in 1842 (they aren’t released every year, so please don’t write in about my poor math) and represents Chief Winemaker Benoit Gouez’s personal interpretation of this vintage year. Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, offering the Cellar Master’s personal interpretation of the individuality of the vintage. The 2008 wine is bright pale yellow, with glimmers of green displaying a
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very fine, continuous bead of bubbles. Aged for seven years in Moët & Chandon’s historic cellars, the wine is made from a blend of: 40% Chardonnay; 37% Pinot Noir; 23% Meunier. The dry Champagne has a bouquet of honeysuckle and citrus mandarin orange zest, along with typical pastry, brioche, almonds, and vanilla. The flavor is succulent, fresh, vibrant, and deliciously full of citrus fruit. It seems to transcend all other wines simply by the magic that dances in our glasses as the sun sets in it’s shimmering beauty behind the horizon … enough to make our dreams come true. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Cheers! n “Time Out With Phillip Silverstone” is a weekly podcast heard exclusively on TuneIn radio. “Follow” the show for weekly updates. You can also LIKE Phillip on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phillipsilverstone and follow him on Twitter: @wining.
Phill’s Shore Thing Best of the Bunch Choice Masciarelli Villa Gemma Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo Rosé (approx. $14.99). The Masciarelli wine company is located in Central Italy’s Abruzzo region. If you are looking for a fresh and lively wine, Villa Gemma Cerasuolo is the one for you. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape juice is left on the skins for eight hours to leave its dark ruby color, and this is a very dark rosé wine. The grape produces a wine that has red wine characteristics, but it leaves us with no doubt at all that it is very much a pink wine, especially when you taste it’s crisp, freshness. Montepulciano is a grape with soft flavors, despite what its color might suggest, and making it into a pink wine is a stroke of genius. This wine, with its dark ruby color, is crisp and fresh from being fermented in stainless steel vats, yet with prominent fruity, black cherry flavors. It’s a must-have wine for “down the shore”. njlifestyleonline.com
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Blue Water Grille
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.
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.
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 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.
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. 50
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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
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.
Maplewood The Historic Smithville Inn
The Melting Pot
1 N. New York Road, Galloway, NJ 609-652-7777 historicsmithvillenj.com The Historic Smithville Inn offers a sophisiticated dining experience combined with the atmosphere of warm hospitality, since 1787. Their scenic view dining areas looking out on Lake Meone, private dining rooms with fireplace and formal banquet and wedding facilities coupled with their attention to detail services will make your dining, banquet or wedding event a night to remember. Discover the Tradition of the Historic Smithville Inn.
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.
RESTAURANT WEEK 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 Monday thru Friday, 7 am - 5 pm; Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 8 am - 2pm.
HAPPY HOUR Sofia
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 home-style cooking expressed by exceptional chefs and recipes acquired from past generations. Thus, making Sofia a truly extraordinary South Jersey Greek restaurant.
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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.
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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.
401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 609-652-1800 stocktonseaview.com When it comes to dining at Seaview, guests savor seasonal, locally-sourced cuisine. In the sophisticated Main Dining Room, enjoy breakfast daily and Sunday brunch in an elegant setting overlooking the historic Bay Golf Course. Connect with family and friends in the rustic warmth of the historic Coastal Grille Pub, which stands ready with signature craft cocktails, a wide selection of beer and wine, and delicious pub fare served in a comfortable, convivial setting. Or, relax and unwind with signature cocktails in the luxurious Lobby Bar and Lounge. Stockton Seaview in Galloway, NJ, offers casual and fine dining expertly prepared by a world-class culinary team. From award-winning Champagne brunches and romantic dinners for two to post-golf parties or snacks during the big game, there’s something for every taste. From its award winning Champagne Sunday Brunch to casual fare in the historic Grill Room Pub, dining at Seaview is an experience not to be missed! njlifestyleonline.com
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TROPICANA (THE QUARTER)
Broadway Burger Bar
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 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.
Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-4050 olonrestaurant.com Inspired by the beach towns of Ecuador, specifically Olón, and the vibrant flavors of coastal cuisine, Olón is an alluring beach front experience centered around Chef Jose Garces’ vision of fresh seafood. Bar Olòn offers a more casual experience, serving sandwiches, small plates and an extensive beer list. 52
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Souzai Sushi & Saki
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.
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
Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-2350 caesars.com 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. 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 Californiasourced wine, a robust craft beer or spirits from a small batch distillery.
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.
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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A Final Word By Marjorie Preston
The Boardwalk Diet Ah, the power of memory.
ith a single whiff of saltwater taffy or caramel popcorn, I am transported back to the summers of my girlhood. Every year, a couple of weeks after school let out, my family would pile into the car (a wood-paneled station wagon), cross the Delaware River (by ferry), travel down Route 322 (all farmland at the time), and stay in a boarding house near the Ocean City Tabernacle (no AC, and a shared outside shower). After settling in, we kids would be off to the boardwalk to grapple with some of Life’s Great Dilemmas. Should we blow our allowance on boardwalk fudge or boardwalk fries? Towers of cotton candy or twisty custard? Pizza by the slice or super-greasy corkscrew fries? In those days, we gorged without guilt. Now I know boardwalk food, almost without exception, is junk food — loaded with fat, salt, sugar, starch and oodles of calories. But I defend my right to indulge, especially in summer. And with my all-new Boardwalk Diet, I not only maintain my fighting trim, but do so guilt-free. Here are some classic boardwalk treats, and how to work off those empty calories: Salt Water Taffy. The ultimate boardwalk treat originated in the 1880s, when floodwaters inundated an Atlantic City candy store that specialized in taffy. Proprietor David Bradley — an early marketing genius — didn’t want to ditch the inventory, so he sold it as saltwater taffy, and a Jersey shore tradition was born. Besides sugar, salt water taffy has two main ingredients: cornstarch (another word for sugar), and corn syrup (another word for sugar). There are 160 calories in seven pieces of taffy, and no redeeming nutritional value whatsoever. To make it guilt-free, hike the two-mile boardwalk from end to end. Pizza. Boardwalk slices are as big as life rafts, swimming in grease, and typically piled high with pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms. You’ll scarf down almost 300 calories in a single slice. Add the extras, and you may find yourself expanding like a beach ball. To make it guilt-free, do the two-mile hike above, carrying a pair of fifty-pound sandbags. Corndog. A corndog is like diabetes on a stick, with almost 400 calories and 730 milligrams of sodium — more if it’s filled with cheese. To make it guilt-free, jog along the sand with intermittent sprints in the surf, outrunning the beach-tag checkers. Candy Apples. Legend has it that confectioner William W. Kolb of Newark came up with candy apples as a Christmas treat in the early 1900s. There are about 500 calories in a candy apple or caramel apple, a tally that increases as you add the nuts, crushed Snickers, and other toppings. To make it guilt-free, play whack-a-mole (it’s very aerobic!) for seven hours straight. Caramel Corn. One ounce of this sticky stuff has about 150 calories, 55 milligrams of sodium, and 18 grams of sugar. Beware!
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Caramel corn typically comes in tubs. Mindless snacking is easy, and you could rack up hundreds of empty calories just bingewatching your favorite TV show. To make it guilt-free, play fifty rounds of beach volleyball or Ultimate Frisbee. Boardwalk Fudge. Besides the free samples, the best thing about boardwalk fudge is the sideshow, as paddle-wielding confectioners whip up the next big batch in a copper kettle. A small square of fudge contains about 100 calories, and because fudge is so rich and flavor-dense, you may be content with just a bite. But scarf down four or five, and it’s time to work out. To make it guilt-free, commandeer those wooden paddles for an hour. You’ll build your biceps and earn your treat. Cotton Candy. Okay, I confess cotton candy’s never been my favorite. But the cavity-inducing spun sugar, loaded with food coloring and piled in a bouffant on a paper cone, is one of the more benign treats on our list, and relatively low in calories, with just 100 calories per ounce. It’s really just colored air (with the consistency of insulation foam). To make it guilt-free, bench-press six lifeguards, seated back-to-back in a Van Duyne lifeboat. Curly Fries. Loaded with salt and grease and sometimes covered in seasoned batter, an average serving of boardwalk fries includes 32 grams of fat and more than 600 calories — twice that if you add the nuclear-orange cheesy sauce or chili. Luckily, your intake will be cut in half by dive-bombing seagulls. To make it guilt-free, jog up the Garden State Parkway to the Cheesequake rest stop and back. Funnel Cakes. The Pennsylvania Dutch popularized this deep-fried sourdough batter, doused in powdered sugar and eaten piping hot. A whole cake has almost 800 calories and 36 grams of fat — and that’s without the extras like fruit, chocolate chips and whipped cream. It’s hard to make this one guilt-free, but you can do it by swimming the Atlantic Ocean from here to the coast of Ireland, kissing the Blarney Stone, and then heading back to Jersey. Custard. What’s the difference between custard and ice cream? In 1919, when the Kohr Bros. first started peddling nickel cones on the Coney Island boardwalk, they found that pumping ice cream with eggs made it last longer in the heat. A leaning tower of twisty custard dipped in chocolate or jimmies could include up to 500 calories (subtract one-third for drippage). To make it guilt-free, dig through the sand from the New Jersey beach to China. You’ll burn extra calories as you tunnel through the earth’s fiery core. This is only the short list, folks. These days, fast food purveyors offer even more heart-stopping abominations: deep-fried Oreos, chocolate-covered bacon, donut cheeseburgers, and more. Frankly, I think they’re getting kickbacks from the pharmaceutical industry, especially the makers of cholesterol medicine. But never mind. Eat up, and have fun. n
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