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“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” —Anonymous
What You Didn’t Know About the Jersey Shore
ou think you know a place when you spend every summer here — or as some of us do, all four seasons. But even the most-seasoned New Jerseyans might miss some of these little known facts.
So, for your reading pleasure this summer, we’ve compiled some Jersey shore trivia. Think of it as cocktail conversation to stump your friends at happy hour on the bay or some casual conversation starters as you relax beachside. And for those of you who knew one or more of these Jersey shore gems, we applaud you. (Remind us not to play you in Trivial Pursuit.) Avalon—it’s the stuff of legends … literally. You may not think of how a place got its name, but Avalon’s story could be written as a sidebar to classic literature, in this case King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Avalon is the legendary place where King Arthur’s treasure is supposed to be buried. That’s no coincidence that the story and the town are named alike. The guy who named Avalon was a big fan of King Arthur. The man in question was Rev. Charles H. Bond, secretary to the Seven Mile Beach Company, and he made the name official back in 1887. Maybe he knew something that we didn’t! If the Yankees can’t get to Florida, the Jersey shore will do just fine! I know a few people who travel down to Florida for spring training. Seventy years ago (or so), they could have saved themselves a trip. That’s when professional baseball came to the Jersey shore. It was wartime, and the baseball commissioner was trying to cut costs. As a result, Bader Field in Atlantic City — our local airport field — saw more fly balls than flying. The New York Yankees trained there in 1944 and 1945. They even did a demo inside Convention Hall, where they batted balls, trying to reach the 137-foot high roof. The song that shaped rock and roll debuted in Wildwood … where else? We know Wildwood for its Doo Wop architecture and 1950’s vibe. So it only makes sense that it was the site of a rock classic debut. During Memorial Day weekend on May 29, 1954, Bill Haley and the Comets played the first live version of “Rock Around the Clock,” at the HofBrau Hotel. It was clear that it was going to be a hit based on the crowd’s reaction. It went on to top the charts, and inspire a whole new genre. You wouldn’t think a concrete ship would float. Steel is the preferred building material for large ships, but during World War I, steel wasn’t readily available. That’s when the U.S. tried a new material for ship building — concrete. They actually built 12 ships, and one named the Atlantus transported U.S. troops back from Europe. In 1926, the Atlantus was bought with the intent to use it for a ferry line between Delaware and New Jersey. The owners docked it at Cape May, where it was caught in a storm and stranded on a sand bar. You can still see its remains from Sunset Beach. What would life be without ‘Who’s on First?’ Abbott and Costello may be known for that memorable skit, and a long line of comedic performances. But before they were famous, they took the stage at Steel Pier. It seems they were in good company. Other Steel Pier performers included Bob Hope, the Three Stooges, Milton Berle, the Andrews Sisters, Paul Anka, and Dick Clark. Down the road, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin came together at the 500 Club, and of course Frank Sinatra was a regular. You get the idea. Atlantic City carried its star power even then.
Why Go Anywhere Else?
We have a state shell. Who knew? It’s the knobbed whelk, a yellowish gray conch shell that apparently is found on every one of our beaches and bays. “Google” it when you have a moment, so you’ll know what you’re looking for. Then get the kids (or grandkids) involved in the search while you relax with your favorite drink and a copy of NJ Lifestyle. Ah, summer in New Jersey. It doesn’t get better than this. Happy reading!
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Restaurant Report, we cover 48 In the proliferation of food trucks.
From top to bottom, this home was built to impress.
Local Chatter.............................................. 6 The buzz on happenings in and around our area.
Lifestyle Fashion......................................... 8 Ease your wardrobe from Summer to Fall.
Lifestyle Home........................................... 16
Conquering the clutter.
Living Large...................................... 12
The grass is always greener at this Gatsby-inspired custom home.
How to vacation without a vacation.
Health Watch............................................. 22
The Music Man.................................. 20
How to finally get the shape you desire.
A life full of sweet melodies continues to inspire the love of music.
Health Spotlight........................................ 24
The Inside Scoop................................ 26
Your summer safety net at AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care.
A tour of the best Atlantic City ice cream parlors.
Money Watch............................................. 32 Strategies for a successful retirement.
How to Get Into Harvard..................... 28 It just may be easier than you think.
On Wheels................................................. 34
Food Truck Nation.............................. 48
Lifestyle Opinion........................................ 38
Hot summer deals.
These trendy mobile restaurants have taken the nation by storm.
Lifestyle Entertainment............................... 40 Don Rickles is a tease.
The Social Scene........................................ 44 Get the picture on the latest events and happenings.
Lifestyle Cooking........................................ 51 Light your grill for the best burgers in town.
Earning a degree from Harvard Law School, let alone Harvard University, isn’t easy. 4
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Lifestyle Wine............................................ 52 14 wonderous wines.
Dining Gallery............................................ 56 All the details on the area’s great dining venues.
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IT’S OFFICIAL! Manco and Manco Pizza’s flagship restaurant will open in the old Strand movie theater building on the Ocean City boardwalk this spring, moving their popular 9th Street location to the empty theater. The pizza shops on 8th and 12th streets will remain where they are. Expect more seating and a boutique retail store, said shop owners. Manco and Manco has been an Ocean City staple since 1956, when it opened its first location on 9th Street. Currently, they have three locations on the boardwalk in Ocean City and one in Somers Point.
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IN JULY, AERIAL ARTIST ERENDIRA WALLENDA set a world record for back revolves on an aerial hoop dangling 150 feet over the Atlantic Ocean while suspended from a helicopter. Erendira revolved at least 35 times as she traveled from Atlantic City’s Steel Pier to Longport and back. In total, the 13-mile journey took about half an hour. After completing the stunt, the dedicated performer continued to dazzle the crowds along the beach as she performed a bevy tricks along the flightpath. This was the first world record for Erendira, whose her husband is famed high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda.
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TROPICAL RAINFORESTS and New Jersey have something in common. Occupying some 47,000 acres from Brick to Atlantic City, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest shoreline nature preserve on the East Coast. The massive preserve is 80% salt marsh and rivals tropical rainforests as one of the most biologically productive habitats on earth.
BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA recently announced the addition of celebrated chef Michael Symon to its esteemed fine-dining roster. With the anticipated Fall 2016 debut of his new Borgata signature restaurant, Symon joins fellow Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as legendary chef Wolfgang Puck in an unprecedented and star-studded culinary lineup. “We are thrilled to bring Michael Symon to Borgata with the debut of his first Italian restaurant,” said Becky Schultz, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “Equally famous for his soulful cooking and joyful personality, Chef Symon is recognized among the best in the country and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him into our culinary family.” Growing up with Greek and Sicilian influences, Chef Michael Symon creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his restaurants. He also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on Food Network and a co-host on ABC’s “The Chew.” “We’re excited to bring our Italian cooking to Atlantic City,” said Symon. “This is the food I grew up eating — my Sicilian grandmother would be proud! Authentic Italian is very simple; it’s all about great ingredients. It’s what I cooked in my early career and still what I like to make at home.” 8
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T HE BUZ Z O N HA P P E N IN GS IN AN D A ROU N D O U R A R EA Jimmy Buffett
Sweet Summer Music
FOR THE THIRD YEAR in a row, Atlantic City will host major summer beach concerts and 2016’s roster is shaping up to be fabulous. Live Nation kicks off the 2016 Atlantic City Summer Beach Concert season with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on Aug. 13 joined by G. Love & Special Sauce. The Zac Brown Band will take the stage with Drake White and The Big Fire on Sept. 1, and Florida Georgia Line — joined by Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown — will perform Sept. 3. More acts are rumored to be added to the schedule as the summer progresses. “For the past two years, the Atlantic City beach concerts have been beyond memorable to anyone who has attended them,” said Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. “There is nothing like mixing a beautiful beach, next to a fabulous ocean, underneath a shining sun with amazing sights and sounds all at once from Live Nation’s lineup of world-class entertainers.”
Happy 200th Birthday CLAIMING THE TITLE of America’s oldest resort (though not the only one), Cape May’s Congress Hall is celebrating its 200th birthday. Take a step back in time this summer at Congress Hall’s weekly Bicentennial Birthday Celebration. These interactive sing-a-longs are led by Annie Knight, who owned Congress Hall from 1904-1931, along with Congress Hall’s current owner, Curtis Bashaw. Enjoy a family-style feast with a modern spin on yesterday’s favorite dishes. Annie and Curtis will tell the story of Congress Hall’s 200-year history, with special appearances from some of the most distinguished guests that stayed at Congress Hall when it was “The Summer White House.” Sing “Happy Birthday” and blow out the candles on Congress Hall’s 200th every Thursday this summer in the Ballroom, ending August 25th. Tickets include a three-course dinner th e Beach e d along with the festive performance. va n I s er onst
ON AUGUST 19-21 Monster trucks will race on the Wildwood Beach from Lincoln to Spencer Avenues. Friday night features qualifying races beginning at 7 PM and Saturday features two races at 1 PM and 7 PM. Sunday features title races and tough truck races starting at 1 PM. The fun and exciting truck lineup will feature Bigfoot (OLD), Bigfoot (NEW), Avenger, Brutus, Black Stallion, Higher Education, Red Solo Truck, Equalizer, and Walking Tall, as well as Kid KJ with 4 mini monster trucks for the halftime show. Monster truck rides on the beach will also be available.
THE 107TH ANNUAL BABY PARADE will take place on August 11 on the Ocean City boardwalk, from 6th -12th streets. Hailed as one of the oldest baby parades in the country, this family-friendly fun celebration features hundreds of adorable tykes promenading down the boardwalk in decorated carriages and homemade floats. Over the years, many celebrities with local roots have taken part in the parade. In 1985, Baseball player Joe DiMaggio drew huge crowds when he served as the Grand Marshall. And when Ocean City resident Jack Kelly attended, he brought along his little sister Grace, who grew up to be movie star Grace Kelly before becoming Princess Grace of Monaco. njlifestyleonline.com
LIFESTYLE | Summer 2016
By Alyson Boxman Levine
In Transition Effortlessly Ease Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall
aying goodbye to summer is never easy, and when it comes to those favorite seasonal wardrobe pieces, parting is such sweet sorrow. Just when you begin to fall in love with the lighter fabrics and oh-so-bare arms and shoulders, the calendar turns once again and tells you to pack up all your summer favorites and banish them until next year. While many fashionistas are champing at the bit to reveal their new fall wardrobe, the weather at the shore in September is much too warm White-on-white look, Kobi Halperin
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Bomber Jacket, Needle & Thread
for most autumn fashions. As you prepare your closet for the transition, remember not to store away the summer items you can still wear. Items like tanks, tees, lightweight blazers, and dresses are all pieces you should keep in your closet year-round. And donâ€™t pack away your shorts either, at least until the first frost; you canâ€™t help but look fashion forward in a cute pair of shorts over patterned tights. As you mix the fun of summer with the practicality of fall, you create Khaki Jacket, IRO Paris
an unexpected style that is both edgy and balanced. By wearing a piece from both seasons, your wardrobe is instantly extended and each outfit becomes a truly unique, one-of-a-kind creation. nnn White, Head to Toe Yes darling, you can wear white after Labor Day and this hot summer trend can easily be transitioned into fall with a few slight alterations. Swap the shorts for a pair of white jeans or add a layer over your lightweight top. You will be crisp and chic in this white-on-white look from coveted designer Kobi Halperin. The sheer crochet lace tank is elegant under the extra white layer, evoking a feeling of polished elegance that can be worn anywhere. Reconnecting to his past while envisioning an idyllic, romantic era, Kobi Halperin introduced a woman’s collection to the market rich in luxurious textiles with an emphasis on crafted artisan details. Born in Israel in the 1970s and raised in a home with deep Eastern European roots, Kobi grew up surrounded by hand-carved ornamented furniture, embellished tapestries, and beautifully framed paintings detailed with brushed metals. Kobi continues to draw inspiration from the intricate details of his nostalgic past while giving today’s woman a modern and Structured Jacket, Eileen Fisher
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feminine look. nnn Chic Layering Get more mileage out of your favorite summer dresses and tops by adding a layer. When evenings begin to turn chilly, grab a chic jacket or sweater to transform your summer dress into a wearable transition piece. As temperatures drop, try this updated bomber jacket from the Needle & Thread label. Covered with detailed embroidered lace, and featuring a baseball collar and functional pockets, this beautifully-handcrafted piece is sure to instantly update any outfit. The creation of British designer Hannah Coffin, Needle & Thread translates Coffin’s eclectic design into distinctive dresses and feminine separates. Collections are built around intricately-embellished pieces and complimented with contemporary technical draping to give an enchanting edge to any wardrobe. The London-based label presents a mixture of vintage-inspired embroidery and glossy sequins sparkles across glittering occasionwear, tulle dresses, and sugar-soft pastel leathers. Another layering option is a lighter more structured jacket paired with either a light tank or tee. These two trendy options — from Tuxedo Jeans, The Seafarer
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Barefoot Chic Complete your summer wardrobe with these fun additions Adorn your feet with style this season as you stroll along the beach. New for Summer 2016, designer and entrepreneur Gamze Ates has created My Beachy Side accessories to give bold, free-spirited women style options for seaside summers, special occasions, and resort vacations. While searching for unique accessories for her beachside wedding, Ates came up with the idea for My Beachy Side’s first product, an accessory that glamorously adorns the legs and feet. In a moment of creative clarity, she commissioned a jeweled knit “barefoot sandal” to complete her wedding day look. After endless compliments and inquiries, Ates knew she had stumbled upon something special and soon launched My Beachy Side with a selection of unique hand knit designs created by women artisans in Turkey. The company currently boasts a catalog of accessories, which are available in a spectrum of colors, embellishments, and convertible styles from ankle length to knee-high; they can also be worn on the hands and as chokers.
“My Beachy Girl keeps her Chakra’s healthy, embraces the big waves, and loves Boho style,” explains Ates. “She is in tune with current events and understands what affects one affects all.” Design inspiration is taken from Ates’ Turkish heritage and cultures around the world where women embrace adornments and their symbolism, including Africa, India, and the Mediterranean. In keeping with its global designs, My Beachy Side has a social consciousness element, giving Syrian refugees and Turkish women opportunities to better their lives. The company works to help these women in difficult situations to become manufacturing vendors for Beachy products, providing financial support and building self-esteem. Footloose fans can shop for My Beachy Side at specialty shops around the globe, including shops in Brooklyn, St. Barts, Dubai, Tel Aviv, and Saint Tropez. Where there is sun and sand, you’re likely to discover My Beachy Side, www. mybeachyside.com.
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LIFEST YLE FASHION designers Eileen Fisher and IRO Paris — offer classic updates to simple looks. This lightweight piece from Eileen Fisher will add an air of sophistication to any outfit. And IRO Paris’ Agnette jacket in khaki, featuring a round neck and distressing throughout, is sure to turn heads. U.S. designer Eileen Fisher is inspired by the natural and schematic aesthetics of fashion. Recognized for her simplistic and minimalistic designing, Fisher has often used unconventional models for her print commercials. Her company was launched in 1984 with only $350 and a fundamental idea; women want simple yet chic easy-to-wear clothes. By 2003, the company earned revenues of $154 million, and presently operates in 15 states, comprising of more than 750 employees and over 54 retail stores. With a background in the music industry, the brothers behind French label IRO are experts in blending a New York edge with French charm. Founded by Laurent and Arik Bitton in 2005, they decided to channel their love of rock music into a different medium: fashion. The duo created a clothing line that had a distinct vintage feel and, at the same time, mirrored nonchalant chic style. Their clothes are worn by some of the world’s most fashionable Hollywood stars, including Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scarlett Johansson. nnn Add a Scarf Looking for another layering option? Try adding a scarf. Infuse a flourish of floras to your wardrobe courtesy of the elegant Cavan Cape scarf from Ted Baker. Crafted from 100% sumptuously soft silk, this luxurious layer is perfect for draping over a light blouse or tank for an effortless look. Ted Baker is one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in the UK. Quintessentially British and renowned for its perfect mix of distinctive design, beautiful quality and unconventional creativity, everything Ted
Baker does is liberally spiced with his irreverent sense of humor and firm commitment to good old-fashioned values. From his stylish clothing and accessories to the stores that bear his name, Ted’s simple yet unswerving attention to detail befits the man himself. nnn A Striped Look Swap out your summer capris for a pair of modern tuxedo-striped pants. This ongoing trend shows no signs of slowing down, and these versatile garments can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion. Recently worn on the red carpet by actresses Miranda Kerr and Blake Lively, this look adds instant sophistication and style. Incorporate these tuxedostriped jeans from Seafarer to your closet and you will want to wear them every day. The Seafarer brand — specializing in denim for women — was founded by Italian immigrant Tony Anzalone in 1896, opening a tailor shop next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At first, the brand adapted the sailors’ uniforms; then it started to create the Seafarer design that soon was adopted by the Navy. The Seafarer trousers combine sexuality and comfort with an effortless style. The century-old brand was relaunched in 2013 with a collection featuring traditional denim for women, completely made in Italy. Collections include palazzo pants with highend denim, flared jeans in bright marinara colors; as well as the basic navy blue trouser. So when those hot summer nights begin to get a bit chilly and you sense the end of another wonderful season approaching, simply adjust your wardrobe and enjoy the last moments of Summer 2016. These subtle wardrobe changes will help you get the most wear out of your summer favorites and gently ease you, and your closet, into the colorful days of autumn. n
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The grass is always greener at this Gatsby-inspired custom home
n scale and grandeur, the house on the bay in Somers Point looks like something Jay Gatsby himself might have coveted. Even the location evokes Fitzgerald’s greatest American novel. Though Gatsby lived in West Egg, he aspired to East Egg, home of his lost love, Daisy Buchanan. The Somers Point house has a similar address, on the Great Egg Harbor Bay, with unparalleled views of the waterways and wetlands. Of course, the latter house is no work of fiction, but a fully-realized work of art, with comforts that Gatsby and the Buchanans may only have dreamed about. First Impressions From top to bottom, this home was built to impress. A custom black wrought-iron gate and long, tree-lined cobblestone drive lead to the landscaped roundabout, and there it is — 14
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a Mediterranean-inspired estate, right in the heart of South Jersey. It has all the elements that make the style so captivating: towering columns, domed windows, decorative relief sculptures, and abundant greenery. A carved entry door echoes, in rich mahogany, those dramatically arched windows. Welcome to La Dolce Vita At 10,000 square feet, this is a big house, but it seems even more spacious due to walls of windows that frame those panoramic views. “All the focal points — the living area, the kitchen, the office downstairs — all face the open bay,” says Jeff Quintin, of the Quintin Group in Ocean City, which represents the home. “From the moment you walk through that arched doorway, it’s bright and airy, front to back. You get the wonderful sunrises and
sunsets, and natural light throughout the day.” When lights are low, it’s just as stunning: “At night, you can see the skylines of Ocean City and Atlantic City, the Ferris wheels and the decorative lights under the new Route 52 Causeway bridge,” notes Quintin. “It’s a very, very pretty view.” Needless to say, this is a sports lover’s paradise. A 250-foot mahogany pier includes four boat lifts for watercraft of up to 36 feet, as well as smaller vessels or jet skis. There are two additional floating docks, and room for a 75foot yacht. “Bring all your toys,” says Quintin. “The property is very close to the Egg Harbor Inlet, so it’s perfect for people who like to go ocean fishing.” If you prefer a more languid lifestyle, grab a book and a cocktail, and claim your seat poolside. The 20-by-40-foot rectangular pool with a sailfish imprint on the bottom is
“The (house) was a colossal affair by any standard — a factual imitation of some hotel de ville in Normandy, with a tower, a marble swimming pool, and acres of lawn and garden.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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Hearth and Hominess The Mediterranean motif is emphasized indoors, starting in the jawdropping two-story foyer, complete with winding staircase, floor-toceiling windows and drapes, big-block travertine tiles in a natural hue, and a four-tier crystal-drop chandelier big enough to hold its own in this grand space. The formal living area is vast in scale, but downright cozy too, thanks to artfully arranged seating areas. Twin Persian rugs in navy and cream anchor the main space, topped by back-to-back plush sofas, big upholstered chairs, and ornate mismatched coffee tables. All are clustered before a fireplace with a stunning mantel of pristine white Italian marble. All look out on those beautifully unobstructed water views. The earth tones of the décor contrast nicely with polished cherry hardwood floors. For many people, especially at meal time or party time, the kitchen is the real living space. This chef’s-caliber layout “is pretty magnificent,” says Quintin, “especially for entertaining, with two double ovens, two dishwashers and a huge island that wraps around the wine bar.” Once again, attention has been paid to the small, friendly details, such as a breakfast nook ideal for casual seating and snacking. The cook will get plenty of help from top-of-the-line appliances including a Sub Zero fridge, Décor ovens, a five-burner Décor gas cooktop, and Bosch dishwashers.
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surrounded by comfy deck chairs and other seating, and the cabana includes a full bath and kitchen. The pool is also a snap to activate; a key-operated pool cover opens or closes in just 60 seconds. Amazingly, though the house is steps from the bay, it is also 22 feet above sea level, an advantage in an area that can be vulnerable to coastal storms. “It’s never had any water damage, even in Hurricane Sandy,” says Quintin. And full power is always assured, through a natural gas backup generator.
Suite Dreams The most palatial space in this splendid house is undoubtedly the second-floor master suite. At a full 1,600 square feet, it includes a bedroom big enough to double as a dance floor, with windows onto the bay, and a balcony overlooking the pool and pier. The adjoining master bath is fit for an emperor, with marble floors, a matching marble walk-in shower with multiple showerheads, his-and-hers marble-topped cherry vanities, and a whirlpool tub on a raised platform, draped in gauzy white curtains beneath a cut-glass chandelier. On cold mornings, rely on radiant heat floors to keep bare tootsies warm. All in all, there are five bedrooms (one currently serves as an office), five full baths, and one half-bath, so it’s safe to put out the welcome mat. Family and friends will gladly spend an extra day or two in this lovely setting. Among the other attractions: a game room for the kids; a deluxe home theater for movie fans; and even a third-floor putting green, for duffers and pros alike (the current homeowner’s son is a champion golfer). The three-car garage contains a storage area large enough to be converted into separate quarters, possibly for an inlaw’s cottage. Set along the Atlantic Flyway, this property is also a birder’s wonderland. Depending on the season, you may spot raptors and loons, plovers and pelicans, herons and gulls, and even bald eagles on the wing. Wherever you are in the home — described by Quintin as “one of the premier waterfront properties in New Jersey, if not on the East Coast” — you have a front row seat. n
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Conquering Clutter By Candice Adler
ost people are challenged when it comes to their storage systems. It does not matter the size of their home, but instead the efficiency in which their storage systems works. We all accumulate
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things over time, and before we know it, we have a need for more storage. There is never enough of it and there can never be too much of it. It’s always a good idea to stay
organized. If you are on top of the clutter, it will allow you to feel less stressed in your home. One of the keys to successfully living in your space is to keep things simple. If there is too much “stuff” it is
Rework each room to uncover the space you’ve been missing
nearly impossible to accomplish this. A key to living comfortable, and I believe the most important, is to put function first. So face the clutter, make a storage plan, and then everything will fall into place. Clutter seems to cling for a few reasons. Either you’re to busy to deal with it or you’re hanging on to things for emotional reasons. I always tell my clients they have hired me to make their home what they desire it ultimately to be. This means I must tell them we will together have to cleanse the home in order to take it where it needs to go. What I mean by “cleanse” is make some decisions as far as what will go and what will stay. Although this is difficult, it is necessary. Let go of clothes you have not worn for years. Even if something is expensive, it does not make sense to hold on to it if you never use it. I refer to this step as “clearing the deck”. The past is over and the future isn’t here yet. Live today and make your home as peaceful as you can for your present. As we go through the process of eliminating things, it will give helpful insight into the things you truly need and want. You can make better choices about what you bring into your home in the future. They say people who can live without clutter tend to trust themselves to make good choices. Being decisive is a gift. When I refer to clutter, it’s defined as “things you don’t need, use, or like”. Anything that is untidy or disorganized; too much in one space. It is difficult to purge our items, as some may see it as wasteful. I see it more as freedom to take back your home and organize it to make it the most efficient. So let’s start with seeking storage to accommodate your belongings we have decided to keep. In each room, there are items specific to the function of the room. These things need to be stored; such as books, children’s games, and electronics in the family room. The home entertainment
paraphernalia is always a challenge. Clothes in the bedroom; never enough room is always an issue. The list for each room and its needs are endless. In any well-adjusted home, there is bound to be a certain amount of natural clutter. After all, we do live in our home and it would be unhealthy to expect for excessive neatness. It’s unrealistic to demand everyone to maintain the home to look as if no one really lives in it. My goal is to make it as easy as possible for most things to have a place, not only for esthetics, but moreover if everything has a home, you will always know where to find it. Develop an effective storage system for each room that designates a place for everything and allows you to get at whatever you need when you need it. I usually use different systems depending on needs, style, price point, and ultimately, my client’s long term goals. There are so many different options and price points available to the consumer today when fitting out closets. I use vendors to supply these plans to my clients along with material and install when we need to make the most of their closets. From drawers to hanging elements to jewelry organizers, all are available today. Depending on where you resource, it’s amazing how efficient your closets can be if planned properly. I have also chosen to think out of the box when considering options for my clients. I found an old hutch at a garage sale with drawers and glass doors. The lines of the piece were perfect and my client was thrilled to repurpose such a beautiful piece of furniture for her master bath, which was lacking a linen closet. We converted it into a home for her towels and toiletries. It looked amazing, as well as served the greater purpose. Being that it was exposed, it’s important to be pleasing to the eye, yet functional in its purpose. If storage in each room is already at capacity, such as in the kitchen, consider
getting some reasonable shelving and perhaps place in a basement or garage. If you only use the ”good” China once a year, it makes no sense for it to take up room in your everyday space; especially if that space is limited. One of my favorite types of storage is built-ins. Not only do they provide a home for your belongings, but also add design interest when displayed properly. They allow for architectural presence while also being a home to hold and display your treasures. Because they are so often literally “built- in” to exist in niches, recesses, dormers, and around windows, they take advantage of space that would not otherwise be used efficiently. They consume less floor space than bulky furniture, which can only make your environment feel more spacious. Check out the family room. When planning your built-in, they should accommodate the electronic equipment that may be scattered all over. Consolidate them in one unit with closed compartments that can breathe and make the top the pretty part for display. In the bedroom, fit out your closets to avoid the over abundance of clothes chests eating up your floor space. If you’re very limited on space, consider a bed with a storage combination which gives you duel function. Your storage requirements and status of your budget will determine the size and complexity of whatever storage solution you decide best fits your individual needs. The style of your room will determine the look of your storage. Whether they are pricey custom units or ready-made units, you can spice them up with paint and trim to present a handsome finished look. Commit to decluttering and establish a plan to take back your home. It’s a process but a necessary one in order to move forward and organize your home. A word to the wise: make your space work for you. n
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The Great Getaway How to vacation without a vacation By Michelle Dawn Mooney
s I’m writing this, I am on vacation. I’ve got my coffee and some great music playing in the background as I am happily trying to turn my thoughts into clever phrases that will hopefully appear typo free before me on my laptop. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. The air conditioner repairman is almost here and I still have a few good hours to get things done before I head into work. Wait ... repairman and work? I’m on vacation, right? Well, sort of. It’s more of a half day. Still, after learning the hard way the importance of giving ourselves a break from time to time, I’ve discovered that it is often more about your mindset than your location. I’ve actually taken several “mini” vacations this week without even crossing the county border, let alone state lines. Granted, my definition of vacation may be a little different from yours, but trust me on this. A lot can be said for switching up your daily routine or simply adding in a little indulgence. Never underestimate the power of quality time. The other day I decided to invite my 15 year-old step-daughter to come to work with me for a few hours to meet my new co-workers at SNJ Today. I thought we would have some time to talk during the ride to and from and figured she might enjoy a behind-thescenes look at the news set. I thought I would sweeten the deal by adding that we may do some shopping afterwards. If you mention shopping to a teenage girl, there’s about a 98% chance the response will be favorable. Unfortunately, this time it landed me in the other two percentile. To my surprise, she had a change of heart and before you knew it, we were in the car headed off to the station. The ride to the studio was filled with chatter and music and capped off with a trip through the drive-thru for iced coffee and donuts. After the news, we headed off to begin our shopping spree and, before we knew it, our arms were filled with things
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we did — but mostly didn’t — need. The curiosity of how a few crazy looking outfits would look on us was well worth the gymnastics routine required to squeeze into some of them. Some worked. Some didn’t, to put it mildly. We laughed, we took pictures, and we marveled at how well were doing with scoring some great deals. Our dinner included a stop at her favorite cow-loving fast food establishment, where we did a role reversal. She opted for a somewhat sensible #1 meal and I, on a somewhat childish whim, decided to have dessert for dinner and made mine a large frosted lemonade. It was wild. It was crazy. Ok, maybe not that crazy, but it felt good to just break out of the norm a bit and be a little reckless with the nutritional rules. Who knew frosted lemonade could be so freeing, and just plain old fun? With some newfound energy, we were able to get back out on the shopping circuit where we closed not one, but two stores. We were just two wild and crazy gals out on the town doing some hard core shopping and drinking lemonade. It was one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time. In a world where things seem to be getting crazier and crazier by the minute, it’s sometimes hard to notice the good stuff. Despite so many instances of hate, there is so much love and so much beauty around us, if we take the time to see it. When we are able to slow down, it’s a little easier to focus in on those precious things we have in our lives. So, whether it’s with someone you love, or maybe even some “alone” time, remember to take the time to smell the roses, live in the moment, and make time to enjoy those little indulgences. Those little mental getaways can go a long way when it comes to our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. As bad as things sometimes appear, I’d like to believe the glass is always half full. And on a really good day, it may just be filled with frosted lemonade. n
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The Music Man
A life full of sweet melodies continues to inspire the love of music
By Felicia L. Niven Photography by Eric Weeks f 76 trombones led the big parade, chances are Al Altieri was there to conduct them. Or at least teach the kids how to play. This former Army trumpeter, a.k.a. resort performer, a.k.a. high school music teacher, a.k.a. inspiration-to-all, is the consummate Music Man. But unlike the fictional Professor Harold Hill of that classic musical, Altieri is the real deal. The fact that he plays 27 instruments and has a storied career alongside such names as Johnny Mathis and Paul Anka gives just a hint to his incredible talent. And while some might argue that his story began on a kitchen table in Manhattan — the actual place where he was born according to his mother — just over eight decades ago, the birth of his musical journey happened on a street corner in the Bronx. At the time, he was just seven. Standing next to his mother as she chatted with a neighbor, Al heard a sound. He followed his natural curiosity to discover the source just down the block. “It was a boy blowing on a bugle,” said Al. “He didn’t really know how to play. He was just making noise. But it intrigued me. I asked him if he wanted to sell it. He said, ‘yeah, give me a quarter.’ Back then, a quarter was a lot of money. I went back and begged my mother. She gave it to me. Then I had to chase down the boy who had gone on to the park. But I found him, gave him the quarter and got the bugle. I took home that bugle, washed it, put it to my lips and made a sound. From that day on, I was in love with a brass instrument.”
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Al progressed from bugle to the trumpet in junior high and high school. His father also taught him mandolin and clarinet. By age 16, he was playing with some of the big bands, including Louie Prima. But all that changed when Al turned 17, and volunteered for the army. He auditioned for, and made, the First Division Army Band. It was a 100-piece band that traveled and played all over Europe. “I have the gift of languages,” said Al in the telling of his army story. “I speak five.” He then proceeds to rattle off full, fluent paragraphs in Italian, German, Spanish, and Yiddish. He says a couple of phrases in French, noting that he’s not as fluent in that anymore. “I learned German because I had a German girlfriend,” he noted. “The Italian I got from my parents. My mom taught me Yiddish.” Al’s mother wasn’t Jewish, but her sister had married a Jewish man so she too had learned the language. She passed it on to her children, which would come in handy for Al later in life. After two stints in the army, Al finally was able to earn his master’s in music education from New York University. He taught instrumental music at Gompers and Truman High Schools in the Bronx, inspiring generations of students to pursue a career in music. (Many, now in their 50s, keep in touch and even stop by and visit.) During summers, he’d perform with his band, Taste of Brass, at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills. It was a kosher hotel that attracted a Jewish clientele, and it was there that Al’s Yiddish came in handy. “They called me the Italian Yiddisher or the Yiddish-speaking Italiano,” he said. “They even hired me to entertain during the Jewish holidays because I could speak Yiddish.” Al remembers many a guest who would take bets on whether or not he was Jewish. “What does it matter?” he’d say in response. And they would go away forming their own opinions. At the Concord, Al played alongside such talent as Johnny Mathis, Jerry Seinfeld, Willie Nelson, Paul Anka, and Chazz Palminteri. He played at the wedding of Buddy Hackett’s daughter. He was a sought-after dance companion for the female guests. He even danced the mambo backstage with Mitzi Gaynor. It was at the Concord that he met his wife, Lorraine. She was there with her girlfriend on location and remembers the first encounter. “We were sitting on the chaise lounge chairs, and he walked by and said, ‘Hi, Dimples,’ to my friend, Rita.” Then Al stopped and looked at Lorraine. “Sophia Loren, what are you doing here?” The two remained friends for the first three years, and then their relationship blossomed. They married in 1973, a union that ultimately resulted in four children: Alex, Danielle, Christine, and John. Al taught them all to play instruments and three of the four pursued, or are pursuing musical careers. Al and Lorraine moved to South Jersey in 2003 after they became empty nesters. It hasn’t slowed them down one bit. Al keeps active with his music — playing with the South Jersey Wind Ensemble and at the Four Seasons in Smithville. He’s working on a pep song for a contest for Stockton University. And he and Lorraine still regularly entertain former students who visit. “They’re inspired by him,” said Lorraine. “He has students who have gone on to play in symphony orchestras.” Al smiles and shares one of the many plaques that adorn his walls. “For Loyal and Dedicated Service,” it reads. “Still Remembered by Students After 50 Years.” The next generation of music is in good hands, thanks to Music Man Al Altieri. n
Pictured from top to bottom, Altieri’s trumpet; Al and Lorraine Altieri; Al playing the trumpet.
LIFESTYLE | Summer 2016
Health Watch By Robin Stoloff
Winning the Losing Battle
How to finally get the shape you desire
Like most women who have children, Darla Hendricks of Galloway, had gained weight with each of her three pregnancies. She had always struggled with her weight, but now she had a good 30 pounds to lose. She tried everything — from various diets to tracking her calories and every gram of fat, but she felt hungry and unsatisfied. She struggled to get her fitness right but never really saw results. She had her “skinny years” but the weight just seemed to come back on. Darla remembers, “I felt hopeless, unhealthy, and miserable, and thought I would never have enough self-control to lose weight.” The only way it ever worked was for her to eat very little and be unhappy. Why even bother? If only she could find a program that had structure, yet didn’t make her feel deprived. One night she was out with friends and one of them was talking about Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix and how Shakeology was working for her. Darla thought to herself — another magic solution that promises results she would never attain. Over the next few weeks, however, she noticed her friend was looking slimmer, more toned, energetic, and happy. She wanted in. That was June of 2014. Within a few months, she said goodbye to those 30 pounds, and then some, and says, “It was the best decision I could have ever made for my body and health.” She worked directly with a Beachbody Coach, who got her into Challenge Groups, closed and private groups on Facebook. She realized that other women were struggling with similar issues and that she was not alone. “We all encouraged, supported, motivated, and kept each other accountable,” explained Darla. “We shared recipes while following the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan, and 24
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our own Beachbody workouts.” With three kids and a full-time job as publisher of NJ Lifestyle Magazine, Darla had very little time to workout. However, she found the time to squeeze the 21 Day Fix workouts each day, which were only 30 minutes long. “The first couple of days, I was not only dropping pounds quickly, but I was eating clean, learning how to make good choices when it came to food, learning about portion sizes, and how much of each portion to eat.” The workouts were a little tough for her, so she followed along with the modified versions and still her body quickly slimmed down and toned up like never before. “I never dreamed that would be possible, and I was proud to wear a bikini that summer.” To this day she has kept the weight off, and feels healthier and more energetic than ever, and she glows, “I’m living a lifestyle that I love! I’ve even overcome a few health issues that I dealt with for years.” She felt so passionate about Beachbody’s products and Shakeology that she recently became a Beachbody Coach. She gets a chance to pass on the motivation and support. “It’s such a great feeling when someone thanks me for helping them reach goals they thought were unattainable.” She is living proof that they are. ***
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products that have been thoroughly tested and proven to work. Beachbody also offers a line of fitness accessories and nutritional supplements to help achieve healthy, maximum results. When it comes to losing weight, simplicity equals success. With the 21 Day Fix, you receive seven color-coded containers and Shakeology shaker cup to deliver exactly the right portions every time, so you never eat too much or too little. You simply fill them up as directed in the Eating Plan for balanced nutrition. Their most popular product is Shakeology, which is known as “your daily dose of dense nutrition.” Shakeology is a premium superfood shake containing healthy ingredients, including super-proteins, superfruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogen herbs, pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the exotic, like goji berry and maca root. These incredible whole food ingredients from around the world, uncooked and unprocessed, provide a wealth of superfood nutrition all in one shake. It’s available in 7 delicious flavors including Vanilla, Chocolate, Café Latte, Strawberry, Greenberry, Tropical Strawberry Vegan, or Chocolate Vegan to help support healthy energy, reduce cravings, support weight loss, and support digestion and regularity. The best way to stay motivated and get in shape fast is by doing it with a community of others who have the same goals as you. Joining Darla’s Support and Motivation Group (a closed and private group on Facebook) is a fun, exciting way to get the constant inspiration and encouragement you need to
stay committed and achieve your fastest results. You begin with a Challenge Pack that will fit your fitness and nutrition needs, which she helps you select. A Challenge Pack includes everything you need to succeed: the fitness program of your choice, complete nutrition plan, a 30-day supply of Shakeology, and a free 30-day VIP membership trial to teambeachbody.com. Visit www.beachbodycoach.com/darlahendricks and facebook.com/darlafit. n Former television health reporter, Robin Stoloff, is the Host of Living Well with Robin Stoloff on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG Atlantic City airing every Sunday morning from 9-11 AM with health tips and interviews to help you live a better, healthier and longer life. Check out her Facebook page at Health Update with Robin Stoloff.
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LIFESTYLE | Summer 2016
By Felicia Lowenstein Niven
Your Summer Safety Net: AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care YOU MAY NOT THINK TWICE ABOUT DONNING A BATHING suit and heading to the beach this summer, or hopping onto a boat or personal watercraft. But some of these outdoor adventures, and even rites of passage such as a first summer job, could land you at Urgent Care, in the Emergency Room, or at the very least at your primary care provider’s office. That’s why it’s important not only to take precautions to keep you and your family safe and healthy, it’s good to know the medical resources that are at the ready. “We’ll see a lot more sports-related injuries in the summer,” said
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Dr. John Ruskey, Co-Medical Director, AtlantiCare Urgent Care Services. “People are out enjoying the weather, so that may mean a sprained wrist or ankle from a bicycle ride. You also can get dehydrated very quickly out in the sun, and if you don’t apply enough sunscreen, sunburn is a painful reality.” But it’s not just summer fun that puts you at risk. Dr. Ruskey sees a lot of teenagers at their first summer jobs. “We’ll see kids who work in restaurant kitchens for burns or injuries,” he said. “Recently, we treated a teen who cut himself slicing a tomato. We had to irrigate the wound,
suture and stitch it, and make sure he had an up-to-date tetanus shot. We were able to access his electronic records, and get him in and out, and back to work.” That’s one of the advantages of AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care facilities, which Dr. Ruskey refers to as a one-stop shop. “It’s like the fast track of the ER,” he explained. “We’ve got a state-of-the-art digital x-ray, and a board certified radiologist on duty. We can do a reading within an hour, get a definitive diagnosis, and put a patient on crutches if needed. For dehydration, we can check a patient’s electrolyte levels and administer IV fluids. This year, we instituted a new program where we stock 14 different medications so we can even send you on your way with a prescription. In general, we can handle everything from mild to moderate trauma, and, because our physicians are board certified, we’re very good at spotting the person who needs to get right to the ER.” AtlantiCare operates ten Urgent Care Centers throughout southern New Jersey. Hours vary, but Urgent Care is open seven days a week, including nights and weekends. With its single co-pay and multitude of services, Urgent Care is an attractive healthcare option, though Dr. Ruskey cautions that it should be reserved for urgent medical problems and not ones that can wait until your primary care provider has office hours. Urgent Care practitioners generally treat patients with general illness, including but not limited to the common cold, the flu, insect bites and stings, cuts or small lacerations, patients who need stitches or splints, non-narcotic prescription medication refills, tetanus shots, and many other non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. They also typically handle foreign body removal, nebulizer therapy, onsite lab tests and x-rays, EKGs, and prescription needs. The ER treats patients for lifethreatening illnesses and injuries. If you’ve been in a vehicular accident, have severe bleeding or broken bones, if you’re experiencing an asthma attack or COPD, if you suspect a heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately or head right to the Emergency Room. “It’s fairly common that people suffer injuries while they are away from home because they are in new or different surroundings,” said Kristen Radcliff, M.D., Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare. “I treated a patient who had fallen down the stairs in their beach house and developed a broken neck,” he added. “ Look out for throw rugs, furniture and other hazards in your beach house or other travel accommodations that would be less familiar than your own home would be.”
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Boating is also a potential summer hazard, according to AtlantiCare staff who often see back injuries from the jostling against the waves. “People could be here vacationing or simply enjoying the weather, but could end up in the ER or Urgent Care very easily,” said Dr. Ruskey. “One of our strengths is that our physicians are very comfortable seeing new patients. You don’t have to be an AtlantiCare patient or in our system. We easily develop a rapport so you feel comfortable talking with us and discussing your medical needs.” For information about AtlantiCare’s Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers or other services, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare. Book urgent care appointments online by visiting atlanticare.org or by using the free ZocDoc mobile app. For guidance on which medical options which might be the best fit — from the ER to Urgent Care to Primary Care Plus — visit www.atlanticare.org/index.php/emergencies/what-level-of-care-do-i-need. n
Checklist to Summer Safety 1. Use a water-resistant sunscreen with a sun-protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30. Choose one which also offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. 2. Use insect repellant, avoid brushy areas, and check for ticks daily. Don’t spray young children’s hands with repellent because they often put them in their eyes and mouths. 3. Swim only in lifeguard protected waters. Diligently supervise children in and near water. 4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Watch for the signs of dehydration: lightheadedness, nausea and weakness. 5. Alcohol and summer activities can be a deadly combination. Never mix alcohol with swimming, boating, or driving. Alcohol impairs judgment and contributes to dehydration.
“People could be here vacationing or simply enjoying the weather, but could end up in the ER or Urgent Care very easily.” njlifestyleonline.com
LIFESTYLE | Summer 2016
The Inside Scoop
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Lifestyle Leisure By MOLLY GOLUBCOW
A TOUR OF THE BEST ATLANTIC CITY ICE CREAM PARLORS AS A KID GROWING UP IN ATLANTIC CITY, there was nothing better than getting a treat on the beach from the ice cream man — from Fudgsicles to Creamsicles to Chipwhiches. Boy, was that yummy, cold, and sweet as the ice cream man used to shout out, “FudgieWudgies — give your tongue a sleigh ride.” Today, beach days still lend themselves to enjoying a cone or cup of cold delight — whether hard, soft swirl, gelati, or a decadent banana split, ice cream options are as plentiful in the Atlantic City area as the ice cream flavors at Howard Johnson’s! So, are your taste buds ready? Here are some local options to give your tongue the sleigh ride of its life.
CARISBROOKE ICE (formerly Mentos), 5304 VENTNOR AVE., VENTNOR
Offering top-quality hand-dipped and soft ice cream, as well as homemade water ices, Carisbrooke is a summer must. With the help and guidance from the former owners (Mentos), Carisbrooke Ice (down the street from the Carisbrooke Inn) continues to keep the look, feel, and, most importantly, the quality of the former store for its customers. With more than a dozen flavors to choose from, get a cone or a cup of ice cream — from traditional chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry or Spumoni and Cookies & Cream. If you are in the mood for water ice, try a Pina Colada or Blue Raspberry to cool yourself on a hot summer day.
SUN DAZE, 6814 VENTNOR AVE., VENTNOR
It’s bright and friendly and chilly — a perfect place to get an ice cream on a hot summer day (or night). Eat in or sit outside and schmooze as you enjoy hard and soft ice cream options, ranging from thick milkshakes to waffle cones jammed full with ice cream or frozen yogurt, as well as SunDaze homemade water ices. Merrill Kelem, Ventnor resident and ice cream lover, makes SunDaze a regular stop in his summer routine since their water ice is the “best this side of the Delaware River.” Kelem explains, “The water ice is made from scratch at the store, and my favorite is the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip, and as a backup, the Chocolate Banana. Also, try cherry or orange water ice with a vanilla custard mix, like a “creamsicle!” Get the Scoop: Try the homemade gelati at Ice Cream Fundae (101 South Weymouth Ave.). You’ll think you are in Italy — no passport needed!
TWO CENTS PLAIN, 9305 VENTNOR AVE., MARGATE
There’s nothing plain about Two Cents Plain. This Margate fixture has been scooping out ice cream for the last 42 years. Proudly serving Breyer’s best flavors, select from over 24 flavors, including Caramel Pretzel and Death by Chocolate with over 20 toppings and fruit options ranging from homemade Peanut Butter Fudge to M&Ms to crushed pineapple. In addition, the shop offers bowls of delight with 15 Sundae selections. For example, feel free to ruin your diet with a Black & White — 2 scoops each of chocolate and vanilla topped with fudge, marshmallow, nuts, whipped cream, and (of course) a cherry on top! If ice cream is not for you, Two Cents Plain has an impressive vegan menu serving up some tasty lactose/dairy free options, like banana-based milkshakes
and other fruit smoothies.
MARGATE DAIRY BAR, 9510 VENTNOR AVE., MARGATE
Since 1952, kids (and kids at heart) have been enjoying ice cream days at the Margate Dairy Bar. Like a Happy Days trip to the shake shop, you can order Italian water ice — the “original Philadelphia” — as well as ice cream floats, shakes, and smoothies. Longtime resident Jim Logue looks back on his Dairy Bar outings, “I remember when I was a kid miniature golfing on Jefferson Avenue and then custard at the Margate Dairy Bar while riding our bikes – without helmets!” The Margate Dairy Bar also offers 100% organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, soyfree, and coconut milk ice cream options as well for those with diet or health preferences. For example, gluten-free waffles and ice cream is a summer dream come true — whether you have a food allergy or not! Get the Scoop: Kids love the 2-story painted facade of a food truck at The Margate Burger & Food Truck (7903 Ventnor Avenue).
WITH A CHERRY ON TOP, 2603 BOARDWALK, ATLANTIC CITY
As the name implies, you can get everything good and then some at this sweet shop located on the AC Boardwalk. With A Cherry on Top offers “… a little something special for everyone” including soft serve ice cream, Italian water ice, chocolate covered frozen bananas, and real fruit smoothies. Ice cream is a fun thing, and at With a Cherry on Top you will have fun eating the goods as well as choosing your treat. For example, the ice cream sundaes are billed as a “spectacle in itself that are sure to bring a giggle!” Another fun treat is The Sand Castle sundae — served in a beach bucket (yes, in a beach bucket!) with no less than SIX scoops of ice cream smothered with SIX toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry on top (of course).
TAZZA CAFE DELIZIOSO, CAESAR’S CASINO, ATLANTIC CITY
If you get an urge for a cup of decadently delicious gelato in the middle of the night, you are in luck. Tazza Cafe Delizioso, open 24 hours a day, aims to please and scoop to your heart’s content! So what exactly is gelato (gelatti is plural)? Some refer to the ice treat as Italian ice cream. History tells us that gelato dates back to frozen desserts made from snow and ice brought down from mountaintops and preserved below ground in ancient Rome. Compared to ice cream, gelato contains less air and more flavoring, giving it a dense and rich texture. The display case in Tazza Cafe Delizioso presents works of art in the form of their homemade gelatti, including coconut, apricot, and chocolate. Shift Manager Itzel Juarez proudly talks about the delicious options beautifully presented at the Cafe. Customer favorites? According to Juarez, “Without a doubt, the Salted Caramel, Peanut Bitter, and Butter Pecan ice cream, and as for the gelatti, the Italian Stracciatella — dark & white chocolate mix is amazing.” Mange!
Get the Scoop: If you are on the beach, answer the call of the ice cream man walking the sands carrying a box of frozen goodies. From water ice to banana fudge bars, nothing beats a cold treat on a hot summer beach day. n njlifestyleonline.com
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How to Get Into Harvard It just may be easier than you think By DAN SCHLOSSBERG
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IN THE USA NETWORK SHOW “SUITS,” EVERY ATTORNEY but one graduated from Harvard Law. And that one, Mike Ross, isn’t really an attorney at all — just a man with a sharp legal mind and a photographic memory. Earning a degree from Harvard Law School, let alone Harvard University, isn’t easy. In fact, the undergraduate school accepts only 5% of applicants per year — keeping its standards high. But there’s still a way to get into Harvard: a company called Trademark Tours runs regular walk-throughs for anyone willing to fork over ten bucks plus a tip for the student escort. Created by Dan Andrew when he was still a student at the Ivy League school, the tour takes 70 minutes, but travels several centuries. The New York Times calls his creation “a theatrical crash course in Harvard history.” And TripAdvisor rates it the top tourist attraction in Cambridge. Its name — the Hahvahd Yahd Tour — symbolizes a tongue-in-cheek approach conveyed by wise-cracking student escorts struggling to pay steep tuitions. Harvard is expensive. And it should be; the alumni roster is a virtual Who’s Who of presidents, politicians, and public figures who made their mark from Hollywood to Washington. Alan Dershowitz, Natalie Portman, and John F. Kennedy walked through the same Johnston Gate where the tour begins. Students enter once when they arrive and once when they leave but otherwise avoid the gate like the plague; it is considered bad luck to use it at any other time. Founded in 1636, nearly 150 years before the American colonies rebelled against the British empire, Harvard sits on a Red Line T stop in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston. Meeting place for the tour is the a few feet from the steps of the Harvard Square station — and next to a historic newsstand that still survives by selling international periodicals. The newsstand wasn’t there when the institution was founded but many other buildings were. George Washington not only slept there but his troops failed to respect school property. Both Massachusetts Hall and Harvard Hall were trashed by Continental Army soldiers seeking safe haven from British redcoats. Even without Dershowitz, the school sued the infant U.S. government for damages and won. Highlights of the Hahvahd Tour include the enormous Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, the largest private library on the planet; Memorial Hall, which resembles a church but is actually a memorial to Harvard students killed in the Civil War; and Kirkland House, where a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created “The Facebook” in an effort to meet female classmates. Although the tour strays only a stone’s throw beyond Hahvahd Yahd, it does pass the Porcellian Club building on Massachusetts Avenue. One of 11 clubs for students, it is also the oldest, most exclusive, and probably the snobbiest: it once
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rejected Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After hearing that the Porcellian Club offered a million dollars to any member who didn’t earn that much by age 30, Zuckerberg made a valiant effort for entry. Like FDR, however, his application for membership was vetoed (he made pretty good money anyway). Also on the route are the Houses, where upperclassmen live; the dorm where Matt Damon lived as a freshman; Annenberg Hall, where first-year students eat; the Science Center, one of the few modern structures on campus; and the Lampoon Building, home of the celebrated Harvard Lampoon. Tour participants might hear about the ongoing rivalry between the Harvard Crimson, the main student newspaper, and the irreverent Lampoon, where satire and political parody reign. Rumor has it that Lampoon editor Conan O’Brien created his reputation as a prankster by stealing the chair of his competitor at the Crimson. He even got himself arrested for stealing the whole print run of the Crimson before it was distributed. As for John Harvard, no one is quite sure who he was or why his statue trails only the Statue of Liberty and Lincoln Memorial as the nation’s most-photographed monument. Dubbed the “Statue of Three Lies,” it bears John Harvard’s name, lists him as Harvard’s founder, and says it happened in 1638. In baseball parlance, that would be 0-for-3. The school was founded in 1636 and not by John Harvard. Nor is his depiction in the statue accurate, although he is dressed in colonial garb. One thing that is authentic is the Harvard Shop at the end of the tour. It’s packed with T-shirts, hats, and hoodies that enable visitors to convince strangers that they’re smarter than they look. For most, that’s a great accomplishment. The scheduled Harvard tours, which can accommodate two-dozen people comfortably, are just one of Dan Andrew’s ongoing enterprises. Trademark Tours, marking its 10th anniversary this year, also runs neighborhood tours in Boston and city wine tours in Boston and New York. Getting there: Cambridge is an easy drive from anywhere in New Jersey, although Amtrak and air connections are both easy and direct. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, called the T for short, operates an extensive network of streetcars and buses. Being there: Walk the Freedom Trail, watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park, ride the Boston Ducks amphibious vehicles, peruse the Boston Common ponds on a swan boat, shop the Back Bay, and love the lobster rolls at Legal Seafoods. The John F. Kennedy presidential library and museum is a must-see. Staying there: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America, is on Arlington Street a block from Boston Common and is also a short walk from the Green Line T stop. Transfer to the Red Line for Cambridge. For more information visit ww.trademarktours.com, www. citywinetours.com, www.facebook.com/harvardtour and www. facebook.com/citywinetours. n Former AP newsman Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ is travel editor of New Jersey Lifestyle and Sirius XM Radio’s Maggie Linton Show. He is also host and executive producer of the weekly Travel Itch Radio Show and president emeritus of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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RETIREMENT PLANNING IS BY FAR one of the most important areas of financial planning and one we allocate a good portion of our time and resources to address. We break retirement planning up into two distinct phases: 1. Accumulation Phase 2. Distribution Phase The accumulation phase is simply the phase in which you are still working and gathering assets to fund the second phase, which is the distribution phase. Clients in the distribution phase are typically either retired or semiretired and are supplementing their pre-retirement income with distributions from their portfolios. Last issue we addressed the accumulation phase. This article is part two of our two-part series on retirement planning and will address the distribution phase of retirement planning. There are two common misconceptions that cause many retirement plans to fail. The first is the estimate of how much income one will need in retirement. Too often people underestimate how much income they will need to comfortably live in retirement. According to a MetLife Retirement Income IQ poll, 49% of people surveyed felt they could live on 50% or less of their preretirement income, even though most experts recommend 80 to 90%. The second misconception is what level of withdrawals their portfolio could handle and not run out of money. Interestingly enough, in the same poll, 43% of the people surveyed assumed they could withdraw 10% or more per year while preserving their principal. If you run a Monte Carlo simulation, which is useful in calculating the probability of success for a distribution strategy by running through hundreds of simulated market scenarios based on historical return and risk characteristics, a 10% withdrawal rate from a portfolio allocation of 50% equity and 50% fixed income, the results are only a 1% chance of success. How can so many people be that wrong about their retirement plan? The answer is a lack of financial education which highlights the need to either educate yourself financially or work with a financial planner because your entire economic future is at stake. Though we structure each of our client’s withdrawal rates on an individual basis, in general, we recommend that our clients do not go higher than 4-4½% of their nest egg per year. Most planners agree that a withdrawal rate in this range should generally allow the assets to last throughout the client’s lifetime. Often when reviewing a retirement plan with a client, they will ask why we only use a 4 or 4½% withdrawal rate when we are estimating a 6-9% average return (depending upon their asset allocation) based on historical performance of the markets over a 25-30 year period. There are two very important reasons for this: 1. Inflation: By having a withdrawal rate less than our expected rate of return, we can allow for an inflation adjustment in their retirement plan. For example, if a client has a $1,000,000 nest-egg and he or she withdraws 4% ($40,000) in the first year and the portfolio makes 6% that year, in year 2 the principal is now $1,020,000. Therefore, the withdrawals in year 2 would be $40,800. According to Smart Money magazine, the average retirement
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is now in excess of 20 years (in 1950 the average was 8.1 years). Because most Americans enjoy two decades of retirement, an inflation adjustment is essential to a retirement plan’s success. 2. Unpredictability of capital markets: Unfortunately, one of the things that can have a huge impact on the success of a retirement plan is how the markets perform in the first few years of retirement. Obviously, this is something that the retiree has absolutely no control over. Therefore, we try to offset some of this uncertainty by being conservative in our estimates. Finally, it may be necessary to adjust your plan from time to time. A retirement plan is not meant to be set in stone from the day you retire until the day you die. Plans must be adjusted for the unexpected: a family member in desperate need, extended health crisis, inheritance, or a year like 2008. Events like these will have an impact on a plan and the plan must be adjusted accordingly. For example, we have several clients in retirement that reduced their distributions in 2009 to try to recoup some of the losses resulting from the 2008 economic crisis. Conversely, if a client inherits $500,000 in retirement, they will most likely look to increase their spending due to their unexpected good fortune. In conclusion, a final key ingredient to any successful plan is the ability to be proactive when faced with unexpected occurrences and make changes necessary to insure the ultimate success of the plan. n
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IF YOU’RE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CAR, now is the time to buy. Dealers want to clear out their 2016 models to make room for the shiny 2017 vehicles that are about to enter their showrooms. The next-best part about purchasing a vehicle in late summer is that you can take it on this year’s vacation. Whether you’re driving to a beach rental in Hilton Head, to explore the Civil War monuments in Gettysburg, Pa., or to your relatives’ home in North Jersey, you want a comfortable ride. You don’t want your knees folded so tight they reach your chest or for your head to hit the ceiling with every bump in the road, and the young ones need to be entertained so they don’t whine for the entire journey. Two all-American machines may be just what you’re looking for. The Chrysler 300 is a
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2016 Chrysler 300S pictured here and right large sedan known for its luxury and state-of-theart Uconnect infotainment system. If you have a large family or plan on hauling a lot of luggage, the spacious Buick Enclave crossover SUV comes highly recommended by industry experts. Some reviewers call the Chrysler 300 the quintessential American car. “Capable and confident, the 2016 The Chrysler 300 is decidedly (an) American large family sedan with plenty of room (and) lots of luxury,” Kirk Bell wrote in his review for The Car Connection. “It manages to exude swagger, yet be buttoned-down and elegant.” Upgrades for 2016 include an 8.4-inch touchscreen with a drag-and-drop menu and Siri voice control, as well as an optional safety package to help prevent accidents. The Chrysler 300 comes with a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar six-cylinder engine with 292 horsepower, eight-speed automatic transmission, and an estimated highway fuel economy of 31 mpg. A V-8 engine, optional on all but the base model, provides 363 horsepower, 394 pound-
feet of torque, and can go from a standstill to 60 mph in less than six seconds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with optional four-wheel drive. A sport mode of driving is provided on all except the base model. We are looking at a large sedan here. The Chrysler 300 tips the scales at 4,259 pounds — more than two tons — and is 16.5 feet long and 7.6 feet wide. At this size, the standard park assist will definitely come in handy if you need to park it on the street. The trunk holds 16.3 cubic feet of groceries, luggage, or other stuff. The interior is roomy and replete with understated luxury. The controls are uncluttered and within easy reach of the driver. Instead of a gear shift between the front seats, the Chrysler 300 has a rotating dial which is easy to use. The rear seat can easily hold three child-safety seats, a rarity among sedans, Jennifer Geiger noted on cars.com. That can be a major plus if you’re taking several young ones to the beach or a theme park. On a test drive in her hometown of Austin, Texas, Geiger noted that the Chrysler
300C Platinum, the top trim line, has a quiet ride and handles with much more agility than one would expect with such a large car. The Chrysler 300, first introduced in the 2005 model year, comes in four trims: the Limited, with a base suggested retail price of $32,160, the 300S starting at $35,595, the 300C starting at $38,555, and the top-of-the-line 300C Platinum starting at $42,690. Several reviewers said the Platinum trim line is definitely worth the money. The 300C Platinum is designed to give the relaxed, laid-back feeling of La Jolla, Calif., according to Chrysler promotional materials. An indigo-linen color scheme is offered, to remind passengers of La Jolla’s ocean views, sandy beaches, and hidden coves. Front and rear seats, as well as the inside door panels, are made of Nappa leather, with an optional Foligno leather trim. The steering wheel is wrapped in two-tone leather and heated for driving in cold weather. Paddle shifters come standard with the Platinum trim line, though as John Matras noted njlifestyleonline.com
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for Car Buzzard, drivers won’t be using them very much. The car’s size doesn’t render it conducive to sporty driving, and the automatic transmission handles downshifting quite well. Some reviewers recommend upgrading to the eight-cylinder engine for the hemi and more power. Mathieu St.-Pierre, writing for 123auto. com, said he got the 300C Platinum up to 110 mph on a test track, and could have gone faster without losing control of the car. But that’s a speed a lot higher than you can drive legally on any U.S. highway. St.-Pierre called the 300C Platinum “a solid, safe car.” Consumer Reports, however, suggests sticking with the six-cylinder engine for better fuel economy, and also noted that the Chrysler 300 needs more repairs than the average car. But if you’re taking the children or grandchildren on a road trip, rest assured that the Chrysler 300 has excellent safety ratings. It was named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and offers more than eighty safety features. If your clan is a bit larger than most or you tend to bring a lot of stuff along on your trips, the Buick Enclave crossover offers the feel of a luxury sedan plus the cargo capacity of a large SUV. Some reviewers rate it at the top of the large-SUV class, and Consumer Reports lists it as a recommended vehicle. Most reviewers rate it at least four out of five stars. The Enclave has had a longer-than-average life in the showrooms, thanks, in part, to General Motors’ bankruptcy, Joe Lorio wrote in Car & Driver. When the Enclave was introduced in 2007, GM was still manufacturing the Saturn, which is now history. But the Enclave is starting to show its age, and the technology is falling a bit behind that found in more recently introduced SUVs, Lorio wrote. The Enclave seats seven adults comfortably — eight if you opt for a second-row bench instead of captain seats — and offers a generous 23.3 feet of cargo space with a full passenger load. Fold down second- or third-row seats in various configurations to get up to 115.2 cubic feet in the hold. A power liftgate is standard on all models. “From the chrome waterfall grille to its slight Coke-bottle shoulder line over the rear wheels, we think the Enclave is the most appealing of the three large GM crossovers,” Marty Padgett wrote for The Car Connection. “The Enclave combines class and comfort with versatile passenger space and cargo capacity.” A 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine with direct injection technology comes on all models. The 288-horsepower, 270-pound-feet of torque motor gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Edmunds tests found it goes from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. The car runs with
front-wheel drive, with optional intelligent allwheel-drive (on the two higher trim levels) that can automatically distribute the power between the front and rear axles as needed. Six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. Reviewers say that the Enclave accelerates well and easily maintains highway speed, but doesn’t have quite enough oomph to pass other vehicles on the Interstate. But the handling is reasonable for a vehicle of its size. Reviewers note that agility and maneuverability are not among the Enclave’s strong points, which is no surprise given its weight of at least 4,724 pounds and fortyfoot turning radius. But it makes up for those shortcomings with comfort and a quiet ride. Cory Trotter, writing for U.S. News & World Report, noted that the quality of the interior approaches what one would find in much more expensive SUVs. “Families looking for a safe ride will love the Enclave, which has one of the highest safety ratings in the class,” Trotter wrote. These include a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features include a rear-view camera and parking sensors, with options for blind-spot monitors, forward-collision alert, and other high-tech additions. It also has one of the highest reliability ratings — meaning fewer trips to the mechanic — among large SUVs. The Enclave comes in three trims, starting with the Convenience with a suggested base price of $39,990. From there, you can upgrade to the Leather starting at $44,585, and the Premium going for $48,440 and up. Creature comforts improve the higher up the line you go. A special Tuscan Edition, with bronze trim and 20-inch chrome wheels – is available for the two higher trim lines. An IntelliLink infotainment system with a 4G LTE connection and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen is standard on all models. A Wi-Fi hotspot is built into the car, and up to seven devices like can be plugged into the system at the same time. Some reviewers say the system is a bit cumbersome to use, but it’s good enough to keep the kiddies occupied on a long journey or for an adult passenger to get some work done. Six months of OnStar Guidance is included with purchase. “The 2016 Buick Enclave is one of the smoothest, quietest crossovers in its class,” edmunds.com summed up. “Moreover, it doesn’t carry the megabucks price tag of a luxurybranded vehicle.” Both the Chrysler 300 and the Buick Enclave give buyers a good bang for their bucks, and you may be able to save a little more cash if you take advantage of 2016 model closeout sales. You — and especially your passengers — will appreciate either choice. n njlifestyleonline.com
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Deadline Dilemma Atlantic City is running out of time
ATLANTIC CITY HAS UNTIL FRIDAY, November 4, 2016 to successfully develop a fiveyear business plan that will balance the city’s budget; while demonstrating the ability to pay down the city’s massive over $550 million debt and demonstrate solvency going forward. If not, the city will face a full blown state of New Jersey takeover. During his regular monthly radio program, “Ask The Governor,” on Townsquare Media’s New Jersey 101.5 FM radio, Governor Christie was mocking Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian; goading him with, “where’s his plan. Tick tock, tick tock.” It has all the makings of a countdown clock, with Governor Christie serving as the official timekeeper at the bell. This leaves Atlantic City no clear path to avoid a state takeover. That may seem unfair, however, Governor Christie’s point is that he would prefer not to be put in the position of having to rescue Atlantic City from default. Christie is willing to take on the work, however, he has long maintained that if he is going to take full responsibility, then he needs full control of all Atlantic City operations. That means total state control of all collective bargaining agreements, city leases, and contracts. Nothing would be
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beyond the state’s grasp. This obviously would leave a Mayor and city council relegated to basically no authority and no responsibility for anything. The state would literally control everything. It sounds like a terrible deal for the city, however, they rode their independence train until their last gasp. The city was a few weeks away from being flat broke. They would have had no money to pay salaries, county taxes, operating expenses, and more. Meanwhile, Borgata Casino is owed so much money that they have taken an approach that Governor Christie describes as, “their own self-help program.” Borgata stopped paying their regular property taxes several quarters ago. This gives the city a shortfall of $7.2 million dollars each quarter. In these challenging fiscal times, it is a devastating hit for the city. Just a few years ago, Atlantic City was worth more than $21 billion in ratables. The city is now worth a little more than $7 billion. When you reduce revenues by more than two thirds, it becomes very challenging to operate with the size bureaucracy that had been in place for many decades. It was then Mayor, now Senator Jim Whelan who dramatically increased the size of the taxpayer-funded Atlantic
City government. It’s been beyond ironic to watch Whelan proffer himself as a solution to the very problem that he created. We are living in most interesting times, where all things are possible. It’s like the arsonist being deputized as a professional firefighter to battle the blaze he caused. My prediction is that no matter what changes Atlantic City makes, it will simply not be enough to stave off a full state takeover of city operations. In the compromise state legislation, the city was given 150 days. Was it a reprieve, or, a real chance to maintain their rule of local self-governance? Despite the reprieve, all roads have always led to a full state takeover. Governor Christie is a strong-willed elected official. He was never going to continue the path of sending money to Atlantic City to keep the city afloat. It’s not his nature. And, it’s certainly not his management style. I have great empathy for Mayor Guardian. He has made a number of cuts to date. The City unions have given back a record amount of concessions regarding salaries and benefits. However, the massive borrowing at horrific rates required just to keep the ship of the local government afloat has hit critical mass. The ship has been
By Harry Hurley Op-Ed Contributor taking on water, and the bailout bilge pumps can no longer keep up with the rising waters. The ship was sinking at the time the state legislature achieved a compromise and finally received a majority of the vote in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and earned the Governor’s signature to ratify it. The 150day reprieve allowed Speaker Vincent Prieto to save some face in the midst of what was a horrible stretch for him. He had blocked the Senate President Steve Sweeney legislation for many months. Governor Christie supported the Sweeney plan. With the 12th hour approaching, the legislative and executive branch forged a deal. Now, the city is already more than two months into their 5-month extension. The city is looking everywhere possible to achieve savings and generate additional new revenue. They are looking at selling iconic Bader Field. A bidding process is presently underway. The city is also looking at selling or leasing the profitable Municipal Utilities Authority. The city
produces some of the finest water anywhere in America. The city is trying to make as many big decisions now in hopes to either: maintain home rule; or, to make
as many decisions at the local level while they still have some power left. However, there is a state fiscal monitor who has veto authority over most big city decisions, so Governor Christie has the city in a strangle-hold heading to the November 4th deadline. Things are always interesting in Atlantic City. And, if there weren’t already enough significant things going on, there is a monumentally important ballot question on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Atlantic City’s near-term future is on the ballot, as the citizens of New Jersey will vote whether or not to
approve casino gaming in North Jersey. If this passes, Atlantic City will see the closure of approximately four more casinos. This would take Atlantic City from 12 to 8 to 4 casinos in a few short years. It will result in the loss of tens of thousands of more jobs, and cut the size of the Atlantic City casino gaming jurisdiction (now $2.6 billion) in half, again. Additionally, support businesses to the industry would also get crushed in the process. It would turn Atlantic City from a recessionary environment to a full-blown depression. Atlantic City currently has the highest unemployment rate and the highest home foreclosure rate in America. Stay tuned, as the stakes could not be higher for these five critical days in early November. 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, www.harryhurley.com.
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Don Rickles is a Tease His legendary zingers are still entertaining countless audiences Robert DeNiro and Don Rickles in Casino
Rickles In 1965, Ocean City native and well-published author Gay Talese was dispatched to Los Angeles by Esquire magazine to write a story about Frank Sinatra as the 20th Century’s most iconic entertainer approached his 50th birthday. To this day, 18 years after Sinatra’s death, most pop culture experts consider the story, published in the magazine’s April 1966 issue under the headline “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” the most definitive piece ever penned about Ol’ Blue Eyes. In my 42 years as a journalist — and after 38 years of interviewing thousands of the biggest entertainers who have performed in Atlantic City, including Sinatra — nothing in my print, television or radio portfolio even comes close to Talese’s opus. About the best I can do is offer up this story. Let’s call it, “Don Rickles Has a Sore Throat.” *** It was the summer of 1969. I had just graduated high school and was back at the only summer job I ever knew as a kid: working in my parent’s pharmacy in Wildwood, NJ. 42
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By David J. Spatz
I was considering following my dad into the family business. I had registered for the requisite college classes that would have facilitated my entry into pharmacy school. I was even registered with the state of New Jersey as a “pharmacy apprentice,” which allowed me to work — closely supervised, of course — in the lab where prescriptions were filled. One afternoon, the “hotline” rang. That was the private and unlisted phone number we maintained for doctors so they could phone in prescriptions and bypass the store’s main number, which was often very busy. I had already been trained by my dad and store manager Tommy Gier, who was also a pharmacist, how to take a prescription over the phone. It became a routine part of my job and I did it dozens of times a day. What wasn’t routine about this particular phone call, though, was the patient’s name: Don Rickles. The comedian, nicknamed “Mr. Warmth” by Johnny Carson and “Bullet Head” by Frank Sinatra, was performing for a week at the old Stardust Nightclub on Schellenger Avenue in Wildwood. Rickles was just beginning to get red hot. The previous year, his first and only live comedy album, “Hello Dummy,” had been released, and his unique brand of humor caught the attention of the public. His “insults” — I’ll explain later why the word insults is framed by quotation marks — and teasing of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds was considered shocking at the time. But it proved to be his ticket to stardom. Sure, he’d been a working character actor for about 10 years at the time. He was a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and, in a case of art imitating life, had made his movie debut in 1958 opposite Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster in the taut World War II submarine drama Run Silent, Run Deep. Rickles had served in the Navy during World War II aboard a motor torpedo boat tender. But movie roles were hard to come by, and he appeared throughout the 1960s on television in guest roles on everything from “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Addams Family” to “The Andy Griffith Show” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” To supplement his income between movie and TV jobs, he also did stand-up comedy. But — as Rickles will admit to this day — he couldn’t tell a joke to
save his life. He was terrible as a stand-up, until one night in a small club in Washington, D.C. As he was bombing on stage, a group of Navy sailors began heckling him. With nothing to lose — he couldn’t lose the audience because he never had them in the first place — Rickles returned fire to the sailors. He began heckling them back. Suddenly, the audience that hadn’t been paying attention began laughing. The more Rickles zinged the swabbies, the more the crowd laughed. “I started talking to the audience about the people (insulting me), and they started laughing, and over the years, I guess it caught on,” Rickles recalled during a conversation from his Beverly Hills home before appearing in Borgata’s Event Center in June, just a few weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday. “No one had ever done that before,” he added. “I guess it just struck a (funny) nerve with people.” Meanwhile, back in Wildwood in the summer of ’69, Rickles was feeling a little under the weather, and he still had several nights to go in his weeklong run at the Stardust. So a local doctor did a quick exam, saw that his throat was red and prescribed an antibiotic. I took the information over the phone, hung up and motioned for my dad and Tommy. Without saying a word, I showed them the prescription. Their eyes widened just a bit when they saw the patient’s name. “I’m pulling rank,” I told them. “I’m the boss’s son. I’m delivering this prescription.” We had designated delivery drivers, but there was no way I was going to let one of them deliver this precious medical cargo. We filled the prescription and, despite the heat, I decided to leave on my long sleeve white lab coat. I figured it made me look “professional.” I jumped into the store’s delivery car — which had a big fiberglass mortar and pestle attached to the roof — and sped off to the Yankee Clipper Motel in Wildwood Crest, just a few miles away. I walked into the lobby and told the desk clerk that I had a prescription for Don Rickles. “You can leave it with us and we’ll make sure he gets it,” the clerk said. “How much do we owe you?” I thought quickly and came up with a lie I knew would seem very plausible. “Sorry, state law says I can only deliver the medicine to the person for whom it was
Pictured below: Rickles in Hello Dummy; Spatz interviews Rickles on Curtain Call; Rickles and Clark Gable in Run Silent, Run Deep.
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L I F E ST Y L E E N T E R TA I N M E N T prescribed,” I said, wearing my most serious and the impromptu and improvised comedy bit face even though I was lying through my teeth. and we said our goodbyes. There was no such law, but that white lab coat I drove back to the pharmacy and finished probably gave me some degree of credibility. my shift, but I was on such a high my feet didn’t The clerk reluctantly gave me a room touch the ground for the rest of the day. number on the third floor. I took the outdoor steps two at a time and knocked softly on the *** door. The person who answered turned out to Fast-forward to June 5, 1978. It had been be an older African-American man. nine years since my close encounter with “Sorry,” I said, “I must have the wrong room.” the Merchant of Venom. During that period, “You from the drug store? You have I discovered I wasn’t cut out for a career in something for Mr. Rickles?” he asked. pharmacy. With no formal training, but with “Yes, I have a prescription for Don Rickles,” an innate curiosity and the seemingly natural I told the man, who I later learned was Harry ability to write a story, I managed to get a job as Goines. Harry was an actor who had a small a reporter for The Press of Atlantic City in 1974. role in the 1970 war film “Kelly’s Heroes,” in Four years later, I began covering the which Rickles starred. He later went on to fledgling entertainment beat when Atlantic City’s become Rickles’ valet and personal assistant, a first casino opened. During that nine-year span, relationship that lasted for well over 30 years. millions of people had discovered and fallen in “How much?” Goines asked. I told him the love with the comedy of Don Rickles, who — medicine was $4.95. inaccurately — had gained a reputation as an “Got change for a five?” “insult comedian.” Great, I thought, he wants change. Not only If you ever want to insult Rickles, just call am I not going to see Rickles, but I’m not even him an “insult comic.” He’s never like that label, gonna get a nickel tip out of this guy. Rickles in Kelly’s Heroes Goines then proffered me the “five.” It was a $500 bill. No, I told him, I didn’t have change for that kind of a “five.” He stepped out of the motel room, walked to the room next door and tapped on the door. It happened so fast it took me a few seconds to process the fact that the man who answered was Don Rickles. Harry explained he needed something a little smaller than a $500 bill to pay for the medicine. Rickles reached for his wallet, handed me a $10 bill and told me to keep the because he insists he never insults anyone who change. pays good money to see him perform. I blurted out that I was a big fan, and he “When I started doing this (type of comedy), thanked me. Then he did something completely people said it would never work, get rid of unexpected for a guy who wasn’t feeling well. this guy. They didn’t know what to call me, so “Hey kid, wanna have a little fun?” he said, they called me an insult comic,” Rickles told walking out of his room to the railing and me recently. “But I don’t do insults. I never looking down three floors to the pool, which have. I tease people. I poke fun at all of us. I do was very crowded. exaggerations. But I never insult people.” Rickles scanned the area for a few seconds. After Rickles became the second act to Then, despite his sore throat, he cupped his perform at Atlantic City’s first casino, I met him hands on either side of his mouth and shouted, backstage. I told him it wasn’t the first time we’d “Hey everybody, see that lady in the red bathing met, but that I doubted he would remember suit? She just peed in the pool.” that moment in Wildwood Crest nine years ago, There was a second or two of silence, and when he… then the entire crowd — even those who didn’t He cut me off in mid-sentence. recognize Rickles — began laughing hysterically. “Yeah, Wildwood. Stardust Nightclub, we The people in the pool jokingly backed away were there for a week. We stayed at the Yankee from the woman in question, who began Clipper. Nice place. Right on the beach. And blushing redder than the suit she was wearing. each night after the show, they took us to a place Rickles stepped away from the railing and went called Zaberer’s (restaurant) for dinner. That was back into his room wearing a devilish smile. part of the (contract), they had to feed me after “Did’ja like that, kid? That was fun, wasn’t the show. Only I found out later that the club it?” he asked. I thanked him profusely for the tip never paid the restaurant. So they sent me the 44
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bill.” I stood there in his dressing room in wideeyed amazement. Rickles, a major comedy star who’d been headlining in Las Vegas and performing in the biggest and most popular nightclubs around the country, had total recall. He would later tell me that was one of his “gifts” — a very good memory. I asked him if he remembered the stunt he pulled from the motel’s third floor railing. “Was that when I yelled that the woman had just peed in the pool?” he asked with a grin. At 90, Rickles is slowing down. It didn’t help that in 2013, he’d been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesheating disease. He underwent three surgical procedures so doctors could cut away the dead flesh on his leg. Don Rickles, a robust man who was still stalking the stage from wing to wing into his mid-80s, now uses a cane to get around. On stage, he performs his comedy from a comfortable chair. But he hasn’t lost his edge, and he continues to fire off his teasing zingers at those who dare to sit ringside. He has no intention of retiring. The word simply isn’t part of his vocabulary. In fact, he’d love to do another movie. Aside from voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movie franchise — the next one is due out in 2018 — Rickles hasn’t appeared on film since 1995, when he starred as the casino manager in Martin Scorsese’s sprawling Las Vegas-centric film Casino. “Movies are hard to come by, especially when you do comedy like I do,” he said. “It’s difficult to get a job in motion pictures.” So, until the next film comes along, he’ll continue to do his comedy shtick. Actually, he’s got two shows these days: his regular routine that people have come to know for close to 50 years, and a special show he does with Regis Philbin, which they brought to Borgata in June. In the two-man show, Rickles and Philbin, who, at 84, is a kid compared to Rickles, talk about their careers, show movie and television clips and take audience questions. And, Rickles being Rickles, he does plenty of teasing with Philbin. When he’s doing his regular act, Rickles can instinctively tell who will be receptive to his zingers, and who he should avoid because they may take something he says the wrong way. “I’ve been very fortunate. I used to kid my mother and say I should have been a psychiatrist if I’d had any brains,” he explained. “I just have a feeling about people. I can tell who I can have a good time with and who I should take it easy with. It just sort of comes to me and thank God I’ve been lucky with it.” n
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Dock’s Oyster House Grand Reopening Benefits Medical Center More than 300 people attended a grand reopening event Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City on June 7. The event raised approximately $80,000 to benefit the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Intensive Care Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus. The ICU was renamed in 2011 in honor and memory of Arleen and Joseph Dougherty, parents to brothers Joe Dougherty and Frank Dougherty, co-owners of Dock’s Oyster House, established in 1897; Knife and Fork Inn, established in 1912; and Harry’s Oyster Bar, established in 2011. The event marked the grand reopening of Dock’s after the renovation and expansion of the restaurant. “The Dougherty Family has been a generous supporter of the AtlantiCare Foundation over the course of the family’s long history in Atlantic City,” said Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and CEO, ARMC, who noted Dock’s Oyster House opened one year before Members of the Dougherty Family with Lori Herndon, what was then called Atlantic City Hospital was established executive vice president, AtlantiCare and president and on Ohio Avenue in 1898, less than six blocks away. CEO, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
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From left to right, Robyn Begley, Margaret Belfield and Lori Herndon
From left to right, Robert and Helene Hordes, Dr. Barry Kessler and Ilene Lippman
Joe and Frank Dougherty with Dock’s Oyster House staff
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AtlantiCare’s Herndon Marks First Day as President and CEO Lori Herndon, RN, BSN, MBA, marked her first day as president and CEO of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, by visiting patients, staff and providers. AtlantiCare’s Board of Trustees named Herndon, of Brigantine, as successor to David Tilton. Herndon, who regularly meets with patients, their families, staff, providers and community members, spent part of her first day as CEO of the system rounding. She visited several patient units at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City Campus, had lunch with staff at the
hospital, and met with staff and providers at the AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care Plus practice in Atlantic City. “Every patient we touch; everything we do at AtlantiCare takes a team effort,” said Herndon. “I’m privileged to lead such a dedicated and committed team of people. I look forward to working with them and members of our community as we continue to make a difference for those who live, work in and visit southern New Jersey.”
Back: Jacqueline Augustyn, Lori Herndon, Kurk From left to right, Dina Parenti, Lori Herndon and Marta Elsey. Front: Keyaunte Mayfield and John Konneh Bell
From left to right, Joe Drogo, Lori Herndon and Andrew Balsys
From left to right, Lisa Steveline, Lisa Mendelsohn Lori Herndon has lunch with Mary Beth Kelly and Lori Herndon
L to R: Gloria Martinez, Lisa Steveline, Lisa Mendelsohn, Maria Rodriguez, Marion Melton, Lori Herndon and Laurie Lewicki
LPGA’s Nannette Hill On Par With Healthy Children Program Professional golfer Nannette Hill visited with students at Absegami High School in Galloway, NJ, on June 2 in conjunction with AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program. Hill was in Galloway to participate in the 2016 ShopRite LPGA Classic, which was held at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. Hill delivered a message of health to the students, noting that eating well, exercising, and taking care of her body is important for optimal performance both on and off the green. Grants from AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children and Sustainable Jersey for
Absegami HS students (L-R) Mitul Surti, Ben Maggio, Adel Elkafas, and Antonio Lucciola give LPGA’s Nannette Hill a tour of the school garden.
Schools programs funded the high school’s garden. This spring, Absegami harvested more than 25 pounds of produce in the garden. According to Ron Schmid, supervisor, Science, Applied Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and co-coordinator, Computer Science & Network Technology Magnet, Absegami High School; “We have students who are going out to the garden and trying foods they may have never tasted if not for this effort. We are hoping to expand students’ palates and show them that healthy eating can be delicious.”
Professional golfer Nannette Hill joins Absegami HS students, Sam Ricelli (left) and Sam Becker (center).
LPGA’s Nannette Hill looks up from a garden bed at Absegami HS. Hill shared her passion for eating well, exercising, and taking care of her body. njlifestyleonline.com
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Annual Cocktails by the Beach a Success One Atlantic hosted the 6th Annual Cocktails by the Beach to benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey on June 2nd. One Atlantic generously donated the space, food, and service so that 100% of the ticket price and sponsorships went directly to Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s free program of support, education, and hope for men, women, teens, and children impacted by cancer. Special Guest, Teresa Giudice, star of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and New York Times best-selling author of Turning the Tables, donated her time for a meet & greet photo opportunity and book signing. Guests spent an incredible evening with live music by Tom Pacitti, a fantastic silent auction and “Digging for Diamonds” with Roberts Fine Jewelers. The event, which was co-chaired by Kristine Kurilko and James & Rebecca Leonard, raised $50,000 for Gilda’s Club South Jersey. Donna Johnson (left) with Teresa Giudice
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From left to right, James Eden, Cindy Hess-Fletcher and Christine Eden
From left to right, Jennifer Fipp, Jennifer Busler, Teresa Giudice, Julie Nugent and Elizabeth Feriozzi
From left to right, Jessie Brudon Cipa, Elyce Wolf and Paula London
L to R: Michelle Chalmers, GCSJ CEO, James Leonard, Esq., Rebecca Leonard, Teresa Giudice, Kristine Kurilko, Lauren Crenshaw, GCSJ Special Projects Director
From left to right, Michael Brestle, Christian Feriozzi, Joe Feriozzi, Andrew Feriozzi and John Abbott
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Remy Pelosi (left) and Tina Mendelsohn
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The 23rd Women’s Forum Raises Over $40,000 for Local Charities Amy Robach, ABC’s Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor, was the speaker for the 23rd Women’s Forum held at The Golden Nugget, Atlantic City in June, inspiring all with her message of surviving and thriving. Over $40,000 was raised at the annual luncheon benefitting the Greater Atlantic City Charities, Jewish Family Services (JFS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and The First Tee Drive Program, which is a non-profit, youth development organization that introduces youngsters to the game of golf, and in the process, provides valuable life skills training. From left to right, Phaedra Laird, Brett Matik, Amy Robach, Robin Stoloff and Lisa Johnson
From left to right, Maureen Kern, Mary Ellen Spiers, Wendy Butto and Lisa Bee
From left to right, Andrea Steinberg, Rita King and Rita Concordia
From left to right, Brett Matik, Amy Robach and Ruthie Harrison
From left to right, Brett Matik, Amy Robach and From left to right, Patty Lees, Gert Novin, Barbara Cohen Mandanna Salartash and Kathy McGuire
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Food Truck Nation These trendy mobile restaurants have taken the nation by storm By ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE
ound in big cities and small towns alike, the proliferation of food trucks over the last five years has been deliciously widespread. From spicy Indian food to PB&J and everything edible in between, these mobile restaurants are both convenient and hip, and cater to a foodie demographic adventurous in their eating habits. According to research firms, food trucks and carts now make up a $1.2 billion industry. Atlantic City paid tribute to this explosive
trend in July at their first annual Atlantic City Food Truck Festival in Brighton Park at the Claridge Hotel. This free event featured Chef Brian Duffy of the Food Network and Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Duffy hosted live cooking demonstrations and the area’s top food trucks provided a variety of different dishes ranging from burgers to tacos throughout the successful two-day event. Featured trucks included: The Wahlburgers truck, founded by famous
brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg; Tacoholics; The Whirley Pig; Nick’s Roast Beef; The Empanada Guy; Dump N Roll; Mama’s Meatballs; PBandU and many more. History of Food Trucks According to historians, the modern-day food truck was born in Texas in the 19th Century. After the Civil War, cattleman needed to herd cattle to parts of the country where railroads did not exist and were away from home for
The Empanada Guy Food Truck
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The Wahlburgers Truck months at a time. In 1866, while preparing for a huge cattle drive, an innovative rancher named Charles Goodnight figured out how to cook while on the road. He cleverly outfitted a durable army surplus wagon with kitchen amenities to create the first kitchen on wheels. For storage, he mounted a wooden box to the back and stocked it with shelves and drawers and a hinged lid opened and became the cook’s workstation and a table to serve food. Across the East Coast, lunch wagons were becoming a common sight as well, and these mobile food venues also catered to nighttime workers. During this time, horse-drawn street carts were also used to prepare and serve meals across the U.S. For years, mobile food trucks have been serving construction and other work sites. Decades ago on the west coast, immigrants from Mexico brought the taco truck culture to California, where it is still going strong today. During the 2008 recession, gourmet food trucks increased in popularity exponentially. Many chefs from high-end restaurants were getting laid off and believed starting a food truck was ideal, as it required little startup funding and the demand was clearly there. A nation of restaurant enthusiasts were now more cost conscious than ever, and searching for quality, inexpensive food. The First One The Kogi Korean BBQ food truck hit the streets of Los Angeles in 2008 and forever altered the national and international food climate. Selling fusion Korean and Mexican cuisine, Kogi is credited as being one of the pioneers in the gourmet food truck movement. When it launched, this now-famous Korean BBQ taco truck had lines around the block and extremely loyal followers. People would have no problem waiting over 30 minutes for one of their mouth-watering tacos. Within a few short years of putting street food on the map of the minds of the everyday diner, Kogi has become a kind of iconoclastic symbol where legends are born and rules are made to be broken. The Kogi family has since opened up its counters in Culver City at Alibi Room and its first sit-down restaurant Chego! in Palms, then in Chinatown and Whole Foods Market DTLA. It’s where LA-in-a-rice bowl meets non-alcoholic local dive bar in this mash-up of 2nd generation Angeleno culture, great food and more-than-reasonable prices. Kogi also pioneered the food truck’s harmonious relationship with
PB and U Truck Farm Table Truck
Mustache Mobile, a local favorite
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The Creperie Food Truck
The Empanada Guy’s empanadas
R E STAU R A N T R E P O R T social media. Originally, the truck didn’t have a fixed location and announced its location daily via social media sites. Kogi’s use of Twitter to announce the location of its food truck influenced the heavy use of social media marketing among food trucks today. Now, all food trucks utilize this technology so their followers can easily find them, whether they are around the corner or across the country.
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Here, There, Everywhere The year 2010 was an important one for food trucks. That was the year Zagat began including food trucks in its prestigious guides. People were quickly catching on that quality food could come out of a truck. In 2010, the “Great Food Truck Race” premiered on the Food Network, and now celebrates six seasons of success. Seven real teams representing the country’s best food trucks hit the road to cook their way across America. Each week, the teams that sell the most food race on to the next episode; the losing team drives home. In the end, one food truck remains, and the team behind the wheel and the grill wins the $50,000 grand prize. Food trucks were previously only found in large cities, like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Now, food trucks hail from rural locations across the country and often pop up at special events like weddings, bar mitzvahs, and school dances. They are literally everywhere and the lines keep forming. Since 2008, along with the sheer increase in food truck numbers, another vital change is the type of food being featured. Accomplished chefs are offering up gourmet selections as the public expects more and more out of a food truck. The fare is no longer simply quick tacos or burgers, but innovative options like locally-sourced lobster roll or authentic French crepes. What was an underground and unseen industry has become one of the fastest growing trends in food service, according the Nation Food Truck Association. Still searching for a local truck? Every Friday throughout the summer a bevy of food trucks can be found in the parking lot of the Atlantic City Bass Pro Shops Outpost. If you’ve never experienced a food truck meal, we urge you to indulge in this tasty trend. n
With Chef Will Savarese
Fire It Up Light your grill and get ready for the best burgers in town
It’s that time of year once again; the time for people to
get together and enjoy the sun, sand, beautiful ocean breezes and not to forget the unbelievable sunsets our beautiful island of Brigantine has to offer. Summer recipes should be categorized as “laid back”; food that can be simply made in order to spend time with friends and family. But simple doesn’t mean flavorless. Start with fresh, local, Farmer’s Market fare this time of year. Use good ingredients and just don’t overwork it; sometimes simple is best. With the pace we keep all year — always on the go — it’s nice to slow down to a summer’s pace and catch up with friends we may not get a chance to see during the year. Remember your childhood. Relive some of those priceless memories or make them new again as an adult. Get out in the water, either for a swim in the ocean or lake. Maybe it’s to get that kayak back in the water, which is a great way to meditate or just relax the mind. Pitch a tent, hope to see the fireflies of the summer season, and to catch them as a kid once again. With all the adult responsibilities that everyone has — between the job, the upkeep of our homes, and, for some, taking care of our elders — it gets trickier to find time for ourselves. This summer season is a great time to get the grill out and just chill with everyone in our own circles. Remember to dive in because the longer you wait the less time you will have, as the summer goes by in a very fast season. I love cooking outdoors, plus it helps keep the kitchen cooler. Whether is as simple as grilled chicken thighs (with EVOO, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs) or having the best grilled hamburger in town. For my burger, I like to use a blend of different cuts of beef. I also like to serve them with make-ahead salads. Planning is the key to any successful get together, so plan ahead and don’t take on too much. It’s summer time; time to enjoy.
The Best Burger in Town • 1 pound boneless short rib • 1 pound brisket • Coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper • EVOO to coat the patties. Ask your butcher to grind the meat unless you can do it at home. Shape into 6-8 oz. patties; I like a nice big burger. Season burgers with EVOO, and salt and pepper. Enjoy and enjoy summer! Don’t forget to follow Chef Will on Instagram at chefwsavarese. n
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14 Wondrous Wines T
his month I’m getting straight to the subject in hand. It’s hot, hot, hot (and I’m not referring to the reflection I see in my mirror) so I’ve found a stunning selection of wines perfectly suited to the hazy, hot and humid days we are now experiencing in our neck of the woods. I’m not putting the wines in a red, white, and pink order, I’m simply sharing them in the order I tasted them. Also, the first six wines come from Prisoner Wine Company. Winemaker
Jennifer Beloz and her team work with a family of growers to source a diverse variety of grapes from premier vineyards throughout California. The resulting wines are interesting blends of distinct quality and character. Saldo Zinfandel 2014, Northern California (approx. $22) “Saldo” is of Latin origin referring to “from here and there” or in this case, the wine
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represents Zinfandel from vineyards across Northern California. A rich, deep red color and a perfume of all of those dark berries I enjoy in my morning jam. This wine fills your mouth with a bucket load of breakfast berries and a drizzling of Cadbury’s chocolate. Clearly aged in wood, the blend responsible for this elixir is 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah from vineyards located in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, and Amador.
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Thorn Merlot 2013, Napa Valley (approx. $40) Small, premium vineyard lots of Merlot were used to create Thorn. The Merlot was blended with Syrah and Malbec to add more structure and depth of personality. There’s so much going on with both the perfume and the taste of this wine, helped along by its aging in wood. The fragrance drifting from glass to nose has the dark berries you would expect, but with a hint of cappuccino. The taste has a unique flavor of prunes and plums and Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts (which I’ve adored since childhood). The blend of grape is 77% Merlot; 23% Malbec and Syrah. THE PRISONER Red Wine 2014, Napa Valley (approx. $45) In 2003, THE PRISONER was launched and lead to the resurgence of blends incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely “mix” of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono. What you might call the “A-Lister” grapes blend. Once again we have the rich, dark, plummy fruits both in the wine’s fragrance and following through to its taste. The Cabernet gives a distinct hint of chocolate to the flavor mix. A combination of different oaks in the aging process gives incredible depth and flavor and personality to this remarkable wine. SAVED Magic Maker Rosé 2014, California (approx. $18) If you are planning on a pink wine this summer, look no farther. This is the one! SAVED is a collaboration between two artists who come together to share in each other’s craft. Their mission is creating fearless wine blends with singular
personalities and powerful flavors from varietals — both well-loved and rare — sourced from the best sub-appellations across California. Scott Campbell is a contemporary artist, inspired by the enduring symbolism wine brings to our tables. Clay Brock is a second-generation winemaker who excels at crafting California varietal wine blends. SAVED represents the freedom and sanctuary you get by committing fully to your passions. The grapes in this blend are awesome and most definitely my favorites: Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Orange Muscat, and Sangiovese. Yum Yum!!! The grapes were picked in vineyards in Monterey, Santa Maria Valley, and Paso Robles. Each vineyard’s bounty is handled and blended separately to maintain delicate fruit balance. And please don’t confuse sweet and fruity. This wine is bone dry but with enough fruit to satisfy anybody who enjoys a “sweeter” rosé. The two are often confused. The flavor is a shopping basket of summer fruits and the wine is crisp and refreshing and ideal to quaff while enjoying the summer sunshine. CUTTINGS Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California (approx. $50) This wine combines the intensity and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon with the structure and richness of Petite Sirah and Syrah. A small amount of Zinfandel adds a nice layer of complexity, while encompassing a signature, vibrant spiciness. Some 80% of this wine is made from the Cabernet and I enjoy the flirtation in my mouth with the 20% blend of the other three grapes. There are ripe summer berries edging the rich dark cabernet flavors with a hint of coffee beans. And the wine was aged for
18 months in oak barrels, which gives so much intensity to the nectar in the glass it’s almost a magical experience on a starry summer night. Blindfold California White Wine 2013 (approx. $30) This is a dynamic white wine blending every grape we’ve ever had a “crush” on: Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Semillon. If you enjoy the white wines of the Rhone, this wine is a modern spin on the flavors you’re familiar with. The perfume from your glass will immediately remind you of a fruit bowl of summer treasures, from peaches and oranges to limes and honeydew melons. The maturation of the wine in oak barrels adds so much more character to the blend; you have a creamy, honeyed, nutty flavor, which is ripe and refreshing and deliciously seductive. Ravenswood Besieged 2014, Sonoma County (approx. $18) According to the winery: “Under a threatening sky, BESIEGED by rain clouds, lightning glinting in the hills, winemaker Joel Peterson worked alone to collect grapes destined for one of his debut wines. As he worked, ravens laughed from above, but instead of being harbingers of doom, they brought him good fortune, becoming the totem for his winery.” Well, I for one, congratulate the winery for employing somebody who was clearly inspired by Wordsworth or Keats when writing that beautiful introduction to the wine. I didn’t know if I wanted to drink it or applaud it. However, I deferred to my better judgement and drank it. The njlifestyleonline.com
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grapes used for this blend are Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, and Barbera. There is plenty of bang for your buck in this beauty. Its rich, dark flavors have a silkiness and appealing softness on the palate. The winemaker selected grapes from some of the best vineyard sites in the region and I urge you to besiege your local wine store to buy this stunner. Franciscan Equilibrium White 2014, Napa Valley (approx. $23) The winemaker at Franciscan also had a moment of poetic inspiration when writing “The name Equilibrium means “to come together in a state of harmonious balance.” A statement which sounds like any family in a Hallmark television show! But, mon Dieu! This blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Chardonnay, and 11% Muscat — mostly fermented in stainless steel which maintains the integrity of the grapes’ own personality and freshness — is a fantastic summer sipper. Crisp and clean (thanks to the stainless steel) with a taste of a herbaceous border, Bartlett pears, and beautifully-ripened summer fruits picked straight from the tree in your garden … and the grapefruit flavors we adore from Sauvignon Blanc. I love this wine. In fact, I want to have its baby! Chateau Greysac 2011 Medoc Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, France (approx. $21) What an amazing opportunity to taste a truly magnificent gem from Bordeaux at a fraction of the price of some of its more hyped neighbors. Everything about this wine — including its region, the soil, and the growing conditions — are exemplary and the wine is a tribute to the marvelous regions where the grapes are grown. This is a full-bodied wine loaded with deep, dark fruit flavors but thanks to the abundance of Merlot in the blend it is softer than typical wines from this region. And that’s a good thing for summer quaffing. If you 56
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enjoy the taste of raspberry jam, chocolate and cedar notes, and want to experience a classy wine at an affordable price, then don’t miss this steal of a deal in a bottle. Bottega Vinaia 2014 Pinot Grigio “Estate Bottled”, Trentino, Italy (approx. $15) Estate-bottled Bottega Vinaia is the result of the vision of winemaker Anselmo Martini at the highly respected Cavit winery. Starting in the early 1990s, Martini sought to explore the optimum potential of a handful of extraordinary vineyards in northern Italy’s Trentino region that, year after year, consistently produce the highest quality grapes. This select group of familyfarmed vineyards is the source of Bottega Vinaia, an exceptional line of artisan wines that reflects the authentic qualities of the Trentino terroir. The wine is light and fresh with delicious citrus fruit flavors and ideal for sipping poolside or as an aperitif. Felino Vina Cobos 2014, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina (approx. $13) Deep and dark, the wine has intense berry fruit flavors and an earthiness that gives exquisite depth to this beautifullystructured wine. A Malbec from Argentina rarely disappoints and this bottling elevated my expectations for future Malbecs from this country. The light spice notes that come through the dark berry flavors lessen the in-your-face robustness and the final juice that trickles down your throat is clean, medium bodied, and scrumptious. Trimbach Reserve 2007 Pinot Gris, Alsace, France (approx. $15) No other winery is as synonymous with a region as Trimbach is with Alsace. 12 generations of the family have stayed focused on their wines’ structure, longevity, and style. And they have earned the reputation of being faithful to their original vision and to their fans palates. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, which preserves the clean, crisp, fresh fruit
flavors. The wine is full bodied, but has so many different flavor characteristics, which, for me, contribute to the excitement of this wine. Tropical fruits, a little spice, some orange peel, and oodles of easy-to-drinkness on the palate. Honig 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, California (approx. $15) Made from 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon, and 1% Muscat, the fruit for this wine comes from Honig’s vineyard in Rutherford, as well as other nearby vineyards. All of the juice is fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks using a variety of yeast strains selected to bring out the aroma and flavor profiles of Sauvignon Blanc. Once again, the resulting wine is fresh and clean with all of the flavors we’ve come to expect and love from this grape variety, which includes that always welcome grapefruit, peaches, a little fresh grass, and a suggestion of asparagus. Awesomeness in a glass indeed! A-Z 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA (approx. $17) This is a medium-bodied Pinot Noir, which I always insist on chilled during the height of the summer months, and then enjoy with burgers and hot dogs. All of the summer berries are found in this wines flavor. I even detected a suggestion of rough-cut orange marmalade in the taste, which I, for one, adore. The wine is smooth with medium acidity and fits beautifully into my selection of easy-to-drink summer wines. Enjoy your summer drinking. Cheers! n “Time Out With Phillip Silverstone” is a weekly podcast heard exclusively on TuneIn radio anytime worldwide either on the free TuneIn app for all smart phones and tablets (Search: Phillip Silverstone) or online at: http://bit.ly/1gY2Ht4. “Follow” the show for weekly updates. You can also LIKE Phillip on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ Phillipsilverstone and follow him on Twitter: @ wining.
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Gallagher’s Steak House features traditional dry aged steaks & seafood favorites prepared on our famous open flame mesquite grill. Gallagher’s rich dark wood décor, excellent food, extensive wine list and professional service completes the “old school” steak house experience. Broadway’s very first steak house and where the “NEW YORK STRIP” steak was first served. It’s no wonder that for the past 8 years, Gallagher’s Steak House has been a favorite amongst locals and returning visitors. From the moment you arrive, you will be welcomed like family in a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere, all while listening to the sounds of “Old Blue Eyes” and many other favorites.
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Gallagher’s Burger Bar, with its cozy atmosphere and multiple screen televisions, features Gallagher’s signature dry-aged sirloin in its burgers. Choose from a selection of mouth-watering burgers cooked over a wood fire. Enjoy classic and signature cocktails at our uniquely designed bar.
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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.
60 N. Maine Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-343-7447 fantasearesorts.com Located on the 7th floor of FantaSea’s Flagship Resort, the Blue Water Grille is reinventing itself under the direction of Yianni Papaspanos, Director, Food and Beverage, and Executive Chef A. Juliano Cannuscio. Amazing views abound as the well-trained servers offer American Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences. Dine on their delicious selections as you enjoy the magnificent ambiance.
2 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 609-927-7377 thecrabtrap.com Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. Flourishing as a 400-seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand, they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap, they don’t believe that has happened, or ever will.
Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery A Touch of Italy Ventura's Offshore Cafe
2015 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 609-641-5158 venturascafe.com Ventura's is a family restaurant and sportsman's bar with a cozy hometown atmosphere that makes you want to come back again and again. From their famous mussels marinara to their award-winning filet mignon, to their simply delicious gourmet pan pizzas, they offer fresh homemade meals to please everyone's palate.
6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 609-641-1855 touchofitaly.net A Touch of Italy offers the finest quality of food and service. Each meal served is cooked to order. A friendly and pleasurable atmosphere will make your visit a memorable one. Established in 1981 with more than 31 years of experience, this restaurant, banquet facility, and lounge serves only the finest natural veal, steaks, poultry, pasta, seafood and brick-oven pizza.
72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-2111 renaultwinery.com Open since 2001, Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery has become a local favorite of the Atlantic County area. The continued patronage speaks volumes to the flavors that Chef Joe DeGennaro creates, which combines his unique flair and traditions. The food quality and atmosphere are surpassed by none. The Milza family commits themselves to the highest level of service and customer satisfaction. Whether you choose Italian, seafood, premium steaks or a burger, you are sure to be pleased. Try their diverse flavors and experience their amazing ambiance in a unique setting.
470 White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 6126 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 609-561-9621, 609-625-1181 joesmaplewood.com For almost 70 years, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood has been known for its consistently great food! They believe that freshness and loving preparation are keys to satisfied customers. They have high standards for their food. Consistency can and should be expected. Food is fresh, salads are made to order, and pasta is boiled right before sauce is poured over it. “Gravy” or red sauce is made fresh daily and is loved by the locals in the area. They only use the finest ingredients at the Original Maplewood. Two locations — Same Great Food. Your Choice. 58
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9314 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ 609-822-9111 sofiaofmargate.com Exhibiting classical Greco-Mediterranean design, Sofia invites you to enjoy her dinner table and share in a celebration of a wholesome cuisine built on homestyle cooking expressed by exceptional chefs and recipes acquired from past generations. Thus, making Sofia a truly extraordinary South Jersey Greek restaurant.
The Melting Pot
2112 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 609-441-1100 meltingpot.com At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable four-course dining experience. Patrons can dip into something different — and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners.
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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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199 New Road Ste. 10, Central Square, Linwood 609-904-2990 baristascoffeehouse.com Owners Mark and Debbie Becker have created the perfect “neighborhood” atmosphere coffee house. Brewing up more than just coffee, customers come back time and time again for Barista’s espresso, tea breakfast, Liege waffles, Brussels waffles, gourmet desserts, and Italian gelato. Once you walk through the doors, you instantly become part of the “Barista’s Family”. Open Mon. Fri., 7 AM-6 PM and Sat., 8 AM-6 PM.
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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.
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Roberta’s by Joe Muldoon
1205 Tilton Road, Northfield, NJ 609-677-0470 robertasbyjoemuldoon.com A young Joseph Muldoon found his passion for food early on; while still at a tender age he began to work in the kitchen of New Jersey country club, Scotland Run. It was through this experience that Chef Joseph knew he wanted to pursue a career in the culinary field, but wasn’t sure what institution would allow his creativity to flourish. Almost in time to celebrate his 28th birthday, Muldoon opened his first independent restaurant, Roberta’s, at the intersection of Tilton and New roads in Northfield. Named for his mother, a home economics teacher whom he credits for instilling in him a love of cooking.
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!
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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 800-345-8767 tropicana.net Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, Il Verdi serves meticulously-prepared gourmet dishes in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Dine on your choice of hot and cold antipasti, soups, salads, pastas, fish and meat entrees, and desserts. Il Verdi’s award-winning wine list features Italian wines selected to complement the food. Have a truly unique dining experience at the Chef’s Table, set amidst the action of the Il Verdi kitchen, where you can enjoy a customized menu of six or seven courses with wine pairings.
Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-340-6555 gallaghersresorts.com Gallaghers is located on the 2nd floor of Resorts Casino. A classic steakhouse serving hearty salads, dry-aged meats, wonderful fish and shellfish. Their glass-enclosed meat locker is in the front of the restaurant for all to view; and all of the beef is dry-aged for 21 days at a constant 36 degrees to insure tenderness. Offering the finest selections of seafood as well. An ambiance of warm woods and deep reds. Friendly, efficient and gracious service. Open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm.
Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-344-6000 resortsac.com No passport needed for this Italian experience. Capriccio’s all new menu features gourmet Italian cuisine in an exquisitely comfortable Mediterranean atmosphere, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Capriccio’s has beautiful murals on the walls featuring Old World Italy. The food is as spectacular as the view.
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-2273 phillipsseafood.com Phillips Seafood brings guests a classical American seafood menu boasting an array of fresh seasonal fish and Phillips’ famous jumbo lump crab cakes. Renowned chef Robbin Haas has designed a menu that offers guests the freshest, finest seafood available, complete with a rolling oyster cart where regional varietals are shucked tableside and a double-decker live lobster tank stocked with 3-10 pound lobsters. Experience an upscale, interactive dining experience with their exhibition kitchen and sweeping ocean views.
Souzai Sushi & Saki
Playground at Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-4443 souzaisushi.com.com Simple… seasonal… sensual… Souzai features a diverse menu of hand-rolled sushi, fresh sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes, as well as a wide range of innovative cocktails, Japanese sake and beer. Showcasing stunning views of the beach, ocean sunsets and the sparkling cityscape from its perch high above the famed Atlantic City boardwalk, Souzai has become one of the hottest spots in town to mix and mingle. Grab a seat and discover Souzai for yourself.
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 609-348-6700 cubalibrerestaurant.com Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make this restaurant a must-see, must-experience dining destination. 60
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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.
BORGATA Wolfgang Puck American Grille Borgata Casino Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-1000 theborgata.com The man who revolutionized the culinary industry carries an undeniable cachet, synonymous with bold, innovative cooking and an unmistakable panache and passion that redefined dining in America. Offering contemporary American cuisine, the restaurant offers two distinctive dining areas ranging from casual and relaxed to elegant and upscale.
Old Homestead Steak House
Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 609-317-1000 theborgata.com Their domestically-raised, hand-massaged Kobe beef is not only the envy of the trade, it’s trademarked. But that isn’t the only reason the venerable Old Homestead has been a New York City landmark for 137 years. “It’s consistency on all fronts,” says Marc Sherry who, with brother Greg, opened their second location at Borgata. The menu nearly mirrors New York’s — and for good reason.
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A Final Word By Marjorie Preston
All Hail Big Red! Summer is a season of exaltation for tomato lovers, especially in the Garden State
ou say “tomato,” I say “tomahto.” You call it a vegetable, I insist it’s a fruit. But there’s one thing we can all agree on: There’s nothing as delectably yummy as a Jersey tomato at the height of summer. The names are legion, and legendary: Big Boy and Early Girl, Rutgers and Ramapo, Beefsteak and Moreton. They’re good enough to eat out of hand, like apples. At first bite, there’s an explosion of sweet-tart juiciness that’s as good unadorned as it is dressed up in a salad. But the highest and best use of the summer tomato, in my view, is in that all-star lunch-box sandwich — sliced tomato on Wonder bread, with Hellman’s mayonnaise, and a dash of salt and pepper. It’s simple. It’s sensational. Unfortunately, it’s also seasonal. At this time of year, farm-fresh produce is abundant. You’ll find tomatoes heaped up in bushel baskets at roadside stands everywhere, as if the Garden State were the Garden of Eden. But the rest of the year? Fuggedaboutit. From October through May or June, the best we can hope for is the pink, plastic tomatoes sold in grocerystore cellophane-packs. They may look nice, and they’re certainly long-lasting. They’re probably in the pantries of survivalists everywhere. But why bother when they taste like a cross between a Wiffle ball and a piece of PVC pipe? Blame it on mass production. Starting back in the 1930s, tomato breeders started cross-breeding the strains so the produce would ripen in uniform fashion, have firmer flesh, and could be trucked hundreds of miles to market without softening. Those same mad scientists bred tomatoes to be about the same shape and size, for easier packing and display. In the process, they created Frankenfruit: tomatoes with a longer shelf life, but next to no flavor. It’s like the people who bred the delicious out of Delicious apples. Did they really think our taste buds wouldn’t notice? Fortunately, the old-style tomato is making a comeback, thanks in part to the jolly green scientific team at Rutgers University. “They want to recreate the flavor that people wax nostalgic about — that fully ripened, fresh-from-the-vine tomato, straight out of Gramps’s garden,” says Rick VanVranken, Atlantic County agricultural agent. “The challenge is recreating those features in a tomato that can be grown on a large scale.” As early as 1968, Rutgers produced hardier, diseaseresistant tomatoes for mass consumption, but the varieties were overwhelmingly rejected by commercial growers, who still demanded
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higher yields and harder fruit (shaking my head). Over time, the “parent” seeds of old-style tomatoes went missing. But with a little sleuthing, the scientists lucked out. “They were talking with somebody who had worked for Campbell’s Soup, who said the company actually had some of the parent lines in their seed vaults,” says VanVranken. “They made a deal with Rutgers to get the parent varieties, and then started experimenting.” It took almost seven years, but the growers finally came up with the Rutgers 250, so-named in honor of the university’s 250th anniversary. The new crop “came pretty close to that old flavor, and that’s what’s getting all the publicity,” says VanVranken. The strain is “still best for home garden use, but they’re trying to make it sturdier without losing the flavor.” So why does the classic Jersey tomato taste so great? “It’s a balance of sweetness and acidity, which can change between varieties and with the state of ripeness,” VanVranken says. For the best flavor, tomato lovers know not to refrigerate their favorite fruit. “Put them in cold storage below 55 degrees, and the sugar taste almost goes away. They won’t ripen any further,” says VanVranken. There are recipes that purport to improve on the good old-fashioned tomato sandwich, using artisanal breads, substituting olive oil for mayo, and adding slices of avocado or bits of goat cheese. My friends, it’s a fool’s errand. The problem with tomatoes began when people tried to tinker with perfection. As the old commercial used to say, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” Tomato Trivia • The tomato is the state vegetable of New Jersey. But it’s botanically classified as a fruit. That’s because it has seeds and grows from a flowering plant. • There may be as many as 25,000 tomato varieties grown around the world, in many colors including yellow, brown and purple. • Green tomatoes will ripen more quickly if you store them with apples. • Each year, the Spanish town of Buñol hosts La Tomatina, a festival where 40,000 people throw 150,000 tomatoes at each other. Sounds like a fun party game! • Tomatoes keep longer if you store them stem down. • The average American consumes about 24 pounds of tomatoes each year. Do your part this summer, and eat up! n
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