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VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1 | JANUARY 2018

HEALTH & LIFE | FOOD & FASHION | HOME & HAPPENINGS

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S P E C I A L P R O M OT I O N

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIC KOHLMEIER FOR ACHIEVING THE 2017 PREMIER ADVISOR DESIGNATION IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE that I announce that Eric Kohlmeier, Senior Financial Advisor, has once again earned the distinction of Premier Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by business production, completion of educational components, and professionalism. STEVEN E. SCHOFIELD Regional Brokerage Manager, Senior Vice President Wealth Brokerage Services 461 From Road, Suite 235, Paramus, NJ 07652 Investment and Insurance Products: NOT FDIC Insured NO Bank Guarantee MAY Lose Value Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. [CAR-0317-04701]

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Join us for a cup of coffee... and a second opinion When the markets turn as volatile and confusing as they have over the last several years, even the most patient investors may come to question the wisdom of the investment plan they’ve been following.

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CONTENTS

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Features 52 Ways To Get Healthy and Happy | 38

Looking for a New Year’s vow to promote wellness and fulfillment? Here’s a whole card-pack of ’em!

It’s nature’s most important building block, but how much do you know about the macronutrient?

Armed and Ready | 56 Big Brothers | 48 This Paramus pair shed more than 300 pounds between them, and now they hope to inspire you.

In an exclusive interview, former quarterback Phil Simms talks about his legendary football career and latest challenge: the TV studio.

YOUR MIX-ANDMATCH JUICING GUIDE

IN EVERY ISSUE 8 34 81 86

The Power of Protein | 54

Editor’s Note Health News Be There Where to Eat

Pick your own pair or threesome among these goodfor-you fruits and veggies, and drink to your health!

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Departments Local Buzz | 17 Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Bergen County.

For Men Only | 24

You’ll tackle your workouts harder when you know you’ve got great sneakers for afterward!

Style Watch | 26

These little black bags are perfect for the gym and beyond.

Jewelry Box | 28

Classic sapphires—and a few of their sparkly friends—will make any outfit sing.

Home Front | 30

When the weather outside is frightful, cozy up to throws delightful.

Talk of the Town | 32

Bergen’s biggest township—Mahwah—is an outdoor-enthusiast’s dream.

Health | 52

Learn what causes back pain, how it can be prevented and what to do if it strikes.

Personal Space | 60

A Wyckoff designer gives a 1960s kitchen a modern farmhouse feel with an open floor plan, rustic touches and an abundance of natural light.

Escapes | 64

BERGEN readers are eagerly counting down the days until their 2018 adventures.

Tastes | 66

Raise your game with these sophisticated takes on heroes.

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Brussels sprouts were once named America’s “most hated vegetable,” but their health benefits are now earning them a place on many a menu.

Spirits | 76

Try a crowd-pleasing Super Sunday punch that’s sure to score a touchdown.

Gatherings | 78

Photos from recent events in and around the county.

Restaurant Review | 84

Rutherford is getting a taste of Persian flavor and hospitality thanks to the new Kabob on the Cliff.

A Bergen Moment | 88

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Here’s to your healthiest, happiest year yet! I learn something new each time we prepare our January issue, devoted, of course, to ways in which we can make this year our healthiest, happiest yet. For example, I didn’t know that playing certain video games for 30 minutes a day can improve memory or that consuming less than a teaspoon of salt a day might help curb an appetite. I also wasn’t aware that you can still derive a benefit from getting a flu shot this month. A bonus: The more folks in a community that get poked, the fewer outbreaks of flu, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the spirit of learning something new, it’s become something of a tradition to celebrate a fresh year of possibilities first by providing you with tips—52 of them—you can act upon today (or next week or the week after) that will lead to a more fun and fulfilling 2018. See “52 Ways to Get Healthy and Happy” on page 38 and get started! And, of course, we’ve renewed our own resolution to deliver you the best the county has to offer. Because this is our health and fitness issue, you’ll find great little black bags to stow your gym gear in, articles on the power of protein and benefits of juicing, and an inspiring story about two Paramus brothers who shed more than 300 pounds between them. And if you overdo it at the gym and hurt your back (or simply tweak it while tying a shoe), there’s an article on how to banish that pain. In the event that one of your resolutions is to spiff up your home, get inspiration from Christie Adams, who redid the kitchen at her Wyckoff residence. See the results in “A Kitchen Re-envisioned” on page 60. Promised yourself you’ll travel more? We asked BERGEN readers what their 2018 vacation plans are—read where some of them are headed in “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” on page 64. With the Super Bowl on its way, one of the places many Bergenites go in January is a football party. If you want more than pizza and wings on your menu, try one of the sophisticated sandwiches featured in “High Score,” beginning on page 66. Serve them with the blood orange margarita in “Bloody Good” on page 76—this drink will draw cheers from everyone at the get-together. And you can’t talk about the Big Game in this area without mentioning Phil Simms. Flip to page 56 for BERGEN’s exclusive interview with the Super Bowl XXI MVP, who talks about tackling challenges on the field and in the television studio. Not into sports but still want to have fun on game day? Turn to Bergen Buzz on page 20 for a list of places with entertainment other than football. Also in Buzz (and just for fun), we’ve added a section on your neighbors’ pet peeves. This month: what bugs us at the gym! Whatever your personal focus this month (and year), here’s wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!

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TURN THE PAGE ON THE OLD YOU Who knew that your local library can help you carry out your New Year’s resolution to get more Zen or lead a healthier lifestyle? Here’s a sampling of the healthful January classes available in Bergen:

1/8: Tai chi @ Englewood Library, 7 p.m. Novices and experts alike are invited to the library’s MacKay Room for a restorative hour of tai chi, an internal Chinese martial art known for its health benefits. 1/13: Meditation @ Glen Rock Library, 10 a.m. Relax and unwind with an hour of Sahaji meditation in the Community Room. The library asks participants to come in comfortable clothing and to register via phone. 1/16: Pare Down, Cheer Up! @ Englewood Library, 7 p.m. This event is the first in a series of self-help classes that will be held at the Englewood Library for free once a month. Coordinator Kathy Schwarz will be discussing the benefits of leading a less cluttered life. 1/19: Coffee & Coloring @ Oakland Library, 1 p.m. Stay and color for as long as you’d like during this stressreducing session at the Oakland Library. The staff will provide the paper, pencils and coffee—all you need to supply is peace of mind. 1/22: Raw Food for Busy People @ Hasbrouck Heights Library, 7 p.m. Author and chef Karen Ranzi will be preparing dishes made solely with raw healthy food and sharing some of her favorite recipes. Class attendees will enjoy samples of Piña Colada Green Smoothie and Zucchini Noodles with Marina Sauce. 1/24: Healthy Eating Tips for the New Year @ Hillsdale Library, 2 p.m. Registered dietitian Jaclyn Padovano from ShopRite of Hillsdale will be discussing healthy eating tips and the most popular food trends for the New Year.

DID YOU KNOW? Just how hardcore was tai chi as a self-defense method? According to one historian, some tai chi masters were able to throw an attacker to the floor so effortlessly that no one—the attacker or spectators—were able to see how it was done. BERGENMAG.COM

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Dog: Daisy, 2.5 years old, Shiba Inu and Beagle mix Owners: Michelle and Dan Kalschmid of Ramsey Daisy joined the Kalschmid family when Michelle and Dan adopted her from the Friends of Linden Animal Shelter last December. She’s a local celebrity of sorts, winning The Friends of the Ramsey Library’s Photo Contest this past fall, and when she’s not playing with her dog cousin Bailey, you can find her going on long walks around the neighborhood with her parents—and greeting every person and animal she meets along the way! Think your furry friend is the cutest in Bergen County? Send us a picture of your and your pet and we may publish it! Email editor@wainscotmedia.com.

TASTE OF ITALY Napoli, a new Italian eatery in Cliffside Park, is thinking outside of the pizza box with wood-fired delights like “White Veggie” featuring assorted roasted vegetables and ricotta cheese, and “White Prosciutto with Dates,” which substitutes traditional sauce for a sweet date spread. The restaurant’s starters all contain fresh mozzarella—order it alone drizzled in olive oil, breaded and fried or in a caprici salad. So what do locals think of the new place? “I was happy to find that the pizza wasn’t especially oily like other places,” says Doris Pak, 27, of Palisades Park. “All of the ingredients tasted very fresh!” Pak and her boyfriend ordered the Spicy Sausage Pizza and mozzarella sticks, and said that Napoli is their “new go-to spot.” Napoli, 702 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201.224.2750, napoliwoodfiredpizzaandbakery. com

SPECIALTY BOUTIQUE When you hear the word “boutique,” you might think of clothing or jewelry, but Bread Boutique & Café, a new bakery in Tenafly, might change your mind. The spot opened in early November and serves a variety of freshly made sandwiches, French macarons and cheesecake slices, plus hot coffee, pastries and fruity gelato with flavors like lychee, melon and mango. The joint is kosher-friendly and within walking distance of local office spaces. Bread Boutique & Cafe, 15 W. Railroad Ave., Tenafly, 917.514.6380

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A FAMILY AFFAIR East Rutherford is welcoming Elia, a new Mediterranean restaurant, at the former location of Park & Orchard in East Rutherford. The mother/ daughter-owned spot features a menu from Executive Chef Louise Jose Falcon, who also works at popular eateries in NYC. Elia offers fresh fish daily—so fresh, in fact, that it is flown from around the world every morning—and a vibrant bar and lounge scene. Elia, 240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford, 201.939.9292

BLENDING IN Blended Bowls is bringing the popular smoothie bowl trend to Ramsey. The craze took off at the Jersey Shore a few years back—for those who have never tried the bowls, they typically start with a smoothie base and are then covered with fresh fruit, chia seeds, hazelnut spread, coconut shreds and other toppings. At Blended Bowls, owners Malissa Piazza and Debra Manheimer are offering out-ofthe-box flavors like acai, plus avocado toast and oatmeal for breakfast, cold brew coffee, tea and fresh juices. Marissa Murphy, 35, of Ramsey recently tried the spot’s “Boost” bowl to combat cold and flu season. “It was delicious! It was packed with acai, which is tasty and healthy,” she says. “I also love that Blended Bowls only uses eco-friendly utensils—it makes me feel better about ordering to-go.” Blended Bowls, 100 E. Main St., Ramsey, 201.926.8626, facebook.com/blendedbowls

Do you believe in the power of music? The Believe in Music Studio in Fair Lawn sure does—and is using it to help others. The conservatory recently held a benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey victims at the Fair Lawn Community Center, with performances by its own students—many of whom are regular guest musicians at Carnegie Hall. All proceeds from the event directly benefited the Arkansas County Independent School District music programs in Rockport, Texas. The fundraiser is nothing new for the center: It held a similar fundraiser after Hurricane Sandy and partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation, the group that organized the 12/12/12 concert featuring Bruce Springsteen. Check out believeinmusicstudio.com to learn more about Believe in Music’s latest projects. BERGENMAG.COM

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Looking to have an extra-festive time while watching Super Bowl LII? Catch the game at one of these local hot spots, where football is far from the only entertainment. BAT AND BOWL at Humdinger’s in Paramus: This all-in-one Paramus hot spot has 12 boutique bowling lanes and 8 automated batting cages, as well as a full kitchen and bar. PUTT, DUNK AND SCORE at Bogota Sports & Golf in Bogota: A new indoor PGA golf simulator just opened on the center’s 3rd floor and includes popular courses like “Pebble Beach” and “Bethpage Black.” ROLL A STRIKE at Bowler City in Hackensack: Bowler City has more than 50 lanes, its own sports bar, grill, arcade games and billiard tables. There’s so much to do that you might forget about watching the Big Game altogether. SING KARAOKE at The Grand Wine Bar in Palisades Park: Order your liquid courage of choice from The Grand Wine Bar’s selection of over 100 wines, spirits and beers, then get on stage and sing your heart out.

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What annoys you most when you’re at the gym? BERGEN asked local fitness junkies to spill on what make them simmer when they’re just trying to get a good workout. “The thing that I find frustrating at the gym is when people take up more than their fair share of space in the locker room. Sometimes their locker is wide open, and they seem annoyed if you ask them to close it a little because you need to get into the locker right next to theirs.” —Marisa Carr, Ridgewood “There’s nothing worse than people who wear inappropriate clothing. I’ve seen guys in sandals and girls in short shorts. Hello, you’re at the gym!” —Jack West, Saddle River “I can’t stand ‘Gym Bros’—the ones who lift way too much weight

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“Why do people talk on the phone really loudly in the gym? You can take that personal call any other time!” —Allie Crowley, Ramsey

When Cory Gorczycki, 16, of Franklin Lakes lost both of his grandparents within weeks of each other, he wanted to find a way to properly honor their memory and commitment to community service. The result: Gorczycki started Ski4All, a nonprofit organization that provides free ski days to children going through difficult times. It’s not the first time that the Hackley School junior used his love of skiing (and superior shredding skills) to help others: Last winter, he taught local foster children how to ski, giving them quality time outside and a self-esteem boost that comes from learning a new sport. Gorczycki has already been recognized for his good deeds: Children’s Aid and Family Services of Northern New Jersey awarded him with the “Building Futures” Award in early October. To learn more about and donate to Gorczycki’s cause, head to Ski4All.com.

find plenty of picture-worthy vistas, landscapes and panoramas in Bergen County, so head to one of these spots and start snapping: Hudson River Waterfront Walkway Edgewater

“It’s so strange when people treat the locker room like their own bathroom—walking around sans clothing, leaving their personal items everywhere and making huge messes but not cleaning them up.” —Christina Jhagroop, Mahwah

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just to show off but then start grunting really loudly because they are using the wrong form and hurting themselves. It’s so counter-intuitive.” —Leeza Goldberg, Fair Lawn

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PAYING IT FORWARD Cami Closet Creations is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a very special way: by helping others. For all projects booked from Jan. 1 to the end of the year, the Mahwah mainstay will donate a percentage to hurricane relief organizations in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. “It’s our small way of paying it forward for all the blessings Cami Closets has received over the past 25 years,” says founder Paul Caminiti. “As we celebrate our anniversary, we want to reflect on and thank our wonderful customers, designers, builders and partners that have supported us through the years—and now it’s our turn to give back.”

MALL MAKEOVERS If you avoided the mall scene during your holiday shopping, you missed a few changes at the outlets in our area—here’s a quick catchup: GSP ADDITIONS Adults and kids alike will find something new to love at Westfield Garden State Plaza. The mall (shown above) now houses Sugarfina, a luxury candy boutique, and Flying Tiger Copenhagen, a global design chain that sells everything from carved wooden toys to dainty rings. Kate Hudson’s athleisure apparel brand, Fabletics, is also open for business, along with the Optimum Experience Center and Brookstone where you can stock up on today’s hottest gadgets. STEW LEONARD’S COMING TO PARAMUS PARK The eclectic grocery store chain, complete with its trademark costumed employees and animatronic animals, will be taking over the old Sears space in the Paramus Park Mall. (We’re still waiting word on the addition of a petting zoo—a signature feature of other Stew Leonard’s locations.) The farm-style supermarket will offer an extensive wine department, fresh food stations and a sushi bar. The expansive space will also feature a 12-screen movie theater. MOVIES AT RIVERSIDE The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack is in the midst of a major makeover. The second floor of the former 110,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue now houses an AMC movie theater, and the lower level of the old department store will feature various stores and restaurants, including the relocated Cheesecake Factory.

FREE YOGA… AND MORE

You don’t need to pay for a gym membership or yoga instruction to stay in shape: Two of Bergen County’s most popular fitness clothing stores, Athleta and Lululemon, offer free classes in-store all year long. Here’s the 411: FOR THE MOMS On Jan. 27, Athleta is offering a Mom & Me Mat Class led by Club Pilates of Montvale, right in Athleta’s Woodcliff Lake location from 9 to 10 a.m. Call ahead and RSVP for yourself and your little one. Head to the store’s website to check out other upcoming free classes and events. Athleta, 427 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Woodcliff Lake, 201.391.1086, athleta.com

WEEKLY YOGA Every Saturday at 9 a.m., you can join the Lululemon staff for a complimentary yoga class at its Paramus location. The store also hosts various health and wellness classes throughout the year at local yoga studios and fitness centers. Almost all of Lululemon’s events are free, but they do ask guests to RSVP online. Visit the Paramus store’s Facebook page for event announcements and updates. Lululemon, 100 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, 201.291.2590, lululemon.com

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HOUSING COSTS The median home value in Mahwah is currently $456,000—up 2.1 percent over last year and predicted to rise 1.8 percent within the next year, according to Zillow.

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FUN FACTS n The 58-room, 50,000square-foot mansion Darlington (built for the son of a railroad tycoon) is for sale for $48 million. n American Brake Shoe and Foundry opened in 1902, making brake shoes for railroad cars. It employed more than 500 people before its closure in 1983. n CBS2 News anchor Chris Wragge grew up in Mahwah and graduated from Mahwah High School. n Some of the biggest names in tennis, including Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova, played in Mahwah when the township hosted the A&P Tennis Classic for 25 years beginning in 1976. n Mahwah sports teams are still called the Thunderbirds in honor of the Ford plant that produced 6 million cars in its 25 years in Mahwah. The plant’s closure is mentioned in Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 song “Johnny 99.”

also located in Mahwah with 6,000 students. The township was once known for a Ford manufacturing plant, which operated on 172 acres from 1955 until 1980, but these days, other large corporations such as Net-A-Porter, Jaguar, Stryker, Seiko and UPS call Mahwah home, helping to keep property taxes lower than many other Bergen towns. Shopping in Mahwah is limited, with a few small stores centered around the train station area. Most residents head to malls and shopping plazas in nearby Ramsey, Paramus and New York State to get what they need. Plans for a new mall at the Sheridan Crossroads Hotel on the former site of the Ford plant have been in the works for years, though many residents strongly oppose the idea due to traffic and environmental concerns. Mahwah is about 30 miles from New York City, and commuting is possible via the Short Line Bus to Port Authority or the NJ Transit train via the Main/Bergen line. The original Mahwah train depot was constructed in 1871 and is now a museum, open Sundays from June to September. The current station was built in 1914 and still serves commuters today.

One of Mahwah’s long-time favorite restaurants is The Mason Jar, serving brick oven pizza, burgers and other American eats since 1977. Other popular comfort food spots include the Mahwah Bar & Grill and the State Line Diner. In the mood for Spanish food? Check out Sangria for tapas or paella, best enjoyed with a glass of sangria, of course. Craving a steak? The River Palm Terrace is a surefire hit, and Italian lovers have Roxanne’s, Sonny & Tony’s or Nonna’s from which to choose. For dessert, pick up a pastry from Bon Appetit or, in warmer months, ice cream at Ernie’s or Field of Creams.

LOCALS LOVE nH  iking in Ramapo Reservation n Skiing or snowboarding at Campgaw Mountain n Easy access to Interstate 287 n Checking out former resident Les Paul’s guitars at the Mahwah Museum

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME Approximately $107,336, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

Clockwise from top: Campgaw Ski Area; Mahwah Museum; Sangria; Christies Real Estate

Boasting low property taxes, good schools, a low crime rate and abundant parkland, the Township of Mahwah is the place nearly 26,000 residents happily call home. Located in the northwest corner of the county on the New York/New Jersey border, Mahwah is the biggest municipality in Bergen, covering 26 square miles. The Leni Lenape Indians called it Mawewi, meaning the meeting place of rivers and paths, and the area is still home to around 3,000 Ramapough Mountain Indians, descendents of the Lenape. The Ramapo River runs through the township, which is known as “Bergen County’s Parkland” due to the almost 5,000 acres of state and county parks and reservations here, including Ramapo Valley Reservation, Campgaw Ski Area and Darlington County Park. Between camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, golf and swimming, there’s loads to do outside in this wooded wonderland. When they aren’t enjoying the great outdoors, the township’s children can be found in one of six public schools, three for grades K-3, Joyce Kilmer Elementary for grades 4 and 5, Ramapo Ridge Middle School for grades 6-8, and Mahwah High School for grades 9-12. Ramapo College of New Jersey, a public liberal arts college, is

DID YOU KNOW? Poet Joyce Kilmer lived in Mahwah and is thought to have composed his famous poem “Trees” while a resident there.

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If you’re one of the 36 million Americans who have tinnitus, an intermittent ringing in the ears, there’s a treatment that has shown promise. In one study, sessions of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for 10 days helped people get relief for six months. —JAMA

The percentage of improvement in memory after study subjects played video games with complex spatial environments, such as those in Super Mario 3D World, for 30 minutes daily for two weeks. —Journal of Neuroscience

GO AHEAD, SWEAT!

Daily brisk walking and other moderate-intensity exercise helps the immune system fight respiratory viruses. How much is enough? Experts suggest at least 20 minutes per day. —Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews

TURN DOWN THE HEAT

Study subjects who held a cold object did better on a self-control test than those holding a warm one. Researchers posit that cold temperatures may be linked to alertness. —Psychological Research

AN ASPIRIN A DAY— OR NOT

A recent study that tracked subjects 45 years and older for three years found that those who’d never had a heart attack got no benefit from daily aspirin. Moreover, regular aspirin use can raise your risk of bleeding in the stomach and brain. Check with your doctor. —Clinical Cardiology

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People who slept fewer than six hours per night were 4.2 times more likely to catch a cold than those who slept a full night. —Sleep

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Salty food makes you hungrier, according to a recent study. To keep appetite (not to mention blood pressure) in check, stick to consuming 1,500 mg. of sodium daily. That’s equal to twothirds of a teaspoon. —The Journal of Clinical Investigation

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{ NUTRITION }

YOUR MIX-AND-MATCH JUICING GUIDE Got a blender handy? Pick your own pair or threesome among these good-for-you fruits and veggies, and drink to your health!

Many health professionals and enthusiasts champion the benefits of juicing—taking fruits and vegetables in liquid form—and consider it a viable way to promote good health. “You’re consuming raw nutrients in their simplest and easiest form to absorb,” says Eric Shine, former owner of Norwood-based health store Shine Juices. “And the natural flavor makes them more enjoyable than a multivitamin or artificial solutions.” If you don’t enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, the Mayo Clinic notes that “juicing may be a fun way to add them to your diet.” Juicing isn’t the only route to proper nutrition, of course, but it’s an easy, health-promoting practice—and the possibilities are almost endless. To get you started, here are nine juice ingredients (though by no means the only ones) and some of the health advantages of each. As always, consult a dietitian or nutritionist to determine if juicing is the best answer to your health concerns. ORANGE You know this fruit is a vitamin C powerhouse, but did you also know that Italian researchers compared orange juice with a pure C supplement and the juice was a clear winner? Apparently the vitamin is just part of a network of phytochemicals that help protect against cancer, among other benefits. In addition, a British study has shown that consuming orange helps lower the risk of kidney stones, and research done in California supports the orange’s potency as a weapon against ulcers. CELERY The extract and juice of this vegetable contain carbohydrate molecules that appear to guard against inflammation in the digestive tract. And celery’s rich in vitamin K, which helps build bones and protect the heart. APPLE It contains phytonutrients that help prevent damaging spikes in blood sugar. It may also help prevent heart disease by regulating fats in the blood. And studies suggest that ingredients in apple promote bacterial changes in the large intestine that aid its function by providing more fuel to its cells.

CUCUMBER It’s a key source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese. Animal studies have shown that cucumber extract can fight inflammation, which contributes to cardiovascular disease. Cukes also contain chemical compounds called lignans, thought to lower the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Finally, this veggie contains cucurbitacins, which have been shown to block “signaling pathways” that allow cancer cells to develop. PAPAYA Rich in vitamins A and C, papaya helps guard against the formation of dangerous plaque in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease or stroke. It also contains abundant folate, which is good for pregnant women because it helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns. PEAR Thanks to phytonutrients with antioxidant properties, pears rank high in their ability to lower one’s risk of inflammation-based conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Evidence shows that cloudy pear juice is more beneficial than the clear juice from which the pulp has been removed.

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KIWI One of the top vitamin C-containing foods, kiwi helps prevent colon cancer, heart disease and ear infections. It also seems to protect human DNA from oxygen-related damage, though scientists don’t know yet which compounds in kiwi do this good work. And the superfruit helps reduce symptoms of asthma and stave off macular degeneration. CARROT Seeing in the dark? Well, in one California study, women who ate more carrots did have lower rates of glaucoma. But cutting cardiovasculardisease risk seems to be the big boon here. A Dutch research project found that yellow-orange veggies did more than any other category to reduce that risk, and in that color group carrots were the champ. Compounds found in carrot extract have also been shown in laboratory studies to inhibit the growth of colon-cancer cells. PINEAPPLE Bromelain, a mixture of substances extracted from the pineapple, has for some time been known to aid digestion. Now scientists are finding evidence that this mixture can also battle inflammation and retard tumor growth. And pineapple is a major source of vitamin C, manganese and thiamine (vitamin B1).

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{ NEW YEAR, NEW YOU }

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Looking for a New Year’s vow to promote wellness and fulfillment? Here’s a whole card-pack of ’em! By Timothy Kelley Numerologists tell us the number 52 reflects “introspection and expression of a personal sense of freedom.” It’s also the count of cards in a deck, weeks in a year—and a completely unmanageable number of New Year’s resolutions. So don’t “resolve”—explore! These 52 tips are all aimed at making your life healthier, fuller and more fun. Pick one weekly, or embrace one at random when the mood strikes. Here’s to your “sense of freedom” in 2018! Continued...

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Swimming is great exercise disguised as fun. A University of Texas researcher says it can help lower high blood pressure and reduce arterial stiffness, a heart-disease risk factor. If you need a brush-up, eight-week classes are available for all age groups in the six-lane, 25yard regulation pool that just opened at the Meadowlands YMCA (201.955.5300). Also available there: Aqua Zumba, a fun new twist on the exercise craze that offers extra benefits. “Adding water resistance makes it easier on the joints,” says wellness director Michelle Moore. Visit meadowlandsymca.org and click on “Browse Programs.”

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Ditch the diet soda. Will this be the year you bid farewell to your bubbly buddy? Diet sodas have been linked to headache, depression, an increased risk of diabetes and—in one study—a 45 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke. Some alternatives: flavored sparkling water, green tea or the chicorybased, caffeine-free beverage Teeccino.

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Take a social-media break. Could you do a week without Instagram or Twitter? Friends won’t forget you—we promise—and giving yourself a break may help restore perspective and a sense of what you really want from these tools.

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Shop smart for running shoes. Know your precise shoe brand, style and size? Feel free to buy online and save. But if you’re choosing a new model, says sales associate Conor Krueger of the Ridgewood sporting-goods store JackRabbit, drop in for a professional fit and some expert advice. (He’s biased, of course, but not wrong.)

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Take a relaxing walk in the woods. Several Bergen organizations offer guided nature walks, and you don’t have to wait for springtime. One is a Teaneck Creek Conservancy Bergen County Audubon Society walk at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. (Visit teaneckcreek.org and click on “Event Information.”)

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Battle Father Time with tai chi. According to a study published in Cell Transplantation, the ancient Chinese martial art can help replenish stem cells and slow the aging process—plus help with balance, blood pressure and stress reduction. Check around for classes—the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library (bccls.org), for example, offers free monthly tai chi workshops.

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Get ahead—in bed! Looking to interest your spouse in the bedroom? Wave a juicy copy of the Journal of Management, which in 2017 published a study on the benefits of sex. Apparently it improves “both daily job satisfaction and daily job engagement,” so fluff up those pillows, think of your career and—for heaven’s sake—do your homework.

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Respect ol’ Sol. Skin safety is a year-round project, not just a beach-time thing. The American Cancer Society reminds us to protect our skin with sunscreen even when it isn’t hot. “UV ways become more intense in the spring, even before temperatures get warmer,” it warns. And shop before summer for sun-protective clothing that lists a UV Protection Factor.

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Live like a Dane. Hygge (hoo-ga), a homey, cozy philosophy, is one of Denmark’s secrets for topping surveys as the world’s happiest country. (It ain’t the weather.) A hygge-rich life, they say, values possessions less and experiences—such as a quiet candlelight dinner with friends—more. Put a little hygge in your 2018 with Signe Johansen’s book How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life. Stop smoking—for your looks’ sake. If you’re still a cigarette addict, don’t condemn yourself. Call 1.866.NJSTOPS (1.866.657.8677) promptly for help. Want more motivation? A Danish study reported in November linked smoking (and heavy drinking) with facial marks of aging such as earlobe creases, grayish rings around the corneas and yellow-orange plaques on the eyelids.

Consider aspirin. The jury is out on whether taking aspirin can prevent a heart attack, but a University of Southern California study found that if we all took a daily low-dose (81-mg.) aspirin, it would save 900,000 lives in the next two decades, in part because cancer death rates would be cut by 30

11 MAKE ROOM FOR THE ’SHROOM.

Whole Foods and the Specialty Food Association have released a list of hot foods for ’18; they say to get ready for mushroomflavored coffees, teas and smoothies. While you’re at it, savor mushrooms themselves; they’re rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, liver-boosting selenium and vitamin D.

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Parlez-vous, enfants? Maybe this is the year to make your kids suave future travelers. Their spongelike young minds can be filled with Spanish, French, Italian or Arabic at GAINville Learning in Rutherford (201.507.1800); French or Spanish at the Language Workshop for Children (212.628.2700). And who knows? You might pick up a few new words from the kids—sometimes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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Join a support group. Depressed? Have a a chronic illness? Whatever your health or life situation, there are others who’ve been there and can listen, offer tips and share lighter moments. Find your group via the New Jersey SelfHelp Group Clearinghouse at njgroups.org. (Check your nearest hospital too.) BERGENMAG.COM

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Start shaking... Hands, that is. Studies show that that people are twice as likely to remember you if you shake hands with them. And it’s not just men who benefit from a firm handshake: Another study showed that women with a strong grip were viewed as more open—and they even made a more favorable first impression—than those without.

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Call the cable guy. Spend 15 minutes on the horn with your cable company to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. You’ll feel a sense of accomplisment every time you pick up the remote—plus you’re healthier when you’re wealthier, right?

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Keep your brain young. Neuroscientists say using your noggin—especially in new pursuits— helps it stay nimble. That’s why the Global Council on Brain Health, in a recent 26-page report, recommends “practicing tai chi, taking photography classes, designing a quilt, investigating your genealogy, juggling, cooking, gardening and learning how to play a musical instrument.” You needn’t excel; just pick one of these and try it!

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Get your protein from plants. Gone is the idea that protein has to come from an animal. Pea and hemp proteins are popping up everywhere—in powders for smoothies, nutrition bars, potato chips and more. Farvia Chang, manager of Fair Lawn’s Natural Way Café, recommends a green beverage called the Liver Boost. Composed of wheatgrass juice, celery, kale, green apple and ginger, it’s loaded, he says, “with amino acids that help the body break down its own proteins.”

22 BE A DENTALCARE DEMON

Of course you brush, floss and see your dentist regularly; here’s another reason you may wish to be super-zealous about it in ’18: A 10-year study of 122,000 Americans links gum disease with higher rates of esophageal cancer.

Keep your cell phone out of the bedroom. But not for the reason you may think: According to the University of Manchester, charging your phone while you’re trying to sleep can actually make you gain weight: Researchers say the light it emits can harm your body’s production of melatonin, which not only regulates sleep but helps the body convert food and drink into energy efficiently.

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To quiet anger, breathe deep. You know it’s gonna happen in ’18, just like every year: People are going to tick you off. But let your anger be something you use rather than letting it use you. “The first thing I tell patients is, ‘Breathe deep, in through the nose and out through the mouth,’” says Hackensack-based psychologist Dalia LIghtman, Psy.D. “It’s amazing how that can help with anger.”

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Bike with a buddy. Two can have more than twice the fun on two-wheelers once the weather turns nice. A great spot for such bicycling-and-bonding is the Saddle River Area Bike Path, which hugs the river along a nearly six-mile route, runs through several towns and passes historic Easton Tower on Route 4 and a waterfall at Dunkerhook Park. Find out more from the county’s Parks Dept., 201.336.7275.

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Drink less (and sleep better). You know if you’re drinking too much—and that if you want to quit, there’s help. Many of us can handle a social drink or two with only pleasant effects, but we shouldn’t tell ourselves tall tales like “liquor helps me sleep.” A UCLA press release quotes clinical professor of psychiatry Karen Miotto, M.D.: “The sedative effects of alcohol can be deceiving because it is associated with decreased quality of sleep and rebound insomnia.”

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Wear purple. Want to be “on trend” for ’18? Put on purple! The hue-happy folks at Pantone have chosen it (“ultra violet,” to be precise) as its Color of the Year. A Pantone Color Institute exec wasn’t talking politics when she told The New York Times the pick “takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed—red and blue—and brings them together.”

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Update your phone numbers. Your smartphone contacts may be up to speed, but what about all those numbers scribbled on a bunch of random Post-its that are cluttering your desk? Head to your computer and print up a fresh, updated list—you’ll never struggle through a pile of papers trying to find the number you need again.

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Browse books. Amazon knows your tastes pretty well by now, but remember the fun of falling in love with a book you’ve just happened upon? “Libraries are to some extent shooting themselves in the foot these days, almost discouraging browsers with all our targeted displays,” confesses Teaneck Public Library Director Mike McCue. “But we have to show off what we have, because we don’t have the foot traffic we did 10 years ago.” The shelves are still there, though, and so (we hope) is your neighborhood bookstore. Every so often, give yourself a half hour of pure indulgence. Browse!

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Visit a senior. Catch up with an old teacher, check in with a friend’s parent, bring a bowl of soup to a lonely relative who’s getting on in age­—or better yet, volunteer at a nursing home. You’ll brighten the day of a senior, make new friends and ensure good karma. After all, an old age is where you too are headed—if you’re lucky.

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28 TAKE A CLASS

Maybe you don’t need a degree or profession, but that needn’t mean school days are over. Taking a course in an area that interests you can help broaden your world view and enrich your social network—and it can be a blast. Bergen Community College (bergen.edu) offers classes in interior design, culinary arts, foreign languages, animal care, event planning and much more. BERGENMAG.COM

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Harry Truman’s advice to those seeking a friend in Washington still applies today to folks in Bergen— particularly single folks. In a study of 3.4 million Swedes, those who lived alone were one-third more apt to survive if they had a canine companion.

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Use your pharmacist. Is it all mouse clicks these days? Not quite. A human ready to listen is as near as the corner drugstore. “Pharmacists have special training to help you manage and improve your health, including working with your healthcare team,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us. In fact, an article in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy suggests that “narrative pharmacy”—telling your story to the druggist—can improve “the quality and safety of pharmaceutical health care.”

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Fight inflammation as you eat. Inflammation-fighting food ingredients such as turmeric are trending on Pinterest. Reportedly, many healthy and trendy foods—from the zoodle (zucchini noodle) and cauliflower rice to nut milks and vegan cheese—are substitutes for potentially inflammatory ingredients such as gluten, grains and dairy.

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Put “leisure wear” to work. From new lifestyle brands like Aday, Betabrand and Kit and Ace to activewear stalwarts like Lululemon and Under Armour, the companies that dress you for the gym in “athleisurewear” now want to suit you up for the office in “workleisurewear” so you’re always ready for what the workday holds. Says Katie Warner Johnson, co-founder of the brand Carbon38: “Women who hop on planes like they’re taxis and race between meetings need workwear with activewear DNA.” Now you can look office-appropriate and be comfortable.

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Test your smoke detector. You wouldn’t dream of leaving oily rags lying around or sleeping with a space heater on. But how recently have you tested your smoke alarm? Says Kevin Sheehan, director of fire prevention for Paramus: “Three of every five fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke detector.”

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Do the laundry. Folding clothes has yet to become an Olympic event, but it may help you live longer, says a University at Buffalo study. Looking at 6,000 older women, researchers found that those who did 30 minutes of even such light household activities as folding clothes or washing windows had a 12 percent lower risk of dying than their idle counterparts.

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Use safe drinking glasses. Some color-decorated glassware may be best for “display only.” A British study found that many tumblers and glasses

contained troublesome levels of lead or cadmium on the outside or around the rim. And last year, McDonald’s recalled 12 million Shrek-themed glasses that contained cadmium, which can be dangerous if it flakes off.

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Choose the right doctor. Survey data show that shared decision-making between patients and doctors—as opposed to patients just following orders—rose 14 percent from 2002 to 2014. So if you’re choosing a new physician in 2018, keep the trend going by picking a doc with whom you have an open rapport—better communication will lead to better health.

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Nuts to you! If you’re nuts about nuts, you’ll probably go on munching them in ’18 whatever the experts say. But isn’t it nice that a 32-year study of 210,000 U.S. adults links nut consumption to a reduced heartdisease rate? You go, experts! Way to crunch the numbers.

How can you burnish your knowledge—or your kids’—of history, science and more? Check with your local library for museum passes or vouchers that may save you money at the Newark Museum, Liberty Science Center, New York’s Intrepid Air and Space Museum or other museums. (Check out teaneck.org, englewoodlibrary. org or your own town library’s website.)

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Get real about exercise. “People tend to think in extremes,” says Juan Pla, personal training supervisor at Montvale’s The Gym. “That’s why so many New Year’s resolutions fail by February 1.” So if you’re vowing to recommit, start small, says Pla. The treadmill is a great “welcome back” device because it’s simple but with a lot of variety. Pick settings you can maintain for 30 minutes, he suggests—maybe three miles an hour with a 2.0 incline— and make it a thrice-weekly habit. You may create momentum you’ll build on.

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Steer clear of the food court. Watching your weight? Just passing near those burgers and fries and sniffing their aroma may seem harmless, but there lies danger. In a University of Michigan study, “food cues” such as mouthwatering smells and eye-catching menus stimulated the brain, leading participants to consume an average of 220 calories more than a control group when it was time to chow down. (Dieters may wish to use technology to “skip food advertisements in TV shows,” says Michelle Joyner, the psychology grad student who led the study.)

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Get that flu shot. In 2016–17, the Chicago Tribune reports, only 47 percent of Americans got poked. Let’s do better! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “herd immunity”—when a preponderance of a community’s members get vaccinated—helps us all, even when shots aren’t 100 percent effective. (And this year they aren’t.) And no, January isn’t too late.

Fix that sleep problem! Attention, snorers and the sleepy. Sleep apnea may be the culprit, and it can be treated. Your doctor can tell you if you should spend a night in a comfy, hotel-like sleep lab at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck (201.833.7260), Valley Hospital in Ridgewood (201.251.3487), Englewood Hospital in Englewood (201.894.3154) or Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack (201.996.0232) to find out.

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Be a better bagger. We know you have a cloth bag to bring to the grocery store instead of using the market’s plastic bags, but we also know you keep forgetting it at home. The solution: A hook next to the front door is the perfect place to keep your bag—and remind you to take it with you. Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll have less clutter (and garbage) in your kitchen without all those plastic bags accumulating. Just remember to wash or replace your reusable bag from time to time, as studies show bacteria can accumulate in it.

BETTER—SNAPS.

Today we photo-document our lives for Facebook and Instagram, but at what cost to our serenity? Photography was once a meditative art, says Bob Gramegna, vice president of Bergen County Camera in Westwood, so try to not frantically shoot every moment of your life. There’s a bonus, says Gramegna: “If you take time and slow down, you’ll get a better picture.”

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Try the train. If security checks and TSA officials are stressing you at airports, consider a travel alternative: The transcontinental trains of Amtrak (1.800.872.7245) are super-luxe, with lounge cars plus dining cars with white tablecloths and waiters. And out the window, you’ll blissfully watch a beautiful country go by.

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Start loving peanut butter again. A childhood favorite has emerged from the doghouse—turns out, most of the fat in peanut butter is the heart-healthy unsaturated kind, and good ’ol PB is rich in potassium, magnesium and the antioxidant vitamin E. Try the trendy puffed peanut butter-flavored snack Bamba, made in Israeli and available at Trader Joe’s in Paramus (201.265.9624).

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De-stress with art. Is the “adult coloring” craze for you? A Mayo Clinic psychologist has called it “almost like a volume knob to turn down the sympathetic nervous system, the stress response.” You can join a group at the Glen Rock Public Library, 201.670.3970. (If making your own art is more your style, check out Ridgewood’s Master Art Studio, 201.887.2187.)

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Join a bowling league. It’s a great way to combine moderate, metabolism-boosting exercise with social interaction—“some competitive, some just relaxing and having fun,” says Nicholas at Hackensack’s Bowler City, 201.343.3545, which offers leagues for kids through seniors.

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Consider a low-FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for (sorry you asked?) fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols—sugars troublesome for folks with irritable bowel syndrome. A low-FODMAP diet omits apples, cabbage, dairy products and other foods until they’re re-introduced. Ask your doctor about it.

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Visualize your intentions. On the website of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass., nutritionist Annie B. Kay says intentions—“I want to have a healthier relationship with my weight,” for instance—are easier to follow than resolutions.

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Get your hearing checked. Looking at 36 studies, researchers at Trinity College, Dublin, found a link between hearing loss and dementia. Experts aren’t sure of the connection—and if losing your hearing indeed increases your chance of dementia—but it sure won’t hurt to have the doc check your ears.

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Banish those winter blahs with a treatment at one of the county’s spas. “You may come in just looking to be pampered,” says owner Valerie Groom of Ridgewood European Day Spa (201.447.1600). “But don’t be surprised if you leave with better circulation, lowered blood pressure, relieved aches and pains, an improved ability to sleep—and lifted spirits.”

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BIG BROTHERS NO MORE

Inspiring each other to trim down, this Paramus pair shed more than 300 pounds between them. Now they hope to inspire you. By Michael Ardizzone

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If David and Eliot Spiegel had a theme song, it sure wouldn’t be “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” Not till lately, anyway. Ten years apart in age, these Paramus residents share a hefty history, having tipped the scales with peak weights of 368 and 345, respectively. That might be a cue to point a fat finger at the culprit of heredity and simply have another slice of pie. But that’s not what they did. They took action. Without surgery and with a heavy reliance on exercising and eating right, each one reduced his weight dramatically; David, roughly by half, Eliot by 150 pounds. From his early days, the now 63-year-old David says, he was “the chubby kid who shopped in the husky section.” Eliot didn’t develop his weight problem until adulthood. But both ended up buying from the XXXL rack. Because of his weight, says David, “I had an inner voice holding me back. I was a pretty successful guy, but I know I could have achieved more if my weight hadn’t been hanging over my head all the time.” Even for this high-achieving salesman and family man, being extremely overweight was a social and psychological problem as well as a physical one. It made him too self-conscious to even start talking to someone in a grocery line. Eliot believes his weight got him fired from a job. Also a salesman, he found himself similarly limited—until he decided something. “I was tired of being the biggest thing in the room and yet invisible to everyone,” he says. “I had the choice to be part of life or to sit in the stands watching life go by.” He chose the big challenge of getting smaller. And he shared that challenge with his big bro. David was ready. “I’d tried every diet and failed,” he says— his weight would yo-yo, down 30 and back up 20. He reached a tipping point in 2013, writing a friend: “I’ve got to do something about my weight. I’m not going to live if I keep this up.” He had considered weight-loss surgery, but his daughter fervently opposed it. Meanwhile, Eliot had found a new diet and weight-loss philosophy, and he implored David, then in his 50s, to join him in embracing it. At one point, David Spiegel, right, could barely walk around the block—but today, he and his brother Eliot are addicted to gym workouts, biking, yoga and more.

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ELIOT: Before 345 lbs.

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It’s all about choices, and my choices today are completely different than they once were.” —David Spiegel

FINDING A SOLUTION The brothers’ initial weight-loss efforts had featured diet bars and shakes. “We had some success with it, but it wasn’t sustainable,” David says. “You have to learn how to live and eat in the real world.” Then, just as they were getting discouraged, Eliot came across the new diet, which was based on the work of British endocrinologist A.T.W. Simeons. It featured cycles of a highly restrictive calorie intake. “I tried it, and it began to work,” says David. “I would lose 20 to 30 lbs. in a cycle and then do another cycle down the road.” They continued to drop weight in inspiring amounts, refining the new diet as they did so and making it their own. During 40-day weight-loss cycles, adherents are limited to a stringent 550–650 calories a day. But David says the story is “more about what I eat than how much I eat.” While many diets push protein and make carbs the bad guy, their approach limits protein’s role. “I keep my proteins low and load up on veggies,” he adds. When not on the weight-loss cycle, the brothers don’t count calories but are still conscious of their food choices and portion sizes. They may increase their protein intake with a hard-boiled egg, grilled chicken or tuna, in addition to lots of vegetables, both cooked and raw. “It’s all about choices, and my choices today are completely different than they once were,” says David. IT TAKES WORK David took out a membership at Retro Fitness in Paramus and started exercising, slowly at first. “In the first six months, I was

lucky to get to the point where I would walk around the block occasionally,” he says. By month seven, he started walking on the treadmill—first once a week, then increasing that gradually. At about the 10-month mark, he embarked on a more ambitious program: working out five times a week, including three with a personal trainer. He remembers the first exercise the trainer instructed him to do: “He gave me an exercise ball and told me to sit down at the end of the bench and stand up, and I could barely do that.” He increased his workload to about 30 minutes of weights and machines and 20–30 minutes of cardio. By the 12-month mark, he was in the gym six days a week and signed up to walk 5K races once a month for six months. His wife bought him a gift certificate for personal training to extend his sessions. These days, David devises his own workout sessions, basically mimicking the trainer’s routines: His workouts generally consist of six stations (exercises), three sets each, with 12–20 reps in good form. While David and Eliot don’t exercise together, they do cheer each other on. For his part, Eliot is extremely active—he does lots of biking. And he’s a yoga practitioner who’s training to be an instructor. David’s results have gone beyond weight. “When I started this journey in June of 2013, I was on medications for hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol,” he says. “Eighteen months later, after almost 20 years of being on meds, I was told by my doctor to toss them all. I have not had a problem since.” Having started out at a high point of 368 lbs., David slimmed down to 182 lbs. in about 18 months. Eliot, meanwhile, was BERGENMAG.COM

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so inspired by his newfound health and the effectiveness of their program that he decided he and David should start a company: Why Weight? Transformation Centers. Both brothers now serve as “life coaches” for Why Weight?, helping others to lose weight and live healthier. For them, the goal is a whole new lifestyle, not just a lower weight. Their program emphasizes periods of extreme calorie restriction and a focus on “real” foods rather than processed ones or special “diet” dishes. “Your body wants to store fat, but our program helps turn your body into a furnace to burn fat,” says Eliot. It also employs “bioresonance” technology that allows the life coaches to measure biomarkers, which indicate any physical levels that are out of the appropriate range, such as hydration level or metabolic age. And a solid support network is critical; clients are asked to be in daily contact with their coaches. “Our golden rule is ‘Staying connected and support,’” says Eliot. “After you reach your goal, if you stay connected, you can and will sustain your weight loss.” David relishes the opportunity to help transform the lives of others. “The high point for me is knowing that other people have looked at my progress and said, ‘I can do this too,’” he says. For his part, Eliot fancies a quote he attributes to another motivator, life coach Tony Robbins: “Nothing tastes as good as feeling healthy feels.” Note: BERGEN magazine does not endorse Why Weight? or any other diet or lifestyle program.

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BANISHING BACK PAIN

Learn what causes back pain, how it can be prevented and what to do if it strikes. Back pain is one of the most common complaints for which patients visit their doctors. In fact, experts estimate that nearly 80 percent of people will experience back pain in their lives. CAUSES OF BACK PAIN Your back is made of many different moving pieces that connect to help stability and movement. Bones, joints, ligaments and muscles are all intertwined, and injury or damage to any one of them can result in back pain. You can irritate joints, sprain ligaments or rupture discs, sometimes with just a simple movement. Back pain also can be caused by problems and diseases of internal organs, such as kidney stones; blood infections; scoliosis (an abnormal curvature of the spine); arthritis; and types of cancer. HOW TO ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS If you experience back pain or an injury, one to two days of rest can help, but resist the urge to stay in bed. Getting up, moving around and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help

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WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR Most of the time, back pain will subside on its own with or without treatment, says Mavropoulos. However, it’s a good idea to see a doctor if you have tingling or numbness, if the pain is the result of a fall or injury, or if pain doesn’t improve with rest. It’s also important to be evaluated by a doctor if you have pain combined with trouble urinating, numbness or weakness in your legs, fever or unintentional weight loss. These could be signs of a more serious problem.

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alleviate stiffness, improve mobility and aid recovery. “If you work at a desk, support your back while sitting using a cushion or lumbar support,” advises physical therapist Konstantinos Mavropoulos of Excel Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Rutherford. “Avoid twisting positions or repeated movements.” Applying heat to a sore back can increase blood flow and speed recovery of acute or chronic back pain. Treating with ice can reduce inflammation and ease pain. Sometimes alternating between the two is the best remedy. Exercise is not advised for treatment of acute back pain, but stretching and core strengthening can help alleviate chronic back pain. “And it’s important to complete a proper warm up to prepare the body for your workout,” Mavropoulos adds.

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THE POWER OF PROTEIN It’s nature’s most important building block, but do you have all the 411 on protein? Find out how much you need, where to get it—and which “facts” are really just fiction.

Everyone’s talking about protein, but why is the macronutrient so important? Simple—it affects pretty much everything. “Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of muscle, bone, skin, hair and nails,” says Lea Pizzarelli, nutritionist at Wellness One of South Bergen in East Rutherford. So it only stands to reason—knowing more about protein can help put you on the road to better health. Read on for the all the latest information...

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TRUE OR FALSE?

Will a high-protein diet make me lose weight? Despite the popularity of diets like the age-old Atkins plan, Pizzarelli says the answer is no. “Eating a high-protein diet does have some benefits linked to weight loss, such as curbing your appetite and increasing your metabolism,” she allows. “However, there’s no way to get around it: To lose weight, you need to expend more calories than you take in—your body must be in a caloric deficit.” Can a vegeterian get enough protein? “It is definitely possible for vegetarians to obtain enough protein in their diet,” says Pizzarelli. “Foods such as soy, quinoa, nuts, seeds and legumes are all sources of protein.” Is it possible to consume too much protein? “As long as you are not eating more calories than your body requires, eating more protein than other macronutrients will not negatively affect you,” says Pizzarelli. “If your body is at its limit for amino acids, the protein will be converted into glucose and used as energy.” But what about the belief that excess protein is hard on the kidneys? Experts say those with impaired kidneys should avoid a high-protein diet, as the kidneys do work harder to clear metabolites of protein from the body—but those in good health needn’t worry. What should I look for in a protein supplement? Pizzarelli offers this general rule of thumb: The fewer ingredients, the better. “If you look at the label and there’s a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not good for you,” she says. Proteins containing maltodextrin, which is a filler that increases shelf life, should be avoided—studies show it not only has a high glycemic index rating that can spike your blood sugar but it can also suppress the healthy probiotics in your body. Some more additives to avoid? Sucralose, saccharin and aspartame—aka artificial sweeteners that have been proven to cause weight gain.

Don’t fret about all the conflicting information you hear about protein— we’re busting common myths and setting the record straight. Eating extra protein means you’ll gain extra muscle. False. Experts say that consumption beyond the recommended amounts is unlikely to result in further muscle gains, as the body has a limited capacity to use amino acids to build muscle. Protein contained in eggs is some of the highest quality protein of all foods. True. In fact, one study says that based on the essential amino acids it provides, egg protein is second only to mother’s milk when it comes to human nutrition. Whey and casein protein supplements will make women put on bulky muscle. False. Only one thing can cause a woman to gain a bodybuilder’s physique: training in the gym like a bodybuilder. Most adults in the U.S. do not get enough protein from their diets. False. People typically receive enough protein in their diets to satisfy the needs of their bodies. You need protein right after a workout. False. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that ingesting protein right after a workout had no beneficial effects on muscle growth or strength, compared with eating the same amount of protein with meals at a later time.

* HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams for every kilogram of body weight; this formula is the same for both men and women. For example, a 150-pound person would need 54.5 grams of protein every day. Some other guidelines: n Strength athletes, such as weight lifters, should take in 1.2 to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). n Endurance athletes, such as runners, should get 1.2 to 1.4 grams per kilogram of body weight, says the ACSM. n Those 65 and older should consume 1.2 grams per kilogram of body mass per day, according to the Mayo Clinic, because we naturally lose muscle mass as we age.

Protein powders can cause gas. True. Since many protein powders are made with dairy (milk isolate, casein, whey), those with sensitivities can experience flatulence. After water, protein is the most plentiful substance in the body. True. Protein is essential for life and plays a key role as enzymes in a cell.

CHART TOPPERS Here are some foods that are packed with protein—with choices for carnivores, vegeterians and vegans alike.

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NUTS AND SEEDS

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Chicken Breast 27 g. per 3 oz. serving

Sockeye Salmon 23 g. per 3 oz. serving

Greek Yogurt 24 g. per 8 oz. serving

Peanut Butter 8 g. per 2 Tbs.

Edamame 13 g. per 1/2 cup

Amaranth 9 g. per cup

Green Peas 7 g. per cup

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ARMED AND READY Former quarterback Phil Simms faced a slew of football foes during his career. Now the Franklin Lakes resident is tackling his latest challenge— the TV studio. By Darius Amos

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Clockwise from top: Phil Simms, James Brown, Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson and Boomer Esiason co-host NFL Today on CBS; Simms’ oldest son Chris who, after a brief stint in the NFL, is now in broadcasting; youngest son Matt, who’s been a member of three NFL teams; Simms in the CBS studio.

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{ LOCAL LEGEND } Phil Simms was a star during a golden age of NFL quarterbacks, yet his name is oft omitted when the best of the best are discussed. Pundits prefer the flashier career stats posted by the likes of Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway and others to the subdued numbers that Simms logged during his 14 years with the New York Giants. No big deal, says the longtime Bergen resident, because in true New York/New Jersey fashion, he did it (and continues to do it) his way. The 62-year-old Kentucky native found success through grade-A effort, which yielded a pair of Super Bowl rings, a Super Bowl most valuable player trophy, two Pro Bowl selections and a seat in the Giants’ Ring of Honor, among other personal and team accolades. The same resolve propelled Simms to success in his off-the-field endeavors: He served on CBS Sports’ lead NFL broadcast team from 1998 to 2016 and is now adjusting to a new role as a studio co-host of the network’s The NFL Today. In an exclusive interview with BERGEN, Simms reminisces about his days on the gridiron (including the opponents who gave him the chills), raising a family of football players, spending time in the TV studio and where he finds a good meal in Bergen County.

after a few years in the league, I wanted to coach on the professional level. I had fun coaching my son Matt’s teams, but youth sports can be very dramatic. Of course, I took a different path after I retired from playing.

You had a terrific career on the field. How do you want to be remembered in football lore? I wasn’t always the best and didn’t make all the right decisions, but I always gave it my all. I want to be remembered for being on two Super Bowl teams and making many friends on the field and in and around the clubhouse. One thing that football does is it creates life-long bonds.

But you watched them win state championships? Yup. Chris won with Ramapo in a game played in Hoboken. I was able to watch Matt win the state title at Giants Stadium, where I played. That was really neat!

When you were drafted, you were a young Kentucky kid coming to New York. How did you feel arriving in the Big Apple? New York was so far away, and I thought, “What is it going to be like there?” I was used to playing in front of 5,000 fans at Morehead State, and now I’d be playing in Giants Stadium. But I was never intimidated because I always had football, which had always been a part of my life. So I remember arriving and going through the Lincoln Tunnel, and the only feeling was excitement. How did you end up living in Bergen? In my rookie season, a realtor helped me find a two-bedroom place on Lewandowski Street in Lyndhurst. That made the commute to work very easy—something that, looking back now, I didn’t fully appreciate at the time. I met my future wife there and we moved to Wyckoff, where she’s from, and lived there for three years before moving to Franklin Lakes. When friends from Kentucky visit, they are all caught off guard by how pretty the area is. What are your favorite places to visit in the area? My family loves Arturo’s in Midland Park. We’ve been eating there for the past 37 years, and I’d say we’ve gone at least 500 times. The Brick House in Wyckoff is another favorite place to dine out. Many of your former teammates live in the area. Do you still see them? I might run into Harry Carson or Jim Burt at

a restaurant every once in a while. We also go to many of the same local functions and events. A few of us all got together recently for about five hours, and after all these years it was like we were back joking in the locker room. And the guys who talked trash back then are still talking trash. Who was your favorite target? Mark Bavaro. If it wasn’t for injuries, he would’ve been a Hall of Famer. Zeke Mowatt is another guy in the same category—injuries really slowed him down too. Zeke was big and could catch anything. I also loved throwing to Lionel Manuel and Phil McConkey. Do you ever think about how you would’ve fared in today’s pass-happy offenses? I think about how much control a quarterback now has over the offense and how they can change and decide plays. It would’ve been interesting to have that type of control. It was incredible if someone threw for 4,000 yards in my day, but now 4,000 is in the middle of the league. Which defenders made you cringe? Of course, Reggie White and those Philadelphia Eagles defenses. I played against the great Chicago Bears and Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys, whose D-Line was nearly unstoppable. The offensive line really protected you against those defenses. Is that why you bought “thank you” presents for them? We kind of started that tradition, and I wanted to give my offensive line a personalized gift. One season I gave each guy a large 3D photo, maybe 3 or 4 feet high, of himself. Some of the guys still have them on display. I should’ve made one for myself because they were so cool. Did you ever want to become a coach? While I was in college, I wanted to be a high school coach. When I made it to the NFL, I wanted to be a college coach. Then BERGENMAG.COM

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Were you able to watch many of your sons’ football games? Because of my schedule, we had to make choices so I couldn’t make it to all of their games. I probably went to about two games a season for both. (Simms’ oldest son, Chris, attended Ramapo High School; youngest son Matt played at Don Bosco in Ramsey.)

Did it feel natural going from the field to the broadcast booth after you retired? There really was no transition—I got a job and just started going to work. I didn’t receive much direction, just good luck. All I knew was that I would be talking about football. If I wasn’t doing that in the booth, I’d be doing that somewhere else. What’s the difference between being a game commentator, your first broadcast role, to co-hosting The NFL Today in the CBS studio, where you are now? In the broadcast booth, you have three hours to talk about one game. In the studio, you have 30 seconds to talk about five games. There are times when I’d rehearse at home with a stopwatch and oh, darn, the piece I thought was perfect was 49 seconds. Making your 20 to 30 seconds as good as possible has been a learning process, but you get used to it. And the guys on set [James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Nate Burleson] are all supportive of one another. You support many benefits and causes. Tell us about your charity work. I try to attend as many fundraisers and events as possible and give back when I can. I do stay close to several charities and help them raise money. One that’s special to me is IronMatt, run by Greg and Kelly Larson of Franklin Lakes. They’ve been raising money for pediatric brain tumor research for the past 10 years. Ever have an itch to play again? It takes a couple of years to get used to not playing, but it’s the last thing I want to do today! When I watch the game today, sometimes I think: “Wow, I can’t believe I used to do that every week!”

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A KITCHEN RE-ENVISIONED

Photos by Christie Adams Photography

A Wyckoff designer gives a 1960s kitchen a modern farmhouse feel with an open floor plan, rustic touches and an abundance of natural light. By Marisa Sandora

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Photos by Christie Adams Photography

Homeowner and designer Christie Adams chose red oak floors stained in “Puritan Pine” to match the existing wood floors in the rest of the house. The dining table and barstools are from West Elm.

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Opposite: Open shelving and our kitchen table.” People tried to talk her out When designer Christie Adams and her an abundance of windows of it, but Adams chose to use Carrara marble husband, Chris, first looked at their 1960s didn’t allow for many upper for the perimeter countertops and island. “I colonial in Wyckoff in 2012, they loved cabinets, but Adams has love the look and feel of real marble,” she almost everything about it: the size, the plenty of storage in the large says. “I looked at engineered stone options number of bedrooms and bathrooms, island and the mostly deep and just didn’t find anything that compared.” the quiet street, the giant backyard— drawers she chose instead Adams went to seven different stone yards everything but the kitchen. “It was very of lower cabinets. The to find just the right batch of marble slabs in small and cramped and separated from refrigerator and dishwasher are hidden behind cabinet a slightly gray tone. The base of the 10-footthe rest of the house,” remembers Adams. panels for a less-cluttered by-4-foot island is painted a light gray, as “It had Formica countertops, red laminate look. Above: Black metal are the kitchen walls, to add interest to the flooring, brown cabinetry with white plastic pendant lights, faucet and predominantly white space, which gets a knobs and only one small window. But I cabinet pulls add contrast to hint of sparkle from the iridescent, hand-cut knew what it could become eventually.” the mostly white space. subway tiles imported from Spain that line Adams, who owns Christie Adams Design one wall. Open shelving and barstools in in Wyckoff, prides herself on seeing the wood add a rustic touch. potential in dated spaces. “This is our third fixer-upper, One of Adams’ favorite details is the black metal pendant and I’ve loved renovating each of our homes,” she says. lights from Currey and Company that hang above the “Sometimes it’s hard for people to see what the end result island. “They have antiqued mirror interiors, and I love could be, but I can see what it’s going to look like, and it’s that they are different,” says Adams. “I bought them even exciting when it comes to life. It’s been fun for me to help before I began the renovation.” She also found the wrought other people with that process as well.” iron and aged seeded glass chandelier over the kitchen For this kitchen renovation, which included a table from Currey. “The larger size works well with the 600-square-foot addition, Adams’ vision was very raised 9-foot ceiling we were able to place above the dining specific: She preferred a wall of windows overlooking the area,” she explains. A black faucet, black matte cabinet backyard and therefore no upper cabinets on the back pulls and black wrought iron brackets on the open shelving wall obstructing her view. She also wanted inset cabinets add contrast and tie everything together. instead of overlay. “I wanted a classic, traditional look In the end, the kitchen turned out exactly as Adams that would never go out of style, and I like that they envisioned—and she got just what she wanted. “We have look like a piece of furniture,” she explains. Adams also much more space now, and we love that it’s now open to wanted wood on the base of the range hood. “I love the the family room,” she says. “What I love most is that I have warmth of wood and sought to incorporate it into this a space that feels like me. It makes me happy every time I very white kitchen in an interesting way,” she explains. walk in the door.” “I had my cabinet maker stain it to match the wood from BERGENMAG.COM

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{ ESCAPES }

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

BERGEN readers are eagerly counting down the days until their 2018 adventures. By Alena Woods

Whether you’re flying solo or going with a group, traveling almost always creates a sense of excitement, as these local residents have found. With their bags already packed and passports handy for this year’s trips, they share their itineraries, the reasons for their travels and who’s booked a ticket to join them.

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SWITZERLAND

“A trip to Switzerland has always been something I’ve wanted to do— even more so now that I’m learning French in college. I’ll be graduating soon and would like to start my travels in the next year. I already speak German, and these are two of the most prominent languages in the country. I’ll practice my language skills in Geneva—it’s a diverse place with residents from all over the world and close to the Swiss Alps, which is a must-visit. I also plan to visit smaller villages like Gimmelwald and Interlaken— with their sprawling green hills and cobblestone streets, they look like they’re right out of a fairytale.” —Michael Kaefer, Ramsey

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GREECE

“My husband Luciano and I will be going to Greece—and taking along the entire family (our 17-year-old triplet daughters and our 13-year-old son). We want them to experience the history and unique architecture of ancient Greece, coupled with the beautiful island beaches. We’ll start in Athens to visit the Acropolis and Parthenon, plus the area’s museums and gardens. Then we’ll both fly and hydrofoil to the islands of Milos, Santorini and Mykonos. I know it’ll be a trip my children will never forget.” —Mary Jane Bruni, Franklin Lakes

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COSTA RICA

“I’ve been wanting to meet my relatives who live right outside of Frankfurt. There are about 10 of them there, and my grandmother was very close with them. She recently passed away, and I know she would have been thrilled with the idea of me going. I also hope to catch up with an old friend, an exchange student we hosted from Karlsruhe, who I haven’t seen since she left the States. Switching roles and getting to finally meet her family would be really special.” —Sam Bayles, Mahwah

“I’m planning to visit Costa Rica with an organization called Under 30 Experiences, which organizes trips for 20-something-year-olds. We’ll spend our time in the La Fortuna/Arenal area, where we’ll go hiking, kayaking and zip lining through the rainforest. Costa Rica has a number of naturally occurring hot springs as well, which will be a welcome change from the Jersey sleet and snow!” —Angelica Bracco, Ramsey

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“I’m a freelancer so I have huge chunks of time when I’m not working. So I decided to use this flexibility and started planning a two-month trip to Southeast Asia. I’d like to spend time in the Thailand countryside, Cambodia, Vietnam and maybe Japan. I was bitten by the travel bug after visiting my friends while they were studying in Prague, so I’ve made a point of putting money aside for another adventure.” —Kierra Jordan, Midland Park

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{ TASTES }

HIGH SCORE

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Forget the garden-variety heroes and raise your game with these sophisticated takes on between-the-bread options.

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CHICKEN ALFREDO SANDWICH Yields: 5-6 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

Photo from Sandwiched by Tanya Schroeder courtesy of Cedar Fort Inc., © 2015. Used with permission.

n 1 tsp. olive oil n ½ lb. chicken tenders n salt and pepper n 2 cloves garlic, minced n 3 Tbs. butter n 3 Tbs. flour n 1½ cups milk n 2 oz. cream cheese n ½ tsp. salt n ¼ cup Italian blend shredded cheese n ¼ cup Parmesan cheese n Italian bread sliced into 10 to 12 pieces

DIRECTIONS

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper and place in skillet. Cook chicken for 4 minutes per side. Remove and let chicken cool. Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan. Whisk in flour and let cook for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, taking care to rid sauce of any lumps. Add cream cheese and continue to whisk until cream cheese is fully incorporated. Season cheese sauce with salt and add shredded cheese. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast bread for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once. Remove bread slices from oven and set the oven to broil. Halve each chicken tender and place two tenders on half of the bread slices. Spoon cheese sauce over chicken. Broil for 3 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Top cheese and chicken with remaining bread slices. Serve.

If you’re cooking for a crowd, making the chicken the day before will save time. Store the cooked chicken tenders in the fridge and re-heat the pieces on a very hot skillet or grill for one minute on each side. This will make them super juicy and warm. If you end up using breaded chicken tenders for this sandwich, re-heating them in the oven is your best bet.”

—Anthony Beninati, owner of Nino’s Pizza, Hillsdale

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BUFFALO SHRIMP PO BOY Yields: 4 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

Photo from Sandwiched by Tanya Schroeder courtesy of Cedar Fort Inc., © 2015. Used with permission.

n 1 tsp. olive oil n 1 lb. jumbo shrimp n ¼ tsp. seasoning salt n 1 Tbs. butter n ¼ cup Buffalo wing sauce SLAW n 1 cup shredded lettuce n ¼ tsp. salt n 1 celery stalk, finely chopped n 2 Tbs. chopped green onions n 4 oz. crumbled blue cheese n 2 Tbs. white vinegar n 4 hoagie buns

DIRECTIONS

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add peeled shrimp seasoned with seasoning salt. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp have turned pink. Do not overcook. In a bowl, melt butter and stir in Buffalo wing sauce. Add cooked shrimp. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine lettuce, salt, celery, green onions, blue cheese and vinegar. To assemble, split each hoagie bun. Place shrimp on hoagies and top with tomato slices, 2 pickle slices and about a ¼ cup of slaw.

TOPPINGS n 2 roma tomatoes, sliced n 8 sandwich-style dill pickle slices n h ot sauce (optional)

To avoid soggy sandwiches, try making a barrier between the coleslaw and bread with a large romaine lettuce leaf. It will keep the slaw and shrimp moist but not soak through the bun. This will be especially helpful if you make these Po Boys the night before your party.” —Russell McVeigh, catering director at Uncle Giuseppe’s, Ramsey

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SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE GRILLED CHEESE Yields: 4 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

Photo from Sandwiched by Tanya Schroeder courtesy of Cedar Fort Inc., © 2015. Used with permission.

n 6 oz. marinated artichoke hearts, drained n 5 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained n ½ cup mayonnaise n 1 clove garlic n ½ tsp. salt n ½ tsp. oregano n ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese n 4 tsp. butter n 8 slices Italian bread

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine artichokes, spinach, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, oregano and Monterey Jack cheese. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Place ½ tsp. of butter on one side of each slide of bread. Place 4 sandwiches buttered side down on hot grill pan. Divide artichoke mixture over each bread half and top with second slice of bread buttered side up. Toast each sandwich 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden. Remove and serve.

You can make the sandwich filling the day before, cover it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge overnight. When ready to serve, simply scoop the mix onto the bread.”

—Jorge Taveras, gourmet-to-go chef at Market Basket, Franklin Lakes

All recipes and photos reprinted with permission from Sandwiched by Tanya Schroeder. © 2015 Cedar Fort Publishing.

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The Comeback Kid

Brussels sprouts were once named America’s ‘most hated vegetable,’ but their health benefits are now earning them a place on many a menu. Less than a decade ago, it seemed unlikely the Brussels sprout would eventually become a revered addition to the dinner table. In fact, in 2008 the cruciferous vegetable, a relative of cauliflower and broccoli, was named America’s “most hated vegetable” by a Heinz survey. It’s since soared in popularity, and whether or not you’re sold on the flavor— nutty with a balance of sweet and savory elements—the health benefits should serve as temptation enough to give them a shot. POWER UP One cup of raw Brussels sprouts has only about 40 calories, 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber—a combination that earned the veggie a stamp of approval from the American Diabetes Association. It’s also loaded with vitamins and minerals, including about double (190 percent) the daily-recommended amount of vitamin K, which the body uses to help blood clot. (Note: Because of its high vitamin K content, people on blood thinning medications should talk to their physician before eating Brussels sprouts in excess.) It has 120 percent of the recommended value of vitamin C, which boosts immune function, and 15 percent of vitamin A (promotes healthy vision), manganese (builds bones and metabolizes energy), and folate (supports reproductive and heart health). One common complaint about Brussels sprouts is their sulfuric smell when cooking—that comes from the presence of glucosinolates, a compound in all cruciferous vegetables. But those glucosinolates have a plus side: When digested, they form active compounds that may prevent certain cancers. For those deterred by the smell, cook the sprouts at a lower temperature or eat them raw.

BUY/STORE/SERVE Look for sprouts that are small, compact and relatively similar in size so that they cook evenly. They should look fresh, without bruised, browned or yellowed leaves. Once purchased, they will stay fresh in the refrigerator (in a sealed plastic bag) for about a week. You can also purchase sprouts still attached to the stalk, which will allow them to keep fresh longer. An easy (and tasty) way to prepare Brussels sprouts is to roast them with extra virgin olive oil (you can even add some pork bacon or lean turkey bacon to enhance the flavor). Simply cut off the bottoms, slice the sprouts in half lengthwise and toss them with the oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 400˚F for 20–30 minutes, tossing occasionally, until browned on the outside. The

leaves can also be roasted separately until crisp to eat as chips or used as a topping on pizza. In addition, you can serve the sprouts raw by shredding them and tossing with lemon and olive oil. DID YOU KNOW? A recent recipe for Brussels sprouts sliders published by The New York Times caused a pre-Thanksgiving debate that might rival even a heated political discussion. It can be accessed on the Times website, complete with commentary. —Liz Donovan

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BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS FOR A CROWD Serves 10-12 INGREDIENTS

n 4 cups fresh blood orange juice n 1 cup fresh lime juice n 3 cups silver tequila n 1 ½ cups triple sec (or other orange flavored liqueur) n ¼ cup superfine sugar n l ime wedge n k osher salt n b lood orange slices

DIRECTIONS

Place juices, tequila, triple sec and sugar in a large pitcher. Stir until sugar is dissolved and chill well. Rim edges of each glass with lime wedge and salt. Divide margaritas among glasses and garnish with blood orange slices.

Triple sec is the most well-known orange liqueur, but because this drink uses blood orange juice, why not use a blood orange liqueur? I personally love Solerno from Italy. It is super tasty and can be found in a ton of liquor stores in the area.” —Matthew Burns, bartender and general manager at Sangria, Mahwah BERGENMAG.COM

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Gatherings

Whether it’s at a private concert or food-tasting event, Bergenites are always showing up and supporting their friends and neighbors. 1

THE LEONIA CHAMBER MUSICIANS SOCIETY The nonprofit organization launched its 2018 season with the annual Home Gala Benefit, held at a private residence in Leonia. The event featured short classical pieces performed by the chamber members and was followed by a reception with desserts and champagne. All proceeds support the society and its mission to enrich the community’s cultural environment. 1 Leonia Chamber musicians pose for a post-concert photo.

Stan Kurtis (1), Warren Westura (2), THE GYM (3), Studio 11 Productions (4-5), Chris Marksbury (6)

THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF NEW JERSEY The Boys & Girls Club hosted its annual Concert for Kids event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Recognized at the event: NJ Youth of the Year Finalist Malachi D. from the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield and NJ Military Youth of the Year Victor O. from the McGuire Youth Program. Attendees were also treated to a concert by Grammy-nominated jazz musician Chris Botti. 2 Malachi D., Ignazio Giuffre, Joe Piscopo, Victor O.

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NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER The New Bridge Medical Center recently held its annual A Taste of Bergen event at Seasons in Washington Township. More than 350 businesses, community leaders and residents enjoyed live entertainment, fine dining from local restaurants, raffles and more. 4 James J. Tedesco III, John Cosgrove, Deborah Visconi, Joseph Masciandaro 5 Employees from Oceanos in Fair Lawn show off their tasty offerings.

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3 THE GYM OF ENGLEWOOD AND MONTVALE THE GYM raised money for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF), which aids patients with this type of breast cancer. THE GYM has donated more than $37,000 to TNBCF since 2013. 3 Members of THE GYM staff pose with their donation to the TNBCF.

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BERGEN FAMILY CENTER Bergen Family Center recently fêted Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp., C. Peter Croonquist, Kelly Sacks and Miyako Schwartz at its annual awards dinner and auction at the Rockleigh Country Club. The honorees were recognized for their ongoing support of the center’s many programs, including children, adolescent and adult counseling services within the county. 6 Joseph Agresta Jr., honoree and president of Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp.; Mitch Schonfeld, Bergen Family Center president/CEO; Schwartz; Sacks; Croonquist.

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Be There

From concerts and comedy shows to cooking classes and candle rolling, there’s something for everyone this month in Bergen County. Jan. 3, 17, 24, 31 CLASSIC MEAT DISHES PERFECTLY DONE CLASS

JAN 3, 17, 24, 31 Learn a new culinary skill during the Ramsey Adult School’s CLASSIC MEAT DISHES PERFECTLY DONE class at Ramsey High School, room 102. On Wednesday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., Chef Pascal Beric will teach you how to make recipes like Duck a L’Orange, Tournedos of Filet Mignon Bordelaise and pork chops. No class on Jan. 10. Cost: $93 (tuition), $53 (materials). Find out more at ramseyadultschool.com. JAN 6 Have some good clean fun at a SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP hosted by KraftyLab at 120 Washington Ave. in Westwood from 3 to 5 p.m. All necessary ingredients such as soap molds, fragrance and added exfoliants are included. There are ticket bundle deals available for up to four people, so bring the entire family. Tickets: $90. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com. JAN 8, 15, 22, 29 Beginners and experts alike are welcome to practice WINTER YOGA with Sherry Fusco of Open Hearts Yoga at the Ramsey

Ambulance Corps, 41 S. Island Ave., from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Each class will include gentle stretching poses and a cool-down meditation session. Admission: $40 (for four classes). Email sherryfusco@yahoo.com to register and for information on payment options.

JAN 10 Join resident artist Steve Cavallo for a WATERCOLOR CLASS at the Palisades Park Library at 2 p.m. The class is open to painters of all skill levels. No registration required. Admission is FREE but participants are asked to bring their own supplies. Call Steve at 201.585.4150 with any questions. JAN 13 Find a camp for your kids to attend this summer at the NJ SUMMER CAMP FAIR, held at the Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus from 12 to 3 p.m. Camp directors will be on hand to answer questions about Bergen’s best overnight, special needs and day camps. Admission: FREE. Send your questions to Barbara Rubin at bkrubin@aol.com. BERGENMAG.COM

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JAN 13 THE CONNOLLY BROTHERS will perform at The Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Ramsey from 1 to 4 p.m. The acoustic trio has been performing around the county for many years, playing pop, classic and Irish cover songs. Admission: FREE. Learn more at facebook.com/ connollybros. JAN 13 Are you nervous about public speaking but want to get better? Sharpen your skills in front of a friendly audience at a READ ALOUD PRACTICE hosted by The Writers of the Weird at the Bergen Highlands Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River from 6:15 to 8 p.m. The writing group also holds a bi-weekly critique session for aspiring authors. Admission: FREE. Head to The Writers of the Weird Facebook page for more information. JAN 14 Transport yourself to the magical world of Bubblelandia during the B-THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW at bergenPAC in Englewood. The show focuses on Mr. B., who finds himself

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JAN 18 Dress to impress for the WINTER WHITE NIGHT at Seasons in Washington Township from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will be an extensive buffet, a sushi bar, a premium open bar, cigar-rolling demonstrations and a DJ. Attendees must be over 21 years old to enter, and tickets should be purchased in advance. Tickets: $80-90. Find tickets online at zenlivingevents.com.

JAN 18 Join Ramsey business owners for the RAMSEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WINTER SOCIAL at the Ramsey Golf & Country Club from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner, and beer, wine and soda will be served throughout night. Premium mixed drinks can be bought at the cash bar. Tickets: $50. Purchase your tickets online at ramseychamber.com/winter-social.

Upper Saddle River from 6:15 to 8 p.m. The writing group also holds a bi-weekly critique session for aspiring authors. Admission: FREE. Head to The Writers of the Weird Facebook page for more information.

JAN 14 Transport yourself to the magical world of Bubblelandia during the B-THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW at bergenPAC in Englewood. The show focuses on Mr. B., who finds himself transported to a mystical world inhabited with seahorses, colorful fish and mermaids. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets: $19–39. Learn more at bergenpac.org.

JAN 19 Rock out during THE PREMIER ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH at bergenPAC in Englewood at 8 p.m. Professional impersonators Scot Bruce and Mike Albert will portray the young and old versions of Elvis, respectively. Tickets: $29–49. Buy your tickets at bergenpac.org. JAN 21 The Tenafly Nature Center invites kids of all ages to its BIRD BRICK BUILDER CLASS from 1 to 3 p.m. The center will provide a nature-themed Lego set and instructions on how to build. Participants can ask a nature center educator questions about the species of bird they made before bringing the creation home. Tickets: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Parents and guardians can register children online at tenafly naturecenter.org.

JAN 27 Enter your best dish into the HOMESTYLE CHILI & SALSA COOK-OFF at the Meadlowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, or just stop by for a sample. From 7 to 10 p.m., local cooks will be vying for the $1,000 grand prize, which includes a spot at the ICS’ World Championship in Reno, Nev. Visitors are welcome to one free chili sample per table and a voting ballot—winners are chosen via people’s choice. Admission: FREE (for guests), $20 signup fee (for competitors). More information can be found at thebigm.com. JAN 27 You’ll be all smiles during COMEDY NIGHT WITH UNCLE FLOYD from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Temple Israel in Ridgewood. Comedian Floyd Vivino has performed stand-up on both television and in front of over 400 audiences in the past three years, as well as appearing in a number of movies. Tickets: $54. Learn more at synagogue.org. JAN 28 Mitzvah Market will host its CELEBRATE! PARTY SHOWCASE at the Park Ridge Marriott from 12 to 4 p.m. Plan your teen’s bar or bat mitzvah, Sweet 16 or quinceañera in just one afternoon with the help of expert party planners. Each party showcase has a different theme, so head to celebrateshowcase.com to see what the next event has in store. Admission: FREE. Email questions to Sheri Lapidus at sheri@mitzvahmarket.com. Send event listings to: BERGEN, 110 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ 07645; or email us at editor@wainscotmedia.com. Listings must be received two months before the event and must include a phone number or website that will be published. Share events online by clicking the “Submit an Event” link below the Community Calendar at bergenmag.com.

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 WINTER YOGA

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RESTAURANT REVIEW:

Kabob On the Cliff

Dine in this Rutherford hot spot for a taste of Persian flavor and hospitality. There are two certainties when I visit my best friend’s home in Harrington Park: I’ll receive her family’s amazing hospitality, and her dear mother will feed me meats and stews from her native Iran that are flavorful beyond imagination. And it’s not a surprise that the folks at Kabob On the Cliff in Rutherford replicate the same Persian welcome and home cooking for their customers. Those are the hallmarks at each of the Kabob restaurants (the owners also have eateries in Cliffside Park and Ridgewood), and South Bergenites have been soaking up that atmosphere since the third location opened in Rutherford last fall. The menu features a range of meat dishes that’ll make any carnivore’s mouth water as well as options to stuff the belly of a vegetarian. On a recent visit, my dining companion and I started with a pair of appetizers: Falafel and Kashke Bademjan. Each of the five falafel pieces—balled and fried chickpeas seasoned with garlic and Middle Eastern spices—was moist and toasty, and even more divine when dipped in the accompanying yogurt sauce or the Kashke Bademjan. The latter dish, a mashed eggplant and yogurt mix, is perfect for dipping or just as good when eaten by the forkful. Though listed on the menu as an appetizer, an order of Tahdig (served with a choice of stew) could easily make for an ideal entree. Tahdig is one of the most challenging Persian rice dishes to make, as it requires precise heat, timing and ingredients (saffron gives it the eye-popping color) to create the crispy golden layer of rice at the bottom of the pot. Kabob’s chefs earn high marks for their version, which we had served with Ghormeh Sabzi, a stew featuring a luscious blend of cubed beef, red beans, parsley, spinach and coriander. A trip to Kabob On the Cliff isn’t complete without trying one of their signature skewered meat plates. You’ll get the best of two worlds with the Chicken Soltani: In addition to rice and salad, the dish comes with a juicy grilled chicken breast skewer and a Koobideh kabob (tender chopped beef, lamb and onion). Sprinkle on the accompanying yogurt sauce (similar to the “white sauce” offered at Halal carts and stands in New York City) to enhance the flavor of the meat. My friend dined on the Salmon Kabob, which also came with rice, salad and roasted tomato. The fish was lightly charred and flaked apart beautifully when cut with a fork. Diners have the option of ordering kabobs as a sandwich. Other meat choices include Cornish hen, shrimp and lamb chops. Gyros and falafel wraps are also available. We ended our meal on a sweet note, enjoying an order of honey-coated Baklava with a hint of rosewater and Sholeh Zard, a zesty rice pudding with saffron and almonds. Reservations are recommended, as you can expect a full house—in addition to great food and service—at all Kabob On the Cliff locations. Kabob On the Cliff, 66 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201.933.0900, kabobonthecliff.com

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Where To Eat

Getting three square meals a day has never been easier—Bergen County is home to a selection of restaurants diverse enough to satisfy all of your cravings. Hanami in Cresskill & Westwood

DUMONT

ALLENDALE STEAKHOUSE 95 W. Allendale Ave. 201.962.9797 allendalesteakhousenj.com

IL MULINO 132 Veterans Plz. 201.384.7767 ilmulinodumont.com

CARLSTADT

EAST RUTHERFORD

BIGGIE’S CLAM BAR 430 Route 17 S. 201.933.4000 biggiesclambar.com

CLOSTER AZUCAR CUBAN CUISINE 171 Schraalenburgh Rd. 201.660.7977 azucarcubancuisine.com LOCALE CAFÉ AND BAR 208 Piermont Rd. 201.750.3233 locale208closter.com SEAR HOUSE 411 Piermont Rd. 201.292.4612 searhouse.com

ANNABELLA'S HOUSE OF MOZZARELLA 900 Paterson Plank Rd. 201.804.0303 annabellasmozz.com

EDGEWATER BAREBURGER 78 Promenade 201.941.2273 78-promenade.bareburger. com BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 59 Promenade 201.313.3889 baumgartscafe.com

CRESSKILL

FLEMING’S 90 Promenade 201.313.9463 flemingssteakhouse.com

HANAMI 41 Union Ave. 201.541.7575 hanamirestaurant.com

GREEK TAVERNA 55 Promenade 201.945.8998

HAVEN 2 Main St. 201.943.1900 havenedgewater.com

SEAK 75 River Rd., #30 201.402.3400 seaknj.com

LA’MEZZA 63 Nathaniel Pl. 201.569.2662 lamezzarestaurant.com

JACK’S LOBSTER SHACK 1040 River Rd. 201.224.2808 jackslobstershack.com

ELMWOOD PARK

RED, WHITE & PASTA 21 E. Palisade Ave. 201.731.3223 redwhiteandpasta.com

LE JARDIN 1257 River Rd. 201.224.9898 lejardinnj.com

EMERSON

MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET 541 River Rd. 201.840.9311 mitchellsfishmarket.com THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE 15 Promenade 201.366.4065 ophedgewater.com THE RIVER PALM TERRACE 1416 River Rd. 201.224.2013 riverpalm.com

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ROYAL WARSAW 871 River Dr. 201.794.9277 royalwarsaw.com

PIMAAN THAI 79 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0440 pimaanthai.com

ENGLEWOOD BENNIE’S 54 E. Palisade Ave. 201.894.5700 benniesofenglewood.com BLUE MOON CAFÉ 23 E. Palisade Ave. 201.541.0600 bluemoonmexican café.com LA FONDA PAISA 95 W. Palisade Ave. 201.871.3544 lafondapaisausa.com

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SOFIA 36 Engle St. 201.541.8530 sofiaenglewood.com

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS CAFÉ ITALIANO 14 Sylvan Ave. 201.461.5041 cafeitaliano.net CLIFFS STEAKHOUSE 18 Sylvan Ave. 201.944.0233 cliffssteakhouse.com

FAIR LAWN OCEANOS OYSTER BAR 2-27 Saddle River Rd. 201.796.0546 oceanosrestaurant.com

THE RIVER PALM TERRACE 41-11 Route 4 W. 201.703.3500 riverpalm.com

FORT LEE ARMANDO’S TUSCAN GRILL 1347 Sixteenth St. 201.461.4220 armandostuscangrill2.com CITY PERCH 2023 Hudson St. 201.582.7101 cityperch.com FRANCO’S 1475 Bergen Blvd. 201.461.6651 francosmetro.com

FRANKLIN LAKES IL SOGNO 840 Franklin Ave. 201.560.0023 ilsognopizza.com

GARFIELD BISTRO 399 399 Midland Ave. 973.928.4488 bistro399.com

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LA FORTALEZA 361 Midland Ave. 973.928.4470 lafortalezamex restaurant.com

LODI

OAKLAND

REBAR & KITCHEN 132 Essex St. 201.368.8181 rebarnj.com

PORTOBELLO 175 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.8990 portobellonj.com

HACKENSACK

LYNDHURST

PARAMUS

MICHAEL’S RIVERSIDE 528 Riverside Ave. 201.939.6333 michaelsriverside.com

BIAGIO’S RISTORANTE 299 Paramus Rd. 201.652.0201 biagios.com

MAHWAH

BONEFISH GRILL 601 From Rd. 201.261.2355 bonefishgrill.com

HOUSTON’S 1 Riverside Sq. 201.488.5667 hillstone.com LOTUS CAFÉ 450 Hackensack Ave. 201.488.7070 lotuscafehackensack.com MORTON’S 1 Riverside Sq. 201.487.1303 mortons.com THE OCEANAIRE 175 Riverside Sq. 201.343.8862 theoceanaire.com P.F. CHANG’S 390 Hackensack Ave. 201.646.1565 pfchangs.com PICCO TAVERN 160 Prospect Ave. 201.880.8750 piccotavern.com SOLARI’S 61 River St. 201.487.1969 solarisrestaurant.net

HAWORTH

THE RIVER PALM TERRACE 209 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.529.1111 riverpalm.com ROXANNE’S 150 Franklin Tpke. 201.529.0007 roxannesrestaurant.com SANGRIA 1033 MacArthur Blvd. 201.962.3310 sangriamahwah.com STATE LINE DINER 375 Route 17 N. 201.529.3353 statelinediner.com

MIDLAND PARK ARTURO’S 41 Central Ave. 201.444.2466 arturos.co

ANDIAMO 23 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.384.1551 andiamorestaurant.net

MONTVALE

TERRACE STREET CAFÉ 149 Terrace St. 201.338.4720

ALDO & GIANNI 108 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 201.391.6866 aldoandgianni.com

HILLSDALE THE CORNERSTONE 84 Broadway 201.666.8688 thecornerstonenj.com

HO-HO-KUS HO-HO-KUS INN 1 E. Franklin Tpke. 201.445.4115 hohokusinn.com JUST JANICE 23 Sheridan Ave. 201.445.2666 justjanice.net ST. EVE’S 611 North Maple Ave. 201.857.4717 stevesnj.com Hanami; Roxanne's

BON APPETIT 180 Franklin Tpke. 201.512.1144 bonappetit mahwah.com

LITTLE FERRY SEGOVIA STEAKHOUSE 217 Main St. 201.814.1100 segovia.steakhouse.com

HEARTH AND TAP CO. 125 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.307.6300 hearthandtap.com

MOONACHIE

THE CAPITAL GRILLE 1 Garden State Plz. 201.845.7040 thecapitalgrille.com CHAKRA 144 Route 4 East 201.556.1530 chakrarestaurant.com

PARK WEST TAVERN 30 Oak St. 201.445.5400 parkwesttavern.com PEARL 17 S. Broad St. 201.857.5100 pearlridgewood.com PICCOLO BISTRO 29 Chestnut Street 201.882.1111 piccolobistro.net

EL CID 205 Paramus Rd. 201.843.0123 SUBURBAN DINER 172 Route 17 N. 201.261.2605 suburbandiner17.com

ROOTS STEAKHOUSE 17 Chestnut St. 201.444.1922 rootsteakhouse.com

PARK RIDGE ESTY STREET 86 Spring Valley Rd. 201.307.1515 estystreet.com

STELLA ARTISAN ITALIAN 18 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.857.2677 stellaitalian.com

THE PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.930.1300 theparksteakhouse.com

S. EGIDIO 17 N. Broad St. 201.389.3525 sedigiopizza.com

RAMSEY

VILLAGE GREEN 36 Prospect St. 201.445.2914 villagegreenrestaurant. com

CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. 201.934.0030 cafepanachenj.com KINCHLEY’S TAVERN 586 N. Franklin Tpk. 201.934.7777 kinchleyspizza.com VARKA ESTIATORIO 30 N. Spruce St. 201.995.9333 varkarestaurant.com

NEW MILFORD

RIDGEWOOD

SECTION 201 704 River Rd. 201.262.5600 section201.com

CAFÉ 37 37 S. Broad St. 201.857.0437 cafe-37.com

NORTHVALE

CRAVINGS 8 Wilsey Sq. 201.857.8533 cravingstapas.com BRASSERIE DE NOVO 37 Chestnut St. 201.444.4910 brasseriedenovo.com

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LATOUR 6 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.445.5056 latourridgewood.com

RADICCHIO 34 Franklin Ave. 201.670.7311 radicchiopastaand risotto.com

SEGOVIA 150 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4266 segoviarestaurant.com

MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS 416 Tappan Rd. 201.767.0063 madeleinespetit paris.com

FINCA 20 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.1199 fincanj.com

RIVER EDGE SANDUCCI’S 620 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.599.0600 sanduccis.com

SADDLE RIVER THE SADDLE RIVER INN 2 Barnstable Ct. 201.825.4016 saddleriverinn.com

TEANECK ETC. STEAKHOUSE 1409 Palisade Ave. 201.357.5677 etcsteakhouse.com

HARMONY TEA ROOM 224 Fairview Ave. 201.664.2608 harmonytearoom.com THE MELTING POT 250 Center Ave. 201.664.8877 meltingpot.com MEZZA 20 Jefferson Ave. 201.722.8822 mezzawestwood.com

NOAH’S ARK 493 Cedar Ln. 201.692.1200 noahsark.net

ROLLING PIN CAFÉ 341 Broadway 201.666.4660 therollingpincafe.com

NOBO WINE & GRILL 1400 Palisade Ave. 201.837.1000 nobowineandgrill.com

THAI WEST 22 Jefferson Ave. 201.497.6981

REGINA’S 827 Teaneck Rd. 201.862.1996 reginassteakhouse andgrill.com

WOODCLIFF LAKE BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFÉ 42 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.782.9500 bluemoonmexicancafé. com

VICTORIA’S 336 Queen Anne Rd. 201.801.0888 victorias-cafe.com

WOOD-RIDGE

TENAFLY

MARTINI GRILL 187 Hackensack St. 201.939.2000 martini–grill.com

AXIA TAVERNA 18 Piermont Rd. 201.569.5999 axiataverna.com

WYCKOFF

SAYOLA RESTAURANT 50 Prospect Ter. 201.871.2182 sayolarestaurant.com

THE BARN 359 Sicomac Ave. 201.848.0108 thebarnoriginal.com

WESTWOOD

THE PLUM & THE PEAR 393 Franklin Ave. 201.485.8793 theplumandthepear.com

BIBI’Z 284 Center Ave. 201.722.8600 bibizlounge.com HANAMI 301 Center Ave. 201.666.8508 hanamirestaurant.com

T.S. MA 637 Wyckoff Ave. 201.891.8878 tsmacc.com

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RUTHERFORD CAFÉ MATISSE 167 Park Ave. 201.935.2995 cafematisse.com

Roxanne's in Mahwah

PAISANO’S 132 Park Ave. 201.935.5755 paisanos.com THE RISOTTO HOUSE 88 Park Ave. 201.438.5344 therisottohouse.com SABOR PERU 8 Highland Cross 201.935.7378

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Photo courtesy of American Instructional Football League

Touchdown! While watching the American Instructional Football League’s fourth and fifth grade level teams hit the gridiron at Overpeck Park in Palisades Park, a lucky photographer captured this action-packed shot of a few future drafts. Just one question for you guys: Jets or Giants? ­

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