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VOLUME 18 ISSUE 5 | MAY 2018

HEALTH & LIFE | FOOD & FASHION | HOME & HAPPENINGS

THE CELEBRATIONS ISSUE

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CONTENTS

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Features A Wedding Worth Saluting | 42

A couple calls in the big guns to iron out logistics for their wedding at West Point.

A Whale of a Time! | 48

EASTERN PROMISES

An Englewood family combines fun and games with cultural traditions to celebrate their son’s first birthday.

For their wedding, a local couple teams up with a Rutherford planner to mesh South Asian customs with personal touches.

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Anchor Away | 56

A chat with Natalie Pasquarella, NBC 4 New York’s coanchor and Bergen County resident.

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While some of us are reading or snoozing on the daily commute to and from the city, two Bergen County mothers are brainstorming ways to combat opioid addiction.

Mom Knows Best | 64

Whether you travel far or near, journey across the pond or simply beyond state lines, a trip with your mother is always special.

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CONTENTS

Departments Local Buzz | 19 Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Bergen County.

For Men Only | 26

It’s time to spring for some new footwear. Slip on something stylish and comfortable. Your feet will thank you.

Style Watch | 28

Start lining up to get this season’s fashion must-haves.

Jewelry Box | 30

It’s become transparent that see-through accessories are on trend.

Home Front | 32

These not-so-silly strings turn ordinary furnishings into attention-grabbing pieces.

Talk of the Town | 34

With countless options, Ramsey is a lure for foodies and shoppers.

Health | 40

While not curable, asthma can be carefully managed to let children breathe easier.

Tastes | 80

Hosting weekend brunch? Don’t stress! When you try the following recipes and heed the advice of BERGEN’s expert planners, your party will be a breeze.

Power Food | 90

Mangoes are packed with plenty of nutrients to benefit your body and mind—it’s no wonder Buddhist monks shared it with the world.

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Named after an Italian song, this tasty cocktail hits all the right notes.

Gatherings | 94

Photos from recent events in and around the county.

Restaurant Review | 106

It’s no Arizona hot spot, but Sedona Taphouse in Cliffside Park captures all the flavors of America.

A Bergen Moment | 112 For a local photographer, the best shot from a recent photo shoot was totally unexpected.

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The place we call home is a melting pot of cultures, and with that comes different traditions. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of those customs in our annual Celebrations issue. While it’s fascinating to learn about the different ways to say “I do” or “happy birthday,” it is gratifying to know that we all share the same emotion: joy. The hoopla associated with these events, no matter the origin, is proof positive that commemorating the milestones in our lives connects us to each other and helps us remember important occasions for years to come. For example, the Indian wedding featured in “Eastern Promises,” describes the Baraat, or groom’s procession, where he arrives on a horse. Read how Sanket Patel made the tradition his own on page 50, while learning more about other customs like the Kanya Aagaman, or the bride’s arrival, and the Jai Mala, or exchange of garlands. In “A Wedding Worth Saluting” beginning on page 42, the traditions are of a different type. A Waldwick-based party planner considered many conventions (as well as the location) of the U.S. Military Academy, where groom Michael Fitzgerald graduated, to help organize the West Point wedding for him and his bride, Pamela Downes of Woodcliff Lake. It was a ceremony filled with plenty of pomp and circumstance as well as romance. Then there is young Pax Cho of Englewood, whose mother hired a pro to throw a traditional Doljanchi for his first birthday party. In Korean culture, this celebration includes a blessing for good fortune and a chance for the youngster to “choose” his future profession. Find out what Pax’s career path is in “A Whale of a Time” on page 48. Of course, no matter what Pax selected, I know he’ll do his mom proud! Speaking of moms, meet Natalie Pasquarella, co-anchor of NBC 4 New York, who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day. In this exclusive interview, the Northern Valley resident talks about life on- and off-air, including her favorite Bergen hangouts and a sport she will travel many lengths to watch (page 56). In “Catchin’ the Bus” on page 60, moms Belinda Greenfield and Allegra Schorr of Tenafly and Creskill, respectively, tell how they’ve been combatting an epidemic by brainstorming during their morning commute. And four Bergenites report on the memorable trips they took with mom (“Mom Knows Best,” page 64). Perhaps one of them will serve as inspiration for you. We hope you enjoy these and all the articles in this issue. And let your May be filled with plenty of celebrations and time for Mom.

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GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN It’s the unofficial start of summer, but before you barbecue, remember that Memorial Day is a time to reflect and pay tribute to those who fought to defend our country. Bergen offers many opportunities to honor our armed forces on May 28: parades, wreath layings and commemorative ceremonies. Here are a few local events: ENGLEWOOD 10 a.m. The Memorial Day Parade begins at Soldiers’ Monument and ends at Veteran’s Memorial Park. FAIR LAWN 10:30 a.m. The Memorial Day Parade begins at Pollitt Drive and concludes with a ceremony at the Avenue of Heroes circle. HACKENSACK, BRIGADIER GEN. ENOCH POOR MONUMENT 10 a.m. A wreath-laying ceremony takes place at General Poor’s grave at the First Dutch Reformed Church. HACKENSACK, VETERANS PARK 10 a.m. A memorial service includes wreathlaying ceremony and guest speakers. WOOD-RIDGE 10 a.m. Services begin at the Senior Center with a parade at 11:30 a.m. Free refreshments and entertainment will follow at Veteran’s Park.

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Leave your old bowling league shirts at home because the aging alley in Fair Lawn just got a hip remake. The Bowlero Corporation injected some cool (actually, a lot of it) into the old Brunswick Lanes, rebranding it as Bowlero and turning it into an upscale entertainment zone with a menu featuring signature dishes and cocktails, loungetype seating, pool tables and arcade games. And don’t fret, bowlers, there are plenty of renovated lanes to accommodate all ages and skills. “My friends and I used to go to Manhattan for a hangout like this,” says Byron Villegas, 47, of Ridgefield Park. “It’s nice to have another fun place like this in Bergen.” Date night? Bonding with coworkers? Trying to maintain your 200 average? Bowlero’s the place to get rolling!

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From a Paralympic hockey player to a hard-working actor, here are five Bergenites who are making it big in their community and beyond. local female leaders shared inspirational stories. The lineup of speakers included MSNBC news anchor Stephanie Ruhle and Khuraira Musa, founder of Khuraira Cosmetics. Forget living in Hoboken and NYC—Melissa Crosby has the coolest new digs: the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. There, the 2011 Hackensack High School grad serves as a personnel specialist for the U.S. Navy and is in charge of human resources, customer service and processing crew payments, among other responsibilities. Lodi native Alexandru Aldea left his career in law to pursue his dream job: working as an actor. And thus far, the switch has been working in Aldea’s favor. He recently nabbed the role of “Martin Luther” in CNN’s new original series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History.

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CULINARY CORNER FEELING KNOTTY? Despite Hold My Knots’ comfort food selections— mozzarella sticks, corn fritters, curly fries—there’s a kicker to its menu: All of the restaurant’s sandwiches are served on large chewy garlic knots instead of buns! During your visit to the new Hillsdale eatery (there’s also the flagship location in NYC), try “The Big Daddy” sandwich, which is made with breaded chicken and broccoli rabe, or indulge in the aptly named “Hillsdale,” with breaded eggplant, mozzarella and marinara sauce. “The knots themselves were probably the best I’ve ever had, let alone as sliders,” says Fort Lee resident Andy Lee, who visited the joint on its first open day. If garlic knots aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other goodies from which to choose: fried calamari, fried pickles, beef and Buffalo chicken rice balls and pulled pork fries…just to name a few. Hold My Knots, 134 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201.666.0706, holdmyknots.com

CURRYING FAVOR Mahwah’s newest eatery, Peshawri Grill, is dishing up traditional Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Grab a table and start with a vegetarian appetizer like the potli samosa (a crisp patty stuffed with peas and potatoes) or the Dahi Aloo Papri (potatoes and chickpeas mixed into a tamarind and mint sauce).

For your main entrée, choose from sweet and spicy favorites like Chicken Vindaloo, Dal Patiala or Goat Curry. And of course, the restaurant has its share of kebabs, skewered with everything from mintmarinated chicken to ginger-glazed lamb. Be sure to save room for one of Peshawri Grill’s dessert puddings made with cool rice, lentils and carrots, or the Shakori Rasmalai, a sweet cottage cheese dumpling flavored with green cardamom. Peshawri Grill, 164 Franklin Tpke., Mahwah, 201.252.2789

BON APPÉTIT! Lez Bistro, a New American eatery in Englewood, refers to itself as the town’s “best-kept secret,” but it’s time to spill the beans. The joint is serving up Southern classics (fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread, yams and more!) with traditional sides like creamed spinach and mashed potatoes to go along with them. “Their wings are amazing,” notes Stevan Kennedy, of Westwood. “The sweet chili Thai flavor is a must try.” The portions are small enough to be mixed and matched—when you inevitably can’t decide on just one dish. The choice is yours! Lez Bistro, 58 W. Palisades Ave., Englewood, 201.431.9093, lezbistro.com

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MAY 19, MAKE A DIFFERENCE 5K Where: Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park Time: 9:30 a.m. Details: Proceeds from the Share & Care Foundation’s walk/run will go toward its mission of empowering women in rural India by helping them gain access to education, healthcare and proper sanitation practices. Info: shareandcare.org. MAY 26, YOUR FIRST MUD RUN Where: Century Field, Garfield Time: 10 a.m. Details: The mud run’s two-loop, 2-mile course is full of obstacles and, of course, mud! There is also a kids’ course with smaller obstacles. Info: yourfirstmudrun.com. MAY 28, RIDGEWOOD RUN Where: Veteran’s Field, Ridgewood Time: 8:20 a.m. Details: Participants can participate in the 10K, 5K, fun run…or all three! There are monetary awards for those who finish first in each race as well as other prizes. Learn more at ridgewoodrun.com. MAY 31, CORPORATE FUN RUN Where: Meadowlands Race Track, East Rutherford Time: 6:30 p.m. Details: Sign up with co-workers and run this fundraiser for the Tackle Kids Cancer charity. There will be a post-race party at “The Backyard” with BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers and beer for sale. Info: corporatefunrun.com.

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If you’re one of the many Bergenites who grabs a cup of joe to-go rather than brewing at home, you’ll understand all of the frustrations that accompany a trip to the coffee shop. Convenience has its caveats, but it’s a small price to pay for your morning treat, right? “Baristas who write first names on cups always get mine wrong. It was a pet peeve for a while— because it’s not a complicated name to spell—but now it’s just a running joke with my friends.” —Colleen Patruno, Hackensack “Nothing’s more frustrating than people who haven’t decided what to order when they finally reach the front of a long line. Stop checking your phone and get ready!” —Bernard Reidy, Park Ridge “I get a terrible feeling—literally and figuratively—when the coffee you’ve been craving has a burnt flavor. Places shouldn’t serve coffee that’s been sitting in a pot for several hours.” —Armando Pabon, Park Ridge

“It’s annoying when customers leave a mess at the service stand, where you add your own milk and sugar. There are usually napkins and a garbage can—how hard is it to clean up after yourself if you spilled a little cream?” —Prasant Chandra, Carlstadt “A lot of people do work at a coffee shop, but they treat it like their personal office. They nurse one cup of coffee, take a table (and a chair for their bag) and monopolize a power outlet for an entire day!” —Peter Stala, Oradell

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HOUSING COSTS The median home value in Ramsey is currently $550,700—up 2.4 percent over last year and predicted to rise 1.4 percent within the next year, according to Zillow.

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needs the UV rays), there’s Brushed, offering airbrush tanning with organic ingredients. In the mood to shop? Hazel Boutique, founded and run by twin sisters Jenna and Kim Campfield, has the trendiest women’s apparel around; those who enjoy treasure hunts may want to check out Barbara Ann’s Consignment Boutique (seriously, we’ve spotted Prada there). Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts—anglers, campers, hikers and the like—can gear up for their next adventure during a trip to Ramsey Outdoor. For those ready for a kitchen or bathroom overhaul, Porcelanosa has high-end tile for miles. But if your project only entails adding a pop of color or a statement piece to a room, check out The Bergen Home in Ramsey Square. And over at the Interstate Shopping Center, consumers will find a variety of big name retailers like DSW and Bed, Bath & Beyond with smaller mom-andpop stores. And finally, some hard, cold facts: The 5.591-square-mile Ramsey has some 14,473 residents. Its public school district, with about 2,800 students, educates youths from kindergarten to 12th grade. As far as private schools go, there’s the Goddard School for preschoolers, Academy of Saint Paul, for K–8, and Don Bosco Preparatory High School, an all-boys Catholic high school founded in 1915.

nT  eeing off at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club. Fore! n Catching a flick at Ramsey Theatre—and enjoying the old-school charm of the building. n Learning money matters from the Kolinsky Hill Financial Group. n Cooling off at the water-parklike municipal pool, which features a whopping three water slides! n Finding fresh produce at the Ramsey Farmers Market.

n The Sopranos made its mark on Ramsey more than once: Scenes from the HBO series were shot at the Maple Shade Motel and at the Ramsey Outdoor store. n Childhood pals Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites grew up and made a racket together in the borough. They later founded folk-rock band The Lumineers (pictured). n A who’s who of basketball legends lived here, including Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo and All-Star Buck Williams. n In 2009, the Don Bosco Ironmen were named High School Football National Champions, the first NJ team to win the honor. The squad did it again two years later.

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FUN FACTS DINING Let’s dig in: Café Panache has an uber-upscale menu (try the Crispy Confit Duck Breast); pizza lovers should head to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (the Eggplant Marino pie is a fave); or Kinchley’s Tavern (they serve a mean burger too). Lotito’s, meanwhile, is an Italian deli plus bakery (we love the pignoli); Look See has Japanese and Chinese eats. For seafood, there’s Varka (with a decidedly European spin) and Biggie’s Clam Bar. And if you’re looking for a happening happy hour with appetizers galore, raise a glass at The Shannon Rose. Cheers!

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME Approximately $135,387, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

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Springtime airborne allergens exacerbate the redness, burning and gritty feeling associated with dry eye. To combat it, try lubricating eye drops and consider using a humidifier in the bedroom. And also, omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and walnuts, are said to help. —University of Miami

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Yes—if you work more than 40 hours per week. Research shows that people who labor longer are 8 percent more likely to be obese. Just remember: You’re not getting paid by the pound. —Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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60 SECONDS The time it takes to kill the bacteria—salmonella and E. Coli— found on typical kitchen sponges. In one study of 325 sponges, 15.4 percent were found to contain bacteria. The fix? Regularly nuke sponges on high for one minute. —University of Arizona

You know meditation reduces stress and improves concentration, but did you know that it helps you sleep better? A study found that mindfulness meditation improved sleep quality among its participants. —JAMA Internal Medicine

A NATURAL HIGH Folks who gaze at a beautiful sunset, birds outside a window or a gorgeous field of flowers, then snapped a picture and posted it to Instagram, recording their feelings about the shots, were happier and more likely to be connected to other people than those folks who did the same with man-made objects. —University of British Columbia

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW While not curable, asthma can be carefully managed to let children breathe easier. Spring flowers can take your breath away. And not just because their beauty is such a welcome break from winter landscapes. For children with asthma, the high pollen counts that come with spring can spell breathing trouble. During an asthma attack, the airways swell, produce excess mucus and narrow, limiting the amount of air that gets into the lungs. Asthma is a chronic condition, and attacks can vary from mild to severe. Mild asthma is treated as needed by the individual, but severe asthma requires regular medication, sometimes even immediate medical attention. Pediatric asthma is a leading cause of emergency room visits and absences from school, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergic reactions to environmental triggers, such as pollen or pet dander, can cause asthma attacks, says Leonard Silverstein, M.D., Allergy & Asthma Specialists, of Saddle River. In the Garden State, pollen from grasses, trees, flowers and ragweed can wreak havoc on allergy and asthma sufferers. Exposure to smoke and cold air also can trigger attacks, as can physical expressions of emotion (crying, laughing or yelling, for example).

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Common Triggers

Asthma symptoms can present themselves without any obvious cause, but asthma can be aggravated by: n Allergens, including pet hair and dander, dust mites, mold and pollen n Infections, including a cold or the flu n Weather changes, especially colder temperatures n Irritants like cigarette smoke and general air pollution n Physical and emotional exertion, including exercise, strong emotions and stress

Common Symptoms

Consult your child’s pediatrician if you suspect asthma. Symptoms include: n Frequent cough, especially at night n Wheezing while breathing n Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing n Chest pain, tightness n Fatigue n Breathing trouble that limits play

Emergency Symptoms

Since asthma affects breathing, it can be deadly. When in doubt, go to the hospital. Bring your child to the emergency room if he/she is: n So out of breath he can’t finish a sentence n Wheezing nonstop n Straining chest muscles to breathe n Flaring nostrils while breathing n Experiencing changes in facial color n Not improving after use of quick-acting inhaler Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic

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A WEDDING WORTH SALUTING A couple calls in the big guns to iron out logistics for their wedding at West Point. By Donna Rolando Photography by POPography The easiest decision Pamela Downes and Michael Fitzgerald made about their nuptials was the venue. “I’m a graduate of West Point so I have a great fondness for the academy,” says Michael, a U.S. Army captain. Both he and his future bride, Pamela, a Woodcliff Lake native, had many treasured memories of West Point. Like Cinderella, Pamela had gone to the ball (more than once, as well as dinners) with her “Prince,” when he was a cadet there and she attended nearby Marist College. (The pair had known each other since age 15 after working together as day-camp lifeguards, but the sparks didn’t start flying seriously until their college years when they bumped into each other at a party closer to home.) While the decision was easy, the same could not be said for carrying it out. After six months of trying to plan things on Newlyweds Pamela and Michael Fitzgerald pause for a kiss under the Arch of Sabers outside Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at West Point.

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her own, Pamela realized it was time for the big guns—and in November, she followed a friend’s recommendation and called on Christine Figliuolo, founder of Waldwick-based Creations by Christine Events, to plan the June 10 ceremony. “It’s not your typical wedding venue so we needed someone to make it come together seamlessly,” recalls 28-year-old Pamela. That included getting invitations out extra early for the background checks required on all 330 guests, as well as bus drivers, photographers and others hired for the big day. The military academy, established by President Thomas Jefferson along the Hudson River in Orange County, N.Y., has strict security measures, even for a wedding. And while holding a wedding reception in the majestic Eisenhower Hall is something graduates consider an honor, the huge room lacked the romance Pamela yearned for. “It’s a grand ballroom overlooking the river,” says Pamela. But because the room serves mainly cadet functions, it looks like an Army hall, not a wedding hall. “Once I saw the space, I knew I had to make it cozier because it’s huge—it holds up to 600 people,” Christine says. She got the bride on board by showing her a computer-generated floor plan that used drapery as a room divider and depicted a lounge and bar area just beyond the drapes. “The draperies were gold in color and very lush,” recalls Christine. And you’ve heard of BYOB, but here they brought their own bars! While it may sound extreme to create a lounge area just for the day, Christine works BERGENMAG.COM

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{ JOINING FORCES } This page, clockwise from top: Pamela and Michael use a sword to cut their cake; guests gather around for the couple’s first dance; Pamela and her dad share a special moment on the dance floor; Michael and his mother enjoy a dance and a laugh. Opposite page: peach roses from Arcadia Floral Co. of Mamaroneck, N.Y., adorn the tables; the wedding party; the celebration included plenty of dancing; friends and family leave good wishes for the newlyweds; the five-tier wedding cake from Carlo’s Bakery.

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with Lounge It Up, a Fairfield company that does exactly that, and also provides décor and lighting. Of course, it couldn’t look like a typical bar area, so Christine gave it a softer touch by adding gold and off-white hues and creating various seating areas with couches and chairs. Together, she and Pamela continued the look on the hall’s dining tables with floral arrangements that included peach roses and Queen Anne’s Lace, as well as candles, lacy tablecloths and gold ballroom chairs. To further soften the ambience, Christine played with the lighting. “Chandeliers, which the hall already had, can throw off a harsh light,” she says. But the amber up-lighting she installed for the big day delivered a golden glow. Wireless—this lighting could be introduced wherever needed, and the magic of the look intensified as night fell. Elite Rhythms Entertainment of Fair Lawn provided the dancing music, while the academy’s own Janine Roszkowski catered the meal: salmon in white wine sauce, prime rib and stuffed chicken, along with mixed green salad and side dishes. The feast was followed, of course, by a wedding cake—five tiers of sweet happiness decked with edible roses and created by Carlo’s Bakery of Ridgewood—and everyone went home with French macarons by Mimi’s Cookies of Waldwick. While the hall needed a major makeover for the wedding, the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at West Point was already picture perfect. The Gothic Revival architecture and stained glass in West Point’s oldest continually-used chapel made for great photos, but also provided a connection to the couple’s faith, and Father Larry Anderson, a friend of the family, was able to preside. “We’re both Catholic, and it meant a lot to have it in a church,” says Michael, also 28, who looked regal in his navy and gold uniform as he stood before the altar with Pamela in a flowing sequined gown from Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC. In true pomp and circumstance style, the couple exited to the soulful sound of bagpipes courtesy of Bergen County Pipes & Drums. Some of West Point’s own formed the Arch of Sabers for the newlyweds to pass under. The day flowed with military precision thanks in part to Christine’s insistence on practice drills. For example, she requested that the bus company, Royal Coachman of Denville, practice their route to the church, where they’d have to take the guests staying at nearby hotels; the 54-passenger bus that was the company’s first choice couldn’t make it up the steep hill to the church. Thankfully, a smaller bus fit perfectly. Still, with the almost 10 buses and shuttles needed to get everyone in his/her place, Christine arranged for a bus company supervisor to be on site for the big day. “We just couldn’t wing it that day,” Christine explains. There were a lot of people involved to make it a seamless event. “When duty calls, you do what you’re trained to do, and it all works out,” Christine teases. The couple agrees. “It was a salute-worthy event because our friends and family made our day an occasion we’ll never forget,” says Pamela. BERGENMAG.COM

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A WHALE OF A TIME!

An Englewood family combines fun and games with age-old customs to celebrate their son’s first birthday. By Alena Woods Photography by Story by Mia

Mapping a career path isn’t something toddlers do, but Pax Cho presumably figured out his future already­­—and he just celebrated his first birthday. For many Korean families, like the Chos of Englewood, commemorating a child’s first birthday means more than throwing a party with sweets and streamers. “Centuries ago, it was harder for babies to make it past their first year,” explains Monica Sunwoo, Pax’s mother. “So when a child did meet that milestone, it was a big deal, and Korean families would celebrate with a Doljanchi (a blessing for good fortune on a child’s first birthday). Times have certainly changed since then, and the tradition has evolved into something more light-hearted.” Having previously organized a Doljanchi for her first child, Celine, Sunwoo wanted to work with a professional planner for her son’s celebration. So she presented a couple of his beloved possessions—a plush whale and nautical-themed blanket—to Hannah Choi, owner of Little Confetti Events, for inspiration. Choi, who specializes in Korean first birthday parties, went right

to work. “The whole process took about six months—from booking the venue and entertainment to prepping the decorations,” she explains. “It’s kind of like planning a wedding, because most families invite 80 to 100 guests. You have to find a venue that can accommodate so many people, and they usually book quickly.” The family selected the spacious Fleming’s Steakhouse in Edgewater, where, according to Sunwoo, “everyone had so much fun, we didn’t want to leave!” Keeping typical Doljanchi traditions in mind, Choi arranged Pax’s party to revolve around two focal points. The first was the main table, which held most of the nautical-themed decorations and desserts. (Choi displayed whale-shaped place cards and served cakes with blue “ocean wave” frosting, for instance.) The second part of the event was the Doljabi, a fortune-telling ceremony where a selection of meaningful items was laid out in front of Pax. According to Korean culture, whichever item the child “chooses” first predicts his or her future. The traditional items have

changed over the years—strands of rope, which represent a long life, have been substituted with more modern choices like stethoscopes and dollar bills to predict the baby’s career path. Choi took the celebration a step further, creating a raffle for the adults. The names of each guest were placed into jars that correspond with each item. After Pax chose his item, a guest’s name was pulled from the corresponding jar. The winner received a special prize, provided by Pax’s mom and dad. “I’ve seen everything from $25 Amazon gift cards to Tiffany & Co. jewelry and iPads given out to the winners!” Choi says. “No matter the prize, everyone enjoys taking part in the festivities.” So what is Pax’s fortune? Clad in a turquoise traditional Korean robe, he chose a bowl of rice (representing abundance) and a pencil (intelligence), over other items such as a microphone and $20 bill. But on that day, Pax was unconcerned about the future. Instead, he enjoyed a frosted cookie from the long table of goodies and the shower of hugs from friends and family.

Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Party planner Hannah Choi topped Pax Cho’s three-tier birthday cake with a replica of the boy’s favorite whale; as part of a traditional Doljabi portion of the party, 1-year-old Pax selects an item that “predicts” his future career path; Pax’s family (sister Celine, mother Monica and father Jimmy) is all smiles; nautical-themed desserts and whale place cards adorn the guest tables; younger guests are entertained by balloon art and face painting.

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EASTERN PROMISES

A local couple teams up with a Rutherford planner to mesh South Asian customs with personal touches. The result—a picture-perfect Indian wedding. By Marisa Sandora Photography by Glenn Maningas at MPW Media

When an Indian dating site brought together a North Jersey couple, their very first date almost got off to a rocky start because of a Kit Kat bar, Dina Raval’s favorite candy. Raval feared that her date might have ditched her, but Sanket Patel had disappeared for just a minute to retrieve the Kit Kat he had forgotten. (He knew she loved them and wanted to surprise her!) Fast forward several years: Inside the beautiful box Patel had made as a gift for—you guessed it—their wedding was a Kit Kat bar. From such a thoughtful couple, you’d expect a memorable wedding, and last May’s ceremony at the Sheraton Mahwah didn’t disappoint. Though many Indian weddings are steeped in ritual and tradition—outdoor ceremonies with sacred fires; parties decked out in bold red attire; brides adorned with elaborate henna Newlyweds Dina Raval and Sanket Patel dance the night away at the Sheraton Mahwah. Raval specifically selected her reception dress for the color—purple is one of her favorite hues.

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This page: The bride and groom incorporated many customs of an Indian wedding, including the use of yellow and white flower petals, traditional formal attire and symbolic ceremonies. Opposite page: Raval’s hands were adorned with henna art, a custom for the bride.

art—Raval and Patel wanted their special day to have their own personal touches. For instance, Raval followed Indian custom by having her mother’s brother escort her down the aisle—but she also had her twin brother, Dev, on her other arm. “Every major step my brother and I have taken, we’ve taken together,” she explains, “so I really wanted him to walk me in too.” And while Patel arrived at the ceremony on horseback, another cultural tradition, his walk down the aisle was all his own— Nadja, his trusted dog, was at his side. “He and Nadja are inseparable, so I wanted her included,” says Raval. “We had a little dress made for her, so she was part of the bridal party. I couldn’t imagine him walking in with anyone other than her.” The entire day, which was planned by Meghna Trivedi of Rutherford-based Bells N Rings Events, started with the wedding ceremony in the morning followed by a luncheon, then a cocktail reception and dinner and dancing in the evening. Everything was supposed to take place outdoors (as is the case with many Indian weddings), but Mother Nature had other plans—a nor’easter blew through the area. “But everything turned out so great,” Raval BERGENMAG.COM

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This page: More than 300 guests helped the happy couple celebrate their big day, which included a four-tier cake from A Little Cake in Park Ridge, elegant decor by Wedding Design and catering by Chand Palace. Opposite: The groom shows off a novelty ring, one of many personal tokens featured at the wedding ceremony.

recalls. “When they opened the doors to the Sheraton and I saw everything, I was just like, ‘Wow!’ It was even better than I expected.” The venue was decorated with turquoise and yellow, Raval’s favorite colors. She also wanted to incorporate purple, which she did by wearing a purple dress to the reception. “I’m shocked I was able to get all the colors I wanted, and they worked so well together,” she says. Another personal touch was the liquidnitrogen-chilled ice cream served at the reception. “We both like to have fun, and I love ice cream,” explains Raval. “It was something different that I’d never seen before at a wedding.” They offered guests a choice between Baileys coffee with toffee bites and a peach sorbet. “Everything went seamlessly, and it was beautiful,” says Trivedi of the 15-hour day. “Dina said afterward that she had heard that with everything going on, she wouldn’t be able to eat her wedding cake that day. “But she told me, ‘We had the cake, and we ate it too!’” BERGENMAG.COM

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ANCHOR AWAY

A chat with Natalie Pasquarella, NBC 4 New York’s co-anchor and Bergen County resident. By Rita Guarna

When the BERGEN team showed up at Natalie Pasquarella’s house for a Mother’s Day photo shoot, we were expecting a quick session so she could nurse her 8-month-old baby and get ready for work. Instead we were introduced to her husband, Jamin Pastore, dogs—a 13-year-old pit bull and 15-year-old English bull dog—given a tour of the house and cajoled into feasting on bagels (“Wait, I have to warm them up!”), muffins and coffee (“Iced or hot?”)! Then after the shoot, amid hugs, she pushed several bags filled with the goodies into our arms, insisting we take them home. (We brought them back to the office.) Such is the personality of the serious—albeit exuberant— journalist, who has garnered an Emmy Award as part of the NBC 4 New York’s team coverage of the 2016 Dallas Police attacks. Now a working mom, Pasquarella is faced with balancing the two roles she loves. Here she reflects on family dinners and her role model, and shares her secret passion: BERGENMAG.COM

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After the birth of her son, Jamin James, in September, NBC 4 New York co-anchor Natalie Pasquarella will celebrate her first Mother’s Day this month.

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GETTING TO KNOW NATALIE

BERGEN posed a few “this or that” questions to help readers learn more about the NBC anchor.

Hors d’oeuvres or sit down dinner? Sit Down Wine or cocktail? Wine (red)

Heels or flats? Heels Takeout: pizza or Chinese? Pizza Gym or walks in the park? Walks in the park Yankees or Mets? Mets

Clockwise from top left: Because Pasquarella works the night shift, she spends weekday mornings at home with her son; Pasquarella interviews President Barack Obama during her stint at a North Carolina TV station in 2011; weekends are family time for Pasquarella, husband Jamin Pastore and Jamin James.

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Text or phone call? Phone call, although text has been easier lately as my hands have been full with our lil guy!

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{ BREAKING NEWS } Tell us about your family. My husband Jamin and I welcomed our baby boy Jamin James to the world in September. The little guy was born in NYC and he made quite the entrance: My water broke during the 11 p.m. newscast! I called and woke up my husband to come to the city. My producer rode with me to the hospital. The next afternoon, we met our handsome little guy.

key because some days the cake looks picture perfect, and other days, it’s a little lopsided!

Why do you choose to live in Bergen County? And why the Northern Valley? Beautiful scenery, friendly people and a chance for us to have a yard. With the arrival of Baby J, it gives us more room to spread out. Also, as a journalist who has covered stories throughout our community, the more time I spent here, the more I loved it. It really was such an easy decision to make, and we are thrilled to be here.

What surprised you most about becoming a mom? I knew I would love being a mom but wow, it surpassed every expectation. You hope you’ll be able to step up to the plate and know what to do, and it’s pretty amazing when that motherly instinct does turn on. I’ve loved every second of it. I will say, though, that I didn’t believe people when they said, “You’ll be tired!” I am a pretty high-energy person but there have been days when the coffee takes a little longer to kick in.

Tell us an insider secret about the show. I sit on a cushion on set and stand on a wooden box in studio because my co-anchors and friends Chuck Scarborough and Stefan Holt are both about a foot taller than I. What can’t you live without? Espresso and my NBC 4 New York app (a shameless plug, I know).

Clockwise from top left: Yvonne Marki, Adam Opris Photography (AOP), WSOC-TV, AOP.

Tell us about an on-air glitch and how you dealt with it. When my water broke on air. I giggled, smiled and finished the newscast. Lucky for me, there was less than a minute left in the newscast, and well, the rest is history! What’s your recipe for combining a happy family with a demanding, high-profile job? That recipe has so many ingredients! I couldn’t do it without a supportive family and teamwork. My husband also has a demanding career so we do a lot of juggling, and we help each other when the other needs a break. He always seems to know when I need a nap! I work the night shift, 2:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m., so no matter how late I get home, I always want to be up early to spend my mornings with the baby. And as soon as noon hits, I go into work mode and prepare to head into 30 Rock for the afternoon/evening. Because I often work on investigative stories during my breaks between newscasts, it’s critically important to manage my time. (Editor’s note: She co-anchors the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.) On weekends—Saturday and Sunday— that’s our time. We are super protective of it. As for that happy family recipe...laughter is

What made you fall in love with your husband? He has a heart of gold. He’s always thinking of others. He’s a family man, and that is so important to me. His sense of humor reeled me in too; it’s important to laugh together!

When was the last time you cried? My son’s baptism. It was such a beautiful day, and my whole family traveled here for the service so that made it extra special. What do you hope for your son? That we can raise him to be a good person who enjoys helping others. That’s why we’re all here after all. Tell us something that people would be surprised to learn about you. I am a boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) fan. My husband and I have been to Las Vegas for a few big matches. Have you ever wanted to go back and alter something in your life? No. I’m a big believer in no regrets. Tell us about the prep involved when you interviewed then President Barack Obama. Were you nervous? I found out about the interview just a few days before it would take place in March 2011. My station at the time, in Charlotte, N.C., was one of three TV stations allowed sit-down access ahead of a trip the President was taking to Latin America. I knew I would have seven minutes for the interview so I sat down with our special projects producer and focused on local issues. We talked jobs and the President’s upcoming trip to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention in 2012. It was my first time interviewing a President so I had a bit of nervous energy heading into the White House. That faded pretty quickly because before you know it, the President is sitting in front of you, and the clock is ticking.

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Tell about your favorite Bergen hangouts. I love Closter Plaza...so many new spots opening up there. Shops at Riverside. Wally’s Bagels. I went to Van Saun Park for the first time last summer with friends while I was pregnant. We went on the carousel and the train. I can’t wait to take our son this summer; he is going to love it! You’ve said that your mom is your role model. Can you tell us why? She’s the most positive person I know. She taught my three siblings and me to live each day to the fullest and be kind to others. She always used to tell us, “What you say affects every cell in your body.” Be good and do good, and you’ll feel good. She also worked two jobs most of our lives so I always tried to follow her example. This is your first Mother’s Day. Any special plans? It will be a special day but no set plans as of now. It really doesn’t matter as long as I get to hang out with my boy. It would also be nice to sleep in! You love to travel. What special place do you hope to share with your son? We love the beach, and we’ve already flown with the little guy to South Florida to visit family. I’ve been to Europe once for my honeymoon in Italy. That would be a fun adventure once Jamin James is a little older. Your son is named after your husband. Will he have a nickname to tell them apart? He and my husband have different middle names. We’ve thrown around a couple of nicknames but we’re sticking with his full name for now. Finish this sentence: It’s never okay to ______. Give up. As the oldest in a close-knit Italian family, what traditions do you hope to continue with your family? We all love sitting around the dinner table and eating and laughing...and eating some more. Sunday family dinners will be a must in our house. Also, growing up in my small town of Steubenville, Ohio, not far from Pittsburgh, Penn., my Dad was a big Pirates baseball fan. He and my mom would load us into the minivan and take us to games all summer long. I can’t wait to take our son to see the Mets and Yankees, and even a few of our local minor league games.

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{ ACTION PLAN }

CATCHIN’ THE BUS

While some of us are reading or snoozing on the daily commute to and from the city, two Bergen County mothers are brainstorming ways to combat opioid addiction. By Rita Guarna

What mother doesn’t want a better future for her kids? Allegra Schorr of Cresskill and Belinda Greenfield of Tenafly want that—and more. They’re working to find solutions for dealing with the opioid-addiction crisis. The women—Schorr, president of the Coalition of Medications-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates (COMPA), and Greenfield, bureau director of New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and president of the NY State Opioid Treatment Authority—organized an event, the largest ever, of policy makers and experts to discuss solutions to the epidemic that claims the lives of more than 100 Americans per day. Here they discuss their work, families and what they can’t live without: When Belinda Greenfield (left) and Allegra Schorr take the Rockland Coach #20 to the city, they’re often discussing an issue that threatens the lives of many : opioid addiction.

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{ ACTION PLAN } How did you meet? Tell us about your bus connection. Greenfield: Our bus connection began in 2015 when Allegra became president of COMPA. (We’d been working together since 2006.) Once we realized that we lived in the same county and were only one town from each other, the bus ride was ideal for catching up and coordinating our collective work efforts. You both work for organizations—either government or non-profit—involved in fighting addiction. How did you get involved in this type of work? Schorr: I grew up in a family that was immersed in this field. My father ran a substance abuse treatment clinic in New York City, and my cousins, my sister and I are still running it. So, at an early age, I saw people getting help.

certified psychiatrist, treating patients with addiction at his practice at Forest Recovery and Psychiatric Group in Paramus. My kids—Zach, 22, and Maria, 19—are in college and both spent their spring break volunteering at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference. (Editor’s note: This is the event the women co-hosted.) As mothers, what’s the most important thing you want to communicate to your kids about work? S: When my children were in middle school, they learned about opioid addiction from some of my patients who were willing to share their stories. Through that experience, my kids learned the danger and the risk of misusing medications. They also learned that addiction is treatable. G: We need to be proud of the work we do, derive satisfaction and always try to

told me that she’d taught all her kids to drive a stick—and I still drive one today. What can’t you live without? S: My morning coffee, Sunday night TV and shoes. It’s hard for me to walk away from beautiful shoes. G: Grilled cheese sandwiches and listening to ABBA. Yes, I will admit it—I am a huge ABBA fan! Why choose to live in Bergen County? What makes life special here? S: I feel that I have a slice of country living, and at the same time easy access to NYC. We moved here—I was born and lived in Brooklyn until moving here in 2010— because of the excellent school system. G: The benefits of being able to work in NYC and yet have the comforts of a suburban life are immeasurable. Balance is extremely important to me.

“We’re suckers for a happy ending, and recovery is a lifelong happy ending.” G: I have been working for the State of New York since 1998 and in the addiction field for more than 30 years. My background is rehabilitation counseling— working with people who have a disability—and I decided to specialize in behavioral health, that is psychiatric and substance abuse. Is there a profile for the “typical” person who becomes addicted? G: No there isn’t. People from affluent backgrounds can become addicted; people from good families, who are educated, and who have access to health care can become addicted. The work Allegra and I do is to help ensure people have access to quality medication-assisted treatment services (i.e., methadone and buprenorphine), as this is the most efficacious way to treat opioid addiction. S: Regardless of their background, many people and their families coping with addiction share a sense of shame. But addiction is a treatable disease that requires medical intervention, not moral judgment. How do your families feel about your work? G: My family is very supportive. They often say that my work makes sure that people get the help they need. S: The work is definitely a family affair. My husband, Dr. Frederick Kahn, is a board-

do our best. I want to know that at the end of the day, when I lay my head down to sleep, that I have done the best job I could possibly do. That is my advice to my daughter about how she should view work. What would readers be surprised to learn about you? G: I am a Dance Mom! I am definitely not crazy and twisted the way the TV show Dance Moms depicts, but I am passionate and truly happy when cheering for my daughter Charlotte, 16, and her fellow dancers when they compete! She has been dancing at Broadway Bound Dance Center in Dumont for the past 14 years. For me, learning about dance and seeing these young dancers perform is extremely gratifying. S: Shirley Jones taught me to drive a stick shift. I started as an actress and got my Equity card in summer stock on Cape Cod. As a summer intern, I was responsible for dressing the actors, which included taking care of the wardrobe and dressing room for the stars who appeared in the touring shows. I was asked to pick up Ms. Jones from her hotel and drive her across the street to her dressing room. The Town Car was unavailable, and I picked up Shirley Jones and her costumes in an old, beat-up manual shift Firebird that I was still learning to drive. After stalling twice before we left the parking lot, she talked me through easing up on the clutch. She

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Tell us about the places you love in the county. G: The Tenafly Nature Center for one. And I love the great restaurants, such as Axia, Simply Vietnamese, Veggie Heaven, Amarone and Vitales. S: I love to hike with my children on the Palisades. I go to Energy Gym and love Crushed Garage, Monsoon Gifts and Farmhouse Café in Cresskill. I love going to farm stands, Metropolitan Farm on Hickory Lane and all the shops and entertainment at the new Closter Plaza. When our families visit, they always enjoy Van Saun Park. What do you do to unwind? S: I like to cook and have friends over. A friend gave me a sour-dough starter, and I’ve been experimenting with baking bread. And my husband and I like to grow tomatoes and other vegetables. We feed a lot of Bergen’s deer and rabbits every summer. G: Spending time with family and friends; laughing is a great way to de-stress. I also love horror movies, and my favorite TV shows are Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU. Any final thoughts? S: We’re suckers for a happy ending, and recovery is a lifelong happy ending. Belinda and I agree that the best recovery stories share the courageous first step of getting help.

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DID YOU KNOW? Treatment is almost always covered by insurance in New Jersey. Former Governor Chris Christie and the NJ Legislature enacted laws to help ensure that people in the state would be able to use their insurance to access the care they need.

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MOM KNOWS BEST

Whether you travel far or near, journey across the pond or simply beyond state lines, a trip with your mother is always special. Four BERGEN readers reflect on the “mommy and me” adventures they’ll never forget—and why. By Alena Woods

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“This summer, my mom and I went to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. With the help of porters and our favorite guide, Shabani, we successfully reached seven different summits. Those seven days of hiking were the most challenging yet best of my life, and I’m so glad I got to experience this adventure with my mom. Family members had suggested we go hiking out West, but my mom wanted to do something huge and different. I was really nervous at first and secondguessed our decision, but my mom’s encouragement convinced me to push myself out of my comfort zone. It’s an experience I’ll never forget, and I cherish the time my mom and I got to spend together.” —Abby O’Connell, Wyckoff

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“My mom has traveled all over the world, but the one place on her bucket list was Ireland. When she told my daughter and me about her plan to visit, we were more than happy to accompany her! How often do three generations of women get to go on an international vacation? We began our adventure in Dublin before touring the Irish countryside. Looking back, our favorite spots were Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Trinity College. After recently celebrating my mother’s 90th birthday, I’m happy we were able to fulfill this lifelong dream of hers.” —Dee Alt, Mahwah

“My sister, mom, daughter and I visited The New York Botanical Garden last year as a belated Mother’s Day celebration. We brought a picnic lunch and ate right there in the gardens before taking my mother to the Dale Chihuly exhibit, which was full of the glass sculptor’s colorful creations. We then went to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which houses a number of breathtaking flowers—it was the perfect spot for a group photo! Everything about that day was perfect: The azaleas were in full bloom, the walking trails we explored were gorgeous, and we girls got to spend an unforgettable afternoon together.” —Allie Crowley, Ho-Ho-Kus

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“I have two children, Trevor and Paige, from a previous relationship and a 4-year-old son named Sean with my husband. Having a blended family is so rewarding but it has its fair share of challenges—like making sure each kid feels special and included. During a recent trip to Philadelphia, I took Sean to the Please Touch Museum, where he could interact with a number of exhibits. The older kids and I ran up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the Rocky theme song playing in the background, of course! It was something we always wanted to do, and made for a hilarious moment. I’m so grateful for trips like this, and can’t wait for more!” —Marissa Murphy, Ramsey

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Hosting weekend brunch? Don’t stress! When you try the following recipes and heed the advice of BERGEN’s expert planners, your party will be a breeze. Go ahead and enjoy your mimosa!

Few things are finer than sitting down to brunch on a sunny afternoon. English journalist Guy Beringer described the tried-andtrue Sunday tradition as a way to “sweep away the worries and cobwebs of the week,” as noted in The Art of Entertaining (Rizzoli New York). But if you’re playing host instead of dining out, it can feel anything but worry-free. Luckily, the book’s author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins and BERGEN compiled a few recipes and tricks to make your next brunch—as Beringer would say—the “cheerful, inticing and sociable” occasion it’s meant to be. So sit back, relax and get brunching!

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SHRIMP AND GRITS Yields: 4 servings

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FOR THE PARMESAN SAUCE n 2 large onions, sliced n 4 garlic cloves, minced n 2 to 3 Tbs. vegetable oil n 3 cups dry white wine n 4 cups heavy cream n 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese n kosher salt and freshly ground pepper n grated zest of one orange FOR THE GRITS n 1 cup vegetable stock n 2 cups whole milk n ½ large onion, finely diced n 2 garlic cloves, minced n 2 to 3 Tbs. vegetable oil n 1 cup grits n kosher salt FOR THE SHRIMP n ½ cup red onion, finely diced n 1 cup mixed red, yellow and green bell peppers, diced n 2 to 3 Tbs. vegetable oil n 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped n 1 cup cooked andouille sausage, diced n ½ cup heavy cream n 24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails removed n ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley FOR THE GARNISH n ½ cup finely diced tomato n 8 scallions, thinly sliced n ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

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For the Parmesan sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, sweat the onions and garlic in the vegetable oil until soft and translucent but not browned. Add the white wine, turn the heat to high and cook until reduced by half. Add the cream and Parmesan and continue to cook until reduced to 4 cups. Puree the sauce in a blender or food processor, working in batches if necessary. (Do not fill the blender or food processor more than halfway, and be sure the lid is firmly in place to prevent hot liquid from erupting.) Pass the sauce through a fine sieve, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and stir in the orange zest. Keep warm until ready to serve; or chill, then gently rewarm before serving.

For the grits: Bring the stock and milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. In a large heavy-bottomed pot (a Dutch oven works well), sweat the onions and garlic in the vegetable oil over medium heat until soft but not browned. Add 2⁄3 of the hot milk mixture, then whisk in the grits. Lower the heat slightly and cook until the grits are tender (time can vary widely, from 5 minutes for “quick” grits to 40 minutes for stone-ground). If the grits begin to get too thick while cooking, add some of the remaining milk mixture as necessary. Season with salt and keep warm. For the shrimp: In a saucepan over medium heat, sweat the red onion and bell peppers in the vegetable oil until soft. Add the chopped bacon, andouille, cream and 3 cups of the Parmesan sauce. Add the shrimp, reduce the heat and cook just until the shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped parsley. To plate: Divide the grits among 4 serving bowls. Spoon the shrimp and bacon cream sauce over the grits, making sure each bowl gets 6 shrimp. Top with the remaining 1 cup Parmesan sauce. Garnish with diced tomato, scallions and grated Parmesan. Serve immediately.

For a party at home, I like to keep the décor and color scheme simple. I recommend using white linen tablecloths, since they can easily be repurposed, and tea light candles, which are inexpensive and help set the mood. You can add some color with well-placed bowls of fruit and flower arrangements.”

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In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the gin, lime juice, maraschino liqueur and chartreuse. Strain into a champagne coupe and garnish with a lime slice.

Make a large batch of this cocktail in a pitcher beforehand, to save time and so that guests can serve themselves. Set another pitcher aside for water flavored with lemon and cucumber—it’s a tasty and refreshing drink, and cuts down on the use of water bottles! To avoid broken glass and additional cleanup, swap out glass champagne coupes for cute plastic ones from a home goods store. ”

—Kerri-Ann Sweeten, managing partner at Haven, Edgewater

Recipes and photos reprinted with permission from The Art of Entertaining by Relais & Châteaux and Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. © 2016 Rizzoli BERGENMAG.COM

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Mad About Mangoes

This sweet fruit is packed with plenty of nutrients that benefit your body and mind— it’s no wonder Buddhist monks shared it with the world. As a beloved Chinese proverb reminds us: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For the mighty mango, its worldwide journey began with the single step of a Buddhist monk, way back in 5th century B.C. Despite being native to eastern India, mangoes found their way to Asia when monks took them along on their voyages out of the country. In a case of “divine intervention,” the fruit and its seeds traveled from country to country, until finally arriving in America during the early 19th century. The rest, as they say, is history! Although mangoes grow in both Florida and California, apparently, we can’t get enough of the sweet fruit. The United States is the world’s biggest importer of mangoes—in 2010, we brought in more 300,000 tons of them. (While it seems like a lot, that same year, the U.S. imported more than 4 million tons of bananas.) POWER UP Mangoes are packed with so many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, they rank up there as a superfood, credited with everything from curing acne to helping those with diabetes by normalizing insulin levels, and guarding against certain cancers. Remember the severity of the recent flu season? Well, a cup of mango goes a long way toward meeting our daily requirements of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different varieties of carotenoid, which together make a powerful team for fighting off colds and the like with a stronger immune system. Mangoes also have what it takes to promote good vision (vitamin A), improve digestion (certain enzymes), lower bad cholesterol

(fiber, pectin and vitamin C) and act as a natural aphrodisiac. With summer approaching, many want to shed some pounds—well, here again the mango is a friend. One cup of mango is 105 calories and packed with probiotic fiber, which helps to make the body feel full. This means you’re likely to eat less and look great in that swimsuit— need we say more! BUY, STORE & SERVE Don’t judge a book (or mango) by its cover. Though color is the first feature that might attract you, it’s not the best indication of this fruit’s ripeness. If your mango is ripe, it will give off a sweet scent at its end and will have a slight squish to it when gently squeezed. You can pick up a few unripe mangoes at the store and let them sit in a bowl on the counter for a few days until they’re to your liking. The fruit ripens much like an avocado does, and if you won’t be eating them right away, feel free to store them in the fridge.

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Once you have a ripe mango, get creative. This is one versatile fruit—certainly, you can eat it raw, but you can experience mangoes in so many other ways—mixing it up in a salsa, serving it in a smoothie or giving the kids a healthy alternative to potato chips: mango chips. It also stands out as a marinade to keep your fish or meat tender. Although there are close to 1,000 varieties of mangoes grown around the world, you’ll only find about six in the United States. Don’t let our small selection fool you: the flavors of the creamy Ataulfo and sweet and spicy Francis varieties will more than satisfy. Because mangoes are grown and harvested around the world then exported to the U.S., you’ll find them in your supermarket all year long. DID YOU KNOW? Mangoes are said to influence other parts of everyday culture, for example, their shape inspired the popular paisley pattern—you’re welcome, Vera Bradley—and mango leaves are also used at weddings to ensure the couple bears many children, plus the fruit itself is a symbol of friendship. Some believe that mangoes can also grant wishes. The fact that the oldest mango tree in the world is more than 300 years old might be magical enough, especially since it still produces edible fruit. Buddha himself is said to have meditated under a mango tree. Perhaps that’s why he had such a sweet outlook on life.

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Instead of using elderflower tonic, substitute the simple syrup in this recipe for elderflower syrup, which is available in most supermarkets. Then top off with regular tonic. They’re both easier to find, and you won’t have to make a simple syrup.”

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Pour all the ingredients except the tonic water into a shaker and shake well. Strain into a collins or highball glass full of ice cubes, then top with the tonic water. Garnish with a mint sprig and fresh blueberries.

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Whether it’s at a business luncheon or a community cleanup, Bergenites show support for their friends and neighbors. THE NJ SHARING NETWORK Local civic and elected leaders joined The NJ Sharing Network and The Transplant Games of America to announce that The Meadowlands will host the 2020 Transplant Games. This multisport festival for individuals who have undergone lifesaving transplant surgeries is expected to attract 12,000 people and have a $10 million economic impact on The Meadowlands. 1 Joseph S. Roth, Ihor S. Sawczuk, Vincent Prieto, Bill Ryan, Elisse E. Glennon, Elizabeth Stamler, Keath Gerald, Barry Ostrowsky, Jim Kirkos, Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar.

2 Bergen Volunteer Center recently hosted its “Fifth Friday” networking event, where leaders from all over Bergen County get together for lunch and listen to presentations from high-profile speakers. This month’s luncheon was held at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, and attracted 225 guests. 2 Barb Golub, CEO Lynne Algrant and Nilufer DeScherer.

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HACKENSACK DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL ARTS Members of the Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts participated in “Slam Dunk the Junk,” a day dedicated to cleaning up various parks in the local area. The semiannual event is hosted by the Hackensack Riverkeeper, an organization committed to environmental conservation and education. 3 Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts members pose for a photo at the end of a long day’s work.

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From art classes and a charity 5K race to scavenger hunts and a canine carnival, there’s something for everyone this month in Bergen County.

MAY 8, 15 & 22 Embrace your creative side during a series of PENCIL DRAWING CLASSES at the Hillsdale Library. Local artist Deidre Malloy will lead the class, and each session covers a different topic: “Still Life” on May 8, “Landscape” on May 15 and “Portraiture” on May 22. Admission: FREE (but there is a $5 fee for supplies). Call Marian Sheeran at 201.358.5072 to register.

MAY 9 Network, showcase and connect with fellow business professionals during the BERGEN BUSINESS EXPO at The Venetian in Garfield from noon to 6 p.m. The exhibit floor will feature tables with local businesses, food samples, live entertainment and door prizes. The Venetian is also hosting a networking lunch before the expo begins. Admission: FREE (for those who attend the networking lunch). Contact Lauren Erb at 201.939.0707 to reserve your spot.

MAY 11 Despite its name, you’ll be worry-free while watching the musical ANXIETY STEW at

the Hackensack Performing Arts Center. The show begins at 8 p.m. and follows the story of a struggling hippie psychologist on the Upper West Side who specializes in food-related anxieties. All proceeds will benefit Fight for Mike, a local charity that raises awareness about cerebral palsy. Tickets: $25. Purchase your tickets online at hacpac.org.

MAY 12 There’s something for everyone at the ROOTS VEGAN MARKET from noon to 5 p.m. at Roots Café in Northvale. There will be vegan food vendors, music and fun workshops for everything from bike repair to dog training. Make it a family affair, and bring your kids along for free. A portion of the admission sales will benefit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Admission: $5. Learn more at rawforhealth.net.

MAY 12 Many of their biggest hits dropped in the ’60s and ’70s, but TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS are as iconic as ever. The group will be rocking the Bergen Performing Arts Center in BERGENMAG.COM

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Englewood at 8 p.m., performing hits like “Mony Mony” and “Crimson and Clover.” You might hear songs from Tommy James’ upcoming album. Tickets: $39–$79. Buy tickets at bergenpac.org.

MAY 12 The Ramsey Public Education Foundation is hosting a charity SPRINT FOR OUR SCHOOLS 5K, which will take place at the Ramsey Municipal Pool at 8:30 a.m. Participants can register for the 5K, one-mile race—or even both. After the event, runners will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments, and there will be an awards ceremony to follow. Registration: $25. Sign up online at runsignup.com.

MAY 17 Learn the ancient Japanese art of paper folding at an ORIGAMI FLOWER MAKING CLASS at the Leonia Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Use your newfound skill to create easy and inexpensive decorations for your home. Materials for the course will be provided, but participants are asked to reserve their spot online. Admission: FREE. Register online at eventbrite.com.

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{ ON THE TOWN } MAY 19 Get all of your Ramadan and Eid shopping done during the EID BAZAAR at the Crowne Plaza in Saddle Brook from 1 to 10 p.m. There will be vendors selling jewelry, women’s fashion, kids’ clothing, mehndi/henna and more. The event is being hosted by the Cultural Society of Bergen County, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need and bringing the community together. Admission: FREE. Learn more at facebook.com/ CSBergen.

MAY 19 Celebrate man’s best friend at the CANINE CARNIVAL & DOG SHOW at Cresskill High School from 12 to 4 p.m. The festival is both a cat/dog adoption event and a fundraiser for the Cresskill public schools. There will be a dog show, where local pups will have the chance to win “Best Smile,” “Best Costume” and “Terrific Tricks.” Guests can enjoy crafts, a bouncy house, live music and more. Admission:

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MAY 20 Join the Bergen County Historical Society for its annual PINKSTER FEST at New Bridge Landing in River Edge from 1 to 5 p.m. The fest is a traditional Jersey Dutch celebration of springtime and will include lawn games, silhouette portraits and natural egg dyeing. There also will be Maypole Dance demonstrations at both 1:30 and 3 p.m., with accompanying music by a fiddler/dulcimer duo. Admission: FREE. Learn more at co.bergen.nj.us. MAY 20 Put on your thinking cap and head to the Tenafly Nature Center for a SEASONAL SCAVENGER HUNT from 2 to 3 p.m. Families will receive a set of clues and solve nature-themed riddles along the nature center’s trails. Each group must work as a

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team to hike the paths and follow clues to win a small prize. This event is meant for ages 6 and up, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: $6. Register online at tenaflynaturecenter.org.

MAY 20 Bring your curious kids to TOUCHA-TRUCK, sponsored by the Junior League of Bergen County at Nordstrom’s Garden State Plaza location. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can get behind the wheel of fire trucks and police cars, and honk the horns and test the sirens! There also will be face painting, bouncy houses and a “fun bus” full of activities. Tickets: $25 (for a family-of-four pack). Learn more at thejlbc.org.

MAY 26 Dare to get dirty at YOUR FIRST MUD RUN at Century Field in Garfield, which starts at 10 a.m. The 1.5- to 2-mile courses are complete with obstacles like rows of tires, walls to climb over, jump roping and a mudslide. Rinse-off showers and changing stations will be available after the race, and it is recommended that racers bring a towel and change of clothes. Registration: $37. Sign up online at yourfirstmudrun.com.

JUNE 2 It’s Jersey vs. Philly at this FOOD TRUCK MASH-UP EVENT at the Meadowlands Racetrack from 5 to 11 p.m. Guests will sample dishes from the participating food trucks and vote on which Jersey and Philly joints are their favorite. There will be drink specials available, as well as an outdoor lounge where guests can relax and enjoy their meals. Admission: $5. Learn more at newjerseyisntboring.com.

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Gentle Dentistry P.A., located in Haworth, NJ, is known as Bergen County’s center for minimally invasive, technology-driven dentistry. Dr. Andrew Spector, the principal owner of the renowned practice, is known for his advanced techniques that simplify even the most complex procedures. His passion revolves around his ability to craft the smile that you desire and he envisions with you. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Dr. Spector has always been committed to education, completing his aesthetic dentistry residency as well as a 2-year certificate program in both full-mouth Rehabilitation and Surgical Implantology at NYU. This, along with 28 years of experience, has provided Dr. Spector with exemplary knowledge and understanding aesthetic care. With a passion for art and education, this has lead to a 20-year teaching career. Dr. Spector has lectured to thousands of dentists across the United States and internationally on the art of cosmetic smile design, dental implants, and digital/laser technologies. His work has been published in national journals and featured in the NY Times, Star-Ledger, CBS, NBC and NJ News 12. Dr. Spector and his associates at Gentle Dentistry P.A. have been awarded the honor of Top Dentist year after year countywide and statewide . Along with technology-based approach, Dr. Spector has built and maintained a 25 year, long-standing relationship with, one of the nations top ceramists and laboratories, to ensure that every case is completed to the utmost of perfection. “This dental laboratory has to be able to translate my vision into the desired result the patient, and I want to achieve,” says Dr. Spector, “Our long-standing personal relationship provides one-of-a-kind restorations custom crafted to achieve that goal.” Dr. Spector continues to explain that his “smile templating” process combined with his skilled, experienced team enables him to guarantee you will be beyond satisfied with your new smile design from start to finish in just two visits.

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Andrew M. Spector d.m.d., f.a.g.d, f.i.c.o.i “My priority when consulting with a patient who is expressing interest in cosmetic care is to listen and determine the best enhancements for their individual and unique smile, based on their expectations and my experience,” Dr. Spector states. “Our Pre-Treatment Digital Previews allow the patient to try on the discussed smile with just a couple of digital pictures,” he adds. “I believe this helps patients better visualize their desires and understand how much of a difference a well-done smile makeover can make in their lives.” SERVICES OFFERED: • Crown & Bridgework • Dental implants • Cosmetic bonding for small chips or cracks • Minimally invasive laser dentistry • Periodontal (Gum) disease therapy • Porcelain veneers • In-office whitening treatments

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What Are Your Core Values as a Practitioner? When you choose Omni Aesthetics for a cosmetic medical treatment, I believe that you should get the very best value for your money. This does not mean that we are the cheapest. In fact, potential clients sometimes walk away because they feel that they can get a better “deal” elsewhere, which makes me a little sad. What would really keep me up at night, is if anyone felt that that they could get better service or results somewhere else.

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How Do You Educate Your Patients? Aesthetics is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine with new treatments and technology being introduced almost daily. It is very difficult for doctors, let alone patients, to keep up with and understand this fast paced world of medical beauty. That is why I dedicate a significant portion of my time traveling all over the world to learn and teach the latest and the greatest in cosmetics, stem cells and regenerative medicine. We hold live and web based workshops to educate other doctors and the public about these exciting treatments. If you live in North Jersey, you don’t have to travel overseas or across the country. You can call and make an appointment today for a personal consultation. We are right here in Oakland!

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What is unique about your practice? The practice is set up to accommodate a variety of dental needs ranging from preventative and family dentistry to more comprehensive cosmetic dentistry. Many of our patients are looking for high-end restorative dentistry, and find it comforting to be in a warm, patient focused atmosphere. Being that we are a general practice, patients that receive the more complex, cosmetic dentistry, are able to continue routine dental care with us. This allows us to keep an eye on the dentistry and maintain optimum health and aesthetics.

What do you consider your greatest success? I started this practice from scratch and each year it continues to grow. Now ten years later, I was chosen from amongst a long list of wellrespected dental groups to carry on the legacy of an established 50-year practice. I recently added a periodontist and will soon welcome a new associate. Above all, I consider practicing dentistry a great privilege and am most proud of the trust and confidence that my patients have placed in me.

What is your main goal when treating patients and how do you achieve it? Spending time with each patient is priority. Through personalized service and individual attention, our goal is to educate and guide patients to make the best decisions. We do more than treat conditions of the oral cavity. Dental health influences a patient’s total health and we aim to identify ways to help those suffering from other conditions like irregular sleep patterns, headaches and jaw pain to improve overall quality of life.

Dayna Cassandra, D.D.S. Dr. Dayna Cassandra knew at a young age that she wanted to become a dentist. After graduating with honors from the University of Maryland Dental School, she completed a general practice residency program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Cassandra also trained at the prestigious Pankey Institute, the world’s oldest learning center for post graduate dental training and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School Center for Esthetics. In fulfilling her passion to service humankind, Dr.Cassandra has completed missions abroad and continues to serve those in need in her community.

Erika Dean, d.m.d. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Dr. Erika Dean pursued a degree in Dentistry at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Following dental school, Dr. Dean completed a General Practice Residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn which included vast experience in restorative dentistry, esthetics, implantology, and pediatric dentistry. SERVICES OFFERED: • Advanced Restorative Dentistry • Aesthetic Dentistry • Botox & Dermal Fillers • Implant Dentistry • Oral Cancer Screening

• Periodontics • Sleep Apnea & Snore Appliances • Teeth Straightening • TMJ Management

DR. DAYNA CASSANDRA COSMETIC DENTISTRY 351 Evelyn St., Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.261.7645 | cosmeticdentistofparamus.com

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Why do you perform fat grafting in your face lifts? Volume is an essential component to a youthful appearing face. As we age, particularly if we are trying to stay fit, the volume in our face diminishes leaving hollows and voids which accelerates aging. Taking fat from other areas, processing it, and re-injecting small amounts into key areas of the face (lid cheek junction, temples, nasolabial folds, lips, jawline, and marionette (puppet) lines, help tremendously in reversing the aged appearance. It is a permanent solution.

What do you mean by “SMAS Composite”? When performing a face and neck lift I separate out the skin from the underlying (deeper) fatty/ muscle/ fascia layer. I elevate the underlying deeper layers and redistribute this facial and neck tissue layer as a “composite” to reduce/eliminate jowls and create youthful shape to the face. This allows me to position the top layers (skin) slightly differently in the face and the neck and avoid applying excess tension on the surface of the face. I restructure the neck musculature returning it back to a taught state while at the same time I eliminate the surface laxity and lines of the neck. Together, with fat grafting (and my blepharoplasty technique) I’ve had great success in turning back the clock for my patients. Preserving who they are, and maximizing their outcomes and maintaining their original image identities, are key to delivering the ideal natural face.

What is recovery like? I perform these combination procedures in a hospital based setting and give patients the option to stay in the hospital overnight. Together with my nursing staff we see our facial rejuvenation surgery patients several times a week for the first couple of weeks. This aids in a more rapid recover and allows patients to resume the normal lifestyle in less than a month.

Scott A. Spiro, m.d., f.a.c.s. • Named Numerous times Top Plastic Surgeon By Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. • Named Top Doctor, NJ Monthly, 2007-2008 and 2010-2017 and Top Surgeon numerous times SERVICES OFFERED: BODY: • A bdominoplasty • Fat grafting • Total body lift • Liposuction • CoolSculpting Nonsurgical Fat Reduction BREAST: • Breast Augmentation • Breast Lift • Breast Revision • Breast Reduction • Breast Reconstruction

• Challenging Breast Anomalies and Asymmetry • Gynecomastia FACIAL: • Composite Face & Neck Lift • Rhinoplasty • Eyelid Surgery FULL MEDI-SPA SERVICES: • Botox • Filler • Peels • Skin Care

SPIRO PLASTIC SURGERY 101 Old Short Hills Rd., Ste. 510, West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973.736.5907 | drspiro.com

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Have Nice Legs This Summer! THE VEIN CENTER OF ORADELL’S Special Spring Incentive Program: Come in for your free screening and treatment plan. Don’t tolerate varicose veins. We can make your legs look and feel better. At The Vein Center of Oradell, Dr. Geuder personally examines, educates and treats all patients. The Vein Center of Oradell has an ICAVL approved vascular lab, and they became the first vein center in New Jersey to be certified by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Nurse Patty Galitsis, R.N. has years of experience with vein problems and is certified in fitting compression hose. Castle Connolly and New York Magazine consistently include Dr. Geuder on their “Best Doctor” list and he also has the Patients Choice Award which is based on patient’s experience. The Vein Center of Oradell makes every effort to offer patients the most comfortable and friendly environment as they receive the best medical care. Visit our website: www.veincenteroforadell.com.

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• Board-certified Vascular Surgeon • Castle Connolly Top Doctor • Vascular Surgery Fellowship, NYU

THE VEIN CENTER OF ORADELL 680 Kinderkamack Rd., Suite 306, Oradell, NJ 07649 | 201.262.VEIN (8346) | veincenteroforadell.com

What is breast augmentation? DR. COZZONE: Breast augmentation is a surgery that increases or restores the size of the breasts or significantly alters their shape. It is typically done to enhance a naturally small bust, as part of reconstruction following mastectomy, or in combination with a lift on breasts that have sagged due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. The intended result is a size and shape that you feel comfortable with and that naturally fit your body. Augmentation can be performed using silicone or saline breast implants or through fat transfer without the use of implants.

What is Lunchtime Lipo? DR ZAPIACH: Lunchtime Lipo, also known as Liposculpture, is the removal of unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. Without the need for general or twilight anesthesia, we use tiny, inconspicuous incisions and remove fat using a thin tube called a cannula. The skin is then tightened with a state of the art technology, Thermitight. Lunchtime Lipo has a fast recovery timeline and patients are thrilled with their results.

Luis A. Zapiach, m.d. John T. Cozzone, m.d.

ART PLASTIC SURGERY 1 West Ridgewood Ave., Suite 302, Paramus, NJ 07652 | 201.345.3518 | artplasticsurgeons.com

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Sedona Taphouse A frequent traveler to the Grand Canyon State—where I visit my recently retired parents—I now have certain expectations when seeking the flavors of America’s West. So when headed to Sedona Taphouse in Cliffside Park, which stretches an image of iconic Antelope Canyon across the front of its menu, I envisioned something Southwestern or Tex Mex. Not quite so: Taphouse boasts New American cuisine, pulling inspiration from American steakhouses, Italian bistros and Mexican taquerias. Off the bat, Taphouse has several pluses going for it. The eatery is part of the Towne Centre, a brand spanking new high-rise complex (it’s a mixed-use, residential and commercial, facility) in the middle of the downtown’s resurgent restaurant row. Second, visitors don’t have to search for metered street parking, as there are plenty of free spots in the garage beneath the complex. Repeat: free garage parking. As for the restaurant itself, inside you’ll find several big-screen televisions mounted over an L-shaped bar with an astonishing number of beers on tap (I lost count at 33, but there are plenty more), and even dozens more bottles stashed away in nearby refrigerators. For nonbeer drinkers, the racks of wine and list of artisan cocktails are just as impressive. Surrounding the bar are booths and tables for families, friends and the after-work crowd. My guest and I visited on a busy Friday night and were seated at the last available table—right next to the open kitchen. Though not the best location, our server Desiree made up for it with her attentiveness and knowledge of the menu. I started with the roasted stuffed mushrooms, three bite-size button caps filled with lump crabmeat. I imagine the app’s crab comes from the same batch used to mold the restaurant’s popular crab cakes that I glimpsed on the entrée menu—the meat is that good. My friend opted for Australian Kobe beef sliders, a pair of mini burgers (you can also get it as an order of three) topped with Vermont cheddar and caramelized onions and served with fresh blue potato chips. With respect to the sliders found at Hackensack’s White Manna—recently named by Thrillist as one of the 31 Best Burger Joints in America—Taphouse’s version might come in a close second. Now, on to the mains! Though some options are given “western” names (Red Rock Shrimp, Devil’s Pass Pasta, Chuckawalla Chicken), rest assured they are all New American cuisine. A sucker for red meat, I ordered the Filet Fontina Marsala, a 7-ounce filet mignon covered with a thin layer of melted fontina cheese, house-made Marsala sauce and portabella mushrooms. This time around, I’ll admit, that it was the fontina, not the Angus beef, that drew me in. The rich aroma of the cheese amplified the flavor of the tender meat, which was cooked to a perfect medium, while the Marsala had a curious but satisfying peppery kick that put the plate over the top. My friend’s mahi mahi, from the daily specials, wasn’t a catch like my dish, but she still happily filled her tummy. The meat was firm, not as flaky as other mahis I’ve tried (I took a few forkfuls off my friend’s plate), but it still BERGENMAG.COM

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had the rich flavor one expects from this fish. Her sides, meanwhile, might’ve stolen the show: A light squash couscous and savory bacon succotash, she notes, were a pleasant surprise. With just four choices on the menu and one on the specials, dessert clearly isn’t Taphouse’s concentration. My friend’s dish, chocolate decadence, was a flourless cake brimming with, well, chocolate as well as a tangy Grand Marnier and raspberry sauce. I kept my afterdinner treat tame, opting for the warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream from the evening specials list. With the name Taphouse, it’s no wonder that craft beers and cocktails are the star. But don’t overlook the menu—it’s chock full of surprises and new takes on some old favorites. Like the natural wonders in Arizona, it will take several trips to try everything at the Taphouse, and we’re looking forward to our next visit. —Darius Amos Sedona Taphouse, 679 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201.943.2300; sedonataphouse.com

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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. ALLENDALE

CLIFFSIDE PARK

MASA 81 W. Allendale Ave. 201.934.6616 masasushiandgrill.com

ABSOLUTE THAI HOMEMADE 644 Anderson Ave, 201.941.2290 absolutethaihomemade nj.com

SAVINI 168 W. Crescent Ave. 201.760.3700 savinirestaurant.com

ALPINE KIKU 385-9 Route 9W 201.767.6322

BERGENFIELD BAMBOO GRILL 54 S. Washington Ave. 201.384.5951 bamboo-grill.com CHAPALA GRILL 52 S. Washington Ave. 201.387.2107 WAGON WHEEL 16 S. Front St. 201.384.9464

BOGOTA 101 PUB 101 Queen Anne Rd. 201.343.9802 LUKA’S 10 River Rd. 201.440.2996 lukasitaliancuisine.com

CARLSTADT BIGGIE’S 430 Rte. 17 South. 201.933.4000 biggies.com GIANNA’S 843 Washington Ave. 201.460.7997 giannas.biz IL VILLAGGIO 651 Rte. 17 North 201.935.7733 ilvillaggio.com

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MASSAMAN THAI CUISINE 312 Hackensack St. 201.559.1424 massamanthaicuisine.com

ROSE’S LEBANESE CUISINE 671A Palisade Ave. 201.941.7500 rosesplacenj.com RUDY’S 591 Anderson Ave. 201.943.9252 rudyscliffsidenj.com VILLA AMALFI 793 Palisade Ave. 201.886.8626 villaamalfi.com

CLOSTER AZÚCAR 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

CRESSKILL DELVINA RESTAURANT 172 Piermont Rd. 201.816.0239 delvinarestaurant.com FARMHOUSE CAFÉ & EATERY 15 E. Madison Ave. 201.266.8931 farmhousecafenj.com HANAMI 41 Union Ave. 201.567.8508 hanamirestaurant.com

DEMAREST YASOU MYKONOS 134 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.768.8500 yasoumykonos.com

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MEZZALUNA BISTRO 96 W. Allendale Ave. 201.327.6556

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DUMONT FOSCHINI’S 21 E. Madison Ave. 201.387.9998 foschinis.com IL MULINO 132 Veterans Plz. 201.384.7767 ilmulinodumont.com

EAST RUTHERFORD ANNABELLA’S HOUSE OF MOZZARELLA 900 Paterson Plank Rd. 201.804.0303 annabellasmozz.com CAFFE CAPRI 119 Park Ave. 201.460.1039 caffecapri restaurant.com

EDGEWATER ARCHETYPUS CAFÉ 266 River Rd. 201.941.0609 archetypus.com HAVEN RIVERFRONT RESTAURANT & BAR 2 Main St. 201.943.1900 havenedgewater.com IZZY’S PIZZERIA 86 The Promenade City Place 201.795.2600 izzyspizzeria.com JACK’S LOBSTER SHACK 1040 River Rd. 201.224.2808 jackslobstershack.com KINARA 880 River Rd. 201.313.0555 kinararestaurant.com LE JARDIN 1257 River Rd. 201.224.9898 lejardinnj.com MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET 541 River Rd. 201.840.9311 mitchellsfishmarket.com

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ORAMA 595 River Rd. 201.945.2020 orama.com PIER 115 115 River Rd. 201.313.2155 pier115bar andgrill.com REBECCA’S 236 Old River Rd. 201.943.8808 new.rebeccas edgewater.com

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ROBERTO’S II 936 River Rd. 201.224.2524 robertosii.com THAT FONDUE PLACE 934 River Rd. 201.224.2524 thatfondueplace.com

ELMWOOD PARK ELMWOOD PARK DINER 375 Market St. 201.796.6641 epdiner.com ROYAL WARSAW 871 River Dr. 201.794.9277 royalwarsaw.com TAVERNA MYKONOS 238 Broadway 201.703.9200 tavernamykonos.com TWISTED ELM 435 River Dr. 201.791.3705 twistedelm.com

EMERSON FRANCO’S PIZZA 207 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.265.8111 francospizzanj.com PIMAAN THAI 79 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0440 pimaanthai.com

ENGLEWOOD

CLIFFS STEAKHOUSE 18 Sylvan Ave. 201.944.0233 cliffssteakhouse.com

GOLDEN DYNASTY 825 Franklin Ave. 201.891.6644 goldendynastynj.com

GRISSINI 484 Sylvan Ave. 201.568.3535 grissinirestaurant.com

SUSHI COCORO 856 Franklin Ave. 201.560.1333 sushicocoro.com

FAIR LAWN

GARFIELD

DAVIA 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave. 201.797.6767

BISTRO 399 399 Midland Ave. 973.928.4488 bistro399.com

KIMCHI MAMA 7-09 Fair Lawn Ave. 201.703.2905

GOODFELLAS 661 Midland Ave. 973.478.2226 goodfellasristorante.com

MEI SUSHI 14-20 Plaza Rd. North 201.398.9882 meisushi.com

LA CAMBUSA 517 River Dr. 973.272.8739 cambusanj.com

OCEANOS 2-27 Saddle River Rd. 201.796.0546 oceanosrestaurant.com RIVARA’S RESTAURANT 6-18 Maple Ave. 201.797.4878 rivaras.com

FAIRVIEW NOCHES DE COLOMBIA 172 Broad Ave. 201.840.8428 nochesdecolombia.com PATSY’S 344 Bergen Blvd. 201.943.0627

LA FORTALEZA 361 Midland Ave. 973.928.4470 lafortalezamexrestaurant. com

GLEN ROCK THE GLEN ROCK INN 222 Rock Rd. 201.445.2362 glenrockinn.com

WHITE MANNA 358 River St. 201.342.0914

NECTAR CAFE 175 Rock Rd. 201.857.0825 nectarcafenj.com ROCCA 203 Rock Rd. 201.670.4945 roccanj.com

FORT LEE

BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 45 E. Palisade Ave. 201.569.6267 baumgartscafe.com

CITY PERCH 2023 Hudson St. 201.582.7101 cityperch.com

CASUAL HABANA CAFÉ 125 Main St. 201.880.9844 casualhabanacafe.com

CASSIE’S 18 S. Dean St. 201.541.6760 cassiespizzeria.com

G.W. GRILL 2139 Hudson Ter. 201.947.2440 gwgrill.com

HOUSTON’S 1 Riverside Sq., #181 201.488.5667 hillstone.com

DARUMA 45 N. Dean St. 201.567.9600 darumaenglewood.com

IN NAPOLI 116 Main St. 201.947.2500 inapoli.com

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 1 Riverside Sq., #274 201.487.1303 mortons.com/hackensack

EMMA 34 E. Palisade Ave. 201.227.6103 emma34.com

PRIME & BEYOND 501 Main St. 201.461.0033 primeandbeyond.com

RED, WHITE & PASTA 21 E. Palisade Ave. 201.731.3223 emma34.com redwhiteandpasta.com

MOOD FOOD 1224 Anderson Ave. 201.313.8278 moodfood.life

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS

THE CHEF’S TABLE 754 Franklin Ave. 201.891.6644

CAFÉ ITALIANO 14 Sylvan Ave. 201.461.5041 cafeitaliano.net

FRANKLIN LAKES

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SOLARI’S 61 River St. 201.487.1969 solarisrestaurant.net STONY HILL INN 231 Polifly Rd. 201.342.4085 stonyhillinn.com

AKAI LOUNGE 11 N. Dean St. 201.541.0086 akailounge.com

CAFFÉ MILANO 2117 Route 4 East 201.461.0466

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HACKENSACK

THE OCEANAIRE 175 Riverside Sq. 201.343.8862 theoceanaire.com THE PICCO TAVERN 160 Prospect Ave. 201.880.8750 piccotavern.com POITIN STILL 774 Main St. 201.487.1515

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HARRINGTON PARK DINO’S RESTAURANT 12 Tappan Rd. 201.767.4245 dinoshp.com ORIGINAL PRESTO’S PIZZA 90 Laroche Ave. 201.750.1077 originalpresto.com

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS

TERRACE STREET CAFÉ 149 Terrace St. 201.338.4720

HILLSDALE THE CORNERSTONE 84 Broadway 201.666.8688 thecornerstonenj.com MATSU SUSHI & GRILL 140 Broadway 201.722.9388 matsunj.com OSSO BUCO 343 Broadway 201.664.1600 ossobucogrill.com

HO-HO-KUS ALBERT’S CAFE AMICI 4 Sycamore Ave. 201.389.6377 albertscafeamici.com

BENDIX DINER Route 17 North & Williams St. 201.288.0143

ALT EATS CAFÉ 622 N. Maple Ave. 201.444.1300 alteatscafe.com

BENSI 459 Route 17 South 201.727.9525 bensirestaurants.com

HO-HO-KUS INN & TAVERN 1 E. Franklin Tpk. 201.445.4115 hohokusinn.com

IVY INN 268 Terrace Ave. 201.393.7699 ivyinn.com

ST. EVE’S 611 North Maple Ave. 201.857.4717

HAWORTH

LEONIA

ALESSANDRO’S 157 Terrace St. 201.385.8544 alessandrosnj.com

DANTE’S PLACE 373 Broad Ave. 201.592.9071 dantesplace.com

ANDIAMO 23 Hardenburgh Ave. 201.384.1551 andiamorestaurant.net

FONTANA DI TREVI 248-252 Fort Lee Rd. 201.242.9040 fontanaditrevi.com MIGA RESTAURANT 344 Broad Ave. 201.592.9071

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

LODI REBAR & KITCHEN 132 Essex St. 201.368.8181 rebarnj.com SERGIO’S MISSIONE 2 N. Mercer St. 973.778.4545 sergiosmissione.com

LYNDHURST ANGELO’S 263 Ridge Rd. 201.939.1922 LEE’S HAWAIIAN ISLANDER 768 Stuyvesant Ave. 201.939.3777 MICHAEL’S RIVERSIDE 528 Riverside Ave. 201.939.6333 michaelsriverside.com

MAHWAH MASON JAR 219 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.529.2302 masonjar.com NAGOYA 1007 MacArthur Blvd. 201.818.9933 nagoyacuisine.com RIVER PALM TERRACE 209 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.529.1111 emma34.com riverpalm.com/mahwah SANGRIA 1033 MacArthur Blvd. 201.962.3310 sangriamahwah.com STATELINE DINER 375 NJ-17 201.529.3353 statelinediner.com

MAYWOOD ANGELO’S 245 Maywood Ave. 201.845.4278 OAK ALE HOUSE 26 W. Pleasant Ave. 201.880.1551 oakalehousenj.com

MIDLAND PARK

NORWOOD

ARTURO’S 41 Central Ave. 201.444.2466 arturos.co

CHOK DEE THAI KITCHEN 561 Livingston St. 201.750.8880 chokdeethaikitchen.com

FIONA’S RISTORANTE 118 Godwin Ave. 210.857.5800 fionasristorante.com

MONTVALE

COUSINS PIZZA 450 Livingston St. 201.767.4300 cousinsnorwoodnj.com

BELLISSIMO 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd. 201.746.6669 bellissimonj.com

DIMORA 100 Piermont Rd. 201.750.5000 dimoraristorante.com

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

RAGAZZI 530 Livingston St. 201.660.7950 ragazzirestaurantlounge. com

MOONACHIE BAZZARELLI 117 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4010 bazzarellirestaurant.com

WILD WASABI 460 Livingston St. 201.767.1300 gowildwasabi.com

BISTRO 107 107 Moonachie Rd. 201.440.3339 bistro107nj.com

OAKLAND

LA HAVANA 59 110 Moonachie Ave. 201.964.9515 lahavana59.com PROVA 94 Moonachie Ave. 201.939.8500 provanow.com SEGOVIA 150 Moonachie Rd. 201.641.4266

NEW MILFORD SANZARI’S 105 Old New Bridge Rd. 201.692.7700 sanzaris.com SECTION 201 704 River Rd. 201.262.5600 section201.com

NORTHVALE THE GREEK VILLAGE 254 Livingston St. 201.750.8570 greekvillagenj.com MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS 416 Tappan Rd. 201.767.0063 madeleinespetitparis.com TASTE OF SPAIN 493 Tappan Rd. 201.767.8904 tasteofspain restaurant.com

CAFÉ L’AMORE 455 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.5558 cafelamore.com PORTOBELLO 175 Ramapo Valley Rd. 201.337.8990 portobellonj.com W’S GRILL 20 Elm St. 201.651.0005 wsgrilloakland.com

OLD TAPPAN HOSHITORI 216 Old Tappan Rd. 201.666.6544 VICOLO RISTORANTE 216 Old Tappan Rd. 201.497.8777 vicoloristorante.com

ORADELL

TO SOK CHON 138 W. Central Blvd. 201.482.0910

PARAMUS CHAKRA 144 Rte. 4 East 201.556.1530 chakrarestaurant.com KIKU 365 Rte. 17 South 201.265.7200 MANTRA 275 Rte. 4 West 201.342.8868 mantranj.com

PARK RIDGE ESTY STREET 86 Spring Valley Rd. 201.307.1515 estystreet.com GREEK CORNER GRILL 99 Park Ave. 201.476.1400 greekcornergrill.com THE PARK STEAKHOUSE 151 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.930.1300 theparksteakhouse.com PEPPERCORNS 176 Colony Ave. 201.391.2818 YUKI HANA 131 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.391.3230

RAMSEY ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA 984 Rte. 17 201.818.2625 acfp.com

ESTI’S CAFE 680 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.322.6362 estiscafe.com

CAFÉ PANACHE 130 E. Main St. 201.934.0030 cafepanachenj.com

RED APPLE RESTAURANT 235 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.986.1800 redappleoradell.com

GAO THAI KITCHEN 63 W. Main St. 201.962.2691 gaothaikitchen. com

OCEAN SUSHI 619 Oradell Ave. 201.986.1113 oceansushioradell.com

PALISADES PARK

GIOVANNA’S CAFÉ 19 E. Main St. 201.825.5835 giovannascafe.com

MESON MADRID 343 Bergen Blvd. 201.947.1038 BERGENMAG.COM

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SO MOON NAN JIP 238 Broad Ave. 201.944.3998

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THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 Rte. 17 201.962.7602 theshannonrose.com

BAUMGART’S CAFÉ 158 Franklin Ave. 201.612.5688 baumgartscafe.com

VARKA ESTIATORIO 30 N. Spruce St. 201.995.9333 varkarestaurant.com

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

RIDGEFIELD

FINCA 20 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.1199 fincanj.com

CAFÉ TIVOLI 533 Shaler Blvd. 201.941.5561 cafetivoli.com TUTTO A MODO MIO 482 Bergen Blvd. 201.313.9690 tuttoamodomio.com

RIDGEFIELD PARK LUIGI’S RESTAURANT 54 Mt. Vernon St. 201.641.9869 luigisridgefieldpark.com MK VALENCIA 228 Main St. 201.373.0228 mkvalenciarestaurant.com SPARTA TAVERNA 206 Main St. 201.296.0095 THAI PALACE 218 E. Main St. 201.441.9119 thaipalaceteaneck.com

RIDGEWOOD A MANO 24 Franklin Ave. 201.493.2000 amanopizza.com BAMBOO HOUSE 28 S. Broad St. 201.447.3111

Sanducci’s in River Edge

FROM SCRATCH 44 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.857.5188 fromscratch ridgewood.com KAILASH 22 Oak St. 201.251.9693 kailashindian cuisine.com KUMO 55 Franklin Ave. 201.251.9693 kumo55.com LA LANTERNA CAFÉ & GRILL 29 W. Ridgewood Ave. 201.444.5520 lalanternaof ridgewood.com LE BON CHOIX 11 Godwin Ave. 201.689.0400 lebonchoixcafe.com LISA’S MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 28 Oak St. 201.251.8686 lisasmediterranean cuisine.net

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SAKURA 371 Franklin Ave. 201.848.6988 sakurawyckoff.com

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WESTWOOD BACI ITALIAN GRILL 36 Jefferson Ave. 201.722.8687 baciwestwood.com CAFFÉ ANELLO 425 Broadway 201.786.8137 caffeanello.com BOP N SUSHI 441 Broadway 201.722.8687 bopnsushi.com

WOODCLIFF LAKE BLUE MOON 42 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.782.9500 bluemoonmexican café.com

DD Thai Cuisine in Rochelle Park

PARK WEST TAVERN 30 Oak St. 201.445.5400 parkwesttavern.com PEARL RESTAURANT 17 S. Broad St. 201.857.5100 pearlridgewood.com RAYMOND’S 101 E. Ridgewood Ave. 201.445.5125 ROOTS STEAKHOUSE 17 Chestnut St. 201.444.1922 rootsteakhouse.com WILD GINGER 31 Chestnut St. 201.857.3830 wildgingerrw.com

RIVER EDGE A TASTE OF GREECE 935 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.967.0029 atasteofgreecenj.com FUKI SUSHI 828 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.225.0160 fukisushi4u.com

Yvonne Marki; DD Thai Cuisine

GREEN PAPAYA 110 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.678.1888 greenpapayanj.com ISTANBLUE 645 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.262.4400 istanblueriveredge.net SANDUCCI’S 620 Kinderkamack Rd. 201.599.0600 sanduccis.com

RIVER VALE ARMANDO’S TUSCAN GRILL 688 Westwood Ave. 201.722.5820 armandostuscangrill.com CRECCO’S CAFÉ 655 Westwood Ave. 201.664.7200 creccoscafe.com

ROCHELLE PARK BUCCO’S 60 Essex St. 201.226.1030 buccosristorante.com DD THAI CUISINE 184 W. Passaic St. 201.880.8227 ddthaicuisine.com THE DOG AND CASK 55 Rte. 17 South 201.845.5101 thedogandcask.com NANNI 53 W. Passaic St. 201.843.1250 nanni.com WOODSTONE PIZZA BAR AND GRILL 352 W. Passaic St. 201.845.7600 woodstonepizza barandgrill.com

RUTHERFORD CAFÉ MATISSE 167 Park Ave. 201.935.2995 cafematisse.com FINCH’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 801 Rutherford Ave. 201.231.3141

THE VILLAGE GOURMET 75 Park Ave. 201.438.9404 villagerestaurantgroup. com TRATTORIA GIOTTO 15 Park Ave. 201.528.7142 trattoriagiotto.com VOLARE’S 7 Station Square 201.438.9404 volaresrestaurant.com

SADDLE BROOK MATSUYA 490 Market St. 201.843.5811 matsuyasteakhouse.com QUE PASTA 326 Market St. 201.712.1900 qpitalian.com SADDLE BROOK DINER 30 Market St. 201.843.5929 saddlebrookdiner.com THE GOLDEN PUB 335 Market St. 201.843.9210 thegoldenpub.com

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

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PAISANO’S 132 Park Ave. 201.935.5755 paisanos.com

I GEMELLI RISTORANTE 268 Huyler St. 201.487.4220 igemelliristorante.com

TEANECK AL’S CHARCOAL PIT 540 Cedar Ln. 201.530.7786 AMARONE 63 Cedar Ln. 201.833.1897 amaroneristorante.net ROSE PERSIAN 1150 Teaneck Rd. 201.569.3600 rosepersian restaurant.com

TENAFLY AXIA TAVERNA 18 Piermont Rd. 201.569.5999 axiataverna.com CAFÉ ANGELIQUE 1 Piermont Rd. 201.541.1010 cafeangeliquenyc.com KINARA 10 Jay St. 201.399.7788 kinararestaurant.com PALMER’S CROSSING 145 Dean Dr. 201.567.4800 palmerscrossing restaurant.com SAYOLA RESTAURANT 50 Prospect Ter. 201.871.2182 sayolarestaurant.com

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CASA DEL SOLE 115 Broadway 201.391.5671 casadelsole.biz

TETERBORO SAL’S GOOD EATS 80 Green St. 201.375.4949 salsgoodeats.com

WOOD-RIDGE JUSTIN’S 269 Hackensack St. 201.933.4276 justinsristoranteii.com

WALDWICK ANDREA’S 20 E. Prospect St. 201.670.0275 andreasrestaurant nj.com

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

WYCKOFF

CIRCOLO 53 Franklin Tpke. 201.882.1818

3 CHICAS MEXICAN KITCHEN 637 Wyckoff Ave. 201.848.4700 3chicas.com

LIMONCELLO 32 Franklin Tpke. 201.652.5573 limoncellonj.com

ALDO’S 640 Wyckoff Ave. 201.891.2618 aldosofwyckoff.com

MOSHI MOSHI 137 Franklin Tpke. 201.444.1130 sushimoshi.com THE VILLAGE GRILLE 71 Crescent Ave. 201.670.8200 villagegrillewaldwick.com

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP BACARI GRILL 800 Ridgewood Rd. 201.358.6330 bacarigrill.com DOG HOUSE SALOON & GRILL 270 Pascack Rd. 201.722.1820 LILI’S BISTRO 251 Pascack Rd. 201.664.5454 lilisbistronj.com PHO MIU 255 Pascack Rd. 201.497.3915

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THE BARN ORIGINAL 359 Sicomac Ave. 201.848.0108 thebarnoriginal.com THE BRICK HOUSE 179 Godwin Ave. 201.848.1211 thebrickhousewyckoff. com CAFÉ AMICI 315 Franklin Ave. 201.848.0198 cafeamiciwyckoff.com THE PLUM & THE PEAR 393 Franklin Ave. 201.485.8793 theplumandthepear.com

For our complete list of dining options, visit the “Where to Eat” section at bergenmag.com.

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