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SEARCHING FOR BERGEN’S CUTEST PET Submit a photo of your furr y friend at bergenhealthandlife. com/cutestpet2012.

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Bathing suits, bugs and BBQs are some things that come to mind when you think about summer. But I’m sure you’ll agree it also invites us to “get out”—not only outdoors, to enjoy the warm weather and long days, but also out of our comfort zones to try something new. For example, what about kayaking (see page 17) or running instead of exercising indoors (see page 32), or perhaps camping under the stars? For me, growing up in the Midwest, summer meant camping. Every weekend my family and I would head to the lake—just as we all head to the Shore in New Jersey. It was like living off the grid! No cars, phones, electricity, running water or any of the other comforts we take for granted—absolutely liberating! So in the spirit of summer and that irreverent, youthful impulse we all feel in different ways, we’ve devoted this issue to many of the wonderful things about summer in New Jersey—like the renowned Jersey tomatoes (page 56) that are ripe for the pickin’. You’ll find the perfect beach bag (page 24), seaworthy baubles (page 26), chic poolside and patio furniture (page 30), a Shore house to die for (page 40), a grilling recipe and much more! Enjoy!

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Here’s a summer idea: Why not enjoy the great outdoors by going kayaking? and while paddling your way alongside the scenic banks of the state’s pristine parks, take note of the unexpected workout you’re receiving: The water sport, similar to canoeing, is a bona fide calorie buster (it burns 300 to 500 an hour, depending on water conditions and your speed and body weight), provides low-impact upper-body conditioning (requiring about 500 paddle strokes per mile) and is an eco-friendly way to sightsee and explore. “Paddling is great activity for family pleasure or a day of solitude,” says Rob Fischer of Ramsey outdoor in Paramus and Ramsey.

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Expectant mothers have a lot of big decisions to make—from where to give birth to which method of delivery they’ll use to where to secure child care after maternity leave ends. But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is trying to make one decision a no-brainer: breastfeeding. According to an AAP statement published earlier this year, exclusively breastfeeding for six months has numerous health benefits for both baby and mother. In our state, however, rates of breastfeeding declined from 42 percent in 2000 to 39 percent in 2011, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. The AAP explains that breastfeeding reduces the rate of certain diseases and ailments in newborns, including asthma (up to 46 percent), celiac disease (52 percent), obesity (24 percent) and diabetes (type 1: 30 percent; type 2: 40 percent). Teresa Mancuso, a lactation specialist at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, stresses the benefits the practice has for the mother. “It decreases the risk of osteoporosis, excessive bleeding post-birth and premenopausal breast and ovarian cancer,” she says. “Plus, there’s bonding that goes on between the mother and the baby, and hormones secreted during breastfeeding increase this bonding.” To encourage this practice among its patients, Englewood offers a “warm-line” support service (201.894.3354), which new mothers can call for advice on breastfeeding from lactation specialists like Mancuso.

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local buzz

Putting MoM’s health first

Early this year, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood became the first hospital in northern New Jersey to partner with Spirit of Women, a health program based in Florida with more than 100 partner hospitals nationwide. Through the program, women can sign up to receive monthly e-newsletters and a quarterly digital magazine, both filled with pertinent, up-to-date information about health issues affecting women. Also, the hospital will present a series of educational events on women’s health topics and offer special perks, like door prizes and an elegant meal. “This program is a tool for empowering and educating women to make smart choices regarding their healthcare,” says Deborah Rath of the Women’s and Children’s Resource Center. “Women are often so busy caring for their families that they land at the bottom of the list.” Sign up at valleyhealth.com/spiritofwomen.

our staff’s shore bets

Its reputation may have taken a blow after being exploited on reality television, but the Jersey Shore makes us think less of Snooki and more of beautiful beaches, family-friendly boardwalks and quaint stores and restaurants. Here our staff shares their favorite places to see and things to do on the Jersey coastline (see great nostalgic images of the Jersey Shore starting on page 36). “I can’t miss the bodega Shoppe in Asbury Park. It has great finds at great prices with a vibe that reminds me of miami or New York City—it’s impossible to resist buying something. Say hello to the owner, michael, and tell him I sent you!” —jennifer Vreeland, editor in Chief

There’s an app for that. Through the Paramus-based company StearClear, users can request a driving team to pick them up and drive both them and their car home safely. StearClear works through a downloadable smartphone app, which users can log onto to request rides and store their credit card information and address. When a ride is requested, the app’s gPS determines the user’s location and notifies the nearest driving team. The cost for the service is $20 plus $2.50 per mile. A charge for tolls and multiple drop-offs may be added. The service is available in Franklin Lakes, Ho-Ho-Kus, Little Falls, midland Park, Ridgewood, Totowa and Wayne. Download the app free in the iTunes store or the Android marketplace.

“my kids love the amusement park rides at Point Pleasant beach, so we enjoy going down to that boardwalk at least once every summer.” —Marisa Sandora, executive editor “To me, there’s no better place at the Jersey Shore than the ocean City boardwalk. You can often spot me snacking on a banana whip at bashful banana, shrieking on the log flume at gillian’s Wonderland Pier or playing Skeeball until my arm aches!” —Liz Donovan, Associate editor “I remember going to bay Head in high school. The homes were stunning and right on the beach. It was so nice to be able to get up in the morning and run out the back door with the surfboard.” —Meredith McBride Kipp, Art Director “As a history buff I enjoy the Victorian architecture that makes Cape may a charming outpost of the 19th century. Was it really on the porch of the town’s mansion House in 1849 that mary Todd Lincoln stamped her foot and refused to move to the oregon Territory, where Abe had been offered the governorship? Historians aren’t sure. but who can resist a vacation spot that combines the pleasures of the beach with the possible company of such lively ghosts?” —Timothy Kelley, Senior editor

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1 You’ll be the friend everyone wants to have when you finally score that Shore house you’ve always wanted. Start saving with this Leather Pouch, $55, by Rebecca Minkoff. Bloomingdale’s, Hackensack, 201.457.2000. 2 Shimmer in the sunlight with the handcrafted Twinkle Clutch, $148, by Moyna. Anthropologie in Edgewater, 201.941.1112; Paramus, 201.291.2381; and Woodcliff Lake, 201.291.4321. 3 This Rattan Turnlock Clutch, $275, can take you from poolside to a party. Tory Burch, Hackensack, 201.996.9409. 4 Big enough to fit a towel, snacks, sunscreen, a book (see page 18 for suggestions) and pretty much anything else you’d need for a lazy day at the beach, the Canvas Tote, $125, by Vineyard Vines is at the top of our list of summer must-haves. Bloomingdale’s, Hackensack, 201.457.2000. 5 The Go Go Wristlet, $290, by Eric Javits is small enough to carry to the club but large enough to fit a cell phone, lip gloss and cash. Neiman Marcus, Paramus, 201.291.1920. 6 Pack for a picnic in the park with the vintage-style Linden Wicker Basket, $428, which has a double opening and a colorful plaid lining. katespade.com. 7 While all hands are on deck, keep your belongings in the nautically inspired Cape Tote, $260. Brighton Collectibles, Hackensack, 201.342.0536. —LIZ DONOVAN

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1 Get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s most interesting creatures in these 14K gold Seahorse Earrings, $290. devonleighdesign.com. 2 The Mini Sputnik Urchin Necklace, $120, is cast in translucent resin from the shell of an actual sea urchin and hangs from a sterling-silver chain. icarusandco.com. 3 Add a pop of color against muted linens by wearing this turquoise Multi-Strand Bead Stretch Necklace, $36. Everything But Water, Paramus, 201.367.1350. 4 Temple St. Clair’s 18K Sea Star Earrings, $3,950, feature blue moonstones that glisten like tropical waters. Saks Fifth Avenue, Hackensack, 201.646.1800. 5 Shells, starfish and coral come to life in this Under the Sea Charm Bracelet, $98, which features a combination of 14K gold, mixed metals and glass pearls. C. Wonder, Paramus, 201.909.5737. 6 The supple, exotic texture of these Stingray Bangles, $238–$338, adds just the right amount of sexy to your summer style. dannijo.com. 7 Accessorize your brightly colored resort wear with Bounkit’s Carved Clear Quartz, Coral Branches and Shell Necklace, $1,290. Its white coral and clear quartz will neutralize neons and add texture to smooth silks. bounkit.com. 8 Peacock blue drusy quartz floats like a melting glacier atop white resin to form this Oval Drusy Resin Ring, $125. Neiman Marcus, Paramus, 201.291.1920. 9 Give your preppy cabana look some bite with these Shark “Pearl” Earrings, $99, which feature genuine shark teeth coated in pearlescent enamel. nektardestagni.com. —MEGHAN BASHAW

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SHOP LOCAL LEADER

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Aetrex Concept Store, interior, Modpod sneakers, Larry Schwartz, iStep technology

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AETREX CONCEPT STORE 16–18 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood 201.408.4765, aetrex.com

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THIS THIRD-GENERATION ENTREPRENEUR’S FOOT WEAR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY SOLVES FOOT PROBLEMS FASHIONABLY

Schwartz family has been responsible for constant innovations in footwear and foot care products. We caught up with Aetrex Worldwide Inc. CEO Larry Schwartz, who is also a board-certified pedorthist (specialist in the therapeutic use of footwear), to discuss their $65 million global footwear company, headquartered in Teaneck; their first branded retail concept store, located in Englewood; and what it’s really like keeping the business all in the family. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY IN A NUTSHELL? It

was started by my grandfather in the 1940s to provide custom and overthe-counter arch supports for people with complicated foot-related conditions. We didn’t get into shoes until the ’90s, when we began offering comfortable, fashion-forward footwear for women and men. We continued to innovate and in 2002 developed pressure-point-sensing iStep technology, which has changed the way shoe stores have taken care of their customers. Today, we mostly sell Aetrex shoes and supports to shoe stores and other stores worldwide on a wholesale basis. Shoes are also available online at aetrex.com, and select styles can be ordered at nordstrom.com. WHAT IS YOUR CORPORATE STRUCTURE? I’m the oldest brother. I became president 12 years

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ago, and then CEO. My dad is chairman, my brother Evan is president, and my brother Matt is executive vice president. We all work as a team, in a partnership. WHAT ARE FAMILY GET-TOGETHERS LIKE?

Easy. We actually all get along very well. My brothers and I work together and, believe it or not, we choose to live near each other too. Matt and I both live in the town of Closter, and Evan just bought a house there. I UNDERSTAND YOU NOW HAVE A RETAIL STORE.

Yes. We chose Englewood for our first retail store because it’s near our company headquarters in Teaneck. Plus, we wanted to open our store in a town with a strong medical community and in an area which is frequented by shoppers within our target demographic. We designed the 2,400square-foot store to provide an interactive experience. When you put a shoe down on the “magic table,” various features of the shoe are displayed through touch-screen technology. We use the iStep to measure foot size, determine arch type and pressure points, and custom-select footwear and orthotic inserts. The info from the scan can be sent via text or e-mail so customers can put it on Facebook or Twitter. The iStep identifies the best way to customize footwear for comfort.

TELL ME ABOUT THE COMPANY’S NEW GPS SHOES.

They contain tracking software, so if someone has Alzheimer’s, that person’s whereabouts can be monitored and relatives notified via computer or cell phone in case he or she gets lost. We feel good about what we’ve created, and we know it will help a lot of people. HOW ARE AETREX SHOES DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF OTHER MANUFACTURERS? Our

mission is to create the healthiest shoes on the market today, offering consumers comfort, customization and adjustability by incorporating memory foam, built-in orthotic support and anti-microbial linings that protect against bacteria and odor.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE STYLES FOR FALL? Women

might consider our new Berries boots, which combine memory foam with four-way stretch fabrics, and our Essence pumps with removable foot beds. For men, we have Modpods, a casuallooking shoe with floating pods at the base that create, with every step, a sensation of walking on air.

WHAT PART OF YOUR JOB EXCITES YOU THE

My favorite part is when a good idea evolves from concept to drawings to prototype to market so that it ultimately sells well and helps people.

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to Woman, ‘‘Woman Can We Talk? ’’ NJ Women’s Wellness Center offers women a single, trusted source for healthcare, counseling and education for all aspects of being a woman.

Our team of fellow women, led by well-respected gynecologist Cindy Parnes, MD, FACOG, provides women compassionate care on a personal level backed by research-based medicine. Devoted exclusively to women, NJWWC provides everything a woman needs to stay healthy: • Specialized Gynecology Services (including genetic cancer tests) • Menopausal Hormone Health • Weight Gain Evaluations (including Syndrome W) • PreDx Diabetes Risk Score Analysis • Diet/Nutritional Counseling • Cellular Health Evaluations • Supplement Counseling (including vitamin, mineral and antioxidant tests) • Psychotherapy (for phobias, anxiety and emotional/mental health) Whether you need regular check-ups, diagnosis of a problem, or want to get serious about improving your health, we are here to provide you treatment, support and encouragement.

Cindy Parnes, MD, FACOG Board Certified Gynecologist; Director of Women’s Health

Susan Albino Director of Women’s Services

Tara L. Fricke, PharmD Pharmacologist

Nancy Cohen, RD Registered Dietician/ Nutritionist

Debra Borden, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker

NJWWC is located within the office of Montvale Health Associates.

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take itself too seriously. The super-chic oversized Pebble Side Table from West Elm, $149, has a flat surface to hold food and drink. West Elm, Paramus, 201.261.2552. 4 The Dedon NestRest, $12,180, is part swing, part hideaway. Curl up with a good book and enjoy the summer breezes. Available in chalk (white) and natural. Dedon Flagship Store, New York, 212.334.3345. 5 A refined juxtaposition of cool white weave and natural teak armrests, the stackable Vermont Dining Chair from Garpa, $720, says easy sophistication. Oasiq, New

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rest bare toes this summer. Oasiq, New York, 212.355.0625. 9 Beautifully simple, this Lloyd Flanders Elements Cocktail Table, $857.50, recalls a straw hat on a sunny day. Add a tray and some fresh flowers, and voilà! Mitchell Simon Company, Englewood, 201.568.2108.10 A cozier version of the traditional porch swing with high sides and an ample cushion, the Kettal Bitta Swing is perfect for a nap in the shade or relaxing with a friend. Price upon request. Karkula, New York, 212.645.2216. —NICOLE PIETRANDREA HOUGH

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A locAl cArdiologist And mAr Athon runner gives the hows And whys In The PAsT 30 YeArs, joel jacowitz, M.D., has run almost 85,000 miles, including five marathons (26.2-mile races) with a personal record of 2:35 in the Chicago marathon. But when he’s not leaving other runners in the dust, he’s a cardiologist at Cardiacedge in emerson, where he uses state-of-the-art assessment tools to help patients reach their full athletic potential. here Dr. jacowitz answers questions about road running from the perspectives of both a doctor and a competitive athlete. Why is running beneficial? It’s something you can do almost anywhere and anytime with minimum experience and equipment. even as a beginner, you’re likely to see rapid improvement and to miss the activity on the days you don’t run. There’s no other experience that makes me feel as free. is it better to run on a treadmill or outdoors? Fitness-wise, it’s a personal preference. I think running on a treadmill is exceedingly boring, but some people like the camaraderie of being in the gym. If you’re doing road races, however, you must train outside so that your muscles can get used to pounding the pavement. Why do some people prefer to run barefoot or in minimalist shoes? The principle is that we should run the way our early ancestors did. But people back then didn’t live past the age of 25. I don’t know if barefoot/minimalist runners’ careers will have the same longevity as those of traditional runners— we don’t have data on the long-term effects of that type of running. hoW can runners protect themselves from

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for tips on buying shoes.) Also, you should be close to an ideal weight. If you’re 300 pounds and want to start running, you should probably lose 50 to 75 pounds on a different program first because the excess weight would be too traumatic on your joints. Finally, start slowly. The biggest mistake beginning runners make is doing too much too soon. Pace yourself, pay attention to your body and know when to back off. What precautions should runners take in hot

In extreme heat, you run the risk of hyperthermia, which is potentially fatal. When you’re in the danger zone, you might stop sweating, get goose bumps, have a headache and feel dizzy or experience more extreme symptoms such as disorientation or collapse. Those symptoms indicate that your body needs to cool down. You can help prevent this by training in the heat—your body will become acclimated to those conditions in about

or cold Weather?

two weeks—and by staying hydrated. The risk in cold weather is hypothermia, when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees. The most common symptom is a feeling of lethargy. The best protection against hypothermia is layering—always cover your head and hands. What should runners eat before a race? I like to eat a combination of protein, fat and a little bit of carbohydrates (for example, scrambled eggs with half an english muffin topped with a dab of butter). It is a matter of personal preference and what works best for each individual. should runners cross-train? If you’re running short-distance sprints, it’s important to do upper-body strengthening exercises, which will increase your speed. longdistance runners don’t necessarily need to cross-train unless they’re prone to injuries while running, in which case low-impact activities like swimming and biking may be helpful. —liz donovan

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Indulging in sweetand-savory snacks on the boards is a Jersey girl rite of passage.

ear New Jersey, oh my sweet petite peninsula! We love you for your high and low tide, your curvy coastline, your fields of sweet corn and ripe tomatoes. We adore your miles of malls, your Red Oaks and purple violets, your grit, your glamour. Love you for letting us in on the art of crabbing and the how-tos for eating a bucket of steamers ... for the sand between our toes from Memorial Day ’til Labor Day ... for the joy of winning the biggest prize on the pier.

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a nice catch on the Jersey Shore (we’re talking about fishing!) is an experience that’s been enjoyed for many generations. righT, Top: A one-stop shop for delectable junk food. boTTom: Jersey is the Garden State first, the Diner State second.

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Top: A seaside fish fry is the perfect complement to a hot day at the beach. BoTTom LefT: Jersey girls bring glamour to every situation. BoTTom RighT: The Keansburg Fishing Pier

Adore you, New Jersey, for introducing us to the Boss, big hair and beauty parlors, for the global get-together of our neighbors and neighborhoods and for apple cider donuts, drive-ins and diners. Thank you for making us feel like we were born under a lucky star, for a parkway ride with the windows rolled down, for being brave enough to choose Manhattan as our backyard, knowing we would always find our way back home. Most of all, thank you for your larger-than-life attitude, for being the real deal and for your count-on-me authenticity.

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Color

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A bright, sunny Jersey shore house uplifts with A pAlette thAt pops

written By marisa sandora 路 interiors By mona ross Berman 路 PhotograPhy By Jonny Valiant

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Family photos are hung against grasscloth above the wet bar in a corner of the living room. The white furniture and woven vinyl rug provide a neutral base for brightly colored pillow and curtain fabrics. Benjamin Moore’s Fresno enlivens the mudroom.

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s the owner of two high-end women’s clothing stores, Maureen Doron is surrounded by color. Her stores, called Skirt, carry lines like Milly, Trina Turk, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch—classics with a modern twist that deliver vibrant hues and interesting patterns. When one of Doron’s best customers “who always purchased my own personal favorites” mentioned one day that she was an interior designer, Doron knew they were drawn to the same colors and styles. That customer was Philadelphia-based designer Mona Ross Berman. “I had never used an interior designer before,” says Doron, “but I knew that we had the same taste and that I liked her.” Berman eased Doron into decorating, helping her with her home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and some remodeling of one of her stores. When Doron and her husband decided to build a beach house on the Jersey Shore in Strathmere, Doron commissioned Berman to decorate it “soup to nuts,” Doron explains. “Mona says it was fun because I let her run with it.” And run she did, with a high-energy palette of orange, yellow and turquoise against a white background, a design based on a 1960s table

The custom-made dining table is fashioned after a vintage one that Berman spotted in Miami, providing the color inspiration for the entire house.

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“i love color. i’m not afraid of it. but mona was smart in that if you really look at the house, the base pieces are all white or neutral. we layered on the color with fabrics and accessories.” —homeowner maureen Doron

this page: “A beach house is fun to do because people

tend to take themselves less seriously,” says Berman. The zigzag, Missoni-esque pattern on the floor of the master bedroom was painted with Salmon Berry and White Dove, both by Benjamin Moore. opposite, clockwise from top left: The vintage dresser in the foyer is mid-20th-century Danish modern; the master bedroom headboard is upholstered in Henry in Rose by Raoul Textiles; geometric wallpaper (Recessed from Studio Printworks) adds zing to the powder room; the homeowner’s love of fashion inspired the Yves Saint Laurent posters in the master bedroom.

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clockwise from left: The guest room beckons in sunny yellow; dashes of pink were added to the yellow, orange and turquoise color scheme; Fermob’s Costa extension table adds a pop of turquoise to the deck.

that Berman found on a trip to Miami. “When she showed me a picture of the table, she had me hook, line and sinker,” says Doron. Berman’s plan was to give the home a “1960sCalifornia-surfer-chic vibe,” she explains. “I wanted to do something fresh and different and show that there was more than one way to do a beach house. Even though this home is at the Jersey Shore, it feels like it could be in Malibu or somewhere else.” And thankfully, Berman’s client was the sort who is willing to take risks. “I love color,” says Doron. “I own a women’s clothing store. I’m not afraid of it. But Mona was smart in that if you really look at the house, the base pieces are all white or neutral. We layered on the color with fabrics and accessories so in case I get sick of it, I’m not locked into it for 30 years.” But for now, Berman’s dynamic design is perfect for this active young family. “I have three kids who get up at the crack of dawn, and I’m always tired,” says Doron. “But when I walk up the stairs to the kitchen and living room in the morning all bleary-eyed and I see the light streaming in and all the color, I instantly feel uplifted, and a smile breaks out on my face. It’s a fun house to be in.”

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CELLULITE, BEGONE! A NEW L ASER TRE ATMENT PROMISES TO Z AP AWAY SKIN DIMPLING. HERE’S HOW IT COMPARES WITH OTHER THERAPIES BY DEBORAH PIKE OLSEN

thighs and buttocks—has long been a pipe dream for doctors and women alike. Over the years, everything from creams to massagers to injections has been touted as a possible cure, but none has offered lasting results. Now, for the first time, there’s an effective, long-lasting treatment. It’s called Cellulaze, and it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last January. “It’s exciting,” says H. William Song, M.D., owner of Omni Aesthetics in Oakland. “The preliminary results have been phenomenal. The ‘worth it’ rating on realself.com [a website where consumers can rate cosmetic treatments] has been hovering near 100 percent.” About 88 million women have cellulite—fat that’s located in pockets just beneath the skin. The condition primarily affects women because the anatomy of their skin is different from men’s. In women, the fibrous bands that hold fat cells are vertical, whereas in men, fat is stored in a diamond pattern, says Barry DiBernardo, M.D., director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery in Montclair and clinical associate professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Cellulite forms when fibers that connect fat to the skin stretch, break down or pull tight, allowing the fat cells to bulge. That leads to a dimpled appearance. Treatments, including Cellulaze, promise to smooth out those bulges. Bergen Health & Life asked experts to evaluate Cellulaze and other commonly used cellulite treatments:

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Cellulaze

How it works A small tube (the size of the tip of a pen) containing a laser fiber is inserted underneath the skin. Light energy is delivered just under the skin, increasing its thickness while releasing the bands that pull it down. The laser also reduces the pockets of fat that protrude through the fibrous bands under your skin. Studies show that the treatment increases your skin’s thickness by 25 percent and its elasticity by 29 percent. According to the manufacturer, the procedure is ideal for women who aren’t significantly overweight but have mild to moderate cellulite on their thighs. Pros The results last for up to three years, according to a study of 10 women published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Also, only one treatment is necessary. “This is the culmination of years of work,” says Dr. DiBernardo. “There’s been no long-term, single treatment for cellulite until now. I’m getting calls from all over the country from people who’ve tried everything. Women who don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts finally have help.” Cons It’s expensive, plus it’s a new procedure, so it will take time to determine its potential side effects. “I like to see a procedure out for six months before I jump on it,” says Dr. Song. Also, although it’s considered minimally invasive, you’ll receive local anesthesia, and some recovery time is involved. You’ll need to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks afterward to prevent fluid buildup. Plus, you’ll have to be patient because it can take two to three months before you see the results, says David L. Abramson, M.D., chief of plastic surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and a physician at The Fountain Spa in Paramus. Cost Ranges from $5,000 to $7,000*, depending on the size of the area to be treated

“women who don’t feel Comfortable we aring ShortS finally have help.” —barry dibernardo, m.d.

SmoothShapeS

How it works A laser causes the pores in fat cells to open and release fat. As a result, the cells shrink. A mechanical roller and vacuum suction help the unwanted fat “drain.” Researchers will soon begin a study in which they combine Cellulaze and SmoothShapes to see if the results are better than Cellulaze alone—and if healing might occur more quickly. “There could be synergistic results,” says Dr. DiBernardo. Pros You won’t need as many treatments as the other noninvasive cellulite procedures. Plus, this procedure lasts longer than others. The manufacturer claims the procedure feels like a deep-tissue massage. Although you may notice that the treated area is red for a few hours after the procedure, there’s no recovery time. “This is the most effective noninvasive, temporary treatment,” says Dr. DiBernardo. Cons The results are temporary, and the procedure is costly. Also, you’ll need to be patient, since your skin will continue to improve for up to six months after your last treatment. Cost $350 per treatment (you’ll need eight treatments twice a week for four weeks)

endermologie

How it works This relatively low-tech treatment uses mechanical rollers and vacuum suction to massage away cellulite. The procedure stretches out the fibrous tissue underneath the skin and squeezes fluid from fat cells to achieve a smooth look, says Dr. Song. Pros It’s relatively inexpensive, and it’s painless. Cons It’s temporary. You’ll need 10 to 20 treatments (once a week), then monthly maintenance, says Dr. Song. Cost $150 per treatment

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A wArning About cellulite injections some aesthetic medicine specialists claim that injections of drugs, vitamins, minerals or herbal extracts can chemically dissolve fat, improving cellulite. but the procedures—known as mesotherapy and lipodissolve—don’t work well because they can cause an uneven reduction of fat, says H. william song, M.D., owner of omni Aesthetics in oakland. worse, “you don’t know what you’re getting,” says Dr. song. “they’re not FDA-approved procedures.” in fact, in 2010 the FDA issued warning letters to six u.s. medical spas and a company in brazil for making false or misleading statements on their websites about lipodissolve products. Plus, the FDA has received reports of permanent scarring, skin deformities and deep, painful knots under the skin in the areas where the lipodissolve products were injected.

Questions to Ask your Doctor

VelaShape II

How it works it uses the roller and suction technology from endermologie and adds radiofrequency (rF) to heat fat cells and shrink them. “the rF makes [this procedure] more effective and longer-lasting [than endermologie],” says Dr. song. A recent study found that after five sessions, there was an up to 60 percent overall improvement in skin texture. Pros it’s noninvasive, so there’s less discomfort. (the manufacturer claims the treatments feel like a deep-tissue massage.) Although your skin may appear flushed and warm for several hours after the treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately. Cons the results don’t last long. Also, although the procedure is FDA-approved and considered safe, there are some concerns about the rF. “People worry about cell phones causing cancer, but the rF in this procedure is 100 to 1,000 times more powerful,” says Dr. song. “so we don’t know about its long-term safety.” Cost $250 per treatment (about 10 are needed, then monthly maintenance, says Dr. song)

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before you undergo cellulaze treatment for cellulite, David l. Abramson, M.D., chief of plastic surgery at englewood Hospital and Medical center, recommends asking your physician: Are you a board-certified surgeon? Have you performed related procedures like liposuction? (cellulaze is more difficult to perform than liposuction, says Dr. Abramson.) How many cellulaze procedures have you done? Are your patients happy with the results? May i speak with them and see their beforeand-after photos? next year, when the machine has been out longer, ask: How many of your patients have been re-treated?

How to steer cleAr oF cellulite your genes, pregnancy and aging can weaken collagen fibers, causing cellulite to develop. Also to blame are eating poorly, yo-yo dieting and dehydration. take these simple steps, recommends the national institutes of Health, to avoid this unsightly condition: Follow a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber Drink plenty of fluids exercise regularly Maintain a healthy weight Don’t smoke

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Can new Jersey claim the tomato? in truth, it originated in South America and is grown in greatest quantity in China, with California the top-producing u.S. state. But connoisseurs of the Jersey tomato think of this plump red fruit (considered a vegetable in culinary terms, and known to scientists as Solanum lycopersicum) as their own. This is, after all, the state where Rutgers university released its namesake hybrid tomato in 1934 and where the Campbell Soup Company used that flavorful food over succeeding decades to make oceans of soup. Today Campbell’s has switched to a less expensive (and, some say, less flavorful) west Coast variety, but there are still a number of farms growing celebrated varieties of Jersey’s best, and Rutgers has a program in place to bring hybrid species created here back to the market.

PoweRS Studies touting the health benefits of tomatoes are numerous, and their ranks are growing. The fruit is well known for its role in supporting heart health—lycopene, an antioxidant, can help prevent blockages and improve the regulation of fats in the bloodstream, decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Some research also indicates that lycopene may promote bone health and help prevent cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in phytonutrients linked to

heart health and are chock-full of vitamins C and e, beta-carotene and manganese.

Buy · SToRe · GRow you can buy authentic Jersey tomato hybrid seeds from Rutgers (log onto njfarmfresh.rutgers.edu). ideally, seeds should be started in early April, four to six weeks before the last frost. in a container full of seed-starting soil mix, dig out lines about one-fourth inch deep and sow seeds one-half inch apart. Lightly cover with soil, water gently and place in a warm spot. As soon as stems show, transplant to a bright, sunny location. keep moist. once true leaves sprout, transplant seedlings to their own container. Build up their tolerance to the sun a few hours at a time before leaving the plant in full sun all day. Seedlings can be planted outdoors when they have strong roots and the average temperature is 55 degrees. Set up your tomato wire to help branches support the weight of the fruit. whether harvesting from your backyard, a farmers’ market or the grocer, pick tomatoes that are fully ripe for best flavor and avoid storing in the refrigerator—they’re optimal at room temperature and eaten within two or three days. —keLLey GRAnGeR

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Enjoy succulEnt stEaks from thE grill this summEr—and bEyond notHing CoMPares WitH the buttery, fork-tender meat found at your favorite local steak house. as most chefs would attest, a perfect steak starts with quality and cut, requiring the simplest seasonings and cooking. When shopping for meat to cook at home, freshness is key. go to a butcher shop or have the butcher at your favorite supermarket cut meat to order. For sumptuous fare, choose wellmarbled cuts like a new york strip or rib eye. eating healthier? opt for a cut that has less saturated fat but is super-tender, like the tenderloin. a serving of lean beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, phosphorus, iron and B-complex vitamins. Just remember to balance your plate with vegetables and whole grains. now, get grilling!

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Michael ostros, Culinary institute of america graduate and executive chef of teaneck’s regina’s steakhouse & grill, shares a recipe for a succulent summer steak:

Before grilling a steak, remove the packaging and leave the steak uncovered in the refrigerator for about two hours. this will give the steak a “quick dry-age” and a nice char. remove the steak from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before grilling. Meanwhile, heat the grill on high temperature for five minutes. instead of oiling the whole grill grate, drizzle a small amount of oil on the steak then season with salt and pepper. Put the steak on the grill and leave it on one side to seal in the juices, about 10 minutes. (don’t be a flip-flopper!) turn the steak and reduce the heat to medium-low and grill 10 minutes more or until the desired temperature is reached. Let rest before slicing.

regina’s ste akHouse griLLed ste ak WitH CHiMiCHurri sauCe serves 4 inGreDients 1 (16-oz.) new york strip steak olive oil, for drizzling sea salt freshly cracked black pepper

CHimiCHurri sAuCe: inGreDients 1 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, trimmed of thick stems 3 to 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled 2 tbs. fresh oregano leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried oregano) ½ cup olive oil 2 tbs. white balsamic vinegar 1 tsp. sea salt ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp. chipotle pepper

for tHe CHimiCHurri sAuCe: on a cutting board using a sharp knife, finely chop the parsley, fresh oregano and garlic, or place in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. transfer to a small bowl. stir in the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and chipotle pepper. adjust the seasonings as necessary. serve the sauce immediately or refrigerate. if chilled, return to room temperature before serving. the sauce will keep for a day or two in the refrigerator.

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grass-Fed BeeF: tHe 411 not too long ago consumers asked, “Where’s the beef?” now public scrutiny has turned toward what’s in our beef and how is it being raised, and people are asking if grass-fed beef is really worth the price. spokeswoman Marilyn noble of the american grassfed association (aga), a producers’ organization, answers questions: What is grass-fed beef? the aga defines grass-fed products as those from animals (including cattle, bison, goats and sheep) that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from birth to harvest—all their lives. What are the flavor, texture and health benefits of grass-fed beef steaks as compared With organiclabeled steaks*, grain-fed and/or “regular” storebought steaks? grass-fed steaks have a meatier flavor than their grain-fed counterparts, and that flavor depends upon the breed of the animal as well as the types of grasses in the diet. it’s a bit like the concept of terroir in wine: different places and different pastures will create different flavors in the meat. grass-fed meat should never taste gamey or “off”— if it does, it may have something to do with the age of the animal and/or the handling of the meat during processing. the texture will be firm and perhaps a little chewier than a grain-fed steak, but with proper cooking, it shouldn’t be tough or dry. as far as health benefits go, grass-fed beef is considerably leaner than grain-fed, and the fat it does have is higher in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLa), which research shows helps combat certain cancerous growths, insulin resistance and inflammation. grass-fed beef is also lower in saturated fats and contains higher percentages of vitamin e, beta-carotene, riboflavin and thiamine and the minerals calcium, potassium and magnesium. in addition, grass-fed cattle are never fed antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products such as chicken feathers and manure.

done, use a different cut, like a sirloin roast, and a slower cooking method, like braising. the most tender cuts are the best for grilling: tenderloin, rib eye, strips and top sirloin.

WHere to Buy For more information on where to buy grass-fed beef, log on to american grassfed.org for a list of producers. alternatively, visit or buy online from these local purveyors:

have you seen an increase in people buying grass-fed beef? While no one tracks grass-fed statistics as a separate category, it seems the industry has hit the tipping point with consumers. the Hartman group, a market research firm concentrating on health, wellness, food and sustainability, noted that grass-fed meats, along with boutique butchers and heirloom pork, are among the top food trends in 2012. anecdotally, there seems to be increasing interest from the media and from chefs, restaurateurs and consumers over even a year ago. you see grass-fed noted on menus more often, and it’s easier to find in higherend grocery stores and butcher shops. so Why does grass-fed meat cost more? it takes longer to produce grass-fed meats, so the cost on a retail level will generally be higher than commodity beef, which is raised to be brought to market quickly. People who are committed to grass-fed are dedicated to creating the highest-quality, healthiest and most environmentally sustainable product they can achieve, all while making a modest profit. Consumers can save money on grass-fed meats by buying in bulk from a rancher, farmer or purveyor they know and trust [see “Where to Buy” at right]. Buying a half or quarter of a beef brings the cost way down. —Kathleen Keating

D’ArtAGnAn inC. 280 Wilson ave. newark 800.327.8246, dartagnan.com fossil fArms 81 Fulton st. Boonton 973.917.3155 fossilfarms.com koCHer’s House of QuAlity meAts 634 Bergen Blvd. ridgefield 201.945.7086 mArket bAsket 813 Franklin Lake rd. Franklin Lakes 201.891.2000 marketbasket.com simply GrAzin’ orGAniC fArm 1932 route 206 skillman 908.359.6555 simplygrazin.com WHole fooDs mArkets various locations wholefoods.com

*organic steaks must adhere to the usda national organic Program’s standards for livestock, which includes ensuring that the cattle are antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free and 100 percent organicfeed-fed and have access to grazing outdoors.

What should one look for When buying grass-fed-beef steaks? in general, grass-fed cuts may be a little smaller, and the meat will be a darker red than grainfed due to higher percentage of pigments in the naturally lean, athletic cattle. you won’t see as much fat, and the fat you do see may be a little bit on the yellowish side, again from the beta-carotene and other pigments in the grass-fed diet.

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What is the best Way to grill grass-fed beef and What are the best cuts? if you’re grilling a steak, let it come to room temperature, then sprinkle liberally with salt about 15 minutes before it goes on the heat. grill over high heat for about three minutes per side for a oneinch thick steak. that will give you a medium-rare result. if you want it medium, move it to a cooler part of the grill and cover for another couple of minutes. after the steak comes off the heat, let it sit for about 10 minutes so that the juices move back through the meat. i would never recommend cooking a grass-fed steak to well done—you’ll cook the moisture right out of it and it won’t be good. if you prefer your meat well

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sensational summer sips THeSe HoT-weaTHer drInKS From PoPular local waTerIng HoleS are PerFecT For SerVIng aT your nexT bacKyard baSH

Freshly swept patios, perfectly coiffed cushions and vibrant umbrellas dot the outdoor dining landscape. It’s officially summer and time for serious summer sipping. but if you’re expecting garden-variety umbrella drinks, you’ve come to the wrong place. master mixologists at these local hot spots have turned it up a notch (or two) with enticing elixirs that include an elderflower cocktail from Varka, Ho-Ho-Kus Inn’s sweet passion fruit mojito and Stony Hill Inn’s sassy sangria. best of all, they’re letting us in on their secret recipes to make them pitcher-perfect to share with friends. cheers! —kathleen keating

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern 1 E. Franklin Tpk. Ho-Ho-Kus, 201.445.4115 hohokusinn.com

VarK a EldErFlowEr SmaSH “The hint of cucumber in Hendrick’s gin and the essence of elderflowers in the St. germain are complemented by tart lemon and fresh mint, making for a great summer drink.” —Stavros Angelakos, General Manager, Varka Estiatorio IngredIenTs 1 lemon, sliced 1 bunch fresh mint 16 dashes angostura bitters 6 ounces (¾ cup) Hendrick’s gin 4 ounces (½ cup) st. germain liqueur

In a pitcher, place 4 large lemon slices, 16 mint leaves and 16 dashes bitters. muddle or press the mixture together. add ice, gin and St. germain liqueur. Stir well. Strain and evenly divide among four chilled martini glasses. garnish each glass with mint leaves. yIelds 4 servIngs

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STony Hill inn Sangria “a cool, refreshing drink filled with delicious fresh fruit. Perfect for enjoying on a nice summer day or evening out on your patio.” —Wilson Cuji, barback, Stony Hill Inn IngredIenTs ½ bottle cabernet sauvignon 3 ounces sprite soda 2 ounces (¼ cup) triple sec 2 ounces (¼ cup) pineapple juice 2 ounces (¼ cup) orange juice 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) brandy 2 packets splenda sugar substitute 2 oranges, sliced 2 apples, cored and sliced Pineapple, cored and sliced

In a pitcher, combine the cabernet sauvignon, soda, triple sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, brandy and sugar substitute. add the fruit to the pitcher and stir. Pour into ice filled glasses and serve with a cherry. yIelds ½ PITCHer

PaSSion FruiT & mango mojiTo “Fresh tropical fruit puree blended with cruzan mango rum produces a smooth and fantastically flavored drink to enjoy on a hot summer night. For the summer I like to incorporate fresh fruit and/or purees whenever possible. Fruit purees work just as well as fresh fruit if that is easier for home use—and they can be found in most upscale markets.” —Robert Lipkin, Wine and Beverage Director, Ho-Ho-Kus Inn IngredIenTs 1 bunch fresh mint ½ cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water heated until sugar is dissolved and then cooled) 8 ounces (1 cup) Cruzan mango rum 8 ounces (1 cup) passion fruit puree 4 ounces (½ cup) peach nectar lime, cut into wedges for garnish

muddle or press 4 to 8 sprigs fresh mint in the bottom of a pitcher with a generous splash of simple syrup. Fill the pitcher with ice, then add the rum, passion fruit puree, peach nectar and 1/4 cup simple syrup. evenly divide the mixture among 4 glasses and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh mint. yIelds 4 servIngs

left to right: courtesy of varka, shutterstock, courtesy of ho-ho-kus inn & tavern

sTony HIll Inn 231 Polifly rd. Hackensack, 201.342.4085 stonyhillinn.com

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CHAPALA GRILL Family-friendly Mexican restaurant, 52 S. Washington Ave., 201.387.2107

SU RESTAURANT Vegetarian fare with Asian influences, 725 River Rd., 201.840.7988

TOMMY FOX’S PUBLIC HOUSE Classic American pub fare, 32 S. Washington Ave., 201.384.0900

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ROYAL WARSAW Polish cuisine, 871 River Dr., 201.794.9277

STEVE’S SIZZLING STEAKS Traditional American steak house featuring seafood, 620 Route 17 South, 201.438.9677

TROVATO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian cuisine, 206 Route 46 East, 201.797.7552

TINA LOUISE Asian fare, BYO, 403 Hackensack St., 201.933.7133

GREGORY T’S Traditional pub cuisine in a laid-back environment, 214 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.262.5003

CLIFFSIDE PARK

BUSHIDO BAR AND RESTAURANT Japanese fare, 671 Palisade Ave., 201.941.6600 TOM YUM KOONG Authentic Thai cuisine, 644 Anderson Ave., 201.941.2290

CLOSTER

BUON GUSTO Casual Italian dining, 534 Durie Ave., 201.784.9036 HARVEST BISTRO & BAR French/American fare, 252 Schraalenburgh Rd., 201.750.9966 SEAR HOUSE Upscale steak house with seafood options, 411 Piermont Rd., 201.292.4612

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ROSA’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Casual Italian cuisine and pizza, 207 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.265.8111

PRIME & BEYOND Upscale American steak house, 501 Main St., 201.461.0033

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CHEF’S TABLE French eatery, 754 Franklin Ave., 201.891.6644 DELPHINO Classic southern Italian fare, 829 Franklin Lake Rd., 201.848.0909

GLEN ROCK

GLEN ROCK INN Sports bar with Italian-influenced menu, 222 Rock Rd., 800.400.2362 ROCCA Classic Italian and innovative seasonal fare, 203 Rock Rd., 201.670.4945

HACKENSACK

THE CROW’S NEST Contemporary American fare, 309 Vincent Ave., Route 17 South, 201.342.5445

ENGLEWOOD

AKAI LOUNGE Elegant sushi lounge, also offering other traditional Japanese dishes, 11 N. Dean St., 201.541.0086 BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE Traditional Mexican dishes, 23 E. Palisade Ave., 201.541.0600 GRAND CRU Wine bar and bistro, 36 N. Van Brunt St., 201.568.3939 THE KITCHEN American food with a 1930s ambience, 21 E. Palisade Ave., 201.568.4570

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CUBBY’S BBQ RESTAURANT Voted Best BBQ Restaurant in Bergen County by the readers of Bergen Health & Life in 2011 and 2012. For 26 years, Cubby’s has been ser ving the community the finest home-style food using only the freshest ingredients. Good food and friendly ser vice are always its top priorities. 249 S. River St., 201.488.9389

GRIFFIN’S BAR & EATERY American fare, 44 E. Madison Ave., 201.541.7575

LEVANT GRILLE Authentic Mediterranean cuisine, 34 E. Palisade Ave., 201.503.1200

LOTUS CAFE Cozy, authentic Chinese restaurant, BYO, 450 Hackensack Ave., 201.488.7070

SAMDAN Middle Eastern fine dining, 178 Piermont Rd., 201.816.7343

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS

SOLARI’S Casual family-friendly Italian restaurant, 61 River St., 201.487.1969

DUMONT

ASSEMBLY STEAK HOUSE & SEAFOOD GRILL Classic American steak house, 495 Sylvan Ave., 201.568.2616 GRISSINI TRATTORIA Elegant Italian cuisine, 484 Sylvan Ave., 201.568.3535

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IL MULINO RISTORANTE One of Bergen County’s top Italian restaurants, Il Mulino continually receives awards from Bergen Health & Life, The Jewish Standard and The Record. Zagat-rated, Il Mulino ser ves authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. 132 Veterans Plz., 201.384.7767

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WHITE MANNA Lively burger joint, 358 River St., 201.342.0914

HARRINGTON PARK

DINO’S RESTAURANT Contemporary Italian cuisine, 12 Tappan Rd., 201.767.4245

DUTCH HOUSE TAVERN Historical tavern featuring casual American cuisine, 24-07 Fair Lawn Ave., 201.796.5343

PRESTO’S Italian dishes and brick-oven pizza, 90 La Rocha Ave., 201.750.1077

GOTHAM CITY DINER American favorites, 39-10 Broadway, 201.398.9700

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS

OCEANOS Mediterranean food with raw bar, 2-27 Saddle River Rd., 201.796.0546

IVY INN American and Continental fare ser ved in a romantic setting, 268 Terrace Ave., 201.393.7699 MT. FUJI STEAKHOUSE Elegant Japanese fare and hibachi grill, 193 Route 17 South, 201.288.2800

EAST RUTHERFORD

PICNIC, THE RESTAURANT Creative, upscale eatery with locally grown ingredients, 14-25 Plaza Rd., 201.796.2700

SORRENTO’S Southern Italian fare, 132 Park Ave., 201.507.0093

THE RIVER PALM TERRACE Classic steak house and seafood restaurant, 41-11 Route 4 West, 201.703.3500

HAWORTH

ROSE’S PLACE Fine Lebanese fare, 32-01 Broadway, 201.475.8800

OMSHIVAM Authentic Indian fare in an all-you-caneat buffet, 147 Terrace St., 201.374.1540

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ZEN ZEN BARBECUE Korean barbecue, 356 Bergen Blvd., 201.840.1820

ZOCCA RISTORANTE Fine family-style Italian fare featuring fresh seafood, 100 Park Ave., 201.497.6474

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PARK AND ORCHARD RESTAURANT International/ eclectic dishes, 240 Hackensack St., 201.939.9292

TAO’S WOK AND RESTAURANT Asian fusion and seafood, 356 Paterson Ave., 201.460.8988

EDGEWATER

KINARA Northern Indian cuisine, 880 River Rd., 201.313.0555 LA VECCHIA NAPOLI Traditional southern Italian cuisine, 2 Hilliard Ave., 201.941.6799 THE MAGIC POT Fondue and crêpe dishes, 934 River Rd., 201.969.8005 REBECCA’S Caribbean cuisine, 236 Old River Rd., 201.943.8808

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ARMANDO’S Fine traditional Italian cuisine, 144 Main St., 201.461.4220

TUSCANY TOUCH Italian fare, 167 Boulevard, 201.288.4000 ALESSANDRO’S TRATTORIA E PIZZERIA Casual Italian cuisine, 157 Terrace St., 201.385.8544

BENSI Authentic Italian food with fresh, local produce, 387 Washington Ave., 201.722.8881

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KIKU Traditional Korean and Japanese fare ser ved hibachi style, 365 Route 17 South, 201.845.8008

VILLA ROBERTO RISTORANTE Fine Italian cuisine, 70 W. Passaic St., 201.845.8333

LITTLE FERRY

LEGAL SEAFOOD Seafood restaurant with a raw bar, 1 Garden State Pla za, 201.843.8483

RUTHERFORD

MINADO Japanese seafood buffet, 1 Valley Rd., 201.931.2666 TRACEY’S NINE MILE HOUSE Continental cuisine, 4 Bergen Tpk., 201.440.1100

LODI

NAPOLI PIZZA II Classic Italian pizza parlor with a Sicilian focus, 12-76 River Rd., 201.703.5577 YA FOOD CHAN’S WOK Authentic Chinese cuisine with a health food menu available, 2 Mercer St., 973.777.0633

LYNDHURST

PINEHILL RESTAURANT Korean barbecue and Japanese fare, 123 Paramus Rd., 201.843.0170

PARK RIDGE

PEPPERCORN’S Classic American steak house, 176 Colony Ave., 201.391.2818 VALENTINO’S Continental Italian fare, 103 Spring Valley Rd., 201.391.2230

RAMSEY

THE ABBEY Quaint American and Italian dining, 105 Lakeside Dr., 201.327.0009

FOSCHINI’S BRICK OVEN KITCHEN Casual, fresh brick-oven pizza, 298 Ridge Rd., 201.460.7600

APOLO’S RESTAURANT Mediterranean seafood, BYO, 61 Main St., 201.825.1111

HAROLD’S NEW YORK DELI The former operator of New York’s Carnegie Deli ser ves up sandwiches and soups, 10 Polito Ave., 201.935.2600

CAFÉ PANACHE Eclectic American fine dining, 130 E. Main St., 201.934.0030

MAHWAH

RIVER PALM TERRACE Traditional American steak house dishes, 209 Ramapo Valley Rd., 201.529.1111 ROXANNE’S Family-friendly Italian eatery with brickoven pizza, 150 Franklin Tpk., 201.529.0007

MIDL AND PARK

ARTURO’S Classic Italian fare, 41 Central Ave., 201.444.2466 ROSARIO’S TRATTORIA Casual Italian BYO, 29 Central Ave., 201.445.3335

MONT VALE

BELLISSIMO Fine Italian cuisine, 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd., 201.746.6669 THE PORTER HOUSE American steak house, 125 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.307.6300

MOONACHIE

BAZZARELLI RISTORANTE Italian pizzeria that offers gluten-free pizza, 117 Moonachie Rd., 201.641.4010 DOLCE NOVITÀ Authentic Italian fine dining, 107 Moonachie Rd., 201.440.3339

NEW MILFORD

TAWARA Japanese sushi bar, 53 W. Main St., 201.825.8712

RIDGEFIELD

GOTHAM CITY DINER American favorites, 550 Bergen Blvd., 201.943.5664 TUTTO A MODO MIO Family-friendly Italian restaurant, 482 Bergen Blvd., 201.313.9690

RIDGEFIELD PARK

BELLA ITALIANO Traditional Italian cuisine, BYO, 170 Main St., 201.440.2150

CARUCCI’S Pasta, pizza, burgers and more, 495 Saddle River Rd., 201.909.0611 MATSUYA Cozy, elegant Japanese steak house, 490 Market St., 201.843.5811

SADDLE RIVER HOT PICK

THE SADDLE RIVER INN Fine dining comes to the countryside at this Zagat-rated restaurant, which serves sophisticated French/New American cuisine that changes with the season. Located in a charming rustic farmhouse, the Inn is a perfect setting for a romantic evening. 2 Barnstable Ct., 201.825.4016

SOUTH HACKENSACK

PLAZA 46 DINER Authentic diner fare, 380 Route 46, 201.440.3704

TEANECK

RIDGEWOOD

REGINA’S STEAKHOUSE Steak house and seafood grill, 827 Teaneck Rd., 201.862.1996

BRICK LANE CURRY HOUSE Indian cuisine, 34 Franklin Ave., 201.670.7311 GEN SUSHI Hibachi, sushi and Asian fusion, BYO, 15 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.493.1988 LA LATERNA CAFÉ & GRILL Fine Italian cuisine, 29 W. Ridgewood Ave., 201.444.5520 LATOUR French/American fare, 6 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.445.5056 MALEE THAI Authentic fine Thai cuisine, 2 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.612.7797

SANZARI’S NEW BRIDGE INN Italian cuisine featuring seafood and pasta, 1055 Old New Bridge Rd., 201.692.7700

MELA CUISINE OF INDIA Traditional Indian fare, BYO, 47 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201.225.6060

MADELEINE’S PETIT PARIS Light French cuisine, 416 Tappan Rd., 201.767.0063

SADDLE BROOK

CLASSIC QUICHE CAFE French and Continental fare specializing in several varieties of quiche, 330 Queen Anne Rd., 201.692.0150

MEKONG GRILL Authentic Vietnamese dishes, 24 Chestnut St., 201.445.0011

BRADY’S FOX HUNT INN Irish/American classics, 201 Livingston St., 201.784.8047

SABOR PERU Authentic Peruvian cuisine, 8 Highland Cross, 201.935.7378

LUKA’S Casual Italian BYO, 238 Main St., 201.440.2996

JERSEY BOYS GRILL American comfort food, 704 River Rd., 201.262.5600

NORTHVALE

MIGNON STEAKHOUSE American steak house with a raw bar, 72 Park Ave., 201.896.0202

PARK WEST TAVERN Modern American cuisine, 30 Oak St., 201.445.5400 SMITH BROTHERS STEAK & CHOPHOUSE Traditional American pub fare, 51 N. Broad St., 201.444.8111 VILLAGE GREEN RESTAURANT Contemporary American cuisine, 36 Prospect St., 201.445.2914

SHALOM BOMBAY Classic Indian cuisine, 166 Cedar Ln., 201.357.8505

TENAFLY

AXIA TAVERNA Stylish Greek eatery, 18 Piermont Rd., 201.569.5999 HAMSA Middle Eastern fare, 7 W. Railroad Ave., 201.871.6060

WALDWICK

ANDREA’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE Cozy, authentic Italian eatery, 26 E. Prospect St., 201.670.0275 THE VILLAGE GRILLE Eclectic fare with Mediterranean, Japanese and Greek influences, 71 Crescent Ave., 201.670.8200

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

BACARI GRILL Fine contemporary American dining with an extensive wine list, 800 Ridgewood Rd., 201.358.6330

WILD GINGER Asian fusion bistro, BYO, 31 Chestnut St., 201.857.3830

BACKWOODS BBQ AT THE DOG HOUSE Traditional American fare with Texas-style BBQ, 270 Pascack Rd., 201.666.4BBQ

RIVER EDGE

WEST WOOD

FUKI SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT Fresh sushi, 828 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.225.0160

GRANITA GRILL Italian cuisine, 467 Broadway, 201.664.9846

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ELM STREET GRILL Classic American bar food, 20 Elm St., 201.651.0005

GREEN PAPAYA Asian fusion cuisine with blends from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, 110 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.678.1888

MELTING POT Fondue style dining with gluten-free options, 250 Center Ave., 201.664.8877

PORTOBELLO Upscale, modern Italian cuisine, 175 Ramapo Valley Rd., 201.337.8990

A TASTE OF GREECE Classic Greek taverna, 935C Kinderkamack Rd., 201.967.0029

MARTINI GRILL European-inspired dishes, 187 Hackensack St., 201.939.2000

ORADELL

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CRECCO’S CAFE Casual restaurant offering ItalianAmerican fare, 655 Westwood Ave., 201.664.7200

PARAMUS

ROCHELLE PARK

NORWOOD COUSINS Casual Italian fare and pizza eatery, 450 Livingston St., 201.767.4300 DIMORA RISTORANTE Italian cuisine ser ved in a family atmosphere, 100 Piermont Rd., 201.750.5000

FELICE’S Casual Italian dining, 279 Kinderkamack Rd., 201.261.9500

BRASSIE’S Traditional American fare, 123 Paramus Rd., 201.848.0170

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ARMANDO’S TUSCAN GRILL Northern Italian cuisine, 688 Westwood Ave., 201.722.5820

BISTRO 55 Casual eatery featuring seasonal, local food, 55 Route 17 South, 201.845.3737

WOOD-RIDGE

RED HEN BISTRO French-American cafe, BYO, 525 Moonachie Ave., 201.728.4501

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ers of choice—old navy, Target, striderite—like ’em on facebook and follow ’em on Twitter to get discounts. and sign up for their e-newsletters, advises stephanie nelson, a.k.a. coupon mom (couponmom.com), whose blog has 6 million followers. do this with shoe brands like new balance, she says, and “you may get an e-mail coupon for $5 to $15 off a pair!”

desire to be older. show them a photo of their big brother or sister wearing the same outfit they’re about to get. suddenly that plaid hoodie will seem way cooler.

that getting their duds at secondhand shops is totally cool because (1) “recycling” clothing helps the planet; and (2) “vintage” = hip. bergenmama.com blogger Jennifer law recommends the green kids’ closet (greenkidscloset.com), a traveling consignment shop featuring steep sales that’ll save you 50 to 90 percent off the original retail price.

works: sign up for a loyalty program at office depot or staples. for every purchase you make, you’ll earn reward points. Then once a quarter you’ll get a gift card in the mail for what you’ve accumulated. “That’s how i stock my business with supplies,” says nelson. “i get free binders and free pens! and at back-to-school time there are lots of deals.”

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know what deals are on tap at stores near you—without spending precious minutes scouring paper ads, making calls or even surfing the web? check out sales circular.com and saleslocator. com. The sites list all the sales in your area on one site.

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backpacks at Walmart are fine, says nelson. but as they hit high school, a new strategy is in order: “rather than buying cheap new ones each year, invest in a betterquality backpack,” she says. “my son has had the same l.l. bean backpack for five years. get them with free shipping and a coupon code. and remember, they have lifetime guarantees!” another worthwhile splurge: a good all-purpose jacket, says law, a mother of two girls. “my kids have gotten great use out of the north face girls’ denali fleece zip-ups,” she says. “They give bang for your buck.”

you might find coupons you can print out or special promotions that will help you save 30 to 40 percent off your bottom line, says nelson. example: go to westfield. com/gardenstateplaza/offers for a list of discounts. While you’re at it, visit websites of individual stores (like kohl’s, lord & Taylor, etc.) and type “coupons” into the subject line. also, don’t forget about outlet malls. sure, you know you can pick up that $5 coupon booklet at the information kiosk once you get there, but nelson says that booklet may be free if you sign up on the outlet’s website: “you can just go pick it up once you get there.”

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wear a new outfit on their first day, and that’s ok. but set limits. Tell them they can pick out two or three items and no more. since it’s still warm out when school starts, steer them to the sales racks of summer clothes. if they need a bigger wardrobe boost, wait at least two weeks after school starts, says nelson. “by then, they know what they want to wear, and those clothes have already been marked down.” another tip: consider carrying envelopes with all the moolah you budgeted for each child in cash. When the bills are depleted, shopping is done—a concept the kids will grasp easily. —Maria LissandreLLo

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generations. For example, you could open a 529 plan account to pay your child’s college bills. Then, if there’s money left over after he or she finishes college, you can change the beneficiary to another qualified family member and perhaps later to a grandchild.

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1 Maureen Keating, Julia DeBellis, M.D., Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., and Mark Schlesinger, M.D. 2 Robert C. Garrett, Natalie Portman, Joseph M. Sanzari and Robert Torre 3 Natalie Portman with Sean Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s son

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fashion fix-up rebuilding togetHer bergen county seasons, Washington township, april 4, rebuildingtogetherbergen.org The Allendale Women’s Club presented a fashion show and gala to support a charity organization dedicated to preserving affordable housing in the county.

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design spree, maywood, april 14, designspree.com Local designers vied for the judges’ vote for the best patio display during this party to launch the store’s outdoor furniture sale. The competition was sponsored by Bergen Health & Life.

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angelic evening academy of the holy angels rockleigh country club, rockleigh, march 23, holyangels.org the annual benefit dinner and auction raised funds for the demarest-based private school’s library expansion.

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race for the cure susan g. komen north jersey south mountain reservation, may 6, komennorthjersey.org breast cancer survivors and supporters participated in a 5K race and a 5K walk at this event sponspored in part by Bergen Health & Life.

8 participants in the event stopped by the Bergen Health & Life booth to say hello to editor in chief Jennifer vreeland (far left).

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British rock band Coldplay comes to the izod Center on August 3 and 4.

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Stretch out your arms like airplane wings and “fly” along a 3.1-mile course during the 15th annual teterboro airport 5K, 8:30 a.m. (all runners must arrive before 7:55 a.m.) Participants will be entered to win awards and random prizes, and

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children can complete a mini-flyer dash. The event benefits United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline for new Jersey residents. registration for 5K: $22 (before July 10) or $25 (July 10–21). For mini-flyer dash: $5. go to teterboroairport5k.org.

JULY 22

Visitors to dekorte Park in Lyndhurst will be all aflutter on butterfly Day, a free event hosted by the bergen county audubon Society and the new Jersey meadowlands commission, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Participants can go for guided butterfly-spotting walks, watch slide shows and learn about attracting and identifying butterflies. See natureprogram.org for more information.

JULY 23

Meatloaf will be promoting his new album, Hell in a Hand-

basket, at bergenPac in englewood, 8 p.m. The grammy-winning artist is famous for his hits “bat out of Hell” and “Paradise by the dashboard Light,” as well as his film appearances in Fight Club and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets: $69–$149 . Visit bergenpac.org for details.

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Women’s Service, an organization dedicated to providing aid to domestic violence victims, is hosting its annual golf outing, the Hope ClassiC, at Somerset Hills country club in bernardsville, 11:30 a.m. The event includes a luncheon, a cocktail reception, a silent auction and the option to play an 18-hole course. Tickets: $250–$750 . To find out more, call 973.267.7520 or visit jbws.org.

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now that Harry, Hermione and ron have grown up and graduated from Hogwarts, it’s up to local bergen teens to portray the fictitious wizarding school’s next batch of budding magicians. Young thespians can act out their own “sequel” to the Harry Potter books during Hogwarts: tHe Next geNeratioN, a “Youth Stages” event at the mahwah Public Library, 4 p.m. admission: free . go to mahwahlibrary.org.

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JULY 27–29

It’s worth the drive to see the sky fill with hot air balloons at the annual FEstiVAL oF BALLooning at the Solberg airport in readington. Take a ride on a balloon, see live performances by musicians including Smokey robinson, participate in the “running with the balloons 5K” and much more. general admission for adults/kids under 12: $17/$7 (before June 30), $20/$10 (June 30–July 26), $30/$15 (July 27–29). call 973.882.5464 or visit balloonfestival.com for details.

AUGUst 3–4

The british alternative rock band CoLdpLAY comes to the Izod center in rutherford to promote its newest album, Mylo Xyloto, 7 p.m. Two songs from the album,

“every Teardrop is a Waterfall” and “Paradise,” were nominated for grammy awards. Tickets: $46–$111.50 . order tickets at ticketmaster.com.

AUGUst 16–19

Watch a West coast sorority girl and her well-dressed chihuahua navigate Harvard Law in the musical LEgALLY BLondE, which will be performed by the new Vision Players at Fair Lawn community center. based on the movie of the same name, this show is a high-energy comedic combo of dancing and singing. Tickets: $20 . To find out more, call 201.632.3532 or visit newvisionplayers.com.

AUGUst 19

The Historic Hermitage CRAFt shoW is being held at Hermitage Front Lawn in Ho-Ho-Kus, 10 a.m–5 p.m. The show will showcase craftsmen from all over new Jersey. Free admission. Visit pjspromotions.com for more information.

AUGUst 19

new Jersey’s largest cycling event, RAMApo RALLY is held at campgaw mountain county Park in mahwah, 7 a.m. Six races of different lengths are designed for novices and

Muggles and magicians alike are invited to “hogwarts: the next Generation” at Mahwah Public library on july 18.

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experts alike. registration: $30 . Visit ramaporally.com to learn more.

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country singer k.d. LAng comes to bergenPac in englewood with her band, Siss boom bang, to promote their latest album, Sing it Loud, 8 p.m. See the grammywinning singer as she performs some of her greatest hits, which include “miss chatelaine,” “constant craving” and her show-stopping cover of Leonard cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Tickets: $39–$99 . go to bergenpac.org for details.

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JULY 26–29

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