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TIME TO LOOK YOUNGER?

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Learn about 10 cosmetic procedures to help you improve your appearance.

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THE RISING

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See which restaurants, ser vices and stores won our Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Dear Friends, Back by popular demand, the Two Rivers Antique and Art Show fundraiser takes place October 15th and 16th at Rumson Country Day School. Featuring 25 renowned antique and contemporary art dealers, the show is considered to be the finest of its type by dealers nationwide. www.tworivershow.org

Proceeds from the event help fund technological advancements to better serve patients of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center. This year’s event will also honor the legacy of three dynamic women and longtime event sponsors—Judy Stanley Coleman, Susan Mercy and Lois Levy. Be sure not to miss the preview party, where you’ll have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at items before they are unveiled to the public. We look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely,

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Contents SEPTEMBER

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Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Monmouth County

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LOCAL FASHION

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LOCAL SHOPPING

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Learn about the origins of bread making and where to buy artisanal bread.

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As the summer slowly winds down (and, thankfully, cools off), we welcome the changing of seasons and look forward to quieter weekends and the easing of Shore traffic. To kick off fall, we’ve created a jam-packed issue that includes something for everyone, such as savvy men’s fashion (page 22), great (and eco-friendly) back-to-school fi nds for kids (page 24) and the latest “green” kitchen trends and products (page 28), my favorite being the hidden composter—so smart! But our biggest and best feature in this issue is (drumroll, please) our third annual “Best of Monmouth Readers’ Choice Awards.” This year it is bigger and better than ever—we tallied hundreds of votes and present to you your favorite local businesses in 97 categories, from food and fashion to fi tness and spas, with a total of 214 places. Some may be new to you, so make a point of trying one of the many restaurants, shops and services that made the list (page 37). Please join us to sample and celebrate what makes the county great at this year’s Best of Monmouth Festival on October 6 at the historic Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park—get your tickets now at monmouthhealthandlife.com.

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It can be embarrassing to discuss lapses in control of your bodily functions, even with your doctor. But there’s a good reason to speak up about bladder problems. Often they’re caused by a condition called pelvic floor dysfunction, for which treatment can bring dramatic relief. Pelvic floor dysfunction happens when the muscles around the pelvis — which serve as a hammock of support for the pelvic organs, bladder and rectum — begin to stretch, weaken and even tear, allowing those organs to hang lower. That’s usually when symptoms start. Then they can slowly worsen over time, making daily life increasingly uncomfortable.

Visiting Ukrainian physicians Vitaliy Kauk, M.D., and Andrew Hryhorenko, M.D., are shown discussing the da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System with Monmouth Medical Center urogynecologist Martin P. Michalewski, M.D., who performed the robotic hysterectomy the visiting physicians observed on the second day of their recent visit.

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“Women with this problem often feel pelvic discomfort and pressure and a frequent need to urinate and have difficulty emptying their bladder,” says Sandra Greco, M.D., chief of urogynecology at Monmouth Medical Center. “Those are important signs to catch early.” Instead, many women spend years suffering in shamed silence — despite the availability of effective treatments, including a host of new minimally invasive surgical options. “The average patient waits four to 10 years before coming to get help,” says Monmouth Medical Center urogynecologist Martin Michalewski, M.D. “Most often it’s because symptoms were mild in the beginning and they’ve adapted to them. Later, however, the condition often worsens and interferes with a women’s quality of life.” In the last few years, new minimally invasive surgical techniques have greatly improved the success rate of pelvic reconstruction, while reducing recovery time. “It’s amazing how much treatment can improve their quality of life,” says Monmouth Medical Center urogynecologist Betsy Greenleaf, D.O. “That’s why women should get these problems evaluated, not just put up with them and think of them as a result of aging.” Pelvic floor dysfunction is most common in women in their late 40s or older, but it is also sometimes seen in young mothers who have just given birth. A predisposition to the condition can be passed on genetically, and it can be brought on—paradoxically—by either too little exercise or too much of certain kinds of exertion. For example, doctors

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Five Ways to be Good to Your Pelvic Muscles Sandra Greco, M.D.

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say weightlifters and runners are subject to pelvic muscle strain that may trigger the condition. Also, the dysfunction can result from an automobile accident or other trauma, or from side effects of medications— diuretics, for example. In most cases it’s not a sudden trauma that brings a woman in for treatment, however, but simply reaching a point where symptoms interfere with life too much. “If you’ve had the problem for a long time, it may have multiple causes without a single clear solution,” says Dr. Greco. Traditionally, a pelvic reconstruction procedure has required a two-day hospital stay, up to three weeks of pain medication and then six to eight weeks of rest with no straining or exertion. Now, urogynecologists with Monmouth’s Center for Continence and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery offer a host of advanced urinary incontinence surgeries that can have patients on the road to recovery in a matter of days, if not hours. For example, Monmouth Medical Center offers InterStim Therapy, a minimally invasive breakthrough in the treatment of overactive bladder and urinary incontinence. InterStim Therapy for urinary control uses mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves that influence the behavior of the bladder, sphincter and pelvic floor muscles. “Just like a pacemaker programs the heart to beat a certain way, the InterStim device sends electrical impulses to the bladder to reprogram the way it performs,” Dr. Michalewski says. “Patients who don’t tolerate side effects of medication to treat overactive bladders often find complete relief with this

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procedure, which requires only a small skin incision.” Additionally, Monmouth Medical Center offers patients the option of a host of robotic-assisted pelvic floor surgeries. “The robotic procedures offer a number of benefits to patients, including minimal blood loss, less pain, shorter hospitalization, and faster recovery,” Dr. Greenleaf says. Another innovative new surgical procedure at Monmouth Medical Center is allowing urogynecologists to perform advanced pelvic floor reconstruction through a single skin incision located within the patient’s umbilicus, or belly button. Singleincision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is an advanced surgical procedure that can minimize some of the discomfort traditionally associated with surgery. “The single incision unique to SILS surgery can result in other potential procedural benefits as well,” Dr. Michalewski says. “One tiny incision through the belly button reduces the potential for wound pain that may accompany additional sites of entry.” In addition to these advance surgical options, Monmouth’s Center for Continence and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery offers women a host of services for urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders, including evaluation and management of pelvic organ prolapse, evaluation and management of urinary incontinence, consultation or second opinions prior to surgery and preoperative urodynamic testing “We also offer patient discrete, nonjudgmental evaluation of postoperative issues such as retention, continued incontinence or mesh erosion,” Dr. Greco says.

If pelv ic floor dysfunct ion isn’t too far advanced, li festyle changes may help. Heed these self-care t i ps: 1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER AND INCREASE YOUR FIBER INTAKE. This will help prevent constipation, which causes you to strain the pelvic muscles, potentially worsening the condition. 2. IF YOU’RE AT RISK BASED ON FAMILY HISTORY, AVOID HEAVY LIFTING ON THE JOB OR AT THE GYM. Yes, exercise is good, but don’t overdo it, especially on your abs and pelvis. 3. IF YOU HAVE BLADDER SPASMS, IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO REDUCE STRESS. Try a yoga or tai chi class. Tell the teacher your problem, though, so you don’t put too much tension on your muscles at any one time. 4. AVOID STANDING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. The constant pressure and pulling will cause pelvic discomfort. Instead, change positions often, from sitting to standing. 5. DO KEGEL EXERCISES, which involve voluntary tightening of the pubococceus muscles (the ones you use if you deliberately stop yourself from urinating). New moms are encouraged to do these to regain strength in their pelvic floor muscles after giving birth.

Pelv i c Floor D ysfunct i on: Danger Si gns to Watch For If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor. They could indicate that you have pelvic floor dysfunction, and the sooner your treatment begins, the better. • Pelvic pain or pressure • Bulging in the vaginal area • Difficulty urinating • Burning sensation while urinating • Urine leaks when straining or during physical activity • Difficulty inserting tampons or keeping them in place

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The Next Wave of Monmouth Medical Center Hospital Expansion underway

Tara Kelly (left) and Ann Unterberg (right) discuss development plans to support Monmouth Medical Center’s expansion.

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O n a g l o ri o u s s u m m e r d ay i n July, as the beach called to many Monmouth County residents, two local women were busy answering a different call—supporting the growth of Monmouth Medical Center to meet the healthcare needs of the more than 630,000 people who call Monmouth County home. Over the past year, Monmouth Medical Center has rolled out a multi-year facilities and services expansion plan that will help one of New Jersey’s largest teaching hospitals serve even more patients. This aggressive plan began with a $3 million dollar renovation to the hospital’s emergency department, now the Cline-D’Onofrio Emergency Services Pavilion, and has recently moved into the construction of two operating rooms, each offering 700 square feet of state-of-the-art operating space for the hospital’s Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery programs. To lead the support efforts behind this exciting growth, Monmouth Medical Center has chosen two powerful Monmouth County women. Little Silver resident Tara Kelly, former CEO of the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter and 20-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, has been tapped to serve as the vice president of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. Ann Unterberg, of Rumson and New York City, will lead the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees as chair. Not only do these women possess a powerhouse of experience and skill when it comes to developing nonprofit organizations, but their ties to the community make them a local source of knowledge invested in the success of Monmouth Medical Center’s initiatives. After all, who better to help further the scope of programs and services of an institution to fit the community’s needs than its own residents?

To learn more about how you can help support Monmouth Medical Center, call the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation at 732-923-6886.

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Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Announces New Board Members Robert Patton

Richard S. Spengler

Ty J. Olson, M.D. Medical Co-Director, The Gamma Knife Center at Monmouth Medical Center

Expansion Plans Benefit Community The new Foundation leadership couldn’t come at a better time, as Monmouth Medical Center is poised for continued growth. Tara Kelly will be an invaluable resource leading the Foundation in its support of the hospital’s programs and services. In addition to the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Eisenberg Family Center and the Leon Hess Cancer Center, the Foundation will spearhead the effort to upgrade all patient rooms, with plans to change all semi-private rooms to private rooms. “Hospital staff, board members and patients are excited about the growth opportunities and what these projects will mean for the community. This is such an exciting time to join Monmouth Medical Center as the emergency department has been rated among the top 5 percent in the nation and a commitment to technological advancement, such as the recent debut of the Gamma Knife Center, remains strong,” says Kelly. During Kelly’s tenure with the Red Cross, she successfully created a Development infrastructure which drove the organization through National Disaster Relief operations such as 9/11, Katrina and the 2005 Tsunami. Kelly also directed the organization’s only capital campaign which resulted in a new 70,000 square foot facility which houses a blood bank, training facility and Disaster Depot Center for the tri-state area.

Unterberg Continues Family Tradition of Philanthropic Support Since leaving her career in investment banking, Ann Unterberg has devoted her time and talents to numerous high-impact nonprofit organizations and philanthropic work,

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including serving on Monmouth Medical Center’s Board of Trustees since 2005. “Access to an academic medical center that provides the level and breadth of health care services that Monmouth Medical Center does is a tremendous resource to our local community,” said Unterberg. It is imperative to continue this support to ensure that Monmouth Medical Center can benefit us all now and in the future. I look forward to assisting Tara in leading those efforts.” Unterberg currently serves as a trustee of the New York Community Trust, the largest private funder of New York City nonprofit organizations, with $1.9 billion in assets. She also serves as a trustee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and as chair of the Lincoln Center Institute, the educational arm of Lincoln Center. Additionally, Unterberg serves as vice chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition. Generations of Unterberg family members have supported Monmouth Medical Center, including Ann’s husband, Thomas, and his parents Clarence and Marjorie Unterberg. Marjorie served as former president of the School of Nursing at Monmouth Medical Center, where she established the Center for Nursing Excellence. She was also a former vice president of the Board of Governors at Monmouth Medical Center. According to Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, executive director of Monmouth Medical Center, “Ann and Tara’s wealth of experience, extensive contacts and dedication to the community, along with their proven track record of producing results, will be a real asset as we continue to bring our development efforts to the next level. I look forward to collaborating with them as we expand Monmouth Medical Center to meet the diverse needs of our growing community.”

The Monmo uth M edical Center F oundat ion has named Ty J. Olson, M. D., Robert Patton and Ri chard S. Spengler to i ts B oard of Trustees. Ty J. Olson, M.D., of Rumson, is the CoMedical Director of the Gamma Knife Center at Monmouth Medical Center. He joined Monmouth Medical Center from the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center, where he completed a five-year residency in neurosurgery. Dr. Olson, who holds board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery, earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Robert Patton, of Rumson, is the New York Associate Office Manager for Goldman Sachs. During his 17-year career with Goldman Sachs, Patton has been named to the Private Wealth Management Leadership Council and a Top Wealth Advisor for four consecutive years. Patton earned his bachelor’s degree in American History and a minor in Latin American Studies from Harvard College. He received his master’s of science degree from the University of Bath England, while studying on a full scholarship from the Rotary International Foundation. Richard S. Spengler, of Colts Neck, serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Investors Savings Bank. Prior to joining Investors, he had a 21-year career with First Savings Bank in Woodbridge, NJ, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer from 1999 to 2004. Spengler received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

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Tired of the same old workout routine? Try hulahooping! Created in the 1950s as a children’s toy, hula hoops are being used today as a fun—and surprisingly effective—workout tool. Don’t worry if you haven’t “hooped” since grade-school recess. Michelle diPierro, a personal trainer at The Atlantic Club (732.223.2100, theatlanticclub.com) in Manasquan, says, “All ages can hoop, as long as you don’t have a spinal injury.” Hooping strengthens and tones the abdominals, lower back, glutes and thighs, while improving balance and coordination. And in just 15 minutes you can burn between 100 and 150 calories. Perhaps the best reason to swivel those hips is simply because it’s fun. “If you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll be motivated to move more, thereby increasing your caloric expenditure,” says diPierro.

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your current wishes? Make sure to update as soon as possible so your intended beneficiaries will receive your assets upon your death. Here is a checklist of items:

For the suddenly single, a new life is ahead of you. Have you re-established your credit? Have you taken your ex-spouse off of joint credit cards? Have you updated your estate plan? Do you have a durable power of attorney? Do you have an income strategy in place? A strategy that not only satisfies your current budget needs but income strategies that will last a lifetime.

1. change all the beneficiary designations on your life policies, 401(k) plans, IRAs, annuities and any other accounts that may have had your former spouse designated as a beneficiary. 2. Update yoUr will. Make sure that your children or other family members, not your ex, are named. If you have minor children, speak to your attorney about establishing a trust. 3. close any joint bank accoUnts and credit cards. Make sure that your ex does not have access to joint credit lines that you will be liable to pay. 4. revoke any powers of attorney that you gave to your ex-spouse. 5. if the divorce decree provided for a name change, get a new Social Security card (go to www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf ), driver’s license, passport and credit cards. Notify all banks and brokerage firms. 6. pay yoUrself first. If you are still working, make sure to contribute a percentage of your pay to your employer’s retirement plan. At a minimum, you should be contributing the amount they are matching. Remember, for purposes of making an IRA contribution, taxable alimony is considered qualifying income. This special rule allows you to still build a nest egg for retirement. Please speak to your tax advisor to see if it makes sense for you.

All too often, I meet with individuals a year or two after the divorce only to find some basic details have not been taken care of. The divorce process is exhausting, to say the least. Who wants to address all of these issues with an attorney or financial planner when you finally have a signed and sealed agreement? Most people are under the impression their attorney will guide them after the divorce is final.You need to be diligent and follow up on certain items yourself. For example, if your settlement agreement states you are to receive alimony or child support, it probably states that your ex-spouse it required to maintain or purchase life insurance to cover those payments should something happen to him or her. Has that been completed? If you are to receive a portion of your ex-spouse’s pension plan or retirement account (including a 401k), a qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO, is needed. Due to the nature and complexity of QDROs, many attorneys outsource this to a specialist. It is imperative to keep in touch regularly with your attorney or divorce team to make sure the QDRO is being processed in a timely fashion. All too often, the smallest mistakes can lead to major delays in receiving your assets. Have you taken your ex-spouse off of your car insurance, homeowners and umbrella policies? Have you updated all IRA accounts, annuities and employer sponsored retirement plans to reflect

Now is a great time to review your estate plan and get your financial affairs in order. If you need help, I am here.

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This information should not be construed as specific tax, legal or investment advice. Debra Fournier is not an attorney and does not provide legal advice. Securities offered through LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC

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Inefficiency central—that’s what the family kitchen was not so long ago, with energy-guzzling appliances, unrecycled materials and an enormous amount of waste. Luckily the past decade has seen a rise in “green” kitchens that are better for us—and better for the environment too. Remodeling expert Mayan Metzler of myhomemyplanet.com says the transition into the new age of eco-friendly kitchens is an important one for any household. “How we reuse and recycle all starts in the kitchen,” says Metzler. “Our lives basically revolve around that room.” Indeed, a 2010 survey found that the average American spends more than 770 hours in the kitchen each year. Even buying overstock supplies is doing your part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Green Demolitions in Fairfield sells recycled and overstock appliances, cabinetry and other kitchen materials to “reduce landfill waste and preserve forestry,” according to company president Steve Feldman. And going green isn’t just light on the environment, he says: “You gain a lot from green remodeling—healthier living and financial savings as well as the satisfaction of knowing you’re eco-friendly.” These days green kitchens go way beyond Energy Star-rated appliances. “It’s become a lot easier to go green in the kitchen because appliances like dishwashers and faucets require less water to do the same job, and some cabinets and counters are formaldehyde-free, which greatly improves the air quality in your home,” says Ginny Padula, owner of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath in Red Bank. To bring your kitchen into the green age, check out some of these remodeling options. —Maureen Scully

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Dishwasher The Futura dishwasher from Miele uses up to 35 percent less energy than the average dishwasher. With sensors to indicate load size, water quality and temperature, this washer will make cleaning even greener. Top Line, Manasquan, 732.223.2253.

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countertop or backsplash, consider Vetrazzo, a company that uses recycled glass from old beer bottles and jars as well as art glass. Colors range from muted neutrals to vibrant reds, greens and blues. Builders’ General Supply Company, Little Silver, 732.704.9202.

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Time to look Cosmetic procedures may help. Here, a host of surgical and less-invasive options By Rachel Rabkin Peachman

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hink you’d never consider plastic surger y? You may change your mind, whatever your age. “While most of our rejuvenation procedures are done on patients in their 40s and 50s, we are seeing more and more patients in their 30s come in for procedures to maintain or restore a youthful appearance,” says Said A. Samra, M.D., founder and senior plastic surgeon of The Samra Group, a plastic surgery practice in Holmdel, and past president of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons. What’s more, cosmetic procedures are more accepted today than they have ever been. “Plastic surgery has become mainstream,” says Gregory Greco, M.D., chairman of the division of plastic surgery at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. Plus, due to technological improvements, these procedures are more effective than they were in years past. “Advances in anesthesia, along with progress in minimally invasive and noninvasive techniques, have resulted in more effective, more predictable and much safer cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with less postoperative pain and down time,” says Dr. Samra. So if you’re starting to consider what you might do to look and feel younger, here’s what 10 common procedures promise—and what they require.


Laser Treatments Lasers can be used to treat skin pigmentation (sun damage, acne scars and age spots), spider veins or fine wrinkles, or to remove hair. “There are several different laser systems we can use, depending on the issue we’re treating,” says Dr. Greco. In general, laser beams work by lightly burning the surface layer of your skin (the epidermis), and heating the deeper layer of your skin (the dermis). As the skin heals, it generates new collagen and skin that is smoother and younger-looking. Depending on the laser’s strength, it could take a few days to two weeks before you’re ready to show your face again. Surgeon’s fee for full facial resurfacing:

$3,000 to $6,000. Surgeon’s fee for spot treatment: $1,000 to $3,000. Surgeon’s fee for hair removal per area: $1,000 to $3,000

Botox The injection of botulinum toxin type A (aka Botox) is one of the most popular noninvasive procedures used to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Botox (and a newer brand called Dysport, known as Reloxin in Europe) paralyzes or “relaxes” wrinkle-causing muscles so that skin appears smoother, refreshed and more youthful. “Botox can really get the job done by softening wrinkles from the eyes up,” says Dr. Greco. The results last about four months.

requires two to three sessions, but it stimulates collagen production in your face, and the effects can last two years.

Surgeon’s fee: $500 to $550 per area. Each addi-

Surgeon’s fee: $500 to $800 per syringe. (The number

tional area is usually discounted to about $250.

of syringes varies, but expect at least one to two syringes.

Fillers

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There are a number of different injectable fillers used to even out facial wrinkles and plump up hollow areas of the face (or make lips bigger). A popular type of filler called hyaluronic acid (aka HA fillers) is a natural substance found in our bodies. Brand names include Juvéderm, Restylane and Perlane. Each of these HA fillers may be used at the corners of the mouth, in the lips, between the eyebrows, under the lower eyelids and around the nasolabial folds (the area from the nose to the corner of the mouth). “The fillers soften lines and replace lost volume to create a younger look,” says Dr. Greco. Results are quick and usually last between six and nine months, or in some cases, up to a year. Surgeons may also inject calcium-based fillers (one popular brand is Radiesse) or human fat to smooth out wrinkles. Less often, surgeons will use collagen (which doesn’t last as long as the other, newer fillers) or a poly-L-lactic acid called Sculptra, which is used to add volume to large areas of the face. Sculptra

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Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion During a chemical peel of the face (which can be done by a doctor or an esthetician), an acidic, exfoliating solution is applied to remove the outer layers of skin. The procedure takes about 20 minutes, but it’s about a week before you see the results. When the skin heals, it has a tighter, fresher look. Peels can also soften wrinkles, treat acne and eliminate pigmentation such as age spots. Recovery time depends on the type of peel. A common peel called the trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel will cause major redness for a week. (It looks as if you have a sunburn on your face.) This procedure is best performed by a physician. The alphahydroxy peels, which are the mildest peels, don’t penetrate the skin as deeply, which means that the effects aren’t as dramatic as they are with the TCA peel, but you can expect to return to work in about a day. (Some people call these “lunchtime

peels.”) Milder peels may be repeated every two months, while stronger peels such as the TCA peel may be repeated every six to 12 months. Peels may also be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion, a treatment that also exfoliates the skin, stimulates circulation and cell turnover, eliminates pigmentation and minimizes wrinkles. “If chemical peels and microdermabrasion are done together, it should be under controlled circumstances and under the direct monitoring of a physician to prevent skin damage,” says Dr. Samra. When microdermabrasion is done on its own, it may be performed by a doctor or an esthetician. During the procedure, the practitioner may use a device that sprays fine crystals onto the skin to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, or the practitioner may use a diamond-tipped wand to remove the outer layer of skin cells. You will likely need a series of treatments. Recovery time after each session can vary depending on your skin and on the intensity of the microdermabrasion. Surgeon’s fee for chemical peel: $850 to $1,300. Esthetician’s fee for

chemical peel: $75 to $200. Surgeon’s fee for microdermabrasion: $300 to $400. Esthetician’s fee for microdermabrasion:

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surgical procedures ... Face-lift When skin has aged and the soft tissue underneath the skin has fallen, people consider this surgical procedure to lift sagging areas around the neck, jaw, lips, cheeks and nose. “It’s not just a skin operation anymore,” says Dr. Greco. “It involves tightening and repositioning the underlying facial tissue so that you correct the foundation. The result is that you look like a better version of you.” A full face-lift requires incisions at the scalp around the ear, which become almost imperceptible. The procedure takes three to four hours, is done under general anesthesia and may be accompanied by eyelid or brow surgery as well. Thanks to special facial glues, most of the bruising and swelling post-operation should dissipate after about week, and you will be ready to face the world—and go back to work—in about two weeks. Surgeon’s fee: $8,000 to $15,000

Breast augmentation and breast lift Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed invasive cosmetic procedure, and it’s often chosen by women who are looking to restore breast shape after pregnancy or to minimize the signs of aging. During this surgery, done under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes incisions under the breast, near the areola, or in the armpit in order to insert a saline or silicone implant. Women who are happy with the size of their breasts yet want to reduce sagging may opt for a breast lift—a surgical procedure (also done under general anesthesia) in which the surgeon makes incisions around the areola in order to remove excess skin and raise and tighten the breast tissue. After the operation, you will likely feel sore and tired for the next several days. You’ll also need to avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks post-op, but you will be able to do some light activity in about a week and return to work within a few days to a week. “I also have patients wear a postoperative support bra to add comfort and to decrease the incidence of complications such as fluid buildup,” says Dr. Samra.

Surgeon’s fee for breast augmentation: $5,000 to $10,000. This

does not include the cost of the implants, which can range from $300 to $1,000 per implant (saline is less expensive than silicone). Surgeon’s fee for breast lift: $8,000 to $12,000

Liposuction Liposuction (also called body contouring) is used to remove unwanted fat, particularly in stubborn areas that won’t go away with regular exercise and healthy eating. But buyer beware: If you gain weight after the surgery, the fat will come back. “Body contouring is just an adjunct to good diet and exercise,” says Dr. Greco. “It is not an alternative. Everybody still needs to do his or her part.” If you do keep your weight in check post-surgery, the results of the procedure should be long-lasting. Surgeons may use a variety of different liposuction methods depending on the area of the body or the patient’s needs. With “tumescent” liposuction, the most common form, tiny incisions are made into the fatty area, allowing the surgeon to inject a liquid solution that constricts blood vessels and reduces blood loss and bruising. Then the surgeon inserts a thin tube (called a cannula) that loosens the fat. Finally, that fat is suctioned out through the cannula. In some cases, after the liquid is injected, surgeons use powerassisted cannulas to break up the fat more quickly before suctioning. In other instances, surgeons perform ultrasoundassisted liposuction (brand name: Vaser liposuction), a technique that liquefies the

fat before it’s suctioned out. Or they may use a method called laser-assisted liposuction (brand name: SmartLipo), which is another way to break up the fat before suctioning. You’ll want to talk with your surgeon about the best procedure for you. The surgery (done under general or local anesthesia) should take about two to three hours. Expect discomfort and bruising for about one to two weeks postop, and note that you’ll need to wear a compression garment for one to two months following surgery. Surgeon’s fee: $4,000 to $6,000 for the first area.

There is often a reduced rate in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 for each subsequent area.

Full tummy tuck With this procedure, you’re removing the loose skin of the entire stomach area and tightening the abdominal muscles. Women whose ab muscles never returned to their pre-pregnant state are often good candidates for this procedure. Liposuction may be done at the same time if it’s desired. “Some women who are finished having children opt for the ‘Mommy makeover,’ which may include a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift or augmentation,” says Dr. Greco. The tummy tuck on its own should take between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half hours. (Additional procedures such as lipo will

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young-looking naturally

“Some women who are finished having children opt for the ‘mommy makeover.’” ­— gregory greco, m.d.

If you’re not quite ready to invest in a cosmetic procedure, here are other ways to keep your youthful glow.

Take care Get your beauty rest. Aim for eight hours of shut-eye each night. Sleep restores and repairs your entire body and gives you a refreshed appearance. Eat healthy. Antioxidants in your diet improve your overall skin health, so don’t forget to eat your fruits, veggies and whole grains. Also remember to drink about eight glasses of water each day to help keep your skin hydrated. Exercise. Keep your body toned and tight with regular workouts. Be sun-safe. Sun damage causes wrinkles and age spots, says Dr. Greco, so wear sunscreen with SPF 30—even during the winter—and don a hat to stay in the shade. Kick butts. Smoking drastically affects the skin and leads to wrinkles, says Dr. Samra, so kick the smoking habit.

Makeup the difference

add more time on the operating table—and will cost more.) After the operation, your doctor may recommend that you wear a compression garment, and you will need to take it easy for 10 days to two weeks. At that point you may resume some light cardio if your surgeon approves. But you won’t be doing any crunches or intense workouts for at least six to eight weeks post-op. Also keep in mind that it’s helpful to start moving shortly after surgery to increase circulation, but you’ll need to discuss your level of activity with your surgeon so as to avoid going too far and undoing the effects of the surgery. Surgeon’s fee: $6,500 to $9,500

Mini tummy tuck If the upper portion of your abdomen is toned, and you are concerned only with the loose skin or fat below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. This procedure requires less operating time and less recovery time than a full tummy tuck. You may be able

to resume normal physical activity in two weeks to a month. Surgeon’s fee: $3,500 to $5,500

Eyelid surgery During this procedure, surgeons remove excess, sagging skin (and sometimes fat) around the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both in order to give the eyes a rejuvenated, natural look. Depending on what you and your surgeon decide is best for you, this procedure may also be accompanied by the insertion of fillers or by a brow lift or face-lift. Surgeon’s fee: $4,000 to $8,000 NOTE: All fees are estimates. In addition to surgeon’s

fees, surgical procedures will require facility and anesthesia fees, which vary greatly. Fees for three hours in the operating room (usually required for a

Exfoliate. Consider using products (cleansers, toners or masks) made with alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid or lactic acid). These acids exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells, which in turn can lead to the stimulation of collagen, a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and a more even skin tone. Use moisturizing products. Apply a noncomedogenic moisturizing lotion (one that doesn’t clog pores) to your face each morning and night after you wash your face to hydrate your skin. Apply antioxidants. Skin care products that contain antioxidants can help regenerate skin cells, stabilize free radicals and even out skin tone. Look for ingredients such as vitamins C and E, retinoids (which are derivatives of vitamin A), or green tea (which contains antioxidants called polyphenols). Seek out anti-aging ingredients. Try products made by established brands that have growth factors (aka human proteins), which help nourish skin and reduce wrinkles, or look for pentapeptides (such as pal-KTTKS), which are composed of five amino acids that help renew the skin’s outer layer and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, creating healthier, younger-looking skin.

breast lift) can range from $2,500 to $5,000.

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the rising By Christopher Hann

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In its heyday, this old structure called the Casino included a skating rink.


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Convention Hall, the Paramount Theatre and the Grand Arcade were designed by architects Warren and Wetmore, who also designed New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

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community pioneered the renovation of the Victorian housing stock. New boutique hotels and B&Bs appeared, and established restaurateurs made the same leap of faith. And in a city long known for its music scene—and regular Bruce Springsteen sightings—cultural life flourished. “I knew it would get better,” O’Brien says. “It was the last undeveloped shore town on the Eastern Seaboard, 50 miles from one of the greatest cities in the world and surrounded by million-dollar towns. So it was only a matter of time.” For O’Brien, as for the rest of the city’s loyal chorus of boosters, that time is now, as Asbury Park has become the surprise success story of the Jersey Shore. There’s plenty of work still to be done, but the mile-long boardwalk has been reborn, with new restaurants, retail shops, a miniature golf course, a water park, a pinball museum and the renovation of the 130,000-square-foot Convention Hall. The boardwalk’s resurrection is being overseen by Madison Marquette, a property management company that took ownership in 2006. Oakland resident Gary Mattola, the company’s president, says future development along the boardwalk,

including the Casino building at its southern end, will depend largely on the pace of residential and commercial development elsewhere along the waterfront. “If you look across Ocean Avenue,” Mattola says, “you see that we on the entertainment side have gotten way ahead of the residential and commercial side.” “I made the leap of faith, and I’m so glad I did,” says Mike Buess, who owns Bodega Shoppe on the boardwalk, which sells a colorful mix of gifts, clothing and jewelry. Buess moved his store from downtown Red Bank three summers ago, then sold his home in Ocean Grove and bought another in Asbury Park. He walks to work in seven minutes, and he recently hired his first employee. Buess is among a hardy breed of entrepreneurs who have been vital to Asbury Park’s resuscitation: Mike Sodano opened the Showroom, an art-house theater, on Cookman Avenue downtown; Howard Raczkiewicz and Luke Magliaro moved their already successful restaurant, Moonstruck, from Ocean Grove to an elegant three-story home on Lake Avenue; Tim McLoone created two restaurants in the old Howard Johnson’s on the

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The Arcade connecting Convention Hall and the Paramount Theatre

Asbury Park’s makeover has included the appearance of new hotels and B&Bs and the renovation of old ones. A sampling: Hotel Tides, 408 Seventh Ave., 732.897.7744, hoteltides.com This 20-room boutique hotel in a century-old building is open for its third season. In-season rates start at $140; two-day stay required on weekends.

Bodega Shoppe

Asbury Ocean Beach Inn, 404 Asbury Ave., 732.539.8440, asburyoceanbeachinn.com Built in 1895, the newly renovated inn offers four suites that come with a nighttime snack and made-toorder breakfast. In-season rates start at $250; weekly rates also available.

The boardwalk

The Empress Hotel, 101 Asbury Ave., 732.774.0100, asburyempress.com Just across the street from the boardwalk, the Empress has 100 rooms, an ample pool, and (on weekends) a lively nightclub. In-season rates start at $159; oceanside rooms start at $229. Mikell’s Big House Bed and Breakfast, 405 Fourth Ave., 732.869.0988, mikellsbighouse.com The Victorian-era home of a local bank president, Mikell’s comes with mid-century modern décor, a library, a dining room, an art collection and a wraparound porch. In-season rates start at $160; the “Gigantic Suite,” with wet bar, full-length fridge and private deck, starts at $250. The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Ave., 732.776.6700, berkeleyhotelnj.com The granddaddy of local inns, the eight-story Berkeley is in the midst of a renovation that has included the opening of the Dauphine Grille, its new in-house restaurant. In-season rates start at $149.

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Langosta Lounge Fireworks on the beach entertained revelers every Wednesday in July and August.

The upscale bar The Watermark hovers above the boardwalk.

boardwalk; and Marilyn Schlossbach and her partners opened a surf shop, a skate shop and four restaurants. In the past year alone, two new music clubs have opened downtown. The Shore Institute for Contemporary Arts, long based in Long Branch, is planning to move to Asbury Park later this year. And the summer’s schedule of events ranged from weekly fireworks on the beach to women’s roller derby to daily concerts at clubs such as the legendary Stone Pony and, a few blocks north on Ocean Avenue, the Wonder Bar, where both Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon performed unannounced at a concert in April. O’Brien says she happened to be there when the Boss and Southside climbed onstage. It was just another fortuitous event in a city that, these days, is full of surprises.

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Readers’ choice awards

2011

We proudly present the winners of our third annual poll. The people have spoken: Monmouth County is home to some seriously delicious hot spots. You scoured your favorite neighborhoods, searching for the best restaurants, food shops and retail stores the area has to offer. With heavy hearts, we narrowed your suggestions down to an exclusive list of champions. Pat your stomachs, reach for your wallets and dig in. by Michele Corriston monmouthHEALTHandLIFE.com

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1 SICKLES MARKET 1 Harrison Ave., Little Silver, 732.741.9563. Like lots of places in the Garden State, Sickles started as a farm. A century later, vintage tractors and a fruit stand have given way to a gourmet grocer selling ingredients for delicacies like prosciutto Dijon gruyere puffs. While products have grown fancier, you appreciate that Sickles’ simply good service remains.

2 DELICIOUS ORCHARDS 320 Route 34 South, Colts Neck, 732.462.1989

3 CARTER & CAVERO OLD WORLD OLIVE OIL

COMPANY 19 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.219.0506

SE AFOOD/FISH MARKET

1 THE LUSTY LOBSTER 88 Bay

Ave., Highlands, 732.291.1548. You don’t just lust after this seafood shop’s live Maine lobsters—you’re in love. Fear of commitment? Not at the Lusty Lobster, where customers fall for fresh flounder and sigh over soft-shell crabs.

2 LITTLE SILVER SEAFOOD MARKET 125 Markham Pl., Little Silver, 732.758.8166

BAKERY

1 LAROSA’S

3 KLEIN’S FISH MARKET 708 River Rd.,

Sickles Market

PASTRY SHOP

Belmar, 732.681.1177

79 E.

Newman Springs Rd., Shrews-

2 PIECE O’ CAKE 717 Broad St., Shrewsbury, 732.741.3802

3 DEL PONTE’S BAKERY 600 Main St., Bradley Beach, 732.869.1111

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CHEESE SHOP

1 Sickles Market 1 Harrison Ave., Little Silver, 732.741.9563

1 Sickles Market 1 Harrison Ave., Little Silver, 732.741.9563

2 Sabatos Prime Meats 113 Leonardville Rd., Belford, 732.787.9119

2 Delicious Orchards 320 Route 34, Colts Neck, 732.462.1989

3 Monmouth Meats 112 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.741.5292

3 Cheese on Main 53 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, 732.775.1530 FA R M E R S ’ M A R K E T

C AT E R E R 1 David Burke Fromagerie 26 Ridge Rd., Rumson, 732.842.8088 2 Christopher’s Kitchen 165 Amboy Rd., Morganville, 732.491.3399 3 Savoury Fare 3 W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.741.2282 ’S IT E! A TI 3 Gaetano’s Market 10 Wallace St., Red Bank, 732.741.1321

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1 Sickles Market 1 Harrison Ave., Little Silver, 732.741.9563 2 Delicious Orchards 320 Route 34, Colts Neck, 732.462.1989 3 Dearborn Market 2170 Route 35, Holmdel, 732.264.0256 ORGANIC 1 Dean’s Natural Food Market 1119 Route 35, Ocean, 732.517.1515

2 Monmouth Health Foods 181 Main St., Manasquan, 732.223.4900 3 Pauline’s Health Food Store 3585 Route 9 North, Freehold, 732.303.0854 TEA SHOP 1 NovelTeas 78 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732.747.8800 2 Country by-the-Sea Tea Room 515 Sylvania Ave., Avon-by-the-Sea, 732.776.6671 3 Sweet Tease Desserts 150 Main St., Manasquan, 732.722.8030 WINE AND SPIRITS 1 Vingo, 444 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, 732.229.9100 2 Rumson Wine & Spirits, 5 W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.842.0552 3 The Bottle Shop of Spring Lake, 1400 Third Ave., Spring Lake, 732.449.5525

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by fifth-generation Italian bakers, this classic bakery makes cakes, cookies and pastries. But Monmouth residents aren’t the only ones feeling the amore—the LaRosa family distributes its cannolis nationally, letting the whole country enjoy these treats baked from an early-1900s recipe. You love the ice cream cannoli, which trades traditional filling for chilly vanilla ice cream.

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bury, 732.842.2592. Owned


on the town BEER SELECTION

1 BASIL T’S BREWERY & ITALIAN GRILL 183 River-

side Ave., Red Bank, 732.842.5990. Need

a kick of espresso to keep the night young? Grab a mug of Maxwell’s Dry Stout, the Basil T’s beer you chug for its bitter, creamy coffee taste. Part Italian eatery, part bustling bar, Basil’s won your vote for its stock of six handcrafted microbrews. ’S T

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1 MALONEY’S PUB & GRILL 119 Main St., Matawan,

732.583.4040. Don’t be fooled by the classic coat of arms hanging above the door. With exotic favorites like pulled pork served on jalapeño cornbread and Irish tacos, Maloney’s is anything but your average pub. You love the more than 250 bottled beers and rotating drafts such as Southern Tier Rasberry Wheat and New Holland Mad Hatter.

2 DUBLIN HOUSE 30 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.6699 3 BRICKWALL 522 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.774.1264

Count Basie Theatre

LIVE MUSIC

1 COUNT BASIE THEATRE 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank,

732.842.9000. This isn’t amateur hour. Count Basie, Red Bank’s hippest vaudeville venue in the ’20s, now hosts its share of rock stars like Pat Benatar and Elvis Costello. There’s a bar but no food, so meat loaf isn’t on the menu, but the artist of that name has graced the historic, gilded stage.

2 THE STONE PONY 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.502.0600 3 JAMIAN’S FOOD & DRINK 79 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.8050

Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill

2 Avenue Restaurant 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.759.2900

2 Langosta Lounge 1000 Ocean Ave. at Second Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3275

3 Twisted Tree Café 699 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.2633

2 Downtown Café 10 W. Front St., Red Bank, 732.741.2828

3 Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill 183 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, 732.842.5990

3 Casa Comida Mexican Restaurant 336 Branchport Ave., Long Branch, 732.229.7774

NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

3 The Watermark 800 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3447

IRISH PUB

MARTINIS

1 Dublin House Restaurant & Pub 30 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.6699

1 Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732.933.9272

COSMOS

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1 Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732.933.9272

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 1 Avenue Nuit 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.759.6700 2 Downtown Café 10 W. Front St., Red Bank, 732.741.2828

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2 Moonstruck 517 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, 732.988.0123

3 The Wine Loft 32 Laird St., Pier Village, Long Branch, 732.222.7770 HAPPY HOUR 1 Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732.933.9272

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2 Kelly’s Corner Tavern 3 Sylvania Ave. & Route 35 South, Neptune, 732.775.9517 3 St. Stephen’s Green Publick House 2031 Route 71, Spring Lake Heights, 732.449.2626 M A R G A R I TA S 1 Copper Canyon Restaurant & Tequila Bar 51 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732.291.8444

2 The Watermark 800 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3447 3 Avenue Restaurant 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.759.2900 MOMS’ HANGOUT 1 The Turning Point 92 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.923.1104 2 Undici 11 W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.842.3880

1 Bond Street Bar & Grill 208 Bond St., Asbury Park, 732.776.9766 2 The Globe Hotel Restaurant & Bar 20 E. Front St., Red Bank, 732.842.5572 3 Murphy’s Style Grill 26 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.530.6659

IT’S E! A TI 3 Moonstruck 517 Lake Ave.,

Asbury Park, 732.988.0123 SINGLES SCENE 1 Bar Anticipation 703 16th Ave., Lake Como, 732.681.7422 2 Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar 50 Maple Ave., Red Bank, 732.530.5858

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1 DAVID BURKE FROMAGERIE

on the town, cont’d WINE LIST

1 DORIS & ED’S RESTAURANT

348 Shore

Dr., Highlands, 732.872.1565

With more than 300 bottles of whites, reds and champagne on hand, this seafood restaurant knows its vino. You love admiring the city skyline while sipping a California red and savoring stuffed flounder.

2 RESTAURANT NICHOLAS 160 Route 35 South, Middletown, 732.345.9977

26 Ridge Rd., Rumson, 732.842.8088

Elegance meets whimsy at this charming restaurant. Sunday brunchers savor omelets and prime rib. But you really love treats like the mini doughnuts dipped in raspberr y and caramel sauces and yogurt ser ved in ice cream cones. And if the vintage toys stashed on ceiling beams summon cravings from childhood, grab some cotton candy.

2 THE TURNING POINT Locations in Holmdel, Little Silver, Long Branch and Manalapan

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2 SALT CREEK GRILLE

3 THE WINE LOFT 32 Laird St.,

4 Bingham Ave., Rumson,

Long Branch, 732.222.7770

3

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3 SALT CREEK GRILL 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732.933.9272

732.933.9272

732.222.1206

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3 The Parker House First Ave. & Beacon Blvd., Sea Girt, 732.449.0442

IT’S E! A TI

AMY’S OMELETTE HOUSE

444 Ocean Blvd. North, Long Branch,

MCLOONE’S PIER HOUSE

1 Ocean Ave., Long Branch,

David Burke Fromagerie

732.923.1006

3 Red Restaurant & Lounge 3 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.741.3232

2 Mad Hatter Pub & Pizzeria 10 E. Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, 732.530.7861 3 Pete & Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria 96 Woodland Ave., Route 35, Neptune City, 732.774.6010 WIFI 1 Zebu Forno 20 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.936.9330 2 Twisted Tree Café 609 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.2633 3 America’s Cup Coffee Company 633 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.988.2000

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1 Molly Pitcher Inn Restaurant 88 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, 732.747.2500

1 Little Szechuan 485 Prospect Ave., Little Silver, 732.842.3823

2 Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732.933.9272 3 Matisse Restaurant 1300 Ocean Ave., Belmar, 732.681.7680 C H E A P E AT S 1 Surf Taco Locations in Belmar, Long Branch, Manasquan and Red Bank 2 The Windmill Locations in Belmar, Freehold, Long Branch, Ocean Grove and Red Bank 3 Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room 522 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.774.1264

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2 Jade Garden 143 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.219.9422 3 Crown Palace 1283 Route 35, Middletown, 732.615.9888 DELI 1 Brennan’s Delicatessen 70 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst, 732.229.8890 2 Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties 527 Washington Blvd., Sea Girt, 732.681.1036 3 Richard’s Deli 155 Brighton

IT’S EAve., Long Branch, 732.870.9133 ! A TI

3 Taste of Italy 4060 Asbury Ave., Tinton Falls, 732.922.9393 DINNER & DANCING 1 McLoone’s Asbury Grille 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.774.1400 2 Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar 50 Maple Ave., Red Bank, 732.530.5858 3 The Mill At Spring Lake Heights 101 Old Mill Rd., Spring Lake Heights, 732.449.1800 FA M I LY- F R I E N D LY 1 Langosta Lounge 1000 Ocean Ave. at Second Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3275 2 Surf Taco Locations in Belmar, Long Branch, Manasquan and Red Bank

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1 The Globe Hotel Restaurant & Bar 20 E. Front St., Red Bank, 732.842.5572

BUFFET

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SPORTS HANGOUT


DINER

1 BROADWAY DINER 45 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.224.1234

Craving breakfast at 4 p.m.? No problem, Broadway Diner’s got you covered. You rave about the buttermilk pancakes, eggs made your way and fresh, delicious coffee. The retro diner in downtown Red Bank is open 24/7, so locals love to stop by late-night for those must-have mozzarella sticks.

Bay Avenue Trattoria

BYO

1 BAY AVENUE TRATTORIA

122 Bay Ave., Highlands, 732.872.9800. For

a quaint space, this Italian-American bistro houses a whole lot of flavor. You pair your own red wine with grilled beef short ribs or whole wheat penne primavera. Save room for dessert—residents love Bay Ave’s traditional treats with a twist like the Peanut Butter Coupe, made with vanilla and chocolate gelato and peanutbutter mousse.

2 RED OAK DINER & LOUNGE 2973 Route 35 North, Hazlet, 732.335.9360

H E A LT H Y

3 ALL SEASONS DINER 176 Wyckoff Rd.,

1 THE TURNING POINT

Eatontown, 732.542.9462

92 Ocean Ave., Long Branch 732.923.1504.

Ave., Sea Bright, 732.842.2800

With sailboats decorating the wooden counter, this local establishment is an ode to the Shore. While the décor is distinctly Jersey, the menu travels warmer waters, offering fruity fare like the Tropical Crunch Waffle and Islander Pancakes. There are also locations in Holmdel, Little Silver and Manalapan.

3 GAETANO’S RESTAURANT 10 Wallace

2 EURASIAN EATERY 110 Monmouth St.,

St., Red Bank, 732.741.1321

Red Bank, 732.741.7071

3 BISTRO 44 44 Washington St., Toms

3 TWISTED TREE CAFÉ 609 Cookman Ave.,

River, 732.818.7644

Asbury Park, 732.775.2633

2 ANJELICA’S RESTAURANT 1070 Ocean IT’S E! A TI

3 Circus Drive-in 1861 Route 35, Wall, 732.449.2650

INDIAN

JA PA N E S E

ME XICAN

1 Neelam Indian Cuisine 1178 Route 35 South, Middletown, 732.671.8900

1 Kanji Steakhouse & Sushi 980 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, 732.544.1600

1 Juanito’s Restaurant 159 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.9118

1 Restaurant Nicholas 160 Route 35, Red Bank, 732.345.9977

2 Tandoor E India 1610 Route 35 South, Oakhurst, 732.531.1944

2 Taka 632 Mattison Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.1020

2 Bienvenue 7 E. Front St., Red Bank, 732.936.0640

3 Aangan 3475 Route 9 North, Freehold, 732.761.2900

3 Yumi 1120 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, 732.212.0881

2 Chilango’s Authentic Mexican 272 Bay Ave., Highlands, 732.708.0505

3 Le Fandy 609 River Rd., Fair Haven, 732.530.3338

I TA L I A N

KO S H E R

1 Bay Avenue Trattoria 122 Bay Ave., Highlands, 732.872.9800

1 Richard’s Deli Restaurant & Catering 155 Brighton Ave., Long Branch, 732.870.9133

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FRENCH

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The Turning Point

GREEK 1 It’s Greek to Me 44 Centennial Dr., Pier Village, Long Branch, 732.571.0222 2 Niko’s Trapezi 444 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, 732.222.4600 3 Synaxis 660 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.897.9700

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2 Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill 183 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, 732.842.5990 ’S Asbury Park, 732.775.7776

2 Jerry & Harvey’s Old Fashioned Brooklyn Noshery 96 Route 9, Englishtown, 732.972.1122

3 Gaetano’s Restaurant 10 Wallace St., Red Bank, 732.741.1321

3 Fred & Murry’s Kosher Deli 4345 Route 9, Freehold, 732.462.3343

IT E! A TI 2 Stella Marina 800 Ocean Ave.,

3 Casa Comida Mexican Restaurant 336 Branchport Ave., Long Branch, 732.229.7774 NEW 1 Trinity & the Pope 649 Mattison Ave., Asbury Park, 732.807.3435 2 Pizza Fusion 95 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.345.1600 3 Surf Taco 35 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.936.1800

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INTERIOR DESIGN

1 RESTAURANT NICHOLAS 160 Route 35

South, Red Bank, 732.345.9977. Gourmet

dishes like macadamia-crusted yellowfin tuna may have your mouth watering, but it’s the modern décor that got you voting for this New American hot spot. Restaurant Nicholas’ most drool-worthy decoration? A red-and-yellow chandelier sprouting flame-like blown glass.

2 AVENUE RESTAURANT 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.759.2920

3

TRINITY & THE POPE 649 Mattison Ave., Asbury

Park, 732.807.3435

SCENIC VIEW

1 SALT CREEK GRILLE

4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732.933.9272. A lodge-like wood and stone masterpiece, this upscale eatery sits on the Navesink River, offering a beautiful view of the water while you dine on caramelized onion flatbread or grilled miso-glazed Atlantic salmon. For tastes as rich as the restaurant’s rustic-chic style, sip a white chocolate or caramel apple martini.

2 MCLOONE’S PIER HOUSE 1 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.923.1006 3 THE SAND WITCH CAFÉ 1100 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.774.4030 2 Avenue Restaurant 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.759.2900

1 Pizza Fusion 95 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.345.1600

3 Doris & Ed’s Restaurant 348 Shore Dr., Highlands, 732.872.1565

2 Twisted Tree Café 609 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.2633 3 Good Karma Café, 17 E. Front St., Red Bank, 732.450.8344 OUTDOOR DINING 1 McLoone’s Pier House 1 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.923.1006 2 Avenue Restaurant 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732.759.2900 3 Inlet Café 3 Cornwall St., 732.872.9764 IT’S EHighlands, !

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PUB FOOD

SE AFOOD 1 Doris & Ed’s Restaurant 348 Shore Dr., Highlands,732.872.1565 2 Klein’s Fish Market Waterside 708 River Rd., Belmar, 732.681.1177

1 Siam Garden 2 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732.224.1233

2 Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room 522 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.774.1264

STEAK

2 Bamboo Leaf 722 Main St., Bradley Beach, 732.774.1661

3 St. Stephen’s Green Publick House 2031 Route 71, Spring Lake, 732.449.2626 ROMANTIC

1 What’s Your Beef 21 W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.842.6205 2 Brennen’s Steakhouse 62 W. Sylvania Ave., Neptune City, 732.774.5040 3 Danny’s Steakhouse, Seafood and Sushi Bar 11 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732.741.6900

PRIX FIXE MENU

2 Restaurant Nicholas 160 Route 35 South, Red Bank, 732.345.9977

TA PA S

1 Dish 13 White St., Red Bank, 732.345.7070

3 Undici 11 W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.842.3880

1 Langosta Lounge 1000 Ocean Ave. at Second Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3275

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THAI

3 Navesink Fishery 1004 Route 36, Navesink, 732.291.8017

1 Moonstruck 517 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, 732.988.0123

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3 Teak Restaurant 64 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.5775

1 Kelly’s Tavern Sylvania Ave. and Route 35 South, Neptune City, 732.775.9517

3 Langosta Lounge 1000 Ocean Ave. at Second Ave., Asbury Park, 732.455.3275

SEPTEMBER 2011

2 Copper Canyon 51 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732.291.8444

3 Teak Restaurant 64 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.5775 V E G E TA R I A N 1 Twisted Tree Café 609 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.2633 2 Kaya’s Kitchen 817 Belmar Plz., Belmar, 732.280.1141 3 Good Karma Café 17 E. Front Red Bank, 732.450.8344 IT’S ESt., ! A TI

3 Eurasian Eatery 110 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.741.7071

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ORGANIC

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shopping & services

Gift Shop

1 Anna Soiree 2005 Route 35,

Oakhurst, 732.686.9570. At this gift boutique, everything is prettier in pink. You give your hostess the mostest with cute notecards, candles, soaps and picture frames. Need to throw a party to get the gifts? Anna also offers eventplanning services.

B aby/C h i l d r e n ’ s B o u t i q u e

1 Kidegories 468 Broad St., Shrews-

bury, 732.530.0066. Style

knows no age. The county’s trendiest tykes wear this baby boutique’s handmade sweaters and adorable hats. Moms furnish their fashionistas’ first bedrooms with the store’s cradles and dressers.

Silver, 732.741.9563

2 T. Berry Square 64 Broad St., Red

3 Funk & Standard 40 Broad St., Red

Bank, 732.576.1819

Bank, 732.219.5885

2 Sickles Market 1 Harrison Ave., Little

3 Lulu Rose 82 Oceanport Ave., Little

Anna Soiree

Silver, 732.741.5858

Wisteria Beauty

C o s m e t i cs S h o p

1 Wisteria Beauty 17 Broad St.,

Red Bank, 732.530.9491. You

put your best face forward with skin-care products and designer makeup from this cosmetics boutique. After shopping until they almost drop, residents check out Wisteria’s in-house spa for vitamin C facials and back massages.

2 Juli Mei 1303 Third Ave., Spring Lake, 732.449.0021

Kidegories

left to right: courtesy of kidegories, courtesy of wisteria beauty, Jimmy Ryan Photography

left to right: Steve Legato, courtesy of salt creek grille

antiques store 1 It’s Greek to Me 44 Centennial Dr., Pier Village, Long Branch, 732.571.0222 2 Niko’s Trapezi 444 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, 732.222.4600 3 Synaxis 660 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.897.9700 art gallery/photography 1 James Yarosh 55 E. Main St., Holmdel, 732.332.0056 2 Main Street Gallery 131 Main St., Manasquan, 732.223.1268 3 Chetkin Gallery 9 Wharf Ave., Red Bank, 732.741.6116

3 bluemercury 571 Broad St., Shrewsbury, 732.842.7300

bookstore

flower shop

j e w e lr y s t o r e

1 River Road Books 759 River Rd., Fair Haven, 732.747.9455

1 Sickles Market 1 Harrison Ave., Little Silver, 732.741.9563

2 Booktowne 171 Main St., Manasquan, 732.722.7255

2 Guaranteed Plants & Florist 504 Locust Point Rd., Locust, 732.291.3241

1 Earth Treasures Fine Jewelers 178 Route 35 South, Eatontown, 732.542.5444

3 Paperback Exchange 703½ Ninth Ave., Pyanoe Plz., Belmar, 732.681.6829

3 Foggia Florist 196 Monmouth Blvd., Oceanport, 732.222.2999

c o n s i g n m e n t/ v i n tag e

home boutique

1 All Things Consignment 952 Broadway, West Long Branch, 732.263.1124

1 Red Ginger Home 48 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.345.1000

2 Double Take 97 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.383.5482

2 Carla Gizzi Jewelry & Home Decor 169 W. Front St., Red Bank, 732.450.0122

3 Backward Glances 43 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.842.9156

2 Leonardo Jewelers 35 E. Front St., Red Bank, 732.747.7880 3 Gem of an Idea 740 River Rd., Fair Haven Commons, Fair Haven, 732.747.9339 lingerie store

3 Shutters 604 River Rd., Fair Haven, 732.842.6611

1 Sweetest Sin Boutique 11 White St., Red Bank, 732.747.3550 2 Linger 304 Morris Ave., Spring Lake, 732.449.4009 3 Bra Savvy 435 Route 34, Matawan, 732.583.3878

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Avanti Day Resor t

1 WORK OUT WORLD 30 W. Front

W O M E N ’ S FA S H I O N

1 TULA THE BOUTIQUE 524

St., Red Bank, 732.450.8822. You

choose this family-owned exercise hub to stay strong. From personal training to group classes, this gym offers fitness routines to give you WOW-worthy results.

Broad St., Shrewsbury, 732.219.8888. City

fashions meet local flavor in this upscale boutique. You love the light and breezy space stocked with color ful cocktail dresses and accessories from big names like Nicole Miller and Rebecca Taylor. Blinded by all the style? Browse the store’s selection of Ray-Ban aviators.

2 ATLANTIC CLUB 1904 Atlantic Ave., Manasquan, 752.223.2100 and 325 Maple Ave., Red Bank, 732.219.5333

3 SOUL FOCUS GYM 7 Meridian Rd.,

2 CAMEL’S EYE 1223 Third Ave., Spring

732.935.1000 IT’S EEatontown, ! A TI

Lake, 732.449.3636

3 HAMMER HOUSE 420 Route 34, Colts

3 GLOW 567 Broad St., Shrewsbury,

Neck, 732.308.3030 and 80 Broad St., Red

732.747.2262

Bank, 732.530.1388 S PA

1 AVANTI DAY RESORT 345 Route

9 South, Manalapan, 732.780.0222. Residents receive some much-needed R&R at this elegant spa. Your favorite stress relievers? The royal Thai massage and European body facial. For a head-to-toe revamp, you love the hair salon offerings too.

2 MILAGRO SPA 325 Maple Ave., Red Bank, 732.450.4400 and 1904 Atlantic Ave., Manasquan, 732.223.2296

3 ORANGE SKYE DAY & WELLNESS SPA

Tula The Boutique

254 Route 35 South, Red Bank, 732.530.9003

1 Garmany 121 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.576.8500

1 If the Shoe Fits 18 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.741.7273

2 Village Tweed 1213 Third Ave., Spring Lake, 732.449.2723

2 CoCo Pari 17 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.212.8111

3 Style Rocket 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.807.4777

3 Footnotes 280 Norwood Ave., Deal, 732.531.9734

PET BOUTIQUE

SPORTS SHOP

1 Paw Palace 16 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.747.9744

1 The Sport Spot 660 Broad St., Shrewsbury, 732.747.0585

2 Cosmopawlitan 1046 Route 35 South, Middletown, 732.275.1905 3 Asbury Bark 611 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.4801

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3 Athletes’ Alley 483 Route 35, Shrewsbury, 732.842.1127 S TAT I O N E R Y S T O R E 1 The Papery 629 Route 35, The Grove, Shrewsbury, 732.741.0414 2 Anna Soiree 2005 Route 35, Oakhurst, 732.686.9570 3 Laird Stationery & Printing Co. 594 River Rd., Fair Haven, 732.747.1806

T OY S T O R E 1 Jackrabbit Toys 540 Broad St., The Grove West, Shrewsbury, 732.530.7700 and 2157 Route 35, Sea Girt, 732.449.0018 2 Quinnderella’s Toys 119 Main St., Manasquan, ’S 732.223.1124

IT E! A TI 2 Hobbymasters

62 White St., Red Bank, 732.842.6020 3 Carla Gizzi Jewelry & Home Decor 169 W. Front St., Red Bank, T’S 732.450.0122

I E! A TI 3 Shutters

604 River Rd., Fair Haven, 732.842.6611

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M E N ’ S FA S H I O N


tasty treats & eats C A N DY

1 SUZI’S SWEET SHOPPE 1100

Route 35, Middletown, 732.796.0115. Susan and Stan Hordych, the couple in this shop’s kitchen, hand-dip more than 100 chocolaty creations. You indulge your desire for dessert with dark truffles, sea salt caramels and white chocolate cappuccino cordials.

2 RED BANK CANDY SHOPPE 17 White

BBQ

1 MEMPHIS PIG OUT 67 First Ave.,

Atlantic Highlands, 732.291.5533. Southern

St., Red Bank, 732.219.0822 IT’S ! E

A TI

hospitality breaches Jersey borders at this family-friendly BBQ house featuring hickory-smoked ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches. Vegetarian customers love the expansive salad bar.

2 CANDYTERIA 800 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732.988.1122

3 SUGARUSH 37 E. Front St., Red Bank, 732.414.9044

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1 LOCAL SMOKE BBQ 719 Route

35, Neptune, 732.455.8888. The

your average “joe”—every steaming cup served in this cafe is full of the finest coffee. Whether cappuccino or café au lait, Joe’s drinks satisfy your caffeine craving. You love specialties like the Girl Scout Cookie (espresso, chocolate and frosted mint syrup) and Snickers Bar (espresso, chocolate, caramel and hazelnut).

del, Little Silver, Long Branch and Manalapan

2 BIG ED’S BBQ 305 Route 34, Matawan,

3 ROOK COFFEE ROASTER 60 Monmouth

2 THE TURNING POINT Locations in HolmRd., Oakhurst, 732.483.4402

IT’S E! A TI

3 D&L BBQ AND CARIBBEAN GRILL 714

3 AMERICA’S CUP COFFEE COMPANY

Main St., Bradley Beach, 732.776.7488

B AG E L S 1 Bagelmasters 661 Broad St., Shrewsbury, 732.224.0333 2 Bagel Oven 72 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732.842.1141

633 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.988.2000

2 Flaky Tart 145 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732.291.2555 3 Ye Olde Pie Shoppe 74 Oceanport Ave., Little Silver, 732.530.3337 IT’S E! A TI

3 Ricky’s of Red Bank

86 Broad St., Red Bank, 732.842.4637

3 Gem’s House of Bagels 387 Route 36, Port Monmouth, 732.471.8066

C H O C O L AT E 1 Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe

BURGERS 1 Barnacle Bill’s 1 First St.,

1100 Route 35, Middletown, 732.796.0115

Rumson, 732.747.8396

2 Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe 17 White St., Red Bank,

2 Frankly Burgers & More

732.219.0822

106 Village Center Dr., Freehold, 732.431.3131

3 Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe

3 Jersey Burger 1627 Main St., Lake Como, 732.280.3663

CAKES 1 Sugarush 37 E. Front St., Red Bank, SHUTTERSTOCK

1 NO JOE’S CAFÉ 51 Broad St., Red

Bank, 732.530.4040. Forget

chefs at Local Smoke began as a top barbecue competition team before opening their first restaurant. Today, customers come before trophies. You love munching on pork ribs and the famous smoked jalapeño poppers.

732.583.2626

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COFFEE

732.414.9044

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97 Main St., Manasquan, 732.528.0006

COOKIES

3 Twisted Tree Café 609 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.775.2633

78 Oceanport Ave., Little Silver, 732.530.3773 and 569 Church St., Spring Lake, 732.974.2253

ICE CREAM 1 Hoffman’s Ice Cream 78 Oceanport Ave., Little Silver, 732.530.3773 and 569 Church St., Spring Lake, 732.974.2253

2 Nagel’s Apothecary Café 43 Main

Ocean Grove, 732.776.9797 IT’S EAve., ! A TI 2 Gracie and the Dudes 1062 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, 732.741.2333

2 Crazees

IT’S E2! W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.530.6543 A TI

2 Nagel’s Apothecary Café

43 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, 732.776.9797

3 Ice Cream on 9 2300 Route 9, Howell, 732.780.2020 PA S T R I E S

3 Crazees 2 W. River Rd., Rumson, 732.530.6543

I TA L I A N I C E 1 Strollo’s Italian Ice 500 Main St., Belmar, 732.681.6147

Ave., Spring Lake, 732.280.8887

2 Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices 711 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, 732.988.4423

2 LaRosa’s Bakery 79 E. Newman

3 Ice Cream on 9 2300 Route 9,

Springs Rd., Shrewsbury, 732.842.4324

Howell, 732.780.2020

1 The Scone Pony 305 Washington

MILK SHAKES 1 Hoffman’s Ice Cream

1 Delicious Orchards 320 Route 34, Colts Neck, 732.462.1989 2 The Scone Pony 305 Washington Ave., Spring Lake, 732.280.8887 3 Flaky Tart 145 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732.291.2555

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cont’d

G E L AT O

1 TOMMY’S CAFÉ 2 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732.212.1700. With

this cafe’s gelato in spoon, you don’t need an Italian getaway to dine as the Romans did. You declare your amore for the creamy creation and Tommy’s delicious cappuccino.

2 CAFÉ 360 34 E. Main St., Freehold, 732.294.4722

3 CARMELLA’S CAFÉ 10 Centennial Dr., Pier Village, Long Branch, 732.571.2224

SUSHI CUPCAKES

1 SAWA HIBACHI STEAK-

1 SUGARUSH 37 E. Front St., Red

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In its most basic form, a loaf of bread is nothing more than flour, yeast, water and salt. Yet in almost all cultures since the beginning of civilization, bread has been revered as the staff of life. When Christians pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” bread signifies sustenance in general. For the same reason, our slang for money is “bread” or “dough,” and the head of a household is the “breadwinner.” When grains were first harvested, ground, combined with water and exposed to heat, the source of heat was probably a rock warmed by fire—a precursor of the process used for today’s flatbreads. But at some point—about 10,000 B.C., experts estimate—the grain-water mixture was left to sit out exposed to naturally occuring airborne yeast spores, which mystically transformed it into a light, airy and irresistibly fragrant wonder. The transformation of wheat and yeast into bread is almost as magical to us today. Baking bread is part science, part art. To be sure, the Industrial Revolution brought us scientifically produced loaves, with their bleached white flour, highspeed mixing and rising and chemical “improvers” and “conditioners.” But the desire for a return to breads with more complex tastes and textures—not to mention the wholesomeness and nutrition that come with ditching the artificial ingredients and preserving the fiber, essential oils and vitamins that whole grains impart—is behind the current popularity of artisan bakers. Their alchemy includes employing Old World methods and using pristine, locally sourced ingredients. Nina White, who, with her husband, Jonathan, owns Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse in Milford, is one such practitioner. While Jonathan is in charge of cheesemaking, Nina produces about a dozen different multi-grain loaves, from a rustic, multi-grain loaf and plain ciabatta to an authentic medieval rye—all in a woodfired oven. “It’s the flours that set my breads apart,” she contends. “They are all organic and come from regional sources, and each of my breads contains at least three kinds. When I get my flours, they’ve been milled within the last two weeks. Whole-grain flours degrade quickly. What you find on the shelves of a grocery store is ancient by comparison!” Like many like-minded practitioners,

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White also does long fermentation of her natural starters (with a bit of yeast added in a few of the styles), and slow, cold rises that allow the dough to relax and aerate. “This lets the deep flavors of the grains develop,” she explains. The third component of the artisanal process, beyond impeccable ingredients and exacting, time-consuming methods, is the actual baking. “The oven is very important,” White says. “We have a single-chamber, wood-fired oven. We heat it, then rake out the coals before we bake. This is the retained-heat concept, which improves the texture of the bread. We take care to put in a full load of dough, so that the chamber retains the

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needed moisture. It’s the old-time way.” White conducts breadmaking classes at Bobolink (visit cowsoutside.com for details) for those looking to produce the crisp crust, satisfying texture and complex flavors of artisanal breads at home. In fact, home bread bakers swear—with tongue only half in cheek—that it is as effective at relieving stress as yoga, meditation and aromatherapy. It forces bread makers to take time out from their busy schedules for mixing and kneading (yoga), waiting attentively for the bread to rise (meditation) and inhaling the wonderful aromas as the bread bakes (aromatherapy). Plus, they get to share the result with family and friends. —Pat Tanner

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Oregano can be traced back 3,000 years to the ancient Egyptians, who used it as a medicine, a disinfectant and a preservative. The herb’s culinary uses were first recorded in the Middle Ages, when it was especially popular in the stews and shellfish of Spain and Italy and even made an appearance in the brewing of beer before hops were introduced. It only reached its heyday in the United States after World War II, when soldiers who had tasted oregano in Europe returned with a newfound love for the herb. Today, Americans consume more than 379,000 metric tons of oregano every year.

If you’re buying an oregano plant to cultivate, check the label to make sure you’re purchasing the culinary variety, not the ornamental species. If you’re a home gardener looking to sow oregano, Greek oregano (origanum vulgare hirtum) is one of the hardier varieties and also has great flavor. When purchasing fresh oregano at the grocery store, look for vibrant green leaves that are free of spots and yellowing and have firm stems and a noticeable aroma. Oregano will keep for about a week in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp towel. Dried, bottled versions will last for three years, though quality can begin to diminish after six months. When cooking with the herb, remember that dried oregano has a more potent flavor than fresh, so adjust accordingly. —Kelley Granger

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oregano-infused grilled chicken with fettuccine, tomatoes, olives and fresh mozzarella By New Jersey’s Cheryl Slocum, contributing food editor at Country Living. Her recipes have also appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and Essence. Serves 6

ingredients 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2½ pounds) ²⁄³ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons ½ cup sherry vinegar 1½ tablespoons chopped oregano, plus 2 teaspoons 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste 1½ pints grape tomatoes 1 pound fresh fettuccine, cooked, drained and kept warm ½ cup Kalamata Niçoise olives ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper ½ pound fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes

preparation Pierce the chicken with a fork in several places and place with ½ cup vinegar, ²⁄ ³ cup olive oil, 1½ tablespoons chopped oregano and 1 tablespoon kosher salt in a large sealable plastic bag and let marinate for two to 12 hours. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, brush grill grates with oil and grill, turning once, until cooked through, four to five minutes per side. Remove from grill and let rest for five minutes, then slice horizontally into strips. Meanwhile, toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place in a grill basket. Grill until tomatoes just begin to wrinkle, about two minutes. Transfer tomatoes, sliced chicken, fettuccine, olives, mozzarella, crushed red pepper and remaining 2 teaspoons oregano to a large bowl. Gently toss. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm or room temperature. media bakery

From soothing stomach pain and toothache to easing bruises, the medicinal uses to which oregano has been put are numerous. While today it may be more common on pizza than in a poultice, research shows that the herb contains the powerful flavonoids galangin and quercetin, which may help fight cancer. Additionally, oregano contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium and vitamin A.

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of Regis Whisky Mad, a Scottish company that educates corporations and collectors on whisky. “The Ardmore Traditional Cask ($60) is peaty, full and smooth, with a wonderful rich, earthy finish.” lowlands to the south and east make Scotch that’s gentle on the palate. “Glenkinchie, a beautiful little distillery located near Edinburgh, has become something of a Lowlands classic,” says Lemaitre. Like many whiskies from this region, it has a light, citrus character. Lemaitre describes the 12-year-old bottle ($50) as “flowery and aromatic with notes of lemon, custard and vanilla.” ISLAY is a 25-mile-long island off the west coast that contains eight major distilleries. Pummeled by Atlantic storms, it turns out potent whiskies. “Laphroaig is heavy and rooty, like walking down a freshly tarred seaside road on a hot day,” writes Broom. The 25-year-old version ($400) excites with such aromas as “soy sauce, fish boxes, dried tar, heavy tobacco and burning lobster creels.” campbeltown in the far southwest had 34 distilleries before the depression— of the 1850s. Today there are just three, but the region’s lush malts make their products highly prized. “Springbank, a small, privately owned distillery, buys only local barley and does all its malting

onsite,” says Lemaitre. “Its 10-year-old label ($52) is complex and well-balanced with hints of malt and nutmeg.” Islands that lie off Scotland’s rugged western coast are marked by gorgeous flora and abundant fauna, including orca whales, dolphins and sea eagles. Appropriately, the whisky boasts aromas of salt spray, seaweed, bracken and crab shells. Case in point: The 18-year-old Talisker, from a spectacularly situated distiller y on Loch Harport. Broom writes that, among other flavors, it has a “smokedfish note … and builds in stages to an explosive finish.” —francesca moisin

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MAHZU SUSHI Casual yet upscale Japanese dining, Aberdeen Plaza, 1077 Route 34, 732.583.8985

YESTERDAY’S RESTAURANT Authentic southern Italian and American fare, 3153 Route 35, 732.264.3777

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MR. C’S BEACH BISTRO American bistro with oceanfront views and a tiki bar, Ocean Ave. and Allen Ave., 732.531.3665

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SALLEE TEE’S GRILLE Pasta, seafood and burgers, 33 West St., 732.834.8999

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DORIS & ED’S Contemporar y American cuisine featuring seafood, 348 Shore Dr., 732.872.1565

TWISTED TREE CAFÉ Healthy food featuring sandwiches, chili, salads, smoothies and organic desserts, 531 Cookman Ave., 732.455.3373

IT’S GREEK TO ME Casual, authentic Greek cuisine, 2128 Route 35, 732.275.0036

KICKY’S Eclectic dining featuring pan-Asian and Japanese cuisines, 1140 Route 34, 732.970.6488

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ALBERTO’S Spanish Latin/South American cuisine specializing in seafood dishes, BYO, 300 Main St., 732.776.8833 SCHNEIDER’S RESTAURANT Traditional German, Austrian and Hungarian dishes, 801 Main St., 732.775.1265

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LA DOLCE VITA Upscale Italian cuisine on the waterfront, 400 Ocean Ave., 732.749.3177

DREW’S BAYSHORE BISTRO Cajun-influenced fare, 58 Broad St., 732.739.9219

SURF TACO Traditional Mexican fare with seaside twists, 1003 Main St., 732.681.3001

TRINIT Y RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Inspired American cuisine, 84 Broad St., 732.888.1998

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MIKE AND NELLIE’S Italian grill with prime steaks and seafood, BYO, 1801 Route 35, 732.531.7251 TANDOOR E INDIA Classic Indian fare, 1610 Route 35, 732.531.1944

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ICHIBAN HIBACHI STEAKHOUSE Fine Japanese dining, 2132 Route 35, 732.493.1115 PICCOLA ITALIA Classic Italian cuisine with Mediterranean flavors, 837 W. Park Ave., 732.493.3090

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CAPTAIN JACK’S Traditional American food in a casual setting, BYO, 68 Main Ave., 732.869.0770

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