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Features 24 Cover feature /

The best of Morris

The winners of our second annual Readers’ Choice Awards!

34 Escapes /

Paradise, twice

2 jaunts to refresh body, mind and spirit: the blissful beaches of Grand Cayman and Colorado’s rugged vistas

38 At home /

Starter home, reborn

An ambitious addition and an extensive remodel allow a Smoke Rise family to remain in the house they love.

Departments 6 Editor’s letter 15 Morris mix

· To purr, with love · Honey, do · Kebab-apalooza · Who will save your soles? · Just fore fun

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Captured moments around the county

20 Health watch · Good health, on the download · How friends keep you healthy · Pain-reliever rundown

44 Glorious food

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gourmet 46 Morris Fare of gold Fresh, light and tasty—that’s how our reviewer describes the dishes at Chatham’s new D’Oro Ristorante.

48 Where to eat 52 Be there!

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HOW DIFFERENT WOULD OUR WINNERS BE this time? We pondered this question as we opened the voting for our second annual Best of Morris Readers’ Choice Awards. After all, many of our own favorite eateries, shops and other businesses are long-beloved spots we turn to week after week, year after year. Happily, our results reflect a balance: While a number of familiar names do reappear, new champs were crowned in a variety of categories. Turn to page 24 to see if your picks emerged victorious. Of course, in this issue we couldn’t resist sharing a few more discoveries that we hope might become future favorites. In Morris Mix, starting on page 15, we profile a shoe repair shop that can expertly mend your Pradas or Guccis, introduce you to a Montville farm that peddles freshly harvested local honey and dish on a tasty Mediterranean eatery that’s getting great word-of-mouth buzz. And in Gourmet, page 46, our reviewer shares the details of her enjoyable meal at a new Italian eatery on Chatham’s Main Street. Elsewhere in this issue, a Smoke Rise family lets us peek behind the scenes of their home’s extensive renovation. See the lovely results on page 38. And in Escapes we share the details of two delightful—but quite different— excursions that refresh body and mind alike. Read up on our destinations of choice on page 34. Finally, with the same be-good-to-yourself spirit that permeates our other pages, we offer a few stayhealthy tidbits. In our Health Watch section, starting on page 20, we share a local doc’s assessment of five popular wellness podcasts. Find out which are worth sacrificing a little space on your iPod. We also give a sideby-side comparison of the four most popular over-thecounter pain relievers and outline four solid reasons why friends are good for you—in both body and spirit! We hope the pages that follow inspire you to explore a few new local haunts—and that you love reading this issue as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you. After all, when it comes to our favorites, our readers are in a class all their own.

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Jenny the cat has had a tough life, but thanks to the work of Morristownbased charity SMITTEN BY KITTENS (www.smittenbykittens.com), her happy ending may still await. When she and 91 other cats were found confined in a small Morris County home last year, Jenny was emaciated and suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection. But Smitten’s volunteers got Jenny treated, neutered, vaccinated and returned to health—and she’s now available for adoption. “Jenny is the sweetest kitty in the world,” says Smitten by Kittens’ founder, Katharine Payne. “She’ll be a perfect pet for someone with a lot of love to give.” Smitten by Kittens is a network of foster homes for rescued felines: Families keep kittens until they are about 8 weeks old, or older cats who need recuperation until they’re healthy. At that point, they’re put up for adoption via events held every Saturday and through Petfinder.com and AdoptaPet.com. The group regularly seeks both adoptive and foster homes. Happily, since its 2002 launch, the group has reduced the number of feral cats in Morristown by more than 80 percent. But Payne notes that not all cats are rescued from the streets or neglectful homes. “Lately we’re getting a lot of adult cats surrendered by owners as a result of the economy,” she says.

Honey, do Among the interesting facts you’ll learn chatting with beekeeper Landi Simone of Montville’s GOOSEROCK FARM (973-263-0674, www.goose rockfarm.com): Beekeepers tend to be long-lived, perhaps because bee venom received from stings is helpful in preventing autoimmune diseases. Bees get irritable during humid or nasty weather. Honey does not go bad; pharaohs’ tombs have yielded 5,000-year-old jars of honey that are still edible. But there’s more than trivia. The real reason to visit the Farm’s “Honey House” shop is to pick up its sweet creations, like the blueberry honey ($8 per pound) and blue ribbon–winning wildflower honey ($7 per pound). “It’s the flora that makes a honey ‘local’—the grasses, herbs and flowers,” says Simone, noting that Gooserock Farm makes honey from locust, tulip poplar, clovers, autumn olive, thistle and many other flowers. “South of the Raritan, the ecology is completely different—and so is the honey!” It’s that local flora that has given Simone an unexpected upswing in her fall and spring business: Some recent studies have indicated that raw, unfiltered local honey is helpful in fighting allergies, since it helps build an immunity to local allergens. Also up for sale are a variety of handmade beeswax products, such as soaps in a range of scents ($5 and up) and lip balm ($3.50).

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KEBAB-apalooza “It was the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten.” So says Dover’s Andy Galloza about the first time he tried the falafel served up at CARMEL HAIFA (862-242-8918, www.carmel haifa.com), a tiny restaurant just across the street from the Morris Plains train station. Indeed, many of the eatery’s repeat customers have a similar reaction to Carmel Haifa’s delicious, filling “Mediterranean cuisine,” which draws on the fare of Greece, Spain and the Middle East—and they’re happy to spread the news. “We get a lot of business via word-of-mouth from people who work in the area and stop by for lunch or dinner,” says Marvan Jurri, oldest son of the Jurri family, who runs the restaurant. The most popular items, Jurri says, are that falafel, the chicken kebab and the vegetarian platter (hummus, falafel, baba ghanouj and tabouleh). The menu also offers a to-die-for creamy mushroom soup, as well as shawermas and kebabs galore, featuring chicken, veal, lamb and beef. An even sweeter treat? The helpings are generous and reasonably priced: Most dishes run between $5.99 and $11.99.

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“When the Short Hills Mall first opened, my brother Tom went to the stores that carried fine shoes and pocketbooks and offered them our help,” recounts co-owner Tony Rago. “They began to rely on us. The next thing we knew we were getting calls from customers in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia—all over the country.” To meet the demand, Rago Brothers invested in a staff of nearly 50, including specialists in dyeing handbags, fixing soles and heels and a variety of other areas. They also have dedicated administrators to maintain their computer inventory system, allowing customers from across the country to check the status of their orders. “If somebody has a $1,500 handbag, they don’t want just anybody to repair it,” says Rago. “We’ll make it look like new.”

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Who says mini-golf can’t evolve? For proof, check out “Laser Light Mini-Golf” at MOUNT FREEDOM GOLF in Randolph (973-895-9898, www.mtfreedomgolf.com), where lasers illuminate fluorescent-painted animals, glowing rings around the holes and more. You might also try Frisbee Disc Golf on Mount Freedom’s nine-hole, par-3 course. “In Frisbee Golf, you attempt to throw a Frisbee into a basketball-like hoop,” owner Matt Tal reports. You can even make up a foursome with two “regular” golfers and two Frisbee golfers. Even without the bells and whistles, more folks are turning to mini-golf for affordable fun: “A family of four can play for less than $25,” Tal says. “I play mini-golf here about once a week with my wife and daughter, Chloe, who’s 4,” says Brian McManus of Randolph. “Chloe loves it—she’s always talking about the animals.”

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FLASH GOLFERS GATHERED AT THE SPRING BROOK Country Club in Morristown for two annual golf events held by local organizations. First, on June 7, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2010 annual golf classic. In addition to lunch and golf, the event featured a cocktail hour with a buffet and an awards ceremony. Proceeds will help the group in its mission to foster a vibrant Morris County business community. One week later, on June 14, the Madison Area YMCA held its 13th annual charity golf classic, also featuring dinner and cocktails. Funds raised from the event will help provide summer camp experiences to children who could not otherwise afford to attend.

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HEALTH WATCH by David Levine

GOOD HEALTH, on the

download A LOCAL DOCTOR CHECKS OUT 5 MEDICAL PODCASTS

SURE, THOSE BON JOVI SONGS MAKE YOU feel good. But frankly, your iPod could be doing a whole lot more to help out your health. Today, you can get wellness info whenever the whim strikes by subscribing to one of hundreds of free health-related podcasts. But while some provide bona fide medical wisdom, others might be better classified as “infotainment.” The British Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has even done a study of medical journals’ podcasts, concluding that “the quality of the listening experience is variable.” To find out which ’casts are worth a download, Morris Health & Life asked Montville family physician Arnold Pallay, M.D., to listen to five popular ones and rate their usefulness from 0 (dreadful) to 5 (excellent). The doctor’s overall assessment: “I was pleasantly surprised.” Here’s how they stacked up:

YOU: THE OWNER’S MANUAL, WITH DR. MICHAEL ROIZEN

TO FIND OUT WHICH ARE WORTH A LISTEN

Where: iTunes What: An hour-long radio show on varied health topics

Who: Host Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is the co-founder and chair of the RealAge Inc. Scientific Advisory Board, a past chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee, former chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and a former editor for six medical journals. He is co-author of books in the You:

The Owner’s Manual series.

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“I like the news-radio format,” says Dr. Pallay. And he agrees with much of the information. For instance, as someone who performs genetic testing, he shares one guest’s opinion that genetic screening tests sold at the drugstore have an uncertain record and that “some people may misinterpret the results as grounds for less-active surveillance” for the conditions screened for. Still, he adds, “The program should have


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better emphasized the need for health-professional oversight for such tests, due to their complexity.” “It’s a bit long to listen to, but there is valuable information if you listen carefully—and preferably at one sitting,” says the doctor.

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testing because of possible false-positive results. “I’ve seen too many women not get proper breast screening,” complains Dr. Pallay. “I found Dr. Northrup to be rather cavalier about these controversial guidelines.” RATING: 2.5

RATING: 4

Where: iTunes

THE NUTRITION DIVA’S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR EATING WELL AND FEELING FABULOUS

What: A weekly 10-minute account of the week’s top med-

Where: iTunes

ical stories

What: 8- to 10-minute presentations on practical nutrition

Who: The narrator is Rick Lange, M.D., professor of medi-

Who: Host Monica Reinagel is a licensed nutritionist and a

cine at Johns Hopkins University and vice chairman of

professionally trained chef who has written books on health

medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center

and nutrition and is a regular contributor to Epicurious.com.

at San Antonio.

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“Easy to listen to, with a morning-show style—a kind of Rachael Ray–type show,” says the doctor.

“The physician speaker capably explains new While the information was useful, it was hardly findings from recent medical journals,” says cutting-edge, in Dr. Pallay’s view. “For examDr. Pallay. “His comments are practical and reasonable ple, her recording on diet and bone health did not get for patients to follow when seeing a primary-care docinto the role of biphosphonates, which really do help tor.” He cites a recent podcast quoting a large to maintain women’s bone density as they age,” Scottish study that “validates the link between By he reports. poor teeth-brushing habits and heart dis2013, some RATING: 3 ease, something we’ve been seeing for 38 million e b years now.” ericans will

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MEDICINENET.COM eners— Some information may not podcast list Where: www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ appeal to a broad audience, the more than ’s 8 art.asp?articlekey=47344 0 0 2 doctor believes. “A review of risk factors for double What: An archive of 3- to 4-minute digests of audience. partners of those infected with HIV is a niche the research on specific medical topics, each distopic,” he says. “Nonetheless, it’s an important cussed by a physician and topical subject.” RATING: 4

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network,

“FAST FACT” SOURCE: EMARKETER, CITED IN FAST MONEY, ISSUE 144, APRIL 2010

MedicineNet.com draws on a network of U.S. board-certi-

THE DR. CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP PODCAST

fied physicians. The editor, Melissa Stöppler, M.D., is an

Where: iTunes

anatomic pathologist and medical journalist who has

What: 4- to 8-minute presentations on such issues as

taught at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine.

menopause, motherhood and sexuality, with an alternative, “listen to your body’s wisdom” slant

Who: Dr. Northrup, a practicing ob/gyn for more than 25 years, has penned best-selling books including Women’s

Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and appeared in TV specials.

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“Some of the information is accurate and topical, such as a discussion of the explosion of obesity in this country,” says Dr. Pallay.

“She remains rather general in her commentary, and this podcast is partly an infomercial for her books and partly edgy opinions on women’s health issues,” says Dr. Pallay. One problem point: Dr. Northrup’s endorsement of recently relaxed guidelines for mammogram screenings, which call for less frequent

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“The one on prostate cancer provides a wellstructured, easy-to-follow discourse about the controversial topic of PSA [prostate-specific antigen] testing,” Dr. Pallay says. “I liked the way the narrator, a doctor, described the test and warned that some people jump too quickly to the conclusion that an elevated PSA level means cancer. Her monologue could be played for most men 50 and up who seek a PSA test during their annual exam in my office.”

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How friends

KEEP YOU HEALTHY WANT TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE, LIVE LONGER AND STAY SHARP? THE KEY IS RIGHT ON YOUR SPEED-DIAL

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Helping you live longer: It’s not family ties, but friendly ties that aid longer life, according to data from the 10-year Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging, completed in 2004, which followed nearly 1,500 people ages 70 years and older. After adjusting for other factors that affect longevity, researchers found that those with a strong social network were 22 percent less likely to die during the study. The friends-longevity link was so strong it persisted despite stressful events such as the death of a spouse or the relocation of a loved one. Boosting brainpower: In a Harvard study of the elderly, memory among those with few friends declined at double the rate of folks with plenty of pals. And the finding gets added support from a Kaiser Permanente study in which strong friendships were shown to protect folks from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Seems exchanging information, opinions and ideas—even if it’s about the latest Hollywood scandal—can keep a person’s thinking keen. I

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OUR FRIENDS ARE THE ONES WE CHOOSE, the ones we want to invite to the party. But did you know those handpicked companions are also scientifically proven to help us lead longer, healthier lives? “Because you choose friends with similar values and belief systems, they’re often better equipped than family to provide comfort and motivation,” says Encino, California, psychologist Debra Mandel. Having buddies is so good for us, researchers say, that its opposite—social isolation—is a risk factor akin to smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. Here are four ways your social circle keeps you in the pink. Controlling your blood pressure: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and high blood pressure is often the primary cause. But according to new findings in the journal Psychology and Aging, friends can help keep it in check. In the four-year study of 229 people between ages 50 and 68, those identified as the loneliest experienced a 10 percent spike in blood pressure. Even the “modestly” lonely were affected, said lead researcher Louise Hawkley, noting that “loneliness behaved as though it is a risk factor in its own right.” Helping you stay fit: Whether it’s climbing a steep hill with a heavy backpack (like subjects in a University of Virginia study), losing weight or sticking to a workout program, enlisting a buddy makes a task seem less daunting. In the University of Virginia study, those who trekked with a friend perceived the hill to be less steep than those who sweated their way to the summit alone. And in a University of Connecticut study of 189 women, strong social support proved to be a key factor in whether they stuck with a workout plan for a year or more.


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Pain-reliever RUNDOWN IS THE ONE YOU’RE TAKING RIGHT FOR YOU?

Sources: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Chronic Pain Association

FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS: ALL FOUR OF THE most popular over-the-counter products—that’s acetaminophen, acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), ibuprofen and naproxen—are largely safe, effective and economical, rarely causing side effects. In addition to relieving pain, all

four also reduce fever. So ... what’s the difference? In most cases it’s simply a matter of preference. But as the Food and Drug Administration pointed out when it called for label warnings on these products last year, no medicine is risk-free. Here’s a quick primer on how these differ.

ACETAMINOPHEN

ACETYLSALICYLIC ACID (ASPIRIN)

IBUPROFEN

NAPROXEN

BRAND NAMES

Tylenol

Bayer, St. Joseph

Advil, Motrin, Nuprin

Aleve

HOW IT WORKS

Acetaminophen blocks pain messages to the brain.

These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) block hormone-like substances called prostaglandins that cause pain by irritating nerve endings.

USED MOSTLY FOR:

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• mild to moderate pain • cardiovascular protection (check with your doctor)

• • • • •

MAY BE A GOOD CHOICE IF YOU:

• are allergic to aspirin • have stomach or intestinal problems

• want to prevent cardiovascular disease

• want to cut your risk of Parkinson’s disease

• have muscle aches from sports activities • prefer to take fewer pills

RELIEVES SWELLING?

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

• are under 16

DON’T TAKE IF YOU:

• have kidney or liver disease • consume three or more alcoholic drinks daily • also take another product with acetaminophen

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TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU’RE ALSO TAKING:

headaches muscle aches toothaches back pain arthritis fever

• other cough, cold, pain or allergy medications

headaches toothaches back pain menstrual pain minor injury

• arthritis and joint pain • menstrual pain

have kidney or liver disease have heart disease have a blood disorder take a blood-thinning medicine

• are pregnant (except on doctor’s orders) • are allergic to aspirin or other pain relievers • have inflammatory bowel disease or experience stomach or intestinal bleeding

• antidepressants • blood thinners • other salicylates • other NSAIDs

• antidepressants • ACE inhibitors • blood thinners • lithium • diuretics • steroids • other over-the-counter cough, cold or pain medications

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THE BEST OF

MORRIS

OUR SECOND ANNUAL READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS!

THE OLD AND THE NEW, THE familiar and the up-andcoming—they happily intermingle in this, our second annual Best of Morris awards competition. While many of the tried-and-true favorites that won last year’s contest were back on top this go-around, we were happy to see a crop of new names also get their chance at glory. Ready to see if your most-beloved haunts made the cut? Read on for the full roundup of winners!

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TASTY TREATS Sink your teeth into these delectable edibles

CUPCAKES Sugar Mommy Cupcakes (60 Diamond Spring Road, Denville; 973-400-9866; www.sugarmommycupcakes. com) “Sugar Mommy” Lori Levenson is the sweet lass behind this tasty place, which boasts a menu of more than 100 creative cupcake varieties (10 are offered per day). Levenson bakes all her treats from scratch each morning using natural, high-quality ingredients such as European cocoa, pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla and French chocolate. Among the customer favorites: red velvet with cream cheese frosting and the “Snowball” (chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting smothered in coconut).

ICE CREAM

CANNOLI

Denville Dairy (34A

Mara’s Café

Mara’s Café and Bakery (25 East Main Street, Denville; 973-

Broadway, Denville; 973-627-

and Bakery

625-0901; www.marasdesserts.com) Our advice: Leave your diet

4214; www.denvilledairy.com)

(25 East Main

at the door. From the Almond Brownie and Raspberry Swirl

Expect big crowds on hot sum-

Street, Denville;

cheesecakes to the abundance of specialty cookies to the tasty

mer days at this 45-year-old

973-625-0901;

fruit pies (each available with either a buttery crumb or flaky

establishment, which sells 28

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hand-rolled crust), all of Mara’s desserts are homemade

types of homemade hard ice

desserts.com) For

in-house, and practically beckon you to sit and

cream. Find favorites such as

this totally tubular

indulge. Don’t have the time to relax at one of

Italian treat,

the cozy tables? You can order your sweet to go.

cookie dough, or try a more

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COOKIES, PIE, CHEESECAKE, DESSERT

Mara’s stuffs either

COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO/ESPRESSO

creative flavor

a traditional or a

like espresso

chocolate-dipped

Mara’s Café and Bakery (25 East Main Street,

fudge and saf-

shell full of a

Denville; 973-625-0901; www.marasdesserts.com)

fron pistachio.

sweet homemade

There’s no better sidekick to a decadent dessert

Watching your

chocolate-chip

than a stellar cup of java. And at this friendly café,

waistline? Try

ricotta filling. Try

the coffee is freshly roasted in-house and available

the nonfat and

the shop’s “minia-

in a variety of rich blends, flavors, roasts and exotic

sugar-free soft

ture” cannolis for

beans. (Costa Rican Tarrazu or Brazilian Santos, any-

serve, available in

a few tasty bites

one?) For something a little different, try a specialty

raspberry, mocha

with slightly

drink from the espresso bar. Our picks? The French

and more.

less guilt.

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TASTY TREATS Sink your teeth into these delectable edibles

CHOCOLATE Nagel’s Candy Barn (358 Route 10, Randolph; 973-3611688) We must admit we’re charmed by Nagel’s “old-fashioned candy shop” setting, but it’s the shop’s heavenly sweets that really make us swoon. The Nagels have been in the candy business since the early 1900s and today the shop offers all manner of divine chocolate confections— including truffles, turtles, fudge and more.

SMOOTHIES Smoothie Factory (23 Broadway, Denville; 973-6257525; www.smoothiefactory.com) It’s maybe the

RAVIOLIS

most enjoyable way ever to take your vitamins.

Anthony & Sons (20 Luger Road, Denville; 973-625-2323;

Made with real fruit, the refreshing smoothies at

www.anthonyandsonsbakery.com) With fillings such as pumpkin,

this shop are available in more than 25 varieties. Top

vegetable and buffalo mozzarella with Portobello mushroom and

flavors include Blueberry Blast, Cranberry Crush and

spinach, the homemade raviolis at this Italian bakery are second to

Immune Booster (strawberries, kiwi, banana, honey,

none. Purchase them frozen ($5.79 per dozen), then boil them at

turbinado, immune formula, vitamin C, protein).

home for a dinner to remember. Buon appetito!

CANDY: TIE Nagel’s Candy Barn (358 Route 10, Randolph; 973-361-1688) From gumdrops to butter crunch to chocolate lollipops and more, sugary creations abound at this sweet shop. For a creative gift idea, order a candy basket or a “pyramid” of three boxes of sweets tied together.

Sweet Expressions by Geri (32 Broadway, Denville; 973-6250025; www.sweetexpressionsbygeri.com) Tickle your fancy with

caramel turtles and strawberries dipped in milk, dark or white chocolate. Like more control? Order custom bark made with your choice of fillings (M&Ms, granola, pecans) at the dipping bar!

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SUSHI: TIE Simply put, the rolls rock at this trio of Japanese restaurants, where sushi comes in oodles of tasty varieties. How to choose your favorite spot? If at first you can’t decide, try, try again!

Sogo (248 Route 46, Denville; 973-784-4981; www.sogo.cc)

Sushi Lounge (12 Schuyler Place, Morristown; 973-5391135; www.sushilounge.com)

Yama Sushi (5 East Main Street, Denville; 973-6277712; www.yamasushi.us)

RIBS

BURGERS

Hot Rods BBQ (19 North Main Street,

Arthur’s Tavern (700

Reservoir Tavern (90 Parsippany

Wharton; 973-361-5050; www.hotrods

Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains;

Boulevard, Boonton; 973-334-5708;

bbq.com) The energetic ambience and

973-455-9705; www.arthurs

www.therestavern.com) Can’t imagine

classic car décor are fun, but it’s the

tavern.com) Stay traditional

waiting in long lines for pizza?

finger-lickin’ ribs that really get patrons

with Arthur’s Famous

Then chances are you

revved up. Choose babyback or the meatier

Hamburger, or order one of the

haven’t sampled the

St. Louis cut, in either a half or a full slab.

daily specials, such as the

inspiring pies that

Either way, your ribs will be dry-rubbed,

Smokehouse Burger (with

emerge from the

hickory-pit smoked for six hours and

mesquite seasoning,

brick oven of

brushed with a signature barbecue sauce.

caramelized onions, balsamic

this 74-

reduction and cheddar cheese)

year-old

or the spicy Hell Burger (with

eatery.

Cajun seasoning, fresh jalapeños

Indulge in the

and roasted tomatillo salsa).

traditional cheese pie, made from

Either way, these adored patties

scratch with a signature bubbly

are made with fresh ground beef

crust, or sprinkle yours with toppings

that’s delivered daily, cooked on

such as hot peppers, mushrooms

a flat-top hot griddle and

and sausage. Feeling daring? Try a

stuffed in a Kaiser roll with a

specialty pie, such as the Vodka

side of homemade coleslaw.

Sauce and Shrimp pizza.

PIZZA

CHILI Summit & Main (1 West Main Street, Suite 2, Denville; 973-625-1066) Spice up your day with a hearty bowlful of this Denville deli’s homemade beef chili—a zesty blend of beef, peppers, cheese, plus a few secret ingredients ($2.95). Spring for an extra $2 to get yours served inside a tasty semolina bread bowl. ISTOCK

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BEST OF

ON THE TOWN A stellar selection of nighttime spots SPORTS HANGOUT Miami Mike’s (Ramada Conference Center, 130 Route 10 West, East Hanover; 973-386-5622; www.ramadaeast hanover.com/Sports Zone.nxg) With 50 highdefinition TVs and surroundsound stereos broadcasting fight songs, Miami Mike’s is more than just a bar—it’s an experience. Its stadium-like atmosphere features concession stands vending hot dogs, popcorn and more; a merch shop; and crowd-rousing sound effects. “People love coming here for sports,” says “Miami” Mike Minervini, the driving force behind the fun. “They could watch sports anywhere, but they come here because it’s where the excitement is. You feel like you’re at the game.”

IRISH PUB Dublin Pub (4 Pine Street, Morristown; 973-538-1999; www.dublinpubmorris town.com) Irish charm abounds at this longtime favorite, which serves up both authentic and American fare. Feast on Dublin-style fish and chips or a plate of corned beef and cabbage, either on the outdoor terrace or within the welcoming pub’s antique-adorned walls.

BEER SELECTION

ENTERTAIN ME HIGH SCHOOL BAND: TIE Put down that copy of Drumline! Instead, check out the real thing this fall by attending the halftime show at one of these schools:

Morristown High School (50 Early Street, Morristown; 973-292-200, ext. 2169; www.marchingcolonials.org)

Morris Knolls High School (50 Knoll Drive, Rockaway; 973-664-2200; www.mhrd.k12.nj.us/mk/) RUNNER-UP: Morris Hills High School (520 West Main Street, Rockaway; www.mhrd.k12.nj.us/mhhs/)

Sona Thirteen (13 South Street, Morristown; 973-267-1575; www.sonathirteennj.com) If you can’t find a brew you like at this trendy tavern—well, it might be time to switch to soda. With three bars over two floors, Sona Thirteen offers a staggering 20-plus beers on tap, plus another 40-plus by the bottle. Another perk: The food far surpasses your typical pub grub. Try offerings like crab cakes served with sriracha mayo, sausage-and-cheese

catfish sandwich.

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DINING OUT Best local gems for all your dining occasions DELI and CHEAP EATS Summit & Main (1 West Main Street, Suite 2, Denville; 973-625-1066) Breakfast sandwiches start at $2.25. Create-your-own salads—with fresh greens and any five toppings—run $6.95. Specialty sandwiches named after areas of Denville are reasonable too: The “Union Hill,” for instance, is a $7.99 treat made with cracked peppercorn roast beef, horseradish spread, provolone cheese and greens, all served with a pickle and a side of macaroni or potato salad. Of course, you can also purchase all your usual deli faves at this local spot, which offers indoor and outdoor seating—including Thumann’s cold cuts, homemade soups, salads and more.

Mara’s Café and Bakery (25 East Main Street,

THAI RESTAURANT: TIE

Denville; 973-625-0901; www.marasdesserts.com)

If you’re fit to be Thai-ed, try

Come early (before noon on weekdays or 1 p.m.

one of these local gems:

on weekends) for a wide selection of morning

Thai Chef II (28 Diamond

favorites. Top picks include steak and eggs; the

Spring Road, Denville; 973-

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH SPOT

“Jersey Omelet” (Taylor ham and American cheese);

983-0800)

French toast; and make-your-own oatmeal (choose

Origin Thai II (10 South

two “flavorings,” such as cinnamon, vanilla and

Street, Morristown; 973-971-

maple syrup, and two toppings, which might

9933; www.originthai.com)

include granola, berries or nuts). Seasonal

BYOB

breakfast specials

Tolima (641 Shunpike Road, Chatham; 973-410-

are also served.

0700; www.tolimanj.com) Pair your own bottle of red or white with filet mignon served with melted gorgonzola or seared tilapia over Parmesan risotto at this charming restaurant specializing in creative American regional cuisine. An added incentive: Dine between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for the $30 “Dinner & Movie” package, which includes a threecourse meal and movie ticket to nearby Roberts Chatham Cinema.

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Alexis Diner (3130 Route 10 West, Denville; 973-361-8000; www.alexisdinernj.com) This cheery diner answers all your ’round-the-clock cravings. A western omelet for breakfast? A grilled chicken panini with Portobello mushrooms, melted mozzarella and roasted red peppers for dinner? Chocolate-chip pancakes for dessert? You’ll find these—plus myriad other eggs, sandwiches, entrées and sweets—at this popular spot.

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DINING OUT Best local gems for all your dining occasions

ITALIAN RESTAURANT, ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

PANCAKE HOUSE

Il Michelangelo Ristorante (91 Elcock Avenue, Boonton; 973-316-1111;

The Original

www.ilmichelangelo.com) This elegant, family-owned spot has all the ingredients

Pancake House (831

for a memorable date with your amore. First, there’s the cozy ambience: It’s

State Route 10 East,

situated inside a 150-year-old stuccoed house with a fireplace, bar and lounge

Whippany; 973-515-

plus an airy porch for alfresco dining. Then there’s the food: Owner Dominic

8552; www.original

Cascio, born in Italy, cites his connection to the homeland as the key to his

pancakehouse.com)

restaurant’s masterful menu. (The fact that he hails from a family of chefs doesn’t

The tried-and-true

hurt.) Finally, for those extra starry-eyed feelings, there’s the vino: Il Michelangelo

and the out-of-the-

was also your pick for Best Wine List.

blue happily mix at this beloved eatery. You’ll find buttermilk and buckwheat versions of these delightful discs, but also creative specialties like the Hawaiian pancakes (filled and topped with crushed pineapple and hot tropical syrup) and the Three Little Pigs in Blankets (links wrapped in light buttermilk pancakes and dusted with powdered sugar).

HEALTHY RESTAURANT Café Metro (60 Diamond

STEAK RESTAURANT Arthur’s Tavern (700 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains; 973-455-9705; www.arthurs

Spring Road, Denville;

tavern.com) Whether you order the 14-ounce junior sirloin or the giant 48-ounce

973-625-1055; www.the

“Double,” your steak will be cooked on an 1,800-degree infrared broiler with a patented

cafemetro.com) This cozy

steak seasoning. Arthur’s also offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, seafood and more.

eatery uses local, organic ingredients whenever possible and offers many vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic options. Stop by at lunch for the Metro salmon burger or

RUNNER-UP: Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grill (1 Convent Road, Morristown; 973539-6666; www.rodssteak.com) Enjoy a unique dining experience at this romantic restaurant featuring Victorian-era items, rich wood paneling and two

nutritious dinner entrées like the

restored antique Pullman

grilled tempeh with seasonal chut-

cars. Choose from multiple

ney. You can also order one of

steak options, such as the 28-

Metro’s brick-oven pizzas, made

ounce prime New York sirloin

with organic unbleached flour and

on the bone and the 24-ounce

available with nondairy cheese.

blackened Delmonico.

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INDIAN RESTAURANT Cinnamon (2920 Route 10 West, Morris

MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Plains; 973-734-0040; www.cinnamonindian

Rattlesnake Ranch Café (559 East Main Street, Denville; 973-586-

restaurant.com) Aromatic and authentic—

3800; www.rattlesnakeranchcafe.com) Head to this lively

that’s what you can expect of the savory fare

eatery for a full-fledged fiesta: Rattlesnake also won

at this casual, colorful northern Indian eatery.

for Best Tacos and Best Margaritas! Patrons

Choose one of the many fragrant chicken,

who order the former can choose from grilled

meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes cooked

buffalo, sirloin steak or chicken, or mix-and-

in the tandoor by executive chef and owner

match ingredients with the “make-your-own

Mahendra Sing, or try a variety—plus some

taco” option. Choices abound on the margarita

fresh-baked naan (flatbread) and gajar halwa

list too. A warm-weather perk: You can sip your

(sweet carrot pudding)—at Cinnamon’s

drink outside on the restaurant’s Mexican mosaic-tile

popular buffets, offered for dinner on

floor. The adobe village–like atmosphere there nabbed

Sunday nights ($15.95) and for lunch daily

Rattlesnake Ranch the Best Outdoor Dining award.

($9.95 Monday through Thursday; $10.95 Friday through Sunday).

CHEF Patrick Callahan, Great American Grill (375 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway; 973-328-0600) For the second year you’ve crowned him Morris’ top chef. The mastermind behind this restaurant at Hilton Garden Inn in Rockaway, the Denville resident cooks up scrumptious fare he describes as “American and French with an Italian twist.” Favorite concoctions include Sunkist Chicken (marinated and sautéed French-cut chicken breast served over a citrus beurre blanc sauce and topped with mandarin orange salsa) and roasted rib-eye steak, topped with a roasted garlic and wild mushroom cream sauce. Also well known for catering wed-

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SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Denville Seafood (61 Broadway, Denville; 973-627-2987; www.denvilleseafood.com) Get the freshest fish around—selected

sions at the hotel, Chef

daily from New York’s Fulton Fish Market—at this local family-

Callahan says “it’s

owned gem, in business since 1951. Bring it home to cook it up your-

rewarding to earn praise from the people I cook for.”

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RETAIL THERAPY From bargains to splurges, this roundup of retailers can’t be beat GIFT SHOP The Depot (980 Mount Kemble Avenue, Morristown; 973-425-4080; www.depot gift.com) Step inside this cheery shop—billed as a “peaceful and relaxing alternative to mall madness”—and happily peruse a treasure trove of candles, cards, photo frames, coffee-table books, home accessories, knickknacks and more. Among the most popular choices are Nora Fleming serving platters, which hostesses can decorate with interchangeable seasonal charms. Shopping for your favorite fellow? The Depot also has an ample selection of men’s gifts. RUNNER-UP: Surprises

in Store (25 Broadway, Denville; 973-625-2445)

CIGAR SHOP JR Cigar (301 Route 10

INDEPENDENT BOOK SHOP

East, Whippany; 973-887-

Mendham Books (84 East Main

0800; www.jrwhippany.com)

Street, Mendham; 973-543-

The title of “world’s

4949; www.mendham

largest cigar store”

books.com) “We’re

says it all.

very much a com-

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munity bookstore,” says

must-visit for shoppers who love the thrill of a

Card & Smoke Shop

owner Tom Williams. “We’re

good bargain.

(13 Broadway, Denville;

tied in with our customers,

973-627-6719; www.united

and we try to stock what they

cardandsmoke.com) A

like.” It’s this local, friendly

walk-in humidor features

atmosphere—plus a packed

cigars aplenty, but you can

schedule of author signings and

also pick up gifts galore

events—that keeps Mendham

(perfume, toys and more).

Books a Morris favorite!

Book Stop (40 West Main Street, Rockaway; 973-586-9182)

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Century 21 (1 North Park Place, Morristown; 973-401-9500; www.c21 stores.com) Let’s face it—sometimes our wallets and our closets don’t see eyeto-eye. Luckily, we can please both at this mammoth department store, a flat-out

HOME ACCESSORIES DISCOUNT STORE Home Goods (3101 Route 46, Parsippany; 973-299-7943; www.homegoods.com) This mecca of decorative delights offers one-of-a-kind pieces—from artwork to ottomans— at 20 to 60 percent discounts. And because the company buys items from all over the world and ships them to stores weekly, the stock is continuously changing. All the more reason to visit again and again!

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PRODUCE STAND Follow Mom’s advice and eat your fruits and veggies. Even better, go for those that are locally grown!

Ledgewood Farm (1013 Route 46, Ledgewood; 973-598-8400) RUNNER-UP: Morristown

Farmers’ Market (parking lot 10 behind the Morristown Diner and Post Office)

GOURMET SHOP Sergio & Co. Italian Specialties (28 Broadway, Denville; 973-627-1043; www.sergioandco.com) Stock your cabinets with imported Italian olive oils, cheeses, pastas and confections galore from this cozy, family-owned gem. It’s here too that you’ll find the county’s Best Mozzarella, made daily on site. Order it solo or in one of Sergio’s fresh sandwiches, antipasti and salads (regular customers love the “#7”: breaded chicken, roasted peppers and mozzarella on semolina bread). Mangia!

GOURMET CHEESE SHOP: TIE C’est Cheese (64 South Street, Morristown; 973-267-2941;

BUTCHER

www.basketsbycestcheese.com) This Morristown spot offers

Sussex Meat Packing (219 North Main Street,

more than just hand-cut, made-to-order cheeses: It also has

Wharton; 973-361-2600; www.sussexmeat.com)

a daily menu of fresh soups, sandwiches and entrées. (Bonus:

Count on friendly service and the freshest meats

breakfast is served all day!) Looking for a fun summer afternoon

around at this family-owned establishment.

treat? Order a C’est Cheese picnic basket—they’ll pack it for you

You’ll also find a host of store-

from a mouthwatering menu that includes herbed goat cheese with

made items like sausages,

Tuscany toast, sandwiches of baked ham and imported Swiss and

ribs, gourmet hamburgers

many other delights.

and hot wings—perfect

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace (121 Main Street, Madison; 973-

for an effortless

822-0200; www.garyswine.com) What to serve with that robust

summer cookout.

cabernet you just selected? Simply saunter down the aisle to

RUNNER-UP: Burrini’s

peruse the vast options at Gary’s cheese counter, where you’ll find

Olde World Market (1204

more than 250 fresh-cut varieties. Not surprisingly, the superstore—

Sussex Turnpike, Randolph;

boasting New Jersey’s largest selection of fine wines—also won

973-895-6100; www.burrinis.com)

for Best Wine Shop.

HEALTH-FOOD STORE Grassroots Natural Market (20 First Avenue, Denville; 973-627-5440; www.grassrootsnatural market.com) Offering everything from basic groceries to expertly crafted prepared foods, Grassroots

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Paradise, twice 2 JAUNTS TO REFRESH BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT: THE BLISSFUL BEACHES OF GRAND CAYMAN AND COLORADO’S RUGGED VISTAS

PARADISE NO. 1: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND

bones and deadline-battered souls cry out

With our harried bodies clamoring for unadulterated relaxation, we headed for the renowned La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel in the Caribbean (345-943-9000, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ Properties/GrandCayman; summer “leisure rates” begin at $219 nightly). On Grand Cayman, the sand is creamy white, the sea a magnificent azure and the net effect on your senses wondrous. As for the Ritz—well, you know the name. This hotel is situated on 144 acres facing Seven Mile Beach and stretching “from sea to sea”— from the Caribbean to the North Sound where the island’s skinny western neck curves its way north. It boasts five restaurants, two outdoor pools, an oceanfront Jacuzzi and precisely 365 rooms—one for each

for the pure indulgence of lolling on a sandy Caribbean beach? Or should we restore ourselves with stunning views and vigorous adventures in a Western wonderland? So we flipped a coin, secretly hoping it would land standing on end. It didn’t, but we took both trips anyway—and made some notes to help you follow along: 34

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Even the waiting room at Silver Rain Spa bespeaks luxury. Below: Submerge your way to bliss at Silver Rain. Opposite: Relaxation awaits at the Ritz-

COURTESY OF LA PRAIRIE

Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel.

day of the year, if it strikes your fancy—and many with ocean-view balconies. And ah, the spa. Called Silver Rain, it’s a restorative sanctuary where crystal, silver and mirrored surfaces blend seamlessly with the energy of water—from glittering ice-crystal sculptures to softly splashing raindrops. Designed by Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco of D’Aquino Monaco, New York, the spa is 20,000 square feet of elegance. The “relaxation salon,” where I waited for my therapist, featured oversize chaises, a tea-bar full of exotic teas and island juices. I admit it—I’m easy to please when it comes to spa treatments. Of course, I know the difference between an A+ therapist and one with lesser gifts, but most of the time I’m too blissed out to care. When I underwent La Prairie’s one-hour Caviar Massage, however, the perfectionist in me made a quick comeback—to inwardly shout hooray. Within five minutes, Caleb, a talented artist with magic hands, gently but firmly untangled the knot in the left side of my cramped neck. And who says caviar is only for eating? Known for their anti-aging effects, these lush products epitomize luxury. I swear I could feel the essential oils and extracts being soaked into my skin, which felt plumped, smooth and nourished for the next few days. Even more divine was the 90-minute Platinum Rare Facial, a facial-plus-massage combo. It was so relax-

ing, in fact, that I found myself drifting off to sleep. Thankfully, I only dozed for a few minutes—I wanted to savor every moment of this pampering. It was quite simply the most amazing treatment I’ve ever had, and I’m a massage aficionado. If only such experiences could be bottled! continued

A table to try Calypso Grill (345-949-3948, www.calypsogrill cayman.com) in the West Bay overlooks a harbor where the fishing boats can be seen returning to the docks with the day’s catch. Indeed, the fresh fish served in this brightly colored establishment comes in daily from a dock next door; your own “catch” might be tuna sashimi, crab cakes, fresh shrimp or one of a number of other constantly varying—but always enticing—seafood dishes. The French doors are kept ajar so you can dine in a gentle ocean breeze.


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Expect breathtaking vistas daily on your Colorado jaunt. Opposite: Step back in time with a ride on the DurangoSilverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad.

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For our thrilling Western journey, we headed for the rugged terrain of southwest Colorado. Inspired by an adventure described in the book Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips (2007, National Geographic), we hopped an 80-minute flight on Great Lakes Airlines (800-554-5111; www.flygreat lakes.com) from Denver International to Cortez Municipal Airport (elevation 5,918 feet). Then it was on to the 81.4-square mile Mesa Verde National Park (www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm), which since 1906 has preserved the cliff dwellings, “kivas” (ancient ceremonial rooms) and other archeological treasures of a native American people now called the Ancestral Puebloans. Tantalizingly, they left no written records, but the elaborate structures they built and the tools, basketry and pottery excavators have found here bespeak an industrious and resourceful civilization—centuries before Columbus. We gamely hiked on a Park Ranger–guided tour, seeing some of the park’s 4,500 archeological sites, and for us

one standout was a honeycomb of more than millenniumold residential structures known as the Cliff Palace. There we couldn’t help noticing how multigenerational our group of sightseers was: Here was a spry septuagenarian, there a woman with a papoose. Having never sampled buffalo or quail, we filled that experience gap happily at the award-winning Metate Room while staying at the park’s Far View Lodge (866-875-8456 or 800-449-2288, www. visitmesaverde.com/ accommodations/far-view-lodge.aspx; rooms $116 to $150). Just don’t ask us to pick a favorite between the succulent marinated grilled quail with red chili polenta and the hearty grilled marinated buffalo rib-eye. Out the window, a bright full moon added to our spiritual uplift. This was our exploration expedition, so we rented a car and drove to Durango, a town established in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. We took a charming walking tour of historic Main Avenue (www.durango.org/fact-sheets/walking-tour.aspx), learning about the town’s Old West denizens, respectable and not-so. The “roots of ‘cowboys and Indians,’ miners,


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immigrants and ladies of the night are still evident” here, writes local historian Frederic B. Wildfang, who proved wellversed in local lore when we met him during our visit. The Rochester Hotel (800-6641920, www.rochesterhotel.com) was not just our lodging place for the night, but also a riveting destination. It’s been in business since 1892, though renovated in the 1990s. In support of the hotel’s theme, “Hollywood of the Rockies,” each of the 15 rooms is named for a movie filmed in the area. (Paul Newman and Robert Redford made their famous “The fall’s gonna kill ya” jump in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid near here, though the promontory really wasn’t very high.) Would a Wild West immersion be complete without a steam-train trip? Of course not. So we hopped aboard the Durango-Silverton NarrowGauge Railroad (970-247-2733, www.durangotrain.com; 3.5 hours, $84.24 for “standard” class on up to $175.76 for “Presidential” class). The railroad, in constant operation for 127 years, was built to haul silver and gold ore down from the San Juan Mountains. As we snaked rhythmically around curves along the Animas River Canyon, mountain peaks loomed in all directions, so unforgettably majestic they did encores in our dreams. Take this trip and you’ll be a slightly different person— we promise. When we say Silverton is a sightseeing gold mine, we aren’t being picturesque. We took the town’s Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour (800-872-3009, www.minetour.com; $16.95 for adults, departs on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 10 through October 15; you’re underground about 50 minutes). It’s a literal gold mine that shows off an operational 1930s-vintage Ingersoll-Rand drill. Panning for real silver and gold is included in the price of admission. Keep what you find, but don’t expect it to finance the trip. From Durango we drove the San Juan Scenic Byway to Ouray, 7,792 feet above sea level. We stayed at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, (800-3275080, www.boxcanyonouray.com), and experienced a joyous rejuvenation—with scenic majesty all around us—courtesy of the warming waters in this establishment’s hot springs, collected in soothing outdoor tubs.

Suitably renewed, we set out for more exploration. A thrilling Jeep tour with Switzerland of America (866990-5337, www.soajeep.com; this jaunt was $60 for adults) took us to Imogene Pass, the highest driveable pass in the San Juans and our journey’s loftiest elevation at 13,114 feet. (Yes, the air is thinner and breathing is shallower, but you get used to it.) Then came a stagecoach ride from Ouray’s sole remaining livery barn (970-708-4946, www.ouraymule.com; $10 per person, departing Monday through Saturday “after the noon whistle”). When editor Horace Greeley gave his famous advice about going West, he was onto something. Discovering the joys of this beautifully rugged countryside, we discovered new energies in ourselves as well. So, which experience was more rejuvenating for body, mind and spirit: the Colorado adventure or the Cayman indulgence? You’re no doubt waiting for a clear verdict, but it was awfully close. I fear we may have to try them both again—just to be sure. I

A table to try The Mahogany Grille (699 Main Avenue, Durango; 970-247-4433; www.mahogany grille.com). In just six years of operation, this eatery has established itself as a “must stop” for the culinary cognoscenti. We enjoyed the Pepper Steak Herbert, a pan-seared filet mignon flambéed with brandy in a peppered mango chutney and garlic mashers, and the Elk Tenderloin, served with cheddar polenta and vegetables.


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AN AMBITIOUS ADDITION AND AN EXTENSIVE REMODEL ALLOW A SMOKE RISE FAMILY TO REMAIN IN THE HOUSE THEY LOVE

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by Debbie Bolla photography by Peter Rymwid

IT WAS A BATTLE OF HEAD VERSUS HEART: HAVING made do for decades in their too-small 1950s Cape Cod in Kinnelon, the homeowners knew it made sense to simply buy a bigger home, rather than embark on an extensive redo. But with 30 years of memories invested in this space—the couple’s first home, which they share with their daughter, a grad student—they found it hard to say goodbye. “So much has happened here—you become attached,” explains the wife. “We didn’t want to give up something we’ve come to love.” Their hearts won. The couple hired Joel E. Jenkins Architect in Sparta to add approximately 1,000 square feet to the home, which is set on 2 wooded acres in the Smoke Rise community. The construction included a complete gutting and expansion of the once-small kitchen: A wall dividing the space from the family room was removed and sliding-glass doors were installed, allowing sunlight to pour in and giving the residents a glorious view of the landscaped backyard. New cherry cabinetry brought warmth to the larger space. “Before the room was more enclosed and far less functional,” the homeowner says. “Now it’s open and gives you a feeling of home.” But once construction was complete, another daunting task presented itself: decorating the newly enlarged home. Realizing that they needed professional guidance, the wife began searching for an interior designer who was eclectic, down-to-earth—and local. “As a businessperson myself, I always try to work with members of the community,” she says. And when she met Tamara Dunner of Kinnelon’s Tamara Dunner Interior Design, she recalls, “we had a good connection. She’s very personable, and we clicked.” Dunner’s vision was to draw on some of the home’s existing style elements, but heighten the flair factor. “I tend to work with what my clients have, but use an approach to make them ‘pop’ more,” the designer explains. Take, for example, the dining room. The inspiration for the space came from the cranberry-hued trim on the room’s existing custom window treatments, which the wife adored. continued

The cranberry trim on existing custom window treatments inspired the dining room’s vibrant palette.

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“The previous color scheme was a bit cautious,” Dunner notes. So while she kept the pale-pink wall color for contrast, she updated the homeowners’ once pale-pink chairs with both a rich red, mini-patterned fabric and a coordinating stripe. Formerly white built-in cabinets were transformed with the room’s signature color, while a glass table now provides a clear view of an antique rug that ties it all together. “The cranberry color just livened the space up,” Dunner says. “The room became warm and inviting.” In the adjacent living room, Dunner encouraged the homeowners to display meaningful pieces— family heirlooms, as well as gems from their extensive 40

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travels—and then juxtaposed these treasures with interesting patterns. “I love that room because it’s not about decoration, it’s about sharing things that have meaning,” the wife says. Among the eclectic items featured are a trunk from Mexico, a painting from Sicily, an antique lamp from the wife’s mother and a pair of candlesticks (once hidden in a closet) that were a gift from a grandmother. A quirky knickknack—a simple-yet-elegant marionette showcased on a stand—adds interest in the corner. While Dunner kept the bold patterned wallpaper, she replaced floral window treatments with the quieter style of a luxe Pindler & Pindler fabric over just one win-


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OPPOSITE: An extensive addition opened up the once-cramped kitchen, where rich cherry wood adds instant warmth. ABOVE: “Serene” was the objective in designing the master bedroom.

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Family heirlooms, travel treasures and a host of interesting fabrics imbue the living room with a fun, homey, eclectic quality.

dow. A bevy of textiles gave new life to the homeowners’ original furniture; thus, a Duralee gold-and-green plaid, a vibrant coral with a small print, a bold stripe and an intricate flame stitch by Lee Jofa all peacefully coexist in the space, while a sprawling antique rug anchors the room. Pattern takes center stage again in a petite powder room, where the designer opted for whimsical Thibaut wallpaper that reflects the homeowners’ love of the outdoors with its topiary and avian touches. “Putting a large pattern in a small room is a great way to make a statement,” Dunner notes. A black granite–topped cherry vanity with hand-painted greenery mirrors the look. 42

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Upstairs, the master bedroom is a serene retreat. The comforting space features sage walls, silk window treatments, a custom-designed reversible duvet set and an upholstered bench that also provides storage for extra blankets. The en suite master bath has luxurious touches, including his-and-her stations and a heated floor. “All these years we’ve worked so hard, and now we splurged on ourselves,” the wife notes. The renovation complete, the family has no doubt that they made the right decision by remaining in their cherished dwelling. “We have deep roots in Smoke Rise, and this is now the perfect home,” says the wife. “Why would I ever want to leave?” I


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Fried rice with scallions, edamame and tofu Serves 4

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon canola oil

POD SQUAD

2 large cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons) 4 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger 4 cups cooked brown rice

diced red bell pepper 3 4

⁄ cup frozen shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions and drained

1 2

⁄ cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels 6 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1⁄4-inch cubes

2 large eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons lowsodium soy sauce

3 4

⁄ cup seeded and finely

• Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the garlic, scallions and ginger and cook, stirring, until softened and aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice, red pepper, edamame, corn and tofu and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 5 minutes. • Make a 3-inch well in the center of the rice mixture. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, then add

FOODIES APLENTY HAVE DECLARED THEIR

the eggs into the rice mixture, then add the soy sauce and incorporate thoroughly. Serve hot.

POPULAR BEAN THAT PACKS A HEFTY NUTRITIONAL PUNCH

Nutritional facts

per serving

400 calories • 12.5 grams fat • 7 grams fiber

TWO THINGS CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD about edamame, a bright-green bean that’s been slowly making its way from Japanese restaurants to the dinner tables of America. One is pronouncing the name—it’s eh-duh-MAH-may. And the other is the young soybeans’ somewhat fuzzy pod. When edamame is served as an appetizer, you see, the classic first-timer’s mistake is to eat the pod whole— not realizing that those “shells” are largely inedible and that most people just pop the beans right into their mouth. But however you eat it, edamame is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains all nine essential amino acids, as well as fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B. The Chinese made tofu out of edamame more than 2,000 years ago; the Japanese later began eating it out of the 44

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• 56 grams carbohydrates • 465 milligrams sodium • 106 milligrams cholesterol • 16.5 grams protein

pod. But it’s only since the 1990s that edamame has been a common sight in the frozen-food sections of U.S. supermarkets (sold both with and without the pods). Now it’s prized by vegetarians and vegans as a meat-free protein source (a whopping 17 grams per cup), and its crisp texture and sweet, almost-nutty flavor make it a happy addition to soups, salads and stir-fries. Prefer simply to snack? To enjoy edamame à la your favorite Japanese restaurant, boil in salted water until tender and pat dry. Just be warned that once you pop, you may not be able to stop. I

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BOONTON IL MICHELANGELO Italian cuisine. Major credit cards. · 91 Elcock Ave., Boonton · 973-316-1111

C H AT H A M D’ORO RISTORANTE Fresh, light Italian fare. Major credit cards. · 219 Main St., Chatham · 973-701-6990 RESTAURANT SERENADE Contemporary French cuisine. Major credit cards. · 6 Roosevelt Ave., Chatham · 973-701-0303

and American fare. V/MC/AMEX. · 1 West Main St., Mendham · 973-543-7300

DANTE’S RISTORANTE Italian cuisine. BYO. V/MC/ AMEX. · 100 East Main St., Mendham · 973-543-5401

MEYERSVILLE CASA MAYA Sonoran-style Mexican fare. Major credit cards. · 615 Meyersville Rd., Meyersville · 908-580-0799

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SCALINI FEDELI Northern Italian/light French fare. V/MC/AMEX. · 63 Main St., Chatham · 973-701-9200

THE MONTVILLE INN Modern American fare. V/MC/AMEX. · 167 Rt. 202, Montville · 973541-1234

TOLIMA Eclectic fare featuring tapas. Major credit cards. · 641 Shunpike Rd., Chatham · 973-410-0700

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CHESTER REDWOODS GRILL AND BAR American cuisine; many vegetarian dishes. Major credit cards. · 459 Main St., Chester · 908-879-7909

DENVILLE CAFE METRO Healthy American fare in a casual atmosphere. V/MC/AMEX. · 60 Diamond Spring Rd, Denville · 973-625-1055 HUNAN TASTE Chinese cuisine. Major credit cards. · 67 Bloomfield Ave., Denville · 973-625-2782

EAST HANOVER DON JOSE Authentic Mexican. Major credit cards. · 200 Rt. 10 W., East Hanover · 973-781-0155

FA I R F I E L D BRUSCHETTA Italian cuisine. V/MC/AMEX. · 292 Passaic Ave, Fairfield · 973-227-6164

FLANDERS METRO GRILLE Eclectic fare. V/MC/AMEX. 380 Rt. 206, Flanders · 908-879-0051 SILVER SPRING FARM Charming French eatery. V/MC/AMEX. · Flanders-Drakestown Rd., Flanders · 973-584-0202

L I N C O L N PA R K 202 ITALIAN BISTRO Stylish bistro serving Italian fare. Major credit cards. · 177 Main St., Lincoln Park · 973-709-0093

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HUNAN Chinese cuisine featuring crispy Chilean sea bass. V/MC/AMEX. · 255 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains · 973-285-1117

NICOLE’S TEN Hip eatery serving eclectic New American cuisine. Major credit cards. · 246 Rt. 10 W., Randolph · 973-442-9311

RIVERDALE ROSEMARY AND SAGE Contemporary American cuisine. Major credit cards. · 26 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale · 973-616-0606

R O C K A W AY CAFFÉ NAVONA Regional Italian cuisine. Major credit cards. · 147 Rt. 46 W., Rockaway · 973-627-1606

W H I P PA N Y IL CAPRICCIO Italian fare featuring fresh seafood. Major credit cards. · 633 Rt. 10 E., Whippany · 973-884-9175 NIKKO Japanese cuisine. Major credit cards accepted. · 881 Rt. 10 E., Whippany · 973-428-0787 I

MINADO Japanese seafood buffet. V/MC/AMEX. · 2888 Rt. 10 W., Morris Plains · 973-734-4900 TABOR ROAD TAVERN Creative American fare. Major credit cards. · 510 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains · 973-267-7004

MORRISTOWN THE GRAND CAFÉ Classic French and New American cuisine. Major credit cards. · 42 Washington St., Morristown · 973-540-9444 LA CAMPAGNA Italian cuisine. BYO. Major credit cards. · 5 Elm St., Morristown · 973-644-4943 MEHNDI Authentic Indian fare. Major credit cards. · 88 Headquarters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown · 973-871-2323 MING II Reinvented pan-Asian–inspired cuisine. Major credit cards. · 88 Headquarters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown · 973-871-2323

WHERE TO EAT by cuisine AMERICAN: 54 Main, Madison • Black Horse Tavern and Pub, Mendham • Café Metro, Denville • Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley • The

ORIGIN THAI II Elegant French-Thai eatery. Major credit cards. · 10 South St., Morristown · 973-971-9933

Montville Inn, Montville • Nicole’s Ten, Randolph

PAZZO PAZZO Fresh regional Italian food. Major credit cards. · 74 Speedwell Ave., Morristown · 973-898-6606

Parsippany • Sebastian’s the Steakhouse,

SEBASTIAN’S THE STEAKHOUSE New York–style steakhouse . V/MC/AMEX/Diners Club. · 80 Elm Street, Morristown · 973-539-8545

• Redwoods Grill and Bar, Chester • Rosemary

and Sage, Riverdale • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Morristown • Soho 33, Madison • Tabor Road Tavern, Morris Plains • Tolima, Chatham ASIAN: Hunan, Morris Plains • Hunan Taste, Denville • Mehndi, Morristown • Minado, Morris Plains • Ming II, Morristown • Nikko,

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Whippany • Origin Thai II, Morristown •

SOUTH CITY GRILL Seafood grill featuring Shanghai lobster. Major credit cards. · 60 Rt. 46 E., Mountain Lakes · 973-335-8585

Shanghai Jazz, Madison

SPLASH! Modern seafood eatery. Major credit cards. · 1 East Mill St., Long Valley · 908-876-9307

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ECCOLA ITALIAN BISTRO Italian fare with daily specials. Major credit cards. · 1082 Rt. 46 W., Parsippany · 973-334-8211

ITALIAN: 202 Italian Bistro, Lincoln Park •

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE American steak- house. Major credit cards. · 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany · 973-889-1400

Ristorante, Chatham • Eccola Italian Bistro, Parsippany • Il Capriccio, Whippany • Il

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Madison • La Campagna, Morristown • L’allegria,

DON PEPE STEAK HOUSE Spanish steakhouse. All credit cards. · 58 Rt. 46 W., Pine Brook · 973-808-5533

Madison • La Strada, Randolph • Pazzo Pazzo,

SUPPA’S RESTAURANT Italian fare. Major credit cards. · 17 Old Bloomfield Ave., Pine Brook · 973 575-4222

MEXICAN: Casa Maya, Meyersville • Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, East Hanover

RANDOLPH

SEAFOOD: South City Grill, Mountain Lakes •

LA STRADA Authentic Italian. Major credit cards. · 1105 Rt. 10 E., Randolph · 973-584-4607

Splash, Long Valley

LONG VALLEY PUB & BREWERY American fare, award-winning beers. V/MC/AMEX. · 1 Fairmount Rd., Long Valley · 908-876-1122

54 MAIN An extensive menu of American and continental cuisine. Major credit cards. · 54 Main St., Madison · 973-966-0252 IL MONDO VECCHIO Northern Italian fare. BYO. Major credit cards. · 72 Main St., Madison · 973-301-0024 L’ALLEGRIA Italian fare. Major credit cards. · 11 Prospect St., Madison · 973-377-6808 SHANGHAI JAZZ Gourmet Asian fare. Major credit cards. · 24 Main St., Madison · 973-822-2899 SOHO 33 Sophisticated American cuisine. V/AMEX. · 33 Main St., Madison · 973-822-2600

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FRENCH: The Grand Café, Morristown • Restaurant Serenade, Chatham • Silver Spring

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Morristown • Scalini Fedeli, Chatham • Suppa’s Restaurant, Pine Brook

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Our offi ce’s reputation has spread so far now treat patients from around the world; often doing that morewe smile treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. We also offer an amazing alternative for those living with We also teeth. offer an amazing alternative for those living missing This dramatic advancement in the fieldwith of missing teeth. This dramatic advancement the field of dental implantology now makes it possibleinfor many dental now makes it for implant many patientsimplantology to switch from dentures topossible permanent patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach supported in onlyaasingle few hours. This neworapproach can be usedteeth to replace missing tooth an entire can be used to replace a single tooth an entire mouth. Patients leave the officemissing after just oneor appointment mouth. Patients leave the offi ce after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so with a beautiful andpatients strong eat smile. Discomfort is evening. so minimal that most a light meal that minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering our front door you will immediately know Upon entering our frontdental door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary office, because that’s what that is nosay ordinary dentalitoffi that’s what our mostthis people upon seeing force, thebecause first time. Among most people say upon seeing for the first time.astronauts, Among our practice’s notable patients areitactresses, actors, practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s models personalities. However mosttooflook the doctor’s patientsand are TV everyday people who just want their best. patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their Drs. Steiner, Fine andabout Kwiatkowski focused their practice on those areas which theyhave are highly passionate. practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart (After all Those you wouldn’t your family doctorTrained to do heart surgery.) areas areask Cosmetic Dentistry. at the surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at thethey prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, prestigious Lasover Vegas for years advanced dental studies, they and have devoted fiftyInstitute combined to perfecting their skills have devoted over fi fty combined years to perfecting their skills have placed over 23,000 cosmetic restorations. 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