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Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Morris and Essex counties

Don’t buy long-term care insurance without considering these important factors.



This summer, blue jeans get a colorful makeover.

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Meet Steve and Lisa Feldman, owners of Green Demolitions in Fairfield.



Learn how you can transform your property into a grown-up-friendly playground.




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We’ve all heard that red wine and dark chocolate are full of great antioxidants and have heart health benefits (lucky for me as I love them both). But there are many other “foods to grow old with” (page 41) that have proven anti-aging health effects and that we should be eating more of. Learn to stay healthy and strong, both body and mind—to live longer—from local geriatric doctors and read secrets from three Morris and Essex seniors in “Live Your Best Life” (page 40). And in the spirit of aging gracefully, we’ve uncovered the facts you should know before you buy long-term care insurance (page 62) and found three luxury retirement communities here in our area should you or your parents be looking (page 64). Summer officially starts this month—June 21st—so plan ahead to avoid the pitfalls of summer vacations, such as overbooked hotels and flights. There’s no need to stand in long airport lines if you choose one of our nine favorite family trips just a short drive away here in the Garden State (page 34). They’re both affordable and fun for the entire family, young and old (chronologically speaking, that is). Finally, don’t miss our biggest and best Readers’ Choice Awards to date, which begins on page 44. Be sure to spend some of those long summer days or nights checking out these top shops, restaurants, salons and more—make our list your go-to guide for the best in Morris and Essex counties. Enjoy!



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take your workout to the next level at the new Flywheel spinning studio (973.232.6476, in millburn. already featuring popular studios in manhattan and the hamptons, the company added this first new Jersey location just this year. the innovative indoor cycling space offers 45 high-tech bikes arranged in stadium seating so that each class member gets a clear view of the instructor. the self-conscious will appreciate the dimmed lights, which offer a sense of privacy. Participants work out to the beat of the newest songs and remixes. and here the days of the plus-and-minus controls are over—spinning students can adjust their resistance and monitor their heart rate on the bike’s touch-screen computer. if spinning isn’t your exercise of choice, try the studio’s flyBar class, a mat workout that combines yoga, dance, circuit training, Pilates and strength-building into one body-sculpting workout.

Mind over Matter looking to get a life you love? according to Jaye Regincos, if you can dream it, you can have it. that’s the philosophy behind her montclair-based business Thought in Motion (973.826.0367,, where she and her staff of teachers work with clients to help them adjust thought patterns to make positive changes in their lives. “i teach people how to move positive energy into the present,” she says. “When you change your thoughts, you change your life.” in addition to one-on-one sessions, Regincos offers an open house every Wednesday and friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at which individuals can visit to meet with the teachers or receive a chakra “energy flush”—at a discounted rate ($25).

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if hollywood has launched a million dreams, what launched hollywood? that would be West orange, where the motion picture camera and the first movies were created by that inveterate tinkerer, thomas edison. he set up his laboratory just a short distance away from his residence in llewellyn Park, and both the house and the lab are open to the public for tours. at the lab visitors can watch a 20-minute video, see the first motion picture studio and tour the chemistry room, and at the estate they can explore Glenmont, the 29-room mansion. the entrance fee for both the lab and the mansion is $7. audio tours are an additional $5. children under 16 are free. Visit for hours and directions. Plan your visit around these summer events: July 11, 18 and 26 and August 1 and 8: inventors Workshop: Geared toward children ages 8–13, 9:30–11 a.m. make a reservation by calling 973.736.0550, ext. 89. August 26: harry’s magic invention Bag: Participants of all ages will learn about different inventors and inventions that originated in new Jersey, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Forget everything you know about vintage clothing. Fashion designer Bridgett Artise has caught the attention of the fashionably inclined with her line of “upcycled” attire, which gives grandmom’s closet a high-style makeover. Artise, who wrote the book Born Again Vintage, is now offering her line of clothing at her new store, Atelier 516 (atelier516.blogspot. com), which opened in April in Montclair and sells clothing from several independent designers. Atelier is French for “workshop,” which is exactly the environment Artise wanted to evoke. “Customers can watch me working on garments as they shop,” she says. “I can also alter items on the spot.” Artise’s line appeals not only to the quirky and nostalgic, but also to women who want look edgy and urban: “My customer is extremely confident and goal-oriented and knows exactly what she wants.”

1 Stylish Laptop Bag Send her off into the working world with the Havana bag from Knomo. Scotch-guarded linen is perfect for summer, and on the inside, a dedicated quilted pouch with foam protects a laptop up to 13˝. $169 at The Luggage Center, Summit, 908.273.6674. 2 Sleek iPhone Case Inspire him or her to keep in touch with this dark walnut striped iPhone4 case from Würkin Stiffs. Each case is precision-machined from one piece of wood. $85 at 3 A Pen ‘In His Own Write’ With a surface reminiscent of a vinyl record and a clip inspired by John Lennon’s guitar (with his portrait in the guitar’s sound hole), Montblanc’s John Lennon Special Edition Ballpoint Pen will make the hippest music lover look polished and presentable for job interviews. $750 at Montblanc, Short Hills, 973.258.9277. 4 Stone Bookends Artisans in Brazil make these agate bookends, which are available in brown, grey, black, white-and-tan and red-and-orange, in addition to the green-and-blue shown. They’d liven up drab dorm-room décor or make a unique addition to a first apartment. $95 at Jafajems, Upper Montclair, 973.746.5885. 5 Nostalgic Necklace She’s leaving for college — in another state! Wipe your tears and buy her this Kris Nations State Necklace to remind her she’ll always be a Jersey Girl. $48 in sterling silver or 14K gold over recycled brass at


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By day, they’re average Joes, working in corporate jobs and raising families in suburban New Jersey. But at night, they are hard-core rockers. Those are the members of Rock the House, a collective of 50 to 75 bands in Essex County. It was started in 2008 by Alex Silberman, a Millburn-based realtor and guitarist in the band Test Pattern, after he noticed that the places he played at were closing. “The venues were dropping like flies,” he says. “It left a bunch of bands all dressed up with nowhere to go.” Silberman gathered a group of fellow local musicians together and partnered with the Baird in South Orange to arrange for bands from the collective to put on concerts to benefit local charities. The result was a win-win-win situation: local organizations received financial support, musicians had a place to play and the public was able to enjoy a live show. Catch them in the act: This July, Rock the House is performing a free concert as part of the Baird’s outdoor music series (information will be available at But be prepared to leave with eardrums ringing. “It will be a night of unapologetic rock,” warns Silberman. “Loud and in your face.”

Father knows best

Do you remember your dad for his words of wisdom? We figured every father is correct at least once. So to celebrate Father’s Day, we asked readers, “What’s the one thing your father was right about?” Here, three local residents respond: “My father was a musician and, by his example, taught me that even in the darkest of dark times, music would always have the power to inspire and reenergize me. When I’m in need of comfort, the first thing I turn to is my iPod or CD player. There are few black moods that Beethoven or Bono can’t pull me out of.” —Leslie Garisto Pfaff, Nutley “My dad once told me: ‘Don’t talk just to fill the silence. Listen and think about what you want to say. Choose your words wisely.’ And he does just that.” —Kristin Nieto, Kinnelon

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tions for display, and everything is sold for from 50 to 90 percent off the retail cost. We talked to Feldman and his wife, Lisa, about their store. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FAIRFIELD TO SET UP SHOP? STEVE: It’s a hub, with 400 businesses that relate to home remodeling. It’s easily accessible to Manhattan, other parts of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York State. LISA: We actually sell a lot of kitchens over the phone. We sold to 29 states last year and internationally too. WALK US THROUGH THE PROCESS, FROM DONATION

First, donors make contact with us. We ask, “What’s in the house? What is your timeline?” We schedule the inspection, complete the paperwork, order the insurance and perform the removal —and we can move very quickly if necessary. We provide the donor not only with a tax deduction and savings on disposal fees, but also with the satisfaction that his or her donation helps keep material out of a landfill and helps raise money for good causes. LISA: Last year we reclaimed more than 800 kitchens from New Jersey and beyond—as far away as Arizona. TO PURCHASE. STEVE:


a year. Since we started, we’ve saved about 15 million pounds of material from landfills. WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS? STEVE: They include doctors, attorneys and businesspeople who’d rather go to an auction or an estate sale than buy an item new. Many are luxury bargain hunters, and many are eco-conscious consumers who like doing good for charity. CAN PURCHASERS FIND OUT THE IDENTITY OF THE DONOR? STEVE: Only through a sister nonprofit organization called Renovation Angel, which requires a resale value of $10,000 or more and awards a portion of proceeds to a charity of the donor’s choice. We identified actress Edie Falco’s kitchen and that of former New York Giants football player Amani Toomer. LISA: The average kitchen sale overall is about $4,000. WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR COM-

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Canal-side Charm meets outdoor adventure

it may not be as famous as nearby lambertville (or new hope across the river in Pennsylvania), but this strollable town known for its victorian ambience is every bit as charming and offers a wealth of outdoor adventures for families, from walking or biking along the canal to tubing on the delaware (don’t forget to grab lunch from the justifiably Famous river hot dog man) to sightseeing from on high courtesy of alexandria Balloon Flights in close-by milford. and if a day in the great outdoors (or the great Frenchtown shops) has you searching for a comfortable place to spend the night, check in at the national hotel new Jersey, where comfort (along with high style) is always in good supply.;; njballooning. com;

tuckertOn SeapOrt waterside history Comes to liFe

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if you’re looking for variety, activity and relaxation all in one spectacular setting, you don’t have to go any farther than Crystal springs. this top-flight resort, nestled in the rolling hills of Vernon Valley, comprises four hotels; two spas; a sports club offering tennis, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, spinning and more; seven premier golf courses (call ahead for in-room babysitting if your kids aren’t ready for the links); more than a dozen restaurants serving up everything from pizza and burgers to tuscan-inspired dishes and organic, locally sourced artisanal cuisine; and did we mention the Biosphere, a tropically planted pool complex, with an underground aquarium, a 40-foot water slide, a jacuzzi in a grotto and a retractable roof? Just in case you’re still in search of things to do, there are great hiking trails, tours of the Kuser Bog natural area and horseback riding along ancient limestone cliffs.


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adVenture along the aPPalaChian trail this 15,000-acre gem in northwestern new Jersey combines stunning scenery—the view at the summit of sunrise Mountain, for example, and the waterfalls feeding tillman Brook— with outdoor fun such as swimming and canoeing on stony lake (or sunning on its sandy beach), fishing on lake ocquittunk or Big Flat Brook, picnics along stony Brook and hiking the world-famous appalachian trail. a visit to stokes makes for a great day trip, but for a longer stay you can set up a tent or rent one of 10 furnished cabins (they’re rustic but include electricity, hot and cold running water and a wood stove for cooking). Check out the calendar at to see if your trip coincides with one of the many summertime events at the new Jersey state Fairgrounds in neighboring augusta —including horse, dog and car shows; a crawfish festival; and, during august’s first two weeks, the new Jersey state Fair itself. forests/parks/stokes.html

Camden WaterFront Wonder

Camden? a vacation destination? absolutely! Camden’s spruced-up waterfront is the perfect spot for an unexpected family adventure. start your trip with a tour of the Battleship new Jersey, america’s most decorated battleship and now a fascinating museum, then spend the night on board (or, if you’d prefer something a bit more luxurious, there’s the hyatt regency just across the water in Penn’s landing). the next day, choose from a spectrum of urban delights: a trip to the brilliantly renovated state aquarium (where you can book a swim with the sharks), a boat ride to Philadelphia on the river link Ferry, a concert at Wiggins Park or the susquehanna Bank Center, a minor-league baseball game at Camden riversharks stadium or a stroll through the Children’s garden, where you’ll find a carousel, a butterfly tent, a tree house, a train ride through a miniature landscape and all manner of theme gardens, including dinosaur, irish Faerie, Picnic, storybook and Fitness.

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Grounds for sculpture you don’t have to be an art lover to find something to love at this magical al fresco museum in Hamilton. the gorgeously landscaped grounds are laid out to create a surprise around every corner. there’s a pettable bronze panther, a massive head rising from a shaded lily pond and sculptor seward Johnson’s 3-d re-creations of classic paintings like monet’s “Japanese Bridge” and seurat’s “sunday in the Park,” which invite onlookers to jump into the picture. you’ll also find an excellent cafeteria, an outdoor café overlooking a pond filled with enormous lotus plants, special exhibits in the domestic Arts and museum buildings and 35 acres in which to roam, ramble and be amazed. Grounds for sculpture is a perfect day-trip destination, but if you’re looking for a longer getaway, you could spend the night in Princeton, 20 minutes to the north, which offers first-rate accommodations, dining and family-friendly attractions, such as the governor’s mansion and the Princeton university natural History museum. groundsforsculpture. org;

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Morristown smALL CIty, BIG fun

new Jersey has its own mo’ town, and while it can’t bill itself as the birthplace of r&B, it has lots of other great things to strut about, including wonderful shops and restaurants lining the town green; the morris museum, which houses an extraordinary array of fine art, costumes, dolls and toys, scientific materials and the amazing Guinness collection of musical instruments and automata (mechanical figures); and a wealth of performances for young people at the morris museum’s Bickford theatre and the mayo Performing Arts Center. there are pastoral pleasures as well, among them beautiful Jockey Hollow, a great hiking spot and part of morristown national Historic Park (don’t miss the restored cabins that housed George washington’s men during the winter of 1779); ford mansion, where washington himself spent the winter (guided tours are available) and fosterfields, a working turn-of-the-century farm.

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Cape may takes everything new Jersey has to offer to vacationers—the history, the great outdoors, the family fun, the shore—and wraps it all up in one glorious Victorian package. from the town’s famous open-air trolleys and jaw-dropping architectural gingerbread to broad, beautiful beaches, whale watches and kayak nature tours to the zoo, the Aviation museum and historic Cold spring Village, there’s something here to excite and delight everyone in the family. If you’re looking for a hotel with the feel of a resort, try Congress Hall, where you’ll find a pool, spa, fitness room, shops, three restaurants, a nightclub and Club Congress Hall, an evening program just for kids. feel like venturing farther afield? Hop the Cape may–Lewes ferry for a day trip to one of the country’s oldest towns, Lewes, delaware, famous for its fun shops and restaurants and its historic homes (including one whose stone foundation still bears a cannonball lodged there during the war of 1812). Bring along your suits and enjoy the surf at Cape Henlopen state Park, home to breathtaking beaches lined with submarine-spotting towers left over from world war II—one of them open to the public.;


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Trim Toenails straight across and don’t cut in corners or on sides—that can lead to ingrown toenails. shop for shoes in late afternoon or evening for a good fit, as feet tend to swell during the day. alTernaTe shoes—don’t wear the same pair every day. American Podiatric Medical Association

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onsider the foot. Low on glamour but anatomically complex, it’s what the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) calls “a biological masterpiece.” Sure, that group may be biased, but the foot is indeed remarkable. Inside this lowly appendage, 26 bones (together, the two feet contain 25 percent of all our bones), 33 separate joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments must work together to keep us upright and power us on our way, all the while withstanding forces that, during an average walking day, amount to the equivalent of several hundred tons. Indeed, if walking upright helps to define us as a species, our feet are one of the keys to our humanity. It’s no surprise, then, that foot problems are among the most common health issues we face. From fungal infections to torn Achilles tendons, sprained ankles to bunions and hammertoes, medical conditions in the feet keep podiatrists very busy. And many of them are caused by the shoes we wear. “Shoe gear has huge effect on feet,” says Jordan S. Steinberg, D.P.M., of the Foot Health Center in West Orange. The biggest culprit: women’s high heels. A


recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that high-heel wearers engage their muscles and tendons differently than the rest of us, and in ways that increase the risk of injury. “High heels triple or quadruple the body-weight pressure on the foot,” Dr. Steinberg says. The shoes are OK on occasion, he says, but should not be worn on a consistent basis. Now that summer’s here, many of us will be tempted to live in our flip-flops. But that’s not a great idea, says Marc Cohen, D.P.M., of Marlboro Podiatry Center in Manalapan. “Nonsupportive shoes such as flip-flops lead to heel spurs [extra growths on the bone] and plantar fasciitis [painful inflammation of the arch],” he says. “If you are doing any extensive walking, you need good support.” The only place he recommends flip-flops is around the pool, to help avoid infections, including warts. “Go barefoot as little as possible,” he recommends. As we age, our soft tissues—ligaments, tendons and muscles—tend to become drier and more brittle and thus susceptible to tearing, explains Paul Kovatis, M.D., of the Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine Center in Paramus. Take the Achilles tendon, which he says is “responsible for the spring in our step.” It’s especially vul-

nerable to injury in so-called “weekend warriors” over age 35. “It is generally the size of two thumbs, about 2 to 2½ inches wide, where the typical tendon is onefourth to one-half inch wide,” explains Dr. Kovatis. “And it crosses over three joints, the hind foot, ankle and knee, where most tendons cross just one.” Its size makes repairs trickier and recovery longer than for most tendon-related injuries. Older athletes should make it a point to stretch their Achilles before physical activity to help prevent tears. You can’t fault feet for requiring frequent, thorough hygiene to minimize odor—after all, they bear the body’s weight and have more than 250,000 sweat glands. But these keys to your mobility are also, in a sense, health watchdogs for the body, because problems in the feet can signal systemic illness. That’s one reason it’s important to consult a podiatrist if you have persistent foot pain or other problems in the feet. A podiatrist is a physician and surgeon who has training in “all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg,” says the APMA, “including neurological, circulatory, skin and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.”

ankle Ankle pain can be caused by a sprain of ligaments or a bone fracture, and while a fracture often brings sharper pain, an X-ray may be used to be sure which is the problem. Heels Persistent heel pain? See a podiatrist to find the cause. Often it’s a condition called plantar fasciitis, irritation of the connective tissue that forms the foot’s arch. Other culprits: obesity and poorly chosen shoes. arcH The arch has a space for soft tissues with elastic properties, which act as springs. “Fallen arches”—or flat feet—once disqualified military applicants; today, in the absence of other symptoms, they’re considered a normal variation.


BoTTom of fooT Are you getting enough bone-protecting calcium and vitamin D? A stress fracture in the foot can be an early sign of osteoporosis, but these nutrients can help protect you.

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Big Toe area Bunions are big-toe joints that become misaligned. The tendency to develop them can be hereditary, but don’t aggravate the condition by choosing shoes that are too narrow up front.

BeTween Toes Thorough washing and drying help prevent the fungus-based skin condition athlete’s foot. Be sure to dry between toes.

Toenails Toenails require frequent trimming. When a side or corner digs painfully into the skin, that’s an ingrown toenail. If it becomes infected, a podiatrist may remove the affected portion.


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Live Your best Life

We all Want to stay healthy and young-feeling as We age. heed these tips from local experts to keep that spring in your step By Audrey regAn sol Arino

wasted on the young.” these days, most of us have a good shot at a second youth in our later years—if we play our cards right. Sixty-five years ago, the average life expectancy in the u.S. was 64 years for men, 70 for women. Not anymore. the Centers for disease Control and prevention estimates that people who are 65 today—the early Baby Boomers—can expect to live an average of 18 more years. How can you stay healthy and strong, in body and mind, to make these years truly golden? Start by answering these questions: 1 do you have enough energy to do what you want? 2 are you physically able to do activities that you enjoy? 3 do your memory and mental

clarity serve you well? 4 do you look forward to each day and enjoy the companionship of caring people? 5 are you up-to-date with medical screenings and immunizations? if you answered “yes” five times, read on to learn why you’re in good “golden years” shape. and if you had a “no” or two, take heed: “about 60 to 70 percent of our health is a result of lifestyle choices we make,” says peter pasley, M.d., medical director of St. Barnabas’ Multi-Specialty practice of Westfield. “the vast majority of people are in good health,” he says. “a lot of people in their 60s are in great shape. We couldn’t have said that 25 years ago.” arthur Sheppell, M.d., medical director of the geriatrics program at Morristown

Memorial Hospital, agrees. “Overall we control a great deal of our current and future health.” So let’s look at those wellness questions again.


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Diet “this age bracket needs to focus on nutritionally dense, unprocessed food,” says dr. Sheppell, who recommends consuming foods with healthy fats such as nuts, seeds and olive oil; lean protein and fish; complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread; low-fat dairy; plus a lot of fruits and vegetables. (For more on diet, see “10 Foods to grow Old With” on the next page.) SupplementS as we get older, our intestines become less efficient at absorbing nutrients from food, so ask your doctor


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whether you should be taking vitamins and supplements and in what doses. The National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging recommends that people over age 50 take supplements of vitamins B 12 and D or consume the required amounts through fortified foods. Your doctor might recommend a multi containing those vitamins plus calcium, as long as it does not contain iron (most people get enough from their diets and too much can be toxic). Dr. Sheppell recommends 800 I.U. of Vitamin D, 1,200 milligrams of calcium and a B-complex supplement that contains B 12 and folic acid. He also recommends fish oil for its cardiovascular benefits.


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“It doesn’t matter what age you are, it is never too late to start an exercise program,” says Pat Cavell, group fitness coordinator at the lakeland Hills family YmCA in mountain lakes. Cavell has been training seniors for many years and says a regular exercise program can “improve the quality of their life and help stave off illness, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It can give them the energy needed for everyday activities like walking, shopping and playing with grandchildren. It even helps decrease depression and stress, improve mood and self-esteem, and postpone age-related cognitive decline.” Where to begin? “If you’re just starting, go slow and exercise three times a week for 10 minutes and gradually, as you get stronger, add time,” says Cavell. She recommends starting with cardio, such as walking, working up to 30 minutes or more every day. Cavell also recommends strength training to keep muscles strong. “If you don’t exercise, just the simple act of getting up from a chair will start to get harder,” she says. You can use any method too: gym machines, free weights—your own body weight, even. “Before starting an exercise program, get a full medical evaluation,” recommends Dr. Sheppell, who also suggests being evaluated by a trainer prior to embarking on such a regimen.




multiple studies have shown that the more physical exercise one gets, the more blood

flows to the brain, and the more new brain cells grow. In a study by the National Institute on Aging, older adults who exercised at least three times a week were less likely to develop dementia. “Test the limits of your brain,” says Dr. Pasley. “It is like any other organ— the more you use it, the better.” He advocates getting a baseline cognitive evaluation if you have a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Dr. Sheppell suggests brain-stimulating exercises to his patients to combat slowed thinking and memory loss. “Do activities that are fun, such as reading, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and watching Jeopardy. make it challenging, but not stressful.” To strengthen your short-term memory, try to “store” a memory so you can recall it later. for example, when you put down your keys, focus on where you put them. Rhymes can be helpful: “I’m hanging them on a hook so I can start to cook.”

pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, bone density, cancer (colonoscopy, Pap smear, mammogram, prostate exam), vision and hearing loss. Also ask about an aortic aneurysm ultrasound • blood tests for vitamins B 12 and D, thyroid hormone and cholesterol levels • blood pressure checkups



According to the National Alliance on mental Illness, depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are 65 or older. A host of factors can make older adults depressed: vision and hearing loss, a chronic illness, loss of friends and loved ones. “Depression has an insidious way of affecting our health,” says Dr. Pasley. “It can affect our ability to recall things as well.” He works with patients to find a remedy that works, such as therapy, antidepressants or lifestyle changes. “even if we do have a little forgetfulness at this age, it’s our quality of life that is the issue,” says Dr. Sheppell. “older people who stay connected to family are happier and healthier.”



The doctors maintain that prevention and spotting disease early are keys to aging well. See your doctor regularly and ask him or her about: • immunizations for the flu, pneumonia, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, hepatitis and shingles • screenings for depression, cognitive function, diabetes, chronic obstructive

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Researchers keep finding links between diet and aging, especially between diet and inflammation, which is believed to be the cause of many maladies, including cancer. Incorporate these 10 powerhouses into your diet regularly (organic if possible) and add fresh herbs and spices such as turmeric and cinnamon for an antioxidant kick: HealtHy greens are high in calcium, folate and vitamin D. They combat memory loss, bone loss and cancer. Think broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, artichokes and asparagus.


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wHole grains keep blood sugar stable, reducing the risk of diabetes. Try quinoa, barley, oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta and wild rice. legumes are rich in folic acid and B vitamins. a recent oxford university study found that people who took supplements of folic acid and vitamins B 6 and B 12 lowered homocysteine levels, thought to be linked to dementia and alzheimer’s disease. Try eating more lentils and kidney beans. berries contain antioxidants that have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as to improve muscle tone, balance and cognitive function. Blueberries are the stars here, but all berries are good. olive oil acts as an anti-inflammatory that combats cardiovascular disease. In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that among healthy people 65 and older, the higher the saturated and trans fat intake, the greater the cognitive decline. nuts contain healthy fats, vitamins and protein. They are also an inflammation fighter. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that stroke risk was lowered in women who ate foods rich in vitamin e, including nuts. red grapes and red wine contain resveratrol, a compound that has been found to reduce inflammation. It is also an anticoagulant, good for helping to keep arteries clear. FisH, especially oily fish like salmon, provides omega-3 fatty acids that help combat inflammation. People who eat fish a few times a week have a lower risk of alzheimer’s disease and stroke. green tea contains egCg, a very powerful antioxidant. Several studies have linked tea consumption to lower rates of heart disease, cancer and alzheimer’s. dark cHocolate lovers, “flavonoids” is your favorite word. eat one glorious ounce of dark chocolate a day. It has enough of those beneficial plant-derived compounds to decrease bad cholesterol, reduce risk for blood clots and improve mood.

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BarBara Burrell 72, Boonton Retired schoolteacher HealtHy body “I go to the gym three times a week, where I work with a trainer. I also take an exercise class for seniors.” HealtHy mind “I play bridge and mah-jongg and do puzzles.” on joy “I love watching my grandchildren participate in their sports.” on wHat really matters “Being a productive human being, a good friend and a healthy person who can remain independent through the golden years.”

Jerry uhrIg 74, Mountain lakes Retired engineer HealtHy body “I listen to it and rest when I need to. I eat well and in moderation. recently, I started playing banjo and ukulele in a string band. I had never marched in a parade before joining this band. last year was the first. I found it to be as physically challenging as running road races. I have run marathons but have never done a triathlon. Maybe I will. I also work out with a good trainer as well as hike, bike, swim and kayak. But my weekly sessions with an excellent teacher of the alexander Technique are the number-one factor in keeping me fit.”

HealtHy mind “I constantly challenge it by playing music, studying new disciplines and keeping up with old ones. I also play guitar, mandolin, Native american flute, tin whistle and harmonica. Participating in a good book group encourages me to read material I would probably never get to otherwise, and the discussions are always fun and interesting.” on joy “I enjoy family, friends, beautiful music and helping others, especially beyond my circle.” on wHat really matters “Doing meaningful things. For example, as chairman of our borough woodlands committee, I have been planting hundreds of seedling trees and shrubs throughout the public woodlands in our town. I have been doing this pretty much by myself. They are for generations hence. This is physically demanding work that pushes my endurance. Sometimes to make something happen you just have to roll up your sleeves and dig in. leadership by example is sometimes the only way.”

roSe DIMeo 72, Cedar grove President/CEO of HamptonClarke/Veritech Laboratories, since 1986 HealtHy body “I exercise five days a week: three days a week for one

hour and 15 minutes at Sedona Private Fitness Center, Cedar grove; two days at home on a treadmill or bike. at Sedona, I do a combination of cardio, balance and strength exercises. When you are 72 years young, balancing exercises are as important as cardio and strength. I also eat small portions.” HealtHy mind “exercise helps me to think clearly. also, I have not retired and continue to be challenged by my work.” on joy “I enjoy being a good role model for women. It is important for women to have a vision of their unique values and goals, to believe in themselves despite adversity and to have confidence. When I started out in the business world, I was in the statistical minority as a woman but rather than view myself as a victim, I developed and nurtured a strong work ethic and a resolute sense of self, which has never let me down.” on wHat really matters “Family, friends (including my employees), being productive and finding balance. Being productive will give you self-satisfaction, security, opportunity and an ability to grow intellectually, financially and spiritually. Balance, for me, means investing time in one’s family, friends, employees, health and community.”


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BESTOFMORRIS/ESSEX READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2012 You’ve done it again—found some seriously delicious restaurants and food shops, unique boutiques and stellar services in Morris and Essex counties. The competition was fierce, and the votes poured in, keeping us busy as we tallied your picks for everything from Mexican food to shoe stores, including old standbys and newer establishments we can’t wait to check out. Here they are, the best of the best in these two bountiful counties. BY AUDREY REGAN SOLARINO

1 Mountain Lakes Bagels 350 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes, 973.627.4999

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2 Hot Bagels Abroad 1129 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.9616; 240 Route 206, Flanders, 973.927.1100, 3 Bagels on the Hill 175 Lakeside Blvd., Landing, 973.770.4800

BAR FOOD 1 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, 2 The Second Half on Main 5 E. Main St., Denville, 973.748.4040, secondhalfonmain. com 3 Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1413,; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355,

BARBECUE 1 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050,




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2 Hog Wild BBQ 405 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 862.210.8262, 3 Ruthie’s 64½ Chestnut St., Montclair, 973.509.1134,

BREAKFAST 1 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066 2 Bonjour 254 Park St., Montclair, 973.655.1300, 2 Doc’s Kitchen 38 First Ave., Denville, 862.209.1464, 3 Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099,

BURGERS 1 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050, 2 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, 3 Heritage Grill 18 Broadway, Denville, 973.983.9600,



1 Sussex Meat 219 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.2600, 2 Chester Meat Market 27 W. Main St., Chester, 908.879.7523, chestermeatmarket. com 3 Villa Meats 5 Park Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.3900

BYO RESTAURANT 1 Cuban Pete’s 428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.1100, cuban 2 La Cucina 278 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.627.6200, 3 Cara Mia 194 Essex St., Millburn, 973.379.8989,

CANDY 1 Sweet Expressions 32 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.0025, sweetexpressionsby 2 Nagel’s Candy Barn 358 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.361.1688

3 Holsten’s 1063 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.7091,

CHEAP EATS 1 Ralph’s Pizzeria 564 Franklin Ave., Nutley, 973.235.1130, 2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066 3 Tinga Taqueria 321 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.218.9500; 215 Bellevue Ave., 973.509.8226, Upper Montclair, tingausa. com

CHEESE STEAKS 1 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066 2 Cielo 168 Passaic Ave., Fairfield, 973.808.1414, 3 J&K Steakhouse 34 W. Blackwell St., Dover, 862.244.4536; 56 South St., Morristown, 973.998.8061,

CHINESE 1 Hunan Taste 67 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, 973.625.2782,

2 T.S. Ma 199 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8878, tsma 3 Shanghai Jazz 24 Main St., Madison, 973.822.2899,

CHOCOLATE 1 Holsten’s 1063 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.7091, 2 J. Emanuel Chocolatier 461B Main St., Chester, 908.955.7592 3 Sweet Expressions 32 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.0025, sweetexpressionsby

COFFEE SHOP 1 Mara’s Bakery & Cafe 25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901, 2 Smartworld Coffee 2 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1600; 74 South St., Morristown, 973.359.9800,

3 Hobcaw Café 20 Grove Ave., Verona, 973.239.2329, 3 Rockn’ Joe Coffeehouse 339 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.1116; 63 Main St., Millburn, 973.376.6111,

COMFORT FOOD 1 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, 2 Raymond’s 28 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.9263, 3 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776,

DINER 1 West Side Diner 324 Route 46, Denville, 973.983.1818 2 The Ritz Diner 72 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.533.1213 3 The Randolph Diner 517 Route 10, Randolph, 973.328.2400,


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25 E. Main St., Denville,

Mara’s reputation was first built on cheesecake. Well, the old standby is still there, in 25 different varieties, including the wildly popular caramel apple streusel version—but it’s the cakes that everyone comes for. The chocolate mousse cake, the white chocolate raspberry mousse cake, the peanut butter chocolate silk cake and the carrot cake top the list. “Everything is made from scratch,” says Ian Magley, part-owner and one of founder Mara Magley’s sons. “We have been using the same ingredients for 30 years—all fresh, no imitations.” Yummm.


2 Nicolo’s Italian Bakery 6 Baldwin St., Montclair, 3 Gina’s Bakery 110 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.233.1010, 3 The Little Daisy Bake Shop 626 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.707.2157,



500 Route 10 West, Randolph,

2 Raymond’s 28 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.9263, 3 Doc’s Kitchen 38 First Ave., Denville, 862.209.1464, 3 The Manor 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973.731.2360,



1 Denville Farmers’ Market 21 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, denvillefarmers 2 Walnut Street Market Walnut St. & Depot Sq., Montclair, 973.228.2466 3 Route 10 Farmers’ Market 577 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.994.2224

FRENCH RESTAURANT 1 Mes Reves 407 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.429.4888, 2 Restaurant Lorena’s 168 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973.763.4460,

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3 Epernay 6 Park St., Montclair, 973.783.0447,

GELATO 1 Mara’s Bakery & Cafe 25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901, 2 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, 3 The Publick House 111 Main St., Chester, 908.879.6878, chesterpublickhouse. com

GOURMET 1 Whole Foods 222 Main St., Madison, 973.822.8444; 701 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.5110;

235 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973.669.3196, wholefoodsmarket. com 2 Dash of Thyme Gourmet 49 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6200, dashofthymegourmet. com 3 Sergio & Co. 28 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1043,

GREEK /TURKISH 1 Stamna 1045 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.5151, 2 Greek Taverna 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.2280,

3 Thavma 6230 Town Center Way, Livingston, 973.992.8999,

ICE CREAM 1 Denville Dairy 34A Broadway, Denville, 973.627.4214, 2 Cliffs Ice Cream 1475 Route 46, Ledgewood, 973.584.9721, 3 Applegate Farm 134 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, 973.884.0222; 397 Centre St., Nutley, 973.661.1166; 616 Grove St., Upper Montclair, 973.744.5900,

INDIAN 1 Cinnamon 2920 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, 973.734.0040, cinnamonindian 2 The Clay Oven 1140 Route 46, Ledgewood, 973.252.7270, 3 Mehndi 88 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, 973.871.2323, mehndimorristown. com

INTERIOR DECOR 1 Ninety Acres at Natirar 2 Main St., Peapack & Gladstone, 908.901.9500,



2 Tabor Road Tavern 510 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.267.7004,

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If it’s Sunday, it’s brunch day, and this menu is sure to surprise and delight every time. “It’s whimsical and fun,” says chef Eric Levine, “and never the same.” He goes with what’s in season. “No asparagus in winter here,” he says. Come for the eclectic offerings: French, Asian, American and South American food (to name only a few regions), the beautiful cold salad display and the homemade, melt-in-your-mouth pastries.


3 Grato 2230 Route 10 West, Morris Plains 973.267.4006,

ITALIAN DELI 1 Sergio’s 28 Broadway, Denville 973.627.1043, sergio 1 Tutto Fresco 36 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.422.1299 2 Anthony & Sons 20 Luger Rd., Denville, 973.625.2323, anthonyandsons 3 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066





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CLAMS 1 HALCYON SEAFOOD BRASSERIE AND RAW BAR 114 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.4450, halcyonsea There is a cool secret to why the clams at Halcyon are so good: ice. “We submerge them way underneath the ice so they’re freezing cold and fresh, and we shuck them right in front of you,” says part-owner Sharon Egan. Also to enjoy are the oyster shooters, and if you have a king-sized appetite, try the King Fisher Ice Tower—clams, oysters, crab, shrimp and lots of ice. 2 Denville Seafood, 61 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2987, 3 Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen, 183 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.0068,



Elegant, artistic, professional, outside-the-box: Laurence Craig is a visionary in the catering world. His list of clients speaks for itself—it includes Armani, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. His staff can handle intimate parties of 10 to affairs of 2,000. And the company can adapt its exquisite cuisine to your décor or party theme. Hire them, let go and be dazzled. 2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066 3 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050,

1 Scalini Fedeli 63 Main St., Chatham, 973.701.9200,

3 Bar Cara 1099 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.893.3681, 3 Grato 2230 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, 973.267.4006,

JAPANESE 1 Sogo 248 Route 46 West, Denville, 973.784.4981, 2 Nori Sushi 561 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.655.8806, JUNE/JULY 2012


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3 Dai Kichi 608 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.2954 3 Midori 3130 Route 10 West, Denville, 973.537.8588,

KID-FRIENDLY 1 Cucina Calandra 216-234 Route 46 East, Fairfield, 973.575.7720, 2 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050, 2 Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099, 3 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776,



1 Grass Roots 20 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.5440, grassrootsnatural 2 G Metro 60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.1055, 3 The Health Shoppe 207 Route 206, Chester, 908.879.7555; 66 Morris St., Morristown, 973.538.9131, thehealthshoppes. com

OUTDOOR DINING 1 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463,


2 Fitzgerald’s 1928 13 Herman St., Glen Ridge, 973.748.4702, 3 The Station 99 Midvale Rd., Mountain Lakes, 973.335.5330, thestationatmtlakes. com

PIZZA 1 Star Tavern 400 High St., Orange, 973.675.3336, 2 Napoli Pizza 275 Chestnut St., Newark, 973.522.1950 2 Tabor Pizzeria 976 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.540.0898, 3 Denville Pizzeria 20 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.4321,

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT 1 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463, 2 CulinAriane 33 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.0533, 3 The Grand Café 42 Washington St., Morristown, 973.540.9444

SALAD 1 Jackie’s Grillette 614 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.0090 2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066 3 Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099,

SCENIC VIEW 1 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463, 2 Alice’s 24 Nolans Point Park Rd., Lake Hopatcong, 973.663.9600, 3 McLoone’s Boathouse 9 Cherry Ln., West Orange, 862.252.7108, mcloonesboathouse. com

SOUP 1 Millburn Deli 328 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.379.5800, 2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066

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2 Casa Bella 300 Route 46 & Lakewood Dr., Denville, 973.627.2003,


1799 Springfield Ave., Maplewood,



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183 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.0068,

Who knew there was seaside dining in Montclair? Well, seaside-looking, at least. Come in, step onto the dock and choose your catch from the stunning shaved-ice display if you wish. Every day there are two or three different types of fish to see, depending on what’s in season. This menu is seasonal, fresh and, according to executive chef Michael Juliano, “at a good price point for this time in the economy.” Marinated, wood-grilled whole fish are a favorite. The raw bar features at least six different types of oysters every day.

2 Nicole’s 10 246 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.442.9311,



31 Broadway,

973.337.6421, 3 Denville Seafood 61 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2987,

2 Mara’s Bakery & Cafe 25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901, 3 Stuffed Cupcakes 231 Franklin Ave., Nutley, 973.667.7778,

STEAK HOUSE 1 Roots Steakhouse 40 W. Park Pl., Morristown, 973.326.1800



3 Heritage Grill 18 Broadway, Denville, 973.983.9600,

2 Arthur’s Tavern 700 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, 973.455.9705, 3 J&K Steakhouse 34 W. Blackwell St., Dover, 862.244.4536; 56 South St., Morristown, 973.998.8061,

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SUSHI 1 Sogo 248 Route 46 West, Denville, 973.784.4981, 1 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135, 2 Yama 5 E. Main St., Denville, 973.627.7712, 3 Minado 2888 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, 973.734.4900,

TACOS 1 Tinga Taqueria 321 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.218.9500; 215 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, 973.509.8226, 2 Rattlesnake Ranch 559 E. Main St., Denville, 973.586.3800, rattlesnakeranchcafe. com

3 Tortilla Sunrise 18 Grove Ave., Verona, 973.239.1399,

TAPAS 1 Cinders Wood Fire Grill 319 Route 46, Mine Hill, 973.928.7000, cinderswoodfiregrill. com 2 Mompou 77 Ferry St., Newark, 973.578.8114, 3 Cuban Pete’s 428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.1100, cuban

TEA SHOP 1 Sally Lunn’s 15 Perry St., Chester, 908.879.7731,

2 Nature’s EnerQi 21 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, 973.784.0123, 3 InsaniTea 570 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.1202,

THAI 1 Spice 26 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield, 973.748.0056, 2 Origin II 10 South St., Morristown, 973.971.9933, 3 Thai Nam Phet 296 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.627.8400,

VEGETARIAN 1 Veggie Heaven 631 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.1088, veggie 2 Café Metro 60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.4781, 3 HLS Grill 1859 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973.763.1127; 387 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.337.8925,

WINE & SPIRITS 1 Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1413,; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355,



2 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377,

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“The White Chocolate Raspberry: white chocolate batter, chocolate raspberry frosting with white chocolate and raspberry drizzled on top. The Chocolate Éclair: chocolate batter with an éclair-cream center, chocolate fudge frosting with a mini eclair on top.” The descriptions leave your mouth watering, and all the ingredients are fresh and preservative-free. Owner, cupcake creator and professional artist Lori Levenson competed on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Need we say more? Denville, 973.400.9866,

2 The Orange Squirrel 412 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield,

3 Blue Morel 2 Whippany Rd., Morristown, 973.451.2619,

WINGS 1 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050, 2 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Rt. 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, 3 The Second Half on Main 5 E. Main Street, Denville, 973.748.4040, secondhalfonmain. com





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82 Union St., Montclair,

Got a little DWTS fever? Swingin’ Simone Coonrod, a veteran dance instructor, has got the cure. She’ll teach you technique, all right (she knows swing, salsa, tango, ballroom and creative dance), but it’s the groove of her move that is infectious. She offers private and group lessons, and if you’re not up for that yet, swing on over to her monthly dance parties at the Montclair Women’s Club. FUN. Sometimes there is a live band. And you can come with or without a partner. “Dance is like life: beautiful and joyous,” she says. 2 Dance Connection 295 Route 46 West, Rockaway, 973.625.2224, 3 Fred Astaire 604 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.8999,



2 Blue Morel 2 Whippany Rd., Morristown, 973.451.2619, 3 Shanghai Jazz 24 Main St., Madison, 973.822.2899,

1 Orange Squirrel 412 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, 973.337.6421, 2 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, thatch

BEER SELECTION 1 Egan & Sons 18 Walnut St., Montclair 973.744.1413, egann; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355, 2 The Exchange 160 E. Main St., Rockaway, 973.627.8488 JUNE/JULY 2012


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3 Thatcher McGhee's 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, thatch

BOWLING 1 Rockaway Lanes 365 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.627.5800, 2 Boonton Lanes 720 Myrtle Ave., Boonton, 973.335.0123, nation 3 Eagle Rock Lanes 424 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, 973.731.6363

COOKING CLASSES 1 Kings 778 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.258.4009, kings



2 Ninety Acres at Natirar 2 Main St., Peapack & Gladstone, 908.901.9500, 3 Adult School of Montclair 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, 973.746.6636,

DINNER & DANCING 1 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135, 2 The Manor 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973.731.2360, themanorrestaurant. com 3 Black River Barn 1178 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.598.9988, black


GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 1 Upstairs 608 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.4144, upstairs 2 Pig & Prince 1 Lackawanna Plz., Montclair, 2 Sogo 248 Route 46 West, Denville, 973.784.4981, 3 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776,

GOLF COURSE 1 Flanders Valley 81 Pleasant Hill Rd., Flanders, 973.584.5382, morrisparks.

2 Pinchbrook 234 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973.377.2039 3 Byrne Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange 973.736.2306,

HAPPY HOUR 1 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, thatcher 2 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, morristapandgrill. com 3 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135,

HIKING 1 Tourne 89 Old Boonton Rd., Denville 973.326.7631, 2 Patriots Path (starts at Essex County Environmental Center), 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland 973.228.8776, essex 3 Lewis Morris Park, 270 Mendham Rd., Morristown, 973.829.8257, 3 Pyramid Mountain Boonton Ave. & Mars Ct., Montville, 973.326.7600,

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3 Sol-Mar 267 Ferry St., Newark, 973.344.3041,


40 Main St., Millburn,

The cosmopolitan has come a long way from its vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and fresh lime beginnings, thanks partly to Carrie Bradshaw and partly to how much we love to hold a martini glass. No place understands that more than Martini Bistro & Bar, with its many lip-licking-good cosmo varieties. Try the house version: Grey Goose citron vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, fresh lime and orange zest. 973.376.4444,


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5 Seymour St., Montclair,

Renovated in 2008, this early-20th-century theatre is a great alternative to similarly sized music venues in New York City. Large enough to attract big names, but small enough to convey a sense of intimacy, it boasts a wide variety of live acts, offering something for everyone.


2 Shanghai Jazz 24 Main St., Madison, 973.822.2899, 3 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135,



118 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1413,; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355, Can’t decide whether you want to watch the game in the comfort of an air-conditioned classic pub or enjoy a beer and some music in the fresh air of an outdoor beer garden? At Egan & Sons, you have both delightful options. Get together with friends or meet new ones in a classy atmosphere with quality food you just won’t find at your run-of-the-mill sports bar. Try the fish and chips or the crispy maple-glazed wings—fan favorites. 2 Adams Beer Garden 123 Hibernia Ave., Rockaway, 973.627.9617, 3 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776,

IRISH PUB 1 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, thatcher



2 Dublin Pub 4 Pine St., Morristown, 973.538.1999, dublin 3 Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1413,; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355, 3 Tierney’s 136-138 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.744.9785,

KIDS’ PARTIES 1 Planet Kidz 7B Spielman Rd., Fairfield, 973.808.2200,

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2 Brushes & Bisque 45 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.6292, 3 Gems Cheer Stars 5 Aspen Dr., Suite 2, Randolph, 973.252.7827,

LIVE THEATER 1 Paper Mill Playhouse 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn, 973.376.4343, 2 NJ PAC One Center St., Newark, 973.642.8989, 3 MAYO Center 100 South St., Morristown, 973.539.8008,

MARGARITAS 1 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050, 2 Rattlesnake Ranch 559 E. Main St., Denville, 973.586.3800, rattlesnakeranchcafe. com 3 Margarita’s 372 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.992.0001,

MARTINIS 1 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135, 2 Sogo 248 Route 46 West, Denville, 973.784.4981,

3 Tabor Road Tavern 510 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.267.7004; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355,


2 The Second Half on Main 5 E. Main Street, Denville, 973.748.4040,

1 Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973.971.3700, 2 Montclair Art Museum 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973.746.5555, mont 3 Boonton Historical Museum 210 Main St., Boonton, 973.402.8840,

NEIGHBORHOOD BAR 1 Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1413,

3 Tavern Off the Green 127 Morris St., Morristown, 973.455.9350, tavern

SINGLES SCENE 1 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135, 2 Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St., Montclair 973.744.1413, egann; 104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355,



3 Dark Horse Lounge 4 Dehart St., Morristown, 973.455.0200

WINE LIST 1 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, morris

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2 Tabor Road Tavern 510 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.267.7004, 3 The Manor 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973.731.2360, themanorrestaurant. com 3 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, morris





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145 Valley Rd., Montclair,

The expert staff here is equally adept at guiding a child through the purchase of a used bike and tuning an enthusiast’s top-end ride for an upcoming race. With the Bikery’s impressive inventory and a commitment to customer satisfaction, it is little wonder the shop will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. 973.744.7252,

2 Marty’s Reliable Cycle 173 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, 973.538.7773; 1164 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.584.7773, 3 Brookdale Cycle 1292 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.8908, 3 Whippany Cycle 971 Route 10, Whippany, 973.887.8150,



125 Clinton Rd., Unit 4, Fairfield,

Planning for the Big Day can be overwhelming—so many decisions to make. Enter Utopia and you will find all the vendors (save for bridal gowns) that any bride and groom would need, even a hair and makeup studio on the premises. Utopia is the brainchild of Joseph and Ann Marie Brasco, who have vetted and selected “only the very finest in each industry” to set up shop in their 6,000-square-foot showroom so you can rest assured the people you’re hiring are professional and trustworthy. Choose a few professionals or just one. Check the website for showcases and events.



2 I Do, I Do 35 South St., Morristown, 973.998.6215, 3 Park Avenue Bridals 341 Pompton Ave., Verona, 973.239.7111,

2 The Running Company 31 South St., Morristown, 973.401.1300,


2 Take Two 5 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6500


3 Birth Boutique 28 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.627.8850,

1 Tory Janes 9 S. Passaic Ave., Chatham 973.701.0636; 2 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.6655, tory

1 Simon Gallery 48 Bank St., Morristown, 973.538.5456,

3 What a Racquet 468 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.228.3066

2 S.H.E. Gallery 819 Main St., Boonton, 973.335.0943,


3 Essex Fine Arts Gallery 13 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973.783.8666, essex

1 Maison Décor 36 Main St., Madison, 973.520.8396, maison-dé 2 Montclair Antique Center 34 Church St. Montclair, 973.746.1062, montclairantique


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BABY/CHILDREN 1 Denim & Daisies 8 Broadway, Denville, 973.331.9009, 744 Bloomfield Ave.,



BOOKSTORE 1 Watchung Bookseller 54 Fairfield St., Montclair, 973.744.7177, watch 2 Montclair Book Center 221 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.783.3630, mont 3 Mendham Books 84 E. Main St., Mendham, 973.543.4949,


2 Dem Two Hands 61 N. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973.783.8344, 3 Shoe & Sneaker Barn 151 Route 206, Chester, 908.879.7116; 11 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2330, shoe

CONSIGNMENT 1 Restyle Renew 27 E. Main St., Denville, 973.983.8100, 2 Take Two 5 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6500

3 Sugar & Spice 167 South St., Morristown, 973.267.7100, sugar

COUTURE/ HAND SEWING 1 Atelier 516 516 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 3, Montclair, atelier516. 2 Red Carpet Boutique 359 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.258.0028 3 Gambert Custom Shirts 306 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.376.1400, gam

FINE JEWELRY 1 Yanina & Co. 451-455 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, 973.857.5544,

2 Jules Fine Jewelry 435 Hollywood Ave., Suite 13, Fairfield, 973.808.1515, 3 Braunschweiger Jewelers 33 South St. Morristown, 973.538.2189,

HANDBAGS 1 Surprises in Store 25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445 2 Restyle Renew 27 E. Main St., Denville, 973.983.8100, 3 Piazza Della Sole 620 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.9243,

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1 California Beach Hut 1 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.9155, californiabeachhut. com

3 Jerry’s Antiques & Estates 229 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.3801, jerrys antiquesandestates. com





306 Millburn Ave., Mill-

Whether you want to impress at the next big meeting or you simply appreciate fine clothing, a custom shirt makes a statement. Gambert crafts men’s and women’s hand-cut, hand-stitched and hand-pressed custom shirts from the finest materials using a process developed over its near-80 years in the business.

burn, 973.376.1400,

2 Crookhorns 242 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 973.746.9300 3 Bob’s Men’s Shop 602 Main St., Boonton, 973.334.1496



622 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.746.5885,

Want to bring that international feel to your décor but don’t have the time or budget to travel? Journey to Jafajems (a play on the owners’ last name, Jafferjee) where you’ll find textiles from the East, colorful tableware from South America, unique handmade furniture from the far reaches of the globe and so much more. Almost all the inventory is imported.


2 Creative Works 269 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.912.8484, 3 Perch Home 9 Highland Pl., Maplewood, 973.821.4852,




1 Denville Hardware 20 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.2800, den 2 American Royal Hardware 251 Park St. Montclair, 973.744.6727, trueval 3 Saunders Hardware 627 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.744.2583, saun

HOSTESS GIFTS 1 Surprises in Store 25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445 2 A Dash of Thyme 49 Broadway, Denville, 973.453.6200, dashof

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2 Fancy That 622 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.6800, 3 Maison Décor 36 Main St., Madison, 973.520.8396, maison-dé

KITCHEN SHOPS 1 Kitchen a la Mode 19 S. Orange Ave., South Orange, 973.821.5145, 2 Bridge Kitchenware 17 Waverly Pl., Madison, 973.377.3900, 3 Williams-Sonoma 630 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.1799; 1200 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.467.3641,

PET BOUTIQUE 1 Pawsitive Experience 114 Beach St., Suite 2-5, Rockaway, 973.625.2495 2 Pups at Play 42 Okner Parkway, Livingston, 973.740.8500, 3 Fur Love of Pawz 55 Broadway, Denville, 908.979.0040,

SHOE STORE 1 Piazza Della Sole 620 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.9243, 2 Shoe & Sneaker Barn 151 Route 206, Chester, 908.879.7116; 11 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2330, shoe

3 Tory Janes 9 S. Passaic Ave., Chatham, 973.702.0636; 2 Church St. Montclair, 973.744.6655,

SPORT SHOP 1 Murph’s 629 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.6131 2 Dover Sports 242 Route 46 East, 973.744.6131, dover 3 Alfred’s Sport Shop 32 Main St., Madison, 973.377.0051, alfreds

STATIONERY 1 The Paper Crane 125 Clinton Rd., Unit 4, Fairfield, 973.575.7775

2 The Papery 3056 Route 10 West, Suite L, Denville, 973.361.2888, 2 Papyrus 240 Route 206 South, Chester, 908.879.5775, 1200 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.258.0557, 3 Cherish the Moment 4 Elm St., Morristown, 973.285.3883,

TOY STORE 1 Babyland 382 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.379.2978, mill 2 Just Kidding Around 507 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.233.9444



3 Sparkhouse Kids 15 Scotland Rd., South Orange, 973.821.5227

WOMEN’S FASHION 1 Barbara Jean Boutique 84 Broadway, #A, Denville, 973.627.8080, barbara 2 Lotus Boutique 908 Main St., Boonton, 973.402.2339, shop 3 Gotham Women’s Shop 391 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.267.9797, gotham 3 Thread Boutique 123 Watchung Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8892,





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DAY SPA 1 THE URBAN MUSE DAY SPA 82 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.3455, Of course it’s relaxing, serene and aesthetically pleasing and offers a wide array of massages, facials and body treatments. But what really sets Urban Muse apart? One word: expertise. Your massage therapist or facial aesthetician can tell you the importance of every pressure point and the purpose of every cream. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, renewed, relaxed—and educated.



23 S. Fullerton Ave., Mont-

“There are as many varieties of blowouts as there are varieties of the ponytail,” says general manager Israel Cronk, and Bangz takes them to a new art form. You want sexy, romantic big curls, ask for the Novella blowout. Looking for that ultra-flat, sleek look? Request the Flatiron. Prices range from $35 to $105 depending on the style and stylist you choose. A tip: If you want curls, refrain from washing your hair for a day or two prior to your blowout. Hair that is too clean won’t hold the curl for long.

Morris Plains, 973.538.3811, depasquale 3 Dieci Lifestyle Spa 90 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.716.0101,



78 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.9642 In the soothing world of yoga, “prana” means essential life energy. A yoga class here is not a class; it’s a transformative experience that will help you harness your own prana through breathing exercises called pranayama. Step into this sanctuary of a yoga studio and unite your mind, body and spirit. Namaste.

2 Lounge Hair Studio 82 Broadway, Suite 201, Denville, 973.627.3355,

2 dFIT Studio 4 Erie St., Montclair,


3 Dieci Lifestyle Spa 90 W. Mount

3 Shakti Yoga & Living Arts 1861 Spring-

Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.716.0101,

field Ave., #A, Maplewood, 973.763.2288,


1 Family Barber 11 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.9806, denville

1 dFIT Studio 4 Erie St., Montclair, 973.337.5088,

2 Michael’s 387 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.376.9865

2 Nature’s EnerQi 21 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, 973.586.1660,

1 dFIT Studio 4 Erie St., Montclair, 973.337.5088,

3 Asana House 127 Valley Rd., #1, Montclair, 973.744.1500,

2 Anytime Fitness 1004 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.998.6300


3 Platinum Fitness 309 Pompton Ave., Verona, 973.857.2500,

CUT & COLOR 1 Fusion Spa & Salon 176 Route 46, Denville, 973.983.8883, 2 HK Salon 23 Diamond Spring Rd., #1, Denville, 973.625.4545, 3 Lorenzo Pasquale Hair Design 179 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.625.1771,



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1 DePasquale The Spa 51 Gibraltar Dr., Morris Plains, 973.538.3811, 2 The Woodhouse Day Spa 56 S. Park St., Montclair, 973.509.8488, montclair.wood 3 Fusion Spa & Salon 176 Route 46, Denville, 973.983.8883,



3 The Urban Muse 82 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.3455,

2 Payal Beauty 126 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany, 973.335.4929,


3 Hair Removal Center Inc. 4 Sunrise Dr., Whippany, 973.428.8628

HAIR REMOVAL 1 European Wax Center 12 W. Main St., Denville, 973.586.3900; 133 S. Livingston St., Livingston, 973.992.3400; 730 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.467.1100; 798 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell, 973.808.1400,

HAIR UPDO 1 Lounge Hair Studio 82 Broadway, Suite 201, Denville, 973.627.3355, 2 Dieci Lifestyle Spa 90 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.716.0101, 3 Laboratory Hair Studio 4 Dehart St., Morristown, 973.538.3757, labor

HIGHLIGHTS 1 Americana Salon 12 Eisenhower Pkwy., #4, Roseland,

973.403.0005, ameri 2 BC Salon 142 South St., Morristown, 973.267.1300, bc 3 Lounge Hair Studio 82 Broadway, Suite 201, Denville, 973.627.3355, the

MANI/PEDI 1 Jane’s Nails 220 Main St., Madison, 973.765.9170 2 Karen’s Day Spa 30 Righter Ave., Denville, 973.586.6655, 3 Denville Nails 7 Broadway, Denville, 973.983.1002

MASSAGE 1 The Urban Muse 82 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.3455,

2 DePasquale The Spa 51 Gibraltar Dr., Morris Plains, 973.538.3811, 3 Massage Envy multiple locations,

PHYSICAL THERAPY 1 ProActive Sports Therapy 15 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.744.2770, 2 Caldwell Therapy Center 700 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell, 973.575.7576, caldwelltherapy 3 Mecca 333 Route 46, Fairfield, 973.943.4300, meccaintegrated


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3 Ryan’s Clip Joint 672 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, 973.538.1000


2 DePasquale The Spa 51 Gibraltar Dr.,




clair, 973.746.8426,




You may have seen the Morris Animal Inn’s Doggie Fat Camp featured on ABC News, but even if your pooch can still fit through the doggie door, this Canyon Ranch of the canine world has a lot to offer: boarding and grooming services, day care, training, special activities and a new aquatic facility complete with an 8-jet aqua massage tub and an indoor heated pool! Cats are welcome guests too. You just won’t see them in the pool.


ton, 973.740.8500, 3 A-1 Poodle Palace 362 E. Westfield Ave., Roselle Park, 908.245.1966 3 Pawsitive Experience 114 Beach St., #5, Rockaway, 973.625.2495,

22 Broad-

“My goal is to make art for people that will touch them emotionally,” says veteran photographer Roger Speiss, who’s been capturing our most meaningful moments for more than 25 years. His photographic portraits reveal our relationships, our family bonds, our quiet moments—the stuff life is made of. He works on location anywhere in New Jersey and beyond and also does photo shoots in his studio.



310 Main St., Boon-

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2 Adriana Austin Photography 125 Clinton Rd., Unit 4, Fairfield, 201.460.0602, 3 Dean Michaels Studio 2 Elmer St., Madison, 973.377.0761, deanmichael

2 Furbish Home 315C Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.258.0000, 3 Papyrus Home Design 609 Washington St., Boonton, 973.541.1220, papyrus





1 Lashen Electronics 21 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.3783,

1 Morris County Chimney Repair 373 E. Westfield Ave., Roselle Park, 800.992.1019, morriscountychimney

2 Pac 182 Essex St., Millburn, 973.467.1950, 3 CSA Audio Design 198 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, 973.744.0600,

AUTO BODY REPAIR 1 Robbie’s 238 Route 46 East, Dover, 973.366.1617, 2 Collision Restoration 111 Clinton Rd., Fairfield, 973.882.3866, colli 3 Shade Tree Auto 171 Washington St., Morristown, 973.540.9880,

2 Elite Chimney 77 N. Morris St., Dover, 973.537.0001, elitechimney 3 William Sasse Chimney Co. 55 Kingsley St., West Orange, 973.669.9950

DOG TRAINER 1 Pawsitive Experience 114 Beach St., #5, Rockaway, 973.625.2495, 2 Pups at Play 42 Okner Pkwy., Livingston, 973.740.8500,

3 Morris K9 Campus 1 Aspen Dr., Randolph, 973.252.5100,

DRY CLEANER 1 Clyde’s Cleaners Denville 28 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.627.1850 2 Brookdale Laundromat & Dry Cleaners 1294 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.7900 3 Classic Dry Cleaners 665 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell, 973.403.6990

GARDEN DESIGN 1 Meirop Design 120 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1758, 2 Mrs. Erb’s 123 E. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.784.3842,

3 Cedar Grove Garden 1201 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, 973.256.1950, cedargrovegarden. com

JEWELRY REPAIR 1 Tana Creations 49 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.8448 2 Bilori Jewelers 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.664.1995, 3 Aires 3 Harrison Ave., Morris Plains, 973.292.0950,

PAINT STORE 1 Painten Place 150 Route 53, Denville, 973.627.4050, 2 Caldwell Paintland 311 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.7916,

3 Red Star Paint 420 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.2468, redstarpaint.


3 Ricciardi Brothers 287 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, 973.748.3030; 1915 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973.762.3830; 145 South St., Morristown, 973.538.3222; 160 Route 46 West, Parsippany, 973.276.0400,

2 Denville Shoe Repair 1 W. Main St., Denville, 973.627.9741,

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3 Morris Plains Shoes 740 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, 973.539.4464,

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n.J. restaurants oFFerinG a true taste oF MeXico Bahia de acapulco Freehold, 732.303.0017 casa Maya Gillette, 908.580.0799 High Bridge, 908.683.4032 cinco de Mayo Fort Lee, 201.947.4780 costa chica New Brunswick, 732.545.2255 el Jose (takeout) Manahawkin, 609.597.5099 el Meson Freehold, 732.308.9494 el Rancho GRande Orange, 973.678.8631 el tule Lambertville, 609.773.0007 GRill poBlano Rutherford, 201.438.2111 GRuB hut Manville, 908.203.8003 hacienda Paterson, 973.345.1255 la Guadalapana Westmont, 856.858.1414

Mex to the Max Here’s How to dine as if you’re really soutH of tHe border

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Rosa Mexicano Hackensack, 201.489.9100

s shriMP tacos With GarLic MoJo (Tacos de camarones al mojo de ajo)


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Who isn’t a fan of Mexican food? It may surprise you, though, to learn that those hard-shell tacos, overloaded burritos, deep-fried chimichangas and nachos covered with a thick blanket of melted orange cheese would be unrecognizable to the average Mexican. That’s because they represent Americanized versions of traditional Mexican fare—sometimes even whole new genres, like Tex-Mex (hello, fajitas!) and Cal-Mex (hello, fish tacos!). There’s no denying that these creations can be delicious, but traditional Mexican cooking is in general lighter and healthier, employing far less meat and cheese and lots more fresh seafood and vegetables. If you look hard enough, you can get this sort of authentic, home-style Mexican fare in restaurants across the area. Typically it will be found in small, modest storefronts where families of Mexican heritage proudly dish up the signature fare of their homeland—sometimes even the specialties particular to their home state of, say, Puebla or Veracruz. In such eateries Spanish is the primary if not sole language both spoken and on the menu, corn tortillas are hand-formed, and tortilla chips aren’t put in the fryer until after you’re seated. Guacamole, often made tableside, starts with fresh, perfectly ripened avocados; taco shells come warm and soft; and white is the dominant color of cheese. Sure, service may be leisurely and cash may be the only payment option. But these places are worth seeking out in order to indulge in the delights of a varied cuisine that in 2010 was named to UNESCO’s list of the world’s intangible cultural treasures. Mexican cuisine’s roots go back 3,000 years to the Mayans, whose staples included the all-important triumvirate of corn, beans and chili peppers, with tomatoes, avocadoes and squashes

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adding variety. Starting in the 16th century the Spanish contributed rice, wheat (used for flour tortillas), almonds, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle to the indigenous gifts of turkey, wild game, fish and shellfish. Uncomplicated but benchmark dishes of marinated and grilled seafood, vegetables and meat are easily reproducible at home, as are their accompaniments of fresh salsa and pico de gallo. They’ll feature fresh chili peppers and herbs, especially bright green cilantro. The seafood will be pristine, the vegetables in season, the meat tender and flavorful—all of which signal that bona fide Mexican food should not come cheap in restaurants. What we call Mexican-style rice for most native Mexicans evinces a red hue, from tomatoes, rather than the bright yellow stuff sometimes encountered around these parts. And while black beans are more ubiquitous in Mexican cooking, pinto beans are a hallmark of northern Mexico and so also have a place at the table. In the home country, time-consuming dishes such as tamales and complex preparations like mole sauces are saved for special occasions and holidays. Here, you find them on menus year-round, but only at the “real deal” places are they made from scratch. The good news is that the state’s most successful Mexican restaurants diplomatically offer both kinds of fare, the traditional and the Americanized. One such example is Casa Maya, with outlets in Gillette and High Bridge. Its menu includes American crowd pleasers like chili con carne—here served fondue style with lots of melted cheese and tortilla chips—but also the more traditional Jalisco platter, which includes cornmeal tamales wrapped in cornhusks and a chile relleno with salsa verde. —Pat tanner

Here the shrimp is sautéed, but a warmweather alternative is to do as they do in Oaxaca: Marinate the shrimp for about four hours in a mixture of olive oil, chilies, garlic, cilantro and salt and then grill on wooden skewers (soaked in cold water). If you sauté, a splash of tequila or mezcal added to the pan would not be amiss. Alternatively, the tortillas can be served alongside the shrimp or eliminated altogether. Possible accompaniments include plain or Mexican-style rice, black beans and guacamole in place of the sliced avocado. If grilling, you can throw on grapefruit segments, too, which add a sweet-sour punch to the dish. Casa Maya in Gillette and High Bridge offers the traditional Oaxacan version of this dish, first marinating and then grilling jumbo shrimp. The platter is finished with lettuce, tomato, and guacamole (but, admirably, only when avocados are in season). ingredienTs 6 Tbs. vegetable or olive oil, divided 1 white onion, thinly sliced 1 serrano chili pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1¼ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined ¹⁄³ cup cilantro, chopped salt and black pepper to taste 6 corn tortillas 1 lime, cut into wedges 1 avocado, sliced (optional)


Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, chili pepper and a pinch of salt and sauté, stirring frequently, until onions are a pale gold color, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the tomato and cook for 1 minute. Remove vegetables from the pan. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to the same skillet. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic releases its scent— 1 minute or less (do not allow to brown). Add the shrimp and cook, turning frequently, until shrimp turn bright pink and opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add vegetables back to the skillet. Stir until just heated through. Add cilantro and taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed. Warm the tortillas according to package directions. While they’re still pliable, divide the shrimp mixture among them. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over the filling, and with avocado slices, if using. Serves 3.


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Solar Do Minho Portuguese cuisine, featuring sangria, 15 Cleveland St., 973.844.0500 ToPaZ Thai Authentic Thai cuisine and home-style cooking, 137 Washington Ave., 973.759.7425


Bar Cara Authentic Italian fare including specialty pizzas, an extensive wine list and custom martinis, 1099 Broad St., 973.893.3681 MES rEVES French bistro menu in a café setting, 407 Broad St., 973.429.4888 oranGE SQUirrEl Contemporar y American and European cuisine, 412 Bloomfield Ave., 973.337.6421 STaMna Mediterranean/Greek taverna, 1045 Broad St., 973.338.5151


BoonTon aVEnUE GrillE American fare including fresh made-to-order specialty burgers, 108 Boonton Ave., 973.316.9090 BoonTon DinEr Classic American diner fare featuring “Johnny cakes,” made famous by The Sopranos, 909 Main St., 973.335.4897 BoonTon SUShi hoUSE Japanese cuisine featuring numerous specialty rolls, 701 Main St., 973.394.8811 Chili WilliE’S MEXiCan rESTaUranT Authentic Mexican cuisine specializing in homemade salsa with fresh ingredients, 702 Main St., 973.299.8775 roMa PiZZEria Authentic Italian specialties and pizza with light focaccia crust and fresh ingredients, 709 Main St., 973.335.1614 Thai PinG Traditional Thai cuisine, specializing in fresh seafood and vegetarian options, 811 Main Ave., 973.335.9541


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D’oro riSToranTE Fresh, light Italian fare, BYO, 219 Main St., 973.701.6990


rESTaUranT SErEnaDE Contemporar y French cuisine, 6 Roosevelt Ave., 973.701.0303 SCalini FEDEli Modern Italian with a French flair, 63 Main St., 973.701.9200



ForMoSa ChinESE rESTaUranT & SUShi Bar Traditional Chinese fare with fresh seafood options, 79 W. Main St., 908.879.4848


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ThE PUBliCK hoUSE TaVErn & inn Continental fare with Italian influences and live entertainment, 111 Main St., 908.879.6878 rEDWooDS Grill anD Bar American cuisine with an emphasis on grilled beef, seafood and vegetables, 459 Main St., 908.879.7909


CaFE METro Healthy American fare in a casual atmosphere, 60 Diamond Spring Rd., 973.625.1055 hUnan TaSTE Chinese cuisine, 67 Bloomfield Ave., 973.625.2782 VEGGiE hEaVEn Exclusively vegetarian Asian fare, FR EE offering meat substitutes for all Chinese classics, PAR KIN 57 Bloomfield Ave., 973.586.7800 G!


El TaPaTio Mexican fare, 29 E. Blackwell St., 973.537.0833 ThE QUiET Man Irish pub food, 64 E. McFarlan St., 973.366.6333


BrEanna’S iTalian rESTaUranT Italian cuisine specializing in seafood dishes and center-cut pork chops, 34 Ridgedale Ave., 973.581.1418

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where to eat DON JOSE Authentic Mexican cuisine, 200 Route 10 West #7, 973.781.0155 PENANG MALAYSIAN CUISINE Authentic Malaysian and Thai fare, 200 Route 10 West #8, 973.887.6989 SAFFRON INDIAN CUISINE Traditional and sophisticated Indian cuisine, featuring tandoori chicken and a vegetarian menu, 249 Route 10 East, 973.599.0700


BRUSCHETTA Italian cuisine, 292 Passaic Ave., 973.227.6164 JOSE TEJAS Mexican fare, 647 Route 46 West, 973.808.8201


METRO GRILLE Eclectic international fare, 380 Route 206, 908.879.0051 SILVER SPRING FARM Charming French eater y, 60 Flanders-Drakestown Rd., 973.584.0202


202 ITALIAN BISTRO Stylish bistro ser ving northern Italian fare, 177 Main St., 973.709.0093 SUNSET PUB & GRILL Traditional American fare with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, 425 Beaverbrook Rd., 973.694.8700


BAUMGART’S CAFE American and Asian cuisine with retro décor, 4175 Town Center Way, 973.422.0955 EPPES ESSEN Jewish home-style cooking with classic deli specialties, 105 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., 973.994.1120 STRIP HOUSE Steak house with an extensive wine list, Westminster Hotel, 550 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., 973.548.0050


LONG VALLEY PUB AND BREWERY American fare featuring a selection of award-winning beers, Restaurant Village at Long Valley, 1 Fairmount Rd., 908.876.1122 SPLASH Modern seafood and pasta eater y, Restaurant Village at Long Valley, 1 Fairmount Rd., 908.876.9307


54 MAIN An extensive menu of American cuisine, 54 Main St., 973.966.0252 IL MONDO VECCHIO Northern Italian fare, BYO, 72 Main St., 973.301.0024

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L’ALLEGRIA Classic Italian cuisine, 11 Prospect St., 973.377.6808 RESTO Contemporar y French cuisine, 77 Main St., 973.377.0066 SHANGHAI JA ZZ Gourmet Asian fare in an intimate ja zz club, 24 Main St., 973.822.2899 SOHO 33 Sophisticated, eclectic comfort cuisine, 33 Main St., 973.822.2600


HLS RESTAURANT Casual juice-bar café with vegetarian dishes, 1895 Springfield Ave., 973.763.1127 INDIGO SMOKE Southern-style barbecued comfort food, 1859 Springfield Ave., 973.275.6213 LORENA’S Sophisticated French BYO featuring foie gras, 168 Maplewood Ave., 973.763.4460 ST. JAMES’S GATE PUBLICK HOUSE Casual Irish pub fare, 167 Maplewood Ave., 973.378.2222 VERJUS Eclectic fare with modern French influences, 1790 Springfield Ave., 973.378.8990


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CARA MIA Upscale, traditional Italian fare, 194 Essex St., 973.379.8989 MARTINI COCKTAIL BAR, BISTRO AND RESTAURANT American cuisine, including steaks and seafood, plus specialty martinis, 40 Main St., 973.376.4444 TINGA TAQUERIA Casual Mexican and barbecue, 321 Millburn Ave., 973.218.9500


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BLU Creative cuisine featuring duck and seafood, 554 Bloomfield Ave., 973.509.2202 CUBAN pETE’S Cuban/Caribbean cuisine with a tapas menu, 428 Bloomfield Ave., 973.746.1100 EGAN & SONS American pub food, featuring seasonal salads, seafood and burgers, 118 Walnut St., 973.744.1413 ELEVATION BURGER Burgers made with organic, free-range, grass-fed beef, ser ved in an eco-friendly facility, also offering veggie burgers, 367 Bloomfield Ave., 973.783.8000 ERIE Friendly watering hole with American-style burgers and appetizers, 25 Depot Sq., 973.744.4800 HALCYON Upscale seafood restaurant and lounge, 114 Walnut St., 973.744.4450 HLS RESTAURANT Casual juice-bar café with vegetarian dishes, 387 Bloomfield Ave., 973.337.8925 MESOB Ethiopian food with gluten-free and vegan options, 515 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.655.9000 NEXT DOOR Modern American fare with fish, chicken, steak and pasta, 556 Bloomfield Ave., 973.744.3600 OSTERIA GIOTTA Casual Italian BYO, 21-23 Midland Ave., 973.746.0111 TOAST American cuisine with vegetarian/vegan menu. 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099 THE WOOD pIT Casual American barbecue specializing in ribs, 108-110 Bloomfield Ave., 973.866.0128

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COLUMBIA INN Italian and American cuisine and thin-crust pizza, 29 Route 202, 973.263.1300 THE MONT VILLE INN Contemporar y American fare, 167 Route 202, 973.541.1234


CINNAMON Indian fare cooked in a clay oven, 2920 Route 10 West, 973.734.0040 HUNAN Chinese cuisine featuring crispy Chilean sea bass, 255 Speedwell Ave., 973.285.1117

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where to eat MINADO Japanese seafood buffet, 2888 Route 10 West, 973.734.4900 TABOR ROAD TAVERN New American fare, 510 Tabor Rd., 973.267.7004


BluE MOREl REsTAuRANT AND wINE BAR New American cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and featuring a raw bar, 2 Whippany Rd., 973.451.2619



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BRICK OVEN High-end traditional Italian fare made with fresh ingredients, 90 South St., 973.984.7700 EClECTIC GRIllE Upscale American food with French, Italian and Mexican influences, 3 Speedwell Ave., 973.647.1234 GEORGE & MARTHA’s Fine American fare featuring fresh steak and seafood, 67 Morris St., 973.267.4700 GK’s RED DOG TAVERN Eclectic, contemporar y American dining, 1 Convent Rd., 973.585.5700 THE GRAND CAFÉ French Continental with Asian fusion, 42 Washington St., 973.540.9444 THE GRAssHOPPER Traditional Irish pub and restaurant, 41-43 Morris St., 973.285.5150 Hls REsTAuRANT American cuisine featuring seasonal ingredients, plus a raw bar and a wine bar, 2 Whippany Rd., 973.451.2619 J HINARI susHI Elegant Japanese and Korean cuisine, 5 Pine St., 973.290.0017

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MING II Reinvented Pan-Asian-inspired cuisine, 3 Speedwell Ave., 973.871.2323


ORIGIN THAI II Elegant French-Thai eater y, 10 South St., 973.971.9933 PAMIR Authentic Afghan cuisine and kabobs, 11 South St., 973.605.1095 PA ZZO PA ZZO Fresh, regional Italian food, 74 Speedwell Ave., 973.898.6606 ROD’s sTEAK & sEAFOOD GRIllE Sur f and tur f fare with extensive wine list, 1 Convent Rd., 973.539.6666

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sEBAsTIAN’s THE sTEAKHOusE New York–style steak house, 80 Elm St., 973.539.8545 sIRIN Authentic Thai fare, 3 Pine St., 973.993.9122 uPTOwN Lounge restaurant with American cuisine and sushi, 4 John St., 973.829.3003


ADEGA GRIll Fine Portuguese and Spanish cuisine with a large wine selection, 130 Ferr y St., 973.589.0550 DON PEPE Traditional Spanish cuisine, offering fresh lobster and steak specials, 844 McCarter Hwy., 973.623.4662 FORNO’s OF sPAIN REsTAuRANT Authentic Spanish cuisine featuring fresh seafood, 47 Ferr y St., 973.589.4767 IBERIAN TAVERN AND REsTAuRANT Casual Portuguese and Spanish fare featuring skewered chicken, beef, pork and sausage, 63-69 Ferr y St., 973.344.5611 NICO KITCHEN AND BAR High-end eclectic Italian small plates, 1 Center St., 973.642.1226 sEABRA’s MARIsQuEIRA Fine Portuguese fare specializing in fresh seafood, 87 Madison St., 973.465.1250

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sPANIsH TAVERN Classic Spanish cuisine with an emphasis on pairing the right Spanish wine with the meal, 103 McWhorter St. #A, 973.589.4959


AMERICAN BIsTRO Italian-American fare, 24 Washington Ave., 973.235.0505 FRANKlIN sTEAKHOusE & TAVERN Casual American steak house featuring a variety of beef, seafood and salad options, 522 Franklin Ave., 973.667.1755

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PETER THE GREAT Fine Russian, Eastern European and Italian cuisine, 238 Franklin Ave., 973.562.6500 QUEEN MARGHERITA TRATTORIA Traditional Italian cuisine, specializing in brick-oven pizzas, 246 Washington Ave., 973.662.0007 RALPH’S UPSCALE Italian dining with award-winning pizza, 564 Franklin Ave., 973.235.1130


BELLA ITALIA RISTORANTE Upscale Mediterranean fare with fresh seafood, authentic veal dishes and seasonal ingredients, 535 Central Ave., 973.678.5538 EL RANCHO GRANDE MEXICAN RESTAURANT Casual Mexican cuisine, 548 Main St., 973.678.8631 HAT CIT Y KITCHEN American comfort food with New Orleans influences and offering live music, 459 Valley St., 862.252.9147


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ECCOLA ITALIAN BISTRO Italian fare with daily specials, 1082 Route 46 West, 973.334.8211 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE American steak house, 1 Hilton Ct., 973.889.1400

PEAPACK-GL ADSTONE CAFE AZZURO Upscale Italian BYO, 141 Main St., 908.470.1470

NINET Y ACRES AT NATIRAR Eclectic fare featuring local, seasonal items and a vast wine list, 2 Main St., 908.901.9500


CHINA PAvILION Chinese cuisine 263 Changebridge Rd., 973.227.1006 DON PEPE STEAK HOUSE Spanish steak house, 58 Route 46 West, 973.808.5533

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THE TERRACE Casual American bistro featuring fresh seafood and local ingredients, The Hilton Short Hills, 41 JFK Pkwy., 973.912.4757


ABOvE RESTAURANT AND BAR New American fare with full bar, 1 South Orange Ave., 973.762.2683 CAFÉ ARUGULA Traditional and nouveau Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair, 59 South Orange Ave., 973.378.9099


DAI-KICHI Japanese fare, featuring sushi, 608 Valley Rd., 973.744.2954 JACKIE’S GRILLETTE Made-toorder sandwiches and salads, also featuring Greek specialities, 614 Valley Rd., 973.744.0090 UPSTAIRS Seasonal New American fare featuring specialty martinis, 608 Valley Rd., 973.744.4144 UPTOwN 596 Upscale bistro food, 596 Valley Rd., 973.744.0915 vEGGIE HEAvEN Exclusively vegetarian Asian fare, offering meatless substitutes for all Chinese classics, 631 Valley Rd., 973.783.1088


HIGHLAwN PAvILION New American cuisine with fresh seasonal produce, 1 Crest Dr., Eagle Rock Reser vation, 973.731.3463

LA STRADA Traditional Italian cuisine, 1105 Route 10 East, 973.584.4607

MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE Upscale interpretations of American classics, 9 Cherr y Ln., 732.380.0800

BLACK RIvER BARN Eclectic American fare, 1178 Route 10 West, 973.598.9988

NICOLE’S TEN Hip eater y ser ving eclectic New American cuisine, 246 Route 10 West, 973.442.9311


HOT ROD’S Southern-style comfort food and barbecue, 19 N. Main St., 973.361.5050

ROSEMARY AND SAGE Contemporar y American cuisine, 26 Hamburg Tpk., 973.616.0606

LA DOLCE vITA Casual American/ Italian BYO, 120 E. Dewey Ave., 973.361.6777

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3 benefit length

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4 elimination periods

With many policies, you won’t start receiving your benefits on the same day you enter a facility or begin using home care. This time between the moment you claim your policy and the moment the insurance company begins reimbursing you is called the elimination period, and it’s one of the plans’ often misunderstood provisions. Most elimination periods are 30, 60 or 90 days. “policies with shorter elimination periods are more expensive,” says Kubit. “But if you pick a policy with a longer elimination period, you may have weeks of out-of-pocket expenses.”

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1 age

Get coverage before major health problems arise. “Insurers look closely at your medical history and may reject applicants with chronic ailments such as diabetes,” says Kubit. “As with other insurance, you don’t know if and when you’ll need it.”

2 benefit amount

You typically purchase a daily or monthly benefit policy, and coverage amounts can vary from $50 to $500 per day or $1,500 to $15,000 a month. Learn how much

5 inflation

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6 rate hikes

Insurance companies can raise their premiums after you’ve purchased—but only if they increase premiums on all similar policies in that state. “no individual can be singled out for a rate hike,” says Kubit. one tip: Ask to review a company’s personal rate–increase history before you buy.

7 extra features

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Parents’ association of montclair Kimberley academy Pleasantdale chateaeu in west orange, april 14, parents of students of montclair Kimberley academy joined staff and alumni to participate in live and silent auctions, raffles and a dinner at this gala, themed “endless opportunities.”


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1 Kurt and leslie Knowles 2 michael Johnson with tim and elizabeth bozik 3 Karen and robert gulliver with bonnie carter 4 Joann and dr. rick doerr (class of 1978), who received the distinguised alumni award, with his sisters

day of tHe HairdreSSer emiliani enterPrises the trump taj mahal in atlantic city, april 15–16, at this two-day event sponsored by emiliani enterprises, a beauty product distributor with three locations in morris and essex counties, leading hairstylists demonstrated their work in an artistic stage show.

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see modern and contemporary art at the montclair art museum through June 17.

Bonnie raitt performs at the wellmont theatre on June 19.

for fans of modern and contemporary art, the montclair art museum’s current exhibition Look Now is must-see. the exhibition includes about 40 works by 20th- and 21st-century artists, and all pieces are derived from private collections and usually not displayed in public. featured artists include andy Warhol and Roy lichtenstein. General admission: $12 . students and seniors: $10 . Visit

Through JuNE 24 a poor girl tries to win the affection of a rich man whose life she saves, but meddling island gods get in the way during the musical oNce oN This isLaNd at the Paper mill Playhouse in millburn. this show features original musical numbers and high-energy dancing. tickets: $32– $103 . Go to for tickets.

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now in its 50th year, the shakespeare theatre of new Jersey in madison presents the gripping play heNry iV: ParT oNe. the run of this production will be followed by a reading of the rarely performed heNry iV: ParT Two on July 16 as part of the theatre’s “lend Us Your ears” series. Go to for pricing and to order tickets.

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country singing sensation BoNNie raiTT comes to the Wellmont theatre in montclair, 8 p.m.


Raitt will be promoting Slipstream, her newest album after a seven-year hiatus from recording. a special bonus to the performance is the opening act, mavis staples, a soul/gospel singer who was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1999 as part of the staple singers. tickets: $55.50–$125.50 . Visit for details.

JuNE 21 start the summer with

an evening of classical music, fireworks and outdoor dining during Music aT MoorLaNd at moorland farms in far hills, 5:30 p.m. the new Jersey symphony orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event benefit the somerset medical center foundation. tickets start at $30 for general admission. Go to for more information.

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Browse a selection of high-end handmade works at summit’s FesTiVaL oF FiNe arTs aNd craFTs, held along Beechwood Road and Union Place, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Go to for details.

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celebrate independence day with family-friendly entertainment, games and rides, fireworks and the annual autofest classic car show at livingston’s FourTh oF JuLy ceLeBraTioN at the memorial oval. family events start at 9 a.m., entertainment at 7:15 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. find more information at

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JuLY 10 sing along to “tempted,”

“love shack” and other hits of the ’70s and ’80s during a joint concert by squeeze aNd The B52s at the mayo Performing arts center in morristown, 8 p.m. tickets: $79–$150 . Go to to learn more.

JuLY 27–29 see the sky

fill with hot-air balloons at the annual FesTiVaL oF BaLLooNiNg at the solberg airport in Readington. take a ride on a balloon, watch live performances by musicians including smokey Robinson, participate in the “Running with the Balloons 5K” and much more. General admission for adults/kids under 12: $17/$7 (before June 30), $20/$10 (June 30–July 26), $30/$15 (July 27–29). certain activities are at an additional cost. Visit for details.

JuLY 29 come out to the

macculloch hall historical museum in morristown for a concert in the garden featuring local bluegrass band huB hoLLow, 4 p.m. admission: $8 (adults), $6 (seniors and students over 12), $4 (children 6–12), free (members, children 5 and under). Visit for details. send event listings to: Morris/Essex Health & Life, 110 summit avenue, montvale, nJ 07645; or e-mail us at thingstodo@wainscot listings must be received two months in advance of the event and must include a phone number that will be published.

Left to right: Courtesy of the weLLmont theatre, moorLand farms, the montCLair art museum

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