Archive for October, 2007

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Kobe Japanese Restaurant in Holmdel

October 28, 2007

On Friday evening we decided to check out Kobe Japanese Restaurant in Holmdel.  It is in the Holmdel Commons Shopping Center.

Believe it or not, I was not in a sushi mood as I was not exactly ravenously hungry.  We did not order our usual sashimi platter for our second course.  Rather he tried the New Style Sashimi for his appetizer.  He said it was “interesting, not in a bad way, but I don’t know that I would order it again.”  It didn’t really look all that appetizing to me.  Just the various sashimi pieces on a plate of hot oil.  I think it might be the oil that threw me off.  He said the fish was “good”, though.  So that’s a plus I suppose.

He ordered a couple of special rolls (Ocean-5 Roll and something else I can’t remember) for his main course whereas I simply opted for the Unaju (Broiled eel over rice with tasty eel sauce).  It was quite good and hit the spot for me.

We tried an assortment of mochi ice cream for dessert.  I love mochi!

All in all, not a bad experience.  I’d like to go back for regular sashimi and special rolls.

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Oriental Grocery Store

October 17, 2007

I went into the Oriental Grocery Store (Hop Shing), next to Lombardi’s, in Aberdeen this evening. So good to know that is there! Obviously not as good a selection as the Crown Palace Asian Market in Middletown, but it’s good to know I can get some basic stuff close by. :)

I quickly perused the few rows of Chinese staples and found some curry sauce. Not the usual Singaporean curry sauce I get, but I thought ‘curry sauce is curry sauce’. I came home and made a nice potatoes, eggplant, and chick peas in curry sauce dish. It was most definitely edible, however the sauce was a bit on the bland side and too mild for my liking. I looked at the jar and it was mild sauce. Doh! I need to make sure I get at least medium hot stuff next time – for more flavor!!! I need to grab some chili sauce next time I’m in there as well. :)

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Blog Action Day

October 16, 2007

So, it’s Blog Action Day.  I never registered any of my blogs.  This is my contribution anyway.

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Flea Markets of Matawan & Hazlet

October 14, 2007

So we were up bright and early and decided to check out the flea market that happens every Saturday in the parking lot of the Aberdeen-Matawan train station.  As flea markets go, they are full of random junk people are trying to hock.  Sometimes you find a real treasure, though.  I didn’t find anything that struck my fancy, but he got the Butterfly Effect on DVD.

While walking around he overheard someone say to someone “It’s less crowded this week”.  The other person replied, “They’re probably all at the Hazlet flea market”.  So he says we should try to find this flea market over in Hazlet.  We come home, do a Google search, and we see a listing for the Holy Family PTA flea market on Craigslist.  Gotta love the internet! :)

We make our way over there and are pleased to see how significant it is.  Lots and lots of tables and items.  There was actually a couple of tables selling knock off hand bags and purses.  I was tempted, but I didn’t see anything I specifically liked.  After scouring all of the tables, the only thing I wanted was a large spring-loaded mason jar that I am going to use for storage in the kitchen.  Heh.

Next week I hope to hit up some garage sales in Aberdeen and Matawan.  That’s usually where the real treasures are.  You can haggle with people more since they are desperate to get rid of their stuff. :)

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Mahzu in Aberdeen a No No

October 13, 2007

Last night we tried Mahzu in Aberdeen. Our original plan was to go to Oishi in Hazlet, but we figured since we were already on Route 34, we might as well try this place.

My avocado salad was pretty good. The sashimi was average at best, though. Our special rolls were okay. I got the “Miracle” and “Samurai” special rolls. The Miracle roll had huge pieces of eel on top, which was a plus for me since I absolutely love eel. And the rolls underneath were deep fried which I have never had before, which was interesting. The presentation was nice, too.

He said his rolls weren’t bad, but nothing outstanding.

All in all an okay experience, but when I got home last evening I had some, to put it delicately, G/I issues. My tummy is still a bit queasy today. He’s fine, but due to my condition, it’s pretty safe to say we can strike Mahzu in Aberdeen off our list.

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Fall/Halloween in Monmouth County

October 12, 2007

Ahhh, the temps have finally dropped and it is sweater weather at last.  I am looking forward to seeing the leaves full of vibrant colors – reds, oranges, yellows!

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  According to the awful (sorry I’m a design snob) Matawan Borough website, there is a Halloween Parade on October 27th.  Awesome!  The PDF doesn’t tell me the parade route though!  :p  I guess I will need to call them next week unless one of my faithful readers (Suzette??) can tell me. :)

Furthermore, there is no mention of Matawan trick or treating.  Do they do that here? I love giving out teeth-rotting candy to the kiddies. :D

I hope to do some pumpkin picking this weekend!

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Save The Sea Streak Ferry Service

October 9, 2007

If you use the Sea Streak Ferry Service from Monmouth County to Manhattan, then the following petition will be of interest to you.

Sign the petition
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Saveseastreak/index.html

Read what other locals have to say when they signed the petition
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Saveseastreak/signatures.html