Archive for October, 2007


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.


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. :)


Blog Action Day

October 16, 2007

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


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. :)


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.


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!


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

Read what other locals have to say when they signed the petition


Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Oh My!

October 9, 2007

I have to say I am loving my commute home, especially this time of year. I know it certainly does not feel like Fall out there – 80+ degree temps in October make for an extended Indian Summer! The drive along Route 34 from Belmar through Farmingdale and Colt’s Neck on north into Marlboro and Aberdeen is full of glorious Autumn sights to behold. Every mile or so there are farms and roadside stands decked out and advertising “Pick Your Own Pumpkin”, “100s of Halloween Costumes on Sale”, and “Corn Mazes”.  I want to go on a hayride dammit!

This certainly is my favorite time of the year. I just wish the leaves would start changing in earnest. Then it would truly feel like Fall and Halloween just around the corner.

According to the forecast, temps are going to drop into the 50s later in the week. I’m probably going to kick myself for saying this, but… “It’s about time!” :)


West Lake Authentic Chinese Restaurant

October 7, 2007

Last evening we decided to dine out.  We felt we deserved it and upon a quick check of the finances, we figured we could do Chinese.  So we checked out West Lake Authentic Chinese Restaurant on Route 34. I had heard/read mostly good things about it on the Chowhound board so I was excited to try it.

Our synopsis is that it was pretty good.   We were seated immediately and were treated to salted nuts and pickled veggies.  As well as ice water and tea in a pot.
He had the egg drop soup and I ordered cold sesame noodles for starters.  The noodles were great.  The pickled vegetables were also served with the noodles, which made for a tasty combination.

His main course was the Jumbo Shrimp which was pretty good.

I ordered the Eggplant, Bean Curd, and Peppers in Black Bean Sauce.  There was no “Hot & Spicy” denotation by it on the menu, so I thought I was safe.  The eggplant, bean curd (tofu), and sauce were all fine, but the pepper was one of the hottest things I have ever tried!  I can’t take spicy hot too much.  My mouth was on fire!  I drank a whole glass of water and had to request more. Needless to say, I won’t be trying that dish again.

Otherwise, it was fine, service was fine.  So we’ll probably try it again.  I definitely want to check out their dim sum on the weekends!


Sushi & Teriyaki

October 2, 2007

While walking down Main Street this afternoon, I noticed a couple new restaurants that will be opening. One is an Italian joint, which the name escapes my mind, and the other is a sushi place that, according to the sign on the window, will simply be called “Sushi & Teriyaki”. I’m particularly excited about this sushi restaurant.

If you’ve taken a peek at the restaurants reviews over at my old blog Red Bank Blues, you’ll know my fiance and I are quite the sushiphiles! We’re looking forward to trying the sushi around these parts and posting the reviews here. :)