Archive for February, 2008

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Introducing Bayshore Friends!

February 22, 2008

I swear I’m always coming up with some “pet project”. Usually it’s out of boredom and aimlessness. But this time – with Bayshore Friends – I have truly do have a purpose: to connect people in the Bayshore area. Locals meeting locals to socialize and, hopefully, make new friends. Sound groovy, huh?

I started working on a website for this. But then I thought to myself — why not just use a social networking site? I thought about creating a MySpace profile (which I may still do anyway), but it doesn’t have all the functionality and interactivity I’d like. Then I thought about Meetup.com. But they charge you $75 every 6 months JUST for the privilege. Screw that.

So I did some searching and I think I found something that’ll work – at least for now: http://bayshorefriends.ning.com/

While this does not have the “meetup” function I want, it does offer some interactivity. I figure “converge” online first, then do meetups in the future – depending on the interest. Meetups may include: restaurants, coffee shops, book stores, cocktails, house parties, game nights, outdoor activities, or whatever else people want to do.

So, what are you waiting for, become a BF today! :)

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Enzo’s Pizzeria

February 22, 2008

We recently got one of those menu’s in our mailbox from Enzo’s Pizzeria. Their selection is incredible, but how is the food? Curiosity got the better of me tonight so we decided to order from there. Extreme exhaustion negated the idea of making something at home or even going out to eat. It was a no-brainer to have the food delivered!

Hot Antipasto for the app, Broccoli Rabe & Sausage with ziti for him, and a Turkey Club salad for me.

They said about 30 minutes, but it came in like 20 minutes. I was shocked, but pleased it came so quick. My large salad contained quite a lovely variety of vegetables — broccoli, carrots, cauliflower (!!), black and green olives, tomatoes, cucumbers — in addition to the rolled lunch meat turkey and bacon. I asked for honey mustard dressing, but it came with balsamic dressing. The fact they included TWO loaves of crusty white bread made up for the dressing error in my eyes. We don’t really eat white bread, but what the heck. Once in a while won’t kill us. ;)

The app came with fried clams, mussels, fried calamari, stuffed eggplant, a piece of veal, and a mozzarella stick soaked in marinara sauce! Nothing to rave about, but certainly welcome when you’re tired and hungry. After eating most of the app, he couldn’t even eat half of his Broccoli Rabe & Sausage. I sampled a bit and while certainly not a gourmet meal it certainly hit the spot.

I’ll give them 3 stars – for quick delivery, large portions, and the crusty bread!

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Transportation query

February 13, 2008

Every time I go to the train station to drop off or pick up my wonderful FH, I often wonder why there are no shuttle buses to and from the Aberdeen-Matawan train station?  I mean not only would it be convenient for the residents of this area, but wouldn’t it be good for the environment?  You know, get cars off the road.  Has this been thought of before?

Aberdeen-Matawan seems like an extremely busy station, so I’m sure a shuttle service would certainly be welcomed and used.  Even if they had to charge $2 per ride.  Middletown’s Dock and Roll Shuttle Service, which buses people to and from the Middletown train station and the Belford Ferry shows some progressive thinking on their part.

We are within a reasonable walking distance to the station, but on days like today a shuttle would certainly be a better option.  Patsy’s Car Service, while convenient, isn’t always the economical or practical choice.

Just some thoughts.  I’d be curious to see what other residents think.  Or is there something even remotely like what I’m talking about in this area.

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Cafe de Thai, Matawan

February 10, 2008

I enjoy Thai food. Unfortunately, due to stomach issues, I must eat the mild selections. Though my palette enjoys the spicy stuff, I pay for it later. In any case, I have wanted to try Cafe de Thai (on Route 34) ever since I moved up here. For some reason, the combination of French and Thai food sounds like a winner. And many of my Chowhound compadres have had good things to say about the place. So I convinced the man that we needed to take a break from the sushi this evening.

First impression: it’s a cute place. The decor, while basic, exudes a certain coziness. The lights were dimmed, which lent an air of simple romance.  So, it was more French, than Thai in that regard.

Had I been in the mood, I would have gone next door to Wine Nation for a bottle of Riesling to accompany the meal, but we simply had a pot of hot green tea and some water.

I started with the Tom Kha Gai soup, which was quite good and hit the spot. It came in a generous bowl. His first course, Maryland Crab Cakes, he found to be tasty.

For my main course, I had the Chicken Pad Pak. It was your run of the mill pad pak, nothing to rave about, but certainly good. His grilled shrimp came with a scoop of wild rice and a green salad. He said were good.

I saved room for the Pumpkin custard, which was just as good as my fellow Chowhounder raved about. It was the perfect, not too sweet ending.

Overall, nice place, decent food. I’d like to go back to try the French side of the menu another time.

3 stars.

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The Other Me

February 9, 2008

You can read all about my night job here.  :)

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Shogun Legends, Wall Township

February 7, 2008

In our neverending quest to try all sushi joints in Central NJ, our travels took us to the new Shogun Legends on Route 34 in Wall Township. It is owned by the same people who own Shogun Bey Lea in Toms River.

Overall, it’s quite nice. The decor is contemporary and elegant, and the big aquarium is quite the eye-catcher. The main dining area downstairs is big, and there is a nice bar area as well as private party room. We dined downstairs (by the sushi bar). I wanted to go upstairs to check out the hibachi area, but perhaps another time.

I started off with the savory sesame noodles. They were good, nothing spectacular, but tasty. He had the 8 piece sushi appetizer. I forget what was all included, but it was 2 each of 4 varieties. One, however, was some sort of scallop roll in seaweed – it was very, very good.

For my “main course” I had the Pa-Pa Dragon roll – eel, tuna, avocado, with a honey walnut in it and caviar on top — very unique, very yummy! I also, simply, had an eel roll. He had the Flaming Heart roll – which for the life of me I forget what was in that – and a plain Philadelphia roll. No complaints from him.

While we still think Kanji – and Ichiban – are tops, Shogun Legends is definitely good enough to warrant a return visit.

3 stars.

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Election Night Results @ The Hillary Clinton for President Monmouth County Office

February 4, 2008

Disclaimer: this is not necessarily my endorsement.

I am helping to spread the word since it is local to Monmouth County. I’m not sure I will go to this, but perhaps this may be of interest to some of you (especially the Democrats)

Election Night Results with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.

February 5th, 2008
8:00 pm

Hillary Clinton for President Monmouth County Office
495 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ

**Refreshments will be served**

To RSVP or for more information, please call
The Hillary Clinton for President Monmouth County Campaign office at (732) 571-4141.