Archive for May, 2008

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This Weekend in Red Bank & Asbury Park!

May 28, 2008

Very exciting time of year in Monmouth County for Jazz/Blues enthusiasts and Gays alike!

Friday kicks off the 22nd Annual Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival at Marine Park. While I dig the music, I go more for the BBQ! Some of the best BBQ in NJ is to be had there for sure. I’m hoping to swing by on Friday night. Who’s game?

Edit: I missed out, I got home from work late and was too beat to head down.  :(

Sunday marks the 17th Annual Jersey Pride Celebration. As always there will be a parade, live entertainment, and, you guessed it, BBQ!!!!!! I look forward to “coming out” to support my gays! Who’s coming?

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Makkoli Seafood Buffet – East Brunswick

May 18, 2008

A new reader of my blog emailed me recently and commented on my love of sushi restaurants. He suggested we check out Makkoli Seafood Buffet (their site is down right now it seems) in East Brunswick. All-You-Can-Eat Sushi? Count us in!

So last evening we drove down to East Brunswick in search of this glorious sounding buffet. It was a bit of a challenge to find at first since I’m not necessarily familiar with the area. It’s strip mall city out there, so I got confused as to which one it was in. I had to call for clarification on where it is. FYI: it’s on the Southbound side of Route 18, next to the U-Haul (across from the Wendy’s).

We finally got there around 5:30 and were seated immediately. We ordered our drinks and were off to load our plates! I had some seaweed salads, sashimi, and lots and lots of sushi and rolls. I loved almost everything I had. However, I discovered I was not a fan of salmon skin or Spanish mackerel. No worries, there was plenty of other sushi and rolls I love! In fact, I ate so much sushi, I really didn’t have room for much of the hot foods. I tried a spring roll and some noodles, but that’s about it.

In addition to just about every sushi and rolls you can think of, there is a big variety of hot stuff, too. Teriyaki, tempura, etc. And of course there’s the seafood! He had the king crab legs, shrimp, and oysters. He commented “I easily ate at least $60 worth of food myself!” It’s true.

You get a ton of food for a bargain. But how is the sushi you ask?! Not bad at all actually. I can’t say “Best sushi ever!” but not at all horrible either. The price is totally right! 2 of us w/ drinks the bill came to $46! I know for a fact we’ll go back again!

Oh, and there were a lot of Asians in the house. So that, to me, is always a good sign. :)

4 out 5 stars, for sheer amount of food, quality, and affordability!

Here’s another great blog review of Makkoli.

Watch their commercial below.

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Shanghai Bun

May 12, 2008

I just tried their steamed dumplings and vegetables and tofu soup.  Nothing to write home about, really.  In fact, I’ve had better.  I guess it’s the Dim Sum that really sets them apart, eh?

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Quickies

May 9, 2008
  • Copper Leaf Grille is closed. A new restaurant (begins with an “A” I think) will be opening in its place.
  • Rumor has it a bar/lounge is opening at Main & Washington, that will be owned by Fat Kat Tattoo owner Nate Chadwick. He has not responded to any of my questioning.
  • The former Azzurri’s Pizzeria in the Pine Valley Plaza is now Little Italy.  Big sign out front says “Under New Management”, I also got a menu in the mail.  May have to try some time.

Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on any of this – or post any information you have about these new things.

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Bayshore Friends Meetup 5/6

May 5, 2008

A few of us are meeting up at The Office tomorrow evening at 7:30.  If you’re interested in joining us, please RSVP on Bayshore Friends.

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Smart Car Alert

May 2, 2008

Bistro 34 has their very own yellow Smart Car. I still don’t have working digital camera or else I would have snapped a shot.