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Trinity Restaurant in Keyport

August 3, 2008

I admit: I’m a sucker for a good theme.

Whether it’s a park, a party, a store, or a restaurant, I just love those little visual and sensory touches that bring an immersive design together. For me, a well-done, fun theme can make the difference between a good experience and an amazing one.

Trinity Restaurant in Keyport, NJ

Trinity Restaurant in Keyport, NJ

I had heard a lot of good things about Trinity Restaurant (84 Broad Street in Keyport), so my husband and I decided to check it out. Talk about a well-done theme! Not only is the restaurant housed inside a beautiful little converted church, but the slightly cheeky religious motif extends into other details: the bible-black menus with section titles like “In the Beginning” and “Into the Fire,” the custom wrought-iron railings with tiny crosses, the sumptuous red draperies, and the intact hymn boards in the corners, to name a few. I could barely keep myself from gaping at the serene beauty of the place. It’s definitely a restaurant in which the building is part of the attraction – if you go, be sure to give yourself a tour.

All right, so enough about the surroundings. How was the food?

In a word, heavenly. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

We started with the Green and White Asparagus appetizer, which was drizzled with vinaigrette: delicious and perfect for a warm summer day. My husband then ordered the Hukilau Pot, a savory seafood stew with veggies and couscous. His exact quote was: “This is the best one of these I’ve ever had,” which definitely means something, since he is quite the seafood connoisseur.

In keeping with our predilection towards fruits of the sea, I had the Pure and Simple Broiled Monkfish. The citrus and basil oil was delicate and tangy, the fish was deliciously moist, and the vegetables were steamed to perfection.

Dessert was chocolate, as it usually is with us: Malted Milk Pannacotta with sea salt sprinkled on top. Kind of like a chocolate-covered pretzel in custard form. Delicious!

Throughout the meal, the service was friendly and quick, and we were lucky enough to have a chat with the owner and the chef before we left. It’s not often that you actually get to give your compliments to the chef, so we happily did so.

All in all, our dinner at Trinity was a real treat. After eating at so many chains from day to day, it seems like an almost spiritual experience to partake of food prepared by a real, honest-to-goodness chef with a focus on taste and presentation. It’s a theme restaurant, yes, but thankfully that theme is paired with a true dedication to cuisine and a great sense of customer service.

Our rating? Truly transcendental.
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Rachael Citron lives in Matawan, where she owns Glass Slipper Weddings and Events, a full-service wedding and party planning service. She can be reached at rachael@glassslipperweddings.com.

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Matawan Barbeque

July 27, 2008

Matawan Barbeque is still not open, but they have signage. They will be open seven days a week, 10AM-10PM. I wrote down the number but when I call it, the operator says it’s not in service. Hmm.

UPDATE: I tried Matawan Barbeque on Wednesday night. I walked in around 8:30 and ordered to go. The place was about half filled, so I was served right away. During my short wait I checked the place out. There are 12 tables, so it can accommodate a small family or group. There are a variety of soft drinks and other beverages in drink cases. I chose a brand of diet Brazilian soda called Gurana (in a can). It was tasty!

So, how was the food you ask? Pretty good! I ordered the half BBQ chicken with yellow rice and beans. The portions were quite generous and everything was tasty. Prices are extremely reasonable. There are soups, salads, appetizers, barbeque combo’s, entrees (beef, chicken, pork), and fish/seafood (shrimp, salmon, cod). My platter was only $7.50. The most expensive item on the menu is a whole Grilled or Boiled Cod Fish (Bacalhau) at $18.00. I hope to try them again before I move.

FYI: I overheard the server say they are looking for more help, both in the kitchen and also more servers. So if you or someone you know is looking for a job, either call them or walk in. Here’s their number: 732-242-9946

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Breaking News: Fire on Orchard Street

July 17, 2008
House Fire on Orchard Street possibly started by young child

House Fire on Orchard Street possibly started by young child.

Firefighters are battling a house fire on Orchard Street, between Park Avenue and Center Street in Matawan Borough.  I walked down to the scene where I learned that the two story house with attached two car garage is a rental property and is owned by a couple in Holmdel.  A neighbor said it appeared that a young child in the home, around 3 years old, had gotten a hold of a firecracker and set it off sparking the blaze.

DISCLAIMER: This was heard “through the grapevine”, so I do not know for sure if this is a fact. I will gladly post a retraction if it is false.

If this is indeed true, it is a sad case of irresponsible behavior on the part of those around the child.  I know it was the Fourth of July a couple of weeks ago, but MY GOD if you have kids in the house, you DO NOT leave firecrackers laying around!  Secondly, how did a child of that age get his hands on something to set it off!?!  These are questions yet to be answered, I suppose.

Fortunately, none of the residents of the house were harmed.  We can be thankful for that.

More as I learn more!  Stay tuned.

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Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ coming soon to Matawan!

July 3, 2008

Brazilian and Portuguese BBQ coming to Matawan!On Main Street across from the train station, a new BBQ joint is “Coming Soon”.  It’ll be situated in the middle of the building between the cleaners and dog groomer.   There are a few big signs on the store front windows; one practically yells “Matawan BBQ“, another proclaiming “Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ“, and another with a list of the types of foods that will be available.

No word on opening date.  There’s a number, too, on one of the signs, but the light turned green and I didn’t have a chance to write it down.

I’m excited. I love BBQ.  I don’t have much experience with Brazilian or Portuguese BBQ, but I’ve always wanted to try.  I hope it opens before the end of the summer!  Stay tuned.

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Guest Writers Wanted!

June 20, 2008

Guest Bloggers Wanted!

I haven’t been writing too much lately because I’ve been busy with other (life) stuff that I am not at liberty to write about.  Don’t you worry, I will certainly continue to write about life off Exit 117A when I can.  But I’d like to extend an invitation to readers or writers of Aberdeen-Matawan area to write for this blog.

  • Just tried a great local restaurant and want to tell other foodies about your experience?
  • Just saw something new & interesting and think others should know about?
  • Got breaking news or just know something else others don’t know?

If this sounds up your alley, get in touch! I’ll set you up with an account here and we’ll take it from there.

djmarilyn AT verizon DOT net

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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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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.

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Meeting of the Blogging Minds!

April 17, 2008

Last evening I had the pleasure to meet fellow local blogger and intrepid community reporter Aberdeener and his lovely family. While I am not an Aberdeen resident, I have been following his blog to keep up to date on the issues affecting the Aberdeen area.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the political slant isn’t my beat. I certainly like to know what’s happening so I’m glad we have the Aberdeener, Matawan Advocate, and others who focus on the more political side of things. From meeting with and speaking with Joey, he has a good grasp on what’s happening, the ins and outs of the local government and school district, and he cares to investigate the facts. It’s encouraging to know we have people, like the Aberdeener, paying attention and not afraid to openly talk about what, I’m sure, many simply whisper about.

For this, however, he does get some flack. There are, obviously, some who don’t like what he writes about. Perhaps they are guilty parties and the truth stings. :) In any case, I give him a lot of credit for doing his thing. It was a pleasure to meet him as we share a lot of the same visions for ensuring a certain quality of life for all residents in this area and bringing the community together.

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Peter’s Fishery

March 28, 2008

Peter’s Fishery

If you’re looking for upscale seafood cuisine, Peter’s Fishery is not for you. If you go in with an open mind, not expecting fine dining, it’ll be a fair to good experience for you as it was for us on our first visit this past week.

While it claims to be an “American Seafood Bistro”, Peter’s resembles a diner atmosphere more than fine dining establishment. The extensive menu offers a wide variety of appetizers and dishes that is sure to please the seafood lover looking for good-sized portions. There are also non-seafood items on the menu as well to accommodate those who do not or cannot eat seafood. At least two all you can eat specials were going on that evening – Snow Crab and Shrimp – which I’m sure is quite popular. We were not in the AYCE mood, however.

We started off with the fried calamari appetizer. It came out hot and nicely crispy. I opted for the Grilled Swordfish with a sweet potato on the side. While the swordfish was tasty, it certainly was not grilled. It was delivered to me broiled. I would normally send food back if it were not prepared the way I requested, but I decided to just go ahead and eat the 2 filets as is. It wasn’t bad, though I must say the star on the plate was the baked sweet potato. Then again, I love sweet potatoes.

He got the “Sauteed Seafood Combination”, which includes lobster, clams, scallops, and monkfish over his choice of penne pasta. He noted it was “fine.” He’s a big seafood lover, so it really takes a lot to wow him.

Overall, it was a “fine”, but not a fine dining, experience. Service was quick and pleasant, which was nice; then again we were 1 of maybe 5 other parties in the whole place. In any case, we don’t plan to rush back any time soon. We will look to other local fisheries for a seafood fix in the future.

2 out of 5 stars.

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Auto Repair in Matawan?

March 6, 2008

It’s that time again where I reach out to my fellow Matawanians (is that right?) for advice!  Name some good mechanics!  Need a fuel air sensor replaced and I refuse to pay dealership service prices!  I’d prefer it within Matawan town limits.

Does anybody have experience with the following repair shops:

Mullaney Tire & Car Care Center
Stillwell Garage
Advanced Tire & Auto Center

I did a quick Google search and those were the first to come up.  Thanks for any help in advance!