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PSA: Monmouth Office of Emergency Management Storm Assistance

August 3, 2008

Will you need help evacuating in a bad storm?
Monmouth County’s Office of Emergency Management wants to know who you are

The 2008 hurricane season is well under way, and so far it has been active.
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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.
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


Kickin’ it at Kickys

June 4, 2008

Kickys Restaurant

We decided to give Kickys another shot tonight. I was hopeful we would have good service on a Tuesday night. Alas, my optimism was short-lived! There were only 2 servers in the whole restaurant for about 7 parties. As you can imagine, that led to slow service.

Sluggish service aside, the food was certainly enjoyable enough. We both opted for an assortment of sushi/sashimi/special rolls – no surprise there, huh? The dishes were fresh and nicely prepared. The wasabi was ultra-potent, too. Certainly cleared the sinuses.

Overall, I feel Kickys is a nice restaurant with some respectable fare, but don’t expect expeditious service. If you go with that in mind, you probably won’t be disappointed. I’ll likely call ahead and take out from now on.

3 out of 5 stars (for food).


Hello Dolly at First Presbyterian Church

April 11, 2008

Anybody into local theatre? If so, here’s something to do this weekend!

The Spotlight Players Present…

Hello Dolly!

Directed by Robert Weinstein

Friday, April 11th at 8PM
April 12th & 13th at 3PM
Sat, April 12th at 8PM

Ticket prices: $18.00 adults
$15.00 for students and seniors, includes refreshments.

All performances are at:

First Presbyterian Church
Route 34 and Franklin Street, Matawan
(3 blocks North of Main Street, just South of the Buttonwood Manor)

Tickets & Information Hotline
(732) 583-7874


Talented, Jill of all Trades, For Hire

April 11, 2008

Dear blogosphere,

I’m reaching out to you to ask if you, or someone you know, is looking to hire a lovely, multi-talented person who has experience in anything internet including… Read the rest of this entry ?


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.


New Year, New Monmouth County message board!

January 2, 2008

Monmouth Connect Message BoardIntroducing a new Monmouth County Connect. A new message board all about Monmouth County.
Check it out, join, and start posting!

I would like for it to be for Monmouth County what PhillyBlog forum is to Philly. I guess I have high hopes, huh?

Post your comments or things you would like to see there so we can grow the community.

Tell your friends, write a blog post about it, link to it, whatever. Please help spread the word! Thanks.


Kanji Steakhouse & Sushi – Tinton Falls

November 10, 2007

If you’re interested to read my review of Kanji Steakhouse & Sushi in Tinton Falls, head on over to Red Bank Blues for the story.


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


Welcome to Exit 117A

September 19, 2007

I will be posting at Red Bank Blues less and less as my focus won’t be on life in Red Bank since, as of October 1, I will be living in the Aberdeen-Matawan area. Hence the name of this blog – Exit 117A.

I’ll still be posting about the great restaurants I dine at in Monmouth County and also the things I observe about life on the North Jersey Shore.

I look forward to this new chapter of my life. The future looks bright as they say. I hope you’ll follow along. :)