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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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Important Announcement

July 12, 2008

For the past 10 months I have delighted in writing about my experiences and observations on life in Matawan-Aberdeen.  I have eaten great meals at many great local restaurants and eateries, and I was only too happy to share the experiences.  I have been lucky enough to garner a following of awesome readers, and as a result, I have met some of you in person as well.  That has been the most fulfilling aspect of writing.

Living in Monmouth County has been fun and enlightening in a lot of ways. In addition to all the wonderful delicious epicurean experiences, I’ve enjoyed the beaches, the nightlife, the culture, and co-mingling with the locals.  I’m a person that thrives off of experiences and societal interaction.  I love to learn new things, be immersed in my surroundings, be active and involved in community, and “pay it forward” to others.  I like to make differences in people’s lives; and I feel, in turn, they will make a difference in mine. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Koo Neo-Japanese, Route 79, Marlboro

July 3, 2008

We tried Koo Neo-Japanese Asian Fusion Restaurant in Marlboro tonight. Overall, not bad. Service, though pleasant, was mildly disjointed. The food was good so no worries there. He had the fried calamari for app, said it was okay, nothing special. I had the “Roti” – Asian pancake with chicken curry. I wasn’t sure how to eat it; I actually dipped the pancake in the curry sauce. It was tasty.

For my main, I had the Fantastic Eel roll and Tri-Color roll. Both were quite good and amply sized. The thing that stood out the most on the eel roll was the seaweed salad inside. Eel is typically my favorite, but the seaweed salad inside definitely kicked it up a notch! The Tri-Color roll has salmon, avocado, and ginger inside, tuna & yellowtail outside. I usually don’t like ginger, but this worked and I enjoyed it.

He had the sushi & sashimi combo and noted that it was really good. No complaints at all. The prices were on par with other sushi restaurants in the area. So I say it’s worth a visit especially if you’re into trying new places.

FYI: they do not do split checks.  Something about the software not able to do it.  But they will charge the same bill on separate cards if they have to.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Koo Neo-Japanese Asian Fusion Restaurant
71A South Main Street (across from the CVS)
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-866-8838

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Keyport International Food and Music Festival Day 1

June 28, 2008

My plan was to go to Espresso Joe’s in Keyport for lunch today.  I got in the car and headed over to Keyport.  When I turned onto Front Street, I saw that it was blocked off and, much to my pleasure, a street fair was going on.  I love street fairs!  So I found a parking spot on a side street, and walked up Main Street.

Lining both sides of the streets, vendors of all kinds were selling their wares… clothes, jewelry, accessories, candles, specialty items, and more.  Then I saw signs that said 1st Annual Keyport International Food and Music Festival.  Wow! I had NO idea this was taking place, yet something was drawing me to Keyport today.  I love happy surprises! Read the rest of this entry »

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Maru Restaurant, Route 18, East Brunswick

June 22, 2008

This evening we checked out Maru Restaurant in East Brunswick.  It’s in the same shopping plaza as Makkoli Seafood Buffet.  Originally I had wanted to go back to Makkoli, but then changed my mind and decided to try Maru instead.  In addition to Korean entrees and specialties, they also offer sushi.  And yes, they DO have Korean BBQ!

Sadly, I don’t know much about Korean restaurants but from what I could tell it was pretty authentic.  There were a few tables with chairs on the right and several tatami tables to the right. The decor is simple, nothing fancy.

Due to a questionable stomach, I avoided the (typically spicy) Korean food.  Instead, I opted for some miso soup and a couple of rolls.  The “castle roll” was essentially a California roll with eel and avocado on top and the crab and tomago roll which was just crab stick rolled in rice with some tobiko outside.  There was no sign of tomago (egg) to my disappointment.  Perhaps the server didn’t hear me correctly when I ordered.  I decided to eat the roll as presented to me.  With the exception of the missing tomago, they were both fine.

He decided to have the Bibim Naeng myunm, which is a cold buckwheat noodle and spicy beef dish.  He commented it was tasty.  They were sure to bring us the “banchan” — which is all the little side dishes that come with a meal.  I enjoyed the bean sprouts and diakon.  He, of course, enjoyed the kimchi.

It was a change of pace from the typical sushi restaurants we go to, however I don’t know if I would rush back.  I’d like to try some of the Korean restaurants in the Edison area some day when my stomach isn’t so ultra-sensitive.

3 out of 5 stars.

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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