A hint of Maine in the heart of Jersey City

Liberty House is a beautiful property in the even more beautiful Liberty State Park.

Lobster dinner with city views? Yes, please! Having just come from a trip to the mid-coast of Maine, this was the perfect way to ease out of vacation mode.

Liberty House is a beautiful property in the even more beautiful Liberty State Park. As we walked in, we were promptly escorted to a seat facing the New York City skyline. With views of both Liberty Tower and the Statue of Liberty, you’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant in Jersey City with better views. The sky turned light shades of pink and an acoustic duo laid the soundtrack for the evening, starting with a pretty rendition of Pink Floyd.

Chilled Maine lobster cocktail.

Course by course, the lobster dinner unfolded starting with a chilled Maine lobster cocktail. Sprinkled with flake salt and paired with a bright pinot grigio, it was my favorite course of the meal.

The lobster scallop duet.

Second came a lobster scallop duet, perfectly grilled and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. This course was made more spectacular with a visit to the executive chef, Ken Trickilo, who graciously welcomed me into his kitchen. It was quite a scene as each dish was expertly plated. The energy was high — it was obvious that everyone took great pride in the food they were serving.

The third and final lobster dish was a fun play on surf-n-turf.

Dessert was a traditional lobster tail pastry.

The third and final lobster dish was a fun play on the surf-n-turf that we all know and love. And as no dinner is complete without dessert, we ended on a sweet note with a more traditional lobster tail pastry; a fancier take on the little Italy staple.

Dinner wound down and the table engaged in fun conversation — it felt as if we were sitting with a group of friends. The sun had set completely and the city skyline twinkled in the night. But, for a moment in time, right in the heart of Jersey City, we were transported to the coast of Maine.

For a great night out, head to Fort Lee

I was invited last night by NJ.com to cover the Fort Lee “Tuesdays on the Town” event, the last one of the season. To be honest, I’ve never been to Fort Lee before last night and really did not know what to expect. I was delightfully surprised! Fort Lee is really up and coming.

Tuesdays on the Town is a weekly event that happens during the summertime and is organized by The Fort Lee BDA, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Borough of Fort Lee to revitalize and promote the Main Street Shopping Corridor. Its objective is to create an environment where people will shop and live, and for retailers to grow and thrive, by creating a vital community experience for all, visitors and residents alike.

This event in particular was special as they invited “Dancing with The Stars” alumnus Henry Byalikov. As soon as I arrived to Main Street, I got a chance to chat with him and even dance a little salsa. He is the sweetest and most humble person, and I loved getting to know him. He was lovely.

Before the event kicked off, I interviewed the mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich. At first, I thought he was just a regular resident because he was so friendly and approachable, seriously not the typical politician wearing a suit and tie. He was such a nice guy.

What’s your name?

Mark Sokolich.

What do you do?

I’m the mayor of Fort Lee.

How long have you been the mayor?

Almost 10 years, believe it or not!

Oh wow! Do you like it?

I do! It’s a lot of work but I enjoy the job.

Can you tell me more about this event?

This is Tuesdays on the Town. We are very excited because where this dance floor is was once a vacant piece of property for 45 years. We finally got it built and we wanted to bring some positive energy to this neck of the woods, and what better way to do that than dancing under the stars with this group. It’s just fantastic, we are all very excited. We get a huge crowd here every week.

Can you talk about any other events that are happening in Fort Lee that people can check out?

Yes, on Wednesdays and Saturday nights we have Movies Under the Stars in our community center. If you go to our web page, FortLeeNJ.org, there is a full calendar there, which you can download onto your phone. I say this all the time: if you want to be busy in Fort Lee, you can do it 24 hours a day.

Thank you, mayor! Want to dance with me? 

The event kicked off and it was a blast. I ended up staying the whole evening. It was so beautiful watching everyone participate and follow along. Henry Byalikov and an instructor from the local dance school, “Dance with Me Fort Lee,” led the event. There also were a few performances from students. One of them even brought me to tears, it was so beautiful.

At the end of the night, I went to get fro-yo from 16 Handles and sat on a bench to watch the festivities. I realized at that moment that I just love when people come together and create happy moments and memories. Especially with all the negative stuff going on in the world, seeing residents from all walks of life share a dance together is really a wonderful thing.

Thank you, Fort Lee! Can’t wait to come back.

For more information, visit www.enjoyfortlee.com.

Celebrating summer seafood in style at The Ryland Inn

Cracking open a delicious lobster while sipping a cool glass of sauvignon blanc on the patio of The Ryland Inn proved to be an exceptional experience.

What screams summer more than a clam bake? Cracking open a delicious lobster while sipping on a cool glass of sauvignon blanc, it doesn’t get much better than that. Indulging under glistening lights on the patio of The Ryland Inn made it exceptional.

Signature cocktails add to the ambiance at The Ryland Inn, which includes a gorgeous dining room, stunning chandeliers and a secluded outdoor bar and patio.

I was invited to The Ryland Inn’s Coastal Seafood Fest. After hearing many good things about the respected fine-dining destination, which provides gourmet, farm-fresh cuisine in an elegant country setting, I was excited. The Ryland Inn is tucked away amid Hunterdon County farmland. As I drove up to the inn, the setting was absolutely charming. No detail was missed, from the stunning chandeliers, to Thomas’s friendly greeting at the door. We were escorted through the gorgeous dining room to the secluded outdoor bar and patio.

Dinner at The Ryland Inn’s Coastal Seafood Fest began with a delicious peppercorn biscuit and butter.

We sat at the bar and started with a signature cocktail. Mine was called “Trip Back East”: a little gin, a little cantaloupe and lime; perfect. We were then seated at our table. Dinner began with a peppercorn biscuit and butter. I could have eaten 10 of these. Then a Jersey garden fresh salad and seafood bisque soup. The salad was fresh and crisp with goat cheese and grilled eggplant. The soup, creamy and delicately flavored by the sea.

Adding a crisp touch was the Jersey fresh salad, complete with goat cheese and grilled eggplant.

The “pièce de résistance” was a large, wrought-iron pot stuffed with two large lobsters, potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimp, clams and mussels, all in a steaming hot broth. There was, of course, butter and lemon on the side for dipping and squeezing. I put my napkin on and dove in.

The seafood bisque soup, creamy and delicately flavored, stirred up the action.

I started cracking my piping hot lobster and went straight for the tail, of course. It was sweet and delicious. Perfectly cooked and so large I could barely finish it. Hot towels came out to make our clean up nice and easy. I sipped my glass of sauvignon blanc as they prepared to bring out dessert.

The ‘pièce de résistance’ at The Ryland Inn’s Coastal Seafood Fest was a large, wrought-iron pot stuffed with two large lobsters, potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimp, clams and mussels, all in a steaming hot broth.

The sun had set and the lights above were twinkling. Cherry and lemon tart arrived with a dollop of homemade mint and chocolate ice cream on top. It was a simple delight. I was left wondering what the rest of the menu at The Ryland Inn was like and made a plan to return soon to indulge.

Fireflies and Rosé at The Ryland Inn

The Ryland Inn’s recent Rosé All Day event was a refreshing way to welcome summer.

If there’s one drink that screams summer to me, it would have to be rosé. On a warm night, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold glass of pink wine. So, when The Ryland Inn announced its “Rosé All Day” event, I was all in! It wasn’t hard to get a girlfriend on board and together we headed out for our version of the perfect ladies’ night.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Whitehouse Station, The Ryland Inn is a 220-year-old equestrian estate that has been transformed into a beautiful dining destination.

Traveling out on I-78, the mood was set long before arriving at the restaurant. The evening was clear and it was finally feeling like summer. As we drove west, the landscape enveloped us — the road to the restaurant was lined with a canopy of trees and a picturesque bridge brought us over a pretty little creek.

Alba Vineyard’s Chelsea Dry Rosé was a total hit at The Ryland Inn’s Rosé All Day event on June 22.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Whitehouse Station, The Ryland Inn is a 220-year-old equestrian estate that has been transformed into a beautiful dining destination. With an expertly designed dining room and a casual/cool outdoor area, you can’t go wrong for dinner. The weather was magnificent, so we settled in at a quiet outdoor table.

Hors d’oeuvres were passed around all night and each one was perfectly executed.

Before long, we had the pleasure of meeting one of the Sharko brothers, a principal at Alba Vineyard, whose Chelsea Dry Rosé was a total hit. Served ice cold, it was light and crisp. Hors d’oeuvres were passed around all night and each one was perfectly executed. Beef Wellington, quiche, goat cheese and beet salad — every bite was just right. My personal favorite was the shrimp with avocado mousse!

With an expertly designed dining room and a casual/cool outdoor area, you can’t go wrong for dinner at The Ryland Inn.

As the sun began to set, the fireflies came out and the glistening lights created a magical ambiance. An acoustic guitar player performed classic hits — a lovely soundtrack for an even more lovely evening.

Beef Wellington, quiche, goat cheese and beet salad — every bite of The Ryland Inn’s hors d’oeuvres was just right.

More Than Just Horses: Host Your Next Fabulous Soiree at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment

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Looking for a unique and one of kind experience for your next party or weekend night out with friends? Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment will be your new go-to spot. After attending their fantastic Kentucky Derby Day celebration a few weeks ago, I discovered that this state of the art facility is not just a racetrack, but is New Jersey’s best kept party venue secret. They have eight bars, lounges, and restaurants, each with their own distinct look and vibe, but all will give you the most amazing view of the racetrack (you’ll have a good seat no matter where you are). With a variety of options to offer, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is the perfect venue for any type of experience; big or small, corporate or social. They can do it all, from birthday parties and Sweet 16’s, to Mitzvahs and holiday parties, to corporate events and trade shows.

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For the best view in the house, Victory Terrace will be the space for you. This breezy bar gives you a rooftop front row seat to the NYC skyline with amazing views of the city landscape and racing action. It is the perfect spot to enjoy the dramatic night sky on a Friday or Saturday night during their harness racing events. Victory Terrace can easily accommodate up to 500 guests comfortably for your next special event. This is also the place to be on Friday race nights with a fun, youthful crowd, a fantastic DJ, and delicious drinks. This would also be a fabulous space to host a fun summer soiree or birthday bash with your nearest and dearest.

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One of my personal favorite (and one of the prettiest) spots at Meadowland’s Racing and Entertainment is their stunning tiered dining area aptly named Pink. With its swanky stained gunmetal floors, white subway tiles, and accented with bright pink wool chairs (hence the restaurant’s name), this eatery combines an upscale buffet with amazing views of the live horse racing action from every seat in the house. Table-side cocktail service complements the delicious buffet fare. This indoor restaurant allows seating for up to 270 guests to eat and drink, with the convenience of individual TV and betting terminals. How cute would this space be for an adorable Sweet 16 party or a lovely bridal shower brunch?

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Just inside the West Deck is Trotters, the members only club, which is available as an event space on non-racing nights. Trotters has three distinct seating styles – lounge, dining room and stadium – and a first class buffet. I absolutely love the classic and elegant décor which features gold frames and old wood throughout as well as fireplaces for a traditional finish. If you are looking to host an elegant soiree, this space is a perfect option.

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Victory Sports Bar is most definitely the hot party spot (and the place to get your drink on!). Designed by Jordan Mozer, Victory Sports Bar has a vibrant atmosphere that can host up to 350 guests and features copper paneled walls, eleven massive flat screen HD TVs (perfect for the sports lovers). Party goers can munch on upgraded bar fare as well as enjoy the biggest drink specials around. Victory is the perfect spot for birthday celebrations, fantasy draft parties, bachelor(ette) parties, or even just a group getting together to watch the game.

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Their four additional (and equally as fabulous) venues include the bright and airy Lounge, the intimate Gallery, for the VIP experience the Skybox Suites, and The Backyard, a 2.5 acre outdoor dining and entertainment section that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. And remember all of these areas are open during racing nights for your viewing enjoyment. It’s a fun, festive, and unique Friday or Saturday night out on the town.

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Their experienced special events team, who pride themselves on their professionalism and experience, is capable of exceeding all of your party expectations, no matter how big or how small. From birthday parties and Sweet 16’s, to Mitzvahs and holiday parties, to corporate events and trade shows, they can do it all. They pride themselves on their professionalism and experience, and it most definitely shows. No matter what type of event you are looking to host, they can fashion your party into an extraordinary event that will be one your guests will certainly never forget. For more information visit thebigm.com.

Baozi Brew: Dim sum with a view in Jersey City

Pairing dim sum and a beer garden, Baozi Brew is located in the heart of Liberty State Park, with an outdoor patio and tons of space.

My boyfriend and I have a thing with dumplings. I’m not sure when it started, exactly, but there’s no doubt about it — we love them! So, when we heard about a new dim sum spot opening in our neighborhood, we had to head over to check it out for ourselves.

Each dim sum course at Baozi Brew was artfully plated and delicious.

Baozi Brew is located right next to the Liberty House Restaurant in the heart of Liberty State Park. With an outdoor patio and tons of space, it’s the perfect place for a group hang. And, if the food wasn’t enough of a draw, the park adds a whole other dimension: Views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty abound.

From the custom-made steam cart with built-in barrels of cocktails to the outdoor screening of kung fu movies, every detail of the restaurant was carefully considered.

When we arrived on Saturday afternoon, we were greeted by Orlando, the general manager, who gave us a tour of the space as well as an in-depth understanding of the concept. From the custom-made steam cart with built-in barrels of cocktails (Negronis and Manhattans) to the outdoor screening of kung fu movies, every single detail of the restaurant was carefully considered.

Views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty abound, perfect for a group get-together.

As we sat around the fire pit, enjoying our cocktails, the dim sum made its way to our table. Each course was artfully plated. The beef tenderloin skewers were served over a sizzling block of Himalayan sea salt, followed by crab and shrimp spring rolls that were light and crispy. For the dumpling portion of the meal, we went with pork buns and shrimp shumai — both were a hit!

The beef tenderloin skewers were served over a sizzling block of Himalayan sea salt.

The sun began to set and a nearby wedding reception was just getting started. We wrapped up dinner and went for a stroll around the park. Even after four years in Jersey City, the views remain stunning. We’ll definitely be back to Baozi Brew!

Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment Is Your New Go-To Party Spot

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It may just be because of all the fabulous, over-the-top hats but I have always wanted to attend an amazing Kentucky Derby party. In my 33 years of life, I have never had the chance to get all dolled up and don a fancy head piece to attend the races; that is until now. I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment’s Derby Day celebrations and I can whole heartedly attest that it was just as marvelous as the big soiree at Churchill Downs, and not to mention only a short car ride away. This was most certainly mainly due in part to the state of the art venue’s talented special events department. While getting the VIP treatment at this special occasion, I learned how their experienced team is capable of exceeding all of your party expectations.

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I began my big Derby Day by spending my morning dolling up in a gorgeous dress and fastening my adorable head piece. I was so excited to see so many lovely ladies getting festive and dressing the part. You could feel the energy and excitement as soon as you entered the racetrack. Upon arrival I received a tour of the venue’s eight bars, lounges, and restaurants. Each had its own distinct look and vibe, but all gave the most amazing view of the racetrack (you’ll have a good seat no matter where you are). With a variety of options to offer, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is the perfect venue for any type of experience; big or small, corporate or social. They can do it all, from birthday parties and Sweet 16’s, to Mitzvahs and holiday parties, to corporate events and trade shows.

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My first stop was Victory Terrace. This breezy bar gives you a rooftop front row seat to the NYC skyline with amazing views of the city landscape and racing action. It is the perfect spot to enjoy the dramatic night sky on a Friday or Saturday night during their harness racing events. Victory Terrace can easily accommodate up to 500 guests comfortably for your next special event. I took in the stunning views for a bit while chatting with fellow party goers. I learned that this is also the place to be on Friday race nights with a fun, youthful crowd, a fantastic DJ, and delicious drinks. This would also be a fabulous space to host a fun summer soiree or birthday bash with your nearest and dearest.

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Next, before the hat contest started (how could I not enter?), I visited one of my favorite (and the prettiest) spots at Meadowland’s Racing and Entertainment; their fabulous tiered dining area aptly named Pink. With its swanky stained gunmetal floors, white subway tiles, and accented with bright pink wool chairs (hence the restaurant’s name), this eatery combines an upscale buffet with amazing views of the live horse racing action from every seat in the house. Table-side cocktail service complements the delicious buffet fare. This indoor restaurant allows seating for up to 270 guests to eat and drink, with the convenience of individual TV and betting terminals. I enjoyed one of the day’s signature drinks, named The Derby, while taking in some of the pre-race action on my own personal television. How cute would this space be for an adorable Sweet 16 party or a lovely bridal shower brunch?

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After finishing my delicious drink, I headed down for one of the day’s big events, The Hat Contest. I’ll admit at first I thought I actually stood a chance, that was until I saw how creative many of these fabulous ladies got with their chapeaus. Unfortunately I did not place in the top three, but the winners were very much deserving (how amazing are their hats!?).

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Next before heading to Trotters, their members only club, to enjoy a nice meal, I had the amazing opportunity to ride the track (in a van) to go behind the scenes and visit the horses before they raced later in the day after the Derby. It was such an incredible moment to meet these beautiful creatures and bond a little bit with Spicebomb (he was so sweet and absolutely magnificent).

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After that amazing experience, I headed over to Trotters to watch the actual Derby and enjoy their scrumptious southern-inspired buffet. Just inside the West Deck, this members only club, which is available as an event space on non-racing nights, includes three distinct seating styles – lounge, dining room and stadium – and a first class buffet. I absolutely loved the classic and elegant décor which featured gold frames and old wood throughout as well as fireplaces for a traditional finish. After placing my bet, I had a blast cheering on my horses (who unfortunately did not win) with the rest of the excited crowd.

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Then I was whisked away to the winner’s circle where I had the distinct honor of serving as the trophy girl during the night’s big race after the Derby. Despite a brief thunderstorm (the weather luckily held out most of the day for us!), the race still went on, and I was able to congratulate the winner and present him with his trophy. It was such an incredible privilege to be granted this prestigious responsibility.

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Before heading out, I decided to swing by Victory Sports Bar to check out the scene, and let me tell you it was quite the party (this is definitely the spot to get your drink on!). Designed by Jordan Mozer, Victory Sports Bar has a vibrant atmosphere that can host up to 350 guests and features copper paneled walls, eleven massive flat screen HD TVs (perfect for the sports lovers). Party goers can munch on upgraded bar fare as well as enjoy the biggest drink specials around. Victory is the perfect spot for birthday celebrations, fantasy draft parties, bachelor(ette) parties, or even just a group getting together to watch the game.

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Their four additional (and equally as fabulous) venues include the bright and airy Lounge, the intimate Gallery, for the VIP experience the Skybox Suites, and The Backyard, a 2.5 acre outdoor dining and entertainment section that can accommodate up to 10,000 people.

After an exciting day at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment celebrating Derby Day, I decided to call it a night. I had such a fantastic time with once in a lifetime opportunities that I will surely never forget. It was their fantastic special events team who made the day so spectacular. They put that amazing energy into each and every event they host, no matter how big or how small. From birthday parties and Sweet 16’s, to Mitzvahs and holiday parties, to corporate events and trade shows, they can do it all. They pride themselves on their professionalism and experience, and it most definitely shows. No matter what type of soiree you are looking to host, they can fashion your party into an extraordinary event that will be one your guests will certainly never forget. For more information visit thebigm.com.

Miles away, but worlds apart: An adventure in Ramsey

Each of the appetizers I enjoyed recently at the Lakeside Grille & Bar was delicious, and served in a beautiful setting amid the Ramsey Golf & Country Club.

Whether near or far, I love exploring new places. As a regular traveler, wanderlust hits me often and hard. And while airline tickets and transcontinental travel can get expensive, sometimes a local adventure is enough to satiate the travel bug.

The drive to the Ramsey Golf & Country Club is beautiful, punctuated by lots of trees and culminating in a winding ride up a steep hill.

A true Jersey girl, I’ve experienced a lot of the state and often take advantage of the easy access to both the beach and the mountains. But, surprisingly, I’d never visited a golf club before and Ramsey felt like a different world. So, when the opportunity to visit the Lakeside Grille & Bar at Ramsey Golf & Country Club came up, I couldn’t pass it up.

Sliders and tuna tartar are perfect warm-weather favorites to share with friends.

Coming from Jersey City, the Ramsey Golf & Country Club is about an hour-and-a-half north — a beautiful drive punctuated by lots of trees and culminating in a winding ride up a steep hill. Upon arriving at the restaurant, I was taken aback by the lovely homes and the nearby Mirror Lake.

The atrium provides a wonderful setting to relax with friends after a round of golf.

After days of cold weather, it was finally beginning to feel like spring and I couldn’t wait to share a meal with a friend. On Tuesdays, the theme at the Lakeside Grille is “BYOB.” We opted for a couple of glasses of rosé and began our dinner with a few warm-weather favorites — sliders and tuna tartar to start! When they came out, each of the appetizers was delicious. The sliders were perfectly seasoned and served on warm, fresh buns. The tuna tartar was super light with sundried tomatoes mixed throughout, adding a great citrus flavor.

Just a few miles away from home, I suddenly felt transported to a whole new world.

To round out the meal, we shared the lobster club. Served cold on brioche with bacon and avocado, it was the perfect main course to end a light dinner on a warm evening. And what’s dinner without dessert? At our friendly waitress’ insistence, we indulged our sweet tooth with a creamy flan.

As dinner came to an end, we watched the sun set over the sprawling golf course just outside the window. Families slowly started to fill the atrium, hungry after a few rounds of golf. Just a few miles away from home, I suddenly felt transported to a whole new world.

Hit a culinary hole in one with a visit to Lakeside Grille & Bar at Ramsey Golf & Country Club

A picturesque golf course always gets me. I love the rolling hills and the perfectly landscaped grass. To be able to dine on the green is lovely and an opportunity I would not pass up.

A stunning structure offering a spectacular view, Lakeside Grille & Bar at Ramsey Golf & Country Club allows guests to enjoy the sunset with a view of the course while dining.

Lakeside Grille & Bar at Ramsey Golf & Country Club allows guests to enjoy the sunset with a view of the course while dining. I had the lovely opportunity to indulge in dinner there on Friday evening. As I arrived down a winding road lined with nice homes, I spotted what looked like a fairytale-style building … the type a princess might call home.

I parked and had to take an outfit-of-the-day photo at the bottom of the cascading steps. My attire was simple: white denim jeans, a gorgeous striped trapeze top and my favorite pair of heels.

 

The menu was extensive, with some classic fare, such as shrimp scampi as well as burrata, one of my favorite mozzarella type cheeses to indulge in.

I walked up the canopy staircase and into the dining room, quickly noticing the stunning view. We had a candlelit table by a window to enjoy the scene during dinner. Many guests seem to have just come off the golf course and were ready for a big meal. The restaurant, under the direction of Executive Chef James Burnett, is family friendly, which presents a pleasant option to parents. Diners mingled with each other, chatted about their game and what was on the menu that night.

Each night of the week at Lakeside Grille & Bar is a different cultural food theme, making it fun for guests to be able to try different types of dishes.

The menu was extensive, with some classic fare, such as shrimp scampi as well as burrata, one of my favorite mozzarella type cheeses to indulge in. Our enthusiastic waitress took our order and filled us in on the theme night. Each night of the week at Lakeside Grille & Bar at Ramsey Golf & Country Club is a different cultural food theme. It makes it fun for guests to be able to try different types of dishes each time they visit. It is certainly a creative way to enjoy dinner.

Popular with families as well as golfers, the restaurant is under the direction of Executive Chef James Burnett.

After we ate, we decided to look around and noticed there was a special room downstairs with an outside patio perfect for a party. The esthetic of a place always is important, especially if you are planning an event or just looking for somewhere different to eat. I know I am always on the search for new places in New Jersey. As we made our way back to the car, I thought of how I have my golf clubs just sitting around. It made me realize it might be time to play a round at such a dreamy golf club.

Red Bank perfectly pairs Two River Theater’s inspired ‘Women of Padilla,’ sophisticated arts scene

Red Bank offers a range of cultural attractions, including the nationally recognized Two River Theater.

New Jersey has dozens of fabulous destinations that offer fun, exciting and entertaining attractions for all members of the family. As a native New Jerseyan, one of my favorite destinations has always been The Shore. Although, the Shore area (to me, anywhere southeast of Exit 109 on Parkway South) is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, you may be surprised to learn it has quite the cultural attractions as well, particularly, in Red Bank, (exit 109 Parkway South). The town has a bit of everything to please all of your senses, from delicious restaurants, to nightlife and shopping, (ahhhem Coco Pari?!). Last weekend, I had the opportunity to enjoy the community a little more when I was invited to attend the opening of a play at the nationally recognized Two River Theater.

The beautiful play ‘Women of Padilla’ takes theatergoers into the homes of eight women, connected through marriage, and delivers a heartfelt, positive message.

The theater is an architectural stunner from the outside to the inside. The theater itself felt quaint and intimate. Any seat in the house is a great seat!

My sister and I got to see the beautiful play Women of Padilla. The Women of Padilla, written by the playwright of Two River’s famed show, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, takes you into the homes of eight women (sister-in-laws) connected through marriage; each share the last name “Padilla.” They become more connected through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other while their husbands are away at war. Some of the women we met were Mari, the one who quietly leads; Carmen, the one who drinks; Marta, the one with faith; Alejandra, the one who’s expecting; along with the rest of The Women of Padilla.

Red Bank has a bit of everything to please all of your senses from delicious restaurants, to nightlife and shopping.

The heartfelt play left us feeling inspired to look at life’s trials and tribulations in a more positive way and to remember that no matter what the circumstances are, there are always family, food and laughter to be embraced.

As ‘Women of Padilla’ at Two River Theater highlights, no matter what the circumstances are, there are always family, food and laughter to be embraced.

After the show concluded, the production crew had a lovely meet-and-greet to mingle with the characters and fellow theatergoers. The option to attend a play comparable to Broadway is a delightful way to spend a night out in Jersey!