Monday, July 29, 2013

#MeatlessMonday Killer Vegan Pop-Up via @DevilGourmet

Meatless Monday: Killer Vegan Pop-Up Brunch | South Orange (via Devil Gourmet)
Killer Vegan Diner and Delicatessen is destined to be the first of it’s kind in New Jersey – an all-vegan eatery serving up Latin, Italian and American comfort food made with organic and fair trade ingredients. But for now, Killer Vegan is a pop-up cafĂ© serving Sunday brunch at Lalibela restaurant…

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Did Dr. Seuss Inspire This Mosaic At Montclair's Bay Street Station

Did Dr Seuss Inspire This Mosaic at Bay Street StationAs a child I loved the world of Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss) - those incredbile places and stories that, unknown to us, inspired children of all ages to ask the big moral questions about our place in the world and among others. Okay, as a kid I didn't know they were morality tales, I just liked the stories and the pictures.

Doesn't the green portion of this mosaic remind you of one of those landscapes? Can't you just see one of his characters standing atop the upswung portion?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Heeding Madiba's Words : Play Large

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
 - Nelson Mandela

Tomorrow is Mandela Day - how are you going to Play Large?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lactose Free Restoration Project

I am often amazed at the discards I discover,
 exposed to the elements,
rusting away.

 I see great potential in this milk can
- perhaps something argyle?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

An Empire Love Affair

The Empire State Building Love Affair
The 1939 romantic drama film Love Affair involves a couple who plan to meet atop the Empire State Building, a rendezvous that is averted by an automobile accident. The film was remade in 1957 (as An Affair to Remember) and in 1994 (again as Love Affair). It's easy to understand why they chose that location.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Words That Should Be In The Dictionary : Mumanem

Mumanem : an idiomatic expression originating in the rural Southeastern United States, Mumanem refers to the family of another person, for instance instead of asking “And how are your mother, father, sister and brother” or even "Mom and them" one asks “How are Mumanem?”

Friday, July 5, 2013

43 Photographs of Lions : Corrado's Garden Center Clifton NJ

Spotted at Corrado's in Clifton NJ,
 this Lion stands guard at the Garden Center
 which is also where I found Basil
 plants for 99 cents each.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jersey Bites Editor Has Sexually Charged Meltdown On Facebook

Devil Gourmet is New Jersey's hot new Food and Restaurant website. Conceived in 2012, the first blog posts went live in early 2013. The site and team are growing exponentially. I am proud to be the editor and as such have had an open door regarding welcoming some of New Jersey's best food writing talent to join the fun.

I've been a fan of a particular writer for quite some time and invited them to join our team. They're an incredible writer, and like any good person with the authority to hire, I look for the best and brightest talent around. This particular writer had their own food blog that showcased their work. And man oh man, their food photography left me in envy, so of course I invited that person to join us. Companies hire good talent all the time, and I know that someday Bon Apetit or Food Network will hire this writer because they are that good.

So imagine my surprise when, upon turning on my computer this morning I discovered the following message from Deborah Smith, the editor of JerseyBites:

A scum bag (actually the term is spelled "scumbag", which any real editor would know) is a semen filled used condom. Pretty disgusting reference from a food writer if you ask me.

Anyway, without any provocation Deborah Smith has created a ruckus and many in the food community have seen her meltdown. For the record the concept of non-compete contracts is totally bogus. Additionally, many of her advertisers would probably be surprised that she doesn't pay any of her writers, she just uses their talent to line her own pockets.

Given how far this "editor" has taken this I feel compelled to share what she is writing about Devil Gourmet, and as someone with a  major role at Devil Gourmet, and the person responsible for recruiting the writer, I take the "Scum Bag" reference as a personal attack.

On a tangent, Traffic Bites, A Fender Bender Bites, Sunburn Bites, But JerseyBites? Never. I love the Garden State, I don't think Deborah does or she wouldn't have names her site that.