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Cupcake Wars: Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/5/12 @ 7:58 am

London and Maddie still don’t eat many vegetables, so they can live without Top Chef’s gourmet meals, but they love each and every one of the reality TV baking/dessert shows…we started our addiction two years ago when my sweet niece Candy was a judge on Top Chef Just Desserts, and Santa brought the girls their [...]

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Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville NJ Next Thursday, August 26th

By: Roxy on 08/20/10 @ 6:11 pm

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Heirloom Tomato Dinner
Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, NJ
Late August brings tomatoes at their highest peak, but for the first time in the fifteen years we’ve been together, Rex has not had a successful heirloom tomato garden.  We planted a bunch of heirloom tomato plants in May, but didn’t give them our full attention during [...]

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Roxy’s Restaurant Week at the Jersey Shore

By: Roxy on 07/6/10 @ 11:43 am

As many of my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know, every year our family spends the last week of June at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, to celebrate Rex’s birthday.  Since Rex does all of the cooking in our family, we like to give him the week off from [...]

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Hey, Mamma! London and Maddie Recommend Mamma Caterina Restaurant in Randolph, NJ

By: Roxy on 03/19/10 @ 1:38 pm

At the beginning of this year’s “season” for Garden State Ballet and Randolph Gymnastics, London and Maddie discovered a new restaurant:  Mamma Caterina, 1250 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph, NJ.  Since the girls’ ballet and modern dance classes run pretty late, we’ve found it very convenient to stop in to Mamma Caterina either before or after [...]

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Ninety Acres at Natirar in Peapack, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/31/09 @ 9:15 pm

Rex, London, Maddie and I are relaxing in front of a roaring fire, waiting for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year to count us down to 2010.  We just returned home after a perfect evening at Ninety Acres, the brand new restaurant at Natirar (Raritan spelled backwards) in Peapack, New Jersey.
I started with the Yellowfin Tuna & [...]

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Better Late Than Never… We’re Off to Lambertville for Last Minute Christmas Shopping and Dinner at Hamilton’s Grill Rooom

By: Roxy on 12/23/09 @ 10:07 am

It’s the last half day of work and school for Rex, London, Maddie, and me… and when they get off the bus around one o’clock today, our family will head out to Lambertville, NJ (and maybe cross the bridge to Newhope, PA) for some last minute Christmas shopping and an early dinner at Hamilton’s Grill [...]

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Roxy’s Big Night Out in Newark, NJ: Dinner at Adega Grill and Miley Cyrus at the Prudential Center

By: Roxy on 11/8/09 @ 10:46 am

I’ve posted my review of the Miley Cyrus show over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives blog, but wanted to let all of you know about another great dinner our family (and four friends) enjoyed before the show at the Adega Grill in Newark, New Jersey.  We arrived to find the table set for eight (8), [...]

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Today’s the Day: Kitchens by the Sea in Bay Head, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/26/09 @ 10:31 am

In a few minutes, London and Maddie’s babysitter will arrive, and Rex and I will head out to Kitchens by the Sea, an amazing day of peeking into our neighbors’ kitchens and enjoying delicious food samples provided by local Jersey Shore restaurants and caterers.  This year’s participating restaurants include:

Rock’n’Joe’s

Scone Shoppe

Miletto’s

Bay Head Chocolate Shoppe

Labrador Lounge

Martell’s

Theresa’s South

Shore Fresh [...]

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London and Maddie Set to Perform with Annie’s Playhouse in Sounds Around Town, A Musical Stroll Through Bernardsville, NJ on Saturday, September 12, 2009

By: Roxy on 09/11/09 @ 11:20 am

This just in: Sounds Around Town has been POSTPONED to the RAIN DATE of THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th.
Unfortunately, that probably means that London and Maddie and their friends from Annie’s Playhouse will not be able to perform, but the event still sounds like lots of fun.

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We’re Having A Party… Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2009

By: Roxy on 08/29/09 @ 4:57 pm

For most of the past twelve summers, Rex and I have made an annual tradition of seeing Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
We had some portion of the Jukes and La Bamba’s Big Band at our wedding on the beach in September 1998 and at Rex’s 60th [...]

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Upcoming Events at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 08/29/09 @ 3:46 pm

Rex, London, Maddie and I are coming to you from our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, until Labor Day, and a rainy Saturday on the front porch has presented the ideal opportunity to catch up on Roxy’s Mailbag and events up north in and around the Roxiticus Valley.  I realized that we haven’t been to [...]

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Cluck-U Grand Opening Celebration Today — Saturday, July 11th — in Somerville, NJ

By: Roxy on 07/11/09 @ 11:22 am

Congratulations and good luck to our friends from London and Maddie’s 4-H prep club, Michele, Gordon and their partners, who have just opened a new Cluck-U in Somerville, New Jersey, where Roxy went to high school way back when.  Come out today — Saturday, July 11, 2009 between 12 noon and 4pm – and join them in celebrating the [...]

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Happy Birthday to the Blue Point in Duck, North Carolina

By: Roxy on 07/9/09 @ 3:49 pm

Only one more year and you’ll be legal!
Rex and I received an e-mail invitation to join the Blue Point, one of our two favorite restaurants in Duck, North Carolina, for a glass of champagne in celebration of their 20th birthday.  We’re spending the rest of the summer between our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, and [...]

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Join Roxy for Mother’s Day Brunch at the Limestone Cafe, Then Off to Alvin Ailey at NJPAC

By: Roxy on 05/9/09 @ 8:40 pm

It’s official… I’ve decided on a complete repeat of last year, also known as a second annual Mother’s Day tradition.  After an amazing Mother’s Day 2008 with Alvin Ailey at NJPAC, we practically bought our tickets for the 2009 Mother’s Day performance on the spot.  The start to last year’s Mother’s Day celebration was the [...]

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Connecticut Student Innovator’s Day - May 9, 2009

By: moomette on 05/6/09 @ 6:03 pm

Governor M. Jodi Rell has proclaimed May 9 as Connecticut Student Innovators’ Day in recognition of more than 1,600 Connecticut middle and high school students from across the state who have participated in year-long courses and programs that promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Students will be presenting team “green” projects in information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce, engineering, science research, health careers and digital media on May 9 at the 2009 Connecticut Innovation Exposition at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Buttolph-Williams House To Celebrate Statewide Connecticut Open House Day June 13

By: moomette on 04/29/09 @ 7:50 pm

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut announced plans to participate in the Fifth Annual Connecticut Open House Day — a unified celebration of the state’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism — on June 13, 2009.

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Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Buttolph-Williams House Celebrate Statewide Connecticut Open House Day June 13

By: moomette on 04/29/09 @ 7:43 pm

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut announced plans to participate in the Fifth Annual Connecticut Open House Day — a unified celebration of the state’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism — on June 13, 2009.

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Wishing London a Happy 8th Birthday at The Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/30/09 @ 12:17 pm

As my loyal readers know, we’ve got a big celebration weekend planned for London’s 8th birthday.  It started at home last night with Rex’s famous rack of lamb from Louie at the Chester Meat Market, followed by a chocolate layer cake from Cocoluxe in Peapack-Gladstone.  The festivities continue with dinner tonight at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New [...]

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Winterfest ~ Food Expo ~ Snow and Ice Sculptures at Lyman Orchards

By: moomette on 01/22/09 @ 10:09 pm

Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Hours of indoor and outdoor family fun include our annual Food Expo, Snow & Sculptures provided by Bill Covitz, Rail Jam by Ski Sundown, Pony Rides, and more!

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Winterfest ~ Food Expo ~ Snow and Ice Sculptures at Lyman Orchards

By: moomette on 01/22/09 @ 9:16 pm

Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Hours of indoor and outdoor family fun include our annual Food Expo, Snow & Sculptures provided by Bill Covitz, Rail Jam by Ski Sundown, Pony Rides, and more at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, Connecticut February 21 and February 22, 2009

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Take Home A Piece of Pierre’s Restaurant… Come to the Pierre’s Memorabilia Sale This Friday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 24th, 2009

By: Roxy on 01/21/09 @ 4:45 pm

It’s too late to enjoy one last meal at Pierre’s Restaurant and WIne Bar in Harding Township, New Jersey, but you can still take home a piece of Pierre’s at the Memorabilia Sale from 9am to 3pm this Friday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 24th.
Sale items include:

Bistro chairs;
Four sideboards and one corner cabinet;
French Bistro glassware and plates;
Guy Degrenne [...]

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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

By: moomette on 01/13/09 @ 10:23 pm

The charming village of Essex has celebrated Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together: Celebrating London’s 8th Birthday with Three BFFs and Cirque Eloize at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/12/09 @ 12:16 am

I love it when a plan comes together, and London’s 8th birthday party is well on its way.
Since we moved out to Mendham Township, New Jersey, from Manhattan’s West Village five years ago, we’ve had large celebrations for London and Maddie’s birthdays.  In an effort to get to know the girls’ friends and their families, [...]

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Bring Out the Cirque! Planning London’s Birthday Party at NJPAC

By: Roxy on 01/7/09 @ 2:50 pm

Happy New Year!  Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2009?
Our family just got the last of our New Year cards into the mail to friends, family and clients, which means it’s time to turn our attention to the next big event on our calendar… London’s eighth birthday. As Roxy’s loyal readers know, we have been [...]

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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

By: moomette on 01/4/09 @ 4:23 pm

The charming village of Essex has celebrated Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County NJ… or Ring in the New Year at Home with a Little Help from the Best Butchers and Caterers

By: Roxy on 12/30/08 @ 12:25 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the New Year 2009 with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. I’ve put together a list of Roxy’s Best Of… [...]

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Opah Grill Restaurant in Gladstone, NJ Has Closed

By: Roxy on 12/30/08 @ 11:55 am

Rex, London, Maddie and I were out and about last night at a friends’ holiday open house.  Our group got to talking about Pierre’s in Harding Township, one of our favorite restaurants that is closing after their last hurrah on New Year’s Eve.  A neighbor added that Opah Grill in Gladstone, NJ, has also closed, [...]

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With a Foot of Snow on the Ground in the Roxiticus Valley, Rex and Roxy Dream of the Endless Summer: Celebrate New Years at French 75 in Laguna Beach, California

By: Roxy on 12/30/08 @ 11:10 am

I’ve been lax about updating Roxy’s Best Of… Laguna Beach, California while the snow falls here at home in Mendham Township, New Jersey… and Mary Alice and her family have headed off for the holidays in New Zealand without so much as a goodbye post to all of you.  However, an e-mail I received from [...]

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Roxy Raves: A Perfect Christmas Eve at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/28/08 @ 11:00 pm

The weather outside was frightful, but our Christmas Eve dinner at Due Terre was delightful.
All day long, the icy rain poured down.  When Rex went out in the morning to bring in some provisions from Shop Rite in Chester, NJ, I called his Blackberry to suggest that he pick up some ingredients for dinner and [...]

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We’ve Decided! Christmas Eve Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/24/08 @ 2:32 pm

I’ve just received the special Christmas Eve Dinner menu from Matthew Rotella, the manager at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and we’ve decided… we’re on for an early Christmas Eve dinner at Due Terre tonight after the annual Christmas Pageant at Hilltop Church in Mendham.

I’ve posted the complete menu below, but it looks [...]

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The North Pole Express at the Essex Steam Train and Santa Special

By: moomette on 12/20/08 @ 3:07 pm

Yea, we finally have snow on the ground for the holidays!  Last night parts of Connecticut received almost one foot of snow.  It’s always nice to have some on the ground to get everyone in the holiday mood.
Many children will be on school break until after the New Year.  If you’re looking for a great [...]

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Santa Rampage Tonight!!!

By: search4beauty on 12/13/08 @ 2:12 pm

All photos courtesy Steve Hobson
Tonight, December 2008 13th 7p-?
Dress to impress (Santa style) and join us (other Santas, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer) as we march across
Congress Bridge and Elf-slap downtown Austin upside it’s Santa infested head!
Location: Meeting at Fiddlerʼs Hearth, 301 Barton Springs for Santa Drink Specials and a Santa Buffet for only $8.
All North [...]

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2008-2009: Morris County NJ Continues the First Night Tradition

By: Roxy on 12/13/08 @ 9:11 am

Twenty years ago, during my first holiday season after graduating from college, I went up to Boston to visit one of my best high school girlfriends, Grey Hound, and learned about Boston’s tradition for celebrating New Year’s Eve.  Even though it is technically the last night of the old year, Bostonians call their celebration “First [...]

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Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner or Ring in the New Year 2009 at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/10/08 @ 7:02 pm

Rex, London, Maddie and I enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner a couple years back in the dining room at the Bernards Inn. There was something delicious on the menu for each of us, and the evening was joyous and festive in all the right ways. This year on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24th), the [...]

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Holiday Celebrations at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/9/08 @ 6:15 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the holidays with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. It’s a work in progress, but I’ve put together a list [...]

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Looking Forward to Sharing Austin

By: search4beauty on 12/5/08 @ 10:18 pm

I am honored to be a part of Roxy’s Best Of, representing Austin.  I look forward to sharing information on events, food and more available in Austin, Texas.
 
If you don’t see it here yet; feel free to ask questions, I will do my best to respond.
 
 

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Roxy’s First Reader Poll: Planning the Menu for PostBoy and MathGirl’s Rehearsal Dinner at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut

By: Roxy on 11/27/08 @ 9:40 pm

In one of Roxy’s all-time favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal (as Harry Burns) said to Meg Ryan (as Sally Albright):  “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a [...]

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Farewell to Pierre’s Restaurant in Harding Township, New Jersey… The Roxiticus Desperate Housewives Are Going To Miss You!

By: Roxy on 11/26/08 @ 11:35 pm

My pre-Thanksgiving copy of the Observer-Tribune arrived today, delivering the sad news that after 15 years, the landmark French cuisine restaurant known as Pierre’s Restaurant and Wine Bar will be closing its doors for good on New Year’s Day — January 1, 2009.
Our table of ten Roxiticus Desperate Housewives (and Husbands) have enjoyed many a [...]

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Farewell to Pierre’s Restaurant in Harding Township, New Jersey… The Roxiticus Desperate Housewives Are Going To Miss You!

By: Roxy on 11/26/08 @ 11:29 pm

My pre-Thanksgiving copy of the Observer-Tribune arrived today, delivering the sad news that after 15 years, the landmark French cuisine restaurant known as Pierre’s Restaurant and Wine Bar will be closing its doors for good on New Year’s Day — January 1, 2009.
Our table of ten Roxiticus Desperate Housewives (and Husbands) have enjoyed many a wine tasting [...]

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When Rex Is Away, It’s a Girls Night In with the Forbidden Food from Pizza Brothers in Bedminster, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/18/08 @ 3:57 pm

Those of you who know my husband Rex know that he’s a terrific cook and he is NOT a pizza person.  For many years, I simply lived without the forbidden food, but now that London and Maddie have “come of age,” we have a plan whenever Rex travels on business.  London actually takes after her father and [...]

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Blue Raccoon Annual Holiday Open House Tomorrow Night (Wednesday, November 19th) from 5 to 7pm in Lambertville, NJ

By: Roxy on 11/18/08 @ 2:18 pm

I was just flipping through my mail and found a postcard from one of our favorite shops – the Blue Raccoon in Lambertville, New Jersey — inviting our family to their annual open house from 5 to 7pm tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 19th.  Blue Raccoon’s Holiday Open House gives early bird holiday shoppers an opportunity to [...]

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Rex Will Love This Recipe: Braised Beef Short Rib with Hazelnut Spaetzle from Dolce in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/25/08 @ 9:02 pm

As I’ve mentioned over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives site, I’ve been finding great new material and feeling quite productive on my recent train commutes from the Bernardsville, NJ, train station to our investment banking firm’s office in New York City. This morning, I picked up the Newark Star-Ledger on the train, and found two [...]

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Hosting PostBoy and MathGirl’s Rehearsal Dinner at Il Palio in Shelton, Connecticut?

By: Roxy on 10/19/08 @ 4:55 pm

The wait is almost over.  Rex’s son, PostBoy, has been dating MathGirl since their senior year at Villanova in 2003, and our family really, really loves this girl.  London and Maddie adore her, and we have countless pictures of our girls with MathGirl at our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey.  So many pictures, [...]

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Roxy’s Birthday Dinner at Elizabeth’s Café and Winery in Duck, North Carolina

By: Roxy on 10/12/08 @ 8:02 am

We’re here for our third night in Duck, North Carolina, and have enjoyed all of our three very different dinners. On Thursday night, we went to the Blue Point. Last night, we went a bit more casual with four dozen steamed clams for my Jedi clam-eaters at the Sunset Grille, another two dozen steamed “middlenecks” [...]

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Don’t Miss the Point… the Blue Point in Duck, North Carolina, That Is…

By: Roxy on 10/9/08 @ 9:22 pm

Rex, London, Maddie and I just finished an amazing dinner at the Blue Point in Duck, North Carolina.  I am too exhausted from driving all day to write all about it and to upload my photos of the beautiful food, but trust me that it is terrific and that I will tell all within the [...]

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Sunday Evening at the North Banks Restaurant and Raw Bar in Corolla, North Carolina

By: Roxy on 10/6/08 @ 10:43 am

Rex has been good about making all of our dinner reservations according to the recommendations I’ve posted here, but we’ve got one more night for dinner in the Outer Banks.  Brent’s friend Stacy has offered up the North Banks Restaurant and Raw Bar in Corolla, North Carolina, for fresh local fish, whole Maine lobster, steamed seafood combos and more… we just [...]

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A Romantic Dinner for Six at the Pluckemin Inn in Pluckemin, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/5/08 @ 10:43 pm

A few weeks back, I wrote about anniversary dinners at local restaurants.  Rex and I enjoyed a fabulous 10th anniversary dinner (along with our girls, London and Maddie) at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  That same weekend, our good friends Susan and Mike had hoped to celebrate their anniversary at the Pluckemin Inn.  [...]

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Lunch on a Rainy Friday at Grill 73 in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/30/08 @ 7:48 pm

When our family first moved out to the Roxiticus Valley from New York City’s West Village, Rex and I commuted in to our NYC office a lot more than we do now, but we had a hard and fast rule of “never on a Friday.” Instead, on Fridays we ventured out to explore the local [...]

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Vinegar vs. Tomato: A Lunchtime Treat at High Cotton BBQ in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

By: Roxy on 09/29/08 @ 12:31 am

Cindy Price of The New York Times (36 Hours in Duck, NC, July 2005) wants to “get something straight. Barbecue is a noun in North Carolina, not a verb. More important, the sauce base in eastern North Carolina is vinegar, not tomato. Don’t use too much, though — Will Thorp, owner of High Cotton BBQ, likens [...]

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Wastin’ Away Again in Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett Karaoke at the Sunset Grille & Raw Bar in Duck, North Carolina

By: Roxy on 09/28/08 @ 11:52 pm

In her 36 Hours article (New York Times, July 2005), Cindy Price suggests that Rex and I rock the house with Jimmy Buffett Karaoke at the Sunset Grille & Raw Bar in Duck, North Carolina.  While London and Maddie are more likely than their parents to take over the mikes, I’ve had trouble in the past getting them [...]

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