The History of Food Porn: It’s More Than a Hashtag

“Bare, wet and with tender flesh exposed, I lay here without reservation. I am at the mercy of your insatiable stare, your eager touch—your so-called toys. Don’t be nervous. You’ve had your way with me before. Since then, you’ve dreamt incessantly of doing it again and again—admiring and stroking my supple skin. Only this time, it’s […]

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Indian, Italian, American: When Food, Music and Movies Transcend Culture

What happens when an American mutt, a Sicilian and two Indians get together? Sounds like your classic “walk in the bar” joke, right? Well, I’m here to tell you— it’s a ridiculously good time! I went on a recent trip that started with Pollo Marbella, some Shakshuka in the middle and ended with a tasty plate of Anjeeri Murg. Bless […]

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Taste of Montclair 2016: A Toast to Fabulous Food, Community & Charity

Monday evening was made for success as the Montclair Rotary Club and MC Hotel presented the 5th Annual Taste of Montclair this year— one of the city’s largest and most notable food charity events. Since inception, the excitement and following grows, with 2016 topping off at over 400 patrons! Organizers chose The Manor in West Orange, as […]

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Luisa Spagnoli: Chocolatier, Entrepreneur, Feminist & Fashion House

When I was a little girl my bedroom wall was a shrine to Wonder Woman; her indestructible bracelets, swords and Lasso of Truth were my first glimpse at female strength and power. Today, instead of a cape and fierce boots, my hero wore a million hats—made magic with spatulas and scrapers. She unabashedly supported working […]

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Parenting: A Quick Pick Me Up

  There are countless scenarios in life that call for the phrase “pick me up”. In my life its chronological use went something like this: Are you trying to pick me up? (Single) You can pick me up at 8. (First date) Pick me up some aspirin. (Pre-wedding) Oh God, please pick me up! I […]

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Bring Back Old School Flirting!

It was 1985. He was no more than 11 years old and already devoted to Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Metallica and Anthrax. Very rarely would you catch his eye, as he often kept his head down, briskly walking up and down the school halls.  Looking back, he was a cross between Pharrell Williams and Johnny Depp—shy but with a […]

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Holiday Hosting Tips Plus Dreamy Wine & Cheese Pairings

It’s a bewitching time of year alright.  It starts with Halloween, oodles of candy, spooky stories by candlelight—playing scared just to steal some snuggle time. Next you’re throwing a party, lounging fireside with friends, loved ones (more hugs) and hot buttered rum mugs.  And if you’re like me, you’ve already pulled out your finest sandalwood and clove candles. Visions of sugar […]

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“Pretty in Pink” for Picky Eaters

It was 1986, when John Hugh’s script, turned movie- juggernaut, “Pretty in Pink”, captivated the hearts of a generation, becoming one of today’s most adored cult classics. I may not have been a teenager when it hit the big screen just yet, but I do remember catching up on the Molly Ringwald madness. I too fell in […]

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My Beef with Salads: Livestock, Leather and Green Lies

It was on a recent Friday evening that I opened my closet…and everything looked so different. Fall is in the air and it was high time for this mother of one to reunite with her trusted LBD, some pinot noir shaded lipstick and a lovely new pair of leather pumps desperately needing a test drive. With ten minutes to spare, I stuffed […]

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Blue-Eyed Wonders of Barnegat Bay

What’s wild, right off the coast of New Jersey and has nothing to do with a booze cruise? Arguably the best scallops this side of the Atlantic, that’s what! Barnegat Bay, New Jersey has a fin-tastic fishing scene and this past week, after a long battle with severely cold weather, a piece of the action […]

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