Hurricane Relief: Hot Food from Bread & Spoon

500sandwiches:

If you, or someone you know, is without power, heat, water or really just fed up and needs a FREE yummy, warm, organic meal to perk them up after Sandy, Bread & Spoon wants to make it a little better: between 5-7 pm tomorrow, Friday, November 2nd and between 12 noon and 2 pm on Saturday, November 3rd, we’ll give you a hot, boxed meal. Just send a text to 917 861 9303, indicate how many meals you need (up to 6) and you can pick it up or we’ll bring it to you, if possible!

Good peeps!

so long, farewell, auf Weidesen goodbye!

It is with great sadness I must announce that the Gastronomer’s Tumblr blog and Twitter will be no more after October.  I have decided to move - far from the warm embrace of the Left Bank - and will no longer be able to blog about living, dining, and drinking in Jersey City.  

The times I will miss!  I can only hope that my readers will continue to enjoy and experiment with food from the Hudson waterfront to Central Avenue.  Perhaps one of you will take up the torch of picky blogging culinary connoisseur of our fair city?

But enough - what city will I be gracing with my epicurean presence?  It is still undecided but I will sure enough update if I continue to blog about the joys of overstuffing or inebriating one’s self.

thirty acres: in brief

You may already know that the Gastronomer is extremely biased towards Thirty Acres.  What with the copious fresh seafood, inventive pairings of flavors and textures, and friendly local staff and patrons (we saw three people we know!), what is there to dislike?  

In short, I loved my meal so here is the quick and dirty on the dishes I enjoyed (with pictures lifted form the Thirty Acres tumblr page:

  • Raw bar - sweet fresh sea scallop dressed with a slightly creamy salsa verde, thinly sliced radish, watercress (it said cilantro but I am pretty sure that watercress was substituted), ample salty trout toe, and sprinkled with sweet earthy pumpkin seeds.
  • Raw bar - arctic char belly, a cousin of salmon and lake trout with firmer fatty pink flesh and a bit leaner flavor, paired side by side with a swathe of metallic golden beet puree sprinkled with the salty, spicy Japanese chili pepper garnish.

  • Rich petite smoked quail (whose delicious smokey smell still haunts me) accompanied with salty crisped baked kale (a recipe I will soon try to recreate at home - this has to be a healthy chip alternative) and a velvety herbed bread pudding evoking Thanksgiving stuffing.
  • Housemade cavatelli tossed with salty spicy chorizo, tiny cubes of zucchini and tart green apple, mint, and ample ricotta salata sprinkled across.  This was perhaps my favorite dish - I am a sucker for homemade pasta and the Mediterranean-ish combination of salty, sour, and mint made for a complicated yet satisfying flavor profile.
  • Thick juicy bone-in pork chop accompanied with stewed fall fruits like spiced seckel pear and apples.  Although delicious and well done, this dish was my least favorite of the night.  Perhaps because it was last and I was absolutely stuffed?
geekilicious:

Hey guys!
If you are in the NYC/North Jersey area, I will be here selling stuff this Saturday! The fair is super accessible from the PATH train, just take it to the Grove Street stop. There will be fun for the whole family with face painting, live music and tons of vendors. 
There is also a ridiculous list of food trucks that will be in attendance including The Cinnamon Snail and Wafels & Dinges.
If you’d like more info then click the picture to be taken to the FB event page where you can RSVP and get all the info you’ll need. 
Hope to see you Saturday! 

Prepare to munch, denizens of Jersey City, this is a great event to wander down Newark Avenue and say hello to your neighbors while you stuff a falafel sandwich or torta in your mouth.

geekilicious:

Hey guys!

If you are in the NYC/North Jersey area, I will be here selling stuff this Saturday! The fair is super accessible from the PATH train, just take it to the Grove Street stop. There will be fun for the whole family with face painting, live music and tons of vendors. 

There is also a ridiculous list of food trucks that will be in attendance including The Cinnamon Snail and Wafels & Dinges.

If you’d like more info then click the picture to be taken to the FB event page where you can RSVP and get all the info you’ll need. 

Hope to see you Saturday! 


Prepare to munch, denizens of Jersey City, this is a great event to wander down Newark Avenue and say hello to your neighbors while you stuff a falafel sandwich or torta in your mouth.

(via grovejcgal)

emak84:

Intro to Filipino Food at Max’s of Manila
Ever heard of banana ketchup? Neither have I until this past Monday. It taste exactly like regular ketchup but slightly sweeter. It went well with Max’s famous fried chicken. 
Did you know eating sour foods can increase your appetite and digestion? Order the Hipon Sinigang (Tamarind sour soup with Shrimp) to eat along with your other entrees. The soup will help cut out the fattiness from the other dishes. It is quite sour, but it has a nice flavor that makes you spooning for more.
Pancit Sotanghon (Stir fried Mung bean noodles) taste just like Cantonese vermicelli noodles.
Finally, if you’re not afraid of chewy bits, order the Pork Sisig- a flavorful mix of diced broiled pork ears and snout served on a sizzling plate. Mmm, spoon this over garlic rice! 
Max’s of Manila, 687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

emak84:

Intro to Filipino Food at Max’s of Manila

Ever heard of banana ketchup? Neither have I until this past Monday. It taste exactly like regular ketchup but slightly sweeter. It went well with Max’s famous fried chicken. 

Did you know eating sour foods can increase your appetite and digestion? Order the Hipon Sinigang (Tamarind sour soup with Shrimp) to eat along with your other entrees. The soup will help cut out the fattiness from the other dishes. It is quite sour, but it has a nice flavor that makes you spooning for more.

Pancit Sotanghon (Stir fried Mung bean noodles) taste just like Cantonese vermicelli noodles.

Finally, if you’re not afraid of chewy bits, order the Pork Sisig- a flavorful mix of diced broiled pork ears and snout served on a sizzling plate. Mmm, spoon this over garlic rice! 

Max’s of Manila, 687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

notyomamasaffairs:

Hello NYM Friends and Superstars!

Throughout the summer, we’ve been visiting our local Jersey City parks to bring together music, food and handmade talents. We’re wrapping that up for 2012 with these two special events in September:

Saturday, September 8th: Parks & Crafts in Van Vorst Park

Saturday, September 15th: 3rd Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Fest

They are both going to be awesome events, especially if you’re there!