If you live in
New York or California, the local coffee house is fairly commonplace - out in
the suburbs of New Jersey, not so much. With the rapid growth of the
generic coffee chains, it's a pleasure to see individuality creep back into
the suburban scene.
South Orange is
the home of one of those unique cafes. The
Dancing Goat Cafe Gallery is located in the South Orange center on South
Orange Avenue. The name alone is enough to bring a smile to your
face. The interior says "relax and stay for awhile" with
comfortable couches and coffee tables. The floor to ceiling windows
bring in the light, and the high ceilings provide an airy feeling. The
counter in the front of the cafe provides frozen drinks, coffee, tea, light
wraps and sandwiches, and an array of delicious homemade pastries and
cakes. Toward the back end of the cafe, floor to ceiling velvet drapes
open up into the lounge area with more comfortable couches and a raised
On a recent
lunchtime visit, we enjoyed frozen beverages that were very tasty - a mocha
coffee freeze and a green tea peach freeze were of special note. we also
enjoyed the light lunch offerings.
We were rather
surprised by the number of young mothers with children in strollers who
arrived and disappeared through the drapes. After looking at the
schedule of events, we realized that the laughter coming from the lounge was
attached to "children's story time."
The Dancing Goat
Cafe appears to be a spot of much activity, featuring poetry
readings, singers, comedians, jazz musicians and anyone who would like to
use the "Open Mic Night."
process seems to be alive and well in South Orange. What a pleasant
place to enjoy coffee and a pastry in a most relaxing atmosphere.
Cafe Gallery -
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In New Jersey
Another harsh winter has passed and it's time to park the snow blower and
make way for the lawnmower. This special time of renewal here in New
Jersey is loaded with places to see, things to do and just to simply enjoy.
Over in Newark which as many know often makes the news in unpleasant ways,
Branch Brook Park ushers in spring with the blooming of the cherry blossom
trees. With Sacred Heart Cathedral along the park's edge over in the
Forest Hill's section the view is stunning and a springtime "must see" for
all. All the beauty of spring in New Jersey with our diverse
cityscapes and landscapes also makes way for the traditional activities of
spring, such as baseball at the local, collegiate and even minor league
level! With gas prices on the rise this year, long trips may not always
be in the budget; but a springtime cruise out to the beach can melt away all the
doldrums of winter if one ventures down the shore on a good day.
Cruising up and down the boardwalk this time of year, there are some stands
open and others preparing for the start of summer with boardwalk eats
matter where you live in Jersey, you have no doubt already felt the changes
in the weather and the eagerness of everyone to get outside and do
more! This list of places to see in Jersey and things to do is almost
limitless but no doubt their is something memorable in store for everyone
this time of year.
April is a month of transition and renewal and a New Jersey Treasure that comes only once a year but every year!
Links To Getting Around In New Jersey:
Train & Bus:
New Jersey Transit
Ferry: New York Waterway
Area Airports: Port Authority - New York & New Jersey
To Do -
View The Cherry Blossoms:
Branch Brook Park Newark, New Jersey Best time range for viewing - 4/15 - 4/25
Best place to view - Area nearest to Sacred Heart Cathedral
Annual Daffodil Show: Frelinghuysen Arboretum
in Morristown, New Jersey 4/23 - 4/24 Tel. 973-326-7600
Things To Do:
"It's not too early to
get out to the beach this time of year! Great people watching
and shore eats on the boardwalk in Seaside. Restaurant Mattisse
on the boardwalk in Belmar is open now! If you are down in AC
get out for some fresh air on their massive boardwalk." SG