Inside This Edition: IL Mondo Vecchio in
Madison, NJ; The Lamp Shop in Summit, NJ; Movie Review - UNDERCOVER BROTHER;
Cherri in West Orange, NJ and Feature - Changing Jersey
Food - February, 2003
IL Mondo Vecchio in
Madison, New Jersey is an excellent restaurant tucked away in a nondescript
storefront in a lovely old town called Madison, New Jersey. IL Mondo
Vecchio is far from nondescript, but unless you have heard of its good
reputation or live in the area you just might pass it by, and that would be
The restaurant is not
very large, so reservations are a must. The atmosphere is cozy and the
wait staff is knowledgeable and clearly very experienced. The menu
represents a wide variety of taste preferences. If you order an
appetizer or salad with your entree, you will be treated to a superior
Salads are fresh and
not your standard fare. One of my favorites is the spinach with
gorgonzola cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. On a recent visit, our
group sampled the shrimp wrapped in pancetta and parmesean, the nut
encrusted fish, and the huge veal chop. The veal chop was so tender
that it melted in your mouth. Everyone found their choice of entree to
be well above average.
If you are a beef
lover, the filet with gorgonzola will ensure that you make a return trip to
this restaurant. If you must have pasta, the raviolis stuffed with
porcini mushrooms is excellent.
By the time we reached
the dessert portion of the meal, we felt some guilt about eating so much
thus opted to share cannolis stuffed with raspberry and chambord cream along
with coffee. The dessert was outstanding.
restaurants today, we were not rushed, and the service was attentive without
being intrusive. IL
Mondo Vecchio - Try it, you'll like it.
IL Mondo Vecchio -
Madison, New Jersey
Treasure - February, 2003
The Lamp Shop
in Summit, New Jersey, offers a pleasant look into the past and the way
things use to be and the way it probably should be. The small little
specialty repair shops of the past have been swallowed up or driven out of
business by the large home centers. Standing just where it has since
the 40's, The Lamp Shop offers customers the means to preserve the past
through restoration. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and draws
on decades of experience in lamps. Customers can bring in their
favorite worn out lamps to be restored by the shop. The Lamp Shop also
has just what the do-it-yourselfer needs to do the job as well. I
discovered this Jersey Treasure as I embarked on my own little project to
restore a pair of old lamps. These particular lamps were originally
vases with holes drilled out of the bottom to support a base and electric
wiring. Since these weren't lamps to begin with I knew I would need
some special items for my project. Home centers are great for many
projects, but for this one the thought of going in and trying to explain what
I was trying to do made the project seem like more of a job than a relaxing
activity. What I really wanted to find for my project was a specialty
shop with knowledgeable help and all the parts I needed.. The staff at
The Lamp Shop knew immediately what I was trying to do the moment I took the
vase, now stripped of it's old lamp parts, out of the plastic bag it was in.
The shop had just what I needed to be able to get my project rolling and
most importantly complete it. I walked out with everything I needed
which in this day in age doesn't always happen. I also walked out
longing for the days when life wasn't so complicated. Heading over to
The Lamp Shop for your next lamp restoration should prove to be a pleasant and
very uncomplicated activity as befits this Jersey Treasure.
The Lamp Shop -
Summitt, New Jersey
Review - February, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
UNDERCOVER BROTHER - Rated PG-13 -
UNDERCOVER BROTHER is the first superhero of funk! He's the coolest,
hippest and badest dude on the block. UB is even stamped on his belt
buckle signifying his superhero status. He's a legend in his own mind!
Yes, he is UNDERCOVER BROTHER, not Superman, but super funkadelic!
UB fights an evil plot to brainwash humanity with cool funk, trick platform
shoes and the best beats of 70's solid gold hits. The music alone
makes this a must see film for 70's music lovers with a soundtrack almost as
good as the 70's classic timepiece DAZED AND CONFUSED. UB is never
dazed but may be confused as to what year it is as he chases down modern-day
evil in his 70's Caddy-convertible. UB's Caddy can't keep up with
modern road gear, but evil doesn't stand a chance against UB as cool rules
and funk debunks. The only thing bigger than UB's ego is his fro as in
Afro! You have to be cool to fight these fools and UNDERCOVER BROTHER
is the coolest cat in town and at the video store.
Clubs and Nightlife - February, 2003
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Feature - February, 2003
is the only constant and New Jersey has gone through enormous change the
past 20 years. Some change has been good and some not so good.
Through all the change, New Jersey has retained its unique character and
culture and remains the most diverse State in America. Sure, my
aforementioned characterization is open for debate and is admittedly
subjective, but many facts can't be argued. If you live in Jersey you
are all too familiar with the not so good changes.
New Jersey is the most densely populated of all the States and our roads are
bursting at the seams. All one has to do is insure a car here or try
and entertain themselves and it's clear that Jersey is an expensive place to
live. New Jersey has an enormous economic base, home to many high-tech
companies. It can be rather stressful to live in New Jersey, but
through all the growth is a tradition and culture that has stood the test of
time and remains quite healthy and intact. All one has to do is leave
New Jersey to appreciate just how diverse and special it is. People
have left New Jersey and stayed away but the New Jersey will never leave
them. The phrase "you from Jersey… I'm from Jersey"
made famous by Jersey's own Joe Piscapoe on Saturday Night Live remains
funny to this day because it's rooted in the truth. All great comedy
has its roots in the truth, and no matter where you are in the U.S.A., you
will utter those words seriously if you think you have found someone from
Even if you have never set foot in New Jersey, hearing words like Hoboken,
Princeton, Atlantic City and Jersey Shore will evoke images of fame,
intellect, entertainment and the most unique seashore in America. All
nations are represented here in New Jersey and many flock from the cities,
the suburbs and even the farms to enjoy New Jersey culture, food and people.
Many people from Jersey get offended at all the negative and often snide
comments about Jersey, but they are amusing to me and never taken personally
much less seriously. Every negative comment I have ever heard about
Jersey has come from outsiders looking for a laugh or frustration over its
New Jersey has changed a great deal and will continue to change. I
don't think we will ever lose the rich diversity and texture this State
offers, and no matter what the future holds, some things change but the best
things in Jersey never change.
Changing Jersey written
by Jerry Butler
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