Inside This Edition: Coco's
in Florham Park, NJ; Yoo-Hoo! -
Invented in New Jersey; Movie Review - ABOUT SCHMIDT; Joey
Harrison's Surf Club in Seaside Heights, NJ,
and Feature - Endangered New Jersey - Jersey City Medical Center
Food - July, 2003
Many of us who live in New
Jersey don't realize just how unique our State is. Whatever you need
or want at any given time is usually within a short distance from where you
live and work. This certainly is true of restaurants, large and small,
intimate or fancy.
This month's restaurant, Coco's
in Florham Park, is a real find. Located on Ridgedale Avenue, you
definitely have to be looking for it or you might drive on by. Coco's
is not much to look at from the outside, but when you enter, you are struck
by an interior that is intimate and serene.
The tables are set with crisp
white linen and everything feels clean and freshly assembled. The
staff and owner are young, pleasant and enthusiastic. The restaurant
is under new management and they're doing a terrific job. The
menu has a wide variety of offerings for a small restaurant and the chef is
more than willing to accommodate your special requests.
Our group enjoyed various
salads - all fresh and flavorful. We somehow, always seem to order
some type of fish, veal and chicken dishes and this day was true to
form. Everything was delicious and came to the table in a timely
fashion. The warm bread was outstanding as evidenced by the need for a
second basket. Having
enjoyed our dinners so much, only one of us had room for dessert - Godiva
chocolate cake. Oh my, was that good!
If you are looking for a
pleasant dining experience, do try Coco's. It's reasonably priced and
oh so good.
Florham Park, New Jersey
Treasure - July, 2003
Yoo-Hoo! Chocolate Beverage- Invented in New
Who could imagine growing up in New Jersey
without an ice-cold Yoo-Hoo? Yoo-Hoo
Chocolate Beverage was
created right here in New Jersey by an ambitious entrepreneur named Mr.
Natale Olivieri. Invented in the 1920's as a chocolate beverage that
could be sold without fear of spoilage, Yoo-Hoo remains one of the most
distinctive chocolate drinks on the market today. Leave it to a guy from
New Jersey to create something so good and unique that it can't be copied.
Mention Yoo-Hoo anywhere it's available (which always seems to be expanding)
and images of chocolate refreshment appear. Mention it to anyone from
New Jersey and it's like calling an old dear friend. Sure chocolate
milk is good but sometimes one just has to reach for a Yoo-Hoo.
People from New Jersey, young and old remember Yoo-Hoo growing up.
This unusual drink is in a class all by itself much like the
people of New Jersey. Think what you want about the people in New
Jersey but the phrase "we aren't unique" never comes up when
referring to people from this State. Yoo-Hoo may not be as important as
say the inventions of Thomas Edison, but even he may well have refreshed
himself with a Yoo-Hoo working as hard as he did on his inventions over in
West Orange. Even the old bottles
Yoo-Hoo came in would make a nice collectable, like the "Yoo-Hoo"
embossed glass one's from the early fifties to the sleek thin bottles of the
Creativity and unique vision abound in New Jersey and there will surely be
more great inventions to come from bright minds in our state for the world
to enjoy. The words TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD TAKES spans the bridge
over the river in Trenton. Maybe it should be changed to NEW JERSEY
MAKES THE WORLD TAKES.
Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Beverage
- Carlstadt, New Jersey
Review - July, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
ABOUT SCHMIDT - Rated R - Warren
Schmidt was about to retire to a life of new beginnings. What he didn't
know was that his new beginning would be one of self-discovery and
thoughtful but often painful reflection on the past. Warren did what
most survivors in the corporate world do, he put in his time for that magic
day of retirement. Any corporate job generates reams of paper, and
Warren had all his neatly filed for his replacement to take over.
After a visit to see his new replacement, Warren saw his life in those files
neatly piled in the dumpster area awaiting disposal. He was now on the
outside of his old life looking in as the reality of retirement hits home.
Warren seemed to have plenty of money for a nice retirement. His loving
wife even cooked him a meal in their new RV in the driveway parked at the ready to hit the road of
retirement. Life got even worse for Warren as his plans for the future
were wiped out with his wife's sudden passing.
Jersey's own Jack Nicholson delivers a command performance as Warren Schmidt on the road
of self-discovery. Suddenly gone is just about everything Warren ever
knew except his daughter. He tries unsuccessfully to fit into her
The only solace this old-timer has left is his letters to his new foster
child from Tanzania. Feeling like a complete failure by not even being
able to save his daughter from marrying a "nincompoop," Warren gets
a gift of a lifetime as one of the seeds he has sown bears precious fruit.
This film will bear fruit for all
thoughtful film-goers who will enjoy a very well-acted and well-written tale
Clubs and Nightlife - July, 2003
Joey Harrison's Surf Club
offers the beach and so much more. The Jersey Shore is alive this time
of year being in full summer mode. Summer mode at the "Surf
Club" means beach access and full access to some of the best entertainment
in the Ortley Beach area. The bars at the club are many with a
couple just feet from sand and sea. The patio offers up a nice outdoor
bar and eats.
The Surf Club makes good use
of its amazing seaside location by offering up plenty of bar specials and
entertainment. Joey Harrison's is a great place to enjoy one of their
well-known summer afternoon parties and even a special event. The club
plays host many nights to some of the hottest artists on the DJ scene and
packs in plenty of club-goers. Many afternoon regulars simply go home,
shower and change to return for hot nighttime fun. The
crowd is a nice mix of young and old, and the Surf Club is a must place to
hang out and enjoy when "down the shore."
Harrison's Surf Club - Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Feature - July, 2003
Endangered New Jersey
- Jersey City Medical Center
by Jerry Butler
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