Inside This Edition: La
Campagna in Morristown, NJ; New Jersey
Meadowlands Racetrack in Secaucus, NJ; Movie Review - WALL STREET; River
Street in Hoboken, NJ,
and Feature - Jersey Shore - Something For Everyone Down The Shore
Food - June, 2003
a perfect time to explore some of
the many interesting towns in New Jersey. Historic Morristown in
Morris County is right up there at the top of the list. Rich in
history and culture, it is also home to many fine restaurants. One of
our all- time favorites is La
Campagna on Elm Street. Its
nondescript facade doesn't give you any indication of the relaxed, peaceful
feeling that you experience once you enter the door.
Our latest visit was
mid-week and at the dinner hour. For a restaurant to be filled to
capacity on a Wednesday evening, you can be reasonably certain that the food
is well above average, and indeed it is.
As La Campagna does
not have a liquor license, if you are so inclined, you might consider
bringing a bottle or two of your favorite wine. We did, and enjoyed it
as we nibbled on the complimentary bruschetta. Our appetizers were
well-prepared and our group was especially pleased with the fried
calamari. It was very fresh and perfectly cooked.
The vast menu might
make it difficult to choose an entree - it certainly took us a while to
settle on our choices, but we were pleased with the outcome. Veal
dishes and fish dishes arrived at our table in a prompt manner, beautifully
presented, hot and delicious. Jumbo shrimp served over saffron risotto
was especially flavorful. Desserts were good but not remarkable.
It is most unusual to
find a restaurant that remains consistently good over a long period of
time. La Campagna has been in business for many years, and so far, has
never disappointed us. By all means, give it a try.
La Campagna -
Morristown, New Jersey
Treasure - June, 2003
Racetrack offers a nice
peek into late 70's New Jersey and present day. Born in 1976 as part
of the massive meadowlands sports complex, this facility has been a Jersey
mainstay for nearly 30 years. A trip to the track in the early days
was one of excitement and fantasy if you picked that winning
combination. The track drew many thousands in the old days as
track-goers sprung out of the building into the evening air at post time to
watch their favorite go for a win, place or show. Standard gear in the
old days for a regular fan at the track was a beer, a racing form and an
image that they knew more than the next guy about racing and who would
win. Half the fun in the old days when the bucks ran out was watching
some interesting characters as they applied their own unique system to try
and win. Fans would gather around a long-since-gone, giant tote board
to read the latest odds and make their choice. Everyone, and I mean
everyone, was focused on "the race" in the early days and it was
exciting. In those days there were a few televisions around so
those who couldn't get close enough outside could see. I must admit
that I was caught up in the excitement and enjoyment of the track for many
years in the late 70's to early 80's enjoying the huge crowds and huge
energy of collective dreams.
giant odds tote-board is gone, replaced by a dizzying array of color monitors
of all sizes. Gone also is the singular vision of one race at a time,
as television signals are beamed in from sports venues all over
America. The track looks more like an amusement park these days and it
has definitely lost something, or has it? Well it certainly has lost
track-goers as attendance has gone way down. Sure, fans don't crowd
the fence anymore to catch a glimpse of the horses, but that's probably just
a sign of the times. All one has to do is look at all those different
sports signals to see everyone isn't focused on the live event.
racetrack remains a Jersey treasure despite all the change and it is still
making money for the State. You can still see the old track beneath
the surface of the new one if you look hard enough. If you grab a seat
on the second tier you can enjoy a bit of the old track, away from much
distraction but still close to the action.
Meadowlands Racetrack is state-owned and hopefully will remain that way as
it brings in needed revenue to the State. It's always nice to take an
evening and visit the track and know that if you don't win at least some of
the money reaches the State in profit. It's even nicer to win!
Meadowlands Racetrack -
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Review - June, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
WALL STREET - Rated R - Wall Street starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen
offers a penetrating look into the world of high finance in the late 80's.
Man's morality is tested in this intense tale as Gordon Gekko reaches for
the top and Bud Fox reaches for Gordon Gekko. Bud goes after Gekko
with all the enthusiasm of a business school graduate ready to stake his
claim. Bud learned much growing up except who he is and what he stands
for. The dream of any new
broker is to "bag the big one" and Fox bags Gekko and ultimately
himself as he is drawn into a high-stakes game called insider trading.
Actually, it was Gekko who bagged Bud to do his wet work for him.
Gekko the financial wizard, or rather lizard, sat back and pulled the strings
to get richer and richer despite ethics or the law.
Bud finally realizes who
he is, but too late, as the long arm of the law catches up with him.
WALL STREET is beginning to look dated with the old cars and late 80's boom
deco, but the film will always remain a classic. If you love good
character dramas, this video is for you.
Clubs and Nightlife - June, 2003
on a Friday night and get ready to enjoy. On this particular recent
Friday the music was excellent and the drinks were cold. River Street
attracts a youthful 20-something crowd and the evening was anything but run-of-the-mill.
Fridays in Hoboken are great this time of year with a
vibrant crowd and warm late spring temperatures. Step into River
Street and things will heat up even more with a hip crowd in the main bar
nearest the entrance. The sounds and sound system are really good in
this part of the club and this night was no exception.
Step into the back of the club and the atmosphere becomes more of club
and less of a hip neighborhood bar. This mix of neighborhood bar and
trendy club is awesome. River Street is quite trendy in the rear
portion with multi levels and a nice light system. Heading out to
River Street on a Friday night is refreshing, fun and classic New Jersey.
Saloon - Hoboken, New Jersey
Feature - June, 2003
Day usually ushers in the beginning of playtime down at the Jersey
Shore. This year ushered in a ton of rain instead of a ton of
fun. Like all things in New Jersey the only constant is change, and
things will be heating up at the shore in no time at all. No matter if
you have been in Jersey all of your life or if you just moved here, the shore
is big on memories and delivers year after year.
greatest thing about New Jersey is our diversity and the shore reflects that
diversity masterfully in our many shore destinations. One of my
fondest memories about the shore was and is my ability to tailor a trip down
the shore depending on mood and desired type of entertainment. The
diversity of our people and things to do down the shore can't be overstated
because it's simply not found anywhere else in America.
much is free in Jersey anymore, but hey, you can still get on the beach in
Atlantic City for free. If you blow your bank in Atlantic City you
don't have to blow your tan too. Jersey is big on shore entertainment
and although some of the ghosts of the late 70's through early 80's, like Montego Bay in Belmar, are
long since gone, there are plenty of oldies still
around. The Osprey is still alive in Manasquan as is Leggetts for the
21 and over crowd. Many of us have memories of these old Jersey
names. Tradewinds is a nice place to hang out in the afternoon when
you are done looking for the fake shore house of New Jersey's most famous
fake guy, Tony Soprano.
is nothing fake about great memories of the Jersey Shore from fishing up at
Barnegat Light to an afternoon swim with friends down at Island Beach State
Park to a beach house with family. This summer is shaping up to be as
memorable as always with something for everyone "down the shore."
Jersey Shore - Something For Everyone
"Down The Shore"
by Jerry Butler
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