Inside This Edition: The Tick Tock Diner in
Clifton, NJ; Bar Anticipation in Belmar, NJ; Movie Review - FULL METAL JACKET; Thomas
Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, NJ and Drive along the Delaware
Food - March, 2002
The Tick Tock Diner
in Clifton, NJ, offers
just about everything a person from New Jersey would expect from a first rate
diner and more. Conveniently located on route 3 it makes for an excellent
dining choice when in this area. The food is first rate and of high
quality plus it comes to the table fast. During peak times
the staff is right on top of everything and will have you seated as quickly as
possible. On a recent trip to this Jersey landmark I had a turkey club and
it was delicious. Preparing a turkey club seems like a simple dish to make
properly but I have been disappointed on many an occasion but never at the Tick
Tock. The turkey in my club was fresh and homemade and came with plenty of
mayo. An interesting thing they do at the Tic Tock is they bring the mayo to
the table in plastic packets. While not the most user friendly invention
in the world, the little packets do ensure that you will get just the right
amount on your dish because you put it on yourself. Another in my
party had a BLT and buffalo chicken wings both of which disappeared quickly to a
rave review. I had one of the wings and it was delicious. Both the
menu selections and choice to have lunch at the Tick Tock proved to be a
memorable Jersey experience.
Tick Tock Diner - Route 3 Clifton, New Jersey
Treasure - March, 2002
Edison's Laboratory located in West
Orange, NJ, is one of his greatest inventions and one of New Jerseys greatest
treasures. Remarkably preserved for visitors to see are his labs which the
Bell and Westinghouse labs were modeled after. Edison boasted that he
could build anything in his lab and much of it remains for visitors to see
including the library where he spent most of his time. Now covered by a
protective plastic his desktop remains undisturbed since his death.
Visitors can see just how it looked the day he passed, cigars and all.
Edison punched the time clock each and every day logging far more hours than his
workers leading by example. Visitors can see the time clock before they
enter his beautifully crafted library complete with 10,000 books. Edison offered
insight to his workers as he walked through his labs daily just as visitors
can. The movie camera came out of his lab as did the world's first movie studio
giving birth to the industry of movie making. A 1954 replica of the
original movie studio called the Black Maria stands near where the original
did. The fluoroscope, rubber for his friend Firestone and improvements in
both the phonograph and the storage battery evolved from the West Orange
laboratory. This landmark is a must visit for anyone interested in this
extraordinary walk through history.
Edison National Historic Site - Main
Street and Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey -
Review - March, 2002
Video Rental Pick:
FULL METAL JACKET - rated R
The depths of the human mind are explored
and captured in this stunning drama by one of the greatest filmmakers of all
time, Stanley Kubrick. Recruits arrive at Parris Island, South Carolina to
be pushed to the limits of physical and emotional endurance, ready or not.
Individuals decide to join the Marine Corps for many personal reasons and every
recruit has one. The Corps mission is crystal clear and if a
recruit's personal reason for joining is a personal mental defect in disguise
the Marines will bring that right on into the light. This masterpiece of
cinema captures boys with the right metal being transformed into first rate
soldiers. Weeding out "the few and the proud" from the weak and
feeble in training does involve some human casualties as weak minds crumble
unable to cope under the unforgiving weight of a demanding drill
instructor. These hardened recruits become Marines, well most, and are
deployed into Vietnam in the second half of this classic ready for action.
The battle field footage and dialog is gritty and zeros in perfectly on the
futility and darkness of the Vietnam conflict. This film is a must see for
anyone interested in a cinematic portrayal of extremes. No sugar coating
here as Kubrick lays it all out there in his take it or leave style. I'll
Clubs and Nightlife - March, 2002
It’s the middle of the winter.
Night club action in New Jersey just isn’t the same without the summer
heat, is it? Well, maybe it is. That is, if you go to the right places. For Central Jersey, Bar Anticipation in Belmar has kept the
19th Olympic flame alive
for a lot of young partygoers. A
very common theme for shore clubs is: during the winter, the crowd is local, and
after Memorial Day, it is strictly Benny’s (non-locals) who dominate the
scene. From the time I could
remember going to Bar-A (late 70’s), local bands were the attraction, and that
still holds true today. If a band
is good enough to get a weekly spot on the schedule, locals can get intimately
familiar and have a night they know will be marked by the particular band that
has their attention. The crowd at
Bar-A in the winter consists mostly of people from Belmar, Spring Lake, Neptune,
and Wall Township. Casual clothes
like Dockers, Chinos, and anything cut-off is the norm. After Memorial Day, you
better get your better clothes on because the importance of looking your best can never be
underestimated especially if you meet someone. After Memorial Day, the crowd at Bar-A swells to around 3 thousand people
on a good week night, 4 thousand on a real good Saturday night, with 80
bartenders and a hundred or so bouncers to keep things in line.
There is a steady barrage of contests like wet bikini contests, and
activities throughout the summer to keep the crowd involved.
I particularly like beach volleyball. Get late into the night, and
that’s when the magic happens. It
is truly amazing what a good Jersey club is like when the bell hits
the 12 o’clock mark and Bar-A is one of the best. Men and women magically
loosen up and relax enjoying the great atmosphere, people and music at Bar-A.
I like to
dream, and on more the one occasion, Bar-A has fulfilled the dream leaving
memories that last, and are worth talking about today.
Only close friends have heard my stories, but to all the newbie’s, your
future memories are made from places like Bar-A.
Have a great night at the Jersey shore and you will have a memory that
will never burn out. I will be
filling you in with more info next month on where to go in New Jersey.
written by: James "Shoreguy"
New Jersey native & Jersey Spin contributor
Driver - March, 2002
Along the mighty Delaware river stretches
a long beautiful road called route 29. Heading north out of Trenton is a most
historic and peaceful span of Jersey blacktop. The peaceful colors of afternoon light
looked beautiful on the river and the trees just as it must have for
centuries. Sometimes the
best drives are in total silence and this was one of them as I looked out over
the river. The road twisted and turned as it hung close to the river in
spots. Before I knew it I was at Washington's Crossing and like the name
says it was the very spot where our first president led his men across the
river. Beautiful orange light lit up the river and the whole park as I
cruised past. Part of a bike path cuts through, a subject for a future
article perhaps. Today's mission was just a nice peaceful ride to see new
things and relax. A rolling hill, a beautiful tree there and preserved
pieces of American history abounded this particular day all in beautiful
orange sunlight. This particular drive was especially relaxing as day to
day concerns magically disappeared as the sun sank ever deeper. I arrived
in historic Lambertville, NJ and hung a left at Bridge Street and parked
alongside the river. After enjoying the last little bit of afternoon
light, I headed into one of my favorite restaurants, the soon-to-be featured Lambertville
Station, where this Jersey Drive ends.
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