Inside This Edition: Terra
Mare in Madison, NJ; Ellis Island in
New Jersey; Movie Review - USED CARS; Special Jersey Clubs Thanksgiving
Edition and Feature - Thanksgiving In New Jersey
Food - November, 2003
It's new, it's reasonable,
and it's really good. When the Captain's Galley in Madison closed,
everyone wondered what would next occupy that space. It used to be a
cozy little bar with good food, but the seating was cramped and the interior
Mare is the new restaurant, and it's hard to believe it occupies the
same space as the former Captain's Galley. The bar is gone and it's
surprising how much space is freed up for dining. The interior is
light and airy, and the seating is comfortable with ample space around each
The really nice surprise
is the food. It's terrific, and you don't need to take out a loan to
pay for dinner. Our hungry group visited Terra Mare on a weekday
evening and were immediately struck by the professional manner of the
management. Most new restaurants need time to work out the glitches
but there were none to found here!
The wait staff is
professional and clearly experienced. Our food came to the table
in a timely fashion and piping hot. The meals certainly weren't
sitting around in the kitchen waiting to be delivered.
The menu is varied and
offers a variety of ways each item can be prepared. Our group
ordered variations of beef and shrimp. The 8oz. Filet Mignon was
outstanding served with blue cheese and walnuts over polenta. Another
tasty preparation for the filet was with shallots, green peppercorns and
covered in a creamy brandy sauce. Oh boy, was that good! One in
our party chose the Champagne Shrimp and it was flavorful and tender.
Each entree is served with
a small salad, roasted vegetables and potatoes of the day. The roasted
potatoes were delicious. Generally speaking most entrees run about
17-18 dollars, and on the night we were there, many were indulging in the
special of the day which was lobster.
Terra Mare surely deserves
a look and is a great addition to the Morris County selection of great
places to dine.
- Madison, New Jersey
Treasure - November, 2003
Park Sunoco in Florham Park, New
Jersey. How could a gas station ever make it into the pages of Jersey
Spin? Well, when the publisher needed some repairs made to his car he
opted to seek out an entrepreneur and small New Jersey business owner.
The experience was nothing short of superior. Turns out that Willy's
is fairly new and easily rose to treasure status as a place where anyone who
owns a car can depend on competent, friendly service at reasonable
prices. What particularly impressed the publisher was his close
attention to detail and customer satisfaction as this repair and service was
explained in simple terms. Also impressive was that one of the worn parts
was offered for examination and explanation. A gas station is usually
just a gas station but when a bright, hard working, New Jersey entrepreneur
sets out to build a first rate reputation on solid value, it becomes a Jersey
On a more general note, it
is always a pleasure to write about interesting and unique Jersey
Treasures, and while auto repair is by no means unique, Willy's approach to it
is refreshing and represents a solid value. It's quite possible that there is a
Jersey Treasure waiting to be discovered in your neck of the woods.
The chances are also great that a Jersey entrepreneur created it!
Willy's Florham Park
- Florham Park, New Jersey
Review - November, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
- Rated R - USED
CARS proves once again that it's great writing and great acting that enable
a film to stand the test of time and become a classic. As the title
suggests this film is about used cars and has become the quintessential
comedy about used cars and the people who deal in them. Taking just eight and 1/2 weeks to film at a cost of 6 million dollars, this
film turned out to be a winner financially and artistically.
may not have even heard of USED CARS but Kurt Russell delivers the finest
performance of his career as a smooth- talking used car salesman named Rudy
Russo. Rudy Russo even plans on talking his way out of car sales and
straight into politics. Jack Warden also delivers the performance of a
lifetime as he portrays not one but two car dealers who are feuding twin brothers.
Leave it to Luke's ace salesman Rudy to sell just about any car in any
condition. The cars on these lots aren't used they're pre-owned and
Luke's evil brother Roy L. wants to own his brothers inventory and lot as
This film is
hilarious, timeless and captures the true spirit of the used car business in
a winning and witty parody.
Clubs and Nightlife - November, 2003
Special Thanksgiving Edition
We have been roaming the clubs of New
Jersey for nearly two years now, and it's so good to see that the New Jersey
club and nightlife scene is just as vibrant as it has ever been. It
may be a little harder to find the party in Jersey, but once you have found
it then a good night surely awaits. It's especially great to see
legendary places like the Stuffed Shirt in South Orange reborn as the South
Orange Grill. We were down there recently and we loved the updated
decor. If this place is anything like it's predecessor then North
Jersey will have another great place in South Orange to enjoy. It will
be fun to keep our eyes on this new place.
Something very interesting is taking
place at many Jersey Clubs which is a return to the creative inventiveness
of the 70's. It's great to see the spirit of the 70's melded with the
new sounds of today at places like Joey's in Clifton, NJ and over at
in Seaside in the summertime. One place we featured here is a place
called Pub46 in Clifton, NJ which has a 70's feel altogether complete with
live rock bands.
The younger crowd headed out this year
to a great place in Neptune called the Headliner which has one of the best
sound systems in the state and up to the Sandbar in Jersey City for some
great Latin beats. The Planet in Hoboken also offers some great Latin
music on certain nights.
For those older Jersey folks who like
a nice lively evening out with the total "club" scene the Famished
Frog in Morristown and The Restaurant in Hackensack were singled out by us
as excellent choices with an upscale crowd and very pleasant atmosphere.
It was great looking back at all the great Jersey Clubs we featured here
these past two years especially at Thanksgiving. One thing we can all
be thankful for is that New Jersey has an awesome club and nightlife scene,
and the trend continues for club goers to have the best product and a
variety of choices.
Special Thanksgiving Edition - Jersey
Clubs And Nightlife
Feature - November, 2003
Thanksgiving In New Jersey
New Jersey is a very special place to
celebrate Thanksgiving. This special holiday celebrating a bountiful
harvest takes on an even more important meaning in New Jersey as one of the
nations most ethnically diverse. No matter where you live in Jersey or
what your ethnic background, most of us love New Jersey for the
special memories this time of year brings. By now, most of the leaves
are down as the cool fall breezes are replaced by the colder northern jet
stream typical of our winter months.
Many outsiders to New
Jersey have a very distorted view of New Jersey if all they know about New
Jersey is what they see on the Sopranos or on the New Jersey Turnpike. I'm a big fan of the Sopranos, but
there is a great deal more to be thankful for living in New Jersey than a
hit television show set here. Thanksgiving memories are here once again in
the Garden State.
Ask someone local about
Thanksgiving in New Jersey, and you will get answers as diverse as our
population. A person in North Jersey might have fond memories of a
traditional Thanksgiving in Essex County complete with a morning high school
football game. Someone from Ocean County may take a traditional
morning walk on the beach. while someone in Mercer County takes a morning
mountain bike ride. Whatever the morning activity is (unless you are
the one doing the cooking), there is usually a traditional Thanksgiving meal
on that day complete with family. Ask anyone from New Jersey what the
traditional meal is and you will get turkey and about million other
different answers about what else is served with it.
Diversity, family and
friends make Thanksgiving great in New Jersey. Where else could
you find such richness to be thankful for. Those familiar with
New Jersey know it as a fast-paced environment rich in culture.
Thanksgiving is a great time for thoughtful reflection and what better place
for it than in New Jersey.
Thanksgiving In New Jersey written
by Jerry Butler
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