Inside This Edition: Hunan
Chinese Room in Morris Plains, NJ; Highlawn Pavilion in
New Jersey; Movie Review - THE QUIET AMERICAN; Calaloo
Cafe in Morristown, NJ,
and Feature - New Jersey - Inventing
For The World
Food - September, 2003
"good" Chinese restaurant is not an insurmountable task; finding a "superior" one is not quite that easy. This month, however, we found that well-above-average eatery. Hunan
Chinese Room in Morris Plains turned out to be
a most pleasant dining experience.
The atmosphere of
Hunan is serene and efficient without being intrusive. As the
restaurant has a liquor license, we, were able to enjoy pre-dinner
cocktails without being rushed. The food was delicious.
A standout choice was
the Crispy Jumbo Prawns and Honey Walnut Salad. The word salad may
lead you to believe that this was a cold dish; not so, it was warm and
luscious. Two other favorites were baby shrimp in curry sauce and
chicken in a spicy garlic sauce. Everything was well-prepared
including the brightly-colored, fresh vegetables.
If you are dieting or
have special needs such as salt restriction, Hunan will adjust the food
preparation for you. Banquet facilities are available as well as
This restaurant is
clean, well run, and you can see and taste the freshness of the food. The
service is pleasant and professional. What's not to like? We
Chinese Room - Morris Plains, New Jersey
Treasure - September, 2003
Imagine a crystal blue sky atop
one of the higher mountains in Essex County with an unobstructed view
of Manhattan. Does such a place exist in New Jersey? Many would
be surprised to learn that it does! Sitting on top of one of the most
beautiful mountains in all of New Jersey is the Highlawn
Pavilion in West Orange. Dining out on the patio of this Jersey
Treasure offers one of the most stunning views of Manhattan in all of New
Jersey. Add to that some great food, cool drinks and Jersey people and
you have something quite rare and very special. It's not very often
that one can get such a unique dining experience, and the Highlawn Pavilion
offers something rare which cannot be duplicated.
Pavilion structure itself actually began as a scenic overlook complete with
refreshment stand after being constructed in the early 1900's.
Edison's famous lab is nearby down the hill, but legend has it that a portion
of the pavilion was used by him on secret war-time military projects.
On a recent visit
our party of four enjoyed an evening breeze and sunset out on "the
patio." The view of New York was nothing short of spectacular and
cannot be overstated. We all enjoyed this very unique Jersey Treasure
made even better by the cool drinks and good food we all enjoyed. The
barbeque chicken pizza is a new addition to the menu and was quite good and
tremendous history in this part of New Jersey, and it's so nice to see much
of it saved from the wrecking ball. The Highlawn Pavilion has
transformed this once blighted area long since forgotten into a vital and
unique place. Experience this Jersey Treasure and you will be glad you
- West Orange, New Jersey
Review - September, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
AMERICAN - Rated R - Most
Americans think of political posturing and anti-war demonstrations when thinking
of the conflict in Vietnam, but few ever knew that the French were there before
us. Why would France want to maintain control over this very poor country?
The United States has always in recent history wanted countries to become
positive self sufficient nations capable of meeting the needs of it's people.
To achieve this goal has often been difficult and sometimes fought by less than
Pyle, (played by Brendan Fasier) drops into Fowler's (played my Michael Caine)
world as a seemingly harmless humanitarian on a mission to eradicate an eye
disease. Fowler is a British journalist on assignment to cover Vietnam.
What takes place in the next 90 plus minutes in this film is nothing short of
stunning and very moving.
Good versus evil once again takes center stage as Fowler writes about change and
Pyle initiates it. This amazing film will transport you back in time to a
nation in play so-to-speak by outside forces culminating with the eruption of
full-scale war. THE QUIET AMERICAN is beautifully photographed and written
with many twists and turns along the way. It is also perfectly cast as all
the actors fit and play their parts very well.
With the events of 911, this film was delayed in being released, with good reason,
as all Americans had much to deal with during that time. No Vietnam movie
has ever been made like this and captures the subtle tones and political agendas
leading up to the war with clarity. It's clear that this film stands among
the very few really good films about Vietnam and it deserves a look. You
won't be disappointed!
Clubs and Nightlife - September, 2003
Cafe offers a great place to go hang out for a
drink and has a nice laid-back crowd. Inside is a large elevated
circular bar which can get a little noisy, but for the most part is very
comfortable. The service is quite good and on a recent trip we never
waited more than a minute or two despite the bar being crowded. The whole
place has a nice tropical feel to it and even has a nice tiki bar outside in
front, which is where we hung out with the 25-35 year-old crowd.
Calaloo is a good call if meeting up for drinks for a quiet evening with
some good people-watching. It's also a good place to meet up before
heading out to a nightclub. If Calaloo is the first stop or the
only stop in your evening you will enjoy a nice distinctive Jersey experience.
Cafe - Morristown, New Jersey
Feature - September, 2003
New Jersey - Inventing for
Mention the words New Jersey to
and outsider and we all know the kinds of negative thoughts we usually
get. Few outsiders know that without New Jersey the world would be a
far different place. New Jersey has invented for the world. Many
Jersey natives may be shocked to know just how much came out of here.
New Jersey has given the
world light via the light bulb invented right here in New Jersey. Want
a new sound to go with that light then if you rocked on over to Mahwah in 1940 and you may have heard the first
sounds from Les Paul's new invention called the electric guitar. Were
you hanging out in Camden in 1933? If you were then you probably
checked out a new Jersey invention called the drive in movie theater.
The phonograph and filmmaking are all from New Jersey.
One might think, yeah that's
great but what have you done for me lately.? Okay, how about color
television, liquid crystal display and even the videotape recorder, all
invented in New Jersey. Jersey
people and companies are always hungry for new invention and they always
deliver for the world. New Jersey has and continues to make
amazing and important contributions to the world.
Ask anyone from the 30's how
important condensed soup was in this time period as people struggled to survive
and make ends meet. Condensed soup was invented in New Jersey which became Campbell's
soup. The tomatoes used in the early years that went into the soup
were grown here in New Jersey as well.
On a lighter note the boardwalk was invented
right here in Atlantic City
New Jersey. Salt water taffy was also invented out at the beach in New
Jersey. Also invented here is that
favorite chocolate beverage beloved by many called simply Yoo-hoo.
New Jersey is simply one of
the most vital places for invention in the world and the highlights here are
few of many. There is so much to love about New Jersey and Inventing
For The World is surely one of them!
- Inventing For The World
by Jerry Butler
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