The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market – March 30th, 2014

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the Trenton Rock Flea Market in Trenton(duh). I got there only 30 min after the doors opened and the place was hopping! Who knew there were so many punk rockers and artists hiding out in New Jersey.

I met a lot of cool people at the event, including a lot of local artists who made everything between pop culture art, glow in the dark art, sculpture, prints, jewelry and everything in between.

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One artist, Corey Hudson, makes art work out of reclaimed wood from Hurricane Sandy. He also gives 20% of the sale of each work of art to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund for the town where the wood came from. You can find out more on his website (linked to his name, above) and his facebook.IMG_8835

I also got to meet Trenton based artist, Leon Rainbow,  who takes graffiti art and makes it into fine art.  You can check him out on his websitetwitter and instagram @Aerosoleon.

Another awesome find was True Jersey. They have a lot of AWESOME NJ merch. Check them out on facebook and pinterest.

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There was so much stuff to see including Dylan Burns Wood‘s custom wood work, original art from Brutal Squid, Scatter Matter Studio who makes art out of fax taxidermy (just check it out to see what I’m talking about), and I got to meet some very cool people from the New Jersey Beard and Mustache Club.

I also got to pick up a pretty sweet tissue box made by P. Henry Bivona of Comic Redux.

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Star Trek!

He makes cool stuff out of used comics. You can email him at comicredux@gmail.com for custom orders.

All the artists I met make and sell their art in New Jersey so make sure to check them out and support local artists!

Be sure to like Trenton Rock Flea Market on Facebook  and Twitter @TrentonPRFM to find out the next time they’ll be holding an event! They’re also on instagram.

About the Trenton Rock Flea Market (from their website):

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The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes  place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade t-shirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

photo 2(3)The TPRFM hosted our first event in January 2013 and welcomed just over 50 vendors and 2,000 attendees in a small urban art gallery. Fast forward to November of that same year and we hosted more than 200 vendors from around the tri-state area (NJ, NYC, PA, DE, MD), gourmet food trucks, live graffiti murals, a live DJ and more than 4,500 people as we rocked the Historic Roebling Machine Shop building (once the factory that created the wire rope for, as well as designed, the Brooklyn Bridge).

We embrace a life-long love of punk rock and hardcore, DYI ethics, the arts, tattoos, copious amounts of coffee, the occasional shot of Jameson and a solid, well-styled quiff. We hope you’ll join us at the next Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market!

Diner Round Up – Skylark Diner in Edison

Woo Hoo! Second review!

The Skylark Diner is a located in Edison in Middlesex County, on Route 1.

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The Skylark Diner is a very fancy schmancy diner in Edison, NJ. Half of the diner is a typical diner set up and the other half is more like a lounge. They DO have a liquor license and have fancy martinis of the day.

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The menu is a little pricey, but the food is very good. They do not serve breakfast all day which is kind of a bummer, however they do have an amazing breakfast menu. One thing they serve that not all diners do is BREAD! And it’s good bread! So if you’re starving by the time you get there, don’t worry, there’s bread.

I have always wanted to go to the diner because I’ve heard good things about it. The diner is owed by the same people who own the Colonial Diner in East Brunswick and the Americana Diner in Shrewsbury, so I knew a little what to expect since I’ve been to Colonial many times. I ordered the “Mexicali” chicken sandwich with fries and it was really, really good! The sandwich had guac, pico and cheese so I was very happy. Their fries were  fantastic. You can order any of their burgers as a turkey burger or chicken sandwich which I think is a great concept. So if you’d like to order the chicken sandwich, look under the burger section.

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My only issue was that you couldn’t order breakfast all day and that it was a tad too pricey. If you’re looking for an upscale diner experience that this is the place for you.  It has great decor, a fun atmosphere and if you’re not hungry you can always booze it up.

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Basic Info
Address: 17 Wooding Ave, Edison, NJ
Phone #: (732) 777-7878

You can also check out their facebook page

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – Yes
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

The Diner Section of this Blog is Complete!!!

Yay!

The diner section of this blog is finally complete. I have researched every diner in New Jersey and broken them down by county for easy research. Every diner listing comes with a link for either the diner’s website, yelp, facebook or what ever what easily accessible.

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If you see any diner on the list that you know for a fact has closed down (Unfortunately a lot of businesses closed after Hurricane Sandy) please, please, please let me know by emailing me at newjerseyisntboring.com.

Additionally, if you see a diner that is not listed, please email me as well.

I will have a diner review every Sunday at 6pm, so keep an eye out for that. This week I will be reviewing the Skylark Diner in Edison,  NJ (Middlesex County).

Thanks for reading! :)

Oh Boy! 2014 Pork Roll Festival – May 24th

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Vegetarians beware!

A day celebrating Trenton’s unique Pork Roll heritage with good food, music, beer, history and special events will happening on Saturday, May 24th at Trenton Social, 449 S. Broad St, Trenton, NJ.

- Brunch with Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese specials. Bloody Mary’s too!
- Outdoor Grilled Pork Roll & Lunch Sandwiches
- Documentary Short Film on Trenton’s Pork Roll History
- Recipe Contest Awards
- Pork Roll Slider Eating Contest
- Pork Roll Queen Contest
- Pork Roll Bike Tour

Live music with The Pork Roll Project (blues band) Chalk & The Beige Americans and other musical guests.

The Trenton Pork Roll Festival is an Exit 7A Production. Volunteers and Sponsors welcome! Contact: Scott A. Miller scott@exit7a.com or call (609) 989-7777.

For more information you can visit their facebook page and facebook event page (RSVP if you’re going).

Upcoming Beer Events for NJ Beer Fans!

Great news beer fans! There are plenty of Beer Events and Festivals coming up!

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

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Over 100 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations at the Atlantic City Beer and Musical Festival, April 4th and 5th. The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

The 2014 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs; beer seminars hosted by beer personalities and brewers and some “off the wall” activities. Additional festival vendors will offer great food and some unique beer-related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

Tickets are $55 general admission.  Designated Driver tickets only available at the door. Tickets can be purchased here: AC Beer and Music Fest Tickets

Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Miss America Way
Atlantic City NJ 08401

For Sponsor and Vendor Information please call 609-412-9056.

Session #1
Friday, April 4th
7pm to 11pm

Session #2
Saturday, April 5th
12pm to 4pm

Session #3
Saturday, April 5th
6pm to 10pm

You can check out their facebook page for more information or follow them on twitter @ACbeerfest

The Second Annual Garden State Brewfest in Berkeley Heights

The Second Annual Garden State Brewfest will be happening on Saturday, May 10th.  VIP tickets get you in from 1-6PM and regular tickets from 2-6PM. You can visit the website for additional information. The event will be held the Mt. Carmel Fairgrounds, 55 River Rd, Berkeley Heights, NJ. You can get tickets via this link: GSBF Tickets.  Ticket prices are $50 for general admission, $100 VIP from now until April 10th. After April 10th they are $60 for GA and $110 for VIP. If they’re not sold out (and they probably will) tickets are $75 GA and $125 VIP the day of. There is a special designated driver ticket for $10 (always).  logo

VIP Guests Receive:

  • 2 Hour Beer & Food pairing featuring the creations of The Brew Chef
  • Early and frequent access to the New Brew Review Tent
  • GSBF souvenir GLASS and full access to the main tent from 2:00-6:00

VIP ticket holders will get early access to our New Brew Review Feature from 1:00 to 3:00, where the GSBF will kick off with a  beer and food pairing experience designed by The Brew Chef, Tim Schafer consisting of over 15 unique pairings all made with beer!

 

You can also find out more information via their facebook and twitter @grdnst8beerfest.

2014 Brew at the Zoo in West Orange

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The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange will celebrate its 51st Birthday by hosting the 2nd annual Brew at the Zoo on June 28, 2014 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.  The festival will feature live entertainment, 75 brewers, and a large selection of craft beers from the likes of NJ’s own Kane Brewing, River Horse, & Flying Fish, as well as Michigan’s Founders Brewing.  Bar the door, this will be your favorite visit to the zoo since you were 10 years old.

The Brew at the Zoo event will be held rain or shine.  All sales are final.  In the event of inclement weather, patrons and vendors will be able to access indoor space.

Tickets are $60 for general admission and $10 for designated drivers. You can get tickets here: 2014 Brew at the Zoo

The address for this event is 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052.

 

 

 

 

Diner Round Up: Bridge-Way Diner in Old Bridge

This is my first diner entry! Huzzah! I will be posting a diner review every Sunday.

The Bridge-Way diner is a located in Old Bridge in Middlesex County, right off the Route 9 South.

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It is a popular spot in Old Bridge due to it’s location. This diner offers breakfast all day, salad bar, dinner specials and has great dessert( brownie cheesecake, anyone?). This diner is not 24 hours but offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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They have a very diverse menu – everything from 3 pages of breakfast food to traditional Greek food, Mexican food and big dinner options.

When I went to the diner recently for this review I ordered an eggplant parm sub and fries while my husband ordered breakfast (at 2 pm). I will say this, I have NEVER had bad food here.

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Egg and Taylor Ham. What are we, in NJ?              Oh yeah…

I have been to this diner many times, and although I have always enjoyed the food I have not always enjoyed the service. Some of their waitstaff are hit or miss and the owner is not the friendliest.

I would definitely recommend this diner. It’s clean, it’s a big size and the food is great!

Basic Info
Address: 3030 U.S. 9, Old Bridge Township, NJ 08857
Phone #: (732) 679-1599

The diner’s website is no longer active and they do not have a facebook or twitter. I have a yelp link at the top of this entry if you are looking for additional information.

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – Yes
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Forty-One Residents In Six Downtown Princeton Apartments? We’re Not Surprised.

Originally posted on walkableprinceton:

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A sign at Princeton’s ‘House of Cupcakes’ on Witherspoon Street shows that the store is closed after a recent fire. (click to expand.)

A recent fire at Princeton’s famous ‘House of Cupcakes’ on Witherspoon Street resulted in the evacuation of six nearby downtown apartments. Fortunately, there were no injuries to residents, although many commentators were surprised that the six apartments were home to no fewer than 41 residents. But why the surprise?

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Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway Celebrates 15 Years

This Sunday, Arts Guild New Jersey celebrates 15 years of programming in Rahway, NJ. The “15@15″ exhibit will be on display from Sunday, March 23rd – Thursday, April 17th.  Gallery Hours are Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri: 10am to 1pm, Sat & Sun: 1-4pm or by appointment for groups of 10 or more.  The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit gallery located on 1670 Irving St. You’ll know you’re there when you see the big “Art” sign on the front yard.

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The gallery itself used to be the Rahway Library. When you go inside check out the huge stained glass ceiling.

On Sunday, March 23rd  from 1pm – 4pm they are hosting a free, opening reception for their new exhibit “15@15″ and providing light refreshments. The reception is open to the public. The exhibit will be curated by Lawrence Cappiello, executive director of Arts Guild New Jersey who was one of it’s founding members.

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The exhibit will feature a wide range of different art from artists who have exhibited their art in the Arts Guild’s 15 year history. These artists are: Aric Calfee, Pam Cooper, Susan Evans Grove, Patricia Brentano, Karen Nielsen-Fried, Grigory Gurevich, Fausto Sevilla, Robert Kogge, Sarah Petruziello, Lisa Ficarelli Halpern William Oliwa, Dan Fenelon, Abby Levine, Carol Fein Schwartz and Kelly Vetter.

About Arts Guild New Jersey
1670 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-7511
Website: www.agnj.org
Email: info@agnj.org
Facebook: Arts Guild New Jersey
Twitter: @ArtsGuildNJ

To find out more about the downtown Rahway Arts District
Website: www.artsrahway.com
Facebook: Rahway Arts District
Twitter: @Rahwayarts

Here are some photos of art that will be on display:

William Oliwa - Textured Zombie

William Oliwa – Textured Zombie

Fausto Sevilla - Goya's Donkey

Fausto Sevilla – Goya’s Donkey

Pam Cooper - Meery-Go-Round

Pam Cooper – Merry-Go-Round

William Oliwa - Textured Zombie
William Oliwa – Textured Zombie

New Jersey Diner Page is Live!

I am slowly building this page, and the New Jersey Diner page is getting close to being finished. I have broken down the diners by county to make it a little bit easier since there is A LOT of diners in NJ.

My goal is to visit every single diner in NJ. I will link my reviews from the main blog roll as I go down the list. Even if I average 1 diner per week I still won’t visit them all in a year! Crazy…

If you see any corrections (diner name change, new diners, diners that closed) please email me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com. Also, feel free to comment on my facebook or twitter page to let me know what your favorite diner is (maybe I’ll check those out first).

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Check out 101.5′s Dennis and Judi Diner Tour to see where they’ll broadcasting from!

Check out these books on NJ Diners:
The History of Diners in New Jersey by Michael C. Gabriele
Jersey Diners by Peter Genovese

St. Patrick’s Day at MJ’s Restaurant!

Evey year my friends and I get together for a St. Patrick’s day dinner. Unfortunately our favorite place of the last two years got new owners, so instead of going there we decided on going somewhere new.

As a facebook enthusiast I “like” local restaurants and bars so I can find their promotions easily. MJ’s Restaurant at Buttonwood Manor, located in Matawan, NJ seemed to be a perfect fit for our little group:

- $2  Green beer…check!

Green Beer!

- Corned beef and cabbage + other traditional Irish food…check
- Able to make a reservation to avoid waiting for hangry(angry, hungry) people…check
- A FULL menu of other great food for the picky eaters…check and check (I’ll admit right off the back that I’m somewhat of a picky eater and definitely not a corned beef and cabbage kind of gal…)

MJ’s is great. It’s the perfect combination of sports bar and restaurant. The bar area is pretty big if you’re looking to just grab a drink, eat some appetizers and catch whatever sports game is on. They also have plenty of seating outside of the bar, and it’s really nice when the weather is good since the tables overlook a decent sized lake with a fountain.

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Sports Bar Area

Although some of my friends decided to go off the Irish menu, I decided to stick to their regular menu. I knew they were popular because of their pizzas (and if you go, there’s at least 1 pizza per table) so my friend and I decided to split two bar pies: eggplant and shrimp pesto. SO GOOD!

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Nom nom nom. Shimp Pesto Pizza

MJ’s has 3 other locations nearish the Jersey shore so if you happen to drive by and you’re hungry, I highly suggest it as either a restaurant or a bar. They also have weekly events including trivia, kareaoke, etc so if you live local to a location you can easily become a regular.

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A great time had by all!

MJ’s at the Buttonwood
Address: 845 Route 34, Matawan, New Jersey 07747
Phone #:  732.566.6220
Website: http://www.mjsrestaurant.com/
Facebook:  MJ’s at the Buttonwood
Twitter:  @MJs_Restaurant

I hope you enjoyed this official first blog post and continue to come back for more! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!