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Cap’N Cats Clam Bar & Tavern – West Deptford, NJ

Cap’N Cats Clam Bar & Tavern – West Deptford, NJ

Cap’N Cats Clam Bar & Tavern (CNC) feels a bit out of place in West Deptford, New Jersey. The exterior and interior of CNC seems more fitted for an on the water back-bay sort of local seafood bar, not a landlocked standalone establishment. Doing the best they can with no water around them, I give CNC credit for doing it up in the middle of nowhere. I just wish they would have given as much thought and energy towards the food as they did the decor.

Ever hear of the saying what goes up, must come down? Well that is how my meal went at CNC. Things started out quite nicely with an order of Steamed Shrimp. They were generous in size, seasoned beautifully, steamed to perfection, and came with a nice cup of melted butter that most places do not give with an appetizer of shrimp. The sweet shrimp combined with the warm salty ooze of the butter had the shrimp just melt in my mouth.

captin cat peel shrimp

The downhill spiral started to begin my cup of Snapper Soup. The soup was extremely light in any aspects of snapper or seasoning being in the soup and it almost had a taste of being thinned out. I do not know if they were running out of the soup and decided to stretch the last bit out for me or if this is how it is always served. If this is how CNC always serves it I would recommend anyone who has never had snapper soup to try it here first as it is a light version of a very thick and hearty soup that I am used to and if you like CNC’s version of the soup you will love other places that do it even better.

captin cat snapper soup

To finish the evening, my scallops with a side of french fries were served. I will begin my rant by stating they were served with double-breaded french fries. Anyone who has followed me in the past knows my feelings of a restaurant copping out by using these cheap incarnations of something resembling a french fry, but are far from it. To make matters worse, the scallops were so overcooked it might have been easier to digest a bouncy ball instead of these things. Scallops are such a wonderful treat to eat when done well, and a terrible tragedy when done wrong. I had such high hopes for CNC after the steamed shrimp, but sadly things ended much worse than they started out.

captain cap broiled scallops

CNC has a nice bar area and an even nicer seafood display as soon as you open the door to enter. I have a feeling I may have ordered completely wrong at CNC. They call themselves a clam bar and I shied away from eating even one clam from them. If someone was to invite me to have a drink at CNC, I would order the steamed shrimp again and try my luck with something clam related. I could even see myself just buying some fresh seafood from the display case and taking it home to enjoy. I just can not see myself ordering the snapper soup or scallops again.

One and half out of Five Stars

Honey’s Sit N’ Eat – Philadelphia, PA

Honey’s Sit N’ Eat – Philadelphia, PA

With the gentrification of South Street west of Broad Street came along Honey’s Sit N’ Eat (HSE) just as a HSE came to North 4th Street with the gentrification of the North Liberties neighborhood many years ago. HSE touts an American comfort food menu with breakfast served all day and dishes heavy on nostalgia with locally sourced ingredients. The crowd the day I visited was quite eclectic and seemed HSE was more of a place where to be seen instead as opposed to what should be eaten. I decided to go with the Patty Melt.


The Patty Melt consisted of a burger with swiss cheese and caramelized onions on marbled rye and a side of fries. The burger was nice, but slightly dry and completely overcooked as it was well done and I asked for it to be medium. The fries also were overcooked in a major way as instead of having the consistency of a French fry they had the feel of potato stix as they were beyond crispy, they were dehydrated and hard.  It was such a shame as the caramelized onions were beyond wonderful. Some of the best I have had anywhere, and  I do not see French Onion Soup listed on their menu, but I would be first in line to try it if they put that quality of caramelized onions in the soup and wonder why more menu items do have them included. The rye was grilled well and had a nice consistency to it showing that the bread was fresh, not overcooked, and holding up well throughout the meal.

HSE had such a high with the onions and such a low with the fries and overcooked burger. What I ordered was basic and there really is no excuse for the way it was executed. The staff seemed a little standoffish to me, but very welcoming to those who were obviously regulars. They were one step up with the onions and many steps back on many other fronts. I would give them another try, but nothing is having me rush back anytime soon.

Two out of Five Stars

New Jersey’s Perfect Peach Pie AMATEUR BAKING CONTEST

Press Release:




So you think you can bake?  Now’s your chance to test your skills and win $300. The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council is sponsoring its second “Perfect Peach Pie” amateur baker’s competition at designated farmers markets throughout the state in July and August, beginning in Margate July 17th  ending in Ramsey August 10th .  The contest is open to any amateur baker and must be either a pie or a cobbler (no other peach dish allowed).


Professional and notable food people will judge entries at each farmers market listed below, selecting a finalist from each market.  Finalists will go on to compete for two grand prizes of $300 each (one from south/central Jersey, one from north/west Jersey). Last year’s winners were from the Collingswood Farmers Market and Jersey City’s Riverview Farmers Market.  Winners were chosen on Fox TV’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” and New York’s WPIX TV’s Morning News.

Easy to Enter: ●Contact your preferred farmers market (or visit its website) to register. Provide your name, city or town, phone # or email, & what you will be baking.  Then show up with your entry on the day designated at your market of choice. Contest sites and email contacts are below:

Judging Sites
July 17

Atlantic County

Margate Farmers Market9700 Amherst Ave (Steve & Cookies by the Bay)–71714&catid=37:events&Itemid=171


Peach Party…”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest
July 24-27

Gloucester County

NJ Peach Festival @ Gloucester Co 4-H Fair275 Bridgeton Pike (Route 77), Mullica Hill,



“Best Peaches” competition, submitted by growersCrowning of five “Peach Queens,” 5 in competition categories from age 5-18, Fri July 26

Perfect Peach Pie amateur baking competition. Judging July 26

July 24

Morris County


Long Valley Green Market20 Schooley’s Mountain Rd, off Rte 513


Summer Peaches Peach Party”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest

games, stories for kids, peach products Peachy Keen, peach pie competition for amateur bakers


August 2 & 3

Mercer County

Terhune Orchards330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton


Everything peachy, everything local, everything delicious! Festival &”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest
August 2

Atlantic County

Hammonton Downtown Market209 Vine St parking Lot (across from Eagle Theatre)


Peach Party,”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest

Newly crowned Peach Queen will join vintage Peach Queens of 50s and 60s, with members of their courts. Perfect Peach Pie contest & judging; Games; Music; lots of Peach Vendors and Peaches from Pastore Orchard Farms, a 100-year Peach Farm.


August 2

Atlantic County

Brigantine Farmers MarketHaneman Park/15 St & Revere Blvd


Peach Party, “Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest Plenty of peaches, produce and activities


Aug 3Hudson County
Riverview Farmers Market,Jersey City Heights

Riverview-Fisk Park, Ogden Ave (Between Griffith & Bowers Street)


Peach Party and”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest Peach Piñata and Country Fair Games activities for children, Live Bluegrass Music in the Park with Benson Ridge Project and Twiddlin’ Thumbs and the Third Annual Peach Pie Contest (Attendees get to sample pies after the contest!). Plus you can make room for peach pie later in the afternoon by attending Yoga in the Heights’ donation-based yoga class in the park at 11 am.
Aug 9

Mercer County

West Windsor Community Farmers MarketSouthbound Vaughn Drive parking lot, Princeton Junction train station off Alexander Rd



Peach Party;”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest Live music, entertainment, lots of peaches



Aug 10

Bergen County

Ramsey Farmers Market73 Elbert Court, Ramsey


Peach Party”Perfect Peach Pie” Amateur Baking Contest

free give-a-ways, music and special appearance from Angela’s Mortgage Cake, with a scrumptious peach based cake. Vendors here “peach it up”! with their offerings.


For further information on the Perfect Peach Pie contest, email farmers market contacts, visit websites of the markets, visit  Find jersey peaches on  Follow us on Twitter @NJ_Peaches.

The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market – Cherry Hill, NJ

The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market – Cherry Hill, NJ

Just because a dining destination is great or successful in Philadelphia does not mean that it will translate well over the bridge in New Jersey and vice versa. With keeping this in mind, Chef/Owner Josh & Colleen Lawler have done it right with The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market (FF) in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Realizing that as wonderful as their Farm and Fisherman Restaurant in Philadelphia is, with them living in New Jersey they knew it would not be the right fit to just duplicate what they have in Philly to Jersey. They had to come up with something a little bit different, but with the integrity and mission statement they hold dear, and with that in mind came the concept for FF. I came for lunch and I would get things started with a beer I do not see offered much in places around Jersey and is one of my favorites for summertime, 21st Amendment Brewery’s Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer with a snack of 24-Hour Onion Dip & Chips.


chips and dip

I could not have asked for a better way to start things off. The chips were some of the best around, and the dip was by far and away one of the best dips I have ever had. The onions were so flavorful and cooked just right, and I guess from having them stew in the dip for 24-Hours just made it all that much better. The beer and chips were dangerous combination and one that if I could eat regularly could cause my doctor to not be very pleased with me. The next order of business on my to-do list would be their Smoked and Grilled Wings.

smoked and grilled wings

The wings had a nice smoke flavor to them, grilled nicely, and the sauce and cheese on the bottom of the dish really complimented themselves perfectly. The only downfall was that the wings were a little tough and rubbery. They did not pull apart nicely, and the meat stuck to the bone a little too much. I think I may have just had a bad batch with the cooking temp or timing being slightly off, because with the quality in flavors and effort that was put into preparing them, I find it hard to believe this is how they are served regularly. Even with the minor flaw, these wings were still by far and away much better than your standard order of wings at a bar, so do not let my criticism steer you away from trying them. To end my lunch I would have the Turkey Ruben with Swiss cheese and local sauerkraut on Rye with a side of fries.

turkey ruben

The turkey meat was fabulous, the rye was better than most, just the right amount of Swiss cheese melted on point, and the fries were delicious and cooked perfectly. My only complaint would be that the sauerkraut was ice cold. I would have enjoyed if it was thrown on the grill to warm up. The difference in temperature distracted from the overall experience, texture, and maybe even if it was just subconsciously to me the flavor. Even though that could have been different, I really enjoyed my time at FF. The service and staff were very efficient and accommodating, bar area is beautiful, ambiance is relaxing, and the tiny market is amazing with some neat local foodie products to take home and enjoy. FF provided me with one of the best lunch experiences around the South Jersey area.


Four out of Five Stars

Second Annual Hard Cider Festival Pours Into Philly

Press Release:

Second Annual Hard Cider Festival Pours Into Philly


(Philadelphia, PA. June 30th, 2014) – After a sell-out debut in 2013, the 2nd Annual Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival will be returning to Philadelphia – don’t miss out! The festival will be held on September 27th, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm on the Marine Parade Grounds located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Come enjoy crisp tastings of everyone’s favorite forbidden fruit as Pour the Core will showcase over 75 ciders including local favorites from Frecon’s Cidery, Good Intent Cider, and Commonwealth Ciders, national best-sellers like Angry Orchard and festival sponsors such as Woodchuck. Plus, try a variety of imported ciders and perries from Spain, England and elsewhere such as Maeloc – making its festival debut. Tickets are on sale now. 

As summer kicks into gear, gather your friends and family around the picnic table to put Pour The Core on the calendar. Think fall leaves, crisp outdoor air, and delicious beverages throughout an afternoon spent with other apple aficionados, fermentation fanatics, and cider supporters. In addition to cider sampling, attendees will have the ability to attend seminars on cider culture both entertaining and educational, shop at exhibitor tables and enjoy some food from Philly’s finest food trucks. Live music will also be performed. Festival goers are welcome to bring blankets but don’t forget hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. This is an outdoor event that will be taken place under tents, rain or shine (no refunds).

With the growing movement to drink local, the hard cider industry has seen a huge increase in demand the last three years. According to a Times Magazine article, American hard cider production has more than tripled from 9.4 million gallons in 2011 to 32 million gallons in 2013. Further, the cider industry is growing because women like the beverage equally as men, and individuals observing a gluten-free lifestyle can enjoy it. “Hard cider is a beverage for everyone,” said Kristyn Dolan, Event Manager. “Pour The Core brings the cider to the people so attendees can learn the cider styles they like and taste the ciders available to them in the market.”

Join us for a great day of keeping the doctor away as we celebrate everything the apple can offer! This 21+ event will help raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. Proper photo ID must be presented at door upon entry. A sell-out is expected so buy your tickets early. General admission tickets are available online for $40. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10. Children and pets are not permitted. To purchase tickets or for any additional information please – Food Truck – Philadelphia, PA Region – Food Truck – Philadelphia, PA Region

Food trucks, food trucks, everywhere it seems these days. I had the pleasure of running into the (ISMM) truck and decided to give them a try. Ansel Fields is the Chef / Owner of this truck as well as the proprietor of Mr Fields Catering Company. Mr. Fields was very warm and welcoming the day I visited and you could tell his enthusiasm about his truck and his foods. I ordered the Smoked Meats Sandwich with fresh chips.

smoke my meat

The smoked meats sandwich consisted of pork and brisket topped with their original regular sauce. The meats were nice and flavorful and the sauce added a nice flair to it, but the roll was literally dripping wet from butter while toasting the bun on the grill and distracted from not only the overall flavor, but texture of the meal as well with the obsurd amount of butter that squirted out with each bite. The chips were fabulous and fresh and had just the right amount of salt added to them. I enjoyed my meal at ISMM due to the meat being nice and fresh chips served, but I was not blown away. ISMM is a welcome addition to the food trucks around the area and is better than most of them, but with a little more attention to detail they could become a contender some day for a possible run at a Vendy Award.


Three out of Five Stars

Tropicana Announces 7th Annual Taste of the Quarter

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Tropicana Announces 7th Annual Taste of the Quarter
Benefitting United Way August 18th
Event offers a taste of over 20 restaurants property wide 
and opens to all ages for the first time

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 25, 2014) — Tropicana Casino & Resort encourages you to bring your family and your appetite for this year’s 7th Annual Taste of the Quarter event Monday, August 18, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. Over twenty restaurants, bars and eateries have teamed up for this signature event benefitting United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in Atlantic County.

DJ’s from 95.1 WAYV and 100.7 WZXL will keep the party going, and look for special guest appearances from your favorite local celebrities.

“We look forward to this event every year,” said Steve Callender, General Manager for Tropicana, and 2013 United Way General Campaign Chair in Atlantic County.  “All participating restaurants donate their time and resources for the event and we even invite local celebrities to help serve our guests as ‘celebrity chefs.’ It’s great to see so many people in the community pitch in for such a wonderful cause.”

“Taste of the Quarter exemplifies that we do more, together”, said John Emge, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Executive Director in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. “The support we receive from Tropicana, its vendors, guests, and the community for this event goes a long way in advancing our work to improve Education, Income and Health in Atlantic County. We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and dedication of our committed community partners.”

The menu for Taste of the Quarter 2014 has been announced as follows:

A DAM GOOD SPORTS BAR: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar. Located in The Quarter.

BROADWAY BURGER BAR: Sink your teeth into beef sliders and mac & cheesey. Located in The Quarter.

CARMINE’S: Savor the flavor of authentic penne alla vodka. Located in The Quarter.

CASA TACO & TEQUILA BAR: Scoop up their signature guacamole with handmade tortilla chips and sample a refreshing non-alcoholic watermelon margarita. Located at the Marketplace.

CHICKIE’S & PETE’S CRAB HOUSE AND SPORTS BAR: This hot spot will feature both Mussels Red and Mussels White, two of the restaurant’s most requested items. Located at the Restaurant and Marketplace levels.

CLASSIC CAKES: Satisfy your sweet tooth with an assortment of delicious desserts. Located in The Quarter.

CUBA LIBRE RESTAURANT: Add some Latin flavor to your night with Ropa Vieja: Classic Cuban shredded beef brisket stewed with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and red wine. Maduros and steamed white rice. Located in The Quarter.

FIN: Dishing up delicious bowls of their signature lobster bique. Located near Tango’s Lounge

GOYOGO Frozen Yogurt: Sample frozen yogurt from Tropicana’s newest and sweetest addition. Located in The Quarter.

HOOTERS: Look for the Hooters girls serving boneless wings located in the Marketplace.

IL VERDI: Enjoy the art of perfectly-prepared pasta with a taste of cavatelli with crabmeat. Located near Tango’s Lounge

JAMES CANDY: Savor samples of Atlantic City’s legendary salt water taffy. Located at the Marketplace.

MARKET PLACE EXPRESS: Pretzel bites with fresh squeezed lemonade. Located in the Marketplace.

MRS. FIELDS COOKIES: Follow your nose to the aroma to fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Located near Tango’s Lounge.

OLD FARMERS ALMANAC: Get snack-a-lacking with delicious dips and assorted baked goods. Located in The Quarter.

PERRY’S PIZZA: Serving up bite-size portions of their authentic Sicilian pizza.

PF CHANG’S: Relish the taste of Korean BBQ Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice. Located in The Quarter.

Rí Rá IRISH PUB: Satisfy your cravings with Miniature Irish Potato Cakes with Savoury Sour Cream and Balsamic Reduction. Finish with The Trinity: Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse, Jameson whipped Cream and Guinness Chocolate Sauce. Located in The Quarter.

TONY LUKE’S: Enjoy an authentic taste of Philly with mini Italian pork sandwhiches. Located at the Marketplace.

THE PALM: Taste this legendary restaurant’s Maple & Chipotle glazed bacon pops with the Palm’s Signature Steak Sauce. Located in The Quarter.

WET WILLIES: Cool off with samples of our signature virgin daiquiri, the Weak Willie. Located in The Quarter.

ZEYTINIA: California Roll made with Rice, crabmeat, avocado and cucumber. Located in The Quarter.

Hotel Package: Book an overnight stay with us on Monday, August 18th for $149 and we will throw in a pair of tickets for Taste of the Quarter and an $8 Starbucks credit! Call 1-800-345-8767 and use booking code TTASTE4. Rate is based on double occupancy and does not include tax and fees.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Taste of the Quarter benefit United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in Atlantic County. UWGPSNJ is a regional organization committed to creating community-level Impact by improving Education, Income and Health – the building blocks to a better life ─ as well as providing basic needs supports for all residents in their local communities. Through its Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ works to ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by the end of third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.  More information can be found online at

Taste of the Quarter welcomes families and guests of all ages. Enjoy a lively festival atmosphere and a tempting international menu. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Advance purchase is recommended as this event tends to sell out. All proceeds are donated to United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAX Box Office, located on the third floor of The Quarter,, via phone at1.800.745.3000 or UWGPSNJ Atlantic County office in Galloway.


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