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Cape May 2018 Tasty Eats and Treats

Cape May Tasty Eats and Treats

Having John Howard-Fusco a Cape May, New Jersey expert and author of “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” by The History Press at my disposal on Small Bites Radio is an asset. So when I knew I would be spending a few days down there, you’re darn right I asked for his advice and followed his wonderful book to have a great time while in Cape May. If interested in doing this as well CLICK HERE to buy his book. Below are the delicious things I had to eat in and around the area. Be sure to try them out for yourself and thank me and John Howard-Fusco later. Fyi, you really don’t need to thank me, and John would much rather you just buy his book 😉 JK

Lobster House – Cape May, NJ

Pictured is Snapper Soup, Famous Crab Soup, Fresh Jersey Oysters on the half shell, Jersey Baked Clams Casino, Clam Bake Dinner with lobster, steamed clams, shrimp, mussels, red skin potato, and an ear of corn, and a side of fresh cut thick French fries. Everything was great and the view is enjoyable on the deck.

 

Mad Batter – Cape May, NJ

Pictured is Mad Batter Clam Chowder a rich blend of chopped clams, onions and bacon in a heavy cream broth with a touch of saffron, Pan Seared Red Snapper and Battered Shrimp with warm corn salad, lime compound butter, fresh avocado, mashed potatoes and asparagus, and Chocolate Lava Cake. This was a great meal and loved the atmosphere and service was top notch.

 

Elizabeth Degener A.K.A the Cape May Bread Lady with Enfin Farms at 609 Sunset Blvd, Cape May, NJ

I was lucky enough to get the very last piece of bread for sale for the day and the stand was only open for less than an hour. Pictured is the pumpernickel bread and it was AMAZINGLY awesome and tasty.

 

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House & Family Restaurant – Cape May, NJ

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Pictured are their famous tender buttermilk pancakes that they have been serving for over 50 years. They were so yummy and a good way to start the day with food in my belly.

 

Then not technically in Cape May, but close enough to drive to we visited Back Bay Bistro – Villas, NJ

Pictured is crab bisque which was awesome, steamers which is littleneck clams in a garlic wine broth that were out of this world, and their Honey Dipped Fried Chicken that was a slam dunk of a great meal and would order again in a second. This place really surprised me since it was a little off the beaten path and food was top notch.

Again if interested in buying John’s book, CLICK HERE

 

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Alaura Kitchen and Candy – Pitman, NJ

Alaura Kitchen and Candy – Pitman, NJ

I REALLY enjoyed my visit here. Such a cool little spot with amazingly tasty ice cream and little menu of bites to eat if you wanted as well. Very affordable prices and friendly service to go along was a winning combo. Had homemade vanilla bean milkshake topped with whipped cream.

06-03-18 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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LIVE this Sunday, June 3rd at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio is an ALL-STAR lineup. How do we know this??? Because as Nike said; BO KNOWS!!! That’s right; we are thrilled to welcome Bo Jackson. Bo is the first athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both MLB with the Kansas City Royals and NFL with the The Oakland Raiders and named ESPN’s Greatest Athlete of All Time. Bo will be joining us to talk about his amazing food line Bo Jackson’s 34 Signature Foods. Over the years, Bo acquired a passion for preparing great tasting food in the kitchen and he wants everyone who enjoys cooking as much as he does to experience the quality of Bo Jackson Signature Foods. Small Bites was also honored to team up with Aversa PR & Events and Culinary Fight Club CEO Jiwon McCartney to present Philadelphia’s first CFC Mushroom Council Blended Burger Challenge using his Bo’s Burgers Patty Mix on May 3rd at Uptown Beer Garden MC’d by Christian Collins that benefited Fight2Feed with amazing talent like Chef Christine Hazel, Chef Enrico Botto, Chef Kwame Dennis and more judged by Doug Keiles, Lisa Keys and others. It was an intense and extremely close competition with Chef Brent Berry and Hiram Quintana coming out victorious with a chance to compete at the World Food Championships now. We can’t wait to talk to Bo and all about his Bo Jackson’s 34 Signature Foods 🙂

Then to keep the ALL-STAR lineup continuing we are pleased to welcome Fogo de Chão. As Limp Bizkit and Snoop Dogg sang, Fogo de Chão is all about the red-light\green light. You ready to roll? The story of Fogo de Chão began in the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil. It is the lessons their founding brothers learned on their family farms that gave them the ambition to share their rich culinary heritage with the rest of the world. As a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, specializing in the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco – the art of roasting high-quality cuts of meats over open flame, all of which are carved tableside by Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs. Fogo’s distinctive and authentic Brazilian dining experience begins with the seasonal Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, imported charcuterie and more. The restaurant features a variety of simply seasoned meats that are fire-roasted by gaucho chefs, plus seafood, desserts, signature cocktails and an award-winning wine list. Well now internationally-renowned steakhouse Fogo de Chão is inviting guests to experience its newest seasonal offerings created just for summer. Standout items at the Market Table, which is available during Weekday Lunch for $15, include refreshing salads such as Watermelon Feta and Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella, plus a nutrient-dense Chickpea salad. Summer also brings the return of the Watermelon Fresca mocktail. The $15 Weekday Lunch includes the seasonal Market Table & Feijoada Bar plus family-style service of Brazilian side dishes. Guests may choose to add a single selection of fire-roasted meat for under $25, or indulge in the Full Churrasco Experience. What a treat!!

We’re still batting a thousand with another ALL-STAR. This time we welcome Chef Todd Toven to talk about Blackstone Products who is THE expert in outdoor griddles. Time to add outdoor griddling for delicious cooking that goes beyond the “same old, same old.” Anything that can be cooked on a typical grill can be cooked on a griddle — along with thousands of other foods. By combining the latest technology with innovation, Blackstone griddles take families from breakfast to lunch to dinner with desserts and snacks in between. Foods that could never be cooked on a traditional grill can now be cooked outdoors using Blackstone Products. Think about cooking outdoors eggs, pancakes, bacon, stir fry, cheesesteaks, even delicate fish. Griddling is easy to learn and, even more importantly, easy to clean. The transportable Blackstone griddles are perfect for tailgating, camping, parties with friends and even those with limited outdoor space. Chef Todd Toven is an expert in outdoor cooking as Chef Todd after graduating from college in 1994 worked as a line chef and cook for a few different restaurants. This is where his creativity in the kitchen started to be developed. He eventually combined his cooking skills with his love for the outdoors. He started self-filming his high country hunts in 2008 and posting them on YouTube. He later started filming videos on wild game cooking, camp cooking, camping, and other outdoor-related topics. His videos have now received MILLIONS of views from outdoor enthusiasts around the world! Check out Chef Todd’s YouTube channel at

https://www.youtube.com/user/praisehisawesomename/

Finally we have the ALL-STAR sugar buster. We can’t wait to would founder and CEO Björn Öste of Good Idea Drinks. Good Idea Inc. is the US subsidiary of Swedish food & biotech company Aventure AB. Good Idea – the Swedish Sugar Buster is available in the company webshop (www.goodideadrinks.com), on Amazon and at various retailers across the US. Currently the company is working with KeHE and major nationwide distributors. In addition, to traditional retailers and grocery chains Good Idea is working closely with corporate wellness centers, nutritionists and other leading health care professionals to make the Swedish Sugar Buster available in retail and food service. Good Idea –the Swedish Sugar Buster is designed and scientifically proven to help a healthy person handle the sugar spike following a carb-rich meal. Now paving the way in the supplement category and earning recognition in Prevention Magazine. Many ordinary meals such as burgers, pizzas, fries, white bread and even sushi contain fast carbs that make the blood sugar spike and then drop again like a stone. Most people recognize this as the slump that can occur after a meal. In the long run, these recurring spikes and lows put a strain on the metabolism. Good Idea contains an all-natural blend of five amino acids and chromium in flavored sparkling water, clinically proven to help the body handle the sugar spike following a meal. With Good Idea they are targeting to disrupt the soda industry with their Swedish Sugar Buster. They aim at providing great tasting and sustainable alternatives to sugary beverages that are not only sugar free, but that also busts your blood sugar spikes for a balanced blood sugar level following a meal. Sounds great to us!

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC and QVC2 selling the high quality Copper Chef products.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist and appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, and Chef Barbie was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week, and a joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and Try This Dish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-85/

Trattoria Rosa Bianca – Yardley, PA

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Trattoria Rosa Bianca – Yardley, PA

Really nice atmosphere here. Food was pretty good. Would go back if in the area. Here is what I had:

antipasti miste italian: cured meats & cheeses, marinated vegetables, olives

calamari fritti crispy calamari, roasted tomato pesto

polpo grilled octopus, crispy potatoes, arugula, ceci

pollo alla milanese breaded chicken cutlet, baby arugula, lemon vinaigrette, pecorino

Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream – Bordentown, NJ

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Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream – Bordentown, NJ

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This is a really nice cute tiny homemade ice cream shop in the heart of town. Pictured is cookies and cream ice cream in a waffle cone with sprinkles and a vanilla milkshake. Both were delicious treats!

 

 

05-20-18 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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05-20-18

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LIVE this Sunday, May 20th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio is a great lineup. We are thrilled to welcome Chef/Partners Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley of Hungry Pigeon in studio. The restaurant is the dream project of Scott and Pat. Best known for serving comfort food in an all-day cafe/restaurant environment, Hungry Pigeon is beloved by Philadelphians and visitors alike. They met as line cooks 13 years ago at ¡Pasion! Restaurant and they haven’t matured a bit despite their combined thirty-five plus years in the restaurant industry. They also have friendship, resourcefulness, and, fortunately, complimentary skills. The two of them plan the Hungry Pigeon’s menus daily. Their girlfriends designed the space, but O’Malley and Schroeder take credit for it every time. The team was also on the James Beard Foundation Semifinalist list this year: Chef/Partner Pat O’Malley up for Outstanding Pastry Chef nationwide. Can’t wait to talk to them!

Our next guest is Gregory Conocchioli the owner of Gregory Benjamin Artisan Preserves and Marmalades. Greg started making preserves with neighbors when he was eight years old. His passion for artisan home made products and home style presentation took him from this simple beginning to the opening of his own catering business in Philadelphia, PA in 1984. Preserves led to chutneys and pickled products and also to baked confections, and then to off-premise catering which led to his wholesale bakery, Made in Buck’s County. Philadelphia Magazine named Gregory’s Chocolate Chip Cookie the Best of Philly. He was again named by Philadelphia Magazine, the Best of Philly in August 2013, for his preserves. In November 2013, he was named Best Artisanal Spread by Cooking Light magazine. In 2015 his Country Christmas Marmalade received the prestigious Artisan Marmalade Gold Award at the Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Cumbria Travel, England. Once again in 2016 he received the Artisan Marmalade Silver Award for his MacGregory Benjamins Orange Marmalade, a Bronze Award for Scented Lemon Rhubarb Marmalade, and a special commendation for his Sealed with a Kiss Chocolate Orange Raspberry Marmalade. His gourmet food stores in Frenchtown, New Jerseyand New Hope PA were known for his signature gift baskets and gift boxes. For many years these stores were the only places in America where you could buy his amazing products. Now you can buy them on-line and we’ll ship them directly from his kitchen to your home or gift recipient. They all sound delicious!

With warmer weather finally upon us on the East Coast, it’s that time again to PLAY BALL! We are happy to welcome General Manager Justin Ferrarella of the Sussex County Miners, a professional baseball team in the independent Can-Am League. Fans can enjoy exciting baseball, promotional nights, and great daily specials, including their spectacular fireworks shows. They have a unique set-up in rural and picturesque Sussex County, New Jersey where you can check out a fun dinner-and-a-show experience at Skylands Stadium, a minor league baseball park in Augusta, NJ with an on-site restaurant run by Krave Cafe + Caterer. The restaurant WheelHouse Craft Kitchen + Bar, works with many local farms, breweries and distilleries in Northwest NJ to create fresh menu items that are always changing to reflect the changing season and events. They also provide cocktails and refreshments inside the events including food truck festivals, beer festivals, comedy nights, boat shows, light shows, and holiday extravaganzas, as well as private and corporate functions. Sounds like a match made in heaven!

To top it all off we also have joining us Nathan Marshall. He is a passionate and dedicated wine enthusiast who loves to have fun! He has worked in the industry creating tasting notes for wineries/agencies, running digital marketing campaigns promoting wine and beer, and working as a wine expert for a chain of wine and spirits retailers. He started off several years ago as someone who was at best, mildly interested in wine. I remembered hearing people discuss different types of wine and how something like where the grapes were grown can even impact the end result. To someone who didn’t really grow up with wine, this was a very strange idea to him. Over the course of the next several years, a mild interest flourished into a full on passion. He began attending regular tastings, subscribing to different magazines, interacting with people online, and basically soaking up any and all information he could get my hands on related to wine. His website is http://nathantm.com and his YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/jalapenonate

Small Bites Radio’s resident Vegan Food Chef Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish will also be back in studio for some fun and food talk with us and our guests.

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products and getting ready for his new show Regional Eats.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist and appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, and Chef Barbie was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week, and a joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and Try This Dish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-84/

Craftsman Row Saloon – Philadelphia, PA

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Craftsman Row Saloon – Philadelphia, PA

Really nice neighborhood dining destination with eclectic menu. Service was prompt, friendly, and prices very reasonable. Pictured is Donut Fried Chicken – fried chicken all white breast with thick cut hickory smoked bacon, american cheese, and maple syrup on a glazed donut with a side of fresh cut french fries. It was good!