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Ming Kui Lau Chinese Restaurant Buffet – Brooklawn, NJ

Ming Kui Lau Chinese Restaurant Buffet – Brooklawn, NJ


There are not many surprises when it comes to buffets. They are usually set up like this; lots of food, nothing too experimental, lukewarm, no high end cuts of meat or seafood, and pretty basic setup and slightly dated décor. Well check all the above for Ming Kui Lau Chinese Restaurant Buffet (MKLC).


MKLC has all the standard items and a few more, but the service is where they shined. Greeted warmly as you pay, with quick cleanup of plates and refills of drinks were a nice touch at MKLC, all the while being very affordable and one of the cheaper Chinese buffets around. If you are in the area and want to eat a lot, not break the bank, and feel welcome, MKLC is a good fit to do just that.



BRIO Tuscan Grille – Cherry Hill, NJ

BRIO Tuscan Grille – Cherry Hill, NJ


Chicken Limone

Lemon, capers, roasted vegetables, and mashed potatoes

10-29-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of


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LIVE this Sunday, October 29th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of on Wildfire Radio is throwing down strikes. With our 1st Place Philadelphia Eagles striking down opponents, we have a special appearance from Eagles Hall of Famer Brian Westbrook from Villanova University who is the franchise’s all-time leader in total yards from scrimmage and is one of six players in NFL history with 30 or more rushing and receiving touchdowns. Last weekend Brian Westbrook was throwing strikes with “Around Town” correspondent Bill Knowles at Bowlero Feastervillethat features 48 blacklight bowling lanes with comfy laneside lounge seating and high-definition video walls at the end of each lane playing everything from live sports to music videos and classic movies. The first to open in the Philadelphia area, Bowlero Feasterville boasts over 62,000 square-feet of fun, including two newly revamped bars and lounge spaces, a thrilling laser tag arena and an arcade packed with 45 games, from Giant Pac Man and Pac Man Smash to Dark Escape. Bowlero Feasterville also features 4 billiard tables and corn hole toss for those looking to have old-school fun. Walk into Bowlero Feasterville and you’ll see retro-chic design at every corner. From classic cars on display to vintage Thomas light fixtures and quirky-cool graphics, the new Bowlero provides the perfect backdrop for every occasion including birthday parties, private events, and corporate outings. Bowlero’s own in-house team of expert event planners are ready to take your celebration to the next level. Add to all that, exceptional Eats and Bites for Everyone. Bowlero’s signature style will be further complemented by an epic lineup of outrageous eats and premium cocktails. Area foodies will be both surprised and delighted by Bowlero’s acclaimed menu of oversized shareables, which includes the nationally recognized Behemoth Burger—a 5-lb, 14-inch-round party burger that’s been named one of America’s top burgers by USA TODAY Eats. Bowlero Feasterville is also home to an impressive sports bar, which will be serving specialty cocktails like the Mad Mai Tai, Old-School Moscow Mule, and the Dunk Tank—a fishbowl cocktail that’s perfect for sharing with friends. Bill Knowles will be joining us as well to tell us his thoughts on this new hot destination.

Then we welcome Phyllis Good a New York Times bestselling author and her cookbooks have sold over 14 million copies. We welcome her to talk about her latest cookbook “Stock the Crock” from Time Inc. Books/Oxmoor House Books which brings together the expertise of America’s most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes-each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs. You’ll find beloved classics, as well as dishes you might be surprised can be done successfully in a slow cooker. (Hello, slow-cooker creme brulee!) Whether you are looking to accommodate gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian diets, or prefer slow-cooker meals perfectly sized for one or two people, this cookbook provides smart ideas, more than 100 recipe photos, and cooking hacks that will change the way you use your favorite fuss-free cooking appliance. Learn simple make-ahead tricks, convenient baking tips, and how to make two recipes at once using the same cooker, so you can simplify cooking and spend more time enjoying your family and friends around a wonderful, delicious meal. We can’t wait!

Also joining us in studio is Michael Mastrocola the CEO and president of Mastrocola’s Famous Philly Roast Pork which is a tender and juicy combination of premium lean pork, herbs, and spices that is slow cooked in its own au jus and available for purchase at certain Whole Foods Market and produced by John F Martin & Sons that can be seen during a Visit Lancaster County PA road trip. Mastrocola’s Famous Philly Roast Pork is harmoniously complemented by a warm crusty roll, sharp provolone cheese, sweet roasted or fried hot peppers, and served with a glass of good Chianti. However, it can also be served over pasta or rice. There are many, many ways to serve and enjoy it. We can’t wait to hear their story and try some delicious roast pork.

As if Hell’s Kitchen isn’t hard enough to compete on, we also are happy to have on the show Jim Murphy of Sports Betting Experts who for more than 25 years has written extensively on sports betting as well as handicapping theory and practice. His odds have been published in more than 200 media outlets in 2017 alone including USA TODAY. The international gambling expert has been quoted in national media from the The Wall Street Journal to Page Six. Murphy is an odds making consultant for sports and ‘non-sport novelty bets’ focused on the entertainment business, politics, technology, financial markets and more. Well he has been publishing weekly updates on who is going to be eliminated on Hell’s Kitchen and why with their betting odds and handicaps. Here is the latest:



Chef Dana Cohen HK: +350

Josh Trovato: +500

Giovanni Filliponi: +500

Chef Milly Medley: +600

Michelle Tribble: +900

Jared Bobkin: +1500

Nicholas Peters Bond: +1500

Jennifer Normant: +1750

Elise Harris: +1750

Van Hurd: +1750

Benjamin Knack: +1750

Barbie Marshall: +2500

Chef Manda Palomino: +2500

Robyn Almodovar: +2500

Then going from an expert in betting, we welcome Kevin Wilson a pro in being able to go “Dining on Dime” as shown on Kevin’s segments on the extremely entertaining and popular program Joe’s Table for Two from Chef Joseph Massaglia on News Talk 1400 WOND out of Atlantic City, New Jersey every Saturday morning where they play a tribute to the famed South Jersey food critic Ed Hitzel every episode as WOND 1400AM was Hitzel’s flagship station and radio home that he promoted the brand #HitzelApproved and after Ed’s passing Joe took over the show in his memory as it was well known Joe was Ed’s best friend and confidant for many years and now Table for Two is the MUST listen to food show in South Jersey on Saturday rnornings. Kevin is the author of the book “Table for One” that tells a wonderful story about the love between a mother, son, and food, and how the bond and memories among those three things relate to everybody and can never be broken. It also shows how the money in your wallet is no factor when your food is cooked with love. This book takes you on life’s journey, starting out in a very poor neighborhood all the way up to dining at fine restaurants as an adult. It shows how there isn’t much difference between wealth and poverty, and it also discusses author Kevin J. Wilson’s lifetime battle with depression and the loss of the people he loved. We are thrilled to have him join us.

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world and also be sure to catch him on QVC 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 new 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 Marshallwho is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s KitchenSeason 10 finalist and appears 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 recent autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Fat Jack’s BBQ and hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

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Three Monkeys Cafe – Philadelphia, PA

Three Monkeys Cafe – Philadelphia, PA

After attending a really nice event at Glen Foerd On The Delaware Historic Riverfront Mansion and Estate I headed over to Three Monkeys Cafe. I really enjoyed my visit here. They were listed as awarded one of the top 30 brunch spots in America. Nice beer and craft beer list and the food was yummy. Here is what I had. Homemade Potato Chips, Wake & Bake Wings topped with crispy applewood smoked bacon and coco maple syrup, and BBQ Burger with sauteed mushrooms, crispy fried onions, smoked mozzarella, chipotle bbq sauce.


Bowlero – Feasterville, PA

(The following is a special series on written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

Bowlero, the newly rebranded entertainment center (previously Brunswick Zone) had a grand re-opening at their Feasterville, PA location on Saturday, October 21st.  Around Town was there to cover the event, which included an appearance by Philadelphia Eagles legend Brian Westbrook.

Bowlero Feasterville offers a fresh take on the traditional bowling experience, combining 48 blacklight lanes, a high-tech laser tag arena, state-of-the-art arcade, billiards, and interesting new food and drink items.  The sprawling, beautiful facility underwent a major remodeling and transition to make it the premier recreation stop in Bucks County.

Around Town was treated to a wonderful day by the Bowlero’s friendly staff, and we had the good fortune of sampling some of the new menu items that will be featured.  The Super Cheesy sliders were my personal favorite, but the regular sized burgers like the Cravin’ Bacon and The Monster were also out of this world.  The Chi-Town Mega Dog brings the classic Windy City taste to the area.  Huge portions are the theme, and the giant 5 lb. burger, the five layer pizza cake (and cupcakes), and 2-foot long dog were just the tip of the iceberg.  The dessert menu is heaven for any sweets lover, with the Monster Cookie Melt, Sweet Belgian Waffle Fries, and Sprinkled Ice Cream sandwiches all made fresh and delicious.

An added bonus to our day was the presence of NFL great Brian Westbrook, who was on hand to award prizes, meet with an Eagles frenzied crowd, and throw a few games himself.  The genial Westbrook brought out a large following to the Bowlero, a great opening day festivity to show off the fresh new center, and for the opportunity to meet one of our team’s all-time best players as well.

Many new locally owned gaming centers have been sprouting up in the area, and Bowlero takes some of the ideas those places have tried out to the next level.  The days of your traditional bowling alley have seemingly gone by the wayside, and as Bowlero continues to grow their brand and renovate their existing centers, their popularity is sure to grow.  Technology has played a key role in these ideas and growth, with the popularity of virtual video games and laser tag soaring.  The convenience of having these amenities, along with your traditional bowling alley, billiard tables, and great food and drink, all in one neatly designed building, is a plus for their business and for communities seeking fun and recreation.

I had a blast at the Bowlero, and you should check it out to see a glimpse of the future in entertainment and gaming centers NOW.  See you soon, around town!

10-22-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of



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LIVE this Sunday, October 22nd at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of onWildfire Radio Derek returns to studio and we are thrilled to welcome on the program celebrity Chef Gabriele Corcosto talk about about new book “Super Tuscan: Heritage Recipes and Simple Pleasures from Our Kitchen to Your Table” from Simon & Schuster –Touchstone Books, the latest cookbook he has published with his wife Debi Mazar a native New Yorker who made her film debut in Martin Scorsese‘sGoodfellas and has appeared in more than seventy feature films, as well asHBO hit series Entourage and TV Landnew series Younger. From this celebrity/chef husband-wife team and authors of the bestselling Extra Virgin cookbook comes this brand-new cookbook with over 100 delicious recipes that incorporate Tuscan flair with classic American dishes. With five seasons of their Cooking Channel show, Extra Virgin (TV series), still repeating regularly and their neighborhood Brooklyn, New York Italian café-slash-supper-club, The Tuscan Gun, thriving in its second year, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos have invited us again into their kitchen to share delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy. Good Italian cooking is family cooking. From potato gnocchi with a buttery red sauce just like how Gabriele’s grandmother used to make it, to the Tuscan fried chicken marinated in classic Italian flavors to put a whole new spin on a traditional American recipe, Super Tuscan showcases the best of both cultures, and introduces unique recipes that can only come from a multicultural kitchen. Along with over 100 tasty recipes, Debi and Gabriele share entertaining anecdotes, useful tips, and day-to-day life in their household with over 125 stunning photographs. Super Tuscan will inspire you to make cooking a daily experience in your family life and live la dolce vita wherever you are. They are also appearing at some very special events that you can attend such as Monday, October 30th from 6-830pm atDe Gustibus Cooking School at Macy’sby Miele at Macy’s Herald Square 8th Floor and on Wednesday, November 8th from 7-830pm at The Shanty at New York Distilling Companyfor The Author’s Table hosted by Noah Rothbaum of The Daily Beast where he has a monthly literary series featuring authors who share our passion for spirits & food through their writing and proceeds from The Author’s Table benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and the series is sponsored by Ragtime Rye and Women Who Whiskey. Also the book has already received critical acclaim from stars suchAndrew ZimmernBobby FlayMario BataliElettra Rossellini Wiedemann,Hilary DuffLee Schrager, Nina Y. Clemente, Zac Posen, and many more!

With great pasta and sauces, you also may think about all the delicious bread you would want to eat to go with them as I love some good bread to go with my meal. Well we have the perfect person to talk about just that subject as we welcome Rustic Crust and American Flatbread CEO Brad Sterl on the show as well. It is the mission of American Flatbread to provide good, flavorful, nutritious food that gives both joy and health, and to share this food with others in ways sustainable to all. They set out to do this by:

Creating a pleasant, fulfilling and secure workplace

Producing, Packaging, marketing and distributing their products in an environmentally conscious way

Trusting one another and practicing respectful relationships with those involved in this work

Supporting with their voices and their buying power local, regional and sustainable agriculture, the forces of peace and understanding, the cultural, economic and environmental needs of peoples worldwide and the ecological needs of the wild flora and fauna

Being an educational resource to the community

Being a good neighbor

Laughing and being of goodwill. Being grateful, respectful and forgiving and Encouraging these experiences in others


To make truly good food, food that not only fills our hunger and tastes good to our mouths but also nourishes, nurtures, and heals, we must start with good ingredients. American Flatbread is made with organic flour, organic tomatoes, and many organic & locally-farmed meats, veggies, and cheeses. American Flatbread sources ingredients from their unique, local network of farmers and producers and Rustic Crust pizza crusts are made with all natural, organic ingredients with no preservatives and GMOS. It all sounds delicious!

That’s us just getting started; we also have the pleasure of joining us in studioJessica Hickey Kiefer who is the Sales and Event Planner for one of Philadelphia’s Premier restaurants, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. With almost 40 Years of Rich Tradition, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House was born in 1981 with a bold vision – to embody the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse. Since then, their purpose has remained the same. They keep this tradition alive, but with a modern, sleek twist, bringing the guest an unparalleled experience every time they dine. Just don’t take our word for it, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House has earned awards from Wine Spectator, Business Insider, The New York Times, Vibe Vista Awards, Bloomberg Pursuits, and OpenTable to name a few. These awards are no surprise as Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse dry-aged steaks are tenderized to perfection up to 45 days before hitting your palette. This age-old technique intensifies the flavor in meat, bringing out sophisticated notes, such as hazelnut and blue cheese. Then if you didn’t know, Sundays are prime time at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, when you can savor the Prime Pair, their $59 prix-fixe menu. Choose from a perfectly prepared 8 oz. Filet, Manhattan-Cut New York Strip, or Seared Salmon Filet paired with their signature Crab Cake, plus the salad and side of your fancy. Pairs well with interesting company, a robust wine, and an appreciation for the finer meals in life. Best of all, make your company holiday party a night to remember. Book your holiday event before October 31 and receive a $100 bonus card as a thank you from Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Celebrate a year well done and make a toast to your employees with remarkable food and wine in a lively, class-act atmosphere.

Heading back to the food of Italy we are happy to welcome on the show Elisa Costantini the author of Italian Moms – The Art of Classic Italian Cooking & Tradition. Elisa was born in 1938 in Poggio Valle, Italy. The daughter of farmers, she learned to cook at a very young age as an apprentice to a local chef using simple, fresh ingredients to create wonderful food for those closest to her. After appearing on the Today Show and reoccurring guest spots onRachael Ray Show, Elisa has signed with Sterling Publishing, a division of Barnes & Noble. Sterling released a hardback edition of her book in Fall 2017, and her new title Italian Moms – Something Old Something New will be released April 2018. The brand, Italian Moms, will also debut a line of Kitchen and Table Linens and Dinnerware in 2018. A treatment for a Motion Picture of her life story and immigration to the United States is also in the production stage. In May 2017, Elisa received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, for her lifetime achievements, service to those with special needs and her work with charities. What a thrill to talk to such an inspiration.

Most shows would call it quits or be content with just one guest, but NOT US! How does all this food get cooked? In a kitchen of course and lucky us ChefKathy Gold the owner of In The Kitchen Cooking School located in Downtown Haddonfield, New Jersey will also be coming in studio. Someone has to teach people how to cook and Chef Kathy is one of the best and most respected in the area as In the Kitchen Cooking School is the premier cooking school in the Delaware Valley. As featured in the HuffPost, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Courier Post, Bucks County Courier Times, and both New Jersey and NJ magazines, they offer deliciously creative and fun hands-on gourmet cooking classes, private parties, and team building events. Classes at In the Kitchen get students involved in every aspect of the art of cooking — just as if they were professional chefs. Students learn to prepare mise en place, cook with and without recipes, orchestrate a full meal, and plate their culinary creations. At the end of the evening, students dine together on the delicious meals they have created. WOW, that is what I call a show.

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world and also be sure to catch him on QVC 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 new 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 appears 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 recent autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Jack’s BBQand hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

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Treno Pizza Bar – Westmont, NJ

Treno Pizza Bar – Westmont, NJ

Pictured are their Tuscan Wings which are wings with garlic, chili flake, rosemary, and parmesan. They were DELICIOUS!!! Highly recommend these with any visit to Treno. Then also had the brick oven Meatball (bottom) and Sausage & Spinach (top) pizzas.