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Hearthside – Collingswood, NJ

Hearthside – Collingswood, NJ

You are wondering about Hearthside, but you can’t ever land a reservation even though you check dates for a possible reservation three months in advance. They have received quite the press and accolades from being named one of the top 50 restaurants in Bon Appetite, rave reviews from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, other local media and blogs singing their praises, and also being known as a hot destination to see many Philadelphia Eagles players dining there regularly.

Well here the meal I had there:


Gulf Prawns with garlic, chili, lemon, and parsley with homemade grilled bread


Orecchiettee with fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, and roasted long hots


Campanelle with san Marzano, baby octopus, pepperoncino, and black olive


40oz 30 day dry-aged porterhouse with salsa verde, fried potatoes, leeks, and mixed mushrooms


Carrot cake

Here is what I can tell you. The food was phenomenal. The service was out of this world. By far one of the better dining service experiences from the staff I have had in South Jersey in quite some time and on par with high end Philadelphia and NYC dining destinations. Sadly, I forget her name, but our server stated she was there since they opened, and I can see why. She was definitely a great asset to the team. The ambiance is really tastefully done. Sleek and modern, but not being too over the top. Last but not least, the hearth is wide open for all to see and it was an enjoyable time watching the cooking brigade prep and prepare the meals. The highlights for me were the Orecchiettee and Campanelle, both being top notch in every way. It was an enjoyable night out and a well-executed meal. Give them a try yourself and let me  know your thoughts at


The Boiling House – Cherry Hill, NJ

The Boiling House – Cherry Hill, NJ

This is an interesting place with a nice menu filled with seafood selections. The garlic noodles were really good and prices were reasonable for seafood. Pictured is calamari appetizer, garlic noodles, and bowl of shrimp, crawfish, snow crab, dungeness crab, corn on the cob, and red bliss potatoes in the Boiling House Seasoning with a side of hot sauce.

El Negro De Oro – Hamilton, NJ

El Negro De Oro – Hamilton, NJ

This place is a GEM!!! What a find if you have already been eating here, and to everyone else, you need to go ASAP. This is a family run operation serving Ecuadorian cuisine that really hit it out of the park. I started the meal out with the Tostones Rellenos con Hornado that were AMAZING. Delicious pulled pork piled high on a fried plantain topped with marinated red onions and a little salsa. Then the Bandeja Al Negro De Oro which is shrimp, beef, and chicken sautéed in a light cream sauce served with rice, sweet plantains, and salad. This cream sauce was SOOOOOO good. This was quite a surprise and really a flavor explosion in every bite. Also had the Chaulafan with is Ecuadorian fried rice with shrimp, beef, pork, eggs, chicken, and soy sauce. The level of deliciousness that this place is putting out is amazing and the service was so friendly and made me feel at home. I don’t know how I have not heard of this place, but it is on my radar now and I will certainly be back to try more on the menu.

02-03-19 Small Bites Radio



D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of on Wildfire Radio this Sunday, February 3rd at 635pm with a great lineup as well as Small Bites Radio’s resident Vegan Food Chef Christina Martin back in studio for some fun and food talk with us and our guests.

We are thrilled to welcome Amy Lacey the founder of Califlour Foods and author of Cali’flour Kitchen: 125 Gluten-Free Recipes for the Carbs You Crave from ABRAMS Books. Amy Lacey’s Cali’Flour pizza crusts were selected as Clean Eating Magazine’s “Coolest New Find of 2017” and named one of “Whoopi Goldberg Favorite Things” on The View. Lacey is a health coach and authored the self-published The Clean Switch. Cali’Flour Foods has helped millions transform splurge foods into superfoods. And now, their first cookbook, Cali’Flour Kitchen, offers recipes for the dishes you haven’t been able to enjoy for years—from French Onion Soup and Quiche Lorraine to pizza, cookies, enchiladas, and lasagna. Cali’Flour Kitchen is designed for people across the dietary spectrum, providing perfect, guilt-free recipes for every carb-heavy craving, whether you’re eating vegan, dairy-free, Keto, The Paleo Diet, or a plant-based diet. For those suffering from health issues like diabetes and autoimmune diseases, this cookbook reintroduces those favorites that have long been forsaken, reinventing them to include a full serving of vegetables. With more than 125 recipes and photos plus detailed how-tos on creating cauliflower crusts, rice, crisps, wraps, and zoodles, Cali’Flour Kitchen is all about indulging without compromising health

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, joining us will be Julia Bernadsky the Founder of Untamed Hearts Jewelry which is jewelry with soul. They offer unique, beautiful, and meaningful objects. They offer gifts with energy since each piece tells a story and are all Vegan 100% animal cruelty free so that there is peace for all. You can catch them this week Visit Phoenix at the Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival or shop online at for yourself or a wonderful gift for that special someone else in your life.

Looking for a date for Valentine’s Day but Tinder or Match not cutting it? Then we figured who better to join us than Anne Dinshah author of Dating Vegans from American Vegan Society. Dating Vegans is the first book of its kind to boldly explore this aspect of relationships. From its captivating cover to the bounty of advice found in real people’s stories, the pages are packed with useful insights and suggestive recipes. This is a must-read for everyone in a relationship vegan-with-a-nonvegan, or anyone who has a vegan friend. Better than a romance novel that whisks you away to fantasy, Dating Vegans is genuine. It is a catalyst for reevaluating your own interactions with other people whether you are the vegan or the other person. Where am I now? What is certain? What might I compromise? What would I do if I met a person like that? Will I make a recipe? This powerful function of the book can appeal to anyone, regardless of the relationship situation. Anne Dinshah has applicable tips for getting a date or keeping together long-term. Learn how to share information, so that vegan values get just consideration, without being socially abrasive to those not yet holding these ideals. This book will not sit on your shelf for long. You might read the dating portion once or twice, but you or your date can cook the recipes over and over for each other. Or take the book out in public. You might pick up a date if seen reading it!

So with your date secured by reading Dating Vegans and your lovely gift for them purchased at UntamedHearts Jewelry, all you need now is somewhere to go out and take them to enjoy a great meal. Well why not reserve a table for your special Valentine’s Day night out at Chubby’s 1 1/2 Hearth Steakhouse in Gloucester City, New Jersey. You say a steakhouse for a Vegan? Well you’d be surprised as they offer a little something for everyone while also serving some of the best steaks around for those meat lovers since they were just listed by Jason Sheehan in Philadelphia Magazine as one of MUST try Steakhouses in Philadelphia in their Ultimate Guide as well as reviewed by Christina Carrell for the popular blog Fork in the Pines. Chubby’s also offers daily #HappyHourdeals as well as varied dining and meal specials throughout the week. Sounds like a date to us to make it Gloucester Great. Chef Philip Petitt of Chubby’s will be in studio.

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 for Blog Eating in South Jersey, 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 available, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist, appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, as well 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 “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press is available for purchase on D & L Coffee Services Inc. and hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, Indie Philly Radio affiliated with PhillyBite Magazine, Player FM, iTunes, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world.

D & L Coffee Services has an expert staff of highly qualified, certified, and experienced office, technical, and sales personnel. D & L Coffee Services are able to provide your business, home, or special event the absolute best from the beans they sell, vendors they work with, Italian delicacies available for delivery, catering on-site for any sized affair, hands-on barista training, equipment available for purchase, and maintenance/repair services for your espresso and coffee machines. You can stop by their warehouse at 7000 HOLSTEIN AVE, SUITE 3, Philadelphia, PA 19153 during business hours or call the office at 215-365-5521 for an appointment, consultation, or any questions.

New York City – Winter 2019

New York City – Winter 2019

A blog post doesn’t do New York City justice in the least. There are websites dedicated to the wonders of NYC, thousands of books have been written, and endless amounts of shows available to watch for those interested to learn more. What this post is going to try to do is go give you a glimpse of a fantastic base camp to have an easy to access, affordable, but yet wonderful NYC family oriented weekend and a few places to eat that taste good and won’t break the bank while there for a few days.

We stayed at the Stewart Hotel which is literally just steps outside of Penn Station. They have a variety of rooms to fit every budget while still feeling luxurious throughout the facility and offering every amenity you could possibly need during your getaway. We were lucky enough to stay in their 2 Bedroom Penthouse Suite that has enough room to sleep 8 people, full kitchen stocked with all the utensils, two full bathrooms, large living and dining room area, and a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline overlooking the Hudson River. They even spoiled us with a gracious gift plate of fruits and cheeses, and a award winning bottle of wine. With Stewart Hotel being just steps from Penn Station, almost any destination you are trying to reach in NYC is easily accessible via subway for you to leave the car at home.

The amount of shows to see on Broadway is staggering. Some are better than others, and it is sometimes difficult to find something that the entire family can enjoy. We went to see King Kong on Broadway; and I must admit it was spectacular. Now the Broadway purists may poo-poo this play with the fancy video screens shown for the background at times, a few special effects dabbled in, and nothing new regarding a storyline, but for pure entertainment and excitement you can’t beat King Kong. It is a story that transcends generations and with this new platform to see the story, the producers did a fantastic job to make it still feel fresh and relevant for all who come. The puppetry of King Kong and the emotions and feelings that they were able to portray with the puppet were truly breathtaking and groundbreaking.

As far as good food goes, below are a few decent places that we enjoyed with decent ambiance, quality service, and a delicious meal. Hope you enjoy.
John’s of Times Square – NYC, NY


Sicilian Wings – chicken wings tossed with crushed red pepper, fresh garlic, and rosemary and a Traditional Pizza.
Niles NYC – NYC, NY


Really good French Onion Soup, Filet Mignon with crispy onions, pink peppercorns, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus, and Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
Chop Shop II – NYC, NY


Pork Pan-fried dumplings, Half Rack Thai Marinated St. Louis Spare Ribs, and Three Cups Chicken with organic baby chicken, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine, and Thai Basil that was REALLY delicious.

Special thanks go to the following individuals for making our stay so wonderful:
Mark Pandaleon – Director of Rooms for Stewart Hotel
Skylar Siminovsky – Assistant Director of Housekeeping for Stewart Hotel
Jessica Muniz – Director of Front Office for Stewart Hotel
Sarah – Front Desk for Stewart Hotel

Peking Buffet – Glassboro, NJ

Peking Buffet – Glassboro, NJ

I needed somewhere quick to eat before a Sunday night visit to Rowan University, and I saw Peking Buffet in passing and decided to give them a try. My expectations for buffet food is pretty low, but I must say this place really hits it out of the park with an extremely affordable price point, variety, freshness, and the overall size of the place. This place is HUGE inside and works like a well oiled machine with almost every type and style of food available to eat on the buffet or stations next to buffet . The Sunday night I visited, they were packed, but trays of food, sushi, hibachi orders and other food just kept on flowing seamlessly. If you’re in the area, you really can’t beat the value and selection here.


Cacia’s Bakery & Deli – Audubon, NJ

Cacia’s Bakery & Deli – Audubon NJ

With multiple locations, Cacia’s is in reach to many in Philly and South Jersey. I used to visit their Ritner St location often, but we all know the kind of nightmare South Philly parking can be. The traditional plain cheese pizza is AWESOME! Give them try instead of your regular pizza shop and you may be happily surprised. They have more than just pizza as well.