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Macona BBQ – Collingswood, NJ

Macona BBQ – Collingswood, NJ


The BBQ game is just getting better and better around the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. This is a tiny little spot, but a nice diverse menu with a good choice of specials daily. I had the 3 meat platter with ribs, pork, brisket, beans, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. The brisket and pork were a highlight. The brisket was some of the best around and the pork had a Latin sort of flair to it with its seasoning which was a nice touch. The corn bread was a surprise as well as usually I am not a fan, but their version is delicious and closest to a muffin that is moist, silky smooth, and yummy with real pieces of corn throughout. They are a welcome addition to the wonderful Collingswood dining scene.

Olor de Mar at Palo Verde Hotel – El Zonte, El Salvador


Olor de Mar at Palo Verde Hotel – El Zonte, El Salvador

Situated on the Pacific Coast with a black sand volcanic beach front dining view is Olor de Mar at Palo Verde Hotel from Chef Carlos Burgos. If ever in the area, this is a must stop and stay destination and somewhere you can watch surfers catch some waves or take a surf lesson and do it yourself. Pictured is Ensalda Extrema with snapper carpaccio, Snapper Pargo Verde, and traditional pizza. As with many places around the world, the majority of El Salvador gets a bad rap, but this area is a tropical paradise with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. You could even brush up on your Spanish or try to learn it from scratch while attending lessons right at the hotel with Spanish School El Zonte instructors. Travel the world and find out for yourself. It is what is inside each other that matters, not what politics tell you.


The Bourse Food Hall – Freebyrd Chicken & #getfried fry café – Philadelphia, PA

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The Bourse Food Hall – Freebyrd Chicken & #getfried fry café – Philadelphia, PA

My oh my, what a beautiful renovation at The Bourse Food Hall. So many choices and only so much I can eat at one time. Well you’re getting a 2 for 1 deal on this week’s post. You get two different food vendors in one post. For the price you pay to read this blog, that’s a steal. Let me start with the one I really enjoyed. That would be Freebyrd’s Nash-Vegas Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich with slow roasted pulled chicken, honey hot sauce, and beer mustard braised onions on a soft roll. It was delicious and devoured in seconds. I will definitely give them a repeat visit and try some of their other offerings. The other selection was from #getfried fry café with their Oh Canada Poutine with bacon topping. I’ll say I’ve had worse and I’ve had better. They have quite a selection of different things to try fried so I recommend you try them and let me know.

El Manantial – Woodbury, NJ

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El Manantial – Woodbury, NJ


At first I wasn’t sure if I was in the right location when I walked through the doors of El Manantial as you enter into a nice Mexican Tienda and have to walk through to find your way to El Manantial. Once inside El Manantial it is quite a sight to be seen. This is sensory party for the eyes and you can see they are setup for some fun at night. They have specials every day for discounts and things going on which is nice. The food was pretty darn good as well and a large menu to choose from. I had 3 Mexican tacos of bistec, carnitas, and barbacoa which were a decent value, tasty, and filling.

Pho Garden – Cherry Hill, NJ

Pho Garden – Cherry Hill, NJ


Have to say this is one of those great Jersey strip mall foodie finds. I really enjoyed my meal here. Had their Pho Mi Bo Kho which is beef stew with rice noodle. It was so fresh and flavorful and service attentive and friendly. I will certainly go back when in the area again to try some more of their menu.

Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Company – Glassboro, NJ

Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Company – Glassboro, NJ


This was a delicious comfort food meal. I had the Fried Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese topped with BBQ sauce. It was really good with fresh cut fries that were perfectly cooked and yummy. This place is certainly a guilty pleasure and service was friendly and quick.

Reggina Gelato & Espresso Bar – Mullica Hill, NJ

Reggina Gelato & Espresso Bar – Mullica Hill, NJ


What a find and gem this little off the beaten path gelato and espresso bar is. If you blink, you will miss it and hard to see off the road. For an easier way to find them, they are located right next door to William Heritage Winery. Reggina had REALLY good Madagascar Vanilla Bean gelato. They also have all sorts of tasty Italian treats for sale there too so I decided to have a few ricotta cookies. The service was TOP NOTCH and super friendly. My only regret is I wish they were closer to where I live as I would visit them daily for a wonderful dessert or treat.