Four years already? Yeah, the time does fly. It really does just seem like yesterday that we started this adventure. And while it hasn’t all been rainbows and moonbeams (there have been moments of hailstorms and death rays), there have been and continue to be lots of things with which to be grateful.
I am grateful for every chef who gave us a moment of their time to talk about their craft.
I am grateful for all of the PR folks who though enough of us to invite us to food events – even if we can’t always make those events.
I am grateful for those in the ‘established’ media who were encouraging as we made our way.
I am grateful for our blogger friends in South Jersey, such as Robin Shreeves, Lisa Grant and Frank Nerney, who keep on plugging along with us.
I am grateful for a our newest writer Heather, who brings another strong voice to our site.
I am grateful for Gaetano’s cheesesteaks, Vincent’s panzarottis and Surf Taco’s Buffalo Soldier burrito. I’d be even more grateful if I had one of them here right now.
I am grateful for two sets of parents who have given us a lot of babysitting while Mommy and Daddy did their work (and maybe had some fun, too).
I am grateful for an amazing partner in life and in all things food. You might have heard of her (wink-wink).
AND – I am grateful for all of you who have been reading us and continue to follow along as we keep on eating in South Jersey.
Looks like the new restaurant taking over Bistro 44’s space in Toms River is going to be an Italian eatery. Chowhounders are saying that the place will open on May 1st.
Closer to home for us, the Charlie Brown’s on Route 9 in Forked River will be turning into…yep…an Italian restaurant.
Also opening May 1 is Uncle Joonie’s Steak & Shake Shop in Ocean City.
Pistol Pete’s in Pleasantville, which filed for bankruptcy in February, is now closed.
And Kohr’s is crossing the border into North Jersey.
The Farmers’ Market Report
Be on the lookout for Jersey strawberries! Already? Yes – already. Some farms are saying they already have the little red yummies available!
Beach Plum Farm, owned by Cape Resorts Group, will now be open to public tours.
Beach plums are becoming more than just a local curiosity.
Bee keeping regulations moving along in Lower Township – where they said no to people having chickens.
Blogging Out Hunger
Not a surprise: more children in Jersey living in poverty.
Barnegat Food Bank may be the benefactor of one woman’s challenge.
And in the news this week…
Never a dull moment in the BYOB in OC debate: a two-hour radio debate, the ‘no’ camp has out-raised the ‘pro’ camp 3-to-1 in campaign financing, AND…Ocean City businessmen opening a restaurant with a liquor license…in Somers Point?
Sculpture out of the creamy centers of Oreos? Why not?
And I’m sad to hear that Jersey food blog Random Cravings is being shut down by the owner. We enjoyed getting know Holly as we met up for many a food adventure down in Atlantic City. We hope that we’ll keep in touch.
Have a great weekend!