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Back to the “Bull on the Barn” Bayshore Crab House in Newport, NJ

Two summers ago, the sweetie and I checked out the Bay Shore Crab House (known at the time as the “Bull on the Barn” because of its easy-to-spot outdoor mural) for the first time. (Here’s my review of that visit.) We enjoyed a tasty, if early season, selection of Jersey crabs and swore we would return again soon.

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Costanera Cocina Peruana in Montclair, New Jersey

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the sweetie and I took a day trip up to Montclair, New Jersey to visit the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. The Gardens have been on my “must see” list for several years and we were fortunate to have the time off to catch them during peak bloom time this year.  It was well worth the trip!

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Return visit: Mandarin Oriental in Mullica Hill, New Jersey

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with Mandarin Oriental, the Japanese/Chinese restaurant in the Shop Rite shopping plaza in Mullica Hill. I know previously I’d found their food decent, if not exceptional, perhaps lacking a little bit in finesse as far as their sushi was concerned (although I always found the hot entrees and appetizers very tasty). So the sweetie and I decided to return the other week to give them another go. I was getting ready to head out on a long road trip and prepping dinner on top of all my other pre-trip chores just wasn’t in the cards. I’m glad we did as we enjoyed a very good meal.

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El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant in Lambertville, New Jersey

Yesterday the sweetie and I decided to spend the afternoon and evening in Lambertville, a charming town full of delightful art galleries, craft shops and antique stores. We were dodging in and out of the rain all of the day, but I came home with a nice stash of vintage cookbooks—and a very full belly after a wonderful dinner at El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant.

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First taste: Naples of Mullica Hill

Earlier this year,  Mullica Hill favorite Naples Pizza moved from its longtime location at The Old Mill Antique Mall across the street to the Warehouse, a former sweet potato warehouse now converted into restaurant and shopping space. I had never actually been to Naples (the restaurant) before, despite now living in the immediate vacinity for four years. With the recent closing of Toscana in Mullica Hill, the sweetie was curious to give Naples a try to see if it would be a suitable “replacement” for satisfying that occasional Italian-American food craving. And I have to say after one visit there with the sweetie and his father R, I was really pleasantly surprised by how good it was.

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