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The "South Jersey Foodie" is Nicole Pellegrini, sometimes known as sockii. She enjoys life as a writer, artist, webmaster, crafter and avid food-lover living in some of the last vestiges of active farmland in Gloucester County, New Jersey. She shares her home with her partner David, a podiatrist in Woodbury NJ and their six cats: Peanut, Norman, Sammo, Mischief, George and Benny.
I believe in enjoying life - and that includes enjoying as many different kinds and styles of food as possible. I am an omnivore with a personal passion for small, sustainable, ethical farming and natural foods. I have little patience for the "Food Police" or those who advocate that one dietary plan is the only "right" one for everyone. Find your personal balance and conscience; make food a joy in your life - that's my motto.
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The dining room at Green Tea is open and bright, all pastel colors with minimal decorations. Booths line the wall and larger tables fill the middle of the room, which features a sushi bar in the back. Our hostess was very friendly and cheerful, quick to offer to open our bottle of wine (Green Tea is BYOB, however there is a liquor store in the shopping center if you show up unprepared.) The menu is quite large, divided into Chinese, Thai and Japanese sections. Of course, all of the standard dishes you’d expect to find for each are available; no real surprises but with Chef’s specials in each. Among the Chinese Chef’s specialties are Soft Shell Crab in Spicy Curry ($15.95) and Sunrise Crispy Prawns ($14.95). All cooked entrees are priced under $17, including seasonal specials such as Lamb with Thai Basil ($12.95) and “Rainbow Seafood” ($15.95).
When it comes to New Jersey Italian restaurants, there is no shortage of “red gravy,” Neapolitan-style establishments. Especially in South Jersey it sometimes feels as though we are just an extension of South Philly’s Italian stronghold, and Gloucester County in fact has one of the highest Italian populations in the state. Guillermo’s Fine Italian Cuisine has two locations: one in Egg Harbor, and one I just recently visited in Pitman. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as my experience with Italian restaurants in New Jersey is quite variable, but overall I found Guillermo’s a cut above average for the area. Solid food, huge portions, reasonably priced and in an attractive location, Guillermo’s certainly is worth consideration and ranks well with the thick competition in the area.
I’ve praised Eastern Garden Restaurant highly in the past, but I swear I fall more in love with this wonderful Japanese/Chinese restaurant every time I get the chance to visit them again. Who would have thought that my favorite sushi place would end up being in a strip mall in Sussex, New Jersey? But these guys really know what they’re doing, and not just with the sushi.
Mullica Hill isn’t exactly a foodie goldmine. There aren’t very many restaurants in the tiny little town but one of the few we do have is Toscana. It looks like a chain, as so many suburban Italian joints do, but the food is certainly generally better than your typical Olive Garden. Not everything they prepare is awesome but overall it’s decent if you know what to order, and also like every restaurant in Mullica Hill it’s BYOB.