Maplewood Singing Star SZA Blasts Local Starbucks in Pro-Village Coffee Twitter Screed

December 26, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Add Maplewood recording star SZA to the anti-Starbucks folks who outwardly oppose the recently opened mega-chain outlet in the new Clarus building in Maplewood Village.

Like a lot of Maplewood Village java fans here, SZA is pro-Village Coffee, and made that clear in several Twitter posts this weekend.

“They built a Starbucks next to my dad’s favorite coffee ...

Modern Legacy Jazz Trio to Ring in 2018 at Satis Bistro in Bloomfield Center

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Satis Bistro on Bloomfield's restaurant row is ringing in the New Year with live performances by 'Modern Legacy' and a special menu created for the evening.

Chef Michael Fiorianti's menu includes Fresh Ricotta Cavatelli, Wild Boar Sausage and Braised Lentils, Classic Beef Wellington with foie gras and wild mushroom duxelles, ...

Cookiepalooza : Santa's Trash Cookies

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Though they sound like they may land you on the naughty list, these delicious Santa's Trash cookies are sure to make Santa happy.  I found it while searching for some new cookie inspiration, and then found out that my niece Ashley had made a special request for this cookie.  Ashley has a nut allergy and cannot always indulge in holiday treats, but this recipe is ...

Cookie-Palooza: Double the Cookies, Double the Fun for These Holiday Favorites

JACKSON, NJ — As the mother of 2-year-old twin boys, Melinda Goetz has to manage her time wisely. She’s found two cookie recipes that not only are quick and easy to whip up — about 30 minutes for each batch — but they fly off the plate as soon as they’re cool enough for young Nicholas and Jonathan to enjoy. And, of course, each has a favorite.

Nicholas’ ...

Cookie-Palooza: Pecan Fingers, Smothered in Sugary Sweetness

WARREN, NJ — Pecan fingers are made by our family only at Christmastime. Be sure to dip them in confectioners' sugar once while they are hot, and then sift more sugar over them again when they are cool.


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Additional ...

Dave & Busters in Willowbrook Mall Announces Opening Date

WAYNE, NJ - Dave & Busters at Willowbrook Mall has announced that it will open on Feb. 16. The arcade/restaurant chain is currently hiring for all positions.

It will be the second Dave & Busters location to open in New Jersey. The Woodbridge location opened last month.

Dave & Busters, founded in 1982, has 103 locations across the country. The Wayne location will offer a ...

Tips to Keep Holiday Food Safe at Home or When Traveling

WASHINGTON, DC — The most wonderful time of the year is already here. Some of us stay home for the holidays; others travel to visit relatives or friends. Regardless of the destination, one thing that does not change is that food is always part of the celebration.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is here to share food safety ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic


¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

Cookie-Palooza: Peanut Butter Snowballs Recipe

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Peanut Butter Snowballs are fun and easy to make. This delicious treat has become a holiday favorite in our house. Our little one loves to help make them for Santa on Christmas Eve. 

We like to use creamy peanut butter, but if you prefer more texture, use chunky peanut butter.

Prep Time: 15 mins. – Cook Time: 15 mins.

Servings: 3 – 4 dozen

2 ...

Famed chef Marcus Samuelsson officially opens new restaurant Marcus B&P in downtown Newark

Acclaimed celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson knows what he wants and he knows how to get it.

He helped Harlem, long the hub of African-American culture, become happening again with a pair of successful restaurants that are contributing to the revitalization of the famed Manhattan neighborhood.

Samuelsson is rolling the dice by opening a new restaurant in Newark, now undergoing its own ...

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Dave & Buster’s Now Hiring For More Than 300 Positions: Ultimate Entertainment Destination to open February 2018 at Willowbrook Mall

January 9, 2018

WAYNE, NJ — Dave & Buster’s is slated to open its 109th location in Wayne, New Jersey in February 2018 and is hiring more than 300 enthusiastic individuals to join the team at the new location at Willowbrook Mall. Positions are available in both front and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and more.

Dave & Buster’s ...