Visit the Swiss Pastry Shoppe in Scotch Plains

Treat yourself and your family to a pound or two of Baker John’s delicious Rugalach. Baked in flavors of apricot, chocolate, nuts and raisins, don’t leave without a couple of his delicious cheese Danish as well.

Make it a habit to treat your family to his delicious cookies, blueberry muffins, rolls, rye bread and challah. You are most welcome to call and order your challahs for pickup every Friday. Baker John does a fabulous job with celebration cakes as well.  Planning a party? Stop in and speak to him. about a wedding or celebration cake. Don’t leave without a bag of his special treats. Swiss Pastry Shoppe, 1711 E. 2nd Street, Scotch Plains; Call: 908.322.4751

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Mullen on Wine

The Great Wine Regions of Italy in 3 Classes
Another Frog and The Peach Wine Experience

No other country can match the opulence or the complexity of the contemporary wine scene in Italy.  Few other wine professionals can express their passion and impart their breadth of wine knowledge with the generosity, ease and humor of General Manager and Wine Director, Jim Mullen, of The Frog and The Peach.  A seasoned professional, Jim cut his teeth at the Brass Rail in Hoboken; spent years at Montrachet and Morels in NYC before settling in at The F&P. He has trained more bar managers and sommeliers than we can count on both hands.

Jim's second annual Spring Wine Class at The Frog and The Peach will kick off at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 with wines of Tuscany, followed by Campania, Basilicata and Sicily on March 23, and Piedmont and the north on March 30.

Cost: $130 for the 3 class series or $55 per individual class, plus tax and gratuity;.

The Grand Finale, an Italian Wine Dinner: Great Food and Wine from Around the Peninsula, will be held on Saturday April 14, at 7 p.m. Some of the finest wines tasted in the class will be revisited, paired with Bruce Lefebvre's interpretation of Italian regional dishes. Take note: You don’t have to complete the wine class to attend the dinner. Cost: $125 inclusive, or in conjunction with the series for a total of $235 (includes 3 classes and the dinner)

Call Jim Mullen for additional information or to reserve a place: 732-846-3216 x 15, or email:

The Frog and The Peach is located at 29 Dennis Street in New Brunswick, just around the corner from the Hyatt Hotel, easily accessible from route 287 and the NJ Turnpike.

Daryl Restaurant Opens in New Brunswick

Daryl--the sophisticated restaurant at The Heldrich Hotel--has opened, with stunning new changes. 

Most exciting is the arrival of Executive Chef/Partner Zod Arifai of Montclair's acclaimed Restaurant Blu."daryl has become a restaurant that's really approachable," notes Chef Arifai.  "I think of it now as 'casual fine dining.' The menu is more varied, with competitive pricing."

Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday, Dinner is served nightly, with a late night menu is available Friday & Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

daryl  features 56 wines by the glass, original seasonal cocktails, artisanal beers, and a "50-50-50" wine list (50 red, 50 white, each under $50).  Additionally, a Reserve List showcases another 300 bottles. The more casual Wine Tasting Room features the brilliant Enomatic Wine Preservation System, dispensing 2-, 4-, and 6-ounce pours.

Under construction is a new,  640-square foot private dining room for larger groups, parties and meetings.  Additionally, construction is underway on a direct interconnection to the Heldrich Hotel which is expected to be ready this spring.

What else is new and exciting at daryl?  "We converted the wine shop into a wine tasting room,” says Chef Arifai. “And our entire wine list is available for purchase.” Daryl. The Heldrich Hotel, 302 George Street, New Brunswick. Call: 732.253.7780.