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Valentine's Dinner Special at Mara's Fanwood Feb 12 - 14

January 12, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Love is in the air at Mara's Cafe & Bakery in Fanwood. 

From Sunday, Feb. 12 through Tuesday, Feb. the cafe is featuring a 3-course dinner.

Appetizer: Fresh Bruschetta

Entree: Choice of Surf and Turf, Shrimp Scampi over Angel Hair Pasta and Pasta Primavera.

Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Lava Cake.

No Reservations ...

Take a Delicious Break for Social Justice on Martin Luther King Day - Celebrate Again in June

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Four local organizations will “pay it forward” to produce a community experience that will be remembered and enjoyed by all. The participants are Mara’s Café and Bakery, Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM), a local grass-roots organization, “Voices from the Margins,” a Scotch Plains Public Library book group engaged in ...

January Is National Soup Month

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Now that cold weather is upon us, what better way to warm up than with a bowl of hot soup?

January is National Soup Month, and throughout the coming weeks, Nick's Pizza (42 South Martine Ave.) will celebrate with a variety of homemade soups made daily. 

"Our soups include minestrone, lentil, butternut squash soup and many others, ...

Rutgers Alums: As New Brunswick Changes, the Corner Tavern Remains

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Vinnie Inzano has tended bar at the Corner Tavern since 1976, when his father bought the watering hole. He’ll probably continue tending bar there until it either closes or, only slightly less imaginable, a catastrophe wipes New Brunswick off the map.

At the intersection of Easton Avenue and Somerset Street, the Corner Tavern has welcomed travelers from the train ...

Tea 101 at Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- January is National Hot Tea Month, and the Scotch Plains Public Library welcomes Tea Love blogger Catherine Felegi on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. for Tea 101: A Brief Introduction. She will share interesting facts about tea and explain how to brew the perfect cuppa. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite mug or teacup to enjoy samples after the ...

Gerry Cooney Hosts Party for At-Risk Youth in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's own Gerry Cooney, Nick's Pizza, and Rocko's Ice Cream this week co-hosted a holiday party for 33 young people at Youth Consultation Service (YCS), where the boxing legend has taught pugilistic and life skills for more than a decade.

"I grew up in a dysfunctional family." said Cooney, who famously battled then-undefeated Larry Holmes for the ...

Cookie Palooza: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Beautifully decorated sugar cookie cutouts are a Christmas tradition, and many folks have a favorite sugar cookie recipe. But how many bakers can say their recipe originated in Germany more than a century ago?

Amelia Zastrow brought this recipe when she emigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1883. She passed it down to her daughter and granddaughter, and now, her ...

Cannoli Ice Cream Pie: The Best Dessert Pairing Since Chocolate Met Peanut Butter

FANWOOD, NJ -- The next great dessert treat may owe its creation to sibling rivalry.

When Rob Watterson of Nick's Pizza, which recently added flavored cannoli to its menu, and Brandon Watterson of Rocko's Ice Cream almost crashed their vehicles vying over a parking lot, the two realized they could put their respective desserts together to create Cannoli Ice Cream pies. The ...

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