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Twisted Elm: Craft Beer and Comfort Food

August 20, 2014 4:03 pm

Head to this popular spot to chill out in a rustic, relaxed setting with an artisan brewed beer and a flavorful meal. Sidle up to the bar and kick back with one of their rotating roster of craft beers like Flying Dog Mango Habanero IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Allagash White or Bolero Snort Blackhorn.

The menu features tasty gastro-pub fare with pasta and handmade pizzas baked in a wood fired oven, along with flavorful appetizers and sandwiches. Order up classic pub fare like Fish & Chips, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie and a House Chili Crock with spicy jack cheese. Other options include Pan Roasted French Chicken Breast, New England Baked Scrod, Denver Sliced Steak and Mustard Horseradish Crusted Salmon.

Twisted Elm is open every day, with brunch served on Sundays.

Twisted Elm
435 River Drive
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
(201) 791-3705

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Kick Back and Relax With These Summertime Mocktails

August 13, 2014 4:02 pm

If you prefer a drink that’s light on the alcohol but still big on taste, there are a number of tasty summertime mocktails that will cool you down on a hot day. Forgoing the gin, vodka, or Prosecco doesn’t make these delicious drinks any less perfect, and they even look just as pretty as the real things. Here are three warm weather mocktails that are perfect for sipping by the pool.

Pear Sparkler
This sparkling beverage goes down smoothly and tastes sweet, but it also offers warm, hearty undertones more commonly found in autumn recipes. Pear juice is a unique alternative to the usual fruit juices found in most cocktails, and adding fresh herbs, ginger, honey, and lemon juice creates an even more complex flavor.

Virgin Grapefruit Mojito
When it comes to mocktails, many people prefer to take a tried-and-true cocktail recipe and simply remove the alcohol. This virgin mojito contains the same roughly torn mint leaves as the original rum-filled version, but it incorporates grapefruit soda and pieces of fresh grapefruit to give it a taste that’s all its own.

Mango Lassi
If you feel left out from icy summer cocktails like margaritas and daiquiris, you’ll adore this cold Mango Lassi. Fresh, juicy mango is blended with ice to create a sweet base, while buttermilk, honey, and cardamom add a warm, rich taste. For even more flavor, top with toasted pistachios.

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Nibble Artisanal Chocolates at Matisse Chocolatier

August 6, 2014 4:03 pm

One of northern New Jersey’s most popular gourmet chocolatiers is located in Englewood: Matisse Chocolatier. It’s a little hard to find; you need to go around the back of the building to find the entrance. But you'll immediately know you're in the right place as you're greeted by the intoxicating aroma of fresh chocolate!

The selection is far too extensive to mention everything, but some can’t-miss creations include the savory, decadent salted caramel chocolates, which are delicate and rich. Other favorites include the chocolate-coated pretzel rods, the almond bark, and the shaped chocolate lollipops. Chocolate-dipped fruit is also very popular, but it’s smart to call in to reserve some in advance, as they're made fresh each day and sell out quickly.

The walls are covered with photographs and endorsements from legions of celebrities who love Matisse's delicacies, including Jersey’s favorite son, Bruce Springsteen.

Matisse Chocolatier
260 Grand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 568-2288

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