Month: November 2017

Exit Eleven N.J. combines all things Americana

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 11/13/17 

ASBURY – Alyson and William Malenchek of Lopatcong have always loved all things Americana. With a passion for seeking out unique, vintage items, it was only natural that William Malenchek and business partner Josh Kohn formed the Jugtown Mountain Motor Club in 2002 and in 2015 organized the official group, which holds events for car lovers to benefit local charities.

However, the Motor Club needed a home, and Alyson Malenchek was eager to find a home for her own genre of unique goods — handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, furniture, homewares and antiques.

That home was found in 2011, when the three stumbled across a 12,000-square-foot run-down building on 11 acres off of Interstate 78’s Exit 11 in Asbury. For five years, the Malenchecks and Kohn renovated the property, finally opening about one year ago as Exit Eleven N.J., the home of Exit Eleven Gifts, the Jugtown Mountain Motor Club and Immortal Ink 3, the third Hunterdon County tattoo location owned and operated by Kohn.

Photo Courtesy of Exit Eleven N.J.

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NYC Marathon dreams realized by reporter

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 11/7/17

During my high school days, my cross-country team and I would hop on a train each year and head out to watch the New York City Marathon.

Every time, I would feel star-struck by the runners that ran by me on the streets that are normally stuffed full of cars. To me, to be able to run 26.2 miles was absolutely otherworldly, something that could never be in my grasp.

However, on Nov. 5, crossing the finish line of the New York City Marathon became my memory rather than a dream — but it didn’t come without physical therapists, podiatrists, injuries, tears, weekends spent in, hours spent running and hundreds of dollars spent.

Photo by Jenna Intersimone

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Cake Boss, Canal House of Frenchtown featured in new America the Great Cookbook

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 11/7/17

As every foodie knows, America is a lot more than hot dogs and milkshakes — the real American food scene includes homemade comfort food from the South, fresh produce from the garden, tasty ethnic desserts brought to the United States from all over the world, and everything in between.

The newly published “America the Great Cookbook” seeks to capture this diversity by featuring an intimate glimpse into the lives of more than 100 food personalities, ranging from the mega-famous to the baker down the street.

The $40 book, published by Weldon Owen, seeks to eliminate the lines between the five regions of America and instead, showcases what makes up the various pieces of the nation’s food “pie.”

And this pie is also getting a serving of help. The publisher is donating $20,000 to No Kid Hungry, which provides meals to needy children.

Courtesy of America the Great Cookbook

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5 drool-worthy Central Jersey food trucks

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 11/6/17

Gourmet hot dogs, vegan goodies, boardwalk snacks and custom ice cream sandwiches — the vast diversity of food trucks that can be seen parked all over the Garden State is one of the many reasons why the casual, inexpensive food concept has exploded in popularity.

If you’re a foodie used to sitting down at a white table-clothed table, don’t turn up your nose just yet at the thought of grabbing a freshly-made slider from the back of a truck — food trucks are worth checking out the next time you see one hiding in the corner of a fair or festival.

And if you happen to spot one of these cool-concept food trucks at one of those said events, don’t let their long lines fool you — these are some of the most interesting four wheels you will see cruising Central Jersey.

Bourbon bacon jam grilled cheese from CheezeN. ~Courtesy of CheezeN

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