At New Jersey Monthly, our job every month is to bring you the best the state has to offer.
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Still, conferring "Best of Jersey" status on our favorite people, places, and things is a daunting process. To that end, we asked our editorial team and our most discerning contributors to nominate their "Best Of Jersey" candidates. Then we researched and visited and tasted and debated until we reached our final decisions. We hope you enjoy the results—and we welcome your comments at njmonthly.com.
Click on the following links to read about the best places in the state for each category:
Best of NJ: Food and Drink
Best of NJ: Retail
Best of NJ: People
Best of NJ: Places
Best of NJ: Recreation
Click on the links below to read more detailed profiles of fellow Jerseyans who have exceeded expectations, acted heroically, realized their ambitions and accomplished feats worthy of our reverence and esteem; as well as some hidden treasure destination spots more than worth a day trip to visit:
The Phenom: 16-year-old tennis phenom Kristie Ahn, from Upper Saddle River, is poised to take the world of professional tennis by storm.
Heroes of the Hudson: When Flight 1549 hit the water, New Jersey's well-trained ferryboat captains prevented tragedy.
These Buds Are For You: Cherry Blossoms aboun in Branch Brook Park in Essex County.
Sister of Invention: Georgetown University sophomore Catherine Cook created a yearbook for the digital generation.
Heavy Medalists: NJ's Olympic and Paralymic stars are winners in every way.
On the Fly: Ken Lockwood Gorge offers rustic trout fishing not too far off the beaten path.
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A Meal for Amiel
As mentioned earlier in the week, on February 8, chef Florian Wehrli, along with top chefs from New York and Northern New Jersey will collaborate on a benefit dinner at Perona Farms to raise money to build a greenhouse/interactive classroom for Frankford Township School. The five-course tasting meal will feature regionally grown meats, cheeses and produce.
Early in Saturday night's American premiere of a work by the South African choreographer Robyn Orlin, the dancers of the all-male Senegalese troupe Jant-Bi begin to advance steadfastly toward and then literally into the audience--standing on the backs and armrests of occupied seats and striking a pose of invincible, unyielding bravado.
At that point, who could guess that this pinwheeling, sometimes perplexing, affair at Montclair State's Kasser Theater would culminate in a flood of joy uniting audience and performers?
For some reason, that is my favorite line in what I like to think of as my favorite play, Waiting For Godot. I certainly will not forget this particular carrot. That I can't explain the contents of this picture is part of what I like about it. In other words, you can't make this stuff up.
Snow everywhere in Jersey. Nonetheless, you can celebrate the Super Bowl on the beach in Sea Bright. In Driftwood Cabana Club's rebuilt, enclosed, all-weather tiki bar, "You kind of feel like you are on a cruise ship," says beverage director Beau Keegan, "because all you see is water.”