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An Orange Grows in West Orange

March 02, 2015 12:59 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

Lots of them, actually. In the glass-enclosed conservatory of Pleasantdale Chateau, an upscale catering facility in West Orange, two towering orange trees are sprouting fruit among the flowers and other vegetation.

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Why Go Paleo

February 23, 2015 02:52 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

“Our natural diet is not Twinkies, Ho-Ho’s and Cheerios,” says Diane Sanfilippo, author of the New York Times bestseller, "Practical Paleo." Behind that obvious, if attention-getting statement, is a wealth of knowledge the West Caldwell resident has amassed about improving our eating habits.

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Swinging With the Jazz House Kids

February 16, 2015 03:03 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

Fine wine from Amanti Vino, great food from Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Villalobos, Pig & Prince and Ariane Kitchen & Bar will combine with the precocious musicianship of the Jazz House Kids orchestra in the group's seventh annual Body & Soul fundraiser, Saturday, February 28.

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Greetings (And Recipes) From Nicaragua!

February 09, 2015 12:53 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

Marilyn Schlossbach, the noted Shore restaurateur is wintering in Nicaragua, where she is surfing and volunteering with Waves For Water, a nonprofit that helps provide clean water for communities in need. We spoke with her by phone.

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Dine Smart, Valentine!

February 02, 2015 12:51 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

Valentine's Day falling on a Saturday means more lovers looking to dine out and more restaurants switching to expensive prix-fixe menus. Here's how to open your heart without giving away your wallet.

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Enjoy the Super Bowl at the Beach

January 26, 2015 02:05 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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.”

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Meet the Jazzy Vegetarian

January 19, 2015 02:02 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

Laura Theodore calls herself the Jazzy Vegetarian because she is an expert vegan and vegetarian cook and a jazz singer. In fact, she composes the music for her series on Public TV’s Create channel, now in its fourth season.

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