From the Editors

Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur—one of the pre-eminent experts on the Israeli food scene—is coming to New Jersey to make two appearances next month. Discover why some see her becoming the Julia Child of Israeli cooking....
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Armed with a cotton candy machine, an aerolatte milk frother and a Ninja-brand professional blender, bartender John Jansma of Serenade in Chatham whirred and stirred his way to top place at last night’s Iron Shaker state-wide cocktail competition, organized by West Caldwell-based R &R Marketing and sponsored by New Jersey Monthly. Jansma’s four drinks took first place or tied for first in each category, from sweet to sour then savory and finally, spicy....
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The Great Oak Awards inaugural dinner, held at The Palace at Somerset Park, honored New Jersey businesses that demonstrate the highest level of commitment to local and statewide charitable institutions and social causes....
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The Junior Knights Dance Team of Rutgers University makes history this weekend as the first junior dance team performing at a college level in the country. They make their debut at halftime of the Rutgers-Tulane game this Saturday....
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Hands to the Sky

September 19, 2014

What happens when autistic kids grow to adulthood? It's a question that's confronted in a new short film, "Hands to the Sky," which premieres in the state this weekend at the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City....
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Steve Carell, will replace fellow actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis in the movie Freeheld — a film based on a 2007 documentary about the late Ocean County Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester, who fought to leave her county pension to her life partner, Stacie Andree, as she was dying from cancer in 2006....
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Thanks Captain Clutch

August 20, 2014

A New Jersey farm has come up with what might be the ultimate tribute to Derek Jeter on his final season: a five acre corn maze designed with the face of the Yankee captain himself....
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The Better World Market in Somerset has the largest selection of Jersey-made food products I have ever seen under one roof—and I've shopped under a lot of Jersey roofs, not to mention under the sun at farmer's markets and roadside stands....
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Patrick Stettner likens Robin Williams to “a genius jazz musician.” Stettner, who had the rare treat of directing a film with Williams, was reminiscing about his friend, who died Monday of a suicide....
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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, 11-time NBA All Star Patrick Ewing and actor James Gandolfini top the list of this year’s New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees....
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When the skies are clear and the sand is hot, New Jerseyans want to plant their beach bags in Ocean City. The South Jersey destination was voted Best Beach by New Jersey Monthly readers in our Summer Getaways poll....
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Sympathy For the Devil

July 21, 2014

I'm not talking Mick and Keith, but rather the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's wickedly entertaining revival of George Bernard Shaw's first commercial success, 1897's The Devil's Disciple....
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For most it’s the faint smell of sea salt off the causeway, or pastel 50s cruisers along the road, that let people know they’re at the shore. Residents in Margate know the shore by something else: a 6-story tall tin elephant named Lucy, who will celebrate her 133rd birthday on Saturday, July 19th from 10:00am – 8:00pm....
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Bookends in Ridgewood on July 17 for her new memoir, Hard Choices....
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The New Jersey Monthly staff jumps for joy at the new Sky Zone in Pinebrook, the latest location of the international indoor trampoline park franchise. ...
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Garrett Oliver, one of the craft beer movement's brightest stars, hosted a beer pairings dinner at the Mountain Lakes Club in Morris County Thursday night. ...
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Diners' Choice Awards go to Casa Bella Trattoria; Crux Café; El Sitio; Grange; L’Oceano; and Pascal & Sabine......
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During its brief lifetime (2010-2013), chef Christine Nunn's Fair Lawn restaurant, Picnic, won accolades, including a spot on NJM's annual Top 25. This afternoon she will announce that she will open Picnic on the Square, in Ridgewood, in mid-August. ...
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Aye, many. And at the end, tears of joy, too. The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey's new production of The Tempest keeps the signature sorcery subtle, letting one of its finest actors, Sherman Howard, give us a warts-and-all sorceror--Prospero--we can yet warm to....
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When one thinks about bird watching, fierce competition probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind—unless you happen to be one of the hundreds of bird enthusiasts who gathered in Cape May last Saturday to participate in the 31st Annual World Series of Birding (WSB)....
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