Dating a Jersey boy has opened my eyes to the culinary offerings of the garden state.

A couple of Sundays ago we hopped into the Ford and headed to New Brunswick on a lark. Though we were tempted to return to the beloved Evelyn’s, we instead visited Old Man Rafferty’s.

A quick survey of the interior revealed a slew of octogenarians conversing over dry martinis and steak.  Our presence dropped the average diner’s age by at least two decades, but that’s part of the eatery’s jaded charm.

Upon being seated our server greeted us with a wonderful bread basket

For appetizers we selected the mixed Asian platter

and French onion soup

The mixed asian platter contained primarily fried bites and lacked any significant flavor. Kevin reported that the French onion soup was tasty, though essentially any item doused in gruyere would have gustatory appeal.

Upon my gentle remonstrance against red meat, Kevin selected the sea bass. Of course the cod ended up arriving wrapped in prosciutto, nullifying the initial intent to avoid any LDL.

Unfortunately the Cod’s interior contained sundried tomatoes, which Kevin has a strong aversion to. I happily helped him complete the dish, enjoying numerous bites of the tender fish.

For my entree I selected the Greek salad with grilled chicken which, sadly, arrived with the dressing on the side. A major restaurant pet-peeve of mine is when restaurants put the dressing on the side rather than tossing the greens,

The dish was pretty standard, nothing revolutionary there.

Overall Old Man Rafferty’s offers fine, casual fare in a geriatric community-oriented environment. If visiting New Brunswick I would definitely recommend visiting Evelyn’s instead.

No visit to New Brunswick is complete without a stop at Thomas Sweets!

Cookies and cream soft serve mixed with chocolate sprinkles. Incredible.

Hope that everyone is doing well and having a good week! I am thinking of starting a blog post series about life in NYC as a twenty-something year old recent grad figuring out life. One post could be about apartment hunting, another one job searching, another about relationships. Let me know if that’s something you’re interested in!

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70.3 San Juan Recap

by Ada on April 18, 2013

Last month Kevin and I escaped the frigid New York City weather and visited Puerto Rico for the San Juan Half Ironman.

Upon exiting the airplane we hopped a cab to our hotel, the Caribe Hilton, and were instantly transported to paradise!

Though our time in Puerto Rico was quite limited, and mostly occupied by race preparation, we certainly absorbed the tranquil atmosphere and indulged in major relaxation.

Each morning a breakfast buffet laden with pastries, fresh fruit, and hot items greeted us.

I particularly loved the fresh juice bar, which included exotic flavors, such as passion fruit.

I piled my plate with lots of pre-race carbs and perfectly sweet mango.

Our hotel room featured a lovely patio occupied by some suspicious birds. Each morning they woke us up with loud squawks and attempted to invade our bedroom.

Additional pre-race comestibles included loads of fruit consumed pool-side

mediocre nachos

a huge ice cream cone (which I always must consume before a race)

We had a fabulous pre-race dinner with our friends Jason and Aleks at the trendy Asian Fusion restaurant Dragonfly, but I did not capture any pictures.

I did, however, capture our wacky room-service order:

I’m sure the room service people thought we were crazy in requesting a bowl of bananas alongside our chocolate cake and whipped cream. The bananas, however, served as a component of our race-morning breakfast.

The actual race turned out to be somewhat disastrous. The swim went well, and I managed to beat 9 pro-triathletes in it, but during the bike course I got extremely dehydrated and fainted at the very end of the bike course. Training in the NYC cold made acclimating to the Puerto Rican temperatures extremely difficult.

Though the race officials tried to get me to drop out of the race, I somehow evaded their insistent advice and hobbled over to the bike/run transition. Once I made it to transition I found Kevin waiting for me! At first I thought it was a delirium-induced mirage, but sure enough it was him! He had seen me struggling on the bike course and knew I was in serious trouble.

Kevin made me wait until I could formulate cohesive sentences before resuming the race and starting the run. We began the run together and made a pact to cross the finish line together.

Though our race time was extremely slow, we finished together and survived relatively unscathed. Kevin waiting in transition was one of the sweetest things ever!

The funny part is, despite the disastrous race and super duper slow finish time, I got a trophy for placing third in my age group.  I’m definitely lucky to still be in an age group with limited participants.

After the race we immediately showered, hit the hot tub, and took a (LONG) nap. I can honestly say that I’ve never been in so much pain after a race before, mostly due to sun burn.

Kevin craved a big juicy steak after the race, so I happily obliged and visited Morton’s with him.

Upon sitting down our server brought over an amazing loaf of onion bread that we devoured in seconds.

Kevin began with the French onion soup

while I began with an amazing house salad. Probably the best salad dressing I’ve ever tasted!
My apologies for the terrible quality of photos, I did not want to use flash in such a fancy establishment.

For his entree Kevin selected a huge hunk of meat

while I went with some, disappointing tuna tacos

brussel sprouts on the side:

chocolate mousse for dessert:

The best part of enduring a challenging race in paradise?

Post-race recovery!

Pina Coladas+Ocean/swimming pools= optimal post-race relaxation

Cheers to a wonderful time in paradise!


Cocina Economica Mexico

January 31, 2013

Last Saturday Keviniski and I headed to Cocina Economica Mexcio, a home-style restaurant that replaced the former inhabitant, Recipe. As sad I was to see Recipe go, I was eager to try the owner’s take on Mexican cuisine. To drink we shared a traditional margarita that lacked the astringent sweetness of margaritas that I generally […]

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Dinner at Nikko’s, Dessert at Kitchenette

January 13, 2013

Hello Everyone, Happy New Year! I plan on posting my annual recap in the coming days, but let’s just say increasing the frequency of blog posts is a major resolution of mine. A month ago, Kevin and I continued our quest of sampling neighborhood eateries with a visit to Nikko. Nikko is an Asian-fusion restaurant […]

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The Smith at Lincoln Center

December 25, 2012

Sunday night Kevin and I headed to the newly-opened Smith in Lincoln Center. Lincoln Center seriously lacks optimal pre-theater dining options, so I hoped The Smith would fill this void. In addition to standard bread and butter, each table gets presented with a complimentary bottle of sparkling water. A nice and much-appreciated gesture. To begin […]

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December 7, 2012

For my birthday Kevin kindly took me to Zenkichi, a Japanese brasserie in Williamsburg. Thought I refuse to divulge my current age, let’s just say it’s almost time to call the geriatrician. Zenkichi features individual booths concealed by beaded curtains, providing a uniquely intimate dining experience. Whenever you wish to attract your server’s attention, you […]

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Friendsgiving 2012

November 23, 2012

Last weekend Kevin and I headed to our friends Darbi and Tyler’s home for Friendsgiving. If you bemoan the labor of preparing a Thanksgiving meal, just imagine running a 60k (aka 37.3 miles), and then assembling all the meals’ accouterments in under four hours. That would be Tyler. Pretty impressive. Just look at the gorgeous […]

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Brunch at Pera Soho

November 19, 2012

This afternoon Kevin and I headed downtown to Pera Soho, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, for brunch. The entrance features a lovely outdoor seating area complete with individual cabanas Upon entering the restaurant we were led to our table and served olive bread with olive oil and a white bean puree The brininess of the olive […]

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Quantum Leap

November 16, 2012

Still displaced from the hospital thanks to Hurricane Sandy, my supervisor (Hot in Hurr) and I headed to a university library to work. For lunch we visited Quantum Leap, a natural foods restaurant in the West Village. Hot in Hurr selected the soba noodle salad, which contained the alarmingly flourescent green seaweed that prompts you […]

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Beyond Sushi and Haru (and reflections on Hurricane Sandy)

November 2, 2012

Hello Everyone Thank you to those who reached out during the storm. Upper Manhattan survived relatively unscathed, but the hospital where I work, very tragically, had to be completely evacuated. Not only did patients, already suffering from illness, have to be manually transported down flights of stairs to other hospitals, but decades worth of biomedical […]

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