Roxy’s Best Of…Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

The Best of Peapack-Gladstone, NJ, from kid stuff (including summer camp) to restaurants to shopping

Oct
13

Peanut Butter and Honey Love Their New Groomer: A+ Style Leash in Gladstone, NJ

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As many of my loyal readers know, our family has two beautiful cockapoos from Mulberry Farm.  Peanut Butter is 19 months old, and Honey is just a 6-month-old puppy.  Now my loyal readers also know that the road to hell is paved with Roxy’s good intentions, and poor Peanut Butter’s fluffy coat had become shaggy and matted underneath. This Fall, London and Maddie joined the Doggone Crazy 4-H Club, and next week they’ll be bringing Peanut Butter and Honey to their very first dog obedience training session at the 4-H Center.  So we had to have the pups looking pretty.

Just in time for a birthday lunch, Rex and I found a new groomer right across the street from the Gladstone Tavern:  Nelson from A+ Style Leash. Their Full Grooming service includes all of the grooming techniques below, and Peanut Butter needed the works!

  • Ear cleaning
  • Exclusive nail care
  • Two shampoos, conditioner, plus a massage while bathing
  • Hand drying of your pet (no kennel dryer on premises)
  • Professional hand scissoring and clipping based on breed and style

A+ Style Leash promises to please the owner´s desires, and I should add that I found all of their efforts on our two puppies quite reasonably priced.  They certainly did their best to keep Peanut Butter’s hair as long as possible despite our poor grooming efforts over the past few months….and A+ gave Honey the perfect puppy trim, London and Maddie love how fluffy she is!

I will post a photo as soon as I can get the pups to sit still!

A+ Style Leash, 258 Main Street, Gladstone, NJ 07934. Phone: (908) 234-2444

Dec
31

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Ninety Acres at Natirar in Peapack, New Jersey

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Rex, London, Maddie and I are relaxing in front of a roaring fire, waiting for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year to count us down to 2010.  We just returned home after a perfect evening at Ninety Acres, the brand new restaurant at Natirar (Raritan spelled backwards) in Peapack, New Jersey.

I started with the Yellowfin Tuna & Hamachi appetizer and chose the Roasted Griggstown Chicken as my entree.  Rex started with Braised Veal Ravioli and had the Forty Eight Hour Short Ribs as his main course.  London gave Rex her Greenhouse Lettuces appetizer and dug right into the Roast Loin of Lamb entree, and Maddie just wanted plain old noodles.  Maddie’s only adventure was trying (and loving) the Natirar Poached Egg with toasted brioche appetizer.

One of our waiters looked like Nick Jonas, and the girls were wondering how he would make it in to Times Square in time to sing with his brothers.


For dessert, we tried three different treats, complete with sparklers: Maddie and I each enjoyed a White Chocolate Souffle, London went with the classic Brownie Sundae, and Rex had a delicious Pear Almond Trifle (roasted pears, brandy & mascarpone cream).

We will be back…

If you’d like to join us (or dine without us and let us know all about it), here are the details:
For reservations phone: (908) 901-9500
Open for Dinner. Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

May
09

Join Roxy for Mother’s Day Brunch at the Limestone Cafe, Then Off to Alvin Ailey at NJPAC

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It’s official… I’ve decided on a complete repeat of last year, also known as a second annual Mother’s Day tradition.  After an amazing Mother’s Day 2008 with Alvin Ailey at NJPAC, we practically bought our tickets for the 2009 Mother’s Day performance on the spot.  The start to last year’s Mother’s Day celebration was the perfect brunch at Limestone Cafe in Peapack, NJ.  Tonight, as we were driving over to my mom’s house to deliver an early Mother’s Day dinner, Rex stopped at the Limestone Cafe, made our reservations for tomorrow morning, and brought me this year’s scrumptious brunch menu.

The theme is “Tributaries,” and features:

“The Brooks” (Omelets)

  • Hollow Brook:  an omelet filled with carmelized shallots and onions, roasted mushrooms (not for Roxy!!) and gruyere
  • Middlebrook:  an omelet filled with your choice of cheese (cheddar, gruyere, goat’s cheese, fontina, mozzarella, brie, American, Roquefort)
  • India Brook:  an omelet filled with diced red & yellow peppers, onions, diced black forest ham, cheddar 
  • Peapack Brook:  an omelet filled with baby spinach, sauteed onions and shallots, goat’s cheese (Rex’s choice)
  • Minebrook:  an omelet filled with roasted “grape” tomatoes, asparagus, sauteed onions and brie

All omelets are served with rosti style home fries, choice of breakfast meat and toast

“The Lakes” (Benedicts)

  • Ravine-Blair:  Benedict’s Benedict, the original one, two poached eggs over Canadian bacon on an English muffin, with hollandaise
  • Mt. Kemble:  Poached eggs over a crab cake and asparagus ona toasted pepper brioche round with hollandaise
  • Shiff-Pleasant Valley:  Poached eggs over seared and pan roasted duck breast with both a bit of ligonberry demi and hollandaise over toasted pepper brioche rounds
  • Twin Lakes:  Poached eggs with New York Strip cooked to your order, served over potato rosti with a tomato scallion hollandaise

“The Rivers” (Eggs many ways)

  • Musconetcong:  For the traditionalist, two eggs any style, served with your choice of breakfast meat, rosti home fries, toast
  • Black River:  Skillet eggs, a bed of crispy potatoes, onions and peppers in your own cast iron skillet topped with two sunnyside eggs, bacon spirals and cheese, served up with a fresh biscuit (If Roxy were allowed to have two Mother’s Day brunches, one at 10am and one at noon, this would be my first Limestone Cafe meal of the day)
  • Raritan:  Steak and eggs, a 6 ounce portion of New York Strip cooked to order, served with two eggs, any style, served with rosti style potatoes and toast
  • Passaic:  Mike’s fabulous Corn Beef Hash, topped with two poached eggs, hollandaise and toast

“Big Streams and Ponds” (From the Griddle)

  • Rockaway:  Big French Toast, yes we make it, bake it and slice it thick ourselves from Brioche loaves, dipped in vanilla egg custard, dipped in rice crispies, griddle finished for a crunchy finish, served with your choice of breakfast meat, whipped butter and Vermont maple syrup (This is the one for Roxy’s Mother’s Day sweet tooth!!  I think I will convince London or Maddie to get this one and share it with me, in exchange for a taste of my Lemon Ricotta Pancakes… see below)
  • Hoopstick:  Kylie’s favorite Homemade Batter Pancakes, fluffy, griddle cooked, served with your selection of breakfast meat, whipped butter and Vermont maple syrup (available with blueberries too)
  • Liberty Pond:  Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, zippy batter cooked up, served with some fresh raspberries and homemade lemon curd, choice of breakfast meat (YES! YES! YES!  “I’ll have what she’s having…”)
  • Copper Springs:  Lobster and Brie Crepes, tender crepes filled with tasty lobster meat and brie, carmelized onions and shallots, spring herbs, paired with a small salad with roasted tomatoes, toasted pecans, and sherry vinaigrette
  • Duck:  Quiche Lorraine, the traditional bacon, gruyere and carmelized onion favorite, served with a small salad with roasted potatoes, toasted pecans, and sherry vinaigrette

Mother’s Day Brunch Pricing and Other Details:

For all:  an assortment of mini muffins, sticky buns, croissants, scones with whipped butter  (extra basket for 4 for $5.00)

Choice of juice:  fresh orange juice with pulp (Maddie just says no to pulp), pulpless orange juice, pink grapefruit, apple or cranberry

Meat sides, where applicable:  spiral bacon, Canadian bacon, big breakfast sausage links

Coffee, tea or decaf (or milk for the little ones)

All adult meals inclusive as listed $22.00 plus 7% tax and 20% gratuity

Children’s menu available for $12.00 plus 7% tax and 20% gratuity 

Limestone Cafe is located at 89 Main Street, Peapack, New Jersey. Phone (908) 234-1475 to make your Mother’s Day Brunch reservations.

Dec
30

Opah Grill Restaurant in Gladstone, NJ Has Closed

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Rex, London, Maddie and I were out and about last night at a friends’ holiday open house.  Our group got to talking about Pierre’s in Harding Township, one of our favorite restaurants that is closing after their last hurrah on New Year’s Eve.  A neighbor added that Opah Grill in Gladstone, NJ, has also closed, as recently as October or November.  Our family had enjoyed our first or second New Year’s Eve in the Roxiticus Valley at Opah Grill, when the girls were still sooo little that they both fell asleep between dinner and dessert.

Nov
11

Urban Cottage in Gladstone, New Jersey

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A month or so ago, I received an e-mail from Michelle McGonegal, the owner of Urban Cottage in Gladstone, New Jersey, introducing her new vintage furniture and home decorating store that opened in the Spring of 2008.  Then the other day, on my train ride in to New York City, I ran across a nice article about Michelle and Urban Cottage in The Black River Journal, prompting me to give you all a bit more background on Michelle and an update on her progress with Urban Cottage.

Michelle McGonegal is a Gladstone, NJ, resident with a shop just one mile from her home.  Her 10-year-old son, Liam, can even ride his bicycle to Urban Cottage to visit his mom after school.  A gifted painter and graphic artist, McGonegal views old furniture as art, and has a lifetime love for scouting estate sales to satisfy her appreciation for vintage treasures.    After years of collecting vintage pieces from all over Pennsylvania and upstate New York, McGonegal began taking appointments in her home and held a few open houses for friends and the community to show off her vintage furniture finds.  The positive feedback inspired her to rent her current space in Gladstone and open the Urban Cottage shop.

What makes the Urban Cottage merchandise unique and desirable for today’s customers?  McGonegal believes, “People are less formal today.  The vintage and cottage-like furniture is appealing.  Maybe it is more casual.  Personally, I’m interested in something with history, and the idea of reusing something old is so beautiful.  Nothing is made today the way it used to be.  People love the thrill of hunting for that unique piece.”  McGonegal, who has a fabulous eye for vintage, tastefully chooses the merchandise for Urban Cottage.  Like the words to the country song, “still got a couple of good years left,” McGonegal’s positive outlook and clever eye allow her to give new life to something others might see as “past its prime,” creating that next piece of “recycled vintage” that fits just perfectly in a client’s home.  Her passion for architectural pieces offers customers great ideas on how to use her vintage items, like antique doors and recycled barn wood, on mirrors, frames, and birdhouses.

For those of you who don’t live in the Greater Roxiticus Valley (Mendham, Bernardsville, Chester, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills, Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Morris and Somerset Counties), or even within New Jersey and the tri-state area, there’s good news.  You can visit the Urban Cottage web site and call Michelle McGonegal at (908) 719-2200 to discuss any of her vintage treasures in greater detail.  On the Urban Cottage web site, you’ll find organically made gift items, handcrafted by local artists and products that are locally crafted.  McGonegal is also available by appointment for in-home decorating, and provides rental items for special occasions or as props for TV and film production.  Guiding Light, the daytime soap opera, has expressed an interest in some of her pieces.  Keep an eye on Roxy’s Best Of… Peapack-Gladstone for future Urban Cottage events featuring local jewelry designers, potters and doll makers.

Urban Cottage, 271 Main Street, Gladstone, NJ 07934.  Phone (908) 719-2200.  Web Site:  http://www.urbancottagegoods.com.

Oct
26

Halloween Parade Today (Sunday, October 26th) at 2:00pm in Peapack-Gladstone

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Peapack-Gladstone invites all ghosts, goblins, witches, pirates and Disney Princesses to meet at Peapack-Gladstone Bank at 2:00pm for the annual Halloween parade. London, Maddie, Rex and I are down at our beach house to participate in our seventh annual Bay Head Halloween Parade, so I don’t think we’ll make it back in time to take a trophy in Peapack-Gladstone. Good luck to everyone who dresses up for the P-G parade!

Oct
05

From the Roxy’s Best Of… Mailbag: Urban Cottage in Gladstone, New Jersey

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Last month, I got an email from Michelle, the owner of Urban Cottage in Gladstone, New Jersey:

“Your blog is fun…I am new to these things…I have a new shop in Gladstone called Urban Cottage…Come on in and visit and tell me what you think….Bye!”

While I haven’t had the chance to visit Urban Cottage in person, I did check out their web site and learned a bit about the vintage furniture store:

Michelle, the owner, has “always been crazy for old houses and old house stuff…a particular weakness for cottage style furniture and garden things, architectural items and anything metal/industrial…please help our beautiful planet by re-using the beautiful objects of the past.”

Urban Cottage, 271 Main Street, Gladstone, NJ.  Phone:  (908) 719-2200.

Aug
12

Oysters Bingo at the Limestone Cafe in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

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Since we first moved to the Roxiticus Valley in October 2003, Rex and I have often enjoyed a “business lunch” (just the two of us) at The Limestone Cafe in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey. However, it’s only been in the past couple of years that we’ve started taking the girls there for dinner. It is Maddie’s hands-down favorite for birthday celebrations, starting with french fries as an appetizer, followed by the rack of lamb “lollipops” entree, and crowned with Chocolate Layer Cake Just Like Grandma Used to Make…though we always joke that no Grandma we know is half as generous with her slices.

Limestone doesn’t seem to have their own web site, but you can call them for reservations. Phone number is (908) 234-1475.

Limestone Cafe is located at 89 Main Street, Peapack, New Jersey.

Hours:  Lunch: Weds - Fri, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Dinner: Weds - Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Sun, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

Attire:  Casual

Alcohol:  BYOB.

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Aug
12

Dinner at Cafe Azzurro

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Rex and the girls and I came back from the beach a few Sunday nights ago, and Rex didn’t feel like cooking, so we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Cafe Azzurro in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.

Cafe Azzurro. Italian bistro. BYOB. Open 7 days a week for dinner from 5pm to 10pm, Monday-Friday for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Private rooms available for parties of up to 80 people. 141 Main Street, Peapack, NJ. Phone: (908) 470-1470.

Aug
12

Yum. Cakes, Crumb Buns and Other Baked Treats from CocoLuxe in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.

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CocoLuxe is like a taste of Paris right here in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.  Yum…you’ll find cakes, cookies, crumb buns, croissants, and lots of other baked treats at CocoLuxe. Click through to their web site, or you can reach them by phone at (908) 781-5554.