Let’s Meet at the Commons on 3rd St.
August 2, 2012

Before meeting our party , in the city, we made a pit stop at Barcade, in Jersey City, NJ (www.barcadejerseycity.com). The little gem celebrates vintage arcade games and american craft beer under ONE ROOF!  The beer menu changes frequently, so if you find something you like write it down.  There is a kitchen where you can order things to nosh on, while you drink or play games.  It is strictly small appetizers and sandwiches.  The bar & games are the best things there…wink wink.  Barcade is open Mon.-Thurs.(4pm-2am), Fri-Sat(12pm-3am), and Sun.(12pm-2am).  The bar has Happy Hour Mon.-Fri with bar and food specials.  This place is definitely for the “big kid” in every adult.  Sorry no children allowed…21 and over. If you can’t help throwing a quarter into a Mrs. Pac Man or Zelda machine when you see it…This is your place.

After throwing back 2 beers at Barcade, we rolled through the Holland Tunnel to a birthday gathering at West 3rd Common, in New York, NY (www.west3rdcommon.com). This place is perfect for intimate gatherings.  The red couches in the lounge area (in the front by the bar) line the windows of the restaurant.  Our party had enough room to lounge and walk around.  It was a semi-private set up.  There were platters of Chicken, Sliders, Chips, Sweet Potato Tots, and Mozzarella Sticks.  I sipped(and threw back) Lychee Martinis and Blue Moon beer.  Of course there was the birthday shot of Grey Goose Vodka(Whoa). Everyone expressed how pleased they were with the venue. Thanks for the invite Meka and Therm.

West 3rd Commons boasts about having the best happy hour.  For happy hour specials visit the website.  On Sunday nights the entire bar is “half off” from 8pm- close.  During brunch, noon-4pm, diners can savor unlimited Bloody Marys, Mimosas, or Screwdrivers.  West 3rd Commons is open at 12pm everyday (Sun at 11am).  The kitchen closes at 12am every night.  If you choose to venture over to.  West 3rd Commons, ENJOY!

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

Sit Back, Enjoy, & Think Like a Man
May 11, 2012

On a quiet weekday afternoon, I went to the Essex Green, AMC Theatre(www.amctheatres.com ), in West Orange, N.J. The hubby and I decided to see the “dine-in” matinée showing of “Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man”. The movie was very entertaining…My experience was good (not great).

If you don’t know how the dine-in theater works, I’ll briefly explain. The Cinema Suites, one of the two viewing styles in the dine-in theater experience, has a 21 and older requirement. You purchase your tickets and pick your seat(s) at the same time. If you wait too late, you’ll either (1) get horrible seating(up front) or (2) won’t get a seat at all. So you sit in these nice comfy recliners(Cinema Suites). There is a button that you push when you’re ready to order your drinks or food. Food prices are between $3- $15.  Towards the end of the movie the waitress brings out the bill. I enjoyed my visit.  But, I was a little irritated that my food was served on paper plates, instead of real plates.  According to a friend of mine that goes frequently, the food is usually served on real dishes. I’m confused. If I pay money for a movie like the people who get real dishes, I should get my dish…I’m just sayin’.

Anyway, I will attempt another visit in the near future.  But, I am NOT going to a matinee…Oh Yeah, the movie was great. I loved the cast and all…Well done.  The AMC Theaters also have a lounge (MacGuffins), where you can enjoy a quick happy hour. You can even rent out one of the theaters for a group viewing (Sweet).

…Until Our Next Outing…Smooches!

Jose…BABY
March 22, 2012

My parents celebrated their wedding anniversary on March 2nd (Yaay, to black love…just love in general…ha!)…Anyway, since we couldn’t go out that weekend, we finally had lunch/dinner on a Saturday at Jose Tejas, Fairfield, NJ (www.josetejas.com ).

Jose Tejas specializes in Tex Mex/ Cajun eats.  The food is AWESOME!  From start to finish, all you heard from me was “Mmm…mmm”.  My margarita was refreshing (Muy Bueno).  I had gumbo, empanadas, enchiladas, jambalaya…AND the CORNBREAD! My husband loves it so much that he refuses to share…smdh. My father had the blackened catfish fajitas (…or fageetas, if your my dad…lol). It must have been really good because my husband kept sampling it. Move over Chevy’s, it looks like my parents got a new place…and I will definitely be tagging along on the return trip…& you should too!

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

The Fox and Hound…And Saturday Fight Night
February 2, 2012

Saturday night, I went to have a quick bite to eat with my husband. I’ve been here a couple of times before. It just so happened that the Fox and Hound Pub & Grill in Edison, NJ (www.foxandhound.com)  was showing the UFC fight that night (Saturday Fight Night, is what they call it there).

We walked into the sports bar and made a full circle (front to back) before we found a table(for 2) in the side room. There were plenty of t.v.’s (large & larger…lol) to see the main event of the evening. The waitress(totally forgot her name-but her service was in fact good) was very helpful in recommending my drink(…pomegranate Stoli & Tonic w/Lime- Sat. Night Special $4) for the evening.  She also was knowledgable of the drafts that they had.  We ordered buffalo wings, bacon cheeseburger, and a turkey melt.  Oh Boy, did it hit the spot.  It was so good, that I was close to ending my evening and going home to get in the bed (Stuffed like a pretty turkey…Ha!).  The one complaint that I had was that our wings went to another table and all our food came out at one time (2 complaints…I lied). But, that won’t change my idea for future visits…I WILL be back.

Fox and Hound has a line of “The Best Party in Town” (which showed by the crowed establishment). There are different events on certain nights.  There is also the All Star Brew Club (reward program for beer fans- www.allstarbrewclub.com ) and other food & drink promotions to make sure patrons return.  Fox and Hound have locations all over the U.S. (from New Jersey to Ohio to Arizona). So when you are looking for a place to meet friends, eat, socialize, visit Fox and Hound.

…Until our next outing…Smooches!