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Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival Recap

On November 24th and 25th, Laurita Winery hosted the Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival. It was my first visit to the winery and I can’t even tell you what took me so long to get there. This winery is incredibly beautiful, with the heart being its indoor event center/wine bar/shop which was built from two refurbished barns. The food truck lineup was impressive, featuring a wide array of the best eats you can find in Jersey. The first truck that caught my eye was Five Sisters Food Co. because burgers are my ultimate weakness. I started off with the Brie sliders, 2 Angus burger sliders topped with ooey gooey Brie cheese and apricot onion-bacon jam. I love unique combinations of flavors, and these sliders certainly delivered. After devouring my sliders in .002 seconds, I made my way to the Tacoholics truck. Upon seeing that they had a General Tso’s taco, I was sold (I had a long-standing love affair with General Tso’s pizza during my studies at the University of Scranton, s/o to CK’s Pizza ilysm). The sauce was mouthwatering, to say the least. I couldn’t possibly leave the festival without a lobster roll, no matter how much food I had already eaten. Luckily Cousins Maine Lobster was supplying. I opted for the Connecticut roll,with fresh, warm Maine lobster covered in butter and lemon, served in a New England style roll. Real quote from my experience, “it was so good I could cry.” I could have easily gone for another but I’m not a baller and lobster is expensive (*DM us if you’re interested in sponsoring a financially struggling graduate student, i.e., me). What’s a lengthy, gluttonous food truck experience without some dessert you might ask? We rounded out the day with a strawberry shortcake Belgian waffle from Dan’s Waffles and a cupcake platter from local favorite House of CupcakesIf wine and good eats still haven’t sold you, these reasons might:

  1. An inn stands on the property that offers full-service massage and spa services.
  2. If you’re interested in horseback riding lessons or trail rides, you can take part at the Laurita Equestrian center.
  3. Laurita produces 14,000-16,000 cases of wine every year that are exclusive to the winery!
  4. The structures on the winery were built from mostly recycled or reclaimed materials.
  5. The winery uses solar power to produce clean energy for heat, hot water, steam, cooling, and refrigeration.
  6. They offer free winery tours where you hop on a wagon and learn about the rich history and ecosystem.
  7. During the winter they have an ice luge you can actually ride on! Sign me up.

Laurita has something for everyone whether you’re a nature lover, wino, foodie, or accordion enthusiast. So grab your pals, your significant other, or throw on a kid leash for your little one and we’ll see you there this winter!

Jess @fatboitendencies

New Brunswick Restaurant Week 2018: Catherine Lombardi

Guess who’s back…back again…Fatboi’s back…tell a friend. It is I, Jess, the ghost of Christmas past, coming to you after a year-long WordPress hiatus. In the past year, I started grad school and have been grinding it out, while Christie’s been managing a sports facility and running 23812947 Spartan races (aroo!). But don’t worry, we’ve been just as committed to the #fatlyfe.

July 14th kicked off restaurant week in New Brunswick, NJ. ‘Til the 28th, the hottest spots are offering discounts on beverages, meals, desserts, and everything in between. From ramen to Ethiopian cuisine, to jam-packed strombolis at Stuff’s, there’s something for everyone. It’s a great excuse to have a fancy date night, dinner and drinks with the girls, or a family outing.

I decided to give Catherine Lombardi a try, after hearing great things about their Italian fare. I easily mapped out my prospects from their $39 three-course menu, prior to even setting foot into the building. I rolled out of bed, changed, and headed to Catherine Lombardi accompanied by my childhood friends (s/o to Marce and Cee, the OG’s). Scoping out the restaurant, I quickly regretted my outfit choice. I looked like a fat baby who got separated from her nanny, in my floral jumpsuit. Wine glasses and fancy linen napkins dotted every table, and everything was RED; the walls, the velvet curtains, the carpet, the upholstery. It was what I imagine entering Christian Grey’s red room of pain would feel like, but not as terrifying.

I dove right into the wine menu (overwhelmed by the number of categories I never knew existed) and zeroed in on my go-to, Pinot Grigio, and ran with it.

For starters, I ordered the Caprese salad with house-made mozzarella. Tomatoes are either a hit or miss for me, but I easily chowed them down, and the house-made mozzarella was divine. 

I’m obsessed with anything and everything truffle, so I had to go with the Garganelli with truffle cream, prosciutto, and asparagus as my entrée. The prosciutto was the perfect addition, balancing out the truffle flavor.

Marce opted for the linguine with shrimp scampi. Obviously, I stole a bite, and it was a delicious rendition of the Italian classic.

Cee chose the tortelloni with Parmagiano-Reggiano cream and bolognese sauce. We actually had to google if tortelloni and tortellini are the same and *spoiler alert*, they are. I may have an Italian last name, but I had no idea wtf was going on. You may be looking at this picture thinking, ‘What gives? There are only 6 tortellonis.’ I thought the same thing until I sampled some, and the tortellonis were stuffed with filling, making it a reasonable portion size.

To round out my trifecta, I opted for the mascarpone cheesecake. It was incredibly creamy and tasted flan-like.

Marce selected Mrs. Palmisano’s cookie plate. To our delight, the cookies were melt-in-your-mouth soft and delicious. This plate would make any Italian grandmother beam with pride. 

Cee went for the mango sorbet. It didn’t knock her socks off, but I was pleased with the refreshing zing. 

Not only was the presentation on point, but the food quality really knocked it out of the park. All of the ingredients were incredibly fresh, making for flavorful dishes. It was fun pretending to be bougie for a night, all under the guise of a discounted prix fixe menu.

J

Fatboi Tendencies 

Taco Tuesday: Buena Onda in Philly

After a sleep deprived night in Center City Philadelphia, Fatboi Jess and friends set off to find a brunch spot worthy of a blog post. Promises of an hour wait from Sabrina’s Cafe led the crew to happen upon Buena Onda Taqueria. This spot opens at 11 and when we arrived at 10:45 there was already a line forming, which proved to be a good sign. Walking into the establishment we were met with dreamy, island decor. A beer tap beckoned with a sign for a free cerveza for patrons of age. Who could fret over a line with an invitation like that?

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Chocolate Reign: The 2016 Chocolate Expo Recap

img_2750On Sunday, November 13th, Fatboi Tendencies and Food and Lipstick descended upon the NJ Expo Center for the 2016 Chocolate Expo at the New Jersey Expo Center. Grab ahold of your cojones, you’re in for a wild ride. The Chocolate Expo is America’s largest chocolate event with 60+ vendors along with live demonstrations! Attendees were able to taste, purchase, and indulge in delicious gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, and more. Upon entering the expo (after receiving our press passes, a shout-out to Marvin you’re the real MVP), we were overwhelmed by the sights and scents of the plethora of chocolate goods. Our first stop was to the Oh Fudge stand where their signature chocolate covered Oreos stole the show. Adorned with colorful, edible decorations, it was too adorable and delicious to pass up.

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Christie opted for the vampire while Sam went with the Frankenstein and Jess chose the dinosaur pack.

img_2749Next stop was the wine table where we sampled every wine under the sun from Merlot to Rosé and Chardonnay. Being the classy wine drinkers that we are, you best believe we aerated and accompanied our wine with cheese samples. From across the room, Jess locked eyes with the Bijoux Macarons table, where she quickly snatched up a box of 6 to go. After quite the deliberation, she decided to go with the pistachio, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, chocolate banana, and vanilla flavors. With food babies fully developed, we could not resist the beckoning of the giant sized peanut butter cups from CB Stuffer. We went with the traditional because who doesn’t love a classic, and the S’mores to kick things up a notch.

The creamy peanut butter and the sweet chocolate complemented one another perfectly. Last but not least we had to hit the Bacon Bites stand for chocolate covered bacon. If there’s one thing, the Fatbois love it’s strange food combinations and the sweet chocolate mixed with the salty, savory bacon did not disappoint.

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For all you foodies out there looking to prep for the holidays, they sell bacon ornaments as well. As we perused the rest of the vendors, we happened upon a medical booth which was the perfect irony: load up on chocolate, then get your insulin shots. Some other honorable mentions:

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Screme Gelato

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Most controversial: Chocolate Buddha.

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Pika’s Farm Table

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Neuhaus Chocolatier

Special thank you to Marvin for having us! All in all The Chocolate Expo is one event of the year that you don’t want to pass up. It’s fun for the whole family, just not your waistline. Until next time!

C & J 

Fatboi Tendencies at the Bergen County Food Truck & Music Carnival

On a lovely Saturday afternoon on the 15th of October, the Fatbois embarked on the Bergen County Food Truck & Music Carnival in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Our first treats of the day were mini donuts from Glazed & Confused. img_2561Jess opted for the S’mores mini donuts smothered in marshmallow sauce, graham crackers, and a chocolate glaze. Christie had the Cookies & Cream, covered in Oreo crumbs, vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze, and powdered sugarimg_2562The power move of the day easily goes to Jess, for ordering the Super Hot Dog from Callahan’s, which was easily over a foot long. img_2565With sauerkraut and sweet onion sauce, the dog posed quite the challenge, but Jess crushed it with ease. img_2567Christie chose to go with a Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese from Cheezen. img_2563img_2564The sandwich packed in plenty of macaroni in between two slices of bread, covered in fontina cheese. Our food journey ended with a shared plate of Crab Poutine from The Angry Crab. img_2569The crunchy well done fries were the perfect vehicle to transport large pieces of lump crab meat to our waiting mouths. The sriracha aioli provided a nice kick to the sweet crab meat. img_2570img_2571

C & J

Committed to the Pig Life: Brunching in Morristown, NJ

To kick off the weekend’s festivities, the Fatbois decided to go rogue and make an impromptu lunch trip to Morristown, New Jersey. The Committed Pig has been high on the FBL (Food Bucket List) for quite some time; the life-sized pig sculpture out front beckoned us after each grueling double header of volleyball (shout out to Jersey Club Sports and our team the Alcoheros).

The Committed Pig
28 W Park Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960
http://www.thecommittedpig.com/

The Committed Pig has a rustic feel to it and specializes in unique brunch options. This establishment is BYOB, so you can get your mimosa on, daily. Their menu boasts notable pancake, pork roll sandwich, and grilled cheese entrées. We tested out the chocolate chip cookie dough infused pancakes with a side of sausage, as well as the garlic avocado grilled cheese with sun dried tomato pesto, muenster cheese, and sweet potato friesThe pancakes came subtly sweet packed with chocolate chip goodness in every bite.The grilled cheese had a plethora of delightful textures; the crunch of the bread, smoothness of the avocado, and melty perfection of the cheese. The garlic flavor was the proverbial cherry on top! This spot is a solid contender for a boozy Sunday brunch!

Our commitment game is STRONG, what about yours?

-Christie & Jess, Fatboi Tendencies

Capizzi in Staten Island, NY: Fantastic Italian Fare

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Capizzi
4126 Hyland Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10308
http://capizzipizza.com

This week we were lucky enough to be invited to a tasting at Capizzi, a stylish and charming Italian Restaurant located in Staten Island, New York. Upon our arrival, our gracious host, Stephanie, met us and took excellent care of us during our visit. The entryway to the restaurant boasts an extensive wine bar, brick oven, as well as an authentic deli counter with fresh cheese and meats on display.

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imageTo wet our palettes, we each started off with a refreshing glass of Peach sangria. For our first antipasto, Stephanie arranged a beautiful plate of meats, cheeses, olives, walnuts, grapes, and honey. This combination of savory and sweet was the perfect introduction to what Capizzi has to offer.

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Our next dish was pleasing to both the eye and the palette, topped with a gorgeous decorative flower. The Insalata di Granchio consists of fresh crabmeat, cucumbers, with long, crispy croutons in a spicy aioli. The crab meat was tender and smothered in a generous helping of aioli sauce. The crunch of the croutons also added a nice variation in texture.

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The first of four pasta dishes was the Ravioli all’Astice; homemade half-moon ravioli filled with fresh lobster meat, mascarpone, ricotta, and parmesan in a pink champagne sauce. The pink champagne sauce was the perfect complement to the lobster, and easily became Christie’s favorite.

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What would a true Italian dinner be without a plate of gnocchi? The Gnocchi Sorrentino, handmade gnocchi baked with tomato sauce and cheese, topped with parmesan, was creamy, velvety, and cooked to perfection.

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This beauty right here is the Pasta Burrata baked casarecce with truffle oil, cherry tomatoes, burrata cheese, and bread crumbs. The burrata melts in your mouth and almost had Jess in tears of joy, which is a pretty solid indication that this dish is a must-have.

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For all the seafood lovers, we highly recommend the Risotto di Mare; pan roasted shrimp, clams, mussels, and calamari tossed over seafood risotto. The freshness of the seafood and the bold flavors of the sauce are tough to beat.

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At the last minute, we sprang for the Sweet and Spicy Calamari; fried calamari sautéed with pignoli nuts, raisins, and hot cherry peppers in a sweet and spicy sauce. The calamari has a great texture, and the sweet and spicy sauce is both tangy and delicious.

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With the buttons of our pants ready to pop off, it’s only right that we ordered two desserts. First up was the Tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert made up of soft, spongy lady fingers soaked in coffee. This rendition is light and airy; what we imagine what it would feel like to be eating a cloud. The coffee taste shines through impeccably.

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The final dish in our epic tasting was the Peanut Butter Crème Brûlée. We loved this unexpected twist on the traditional dessert. The top layer of the crème brûlée is crisp, similar to toffee, dusted with a layer of powdered sugar. The peanut butter flavor is subtle, yet smooth, and the strawberries add a delightful sweetness to it.

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Before parting ways with Capizzi, our latest gem of a find, we had to sample the white and red sangrias for good measure. With a hint of sweetness in each, the sangrias worked to refresh without overwhelming.

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It is evident in the service, preparation, ingredients, and presentation that Capizzi operates with the utmost passion and pride. What began within owner Joe Calcagno’s family has been extended to bring high-quality Italian cuisine to Manhattan and Staten Island. To rightfully express our feelings towards this establishment, we honor Capizzi with our newest, rarest rating: The Fatboi’s Seal of Approval. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, we highly recommend you pop in for a visit and cross it off of your Food Bucket List! Special thank you to Joe and Stephanie for having us, until next time!

C & J

http://capizzipizza.com/

Up and Away: QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning

For all the New Jersey and tri-state dwellers, the QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning is one event of the summer you can’t miss! With live music, spectacular views, great food, and activities for every age group, it’s the perfect day out for squad and fam alike. The kids will love it so much. The activities are so engaging in a similar fashion to the pretend play youtube channels. You can tour the inside of a hot air balloon, take a ride up if you have that kind of cash, and even witness a sparkly spectacle of a woman get shot out of a cannon. Why does she do this you may be wondering? It runs in the family of course. There are plenty of vendors on location to satisfy even the fiercest of munchies. Our first indulgences were fresh strawberry banana smoothies in fun twisty souvenir cups.

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The vendors offered cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausages, gyros, falafel, crab cakes, funnel cakes, zeppoles, fried Oreos, and fresh squeezed lemonade. With happy bellies, we eagerly awaited the ascension of the balloons.

Pandas, sailor ducks, and smileys oh my.

Last but not least, this event offers plenty of cutesy photo-ops such as this. Thanks for checking out our post, we hope to see y’all at events in the future!

-C & J

A Sushi Roll and a Burrito Walk Into A Bar…: Inspiration Roll in Morristown, NJ

They fall in love, live happily ever after, and gave to man <<The Sushirrito>>. Fatboi Tendencies took a trip on a fine Friday afternoon in search of the perfect blend of Japanese and Mexican cuisine. What they found was;

Inspiration Roll
46 S Park Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960
http://www.inspirationroll.com/

and it was inspirational indeed.

12965007_1761814740716982_754582551_nAfter long deliberation, Jess chose the American Dream, which consists of spicy tuna, cucumber, guacamole, mango, lettuce, tempura flakes, multi-grained rice, and spicy mayo in a seaweed wrap.

Christie decided to go rogue and make her own roll of shrimp tempura, lettuce, multi-grained rice, fried onion, spicy mayo, teriyaki, and cucumber in a seaweed wrap.

In addition to signature and make-your-own sushirritos, Inspiration Roll offers ramen bowls, bao (steamed buns) with pork or shrimp, and sides such as the Confucius Nachos and the R.O.C. popcorn chicken.

If you’re feeling extra artsy and upload a photo of your meal to Instagram and tag @inspirationroll_morristown, you get entered to win a free sushirrito or ramen bowl! There’s a winner every week, what more could ya ask for? Even if you’re not local to Morristown, it is worth the trip to experience this delicious creation. 

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-Christie & Jess @fatboitendencies

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