Bagliani’s Italian Market is a third-generation family-owned Italian market in Hammonton, New Jersey, a city in a farming community with an Italian-American population of 45%. They have everything an Italian could want.
the hard-to-find basket cheese
real buttermilk! (OK, maybe the average Italian cook doesn’t need this one, but I sure do!)
a huge deli department
lots of cheeses and even canned Jersey tomatoes! And, of course, plenty of Brioschi for after the meal!
San Remo Italian Imports in Totowa, New Jersey, is an Italian imports store owned by a friendly man from Italy that sells food and sundries, such as canned and jarred foods, cookies, candies, cakes, olive oil, vinegar, coffee– your essential items from Italy. There are some kitchen items like bowls, platters and cheese graters. The store also has some Italian greeting cards, movies, CDs, T-shirts and tchotchke from Italy like Italian horns, keychains, wooden Pinocchios and stickers. One of the highlights of this store is that they sell Italian magazines, which are hard to find. They have a good selection of tabloid-type, cooking and news magazines.
There are so many great places to eat in Cape May, but when I saw Cajun Pierogies on the menu at Delaney’s Irish Pub & Grill, I was sold. These are cheese and potato pierogies with Cajun seasoning. They were delicious!
Also got the basket of tater tots with white cheddar bacon cheese sauce.
Some fried calamari.
And for some greens, a tomato and mozzarella salad.
This menu has a huge selection of items, and it was the perfect place to share some appetizers. They were all very good.
I saw this hilarious vintage automatic spaghetti fork at an antiques store in New Jersey. The end of the fork actually has a crank on it, and the directions show you how to turn it so the spaghetti turns on the fork. This was a gag/novelty item from H. Fishlove & Co. out of Chicago. H. Fishlove & Co. is now Fun Incorporated, and you can still get the spaghetti fork.
Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn Cafe is the legacy of the originating Sicilian farmer whose family still owns it. You can’t miss the big red barn off Route 206 in Hammonton, New Jersey.
The cafe is small and quaint. When we visited, we got brunch.
Apparently, you can’t order a slice of pie, but they do have a pie-like dessert with Jersey blueberries. This was really delicious!
We also got a blueberry pie for the road.
When you’re done, stop by the nearby farmers’ market for New Jersey peaches, blueberries and tomatoes.
I drove by the Cape May bread lady’s bakery. Unfortunately, she wasn’t open. Another excuse to get back to Cape May!