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The Best Pizza in New Jersey: New Jersey Pizza Tour Results

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What is the best pizza in New Jersey?  This post ends my New Jersey pizza tour, where I tried eight popular New Jersey pizzerias.  I tried Trenton-style tomato pies, bar-style pizza, coal-fired pizza and classic-style pizza.  My friend thinks that Star Tavern in Orange was the best, delicious and unique.  I agree, but I also think it’s a tie with Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick-Oven Pizza in Hackensack.  But you can’t go wrong at any of these pizzerias.  Most are family-owned businesses, many started by Italian immigrants.  Kudos to them for keeping these businesses open in the ever-increasing corporate culture we have going on in America now.  There are pizzerias in Italy that date back a couple of hundred years, so should there be here in America.  Long live apizz’, long live the Jersey bar pizza, long live the Trenton tomato pie, long live coal-fired pizza, and long live the classic American slice.

Tie:  Star Tavern in Orange, NJ, and Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick-Oven Pizza in Hackensack, NJ.

I just want to add one thing since I posted this.  There was only one pizzeria that I visited that had an excellent-tasting, traditional, old-world dough.  That is Papa’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, NJ.  They know how to make pizza dough.  For my taste, it was thinner than I like it, but it was a great example of how pizza dough should taste.  In my book, dough is the hardest component of pizza to master.  Papa’s masters it.

 

Stay tuned:  The next two weeks, I look for the best ice cream in New Jersey.

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Haagen-Dazs Free Cone Day May 13

Haagen-Dazs is giving away a free cone on Free Cone Day May 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to check for participating shops.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

For Thanksgiving dessert, we always have the usual suspect pies–pecan, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato.  This year, I wanted something different, so I made ice cream.  I made a pumpkin pie ice cream following this Cuisinart pumpkin pie ice cream recipe.  In addition, I was going to make a sweet potato pie with my North Carolina sweet potatoes but opted to make sweet potato ice cream.  Now, this recipe made a more liquidy ice cream, so for the sweet potato ice cream, I put less whole milk.  Also, the sweet potato had a thicker consistency than the pumpkin puree, so it also helped to thicken the ice cream.  This ice cream has a starchy mouthfeel similar to taro ice cream, so if you like that, you will like this.  I did!

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Sweet Potato Ice Cream

2 large sweet potatoes, mashed

1 cup whole milk

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

Wash and peel potatoes.  Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave for 20 minutes.  In the bowl of a mixer, mash potatoes.  Then add milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cream.  Mix well and add to ice cream freezer.  Follow ice cream freezer directions.  It took about 30 minutes of churning.

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Dina’s Top 5 Seamless Delivery

New Yorkers are known for their takeout.  Seamless makes it seamless, and I’m a big fan.  On a given night, I have over 400 restaurants to choose from in my neighborhood.  At this point, I’ve memorized my choices, and I’ve read the ratings.  I have favorites that I order from repeatedly.  This is how spoiled I am with takeout:  I’d like to move to a new neighborhood just to have some new restaurants to choose from.

So my top 5 cuisines on Seamless are:  Japanese/sushi, healthy, ice cream/desserts, Italian and Turkish.  This isn’t surprising because in New York, takeout is something you eat more regularly, and I eat healthy on a regular basis.  So I order sushi and health foods.  I have a favorite sushi place to order from:  Ageha Sushi.  I also have favorite rolls at Kodama and Ocha.  Kodama has this roll called red-eye with salmon, red pepper and cream cheese that is great.  Ocha has the winter roll that’s all yummy veggies like snow peas and baby corn.  I like the clean food from Fuel, and I often get grilled chicken and a sweet potato.  My favorite place to order dessert is Crepe Cafe Joli.  I don’t know what the frozen treat is made of but it’s low-fat and low carb and it’s delish.  I’m into the pumpkin right now, but I also like marshmallow.  When I’m in the mood for a turkey burger with sweet potato fries (and sometimes a milkshake), I order from Lucky’s.

So here’s my top 5 Seamless delivery restaurants (in order of how often I ordered from them and a dish I like from them):

1.  Ageha Sushi (sweet potato roll)

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2.  Fuel (grilled chicken and sweet potato and juices)

3.  Crepe Café Joli (pumpkin and marshmallow frozen treat)

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4.  Lucky’s (turkey burger and sweet potato fries)

5.  Kodama Sushi/Holey Cream (red-eye roll/midnight cookies and cream ice cream)

Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

I’m going to do a Sweets Week, since we kicked off the week with Italian bakeries. So this week’s Two for Tuesday is ice cream. I can’t believe I haven’t written about my favorite ice cream shop yet. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has the creamiest, yummiest ice cream in NYC. They also have a wide variety of standard American flavors like strawberry cheesecake and Oreo, but my favorites are the Asian flavors like ginger, black sesame, red bean, taro, lychee, pandan and even durian!

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In the picture above, I have my favorite flavor on the bottom, almond cookie, followed by taro and red bean.  Yum!  While Chinatown ice cream is a classic, having been in NYC for 28 years, there are always new ice cream places popping up.

Davey’s Ice Cream is a new ice cream shop in the East Village.  A very cute shop, Davey’s has a limited menu of ice cream, but the staff is super friendly and very enthusiastic about the ice cream.  I got vanilla and sweet corn.  I was hoping it would be more creamy than it was, but the vanilla had a very pure vanilla flavor.  I am also a fan of corn ice cream, and I guess I was expecting it to be more like the corn flavor at Sundaes and Cones, a flavor I love.  However, it tasted more like the buttered popcorn jellybean from Jelly Belly, with caramel swirls.

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Dinner: Rosa Mexicano

I recently went to Rosa Mexicano for dinner.  Yes, the ice cream festival drew me in.  My friend and I started with Rosa Mexicano’s freshly made guacamole of avocado, jalapeno, tomato, onion and cilantro.

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My friend got the cheese enchiladas made with Chihuahua cheese in corn tortillas topped with Mexican roasted tomato sauce.  She liked it very much.

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I got the enchiladas suizas. The homemade corn tortillas have a grainy texture and fresh corn flavor.  The creamy, slightly mustardy sauce was very good.

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Our enchiladas came with rice and refried black beans, different from the traditional refried beans at most Mexican restaurants.  I prefer black beans, so I liked them.

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And of course, the ice cream.  From left to right:  plantain and peanut butter, honey-amaranth crunch and sweet cream with shaved Mexican chocolate and cajeta swirl.  If you are a peanut butter lover, the plantain and peanut butter is very peanut-buttery.  The sweet cream was a bit disappointing, as it sounded so flavorful with chocolate and cajeta, but it fell flat for me.  My favorite was the honey-amaranth crunch, creamy and sweet with a little bit of crunch.  I want to return to try the raspado and also the alegria ice cream sundae.

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Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza

Today was a gorgeous day to be out and about, so I went to the Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I sampled ice cream from many vendors:  honey lavender from Luca & Bosco, salted caramel from Fort Grace, Thai from Odd Fellows, mole from La Newyorkina, banana whama and coconut key lime from Phin & Phebes, Old Bay corn from The Bent Spoon and sweet as honey and ooey gooey butter cake from Ample Hills.  My favorite was the ooey gooey butter cake from Ample Hills.  This was seriously delicious ice cream!

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