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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    "The best of New Jersey" probably not an interesting topic to most members. Jersey has been the brunt of many many jokes. I was born in Jersey, grew up in Boston and Maine and returned to Jersey after my military service. In the 60s and 70s New Jersey offered many blue collar job opportunities for those of us without college degrees. I made a good living working a combined total of 41 years for 3 Teamster trucking companies. I was very lucky.

    From 1969 to 1977 before buying my home of 33 years I had lived in Elizabeth, Newark, Linden and Edison. I chose to move south after retiring because I couldn't afford to live in my small Cape Cod house in Woodbridge. When I sold in 2011 I was paying over $7,000 in property taxes. I now pay $686 a year for twice the house.

    But I miss New Jersey. I would have had to move anyway because my house and old neighborhood is mostly gone since super storm Sandy. The houses were bought and torn down under the Blue Acres program. But I still miss New Jersey. I miss the great medical care, My wife misses Shoprite and Wegmans. Yes we have Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion and of course a Walmart on every corner. We can even buy Taylor Ham and White castle in some Publix. But South Carolina ain't Jersey.
    I have to respond to your great post 2631 because of something that just happened today...But before I do,I honestly believe that people from 'Jersey' have a special bond that can never be broken even when they relocate out of state...Whenever you meet someone from Jersey when your out of state the connection is automatic...That's because Jersey,density wise,is such a small state,but it packs a hell of a lot of firepower,more so then states 5 times its size in which fxstc07 laid out perfectly...And before you know it,that connection becomes personal,you start talking about this town,that town,this city,that city,''Yeah I been there'',familiar Jersey Shore locations that We've ALL been to...AC...Cape May...Point Pleasant...Belmar...Sandy Hook...LBI...Island Beach State Park...Pine Barrens...The beautiful lakes and recreational facilities in the scenic and natural breathtaking rolling hills of North Jersey...Round Valley...Lake Hopatcong...Delaware Water Gap...High Point State Forest...Jockey Hollow...Morristown...Fascinating Revolutionary War Towns,Stories,Cemeteries...Down Neck Newark...NJPAC...Meadowlands...and there's more...so much more...just scratched the surface...''FUGETABOUTIT''...

    What I wanted to say was we have friends of ours who temporarily moved out to California to be with their daughter who has had a difficult pregnancy...All is well and they've been out there about 5 months helping out...They're retired so its all good...Anyway,talking to my buddy on the phone today,I asked him how he likes California...''It's OK...but it ain't Jersey''....There's that CONNECTION again...
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    Some say the dining in New Jersey is an experience. Depends on what you like, but we have a little of everything here.
    Before anyone asks, the answer is no. I haven't dined at anyplace on the list. They are all considered to be in Northern New Jersey.
    Foo-Foo restaurants are not my style.

    11 NJ RESTAURANTS AMONG BEST IN THE ENTIRE US
    Every year, AAA releases the best hotels and restaurants in the United States. And the best of the best are rated with 4 or 5 diamonds. Each year AAA reviews nearly 32,000 restaurants. Only 0.2 percent of the those AAA Inspected & Approved restaurants make the Five Diamond list, and only 2.1 percent make the AAA Four Diamond list.
    Although no NJ restaurants made the five diamond list this year, 11 of the four diamonds are right here in New Jersey. And interestingly, three are in one town: New Brunswick. Imagine what it says about the dining in New Brunswick of some of the best American restaurants are clustered in that one small region?
    https://nj1015.com/11-nj-restaurants...the-entire-us/
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    I went to a very fancy wedding at the Manor in West Orange many years ago. It was very elegant. With all the OT wizard makes I wouldn't be surprised if he owns the place.
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    More about New Jersey food. Got to say, we have plenty of great choices.
    The first thing mentioned on the list are hoagie's, or subs. I'll give a thumbs up to Carmen's deli in Bellmawr.
    The second item is Johnson's caramel popcorn ... on the boardwalk. Expensive, but what a treat.
    As for all the others. Many are in north Jersey, but there are great places and regional treats from the Delaware river to the Atlantic ocean and all points in-between.

    The 64 foods that define New Jersey - and where to get them
    For overall eats, New Jersey is tough to beat. No other state tops us for dining depth and diversity. Saveur magazine calls N.J. the most edible state, "with a food culture more rich, diverse, and passionate than even big names like California and New York.''
    So there. Which brings us to this list of New Jersey's 64 most iconic foods. Maybe not the most popular or best known, but foods that define and explain the state's extraordinary culinary richness. The list takes in everything from Taylor ham, pizza and subs to Korean fried chicken, pierogies, dosas, falafel, moussaka and Boost! Never heard of Boost!? Read on. For each food, we'll even tell you the best place to find it.
    https://expo.nj.com/life-and-culture...get-them-.html
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