Saturday, March 31, 2012
Excellent restaurant choices are recommended for Readers' Choice poll.
From one end of Essex County to the other, diners can get a great sushi meal wherever they go. Patch readers weighed in last week and chose their favorite sushi restaurants. The results were as follows: In Montclair, Dai Kichi tops the list for readers’ favorite sushi in town, followed by Toro and then Nori. Dai Kichi at 608 Valley Road in Upper Montclair offers authentic Japanese food and sushi with a classic Japanese ambiance. There is a sushi bar and accommodations for a large group with reservations. The place is great for couples and families and the restaurant now boasts a liquor license.Nori is on Bloomfield Avenue and Toro Sushi in Upper Montclair Plaza. Sakura in Millburn scooped up the top spot in Patch's poll for the best sushi …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Readers voted on the best sushi in Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange.
With 27 percent of the vote, Sakura in Millburn scooped up the top spot in Patch's poll for the best sushi in Millburn, Maplewood and South Orange. Sakura won out with its consistent and tasty traditional sushi — as well as its Japanese noodle dishes, teriyakis and tempuras and fusion entrees. Sakura was followed by Ariyoshi in South Orange — which is well known for its giant, room-dividing fish tanks as well as special rolls with names like Superman and Dynamite — and Sapporo in Millburn which serves everything from bento boxes to boats of sushi and sashimi. Samurai Sushi in Millburn and Mt. Fuji in Maplewood tied for fourth. But a few wild fish jumped into the net: Several readers wrote in Zen in Livingston. "Salmon sashimi and the fat …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Tell us where you go for your California rolls, smoked sake and salmon roe.
Okay, admit it, the first time you thought of eating a meal consisting of raw fish, it sounded, well, unusual. But that was before you tasted the velvety texture of fresh toro, the tangy flavor of wasbi, the crunch of salmon roe. And then sushi took on a life of its own. There was the tender flavor of roasted eel, the light clean taste of California roll, and an endless array of specialties — including soft shell crab and sushi topped with peanut sauce. According to a 2010 article by Food & Wine, America has become a sushi nation — with Los Angeles boasting of 276 sushi restaurants and Masa in Manhattan making 200 rolls an hour on a busy day. But we know you don't have to go to New York City or California for a terrific sushi meal. …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Readers shower their love and votes on local preschools. And the winner is...
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Friday, March 23, 2012
People love their preschools, whether their children are still there or have long ago graduated and moved on to elementary of secondary schools. Perhaps its because pre-school is such a precious time. It is where our children first learn how to get along without others outside the family, where they express themselves with finger paint and macaroni necklaces, and where they often begin to read and build the foundations for the rest of their education. But mostly, they have fun. School and life gets more complicated the older our children become. No wonder we love preschool so much. All the pre-schools in this week’s Reader’s Choice awards got votes, and a few got more than 500 votes with several recieving more than 100. The overall winner …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Share with us what makes your preschool special in this week's Readers' Choice poll.
It may be the loving teachers, the warm atmosphere, the experienced director, or the sunny rooms and fun playground. But there is something about a beloved preschool that stays with us: The sweet children's art made around their handprints, the puppets and stuffed animals, the miniature kitchen, the dress-up clothes. But also the social skills and the educational building blocks that lay the foundation for a successful elementary school experience — and life — beyond preschool. There are many preschools in Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn and beyond that represent the wonderful experience of early childhood education. Share it with Patch during this week's "Readers' Choice" poll. If we've forgotten to list it, enter it in the "other" …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Whether it's dancing, making crafts or doing karate, you can find a wonderful place to have your child's birthday party here in Essex County.
When it comes to birthdays, the families of Essex County know how to party. Patch readers weighed in on some of their favorite places for children's birthdays in the area during last week's "Reader's Choice" poll. The winners ranged from roller skating parties to cake decorating and a wide array of choices in between. West Orange readers loved to party at The Turtle Back Zoo, a place where children can ride a carousel, visit animals in a petting zoo and bird aviary, and enjoy a large outdoor space along with an indoor reptile house. Maplewood Karate on Valley Road, owned by Louis Toledo, was a favorite among Maplewood readers. The karate studio showcased its party offerings with photos of children kickboxing, getting red and black goodie …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Readers choose Splurge as the best place to hold a kids' party in Millburn-Short Hills.
Friday, March 9, 2012
The votes are in and Patch Readers chose Splurge Bakery as a best place for a kid's birthday party in Millburn. At a Splurge party, children get to decorate their own birthday cakes and even make their own pizza. One reader said it is nice to sit in another room, drinking coffee and enjoying treats, while watching through a large window as the kids enjoy themselves in the kitchen. Splurge offers cookie and cake decorating and for older kids, cake and cupcake decorating wars, splitting the group up into teams for competition. The runner up in this week's Readers' Choice poll was the Sports Academy which throws a fun party for the sports-minded kid.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Of all the selections in Millburn and Short Hills, which place offers the best package – fun for the kids, good service and a price you can afford?
Let's face it, there are a lot of kids out there in Patchland, which means a lot of birthdays that need to be celebrated. There are so many places to celebrate with our kids - the choices are seemingly limited only by the child's imagination or desire. But that can mean going out of town -- so what if we want to stay local? Chances are you've hosted birthday parties at businesses in Millburn and Short Hills, and probably with mixed results. So we want to know -- what was the most fun? Where did your kid have a good time? What would you recommend to other parents? We want to know. This week's "Reader's Choice" poll asks the question: Where is the best place in town to have a great kid's birthday party? We came up with some and want to know …