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Bite Club was fortunate to cook the rehearsal dinner for one of my oldest and dearest friends wedding.. The large group of people came to my house where we cooked them a dinner.

First course steak tartare
Second course- scallop cooked in it’s shell with a cube of bacon and a soy butter sauce topped with crispy shallot jelly.
Third Course- soft shell crab cooked in butter, served over fried goat cheese ravioli with pickled ginger beets.
Fourth Course- fried sweetbreads with cauliflower, uni flan topped with uni, sauce gribiche and pickled peppers.
Fifth Course- Sliced duck breast with grilled pineapple, seared foie gras and a cherry demi glace.
Last Course-chomeur pudding with a marscapone lemon granita.

It was a pretty amazing dinner. Was really happy to be able to do this for him and his new bride.


Again, since I don’t take photos of the finished plating, all I can really share are the ingredients and some early prep.


Here is a tray of live soft shell crabs. They were still moving around when i opened the container. you have to cut the eyes out, remove the gills, it’s a lovely process:

Uni: Later became a flan

Fried Goat Cheese Ravioli

These were the Maple Puddings: Later to be topped with the marscapone and lemon granita.

A duck liver:

Beginning of a demi: Later became a cherry sauce

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Duck breastasis:

Bacon for the scallops:


Valenca Restaurant

665 Monroe Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

(908) 354-4024


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558 Elizabeth Avenue


I have been to Kylie’s Place a few times in the last couple of months.  My mother comes to have lunch with me and we like to explore various places in Elizabeth NJ.  Our most recent place has been Kylie’s Place Restaurant or Kylie’s Restaurant Place. All we know for sure is, this place is a restaurant, serving some really lovely food from El Salvador. Whether or not a Kylie exists, has yet to be confirmed.

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Upstate this weekend in a lovely home in the woods, we were able to spend a lot of time hanging out and relaxing around the house.

Here we have a fritatta made from leftover chicken from the night before. There is also some guanciale and left over spinach and bacon that got tossed in to the mix. This was a 13 egg fritatta.
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Chick’s Seafood
230 Trumbull St
Elizabeth NJ

Cute little Portuguese Place.. I guess its pretty well known in Elizabeth.. It has changed owners a few times in the last couple of years but it still remains good.. I was sitting next to this guy in Las Vegas once at a Black Jack Table.. He was like, you work in Elizabeth, have you ever been to Chick’s Seafood.. I guess this place and a local strip club are high on the “things” to see list for truck drivers coming to the area..

They have a regular menu, but I find the specials come out more quickly…

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We started with shrimp and garlic from the regular menu.. Garlic, wine, oil, shrimp, lemon and a couple shots of red pepper.. Whats not to love..

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Alvarez Cafe
511 Elizabeth Ave
Elizabeth, NJ

Alvarez Cafe located at 511 Elizabeth Avenue is a famous place on the block.. It has been open for 30 years.. Its also one of the only places where they have an english menu too. So i find this helpful.. There website is

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Most places in the area incorporate a lot of different spanish countries into their cuisine.. One restaurant could have Puerto Rican owners and be cooking a combo of Portugese, Cuban and Peruvian food. Alvarez i think keeps it pretty much too cuban food.. They serve oxtail to seafood. I especially like their sandwiches; steak, cuban, roast pork, spanish sausage, and the carne ripiada.. All really good..There steak sandwich in which they put french’s onion rings under the bread before the grill press it is excellent too!

Sandwiches ready to go for lunch:

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Le Perrada de Chilache
940 Elizabeth Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 629-9692

Thanks to Mr. Rail for the suggestion.

Literally translated it means a pack of dogs.. But, in the terms of restaurants, it’s a Spanish Hot Dogeria.. There are several of these Perradas popping up now around NY.. A big chain of over a 100 strong out of Columbia has recently landed in Queens I think..

So, On a beautiful afternoon, I decided to head on over and see what was doing..

On top of hot dogs, they have several items on the menu. Chorizo, Arepas, fried chicken, hambugers, and polla a la brasa.. But, today, we came for the hot dogs..

Here is a chorizo con arepa.. I was expecting something completely different.. But the chorizo was a wonderful garlicky sausage..

My dad, who was rolling with me today, went for the super Hot Dog.. This was a foot long bady boy with shredded chicken, potato chips, russian dressing, and ketchup.. A pretty bold move for the guy.. I was expecting him to go grilled chicken sandwich…

Here you have hot dog, then shredded chicken, then a crumbled potato chip layer, then ketchup, then ketchup mayo dressing.



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I had to take my wife to work this morning. doing our daily routine: going over the Manhattan Bridge, driving across Canal st, through the Holland Tunnel, then along various numbered routes in N.J.

As we were pulling close to her office, we passed Union Pork Store.  Home to Jabi, the famous butcher.  The guy is so talented and such a nice guy.  I wanted my wife to meet him and his wife as well as see their shop.  Here is a link to his store.. He has well over a hundred sausages.

Well I am glad I brought her because she spotted a 12 pound rib roast and suggested we buy it.  We were going to make a quick pastrami.(smoking a corned beef) to bring to someone’s house but, this will certainly do.


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Hoduran and Salvadorian.

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Well, I guess it’s not a Tale because I know very little about these places. I have been coming to Elizabeth NJ for the last 12 years or so.  While driving by on Elizabeth Ave one day, I could not help but notice these two old time looking Hot Dog Stands, standing directly next to each other.

What is even more peculiar are the names. Tommy’s and Jerry’s, like the old Cat and Mouse Cartoon.  The rivalry continues.

These two places are relics from Elizabeth’s Italian past.


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