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By Bill Alden

The northern Jersey town of Springfield has the feel of a typical upscale, leafy, east coast bedroom community with impressive homes, well-manicured lawns, and quiet neighborhoods.

But tucked into 474 acres in the northwestern part of town, off of Shunpike Road, stands one of the iconic sporting venues in the world, the Baltusrol Golf Club. more

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On April 23 & 24, one of Japan’s greatest chefs cooks for Princeton

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Located in the heart of Tokyo, L’Effervescence restaurant is famed for its French-Japanese cuisine created by Chef Shinobu Namae. On Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, you can taste these international flavors without ever stepping onto an airplane. That weekend, the critically acclaimed chef joins Executive Chef Scott Anderson in the elements kitchen to create an innovative menu that combines both locally grown and Japanese spring herbs and spices. more

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Friday, April 8

7 p.m.: Princeton High School Asian Festival. Students will share many facets of Asian culture including Chinese calligraphy, tea making, sushi making, and festival displays. Students will also perform a Chinese Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese song and dance, Indian singing, and a Chinese fashion show. The event will be held in the school’s gymnasium, Walnut Lane.

8 p.m.: Boheme Opera NJ presents Carmen at Kendall Theater at The College of New Jersey, Ewing. more

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CLASSICAL BOOK COLLECTION FROM DOT & BO

Give your bookshelf a face lift with these gorgeous editions of your favorite literary classics.

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Protect your new phone and look stylish with these iPhone cases and accessories. 

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Saturday, March 26th & Sunday, March 27th celebrate elements will be offering a special 3-course menu for $69 and a kids menu for $39. Seatings will be available between 10:30am – 5pm.

Elements’ menu changes to reflect the local fruits and vegetables that are in season, and its Easter Brunch Menu screams spring. Whether your sipping on a “Currant Affair” made of prosecco, currant, and fennel, or indulging in Cod Brandade, complete with baby spinach, endive beets, and charred scallion, you’ll be able to experience the pure, earthy flavors of elements.  more

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The 7th Annual Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Research begins on Friday, April 22 and runs through Thursday, April 28, 2016. Proceeds from this annual event will raise funds for Parkinson’s research. Participating is as easy as dining at any of the participating restaurants during the allotted days. more

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Push aside the corn beef and cabbage for these delicious green smoothies to celebrate St. Patrick‘s Day and healthy living

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Certified health coach and busy mom Laura Deutsch knows that developing good eating habits takes more than just the luck of the Irish. But thanks to her online resource Instill Health, it just got a whole lot easier to maintain optimal health and wellness for you and your family. Through Instill Health, Laura offers online programs, one-on-one coaching and speaking engagements, along with a blog, and a recipe bookletLucky for us, Deutsch decided to share some of her tips and tricks on how to drink your way to a healthier lifestyle starting this St. Patrick’s Day. more

Now until March 30, Salt Creek Grille Princeton is offering entrees that take you on a full sensory experience

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Salt Creek Grille Princeton is adding two “fantastique” dishes to its menu for a limited time. Executive Chef Luis Estrada was recently commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) to create a series of dishes inspired by symphonies being performed in a pair of concerts on March 29 and 30 at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center to kickoff PONY’s spring season.  more

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Get those baskets ready!

Make Easter fun for the whole family with these personalized Easter gifts. Simply click on each item to purchase. more

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Among the constants are farm-to-table food and rustic, reclaimed decor

By Ilene Dube

A generation ago, those with a sophisticated palate in search of a place to dine in Princeton might have called it a food desert. There was French-ish Lahiere’s, serving the likes of Albert Einstein and the King of Jordan since 1919 (it closed in 2010); the Alchemist & Barrister offering up burgers and pub grub; and a handful of diners and Chinese and Greek restaurants. But about 20 years ago, all that started to change, and now Princeton and Hopewell draw fine dining enthusiasts from the greater metropolitan region. These days, all the moves and changes happen so quickly, they could be recited to the tune of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.”  more

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Chef Max Hansen has announced plans for a 25,000-square-foot new catering venue in an old farmhouse on Carter Road in Hopewell. The $7 million project geared to weddings, corporate events, and catered affairs is scheduled to open by the summer of 2017. The project will create some 100 full-time jobs.

The location will also become the headquarters for Mr. Hansen’s entire operation. For the past 25 years, Max & Me Catering, Max Hansen Caterer, and Max Hansen Carversville Grocery in Bucks County have served the area. more

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Friday, March 4

12:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk at the Princeton University Art Museum: “Anthony van Dyck: The Mocking of Christ.” Free to attend.

4:30 p.m.: “Shakespeare and Ireland” lecture by James Shapiro presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Fund for Irish Studies (FIS) at Princeton University’s James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.

6 p.m.: Friday Wine & Music at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington.

7:30 p.m.: Princeton University Orchestra performs works by Bernstein, Kapustin, Korngold, and Beethoven at Richardson Auditoriummore

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Celebrate Pancake Week at Princeton’s Legendary Pancake House

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

When a restaurant’s domain name is www.pancakes.com, you know they don’t mess around when it comes to flapjacks. Such is the case for Princeton’s legendary pancake house, PJ’s. It’s not uncommon to see a line of people outside the doors of 154 Nassau Street on a weekend morning, eagerly awaiting breakfast or brunch. While the local hotspot offers everything from salads to pasta, it’s their pancakes that truly draw the crowds (and the fact that you can write on their tabletops). In fact, PJ’s popularity led to the opening of a second location at Windsor Plaza in Princeton Junction.   Princeton Magazine celebrates “Pancake Week” by featuring some of the decadent pancakes PJ’s Pancake House has to offer. We also highly recommend blasting Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” and indulging in some buttery, syrupy goodness from Princeton’s breakfast mecca after reading this article. more

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The co-owner of Small World Coffee shares the things that make her world go round.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

web 2There is something unique about Jessica Durrie’s list of 10 favorite things: It doesn’t include any “things.” Instead, Durrie’s list features personal experiences, places, and rituals that have deep meaning in her life.

Similarly, her famed coffee shop serves expertly roasted and brewed coffee, but it goes far beyond any single “thing” on its menu. Like Durrie, Small World Coffee sets itself apart with its intangible assets.   The shop’s staff always serves up something delightful, whether it is quirky charisma or a Mexican hot chocolate. The local artwork on its walls speaks to Small World’s deep-rooted connection to the community. And perhaps most noticeably, the Princeton hotspot offers carefree vibes (filled with the aroma of coffee) that always make you feel at home.

Since 1993, co-owners of Small World Coffee, Brant Cosaboom and Jessica Durrie, have been bringing something special to Princeton, and it goes far beyond their delicious caffeinated drinks. Below, Durrie shares the 10 “things” that make her small world go round. more

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Take your special someone to either of Princeton’s acclaimed eateries to show them – and their stomachs – some love.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Princeton restaurants elements and Mistral are preparing mouth-watering entrées for Valentine’s weekend. Below, Princeton Magazine gives you a sneak peak of the menu offerings that might just steal your heart. more

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Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery will join other wineries across the state for the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s weekend of wine and chocolate. On Valentine’s Day weekend, Sat. 2/13 and Sun. 2/14 from 12- 5 p.m. visit the tasting room for a special tasting event.

Bring your Valentine or come with your favorite wine loving friends to sample Terhune’s award winning wines in their 160 year old barn. After a fun afternoon of sampling, take home a bottle of your favorite.

For this weekend, they are also offering a special wine and chocolate pairing with Carol’s Creative Chocolatez, a local artisan chocolate maker specializing in high quality single-origin chocolates. This special event will include a tasting of five wines paired with Carol’s chocolates and a souvenir glass for $15. more

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If you’re anything like me, when the cold-weather months come around, all you want to do is curl up next to a space heater and enter a hibernation-like state. However, you and I both know that hibernating should be left to the bears, especially when our beautiful town of Princeton is overflowing with places to warm up – and provide some entertainment, shopping, and grub all at the same time. Below, we highlight some of the best places in Princeton to escape the winter’s chill. more

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Believe it or not, things just got even saucier at Princeton’s Hoagie Haven. The culinary hotspot has recently started bottling and selling Sanchez Sauce, the staple ingredient in its legendary – and aptly named – Sanchez Sandwich. A fresh Italian roll filled with chopped chicken cutlet, fries, mozzarella sticks, and American cheese, the Sanchez Sandwich is beloved both near and far for its lively sauce that combines the kick of hot sauce with the creamy flavor of honey mustard. more

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Princeton’s Mistral just got even better.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

First a new bar and now Sunday Brunch – Mistral in downtown Princeton is on a spree of delicious. Esteemed Chef Scott Anderson & Ben Nerenhausen have debuted an outstanding Sunday Brunch menu complete with cocktails from one of NJ’s finest mixologists, Jamie Dodge.  In addition to a la carte dining, the new two-course prix fixe ($33 per person) menu offers a wide variety of sweet and savory options. Menu highlights include the French Scramble made with broccoli and epoisse on sourdough bread and the Dutch Boy Pancake complete with quince and maple. However, there’s one menu item that’s sure to blow you away – this week’s “Plate to Date,” the Mistral Brunch Burger.  more