Food Friday: Restaurant Latour

Restaurant Latour and their remarkable Wine Cellar at Crystal Springs Resort added a new honor to the many praises and awards they have received since their opening. This month they found out that they were inducted into the Wine Enthusiast America’s Best Wine Restaurant Hall of Fame!

A recurring participant on Wine Enthusiast’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list, this year Restaurant Latour was elevated to the newly created Restaurant Hall of Fame. The restaurant joins industry stars such as The French Laundry, Per Se, Daniel, Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park. In all, over 30 restaurants were enshrined in the Hall of Fame –Restaurant Latour is the only one from New Jersey.

Also this month, Wine Spectator once again awarded Restaurant Latour its highest honor, the Grand Award – only 91 restaurants worldwide hold the distinction. Restaurant Latour has received this prestigious award every year since 2006.

Overseen by Crystal Springs Resort C.O.O Robby Younes and Wine Director Susanne Wagner, the Wine Cellar at Crystal Springs is considered one of the finest collections of wine in the country with more than 105,000 bottles. Restaurant Latour and the Wine Cellar are located at Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ

#FashionFriday With GreatHouse Bonny Neiman

Happy #FashionFriday! #HipNJ wants to tell you all about GreatHouse Bonny Neiman, a unique store full of an ever changing inventory of great finds.

GreatHouse has introduced a Loyalty Program! Each purchase earns you a star, and when you have 10 stars you receive a notice you are eligible for 10% off an item of your choice. You sign up in store or by calling 908-522-8900.  

GreatHouse Bonny Neiman   
12 Beechwood Road | Summit, NJ
MondaySaturday 10:30-5:30 

Now, let’s take a look at some pieces trending this season!

 Sturdy and stylish wine cooler, $175 

Still popular our everlast faux succulent arrangements in metal and brass vessel from $60

Lemon platter $32

Amazing vintage artisan vases from Sweden. Starting at $395, tallest 16 1/2″

Summer quilt currently on spotlight sale on @shopgreathouse Instagram page 

Kate Spade throws also currently on spotlight sale Instagram page @shopgreathouse

George Briard, iconic mid century designer, always gets it right, 
set of 8 $225, signed

Mid century inspired coffee mugs, $15 each and matching pitcher, $45

Games and more games, $22.00

A stylish vignette at Greathouse. Original art hangs over a stunning Italian credenza with black glass shelf and killer brass hardware, $3900. Handmade lamps, $475 ea.

Fun woven baskets add texture and are useful for sunscreens, cloths, flip flops and magazines! $52 and $38

Items above currently featured in spotlight sale on Instagram @shopgreathouse

Be sure to stop by and follow GreatHouse on Instagram.


Beth Battaglino on HealthyWomen

#HipNJ spoke with Beth Battaglino, CEO of HealthyWomen and NJ resident, about the efforts her organization is making to ensure that women are healthy and informed.

HealthyWomen is the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women. “We are all about education and the importance of empowering women to have the information and resources they need to take care of themselves and their families,” Battaglino states.

For 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health care questions. What started as a toll-free telephone number and print newsletter has evolved into a community. In fact, HealthyWomen was the first online women’s health site to go live on the internet.” That was a huge game changer in the 90’s,” Battaglino recalls.

HealthyWomen want to ensure that women are making self-care a priority, which prompted the launch of HealthiHER. They partnered with GCI Health and REDBOOK magazine to launch a HealthiHER survey of women ages 30-60 years old to better understand how women feel about their health.

The results of the survey were not surprising. “Women are still not putting themselves first,” Battaglino says. “Ladies, I know we are never going to put ourselves first, but can we at least be second or third on the list?” This means taking time for yourself, and always making your necessary health visits. “We give the tools needed to be put into action,” Battaglino states. “No one has an excuse anymore.”

Last year, HealthyWomen launched Keep The Care, a nationwide education and advocacy campaign aimed to empower Americans to demand that policymakers and health insurers protect women’s right to equal, accessible and affordable health coverage. Battaglino shares that there are currently 26 preventative screenings available to women free of charge. “While we still have them, we want to make sure women are aware,” she says.

Battaglino  is currently a practicing certified nurse at Hackensack Meridian Center. She says that moving her business from Washington DC to New Jersey has opened up many opportunities. “I absolutely love being in New Jersey. It has been one of the best moves for me not only personally, but also professionally.”

If anyone reading this would like to write a blog and share your story, Battaglino  says that HealthyWomen would love to hear from you. “We are always looking for health ambassadors, people who are doing great things in the health and wellness space.”

#HipNJ readers, if you would like to write out your story, email your information to

To learn more about HealthyWomen, click here.

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