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Samba Montclair Expands Menu

Samba Montclair has expanded its vegan and gluten-free options, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

In his never-ending quest to bring the freshest homestyle Brazilian cuisine to Essex County, Samba Chef/Owner Ilson Gonçalves continues to refine his offerings to reflect the season and his personal passions.

Plant lovers may enjoy meat-free versions of Gonçalves’s signature GF Yuca Gnocchi, served primavera-style for spring and Bobo de Vegetais, a rich stew with local seasonal vegetables, yuca purée, tomatoes, onions, coconut milk and cilantro. So satisfying, regulars won’t even miss the traditional shrimp.

Introduced last year, Samba’s Brunch has proven extremely popular and is now offered on both Saturday and Sunday, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm. Since Brazilian breakfast is quite different from what we’re accustomed to, Gonçalves created a fusion version so American palates may experience Brazilian flavors with their eggs and French toast.

Samba’s desserts are a constant, glorious work in progress. Now charmingly heart-shaped, their popular churro-style pastries are served with killer Dulce de Leche, a classic street snack emblematic of other Latino influences on Brazilian cuisine.

To learn more, click here.

Cara’s Cucina: Panzanella Salad

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Panzanella Salad!

“This salad is SO easy and loaded with flavor,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “Letting it soak up that extra virgin olive oil, the white balsamic and even the juices from the veggies makes it the perfect summer staple!”

Check out the recipe, which serves four, below!

Panzanella Salad

2 C. stale, crusty bread, cubed
1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 of a red onion, sliced
extra virgin olive oil
white balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

Buon Appetito!

The Water Lantern Festival in Jersey City

The Water Lantern Festival, presented by One World, is coming to Jersey City! This event is an incredible experience where you, your friends, and family will create a magical memory of life. It’s a time where strangers can come together, show love one another, and heal themselves.

This festival is the only one in the United States that combines the magic of friends, family, and great food with a beautiful array of twinkling lanterns on the waterfront. The purpose of this experience is to bring together individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to:

Experience Happiness
Discover Love
Bring Healing to The Soul
Enjoy Peace and Unity
Increase Hope and Faith Connect with others

There is something to do for everyone at this beautiful event. You can enjoy various local food trucks, relax while listening to music, check out the local vendors, decorate lanterns, or even play a game of corn hole with your pals.

As the sun begins to set in the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine as the lanterns are launched onto the water. Watch your unique lantern drift on the water as it joins other lanterns. This is when you can reflect on your life, share your dreams, and feel the peace of all those around you as you enjoy the reflection of the lanterns on the water.

The Water Lantern Festival is a for-profit event. One World partners with local charities and non-profit organizations surrounding Jersey City. This year they partnered up with the Liberty Humane Society, who will receive a portion of the proceeds made.

The event in Jersey City will be on Friday, July 20th, and Saturday, July 21st.
-Gates open at 4 p.m.
-Held at:
Liberty State Park (1 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City, NJ 07305)

For more information, please visit:

http://www.waterlanternfestival.com/index.php