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Downtown Somerville’s Fresh Dining Scene

Downtown Somerville’s dining scene is heating up, and #HipNJ has the scoop on all the delicious new eateries you have to try!

First, let’s shine a spotlight on The Salad House. This fast and casual restaurant specializing in fresh customized and signature salads is set to open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 2nd.

The Salad House of Somerville is the latest of the small New Jersey franchise to open under the ownership of David Delinko. The restaurant creates fast healthy salads and meals that are made-to-order or signature salads that put a twist on popular favorites such as the “Greek Out,” “Eat Cobb,” “Stay Classy Caesar” and more.

“We serve health-conscious, comfort food that is personalized to suit the individual taste, dietary and nutritional needs of each and every customer whether they dine in or choose from our wide selection of catering options for their home or office family,”  said Delinko. In addition to its namesake salads, the 20-seat restaurant serves soup, appetizers, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.

“Downtown Somerville has certainly earned its reputation as a ‘foodie destination,’ with more than 45 popular restaurants and eateries to please every palate,” said Beth Anne MacDonald, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “You can eat your way around the world here from Greek, Asian, Cuban, New American, French-inspired, Italian, Irish and more, but this year is particularly exciting because we’ve got several new concept restaurants and cafes that will add some new flavor to the downtown.”

Check out the list of all the new places you just have to try below!

Downtown Somerville’s New Restaurants and Cafes:

The Salad House, 58 West Main Street

Kuay Tiew Noodles and More, 42 West Main Street

Fresh Tiki Bar, 15C Division Street

Village Brewing Company, 34 West Main Street

Grumpy Bobas, 72 West Main Street

Cara’s Cucina: Lentil Soup

 Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Lentil Soup!

This healthy soup is perfect to go along with the cold weather here in #HipNJ. Make yourself a bowl and stay warm! Check out the ingredients for the soup, which serves 6-8, below.

Lentil Soup

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled & diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbs. tomato paste
2 C. green lentils, rinsed and drained
8 C. vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh thyme
salt & pepper

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

If you make this at home, be sure to post it on Instagram along with the hashtag, #CarasCucina.

Buon Appetito!


Andrea Kozma on SweatNow

Andrea Kozma, co-founder of SweatNow, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the fitness app.

SweatNow is taking the industry by storm. With a concept that resembles the ever-popular app OpenTable, fitness enthusiasts can find all they need to know about local trainers and various classes at the touch of a button.  It also offers great opportunities for gyms to bring in new clients.

The  app is currently centralized in the Philadelphia region, with most of the trainers and classes being there. However, it is constantly expanding to the New Jersey area.

If you are looking to get your workouts back on track in the New Year, download the free app today, available on both the App Store and Google Play.

“It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life,” Kozma says of developing the app. To learn more, click here.