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#HipNJ visits 128 West State Café

#HipNJ visited 128 West State Café, a new meeting place in the heart of Historic Trenton, to learn how they are giving new meaning to “Capitol Perk.”

“The idea was to appeal to the business community,” owner Dale Florio states. People along West State Street began asking for a breakfast and lunch café that would serve as a gathering place across from the State Capitol, and 128 West State Café was born.

“The idea was to have healthy, fresh food,” Florio states of the café’s unique menu. “There’s some variety there, which people seem to enjoy,” café manager Ando Dell says.

The staff has been there since the beginning, which adds to the café’s warm and welcoming environment. “We’re bringing people together, and it has become the meeting place we hoped it would be,” Florio says.

To learn more about 128 West State Café, click here.

Cara’s Cucina: Pumpkin Pie

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Pumpkin Pie!

As we start getting ready for Thanksgiving, Di Falco shares this family recipe, courtesy of her great-grandmother. “Every time she brought it over for Thanksgiving, everybody went crazy,” she says. Check out the ingredients for this delicious pie below.

Nonni’s Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Pie Crust
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. orange cognac liquor
1 tbs. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
4 eggs
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. milk

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!

Elise Rosenstock on ElyseRyan Jewelry

#HipNJ spoke with Elise Rosenstock of ElyseRyan Jewelry about her company and its involvement in Bloomingdale’s Short Hills 50th Anniversary celebration.

Jewelry making started as a hobby for Elise while she was at home raising two daughters. After moving to Connecticut in 1999, she gradually built a business from her handmade jewelry creations of semi-precious stones, pearls and sterling silver. Her pieces became popular with women living in her area and eventually were carried by local jewelers.

“Then, stores got wind of me and wanted to know about the brand,” Rosenstock recalls. Over time, more retail outlets began to pick up Elise’s jewelry. It now appears at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and other select stores and salons throughout the country. “It was my passion, and I decided to go for it,” Rosenstock says about making the decision to launch ElyseRyan Jewelry.

Rosenstock has donated pieces to be auctioned off for a number of charitable organizations, and has created original jewelry designs to benefit specific causes she believes in, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “I have realized that when you have a piece of jewelry that tells a story, it takes on a different meaning,” she explains. “You look down and remember that you’re doing something to help others, and that piece of jewelry creates awareness.” This initiates a dialogue and connects people in supporting a cause.

The Bloomingdales’ Short Hills 50th Anniversary celebration, taking place on November 2nd from 6-8pm, will benefit Minette’s Angels, a non-profit breast cancer foundation based out of Verona. “I love that they are a grassroots organization,” Rosenstock says. “They do small things that change peoples’ lives,” citing robes given to women enduring chemotherapy. “The robes to make women feel safe and warm.”

Deb Belfatto, cofounder of Susan G. Komen North Jersey, introduced Rosenstock to Minette’s Angels. From there, Rosenstock agreed to design a pink bracelet to benefit the organization. This exclusive bracelet, along with AWAREABLES and other wristROCKS will be available at the Bloomingdale’s event.

To learn more about ElyseRyan Jewelry, click here.