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Toast of the Town: Cindy Vero

Wake up New Jersey! It’s time to get the inside scoop on 103.5 KTU‘s very own Cindy Vero.

Cindy is born and raised a Jersey Girl and proud of it!  The Mornings with Cubby and Cindy” co-host’s contagious and vivacious personality is as real as it gets, and it’s on display in this special “Toast for the Town” segment.

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to experience the perfect day in Cindy’s cozy town of Hawthorne.  Cindy took us to Well Read, a bookstore that is not only a hot spot for avid readers, but highlights the works of local authors.

Giving us more of a reason to love this quaint town is the Cuban Flavor Café, one of Cindy’s favorite Hawthorne haunts. Cindy and Lisa Marie dined on the restaurant’s signature dishes and sipped sangria as they talked about Cindy’s rise to the top!

We finished off the segment walking Cindy’s three rescue dogs at one of Hawthorne’s beautiful parks.  While there, we learned more about Cindy’s big heart. She has made countless appearances and been a part of many charitable events in between training three rescue dogs to call her own. She works especially close with the Lustgarten Foundation, raising awareness for pancreatic cancer. To top it all off, Cindy hosts a show Sunday mornings at 6 called “KTU Cares”, where she interviews local celebrities and hometown heroes who are giving back to their communities.

This woman does it all and she kicks butt at everything she does, which is exactly how every Jersey Girl does it!

Peter’s of Millburn Hosts Chef Ryan DePersio

Two powerhouses of the New Jersey restaurant scene joined forces in this latest edition of #HipNJ!

#HipNJ’s own Peter Falzo, of Peter’s of Millburn, invited Chef Ryan DePersio for their “Guest Chef Night”. DePersio is the owner of the Zagat rated Fascino of Montclair, the Executive Chef of Jersey City’s Battello, and runs Nico Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC in Newark (whew!)  He took time out of his busy schedule to treat Peter’s patrons with a delectable, 5-course “Italian without Boarders” specialty meal.

DePersio, who has appeared on “The Today Show” and “Chopped”, gave #HipNJ a taste of how he became the critically acclaimed master chef that he is today. Although he comes from a traditional Italian family and his food is considered fine Italian cuisine, DePersio’s professional experience in the kitchen is deep-rooted in a French background. The idea of “Italian without Boarders” came about by intertwining a French technique to Italian cuisine.

For guest chef night at Peter’s, DePersio featured some of his prime specialties such as his ricotta gnocchi (nicknamed “pillows of heaven”) and bone marrow brioche steak. From the way DePersio passionately describes the preparation and ingredients that go into creating these specialty dishes, it’s no wonder his restaurant has been named one of the Top 10 Classic Restaurants in New Jersey.

Bon Appétit!

#HIPNJ Women Fighting Back Against Dove

The video you are about to see will change the way people view New Jersey women forever…

Dominating the news recently was the Dove campaign that unfairly targeted New Jersey as “The Armpit of America”.

Well Dove…you messed with the wrong group of women.

Our production company, Long Shot Productions, LLC, produced a viral video in support of #HipNJ correspondent Melisa LaTour‘s company, The MTL Communications Group and #HipNJ guest, Jennifer LoBianco, CEO of 8fold.

These two women, pros in the PR and marketing industry, teamed up to take a stand against this unfair stereotype that constantly plagues The Garden State.  The video features real-life Jersey women who capture the strong spirit of our citizens.

#HipNJ proudly stand next to them in their initiative. After all, who knows better than our #HipNJ team, amazing guests and loyal followers how FABULOUS our great state is!?

Please watch and share this important message!