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#HipNJ Celebrates Chili Dog Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Hey, #HipNJ readers! Today is a very important day, and we want to help you celebrate. In case you didn’t know, today is Chili Dog Day. It’s a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods, and we have compiled a list of some of the best places in NJ to get one!

Hot Grill (Clifton)hot

Customer said: “If you like chili with your dogs this really is the place for you.”

Hank’s Franks (Lodi)

hankCustomer said: “The onion sauce is terrific and the chili is the bomb.”

Rutt’s Hut (Clifton)rut

Customer said: “The chili was delicious. It almost tasted like it had stew beef in it.”

Hot Dog Caboose (Midland Park)caboose

Customer said: “I recommend the chili dog, really yummy!”

Lindy’s (Brick)lind

Customer said: “Add on their homemade chili with some mustard, onions, and cheese, and you’ve got one hell of a chili dog.”’

Max’s Hot Dogs (Long Branch)max

Customer said: “It’s worthy of mentioning the greatness of Max’s own chili – it’s chunky and full of flavor, not runny like you’ll find at other hot dog joints.”

Head over to your favorite hot dog place and grab yourself a chili dog!

#HipNJ Celebrates National Creme Brulee Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is National Creme Brulee Day! Creme Brulee is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. If you have never tried it, you’re definitely missing out. For those of you who have, as well as those that have not, today is the perfect day to get one. To help you out, #HipNJ has compiled a list of the best places to get some creme brulee in New Jersey!

Nasto’s Ice Cream (Newark)

This throwback retail shop of a local ice cream manufacturer specializes in a variety of flavors and cakes!

Nasto’s Ice Cream
236 Jefferson St
Newark, NJ 07105

Fricassee French Bistro (Montclair)

This local favorite is sure to win you over.

Fricassee French Bistro
6 Park St
Montclair, NJ 07042

 Houlihan’s (Various Locations)

This chain is known for their delicious creme brulee!

Provesi (Morristown)

This BYOB Italian restaurant is the perfect date night setting!

50 South St
Morristown, NJ 07960

Third & Vine (Jersey City)

They specialize in the finest in cheese, wine, cocktails, and small plates available anywhere!

Third & Vine
353 3rd St
Jersey City, NJ 07302

A holiday calls for celebration, and we just gave you some great places to do just that! You know what to do.


Conforti Couture DIY Earrings

Conforti Couture’s Angela Conforti, a local jewelry and clothing designer based in Northern New Jersey, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to show us how to make one of her cool DIY designs.

According the official website, Angela started Conforti Couture to encourage women to be different and to standout against the norm.

Lately, in high fashion, little fur pompoms have been really popular. So, Conforti decided to make fun earrings in a similar fashion.

The right tools, yarn, and the chain are all you need. The materials come up to a total of only $24.

Step 1: Loop it!

“We start off with one end, and then you just start turning.”

Step 2: Tie it!

“You want to make sure it’s nice and tight.”

Step 3: Cut it!

“Go through all those loops and cut them.”

Step 4: Shape it!

“You cut the extra, and shape it the way you want to.”

Step 5: Chain it!

“I am going to figure out how much I want on my chain.”

We cannot believe Conforti was able to craft a pair of earrings in less than five minutes. “If you have a vision, you can bring it to life, and that’s what I try to do,” she says.

Why does Conforti love DIY jewelry? She is savvy, doesn’t like to spend a lot of money, and always finds herself thinking that she can create the fashion she sees. “Why can’t I make something and say that it came from me as opposed to other people?” To her, that is the best thing to be able to do.

Conforti does a lot of custom orders, as well as craft fairs. To learn more and place your very own order, check out her Facebook and website.