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National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Not in the mood for a piece of cake, well how about a cupcake? Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day and we have the top spots in New Jersey find the best chocolate cupcake or any other flavor cupcake of your choice!

House of Cupcakes in Princeton,  East Brunswick and Clifton

Cajas de Cupcakes de diferentes sabores esperan por ti ❤️

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Cupcakes  by Carousel in Ridgewood, Englewood and Montclair

Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, Marlton, Morristown, Ridgewood, Red Bank and Westfield

Pink Cake Box in Denville

Fall is here! Stop in for our new cupcake flavors: Pumpkin Cinnamon and Caramel Apple Spice!

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Crowley Cupcakes in Madison

Mmm cupcakes. @crowleycupcakes #madisonnj #downtownmadison #njisntboring

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Make sure to get out and satisfy your craving today!

Slurp, Sip, Repeat Ramen Eating Contest

By Kenneth Barilari

28 contestants took part in the first Ani Ramen Slurp, Sip, Repeat Ramen Eating Contest. The competition, which took place at Ani Ramen in Montclair, pit participants against each other to see who could eat the most ramen in 15 minutes.

Contestants came prepared with their own competitive eating method. Some stood, some sat, and one even chose a fork over chopsticks. One contestant, Dexter, came suited up warrior style for the event.


In  the end, Sebastian Voltarelli of Glen Ridge came out victorious. He took home the coveted prize, the Ani Ramen Golden Chopsticks, good for 1 year of free ramen at either Ani Ramen location. Voltarelli finished a very impressive 9.25 bowls of ramen in 15 minutes.  A real estate professional at the Voltarelli Organization, he has never competed in an organized food competition before.

The second place winner, Carlos Avellaneda of Paterson, consumed 6.5 bowls of Ramen. He has competed in numerous food eating competitions. Evan Darnell, founder of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen restaurant in Brooklyn, secured the third place spot after consuming 6 bowls.


“We were thrilled at the turnout and the enthusiasm at our first Slurp, Sip, Repeat Ramen Eating Competition.  It was a fun, exciting event and we were so happy to have such a great group of competitors.  We hope the event will continue to grow and look forward to doing it again next year,” Ani Ramen Owner said.

Best of all, a total of $500 was raised via entry fees at the competition for Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH).

To learn more about Ani Ramen, head over to their website.


C&L Auto Body Donates Car To Someone In Need

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Charles Napoli, President of C&L Auto Bodyabout their recent decision to give back. Along with GEICO Insurance and Toyota of Hackensack, they donated a vehicle to someone in need.

The donation was a joint venture. GEICO Insurance found the car, which Napoli describes as “a total loss.” It was completely gutted. Toyota of Hackensack donated around $3,500 worth of parts, and the C&L Auto Body crew did the labor, from paint to body work.

The recipient of the 2010 Toyota Camry was selected by Family Promise of Morris County. “We offered them the car, then they internally picked someone who they felt would benefit most from having the vehicle,” Napoli says. Family Promise of Morris County is a non-profit organization that provides housing to the homeless population.

A young woman named McKenzie Walsh was chosen to receive the vehicle. Walsh, a client of Family Promise since March 2015, was in an adverse situation. She and her daughter were homeless and without hope of a brighter future. Since then, she has secured an apartment and a job.


This is not the first time C&L Auto Body did this, and it will not be the last. “I enjoy doing it. It’s fun to get a vehicle and have it be a joint effort,” Napoli says of his experience working with GEICO Insurance and Toyota of Hackensack to make this possible.

There is a lesson to be learned from this selfless story. “To me, it’s taking something that is basically useless for someone else and changing it into a real life-changing thing for a person in need,” Napoli says.

To learn more about C&L Auto Body, head over to their website.