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National Food Day

Happy National Food Day to all you foodies out there! HipNJ has found some of the best restaurants throughout New Jersey to try on this social media holiday. Bon appétit.

The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick

Restaurant Lorena in Maplewood

Strip loin with a trim. Roasted late summer veg#herb black peppercorn jus

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Maritime Parc in Jersey City

Join us for dinner ? #EEEEEATS

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Mistral in Princeton

Ursino in Union

Our acorn squash agnolotti ? #HomeMadePasta #FreshlyMade #EnotecaUrsino #Farmtotable #fallinlove

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Hope you enjoy National Food Day as much as we do at HipNJ!

Immaculate Conception High School: College Preparation in an all-girl Catholic Environment

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Renee Hyle Gitto, Director of Advancement at Immaculate Conception High School, and Nicole Mineo, Director of Enrollment, about the school’s college preparation in an all-girl Catholic Environment.

Gitto, a class of ’91 alumni,  has been working with Mineo for a year and a half to re-brand the school, welcome newcomers, and engage potential students. Their hard work is paying off, as an unprecedented amount of people attended a recent open house. “We planted the seeds and they are all starting to grow,” Gitto says.

“Students will leave ICHS confident and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves,” Mineo states. “We strive to inspire their passions and teach students to become strong, meaningful, and caring world citizens.”



Felician Online Academy is a program that encourages students to enroll in an online course sometime throughout their high school career. “It’s a way for girls to get prepared for college because a lot of college classes are offered online,” Gitto says. These online courses are designed to teach time management and organizational skills, preparing students for college.

“We have the good fortune of being on the same campus as Felician University,” which enables the high school to give juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college classes on the college campus. This co-ministry sponsor project is known as Collegiate Academy. Immaculate Conception has been an academic leader in this, beginning in 1983.

To learn more, head over to Immaculate Conception’s website.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Since everything during the Fall months revolves around pumpkin…today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day! We have the the best places in the Garden State to find a pumpkin cheesecake in time for Halloween parties.

Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory in Englewood

Best Pie in Tri-state

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Pie Lady Cafe in Moorrestown

#pieladycafe #breakfastwithmom #moorestownNJ

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Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn Cafe in Hammonton

It's just so beautiful…. #pie #foodie #ontheroad

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Roseline’s Farm and Bakery in Augusta

Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck

Happy Fall and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!