Category Archives: Garden State Living

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#Hip Healthy Thanksgiving Alternatives!

Move over stuffing – and make room for these healthy alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving sides!  From dishes focused on greens, grains and beans, the turkey doesn’t have to be the spotlight of the table with these veg-centric sides. Here’s our list, compliments from some #HipNJ’s hippest chefs and restaurants!


Maya – from Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval
Three Bean Salad – cannellini, garbanzo & red beans, roasted tomato & poblano peppers, peanuts, lemon thyme requeson


Tanner Smiths – From the kitchen
Brussels Sprout Hash- Fried egg, dill, crème fraiche

Fonda – from Chef/Owner Roberto Santibañez
Espinaca con Hongos – sautéed spinach and mixed mushrooms
Tlacoyo con Hongos – black bean masa “boat,” spring pea spread, sautéed mushrooms, salsa verde, salsa chipotle, queso fresco, crema

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten – from Chef Martin Schaub
Viennese Brussels Sprouts – pan-fried Brussels sprouts, sweet & spicy chili peppers, smoked paprika

Babbalucci – from Chef/Owner Andrew LoPresto
Broccoli Rabe Glazed Baby Carrots Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan


Anthony David’s – from Chef/Owner Anthony Pino
Grilled Asparagus – sunny egg, prosciutto, pecorino, black truffles
Kale Salad – duck egg, garlic crumbs, pancetta, lemon vinaigrette
Candied Yams – biscotti and dried cranberries


Pulse Café – from Chef/Owner Dana Cohen
Freekeh Grain Salad – steamed freekeh and brown rice, chick peas, dried cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, baby spinach, apple cider honey vinaigrette


5 Quick and Easy Halloween Recipes

Trick or treat? Hip New Jersey picks treat!

Halloween is here and if you still need some tasty treats for a Halloween party here are some quick and easy recipes!

You might not normally think about Halloween as being delicious, but it’s the best time of the year to add flavor and fun to your cooking.  (Especially when it’s right around apple and pumpkin picking season!)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Don’t let those pumpkin seeds go to waste either. If you’ve been carving out pumpkins and have a bunch of seeds leftover make them into this delicious treat. Your guests will become addicted to these crunchy seeds.

Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus
What’s better than hummus? Pumpkin flavored hummus with a little bit of spice added!

The Raven Cocktail
Speaking of spice, what’s a party without a few drinks to spice things up? Who says only kids can have fun in Halloween? Follow these easy steps to make this delicious cocktail.

Halloween Candy Apples
Do you happen to have a lot of apples leftover from apple picking? Make them into a delicious treat following these easy steps!


Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s crazy to believe Halloween is this Saturday. If you’re like us, this month has been very busy, leaving you no time to invent a costume!

Here at #HipNJ, we threw on our thinking caps and came up with some last minute costume ideas to help you join in the fun Halloween activities.


Inside Out
This Disney Pixar animated movie was a huge hit and is a must-watch for and kids and adults. It depicts the 5 core emotions going on in someone’s head. Make them come to life this Halloween through these very easy to make costumes that you can pick straight out of your closet.


Everyone is talking about zombies this season, and with the Walking Dead airing, zombies are a huge hit for costumes. Beauty vloggers are turning on their inner dark side and recreating amazing zombie looks. Watch this vlogger transform from Jasmine princess to Jasmine zombie princess.


DIY Skeleton Shirt
Afraid your Halloween costume is going to cost you too much? Recycle. It’s the best way to save old clothes from being thrown away and save money on a costume.


Let your inner childhood come out this halloween by dressing up as your favorite childhood superhero. Whether it was Superman or Wonder Women, it’s easy to create this fun Halloween costume.