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Celebrating Mother’s Day in #HipNJ

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Can you believe it!? It is a day dedicated to making your mom feel as special as she makes you feel every day of the year. Still not sure where to celebrate? Here are some of the best places in New Jersey to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Anthony David’s (Hoboken)

  • Mother’s Day special brunch menu here.
  • Dinner menu here.

BIN 14 (Hoboken)

The Hills Tavern (Millburn)

House Of Que’ (Hoboken)

  • Revamped menu here.
  • All moms receive a complementary bottle of champagne with a reservation.

Midland Brew House (Saddle Brook)

  • Family Style Brunch Served From 11:30am-4pm.
  • Full menu here.

The Barrow House (Clifton)

BONUS

Here’s a Mother’s Day deal from Chocolate Works in Montclair!

 

New Jersey Home Bakers Score First-round Win in Challenge of Home-Baking Law

New Jersey is the only state to ban the sale of home baked goods—but that may be about to change. 

On Friday, Judge Douglas Hurd, of the Superior Court of Mercer County, denied a request of New Jersey’s Health Department to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban.

The lawsuit was brought by several home bakers who are asking the court to allow homemade goods—like cookies, cakes, and muffins—to be sold directly to consumers. Because of the judge’s ruling, the lawsuit will be allowed to continue.

Under New Jersey’s ban, it is illegal to sell any homemade foods for profit. Instead, before a person can sell even one cookie, she needs to spend thousands of dollars acquiring a commercial grade kitchen, get a retail food establishment license, undergo inspections, and abide by hundreds of pages of regulations designed for large, commercial bakeries. If someone sells even one muffin from their home kitchen, they can be punished by up to $1,000 in fines. The State has an exception to the ban for homemade goods sold to support charitable organizations, like church bake sales.

“People want to buy my cookies and cakes, and that should be their choice, not the government’s,” said Liz Cibotariu, one of the home bakers in the lawsuit who works as an Army helicopter technician in the National Guard and also served in the Iraq War. “I left Romania when it was still a communist country and proudly served in the military because I value freedom. It is time New Jersey got a lot more free.”

More than a dozen additional home bakers attended the hearing to show their support for the suit. Overturning the ban would allow many New Jerseyans to work from home and earn modest amounts of money to support themselves.

Martha Rabello is another home baker in the lawsuit. After the hearing, she said “I’m very happy to be one step closer to sharing my gift for baking once again. It is time for the Garden state to catch up with the rest of the country.”

The next step is for the parties to conduct discovery, move for summary judgment, and ask the court to decide whether New Jersey’s ban unconstitutionally limits home bakers freedom while protecting commercial bakers from competition.

Fingers crossed!

Local Police Officer Opens Hudson Coffee Company in Hoboken

Police officer Justin DePascale didn’t like coffee and never drank it until being assigned to the Anti/Vice Squad narcotics unit working mostly evenings. Staying alert made drinking coffee a necessity, but over time, DePascale learned to appreciate the hot beverage. Now he can’t imagine life without delicious, high-quality coffee, and is bringing it to Hoboken at his new coffee bar, Hudson Coffee Company

“It’s surprising that I went from disliking coffee to having a real passion for it now,” said DePascale.  “I tasted some really bad brews during my years on the police force, so when I discovered truly good coffee, everything changed. I began to seek out specialty coffees and wanted to try different beans from around the world. I wanted to learn and understand more and became somewhat of a coffee connoisseur.” 

DePascale has progressed from coffee lover and connoisseur to businessman. He recently opened Hudson Coffee Company at 1100 Maxwell Lane on the site of the former Hoboken Maxwell House coffee plant, the largest coffee processing plant in the world through the early 1990s.

Hudson Coffee is committed to preserving the rich history of the landmark “mile-square.”  The industrial chic interior is a combination of its industrial past and the modern-day evolution of Maxwell Place. Nostalgic images of the old Maxwell House plant, Hudson waterfront shipyards, and more recent moments in Hoboken history adorn the walls. Some of the mounted artwork are photographs taken by DePascale, a Hoboken native whose family has deep roots in the community.

While Hudson Coffee pays homage to Maxwell House, DePascale emphasizes that the coffee is very different from the mass-produced big brand. Hudson Coffee is premium, artisanal-style coffee made from the highest-quality beans from all over the world. Hudson Coffee will also serve a selection of pastries, croissants, cookies, muffins and scones.  

“We’re committed to serving first-class coffee in a friendly, comfortable environment,” said DePascale. “We’re a local establishment that also wants to be a neighborhood gathering place.” To that end, Hudson Coffee will host entertainment, open mic nights, and other events for the public.  

To learn more, click here.