Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

#HipNJ: Sip on This, Miller Lite Edition

#HipNJ’s very own Emily Sperduto is at our Miller Lite sponsored “Sip On This” event around New Jersey to get the inside scoop on why Miller Lite drinkers love their beer!

Stephen Booth of Buffalo Wild Wings in North Brunswick says they have a lot of people in and are very excited and happy to be selling Miller Lite this evening. Stephen says it’s a great, refreshing beer for a hot summer day. They are selling $3.25 160z aluminum cans of Miller Lite and it’s a hit!

From the Tavern Off the Green and The Grasshopper in Morristown, to Ale House Tavern & Tap in Sayerville, and even Bufffalo Wild Wings in Wathcung, there are Miller Lite lovers everywhere!

Why do people love Miller Lite so much? Emily asked some of these drinkers just why Miller Lite is their drink of choice. It’s “smooth and really tasty for a light beer”, “vintage cans make Miller Lite taste better”, and “simple, it goes with three things: food, friends, and a good time” are just some of the reasons #HipNJ residents love Miller Lite!

#HipNJ: Author Lauren Pizza’s New Book, “Meant to Be”

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with author Lauren Pizza to discuss the interesting background into her new book “Meant to Be: The Lives and Loves of a Jersey Girl”. The story behind this book might shock you!

Two years ago Lauren went to a palm reader who told her she needed to start developing her writing. The reading confused Lauren because she had never really written before, but when Lauren got home she started writing. “Long story short, I wrote a book”.

Lauren tells #HipNJ that when she was thirteen years old she had a near death experience when she was caught underneath a sailboat. “My soul left me” she says. After she was rescued she knew it was meant to be she didn’t die. In her book, “Meant to Be” Lauren chose to write about her loving husband and family she was able to have.

To Lauren there is no such thing as coincidence in life and “we are where we are for a reason”. You can find Lauren’s book at your local Barnes & Noble or Don’t hesitate to check it out!

Dough Artisan Pizzeria

If you’re on the hunt for a #HipNJ place to eat, Dough Artisan Pizzeria in Caldwell may be the hidden gem you’ve been searching for!

This homey spot puts the “garden” in “Garden State“.  Owner and chef Ed Simmons has adopted a  “farm to table philosophy”, which means sourcing the finest & freshest local ingredients for their unique dishes.  Dough partners with local farmers, and strives to promote sustainability within the community.

“I feel I separate myself with my passion [for hand-crafted cuisine] and creativity,” Ed explained.

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo got an exclusive tour of Dough and experienced their authentic dining experience firsthand.  Peter sampled Dough’s exquisite ricotta gnocchi in their fresh house sauce (“Excellent, not too sweet!”) and mouth-watering, brick oven pizza.

The two chatted about why Ed chose Caldwell as his business’ home.

“Caldwell is a great town, lots of families.  [It] has great plans for downtown, and I have a good feeling it’s going to be the next Montclair,” Simmons predicted.

To learn more about Dough, visit their website.