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Fabulous Female – Chelsea Kavanagh

This month’s Fabulous Female, is Chelsea Kavanagh or as shes’ known on social media, Foodmamaeats!  You could say she’s a Fabulous Female Foodie. Chelsea didn’t start out being obsessed with food. She had a knack for fashion as well.  For this reason, Chelsea attended Albright College where she received a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  She worked in the retail industry, for several years, until she had her daughter. Chelsea realized that retail wasn’t the right fit for her, as she wanted to spend more time with her daughter. In an effort to prioritize her family life, she started working for allergist Weiss Medical.  The flexible hours allowed her to work FT and also spend substantial time with her daughter.

While Chelsea was working, and bringing home the bacon, as a driven female that wasn’t enough for her.  Chelsea always had a love of food, because in her opinion it brings people together. Her Instagram account was always personal, but about 3 years ago she started taking pictures of pizza. I mean who doesn’t love pizza!?! While this was purely for fun, he Instagram quickly took off and from there , her second baby was born, Foodmamanj. After gaining an incredible amount of followers, Chelsea decided to change her Instagram name to Foodmamaeats. She wanted to share her love of food with others outside of New Jersey. 

With the popularity of her Instagram account Chelsea was able to parlez her love of food by becoming an Influencer.  Not only is she able to reach thousands of people and share her love of food, but she has also found a community of Influencers that support each other, has made great friends along the way and been fortunate enough to try some of the most awesome food places! She’s very grateful to be part of this community where she can meet, and interact, with people of different backgrounds and also learn about cuisines from other cultures.

Juggling a toddler, a full time job and being an Influencer isn’t as glamorous as one may seem. For one it does involve traveling to different locations, to eat yummy food (ok, maybe it’s not THAT bad). I asked Chelsea how she’s able to have a work/ life balance. Chelsea believe that you need to prioritize your time, do what YOU love so it’s fun and not a chore, and more importantly make time for yourself because you deserve that. Chelsea also likes to take her cute little daughter with her, on her foodie travels and that makes for some really great mama and daughter quality time.

You can check out Chelsea, on Instagram, at Foodmamaeats so you can drool over all of the delicious food that YES she does eat.  Just to get you all on the road to stuff your faces, I asked Chelsea to tell me some of her top spots. Her favorite burger joint is Legends in Midland Park, favorite pizza is Kinchley’s, in Ramsey, for thin crust and Puzo’s in Ridgewood or Hawthorne for regular crust. Lastly, since there is a ramen craze all over the states, her fave ramen place is Ani Ramen, in Jersey City (their pork buns are a little gift from the Gods), or Tori Ramen Chicken in Ridgewood. Now go put on some yoga pants and eat, eat, eat!

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Happy #CupcakeDay!

Hey #HipNJ cupcake lovers! Today is #CupcakeDay, so let’s take a look at 5 of the best cupcake shops in the Garden State!

1. Crowley’s Cupcakes, Madison

This bakery offers a wide range of tasty treats—cakes, cookies, specialty breads, cinnamon rolls, brownies, and of course, cupcakes! Here’s just a few of their flavors—Mint Brownie, Pink Lemonade, Nutella, M&M Candy, and Cafe Mocha. Sounds tasty!

2. House of Cupcakes, Princeton, East Brunswick, Clifton

The name of this bakery says it all as they feature an eclectic mix of cupcakes. With flavors such as Boston Creme, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Pina Colada, you really can’t go wrong here!

3. Blue Sheep Bake Shop, Somerville

This Central Jersey bake shop is home to many kinds of desserts including specialty cakes and cupcakes, macarons, sugar cookies, cake pops and more. Here’s a few of their cupcake flavors: Death by Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup, Birthday Cake, Toasted Coconut, and Chocolate Covered Strawberry. Yum!

4. Ava’s Cupcakes, Rockaway

Ava’s Cupcakes produces their cupcakes using seasonally-sourced ingredients. Known for more exotic cupcakes, they offer flavors such as Beer & Pretzels, Blueberry Cheesecake, Cinnamon Pumpkin, Pink Champagne and Strawberry, and Key Lime Pie. This is a great place to test out some very uniquely flavored cupcakes!

5. Baking Grace, Hawthorne

This bakery claims “life is too short for cheap desserts” and we couldn’t agree more. Home to an awesome selection of cupcakes and cakes, Baking Grace only prepares their desserts with fresh ingredients and in small batches to assure you excellent quality. Some of their cupcake flavors include German Chocolate, Oreo, and Red Velvet, Bavarian Creme, and Orange Cheesecake. Wow!

Satisfy your sweet tooth this #CupcakeDay with any one of these fine bakeries!

Biddy O’Malley’s Menu Updates for Autumn & Winter

After experimenting and tinkering with new flavors the last few weeks, the team at Biddy O’Malley’s is now officially serving their fall/winter menu.

Executive Chef Wilson Lindemann has amped up the tastes of the season, with new preparations on their classic dishes, incorporating the best ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The four new entrees are as follows:

Shrimp & Grits: Jumbo gulf shrimp, Castle Valley Mill’s cheddar grits, wilted arugula, sauce creole

 

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon: Rocket and lemon risotto, porcini mushroom crème, salsa cruda

 

Grilled Black Angus Hanger Steak: Caramelized Brussels sprouts-chorizo-potato hash, charred scallion emulsion

 

Guinness Pot Pie: Braised Black Angus short rib, roasted carrots, wild mushrooms, puff pastry

As always, specials will continue to rotate each week for lunch and dinner at both locations.

Available for dine-in and takeout — with delivery coming soon to Englewood — Biddy O’Malley’s is open seven days a week with brunch Sundays in Englewood. For more information or details on large groups, parties and more, the restaurants can be reached directly at (201) 608-5545 (Englewood) or (201) 564-7893 (Northvale).

 

Since 2011, Biddy O’Malley’s has been wooing Northern New Jersey patrons with their interpretations of classic Irish gastropub fare and contemporary American dishes in Englewood and Northvale.

Under the guidance of executive chef Wilson Lindemann, they focus on locally sourced provisions plus offer a large selection of carefully curated wine & craft beers served in a comfortable, friendly and relaxing environment.

Specials are rotated weekly, using many seasonal ingredients and flavors. There’s also brunch offered in Englewood on Sundays — plus party options available for groups of large sizes.

Both locations of Biddy O’Malley’s are open seven days a week in both Englewood (36 N Van Brunt St) and Northvale (191 Paris Avenue). More information can be found on their website  or on their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.