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Cara’s Cucina: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Mediterranean Quinoa Salad!

“This salad was inspired by leftovers,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “No, seriously. I had leftover salad, and leftover quinoa and decided to toss them together. A star is born.”

Check out the recipe, which serves two, below!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

1 C. quinoa
2 C. vegetable stock
1 Tbs. + 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 C. cucumber, cubed
1/2 C. red onion, chopped
1/2 C. crunchy ceci beans
juice of 1/2 lemon

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

Buon Appetito!

NJ Native Nick Jonas is Engaged

Singer Nick Jonas and actress Priyanka Chopra are allegedly engaged to be married, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

A source told People that Jonas popped the question last week on Chopra’s 36th birthday while the two were in London.

The source also reported that Jonas, an NJ native, closed down a Tiffany & Co. store in New York City to purchase the engagement ring in privacy.

The couple began dating two months ago, and have been spotted out together many times since.

Joe Jonas recently became engaged to Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner. This means that all three members of the Jonas Brothers are officially off the market.

#HipNJ wishes them love and happiness. Congrats!

#HipNJ Celebrates National New Jersey Day

Today is National New Jersey Day, and #HipNJ wants to help you celebrate!

National New Jersey Day is an event created by National Day as part of a weekly project recognizing each state in the order it joined the union. While New Jersey was the third to enter the union, it was the first to sign the Bill of Rights.

New Jersey has so much to offer, so we put together a guide for your Jersey-themed day.

Start off your day by heading to a Garden State diner, maybe Tops Diner in Newark, and picking up a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. This is the perfect way to get yourself excited for a day at the Jersey Shore.


Taylor gang is on its game today #njdiners #topsdinernj #topsdiner #foodandwine

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Now, get in the car and hit Parkway South. A trip to the beach is never complete without some great music, so create a playlist featuring only NJ natives. Here are some suggestions:

  • Whitney Houston
  • Bon Jovi
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Queen Latifah
  • Lauryn Hill and the Fugees
  • Jack Antonoff of Bleachers
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Ashley Tisdale
  • Lea Michele
  • Halsey
  • Charlie Puth

Think those are enough artists to create the best playlist you have ever heard? We definitely think so.

Time to hit the beach! Are you heading to Atlantic City, Point PleasantAsbury Park or Wildwood? Not today! Today, you’re hitting on of NJ’s most notorious summer spots, Seaside Heights.

Spend the day swimming and tanning, then spend the night walking the iconic (maybe for the wrong reasons) boardwalk. Get a cheesesteak at Midway Steak House and win some dessert on the candy wheel.

The beach isn’t for you? No worries! A day celebrating New Jersey can take many forms. You can appreciate nature by taking a hike in Sussex County. Enjoy the breathtaking views while getting some cardio. Then, head over to a drive-in movie.

Sometimes, all we want to do is stay home and have a night in. So, order some pizza from your local pizzeria, get comfy, and turn on a New Jersey inspired TV show or movie. Here are our suggestions:

  • The Sopranos
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • This Is Us
  • House
  • Cobra Kai
  • Date Night
  • Garden State

New Jersey, thank you for all of the opportunities you give us to enjoy life.

If you do anything on this list, be sure to post a picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #NationalNewJerseyDay!