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National Watermelon Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #NationalWatermelonDay! Watermelon is always perfect during the hot summer months because of its cool and refreshing taste, whether you’re on the beach or by the pool. However, there are many other ways to utilize this tasty fruit. #HipNJ is here to provide you with 10 unique ways to use watermelon this summer.

  1. Watermelon Feta Salad

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This has been all the rage this summer. Fresh watermelon, arugula and mint drizzled with champagne dijon vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil makes for the perfect lunch.

  1. Watermelon Pops

pops

These are the perfect treat for your next pool day!

  1. Watermelon Cake

cake

No need to bake this watermelon cake. Just add frosting and some fruit topping.

  1. Mojito

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All it takes is two watermelon chunks, one lime, two teaspoons of sugar, a handful of mint leaves, and two ounces white rum. Add ice and you’re good to go!

  1. Watermelon Salsa

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This is the perfect twist to your summer salsa! Get your chips ready.

  1. Homemade Gummies

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Gummy candies are always great, and now you can make your own! Make them sour if you’re feeling brave.

  1. Watermelon Water

Food Network Kitchen Infused Water Watermelon Healthy Recipes Food Netowrk

I am sure you’ve had water infused with lemon and lime, so why not try watermelon?

  1. Pizza

pizza

Slice up your watermelon pizza-style, and add your favorite fruits as toppings! Add Nutella for some extra sweetness.

  1. Sorbet

sorbet

This is a healthy alternative for when you’re craving ice cream in the summer heat.

  1. With Salt!

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Take a piece of watermelon and add a pinch of salt! Salt makes watermelon taste sweeter by creating a salty sweet contrast that allows the sweetness of the melon to stand out.

All you need now is the perfect watermelon. Here are some of the best Farmers Markets throughout NJ.

Cowtown Farmers Market
780 Harding Hwy.
Pilesgrove, NJ

Sparta Farmers Market
89 Sparta Ave.
Sparta, NJ

Princeton Farmers Market
55 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ

Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers Market
Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ

Stockton Farmers Market
19 Bridge St.
Stockton, NJ

Now that you know all of these unique ways to enjoy watermelon and where to get some, try some of these out! Post your creations on Instagram with the hashtag, #NationalWatermelonDay!

 

Tariq Trotter of “The Roots” Explains Success on “The Tonight Show”

Front man of The Roots and New Jersey’s own Tariq Trotter sat down with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss why The Roots is the ideal band for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” as well as his nonprofit, GrassROOTS Community Foundation.

Trotter speaks about his daily gig with Jimmy Fallon. “It’s a blessing. It is a wonderful gift that allows us to interact with the artists that we have always idolized,” he states.

The Roots seems to be the perfect fit for “The Tonight Show.” “We occupy a very unique place in pop culture,” Trotter says. “We’ve always been recognized as the glue that holds together all these different worlds.”

What’s something about Jimmy Fallon that we may not know? “Jimmy is the nicest person in show business that I have interacted with.” Trotter has been in the business for some time, and says that Fallon has always come from a sincere place.

Trotter created GrassROOTS Community Foundation, a nonprofit to service communities in both New Jersey and Philadelphia to promote the health of women and girls.

The Roots transcend age and genre, and continue to do so every night on “The Tonight Show.” To learn more about them, head over to their website. To learn more about GrassROOTS Community Foundation, click here.

Stronger than the Storm: Weekend Recap

Even during a weekend marred by heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the state, the #GardenState never struggles to keep spirits high. Here’s what went down this weekend in #HipNJ’s summer weekend recap.

Friday, July 29th

The 2016 PGA Championship, a major tournament in professional golf, held its second round on Friday at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township. Despite several round delays caused by the inclement weather, American Jimmy Walker managed to come out on top at the end of the weekend long tournament.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’re into – there’s always something going on in #NJ tailored exactly to your liking! This was made evident Friday night as traditional pop and jazz singer Tony Bennett took the stage at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. The legendary musician celebrates his 90th birthday this coming week and is still going at it – now THAT’s hip.

Saturday, July 30th

The 34th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning held its second of two days at Solberg Airport in Readington on Saturday. The weekend-long festival had an unfortunate early closing on Sunday, but Friday and Saturday were filled with plenty of family entertainment from amusement park rides to magic shows. Oh, and Hot Air Balloon rides were available at specific times of day, with up to 100 ascending at once.

No place I’d rather be at 6:30am

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Country music superstar and heartthrob Luke Bryan managed to overcome the rain and took over the stage at BB&T Pavilion in Camden on the second of two nights of his Kill the Lights Tour. Opening acts included Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.

Last night was amazing ?? #lukebryan #dustinlynch #littlebigtown #killthelightstour2016 #lukeforpresident ?

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Sunday, July 31st

The Haskell Invitational, an American Grade 1 race for thoroughbred horses, took place at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. The $1 million race drew a crowd of nearly 30,000, all there to witness the intense showdown between Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator. In the end, Exaggerator came out on top.

The 2016 Teen Choice Awards closed out the weekend, and July, Sunday night on the west coast. Among those honored with awards were Jersey-natives Nick Jonas and the late Christina Grimmie. Charlie Puth, who originates from Rumson, also received several nominations and performed his latest single We Don’t Talk Anymore with Selena Gomez.