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Celebrate Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year in #HipNJ

February 5th marks the start of the Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Year of the Pig! Those born in the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) are known to have beautiful personalities and are blessed with good fortune in life. You can read more about the personality traits of the Pig here

To celebrate the Pig in your life, below is a rundown of some of our favorite Chinese restaurants throughout the Garden State.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know!

1) Xina Restaurant, Toms River, www.XinaRestaurant.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mac N’ Cheese Dumplings – sriracha ranch & shichimi togarashi bread crumbs

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2) TS Ma, Montclair, www.TSMACC.com

3) Hunan Taste, Denville, www.HunanTaste.com

4) Shanghai Bun, Matawan, @shanghai_bun_matawan

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday success… eat each dumpling like your last! #shanghai #shanghaibun #soupdumplings

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5) Joe’s Peking Duck House, Marlton, JoesPekingDuckHouse.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#welovenoodles

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Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen: Free Meals for Furloughed Employees

As the government shutdown surpasses the thirty-day mark, furloughed federal employees continue to go without pay. Yesterday, thanks to rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, some of those employees received a helping hand in the form of a free meal and some much-needed comradery.

Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, served up more than 70 free meals to furloughed workers and their families. The two-hour event provided soup, an entree and a dessert, and was sponsored by Gov. Phil Murphy’s organization, the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation. The governor and his wife were in attendance to talk with diners.

Soul Kitchen is an eatery that provides organic and locally grown food to its patrons. According to their site, Soul Kitchen encourages customers who can pay to provide a $20 donation for their meal. Their Pay It Forward Program uses any additional donations to cover the cost of providing meals for those who are unable to donate.

Along with a free, multi-course meal, furloughed employees were able to enjoy each other’s company. Dining with others who understand their struggle in a family-like atmosphere was a welcome change.

One patron remarked that the first thing she would like to do upon the end of the shutdown, is to return to the restaurant and pay it forward.  

A second lunch will be offered tomorrow, January 23  from noon to 2pm at Soul Kitchen’s second location in Toms River, New Jersey. Any employee wishing to participate in the event is asked to bring proof of federal employment.

Looking for a way to help? You can volunteer your time at the Red Bank or Toms River locations. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

Al Leiter On Interacting With Fans 

Al Leiter, sportscaster, baseball player and Toms River native, sat with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss why he always interacts with his fans.

Leiter says that his humility is not contrived. “I always was very cognizant that it was a privilege to wear a Major League Baseball uniform 19 seasons,” he says. “When I was on the field, I felt compelled to connect with the people.”

The Jersey native recalls a time that his brother waited for Mickey Mantle after a game. People waited for hours at Yankee Stadium for Mantle to come out. “He came out, head down,” he recalls, “didn’t even look.” This taught Leiter to always be sure to make a connection with his fans, so they never leave feeling the way his brother felt.

To learn more about Al Leiter, check out his Twitter profile.