Thai Village in Princeton, NJ- A Local Favorite with Tasty Food and A View into Life

My high school friend, Monica, took me to Thai Village in Princeton, NJ. I have a special connection with Princeton because I spent three years living as a boarder at The Hun School of Princeton and loved every minute of this quaint university town. Since I last lived there, Princeton has become very global and very Asian. I lost count of the Asian restaurants on Nassau Street. Thai Village is the favorite Thai place for Monica. It’s a no-nonsense, looks like a take out joint but is also a sit down place, restaurant. The conversations surrounding us included one on technology startup infrastructure and one on pharmaceutical clinical trial. Monica and I chatted about her photography business, MK Photography, and the pleasure in creating beautiful images. For her, it’s the headshots. For me, it’s the food, nature, far away places, and people.See Me: Crispy egg noodles topped with brown gravy and cooked with shrimps, bamboo shoots, scallions, and straw mushrooms. I ordered this dish largely because of its name. I want you to SEE ME! Chicken with red curry and coconut milk.

The food was fresh and tasty. No complaints for a $20 meal for two. It’s even better by the simple fact that there is a free parking lot attached to the restaurant. Of course, love from a long time friend is definitely priceless. If I lived in Princeton, I would frequent the place.

This experience took place at

Thai Village
235 Nassau St # C
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone:(609) 683-3896

Wanderlust – Chuck’s on Spring Street in Princeton, NJ. A High School Favorite of Mine Where I Had My First Date.

#Wanderlust continues…  to where I went to high school in Princeton, NJ, to where I had my very first date, at Chuck’s Spring Street Cafe, with my first love, an Italian boy from Milano who sang O Sole Mio to me. I remember how he rolled his eyes when I suggested Chuck’s hot wings as the perfect meal for me. I was not so refined then. I would like to think that I am still the girl I was back then. But today I am here with my friend, Danny, the biker chef, who could not believe I wanted to go to this divey place.

Still looks the same, years later. The only difference is the counter is now run by an Asian boy!

This was the hot stuff back then. Wings plus a fountain soda completed my daily nutritional requirements. The only question was how many wings.  In my memory, they tasted like the finest cuisines. Today, they taste like badly made fast food. Interestingly, my first love ordered a rack of lamb on that first date. Today, no special items can be found. Maybe the quality of the wings were better back then and now Chuck’s is just riding on the legacy. Here is Chuck’s menu today.

This is another favorite spot of my high school days, Thomas Sweet, an ice cream shop. The borders from my school, The Hun School of Princeton, would walk to the town center to get wings and ice cream and catch a movie. It was all the rage.

Here are the two cups that Danny and I had today. I blended in mint paddies to my Swiss Chocolate Malt.

We sat at the steps to the Princeton University’s fountain and discussed life and future plans, much like I did with friends back in high school.

This stop was a lot more sentimental than #wanderlust. I think all our wanderlust has a lot to do with where we were, who we were and where we want to be and who we want to become.  It’s only fitting that I stopped at Princeton today. Ciao Bella!

This experience took place at

CHUCK’S SPRING STREET CAFE
16 Spring Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 921-0027
Email: chuckscafe16@gmail.com

Thomas Sweet
183 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern in HoHoKus, NJ – A Winner of Many Awards and A Loser to Taste and Cleanliness

I was at Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern twice. The first time, I had pizza at the bar – FUNGHI Pizza with shiitake mushrooms, arugula, smoked mozzarella and lemon. I forgot to take a photo and therefore could not write a post. The pizza was average. The second time I went back, I was seated in the library section and made sure that I took pictures of the food. So here they are.

As I was researching to write about this experience, I went onto Ho-Ho-Kus Inn’s site and found that they were the winner of Diner’s Choice at OpenTable.com 2014, Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence 2014, and 201 Magazine’s Best of Bergen 2014. I was surprised! I had no idea that they were this good. Are they really?

As I sat in the library with old photos that hung on the wall and a dim light right on top of the tiny table, I saw dust bunnies on the lampshade right above me. It looked like no one had taken a wipe to it in weeks. The frame of the picture that hung next to the table had collected a lot of dust. Dust on top of a grassy frame… Can you see it now? I ran my finger through the top of the frame and a line of dust came off. I am REALLY REALLY surprised that a restaurant charging this type of pricing and has won numerous awards can get away with this level of cleanliness. How do they pass health inspections? Or does it not matter in the dining room? #DirtyRestaurants

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PASTRAMI BRISKET SANDWICH: $16 APPLE BUTTER• CHEDDAR CHEESE • SLICED APPLE• SEMOLINA ROLL. The food was ok.

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HIT BURGER: $15 CHEDDAR • BACON • LETTUCE • TOMATO• CHEFS SPECIAL AIOLI • PICKLE • BRIOCHE BUN. This actually was not too bad.

But would you eat there again knowing that no one bother to dust the dinning room? Hell no.

This experience took place at

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern
1 East Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Phone 201-445-4115
info@hohokusinn.com