• 2018,  Best of,  Raves & Faves,  Restaurants,  Reviews,  Romantic Dinners,  Wanderlust

    First visit to Andre’s Restaurant, Sparta, NJ

    Having grown up in the Riverdale / Kinnelon area we never really ventured much outside of Morris County to dine until we moved to Sussex County and found that we needed to travel in order to find the elegant dining experiences we were looking forward to.  Having worked in the Morristown area for many years, we both have found ourselves over the last several years working and dining in the Sparta area much more frequently.  Our friend Chef Ken Salmon owned and ran Upstream Grille for 3.5 years in Lake Hopatcong and it was our place.  We got married there and we were very loyal to Ken.  He is an amazing…

  • 2018,  First Sunday Supper,  Wanderlust

    Our First Sunday Supper Tour 2018

    Throughout 2017, we were lucky enough to have started a new First Sunday Supper tradition.  Our friend Chef Ken Salmon who owned Upstream Grille (now sadly closed) had an amazing pianist who would play the first Sunday of the month during dinner.  Henry Shapiro, 97 years young at the time, had played around the Lake Hopatcong, NJ area for a portion of his career that started when he was 13.  This became a tradition for us.  Cyn and I would dress up and head over to enjoy an amazing Sunday Supper while listening to Henry playing tunes from the Great American Songbook.  This was something we looked forward to every…