The Magic of Halloween – A Holiday For All Ages!

Oh the magic of Halloween – the holiday most people can, and do, enjoy. Unlike some of the other holidays that lose their thrill as you grow up, this is one you can love at any age!

Although the origin of Halloween is quite grim, it has evolved into a day/evening of light-hearted fun.  As a child, you got to dress up in costume, trick-or-treat for candy (Oooh Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!), carve pumpkins, and pretend to be someone you’re not (or wish you were) for a few hours.  Let’s be honest, hanging out in your costume and divvying up the candy loot after a long night of trick or treating was the best! 

Then you grow up.  Halloween parties become all the rage among your circle of friends!  You still dress in costume and pretend to be someone you‘re not for one evening (sometimes for a prize).  Our choice of costumes may have evolved from princesses, pirates, or super heroes to, well, pirates, super heroes and… Ok, maybe our costumes haven’t evolved all that much, but there have been some pretty creative ones out there recently.

The point is, Halloween bridges the generational gap for children and adults alike.  It has become more family friendly and sensational!

Parents, are you excited to share the holiday with your kids?  If you’re looking for something fun to do, bring your children to the Yankee Doodle Tap Room on Halloween. Kids under 12 and in costume eat free!  Click here for more information.

With Halloween a few days away, how will you celebrate? Best response could win a prize!

By: Lauren Scarpa

 

New Fall Menu Premieres in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room Debuts New Fall Menus!

When you think of your favorite restaurants, what do you think of?  That great dish you tried and loved?  The reliable old favorite you never stray from?  Maybe a combination of the two?

That’s exactly the mentality that went into creating the new Yankee Doodle Tap Room menus.  The Chef brought back old favorites (like the delectable chicken pot pie) and debuted new items (such as the Cheddar and Bacon Meatloaf, Bourbon Glazed Short Rib, and the Scallops & Butternut Squash Linguine).  The items on the new menus are guaranteed to please your palette – and wait until you try the Desserts or the Fall Drink options!

New Lunch and Dinner Menu previews!  

Click the menus for access!

Question:  Now that you’ve seen the new menus, what are you most excited to try? Leave a comment below!

By: Lauren Scarpa

October Events in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Here we are… in October, can you believe it? Fall is the best time of year – good weather, pumpkin everything, and tons of activities! October at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is jam packed with events – take a look at what we have going on!

Palmer Square’s 75th Birthday Bash!
Come celebrate Palmer Square’s 75th Birthday on October 7th from 12p-5p!

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room will be on the Patio passing out $15 gift cards to families (while supplies last) as well as our homemade oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies!
Make sure you stop by and get yours!

Also, we’ll be offering lunch, dinner, and drink specials!

Drink:
Sam Adams Oktoberfest – $3
Bootleggers’ Lemonade (bourbon and lemonade) sold in mason jars  - $3.70

Lunch:
Cobb Salad – $10

Dinner:
Soup/Salad
Yankee Pot Roast
Cheesecake
$19.37

New Tap Room Menus Premiering October 8th!

The Tap Room will premiere its Fall Menu on October 8th! Come experience new dishes as well as old favorites – there’s plenty to keep all palates pleased!

 

Meet the Brewers Fall Series
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Oct 18th
6pm – 8pm

 

 NFL Football Specials!
Watch your favorite NFL teams play in the Tap Room and enjoy our special menu for the games!

Drink Specials
$2.00 Miller Lite and Sam Adams

 Food Specials
50 Cent Wings
$5.00 Burger Sliders (2) with Fries
$5.00 Sausage and Peppers Sandwich
$5.00 Buffalo Chicken Fingers
$5.00 Garlic Parmesan Puffs
$5.00 Flat Bread Pizza

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Fest!
All children, 12 and under, who come to the Tap Room on October 31st in costume eat Free*!  Selections are chosen from the Children’s Menu.

FourSquare
Check in and receive complimentary internet access
Check in with a friend at the Tap Room and receive 15% off your check!

I Made History Contest

Completing the 7 drink challenge and win an “I Made History” T-shirt!  All winners will have their pictures taken and posted on the I Made History board in the Tap Room as well as on Nassau Inn’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Behind the Red Door: The Prince William Ballroom Revealed!

The time has come… we’ve been teasing you for months now and updating you with the progress of our Prince William Ballroom.  Well, we’re happy to report that construction is completed and the ballroom is breathtaking!  Don’t just take our word for it, view it for yourself!

First, let’s look back to where we were in May:

Ballroom

Prince William Ballroom Under Construction

Then, there was July…

Now, the moment of truth.  Ladies and Gentleman, the Nassau Inn presents The New Prince William Ballroom!

The first two pictures were set for a meeting.

These last two were set for our first wedding in the new ballroom!

On behalf of the Nassau Inn, we’d like to Thank You for being patient during our rejuvenation – we hope you’re as thrilled with the results as we are.

Stay tuned as we’ll add new pictures regularly.  Don’t forget, if you have an upcoming wedding/meeting/or special event and would like a tour of the ballroom, please call 609.921.7500!

By: Lauren Scarpa
Photos By: Mike Bonotto

 

Calling All Brides!! – Nassau Inn Hosting 2012 Bridal Show!

Calling all Brides!!  

 

Are you getting married?

Have you started planning yet or don’t know where to start?

What if I told you Nassau Inn could provide you access to over 35 top wedding professionals under one roof?

Then join us on Thursday, November 15, 2012 for the 2012 Bridal Show.

Admission is FREE, but you can upgrade to Exclusive Access for $15.

Beginning at 6:30 pm, guests will meet vendors from the following industries: fashion, photography, floral design, jewelers, stationary & calligraphy, audio/visual, travel planning, and more!

If you upgrade to exclusive access, you are able access to vendors beginning at 6 p.m., as well as sample specialty cocktails and enhanced food options, and be eligible to win additional giveaways and prizes!

In addition, a Bridal Fashion Show will be held in the newly rejuvenated Prince William Ballroom.

Reserve your spot today – call 609.921.7500!

Lauren Scarpa

 

 

 

 

September Events is the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

Happy almost Fall everyone!  Can you feel the change in the air?  It’s getting darker sooner, kids are back in school, pumpkin flavored things are everywhere!!  It’s wonderful, isn’t it?  Ah, but I digress!  (Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about all things Fall) Take a look below and see what’s happening in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in September!

 

JazzFeast

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room will be participating in Palmer Square’s 21st Annual JazzFeast on Sunday, September 9th beginning at noon! JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival full of great music and food!

Witness some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and taste samples from many of the area’s best restaurants, the one-day festival draws thousands of people to downtown Princeton.  Stop by and see us!

 

 

Meet The Brewers Summer Series
Yards Brewing Company will be featured at the Tap Room on September 27th from 6p-8p.  Stop by for $4 Yards craft beer specials as well as giveaways!

 

 

 

‘I Made History’ Contest
 
Have you heard of this drinking contest?  No?  Well let me tell you how it works – complete the 7 drink challenge and you win an “I Made History” T-shirt!  Simple as that! All winners will have their pictures taken and posted on the I Made History board in the Tap Room as well as on Nassau Inn’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
 Who’s ready to try?

 

CJ Barna Performs Every Thursday Night
 from 7-9pm
Have You Heard CJ Barna Perform? If you’ve stopped by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room Patio on a Thursday night, the answer to that question would be yes. If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing.
 
If you’re in the Princeton area on Thursday nights and are looking for some excellent entertainment, look no further than the Yankee Doodle Tap Room – CJ Barna will take it from there.

 

 

Question: What are you most looking forward to this Fall? 

By: Lauren Scarpa

You and Your Pet – Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!

For anyone who owns a pet, you know how tough it is during the summer to find activities to do with your pet.  Either they aren’t allowed or it’s too hot.

Meet Sydney

Well, as the dog-mom of a 16 month old cockapoo named Sydney, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to leave him out of an activity that he would have loved.  So, after seeing him in his crate on one too many weekend days, I decided to hunt down some activities he could do with me where we’d both get to enjoy the ‘dog days of summer.’

If it’s one thing my dog loves to do, it’s run (Or steal people’s socks and run, whichever)! Being a runner myself, this works out pretty well!  On Sunday mornings, Syd and I head over to Kelly Drive in Philadelphia and hit the pavement.  With my trusty sidekick next to me, we run a few miles (in between people stopping me to tell me how cute he is, yes… I know) then stop at Dunkin Donuts – iced coffee for me, munchkins for him.  Win/Win!

Most dogs like water… they like to drink it, run through it, jump in it.  Syd’s the same way.  The one thing I couldn’t wait to do was let him run in the ocean, but as I walked him onto the Ocean City beach in June, I was informed that dogs aren’t permitted between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Thank you rent-a-guard – glad I just drove over an hour to get here and now have nothing to show for it.  There had to be a beach where Syd could go!  My trusty smart phone located one and off we went to Sunset Beach in Cape May where he had the best time!

Another one of Syd’s favorite past times is eating!  It doesn’t matter what it is, he’ll try it (his fondness for fresh produce is quite funny and lets not even talk about custard!).  So when we’re out and about, grabbing something to eat often happens.  Finding pet friendly dining establishments is tough.  Since I’m not a fast food eater, I have to prepare ahead.  I live near an extremely pet friendly town that’s peppered with outdoor seating restaurants that allow well behaved pets.  It’s usually a good sign that a place is pet friendly if you notice water bowls out for thirsty pups, but make sure to call ahead as the laws in each area are different!  You know the Nassau Inn is a pet friendly hotel, right?  Fact!

Since there are times when I do have to leave Syd behind, I found the next best thing for him is puppy daycare (dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations and must also have a bordetella shot)! He gets to play with other dogs and comes home thoroughly exhausted – BONUS!  Two places that provide excellent care and long hours are PetsMart and Camp Bowwow!

Now that you know a little bit about Syd and our misadventures, tell me, what kind of pet do you have?  How do you spend time with them?  Where are some of the pet friendly places you like to go?

Need Ideas?
Do you need some ideas where you can take your pup?  Take a look at Bringfido.com.
Let me know what you discover!

By: Lauren Scarpa

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Markets… Improving the Way We Enjoy Our Produce

August 5th -11th is National Farmers’ Market Week!

When I think of summer I think of heat, the shore, and fresh produce.  All of which I can attribute to growing up in Vineland, NJ – the largest city in New Jersey by square miles and a big farming city (see map below if you’ve never heard of it).

That’s right, I grew up on a farm.  My family grew and sold produce at a little stand at the end of my grandparents’ driveway.  We rode on tractors (and loved it), picked bugs off the plants, and ate fresh food right off the vine. I’m a produce-a-holic, eating more in a day than most eat in a week. I’m grateful I live here, because nothing beats Jersey produce and that’s a statement I’ll take to the grave!

After my grandparents passed, the extra land was sold and the farm became a memory, but one that I’ll always remember because it made me appreciate the closest thing I have to those memories… Farmers Markets.

Each summer I eagerly anticipate their openings.

From fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses, you can find almost anything you’re looking for at a reasonable price and absolutely fresh.  You meet the farmer and his/her family who’ve taken the time to ensure you a quality product.

Not only are they delivering a product and service, but they are also helping build up the agricultural community, which faltered once big grocery stores popped up everywhere.  Convenience and mass production took the place of quality and that can be seen in the countless health issues plaguing people today (but that’s a whole topic on its own).

So, now I ask – do you buy at your local Farmers Market?  If so, where is your favorite? With the responses I receive, I’ll compile a list of favorites and include them in a new post.

By: Lauren Scarpa

August Events in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Stop by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in August!  From Meet the Brewers to the Olympics, excitement is brewing and you won’t want to miss it!

CJ Barna Performs Every Thursday Night
7-9pm
Have You Heard CJ Barna Perform? If you’ve stopped by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room Patio on a Thursday night, the answer to that question would be yes. If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing.

If you’re in the Princeton area on Thursday nights and are looking for some excellent entertainment, look no further than the Yankee Doodle Tap Room – CJ Barna will take it from there.

Meet the BrewerMeet The Brewers Summer Series Continues!
Saranac
7/31/12
6-8pm

Lagunitas
8/16/12
5:30-8pm

Olympic Specials
Now that the Olympics are underway, don’t forget to stop by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room (your Olympic headquarters!) to watch the games and partake in some great specials (ends August 12th)!

Specials
Specials Running Until August 11!

$2.00 Coors Light Silver Bullet pint cans
$6.00 pork sliders and French fries

Closing Ceremonies Day (August 12)
$2.00 Bud bottles
$2.00 Hot Dogs with sauerkraut, onions and chili

Books on Tap Group – Princeton Public Library
Bring your library card to get $2 and $3 selected beer specials and a 10% discount on any appetizer from the menu.

August 28, 2012
7 – 9pm

For questions on any of these events, please call 609.921.7500.

Going for Gold – The 2012 Summer Olympics!

Oh the Olympics… where the best of the best from more than 200 nations compete, push their bodies to their limits, and aim for top honors.  Here were are about to kick off the 2012 Olympic Games in London and I can’t wait!   USA!! – USA!!

For me growing up, women’s gymnastics was the only event that existed – Mary Lou Retton (first Olympic gold for USA in women’s gymnastics!), Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug (the ankle injury on the vault!), Dominique Moceanu (the Devil Went Down to Georgia, anyone?), and Dominique Dawes captivated my attention and had me cheering for their victories!

1996 Olympics - Women's Gymnastics - USA Gold!

As I got older, men’s swimming won me over – Hello Michael Phelps! (I can’t leave out the Winter Games either – Hello Shaun White!)

(l-r) Michael Phelps, Shaun White

Watching these competitors, these athletes, these Olympians perform in ways that are unimaginable and extraordinary has me, and millions of other Olympic enthusiasts, anticipating what we’ll see this year!  Will Michael Phelps take all again?

With the start of the games and the Opening Ceremonies tonight, (you can access the event lineup and schedule here), I’ll be watching more than just gymnastics and swimming – I promise!

Question: What are your favorite Olympic memories and what events are you excited to see?  Lets reminisce!

Where will you be watching the games? The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is Olympic Headquarters with specials galore! 

Bonus!  Olympic FUN Facts:
Do you know what the Olympic Rings signify?

The five intertwined rings and represents the unity of the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe). The colored version of the rings—blue, yellow, black, green, and red—were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag.

Do you know what the Olympic Motto is?

Citius, Altius, Fortius, a Latin expression meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

Question:  Do you have any Fun Facts about the Olympics?  

By: Lauren Scarpa