By Joe Bergin
Picture this: You have just finished chatting with a friend you haven’t been able to spend time with for a little while. It is brought up in the conversation that you’d like to plan a day or night to go out, kick back, and try to catch up. There was even some talk about inviting a few more of your friends to tag along. It sounded great, and you were excited for it. You were really just tangled up in the moment.
Until the conversation ended, and the phones were put down, you hadn’t really thought about HOW you were going to actually spend the night. In a way, you seem to expect the perfect plans to just fall into your lap. Continue reading
By Michael Bonotto, Security & Safety Director
Security and safety while traveling, both in the United States and abroad, sometimes is not on your packing list but once there becomes apparent. Being prepared on a trip can help alleviate stress, anxiety and help the journey to be more enjoyable.
Before you even leave for your vacation, check the Internet, is the hotel in a safe neighborhood, how is the parking, where is the parking. What’s the area like during the day and at night? If traveling to another country who is picking you up or how are you getting to the hotel. These considerations should be thought of weeks in advance of your trip. Any credit cards, tickets, passports and other important documents should be copied and left at home in case they are lost. Valuables like jewelry should also be photographed and insured by your home owner’s policy. Make a packing list with check boxes, this list will help you formulate a plan and help you get organized. Continue reading
For years I’d heard testimony of ghost sightings at the Nassau Inn, however I had spent countless hours walking the hallowed corridors and never experienced even the slightest offbeat encounter.
At times I wondered about the possibility, if for no other reason than the consistency of guest’s stories. Many took place in the same location and their experiences were similar in nature. Ultimately I listened to the stories and although I was agreeable, I was not a believer.
That was until about two years ago… Continue reading
By: Jackie Brigante
In like a lion and out like a lamb – that’s what they say! The spring equinox is always (in my humble opinion) the quintessential end to dreary winter months. Day light saving time rolls in full-force behind that pesky Punxsutawney Phil bringing with it sunny mornings and delayed sunsets.
One of my favorite things about working in Princeton was the all-around buzz that arrived with the spring. Part of my morning ritual was always pausing to look at the tulips as they broke their way through the ground and sprung to life. Potted plants popped up outside of shops and downtown was full of kids eating Bent Spoon ice cream and playing outside. Continue reading
By: Keir DeFonzo
We all have our uncompromising ways of just how to prepare a Turkey for the big Thanksgiving feast. Some pride themselves on generations of family secrets to get their birds just to the right desire of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. There are lots of different ways to handle the main attraction on our dinner table. But one question to ask as we kickoff the holiday season is whether or not to brine your turkey.
Brine is a salt solution in which the turkey is submerged and kept chilled, in the refrigerator or a cooler, overnight, before being cooked. Some may argue brining a turkey is the only way to guarantee the juiciest meat. This especially occurs in the turkey breast which is notorious for being dry if over-cooked. Others feel that the brine will compromise the flavor since the ones we buy from the store already are high in sodium and have been pre-treated with brine before being sold.
With salt as the main ingredient, the solution will allow the salt to transfer into the meat overnight and act as a sponge to retain the juices and moisture. The bird will lose some of its water when cooking off in the heat; brine will prevent the bird from losing too much. The fun part of preparing the brine is that you can add herbs and aromatics to give the flavor a twist that will enhance the meal. For example, some people add bay leaves, rosemary or peppercorns. The options are endless. Having experience with the brine myself, I will say that once I started the tradition, I find there is no other way to go. Where I keep perfecting my technique is in the ingredients of the brine. One thing is for sure; my days of serving turkey that needs to be drowned in gravy are over! Turkey can now stand alone on the plate and compete with its rivals (the potato, the stuffing and the cranberry) for your taste buds attention.
One last tip I will share that I picked up along my cooking travels: place the bird breast down. The majority of the fat is actually in the back. By cooking your turkey face down, the fat will naturally create an additional baste for the white meat and create perfection!
Executive Chef Nino LaCasio’s Turkey Brine Recipe For an 8lb Turkey:
2-1/2 gallons cold water
2 cups kosher salt
11/2 cup sugar
2 bay leaves, torn into pieces
4 tablespoons dried thyme
1 whole head of garlic, peeled
1 cup of pickling spice
2 tbsp Ground pepper
Whisk sugar and salt in water till it dissolves. Stir in other ingredients. Pour over turkey in a plastic bag and tightly seal the bag before refrigerating. Make sure turkey is fully submerged in the solution and let soak overnight. Drain Turkey and pat dry. Allow to sit one hour before roasting.
By: Jackie Brigante
Networking events have always been fun for me; not only is it a way to get out of the office for a bit, but it is also fun to meet new people and catch up with others who are not on the typical day to day business circuit. Networking events happen all the time, and with social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook finding ways to network has become a breeze.
Princeton has many types of networking events to take advantage of. Annual events include the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair & Culinary Showcase and the Princeton University Trade Show. Both events offer exhibitors from the area with both new and familiar faces. I personally have had brilliant experiences at networking events which have allowed me to expand my local business knowledge and opened me up to new restaurants, shops and local sites.
The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly networking events for members; including breakfast, lunch and business after business events. Lori Rabon, the Nassau Inn’s General Manager, was awarded the 2011Business Leader of the Year. Ms. Rabon will be presented her award at the 2011 Business Leadership Awards Gala at the Tournament Players Club Jasna Polana hosted by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Other award winners are Nancy Kieling of the Princeton Area Community Foundation for Community Leader of the Year, Debbie Schaeffer of Mrs. G TV and Appliance for Innovator of the Year and Tracey Syphax of Capitol City Contracting, Inc. for Entrepreneur of the Year. The Gala is a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the Princeton Regions
Social media plays a large role in networking events as well. Winberies of Princeton has a Facebook event once a month to promote bar specials. Guests are able to show their friendship with Winberies at the door and experience drink and food specials while meeting a medley of other fans of the local haunt.
Twitter is often used by companies to promote through a “Tweet Up” in which a time and place are “tweeted” to followers. These tweets will allow followers to meet up at a bar or restaurant to network through a common trend.
Networking is a great way to promote your business and to be known within local businesses. Not only can you broaden your commerce horizons, but chances are you will make some friends on the way.
By: Jackie Brigante
September in Princeton is always an exciting time. As the leaves change and the acorns drop, we get the highly unique experience of being subjected to Princeton art. As the university offers a variety of art classes, students work dubiously around downtown painting, drawing and photographing the scene to capture it in an eternally pure form. Continue reading
By: Jackie Brigante
With school back in session and sports in full swing, time seems to slip away from everyone. While the summer is great for relaxing, spending time at the beach and taking prime advantage of every outdoor patio within a 20 mile radius of your house (or down the shore…thank you Tiki Bar) there are still great ways to spend the shortened fall days with the kids and post-summer dates.
Terhune Orchards is great during any time of the year, but during the fall they offer a Pick-Your-Own fruit calendar bountiful of great snacks! Fall raspberries start out the season, followed by 18 different varieties of apples. As an avid apple fanatic, I can only imagine how many tasty desserts I could make!
If you fare better inside during the crisp fall days, McCarter Theatre is the place for you! Their fall season kicks off with the play “Ten Cents a Dance” which will run through September and October. Get tickets online or at the theater door.
The Princeton Public Library also offers indoor activities for children and adults alike. Live readings in different languages and specific interests can keep all family members entertained. There are also educational seminars and movie viewings!
The Princeton University Art Museum is probably my favorite place in Princeton to visit during the colder part of the fall; which is the entire season. The Art Museum not only has great paintings and sculptures, but also has a continuous display of classic exhibitions that will get anyone excited about artwork.
While I would love to say meet me every weekend at Terhune Orchards during apple picking season (I will be the girl with the latte), I am much more excited to offer you a variety of activities that all ages will enjoy. Throw on those old jeans and your favorite sweatshirt and go outside and enjoy this wonderful month of September; as it will soon be forgotten.
By: Jaime Wess
Being pregnant in the summer has its major downfalls; especially being eight months pregnant! Any woman who has experienced this, can and will, back me up. However, I could not have picked a better location to work for convenience and relief from the summer heat and from the discomforts that come along with it.
First, let us focus on a pregnant woman’s favorite pastime. It isn’t a bottle of wine, nor lounging and relaxing in a hot tub; and it certainly isn’t high heel shopping … its Food!!! The only indulgence she gets to have anymore. But as great as it is to give in to a strong craving for something very, very bad for yourself, sometimes you have to rein it in a little. Princeton is perfect for finding a variety of delicious treats and lunches! My favorite, on days when it has been 100 degrees outside and far too humid to walk for a half hour, is Twist – the well known frozen yogurt shop located on Nassau Street. The offerings of different flavors, nonfat or low fat options and the variety of toppings keep me coming back! Continue reading