AC’s Buddakan Japanese Whisky Dinner

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Want to get away for the weekend? Perhaps Atlantic City’s Buddakan can persuade you to hit up the shore scene for their Japanese Whisky Dinner on Friday, October 24th at 8 p.m. The dinner will run you $85 per person, but we’re talking five courses and some pretty cool Japanese booze to go with them. Reservations can be made at 609-674-0100.

Check out the menu below, along with the whisky being paired with each dish.

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Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Beach Smoking Ban

Chris Christie announced last night that he was vetoing a bill that would have banned smoking in most of New Jersey’s beaches and parks.

“While I appreciate the sponsors’ concerns regarding the risks posed by smoking and second-hand smoke, I am not persuaded that a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all State ban on smoking at public parks and beaches is advisable at this time,” Christie wrote in his veto statement. “Too often, policy-makers at more centralized levels of government encroach into areas of public policy previously reserved for local governing bodies.”

Yes, it sounds like Christie is using this statement to help set himself up for a presidential run as a small-government conservative.

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Hurricane Cristobal Causing Dangerous Conditions Down the Shore

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Though Hurricane Cristobal has no threat of making landfall, the hurricane is causing massive waves and rip currents down the Shore. Lifeguards have imposed swimming restrictions; in Ocean City, swimmers are only allowed to wade knee-deep in the water.

Cristobal, the third Atlantic hurricane in a relatively slow season, is being blamed for seven deaths. One teenager drowned in Ocean City, Maryland — the third drowning death there this summer — while a 17-year-old died after being pulled under by a rip current in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

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South Jersey’s First Bacon and Beer Festival

bacon_beerThursday, August 14th, New Jersey wants you to celebrate one of the greatest food combinations that has ever existed.

The Collingswood Grand Ballroom will be hosting the premiere South Jersey Bacon and Beer Festival. From 6-8:30 p.m guests can support the Crossroads Program, an organization which aims to raise awareness and funding for area foster homes and at-risk youths, by chowing down on bacon inspired dishes provided by local restaurants and sipping on some brew. Participating breweries include, Yards, Flying Fish, Weyerbacher and many more. The cost is $35 a person which buys you entrance to the festival and benefits the Crossroads Program.

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Wildwood Considering Beach Tags Once Again

Just over a year since the last time Wildwood considered charging for its beach, the mayor says the city is once again considering beach tags. Previous attempts at instituting beach tags came in 1976 and 1981.

Most of the South Jersey shore beaches cost money; only Atlantic City and the three municipalities of the Wildwoods are free. The plan to bring beach tags to Wildwood, which will be discussed next Wednesday at a Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting, would not effect the beaches in North Wildwood or Wildwood Crest. Though one has to imagine beach tags in Wildwood would make those towns more likely to start charging for the beaches, leaders of both said they weren’t interested in beach tags last year.

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DIY Down the Shore: Chris Painter’s Flukin’ Foil

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Fish, fish and more fish! But we’re certainly not complaining.

Especially not after drooling over the pictures of Il Pittore chef Chris Painter’s addition to our summer recipe roundup. Down the shore, you’re likely to get the freshest seafood straight off the boat. So why not take advantage of it? Painter’s Flukin’ Foil sounds like something to try after a long day of fishing, or even just sunning on the beach. Extra kudos to those who use their own catch, but Jersey has some pretty good fish markets in case you weren’t so lucky with your line.

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DIY Down the Shore: Peter Serpico’s Grilled Sesame Shrimp

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It’s been a long day at the beach and you’re craving seafood. Something simple, but which will still impress whoever you’re serving. Which is exactly why this recipe is perfect.

Peter Serpico of South Street’s Serpico has you covered with his grilled sesame shrimp with corn and tomatoes. It’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, and a dish even those inexperienced in the kitchen can tackle. So take advantage of the ocean’s bounty and take this recipe with you the next time you go down the shore.

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DIY Down the Shore: Joncarl Lachman’s Summer Frittata

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Noord’s brunch menu is usually supplemented by weekly specials you probably won’t find on another brunch menu in Philly—like Zurkool & Eggs (beer-braised cabbage, smoked sausage and eggs) or Whole Trout Amandine. But usually, those specials include a frittata, and Joncarl loves frittatas.

This recipe can be done with any sort of seasonal vegetable (you can get your ingredients at any of these places), and you’ll be able to impress your brunch friends before you go out on the water for the day.

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DIY Down the Shore: Luke Palladino’s Stuffed Lobster

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Maine is a bit of a hike from Philadelphia. If you’re not up to making the 9-hour trek (or if the freezing temperatures of Maine beaches aren’t quite as appealing), you can still have a taste of New England, in Jersey. Luke Palladino, chef of LP Steakhouse & Seafood in New Jersey and the future Palladino’s on East Passyunk (cue excitement and anticipation) shared his recipe for Stuffed Lobster.

What is the lobster stuffed with you ask?

Crab, which is another crustacean. It’s not wrong if it’s delicious.

Who doesn’t love double the seafood all packed into one neat little package? Add a little buttery bearnaise sauce and you’ve got yourself quite the meal. This dish is perfect for an end of the summer bash or just a relaxing night of seaside deck chilling. Personally, we think it’s just a great way to end the week. So keep it in mind if you’re headed down the shore this weekend.

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