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Satisfy That Sweet Tooth on Thanksgiving Day With These Local Pie Shops

14Nov

Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 22, and we’re all ready for the big feast full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. However, for those with a sweet tooth, there’s an even better part of Thanksgiving – dessert!

Thanksgiving desserts typically are full of pies in every variety, including apple, pumpkin and blueberry. Luckily for us here in Jersey City, our area is full of tasty pie shops, which will certainly come in handy after you’ve already spent hours cooking Thanksgiving dinner!

If you want to keep your guests happy after the main meal is over on Thanksgiving Day, then make sure you stop by these bakeries well before the big day. Hurry though, they’re taking orders as soon as possible!

GFG Bakery Café, located at 221 River St, Hoboken which is about 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a reincarnation of the owners’ Greek culinary and baking past on a mission to make their neighborhood seem a bit more like home – where you can always count on simply good food!

To find out what they’re baking up in the pie department, stop by their shop to see what’s been freshly made. However, classic apple pies and apple pie crumbles are always on the menu, so you can always count on these staples here.

Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café, located at 157 1st St, Hoboken which is about 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a comfy French cafe offering homemade breads and desserts plus a menu of sandwiches and other light fare.

At Choc O Pain, they bake all of their desserts in the traditional European way, using only basic, fresh ingredients which you can taste in every slice of pie that you bite. Plus, they also offer catering as well as baking classes, if you would like to learn how to bake their pies yourself!

 

GFG Bakery Café

221 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 533-1040

gfg-bakery.com

 

Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café

157 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 710-5175

chocopainbakery.com

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Warm Up With These Soups at Jersey City Restaurants

02Nov

When the temperature starts dropping, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to finally let you breathe a sigh of relief and relax in some heat. Here in Jersey City, we have tons of options for soup, including from restaurants that specialize in ramen or pho.

If you’re craving some soup during these cold November days, then stop by one of these favorite eateries for a refreshing bowl during lunch or dinner hour. You may find it difficult to battle the elements afterwards – luckily, your Beacon apartment is close by!

Shanghai Best, located at 95 Montgomery St, Jersey City which is about six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a Chinese eatery specializing in dim sum, steamed buns and classic fare in warm, contemporary environs.

There are tons of soups available on the menu here, including pork ribs, bean curd clear noodle, seafood, meatball and if you’re feeling adventurous, they even offer pig feet soup.

 

Noodlefan, located at 514 Central Ave, Jersey City which is a 15-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, offers dishes are rich in traditions, taste, and aromas of Thai cuisine but also possess the quality and presentation of the finest Continental restaurants.

If you love food and you’ll try just about anything, then give Noodlefan’s soups a go, such as their goat soup, super chicken feet soup, buffalo beef stew or oxtail soup. These are authentic Thai soups and there’s a reason that they’ve been popular for so many years!

 

Shanghai Best

95 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-6868

shanghaibestnj.com

 

Noodlefan

514 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 420-9014

noodlefanusa.com

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What Are You Dressing Up As For Halloween? Visit These Local Costume Stores

24Oct

Whether you’re seven or 77, there’s no reason not to dress up for Halloween – it’s the one day of the entire year where you can be anything you want! However, if you plan on trick-or-treating or heading to a local party, that’s another story.

If you’re ready to start the yearly hunt for the perfect Halloween costume, then visit these costume shops that have popped up near your Beacon apartment. You don’t need to have any ideas mapped out – these stores will give you all of the inspiration you need!

Halloween Adventure, located at 104 4th Ave, New York, NY which is about 20 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a huge store with an eclectic selection of classic and current character costumes and props.

Infused with an insanely organized and creative atmosphere, their shop offers a unique shopping experience! Here, you’ll find the largest retail selection of costumes, wigs, masks, props, and decor in New York City, as well as costume and prop rentals.

Abracadabra, located at 19 W 21st St, New York, NY which is about 20 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a mega-store that offers costumes, masks, props and magician’s supplies, making it a favorite stop for Halloween.

You’ll find everything you need at Abracadabra NYC. Costumes, wigs, makeup, props, rentals, magic, masquerade masks and much more. Whether you are looking for creepy or cutesy, they’ve got you covered! Also, their friendly staff is happy to help you find or piece together what you’re looking for. Plus, they have in-house seamstresses for those customers looking for something tailored and/or customized.

 

Halloween Adventure

104 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

(212) 673-4546

newyorkcostumes.com

 

Abracadabra

19 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

(212) 627-5194

abracadabranyc.com

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Ready to Get Scared? Check Out These Halloween Attractions Near Your Beacon Apartment

18Oct

For those fans of ghost tours, horror movies and a good scare, October is the most coveted month of the year thanks to the many haunted houses and hay rides that pop up near Jersey City. If you want to get scared without venturing too far from your Beacon apartment, you’re in luck!

From those that are kid-friendly to attractions that are sure to leave even the toughest with nightmares, our area has it all when it comes to everyone’s favorite October activity. Don’t miss out on these haunted attractions this month!

Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms, located at 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale which is about 35 minutes from your Beacon apartment, featuring a hayride and a bone chilling series of haunted houses filled with ghouls, ghosts and all kinds of scary creatures!

Unbelievable sets, thrilling animatronics and actors who are just ‘dying’ to meet you will terrify and entertain visitors this October. Reservations are limited and will sell out quickly, so inquire now to book your spot.

13th Hour Haunted House, located at 105 W Dewey Ave #1, Wharton which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, has been rated has having some of the most immersive and original escape rooms in the country, with four terrifying escape rooms to choose from.

During October weekends, 13th Hour Haunted House gets even spookier with a special haunted house offering which costs $28 per person and is bound to scare even the bravest visitors. When you enter, you’re sure to see why!

 

Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

(201) 666-0472

demarestfarms.com

 

13th Hour Haunted House

105 W Dewey Ave #1, Wharton, NJ 07885

(862) 244-4454

13thhour.com

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Get in the Fall Spirit By Pumpkin Picking at These Local Patches

04Oct

Fall is finally in the air here in Jersey City! And, as everyone young and old is well-aware, there’s no better way to get in the autumn spirit than by going pumpkin picking as Halloween gets closer and closer.

If you’re ready to carve a pumpkin with the kids, paint it or just display it as some authentic fall décor in your Beacon apartment, then visit these farms that offer pumpkin picking this month. You better hurry though if you’re looking for that perfect pick!

Ripple Hill Farm, located at 181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is known for their you-pick activities, including peaches, tomatoes, apples, and of course, pumpkins!

Throughout October, visitors can pick their own pumpkins at Ripple Hill Farm, which is a small family-owned and operated farm that has been growing produce for 50 years. If you don’t feel like picking your own, you can also purchase pumpkins from their farmstand on Sundays.

Melick’s Town Farm, located at 351 NJ-28, Bridgewater which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is one of the largest farms in New Jersey with nearly 300 acres and you can bet they’re growing some great pumpkins on the property!

Head to the farm on October weekends for a horse drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where you can select your own pumpkins still growing on the vine. They also have hay wagon rides at their cider mill and a large selection of pumpkins at their farmers’ markets.

 

Ripple Hill Farm

181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

(908) 647-1300

ripplehillfarm.com

 

Melick’s Town Farm

351 NJ-28, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 725-0225

melickstownfarm.com