Dr. Robert Hands is my son's primary physician, someone my son completely trusts and respects. He converted part of his home in Upper Saddle River, NJ into offices and practices his healing craft from there.
Upon entering you can readily tell he understands children. The waiting room is filled with activities to keep toddlers occupied while they wait for their turn. In fact there is even an old vintage Ms. Pac Man arcade game that will kill the time. I should know. I'm usually the one hogging the machine. There are also many magazines and brochures related to health and care that are always up-to-date. Many coupons are always stationed for your needs,
Dr. Hands has three examining rooms that are fully equipped with all the essentials needed for examinations. just by the decor you can tell Dr. Hands likes movies as witnessed to all the movie posters that are in each office. His bedside manner is impeccable and I wish all doctors exhibited the patience he demonstrates to everyone who comes and sees him. He is thorough and catious in all his examinations, and really goes that extra step in making sure that his diagosis is correct.
Finding a doctor is like find a mechanic... once you find one that you can trust you will always come back. That's a testament to Dr. Hands' character for he has many, many patients who always come back to him.
PROS: Great physician, excellent with children
I was looking for a gas station in New Paltz, NY and came across Stewart's Shop as a result of my searching. "Stewart's has a shop?" I said to myself. Even more bizarre was the fact it was a gas station/convenience store in the same fashion as 7-Eleven (not surprising since I have yet to see a 7-Eleven in the area).
I stopped at Stewart's mainly for the gas, and it was actually lower than a lot of other places. As I went to pay inside, I noticed the convenience store setting to the whole place. Lotto tickets, bread, butter, juices, eggs, milk, all the basic necessities were being sold at this place. It really was like a 7-Eleven, only a lot cleaner and with a very friendly staff. I guess in a small town like New Paltz, friendliness is such a key component to project that charm the town has to offer.
Naturally, being named Stewart's, I went searching for the glass-bottled soda it's famous for, but I didn't find any. Instead, they had plastic-filled bottles with its name on it. I got me wondering ifthis is the same Stewart's Roootbear, or a completely different entity all unto itself. The soda, however, was just as tasty and fresh.
I like the feel of the place and you can sit down and order some donuts or treats without having to rush anywhere. At least that's what it feels like in New Paltz... no one is in a rush to get anywhere fast.
PROS: Clean, attractive, good soda
CONS: Wasn't THE Stewart's but close enough
One day my wife and I were decided to visit her father at work and wanted to bring something to him. Along the way we saw this bakery and promptly decided to go in. B & W Bakery has such a heavenly aroma as soon as you enter through the doors. We could not help but salivate what was on display, so much so to the point that we were feeling the hunger pangs in our stomachs. How does one walk into a place like this and not walk away with something in hand... and in stomach?
The pastry displays were enough to convince us that we need to get something from here. Lots of cookies, donuts, pastries, muffins, cakes, and much more were tempting us every time our eyes passed over them.
The staff is extremely friendly and patient. You need to patient with us because we can be indecisive sometimes. A beautiful crumb cake display made us leave a pool of drool on the floor. The best thing about the place was how inexpensive the items were. That and watching the huge kitchen in the bakery where all these lovely treats were being produced.
As we arrived to our destination we learned how famous this place really is with the best crumb cake ever produced coming from this store. How is it that we didn't know about it ourselves? This story was backed-up when i told my co-worker a couple of days later about B & W Bakery, and he mentioned how he used to grow up around there. This is over 50 years ago for him and he still remembers the place fondly.
With all the praising endorsements about this place we know we definitely have a winner when it comes to finding a bakery. Luckily this place in Hackensack, NJ fits the billing as the best bakery around. Can my poor wallet and stomach even handle this ? We'll find out.
PROS: The most salivating goodies on the planet
CONS: Needs more parking
Tuesday Morning opened up in the Midland Park shopping center recently and finally drew me inside when I had to return DVDs nearby. Once you open the door, notice that you have to decend a staircase to the basement dwelling. Not to worry, however--everything is well-lit, except when the power goes out (which it did while I shopped in the mug aisle).
I would classify Tuesday Morning as a "dollar store" feel--everything is cluttered and haphazardly stuffed onto shelves. I was not daunted, though, and I decided to move through each aisle just to see what was for sale. There is an odd collection of brand name merchandise (Nautica pillows, for example) and unfamiliar brands stocking the store. I was drawn to the huge collection of scrapbooks and photo albums, because my wife is into scrapbooking. Prices are reasonable and boast a huge up to 60% off price.
Tuesday Morning is a great secret spot to go in order to get greeting cards (there were dozens and dozens of boxes marked down, including Hallmark), wrapping paper, and gift bags. In the very last aisle were Waterford Christmas ornaments, cute holiday decorations (my wife bought some), and other knick knacks. I noticed that the Henckles knife block that my wife and I requested for a wedding gift was for sale here at a huge discount--great to know since we didn't get the knives!
Have fun poking around this unusual store. You can definitely find a thing or two to buy at these prices.
PROS: Great prices, some brand names
CONS: Closed Sundays
If you are in the market for an exciting and informative day-trip in New York City, don't miss a visit to the Intrepid Museum. Located in Manhattan and on a docked airline tanker, the Intrepid offers a wonderful opportunity to learn a bit more about naval and aviation history.
The Intrepid also offers a docked submarine to visit, as well as a variety of decommissioned airplanes that were used in combat or for other purposes. Prepare to climb up many steel staircases as you ascend the many decks of the huge airline carrier. Take a tour with a guide to see the many features of this amazing ship. You can climb up to the high deck where there are some incredible airplanes to see--including a huge stealth plane that is just amazing to see in person. Every plane is marked with a helpful plaque for tourists to read and learn more about the planes housed here.
There is so much to see--the captain's quarters, the steering room, the giant compass that served the ship. The Intrepid has a decent gift shop that sells tourist fare like pens, posters, and s. There are some nice collectibles there, such as minted coins representing the armed forces.
Active members of the armed forces, students, senior citizens--all are allowed a discount on the entrance fee. Coupons are available in Entertainment books if you are looking for a bargain entrance. Regardless of how you pay, definitely take a short journey from NJ over the George Washington Bridge to see this incredible bit of history (the Intrepid once defended the US against kamakaze pilots attacking!). You won't be disappointed!
PROS: Historical, unique, and an incredible array of planes
Wah Sing II has been a very convenient lifesaver for my family whenever we crave for some fast Chinese food and don't feel like cooking. This small place in Wyckoff, NJ is a take-out store; there are no tables for a sit down meal.
I appreciate the speed at which the food is prepared. A call to them and 10-20 minutes later it's ready for pickup. The clientele base is huge as attested by the volume of people that are in and out of the restaurant. I feel comfortable ordering from them mostly because it's a family-owned restaurant. Everyone over there has a job to do and do it well.
They have little specials for customers if you order a certain amount for dinner. Orders over $15 comes with a can of soda, over $20 is a 2L bottle of soda, over $40 is two 2L bottles of soda, and $100 earns you 10% off,
My family has their favourite dishes to eat and are satisified when we get it. I especially love the soups and steamed dumplings. Prices are very good and you get a lot for your money.
I'm glad there's a place nearby our house that caters to our Asian cravings.
PROS: Good food, great prices, quick service
The Allendale Bar & Grill is a popular place to hang out especially after work in Allendale, NJ. Lots of 20 and 30 something folks congregrate to this place for some fun and relaxation. You can see a crowd form at the bar watching the tube and drinking beer.
If you want a more quiet setting, then you can choose to have a sit down meal in the restaurant section. I'm one of those people that believe bars and pubs serve great food with generous portions at good prices. The AB&G falls right into that category. I'm always taking home leftovers because I can never finish my meal in one sitting.
The staff is very friendly and sometimes very busy so getting their attention can be hard, unless you flash them.
The problem I have with the place is the smoking. The only way to the restaurant portion is through the smoke-filled bar. Do this when you enter and exit and you'll definitely have it lingering on your clothes for a while. This can be a nuisance if you detest the smell of smoke.
Other than that, the food is great. Definitely try the all-you-can eat brunch on Sundays. It's a feast unlike any other.
PROS: Great food, good atmosphere
CONS: Cigarette smell all over clothes
Everytime I'm in Allendale I always see a big crowd at Pastafino Restorante especially at dinnertime. I never thought I would ever get a chance to eat at that place but I did... and twice! People do love their Italian food!
The first thing that needs to be done is to make a reservation. If you don't then you are definitely taking a big chance. We had a big party the first time we experienced this place so we managed to get the true flavour of what this restaurant had to offer.
The menu selection is incredible. Everything on there makes your mouth salivate with anticipation of the food coming out. You can't find a bad selection at all so don't worry about what you are ordering. The staff is very accommodating and friendly, and patient at times for those of us who are indecisive.
The restaurant is a good medium size place. When you have a big party, you quickly realize how tight a fit it can be at at times.
Is this place expensive? Surprisingly it's not. It's very reasonable and given the portions that are served to you, you definitely can't complain at all. All wines are available for you to match any entree you order from the menu.
Parking is plenty in the lot across the street. Like I said, just be weary of the crowd that forms quickly at dinnertime. You want to make sure you don't miss out on experiencing what Pastafino has to offer.
PROS: Great selections, wonderful food
I love bowling whenever I get the chance and was pleasantly surprised when Brunswick Fair Lawn Lanes underwent some rennovations to its place. It's become more state-of-the-art with it's computerized terminals in each lane and colourful graphics shown on the monitors. This place has definitely turned around to appeal to families, especially children who will be dazzled by everything around them.
The place is clean and friendly, a huge step up from what it looked like before. A concession booth at the other end of the building fulfills any hunger pains one might have during this bowling excursion.
Many leagues come to bowl at this place. They even offer bowling lessons for children who are interested at all levels. At certain times, the lights are out and cosmic bowling is put into effect. This is a combination of a disco light show, black lights and glowing bowling bowls. The effect is contagious and the intestity level is picked up another notch.
Before this place would have been just another average bowling place, but because they took the time and effort to rennovate the place, it has become something more that everyone can enjoy.
PROS: Cosmic bowling, fun place to be
CONS: Wish it was a bit closer
I wanted to introduce Greek cuisine to my wife who never really tried it, and was looking for a place to take her. It's Greek To Me seemed to be the closest I could find in Ridgewood, NJ that could I try out.
As with most establishments in Ridgewood, you can opt to dine inside or outside on the street patio. The service was good with friendly waiters and the menu definitely has a lot for you to choose from. I kept the selection simple as not to scare my wife off from Greek food forever.
The dinner was fine, nothing too spectacular yet nothing I really wanted. It was good for what it was, but I've definitely had better. The flavour of the food was okay at best with nothing distinct to what we were eating. There were a couple of times I scratched my head to the entrees that we received. It wasn't what I was accustomed to when ordering Greek food especially when it came to the calamari. I expected to get some tzatziki sauce with it and out pita breads. Instead we received marinara sauce which totally took away from the flavour.
Maybe it's just me but I expected more, especially in a town like Ridgewood which is famous for its eating establishments.
Parking is a battle as always in Ridgewood. Either take the train in or get there early, unless you live under a lucky star and manage to find everything you want.
PROS: Service was good
CONS: Disappointed with some of the selections