ShopRite of Wyckoff

ShopRite Wyckoff Exterior

Your First Stop for Groceries!

Information:

ShopRite of Wyckoff

Address: 430 Greenwood Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Phone: (201) 560-0490

Store Hours – Everyday:  7 AM to Midnight

Note: some driveways are one-way.

Scott’s Review:

This ShopRite is MASSIVE and the new flagship store which is located a few yards away from Stop and Shop. My goal for this review is to capture the entirety of the store and it’s the ShopRite website in this review to help you better plan your trip.

Note: This week is the Grand Opening week and you can pick up the in-store flyer which has six coupons that are valid with an additional $20 purchase.

The Food Court

You enter into a food court with a cafe, florist, Mediterranean bar (8.49/ lb) I wish they had a standard salad bar – but they don’t. Their hot grill has breakfast sandwiches as well as burgers, cheesesteaks and chicken hot sandwiches at reasonable prices.

The Chef Prepared foods are also good for a quick grab-and-go. The deli offers standard fare but a nice display with friendly staff. To save you a lot of time, there is a nice section of precut deli selections if you are to particular in your deli order. There’s a cheese nook past the deli which looks to have every type of cheese you can imagine (including local selections). Grab some good gouda!

Cheese Monger
Cheese Monger

The produce displays the standard produce selections. There is a “certified organic” island that is clearly marked – if that’s your thing.

Also note, for young shoppers, there is a display at the front corner of the produce section (see above “Free Food” photo) with free healthy fruits for kids to take while you shop. So take some wipes and napkins with you to help keep the little fingers clean.

The bakery is very well appointed with breads, cookies and cakes. You will wonder on how the artfully decorated cakes sport price tags under $10. This will be you go-to place for desserts.

Seafood and Butcher

The seafood department doubles as a food truck since it sells freshly made sushi, ramen bowls and Deopbap (Poke) bowls.

The butcher has fresh cut meat on display and old meat on display (aged beef) which is typically only found at high end steak houses.

Remainder of Store

The grocer aisles are cavernous – this is not a store you run in and run out of for a few items. What I did find nice was that the refrigerated sections all had doors on the cases which made the section warmer than what you would find in other stores.

Please consider their Wholesome Pantry offerings which claim to be without artificial flavors, colorings, and unnatural preservatives. There are regular Wholesome Pantry and organic Wholesome Pantry options.

The registers are in abundance with about 20 of them with the express lanes on the left and the “self check-outs” on the right.

You will see that there aren’t any liquor stores attached to this ShopRite. But right around the corner, you will find Wine & Spirit World.

The local Pharmacy options are:

Exiting ShopRite of Wyckoff, you will find:

  • Carpet Steamer rental
  • Coinstar
  • Scratch Off Lottery vending machine
  • Water bottle return container

Florist: Get some fresh flowers for a friend, yourself or you sweetie at the florist located by the store entrance.

ShopRite Florist
ShopRite Florist

Hacking Shopping

Dieticians Nook: On the way to the registers, you will pass the Dietitians Nook. This contains a little display conveniently stocked with a recipe card and ingredients to make a healthy meal. I like this idea as it reminds me of those boxed delivery services like Blue Apron. So, stop by and give it a try.

Shop from Home:  Go to the ShopRite website and Shop from Home

Shop from Recipes: On the ShopRite web site you can find the Recipes Section which provides recipes and ingredients where you can add the ingredients right to your shopping cart – Although currently this location does not offer Shop at Home, you will be able to print out your shopping list.

Place your Deli Order ahead of time:  ShopRite Wyckoff allows you to place your Deli Order ahead of time – If you’re like me, you hate standing in the deli area waiting for your number to be called – what a waste of time. Now improve your efficiency by visiting this site: ShopRite Deli Online

Save Money at ShopRite!

There are many ways to save money at ShopRite and keep more money in your pocket:

  • Download the ShopRite app (note – take a screenshot of your price plus card screen and save this in a photo album on your phone for quick retrieval)
  • Sign up for ShopRite Digital Coupons and load additional savings onto your card
  • Give your phone to someone and have them earn DownTime Dollars by watching videos. You could do it yourself, but it’s best to delegate this to someone else. 🙂

Comments and Feedback

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Bernie’s Bagels – Delicatessen and Catering – Allendale, NJ

Bernie’s Bagels and Delicatessen

(AKA – Allendale gourmet catering)

99 W Allendale Ave – Suite 5
Allendale, New Jersey 07401

Bernie's Sign
Parking:

Three free options:

  • Park on the street
  • Parking lot in the back (Grocery store complex)
  • Train Station yellow lined spots

Phone:  (201) 327-2423

Hours:

  • Mon 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Sat 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Menu Links:

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Photos of the menu below.

Scott’s Review:

Bernie’s Bagels is a great local sandwich shop in Allendale, NJ that provides fresh bagels and sandwiches. Stop in for breakfast or lunch or have them cater your event or meeting.   In the morning you’re having a fresh bagel with coffee and for lunch you’ll have a sub, sandwich, salad, or a wrap.  They have Boar’s Head selections and are very generous with their potions.

Haven’t had a bad cup of coffee from here yet.

Typically fast service but calling in your order ahead of time will guaranty a quicker visit.

They have a large assortment of drinks and chips to choose from in addition to their daily specials which are posted near the registers.

Dine-in, take-out, or dine outside during the warmer weather months.

Also, they have outdoor seating available weather permitting.

They accept  Cash, Amex, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

Obligatory Bernie's-Food Photo
Obligatory Bernie’s-Food Photo

Menu Photos:

 

 

Allendale Family Eye Care – Dr. Edward Levy O.D.

Allendale Family Eye Care:

Address:

70 W Allendale Ave
Allendale, New Jersey 07401

Parking: Park on the street (free street parking) or in the parking lot in the back.

Phone:  (201) 327-1081

Hours: M-F 9AM to 5PM (according to the yellow pages) but I know their hours vary.

Scott’s Review:

During their over 40 years in business, they have perfected what visiting an eye doctor is all about – they really should package it up and sell their business model to all new optometrist graduates.  First, call the main number and make an appointment – the office staff is nice and friendly.  As most good eye doctors, expect to not get an appointment that week but it will be worth the wait.  Dr. Levy is skilled in glasses, contacts and other eye-related things.  Even though he is an eye doctor, he’s not afraid to push laser vision (Lasik) correction performed by someone else if he thinks that it could be beneficial for the patient.

They have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment (glaucoma testing, peripheral vision and retinal checking that also predicts the strength of your lenses) Dr. Levy is very personable as is his office staff.  Appointments last about 45-90 minutes but you’re moved between different rooms and devices so it doesn’t seem so long.

It’s a family practice so I recommend bringing your children there and stopping before or after your appointment for lunch or dinner at the AB&G (Allendale Bar and Grill)  across the street from the office for a burger, and some popcorn while you wait for your food order.

They (Dr. Levy, not AB&G) 🙂 take VSP insurance.

He’s highly rated on Healthgrades   and Wellness.com and as a 15-year patient, I will recommend him to any of my friends in Bergen County.

PSA: Get Your Eyes Examined Yearly!

You owe it to yourself!

 

Simple Keto Turmeric Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Stuffed Peppers Title

Background:

In order to come up with this simple keto stuffed pepper recipe, I researched and experimented with a few stuffed pepper recipes to find something delicious, keto-friendly and easy – with only 9 ingredients.  I tried to balance the meat/non-meat ingredients to try and differentiate this from other recipes and skew it to the healthier side.

I wanted to create something that used the magical Turmeric and could use store bought ground beef.   This recipe works with ground chicken and ground turkey as well – or the packaged meatloaf mix (beef, pork, and lamb.)

You can mix up the cheese and the sauce to take this Mexican or Philly or wherever your imagination takes you.

I found out the hard way that smaller cauliflower pieces are needed to properly rice it.  My first attempt “souped” the cauliflower on the bottom because the pieces were too large to fall down into the blades.

This recipe calls for dicing an onion.  I have my own method but it resembles what is shown in this video:

Ingredients:

  • 1 head, large (about 6″-7″” dia) Cauliflower Raw
  • 1 large (about 3″ dia) Onion – diced
  • 2 tbsp Garlic – diced (from a jar is fine)
  • 16 to 20 oz Beef Ground (80% or 85% or 90% lean)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil – divided
  • 2 cup, shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 to 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 4 large Green (or red or yellow) Bell Peppers (Fatter with a wide base to help them stand up)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or pasta sauce or salsa
  • Optional – 1/8 Teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg F.
  2. Cut the cauliflower tops off (about four cups) and dice them into 1″ cubes.  Then use your Vitamix (Purchase from Amazon) or food processor (Hamilton Beach or Cuisinart) and pulse them while scraping them down between pulses for less than a minute to rice the cauliflower.  It should be about 2 cups.
  3. Cut the tops off at the highest widest part of the peppers. Then cut in a circle around the highest widest part and remove the center, seeds, and pull off and discard any lighter colored internal ribbed areas with your fingers.  (I should make a video for this)

Cut the Top at the highest widest part first and then cut out the center

Remove ALL of those rock-hard seeds and as much of the “white” pepper section as possible

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp Oil up in a large frying pan – large burner – medium heat
  2. Add diced onions – saute 4 minutes
  3. Then add Garlic – saute 3 minutes more or until the garlic starts to brown and the onion is soft.
  4. Add Ground Beef – cook thoroughly about 8 minutes.
  5. After brown, turn off the burner, then tilt the pan and spoon off the drippings as best you can – 1 to 2 tablespoons left is fine.

Prior to draining the Liquid
Prior to draining the Liquid

  1. Now stir in the rest of the oil, tomato sauce, 1 Tsp Turmeric (optional cayenne pepper – only 1/8 teaspoon!) and cauliflower cook for two minutes
  2. Add half of the cheese – cook for two minutes more
  3. Place peppers in a baking dish and fill with the meat mixture using a spoon that is narrower than the pepper opening.  Make sure that the peppers are standing up.
  4. Bake uncovered in an oven for 30 minutes – watch the pepper and when they start to wrinkle they should be ready.
  5. Remove and add remainder of the cheese to the tops of the peppers.
  6. Bake for an additional 5 minutes for the cheese to melt.

You really don’t need any sides with this simple keto stuffed pepper recipe.  It tastes great reheated in the microwave too.  This is a good break from some of the standard Keto bars and powders.  Here are some of the best sellers out there.   Nutrition facts are on the bottom of the page.


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Stuffed Peppers Nutrition
Stuffed Peppers Nutrition

 

How to Choose Delicious Nectarines with “Produce Pete”

How to Pick Delicious Nectarines

I’m sure that you woke up this morning wishing that you had some ripe nectarines at home and realized that you don’t.  But before you go out and buy them, watch this short video with “Produce Pete” who tells us how to choose ripe nectarines.  He says the trick is to look at the “yellow part” and that it should be yellow and not green or white.

Look at the yellow part - The yellow part should be yellow
Look At The Yellow Part – The Yellow Part Should Be Yellow

Produce Pete says that yellow nectarines will have the sugar and not be tart/sour.  If they are hard, they will still be sweet if they have the yellow on them.

I recommend picking a medium to large nectarine as the huge ones are typically mealy and the small ones were likely picked too soon.

How to Store Them.

Produce Pete also said to keep nectarines and other “stone fruit” out of the refrigerator -store them at room temperature. He goes on to talk about the strange gas called Ethylene and the ripening technique talked about in my other post: Smart Farmers Market Tips

If you must store them in the refrigerator, store them in the low humidity crisper  (Rot-low, Wilt-high).

Go out and use your new knowledge to grab some delicious nectarines today!

Here is a link to the main video: Main Video