Giant Farmers – Hackensack

“Once you purchase produce from Giant Farmers Market, It will be difficult to pay grocery store prices again!”


Address:  324 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 498-0010

Main Store Hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday:  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Giant Farmers Sign

Scott’s Review:

Giant Farmers Market Hackensack offers farm fresh produce, meats, seafood and deli items at reasonable prices in Bergen County.  See the bottom of this article for the location of the sale items.

Outside:

The address is listed as 324 Main Street – but the parking lot is in the back on River Street.  The parking lot is a little tricky, At the time of my visit, they were under renovation.  Note, that you can enter from River Street, as well as the two side streets (East Berry and Passaic Streets).  Your best exit is on Passaic Street to which has traffic lights on the Main Street and River Street intersections.

Inside:

Once you finished parking in the maze of a parking lot, and stroll past any produce/plants/specials that are outside as you enter in the back.  Then, beyond the cash registers, you will see the deli, meat, and seafood counters.

Deli Counter
Deli Counter
Meat Counter
Meat Counter

The deli counter offers the finest Boar’s Head selections.  The meat counter is a full-fledged butcher and a lot of offerings.  And finally, the seafood counter is a mini version of a port city fish market.

Fresh Fish!
Fresh Fish!

In the produce section, you will find seasonal offerings as well as the old staples.  And you can find produce that is not readily available at your local supermarkets.  (i.e. Dragonfruit!)

Bakery Offerings
Bakery Offerings
Fresh Greens
Fresh Greens
Pecks of Peppers
Pecks of Peppers – Check out these pecks!
More Citrus Offerings than Florida!
More Citrus Offerings than Florida!

They also offer other standard canned and boxed grocery items in about 25% of the store.

Sale Items: The best deals can be had on the selections by the door when you enter near the parking lot.  You won’t find better deals.

Sale Offerings
Sale Offerings By the Door

They take Debit Cards, EBT, Cash, AMEX, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard.

Make sure to keep your receipts for returns.

To really help yourself – read: The 25 Best Farmers Market Shopping Tips to Save You Time and Money.

And to help the environment – try these totes:  The Best Re-Usable Totes

Be sure to check back at Food Market for more information.

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

Bernie’s Bagels and Deli

(AKA – Allendale Gourmet Catering)

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

Bernie's Sign

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

 

The Best Bags, Totes and Carts:

Here are some of the best farmers market shopping accessories designed to make your life easier. They are highly rated and their reviews were checked by Fakespot.com with grades of A and B:

Bags with tare weights noted:

Totes:

Heavy Duty Carts:

Carts Better Suited for Sidewalks / Pavement: