(Note – Call if you plan to arrive shortly before 6 PM)
Phone: (201) 934-3220
Location: 100 E. Main Street, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446
Kale Bowl (not an Acai Bowl)
I had my first Acai Bowl on the streets of Aracaju, Brazil – And this restaurant brings me back to there. This place is a coffee shop for healthy vibrant people. All of their fare is loaded with fresh, nutritious ingredients packed with vitamins. A place for friends to meet or someone to grab a quick bite and read or work a little. If you are arriving close to closing time, it’s best to call first.
Pitaya Bowls are DragonFruit bowls. (I had to look that one up!)
I’m hoping that this place starts to expand their offerings and their operating hours. Currently, they open up at 10 AM which makes it perfect for late risers who want some of their Avocado Toast or Breakfast Bowl. I think if they added an earlier shift, many of the Ramsey train commuters would be happier! Blended Bowls seems like a well established chain but it’s a locally run business – but I wouldn’t be surprised if they start expanding into the nearby towns soon.
You’ll leave feeling healthier than you walked in – you owe it to yourself to stop by one day. My photos do not do this place justice – be sure to check out their Instagram feed!
Follow Blended Bowls on Social Media – Interact with them on Facebook and scroll through their Instagram for ideas.
Phat Platters proves to be another of the few restaurant options inspired by the Halal carts of New York City. They have their signature “White” and “Hot” sauces that are also available for sale in both 8 oz and 12 oz bottles. Be sure to ask for a couple of the white or red sauce containers to accompany your delivery. This place is pumping out the Phat Platters continuously during the lunch and dinner hours.
Aside from their Phat Platters, they offer Schwarma Panini, Gyro, burgers, Phat Sandwiches, Salads and Wings.
Since they serve only Halal food – you can try “beef bacon” to accompany your order.
The mixed platter with extra protein is my go-to dish which requires me to grab a large stack of napkins to continually wipe the perspiration off my face.
Parking: There is a small lot on the side of the building, or you can park in front of the building on Frederick Street. There are also some metered spots and the train station lot has free evening and weekend parking.
Tucked away from the main roads of Waldwick, NJ, the Whistle Stop is a bustling place for locals and commuters to grab a quick bite or enjoy some ice cream. This is a quintessential mom and pop place owned by locals Tami and Neil Moses with a breakfast, lunch, hot grill, ice cream and to-go comfort food dinners. During the warmer months, the picnic tables and an outside play areas can be overrun with kids and adults enjoying burgers, sandwiches and ice cream.
Weekly homemade soup specials can include: Chicken Noodle, “Famous” Broccoli Cheddar, Corn Chowder, Cream of Spinach or Split Pea with Ham/Bacon. Be sure to try their salads and chili’s too!
Dinner Specials include soup or salad and can be purchased individually or by the 1/2 tray. These rotate on a weekly basis and can be chicken, beef, pasta dishes..
This restaurant is rooted in Waldwick with a couple of their items created in honor of hometown heros whose foundations will receive a portion of the sales. Get the “Daggo” in honor of SSGT. Joseph D’Augustine which is a Bacon, Egg and American Cheese on a hero roll. Or try the “#38” to honor Ptl. Christopher M. Goodell which is a Vanilla ice cream chocolate crunchies “dirt” with Whipped cream topped with red, white and blue sprinkles.
They proudly serve Nelson’s Dutch Farms Ice Cream “Nix Besser / None Better” which is imported from the Pennsylvania Dutch and its fresh!
This ShopRite is 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.
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!
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.
Florist: Get some fresh flowers for a friend, yourself or you sweetie at the florist located by the store entrance.
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
Get on Facebook: There are a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to the whole couponing experience and you can learn a lot from these groups. To find them, search Facebook for “ShopRite” in groups. Then learn how to purchase items for pennies. And, possibly make extra donations to food pantries and shelters in your area.
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. 🙂
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Ample parking is found in the rear of the building or on the street.
Jersey Farmer’s Market has been around for years and has grown in a quality market. When you enter the store, a giant Pineapple Welcome Banner greets you. Then you will notice that there is an amazing florist in their section the left. Further along their left wall, you will find the seafood counter is fully stocked with fresh fish and seafood.
Right after the seafood counter is a fully stocked spice section, bread and then dried fruits and nuts. But this market is known for their consistent quality with their fresh fruits and vegetables. Unlike other farmers markets, your produce should keep for a while before it spoils.
I almost left out the best part! Sushi! This market has their in-house sushi take-out window between the florist and seafood counter. The previous sushi chef retired and now the new chef is making a name for himself. Be sure to grab a menu to call in your order or place your order at the beginning of your shopping trip.
After you check-out, and if you didn’t pick up any sushi, you can visit Juicy Platters located in the same building as the market. Try (a little bit) of their “Spicy AF” hot sauce at Juicy Platters where they whip up rice, salad or gyro platters at reasonable prices.