Great Ideas for Gifts and Valentine’s Day Dinner in Bergen County!

  Whether you are sending flowers or making your own Valentine’s Day gifts this year, one thing is for certain, there is nothing romantic about scrambling for that perfect gift or trying to get a last minute Bergen County Valentine’s Day dinner reservation at the most romantic restaurant in North Jersey!   But don’t sweat it! Here are some great ideas for you to make sure that this Valentine’s Day weekend is awesome:   Great Gift Ideas for Under 50 Bucks, Under 100 Bucks, or Over the Moon Whether you are shopping for a special him or her, Nordstrom has you covered with some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas, including watches, cologne, gadgets, jewelry and clothing! Check out their list here: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/valentines-day-gifts   Send Something Super Cool to the Big Guy in Your Life Man Crates is online shop that believes that men deserve better gifts. They offer awesome Valentine’s Day gifts for that special fella in your life, and the best part – you can send right from your computer! Unfortunately, they had to stop sending the Live Wolverine Man Crate because they found that most men just didn’t appreciate receiving them… oh well, there are still plenty of awesome crates to choose from and personalize with themes that include beer, grilling, jerky, sports, booze and zombie annihilation! Check them out here: http://www.mancrates.com/   Create Your Own Valentine’s Day Gift Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift. (Yes… even if you’re all thumbs.) Think homemade cookies or candy! Even if you don’t make the gift, here are some great ideas for making the packaging extra special: http://www.marthastewart.com/306835/valentines-day-treat-packaging#958374 PS – M&M’s makes it easy to add personalized Valentine’s Day M&M’s to your gift! Check it out here: https://www.mymms.com/category/shop+by+celebration/valentines_day.do   Make a Reservation at One of Bergen County’s Most Romantic Restaurants And don’t just choose Sunday night! Bergen County has some of the best restaurants in New Jersey, and most of them have special Valentine’s Day dining options throughout the entire Valentine’s weekend! At Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, we are offering live Music by Liza & Josh on Friday and Saturday nights this year. Liza & Josh are a talented husband-and-wife team that are considered by many to offer some of the best...

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Thanksgiving Dinner in Bergen County Never Tasted So Good!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! This year leave the bird carving to us!  New Jersey’s favorite all-American holiday couldn’t be easier.  The best Thanksgiving dinner in Bergen County can be found right here at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn. Every year we go all out to put together an amazing Thanksgiving feast at Sanzari’s. You bring your friends and family, and we’ll do all the cooking… and the dishes! Here’s this year’s menu: ~ APPETIZERS ~ COUNTRY CORN CHOWDER   GARDEN HOUSE SALAD ~ MIXED GREENS WITH SLICED PLUM TOMATOES, RED ONIONS, CUCUMBERS AND OLIVES TOSSED IN AN ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE DRESSING   CLASSIC CAESAR SALAD ~ TRADITIONALLY PREPARED WITH A CREAMY PARMESAN DRESSING   SICILIAN RICE BALL ~ FILLED WITH SAUSAGE AND SWEET PEAS, TOPPED WITH MARINARA SAUCE AND FRESH RICOTTA CHEESE   SPEDINI ALLA ROMANO ~ BROCHETTE OF MOZZARELLA AND BREAD SERVED WITH A CAPER BUTTER SAUCE   AVOCADO AND CRABMEAT SALAD ~ PLATED OVER SLICED BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES   SHRIMP COCKTAIL ~ THREE JUMBO SHRIMP SERVED WITH OUR SPICY HORSERADISH COCKTAIL SAUCE   ~ ENTREES ~   ROASTED TURKEY BREAST ~ SERVED WITH APPLE CHESTNUT STUFFING, SWEET POTATO HASH, BRUSSEL SPOUTS, CRANBERRY SAUCE AND BROWN GIBLET GRAVY   HORSERADISH CRUSTED SALMON ~ SERVED WITH MIXED VEGETABLES AND RED SKIN MASHED POTATO   STUFFED FILLET OF SOLE ~ CRABMEAT AND ASPARAGUS STUFFING AND A DIJON MUSTARD SAUCE   CHICKEN PARMIGIANA~ SERVED OVER LINGUINE   STUFFED LOIN OF PORK ~ WITH PROSCUITTO, SPINACH, ROASTED PEPPERS, FRESH MOZZARELLA, WILD MUSHROOMS AND SHALLOTS IN A MADEIRA WINE SAUCE   LOBSTER RAVIOLI ~ SIMMERED WITH JUMBO LUMP CRABMEAT AND A PINK VODKA SAUCE   BEEF SHORT RIBS ~ BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS IN A RED WINE DEMI GLAZE SERVED OVER EGG NOODLES   ~ CHILDREN ~   GARDEN SALAD   CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TURKEY BREAST WITH MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY, PEAS & CARROT   MOZZARELLA STICKS   CHICKEN TENDERS AND FRIES   SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS   CHEESBURGER WITH FRENCH FRIES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ICE CREAM SUNDAE   CHILDREN $20.00 $37.95 PER PERSON PLUS TAX AND GRATUITY Don’t miss out! Make you reservations right here: <a href=”http://www.opentable.com/sanzaris-new-bridge-inn-reservations-new-milford?rtype=ism&#038;restref=129292″ >Reserve Now On OpenTable.com</a> Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, New Milford, Bergen County NJ...

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The Ultimate Bergen County Mother’s Day Checklist

It’s Springtime in Bergen County (finally!) and that means that Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  If you plan on impressing a special mother in your life, then we have a Bergen County exclusive Mother’s Day checklist for you! This is the perfect list to give you ideas on what to buy Mom for Mother’s Day or where to bring Mom for the best Mother’s Day Brunch in Bergen County! PS – This list is good for impressing your actual mother or the mother of your children… or a grandmother… or all of the above!  (Hey, we’re here to help!) Here’s our cheat sheet for this year’s Mother’s Day: If the Mom in your life love’s sweets and pastries, then show up on her doorstep with a box of mini pastries from Rispoli Pastry Shop in Emerson or a crumb cake from B&W Bakery in Hackensack.  Think crumb cake is too passé?  Well, then you’ve never had one from B&W! Trust us – it’s awesome! Flowers go a long way!  Unless they are allergic to them, your Mom might really appreciate a custom bouquet of Spring flowers for Mother’s Day!  And in the flower department, you are in luck, because many towns throughout Bergen County have great florists!  (If you have a favorite, please let know in the comments section below!)  Our favorite springtime flowers are roses, tulips, peonies, carnations and lilies! Don’t forget a card!  If you have kids, a hand-made card is the best and is guaranteed to make Mom’s heart brim with joy.  No kids?  Stick with Hallmark, but don’t forget to add your own little personal message.  It’s nice to write a little note to let your Mom know how much you love them, but also tell them why they are so important to you.  There are a bunch of Hallmark and specialty cards stores throughout Bergen County, but we also like Papyrus Greeting Cards & Stationary. You can find one in The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack or in The Garden State Plaza in Paramus. Treat Mom to the best Mother’s Day Brunch in Bergen County! Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn know how to do Mother’s Day!  The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn is delicious and...

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Make Your Easter Dinner in North Jersey Easy… and Your Easter Week Awesome!

Finding the perfect restaurant for your Easter Dinner in North Jersey can make a person’s head spin!  There are so many options to choose from.  This restaurant, or that restaurant, cook at home, or go out?  Where do I bring the kids for their Easter Egg Hunt?  So many Easter decisions to make… double that if you have kids.  Don’t sweat it. We have some ideas for you to make your Bergen County Easter week awesome! Get your Easter baskets filled early! Every Bergenite knows that the crowds at Hanna Krause or Conrads can be brutal the closer to the big day that you get.  Don’t procrastinate!  Chocolate bunnies are available TODAY! Plan your Easter Egg Hunt!  The Bergen County Zoo is offering an Easter Hunt and activities for kids from 12PM to 3PM on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  If that time doesn’t work for you, check with your local town or get thee to a mall!  This year The Garden State Plaza is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny EVERY DAY at 10AM, now until the day before Easter! Get a picture with Easter Bunny! Don’t feel like waiting in line? No problem; The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack let you book your timeslot with the Easter Bunny online! Click here! Feeling adventerous? Hop on the Easter Bunny Train in Glen Rock! This 60 minute train ride is filled with holiday fun and special guest characters! Tickets are $14.50 for Adults and $10.50 for kids. Get your tickets here: Easter Bunny Train Looking for something a little traditional and very Italian for your Easter Dinner dessert? The Easter Wheat Pie (Pastiera di Grano) at Rispoli Pastry Shop in Emerson is fantastic. Trust us. If you are opting for early Easter Dinner instead of Easter Brunch, make sure you get an easy breakfast in… People get grumpy when they are hungry. If you have kids, we like the Bunny pancakes idea from Taste of Home! If your looking for the best Easter Dinner in Bergen County, make sure you get your reservation at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn! We offer an awesome Easter menu that will satisfy everyone in your family, at a price that it right: $38.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids. (If...

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Looking for a Great St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in Northern New Jersey?

Here is an awesome North Jersey Secret: The best St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in Bergen County is served at an Italian Restaurant.  Don’t believe us?  Then we challenge you to join us on Tuesday, March 17th for dinner!  If you love corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and beer in one of the most beautifully designed sports bars in North Jersey then you will thank us for the tip! Make your reservations here: I WANT THE BEST CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE IN NEW JERSEY   Looking for a great St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northern New Jersey?   The Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being held on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 2:00PM in Bergenfield, NJ and it is awesome! We are big fans of this parade; it is organized by the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County who have been running it since 1981.  The parade festivities usually begin with a flag raising ceremony at Roy Brown Middle School in Bergenfield at around 1:00PM and then the parade marches up S. Washington Avenue at 2:00PM.  You can check out their Facebook page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/TheBCCIA. And whatever you do, don’t forget to wear something...

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In Search of Chicken Parmigiana in New Jersey?

Nothing screams Italian-American food like Chicken Parmigiana and at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, some nights we can’t even keep up with the orders… but it may shock you learn that Chicken Parmigiana is not really a traditional Italian dish. In fact, many food historians suspect that Chicken Parmigiana is actually an international variation of an old traditional Sicilian recipe called “Parmigiana di Melanzane,” which refers to a fried and then baked eggplant dish.  The story goes that Sicilians would dip slices of eggplant in a thin layer of beaten egg, bread and fry them, top them with slices of parmesan cheese and home-made tomato sauce before finally baking them in the oven. Food historian have found writings that describe this method of cooking that are over two hundred years old! The word “Parmigiana” technically means “from Parma,” but the town of Parma is actually in Northern Italy and is, in fact, nowhere near Sicily!  Also, “Parmigiana” has nothing to do with the “Parmesan” cheese sometimes used to make the dish.  Somewhere along the line, Italian-American immigrants in places like New Jersey, New York and Toronto started making their own version of the dish using breaded chicken cutlets, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.  As you can see, it is no wonder that the origins of Chicken Parmigiana have been widely debated among Italian-Americans from all over the country!  In fact, there are many dishes that we enjoy in the United States that just cannot be found in Italy! There is one thing we certain of though; and that’s where you can get the best Chicken Parmigiana in North Jersey!  And that’s right here at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn! What’s that?  You can’t make it to our famous little Italian Restaurant in Bergen County?  Don’t sweat it!  You can make Sanzari’s Chicken Parmigiana at home! Here is our Best Chicken Parmigiana in New Jersey Recipe: INGREDIENTS 1 cup plain breadcrumbs 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (not the fake stuff) 1/4 tsp dry thyme 1/4 tsp dry oregano 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely minced 8 chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds total) Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 cup of flour 2 large eggs 3 cups your favorite tomato sauce, with extra if serving over pasta...

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