The search for good bagels in Middlesex continued here, at Golden Bagels in Old Bridge: After a mediocre bagel at Bagel Talk in Old Bridge, our hopes were raised by the unpretentiousness of the store. We should have been more suspicious of a bagel shop that serves gyros. Too much variety can be a bad […]

  Up Route 9, past the numerous bus-stop commuters, bear right onto the local lane for Bagel Talk in Old Bridge. It’s in a strip mall (duh). You walk in, and it’s actually pretty nice inside: clean tiles, granite-looking tables, shiny metal accents on the walls, and Boar’s Head meats. It was 9:15, and felt […]

Traveling through the Pine Barrens is one way of reaching JT’s Bagel Hut in Forked River. Driving on County Route 539, there is a point where the pine trees shrink as if with the snap of a finger, and that’s how you know that you’re in the Pines. We pulled in to J.T.’s on a […]

Next stop: Bagel Station. Cross Route 35, which seems to divide the town pretty evenly in half, and leave the downtown for the quieter side of town. The shop is, of course, right across from the town train station. Although the inside looks much newer than Bagel Oven–almost brand new, a sign announces “Est. 1988.” […]

Bagel Oven, Red Bank Armed with a list of three Monmouth County bagel shops, I hit the road on a Saturday morning. The first two stops would be in Red Bank, the last in Middletown. Red Bank is still quiet at 7:45 in the morning. Bagel Oven is centrally located in the downtown area, which […]

JERSEY CITY–A medium-sized bagel shop sits between two streets that come to a “V” in southwest JC. It is just a mile or so west of Manhattan. A lot is happening: a TV, suspended from the ceiling, plays for a steady stream of customers. The faces are diverse in every way; we are, after all, […]

Have you ever been to a yard sale in Yardville? Apparently they are quite common as warmer weather rolls in to replace the cold. Yardville is a part of Hamilton that sits between 195 and Crosswicks Creek, with Rt. 130 bisecting the community. It is a small, quiet town, despite having the Turnpike, 295, and […]