The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Hamburg, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Hamburg, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Hamburg, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
PENNSAUKEN, NJ. — Executives at J&J Snack Foods plan to expand the reach of Dippin’ Dots, which the company acquired in June. A venture into retail is possible.“We've already made significant progress introducing the Dippin’ Dots sales team to new customers and channels, including under-penetrated markets and theaters and foodservice, and with Dippin’ Dots, we’re proud to announce the first cross-brand collaboration, the new Icee cherry and blue raspberry flavors launching in fiscal Q1,” s...
PENNSAUKEN, NJ. — Executives at J&J Snack Foods plan to expand the reach of Dippin’ Dots, which the company acquired in June. A venture into retail is possible.
“We've already made significant progress introducing the Dippin’ Dots sales team to new customers and channels, including under-penetrated markets and theaters and foodservice, and with Dippin’ Dots, we’re proud to announce the first cross-brand collaboration, the new Icee cherry and blue raspberry flavors launching in fiscal Q1,” said Dan Fachner, president and chief executive officer, in a Nov. 15 earnings call to discuss fiscal-year results. “We are also starting to explore new product concept designed to extend Dippin’ Dots into the retail channels.”
Sales in the company’s foodservice segment in the fourth quarter ended Sept. 24 increased 29% to $257.8 million from $198.8 million. Dippin’ Dots accounted for $31.5 million.
In the fiscal year companywide, net earnings of $47.2 million, or $2.47 per share on the common stock, were down 15% from $55.6 million, or $2.92 per share, in the previous fiscal year. Net sales of $1.38 billion were up 21% from $1.14 billion. Operating expenses increased to 22.3% of sales, up from 19.9% in fiscal 2021. The increase reflected freight and distribution cost increases, wage increases and administrative cost hikes.
“Like almost every other company this year, our bottom-line results were impacted by the inflationary impact on raw materials and escalating supply chain costs,” Mr. Fachner said. “Throughout the fiscal year, we saw sequential and year-over-year increases in costs associated with ingredients, truck driver wages, outside carriers, storage and fuel.”
J&J Snack Foods has increased prices three times over the past 14 months.
“Gross margin trends have already improved in the second half of fiscal 2022 because of these actions and we expect to see continued benefits in fiscal 2023,” Mr. Fachner said. “Going forward, we will continue to focus on improved manufacturing efficiencies, cost-reduction initiatives and product mix. As the inflationary environment stabilizes and we execute these initiatives, we are confident that our business will deliver higher margins along with continuing strong sales.”
Increasing prices a fourth time could be more difficult.
“I think the environment gets tougher and tougher to take pricing at this point,” Mr. Fachner said. “I think it’s acceptable on the beverage side because it’s normally done annually. I think the other piece of our business gets tougher and tougher. We’re watching it closely, kind of understanding what others are doing, and then watching what commodities are doing at the same time.”
Foodservice sales in the fiscal year increased 20% to $872.7 million, led by frozen novelties, churros, handhelds, pretzels and bakery. Frozen novelties benefited from the Dippin’ Dots acquisition.
“We have multiple Icee tests in progress with quick-serve restaurants, including a multi-store test with a hamburger chain with over 350 locations,” Mr. Fachner said. “We have also onboarded a number of new customers, including a major convenience store customer, a new cinema chain and Peter Piper Pizza reflecting our efforts around product extensions.”
Retail sales grew 7% to $197.9 million, driven by soft pretzels and frozen novelties.
“In our frozen novelty business, we are launching new Icee and Slush Puppie frozen pots to complement the rest of our strong frozen novelty portfolio,” Mr. Fachner said.
Frozen beverage sales increased 32% to $310 million as more consumers visited amusement parks, live event venues, convenience stores, restaurants and retail venues.
In the fourth quarter companywide for Pennsauken-based J&J Snack Foods, net earnings of $17.3 million, or 90¢ per share, were down 8% from $18.9 million, or 99¢ per share. Net sales increased 24% to $400.4 million, up 24%.
Vonage will enable Razer to leverage the power of its digital presence to push commerce strategy to socialHOLMDEL, N.J., Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, is enabling ...
Vonage will enable Razer to leverage the power of its digital presence to push commerce strategy to social
HOLMDEL, N.J., Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, is enabling Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, to engage with customers in Asia Pacific and allow direct purchases of gaming gear and accessories on social media using Vonage's conversational commerce application, Jumper.ai.
Jumper.ai is Vonage's end-to-end conversational commerce solution that enables brands to create omnichannel, messaging-first customer buying experiences across popular messaging, social and web platforms.
Razer has multiple direct-to-consumer (D2C) channels including retail stores and Razer.com. With conversational commerce capabilities powered by Vonage, it now aims to use its strong social media presence - over 24 million followers across all platforms - to continually improve on their omnichannel experiences.
"Using Vonage's conversational commerce application, we cater directly to the changing demands of our customers through a seamless commerce flow," said Mandy Arbilo, Associate Director, Global Ecommerce Platform, Razer. "According to Euromonitor, in Asia Pacific, sales via social commerce are expected to reach US$4 trillion by 2024. Overwhelmingly, our youth segments have a preference for social. Razer's community and D2C strategy has a stronghold in social channels building an ever growing global community. Our fans are able to connect with Razer directly, enabling an opportune moment for social commerce to add value to our customer experience."
Yash Kotak, Sr. Director Product Management at Vonage and Founder of Jumper.ai, commented, "Southeast Asia has surpassed countries such as the US, Mexico, India, and Brazil in both awareness and adoption of conversational commerce. According to Bain & Co., social commerce accounted for 44% of Southeast Asia's U$109 billion e-commerce market in 2020 alone. Using our conversational commerce application, ecommerce players like Razer can leverage their presence on social media to create a seamless shopping experience and gain their customers' trust through personalised conversations around their products and offerings."
Recent enhancements to Vonage's Jumper.ai conversational commerce solution enable brands to seamlessly invite buyers to a live video interaction with an in-store associate or customer service agent. This allows consumers to engage in personal conversations about products from anywhere while helping retailers build trusted relationships with customers.
To find out more about Vonage, visit www.vonage.com.
About Vonage Vonage, a global cloud communications leader, helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation. Vonage's Communications Platform is fully programmable and allows for the integration of Video, Voice, Chat, Messaging, AI and Verification into existing products, workflows and systems. The Vonage conversational commerce application enables businesses to create AI-powered omnichannel experiences that boost sales and increase customer satisfaction. Vonage's fully programmable unified communications, contact center and conversational commerce applications are built from the Vonage platform and enable companies to transform how they communicate and operate from the office or remotely - providing the flexibility required to create meaningful engagements.
Vonage is headquartered in New Jersey, with offices throughout the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ericsson. To follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/vonage. To become a fan on Facebook, go to facebook.com/vonage. To subscribe on YouTube, visit youtube.com/vonage.
Razer™ is the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers.
The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world's largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.
Razer's award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals and Blade gaming laptops.
Razer's software platform, with over 200 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma RGB (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system supporting thousands of devices and hundreds of games/apps), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).
Razer also offers payment services for gamers, youth, millennials and Gen Z. Razer Gold is one of the world's largest game payment services, and Razer Fintech provides fintech services in emerging markets.
Founded in 2005, Razer is dual headquartered in Irvine (California) and Singapore, with regional headquarters in Hamburg and Shanghai. Razer has 19 offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the US, Europe and China.
WAYNE, NJ – For those who have been complaining of the slow light at the Alps Road intersection at Hamburg Turnpike, you’re about to have a lot more to complain about. Passaic County is beginning the long-awaited construction that will add two jughandles at that intersection beginning on Monday, April 4.In late 2019, the (then) County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to approve the $10 million project that will add two jughandles to the intersection, add three new traffic lights and eliminate left turns altogether. It wil...
WAYNE, NJ – For those who have been complaining of the slow light at the Alps Road intersection at Hamburg Turnpike, you’re about to have a lot more to complain about. Passaic County is beginning the long-awaited construction that will add two jughandles at that intersection beginning on Monday, April 4.
In late 2019, the (then) County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to approve the $10 million project that will add two jughandles to the intersection, add three new traffic lights and eliminate left turns altogether. It will also widen Hamburg Turnpike from four lanes to seven around that intersection and add new sidewalks.
According to the proposed project, the first jughandle will be constructed east of Alps Road and north of the Hamburg Turnpike through the Preakness Shopping Center. The second will also be east of Alps but south of the Hamburg Turnpike and curve around the businesses there.
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The county used its power of eminent domain to purchase portions of several private properties in order to make all of these changes. This is likely why it took two-and-a-half years from approval to the beginning of construction.
Fifth Ward Wayne Councilwoman, Fran Ritter posted a construction alert on her Facebook page:
"The Hamburg/Alps Jug handle Work Finally Starts Monday, APRIL 4!!!" she wrote as an introduction, then added the following information
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Food retailers have been making investments in technology for as long as they’ve been around, from cash registers to Just Walk Out and milk deliveries, to buy online, pick up in store. One solution that has proved itself to be the true game-changer of the past two decades, though, is the often-befuddling Internet of Things (IoT).Put simply, IoT is a term that describes a network of physical objects embedded with software or sensors that allow them to share data with other devices and systems over the internet. Its use at food re...
Food retailers have been making investments in technology for as long as they’ve been around, from cash registers to Just Walk Out and milk deliveries, to buy online, pick up in store. One solution that has proved itself to be the true game-changer of the past two decades, though, is the often-befuddling Internet of Things (IoT).
Put simply, IoT is a term that describes a network of physical objects embedded with software or sensors that allow them to share data with other devices and systems over the internet. Its use at food retail has been building up for quite some time, and today’s solutions go far beyond what many might expect.
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Walmart, for example, has been employing IoT for several years, using millions of data points across its stores to monitor product temperatures, reduce food spoilage, manage energy usage over time, and much more. Amazon facilities use internet-connected robots to track, locate, sort and move products, while Simbe Robotics’ Tally robot has been roaming the aisles at myriad grocery stores in an effort to detect out-of-stocks and ultimately optimize store execution.
According to Hamburg, Germany-based market data company Statista, the global market for IoT end-user solutions is poised to grow to a whopping $1.6 trillion by 2025. With this type of technology rapidly changing and accelerating, and its solutions reaching into practically every segment of the grocery business, retailers should consider taking a closer look at all that it has to offer.
IoT solutions come in many shapes and forms, and the basic devices and sensors that define them are often combined with other technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), automation and machine learning (ML) to create the most effective solutions, explains Scott Headington, VP, strategy and solutions for Teaneck, N.J.-based IT services company Cognizant.
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“We try to, first and foremost, leverage those things to improve the overall customer experience,” Headington says. “How can we make it more relevant, more personalized for those consumers as they come into a store? For stores and supply chains, how do we make them more predictable, more seamless and more efficient in the long run?”
When looking at an IoT shelf-edge solution, for example, Headington notes that a camera is programmed through AI to know how much product should be on a given shelf; then the camera will trigger an alert to replenish stock or reorder items when what’s available drops below that level. “It’s triggering that information to then be transferred to wherever the next touchpoint needs to be, as far as a reorder or for a store clerk to then act on it,” he says. “Over time, the models become smarter and more intelligent to better understand the situation on the shelf.”
For his part, Sachin Gupta, global sustainability industry lead for Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM, has seen an evolution in IoT from a focus on operational efficiency, such as refrigeration and temperature control, to supply chain efficiency and optimization, and finally to the consumer efficiency that Headington addresses. Especially post-pandemic, Gupta explains, there has been a move toward experience-based retailing that’s being helped along by IoT solutions that can help consumers with seamless ordering and delivery, in-store shopping, and more.
Walldorf, Germany-based software company SAP, which offers robust IoT solutions for retail, is partnering with hardware technology companies to drive innovation, from AI-powered computer vision and RFID for checkout and inventory management, to cameras and weight sensors that help associates further understand and automate store operations. SAP’s technology helps retailers better serve their customers in real time while continuing to invest and improve in their day-to-day operations.
When it comes to IoT solutions that make operations easier on the back end while also creating a superior customer experience, Cognizant’s Headington believes store associates are a big part of the equation. IoT can help enable inventory visibility so employees can know exactly where a product is at any given time, which in turn translates to a better customer experience, thanks to fewer out-of-stock headaches.
Many IoT-enabled solutions that take care of these types of tasks also lead to cost reduction in overhead and labor at a store, and free up associates to better help customers. As Headington explains, the Apple retail store has a QR code on the wall that allows customers to check themselves out, much like grocery self-checkout. While the company isn’t necessarily reducing labor, it’s dedicating more associates to helping people understand the technology and sell it.
“If a grocer is looking to provide better service at a store, maybe you’re freeing up an associate that can then spend more time on the floor helping customers find products, answer questions and things like that,” Headington explains.
SAP is also working to solve retail pain points, especially in relation to changing consumer preferences, according to Sameer Patel, SAP’s chief marketing and solutions officer. Convenience giant Casey’s General Stores Inc., for example, is creating a more convenient customer experience using the SAP CX portfolio, and has since streamlined its online ordering platform, introduced a mobile app and created a new loyalty program. Using other SAP solutions has allowed Casey’s to increase its average order value per customer during the pandemic, due to highly personalized offers.
Avery Dennison Corp., based in Mentor, Ohio, is helping retailers address food waste by partnering with SAP and integrating its Analytics Cloud into its own connected product cloud. Through the partnership, businesses will be able to access item-level insights for their products from manufacturing to distribution to shelf, with this transparency providing unique supply chain information and enabling expiration date management and automation.
According to Max Winograd, VP of connected products at Avery Dennison Smartrac, the company’s additional solutions can help retailers experience up to a 20% reduction in food waste through smarter tracking at all touchpoints. This tracking can also help consumers prevent excessive food waste in the home when a food recall is involved, as the granular producer- and lot-specific data lets them know for certain whether they’re directly affected by a recall and enables them to act accordingly.
The technology can also help accelerate the time to recall, Winograd says, which will be especially helpful when a new FDA rule pertaining to the Food Safety Modernization Act and greater visibility into food recalls comes online in the near future.
Additionally, IBM’s blockchain-enabled Food Trust and its other IoT solutions are making inroads with regard to reducing food waste and promoting sustainability. According to Gupta, this technology has an impact across the entire value chain, but especially perishables, since shelf life can be more easily managed.
“Imagine the whole supply chain optimization that can happen because of IoT. Now the distributors can simply do a QR code scan and know where something is meant to go, where it’s coming from and how much shelf life it has,” Gupta says. “It’s the same for retailers as well. Retailers don’t need to bother with looking manually for the shelf life.”
While there’s no linear path to IoT integration in any given food retail environment, Headington believes that grocers should start with an assessment of where they’re at as a company with technology and the overall mindset behind technology integration. “If we get down to the store level, what are the issues or pain points we’re trying to address?” he asks.
Gupta also believes that grocers should think strategically about their main objectives for wanting to incorporate IoT solutions into their tech stack, and base decisions on their own resources, number of stores, types of products they offer and other considerations.
“I think the simplest use cases of IoT today are the operational efficiency ones, in terms of refrigeration control and automatic movement sensors,” he explains. “These have proven themselves: They save between 20% and 30% of all energy, and that presents an automatic business case.”
Clearly, IoT solutions are becoming smarter, and the technology is only expected to become cheaper and more accessible to retailers of all sizes. SAP’s Patel believes these solutions will become interoperable, and as they’re further embraced by consumers, more potential use cases will emerge that could blend health and food to lead to a more personalized and sustainable future.
“Combined with machine learning and AI, IoT solutions will form the backbone of store operations, supply chain processes and customer experience,” Patel says. “IoT capabilities will be commoditized and thus more accessible and easier to deploy.”
Headington expects the treasure trove of data being collected through IoT technology to help grocers get better at making strategic decisions, and also that theft prevention is a major area where IoT can make even more headway.
“We have clients that are looking at IoT technologies where you can take a handbag, scan something on the inside of the bag, and it’ll tell you if it’s authentic,” he notes. “How do you apply that technology to food?”
You had me at duck sauce. Chinese food is always good, but I crave it most when it starts to get chilly outside. I start dreaming of warm rice and hot soup, noodles, and vegetables with savory sauces. I also insist on sesame seeds being sprinkled on top for some reason. They don't taste like anything, but they just make me happy.Not all Chinese food is created equal, and there is nothing worse than having a craving and ending up in a restaurant that just doesn't get the job done. Before we get to the best Chinese restaurant in all of ...
You had me at duck sauce. Chinese food is always good, but I crave it most when it starts to get chilly outside. I start dreaming of warm rice and hot soup, noodles, and vegetables with savory sauces. I also insist on sesame seeds being sprinkled on top for some reason. They don't taste like anything, but they just make me happy.
Not all Chinese food is created equal, and there is nothing worse than having a craving and ending up in a restaurant that just doesn't get the job done. Before we get to the best Chinese restaurant in all of New Jersey, I want to give my South Jersey and Philly peeps some love!
If you're in the Pennsylvania area, it’s all about Han Dynasty in Philly. This spot is right in the heart of things on Chestnut Street and it has Sichuan food on lock. It is a beautiful spot too, perfect for a date night out. They have some of the best spicy dan dan noodles in history. Come and get it, they are serving it up right!
OK, drumroll please...the best Chinese food in New Jersey crown goes to the epic Hunan Taste! You just have to look at the beauty on the outside, to imagine the attention to detail on the inside.
In New Jersey, there is one place that we keep hearing about over and over. You have got to try Hunan Taste in Denville. I’ve been there many times and it is simply the best. The Hsiung family opened it back in the 80’s and people have been coming back ever since. They have a second location in Montclair too. Their Grand Marnier shrimp is to die for and they have a unique flair to their food I’ve just never seen before. They celebrate the traditional but add just a little something special. You can read more about these two places and all the other best Chinese restaurants across the country here.
Maybe you need the best burger at the Jersey Shore...here you go!
Sometimes...you just need a solid burger.
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105 Academy Street, Farmingdale
Solid burgers AND they are pet friendly. That is what you call a "Win win!"
206 County Road 537, Colts Neck
They have various types of burger to choose from including your typical hamburger and cheeseburger.
But the burger to try? The Cowboy Burger which has cowboy rub, pepper jack cheese and frizzled onions served on a pretzel roll. Holy COW!
They have 15 types of burgers to choose from with an additional 'Burger of the Month!'
The burger for July is the Crunchy Corn Chip Burger which is described as a, "7 oz. Angus beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Fritos BBQ flavored corn chips. Drizzled with bullseye BBQ sauce served on a fresh baked deli bun."
178 NJ-35, Eatontown
They have a lot of your typical burger options but the one that jumps out at me is the Santa Barbara Char Burger. It has two patties, cheese and avocado on sourdough bread.
110 A Brighton Ave, Long Branch
Here is how this business describes themselves on Facebook: "From the first bite to the last, the quality of our ingredients are the most important, to give an insane delicious flavor to our burgers and plates."
That says it all, don't you think?
104 Myrtle Ave, Long Branch
All of their burger platters include a 10 oz. burger with French fries, lettuce, tomato and red onion.
The one that I would try is The Thin James which is a grill hamburger on French bread medallions & onion sauce.
Oh...and they have a killer seafood or steak special everyday of the week.
821 Belmar Plaza, Belmar
Check out their menu to see all of their options but one of the burgers is so New Jersey, I can't even.
Introducing the Over-Easy Burger: half-pound burger loaded with hand-cut pork roll, topped with an over easy egg and American cheese.
520 Broad Street, Shrewsbury
Okay....the one I would try if I had to choose (making this choice was tough) is the Truffle Burger. It has a beef patty, shredded lettuce, grilled onions, swiss cheese, black truffle power and white truffle aioli.
And are you absolutely starving? For every burger, you have the option to have a single or double patty.
460 County Road 520, Marlboro
This is another Jersey Shore burger joint that likes to get creative with their burger creations.
Their July Burger of the Month is The English Breakfast which has their Custom Beef Blend, Melted Muenster cheese, Homemade hash-browns, Applewood smoked bacon, Topped with an over easy egg and Served on a toasted English muffin.
There is a longgggg list of burgers to choose from. Let's see....the one I would try is the Sweet Baby Jane. It has the burger patty, chopped bacon, BBQ sauce and caramelized onions!
FYI: This is a cash only business.
799 NJ-70, Brick Township
I have enjoyed anything I have ever tried at Beacon 70. Their food and drinks are truly top notch.
But holy cow...the mothership has landed. They have a Mac & Cheese Burger which has a beef patty, Applewood smoked bacon & a hefty scoop of homemade mac and cheese. Talk about comfort food.
3564 NJ-35, Normandy Beach
The first thing I spotted on their website is, "The Best Burger in Ocean County!"
The burger option that caught my eye was the "BIB." It has two, double-stacked burger patties, queso, pickled jalapenos, onion rings, BIB sauce on a toasted brioche.
1001 Fischer Blvd #5, Toms River
All of their burgers are 1/3 lb and now for the burger I am dying to try.
It would have to be the Redux Burger which has balsamic glaze, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and bacon with creamy balsamic.
1415 Boulevard, Seaside Heights
Take a look at their menu because they have some solid options. I would try The Alice Cooper which has a burger patty, melted cheddar cheese, buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing, kettle chips and bacon!
199 NJ-37 East, Toms River
According to their website, this joint has burgers that were voted #1 in NJ! So let's put them to the test.
For me, the A-1 Bleu Burger sounds good. It has an angus beef patty topped with bleu cheese crumbles, A-1 steak sauce, crispy onion straws, lettuce and tomato with chipotle mayo on a fresh baked onion bun.
77 Center Ave, Atlantic Highlands
Thank you to Dolly for sending in this burger suggestion and photo! Take a look at their Facebook Page for daily specials and if you a re looking for a solid burger, take a look at their Pepper Jack Juicy Lucy!
1313 Memorial Drive, Asbury Park
Thank you to Kathleen B. for emailing us with this suggestion!
There are quite a few burger options at the Jersey joint. But the one I would try is the OG Burger which has a burger patty, cheese, long hots, onion, bacon and garlic aioli. HOLY COW!
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You can't miss them in downtown Rutherford. If the weather is right, dine on their back patio. From traditional to unique dishes you won't find anywhere else in New Jersey, Paisano's is tops.
The mozzarella is made tableside. Enough said. The atmosphere is old school, but the food is upscale and customers can't say enough good things about it.
A father-son duo serve up phenomenal food. For example, Spano's Feast. This is sausage, shrimp, chicken and lobster and sundried tomatoes served over linguine.