Two River Tastes: Fresh Year, Fresh Bites!

first_imgIn this New Year, we reflect back on how grateful we are to have grown up with Sickles Market aka the original health food store in our backyard. With access to fresh fruit and veggies and seasonal eating all year round, we always appreciate the good things that come from the ground up. After enjoying every sweet treat and holiday cocktail in town in our previous columns, we decided on a mix of appetizing and healthy choices to kick off the New Year. Never a fan of resolutions, but more lifestyle improvements, we were pleasantly surprised to find a number of places that prepare better-for-you meals. From vegan entrées to meal replacement drinks we tried it all, and most of it was scrumptious. With that, let’s begin and end with a healthy choice.The Honey Crunch Super Smoothie and Sweet Beets Juice arejust a few of the refreshing options offered at Freshicas.Freshicas Juice BarJanuary is the perfect time to try new things and to expand your tasting territory. If you haven’t been to Freshicas Juice Bar yet, then we must ask you: where have you been? Freshicas is modern, refreshing and filled with endless options, including smoothies, protein shakes, acai bowls and cold press juices. There were so many options we were almost overwhelmed.After trying a little bit of everything, here are a few of our favorites: The Sweet Beets Juice ($7.50) actually made us feel upbeat. With a lovely ruby red color that only beets can create, this juice is made with beets, pineapple, apple, carrot, lime and zingy ginger. Next up was a super smoothie because we never back down from a flavor challenge, it was super indeed! The Honey Crunch Super Smoothie ($7.50) was our absolute favorite! Oh, honey, you gotta try this! Made with honey, hemp granola, bananas and almond milk, it was blended perfectly and extremely flavorful. Better than any breakfast we’ve had in a long time and our Dad’s scrambled eggs are pretty epic. Honorable mentions include the So Fresh Juice ($8.50) and Cherry Chocolate Chip Protein Shake ($7.50). Freshicas Juice Bar205 W Front St., Red Bank, NJ. 732-939-8919Kitch OrganicKitch OrganicQuick! Get out of your Kitchen and head over to Kitch Organic ASAP. This fantastic spot on the west side of Red Bank has all the Two River towners raving. Kitch Organic will help those “hangry” pangs for a healthy and sumptuous lunch. The K.O Signature Salad ($12) is filling for one and perfect for two to share. It’s filled with kale, avocado, toasted pepitas and cranberries, sprinkled with lemon pepper and lemon juice. It was bright and light, and we will definitely be ordering it again. The West Side Turkey Burger ($13.50) was generous in size, a well-seasoned burger served with tricolored peppers, shredded zucchini, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado smash and a dollop of chipotle aioli. All that yumminess is served between two fresh pieces of warm focaccia bread. It’s no surprise that this dish has become a favorite of ours. The Avocado Toast ($10) is on their house-made seeded bread, accompanied with a generous slathering of avocado spread, sprinkled with red pepper flakes and made complete with a side salad. This is a trendy dish with lasting power, and Kitch Organic does it very well. Sweet, salty and savory, we definitely made all the right choices. Kitch Organic75 Leighton Ave., Red Bank, NJ. 732-741-5400Seed to SproutSeed to SproutSeed to Sprout has been on our radar for a while. Off of River Road this unsuspecting spot is loaded with vegan eats that are delicious even for non-vegan diets. We ventured to their Fair Haven location for Saturday brunch. First we ordered The Hot Shot ($2/single) to get our motors running. With a bold and tart mix of ingredients that include cayenne, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and flax oil, it’s a definite “shock” at first sip. This mini-potion awakens the mind, body and spirit.Next up was the Dandy Blend Latte ($5) with agave and house-made coconut creamer. This hot drink is not to be overlooked. Dandy blend is a herbal coffee substitute (no caffeine) made with extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root, and sugar beet. Whoa END is all we could say! Warm, rich, and bold in flavor, we didn’t realize these ingredients would equal the healthy latte of our dreams. Skip your mocha lattes and Frappuccinos and get yourself a Dandy Blend Latte today.Our stomachs were now primed for brunch, so we ordered a short stack of Banana Bacon Pancakes, a Bacon Cheddar Melt, and their seasonal Scone. The pancakes ($12) were made with sliced bananas, chocolate chips and coconut bacon. Fluffy and airy, the rich banana taste was not overpowering and the coconut bacon satisfied our taste for bacon – almost. The sweetness of the chocolate chips pulled it all together. We cautiously took a bite of the Bacon Cheddar Melt ($12), with seared marinated tempeh, caramelized onions, coconut bacon and cashew cheese, served on millet and flax bread, with a side of marinated kale. It was a very lovely surprise, and a healthy spin on a typical bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. The flaky and light Cinnamon Date Scone ($4) was delicately paired with their creamy coconut butter. It was the perfect ending to our brunch. Seed to Sprout, 560A River Road, Fair Haven, NJ. 732-268-7533Ocean CafeWe must ask readers a second time, if you haven’t been to Ocean Café: where have you been? This cafe is filled with healthy options for lunch and dinner. We decided on the Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($7.95) and Red Lentil Soup ($3.50). The Chicken Lettuce Wraps are made with minced chicken, shallots, peanut sauce and extra peanuts! These tasty wraps are packed with protein and the essential nutrients to get you through the day. The Red Lentil Soup is lovingly made with olive oil, onions, garlic, vegetable stock, red lentils, and butter. This soup is addictive and we’ve been back to Ocean Cafe twice just for this decadently rich, healthy and hearty soup. Ocean Cafe21 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ. 732-842-4222All in all, there are so many healthy and most importantly delicious food spots in our surrounding towns to choose from. We hope you are taking January by storm and adding new tastes to your palettes. Did we miss any local healthy restaurants or juice bars? Let us know at tastes@tworivertimes.com.Tori and Sasha Sickles, members of the Sickles Market family, write about food, culinary trends and casual eateries in their monthly column “Two River Tastes.” You can reach them at tastes@tworivertimes.com or follow their food journeys on Instagram @torikaylan and @sasha_ad.last_img read more

How will these victims gain access to Magistrates, Judges?

first_imgDear Editor,The Sexual Offences Act provides for police officers to be charged if they fail to institute charges against a suspect three months after a complaint was made and if they delay in seeking advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions. What about victims who claim that instead of taking their complaints, Police ridicule and insult them? In any case, why has no police been charged as there are many cases of refusal to institute charges or delaying them?As well, it was widely reported in the media that if Police do not take the complaints of victims of gender-based violence, such victims can report directly to a Magistrate. However, no one has revealed any mechanism through which this would be facilitated, given that an individual cannot simply walk up to a Magistrate. Magistrates and Judges have gatekeepers, who are usually police officers. They would inquire of victims the reason these victims want to speak to the Judiciary and they would never allow anyone access to a Judge or Magistrate if they are told that the person is a victim of abuse who wants to let the Judge or Magistrate know that Police refused to take complaints and/or act on such complaints.TCV is aware of many victims who have revealed the ridicule and insults they suffered at the hands of Police when they went to report abuse. In fact, we even know of situations where money changed hands (bribe-taking by Police) so that Police would do nothing. It has gotten so bad that many victims now refuse to go to the police, but instead come directly to TCV or other stakeholders for help. So the question remains, how will these victims gain access to Magistrates and Judges.Vinetta Headley-James, the 44-year-old mother of eight, recently murdered by her husband of 26 years, had been suffering years of abuse. In the media, a neighbour was quoted as “counseling her”. The Caribbean Voice and other stakeholders have emphasised over and over that only those who are professionally qualified and clinically experienced can counsel. Anyone else who attempts to do so can cause greater harm. We recall the case of a young lady, earlier this year, who ended up dying by suicide a couple of days after she started receiving counselling by one such quack. As well, we have also offered an expert to the Government to help set up protocols to license counsellors, so quacks and make-believe counsellors would face the full force of the law for their pretence. That offer is still open.Finally, anyone who has lived with an abuser must know that the abuser can easily be triggered to murder and should, therefore, as a matter of self-protection, desist from any such acts while still living with the abuser. One has to wonder, therefore, why did the victim dump the clothes of the abuser in the yard. Who would have ‘counselled’ her to do that?Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Linden on verge of transforming to become Guyana’s “bread basket” – Mayor

first_imgA section of the gathering at the opening of Linden’s first annual “Grand Sunday” eventLinden Mayor Waneka Arrindell has indicated that the community is on the road to once again be the “bread basket” of Guyana. She made the remarks on Sunday at the hosting of the community’s first annual “Grand Sunday” event, hosted as part of the Linden Town Week (LTW) of activities. Arrindell in her remarks said that the Council will be lobbying for the borders of the town to be expanded so that it can become the “second city of Guyana”. She said that there was something epic about this year’s celebration as she noted that the community is presently on the verge of great things.Themed, “Rekindling of Culture”, the Mayor said that this means restoration of “who we are and we can hear a lot of history…as to what Linden used to be like and we’d like to go back to what it was. But I say don’t go back to what it was. We’ll make it better. We improve on the foundation that was set before us and we create a community that is going to evolve into something great…It takes collaboration to make us who we are…we cannot be an island for ourselves…We are transforming from just being the town that had bauxite to becoming again the ‘bread basket of Guyana’. We’re on the verge of adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and you’ll soon see that launched…If we’re going to transform Linden, it will have to start with you”.Arrindell said Linden is focusing on the goal which speaks to sustainable cities and communities. She said through collaboration, the community will move forward as she pointed to its present sister-city collaborations with Newark, New Jersey; Xuzhou, China and Stonecrest, Georgia. She also pointed to the ongoing collaboration with New Horizons in setting up a home for battered women and community centres in Linden. However, she said in order to propel development, the Council needs access to land since a majority of it is owned by the National Industrial Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). Arrindell said Linden has one of the best airstrips in the country which she posited will be reopened. Pointing to what she described as the “mismanagement” of the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground, the Mayor said open spaces must come under the mandate of the municipality for the people to benefit.Meanwhile, Founder of the LTW event and Chairman of the event’s Secretariat, Norvell Fredericks in an overview noted that although the event has grown, it has somehow lost direction. Fredericks said that there is a need to change things back to where it began and for a few changes to be made with the hosting of events.“We have seen many of the events scantily populated except for the ‘All Black’ [event]. It tells of two things, that probably we do not have the economic means or it is that the ‘All Black’ invokes the spirit of the people. We now need to look at it and to see if so be the case, let us then use the ‘All Black’ as one of the events to usher in the new season…We have strayed away and the rest of the villages and towns throughout the country has adopted what we have started. He pointed to the popularity of the “town day / town week” concept as it is now being hosted in other parts of the country as he noted that Lindeners must realise the pride it has shared.Several Mayors from across the country were present at the event and also took the opportunity to extend well wishes to the town which is presently celebrating 49 years in existence.last_img read more

Dan Davies wins the Liberal nomination in Peace River North

first_imgHe also said he feels that the name of the riding, Peace River North, doesn’t reflect the boundaries of the riding — which extend all the way to the Yukon border.“Geographically speaking, Fort Nelson isn’t part of the Peace River. They are different, they’re part of Liard.” Davies added that a move taken by the Federal counterpart, to include ‘Northern Rockies’ in the riding name, could make it more inclusive.Pat Pimm,  the current Liberal MLA for Peace River North, announced his intentions to retire in November.  Pimm won the Liberal nomination in 2009, a race that both Mayor Ackerman and Davies were part of. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Councilor Dan Davies has been nominated by members of the B.C. Liberals in Peace River North to represent the Liberal party during the next election in May 2017.Only two people ran for the position, Dan Davies and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman.Below is the announcement made Saturday afternoon in Fort St. John which included a speech from Dan Davies.LIVE on #Periscope: BC Liberal Peace River North Candidate Nomination https://t.co/mHwPnX0XKf— Today’s BC Liberals (@bcliberals) May 14, 2016- Advertisement -Here is a tweet from the B.C. Liberal Party about the win.Advertisement Davies said at the beginning of this campaign, his main objectives is to bring an LNG industry to the northeast, to provide more jobs and more revenue for social infrastructure. He continued and addressed concerns about lacking healthcare specialists in the region, and his intentions to bring this issue to the attention of the government of B.C.“Truly, at the end of the day, we shouldn’t have a different healthcare system in Fort St. John or Fort Nelson than they do in Kelowna,” he added.Advertisementcenter_img .@Daniel_Davies is the BC Liberal candidate for Peace River North. Welcome to Team 2017! #bcpoli #yxj #FortStJohn— Today’s BC Liberals (@bcliberals) May 14, 2016last_img read more

Jose Mourinho thinks people love Chelsea to lose: do you agree?

first_img1 Chelsea picked up their first win of the Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but it wasn’t without drama.The Blues conceded a penalty with the score at 0-0, which Thibaut Courtois saved, and proceeded to storm into a 3-1 lead by half-time.John Terry was then sent off before the Baggies pulled it back to 3-2, but the defending champions held on to take three points.Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy with the match officials, though (is he ever?) and after his side’s stuttering start to the campaign is already cranking up the siege mentality rhetoric.“Many people are disappointed with the result,” he claimed afterwards. “They love Chelsea to lose a game.”Is he right? Vote now! Jose Mourinho last_img read more

DUBLIN BOOKIES WRITE OFF DONEGAL – BY OFFERING 1/10 ON DUB VCTORY

first_imgYou can get odds of 10/1 on Jim!DUBLIN have already written off Donegal’s chances of progressing to the All-Ireland SFC Final – at least bookies have anyway.And there’s even talk in the capital of a sell-out crowd with the sides clash in the semi-final on August 31, with the ‘boys in blue’ (highly original song) going along to ‘celebrate’ victory over Jim McGuinness’s side.Last night several bookmakers in Dublin were offering Donegal fans odds of 10/1 to beat Dublin after the quarter finals last weekend. Dublin outclassed Monaghan and swooned to victory with 17 points to spare while an off-colour Donegal edged past Armagh by a point.Saturday saw a crowd of 72,440 at GAA headquarters. Another 10,000 for the semi-final would reach capacity.The fact Donegal Minors are taking on Dublin on the same day will add to the interest.But those in the Dublin football camp are trying to play down expectations amongst their fans. Dublin GAA chair Andy Kettle stressed: “I am sure Jim McGuinness has sat down and worked out some sort of a plan. Whether that plan is possible to be executed, I don’t know, but you can rest assured that he will have something up his sleeve.“But as Jim Gavin would say, we concentrate on ourselves being the best we can. If that is good enough on the day, so be it. If it’s not up to scratch on the day, then that’s our fault.” DUBLIN BOOKIES WRITE OFF DONEGAL – BY OFFERING 1/10 ON DUB VCTORY was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelanddonegaldublinsemi-finallast_img read more

Raiders steal cash and cigarettes from shop and post office

first_imgA Garda investigation has been launched after a raid on Lettermacaward post office.Raiders broke into the premises just after 2am and stole a quantity of cash and cigarettes.The post office also contains a shop which is known locally as Clerkins. Gardai believe two raiders, wearing dark clothing with their faces covered, were behind the raid.Gardai in Milford have appealed to anybody who may know anything about the raid to contact them.Raiders steal cash and cigarettes from shop and post office was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiLettermacawardraidlast_img read more

QPR duo to have fitness tests

first_imgQPR will give fitness tests to striker Jay Bothroyd and midfielder Akos Buzsaky before manager Mark Hughes names his line-up to face Blackburn.Former Rovers player Bothroyd has been nursing a hamstring complaint, while Buzsaky appears to have made good progress in his recovery from an Achilles problem.Both men are hoping to at least be on the bench at Ewood Park, where Rangers will be without the injured Heidar Helguson and Luke Young as well as the suspended Djibril Cisse.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR boss unsure over Remy’s future

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp says he has no idea whether Loic Remy is likely to join Newcastle on a permanent basis.Signed by the R’s from Marseille for £8m a year ago, Remy has scored 10 goals in 18 league appearances since joining the Magpies on a season-long loan.There has been speculation over whether Newcastle will agree a deal to buy him, while Arsenal are also reported to be interested in the French striker.Redknapp said: “I honestly don’t know what the deal is there. The chairman [Tony Fernandes] and [chief executive] Philip Beard did the loan deal.“I don’t know what the situation is, I just know he’s done exactly what I expected him to, which is to score goals. He can score goals anywhere in the Premier League.”Redknapp has made it clear he would happily sell Remy if QPR received a big-money bid.See also:QPR boss would be happy to sell RemyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Deets: A suggestion for Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout

first_imgThe NFL’s near-spontaneous and private workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta has already become farcical — perhaps even a set-up.Kaepernick has been out the league for three seasons, but the NFL apparently decided this week — without a clear impetus — that they needed to hold a league-sanctioned workout for him. So it’s this Saturday.Hope to see you all there!Of course, as if this wasn’t already strange and difficult enough, the NFL won’t announce which teams will have representatives in …last_img read more