Archive for August, 2007

Have a Bearable Weekend

August 3, 2007

We’re honoring the tradition of summer Fridays by taking a break from our weekly excitables posting. Quite frankly, you people weren’t reading them that much, according to our traffic reports. However, we still get mail from time to time and will point out some of the more interesting things to do around the area.Ruppert Newark Bears Mascot

Anyway, while the world waits for A-Rod to hit his 500th home run and He Who Shall Not Be Names to desecrate Hank Aaron’s all time home run record (we just finished reading Game of Shadows and still have steam coming out of our ears), there’s baseball aplenty down Bloomfield Avenue.

The Newark Bears are holding their annual Mascot Night this Saturday night, Aug. 4. There’s free admission to anyone bringing a birthday card to 9-year-old Rip ‘N Ruppert, the Bears Mascot, and the first 1,000 fans will get a free dodgeball.

Why Dodgeball? You ask.

Well, to celebrate the Bears will hold a before-first-pitch mascot dodgeball game. Not only worth the price of admission but the site of furry mascots chucking a dodgeball around will have special meaning to all of you who caught this week’s episode of Entourage. We can’t get into details since this is somewhat of a family post.

First pitch is 6:05 p.m. and, oh yeah, there will be a baseball game that night. Fir more visit the Newark Bears’ home page.

JC

Net Experience at Azora Dissapoints

August 2, 2007

Azora Japanese Restaurant
407 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, NJ
973-233-9400

Azora is the sort of Japanese place you really want to like. It may be one of the nicest dining rooms in Montclair. High backed booths along the right side of the restaurant, nicely spaced tables in the center, and a wooden lattice motif that evokes the kind of Japanese-fusion the restaurant is going for. We really wanted to like the food and we really wanted to like our experience but we were left wanting more.

We came to Azora on busy Friday night, which may have been part of the problem. Like many of the smaller places along Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, Azora suffers from noise problems. It may be somewhat better in the high backed booths but at the tables where we sat it was terribly hard to have a conversation.

It’s a bit out of the restaurants hands, but we really wish some of these places would invest in noise dampening materials (yeah, we’re talking about you Table 8).

The first hint of trouble came with the waiter. We ordered from the fusion menu and C promptly asked about her cashew allergy.

“We don’t cook with cashews,” the waiter replied.

“But it’s on the menu, here” we said pointing to the items that listed cashews as part of the ingredients.

Blank stare.

Anyway, after being assured there were no nuts in what we ordered, C tried one of the fusion sushi dishes, which was quite good. While I opted for a tuna steak.

It took a solid 20 minutes or so for the food to arrive. Probably because the place was busy, still no one bothered to check on us and we had to ask about the food before it was brought out. A cardinal sin for any establishment.

Anyway, as feared, my late arriving Tuna was, how shall I say, a bit on the done side and not in a good way. It was OK but for what Azora charges I was looking for more than OK.

So, we’ll raise a glass of sake to Azora’s decor and hope we have a better experience the next time. If any readers out there have a better experience to report, we are all ears since we’re pretty sure that the place has to be popular for a reason.

JC