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Suggestions for Dining


by Evelyn Hernandez (*)

A few months ago, several members of our English Conversation group asked others for the names of restaurants that they would recommend. While  there are many other restaurants that are good, these were the ones most mentioned. Hope you able to sample a few of them.

(*) Evelyn Hernandez is a volunteer tutor

Asian Restaurants in New Jersey:                                   

Asian Bistro   $$

31 Station Avenue

Princeton Junction NJ 08550


Chung Sol Bat (Korean BBQ)   $$

560 Old Road

Edison NJ 08817


Soonja’s café with sushi   $$

242 Alexander Street

Princeton NJ 08540


Sushi Palace   $$                                                           

4437 Route 27

Kingston NJ 08528


Wonder Seafood Restaurant   $$

1984 State Road 27

Edison NJ


Brazilian Restaurants /Philadelphia:

Fogo de Chão   $$$$

1337 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Nabrasa   $$$

Exit 343 off of the PA Turnpike

680 North Easton Road

Horsham PA 19044


‘Other Brazilian restaurants in NYC located on West 46th Street

Indian Restaurant in New Jersey:

Crown of India   $$

Princeton Meadows Shopping Center

660 Plainsboro Road

Plainsboro Township NJ 08536


Italian Restaurant in New Jersey:

Nomad Pizza   $$

10 East Broad Street

Hopewell NJ 08525


Mexican restaurant in NYC: 

Rosa Mexicano   $$$ 

61 Columbus Avenue

New York City NY 10023



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Alison’s Cooking and Conversation Class

047 by Michiko Yamashina

Alison has a passion for cooking and she shares it with us by teaching some French cooking that she learned in Paris and her original recipes she created by herself.  The wonderful thing is she always makes everything from scratch. She makes bread, dip, dressing for salad, soup stock, dessert…and every dish is so delicious!!

We usually learn three dishes, appetizer, main, and dessert at a time. As an example, I describe the last class. The menu was Potatoes Anna, Chicken Saltimbocca, and Apple strudel.

Potatoes Anna is an amazing dish. Alison put a parchment paper on the bottom of small pot, and layered thinly sliced potatoes which had been soaked in heavy cream. Then she seasoned it with herbs and salt and repeated it three times. Then she put a dish on the top as a weight and put the pot into the oven.

While she baked the potatoes Anna, she taught us how to make Apple strudel. She used phyllo pastry as dough. We took turns to brush butter on each sheet of phyllo and piled 6 layers. Then Alison put sugared sliced apple and raisins and nuts on the phyllo and rolled it up and baked it in the oven.

Then we started to make chicken Saltimbocca. Alison demonstrated how to wrap spinach with slices of prosciutto and flattened chicken breast. We pounded slices of chicken breast to make them thin. Then, put a slice of prosciutto and spinach on it and rolled it. Each one took turns to make the roll and sautéed them in a pan. At the end, Alison added chicken stock and lemon juice and simmered them for about 8 minutes. After we took out the chicken roll, Alison boiled the sauce to condense it.

When Potatoes Anna was ready, Alison put a dish on the pot and suddenly overturned it. We surprisingly found that the potatoes was cooked like mountain shape on the dish and became a gorgeous appetizer!!

She manages each dish’s cooking time very well, so three dishes are completed on time. While the dishes were baking in the oven, we also learn some idioms and vocabulary related to cooking. The idioms we learned last week are written at the end of this article.

When the dishes are ready, we set a table and eat. I love Alison’s recipes because they are light, healthy and have authentic French tastes. Delicious!! Also we realize each time how much we learn in her class; not only delicious recipes, but also vocabulary and idioms. The class is always filled with cheerful talking and happy smiles. We are very thankful for Alison’s teaching.

Idioms we learned last week:

Under the weather: Feel slightly ill, sick and not as well as usual.

It never rains but it pours: When bad things happen, a lot of other bad things also happen, making the situation even worse.

Every cloud has a silver lining: Every bad situation has some good aspect to it.

=> This article was reviewed by Alison Hankinson


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Dunkin’ Donuts and Mister Donut


By   Michiko Yamashina

Do you like Dunkin’ Donuts? I bet you often go to Dunkin’ to have breakfast or coffee, or you sometimes buy a dozen of donuts for your family or your colleagues. Are you also familiar with Mister Donut? I assume that some of you may be nostalgic about Mister Donut. I would like to introduce to you the history and some little-known trivia about both of these doughnut chains.

Dunkin’ Donuts was founded by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1950, and today, it is a global American doughnut company with 6,000 stores in 29 countries, except in Japan. Mister Donut, on the other hand, was founded in 1956 by Harry Winokur, who was a relative of Rosenberg. Actually, Winokur ran Dunkin’ Donuts with Rosenberg, but he left Dunkin’ Donuts and created his own doughnut chain because of a conflict he had with Rosenberg’s management policy.

Both donut chains grew rapidly, but Dunkin’ Donuts acquired Mister Donut in 1990, so now almost all Mister Donut stores have changed their names to Dunkin’ Donuts, and Mister Donut no longer exists anymore in America. However, before Mister Donut was acquired, both Dunkin’ Donuts and Mister Donut had started to do business in Japan in the 1970’s. Dunkin’ Donuts was run by a food company, Yoshinoya, which mainly provides a meal known as beef rice bowl. Mister Donut was run by a cleaning company, Duskin, in Japan. Dunkin’ Donuts failed in Japan and withdrew, but Mister Donut succeeded and dominated the doughnut industry in Japan. Even now, Mister Donut continues to be the most popular doughnut chain in Japan, even though you can’t find it anymore in America. On the contrary, you can’t find any Dunkin’ Donuts in Japan, even though it is the world biggest doughnut chain.

The name of Dunkin’ Donuts comes from the custom of Americans who eat doughnuts by dunking them into (‘dunkin’) milk or coffee. It is said that Clark Gable introduced this way of eating donuts in the movie “It Happened One Night.”

Dunkin Donuts provides doughnuts and coffee with no charge to police officers who are wearing uniforms. How generous they are!! But actually, it is a clever idea to help them maintain security at their stores. Since many Dunkin’ Donuts stores stay open at night, the employees and customers are often concerned about their security, but if police officers often come to visit the stores to get free doughnuts and coffee, their security is assured. What a good strategy!! They help to secure their stores by giving police officers doughnuts and coffee!!

Mister Donut also uses interesting strategies to increase the number of customers they have. The stores provide point cards to customers, and when the point card is filled with stamps, the customers can obtain original products, such as cute bags, dishes or lunch boxes. Besides doughnuts, they also provide dim sum in the stores. Thus, Mister Donut is a popular place for teenagers to have a casual lunch.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Mister Donut have their own different policies and grew their businesses in different ways. Next time, you go to a doughnut store, think about their strategies and history, which might make you more interested in tasting the doughnuts!

=> This article was reviewed by Dan Ethe


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