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This Zombie was photographed 2 years ago in A.Park, but now we bring her back to the Grove. Paul goldfinger portrait. ©

This Zombie was photographed several  years ago in A.Park, but now we bring her back to the Grove for a command performance.  Arrrggh.   Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©

 

MARSHALL BROTHERS with a doo-wop performance for Halloween:

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New Year's Day. PolarBears storm the shores at Jersey. Around town with Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © 1/1/17

New Year’s Day. Polar Bears storm the shores at Jersey. Around town with Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © 1/1/17.  Click for marvelous enlargements.

Says Jean:   “I think a very exciting thing, not to be missed, is the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day sponsored by the Sons of Ireland in Asbury Park.

“I was in the middle of the melee absorbing the enthusiasm of the participants…which was very high.  But I was too close to the water’s edge, and the incoming waves went up to my ankles. It’s a good thing I’m not shorter or it might have reached my…….knees.

“The water didn’t seem too frigid,  and the sun was warm. I almost wished I could jump in too; they were having so much fun—-taking the plunge !”

Fiine at fifty. What's she having with her Cheerios in the morning? Jean Bredin photo ©. 1/1/17

Fiine at fifty. What’s she having with her Cheerios in the morning? Jean Bredin photo ©. 1/1/17

 

Shrinkage? It wasn't cold enough or high enough. this guy is hedging his bets or his...bets. By Jean Bredin ©

Shrinkage? It wasn’t cold enough or high enough. This guy is hedging his bets or his…bets. By Jean Bredin ©

 

1/1/17 By Jean Bredin in Asbury Park. ©

1/1/17 By Jean Bredin in Asbury Park. ©

BILLY JOEL: “I Go To Extremes.”

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Bonney Read. By Paul Goldfinger ©. November, 2016.

Bonney Read. By Paul Goldfinger ©. November, 2016.

Lovely surroundings at BR. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Lovely surroundings at BR. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger, Editors at Blogfinger.

At The Bonney Read, 525 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, they say that the restaurant’s theme is about pirates. But you could have fooled us. This place feels like and looks like a Parisienne bistro complete with tiles on the walls and floors.  It is a lovely spacious place with high ceilings, a curvy bar, and gracious friendly service. They have about 40 rums to choose from at the bar, so I guess that’s the pirate gesture. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Bonney Read. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Bonney Read bar and rum scene. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The real point of it all is that The Bonney Read is a fine seafood restaurant. The menu is basic, but imaginative and appealing.   We went on a Tuesday night when you can get two lobster rolls for the price of one. The dish was served with excellent French fries and some cole slaw. The cole slaw missed the boat , but the lobster rolls were terrific with only a gentle nod to mayonnaise.

Lobster roll platter. Blogfinger photo. ©

Lobster roll platter. Blogfinger photo. ©

There is a raw bar out in the open facing Cookman Avenue, with a raw bartender there who looks the part:   tattoos, an outgoing personality, and a baseball hat turned backwards. I ordered a half dozen oysters, trying three different kinds. They superbly passed my test: fresh, cold and tasting of the ocean. On Wednesday nights you can get oysters for $1.00 each.

Oysters at Bonney Read. I ate 3 of my oysters before Eileen took the photo.They go down fast.  This presentation reminded us of Balthazar's French bistro in Lower Manhattan.

Oysters at Bonney Read. I ate 3 of my oysters before Eileen took the photo. They go down fast.  This presentation reminded us of Balthazar’s French bistro in Lower Manhattan.

Eileen opened with a Caesar salad which was excellent–we split it; she said that it was the best she ever had, and I must agree.

We each had a glass of fine wine—a good selection.

The menu is tempting with many creative  choices such as “Jersey Green” clam chowder, lobster bisque, mussels served three different ways, Spanish octopus, Alaskan snow crabs, and, of course, Maine lobsters.

You can get Cajun style shrimp by the pound and combo dishes such as 1 lb. shrimp and 1 lb. snow crab ($50.00) or 1.25 lb. lobster, dozen clams, dozen mussels ($80.00.)

Happy hour sounds great with a wide variety of “small dishes” such as mushrooms escabeche ($6.00) New England clam chowder ($7.5) and clams casino ($12.00). Other choices include Fisherman’s fry ($13), oyster po boy sliders ($17) and Ipswich steamers ($19.) You don’t have to sit at the bar for happy hour, and the happy time goes on all day on Wednesdays.

They also have sandwiches which include the Bonney Burger (Angus) which looked outstanding being devoured at the next table and buttermilk fried chicken among the selections.

And of course there is the fresh catch, linguine with clams, and fish & chips.

Since FISH closed, Bonney Read has become the go-to place in AP for sea food  (not withstanding TAKA which is a Japanese sea food restaurant that is in a class of its own.)  We give Bonney Read 4 of 5 Blogfingers.

SARAH VAUGHAN:  Live  at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen (1963).  The music, of course, is from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

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A warm greeting at Bonney Read. By Paul Goldfinger. September, 2016. Asbury Park, NJ. Blogfinger.net ©

A warm greeting at Bonney Read, 525 Cookman Ave.  By Paul Goldfinger. September, 2016. Asbury Park, NJ. Blogfinger.net ©

 

by Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Eileen and I were prowling around Cookman Avenue today.   It seems as if every time we go there,  we make new discoveries.  Bonney Read is a sea-food restaurant with “classic chowder house” cooking.

I was snapping a few photos through the open doors when a waiter popped up and invited us to get a few shots inside.  It seemed like a friendly and inviting establishment, and we love seafood, so Blogfinger will return for a restaurant review. You can check the menu on-line.

Mussels, clams, lobsters and much more at Bonney Read. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Mussels, clams, lobsters and much more at Bonney Read. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

The two wait staff guys below were desperate to pose for a picture.  They were hams in a sea food eatery.  I do have another shot without the junior high shenanigans, but after a second review by Eileen, we decided that this pose was probably just right.

 

This is why we prefer candid shots. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Frick and Frack, or is it Abbott and Costello?   This is why we prefer candid shots. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

FROM THE DISNEY FILM “RATATOUILLE,”

 

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Asbury Park boardwalk. 8/7/16. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©

Asbury Park boardwalk. 8/7/16. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©

SMASHING PUMPKINS

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Asbury Park. North beach jetty. By Paul Goldfinger © 8/7/16

Asbury Park. North beach jetty. By Paul Goldfinger © 8/7/16  

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    (Live)    Sing along; can you resist?

 

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North Beach. Asbury Park.  August 7, 2016.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. Blogfinger.net ©

North Beach. Asbury Park. August 7, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Blogfinger.net ©  Click to enlarge

JUICE MUSIC

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