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Asbury Park on Main Street. October, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Dunkin’ Donuts.  Asbury Park on Main Street. October, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

This time of year, the best donuts can be found at farms that grow apples, make cider and then fry those wonderful apple cider donuts.  Such a place is in Chester at the Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill and Bakery.  We used to live a mile away, and a visit there before Thanksgiving was always a must.

You should order a pie and plan a drive up to Morris County for that treat.  It’s only one hour and 15 minutes away.  This time of year we miss the woods, farms, country roads and small towns like Tewksberry, Far Hills, Peapack, Mendham and Long Valley.   You can also visit Jockey Hollow where the Continental Army spent a horrible winter while today it’s great for picnicking.

ALEXIS COLE:

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Zombie in the Casino, October 2014. Paul Ghoulfinger photo Blogfinger.net

Zombie in the Casino, October 2014. Paul Ghoulfinger photo Blogfinger.net  © Click to make her even more beautiful.

The ghoul that I marry will have to be as soft and as pink as  a  nursery….

Yes folks, the blood and gore is no more.  But, as a Zombie Walk photographer, I noticed that many of those dead ducks were actually beautiful women—a little gory perhaps, but there is something about those Zombie babes…..

We photographers will miss the Zombie Walk.  Maybe they will return from the dead in the future.

HOWARD KEEL   sings Irving Berlin

And, here’s something a little more upbeat for the Zombie theme:  HOZIER received a 2015 Grammy nomination for this delightful song called “Take Me to Church.”

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Shopping for real estate. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. August 30, 2015 © Blogfinger.net

Shopping for real estate on Sunday.  All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Editor.  Early evening, August 30, 2015. © Blogfinger.net  Click all to enlarge.

Cookman Avenue. 8/30/15. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Avenue. 8/30/15. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Ave. WE later met this trio on the New Jersey Ave. bridge back to OG. I took their photo with their iPhones. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Ave. We later met this trio on the New Jersey Ave. bridge back to OG. I took their photo on the bridge,  with their iPhones. © Blogfinger.net

Over by the beer hall, we met Vicki LaBella, former owner of the OG newsstand. She was leaving next week for a bike trip through England’s Cotswold region where there are lovely country roads and more sheep than people. She looked happy, slim and very fit.

Bonus photo:

Asbury Park. Blogfinger photo.

Asbury Park. Blogfinger photo.

And here’s a link to our article last year about the quirky Bond Street Bar:

Bond Street Bar

SPANKY AND OUR GANG   from the Summer of Love album.

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Casino in Asbury Park is the access from Ocean Grove.  The artist is Porkchop.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©   July, 2015.

Casino in Asbury Park is the access from Ocean Grove. It is literally an Asbury connection for any Tom, Dick or Calamari.     The artist is Porkchop. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © July, 2015.  Click to watch her eyes.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT   from the soundtrack of The Aviator

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Sunset Lake, Asbury Park.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Blogfinger.net ©

Sunset Lake, Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net ©

MIKIS THEODORAKIS   “Horos Tou Zorba”  (Zorba’s Dance)   From the film Zorba the Greek

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Casino, OG side. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Casino, OG side. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

DANNY ELFMAN.   From the soundtrack of Silver Linings Playbook:  “Walking Home”

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New Jersey Avenue bridge to Asbury Park restaurant scene from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake.  June, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

New Jersey Avenue bridge to Asbury Park restaurant scene from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. June, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park once experienced “Glory Days,”  but in the 1980’s, it went into a downhill spiral and it turned into “No Where.”  Then, in recent years, perhaps ten, a slow and difficult rebirth has been occurring, and now it’s clear that Asbury Park has turned a definite corner in the renaissance and is becoming “Somewhere.”   Of course there are still problems in governance, crime, poverty and schools.  In some ways it is a tale of two cities—roughly east and west.

In December 2013, we posted a piece on Blogfinger that wondered if the acclaimed Asbury Park restaurant scene downtown  had become a true  “destination” for visitors from around here and elsewhere.  We were interested in this subject because of the relationship that Ocean Grove has to AP.  That includes the fact that many Grovers go there for dinner on a regular basis, and oftentimes we walk over there at night.   In 2013, half of our Blogfinger readers who took our poll said that AP had not yet become the “go to” place for fine dining.    Here is a link to that article.

Great expectations link

But now, in 2015, we have reason to believe that the tide has turned over there regarding the dining situation.   We  wrote a recent glowing review about Taka’s new location, and today we will be reporting on a new name in town:  “Cross & Orange.”

CHRIS BELLAMY   in a live performance from his album Down in the Keys:

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Fish chicken. Asbury Park.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Fish Chicken. Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©

ANAT COHEN. “Ima”   from her album Luminosa

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The new Taka has beautiful street presence.  All photographs by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger ©  April, 2015.

The new Taka has beautiful street presence. All photographs by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger © April, 2015. Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

The founder of Taka Restaurant, Takahiro Hirai, was born in Japan, but he used to live in Ocean Grove. He was successful from the start and spent 14 years at his Mattison Avenue location.  We ate there many times, and his glowing reviews were well deserved.  Taka has had spectacular Japanese and Japanese-American cuisine, always with meticulous service in a beautiful setting.  Diners would comment on the wonderful mural along the back wall, and it has been transported to the new location, overlooking the lounge.

Taka was closed when we made these photos, but even with the chairs upside down, the place is gorgeous.

Taka was closed when we made these photos, but even with the chairs upside down, the place is gorgeous.  Blogfinger photo ©

Well now, the restaurant has expanded to a new location at 660 Cookman Avenue at Bond Street, the former location of Synaxis, where they have grown from 75 to 200 seats.  You can easily walk there from the Grove, and it is indeed worth the trip.

We went over there on a weekday afternoon and got a private tour by one of the owners, Bill Kessler. The interior is magnificent. A New York architect did the design and created a magical atmosphere where you can enjoy the gourmet cuisine that brings visitors from all over.

Don't worry about the mural.  They brought it over in panels.

Don’t worry about the mural. They brought it over in panels.  Blogfinger photo ©

Taka derives about 40% of its business from sushi and rolls which are first rate, but the other parts of the menu are so creative that you want to eat the menu.  There are fusion dishes that draw on other cultures and include ingredients that combine Japan with Mexico or France, for example. You can visit their web site and examine the menu.  It would be a good idea to do your homework before going.

Surprisingly, this first rate restaurant has very reasonable prices.  Most of the main dishes seem to range from about $18.00 up to $28.00.  Taka is expecting a large bar scene, because the bar is big and exquisite, and you can eat there.

Despite the aggravations associated with reservations, Taka is taking the lead on offering reservations, even for two.  None is required for lunch, but we went there recently for dinner, and the place was crowded even during a weekday off season. Despite their newfound large size, they have been busy since they opened in January. Taka also is concerned about the parking issues in AP, so they have made some special arrangements which will include valet parking if you wish.

And as for our prior concerns about the culinary future of Asbury Park as a “destination,”  Bill Kessler is bullish on AP. He says that there are some fine new restaurants in town which will enhance the reputation of Asbury as the place to dine, visit and be seen.  I hope they solve their parking problems around town. The city is currently establishing 300 more spaces down by the Carousel building.

TAKA web site link:    TAKA link

RANDY SANDKE.   Bring your melancholy baby to Taka.  Everything will be fine.

ANDREW SISTERS   They love sea food.

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Easter Parade. Casino, Asbury Park. c.1998. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

Easter Parade. Casino, Asbury Park. c.1998. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

PEGGY LEE and BING CROSBY  (Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade)

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