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Hung Vuong

An Asian uber-market in Cherry Hill offers a bounty of ingredients to cook things Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese. It’s the bigger, brawnier younger sibling in a mini-chain born across the Delaware, and it’s well-stocked with condiments that add a world of flavor to everyday dishes.

Chocolate in the Oven

A bakeshop in Milford specializes in many things chocolate. Indulge. But don’t pass by the savory hand pies, pumpkin gooey bars and a carrot cake that’s one for the ages.

Chasing Rainbows

Like the Thanksgiving table itself, your beer menu should provide choice. Our faithful guide advises offering a many-colored range of styles and flavors.

Delicious Orchards

The family-run produce mecca in Colts Neck is one-stop shopping for holiday meals. Shop it right and you’ll have what you need for a spate of unfussy cooking.

Victoria’s Cake

A bakeshop on a side street in Westfield is a new entry in the ever-growing genre in the Garden State. Sizing up a selection of its French-accented sweets yields hits and misses.


Noon Tea Creperie

Could the cool tea-inspired desserts and drinks at a slender downtown storefront frequented by students make it the snack version of Playa Bowls?

Phillips Farms Market

A diverse-crop farm in Holland Township feeds a year-round market where everything locally grown and locally made reigns. BONUS: Dining and antiques/décor must-stops nearby.

The Greek Store

Prepared foods, pantry items, store-baked pastries and olives, olives, olives: Bring sunny Mediterranean flavors from this must-stop in Kenilworth to your table, and ring in the long holiday season ahead.

The Great Pumpkin Beers

Costumed in accents that rev up flavor, these stouts and ales are in tune with the season and its supreme squash.

Ginger Up

Tender, aromatic and now at its citrusy-spicy peak, the versatile root is in high season at a handful of top Garden State farms. Get it while it’s hot!

Pastry Lu Bakery

Tres leches cakes in a cup, a croissant-bun cross gone Cubano, and a gigantic cookie tribute to Cap’n Crunch: It’s all happening at this new dessert bistro in downtown Metuchen.

O’zapft is’!

Celebrate Oktoberfest right now with Garden State brews our beer columnist taps as the tops.


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