5 favorite foodie moments with John and Lisa Howard-Fusco of Eating in South Jersey

Hey, there. I know. It’s been a while. I’m trying to figure out what to do with this wonderful little blog of mine, and while I’m doing that, it’s been dormant. As I’ve been mulling it over, it turns out my good friends John and Lisa Howard-Fusco from the Eating in South Jersey blog have been doing the same. Today, they announced they are moving on to their next adventure.

Today’s post is the last for their blog. I’m sad to see it go even though I understand their reasons for ending their 5 1/2-year run and I support them in their decision (as if they needed my approval). I thought that as a tribute to my friends (who will continue to eat, drink and play in South Jersey while finding new outlets to write about it), I’d do a list of my favorite foodie moments, in no particular oder, I’ve shared with the Howard-Fuscos.

The Latin Road Home Dinner with Jose Garces

Robin Shreeves, Chef Jose Garces, Lisa Howard Fusco, John Howard Fusco at Amada | southjerseylocavore.com

My date for the evening, my good friend, Kim, me, Chef Jose Garces, and Lisa and John Howard-Fusco at Amada inside Revel in Atlantic City.

When my friend Kim and I headed to AC last spring for a media event at Amada inside Revel, I didn’t know John and Lisa would be there, too. They ended up joining us at our table, and we had fabulous conversation and fabulous food. Lisa even convinced our waiter to bring back a delicacy she knew they had in the kitchen that wasn’t on the menu.

An Impromptu Dinner with Lisa at The Madison in Riverside

Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with sweet potato risotto and fennel apple salad. Oh wow! The pork was so tender, it cut just like a really good piece of filet mignon and had the same texture, but the taste was definitely pork. This was absolutely delicious.

Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with sweet potato risotto and fennel apple salad. Oh wow! The pork was so tender, it cut just like a really good piece of filet mignon and had the same texture, but the taste was definitely pork. This was absolutely delicious.

It usually takes us months to find a date to get together, but one day last December Lisa called to ask if I happened to be free that evening to go to dinner with her. Crazily enough in the middle of the holiday season, I was. We had good food, good wine, and the company of the charming Andrea Luca Rossi, a charming Venetian restauranteur. Again good food, good conversation, and a charming Italian man added to the mix.

The South Jersey Food Bloggers United 100

No photo for this one. It was one of my first posts for SJL back in 2009 and the reason I got to know John and Lisa. They invited several regional food bloggers to participate in creating a list of 100 food experiences not to miss in the South Jersey region. Restaurants, comfort foods, farms, markets, local foods, liquid refreshments and more that make South Jersey a great foodie destination are on the list. It would be fun to go back and create that list again, almost five years later.

Eating Snails at Table 31

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The Snails at Table 31 restaurant in Philadelphia. I had no idea snails could be so good.

After a long day of honing our crafts at the TechMunch conference last fall, John, Lisa and I walked to the now-closed Table 31 for dinner. We allowed the chef to send out whatever he wanted, and he sent out snails. Wow! These were so good. That’s one of the great things about eating with John and Lisa – you never know where you’ll end up or what you’ll be eating.

South Jersey Food Chat

Savoring South Jersey Hosts | southjerseylocavore.com

Our Google+ show, Savoring South Jersey, was short lived, but it was fun. And, it was more than just another way to promote our blogs for me. It was a huge step out of my comfort zone – putting myself in front of a camera. I learned a lot about myself from our few short shows, and I’m very thankful for the experience.

I want to thank John and Lisa for these experiences (and many others) and for all their devotion and hard work promoting the fabulousness that is the South Jersey food scene. I know you have many great adventures in front of you, dear friends!

Comments

  1. Lovely tribute to two inspiring writers! You, John and Lisa have ‘set the bar’ for South Jersey food writing. I look forward to reading more wherever life takes you.

  2. Great post! Miss all you guys! We need to set something soon.

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