ABC's Of Morristown, New Jersey

ABC's Of Morristown, New Jersey

26 reasons why Mo'town is better than Yo'town.

If you're from the area of Morristown, N.J., you'll know about all of these great places listed A to Z.

A is for AMC Movie Theater

If you've ever been to the movies in town, you'll remember Fluffy the ticket man.

B is for Bar Crawls

Morristown is one of the best cities in New Jersey for bar crawls. With over 15 restaurant/bars, our nightlife is amazing. Some of these include The Grasshopper, Iron Bar, The Office, Sona Thirteen, The Tavern, Tashmoo, The Famished Frog and more!

C is for Cluck-U Chicken, Carlos Bakery and Chris Christie

Cluck-U Chicken is a Morristown hot spot, especially late nights after hitting the bars. Carlos Bakery has plenty of cakes and pastries to snack on while walking around town. Chris Christie also lives in a neighboring town so he stops in from time to time.

D is for Downtown Morristown

Morristown’s downtown area is a lively place to shop, eat and enjoy. There are plenty of places and boutiques to see. Grab a coffee and take a walk around The Morristown Green.

E is for Enjou Chocolat

This place has some of the best chocolate ever and literally for any occasion you can imagine.

F is for Fort Nonsense

Fort Nonsense is a national park of Morristown. During the Revolutionary War in 1777, George Washington and his men used this area as a quick place to retreat. It is located at one of the highest points in town and you can actually see New York City from the view.

G is for George Washington's Headquarters

The Headquarters, also known as Ford Mansion, was built for Jacob Ford Jr. After his passing, the family allowed George Washington to use this house as his headquarters for the Revolutionary War. Today, it is a house museum that you are able to walk through.

H is for Historic

Morristown is one of the most historic sites in N.J. George Washington and his men ran throughout the town in the 1770s, during the Revolutionary War and their buildings are preserved for the public to see today.

I is for Iron Bar

Iron Bar is one of the most visited bars in Morristown. It’s packed Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It’s also an awesome place to grab food for lunch.

J is for Jockey Hollow

This is where George Washington and his men set up a winter encampment in the late 1770s, during the Revolutionary War. The soldier’s huts are set up for people to walk inside and see.

K is for King's Supermarket

Kings is one of the most popular supermarkets in Morristown. They have fresh foods for every occasion and they even have great lunches to go.

L is for Longfellow's Sandwich Deli

Longfellow’s is an iconic sub shop in Morristown. It’s quick, easy and delicious.

M is for Morris Museum

If you lived in the area, you most likely went on a field trip to this place. They have exhibits that are constantly changing and events for you and your family.

N is for Nagano

This tiny sushi place is just delicious. You definitely must go if you like sushi.

O is for Olive Lucy's

This Italian restaurant is delicious. Its open and bright atmosphere is just beautiful.

P is for Provesi

Provesi is another great Italian restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine. It is one of my favorite places to go to get linguine, spaghetti, gnocchi and more.

Q is for Qdoba

Located right on the green, run in and grab some tacos, a burrito or a quesadilla.

R is for Raul's Empanadas

This place is a little restaurant with inexpensive food. It’s a great place to go when it’s late and you’re hungry.

S is for The South Street Creamery and The Seeing Eye Institute

The South Street Creamery is the best ice cream place in town. They make homemade ice cream and deserts along with food for lunch. The Seeing Eye Institute is also located in Morristown. We always see service dogs in training, walking around town and even have a statue dedicated to Frank and Buddy Buddy, one of the first Seeing Eye dogs and his owner.

T is for Time For A Bagel also known as TFAB

Yes, I know this is actually located in Morris Plains, but it’s a common place for Morristown people too!.This is by far the best place to get bagels in the area. If you’re from Jersey, you’re really picky about good bagels. You also know you have to get a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel.

U is for Urban Table

This restaurant has a unique design and atmosphere. It’s a delicious place to grab lunch, dinner and drinks.

V is for Game Vault

This Vault has all different kinds of gaming machines. It’s like an arcade, only better! Bring your family and have a blast playing Pac Man and pinball.

W is for Wightman's Farm

Many people think that New Jersey is the armpit of America, but we actually have a lot of farms. This place is a family-friendly farm great for apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn mazes and their apple cider donuts are to die for.

X is for X-Rays at Morristown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center is a nationally ranked hospital known around the country. It is known for the Gangon Cardiovascular Institute, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center and the Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

Y is for Yoga

We have more than three different studios for yoga, including Powerflow, The Yoga way and more. It’s a really popular workout in Morristown.

Z is for zapping fat with classes at Wellness on the Green

Wellness on the Green is an awesome place where you can take aerial skills classes, pole dancing classes and even belly dancing classes.

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My Thoughts on Mobile Starbucks

"Coffee is a great way to spend time with you." -Starbucks

I just got the inside scoop from one of the Starbucks employees at High Point University that our campus will likely be getting a coffee bike, a two-tap system on wheels that holds 2-4 kegs and serves coffee on-demand; this could be a game changer for college students everywhere.

It's no secret that many college students are addicted to coffee; caffeine is the most addictive drug in the United States. Coffee helps students get through their busy days and on-the-go schedules, and I'm no exception; I love Starbucks coffee. I can order a coffee that doesn't take anything like coffee while feeling like an adult and getting an energy buzz.

Even though I love Starbucks as much as the rest of us, I haven't decided if I think the addition of the Starbucks bike is necessarily a good idea. I mean, for business and appealing to prospective students, it is sure to be an asset to the school. For student health and well-being, there may be some questionable effects. Here are some of the pros and cons of the Starbucks bike.

Pro #1: Accessibility

If our campus had a mobile source of coffee, it would automatically become more accessible to students who are on the go, either walking from one class to another or on the way to a meeting. Decreasing the travel time to-and-from Starbucks would allow for more students to get a drink when they usually wouldn't have the time.

Con #1: Expensive

We all know that coffee is expensive, especially Starbucks; it is too easy to spend more than five dollars on a cup of coffee. Here at High Point University, we are allotted seven meals per week and dining dollars that can be used at on-campus restaurants like Starbucks. If you find yourself using your meals and dollars on Starbucks, you may catch yourself living off of a coffee-only diet.

Con #2: Damage to Productivity and Relationships

First of all, coffee brings us together. College students meet for meals but also for coffee. Anytime I want to hang out with a friend, the first thing that comes to mind is going to get a coffee. In addition to meeting with friends, I see students meet with professors, advisers, and even job interviewers at our Starbucks. My fear is that if you take away the physical aspect of Starbucks, it may take a toll on students' relationships.

So, you may think I'm crazy for thinking that there may be downsides to having Starbucks on wheels, but the accessibility of this Starbucks bike only feeds the coffee addiction.

I'm not saying that I wouldn't take advantage of this service, but in the long run, I really enjoy the aesthetic of physical coffee shops and the space it provides for social gatherings.

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Thinking Of Food As Art Is Good For Your Soul

The human soul craves sustenance in the form of art.

Everyone eats. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or any other -ian you can think of, everyone consumes food and in doing so, tells the story of their life. Food connects us to other people, cultures, organisms and even the universe itself because by simply ingesting food, we each participate in our own conversation with the universe through existing. I consider food to be art, but I also love to eat it. Not only do I love to eat good food, but I am also slowly becoming aware of all of the conversations that surround food; whether it be political, social, cultural or simply foodies talking to one another about the taco stand they went to this weekend. Regardless, each morsel of food that you consume becomes a part of you and the story of how that food came to be, becomes part of you as well.

Now I don't simply mean that food is and can be beautiful, colorful works of art simply because of how they look; they are works of art apart from appearances because of all of the connotation that comes behind it. What I mean to say, is that just like art, food makes you think and encourages you to be aware and admire the surrounding story. For most of this article, I want to share with you images of food that speaks, sometimes all by itself, sometimes more subtly. In addition, I want to share with you the stories behind some of the images. The most important thing I can do is get you to think about what you are eating and how it connects you to every other thing between yourself and experiences and the food itself; to say that all food has a story is just as truthful as the story of all art and how it came to be.

We use food in many ways. One way that a North Carolina baker uses it, is to inform communities and to create ways that food is a major part of the conversation when it comes to politics, social justice movements, and just about in any way you can think to use food. By creating this wonderful stencil on the bread, this baker challenges the audience and eaters to think about the ways in which food itself is a major cause for political reform; food justice has become a major section of the food system that demands reform for those areas that are food poor or experience an over-abundance of foods lacking in nutritional value, called food deserts. The delicious jams that are displayed with the bread function as a way for a local artisan and preserve-maker to fight back against industrial farming and demonstrates the niche that she found in the Chapel-Hill Carborro marketplace. She found inspiration for her homegrown, local and sustainable preserves when her family suffered from enormous amounts of farming debt. She ultimately found a way to speak out against modernized and industrialized wholesale products and has found success in each of her small, delectable batches. Any way you use food allows for the inspiration of food as a vessel for the human condition.

Even exploring the NC State Farmers Market itself, one can see rows and rows of fresh vegetables and other products that all come from North Carolina and sustainable or locally grown and raised farms. The prices are worth the taste and the peace of mind that one gets when picking fresh produce from a wooden far stand. These markets occur every weekend and also function as a way to raise awareness about alternative forms of produce, rather than simply stock-piling from local grocery stores.

Food also functions as a way to form connections and bonds. Here at a local Asian cuisine restaurant called "Spring Roll" in North Hills Shopping area, one can experience truly good food. As it is myself and my boyfriend's go-to restaurant no matter what the occasion, we spend time sampling many different dishes and can honestly say, it is the best Chinese food that I have ever had. An upscale take on traditional take-out, the cuisine offers the classic dishes such as sesame chicken, to a more high-end sushi experience that is fully worth the money. And yet, the price is reasonable, even for two college students, and offers the kind of classy going-out experience that makes you feel special. the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, some of which my boyfriend and I have made friends with and who we love to see every time we return. The point of this image is to truly see the beauty in the appetizer that promises an even more delicious main course. While the look of the food is flawless, the food also speaks to the way in which some families subsist off of the restaurant business. These spring rolls do not only mean the chef who cooked them, but they speak for the waiters and waitresses, the owner, the atmosphere and all of the people and ingredients that went into making them.

Those are cakes. Yes, I promise they are cakes and not a dish from the restaurant aforementioned or a bucket of live crabs. But isn't crazy how realistic they are? These cakes are on display at a bakery inside Crabtree Valley Mall that represent how food is always near us. While shopping among the racks of Abercrombie and the Apple store, you stumble upon this unassuming bakery in the middle of the mall. It truly is a sight for sore eyes, as you would never expect to see anything of this stature in the mall where capitalism is king, but these individualized cakes represent all of the perfect formation and art that fights the power of a consumer environment. The cakes are a perfect example of how art can be found in the most unbelievable things and places.

Finally, we come to a piece of food that is near and dear to my heart: my 20th birthday cake. Beautifully decorated with my favorite colors, the cake boasts the best of what a grocery store cake can buy. And I mean that sincerely. I love grocery store stuff and I think that speaks to the lifestyle of most people. No matter how many beautiful markets and pictures of organic food are thrown at you, it can be hard to break away from the grocery store or to honestly even think about your food before you put it in your mouth. Food often times represent the ceremonies that mark important times in each of our lives. In all cultures throughout the world, ceremonies of all kinds are marked by the involvement of food in some way. And this is crucial to our existence as human beings. It speaks of our connection to food as a mode of human experience and in turn, can be a vessel that carries us on through the rest of our lives. So next time you eat that birthday cake or buy that organic salsa from the market, slow down and take a minute to absorb how beautiful that piece of art is in front of you.

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