Where To Go in Essex County to Fulfill Your Pumpkin Needs

Where To Go in Essex County to Fulfill Your Pumpkin Needs

Do You Have Pumpkin Spice Latte's Yet?

1. The Little Daisy Bake Shop

Address: 622 Valley Rd., Montclair

Phone Number: 973-707-2157

Website: www.thelittledaisybakeshop.com

Pumpkin Drink:

Pumpkin Spice Latte ($3.00) This latte has a decadent espresso taste mixed with a frothy pumpkin flavor. Add in some nutmeg and cinnamon located in the front of the shop if you want some more spice!

Pumpkin Foods:

Pumpkin Bread ($2.50):This bread, fresh from the oven, is an everyday item for the fall. This moist treat has a natural pumpkin flavor in each bite.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone ($2.25):You have to get lucky to find the pumpkin scone as the flavor changes each day! The scone has a nice texture without having a superabundant amount of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake ($3.00):This savory, made from scratch, pumpkin cupcake is topped with a spiced buttercream frosting. The cupcake is filled with spices and coffee, while the fluffy buttercream is mocha flavored with a hint of spice.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin ($2.25):This muffin is the same deal as the scone; you have to find it on the right day! If you do happen to find it, you will love the delightful mix of chocolate and pumpkin, along with the slight crunch the top of the muffin gives.

Notes: This friendly old-fashioned bakery has everything made daily from scratch! The ingredients are all fresh and peanut- and tree nut-free.

2.Montclair Bread Company

Address: 113 Walnut St., Montclair

Phone Number: 973-509-2525

Website: www.montclairbread.com

Pumpkin Food:

Beer Glazed Pumpkin Pretzel Donut ($2.75):This melt in your mouth donut is the perfect treat for fall. It has a tasty sweet glaze on top that makes it even more enticing.

Notes: This adorably quaint bakery is community owned and operated. Their handcrafted breads and doughnuts are made using traditional European techniques.

3. Java Love

Address: 224 Bellevue Ave., Montclair

Phone Number: 973-744-2122

Website: www.javaloveroasters.com

Pumpkin Drinks:

Pumpkin Spice Latte:This latte wasn't too sweet, but was definitely packed with enough spice for those fall taste buds. The pumpkin flavor could be tasted with each sip.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate:This indulgent drink had a hint of chocolate mixed with a frothy pumpkin pie flavor. The spice in this drink is lighter for those who want a lesser sense of pumpkin.

Notes: This cozy coffee spot in the heart of Montclair will make you want to just sit and do work for hours. They roast in small batches and use only organic, sustainably farmed, and fair trade coffee beans.

4. Red Eye Cafe

Address: 94 Walnut St., Montclair

Phone Number: 973-509-3663

Website: www.drinkredeyes.com

Pumpkin Drink:

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte ($4.00)-Although pumpkin spice drinks are typically thought to be hot, you can also get them iced here. The mix of pumpkin, ice, and slight spices is the perfect flavorful combination for a refreshing espresso drink.

Notes: This quaint cafe partners with Harvest Drop and City Greens Inc. to provide local and organic produce. The welcoming feeling of this spot can't be beat, whether you're coming in for a weekend brunch or to get some work done.

5. The Fine Grind

Address: 101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls

Phone Number: 973-837-0199

Website: www.thefinegrindcoffeebar.com

Pumpkin Drink: You can add pumpkin flavor to any drink here. I chose to add it to a latte that already had cinnamon in it—so I would have extra spice! They have countless drink combinations to choose from—which are all satisfying with the added pumpkin flavoring.

Pumpkin Food:

Pumpkin Muffin:This moist pumpkin muffin is the perfect treat for a fall day. To top if off, it comes with a creamy dip and side of fluffy whip cream.

Notes: This comfy coffee shop has an entire book of drink concoctions you can choose from. They often host the community in events such as open mic nights and provide college students and businesspeople a comfortable place to get work done.

6. Sweet Basil's

Address: 498 S Livingston Ave. Livingston

Phone Number: 973-994-3600

Website: www.sweetbasilscafe.com

Pumpkin Drink:

Pumpkin Spice Latte ($3.75):This mouth-watering latte tastes incredibly fresh and light. While not too spicy, you still get a significant taste of pumpkin.

Notes: This modern cafe provides fresh and 100 percent hormone-free food. Enjoy the comfortable environment at this BYO-spot, as it is the perfect place to meet up with some friends, whether for brunch or a nice dinner.

7. Gina's Bakery

Address: 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair

Phone Number: 973-

Website: www.ginasbakery.com

Pumpkin Food:

Pumpkin Pie ($7.00):This flavorful pumpkin pie is the ultimate comfort food. They come in a mini size, so good luck not eating the entire thing yourself. The pumpkin tastes fresh with the perfect amount of crunch from the flaky crust.

Notes: This family owned bakery uses Western European handcrafted recipes. They provide a wide variety of fresh products including muffins, brownies, quick breads, and pies.

8. Coffee Mill Roasters

Address: 41 Main St., Millburn

Phone Number: 973-218-6559

Website: www.thecoffeemillroasters.com

Pumpkin Drink:

Pumpkin Pie Latte (16oz $4.85):This frothy drink has a taste of real pumpkin, as compared to many artificial syrups. It leaves a nice taste of slight spice while not being overwhelmingly flavored.

Notes: Family owned trendy and urban coffee shop. This small scale coffee joint specializes in unique blends of coffee, and sells the roasts by the pound.

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10 Beginner's Tips For Going Gluten-Free Like A Champ

Living a gluten-free lifestyle is easier than you think.

Whether it's due to a diet fad or various health-related concerns, the shift to eating gluten-free has become commonplace. A couple of months ago, I found myself climbing into the same boat as all the other gluten-free dieters to help with my own health conditions. I already had experience cutting out dairy from my food repertoire, but banishing gluten is its own journey.

If you find yourself cutting out the grainy villain, it can seem overwhelming.Thankfully, there are a lot of accessible options out there. So, take a deep breath and check out these tips from someone who's been there.

1. Get to know your grocery store or market.

Publix has an entire aisle dedicated to (mostly) gluten-free foods. Unfortunately, even that glorious aisle isn't a one-stop shop. If you prefer to do your searching digitally, you can make a shopping list on their website and it will tell you where to find your products in-store. No matter where you shop, learn where your products are to curtail any market meltdowns.

2. Figure out if cross-contact matters for you.

Cross-contact happens when an item is gluten-free, but is handled or prepared with the same equipment used on gluten-containing foods. The reason behind your diet change is going to determine if you need to be mindful of this or not. It may seem overboard for some, but even super small amounts of gluten can cause harm to those with celiac disease and allergies.


This can be tricky. Foods that carry a gluten-free label must meet FDA requirements, but the label is voluntary. That means foods that don't have the label may still be safe for you to eat. To make sure, you need to check the ingredients list for gluten-containing grains and their derivatives. Even if it passed the ingredients test, cross-contact is still possible unless otherwise noted.

4. Beware of common items that seem harmless, but are secret gluten ninjas.

Foods that are naturally gluten-free can become double-agents due to fillers, flavorings, or processes. Don't worry, this list has got your back.

5. Get all the recipes because if you weren't cooking before, you will be now.

Cooking your own meals gives you peace of mind and saves you money. Pinterest is a treasure trove of recipes for all kinds of dietary needs.

6. Gluten-free pasta and gluten-free bread is my life-saver.

Seriously, my mom's spaghetti is my ultimate comfort food and there's no way I'm giving up one-pot pasta meals or sandwiches. There's a pretty wide range of gluten-free pastas and breads available, so decide which ones favor your wallet and taste buds best. My favorite so far is Udi's frozen bread and Barilla's pasta.

7. Re-learn how to eat out.

One of the biggest struggles with eating gluten-free is figuring out what you can enjoy at restaurants. My best advice - research ahead of time (if you can) and don't be bashful about asking questions. Many eateries now offer gluten-free or allergen-friendly menus and are happy to accommodate you.

8. Find your go to snacks.

Some of your favorite snack foods may not be safe anymore, but it's just an opportunity to expand your second breakfast/elevenses/afternoon tea game. My favorite so far is gluten-free fig bars. It helps take a little bit of the pressure off of trying to decide what to eat.

9. Consider starting a food journal.

Food journals help you track down how gluten affects you, the amount you can tolerate, and determine if a gluten-free diet is helping or not.

10. Follow gluten-free lifestyle gurus on social media.

There are people who are collecting gold-mines of information and you can keep them right in your pocket. Their posts can give you new ideas and point you in the right direction for products and local restaurants. They're real-life superheros.

With some creativity, some constructive failures, and some patience, you will figure out what works best for you. While changing my diet certainly hasn't magically cured anything for me, it has given me the guidelines I needed to choose healthier food. Your body will thank you.

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The Starbucks Arrest Is Here To Teach Us How To Use Our White Privilege

We all have to do our part in speaking up if we want to fight racism.

Starbucks has been known for making equality one of the company’s core values, like in 2015 when they came up with the “Race Together” campaign where baristas would write the phrase on customer’s cups in order to encourage conversation on race, so it came as an even bigger shock when just this past month two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting for their friend.

The men had not ordered anything while they waited, and this prompted the store manager to ask them to leave, which the men refused to do. The manager then called the police and had the men arrested and taken out of the store in handcuffs.

When I first saw Melissa DePino’s video of the arrest, I was furious, but upon rewatching, I saw a glimmer of hope. In DePino’s video, you can see Andrew Yaffe, the friend that the men were waiting for, asking the police why they were called, and if the reason was that they were two black men. Yaffe’s decision to confront the police about the arrest and call them out for their racism is crucial because it serves as an example for what other white people should do if they are faced with a similar situation.

Yaffe used his white privilege for good by demanding that the officers tell him why no one else was kicked out of the Starbucks for not ordering and by calling their actions discriminatory. Since he is white, it was clear that he would not be arrested for talking back to those police officers, so he seized the opportunity and attempted to have his friends freed.

DePino stated in the caption for her video that the other white people in the Starbucks were also wondering why they had never been told to leave a Starbucks for doing the same thing as those men. It is important for as many white people as possible to use their privilege to speak up when they see injustice because they are the ones that are given power in our society. Unfortunately, white people typically only listen to other white people, so they have a better chance of getting through to someone that is racist and stopping them from being discriminatory.

Even though the two men were still arrested despite the efforts of the other customers, the CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, has also taken steps to use his privilege to prevent the same situation from happening again. On May 29 Starbucks will close its 8,000 company-owned stores and provide racial bias training for about 175,000 workers. Johnson stated that “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities."

Starbucks is setting an example for other companies to make racial equality a priority and I think that is commendable. The public demanded action from Starbucks when the video came out of the men being arrested and the CEO heard their comments and took action quickly.

We should not be too prideful to take criticism in regards to race relations because there is room for improvement for all of us.

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