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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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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The Best Summer Job And Lobster Roll In Connecticut

It's truly the coolest summer job.


I work at a restaurant on the Connecticut Shoreline called Lobster Landing. Lobster landing is located on the water in Clinton, CT. I work every day in the kitchen helping to serve food, take orders, and cook food. Having a summer job can be really boring at times, but not when you work at a place like this because there's always something going on. Deciding to apply and work at Lobster Landing was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Lobster Landing is owned by two amazing people, Enea and Cathie Bacci. The two of them have worked incredibly hard by devoting much of their time and energy into getting their business to be as successful as it is today. They always welcome their customers with a warm smile or even sometimes a big hug. Cathie and Enea make it an unforgettable and happy experience for everyone that comes to their restaurant. Lobster Landing is a home away from home for not only the customers but also for the staff. They have a very small staff of about 13 people who act like a close-knit family.

Lobster Landing is a very simple restaurant. There are only three things on the menu. Lobster Landing is most famous for their Lobster Rolls. Their Lobster Rolls could be considered to be the best in the state of Connecticut. Because I'm a little biased, I would say they're the best in the world. They also offer a sweet Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and a spicy mustard vinaigrette sauce and lastly, they offer all-beef hot dogs with cheese or sauerkraut. They are also BYO (bring your own.) You can bring anything they don't serve including wine, beer, French fries, side salads etc. For side's, they offer coleslaw, bags of potato chips and at the end, they have cups of gelato! I am definitely guilty of eating lots of gelato at work, but don't tell anybody!

So what makes the Lobster roll so amazing? Lobster Landing serves only hot lobster, not cold. They serve their lobster rolls European style, which means they don't have mayo on them. They use fresh lobster meat, steamed and cut that day in their roles. Each roll contains a quarter of a pound of heated lobster meat. After the lobster is put in the roll, fresh lemon is squeezed on it. Then, warm melted butter is poured over the top of the roll. Lobster Landing also offers a gluten-free option for those who need it!

Not only are the Lobster rolls the greatest of all time, the environment and view is also incredible. They have ocean side seating. The upper deck next to their famous building is built over the water. You can sit anywhere at the restaurant and have a beautiful view of Connecticut oceans. The breeze that comes off the water is perfect for a hot summer day. Lobster Landing is built right next to a marina so there's always boats passing by with eager people waving to their wonderful customers.

One of the main attractions of Lobster Landing is the building itself. The building has been here for a very long time and has survived large storms, hurricanes, floods etc. This rustic building is very beautiful and you'll often see people taking pictures of it or in front of it. I've even seen prom pictures, wedding pictures, and special occasion photos being taken in front of the building.

Lobster Landing offers such a nice environment for its employees and it is always so much fun to work there. The customers are always so nice and talkative, and it is always wonderful to see the regulars that are there almost every week! If you haven't tried a lobster roll here, you seriously need to, it's worth it!
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