Siciliano's Market News, June 10 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about a trip to New Jersey

The Anghelone's beautiful backyard

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

Hanging out on the boardwalk at Asbury Park, a historical lighthouse and some tasty cuisine were among the highlights of a trip to New Jersey this past week to visit Barb's cousins Mike and Betty Anghelone.

Mike and Betty have a beautiful home in Belford, a seaside community located within Middletown Township in Monmouth County. They also have a beautiful backyard and that's where we spent a good deal of time during our three day visit, most of it at a covered bar chatting, sipping bourbon, smoking cigars and listening to an eclectic range of music on Mike's impressive sound system. The house sits on the banks of Compton Creek at the edge of a bird sanctuary and is a short drive from Raritan Bay.

Mike and Betty's "Creekside Bar"

New Jersey is known as "The Garden State" but despite its rural sounding moniker I thought that we'd be visiting an area dominated by concrete, steel and asphalt. Boy was I wrong! On our drives around the community we saw gorgeous homes and lush country landscapes. On one of those drives we visited the Navasink Twin Lights, a non-operational lighthouse constructed in 1828 on the Navasink Highlands overlooking Sandy Hook Bay, the entrance to New York City harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. On another sweltering afternoon we drove down to Asbury Park, a small city on the coast known for its beachfront boardwalk and live music venues which have hosted native New Jerseyans Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Barb's chicken marsala

Mike and Betty were the consummate hosts. One evening Mike grilled some very tasty ribs and on another he whipped up an excellent shrimp and pasta dish. We also hit a couple of very good restaurants. Barb and I agreed that the Italian cuisine at Toscanella Cafe was some of the best we've had outside of Italy.

Featured Wines of the Week

Arca Nova White, $10.49/750ml- A much appreciated wine for its perfect balance and combination between the aromas of three of the most famous grape varieties of the region.Visual: Bright and clear with a light lemony colour. Aroma: Fruity and fresh. Clean and pleasant aromas add a rich and interesting bouquet. Green and pleasant aromas add a rich interesting bouquet. Green apples is the most evidence. Flavour: It presents itself with a soft minerality, very well balanced and médium structure.

Arca Nova Rose $10.49/750ml- Produced from the Espadeiro and Touriga Nacional variety, this wine defines a new concept in rosé. The red fruit and berries aromas, blended with the freshness and lightness only possible in a Vinho Verde, make this a very special rosé.Visual: Clear and bright framboise colour. Aroma: Fresh and young aromas. Strawberries and raspberries crushed into currant with generous lime drops. Flavour: Nice structure and a good balance between the alcohol and acidity. The light fizz enhances the wine freshness.

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Featured Spirits of the Week

RumHaven Coconut Rum, $18.99/1000ml- Welcome to paradise. Kick back, relax & drink in the sunshine. RumHaven Caribbean Rum is made with coconut water, natural flavors and cane sugar to send your senses on a tropical vacation. Experience an unforgettable natural flavor that is as refreshing as an ocean view. Get a boarding pass for your taste buds and enjoy a little taste of Haven.

Virginia Distillery Co. Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, $52.59/750ml- Coppery gold in color, this whisky offers aromas of honeyed fig, walnut, and apple. Barrel smoke mingles with sweetness from the fruit, developing into cocoa and melding into cinnamon and clove on the palate. The finish lingers with hints of caramelized sugar.