Sparkling cocktails and stromboli

December 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

We girls love our fruity cocktails. Yesterday, some of us (and Phil) went into New Brunswick to take advantage of the 4-7pm happy hour at Clydz Restaurant, where it’s half-off on all fancy drinks. Below, we have Phil’s Russian Winter (Zubrowka, nocello, dark and white chocolate liqueurs), Tonia’s Apple Pie (apple vodka, apple schnapps, apple liqueur, apple juice, honey, and cinnamon), and my all-time favorite, the Destroyer (sweet tea vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemonade, cucumber, and club soda). So sweet, so damned good.

Cocktail trio

I do have to say that sipping on the Destroyer was a bit of tease though, because all of the flavors are so refreshing and remind me of summer, evoking images of people sitting on their porches in rocking chairs and just watching the clouds float by.

The Destroyer

My second drink of the evening was a lovely sparkling drink called the French “55,” with something called Zubrowka, elderflower, pineapple, lemon and champagne. Slightly tropical and not too sweet, the drink’s lemon element also gave the cocktail a heady aroma just as you sipped it. And because we didn’t know what was actually in Zubrowka, we Wiki-ed it and discovered that it’s sometimes referred to as Buffalo Grass vodka, distilled from rye and known to have flavors of woodruff (whatever that is), vanilla, coconut, and almond. Yummy.

French 55

Tiff also got a beautifully colored drink called the Sparkling Sunrise, with Chambord, peach schnapps, and champagne. I’m all about the sparkling cocktails at Clydz now. Something about champagne always makes the occasion a little bit more special.

Sparkling Sunrise

But because we can’t live on cocktails alone, after happy hour, we walked over to Stuff Yer Face for some piping hot strombolis. I ordered my classic, chipotle pork with cheddar, and happily dug into some meaty, cheesy bliss.

Chipotle pork stromboli


Clydz Restaurant
55 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Stuff yer face and Clydz

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been hanging out in the New Brunswick area a lot the past couple of days. First was a trip to Stuff Yer Face with Tonia, Cathy, Murphy (who got the fishbowl), and Jiawen, and even though I ended up not going one of their famous strombolis, I was perfectly happy with their chipotle pork sandwich which had a nice kick to it.

Then today, a group of us enjoyed happy hour at Clydz, a restaurant/bar hidden on a side just street off Route 27. The inside was very cozy, complete with an actual fireplace, and we all ordered “girly” drinks with names like “Girl Scout Cookie” and “Watermelon,” which tasted exactly like a Jolly Rancher. One of the major favorites was a concoction called “The Destroyer” and contrary to what its name might imply about its nature, it was one of the sweetest, smoothest drinks of the bunch, made with sweet tea vodka, elderflower, and lemonade.

We also ordered some appetizers: roasted garlic hummus, pierogies, and fried calamari, but I didn’t really think of any of our dishes as really impressive. I’m still in love with the pierogies at Veselka in New York, which have your choice of filling (including sweet potato, cheeses, etc) and then fried, compared to the Clydz’s boiled version. My fried calamari were all right, but the accompanying marinara sauce was watery and I would’ve preferred something with a little more heat.

All in all, I think Clydz is probably worth it only for happy hour. Drinks are half-off and come to around $5 or $6 each and select appetizers are $5 and most of them are decently-sized portions.

Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

55 Paterson St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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