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NJ Vocabulary

NJ Vocabulary: What Is Hunka Bunka?

Not long ago, particularly during the summer season, New Jersey nightlife was synonymous with shore living. But even when the months of summer were over, that Garden State nightlife didn’t take a hiatus; it simply relocated to Hunka Bunka, a…

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NJ Vocabulary: What Is the Evil Clown of Middletown?

New Jersey is famous for loads of visual landmarks. The beach, the Meadowlands, lighthouses, Asbury Park’s way-too-smiley Tillie and many more. The one landmark that stands out like an evil clown watching you drive down a highway is, well, the…

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NJ Vocabulary: What Is Chicken Savoy?

New Jersey has an impressive history with food. There are, of course, NJ-only offerings such as pork roll and disco fries, as well as dishes NJ has perfected, like the tomato pie. Another Garden State-only dish that has proven to…

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Action Park

NJ Vocabulary: What Is Action Park?

If you grew up in New Jersey, summer wasn’t summer unless there was a visit to Action Park involved. It couldn’t be helped. The commercial started around mid-May and teased and taunted hopeful thrill-seekers all summer long. Mention Action Park…

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NJ Vocabulary: What Is WSOU?

In 49 states, WSOU are letters. To New Jersey natives, it’s a culture. Music runs deep in New Jersey and a lot of it starts at WSOU. The radio station is responsible for breaking many now-mainstream hard rock and metal…

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disco fries

NJ Vocabulary: What Are Disco Fries?

There ain’t no party like the one that takes place in a diner at 2 am. In the mid-1990s, almost every table at a Garden State diner would be taken by partygoers who were fresh out of the club — and…

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NJ Vocabulary: The Series

Jersey boys (and girls) know that the Garden State has a language all its own when it comes to discussing our home turf. But did you know that some folks from one region of New Jersey might have totally different…

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What Is a Sloppy Joe?

NJ Vocabulary: What Is a Sloppy Joe?

While some can argue that a New Jersey tomato pie is similar to a pizza, comparing a New Jersey Sloppy Joe to a Sloppy joe anywhere else is impossible. And there are still some New Jersey residents who aren’t aware…

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NJ Vocabulary: What Is Pork Roll?

It’s breakfast. It’s lunch. It’s dinner. It’s brunch. It’s a sandwich, a pizza topping, a side dish or a main course. It’s pork roll — and it’s our NJ Vocabulary word of the week. Pork Roll — Noun. A pork-based…

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Tomato Pie

NJ Vocabulary: What Is a Tomato Pie?

I t shouldn’t be any different, right? It’s the same three ingredients, simply arranged in a different order. But just as 123 isn’t the same as 312, changing the order changes everything. And there’s something delicious in the special way…

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