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Posted in wine blogs with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by ballymote

 Since the very first post back in early July of last year a great deal has happened to my South Jersey Wine Blog. We have had a name change to South Jersey Wine & Dine, a ton of restaurant reviews with plenty more to come, and most gratifying of all to me, a steady and consistent increase in readership. That first month of July there were 147 visits. I am thrilled to say that if the present trend continues we will reach 10,000 visits before our 1 year anniversary. This doesn’t even include my own visits!! A toast to all of you who have made the efforts I have put into writing this blog totally worthwhile.

 As any of you who live in the Philly/South Jersey area already know, February was a horrendous weather month with record snowfalls. This may have reduced the number of dining opportunities. March will be better as I already have reservations for Blackbird in Collingswood, ModoMio, in Philly and Creed’s Seafood and Steakhouse in King of Prussia, and those are just in the first 8 days of March!

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 It’s been fun sharing these first 100 posts with all of you and I just wanted all of you to know that I appreciate the fact that you find the information I provide on BYOB dining and wine possibilities in this area interesting. Thank you!        Slainte!


Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by ballymote

classic-townsFor a town with a population of 15,000 and only 1.8 square miles of land, Collingswood, NJ has distinguished itself as the uncrowned Capital of BYOBs in South Jersey. Within the tiny radius of the town there are more than 20 excellent dining spots where you can bring a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. There are 16 BYOBs on Haddon Avenue alone and that’s not even mentioning Collings Avenue, home to Blackbird, which is listed among the Top 25 restaurants in ALL of New Jersey.

How do I love thee, Collingswood? Let me just name a few ways, Bistro di Marino, Casona, Il Fiore, Joe Pesce, Nunzio’s, Thai Basil, Tortilla Press, Villa Barone, Word of Mouth, well, you get the idea. We never tire of our visits to the BYOBs of Collingswood. Cherry Hill and Haddonfield may consider themselves the class towns of South Jersey, and they do have their share of fine BYOBs, and my own town of Washington Township may have a huge population (over 50,000 and growing), and a few BYOBs which do a nice job of turning out consistently good food, but for sheer choice and quality of those choices, it’s not even close.  Collingswood reigns supreme!