Not too way back, the movie “Julie & Julia” has debuted on silver screens all through the nation and has reignited in many individuals our passion for distinctive delicacies. Whereas Julie and Julia of the movie uncover the enormously tough duties of mastering French delicacies at residence, my partner Fran and I had our palettes reignited for the equally satisfying joys of consuming at a pleasant French restaurant.
Nevertheless the place to go?
Dwelling 48 minutes from Midtown Manhattan and its seemingly limitless inventory of fashionable French consuming locations, bistros and cafes undoubtedly has its advantages; nevertheless this time we decided to intention our GPS West to see if we would uncover a additional “nation inn” sort of multinational to fill the bill.
We acknowledge that our Garmin Novi GPS is, actually, a superb digital Ouija board. We contact the show display, ask a question:
“Hermione, (that’s what we title our GPS because of she speaks with a British accent) is there a pleasant French nation inn inside a half tank of gasoline west of our residence proper right here in Maplewood, New Jersey?”
“Re-Calculating… on the bottom of the driveway – flip – left.”
And right away [well, more like 45 minutes], we arrived in Flanders, New Jersey and Silver Spring Farm French Restaurant. This charming Inn is conveniently positioned very close to Route 80 near Budd Lake and the hamlet of Mount Olive.
Arriving an hour earlier than our 5:00 reservations, we had been, none the a lot much less, greeted by the “Grande Dame” of the Inn herself, Jacqueline Ivaldi. Standing with wonderful posture on the reservations station, she smiled and said, “Bienvenue! Welcome to Silver Spring Farm.”
“Thanks, we’re an hour early and we’re questioning if we would get an early seating.”
Feigning, seriousness she actually walked once more into an empty consuming room peered spherical after which returned to the station. “Positive, you is perhaps in luck” she said, “We are going to squeeze you in.”
All of us had an excellent snort and knew immediately that we had made the becoming willpower to go to with Jacqueline, her husband Chef Man Ivaldi, and their son Jean-Jacques (who expert on the renowned Lodge College of Lausanne, Switzerland) They have been working The French Restaurant at Silver Spring Farm given that early 1940’s. Proper right here refugees from a devastated Publish WWII France would possibly get out of their uncommon and unfamiliar New York Metropolis environs and “journey” not too faraway from city for a weekend or usually longer with conviviality, bonhomie and, actually, incomparable French delicacies.
Silver Spring Farm has a website online, so I can’t waste time proper right here itemizing their distinctive and distinguished menu proper right here. I am going to, nonetheless, give two objects of advice. First, go there hungry. The components are generous and irresistible; and, perception me; you don’t want to go looking out your self full sooner than the dessert. Second, ask about off-the-menu specials. I had a rooster, beef, lamb sampler in three fully totally different sauces that I can re-experience days later by merely closing my eyes and touching the tip of my tongue to my palate, yum.