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A "100% Thrilled" guarantee accompanies every photo that Anthony S. Torres takes. At MIT, he studied engineering, but over time he shifted to art and architecture. As a web designer wielding a brush dipped in pixels, his creative side poured through, and eventually he narrowed his focus to photography. Today, Anthony's specialties are in family and children's portraiture, but his portfolio also includes genres such as corporate, event, and boudoir photography. A strong background in design means Anthony can assist in companies' branding efforts, and having a child of his own means Anthony recognizes the importance of uniquely personal, candid family pics. He achieves these snapshots of treasured moments by getting to know each member of the family and walking through their home before the session begins, helping him capture their unique personalities in every shot he takes.
Ma'Keba K. Spicer is doing what she loves. By leading pole-dancing classes, the owner of Vertical Venus Pole Fitness has combined her penchant for nonconformist self-expression with a liberating and alluring fitness form. In her recently opened, lounge-like studio, Spicer teaches spins, shimmies, and twirls around the pole to the beats of radio hits. Her sessions include both choreographed and freestyle moves, inspiring creativity and confidence in her students while simultaneously encouraging them to express themselves or their fireman persona as they slide down the pole.
A Nutley tradition since 1934, The Old Canal Inn closed in 2008 only to rise phoenix-like earlier this year, complete with its old shuffleboard lane, and history-heavy bar top, each lauded by the Bloomfield Patch. Kick off a night of ribald revelry with a heady glass of Guinness and blackened steak bites, as beefy and darkened as Mr. Coal Miner USA, or tuck into a plate of southwest-chicken eggrolls with tongue-tingling cusabi sauce. Though the bar proudly touts its dive-ish nature, the dinner menu features such gourmand fodder as chicken marsala and peppercorn-crust new york strip, basking in a balsamic demi-glace. Events abound in the hop-house, including open mic every Tuesday, when troubadours draw inspiration from the bar-backing photos of old-timey hep cats singing Baby Got Back.
A fresh take on cooked-to-order burgers, Smashburger combines all the comforts of a well-stacked meal with the modest luxuries of expedient service and ample sit-down space. The menu boasts more smashes than two monster trucks playing tennis; Smashburgers (starting at $4.99 for a 1/4 lb.), grilled and crispy Smashchickens (starting at $5.99), Smashsalads ($4.99–6.99), and Smashsides such as the Smashfries fire up the hearts and bellies of all gracious guests. The Smashburger—100% Angus Beef plus quality veggies and cheeses on an artisan bun—takes center stage during most meals, while non-secret specialties, such as the Häagen-Dazs shake, keep mouths grounded, cool, and smiley.
At Anthony's Cheesecake, owner Anthony Lauro crafts each and every cheesecake made-to-order from fresh ingredients, using treasured family recipes passed down to him by his mother and grandmother. The classically delectable New York–style cheesecake ($18 for 8”; $24 for 10”) delights naturally urbane palates with a buttery graham-cracker crust, and boston-cream cheesecake ($22 for 8”; $29 for 10”) charms chompers with its vanilla sponge-cake crust, ganache topping, and insistence that everything is "wicked." Diners unwilling to commit to one single dessert can find delicious compromise in an Oreo-cookie cheesecake ($20 for 8”; $29 for 10”) or chocolate-chip-cookie-dough cheesecake ($20 for 8"; $29 for 10"). And because our founding fathers declared the enjoyment of cheesecake to be an unalienable right, Anthony's bakes up sugar-free varieties to suit the sweet needs of the calorie-conscious in flavors such as italian ricotta, baked cinnamon apple, and blueberry.