Brown is the color of choice at Newton Chocolatier's sleek new location—from the warm wood floors to the cocoa-hued walls to the handmade treats that change with the seasons and holidays. The tasty wares, presented beneath a gleaming glass case, may include ghost-shaped pops or snowmen made the traditional way—with chocolate and stuffed with peanut butter.
An influx of European immigrants to Argentina in the 20th century left the country’s kitchens reeling with new recipes. Not surprising then that Argentine chef Daniel Lucci deftly knits together flavors from South America, the United States, and the Mediterranean. Pastas pop with Argentine reggianito cheese, and South American fish marinated in cajun spices or white-wine sauces perch atop beds of rice. After dining, companions can tote home bottles of Chef Lucci’s balsamic dressing, which once emptied, double as guestrooms for visiting genies.
Slinging high-quality meats directly into home kitchens for nearly a century, Passanante's Home Food Service’s butchers hand-trim antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, chicken, and pork and deliver the flash-frozen cuts straight to doorsteps. To forge their naturally aged steaks and burgers, they only use meat from grain-fed Angus steers raised without hormones, steroids, preventive antibiotics, or sugary cereals.
Additionally, they sell locally raised pork, which gleans its uniform color and succulence from a farm-fed diet of corn and grain. For their poultry, they enlist the help of farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania to raise the birds on seeds and grains, unlike factory farms, which fatten up their chickens with insults that undermine their self-esteem.
Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey's staff conducts a wide range of services, including those that use lasers and other advanced technologies. Registered nurses zap body hair with pulses of light, resist encroaching facial lines with injections of Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse volumizing filler, and accent complexions with permanent makeup that will outlast the earth. Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey also boasts endermologie machines that can contour torsos and reduce cellulite.
Blue Water Seafood Company’s expansive menu satisfies the deepest desires of seafaring appetites. Appetizers such as oysters on the half shell ($16/dozen) launch the stomach on a seafaring journey, continued by jumbo lump crab cakes ($17 lunch; $23 dinner) and fried clam strips ($15 lunch; $18 dinner). Blue Water's live Maine lobster ($26/lb., dinner only) is steamed and served with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables upon order, bringing forth celestial flavors from the abyssopelagic depths. The maritime menu is bordered by an assortment of terra firma tasties including lemon chicken with artichoke hearts and crispy garlic ($14 lunch; $18 dinner) and New Zealand lamb chops ($35, dinner only).
According to legend, Elias Atrum—a recluse dubbed "Old Eli" by area townsfolk—first farmed the grounds in the 1800s. When locals began disappearing, the authorities’ investigation pointed toward Eli’s farm, where they stumbled upon unspeakably gruesome sights. Now, every October, the farm fills with the sound of screams and Eli’s maniacal laughter.
Creepy Hollow’s Atrum Farm tells the gruesome story surrounding the locale, tracing Eli's grim descent and the carnage that he left in his wake. New this year, Paranoia—a second trail—lures intrepid guests through more of the haunted grounds, highlighting the sinister presence that lingered long after the mad farmer disappeared. This trail maintains a petrifying mood made all the more unsettling by strobe lights, fog machines, and loud noises. For easily frightened guests, Creepy Hollow includes a relaxing moonlight hayride through some of the 1,000 acres of farmland and a 5-acre, family-friendly corn maze. The staff also keeps teeth from chattering with concessions such as hot dogs, hot cider, and hot chocolate.