The legendary Ryland Inn has always been a destination restaurant, but with its reopening two years ago, it’s not just the kitchen that’s shaking things up anymore. Patrons travel long distances to sample the cuisine and cocktails, thanks to mixologist Chris James. James, who is something of a celebrity in his own right, won New Jersey’s Iron Shaker (or best bartender) contest late last year. Here, he whets our appetite for spring with a taste of the French Riviera.
That old adage that you can’t go home again? It’s just not true. I’m a Jersey girl, born and bred. I took class trips to many of the historic sites, museums and parks that we feature in this very magazine and I even spent my summers on the Jersey shore --
way before Snooki claimed her stake, but like other newly minted college graduates, I left for other adventures. I spent 17 years away from the Garden State in places like New York City, Connecticut and North Carolina, but New Jersey’s siren song