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Jesse Malin at Jack’s Music Shoppe, Red Bank, New Jersey

Published March 29, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_6978Jesse Malin (Photo by Dennis Mistretta)

Today was marked on my calendar several weeks ago, as it’s been a very long time since I saw Jesse Malin perform. “Very long” as in over 20 years when I used to follow his band D-Generation back in the early 1990s.

I was all revved up for afternoon of live music, as Jesse is an amazing singer/songwriter with so much depth. And what better place to see live music than a record store?

The event promoted Jesse’s new album, “New York Before The War.” As a journalist, I was taught never to write “buy it now” when writing a review — so this will officially be the first time in my writing career that I say, “Buy it now!” Thirteen perfectly produced tunes leave you craving more. Not one clunker in the bunch. But then again, I expected nothing less. From D-Generation to St. Mark’s Social to solo and so forth — it’s all good.

Jesse started the set off with my favorite tune from the CD, “Addicted.” My other favorite is”Bent Up.” (And this is what I say now, as favorite songs change over the years. I’m always one to embrace albums forever … not just during the time they are first released).

Jesse was accompanied by fabulous guitarist and backing vocalist, Derek Cruz, who co-wrote many of the songs. And the grand surprise of the set was The Clash’s “Stay Free” (one of my all-time favorite Clash songs).

Jack’s Music Shoppe was filled with about 100 fans of all ages; many who lined up for autographs after the show. It was cool seeing Jesse again after so many years.

For more information on Jesse Malin, visit:

SAM_6984Me and Jesse Malin

SAM_6987Rock photographer Mark Weiss (left) and my husband, Dennis

At the event my husband ran into rock photographer Mark Weiss (, who was a good friend and big supporter of my husband’s band Pharoah (

And nothing better than ending the day with a meal at Surf Taco!! ( I had the Baja Bowl (Mahi mahi fish, rice, beans, portobello mushrooms, grilled peppers, onions, lettuce, pico de gallo salsa and guacamole).

Yeah, life is good 🙂


Kudos to Surf Taco for Low Prices and Excellent Quality!

Published April 27, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4123GT’s Synergy Kombucha, only $3.79 at Surf Taco!

My husband Dennis and I have been a fan of Surf Taco for several years now. And I was even more impressed today, finding out they now carry kombucha in their Red Bank facility. Mind you, I’m not a “hipster” — I’ve been drinking this stuff since 2004!

But even more wonderful is that Surf Taco is awesome enough to keep the price low! In most grocery stores (Shop Rite, Whole Foods and Fairway) GT’s kombucha is $3.59. And in indie health food stores I’ve seen it as high as $4, even $5!

So a big shout out to Surf Taco for keeping it real!

Thank you Surf Taco — you rock!

And while I’m at it, I might add that their vegan burrito is to die for! Which brings me to another reason to give three cheers to Surf Taco — they know what vegan means (no cheese!) YAY!

Springing Ahead!

Published March 9, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3732Art on wall of Surf Taco in Red Bank

It was super getting up early during “Spring Ahead” when everyone else stayed in bed making up the extra hour.

My husband and I hit Red Bank which is a hip little town about a half hour from our home. I did some clothes shopping while he went record shopping, then I met up with him. I scored two blouses and a CD from a band that’s been around for some time but I recently discovered via Pandora.

It’s just all about the keyboards — they totally speak to me.

After shopping we had a great lunch at Surf Taco. I’m thrilled that they now have vegan tacos (and that they KNOW that vegan means NO CHEESE!) YAY!

Then we went to the next town over — Shrewsbury — to my favorite market Dean’s and got some great healthy eats: buckwheat noodles, chia kombucha, fresh organic blackberries, and much more!

The sun was shining and it was simply a gorgeous winter day! Life is good, as always.