Lillian Africano

Lilllian Africano is the managing editor at Luxe Beat Magazine, the cruise editor at JAX FAX. She also blogs on TheCruiseEditor.com and SpaReviewMag.com.


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New Jersey Celebrates Pork Roll

New Jersey Celebrates Pork Roll

Today, May 28, 2016, New Jersey honors its iconic food, the pork roll, in not one, but two festivals in Trenton. Why two? TC Nelson and Scott Miller created the first festival in 2014, then had a disagreement that result this year in two separate events this year. The Nelson festival is being held between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. at Trenton Social and Miller’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Mill Hill Park. Why all the fuss? Okay, pork roll isn’t foie gras or Chateaubriand, but this tasty artery-clogging treat is the star of the Jersey Breakfast, the pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich. And as such, it’s celebrated, not only with the festivals, but also with a “documentary,” a band (The Pork Roll Project) – and also by the stoner band Ween, which memorialized the sandwich in a song. State Assemblyman Democrat Tim Eustace is leading the push to make the PEC the official state sandwich; the only holdup is the debate about...

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Macy’s Parade: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Macy’s Parade: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Back in the day when my three children were growing up, the Macy’s parade was a big part of our Thanksgiving tradition. We watched it on television, and when a willing grandparent—my father—volunteered as escort, the kids had the real parade experience—watching it “in person” while I cooked our turkey. This operation wasn’t as simple as it might seem. The crowds were always huge and the weather was often cold—that’s all part of the in-person experience. So is getting up early (it’s wise to claim a spot about 7 a.m. or earlier, well before the parade starts at 9 a.m.) As the willing grandparent was only able to lift one child at a time on his shoulders, there were complaints that all the kids could see were people’s legs and knees. And yet, whenever they returned home from one of these outings, they were filled with stories, about the parade itself—the balloons, the floats, the clowns, and yes, Santa himself. About the cold—and also about the valiant ways in which...

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Seward Johnson Statues at the Jersey Shore

Seward Johnson Statues at the Jersey Shore

  Good News for the Jersey Shore: Seward Johnson statues coming in May More good news: spring weather has finally arrived at the shore, so we can all enjoy the 20 life-size Seward Johnson bronze statues that are coming to Toms River. On May 8, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the sculptures, part of a series called “Celebrating the Familiar” to downtown Toms River. The project is part of the district’s plan to improve the downtown area and to bring outdoor art to the community as part of its Community Arts Project. The statues, depicting people living their day-to-day lives, are on loan from The Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, New Jersey. On the Celebrating the Familiar section of his website, the artist describes his work in this way: “My art is an imitation of life. [The sculptures] do many things; they can warm up … a park or public space and they invite people to come into that space, so that they don’t...

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