A “Real Housewives of New Jersey” guide to the Garden State, take 2

Curious about the places and faces featured in the past two episodes of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”? Then check out this handy-dandy list!

Caroline, Teresa and Dina spend some hard-earned cash at The Shoppes at The Water Club in Atlantic City./Credit New York Times

Caroline, Teresa and Dina spend some hard-earned cash at The Shoppes at The Water Club in Atlantic City./Credit New York Times

Episode 5

The Water Club Hotel (Atlantic City) – An in-state getaway for Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo and Dina’s friend Pam. While there, Teresa receives a phone call from her weeping 2-year-old daughter Milania, whom she tries to bribe with gifts, including a bike. (Isn’t she too young even for training wheels?)

Hearts on Fire (Atlantic City) – Diamond jewelry store located in The Water Club where Dina and Teresa try on a $1 million rope necklace and Teresa seems to seriously consider purchasing a $280,000 bracelet.

Teresa does some pre-bubbies shopping at La Perla./Credit Bravo

Teresa does some pre-bubbies shopping at La Perla./Credit Bravo

La Perla (Atlantic City) – Lingerie and bathing suit shop located in The Water Club where Teresa tries on an animal-print bikini B.B. (Before Bubbies) and Dina and Caroline tell her it will look so much better A.B. (After Bubbies).

*To see where else these “Real Housewives” shopped while in AC (that’s Atlantic City, y’all), go here.*

Photography by M Kortoci (Ridgewood) – Photography studio where Jacqueline Laurita takes her 17-year-old daughter Ashley to have photos taken. Ashley subsequently has a meltdown (due either to her insecurities or her mother insisting on pointing them out in front of the photographer), and Jacqueline decides against giving her daughter the tricked-out Jeep her husband Chris has purchased for her (and is sitting in a warehouse somewhere). The photographer, Mike Kortoci, has photographed “America’s Next Top Model” winner CariDee English, who herself hosted the Oxygen reality show “Pretty Wicked.”

Izakaya (Atlantic City) – Japanese pub located in The Borgata where Dina, Caroline, Teresa, Pam and another one of Dina’s friends break bread (or California rolls). It’s during this meal that Dina bemoans her busy life and contemplates not working any more.

What - this doesn't scream earth-shattering romance to you?/Credit Bravo

What - this doesn't scream earth-shattering romance to you?/Credit Bravo

Oakland Diner (Oakland) – Diner where Danielle Staub breaks up with Steve (the BJ boy). Danielle had previously wanted to break up with Steve during dinner in front of Teresa and Joe and Jacqueline and Chris at Varka in Ramsey in Episode 3. “I’m looking for the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with, and it’s not going to be you,” Danielle tells him while shedding several tears. Not surprisingly, Steve takes the news pretty well. (Of course, he’d already hit Teresa up for an invitation to her Shore house – and he was bringing another woman.)

Balocco (Clifton) – Italian restaurant where Teresa and Joe take their daughters Gia, Gabriella and Milania for an (anything but) peaceful meal. “This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants,” Teresa declares. This is where the discussion of bubbies takes a serious turn, with Joe even consulting a waiter about whether his wife should get breast implants. It’s also where the rest of the diners’ meals were interrupted by Gabriella and Milania’s incessant howling.

The Robert Zubowski, M.D. Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Paramus) – Teresa’s journey to new “bubbies” begins here (though why she went through with this baffles me if she wasn’t done making babies). While consulting with Dr. Zubowski, Teresa decides on a B cup, mainly because Dina cautions her about going larger. “They get in the way, they’re annoying, they’re obnoxious” says Dina. “There’s a fine line between tasteful and tacky.” (Or clever and stupid.) We also learn during this consultation that both Jacqueline and Dina have silicone implants, and that Dina is apparently jealous that her sister Caroline’s bubbies are fo real. “She has invested $20,000 plus in her boobs and mine are real. She can’t stand it,” says Caroline.

When Teresa arrives for her surgery, her husband Joe talks her into getting a C cup, which means she’ll go “from having nipples to having boobs.” Um, they’re bubbies, Joe. Get it straight. (Though apparently Joe is concerned they might shrink in the wash.)

Episode 4

The friendship between Danielle and Jacqueline has been strained ever since "the book" was uncovered./Credit Bravo

The friendship between Danielle and Jacqueline has been strained ever since "the book" was uncovered./Credit Bravo

Fratelli Trattoria (Ridgewood) – Italian restaurant where Danielle confronts Jacqueline and Teresa about the rumors circulating that she a) chases after married men and b) offers physical trainers sex in exchange for training sessions.

Dance With Me Studio (Ridgefield) – Dance studio run by Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy, the father of “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. At the supposed suggestion of Teresa’s “delicious and juicy” husband, Joe, the “Real Housewives” and family take dance lessons. Danielle, while excellent, takes it entirely too seriously and gets frisky with Caroline’s eldest son, Albie. Caroline (who refuses to dance) later says she was ready to clobber Danielle for manhandling her boy.

Dr. Steven Domnitz – Jacqueline’s OB-GYN, who she and her husband Chris visit to learn the results of their genetic testing. The parents of a young son are relieved to hear no abnormalities were detected. (They have since successfully conceived, and Jacqueline is expecting any day now.)

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“Cop Without a Badge” – The now notorious book about the life of Kevin Maher, Danielle’s ex-husband. The Manzo sisters got their hands on this out-of-print tome, which alleges that Danielle (then known as Beverly Merrill) was a stripper who was involved in the kidnapping of a rich kid. Beverly/Danielle and her drug-dealing boyfriend were busted, and Beverly/Danielle was charged with extortion, kidnapping and possession. Her savior, Maher, helped her work out a deal in which she pleaded guilty to extortion, for which she received five years probation.


Dina says she purchased this cute periwinkle dress seen here at Saks Fifth Avenue. However, in Episode 5 she expresses concern about its length: "If I bend over, my chucky is out for everyone to see."/Credit Bravo

A master list of the season thus far is available right here.

If anyone actually visits any of these places, please let me know your thoughts! And please let me know about any places I might have missed.

Also, if anyone can explain to me where the phrase “chucky” comes from, please do!


  1. Jon said,

    June 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I’d like to know the brand of the two-toned (yellow collar, grey or white main I think) shirt Albie had on at the last supper. Any help?

  2. Lulu said,

    June 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Can any one tell me the brand name of the periwinkle dress Dina had on? I can’t find it at Saks.

  3. avagacser said,

    June 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I know! I was really liking Caroline right up until she said that. What a low blow. I wonder if Chris said anything to his sister when she said that. If Caroline really was protecting Dina I wonder why Dina can’t defend herself. Or does her sister always jump to her defense so she never has to?

  4. RJ Daniels said,

    June 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Just covering for Dina. Jacqueline sided with Danielle. I lost respect for Caroline last night when she said to Jacqueline that “you know who you are really hurting? our parents” all else fails play the family card….

  5. avagacser said,

    June 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Good point! Though maybe it was the show that handed the book to them. Do you think Caroline really was the instigator or was she just covering for Dina?

  6. RJ Daniels said,

    June 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I bet Caroline got wind of Danielle, book, background from her best buddy Bernie Kerik!

  7. Zooomabooma said,

    June 11, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I’m actually proud to be from NJ but this show is making me wish I was from Iowa or some crap like that. I can’t wait until this pathetic garbage is long forgotten about. Next year will be better than knowing this is on TV like every other day. So sad.

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