“Jerseylicious”: Season 2, take 1

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It’s nothing but drama, drama, drama in the Garden State.

They're baaaaack.... spray tans and Aquanet and all.

At least that’s what you’d assume after watching the first few episodes of “Jerseylicious” this season. What have hairstylists Tracy, Gigi and Anthony, makeup artists Alexa and Olivia, and Green Brook-based Gatsby Salon owners Gayle and Christy been up to? A whole lot. Check it out.

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“Jerseylicious” heats up the Garden State this summer

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It’s officially summer, and things are definitely heating up in the Garden State.

The "Jerseylicious" cast will continue being fabulous for a second season./Photo credit Style Network

Take “Jerseylicious,” for example. The hit Style Network show may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean the employees of Green Brook’s Gatsby Salon are resting on their laurels.

Far from it, actually. The network recently announced that it has renewed the reality show for a second season of a whopping 20 – count ’em, 20! – episodes. Even better: You won’t have to wait all that long to see these new episodes. The new season commences at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5.

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A “Jerseylicious” tour of the Garden State

Wondering where in the world “Jerseylicious” has been the past four weeks? Wonder no longer!

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Here is a complete list of all of the faces and places featured on the Style Network show from the second half of the season. You can find recaps of the first four episodes here and here.

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Where in the world is “Jerseylicious” now?

Forget about Carmen Sandiego. Aren’t New Jerseyans at least a little curious about where the cast of  “Jerseylicious” is every week?

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The Style Network reality show about the faces behind Green Brook’s Gatsby Salon was filmed all over the Garden State last year. Where have they been in recent episodes? Let’s take a look:

Episode 4

New Jersey Life Health & Beauty: The bimonthly magazine sends a secret shopper to the Gatsby to determine whether it will be a finalist in its search for the best salon in the state. Hairstylist Tracy is positively ga-ga at the thought of being on the cover of a magazine: “This magazine won’t just like be a big thing for the salon, it’ll be like a huge deal for me cause I could be on the cover. Like the Gatsby would be there, too – they’d be like behind me somewhere, but like I would be on the cover. Just me.”

Anthony Robert Salon (Verona): The only male hairstylist featured on “Jerseylicious,” Anthony Lombardi is working at Gatsby while his own salon is being remodeled. A crisis at his salon has Anthony bolting from Gatsby in the middle of an appointment – which just happens to be with the secret shopper from New Jersey Life Health & Beauty magazine.

Muscle Mill (Milltown): Tracy’s boyfriend Lorenzo (who also happens to be makeup artist Olivia’s ex-boyfriend) pumps iron while Tracy receives RSVPs for her “Safari” themed birthday party and gloats about not inviting Olivia. “You love preying on the weak,” Lorenzo tells her. “That’s why it’s a safari party.”

Olivia and Briella describe their AVE Somerset apartment's party decorations as "jungle-licious."/Photo by Ava Gacser

AVE Somerset (Somerset): Olivia and her best friend Briella’s apartment is the site of their “jungle” themed spite party to annoy Tracy. “I can’t wait to hand out my invitations tomorrow at work cause you better believe that I’m giving Tracy an invitation,” Olivia gloats. When hairstylists Gigi and Anthony point out to her that Tracy’s birthday party is the same day and safari-themed, Olivia feigns ignorance: “I had no idea. I wasn’t invited to her party.”

Meow!

If anyone can identify the deli Olivia and Briella ate huge subs at while plotting their jungle party or the exact Party City store where they shopped for decorations in this episode, please let me know!

Episode 3

46 Lounge (Totowa): This nightclub is the site of more than one showdown between rivals Olivia and Tracy. In this episode, the pair start yelling at one another and Tracy, via a voiceover, utters this gem: “This is my club, and you’re not welcome here. They took out the trash last night, so what the hell are you coming back here for?”

Olivia’s response, also via voiceover, is equally amusing: “Honestly, I don’t know who got whacked and made Tracy boss.”

My Bed To Go (Green Brook): A mattress store adjacent to The Gatsby Salon in Arthur’s Plaza. Salon owners Gayle and Christy hold auditions there for a television commercial they are creating to advertise the business. Tracy is less than impressed: “Our auditions are in a mattress store. I mean, really? In a mattress store?”

John Franco Photography (Union): A wedding photographer who is recommended to Gayle to film the salon’s commercial. He’s very touchy/feely with all of the women during the auditions. “I’m the director, I can touch anybody,” he says. Glam Fairy Alexa is less than impressed with his skills: “I don’t have people tell me what to do. Certainly not a director with a camera that I could go buy at CVS.” During the filming, Johnny takes Tracy up on her suggestions to include more shots of her in the commercial because she is mad Olivia is getting more screen time.

Swain’s Hardware (Cape May): Gigi thinks her boyfriend is taking her on a romantic weekend in Cape May (near Atlantic City), but Frankie has other ideas. As soon as they get into town, he heads to this spot to check out a motorcycle that he’s apparently contemplating buying. Still, he’s not to impressed with the quaint little town, which is full of Victorian B&Bs: “People come here to die,” he tells Gigi.

Liberty House Restaurant hosted Alexa's "trash the dress" event./Photo by TravelMuse.com

Liberty House Restaurant (Jersey City): Alexa holds a “trash the dress” event here and runs Olivia ragged. The idea, which Alexa calls the “next trend in bridal photography,” features brides basically messing up their wedding gowns for a creative, artistic photo shoot. This particular one involves the bride – and two obliging little girls – smearing melted chocolate, strawberries and assorted other food all over her dress in an artsy way. Olivia thinks it’s brilliant.

If anyone knows the name of the B&B Gigi and Frankie spent the night or the location of Mario’s Pizza and Italian Eatery they visited in this episode, please let me know!


Which places were featured in other “Jerseylicious” episodes? Find out right here and here. (Several places in my hometown are included!)

There’s nothing more “Jerseylicious” than… Franklin Township?

I knew “Jerseylicious” was filmed in the general vicinity – aka Somerset County, New Jersey – but I had no idea it was in my backyard.

Welcome to Franklin Township, the fifth best place to live in America!/All photos by Ava Gacser

In the first two episodes alone, the ladies of Green Brook’s Gatsby Salon have ventured into my neck of the woods a whopping three times.

The sign may be relatively new, but the Somerset Diner has been part of my stomping grounds my entire life.

In episode 1, Olivia and her new roommate, Briella, wolfed down “disco fries” (french fries with gravy and mozzarella) at the Somerset Diner on Easton Avenue. (Quick note about the Somerset Diner: This is THE diner in my town. I’ve known it my entire life and to see it on television is just, wow, surreal.)

But that was just episode 1. Little did I know “Jerseylicious” would be back this week, with two more stops in my lifelong hometown.

Franklin tip: If you're looking for apple cider vinegar with *the mother,* then Nature's Weigh is exactly where you need to go.

Next up was Tracy and boyfriend Lorenzo (who also happens to be Olivia/Snooki’s ex), who dropped by the health food shop Nature’s Weigh (which is located in Village Plaza, right next to the diner) to buy some creatine so Lorenzo can bulk up some more. While there the pair discussed Olivia and her faults. “She’s going to be late for her own funeral,” joked Lorenzo.

Then the show moved on to the new digs Olivia shares with Briella… which just happen to be a Korman Community called AVE Somerset on Pierce Street near Elizabeth Avenue (close to the Franklin/South Bound Brook border).

What strikes me as funny is that AVE Somerset is an upscale, fully furnished apartment complex for “short or long-term stays.” Somehow I doubt management would approve of the hot pink paint Olivia and Briella used on their living room wall, but hey, I’m sure the Style Network has that covered.

“We’re from Jersey,” Olivia said while picking up a paint brush. “We don’t pump gas and we definitely don’t paint.”

Another area establishment that was featured prominently in episode 2 was Alfonso’s Family Trattoria in Somerville (which may also appear on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” this season as Teresa Giudice was filmed eating there in September with her father), site of this ridiculous exchange between hairstylist Gigi, her boyfriend Frankie and some hapless waiter. All of them need serious acting lessons:

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Gigi and Frankie (who lives somewhere in Hunterdon County) are the embodiment of the typical Jersey love story (not): The pair met at Dunkin’ Donuts at 3 a.m. He made fun of her rhinestone-studded license plate cover. She sassed him back and that was it. “Who knew he was going to like me when I told him to go f*** himself?” Gigi jokes.

Other Jersey joints featured in”Jerseylicious” include the 46 Lounge in Totowa (episode 1) and Planet Chicken in Dunellen (episode 2), the site of Alexa, Anthony and Gigi’s lunch.

“Anthony, very classy place,” Alexa cattily commented about the eatery. “I have white (wine) in a merlot glass.”

(If Anthony were super-quick on the uptake, he should have responded with this “Seinfeld” zinger: “Merlot? I never heard of it. Did they just invent it?”)

There’s no telling where on Easton Avenue “Jerseylicious” might take us next week.  Blockbuster? Stop N Shop? Unclaimed Freight?

I have no idea, but it sure is fun finding out.

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