Thanks a million!

It’s Christmas time, and I can’t think of a more perfect gift than this lil’ old blog reaching its 1 millionth hit.

Now, it’s official – that’s exactly what it’s done, a few months shy of its third anniversary. Thank you!

In addition to thanking you, my visitors, there are a few other people I must acknowledge. For without these individuals, my blog would not have reached this milestone for many, many more moons to come.

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“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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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Welcome to the real world

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It’s a sad, sad day in New Jersey.

Teresa and Joe Giudice with their daughters, Gia, 9, and baby Audriana from the book "Skinny Italian."/Photo credit Hyperion Books

Sure, we all know the economy is in the toilet, and the state unemployment rate is hovering just below 10 percent. But now we have irrefutable proof that our sad state of affairs has actually penetrated *reality* television.

People reports that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Juicy Joe, will have the contents of their “granite, marble and onyx” Towaco mansion auctioned off on Aug. 22 as part of the terms of their bankruptcy filing. And judging by the catalog, nothing – and I mean nothing – is exempt from the sale.

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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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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!)

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