Monmouth Health & Life

Good Greek!

A nondescript strip mall. A bright neon sign that blazes “Greek Grill.” That’s all part of Niko’s Trapezi’s charm.

Bayou by the Sea

Any homage to New Orleans better be full of flair and flavor. Happily, that’s just what you get at Clementine’s Café.

La vida locavore

The new oxford american dictionary defines locavore as a person who seeks out locally produced food.

Like father, like son

We all want our kids to have something better than our own lot in life, and the late George H. Laufenberg, a union carpenter who headed the New Jersey State Council of Carpenters from 1982 until his death in 1995, was no exception.

The power of polenta

Is polenta one of those foods you’ve heard about but don’t really know? Have no fear; it’s not mysterious. Polenta is cooked cornmeal—a longstanding comfort food of northern Italian origin that may even predate the invention of bread.

Organic for less

Hungry for a reliable source of affordable organic produce, Janit London founded Purple Dragon Co-op in Glen Ridge more than 20 years ago, way ahead of the organic foods curve.

Goodbye, back pain

Elizabeth Maldonado had tried all kinds of medical treatments for the chronic back pain that had plagued her since 2005. She saw pain-management specialists who injected her spine with medications and prescribed oral narcotics. After three years of this, she was no better. In fact, she was worse.

Beating ‘the widow maker’

It’s said that just before you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. But for a local physician who recently suffered a major heart attack, the flashbacks that came before he underwent lifesaving treatment at Monmouth Medical Center dated back just 13 years—to the birth of his son.

3 glorious gardens

“Nothing is more the child of art than a garden," said Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott.

Going to Plan B

Orthopaedic surgeon Michael Absatz, M.D., found in his work a dream combination of two loves: mechanics and medicine. “Orthopaedics was the ultimate form of engineering—engineering for the human body,” he says. Then his own body failed him.