BERGEN magazine - Bergen Health & Life May 2010

Spiced delights

From guacamole to peking duck rolls, dishes prepared at your table somehow seem to elevate the dining experience. Now chaat-Indian snacks usually sold from street-vendor carts-has joined the pantheon of tableside-prep.

ABCs of style

It's as if a huge home décor fantasyland dropped from the sky and landed beside Route 80.

Where designers dwell

You let them inside your home-but did you ever want to see what your designers create when they have no fussy clients to please? Bergen Health & Life asked 5 local pros to reveal one room each in their homes-and to provide one take-home tip the rest of us can use when sprucing up our own abodes. Here's what they showed us:

KettleMANIA

Channel your inner strongman with kettlebells- old-school weights that yield big-time results

Flatly flavorful

"The better part of a year"-that's how long Chris "The better part of a year"-that's how long Chris Saville says he and wife Kate spent in their kitchen before perfecting recipes for the tasty, healthier pizza alternatives they serve up at The Flatz Company in Wyckoff

For the eco-epicure

If you crave a heaping plate of chemicals, hormones and preservatives, pass right on by the Green Door Café in Tenafly (201-567-8226, www.greendoorcafenj.com).

Before & after

With family in mind, local designers transform too-bland living spaces into chic, inviting havens

The wizard of us

The Wizard of Us; Lisa Oz, wife of TV's famous doctor, steps out of the shadows with a new book on relationships