For Montclair Local

Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer came to an end all too soon, with early autumn on the horizon. Don’t despair, there are so many new and fun things to do around town.

I suggest that you take something off your Bucket List, such as getting a tattoo. Yes, I am seriously thinking about getting


one soon, with my multi-tattooed son or friends along for festive moral support. Two local places come highly recommended, each with talented tattoo artists, satisfied customers, and hygienic practices. The first is Jinx Proof Tattoos and Body Piercing, 7 Midland Ave. Call 973-783-9633 for more information or to book a consultation.

I’ll go if you go. I decided on a small robin on the inside of my left wrist. As much as I love full sleeve tattoos, I don’t think I’m brave enough yet.

The second is Powerhouse Tattoo Company, 545 Bloomfield Ave. You can call them at 973-744-8788. Both are open seven days a week, so there’s no excuse not to go.

Too radical for you? Volunteer for a township Board, Commission or Advisory Committee. You can stop at the Township Clerk’s office, Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Ave., first floor, and choose something that piques your interest or lights your fire: Civil Rights Commission, Landlord Tenant Housing Committee, Arts Advisory Committee, Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and more. Find the link for the application form at column’s end.

How about signing up for the Isabelle Allende Book Club? It’s at Montclair Public Library main branch, 50 South Fullerton Ave., in the Isabel Rose Café. Each month, the book club will discuss one of her books leading up to her author event in November. Admission to the book club is free and the books can be borrowed from MPL. There will be two discussion groups meeting at the same time, due to the popularity of this author.

Allende’s books are full of history and colorful characters. September’s book is “The House of the Spirits.” For October, read “My Invented Country,” and for November it’s “In The Middle of Winter.” Stop by the library for more information about registration.

Go to a restaurant that you wouldn’t ordinarily try. For me, it was Kimchi Smoke House II, at 345 Bloomfield Ave. It’s a Korean barbecue joint, usually not the appropriate place for this vegetarian. I was happily surprised by the menu options, although the owner does remind us that it’s meat-centric Korean fare. However, I was able to find some luscious things to eat.

They make the most fabulous kimchi, tofu and BBQ cauliflower and will leave off toppings of beef on their amazing gargantuan Cholander Fries or mac and cheese. This is a special menu tweak for those who request more vegetarian options. I appreciate the special dietary accommodations, but carnivores report that Korean BBQ Ribs, BBQ Chicken and Texas BCS Rice Bowl are amazing. My dining companion said that the two brisket and bulgogi tacos were the best that she’s ever eaten.

Their Chonut 2.1 (100 percent Ridiculousness) sandwich is legendary: Smoked brisket, smoked kimchi, Fatboy BCS, cheese, bacon, scallions on a glazed doughnut; served on Fridays and Saturdays only so you can digest it all by Monday. It could be the first thing I try if I ever give up vegetarianism or lose my mind. Let me know if you’ve eaten that, please! Kimchi Smoke House II is open Wednesday through Sunday, and you can order online for pickup, have it delivered via Uber, get takeout or eat in. 973-744-3900. Not fast food or cheap, but it was well worth the money. Live a little!

Keep on feeding your fantasies, your mind, spirit and body. I’ll keep exploring Montclair and finding more interesting and fun places to go.

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