Another Starbucks

Starbucks – 900 Monroe Street – Hoboken, NJ

Construction workers at the new Bijou property going up at 900 Monroe Street say that a massive new 3,000 square foot Starbucks Coffee is coming!

While completion isn’t expected until 2016 – a Starbucks of that size would be an immediate hub of constant activity for the relatively quite west side of Hoboken.

And it makes one wonder how a smaller independent cafe nearby like Black Rail Coffee would fare in the face of such corporate competition. Time will tell.

Starbucks Hoboken 900 Monroe Street

Description: Coffee Giant.
Address: 900 Monroe St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Online: starbucks.com

Eli Manning leaving Hoboken?

Eli Manning moving out of Hoboken – To Summit, NJ

Word on the street is that the rumors of NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning moving out of Hoboken have finally come true.

With the recent birth of his third daughter, along with a pending multi-year contract with Big Blue, the Hudson Tea Building was evidently just a bit too small for his growing family.

He’s apparently heading over to Summit, New Jersey to spread out a bit more. Looks like a good move. A bit more privacy, some grass that hasn’t been trampled on by 1000 dogs, and less helicopters.

Eli Manning leaves Hoboken NJ for Summit to raise growing family

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SexyPop Popcorn will soon be available in Hoboken!

I’m sure you know what “Pirate’s Booty” is, right? It’s an addictive cheddar corn pop snack that has been around for a long time. And when I say addictive – it’s not easy for ANYONE to just “eat a few.” It’s also marketed as “healthy” since there are less chemicals (but the same amount of insulin-spiking carbs).

They’re on supermarket shelves across the globe.

But the owner of the Pirate’s Booty (Robert’s American Gourmet) sold the product for like $200 million bucks recently and started a new company: SexyPop popcorn.

I ran into a couple of the SexyPop “representatives” the other day.

SexyPop Popcorn NJ Hoboken

On Long Island – SexyPop wants to expand to Hoboken (and beyond)

So I met Lazaro and his co-worker, and they just started peddling the new SexyPop popcorn to local businesses like King’s.

What is Sexy Pop (according to them):

“SexyPop is a global snack food company. Our company is based on fun and passion. Be smart, be thoughtful, be generous. Enjoy SexyPop. Order some for a friend or yourself today. It’s really really good.”

After meeting my two new friends and giving them “solid leads” where they could sell their products – they graciously offered me many samples to take home: Bangin’ Cheddar (2) – Black Pepper and Brazilian Coconut.

I gave one bag of cheddar to a trusted confidant – who let me down with their feedback. “Meh.”

{Disclaimer – Popcorn is essentially the “seed of a grain.” Corn, oats, wheat, rice, barley and more are just not smart for people to eat (according to Wheat Belly Total Health author William Davis). So “enjoy” at your own risk}

I accepted the generous gifts (ARV ~ $6.00) and took them home.

The cheddar was not as bland as my acquaintance suggested. Considering I stay as far as my willpower allows from “processed” anything, these popcorn nuggets were not so bad. Addictive? Yes. But definitely could have been “greasier.” Air-popped popcorn just sucks. Butter is better. But they nailed the flavor in my opinion.

The other two flavors I (shouldn’t have) tasted were also very interesting. The Pepper flavor was quite subtle. A perfect amount of salt, too. But popcorn just cannot satiate anyone. You become obsessed like a malfunctioning robot. Arm-mouth. Arm-mouth. Arm-mouth. Fuck that shit! Put it back in the pantry! But regardless, the flavor and texture was perfect. If you can control yourself. Nice to try a popcorn that doesn’t have diamond-strength nuggets that send you to the dentist like other brands.

Next was the Brazilian Coconut flavor. It’s like a tease. You get the “sense” that it’s sweet, but it’s really not. It’s also slightly salty, but has the somewhat sweet essence of coconut. Again, curiously addictive. If you put any of their flavors in a bowl at an apartment party – 100% guarantee that they’d all be empty. Empty bowl. Unsatisfied party patrons. Sounds like a “winner” to me!

Expect to see SexPop Popcorn at various local Hoboken merchants this year. And be on the lookout for other flavors like French Butter, Nantucket Salted, Pineapple Habanero and Bodacious Banana as well.

It was quite interesting to see the genesis of a product relationship in Hoboken. Judging by the demographic – this will do fairly well until the rest of the populous realizes the problem with grains like corn (GMO or not). But my faith in humanity remains grim.

Call Lazaro Jimenez (Sales & Retail Merchandising Representative) at (347)400-8137 or (516)671-4411 if you want this in your store! They have promotional discounts right now and an excellent price-point for this snack.

SexyPop is it worth it in Hoboken NJ

Communication Options

Forced Communications? Mandatory? Says who?

Saw the below report on RT News the other day – which briefly covered how some folks out there who were previously NOT on social media “had to be on it” in order to succeed.

They even went on to mention it was practically “mandatory” to have presence on social media (as employers and colleges also check your social media profiles.)

How many think this is a totally retarded concept to accept? Or do you just follow along like obedient slaves? (Also – are you aware they’ve changed the terminology from “social networking” to “social media” so they can use everyone as free photo reporters?)

Just because “it’s there” doesn’t mean you need it

Unless your job IS social media – there is absolutely no need to consider any of these so-called “social” networks mandatory. And as their headline indicates – you now have to SACRIFICE your privacy for the sake of success?

Just that headline – “sacrificing privacy” hints that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy FROM THE SOCIAL NETWORKS THEMSELVES. I mean, in a perfect world, those social networks would be limited to what you decide to “share” (i.e., voluntary disclosure). But just BEING on those networks strips you of your privacy from the get-go! They track you, “decide” what content you see, and sell your data to the highest bidder. They even know what you talk about when you’re not logged in!

Here’s a few things to consider.

  • If EVERYONE is on something (i.e., a venue, stage, network) – doesn’t that just DILUTE you and the time you capture the attention of others? Why even play that game when the odds are already stacked against you?
  • As time goes on, and more people (in developed countries at least) sign up to whatever these networks are – the MORE valuable those who haven’t sold their soul to the devil become. Just watch and see!
  • Think about the evolution of human “communication,” and how, to this day, absolutely nothing can replace face to face interaction. Not even video chatting. Because these new “networks” (Twitter, Snapchat, etc.) have spread like a virus – they’re simultaneously devolving humanity. Funny how contradictory these “advancements” are.

Luckily – we do not have 100% adoption, and there are still quite a few people who can see the writing on the wall. But I’d be a bit concerned for future generations, that’s for sure!

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Hoboken Week in Review: 4/26/2015

Hoboken Week in Review – April 26, 2015

Hoboken Week in Review April 26 2015 Hoboken411 NJ

Below are a some posts that crossed Hoboken411′s desk during the week ending Sunday, April 26, 2015:

City Happenings & Political Quackery

  • Observer HighwayHow does reducing capacity improve life in Hoboken?
  • Uber PropagandaTaxi’s claim Uber is unsafe. Pot calling kettle black.
  • Slow down!Hudson St. is a speedway, and some residents clamor for “change.”
  • TrashedWhy people smash stuff for no reason is a mystery.
  • Snakes!Along with the beauty of spring comes squirmy creatures some folks don’t like.

Business & Other Hoboken Updates

  • Vagabond Theatre“Rock Musicals” are now for REAL in Hoboken!
  • Two HeathersGet big props with a huge W Hotel pop-up fashion gallery!
  • Blue Eyes CafeAn odd “debut” when first impressions count.
  • Vivi Bubble TeaSounds quirky – but they have some top-notch stuff going on, including lip-smacking popcorn chicken! Hooray!
  • The Golden CarrotSounds like a raw bar, but in fact it’s a jewelry store!
  • Buddha PressCoffee is nothing without cow’s milk. Once again “religion” gets in the way.
  • Bow Tie CinemasAsk yourself this. Are movies more: (A) Entertaining or (B) Social programming.

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

there are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors of perception aldous huxley

Hoboken Photo Leftovers for April 25th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: April 25, 2015

Mother Nature rewarded us with good weather again this weekend. Don’t let it go to waste!

Hoboken Photo Leftovers April 25 2015 NJ Hoboken411

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photos 1-6: In case you missed the Blue Eyes Cafe update – here are some more pics from the big feeding frenzy last weekend.
  • Photo 7: Spring blossoms don’t last very long. Spend some time actually looking at them, smelling them, enjoying them – rather than sending updates to your friends.
  • Photos 8-9: The road work plague continues. Some businesses already received a standing eight-count.
  • Photo 10: City Bistro uptown getting a new look for the spring.
  • Photo 11: The “for rent” sign came down at the former Helmers’ location. Will the next proprietor hit a home run?

Have a great weekend!

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