Hey, It’s Jurassic Park?

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1 Dinosaur Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Could it be that there is a park that features dinosaurs?! Yes, your dreams have just come true.  Located in Secaucus, New Jersey, this place had a LIVING SOCIAL deal recently and that’s why we decided to try it out.  And…okay fine, we really went to let our inner nerds out.  I mean, who DOESN’T LOVE dinosaurs?  We aren’t really sure why people were rolling in with their kids on a Saturday around late 3pm.

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All the folks with their children must have been using their living social deals, since there were separate lines for those individuals using those vouchers.  We are sad to announce that the approximately 50% off deal just expired though…

Make sure to bring extra $10 for parking fees though.  They consider the fee as a “environmental fee” and urge you all to take the mass transit instead of driving your car.

The park features about 32 dinosaurs in a small dirt covered area.  Make sure also not to wear your nicest clothes to this park, you will definitely get covered in sand/dirt that is all scattered around this park.

However, the real deal is: Did it live up to our expectations?  Check out this video we recorded.  It features how the dino-bots move!

Pinky says 2/5 16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg

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I personally didn’t think this place was worth the trip.  However, I will give them an extra star for effort.  It seems silly, but I expected a lot more from a place like this.  Because of my crazy imagination, I was thinking there would be dinosaurs that you could actually see move and not lay stagnant in the bushes or behind trees.  The park was also awfully designed with tacky sponsor messages everywhere.  I would definitely recommend this place for parents with children, since adults will not enjoy this place.  What I did enjoy was that at least they made the dinosaurs look like they were living and breathing.  Some were even interacting with their environment when their tails were swishing around little weeds.  I wish their sounds were a bit louder though, even though I would understand the young children would be scared of them.  BUT HEY, they’re freaking dangerous dinosaurs — they should be scary as hell.

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I wish I could ride these little dinos..I’m not asking for a lot right? Okay, maybe I am.  I see a lot of things they need to fix though.  One thing especially, they need to expand — we finished walking around within an hour.  I actually wonder what would happen if it rained too…the park is all filled with this sand stuff that got all over my dress and shoes! Blegh.  Ladies, even though this is a crazy small park, leave the heels and fancy maxi dresses at home.

Victor says 2/5 Fish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnail

Children will probably say 10/5

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This place is expeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeensive.

We got our day-passes from LivingSocial.com and for $12 each. Normally, its $25 per adult, $20 for children (3-12), and free for kids under 2, without any additional extremities like 3D movies or a trip to the Commander’s tent.  On top of that, if you drove here, expect to pay another $10 for parking. Because of the recent deal, the park was crowded with so many people.

Coming here will give you the feeling of entering into the land of Jurassic Park. Giant gates with overgrown trees and shrubbery everywhere. The park workers and staff are semi-helpful. I think it would also be appropriate for workers to hide their tattoos as well since there any many children and parents watching the shows.

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The amphitheater show was a little disappointing, but it was definitely aimed more at children for sure. The show started almost 15 minutes late and we were baking in the sun.  Basically, it was just a couple of guys inviting kids to dance as he was playing guitar and singing.

I guess it’s time to review the dinosaurs themselves. I guess I was semi-impressed with them? They were modeled pretty realistic and probably look a lot more realistic to a child. Some of the dinosaurs were robotic, so they would move their neck, blink, breathe, swing their tail, rotate their head, etc. Dinosaur audio calls were usually these hidden speakers or speaker rocks next to the dinosaurs. Some of the dinosaurs tower you, which is pretty awesome.  Pinky and I had a lot of fun trying to “run-away” from the immobile robots.  I think of all the dinosaurs at the park, I was the most disappointed at Pterodactyl near the center of the park on a tall cliff. It was basically just a dinosaur model on top of a spinning disc, rotating aimlessly. I think more thought could be put into some of the things at this park.

Overall, I just don’t think it’s worth coming if you’re going to pay the full price. It’s definitely cool place to bring your kids and  because I’m pretty sure Pinky and I were the only adults without kids there that day.

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Stromboli craze and how Pinky wished she attended Rutgers University

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49 Easton Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This very unique pub is very popular among the students who attend Rutgers…and I clearly see why.  Upon arrival, you have very nice waitresses who put you first! She was kind enough to suggest a bigger table for our party of five, even when we had no complaints of a regular table!

By the entrance there is a huge decorative version of their “mascot” boli the kid…very humorous, I’m sure!  It was even more humorous when we saw the “Fish Bowls” which are 60 ounces of their specialty cocktails (Horny Hawaiian, Blue Bang, Island Escape, and Blue Flamingo).DSCN4577

What else makes this place special? Their strombolis… These are specialty hand-made “wraps” made out of pizza dough and have your favorite Italian meats, cheeses, sauces and vegetables as delicious fillings.  They also offer not only one or two types of stromboli, but have a whole menu of 30 different types! Can’t commit to having one type? They even offer you an option to make your own…so take some flavors from here and there!! As if you didn’t have enough options, you can also choose to have a baby-size (small 4.5 inches), regular (9 inches), and a huge (18 inches).  You can check their menu ahead of time here.

Their decor looked very college-esque.  Reminded me of a frat house! Here are some pictures of the interior.
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Here is Stuff Yer Face featured in Man Vs Food!

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my favorite boli of onions, peppers, mozz cheese, tomato sauce, (+5 more) pepperoni, steak, mushrooms, spinach, brie super size $12.15

Victor and friend..posing with strombolis
Victor and friend..posing with strombolis

Victor says: 4/5

Our quest for Stuff Yer Face began after I remembered about the eateries around New Brunswick on Man vs. Food. I originally wanted to try the Fat Sandwiches there, but stromboli’s just seemed like the more sensible choice on a rainy day.

Also, their mascot looks like a really freaky version of Quagmire from family guy, but still a fun little mascot I guess.

The interior isn’t the prettiest. Like Pinky said, it almost looks like a college frat house with all those posters. The tables look a little sticky and the windows look like they haven’t been washed in forever. Even though it doesn’t look very nice the room we were, the food was amazing and waitresses were really attentive to us.

Their bolis are typically around 7 dollars for the large (9 inches) or baby combo ( 4.5 inches with soup or salad) or 11 dollars for HUGE one (18 inches). Pinky and I ordered a huge boli and split it. You must have a large stomach if you want to finish the huge in one sitting… like Adam Richman from Man vs Food.

We ordered the My Favorite boli, which allows you to pick any 5 stuffings (meats, veggies, cheeses, and sauces) with tomato sauce, onions, and mozzarella cheese.  We ordered ours with pepperoni, steak, brie cheese, spinach, and mushrooms. Taking our first bite was simply amazing. I thought it was wonderful blend of ingredients, but it definitely could have been better with  the addition of a sauce. The tomato sauce alone was really watery and it was mouth burning hot when the juices gushed out of the boli. They are also generous with their ingredient portions. It’s pretty much a pizza burrito.  I would definitely like to come back here and try out their other bolis one day.

For you party animals and drinkers, you can give their fishbowls or drafts a try 😛

Check this place out! I give it two thumbs up!

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Pinky says 4/5

If I were to go attend a college…for their offered food, I would definitely go to Rutgers.  How incredibly lucky they are to have this place near them!   I loved the feel of the place and how chill everyone is.  Can there be a motto better than, “Get stuffed…” ?! The area around Rutgers seems to be such a beautiful one! Such a college town, it reminded me a bit of Boston..strange!!!

Myself, Vic, and some friends definitely had a good time over our fresh strombolis.  It brought me back to our college days!  Before this I’ve actually never eaten one, so I have been definitely missing out.  I really enjoyed having a crispy pizza dough wrap rather than the traditional soggy ones.  Although, I regret not ordering another sauce since the tomato sauce was more watery tomato juice than anything.  Other than that I couldn’t stop eating it!!!

As for the fishbowl, I thought it was an amazing idea — I had a bit too much fun with the extremely long straws.  I can’t imagine finishing the whole cup though.. 60 ounces of crazy! That’s why they limit one per person, I’m assuming.  We had the Horny Hawaiian and it tasted more like pineapple juice! Very fruity, but don’t underestimate rum!

Just found out that Mario Batali used to work here…dang!!! Read more about Mario Batali here.

pitcher of water comparison to Horny Hawaiian fish bowl ($14) 60 ounces!
pitcher of water comparison to Horny Hawaiian fish bowl ($14) 60 ounces!