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June 17, 2013

National Dine Out Day for Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund June 19th

Here is a way to enjoy some select Hoboken eateries and participate in a fundraiser for a good cause this Wednesday in Hoboken….

National Dine Out Day for Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Relief Fund  June 19th 

Dine and or Drink out on June 19th to show we are Jersey Strong! Restaurants and bars are donating a portion of their proceeds for the night to The Fund.  The Shannon of Hoboken is proudly participating on June 19th.  They  will have specials running all night where 100% of those profits will go directly to
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Other Hoboken restaurants will be participating below as well.

Dine Out Day - Hurricane Sandy June-19-2013

Here is the list of participating Hoboken establishments:

  • Amanda’s Restaurant – 908 Washington Street
  • Anthony Davids – 953 Bloomfield Street
  • Bin 14 Wine Bar – 1314 Washington Street
  • Carlo’s Bakery – 95 Washington Street
  • Elysian Cafe -  1001 Washington Street
  • Onieal’s Restaurant – 343 Park Avenue
  • The Shannon Hoboken – 106 First Street
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February 11, 2012

Valentine’s Day on Washington Street in Hoboken

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and some of you might be contemplating what to get that special Hoboken someone. Trekking down Washington Street recently, I found a variety of Hoboken reds, jewels, sweets, and designer duds to please even the pickiest of valentines.

Here are some ideas to get you started, depending on which type of Valentine you are dealing with:

1.    The Sentimental/Traditional Valentine:

Some traditional yet trendy heart Shaped Earrings from Townhouse 620 might do the trick.

Townhouse 620 Earrings

Compliment those with some chocolates from the Garden of Eden, but make sure they’re in a cute box like these:

Carlo’s Bakery also boasts some lavish cakes, Italian desserts, and of course, chocolate dipped strawberries.

2. The Friends with Benefits Valentine:

Want to go the flower route but feel like it might be a little soon? Try these nontraditional flowers…they’re actually red underwear, rolled up in a ball in the shape of flowers. Found at YES I DO!

3. The “It’s Kind of Serious” Valentine:

Some hot dinner spots to treat this type of Valentine to include Anthony Davids for delicious food or Augustinos on 11th & Washington, a little Italian gem of a place – or perhaps some wine tasting and apps at Bin 14 or Amanda’s.

For added bonus gifts, please refer to #1.

4.  The Live-In Valentine

Perhaps you are sharing living space with your valentine…what better than an adorable apron from Ricky’s on Washington so your valentine can look super chic while cooking? Or you could wear it yourself as a surprise and cook a fabulous dinner for two.

For all of the snail mail goes in and out of your shared abode: a Monogram maker from YES I DO.

5. The Pet-Loving Valentine

Find your way to your Valentine’s heart than through a puppy jacket from Hoboken Pets on Washington.

Or treat your valentine’s pooch to a cleaning at the Hoboken Dog Wash on 4th Street!

6. Fashionista Valentine:

As a fellow fashion enthusiast, another option is to treat her to some designer deals at the recently relocated (just upstairs!) Midtown Authentic, where you’ll find purses galore! Check out the store’s new purse wall and rooms chock full of designer finds.

Also for the fashion-conscious: Iconic Fashion Lounge has some adorable Rebecca Minckoff bags in various color pops. My favorite is the bold blue.

8. The Stressed Out Valentine

For the valentine that works hard all day long, a massage treat at Bliss or Massage Envy. Reap the benefits of your gift with a couples’ massage to boot.

Or,  perhaps a mani/pedi gift certificate to one of the many nail salons around Hoboken. My favorites include Bloom and the Nail Bar.

9. The Single Girl/Friend Valentine:

Recent breakup revenge can be found with an Ex Voodoo Doll from YES I DO! on Washington Street.

Or spend a girls night out at the Melting Pot – lots of fondue!

10. The Alternative Valentine

For off-the-beaten-path ideas, sign up for a healthy cooking class with Healthy Hoboken Girl or a cake decorating session at Carlo’s Lackawanna Factory.

Sewing classes for the thread-challenged or crafty alike at M Avery Designs, and another unconventional gift: a certificate to Hoboken Car Wash – a complete detailing will surely make your valentine forget about how difficult parking can be at times with a sparkly wash and shine.

Regardless of the type of Valentine cupid is shooting down for you this season, be sure to treat him/her well. There are endless amounts of treats and experiences that can be found in the Mile Square City…only a few days left, so get to it!

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February 7, 2012

Carlo’s Bakery to Present Cake at Rally at NY Giants Stadium Today at 3pm

Here is the latest update from Carlo’s bakery on their commemorative cake for the NY Giants victory celebration at Giants Stadium today…


Crowds gathering at Giant’s Stadium for today’s rally at 3pm will be treated to a sweet surprise. Carlo’s Bakery will be supplying heir final “victory cake” to celebrate the Giant’s newly minted title Super Bowl Champions of he National Football League. Carlo’s Bakery, the Hoboken bakery featured on TLC’s hit show “Cake Boss,” has made a cake for each milestone the team has achieved this season. “Cake Boss” cast members Joey Faugno, Mary Sciarrone and Mauro Castano even delivered some of their hand-crafted  creations to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI festivities, including Taste of the NFL. Owner and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro was not present for the big win due to a prior engagement in Australia. “I’m sad that I wasn’t at the Super Bowl this year with the rest of my team. It was an amazing game,”  said  Valastro.  Frank Amato and Mauro Castano will be presenting the Giants with the final cake of the season tomorrow at 3pm at the NY Giants new stadium which is in the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Below is a teaser shot of today’s cake that will be presented at the celebration as well as Carlo’s Cake they made for the Super Bowl at Indy…

Carlo's NY Giants Super Bowl TuesdayTeaser

Teaser of today’s cake to be presented at Giants Stadium rally

Giants Indy Cake - Cake Boss

Cake from Indy Super Bowl XLVI

About Carlo’s Bakery: Opened in 1910, Carlo’s Bakery is renowned for their delicious creations, hardworking staff, and family atmosphere. Carlo’s has spearheaded the recent custom cake  craze and has garnered attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Good Morning America, [and of course TheBoken.com]. Most recently, Carlo’s been showcased as the setting for TLC’s hit shows “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker.”

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January 28, 2012

Photo of the Day–Cake Boss Cakes at Carlo’s Bakery Window

Cake Boss Cakes- Hoboken Photo of the Day

The photo of the day was taken from the storefront window of Carlo’s Bakery this week. Buddy Valastro and crew had a lovely display of cakes that would be tempting for just about anyone with a sweet tooth.

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January 20, 2012

Office Depot Celebrating Grand Opening with “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro January 21st

Buddy Valastro is rapidly becoming Hoboken’s business ambassador with his help in formally kicking off Office Depot’s Grand Opening Tomorrow at 59 Washington Street.

Office Depot to Celebrate Grand Opening of Store 

With Celebrity Buddy Valastro January 21st at 10am

Customers Can Have Their Cake and Eat it too with a Special Appearance

and Autograph Session Featuring Buddy Valastro, Owner of the Famous Carlo’s Bakery

What:  Office Depot is celebrating the grand opening of its new store in Hoboken with Buddy Valastro, celebrity baker and owner of the famed Carlo’s Bakery.  Customers can meet Buddy, receive an autograph (first 100 attendees) and enjoy a slice of a larger-than-life Office Depot-themed cake.

Local Hoboken dignitaries are scheduled to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Office Depot executives. Also, the Make-a-Wish Foundation (New Jersey Chapter) will be recognized with a $1,000 donation from the Office Depot Foundation.The Office Depot store in Hoboken is the first store in the Northeast to debut a new ultra-convenient format, which is being rolled out in select markets across the country.

Where:  Office Depot retail store: 59 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

When:  Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony: 10 a.m.
  • Autograph/photo session and cake sampling: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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January 4, 2012

Carlo’s Bakery Announces Classes with Cast Members

From Hoboken’s very own Carlo’s Bakery, cooking classes with cast members from the Cake Boss. Now you can play with fondant and learn the art of cake baking from reality show celebrities in Neighboring Jersey City…



Encompassing more than 35,000 square feet, Carlo’s Bakery’s newly finished Cake Factory boasts state of the art equipment and the opportunity to bring their famous sweets to fans worldwide. Although the factory is not open for walk-­‐in retail business, owner Buddy Valastro has dreamt up new ways to bring fans and aspiring culinary enthusiasts together in his “Kitchen.” “The Kitchen,” a state of the art cooking, baking, and decorating classroom located in the heart of the Cake Factory, gives students for a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of Carlo’s Bakery in a class led by the Carlo’s team.

In January 2012, Carlo’s launched new course options for baking and decorating classes through June 2012. Cooking classes will also be added throughout January. Classes vary in difficulty and pricing begins at $125. “We had our first classes at the Cake Factory this fall. Everyone had such a good time at our fondant decorating classes that we wanted to be able to offer people more options,” said Valastro. In a new twist, guests will be able to be taught by the Valastro family themselves; you can bake with Joey, decorate with Mauro, or cook with Cousin Anthony, Frankie and the sisters. “When my family saw how much fun they were having in the classes, they decided to teach a few themselves. Even my sister Grace, who isn’t exactly known for her cooking skills, has been perfecting some easy recipes to share. It’s going to be a great time!” added Valastro.

Guests are able to register online at www.carlosbakery.com/classes


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December 8, 2011

Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken Tackles Long Lines By Allowing Online Ordering

Filed under: Carlo's Bakery,Hoboken — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 12:05 PM

Tired of long lines to get your Carlo’s Bakery treats for the holidays? Carlo’s bakery has a way to help you expedite your pickup of baked goods by allowing customers to order online and then skip the line when picking up goods. Below is their press release promising making ordering with them “easy as pie” . Not my puns, theirs.


Since 2009, Carlo’s Bakery has been the center stage for the hit TLC reality series “CakeBoss.” The show has inspired fans to visit the flagship Hoboken store to take a peek at the famous bakery, resulting in patrons waiting 40 minutes or longer to enter the shop.

Owner Buddy Valastro has been working to create new ways to serve loyal customers, both new and old.
“Carlo’s was a Hoboken landmark for almost 100 years before we were on television, and I’ve been working hard to find a way to better meet everyone’s needs.”

Valastro has launched an online program to make it “easy as pie” for all customers to pick up their holiday treats;  everyone can preorder their selections at www.carlosbakery.com/pickup and “skip the line” when arriving at the store. He adds, “we don’t want to isolate anyone that cannot wait in line to browse  our stock for that day. I want to make it easy for everyone to bring home pies and cakes to their families this holiday season. By ordering online, everyone knows what we have to offer.”

Current products include trays of biscotti, rugelach, or butter cookies, and holiday staples such as pecan, apple, pumpkin, coconut custard, blueberry pie, and more. In store pick up dates can be scheduled December 19-­‐24, 2011 from 7am-­‐8pm. Plans to expand the website preordering are in works.

About Carlo’s Bakery

Opened in 1910,Carlo’s Bakery is renowned for their delicious creations, hardworking  staff, and family   atmosphere. Carlo’s has spearheaded the recent custom cake craze and has garnered attention  from a variety of media outlets including Brides and Good Morning America. Most recently, Carlo’s has  been showcased as the setting for TLC’s hit shows “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker.”


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November 16, 2011

Cake Decorating and Culinary Classes at Carlo’s Bakery

Filed under: Bakeries,Cake Boss,Carlo's Bakery,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:05 PM

Here is a note from Carlo’s Bakery on some upcoming cake baking and culinary classes at their Jersey City factility……

Announcing Cake Decorating and

Culinary Classes at Carlo’s Bakery!

Hi Gang!

It’s been crazy here at Carlo’s Bakery! The Lackawanna Cake Factory is up and running, and let me tell you, it’s a big jump from freezing our butts off in the basement in Hoboken. But the changes aren’t just for us: soon our fans will have new, exciting ways to get the Carlo’s experience, including a new website and nationwide shipping of some of our most popular creations. Look out for that!
And we’ve got a little something for you right now: starting today, you can sign up for cake decorating and culinary classes, hosted at the Cake Factory in the nicest kitchen you’re likely to see in your life. Sign up and learn some of our decorating secrets (but only some, we’ve still got a business to run!) and Valastro family recipes from the old country that we’ll be eating for the holidays.

 Note:  All classes are held at 631 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310 (between 16th and 18th ave).

Link to Class Information: http://classes.carlosbakery.com/

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October 8, 2011

Cake Boss creates tribute cake in memory of Steve Jobs former Apple CEO and Founder

Filed under: Bakeries,Cake Boss,Carlo's Bakery,Restaurants — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 12:00 PM

Cake Boss Steve Jobs Tribute

Earlier this week Hoboken’s own Cake Boss Buddy Valastro tweeted on his account @CakeBossBuddy that he created a special cake to commemorate the life of recently deceased former Apple CEO Steve Jobs whose vision and persistence revolutionized the technology field into a more consumer focused direction. The effects of his leadership are most likely just the beginning in a new revolution in personal technology.

Here is Buddy’s Tweet Earlier this week: “Check out the cake we made for

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September 19, 2011

Half Buzzed Hostess Blog in Hoboken Rates the Cannoli

Filed under: Carlo's Bakery,Hoboken,Websites — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:00 AM

Hoboken centric Food Blog “Half Buzzed Hostess” has a post up on who has the best cannoli in Hoboken. She chose Cammareri’s Brooklyn Bakery, Carlo’s Bakery and Giorgio Pasticcerie Italian for a taste test amongst her 100% Italian or 50% Italian friends and family.

Cannoli Taste Off

From left to right: Cammareri’s Brooklyn Bakery #1, Carlo’s Bakery #2 and Giorgio Pasticcerie Italian #3 for the taste test. This was not the order of finish.

TheBoken can tell you that Carlo’s Bakery did not win the taste test but will not give away a complete spoiler and give you the link to the final results instead. It just goes to show you that success can have its down side when you try to mass produce bake goods on a larger scale.

Link to the cannoli taste test article: http://halfbuzzedhostess.com/2011/09/14/the-best-cannoli-in-hoboken/

Question: Were any other bakeries left out that should have been included? What is your favorite place for cannoli in Hoboken. Share your thoughts below….

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