Fork in the Pines Update…& some great places to get South Jersey food news

Wondering where Fork in the Pines has been? Here’s an update on when you can expect new content…and some great accounts to follow in the meantime.

I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has read Fork in the Pines since I launched it last year. As you’ve probably noticed, things have been pretty quiet here for a while.

I started a new job a couple months ago, and on top of parenting responsibilities and coping with some health challenges, I unfortunately haven’t been able to keep up with Fork in the Pines.

I’ve really loved meeting lots of great people in the local food blogging community. They are a welcoming bunch.

I’m not shutting the site down, as I’m hoping to reestablish it when I get the time necessary to put out quality content again (likely when my little one starts kindergarten in 2020!). I will probably post sporadically before then whenever I get time to attend events.

In the meantime, I wanted to provide you with a list of some great South Jersey blogs and social media accounts:


John Howard-Fusco’s Eating in South Jersey blog features content related to the South Jersey food scene.

Philly Grub, ran by Marilyn Johnson, covers the food scene in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

Spice Culture, ran by Chef Chetna Macwan, covers Chetna’s South Jersey-based Indian cooking business and includes lots of her delectable recipes.

Social Media Accounts

Amaris Pollock’s Instagram account @arpollockus features Amaris’s awesome photography work showcasing Philly’s and South Jersey’s food scenes.

John Cohl, Editor-in-Chief of @MobileFoodNews, runs an Instagram account @jcohl featuring great places to dine in Philly & South Jersey.

Tasty Temptation’s South Jersey Instagram account @tastytemptationsjso features food from restaurants throughout South Jersey.

Tony Luke, of Tony Luke’s cheese steak fame, runs an Instagram account @tonylukejr featuring South Jersey and Philly restaurants and food-related events. He is also an advocate for people battling addiction and mental health issues.


Kevin Wilson’s Dining on a Dime podcast

Donato Marino and Derek Timm’s Small Bites podcast

Just Grubbin’ podcast


Robin Shreeves

Tammy Paolino

In my haste, I’m sure I am missing several great blogs, writers, photographers, pod-casters, and social media accounts. Please know this is not intentional. Feel free to comment with your favorites below (or with your own blog), and I will add them when I get a free moment!

In Memoriam….

One final note: sadly, South Jersey’s food community lost a beloved friend this month, Linda Pelaschier Mihlebach. Linda was a resident of South Jersey, an avid home cooking enthusiast, and grandparent. She was a talented home cook and a sweet, friendly, compassionate individual. On Instagram, it’s often hard to meet genuine people. Linda was one of the “real” ones. She used Instagram to extend genuine friendship to others and to share her sincere passion for cooking. Linda will be dearly missed in South Jersey’s foodie community. Her family is seeking donations in her name for the nonprofit organization Wigs and Wishes.

Two New Restaurants Open at Moorestown Mall

Earlier this month, the Moorestown Mall celebrated the opening of two new restaurants on its premises: Hash House A Go Go and Joe Italiano’s Maplewood.

If you’ve been to the Moorestown Mall lately, you’ve probably noticed some changes.

PREIT, the real estate group that manages the mall, celebrated the opening of two of its newest arrivals this month: Hash House A Go Go and Joe Italiano’s Maplewood.

Hash House

Filling the 7,800-square-foot space formerly occupied by Distrito, Hash House brought a bit of the midwest to the east coast when it opened its doors on Thursday, January 17. Serving daily brunch – as well as lunch, dinner, cocktails, and local beer – Hash House specializes in midwestern comfort food with a modern spin (think Sage Fried Chicken or Hand Hammered Pork Tenderloin).

While Hash House boasts 11 other restaurants throughout the United States, their new Moorestown Mall location marks the chain’s first venture in our region. South Jerseyans have reason to be excited: the eatery’s “twisted” cuisine has enjoyed several appearances in popular media, including a feature on the Travel Channel’s hit reality show Man v. Food.

In addition to offering creative twists on old classics, Hash House’s mission also supports environmental practices – like recycling, farm-fresh ingredients, and water-on-request practices.  

Less than a week since opening, Hash House has already earned a number of fans in South Jersey. One reviewer on Google reports food so good your “eyes will pop out of your head.” Several reviewers remark on the immense portion sizes: if you go, come hungry.

Joe Italiano’s Maplewood

Following a 75-year history in Hammonton and Mays Landing, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood also opened its third location earlier this month. Maplewood’s Moorestown Mall restaurant offers diners brick-oven specialties and other Italian classics like pasta with red “gravy” in its new 8,600 square-foot space.

Image Credit: User:Dough4872 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, from Wikimedia Commons

The two new eateries are part of a broader effort to revitalize the Moorestown Mall. Later this year, PREIT also plans to reinvent the 25,000 square-foot space formerly occupied by Macy’s. Michaels, HomeSense, Sierra Trading Post, and Five Below are slated to open inside the former department store sometime in 2019.

Have you been to Hash House or Maplewood’s Moorestown location yet? How was your experience?

Hash House
400 Route 38
Moorestown, New Jersey

(856) 439-6550

Sunday – Wednesday: 8 am – 10 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 8 am – 11 pm

Subscribe to Hash House’s Twisted Farm Club to be emailed a buy-one-get-one-free coupon.

Joe Italiano’s Maplewood
400 Route 38
Moorestown, New Jersey

(856) 242-2851

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm