Dining Under the Influence
– Introducing JENNIFER NANGANO, a food influencer passionate about presenting food adventures on Instagram. Follow her @FoodaholicNJ
Jennifer Nangano (Food Influencer):
Hailing from Freehold, New Jersey, I am a long-time Monmouth County resident, and I am employed at a local municipality. When I’m not exploring restaurants, you can find me at home cooking, taking a class at the gym, walking my dog, or chatting with my daughter Devyn, who is a student at the University of Florida. Devyn is supportive and typically a willing participant in the whole vlogging/ dining experience!
Flair for Reviews
My Instagram page came to life because I had a flair for reviewing my dining experiences on Yelp – especially the photography aspect of the review. I started the Food Influencer Instagram account to showcase the photos to the community. As Instagram has evolved, I did as well by keeping updated on current trends and adapting my content to fit the viewer’s needs.
Making a Smile
My IG stories are where you will find my true personality, and sense of humor as I frequently poke fun at myself, rant, or post whatever makes me smile at the moment. I love making people laugh.
What Makes a Great Restaurant?
I think what makes a great restaurant is a diverse menu and creative dishes. Also, ambiance and aesthetics are critical, as an attentive and friendly staff, and finally, owner presence and pride in the establishment.
What Makes a Great Meal?
What’s important to me in a meal is a memorable experience, the use of high-quality ingredients, and an impressive presentation. Portion size matters as well. I don’t like the plate to be too big or too small. As a Food Influencer, I enjoy tasting many dishes while dining out and dessert is a must even if I’m too full.
Sharing My Passion
What I like best about being a food influencer is I enjoy using my platform to share my passion for culinary experiences. My sense of humor and perspective while presenting the information makes me unique. I like inspiring/influencing others to explore places they may have not yet tried. Also, I love connecting with a local food-loving community and meeting new people while doing it.
Favorite places in these categories:
by Food Influencer, @FoodaholicNJ
The Butcher’s Block in Long Branch
Cuzin’s in Marlboro is a favorite of mine, and they have fantastic steaks as well.
I love La Mondina in Brielle
Anjelica’s in Sea Bright
Birravino in Red Bank
Osteria in Marlboro
Mostly Smoked in Manalapan is great
I love Mutiny BBQ in Asbury Park – I’m a BBQ lover
Mizuki Hibachi in Wall Township
Xina in Toms River was memorable
Kings Chinese Food in Freehold is a longtime favorite
I love Los Barberos Birria Tacos in Belmar & Asbury Park
Texas Mexican in Freehold
618 in Freehold
I love the Skillet in Freehold
Over Easy Kitchen in Marlboro
Krispy Pizza in Freehold
Brooklyn Square in Jackson
Joe’s Rotisseria in AP is creative
Federici’s in Freehold is amazing
Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar
Watermark and Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten in AP
Red Rock in Red Bank
River Rock in Brick
Iron Whale in AP
Proving Ground in the Highlands is amazing
Tommy’s Tavern and Tap in Freehold
The Loaded Spoon in Freehold is a fantastic spot
Asbury Ale House in AP
Woody’s Ocean Grill in Tinton Falls
Favorite Dive Bar
Jamian’s in Red Bank
Pinky Shrimps Seafood in LBI
Del Ponte’s in Bradley Beach
Coffee Surf Co in Belmar has excellent coffee.
Follow Jennifer Nangano on Instagram @FoodaholicNJ