From a lesser bakery, this would be a case of bait-and-switch. Lured off the avenue by the promise of pie (artists, sign your work, or remain inglorious!), I left shortly after with a slice of cake. Afternoon indulgence: roasted banana cake with cream cheese ($3.75).
Erie Coffeeshop & Bakery 10 Franklin Pl. (Park-Kip Aves.), Rutherford, New Jersey 201-460-0073 www.EatDrinkErie.com
Peloponnesian-Slavic mashup: braised lamb shank with a side order of cabbage and noodles ($20 total).
St. Anthony's Orthodox Church International Festival St. Anthony's Orthodox Church, 385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, New Jersey www.Facebook.com/StAnthonyFestival (The 2015 festival takes place on November 5-7)
In English we have bread, cookies, and cakes; in Polish, chleb, ciastka, and ciasta. No translation is needed, however, for espresso and cappuccino (though a spell-checker couldn't hurt). The names of these two beverages are loanwords, which are rendered in the recipient languages just as they are in the donor language.
"Loan," some linguists maintain, is misleading, since the original spelling is appropriated rather than borrowed with the expectation of return. Payback, however, can take many forms, in this case through the acknowledgement of the preeminence of Italian coffee culture. The local Polish-American community offers a culinary return, too: On the largely Italian-American menu, several items that include sausage also have a kielbasa analog. I have my eyes on a hot sub with kielbasa, peppers, and onions.
At certain sunny times of day when the blinds are set just right, the signage by the front door suggests, inadvertently, a lenticular ad — the sort that changes its appearance as you change your point of view. So, too, with the menus. Originally, citing one bill of fare, I'd written that daily dim sum service begins at 4:00. However, a separate dim sum menu, the sort with boxes to be ticked off, gives hours of 11:30-3:30 daily and lists even more items. Thanks for the fact-check, Anne!
Silver Pond 230 Main St. (Gerome-Center Aves.), Fort Lee, New Jersey 201-592-8338