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How to live like the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ for a day – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

How to live like the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ for a day

Fans may have to exercise patience before the highly anticipated new season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” airs on Bravo. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the essence of Jersey in the meantime! As a Senior Editor and co-host of TheFantasyTimes’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast, I, Danny Murphy, am here to take you on an epic journey to experience the most unforgettable day in the Garden State, “RHONJ”-style. Last week, TheFantasyTimes launched our new video series, “24 Hours,” featuring the ladies of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Naturally, we had to pay homage to the East Coast next, starting with New Jersey. To fully immerse myself in the Housewives experience, I turned to Melissa Gorga and her boutique, Envy by Melissa Gorga, to help me tap into my inner Housewife. Because let’s face it, shopping is a tiring task, and I needed a snack to recharge. Luckily, Danielle Cabral graciously opened her home to me, giving me a tour and introducing me to the masterminds behind Agostino Fresh Mozz Co., who fulfilled all my cheese dreams. While we may not pump our own gas in New Jersey, we certainly know how to make our own cheese! The cast of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” graciously showed me, Danny Murphy of TheFantasyTimes, how to live like a Housewife for a day, exploring iconic locations in the Garden State. After indulging in delicious food and engaging in conversation with Danielle about her first season on “RHONJ,” I needed a little pick-me-up to power through the rest of my day. And any Bravo fan knows that Margaret Josephs is the queen of iced coffee. So, I had the pleasure of enjoying a Marge-style beverage (served in a large wine glass, lots of ice, straw, and Snickers creamer) while discussing the memorable moments that took place in her house. Reflecting on the extravagant events she hosted, it’s no surprise that she’s the Queen of Soireés. Sitting in Margaret’s house truly made me feel like a Housewife, as we delved into some drama while she prepared for an event later that night. It doesn’t get more Housewives than that! To conclude my day as a “Real Housewife,” I couldn’t think of a better place than Rails Steakhouse, one of the “RHONJ” world’s great wonders. It was the perfect location to soak in the full Housewives experience, especially with Rachel Fuda by my side. If my day has inspired you to embark on your own Housewives-esque tour of Jersey, I have great news for you. Keep reading, as I’ve curated a list of all the hot spots I visited for dining, shopping, and glam, so you can recreate the magic yourself! Envy by Melissa Gorga 7 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Melissa Gorga graciously gave TheFantasyTimes a tour of her boutique, Envy by Melissa Gorga. Fans of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are well aware of Melissa’s journey with Envy, from initial hesitations from her husband, Joe Gorga, to the expansion of her store in Envy 2.0. It’s no wonder she proudly displays a Boss Bitch sign! While chatting with Melissa about her viral reunion merchandise was a highlight of my visit to Envy, I highly recommend fans visit the boutique for a shopping spree. Not only does Melissa occasionally make appearances, but her staff is incredibly friendly. Any boutique that lets me sip Dunkin’ while I shop is a slice of heaven. Agostino Fresh Mozz Co. DM @agostinofreshmozz on Instagram Danielle Cabral welcomed us into her kitchen, where we witnessed the creation of fresh “mutz.” Danielle, who recently completed her first season on the hit series, knows how to throw a memorable party, even if it leads to a heated argument about seating charts. While you may not have the same access to her private residence as we did, you can always reach out to Agostino Fresh Mozz Co. via Instagram if you’re looking to cater house parties, weddings, or events in the Tri-State Area. Not only did they teach me, someone who rarely cooks, the art of making mutz, but they also offer pizza-making parties and more for any occasion. So, if you plan on having them at your next event, I kindly request an invitation. (I must mention, they even made my childhood sports dreams come true by involving me in a game of catch-the-mozz-ball. Who knew I’d be a star athlete if cheese was involved?!) Julius Michael’s Salon at Margaret Josephs’ private home Margaret Josephs was getting ready for an event while we spent the day at her house. My third stop on the “RHONJ” tour was Margaret’s house because it holds so much history and drama. The added perk of crashing her glam session was the opportunity to meet celebrity stylist Julius Michaels, known among Bravo fanatics as the resident hair whisperer for many Housewives. He owns a salon not far from Margaret’s house (address and booking information available), where anyone can go to get a fresh “Housewife”-approved look. And let’s not forget the famous Marge 2, who made an appearance during our visit to Margaret’s home. George, Margaret’s trusted glam assistant, was also there, making sure she looked flawless for all her events. For more updates on reality TV from TheFantasyTimes Oh, and how could I forget to mention that Marge 2 joined us too? No, it’s not a new addition to the franchise (at least not yet!). Rails Steakhouse 10 Whitehall Rd, Towaco, NJ 07082 Rachel Fuda joined TheFantasyTimes for an entertaining chat at Rails Steakhouse. A visit to Rails is a must to truly feel like a cast member on “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The memories, the atmosphere, and the delectable flatbreads on the menu encompass the essence of Jersey. Luckily, I bumped into Rachel Fuda, who just finished her first season on the show, during my visit. Naturally, we discussed the drama from the cast’s recent reunion, along with the historical drama that has unfolded at Rails. Here’s to embracing the Jersey spirit!

Fans may have to wait some time until the all-new season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” airs on Bravo, but that doesn’t mean you have to pause on living your best Jersey life!

That’s exactly why I – Danny Murphy, a Senior Editor and co-host of TheFantasyTimes’s ”Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast – am taking you along for the ride on how to spend the most epic day in the Garden State, “RHONJ”-style.

ICYMI, TheFantasyTimes launched our new video series, “24 Hours,” last week with the ladies of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” kicking it off! We obviously had to show some love to the East Coast next — starting with New Jersey. 

Let me tell you, preparing to spend a day with some of the most glamorous ladies is a nerve-wracking task, so of course I had to look the part.

Enter Melissa Gorga and her boutique, Envy by Melissa Gorga, to help me learn exactly how to channel my inner Housewife. 

Because I’m me, I immediately needed a snack after finishing my first task of the day. Shopping is exhausting! Thankfully, Danielle Cabral opened her home up to me and not only gave me a tour, but introduced me to the “mutz” makers themselves from Agostino Fresh Mozz Co., who made all of my cheese dreams come true. While we don’t pump our own gas in New Jersey, we certainly do make our own cheese! 

The “RHONJ” cast takes TheFantasyTimes’s Danny Murphy on a tour of New Jersey
The cast of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” showed TheFantasyTimes’s Danny Murphy how to live like them for a day at iconic locations around the Garden State.
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After dishing and eating with Danielle about her first season on “RHONJ,” I needed a little pick-me-up to get through the rest of my day. And any Bravo fan knows that the queen of the iced coffee is none other than Margaret Josephs.

Yes, I got to have a Marge-style beverage (big wine glass, lots of ice, straw, Snickers creamer) AND gossip about all the classic moments that went down in her house. After looking back on all the events she threw, it’s no wonder she’s the Queen of Soireés

Sitting at Margaret’s house really made me feel like a Housewife, because we got to unpack some drama (like that time Jackie Goldschneider and Teresa Giudice had some… choice words for one another) while Margaret was getting glammed up for an event later that night. I mean, what could be more Housewives than that?!

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Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga and more took part in TheFantasyTimes’s “24 Hours” series.
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Well, Rails Steakhouse, actually – one of the Great Wonders of the “RHONJ” world. There was nowhere else that I could have possibly ended my day as a “Real Housewife” at other than this iconic steakhouse — with none other than Rachel Fuda.

If my day left you feeling inspired to have your own “Housewives”-esque tour of Jersey, well I’ve got good news for you. Keep reading as I’ve broken down all the hot spots I went to eat, glam and shop – so you can easily recreate the magic yourself!  

 Envy by Melisa Gorga
7 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

How to live like the Real Housewives of New Jersey
Melissa Gorga gave TheFantasyTimes a tour of her boutique, Envy by Melissa Gorga.

Anyone who is a fan of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” knows about Melissa’s journey with Envy. From experiencing some initial hesitation about the business from her husband, Joe Gorga, to now having an expanded store in it’s Envy 2.0 location, there’s no wonder why she has a Boss Bitch sign “On Display”!  

While my favorite part of the day at Envy might have been talking to Melissa about her viral reunion merch, I would definitely recommend fans going there just to shop their hearts out. Not only is Melissa sometimes there in person, but everyone who works with her is truly the nicest!

Give me any boutique where I can sip Dunkin’ and I’m in heaven. 

Agostino Fresh Mozz Co.
DM @agostinofreshmozz on Instagram

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Danielle Cabral took us inside her kitchen with some freshly made “mutz.”

Cabral, who just wrapped her first season on the hit series, knows how to throw a party (even if it ends with a screaming match about seating charts). While she’s a fun time and a great host, you probably won’t have access inside her private residence like we did.

However, you can DM the boys at Agostino Fresh Mozz Co. via Instagram any time you’re looking to cater house parties, weddings or events in the Tri-State Area.

They not only taught me – a person who never turns their oven on – how to properly make mutz, but they also let me know that they do pizza making parties and more for any event you want to throw. So if you tell me you’re having these guys at your next party, my only recommendation is to invite me. Please. (Honorable mention: they helped me live my Varsity sports dream by successfully involving me in a game of catch-the-mozz-ball. If only I knew I’d be a great athlete if cheese was involved?!)

Julius Michael’s salon
at Margaret Josephs’ private home

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Margaret Josephs was getting glam for an event while we hung out for the day.

My third spot on the “RHONJ” tour was Marge’s house just because so much has gone down there, I had to soak it in myself.

The perk of crashing her glam moment was that I also got to meet celebrity stylist Julius Michaels, who every Bravo-fanatic knows as the resident hair whisperer for so many Housewives.

He owns a salon not too far from Margaret’s house (address and booking info here) which anyone can go to in case they want to get a fresh “Housewife”-approved look themselves.

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The now famous Marge 2 also made an appearance during our visit to her home.

Also along for the ride was George, Margaret’s right-hand-glam for all of her events!


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Oh, and how could I forget to let you know that Marge 2 was also there? And no, that is not a new lady joining the franchise — well, yet, anyway.

Rails Steakhouse
10 Whitehall Rd, Towaco, NJ 07082

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Rachel Fuda joined TheFantasyTimes for a fun chat at Rails Steakhouse.

Going to Rails is the ultimate requirement to feel like you really did become a true cast member on the “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The memories, the ambiance, the flatbreads on the menu… all of it is so magic and oh-so Jersey.

Thankfully, I ran into Rachel Fuda, who just finished her first season on the series, while I was there. Naturally, we got to unpack the drama from the cast’s recent reunion — along with all the drama that has gone down at Rails in general.

Cheers to Jersey!

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