My alarm clock went off at 4:30 am on Thursday morning. Sleep in, or coffee? Coffee, duh! I snuck out of bed because I didn’t want to wake the pups up. I had prepared the coffee pot before I went to sleep, so all I had to do was hit the start button. While the coffee was brewing, I turned on the news and got ready for the day. Putting on mascara before coffee is never a good idea and I learned that the hard way. I headed in to kiss Kyle and the pups goodbye, called an Uber and headed to the airport at 5:30 am.
I landed in New Jersey at 9:30 am. Meighan headed to Jersey to visit with her family the week before, so she picked me up with her sister at the airport. The train to NYC was only about 45 minutes, so we decided to stay in Jersey with her family for a couple of days. I had driven and flown through Jersey several times, but never spent time there. I was excited to explore with some real locals 😉
We visited her friend’s work, and then all went out to lunch at Old Glory in Keyport. The drive through Keyport was neat. I loved all the old homes with character. The restaurant used to be a church back in the day, and I loved that they kept some of the original interiors.
I ordered an arugula salad. It had arugula, dried cranberries, goat cheese, candied pecans, grilled chicken, and vinaigrette on the side. It was so good and exactly what I was craving.
After lunch, we headed to Red Bank, NJ to explore the town. I loved how quaint and cute it was. I love a small town that has all of their stores were filled.
We grabbed a pick-me-up at Rook Coffee. Lunch is never complete without a post-coffee.
Rook doesn’t offer lattes or any fancy caffeinated beverages. They are strictly coffee! They had all kinds of roasts. I went with a medium-dark Columbian blend.
We shopped at a lot of the little boutiques, and there were so many of them.
How cute is this? Found it at a little consignment shop. I love all of the Kate Spade Flavor of The Month Clutches!
The town was filled with all kinds of restaurants, and this one was so cute! We didn’t eat there, but I had to take a photo of it! Meighan recommends Surf Taco if you’re ever in the area! Before we took off, we stopped at Bake Shop to grab little cappuccinos. Carlo’s bake shop is the famous one from the show “Cake Boss.” All of the treats looked incredible!
We met back up with Meighan’s friend for happy hour around five. We went to Watermark in Asbury Park, NJ, and it’s definitely a must!
I loved Watermark’s interior and the views were breathtaking. If I lived close, I’d totally be a regular.
Pinot Grigio for me!
Of course, I picked off the mushrooms, but their cracker crust pizza was really good. A great little snack to go with wine!
This was my look from a 4 am wake up. You can’t judge me…:|
We headed to Meighan’s house to have dinner with her family at eight. Meighan’s family is from Argentina, and they make incredible food! Her mom made us milanesas, coleslaw, salad, and roasted potatoes! Everything was delicious.
I was SO TIRED, so I headed to bed around ten-thirty.
I was up bright and early on Friday morning so I could blog about my CVS trip, have coffee, eat some breakfast (pineapple & yogurt), and relax before starting the day! Loved this mug!
We were blessed with beautiful weather for our boardwalk day!
The first boardwalk we explored was Point Pleasant (Jenkinsons.) We treated ourselves to some fruit slices and chocolate covered gummy bears. They also sold chocolate covered potato chips, which are surprisingly good! I haven’t had them in a long time, but seeing them inspired me to try and make a semi-healthy version!
We walked a couple of miles down and back. Loved all of the fun little shops and treats! I bet this place is PACKED and so much fun in the summer. Growing up there must have been so much fun.
We headed to a boardwalk in Belmar next! We wanted to have lunch at Playa Bowls 🙂
I’ve never been more obsessed with a place. I want them to open up a Playa Bowls in Charlotte ASAP!!! This actually inspired me to start making Acai bowls, and I plan on doing a weekly series this summer. I didn’t care for the one I had in the fall, but these are game-changers. Oh, and if you know of any good Acai places in Kona, HI, please feel free to share!
SO MANY options.
This interior made me excited for Hawaii, and it kind of reminded me of FreshFresh Cafe in the Dominican.
Wheat grass and citrus ginger shots!
Meighan had the Electric Mermaid Pitaya bowl. It came with organic pitaya, banana, pineapple, coconut milk and topped with kiwi, pineapple, mango, organic granola, coconut flakes, and Nutella. Her sister ordered the Dragon Berry Pitaya Bowl. It was a blend of pitaya, banana, pineapple, coconut milk, and topped with strawberries, blueberries, organic granola, and Nutella.
I ordered the Pacific Green Bowl. It had a kale blend topped with granola, strawberry, banana, sliced almonds, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla protein powder.
After devouring our bowls, we headed out to walk the boardwalk more!
We wanted to grab coffees before heading back to Meighan’s house. There was a coffee shop that had coffee and kombucha on tap inside of the Playa Bowl.
I had a cappuccino with skim and one extra shot of espresso. SO SO SO GOOD! Best latte I had in Jersey!
I was kind of obsessed with the Playa Bowls van, and it just happened to match my nails.
After our day of exploring, we headed to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for our favorite appetizer! You can find the recipe for our cream cheese and smoked salmon bites here!
We ended our time in New Jersey on a delicious note! Her dad grilled our ribs, and her mom made us tasty salads! We had one salad that consisted of avocado and cucumber, and the next one had lettuce, tomatoes, cranberries, and a homemade dressing! DELICIOUS!!!!
We had pineapple and whipped cream for dessert! We headed to bed early because we wanted to catch a train to the city in the morning!
I loved exploring New Jersey. I want to give a special thanks to Meighan’s family for making me feel right at home! <3
My half marathon post will be up this weekend!!!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had an acai bowl?
- Have you ever visited New Jersey?
- Do you have any fun weekend plans?