Wow, has it really been over two weeks since my last post??? Sorry, kids…between finishing up my grad project (got an “A”, thank you), holiday craziness, etc. , the time there seemed like it was slip-sliding away for a bit.
Until now, that is.
Winter Wonderland, my ass.
The Blizzard of 2010 (the post-Christmas Nor’easter which dumped over 30″ of snow on the Jersey Shore) has caused most New Jersey residents to take an extended pause. Three days after the Boxing Day Blizzard (cute, huh?), it’s still terrible out there. Major NJ highways are still closed due to abandoned cars that hindered snow plowing efforts. Many residential streets are also not plowed, and some residents are still affected by power outages. Grocery stores and gas stations are also affected due to delivery trucks being unable to make the daily rounds.
I am thankful to say that my family and I are not among those poor souls without power or food. (That would be bad.) Over the past three days, we have shoveled out half of our long driveway – enough for a one car-width path to back out to the street. With my OCD personality, I calculated that we moved about a ton of snow…maybe more (think about a 10-lb scoop of snow and multiply that by 200 scoops…trust me, I was keeping track.) And, I probably burned as many calories as a one-hour spin class!
It hasn’t been that bad, a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. (Except if I see one more Eyewitness News people-on-the-street interview of oblivious Upper West Siders who think the snow is “marvelous, we took baby Sophie for her first sleigh ride in Central Park..isn’t that a novelty har har”, I may puke.
My Mink Coat and Ski Mask shoveling ensemble. The Michelob hat adds a nice touch. Too much?
One of the Jersey Shore’s most famous towns gets to kick-off this year’s Jersey Shore Restaurant Week roster of events with a culinary trolley tour.
Sponsored by Don Q Rum, 901 Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka
When: Thursday, November 4th.
Location: Starts at Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park Time: 6pm Cost: $75 drinks, dinner and trolley (tax and gratuity extra on dinner).
Details: Hop a trolley at The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park and enjoy cocktails, hors d’ouevres and live music at Langosta Lounge and Trinity and The Pope before returning to the Dauphin Grill @ The Berkeley for a delicious 3 course dinner and more cocktails.
Music Lineup :
Langosta Lounge– Sonni Shine and the Underwater Sounds
Trinity & Pope– The Wandering Bards,
Dauphin at the Berkeley – Nuvo Jazz Quartet.
One of my favorite events on the Jersey Shore is Jersey Shore Restaurant Week (*), which is taking place this year from November 4-14.
As a Jersey Shore “Local” (year-round resident), I love the quiet months of October thru May, when summer tourists, summer residents and the “Bennies” pack up and leave. Not that I don’t appreciate how they stimulate a mostly tourist-based economy, but I appreciate the silence, the shorter lines and the lack of New York license plates.
Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is like a “thank you” to the Locals and me. In exchange for putting up with all the summer craziness, I get one week of access to over 65 amazing restaurants (that actually serve great food) at cheap prix-fixe pricing.