A Little Lunch Date at Wang Sushi

Yesterday, Matt and I went out for lunch at a great little spot called Wang Sushi. They advertise themselves as Asian Fusion, so they offer a little bit of everything. One thing in particular I really enjoy is that they offer bubble tea (because it’s usually pretty hard to find around here).

We decided to stick to the lunch menu, which is offered from 11 AM to 3:30 PM and comes with white rice and your choice of soup. Matt got the Korean BBQ pork and I got the pork mei fun (which actually doesn’t come with rice since it’s a noodle dish). We both got hot and sour soup.

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I also ordered a honeydew bubble tea which was super fruity and refreshing. It also had a bunch of tapioca balls, which made me happy. The soup was tolerably spicy, but full of flavor. It had chunks of tofu and wisps of egg throughout the broth. Matt ordered his dish extra spicy, but as I tasted it, I decided it was markedly less spicy than authentic Korean food – but it was still very good. My pork dish was also delicious. There were chunks of carrots and green onion, and everything was very well-seasoned.

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Even though we had lunch portions, Matt and I were both very full by the time we left. So, we decided to take a drive to Island Heights and walk around near the water to help us digest. There were so many gorgeous Victorian houses to look at, too. Eventually, we sat in the shade for a while and watched the water until we decided it was time to go home.

How did you spend your day?

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Bacon Donuts and Boardwalk Adventures

Yesterday, Matt and I weren’t sure how we should spend the day, so we took a little drive until we ended up in Point Pleasant. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, so we headed down to the boardwalk. After we parked, I noticed the sign for Top That Donuts. We just had to go in!

It was a funky little joint, with bright orange chairs and retro accents. The was only one girl in line ahead of us, and we looked at the menu while she ordered. Matt and I settled on the hangover (maple glaze with bacon crumble) and the lemon drop (lemon glaze with graham cracker dusting and Boston cream).

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All the donuts are made to order, so we watched while the girl behind the counter did her thing. It was really interesting to see the machine plop out the dough into the fryer. When our donuts were ready, she called us over to pick them up. They were piping hot and the glaze looked so glossy.

I liked the hangover the best. The glaze was quite thick and the bacon crumbles were ample. That combination of sweet and salty always gets me. The lemon drop, while it was still very good, lacked something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe I thought it would be more lemony? Even so, I think we would still go back for more.

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After the donuts, Matt and I took a nice little walk up and down the boardwalk. We even went onto the beach and stuck our toes in the water. Too cold, but still refreshing. We also popped into some of the arcades here and there. I can’t believe summer is almost here!

How are you getting ready for summer? What are some things you like to do during the season?

Grounds for Sculpture and Downtown Princeton

I know this blog is usually for sharing our foodie adventures, but Matt and I decided we had to write about the day we spent at Grounds for Sculpture and exploring downtown Princeton.

For those of you who don’t know, Grounds for Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton, NJ. They have life-size replicas of famous paintings as well as an expansive permanent collection of contemporary works.

There are so many different styles of art located throughout the gardens as well as many hidden surprises to discover along the way. At times, it was difficult to determine what was a sculpture and what was real life; it was so fun and surreal! I lost track of how many times Matt and I would come across something and I was completely in awe.

One of the best parts of visiting Grounds for Sculpture is how interactive it is. You can actually touch and climb on many of the pieces (unless otherwise stated). There are many opportunities for unique photos – something I always enjoy.

While there is a lot of ground to cover, there are plenty of places to sit and relax as well as a full service restaurant, two cafes, and a snack gazebo. The Van Gogh Cafe was decorated like Starry Night (Matt and I took a break there to enjoy some cold drinks and an almond croissant).

In my opinion, some of the best replicas were that of Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, Manet’s Olympia, Munch’s The Scream, and Wood’s American Gothic.

After spending over two hours walking around, Matt and I took a drive to Princeton. We stopped in at Princeton Record Exchange (excellent selection if you’re a music collector) before soaking in the beauty of the University campus. We also stopped at The Princeton University Art Museum, which has a very impressive collection. Some of the galleries included European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Art of the Ancient Americas.

Now, we’re completely exhausted and ready to have some dinner while doing nothing for the rest of the night.

What are some of your favorite local museums and gardens to visit?

 

Sunset Dinners at The Shrimp Box

One of my favorite restaurants in Point Pleasant Beach is The Shrimp Box. It makes me think of summertime and good, homey seafood dishes. This afternoon, I went there with my mother for Palm Sunday. Unfortunately, Matt had to work today and couldn’t join us.

We had a reservation for a booth by the window, overlooking the harbor. The sun was shining and the breeze was gentle. It was a lovely view.

The best thing that The Shrimp Box offers, in my opinion, is their sunset dinners. They are available Sunday through Friday from 12PM to 6PM and on Saturdays from 12PM to 5PM. Your choice of entree includes a cup of clam chowder or salad bar, potato, vegetable, dessert, and beverage. I think it’s an excellent deal.

To start, we ordered fried calamari. It was light, crispy, and came with sides of marinara and chipotle sauce to dip. For my entree, I ordered the broiled seafood trio (shrimp, scallops, flounder) with a baked potato, and mixed vegetables. My mother ordered the stuffed twin fillets of flounder with mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables.

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My seafood was cooked perfectly. The flounder was moist and flaked apart easily, the scallops were rich and sweet, and the shrimp was deliciously buttery. I literally couldn’t stop eating. The baked potato was cooked well, too, and I topped it with butter and herby sour cream. Yum!

By the time we were finished with our entrees, the waitress came and asked us what we would like for dessert. We told her up front we would definitely be taking it to go, but we had the following treats to pick from: carrot cake, chocolate cake, apple crumb, rice pudding, or Jell-O. I went with the carrot cake and my mother picked the apple crumb. I’m still too stuffed to eat it, but it will make a nice treat for later tonight!

I’ve never been disappointed at The Shrimp Box and always look forward to eating there.

Do you have any favorite local seafood restaurants? What do you like to get when you go there?

Date Day in Asbury Park

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Matt and I have both been very busy with work and haven’t had many days off to spend together. However, we were finally off on Wednesday and decided to spend it in Asbury Park doing what we do best: eating.

We slept in before Matt made a little light breakfast of fresh Italian bread, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic. It was just enough to get us going. Although the air was a little brisk, the sun was shining. We hopped in the car and made a shopping pit stop before continuing to Asbury.

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When we got there, it was pretty foggy, but we decided to take a stroll to the boardwalk anyway. There wasn’t much open. Even so, we walked all the down to the Convention Hall to check out the shops. Asbury Park Roastery’s Boardwalk Cafe was open and we got two big cups of cold brew. It was excellent coffee.

After we walked back to Cookman Avenue, Matt and I were a bit peckish, so we stopped in at Brickwall. We ordered the deviled eggs and six middleneck clams (they were only $1 each). I loved how briny the clams were, and adding a little lemon juice made them even better.

Once we were finished, our next stop was Taka, where Matt recently started working as a sushi chef. They have happy hour from 3 to 6. We each got a Sapporo draught for $3 and Matt got a large hot sake for $6 (but I really don’t like sake). For food, we ordered the kara-age (Japanese fried chicken). It was served on a bed of cabbage and the sauce was sweet and spicy. We also decided to get an order of house made chips and guacamole as well as beef negimaki (thinly sliced beef with scallions and teriyaki sauce). Everything was so delicious!

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We walked around town some more, even though it was getting colder out. Matt and I weren’t starving, but we still wanted to have some food at Pascal and Sabine: a European-style brasserie which a few of Matt’s coworkers had recommended. The interior was beautifully decorated – sleek and dark with moody lighting. Our server, Jeff, was knowledgeable and attentive making our dining experience absolutely impeccable.

For cocktails, I had Sabine’s Mimosa and Matt had the Spiced Paloma. We shared some charcuterie: pork pâté en croute and Sainte-Maure goat cheese. It was presented beautifully with honey, jam, candied pecans, apples, tomatoes, cornichons, and pickled mustard seeds. For a small plate, we ordered the pan-seared sea bream with creamed wild mushrooms. The fish was prepared perfectly and the sauce was rich and full of flavor.

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We left feeling incredibly satisfied. What a wonderful day!

What are some of your favorite local restaurants? What do you like to order when you go there?

Food with Friends

Yesterday, I spent the day up in Sussex County with my friend Amanda since Matt had to work. Whenever I visit, we always make a point to get breakfast together. This time, we went to the Sparta Classic Diner with our friend Chris. You really can’t beat a good New Jersey diner.

I ordered the French Toast Tiramisu Tower, which came with strawberries, bananas, mascarpone cream cheese, raspberry sauce, and chocolate powder. Now, I don’t usually order sweet breakfasts, but I was craving one and this totally hit the spot. I loved how much fresh fruit actually came with it, and the French toast melted in my mouth. Amanda got the Short Rib and Egg Tacos, which came with a healthy portion of fresh guacamole. She let me try them, and they were pretty out of this world. The meat was so juicy and tangy. Finally, Chris got the Lumberjack Pancakes, which came with eggs, bacon, and sausage.

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After breakfast, Amanda and I just spent some time catching up. We stopped by her job, Electric Land Tattoo, and then we went to the mall to try and walk off what we ate for breakfast!

We weren’t too sure what we wanted for dinner, but eventually settled on Indian. We went to The Clay Oven in Ledgewood. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures because it was a little fancier than we had anticipated and I felt a little awkward doing so. But I’ll tell you all about what we ate anyway!

To start, we got the assorted vegetarian platter appetizer which came with samosas, veggie pakora, and paneer pakora. Everything was delightfully crispy and very well seasoned. We were also served a complimentary crispy bread which came with two spicy sauces and a side of marinated onions. Delicious.

For entrees, I got the Chicken Makhani and Amanda got the Lamb Vindaloo. The chicken was cooked in a buttery tomato-based sauce. It was so tender! The lamb was served with potatoes and Amanda said it was exceptionally spicy (and she loves spicy food). Both entrees came with seasoned rice. We also got a side of garlic naan. It was crispy, chewy, and slathered in a delightful garlic spread.

For dessert, we tried rasmalai (cottage cheese dumplings in sweetened milk) and gulab jamun (golden brown milk powder dumplings in syrup with pistachios). The rasmalai was served almost frozen. They were rich and creamy, but not too sweet. The gulab jamun were almost like an Indian zeppole. They were very soft, but a little too sweet for us. Amanda also got a mango lassi, which was super thick and fruity.

How did you spend your Saturday? Did you eat anything good?