Hey guys! Hope you had a great weekendJ
So I had to start today's post with this little story because I thought it was funny. So ya know how I've been
complaining stating how it's been so hot in NJ lately?? So in an attempt to figure out what to do in this HEAT Saturday night, we had the "brilliant" idea of heading down the Jersey shore to enjoy dinner outside while taking in the comfortable ocean breeze to keep us cool. Good idea, right??
Well, that was all fine & dandy until we actually were arriving at the shore and watched the thermometer on the dashboard rapidly drop the closer & closer we got to the coast. By the time we got out of the car?? F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G!!!! Absolutely FREEZING (or 60 degrees mixed with sea breezeJ) And since Cubacan, the restaurant we were visiting, wouldn't be able to seat us inside until after 9pm, we ended up having to walk the boardwalk in search of WARM hoodies festooned with all things Asbury ParkJ
I tried to look on the bright side & realize that in the dead of summer, folks would be clamoring for these seats and it would be MUCH tougher to get such a nice table directly on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean....
...but that was fine until the wind blew. And then, yeah...it was coldJ hahahahahhaa
ANYWAYS, back to the foodJ First up was a queso trio, which I THOUGHT was going to be cheese dips for some reason. Obviously, much like thinking it was going to be seasonably pleasant to eat outside down the shore on the first day of June, I was incorrectJ
But, ya know, far be it from me to ignore a cheese plateJ The waitress mixed em up for us and we sampled away with the slices of toast & what I believe was a guava paste. You know I love me some sweet & saltyJ
And for dinner, I had a pretty tasty plate of arroz con pollo. The chicken on the bone was nearly ALL white meat and it was served on top of that pretty saffron riceJ Quite delishJ
And on the side, I just HAD to try an ear of their Cuban corn topped with mayo, paprika & cotija cheese...
Flavored corn is street food in many parts of the world & I can see why. The toppings mix was quite delicious and permeated every bite with a cheesy flavorJ
After our dinner, on our way back 'inland', the temperature started to slowly creep up again, and you KNOW what that meant: ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we headed to our FAVORITE ice cream place down the shore, Hoffman's in Point Pleasant...
...where we were OBVIOUSLY not the only ones with the same idea.
We thought our first visit was crowded when we walked in and got a ticket for #13 while they were serving #80. This time, however...
At least it gives you plenty of time to pick your poison...and contemplate world peace while you're at itJ This time I went with a cone of TOASTED COCONUT...
I know you'll be SHOCKED to find out it was the first time I've ever indulged in this beauty, but OH it was a good one! I spent most of Sunday dreaming about this cone. It was so delicious & summeryJ
Besides our freezing dinner on the Jersey shore, we also had another 'burger Friday night' last week...
I made a simple burger mixing turkey breast, taco seasoning & shredded onion and topped it with guacamole & sauteed peppers and onions. FAN-TAS-TIC! Seriously SOOO GOOD for something so simple.
And on the side, I used up the rest of our farmer's market veggies from the week to whip up a new potato salad...
I quartered those mini potatoes & boiled them in salted water about 25 minutes, tossing in the diced asparagus spears the last 5...
Once everything was drained & cooled, I whipped up a quick, mayo-free dressing...
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 drizzle olive oil (about 2 teaspoons)
I whisked that all together and poured the dressing & 2 tablespoons of capers into the potatoes & asparagus...with a little helpJ
It made for a super-tangy side that I was craving. The mustard & caper flavors just mixed well with the asparagus...and what doesn't go well with potatoes, ya know??J
And in EXERCISE news for the weekend, I ended up in a back to back Body Jam & yoga class Saturday morning. The yoga class was GENTLE and yet by 2:00pm yesterday afternoon, my muscles were BEAT. Even though I take POWER classes 2-3 times a week, sometimes those slooooooowwwww, gentle classes can kick your ass! It's really crazy how that works.
It also was 90+ degrees outside when I walked into boxing class on Sunday morning, only to walk into the class room and be SMACKED in the face with some intense humidity & heat. I KNEW it was going to be a doozy. Let's just say I was pretty gross when it was over....yet, pretty sure I had worked off that ice cream cone from Saturday nightJ hahahahahahahha
Alrighty, we're both 'back to the grind' and yet ready for some new 'adventures' while Scott's off this week! Thankfully, after today's drenching rain & thunderstorms, we're suppose to go back to high 70's for the next few days. Perfect for some funJ
Have a good Monday, everyoneJ