The kids took off for Norway last Friday, so I had to get them to the airport in New Jersey to send them off. I am always excited to get a few days in at my old stomping grounds with my family.
Besides the normal stuff like the boardwalk (above) and a pork roll (or is it taylor ham?) sandwich on a bagel (below), there are many other things that define the Jersey Shore for me. Most people wrinkle their noses when I tell them where I’m from, and they tell me they are sorry. Not sure what’s up with that. For those of you that don’t know, Jersey is THE SHIT.
Friday night my brother Michael and I drove to Asbury Park to a restaurant called the Asbury Park Biergarten. Funnily enough, I had been following them on Instagram for awhile, but I didn’t realize that’s where we were going until we got there and I recognized it from the pictures.
We enjoyed a fabulous dinner of corn chowder, brussel sprouts and wild boar. The beer was flowing, so after we ate we headed up to the rooftop beer garden for a night cap and I was impressed! The had a vertical garden, plenty of seating and a pretty chill vibe. I had the best time I’ve had in awhile just hanging out with Michael.
I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to text my Mom about the kids. They has arrived safe and sound and I could relax! Hot tip for any parents out there that send their kids alone on flights: there are apps you can download on your phone that track the flight and help you calm the F down. Having a 12-year old that loves snapchat doesn’t hurt either – she snapped me in Amsterdam so I knew they were good at that point.
The agenda for Saturday involved a trip to Point Pleasant beach to Jenkinson’s to hang out with my cousin Chrissy and see Brian Kirk and the Jirks, my all time favorite Jersey band. We ended up having a blast! Great tunes, good friends and the fresh breeze off the Atlantic? There are few things in life that are better than that. We went straight home and had my dad cook us up some hamburgers on the grill. My Dad makes the best hamburgers on the planet.
Sunday we headed back out to Asbury to go to Hot Sand. Yes, glass blowing was on the agenda! When Chrissy mentioned that we were going to blow glass, I was skeptical, but that all faded away when we walked in and I saw all the cool items they had available to buy or make. I chose a candy dish with a kelly green swirl (Hello, Marshall!), and I cannot wait for it to get here this week. If you go: the employee there will do most of the work. You will pick out what you want to make, help with the tools a little, and do the actual blowing. They guide you through the process, as the glass is as hot as lava. So really F’ing hot. Also- my dish with shipping to West Virginia cost $94.
When we were done, we walked over to the Asbury Biergarten (again!) got some day drinking in before it was time to go home.
I got up really early on Monday morning for the long drive home by myself. I am looking forward to a month at home with Mark. We have some fun plans in the works. I really miss my kiddos though… Hope you all have a wonderful week!