Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Favorites #27

Happy Friday, friends!

This week went so fast I can't believe it's already Friday. I have kinda lacked in the inspiration and motivation department this week; therefore no new posts. Many of this week's favorites though are articles that I was looking for and needed to read in order to get back into my groove, whatever that may be.

I am so ready for spring weather full time and hope that after the next week of rain we will finally start to see the flowers bloom!

As always be sure to share in the comments or leave a comment on Instagram what you are loving this week or what is making you smile!


I turn 30 one week from today. Birthday's since my mom passed away are always bittersweet and I have a feeling this one will be even harder since it's a big one. Hallie's post 15 Things to Remind Yourself This Week hit the nail on the head. Each one resonates in some way or another.

Giving back is a huge part of who I am. I have been a fundraiser, an advocate, a board member, a committee member and a volunteer for many organizations throughout my life. I just learned about 100Cameras from Grace and am excited to see what this wonderful organization is doing. Yesterday was #WorldPerspectiveDay. Check out some of the photos from Instagram.

It's interesting how the world has changed during my lifetime. In 2004, Maria Sharapova, who was born in the same year won the Wimbledon Title in women's tennis, a sport I played for 13 years and loved!

As a retail manager this article sparked my interest almost immediately. I've heard some say it is industry specific while other's believe it can be cross-marketed.

Lucie Fink. YouTube. Refinery29. I'll leave it at that!!!

Any fun plans for the weekend? 

XoXo,
Tracy 





Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites #26

Happy Friday, friends!

This week was filled with work, exploring, and some inspiring Twitter Chats. This weekend is split between more work, writing and spending time with friends!

Let's jump into what I am loving and what is making me smile this week. Share in the comments or leave a comment on Instagram!


Floating Food Forest coming to New York City. I wish I still lived on the Upper East Side.

Louisville has always been on my list of places to visit, and thanks to Alexa from Eating NYC now I really need to visit.

I've heard great things about Acupuncture. This article may be the post I need to give it a try. Have you had it done before?

Visiting Israel was an unforgettable trip. I loved every second of it and I wish everyone could have the same opportunity. Making it accessible for everyone is Orel Lapid.

I hated the monkey bars as a kid. Now they are my favorite type of exercise. Don't laugh until you try it.

What are your weekend plans? What are you loving this week?

XoXo,
Tracy 


Thursday, March 23, 2017

NJ Travel Town; Montclair

Whether you are looking for a funky downtown or a scenic views of the New York Skyline, then Montclair is the place to visit. This urban suburb is home to an electric music scene, a foodies heaven and an outdoor lovers paradise.


I spent the day, which isn't nearly enough, exploring the downtown area. I am already looking forward to my next day trip up there.


I loved the color found in the windows above. Again, this colorful town was drawing me in within seconds of parking my car.

I love a great consignment shop. I enjoy thrift shopping. I could scour the racks for hours and not ever get bored or even have the urge to make a purchase. One Savvy Design, located on Church Street was my first stop of the day. From the jewelry case to the back sale room I enjoyed rummaging through the racks! The shop is on the first floor of this cute peach building. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook.


As I continued walking through the town I came to realize that this is the perfect place to shop small business. Supporting local stores is something that I especially love. Hearing the story behind their shops is something I always find interesting.






The architecture is different. Each building has its own unique design that makes it stand out from another. The two photos above are building that are across the street from one another. There is so much charm in this small town. The people welcome you with open arms and I enjoyed chatting with store associates and owners.


I walked by, Villalobos and immediately fell in love with the exterior of the restaurant. Next time I am planning to stop in their for a bite. You can see more on their Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.


Can we talk about how colorful these buildings are?


The map above gives you the best idea of how you want to explore the downtown area. Side street after side street you are bound to find some hidden gems. I was so happy to find, DollyMoo, located on Glenridge Ave. These handmade skincare products are made in the kitchen in the back of the store and are tested on friends and family. The associate took time to explain how some of the products are created, what each product does, and even let me test a few products! I can't highly recommend them enough. The coconut citrus body scrub or muscle butter had to be two of my favorites. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


At this point I had worked up an appetite and found myself at Samba, a Brazilian restaurant. They offer a lunch special with 1/2 panini and 1/2 salad.



Goat Cheese w/ Fig Spread & Prosciutto on Ciabatta Bread & Gourmet Salad 
Is this not the cutest way to have lunch served. As I scored a table near the corner I was able to have  view of the bustling town while enjoying this delicious meal. The salad was the perfect size and everything was so fresh, The presentation along with the service was spot on. There is a sign stating 'No Wifi" please have conversations with each other which I thought was clever! I would highly recommend checking them out for Lunch or Dinner.



It was a great day to explore the area. I also hit up Van Vleck House & Gardens and Eagle Rock Reservation which I will talk about in another post.

What is your favorite cuisine?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's a very "Delicious" Orchards

This rainy Saturday I found myself driving straight to Delicious Orchards for a morning of wandering through the Country Food Market. 


When you first walk in you are greeted with the most beautiful plants and flowers. The pop of color was exactly what I needed on this cold and dreary day. My mom had a green thumb, something I unfortunately never inherited from her. Maybe one day I will purchase a plant and see if I can keep it alive. 


The overwhelming smell of the bakery draws you in. The wide array of baked goods are all made on-site in their scratch bakery. Workers are constantly replenishing the bread baskets, filling the glass counters with delicious pastries, and eager to share their favorite pies. No matter your taste buds everything that is fresh will taste delicious, I promise. You can ever order online if you aren't in the Colts Neck area. 

These famous Apple Cider Donuts are mouthwatering and you can choose from plain or powdered one. They come in a 6-pack therefore I recommend purchasing at least 2 packages for 2 or more people. 


As you continue through the market you will find some of the finest meats, freshest seafood, unique deli items, coffee and tea bar, chocolate area as well as the amazing cider!

Three different people were talking about these Bacon Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes. As I overheard the conversations I was drawn to the case to see some other bites. 

Once I moved on I found the "gem" of all gems, the cider wall as I called it. Home to the only cider I will drink, I was happy to see the full case. I am not an apple cider girl, yet the below Apple Cider carton can be demolished in about 2 days. I never tried the Cranberry-Apple. 


Chocolate, Coffee & Tea in the same room? You can leave me there for hours and let me sample each and everyone. The wood paneling is throughout the market making it feel very warm and welcoming. Overall you could spend hours just walking around, tasting samples, and striking up conversations with every friendly staff person. 


After you check out, be sure to stop for a Juice or Smoothie before heading to the Cider Cafe. Check out the menu here. In the Spring/Summer/Fall you can sit outside at one of the many picnic benches or tables. Inside there tables as well for the colder months, and like today when the ground was covered in snow. 


It's no surprise that I love this cute, warm, and welcoming market. You can even buy these cute little bags. Supporting the community is very important and I love that they have a fundraising program. What an amazing history behind a very-well known establishment, that can see up to 2.5 million visitors in a year. 



Where is your favorite local market? Do you have a green thumb?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites #25

Happy Friday, friends!

This week I had a snow day thanks to #StellaBlizzard.

Any fun plans for the weekend? I am off Saturday and hoping to get out and do some exploring in New Jersey and Sunday I am working and not sure what my afternoon holds.


Would you travel with some of your best friends?

Never thought I would see "lazy" and "high intelligence" in the same sentence. Here is what your habits say about you.

What Hotels Think Millennial Travelers Want? I am not sure I agree with all of them.

Now it makes sense, rather then going out all the time I Hygge. Shared with all my friends who insist on dragging me out every weekend!

Summer and Margarita's are two of my favorite things!

What are you loving or what is making you smile this week?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Broad Street Dough Co.

This time last week I was enjoying a delicious doughnut and ice coffee on the Asbury Park Boardwalk as the weather was in the mid 60's. Today we are getting some more flurries after yesterday's non-blizzard.

Let's talk about the doughnuts. Broad Street Dough Co is located in Oakhurst, NJ a few miles from Asbury Park and other surrounding beach towns. Having read about them on Buzz Feed and Refinery 29, two of my favorite publications, I knew I had to check out the joint for myself. Come on, I live 35 minutes away.

Located in the back corner of a strip mall,this small store front doesn't even have tables. You walk in to an open and airy concept where you can see "the magic" that happens behind the counter. On the opposite wall is a small wooden bar and above that are notes left on these hearts.


After you pass the above photo you are greeted with the following signs. One has the descriptions of each doughnut, while the other is a picture. Let you mouth drool over that for a minute. 

Descriptions

So many options. Too many choices to choose from. What's a girl to do? Do you buy one of each? How can I go home empty handed? 

Menu 

After seeing each doughnut I seriously contemplated purchasing one of each. Bad idea, I know. It just means plenty of more trips to Broad Street Dough Co this summer!

I had the hardest time deciding one which ones to purchase. I took into consideration what my sister would like and what her boyfriend might enjoy and still had a hard time. Thanks to the wonderful ladies behind the bar they made some of the decisions easier with giving their favorites or top sellers. They also post their daily specials on their Instagram!

Immediately I was drawn to their Girl Scout collection which included; Thin Mint, Samoa's & my all-time favorite, Tagalongs. 

In the end I decided on the following:

A) S'mores Galore
B) The Momouth
C) Route 35
D) Tagalong

It was hard leaving with just four doughnuts. There is no doubt in my mind I will be making plenty of more trips back there, especially this summer. I also should mention they are located between my home and job. This could get dangerous, I repeat this could get dangerous. 

Every doughnut is made to order. The lady running the line was meticulous and paid attention to every detail. Want to create your own combination go ahead! There is a spot on the board for it!

If you are heading to the Jersey Shore anytime soon I highly recommend making a stop at Broad Street Dough Co. You won't regret it!

What is your favorite doughnut? 

XoXo,
Tracy  


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Blizzard?

If you are in the northeast or watch the weather you heard we were in for a Blizzard over the last 24 hours. Our area only landed up with a few inches but heavy sleet. With the roads not in the greatest condition I called in for a snow day and spent the day at home.

Here are some photos from our non-blizzard snow day.


We made sure the bar was stocked. Chasers included Pineapple Juice, Sprite and Diet Coke. Let's just say we had more then enough. Not shown were the 6-packs of Blue Moon and Steel Pier in the fridge. 


We made 50+ chicken cutlets for dinner last night. Plenty of leftovers for the lunch for the next few days. I enjoyed spending time in the kitchen making them. It sparked a conversation, do you eat them cold? Do you enjoy them after a wild night out? 


A few weeks ago I found a photo from when I was 7 and had a disposable camera in my hand. Then I found another photo from when I was 11 with a point and shoot. We have ties to B&H Photo and I have worked there for a few years. I was surrounded by amazing photographers all of who inspired me everyday. Recently I have enjoyed shooting more and more and have been playing around with my Rebel XTi. 


Did you know today is Pi Day? We celebrated by devouring this Apple Crumb Pie from Wegmans while playing Monopoly. I lost and am writing this as my sister and boyfriend continue to play the game. 


What would be your ideal snow day?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Favorites #24

Happy Friday, friends!

I enjoyed my day off at the beach, spent time writing and shooting and had some serious conversations with friends and family that have left me really doing some deep soul-searching.

We are expecting snow today after 60 degree weather the last two days, so that isn't really all that exciting and I am working this weekend.

Remember, please share something that you love or that made you smile in the comments or on Instagram.

Broad Street Dough Co
This past week we celebrated International Women's Day. Here are some female-owned businesses in Hoboken & Jersey City that you can support!

The art of a hand-written letter goes a very long way!

"You'll meet someone when you lease expect it" I hear on a daily basis. After reading this there is hope I may actually meet someone when I least expect it.

As a self-claimed foodie I will try all 50 places. This is my home county I should mention!

Grace is one of my favorite bloggers. This post is important.

What are you loving this week?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

NJ Travel Town; Asbury Park

It is no secret that I absolutely love the Jersey Shore. I was born near by and spent many summers visiting the beaches, hitting up the boardwalks, and grabbing drinks at the local bars. There is something for everyone from children to adults in many of the shore towns. 

Asbury Park, a seaside community is filled with history dating back to the late 1800's. If you've ever been to Asbury, you know the vibrant community is filled everyone from artists to senior citizens. 

When looking for a place to stay check out the newest property, The Asbury Hotel. Check out there Instagram as well! You can check in and grab a sandwich on the go at the same time or pop into their beer garden outside the pool area. I am planning a stay-cation in the next few months and looking forward to staying there!


Just one block from the boardwalk and beach you are in for a treat. While it's winter here right now the weather was 60 out so I took advantage of the morning and did some exploring. Check out these shots from my morning down the shore!




The Wonder Bar, a quirky bar is home to live music and a dog friendly patio for Yappy Hour!




Be sure to stop by The Stone Pony Box office if you want tickets to any of the shows for either venue.


Don't get used to empty parking spaces because in a few weeks you will be circling the block looking for a space. It wasn't even that quiet today as there were joggers, walkers, families, and others all out and about enjoying the scenery!



Grab a cup of coffee from Asbury Park Roastery in the Grand Arcade of the Convention Hall before checking out the rest of the shops or parking yourself on a bench on the boardwalk.



After walking around the Convention Hall check out Sea Change. There are so many great walls covered in beautiful art!




Here are some of my favorite walls.








Have you worked up an appetite yet? Maybe you're looking for a nice drink? Here are some great places to visit. Some of my favorites are:

Home of vacation-inspired cuisine, Langosta Lounge is right on the boardwalk! One of my all time favorite dishes is the Lobster Carbonara Pizza. 

For a more laid back feel, head across the street to Porta for picnic-style seating. Be sure to order the Pan-Roasted Day Boat Octopus

Free Pizza, All Day, Every Day from Johnny Macs

Cookman Ave, is home to many other great establishments such as; The Asbury Ale House, Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Taka Restaurant, and The Bonney Read



If you want the perfect escape to a great beach town, I highly recommend checking out Asbury Park! 

What is your favorite beach town? 

XoXo,
Tracy