So it’s Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and I’m stuck in traffic on the way “down the shore” (what all good Philadelphian’s call the Jersey Shore). Every year I forget that I promise never to drive down this Friday!
Despite being stuck in traffic for over an hour, Dave and I finally made it down for our first official weekend at the shore this Summer.
Some “shore” geography:
Point A: Seaside Heights. Jersey Shore crew. NOT my Jersey Shore. Definitely Not.
Point B: Ventnor City, NJ… my beach. We are the beach sandwiched in between Atlantic City to the North, and Margate to the South.
We are about a half hour North of Ocean City, famous for their “family-fun” boardwalk of rides, hermit crabs, mini-golf, and fried food.
My grandparents have owned their Ventnor beach house 3 blocks away from the beach since before I was born. I grew up vacationing here in Ventnor, and remember even writing a short story or poem in middle school about how the porch swing at the house is my “happy place”… it still is!
This long Memorial Day Weekend at the house was the best! We had the most beautiful weather I can remember for MDW. We spent all 3 days- Sat, Sun, & Mon on the beach.
Besides my family & my Aunt Lyn’s family, we spent our time with one of our closest family friends (“Aunt” Cindy, “Uncle” Sammy, Becky, and Josh). We had such a great time.
Friday night, Dave and I went to a small little dive bar in Ventnor. This is about as close to a dive bar as you’ll get in this town, but I love it! The restaurant is really small, the menu is really small, but the drinks are delish and we can walk home if we wanted! We devoured a bowl of mussels in red and a fresh made bloody mary. MMM…
Saturday, Dave and I took a 5-mile run on the Boardwalk, reaching the first casino of Atlantic City. Although I made us stop a few times to walk a block or two, we did really well! It isn’t easy for me but I’m trying to teach myself how to run.
Later on, we watched the Phillies game and had some drinks at our friends’ house. We ordered a BBQ feast from the Back Bay BBQ on the way to Somers Point (south of us… if you’re still paying attention to your Geography lesson). Before I tell you about how delicious it all was, which it was of course… I have to tell you that all FIVE Chicken halves that we ordered were NOT COOKED. EW! I’m so glad we checked instead of just digging in. We had to cook them in the oven for at least 20 minutes longer… they were really not finished!
Once they were cooked though, the chickens were my favorite part of our meal. They were seasoned really well and the BBQ sauce on the side was so tasty. We think there is cinnamon somewhere in the sauce, which added to the unique flavor.
Sunday night we made the trek to the end of the Atlantic City boardwalk to the new casino, Revel. It’s really a must-see. It’s beautiful. We had Margarita’s at Distrito & ate an unbelievable dinner at Village Whiskey (both Jose Garces’ places!). More on that later. Trust me, you’ll want the juicy details.
Monday was a more relaxing day, with a long walk on the beach. We tried a new hoagie place, took a nap, and drove home at 10pm to avoid traffic. Great move.
Keep your eyes open for the Village Whiskey post – you won’t be sorry! (or if you’re like me, maybe you will because that will mean you’re going to have to go gain 5lbs next weekend and go yourself. )