Sorry for being absent, yet again. We have been dealing with job chaos (yep, I still have way too many), and family emergencies.
The Bad News: On Thursday, Chase’s grandma (we all call her Nan) had a stroke. Nan is the most amazing person. She is one of the first people I ever met in Chase’s family and she has treated me like one of her grandkids from Day 1. My grandparents have been rather absent from my life, so I actually feel like Nana is mine, too!
The good news is that Nan has been a total CHAMP and she is doing much better now. She is stable and complaining about when she gets to go home–YAY! We are headed to St. Louis in a couple of days and I cannot wait to see Nan and give her the biggest hug EVER.
The more good news is that Chase and I were able to make a quick jaunt up to Spring Lake, New Jersey.
Whenever we head up there, we stay at the same place:
(Chateau Inn and Suites)
Strangely enough, we have never been to the Jersey Shore when it has actually been “beach” weather. Instead we like to go in the off season, when everything is quiet and we get to stay in a swanky inn for next to nothing.
We go to stay in a parlor room!
I have always wanted a parlor!
The fireplace was also amazing. I am dying to have a fireplace! It’s the small things, right?
We meandered to downtown Ocean Grove (which is adorable) and grabbed lunch at a tiny apothecary turned lunchenette called Nagles.
We even were able to sit by the old glass medicine bottles.
Meanwhile, Chase got blinded by the light.
When I started eating Paleo almost 6 months ago, I worried that eating out would be a beast. However, I have found it to be relatively easy, especially since I am lately obsessed with grilled chicken and salads.
This beauty had pears, cranberries and chicken–I. Die. Who would have thought a tiny diner-ish spot would have the most amazing salad ever. I am debating on making the 2 hour drive on a daily basis to get this salad.
Later on our visit, we found another dining gem in Asbury Park. It was a Spanish/Portuguese place called Ole.
Don’t let the smile fool you, I was busy thinking “Feed me…now!”
While I am usually not a big appetizer person, we ordered plantains with guacamole. Oh. My. Word. It was insane.
Side Note: Whenever a restaurant has those white paper sheet things as tablecloths, I always feel compelled to write on them. To the right you will find my list of things to do in St. Louis. I lovelovelove St. Louis.
And, for the record, I ordered yet another grilled chicken salad.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? This lovely had caramelized onions, tomatoes and pine nuts–Amazing.
On our quick little trip, we also made time to watch this rather abysmal movie:
Um, yeah, maybe don’t see this move. However, Aziz Ansari was hilarious.
Have you seen any super lame movies lately? Do you have a favorite “go-to” restaurant meal? Anyone else on the grilled chicken salad train? I am the conductor on that train. For real.