Well, summer is over. Officially. The kids are in school, all the activities have started and it is time to get back into the groove. My family was blessed to take some amazing trips this summer and see some of my best college friends and relive the good ole days by visiting some of our favorite restaurants.
Now, when we say trip, we mean “road trip”. Yes, the four of us loaded up the “van” for two 2-week trips – one in June and one in August. Have you been to Charlotte in the summer? It is H-O-T! And when we say road trip, we are talking 1500+ miles people. None of that 5 hour stuff.
Our first jaunt was up to Washington DC, New Jersey and New York. After living in Washington for two years in our mid twenties, my husband and I can get around and are somewhat familiar with the city. Most of our time was spent in Georgetown as he was in graduate school there, and we absolutely loved The Tombs. You may remember The Tombs featured in St. Elmos Fire – am I dating myself? Anyway, they have a fabulous burger and it was a great way to share a special place from our past with our children. Not to mention that my children love a good burger!
Next stop of food mention was New York. I mean really? You can’t get much more diverse and delicious cuisine than in NYC. We spent five days in and outside of the city and had some great food. Two places really made an impression. Spring Natural Kitchen had the most amazing Tuna Tartar, that we actually ordered by accident. I think it was a special – and special it was. The other place was Red Farm. My friend, Christina, knows all the hot spots in the city and this was definitely a place to go. As far as Chinese goes, this is not your take out place down the street. Everything was presented on small plates for sharing and prepared with precision and thoughtfulness. It was well worth leaving our wild children with a sitter (and one awesome Dad – thanks Willie!).
Our final destination was beachin’ it in Ocean City, New Jersey where we had many amazing family dinners and seafood. For the past 75 years my husband’s family has been vacationing in Ocean City. It started with his great grandparents and then it became a wonderful place to go for all these years. A lot has changed over the years, or so I am told, but one thing is for sure, the donuts can not be beat. These are not your Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts (although I can eat my fair share of those). These are fresh out of the fryer deliciousness. Brown’s is a block down the boardwalk (think the movie Beaches) and there is always a line. But let me tell you it is well worth the wait. I prefer the cinnamon-sugar and honey, while my people prefer the chocolate glaze.
It was an amazing trip and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to visit all these wonderful places and hang out with my oldies but goodies!