Thought a photo next to the fire was fitting because that's exactly how my mouth felt after embarking on a hot sauce taste test. Not to toot my own horn here, but I'm pretty good with heat. However, a couple of these almost got the best of me. If you want to give it a go yourself, beware of the Tabasco Scorpion Sauce (it's a lingerer) and the Da Bomb Beyond Insanity which I could literally feel burning in my ear canals.
Charlie's Bar in Somers Point, NJ
In theory, I'd love to be vegan (okay, pescatarian). But I just love Charlie’s wings too much. Paired them with some Dogfish Head, shuffleboard (me and JP lost), and friendship.
Elks Lodge in Brigantine, NJ
What better way to spending a weekend than celebrating love? Congrats to the new Mr. And Mrs., had such a fun time at your wedding! So... Who's next?
Boogie Nights at Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ
Had a time at Boogie Nights' 90's night and got to dance with the Bride and Groom before their wedding day! I'm not a club person at all (unless you're talking about what I drink with my vodka), but you can't really go wrong with nonstop 90's music.
The Cove in Brigantine, NJ
Made it down to the cove in Brig for Alyssa’s bachelorette beach day! I'd never been to this beach before, so we probably looked like major shoobies walking what felt like miles from the road to the water (turns out we were in the complete wrong spot) but still got some sun, sand, water, and beer.
Mamma Mia! at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
Sometime over the past year or so it became a thing for the girls in my family to see musicals. This time, we saw Mamma Mia! at "the oldest theater in the U.S." and it was so good! Got caught in a bit of rain on the way, and without umbrellas, had to improvise with our sweaters.
Tried to make it down to Longport for a beach day. On a holiday weekend. Yeah, it didn't exactly go as planned — spent far too much time looking for a parking spot. Finally got a prime space right here, but JP didn't have as much luck so we drove over to Ocean City instead, only to realize we didn't have beach tags to get onto the beach. FINALLY found a beach that we could access, though, and got some time on the sand and in the water.
Stateside Vodka Distillery in Philadelphia, PA
Finally made it out to the Stateside distillery to give their drinks a try! Loved the little tiki guy my drink came in, but Dustin got the best vodka + coffee drink in all the land.
Evil Genius Beer Lab in Philadelphia, PA
It's been 95°+ in the city, so I only lasted about 20 mins out here before walking inside for some relief. But thanks Evil Genius for the Swedish Fish IPA, much needed hydration.
Fell asleep before 9pm after spending the whole day on the beach, consequently waking up at 4am. Tried for 45 minutes to fall back asleep to no avail. JP convinced me (all the way from Vietnam) to go catch the sunrise and even though I contested at first, it was worth it (with a little help from Wawa coffee, of course).
Waited alllllll week for a sunny beach day as it's happened to rain on most of my days off so far this summer season. Was disappointed to wake up to a foggy, gray sky but headed down to the beach anyway. The sun did eventually come out and I got a little sunburn to prove it.
Passion Vines in Somers Point, NJ
Passion Vines had a Bolero Snort tap takeover and it was the bomb.com. The Moophoric double IPA was my favorite with the Doubull Stuffed stout (actually brewed with Oreos) coming in at a close second!