our first nj weekend

This was our first full New Jersey weekend, and we wanted to make the most of it. We kicked it off with a fantastic dinner at Indiya, an Indian restaurant located in Collingswood, another town just a few miles over. To be specific, Collingswood is another dry town a few miles over, meaning we polished off a bottle of pinot as we nibbled. 🙂 We had bought a LivingSocial deal to the restaurant but I also saw it got good reviews on Yelp, so we were all for it.

When we entered, the amazing, fragrant Indian aroma immediately got our tummies rumbling. We both started getting into Indian due to a phenomenal experience we had at an Indian restaurant when we visited Philly for spring break, so needless to say our palates are newbies when it comes to eating Indian.

does anyone know the name of the sauces that are traditionally given with these chip/cracker things?

does anyone know the name of the sauces that are traditionally given with these chip/cracker things?

We started with the garlic naan, and then decided on sharing the shrimp curry and the non-vegetarian thali. I’ve never ordered thali before, but it was highly recommended on Yelp. It is basically a platter of a sampling of many different sauces mixed with chicken or lamb. It was fun to try, but the shrimp curry absolutely blew us away. It had a generous portion of shrimp, and the perfect combination of spice mixed with a sweet coconut flavor. I couldn’t get enough!

one of my favorite aspects of going on dates with my husband is that he is always willing to split two entrees, so we each get to try a lot!

one of my favorite aspects of going on dates with my husband is that he is always willing to split two entrees, so we each get to try a lot!

Saturday morning began bright and early, as we wanted to beat the mass exodus from inland NJ to the shore. We were out the door by 7:30, and drove to Ocean City about an hour later. We grabbed breakfast at Sunshine Cafe— we opted for outdoor seating to get seated quickly, but with no umbrella and the sun beating down we were not the most comfortable diners. However, we did enjoy our meals. I had the spanish omelette, and Jim had a breakfast sandwich with a pancake on the side. We downed about three glasses of water as well. 🙂

he isn't enjoying this me taking photos of every meal thing..

he isn’t enjoying this me taking photos of every meal thing..

We found a good parking spot right next to the cafe, which was just a few blocks from the beach, so we trekked down to stake out our spot.

IMG_2146This photo was taken just before 10, and when we left around 1:30 there was barely a spot of sand to be seen. It got VERY crowded, but everyone was considerate and, since no alcohol is allowed, no one was crazy either. We passed the time reading and munching on sweet cherries. We toured the boardwalk a little, and then left around 1:45.

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For dinner, we decided to keep it easy with tacos. I made some guacamole, and we enjoyed them with some margaritas, which we have been very into lately since finding this margarita mix. If you are a marg fan, we highly recommend it. 10 calories per serving is absolutely mind-blowing to me!

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Sunday began with a five-miler. We have sort of started our marathon training.. we did 7 last week, and the training plan said to bring the long run back down to five this week. Our later start and longer run meant we wouldn’t make church in Haddonfield, but we found a Mass close by at Holy Eucharist Church in Cherry Hill. We enjoyed the service, but I commented that it was like “express church”.. we were in and out in under 45 minutes! Not complainin’ here, but it was a contrast to the hour fifteen-hour and a half masses we have been used to.

After church, we decided to walk to a coffee shop we have been wanting to check out, Jersey Java and Tea. They have cute outdoor seating, complete with pub lights (I am obsessed with pub lights since our wedding). We both got chai lattes, mine cold and his hot.

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ruby came too, of course.

ruby came too, of course.

We topped the weekend off with an amazing dinner of BBQ ribs, a sweet potato salad, and corn. Then we walked to town and got an ice cream treat for dessert. 🙂

his and hers. err.. not much difference, huh? :)

his and hers. err.. not much difference, huh? 🙂

Jim slow roasted the ribs and they were fall-off-the-bone tender, with a bit of spice from some cayenne pepper.. he knows his gal likes it spicy! For the sweet potato salad, I made a variation of this Martha Stewart recipe. I subbed the olive oil for coconut oil, thinking the sweetness would mix well with the sweet potatoes, but it ended up being a bit overpowering. Oh well.. fun to try anyway!

On a side note, we both realized today (yesterday by the time the post goes up) is the day we met two years ago! What a difference two years makes!!

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