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Doo Wop in Wildwood, Everything Old is New Again! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 23, 2007 at 06:04 PM

Doo Wop in Wildwood, Everything Old is New Again!   



Have you ever heard, “You miss the forest for the trees?” Well that’s how it may have been in Wildwood. You may have driven through Wildwood and not paid attention to all the Doo Wop architecture. The Doo Wop Preservation League offers a tour on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 – 9 pm with a great tour guide, Tony, to point out all the remarkable Landmarks you may have missed. Now that it gets dark earlier, it is also great to see all the neon signs lit up.



The tour starts at the Doo Wop Museum across from the Wildwood Convention Center. You can get your tickets there, $10 Adults, $5 Children. According to their website, Wildwood has “the largest concentration of Doo Wop , or mid-century commercial, motels in the nation.” The museum is the restored Surfside Restaurant with the Jitterbug Malt Shop that is open from 11 am – 10 pm with great food, shakes and memorabilia from the Doo Wop era.



Doo Wop began in the post war era from 1950 – 1965 and included use of excess metal after World War II, neon signs, the “busty” railings, pools with plastic palm trees and the bold use of color. 300 of the motels are on the National Registry of Historic Places and Wildwood is on the list of most endangered historic sites.



Back then the motels incorporated hotel names from themes around the world, because most travelers at the time would never get to Hawaii or Tahiti, hence names like the Pan American, Tahiti, Bel Air, Star Dust, Star Lux, Riviera, Carribean, Chateau Bleu and Waikiki Motels.



The tour is very informative and Tony is a high-energy, positive person whose love of the Wildwoods is very evident. Some news things I learned about the Wildwoods: Wildwood used to be called “Holly Beach” and is also referred to as “5 mile beach,” North Wildwood is also called “Angelsea,” Wildwood Crest is a dry town, and Diamond Beach is along the beach in the Crest. The Two- Mile Landing is south of Wildwood Crest.



Some of the modern businesses to use Doo Wop signage are the Wawa, Commerce Bank, McDonald’s and Harley Davidson. The Pink Cadillac Diner looks like a great place to go and the Cool Scoops Motel was shown on the TV Show “Trading Spaces.”



Wildwood also does a great time bringing in acts from and hosting the ‘Fabulous 50s Weekend’ Oct. 19 – 21. Hear Bobby Rydell, The Coasters, The Chantels and the Cadillacs, to name a few. Wildwood is also building a “Fitness Park” and a new entrance to the boardwalk with Beach Balls. They have also included a Neon Garden at the Museum to save old motel signs. Why not take the tour and help preserve this time in history. Visit and  



Doo Wop Museum and Tour Across from Convention Center 3520 Ocean Ave.

Wildwood (609) 729-4000

Last Updated ( Sep 02, 2008 at 12:53 PM )
Tea for Two at Physick Estate Rave Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 17, 2007 at 07:35 AM

Tea for Two at Physick Estate Rave Review




If you’d like a little escape from the hustle and bustle to return to simpler times, then the Carriage House Tearoom and Cafe at the Physick Estate in Cape May is the place for you. The day we visited was a very hot day, so we opted for indoors with air conditioning. On cooler days sitting outside under the tent sounds fun too. We had a superb meal, quaint ambiance, and friendly service.



Our lunch ($17.50) was very filling and started with a tray of carrot bread, pistachio bread and orange currant scones with a choice of a bottomless pot of hot tea or iced tea. The next course was tomato red pepper soup, tangerine salad or tomato mozzarella salad (the daily special). All grand!



Then we enjoyed a plate of tea sandwiches which included turkey and asparagus, lovely cucumber mint, chicken salad and shrimp curry. Egg salad and roasted vegetables with hummus were other choices. If you want soup and salad you get the choice of 2 sandwiches. You get 4 sandwiches if you choose salad or soup.



I enjoyed the peach iced tea and our delightful server Sharon made sure we had refills of tea and water throughout the meal. Then for dessert, we chose a pot of hot tea from a great selection of Harney & Sons teas. The Indian Spice was excellent.


august 2007 130.jpg - 314.59 KB Then to top things off, I enjoyed Apple Pie with sauce and my husband enjoyed a Flourless Chocolate Cake. He asked not to have the coconut topping and our server suggested raspberry sauce. He loved it! Other menu choices include sandwiches, wraps, flank steak salad and ahi nicoise salad.



We were seated in one of the immaculately restored horse stalls of the original carriage house. There is also a great gift shop where you can get great items and their tea breads as well. I highly recommend a visit to the Tea Room. It would be a great place for a party, wedding shower or wedding. If you have time you can also tour the Physick Estate as well. There is free off street parking, a rarity in Cape May! For more info 609 884-5404

Carriage House Tea Room at the Emlem Physick Estate

1048 Washington Street  Cape May, NJ

For Tea Lovers “Southern Tea Tour” to Savannah & Charleston Sun. Oct. 14 – Sat. Oct. 20 

Stay at the Greenbriar, Mansion on Forsyth Park and Charleston Place


For more info call Ann 609 383-2332

Last Updated ( Sep 02, 2008 at 12:55 PM )
Everything You Wanted to Know about the Port of Cape May PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 15, 2007 at 02:31 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Port of Cape May


The Lobster House in Cape May offers an informative tour of the fishing industry on their docks on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am.

The Tour is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. The Lauderman family, who bought the restaurant in 1936, still own it today. They sell fresh seafood in their main dining room, fish market, take-out restaurant and raw bar. The restaurants seat 631 people.


In the early 1900s, 500 acres were dredged to make the Cape May harbor. During World War I and II the Coast Guard and Navy had stations in the harbor and the Coast Guard base is still there today. The Cold Spring Fish Packing Plant at Axelson and Johnson’s is also considered part of the port of Cape May.


At the Cape May wharf they can produce 1,000 tons of ice an hour (ice machine pictured below) and each ship uses between 30 – 40 tons per trip. The bright green and yellow nets can cost between $5,000 and $100,000. They trawl for flounder, lobster, scallops and bunker. The lobster boats (left) go 90 miles off shore. The scallop boats go out for 7 – 10 days. The day that we were there it was too hot for the ships to even go out fishing. When they do go out the fish are brought into the packing plants and kept on ice until they are shipped in refrigerated trucks. august 2007 112.jpg - 199.28 KBThe scallops are shucked at sea and they shuck about 7,000 scallops a day. Axelson’s is the port for all the crabs and clams that come in. 70 – 90% of the country's clams are processed in New Jersey. The restaurant imports halibut from Alaska, salmon from Japan and crabs from Louisiana and Maryland.

If you get time to go to the Lobster House Tour you will learn a lot about the fishing industry and why Cape May has the freshest seafood around.

Last Updated ( Aug 17, 2007 at 07:34 AM )
Restaurant Reviews PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 13, 2007 at 03:26 PM

The OC Surf Café- A friendly local surf hangout with great food!


If you want to enter the world of the local surfers and please your teenagers, check out the Ocean City Surf Café on 8th Street in Ocean City. The Surf Café is a cool place with great surf art, pictures of local surfers, awesome surf videos on flat screen tvs and great food as well. Everyone will be entertained as they wait and enjoy the great ambiance.


The day we were there was a busy Sunday morning. It was one of the hottest days of the year so we were so thankful they had air conditioning. I enjoyed iced coffee, a wonderful swiss cheese omlet and potato home fries. My husband enjoyed the banana nut French Toast. Other items include Pancake Stacks with Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Blueberry, also in Waffles and French toast.


There is a great variety of omlets to choose from, Western- ham, onions, peppers; Garden-broccoli, mushroom, zucchini, tomato; Southwest-blackbean, onion, salsa, pepper, cheddar; and Italian- sausage, onion, peppers, sauce, provolone, all sounded delicious. I didn’t get time to check out the lunch menu but at this rate it has to be spectacular. You may even get a surf report from one of the servers who happens to be a surfer too.


OC Surf Café 715 8th St. between Ocean and Atlantic, Ocean City 391-9555

Have a ‘Dixie Picnic’ at the Beach

If you are at the shore in the Ocean City area, check out the unique Dixie Picnic Restaurant. The Dixie Picnic offers southern specialties and will even box up your lunch for you to take to the beach.

 Recently I enjoyed the box lunch with a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwich that was delicious. Other choices include Smithfield and Virginia Baked ham, Chicken salad with pecans and grapes, Roast Beef and provolone and my friend enjoyed the Veggie Sandwich with avocado, tomato, Colby cheese, cucumber, lettuce and fresh 7-grain bread. The box lunch includes choice of sandwich; potato, pasta or fruit salad; a deviled egg and an “upcake” a special cupcake, all  for $8.25.

Breakfasts include ham and biscuits, flap jacks, omlets, French toast a l’orange and more. Dinners include burgers, ribs, crab cakes, chili, pulled pork and more. They also include gluten-free products. Dixie Picnic is on 8th Street right before you get to the beach and boardwalk. They also have delicious sticky buns.

Dixie Picnic 819 8th St. Ocean City 399-1999 

Last Updated ( Sep 09, 2007 at 06:52 AM )
The Jersey Shore with the Grandkids! As good as it gets! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 22, 2007 at 07:48 PM

The Jersey Shore with the Grandkids! As good as it gets!

Recently we spent 2 weeks enjoying the Jersey Shore through the eyes of our grandchildren. My husband and I both grew up in Ocean City, New Jersey and like all locals we spent our summers at the beach. Of course that was before beach tags and beach erosion. We were lucky enough to raise our own children here as well. Now my daughter lives in the Midwest with her husband and two little children and so we got to enjoy having the grandkids see the beach and boardwalk for the first time!

Of course, we spoiled them with ice cream cones, Mack and Manco’s Pizza, Johnson’s Popcorn, the rides and much more. We taught them to build drip castles, jump the waves and all the ins and outs of the local playground.

I now own a double stroller, two high chairs, a potty chair and a pack n play- all necessities for the kids. I learned to make instant rice cereal again and stocked up on bananas, waffles, veggies, and jars of baby food. I also polished up on “Where is Thumbkin?”

One morning we all rose early and went to the boardwalk to rent a surrey to ride along the boardwalk on a picture perfect day. After an hour we headed to Bob’s Grill for breakfast, a landmark since we were kids. There is something special about eating there, right on the boardwalk, with light breezes of fresh salt air coming in the open air restaurant. We even saw the original owner Bob Harbaugh.

After breakfast we headed to the beach. It is always important to go to a beach with a bathroom nearby. That is why 2nd, 12th, 34th and 59th are our favorite beaches in Ocean City. We jumped the waves, applied sunscreen, and dug in the sand. Something we haven’t done in a while. Pictured is 1 year old Matt, after a long hard day at the beach!

One night we all headed to the rides with my parents along as well.  Amy and Grace were on their first ride when we got the news they were closing Wonderland for a safety check and to come back in an hour. We took a walk and got some ice cream but after an hour and they still weren’t open we headed home. Only to find out the next day that an off-duty police officer had lost his small pistol somewhere and was not sure if it was on the rides. After a day someone came forward to say that she took the gun from one of the rides thinking it was a toy gun and even shot it into the dunes. Well we were all pretty lucky nothing bad happened with that gun. I am still amazed that the officer was not disciplined by the Philadelphia Police Dept. We did go back another night and enjoyed the Merry Go Round, the bears, the boats and Dumbo again.

We also took a trip to the Pier at Caesar’s in Atlantic City to shop, watch the water show and have lunch. My daughter was really glad we went, even though it took extra effort with two kids. We used valet parking and ate at the Pier at Piazza di Giorgio Cafe, on the third floor, where you can get everything from cheese steaks to smoothies to Chinese to beautiful salads all at good prices and quick service!

We also found time to swim in the pool, have a tea party, eat Ward’s cinnamon buns and have Matt’s 1st Birthday Party! We didn’t get to the Cape May County Zoo or Lucy the Elephant. But there will be more summer’s to come and more opportunities to live like a kid again.

My favorite thing to see is fathers digging in the sand with their kids. It’s a time for dads to lose the suit and tie and for them to give their kids undivided attention. For kids it is about as good as it can get!

Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2007 at 12:28 PM )
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