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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 )
Crabs at the Lobster House: Finger-lickin' Good! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 16, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Crabs at the Lobster House: Finger-lickin' Good!


You must get down to the docks of the Lobster House in Cape May, New Jersey before the summer is over. If you can go during the week it might not be as crowded, but there is a reason they are so crowded- the best seafood in the area! So plan on a relaxing evening, no rush and take a deep breath of the fresh salt air with friends. A recipe for success! We had a great time last Thursday night sitting out on the dock picking crabs, enjoying u-peel shrimp, steamed little neck clams and New England Clam Chowder from the Lobster House’s Raw Bar. You can also drink beer on tap or a glass of wine as well as sodas. They also serve steamed live lobsters and much, much more.


On a Thursday night, many of the fishing boats were in to bring their fresh seafood for the weekend. I spoke to one of the guys from one of the boats. He said they go out for about 7 – 10 days and he goes for scallops. It is wonderful to be able to see right where they bring in the seafood to market.


We shared a dozen crabs and opted for the medium size. Although they were fabulous, next time I would recommend the large size which is $48. With the large you will get more crab for all the work you do. A dozen medium were cheaper at $25. Your call. My husband said they were the best crabs he ever had and loved the spicy seasonings! It reminded us of the Saturday nights when we were dating and his parents would serve steamed crabs or shrimp every weekend!


We stopped by the fish market on the way home for some of their Manhattan Clam Chowder and Clams Casino. They sell everything from salmon to Oyster’s Rockefeller to cook at home. A real bargain! They also have a take-out menu that you can take around back to sit on the docks and eat.


It takes about a half hour from northern Cape May County and is worth the drive - hands down. The Lobster House is at the foot of the bridge going into Cape May on the left! Also go on a guided tour of the Fisherman’s Wharf at the Lobster House at 11am $6 Adults $3 Children 3 – 12 For dates call 884-5404 Tickets at Dock 15 min before tour.

PS: I do not recommend ever eating raw seafood, because it can carry deadly bacteria. My mother almost died about 15 years ago from eating raw clams and a dear friend, Mayor Suzanne Walter's of Stone Harbor's husband died from eating raw oysters in Key West so please be warned!

The Lobster House

Cape May, NJ 609 884-8296 

Last Updated ( Jul 16, 2007 at 01:58 PM )
The Inlet Restaurant– Ship-Shape for the Summer Season! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 12, 2007 at 02:27 PM

The Inlet Restaurant– Ship-Shape for the Summer Season!


Recently my mother and I joined friends for lunch at the Inlet in Somers Point. We enjoyed a lovely meal, great service and a special time catching up with good friends. The recipe for a perfect day.


Martin Grims, the new owner also owns the Moshulu in Philadelphia. Moshulu is one of my girlfriend Peggy's favorite places in Philly. Tho-mas, a manager, made it a point to stop over and say hello.


We sat indoors with a great view of the docks and water. I enjoyed the crabcake melt sandwich.  The crab was fresh and tasty and served with melted cheese and tomato. My Mom and friend Carla both enjoyed the lobster roll (left) and a side order of grilled asparagus.  My girlfriend had baby greens and fruit topped with grilled ahi tuna (above top).


We all convinced each other to stay for dessert, since we didn’t want the day to end. We all devoured the crème brulee with shortbread macadamia nut cookies. Superb! A few tables down, a guy I went to school with Jim Pulvino, showed us his delicate dessert of cookies and ice cream topped with mini ice cream cones (below). Yummy!


The outside deck has the same menu and the lower outside deck serves grilled hamburgers and more. I am planning to go back on another perfect day to watch the boats pass, have some iced tea and a hamburger! They also have live entertainment every night. Save a seat for me!

Classy, the freshest seafood, friendly atmosphere.

The Inlet  998 Bay Avenue

Somers Point, NJ  926-9611
Last Updated ( Jul 12, 2007 at 03:36 PM )
For Great Seafood: Busch’s Restaurant in Sea Isle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 04, 2007 at 01:47 PM

For Great Seafood: Busch’s Restaurant in Sea Isle


One hundred twenty-five years in the restaurant business!  Amazing! But 1997 marks the 125th year of Busch’s Restaurant at the south end of Sea Isle. Busch’s is a large restaurant on the Ocean Drive with a reputation for selling the best seafood around. We found the food delicious, the staff friendly and a rustic ambiance that was a throwback to an earlier time.


We had heard great things about the she-crab soup (above) which is only served on Sunday (and Tuesdays in the summer,) so we made it a point to visit on a Sunday. The she-crab soup certainly lived up to its’ reputation- a rich, creamy sauce chock full of moist jumbo lump crab meat. A cup is $6 and a bowl is $7.50 and worth it for the long hours put in to each batch of soup. The soup is a secret family recipe only known and prepared by the owner, Al Shettig. His wife Kim is a 5th generation descendant of the original Busch’s.


The menu will please seafood and land lovers alike with many combinations for those who can’t decide from their extensive menu. I was very pleased with ‘The Eastern Shore’ platter-baked deviled crab, fried soft shell crab and crabmeat au gratin for $30.25 (left.) The soft shell crab was fresh and tasty and the au gratin was so creamy! ‘The Jersey Shore’ also sounded fabulous-deviled crab, deviled clam, fried scallops, shrimp, flounder and a 5 oz. lobster tail for $31.50. What else could a seafood lover want?


They have broiled salmon ($21.50) and broiled seafood platter, flounder, shrimp, scallops ($26.75) for the health conscious. $30.50 to add a 5 oz. lobster tail.


The homemade blue cheese dressing was great on the fresh salad and everyone raved over the amount of crab in the crab cakes. They have a 12 oz filet mignon for $27.25 and topped with jumbo lump crab meat for $8 extra. Entrees come with rolls, salad, potato and vegetable, cole slaw or stewed tomatoes.


They also have a great kid’s menu and kids eat free on Wednesday! Visit Busch’s soon before the summer crowds get here, although the restaurant is huge to accommodate the crowds.

Busch’s Restaurant 8700 Anna Phillips Lane Sea Isle 263-8626 



Last Updated ( Aug 01, 2012 at 08:38 PM )
For Great Italian Food: “Giuseppe’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
May 28, 2007 at 03:31 PM

For Great Italian Food: “Giuseppe’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant


At Giuseppe’s on Rt 50 in Seaville, they believe that “fine cooking is an art.” We were very pleased with their excellent food and comfortable, friendly atmosphere.


We started out with tasty, garlic rolls that went great with our BYOB, White Merlot. Then we were served delicious salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, radishes, black olives, and tasty blue cheese dressing. My husband enjoyed the olive oil, garlic and basil dressing.

I then had the best cup of French onion soup you can imagine for $2.50 (Bowl 4.50). Definitely homemade and slow cooked.

They have an extensive menu, (one of largest I have seen as well) and offer “Create Your Own Salad,” “Create Your Own Burger” and “Create Your Own Pizza.” I had fun Selecting My “Own Pasta, Entrée and Sauce” from a wide variety of choices

The choice of entrees included chicken, veal, sausage, shrimp, scallops, meatballs, crab and clams. The sauces included tomato, Newburg, Alfredo, Fra Diablo and scampi and others.

I chose linguine, shrimp and Newburg sauce. I didn’t taste any sherry in the sauce, but it was delicious none the less.

The first time there, I chose a pizza with meatballs. (above) Superb! They offer 3 sizes: 8” Personal pizza for 5.25; a 12” Small pizza for 7.45 and a 16” Large pizza for 9.50. There is a long list of toppings from vegetables to chicken to the standard mushroom and pepperoni, all extra. My husband enjoyed the huge portion of Veal Parm and linguine pasta (left).

They have hot and cold appetizers, hoagies and sandwiches and classic veal, chicken and seafood entrees from Parmesan to Marsala to Alfredo as well as lasagna, ziti, stuffed shells, ravioli and other Italian classics.

The night we were there it was prom night at Ocean City High School and a young couple stopped in to say hi to the owners. We even got to see the Nonna and Nonno (grandmother and grandfather) come out from the kitchen. They were definitely from the Old Country.

Nice décor! Excellent food!  Worth the drive!

Giuseppe’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant

Rt. 50 & Hope Corson Rd across from the WaWa Seaville 609 390-8797

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Last Updated ( Jun 04, 2007 at 04:58 PM )
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