Out and About NJ has been an assignment for my Online Journalism class. As I said in my most recent post, I have learned a lot about myself and the surrounding area. I also learned about blogging and I really enjoy it.
I am not sure if I will continue with this blog, or a new one but I will definitely remember what I learned from some of my most successful posts like…
This blog has been a great experience. I have gotten to share with you a lot of my favorite places and along the way I have been able to appreciate the great things around me everyday.
When I took everyone on the journey Philly Drag Wars, I realized that our area has tons of artists of all kinds. We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much art and so much entertainment.
These men have also taught me that this area is also so much more accepting than any other. I also learned not to think inside the lines. It’s time to use all the crayons in the box and use them how ever I want. And most importantly, never apologize for something that makes you happy.
This year I also got to see first hand how things like Hurricane Sandy can not only tear apart our area but also bring it together.
When visiting places like Smithville, and Webers I saw that fun can be found in unglamorous places. Not every “crazy-good time” needs to take place at a bar or in Atlantic City.
But what I really learned is, to enjoy myself and love where I come from.
I want to keep enjoying myself and learning about where I live and who I am by going “Out and About”. What better time to do this then summer?
A little change in plans, this week I was originally going to talk about Weber’s Drive In and talk about kids activities after that. But, I couldn’t wait to share with you my favorite things for kids and families to do in South Jersey! So, lets dive in!
Wether you’re looking a venue for your kid’s next birthday, or looking to tire them out for the day Bounce U!is a great place to spend the afternoon with little ones. They have many locations including Blackwood and Cherry Hill
Bounce U! is known for their birthday parties starting at $149 (you can streamline the part process by adding on a food package and goodie bags etc… for an additional cost). But Bounce U! is open daily for “Open Bounces” where you can bring kids to bounce for $8.95. They also offer programs for children with sensory issues and even host events like “Kids Night Out” where you can drop your kids off from 6pm-10pm for $14.95 which includes dinner and supervision for the night.
Fawn Stephens, New Brunswick City Market Program Coordinator, was kind enough to speak to me today about all the great things New Brunswick has to offer.
Stephens compares New Brunswick to a mini-New York. Wether you want to go out to the theatre or grab a bite to eat, New Brunswicks got it.
Stephens works with a board of directors to create programs and develop business for the city. The directors come from large companies and organizations that have partnered together to create New Brunswick into the city that it is today.
One of the event’s Stephens is planning is New Brunswick’s Restaurant Week July 12-27. Be sure to look out for more information soon!
My friends and I consider each other family; and when we go out to dine – we like to eat family style. The great thing about family style is being able to order a lot of different things from the menu and all getting to try it.
Here’s a list of some places in New Jersey / Philadelphia that offer some great family-style eating:
The atmosphere here is very welcoming and truly makes you feel like family. All their food selections are great too. You can choose to order your own meal or choose family style. When you choose family style your party picks between a light (three appetizers or salads and two pastas), a classic (three appetizers or salads, four main course selections and two desserts) and the chef (three appetizers or salads, four main course selections and two desserts, including premium items). When your selections come out you can get unlimited refills of the tabels favorite choices. You definitely get a lot for you money here!
You and your party order from the wall at Carmines. Unlike Maggiano’s, you do not receive unlimited refills so keep that in mind when ordering. Their food is just as good though. I also appreciate their selection of italian breads the bring out for you while you’re ordering. In addition to wine, Carmine offers signature mixed drinks. When I went to Carmine’s recently I ordered an Absolute Berry Frozen Cosmo that was really delicious.
If you like cheese, then you need to visit the Melting Pot. The Melting Pot boasts “Whether you’re craving a duet of cheese and chocolate fondue or want to experience all four courses, we’ve got you covered.” In addition to their cheese and chocolate fondue you can order entrees and salads – all with their own unique dipping sauces.
About twenty minutes away from Atlantic City is a small town called Smithville, NJ. At first glance it almost looks like it’s from the pages of a storybook. You will find small shops, restaurants, attractions and even the Smithville Inn.
If you are looking for a place to find a unique gift, hard to find collectible, or just spend a nice day at Smithville is the place to go.
Where else could you go and see Cher, Madonna, Britney Spears and Liza with a “Z”? (Not to be confused with Lisa with a “S”)? Unless you eat something weird before bed, the closest you’ll come is a drag show.
Drag shows in Philadelphia offer a lot of original talent that goes beyond a celebrity impersonation.
This week the contestants brought their best Red-carpet looks and celebrity impersonations. There were your standard drag icons like Liza (Maria Top Cat) and a Whitney Houston (Mercedes Monroe). But like Lady Poison’s (Cycle 1 winner) impersonation of Dora the Explore last year – there were also some unexpected faces like Miss Piggy (Brooklyn Ford) and R2D2 who transformed into Oscar the Grouch (Saline).
During the red-carpet runway portion of the show the queens showed fashions made out of unusual materials like Maria Top Cat’s trash bag dress and Saline’s WaWa coffee cup dress.