Running the Boards

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This post isn’t necessarily a “trip” but it does give a little “taste” of what I’m lucky enough to see every time I head out my front door for a run. ūüôā

I started running about a year and a half ago… I’m not fast, I don’t run very far, and I don’t really enjoy the process. ¬†However, it’s where I run, that makes it all worth while. ¬†From my home in Ocean Grove, I can head north to Asbury Park or run the same distance heading south, through Bradley Beach & Avon by the Sea. All 4 of these towns offer something a little different, but what they have in common is a gorgeous, uninterrupted stretch of boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.

This time of year is the best… perfect temperatures, empty beaches and photo opps galore. ¬†I try not to stop WHILE I’m running, but sometimes, something just catches my eye and I have to pause & grab it. ¬†At the end of my run, I usually wander down to the water’s edge as a little “reward” for completing the dreaded task. There’s nothing better than the sound of the waves, the cool breeze & a feeling of accomplishment to start the day. ¬†Here’s a little glimpse from the past couple of weeks… Enjoy!

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Taste of the Tropics in Asbury Park

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It was finally sunny & warm enough on Saturday to enjoy a nice lunch outdoors, so we headed to Cubacan on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. ¬†I had been once before & loved it, but somehow just never made it back… what a mistake!

We braved the cool breeze coming off the ocean and sat outside, taking in the gorgeous view. ¬†First up: Mojitos, of course. ¬†IMG_20150502_132844I usually shy away from the “flavored” varieties because they end up being too¬†sweet, but that was not the case here. ¬†Thanks to a fresh fruit puree, the flavors we tried (passionfruit, pineapple & mango) were absolutely delicious. ¬†They offered just a hint of the fruit without overpowering the actual lime/mint combo that makes mojitos so tasty! Oh… and we tried the classic lime version as well – equally as good¬†ūüėČ

Ceviche Sampler

Ceviche Sampler

Now onto the food… Unfortunately, I’m a sucker for Ceviche and absolutely loved it the last time I was here, so I had no choice but to order it again. ¬†The menu offers 4 different types of fish:¬†Rock Shrimp, Red Snapper, Spicy Tuna & Rum Cured Salmon, each prepared in their own unique sauce. ¬†Or you can order the Sampler and select 3 of the 4, which is what we did. ¬†We passed on¬†the shrimp and¬†enjoyed the other 3, served with perfectly salted, light, crisp Plantain Chips. ¬†This was a big portion… more than enough for 2 people to share.

Traditional Cubano

Traditional Cubano

For something a little heartier, we decided to try the Traditional Cubano Sandwich to complete our Cuban Experience. ¬†That delicious blend of roasted pork, smoked ham, swiss cheese, pickles & mustard, on toasty, pressed bread & served with a nice side salad was “Perfecto” in my book. ¬†No time for coffee or dessert on this visit, but I’ll definitely be returning soon to look for some new favorites! (Although, I’ll still have to get the Ceviche!) ¬†You can check out their extensive menu here,¬†on their Facebook page, to get your own taste buds flowing…

Eating outside on the Boardwalk is amazing, but I should also mention that the indoor atmosphere is equally as pleasing… Cuban music, palm trees and tropical decor truly make you feel like you’re away on vacation. ¬†Inside or out, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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A perfect day for a seat outside!