What a fun weekend we had! We’re trying to soak in those last few days left of Summer before school starts. We took a drive over to Seaside and walked in the Boardwalk.
It was a beautiful night and the crowds were not too bad for a Saturday night. I ate before we left because there are not too many safe gluten free items for me. Typical Jersey Shore Boardwalk food is pizza, burgers, fries, hot dogs, cheese steak and ice cream. While it smells so good, none of it is my kind of food. We stopped at my health food store on the way and I picked up some organic popcorn and gluten free, vegan cookies and I was happy.
After walking on the Boardwalk and Kevin ate his pizza, we hung out on the Beach for awhile.
There is nothing like walking on the Beach and feeling the sand between your toes. I absolutely love the Beach at night. The sun began to set and we got some nice pictures of the Ocean. It was a beautiful night.
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We recently visited Connecticut for the WWII Brick Event, as well as Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey (blog posts with lots of pictures coming this week). You can see our you tube channel with some fun videos of our recent trips here.
We headed up to Montclair to visit my dad. Since my dad wouldn’t be home after 12, we decided to stop at my favorite parks. Growing up in Montclair, I spent so much time in Brookdale Park and Yantacaw Brook Park. I remember climbing trees, walking through the Rose Gardens and feeding the ducks in the pond. It was fun bringing my husband and son on our little adventure to the parks.
After the park we headed to Church Street and stopped at Java Love for a dairy free cappuccino, which tasted delicous.
They had a gluten free cookie, although it had dairy so I couldn’t try it and a raw bar.
My friend Lauren from Naturally Lauren told me about amazing gluten free brownies from Mundo Vegan, but unfortunately they were closed; definitely next time!
After visiting my dad, we went to lunch at Plum On Park. I’ve been seeing pictures of their food on instagram, so I couldn’t wait to try it. Their building used to be this tiny little diner near my high school, Immaculate. We used to sneak away from school property to get a coffee at lunch time. They turned it into an adorable restaurant with outside seating down a little ally way. It’s really cute. I had the quinoa black bean burger. It was delicous and came with cultured veggies, which I loved. I would definitely go back and would love to try the zucchini pasta!
My gluten free bread was good and it had a nice taste to it. The black bean quiona burger was the best I’ve had. I loved it.
I was fortunate to grow up in Montclair and love visiting my dad. Montclair has very special memories that I cherish.
Yesterday we celebrated our 16th Wedding Anniversary. My husband and son are not gluten free, so it can be difficult to find places where we all like to eat. There is a restaurant in Toms River, NJ called Via Roma, which is about 20 minutes from our home. They not only have an extensive gluten free menu, but they also have a vegan menu as well. They can easily accommodate anyone in your party. It has a pleasant atmosphere and you can bring your own liquor. The front is a pizzeria and the back is a small sit down restaurant.
We have been to this restaurant several times and they are very accommodating. I was able to get a salad with a balsamic Vinaigrette and even got a gluten free bun with Earth Balance dairy free butter. That is definitely a nice touch!
The eggplant can be have quite a bit olive oil, so I always ask them to go light on the oil. I can order this vegan and dairy free because they use daiya as the cheese. This is a very rich and filling meal and also comes with gluten free pasta, so there is definitely some to take home.
My husband had chicken Parmesan and he enjoyed his meal too!
We had a fun evening and can’t wait to do it again next year. We do not get here often, so it was a nice treat.
We managed to get a quick selfie before the night was over and as always, I loved spending time with my 2 favorite boys!