The Garden State

Why is New Jersey called "The Garden State"?  "Because 'Oil and Petrochemical Refinery State' wouldn't fit on a license plate?"  (Miss Congeniality) Historians claim that the name was coined in the late 19th century, when Abraham Browning of Camden compared the state to an "immense barrel, filled with good things to eat and open at both ends, [...]

Who’s on 1st?

I've gotten a lot of questions about what exactly I am doing in Ocean City, New Jersey.  Well, in answer to that I am hanging at the beach, cooking fantastic meals, reading a Clash of Kings, and making lattes for a living. I am working at a small cafe on 1st and Asbury St. here in [...]

My Jersey Shore Life

If I had told myself four years ago that I would be spending summer (my favorite season) in New Jersey, I would have laughed and probably slapped myself in the face.  Any true Southern Californian scoffs at the idea of summering anywhere else, let alone summering at the Jersey shore.  After all, what do we [...]