Archive for the ‘NJ’ Category

Jersey Shore


I took a trip up to NJ last week, and had a few minutes after work one day to hit the beach.  I’ve spent a lot of time on southeastern beaches and have been to the coast of Maine, but had never been to the mid-Atlantic.  While I didn’t have a whole lot of time to hang-out, the time I had was PERFECT!  Nearing sunset, temps in the low 70’s, and the beach was completely empty.  Nice.  :)



Free Inflight Wifi


You know, it’s the simple things in life…  I’m on my way home from NJ, and I hopped on Delta’s GoGo internet service just to check the status of our flight.  They give you free access to and I was curious what gate we were schedule to end-up at.  As it turns out, they were unable to process payments, so internet access is free on this flight.  Sweet!  So I thought I’d say hello from 34,000 feet over Wilkesboro, NC.   :)

Geek Finds Skylark Diner


My geek side has really benefited my foodie side lately!  I’ve always known I could store a “favorite” on my GPS, and I frequently created those “favorites” on my PC and saved them to the GPS so that I’d know where to find places that I’d never actually been to before.  Alice’s Restaurant is a prime example.  It has been marked on my map for probably 9 years, but I only got there last week.

What I just discovered, though, is a site called POI Factory.  A “POI” is a “Point Of Interest”.  POIs are how your GPS stores all the gas stations, restaurants, parks, etc.  They’re very similar to “Favorites”, but not quite.  In any case, POI Factory is a user driven site where people share locations that they’ve already marked.  What I stumbled into was a file with the locations of all the restaurants featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  I’ll admit to only being a casual fan of the show, but having all these spots on a map seemed like a fun way to explore good new restaurants.

Last night I saw that I was relatively close to the Skylark Diner and decided to give it a shot.  Whoa!  This is not your everyday diner!  It’s a “fine diner” (their term).  The food and decor were both very upscale for a diner.  They have a full bar, with an extensive wine list.  Yea, quite different.   They had recently added a fresh cavatelli dish, so I decided to give it a try.  Cavatelli is a type of rolled pasta, and this was made fresh (not dried).  You can really taste the difference.  They topped the pasta with chopped hot Italian sausage, escarole, roasted red peppers, shaved garlic, and olive oil.  It was absolutely delicious!  I was stuffed from dinner, but had to take a cannoli back to the hotel for desert.  It was good, but but award winning.  I’ll certainly go back to visit the Skylark.  Check-out the link a above for photos, menu, etc.  Well worth a visit if you’re anywhere close.

Skylark Diner - main dining room

Service Makes The Difference


The flight this morning was great, and it was the cabin service that made it so.


Headed For Good Italian Food


I’m making a trip up to New Jersey this week.  Going to brave another winter storm to visit the home office and a customer.  I’ll also get to visit my favorite restaurant, Cafe Picasso.  I’m up early Tuesday morning, and back late Friday evening.  I had two upgrade certificates that were going to expire, so I burned them for this trip.  It’s a shame to “waste” such a valuable instrument on a 745 mile flight.  This same certificate would upgrade me all the way to Asia in business class, but at least I won’t have to wonder about an upgrade.