Travel Diary: Asbury Park, New Jersey

I recently took a new role with my company and now I have a territory that will take me from the Northeast through most of the South. I'll be traveling quite a bit so it seemed like a good time to start a new series to document my travels. 

My first trip was a quick 24 hours in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Asbury is a seaside community located on the Jersey Shore. It's probably best known for it's music scene. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Patti Smith, The Ramones and many more have ties to the city and legendary rock club, The Stone Pony, which opened in 1973. I didn't make it to The Pony on this trip, but it's certainly on the list to check out the next time I'm there.

Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

We did have a really fantastic team dinner at Mumford's Culinary Center in Tinton Falls. Chef Chris Mumford hosted a private class for us where he walked us through the preparation for our entree course which included fresh skate, sirloin, spaghetti squash and mashed potatoes. Most of the herbs and vegetables Chef Chris used came from his garden at the restaurant and also from his farm in Vermont. We got tons of great tips and the recipes from the night. I'll be tackling spaghetti squash again soon. I've had one disastrous attempt at preparing it.

Brie, Pear and Walnut Quesadilla with Autumn Greens and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Brie, Pear and Walnut Quesadilla with Autumn Greens and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Crispy Seared Skate Wings on Herbed Spaghetti Squash and Shallot & Garlic Roasted New York Sirloin with a Demi-Glace on Classic Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Seared Skate Wings on Herbed Spaghetti Squash and Shallot & Garlic Roasted New York Sirloin with a Demi-Glace on Classic Mashed Potatoes

Toffee and Chocolate Muffin with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce and a Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

Toffee and Chocolate Muffin with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce and a Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

With only 24 hours, I didn't pack much for this trip. Only traveling with a carry-on is a pretty liberating feeling, but give me more than two days and that checked bag is coming with me. I was so close to NYC, I felt like it was only fitting to stick with my favorite basic - black. 

Bomber is H&M / Turtleneck is from Knuth's in Cleveland, Ohio / Jeans are DL 1971 from SOCA Clothing / Chelsea boots are ASOS / Cuff and ring are Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Bomber is H&M / Turtleneck is from Knuth's in Cleveland, Ohio / Jeans are DL 1971 from SOCA Clothing / Chelsea boots are ASOS / Cuff and ring are Margaret Ellis Jewelry

My Soia & Kyo coat will be ten years old this year! It's my best purchase from our 5-year Anniversary trip to Vancouver. Oakwood Cleaners in Nashville keeps this coat looking brand new. 

My Soia & Kyo coat will be ten years old this year! It's my best purchase from our 5-year Anniversary trip to Vancouver. Oakwood Cleaners in Nashville keeps this coat looking brand new. 

Dress is KamaliKulture from UAL (It was $5!) / Necklace is Free People

Dress is KamaliKulture from UAL (It was $5!) / Necklace is Free People

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This week I'm off to Memphis. Hopefully I'll get to see a little bit of the city (and by that I may mean the brand new Ikea).