We moved into our dream home just a month ago. We are definitely still getting settled. Moving from an apartment into a home we have many rooms that are not quite filled yet! We have been having so much fun picking out furniture for our new space. And luckily a lot of the furniture we have bought over the last year transitioned really well into our new space!
The Brewers Crossing community is so close to everything! We have been able to walk to dinners at the Gunther, or to Plantbar for a morning smoothie. This past weekend we went paddle boarding at Bmore Sup and it was less than 15 minutes away! Paddle boarding was a blast! Tony and I are definitely in the market for paddle boards for next summer! We could not be happier with the location of where we live!
If you aren’t familiar with the area, think Canton Target, look across the street, and head up about two blocks and you are there! Yes, Target, is in walking distance! There are also two grocery stories that we can walk to as well.
Another huge benefit so far has been parking! We have a two car garage to park in, but there is also plenty of street parking, so when friends come over it’s really easy for them to find a spot.
Come be my neighbor! Evergreene Homes is currently offering $20,000 towards Closing Costs! Stop in to Brewers Crossing to learn more. Or check them out online here.
Review: When you think of, or even google coffee shops in OCNJ, more than likely Ocean City Coffee Co is going to be the first place that comes up. They have three Ocean City location and one in Media, PA. Tony and I have been frequenting here over the last 4 years. I remember taking Tony here not long after we first starting dating. Ocean City Coffee is definitely a classic in Ocean City. My go to order is typically a cold brew, but today I went with an Oat Milk Latte and it did not disappoint. Ocean City Coffee is definitely worth a stop if you are in town.
As COVID continues to cancel Travel plans to other countries, Tony and I took the time to spend a week at the beach with my parents in Ocean City, NJ. I recently did a blog post on OCNJ and shared a ton of my favorites. You can check it out here.
I wanted to share today a vacation round up on the blog of what we did during the week!
Sticky Buns from Mallons.
Eagles Game at Charlies // The best neighborhood bar in Somers Point.
Shopping on Asbury Ave // My favorites are Heritage and 7th Street Surf Shop.
Iced Lattes from Drip and Scoop.
Painted Pumpkins at Glazed Over.
Rented Bikes to Ride on the Boardwalk.
Coffee at Drip and Scoop.
Brown’s Donuts- These are a can’t miss during a week at OCNJ.
Lunch at the Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point.
Dinner at The Crab Trap in Somers Point.
A visit to Local, the best gym on the island.
Cold Brew at Ocean City Coffee Co.
Lunch at the Princeton in Avalon NJ.
Wine Tasting at Cape May Winery.
Brews at Cape May Brewing Co. The Crushing’ It.
Brunch at Dockside Kitchen right on the Bay.
Hard Rock Casino for dinner and gambling!
Nauti Donuts // This was our first time here. It was similar to Duck Donuts where you pick your toppings on your donuts. Yum! They also had cold brew with pumpkin flavoring.
Manco Manco Pizza, because you can’t come to OCNJ without getting Manco Manco // Tony and I love this pizza so much we would drive from Baltimore just to have it!
Ice Cream from Kohr Bros // They had a pumpkin cinnamon swirl. It was out of this world! Best Pumpkin ice cream I have ever had.
Shrivers Salt Water Taffy // I love to do the pick your own so I can get all the Vanilla and Peanut Butter flavors.
Johnson’s Popcorn // Always make sure to ask for the lid off, it will give you more popcorn.
Drip and Scoop has become a staple in OCNJ over the past few years. So popular that they are currently in the works of opening up two more locations. Drip and Scoop has to be my favorite local coffee shop in OCNJ. Drip and Scoop has the best flavor coffee around. Their drinks are always consistent which is so important. Drip and Scoop serves Coffee, Ice Cream, and Donuts. For being in a beach town their prices are extremely reasonable. Less expensive then in the city. The donuts range in price from $1 to $2. For this specific trip we ordered two large lattes and a small iced coffee and only spent around $12, then the next day we ordered a large latte, a small coffee, and 4 donuts and still only spent around $12. The aesthetic inside is so cute and welcoming. The branding of Drip and Scoop is completely on point! Not to mention the place is so clean. Today we were actually going to stop at another coffee shop that I’m not going to name, but we walked up and it did not look clean, so we turned right around and went back over to Drip And Scoop! If you stop at one coffee shop when you are in town make it Drip and Scoop!
Wow have we found our new favorite coffee shop in the city, better yet it’s the closest as well. I am actually a little sad that it is only a 2 block walk from our old apartment, and a little farther from our new house. Cafe Dear Leon is French inspired and boy to do they deliver! On our first stop over we had the oat scone and I honestly can’t get enough of it! They serve it with French butter and homemade jam. We have also tried their banana pudding, or I guess I should say Tony tried it. It was so good I didn’t have a chance to get a spoon in! We also tried the babka and it was delicious! Everyone has been raving about the egg salad, but I have not had a chance to try it yet. Hopefully this week I can. Cafe Dear Leon has become a Baltimore Foodie Favorite overnight. Most mornings there is a line. On the weekend, there always is one that extends around the block. Their line speaks for the quality of pastries they put out. Expect weekly photos of their cold brew and oat scones on my instagram story because we are hooked!
This weekend we were in the Lancaster area for a friends wedding and we of course had to stop by the local coffee shops before we left if the morning. I reached out to Lauren, a friend of Tony’s who lives in the area for recommendations on where to go. Lauren recommended three coffee shops in the area, but this one was her fav and I can totally see why! There are two locations, one in down town Lancaster and one in New Holland. We were a little closer to the New Holland location so that was where we decided to stop. You always know the coffee is going to be good when there was about 20 people in line before they opened. From the moment we walked up the aesthetic was just perfect! The coffee was perfect, great flavor, and honestly didn’t need the SF caramel. We liked the taste so much we took home a growler. Tony and I shared the apple poptart and WOW it was out of this world. It was sweet and delicious. The flavor was like nothing I have ever had before. If you are a Baltimore local it definitely trumps the Iron Rooster poptart hands down. They also had a cute little room for events that could be rented, and a coffee truck outside. Definitely a great way to spend your Sunday morning.
OCNJ is the beach town I grew up going to, and it’s still my favorite to go back and visit! Sharing my favorites with you guys today.
Manco and Manco Pizza // You will never find a better pie down the shore. It is to die for. I will drive from Baltimore just for this pizza. They have three locations on the boardwalk and one in Somers Point.
Browns // One of the most classic places for breakfast in town. And don’t forget to get a donut or two while you are there.
Sunrise Cafe // One of my favorites for breakfast. You probably won’t want to leave until you buy one of their coffee mugs.
Ocean City Coffee Co. // Strolling on Asbury or on the boardwalk, Ocean City Coffee Co. has a spot for you. Their 9th and Boardwalk location is my favorite. Total beach coffee shop vibes.
Drip & Scoop // Sweet tooth? They’ve got it covered. From lattes, to ice cream, and donuts. Their donuts remind me of funnel cake which makes them that much better.
The Crab Trap // Right before the bridge to OCNJ is the Crab Trap in Somers Point. If you have never had their crab soup, I highly recommend. Ocean City is a dry town, but Somers Point isn’t so most nights we have dinner right outside of Ocean City so that we can enjoy a cocktail.
Crabby Jacks // Looking for casual dinner on the water, this place is located right behind The Crab Trap and its a perfect pier bar for apps and drinks.
Heritage Surf Shop // In need of a new pair of rainbows or sunbum sunscreen to get you through the week? This is your go to place. I actually started shopping at the Margate location first, but the OC location is a bit larger!
Island Gypsy // A newer shop that is perfect for any twenty something. All the pieces are on trend and the vibe inside is great.
7th Street Surf Shop // I most definitely have been shopping here since high school and it is still just that good.