My first New Jersey destination of 2011 was to Pier Village in Long Branch, known for its luxurious oceanfront homes, boutique shopping, and fabulous restaurants. I ate breakfast at Turning Point, a restaurant open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch only. (Their philosophy is to “serve the best breakfast and lunch meals we know how from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. then go home to our families.”)
There were many unique menu items that caught my attention like the Islander Pancakes and the Pesto Infusion Skillet, but I was compelled most to try the Tuscany Omelet. Made with marinated roasted red peppers, baby spinach, country spiced sausage, and fresh mozzarella, served with a side of home fries, an English muffin and fresh fruit, it was a delicious way to start the new year. (The never-ending supply of freshly brewed coffee was pretty good, too!)
Before leaving Pier Village, I just had to stop and enjoy the view of the ocean for a while. Though the snowstorm that came through the state was days ago, traces of snow still covered much of the beach and created an absolutely breathtaking, scene. I did my best to capture it for you.
Wishing you a very happy new year with lots of good times here in New Jersey!
The Jersey Girl