Last week, I went to the Golden Palace Diner in Millville, NJ. It’s one of the few diners I haven’t been too in super south Jersey. In fact, it might be the last one I needed to go too in Cumberland County. Anyway, I arrived around dinner time, and it wasn’t too crowded.
Golden Palace Diner Atmosphere: A
The Golden Palace Diner is a clean and modern diner. There are plenty of booths and tables. There is a full-length bar as well as a large dessert case too. It’s as much as a stereotypical NJ diner as you can get.
Golden Palace Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was given in a tiny mug. It was good coffee, but I felt like I finished a cup in one small sip. The waitress gave refills, but I hate when restaurants give tiny cups for both water or coffee. Give a regular size cup, not 4 ounces.
Golden Palace Diner Food: A
The Golden Palace Diner menu has everything a typical NJ diner would have. There is all day breakfast, lunch, and plenty of dinner options too. I noticed the “salmon sizzler,” which intrigued me. The dinner meals came with a breadbasket. I must admit, it was one of the better bread baskets I’ve had!
I’ve never seen a salmon sizzler anywhere. I’ve seen poultry and beef sizzler but never seafood. I decided to order it.
When it came out, it was hot and sizzling. There were mixed vegetables on top of two filets of salmon. It was a lot of food. It was cooked well, and I enjoyed the meal.
Golden Palace Diner Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often. The food came out quickly, and I have no complaints.
Golden Palace Diner Cost: $
For my sizzling salmon and coffee, it was $19.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come back to the Golden Palace Diner?
I liked the Golde Palace Diner, and it’s one of my more favorite diners in the area. The Golden Palace Diner is an excellent stop if you’re coming home from the shore.
Atmosphere: A Coffee: B Food: A Service: A Cost: $10-20 Golden Palace Diner Overall: A
Recently, I found myself in Northern New Jersey. I was hungry and have heard nothing but positive things about the Tenafly diner, so I decided to stop.
It finally worked out that I was able to stop by the Tenafly Classic Diner. When I arrived around 5 pm on a weekday, it wasn’t too crowded, but by 6 pm, it was packed and there was a wait.
Tenafly Classic Diner Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Tenafly Classic Diner is a picture-perfect diner. The outside is a big, shiny metallic building and the inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.
Tenafly Classic Diner Coffee: A
The Tenafly Classic Diner brews Lacas coffee which has been a common theme of diners I’ve been too. Lacas Coffee is located in Pennsauken, NJ. I always enjoy the coffee, and it’s hard to make it badly. Tenafly Diners coffee was great, and I have nothing but positive things to say. Unforatenly, I forgot to take a photo! I know, crazy!
Tenafly Classic Diner Service: C
The service at Tenafly Diner was kind of strange. Midway through our meal, the server changed. There must have been miscommunication because it took a long time for the milkshake to come out and then all of the food came out together. Both servers were friendly, and I don’t have anything negative to say about them, it was just awkward.
Tenafly Classic Diner Food: A
The Tenafly Classic Diner menu has all of the classic diner entrees plus more. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but their meats are from a Northern Cattle Company: “Montana Meat Company,” so I decided to order a burger and fries. All of the Tenafly Classic Diner burgers are black angus, organic grass fed, beef burgers served with lettuce, tomatoes. Since the Tenafly Classic Diner offers grass fed burgers. I knew that’s what I had to get.
Being indecisive, I decided I wanted seafood as well and ordered fish tacos as an appetizer. Honestly, it was enough for an entire meal. The tacos themselves were stuffed with avocado and cod. They were delicious. It was by far one of my favorite diner appetizers!
The burger came topped with cheese and onion ring. It was one of the biggest and most messy burgers to date. It was next to impossible to eat, and I felt like it was flying off onto other people’s plates. The French fries were topped with gravy and melted cheddar cheese. I joked it was probably one of the most unhealthy ways to eat fries, but they were good. By the time I got to the fries, I was so full, though.
Tenafly Classic Diner Dessert: B
At the start of the meal, I ordered a brownie milkshake. Interestingly enough, the milkshake didn’t come with one of my favorite toppings: a cherry. That being said, it was a good milkshake. I like super sweet hard ice cream milkshakes, and that is precisely what it was.
Tenafly Classic Diner Cost: $$
For the burger, appetizer, coffee and milkshake it was $30. The quality of food was there, and it was worth it. In fact, it was a lot of food for that price.
Overall thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Tenafly Classic Diner?
I liked the Tenafly Classic Diner, and I would go back whenever I was in the area.
Summary: Atmosphere: A Coffee: A Service: C Food: A Dessert: B Cost: $15-20 Overall: A
A few weeks ago, Sizzlefish sent me their Paleo Prime Fish package to try out. I was extremely excited because seafood is my favorite type of meat. In my household, we normally make simple meals like grilled seafood, salad and potato (or bread…). Sizzlefish is a perfect fit for us.
I was lucky Sizzlefish was on board and sent their Paleo Prime Plus fish packages to review. Since I like seafood, I knew this would be a product I would enjoy. I also didn’t have to go grocery shopping the day before to pick up fresh seafood. With the wild caught seafood, it’s like premium grocery shopping without grocery shopping. So much winning and so little time.
The Sizzlefish Review Package arrived at my door when it was scheduled too. It arrived completely frozen with dry ice and with exact directions of how to dethaw each type of fish. It made it easy for me not to mess up.
This was perfect for our household because we are two people and it came with two portions. I will say due to running and activity level, we opted to each eat two different portions for each meal.
I normally buy seafood at the grocery store. I’m fortunate that we buy fresh seafood so I wasn’t sure how I would feel with the Sizzlefish frozen and coming straight to our door. Honestly, Sizzlefish tastes fresh and removes the hassle of actual grocery shopping as well. I have absolutely no complaints about the quality of seafood and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Here are some different meals we cooked:
I really like Sizzlefish. I love how the fish comes straight to your doorstep. They are already portioned out and they give you a variety of options. I had honestly never heard of sablefish until now but it was great to try something new!
I will also say that the Customer Service is second to none. Their twitter and instagram handle are both extremely friendly. I had the honor to meet some of their company at the RnR Expo and they are friendly in real life too. It is truly a great company with a great product. It was fun to do a Sizzlefish Review and I have had nothing but a positive experience. I would recommend them to anyone to anyone who likes fish and shellfish.
Questions for you:
Have you ever tried Sizzlefish?
Do you prefer making easy recipes or something fancy and unique?
Another diner only about 20 minutes from me is the Diamond Diner (Hainesport). Located in Hainesport, NJ, you can’t miss the giant diamond on top. It’s not located off the highway, and you have to take a famous NJ left hand turn to get there. Pan Handle turns aren’t my reasoning for not want to go back though.
Diamond Diner Atmosphere: B
The outside of the Diamond Diner is that of a regular NJ diner. It’s big, shiny, and metallic with a giant Diamond on top. It was more or less a typical diner you would expect.
It had a few various rooms and was pretty crowded. There is a full-length bar, as well as plenty of booths and tables at the Diamond Diner. When somewhere is crowded, it must be good, right?
Diamond Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the Diamond Diner was good. I needed a few refills which were refilled to me. The coffee wasn’t especially good or bad. It was average, and I could probably brew some as well.
Diamond Diner Food: B
One thing I do like about this diner is they have an all you can eat salad bar with soup. This sounds great on paper, unfortunately even though we went during peak time (isn’t 6-7 peak dinner time?) it wasn’t very well taken care of. I couldn’t find a lot of lettuce or vegetables. The other container of the salad bar filled over half was the olives. I am giving the benefit of the doubt that we just came on a bad day for the salad bar.
I had flounder and vegetables. The flounder was topped with butter, and there were plenty of vegetables. Butter makes everything better, so I wouldn’t say it was a bad meal. It was the greasy spoon type of diner you hear about. The meal portions were also huge.
Diamond Diner Price: $$
For the amount of food, we had (theoretically unlimited salad and soup) for $15.
Diamond Diner (Hainesport) Overall rating: C
Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Diamond Diner (Hainesport):
I might go back at another time, but honestly, there are better diners close to me so I probably won’t unless someone wants to go there. For me to have had a better experience, I would have wanted a stocked salad bar and trying a different meal. The price was good for the amount of food.
Questions for you:
Do you usually order soup or salad?
What time do you eat dinner?
I thought 5:30-7:30, but apparently, some people eat dinner at 8 or 9. I guess I’m old. I usually eat dinner between 5:30-6:30.
A lot of people question how I eat enough to withstand 100 mile weeks. It couldn’t be possible to ever gain weight while running 100 mile weeks and you couldn’t possibly eat enough to withstand that activity…ect.
First and foremost, I only ran 100 mile week. I didn’t run 52 but rather just 1. That was my peak week and most of my other weeks were between 60-80. Most not all. As much as I want to credit myself to running multiple 100 mile weeks, I know I would just get injured running several in a row. (or more then 1).
I’ve rambled about this a few times but blogging nutrition and real life nutrition is not the same thing. I feel bad for certified dieticians and nutritionists that also blog. They get mixed in with other bloggers whose research involves personal research and study which is not the same as being certified. Point blank: it’s not. I’ve taken plenty of nutrition classes but don’t know nearly enough as someone who has studied and has their undergraduate, masters, or even PhD. I can tell you what has worked for me but that is no way telling what will work for you or that is right or wrong.
The majority of healthy living blogs focus on getting enough vegetables, fiber and more vegetables into their diet. If I ate half the amount of vegetables that some people do, I would be able to run 1 mile…maybe 2 with deciding it was time to go home.
When you run high mileage and exercise you must learn that you have to eat a lot of foods that aren’t high in fiber. You must eat food that is still healthy but you can’t eat 3000 calories worth of broccoli. You also can’t eat 3000 calories worth of ice cream. Both will result in you not feeling great for a run.
A typical day for me looks something like this right now:
Breakfast: 400-500 calories
Coffee+cream (100-200 calories…my vice).
Some of my breakfast choices lately have been: Bagel and peanut butter, egg sandwich, eggs and toast, waffle with Greek yogurt or peanut butter.
A standard waffle with peanut butter and yogurt has been my go to before races right now and I think I’ll stay to that before the marathon (as well as a bagel with peanut butter while waiting around beforehand). My standard race day nutrition used to be a bagel with peanut butter and yogurt but I had stomach cramps a few races back and it was enough to change my mind.
Lunch (within an hour of running) 500-800 calories
I’ve been having a lot egg sandwiches lately. Eggs, avocado and cheddar cheese on a bagel. I really just have whatever is in the fridge. It could be a sandwich, soup or salad. I don’t have a standard post run meal or lunch. I normally just like to eat what is in the fridge.
Sometimes I’ll go to the gym in between, sometimes I won’t. (now that I’m tapering, I don’t).
Snack: 200-300 calories
I normally have a snack sometime in the middle of the day. I’ve been enjoying apples and peanut butter lately but that is only because apples have been so cheap at stores. I also have left overs if they are in the fridge.
As if anything else is planned, my dinner is the least planned and changes daily. I am such a meat and potatoes kind of person. I’ll have a serving of meat (steak and fish being my favorite), some sort of vegetables (cooked kale, brussel sprouts and spaghetti squash are my current favorites) and some sort of grain. I’ve been better about eating a carbohydrate such as bread or race. I’m actually not a big pasta fan (I don’t like the consistency) so I tend to eat more rice and bread.
I normally like to make a smoothie at night with a cup of milk and protein powder. I have a big sweet tooth so often times I’ll just have ice cream. I don’t really schedule a treat at night but if I’m craving something I’ll have something. Whatever I’m craving I generally have at night. I go to bed around 9-10 personally.
I know this is very vague but it’s how I eat. I don’t worry or stress about food or getting my vegetables daily. As much as I say I want to meal plan, I don’t. If I eat too many vegetables then I don’t feel good running. I don’t know how people eat so many vegetables (honestly). I do strive to get vegetables but not overboard. I try and get enough protein, carbohydrates and fat but I don’t track it and it doesn’t ruin my day. I found the less I stress about food the easier it is. I’ve never had a problem getting enough food and have never lost weight during a training cycle.
I will say I’m hoping to do a carbohydrate deplete and then carb load during my final week of taper.
Questions for you:
What does a typical day for you look like?
Do you plan your food weekly or eat when you are hungry?