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Hiking Around Harrisville Pond at the Batona Trail

Hiking Around Harrisville Pond at the Batona Trail

Recently, I went over the Pinelands and the, Harrisville Pond, and Batona Trail. I haven’t been out that way in a while. When we first moved to New Jersey 6 years ago, we used to live runnable to the area. Now it’s about a 45-minute drive. Anyway, I’ve missed hiking for the last few months, so it was nice to get out there.

Hiking Around Harrisville Pond at the Batona Trail

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Villas Diner and Pizzeria

Villas Diner and Pizzeria

It’s been two months since I went to my last New Jersey diner. Truthfully, I’ve worried how many can withstand the pandemic, as the majority are small businesses.  Anyway, recently I had the opportunity to order takeout from the Villas Diner and Pizzeria.  I didn’t know the Villas Diner and Pizzeria existed until a random search in the area yielded it.

Villas Diner and Pizzeria

Villas Diner and Pizzeria Atmosphere: A

Right now, nowhere in New Jersey is allowing you to eat in. The Villas Diner and Pizzeria had picnic tables outside you could sit at.  Plus, they offered curbside takeout and delivery.  When picking up the curbside, everything was handled safely.  The employees at the Villas Diner and Pizzeria were wearing masks, the inside appeared clean, and the picnic tables were also clean. It was a beautiful, but slightly windy day.  Luckily none of the food blew away.

Villas Diner and Pizzeria

Villas Diner and Pizzeria Coffee: —

One of the few times I didn’t order coffee at a diner. I wasn’t sure they had curbside coffee to go (I didn’t ask).

Villas Diner and Pizzeria Food: A

How many diners are also pizzerias? Not many. In fact, I cannot recall another New Jersey diner that doubles as a pizzeria. So naturally, even though the Villas Diner menu has everything from salads, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, pizza was a must. I decided to order the “white pizza,” which had oil and garlic mozzarella cheese.

Since New Jersey is known as the pizza state, I wasn’t sure what to expect with a diner pizza. I will say, the Villas Diner and Pizzeria pizza was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in the state.  It was honestly surprising.  It was perfectly cooked with plenty of dough in the crust.

Villas Diner and Pizzeria pizza

Villas Diner and Pizzeria Service: A

The woman who took my order over the phone was friendly and the food was ready when I arrived. In all, it was great service and I have no complaints.

Villas Diner and Pizzeria Cost: $$

For the Villas Diner and Pizzeria pizza and water, the cost was $15.  Not bad for an entire pizza.

Villas Diner and Pizzeria Overall Thoughts:

I was happy with the Villas Diner and Pizzeria.  While I’m not able to go to many new diners right now, I’m happy I’m able to support a local diner. If you’re in the area of Cape May and Villas, I highly suggest ordering from the Villas Diner and Pizzeria. (Even if you’re in Cape May for a race!)

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: —
Food: A
Price: $10-20
Service: A

You can see all 301 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Where is your favorite pizza from?
Have you been able to support a local business? 

 

Franklin Parker Preserve
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Getting Lost at the Franklin Parker Preserve

Recently I went back to one of my favorite local parks, the Franklin Parker Preserve.  I’ve been to Franklin Parker Preserve before, and I enjoy how scenic and quiet it usually is. New Jersey parks have opened back up (for now), so it has been fun to get back out there.

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A Look Back at 300 NJ Diners

300 New Jersey Diners!

Holy smokes, when we moved to New Jersey in 2013, I had no idea a diner quest was in my future. I had been to a few diners like a normal person, but I certainly didn’t go out of my way to go to diners…but now here I am 300 New Jersey Diners later. I’ve been to diners about 100 diners in other states as well.

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Broadway Diner (Summit) salad
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Broadway Diner (Summit)

Broadway Diner (Summit)

The Broadway Diner in Summit is my 300th New Jersey diner! YAY! The diner trip itself was unplanned and uneventful. I didn’t throw a happy 300th diner celebration and it was honestly one of the more quiet diner trips I had. Which is fine. Had I known this would be my last diner trip for a long time, I would have made it more eventful!

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