Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) pork chop
Diners

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy)

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy)

Recently Jess and I met up at Perth Amboy to catch up and eat the Superior Diner.  The Superior Diner is known as one of the better diners in the area, so we decided to stop.

We arrived around dinner time and it wasn’t too crowded.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) Atmosphere: B
The Superior Diner is an older, cobblestone building. It’s not a big, shiny, metallic building, but it stands out along the road.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) inside

The inside of the Superior Diner has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) Coffee: A
The Superior Diner coffee was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress refilled it often. Plus, she gave both Jess and I plenty of whipped cream.  We couldn’t have asked for better coffee.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) coffee

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) Food: A
The Superior Diner menu is huge and there are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. In fact, the Superior Diner menu has the most specials of any diner I’ve been to in a while. I didn’t know what I wanted but then saw the pork chop special and ultimately decided that’s what I wanted. I’ve ordered diner specials a lot lately because they are cheaper and with more food!

Anyway, the pork chop special came with soup, salad, and the meal.

For my soup, I chose the lima bean soup. It was a red base with a little kick to it. I’ve never had lima bean soup and it was great.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) lima bean soup

The salad was typical of a diner salad with nothing unique or unusual about it.

The pork chops were delicious and were cooked well.  They weren’t overcooked and were tender and juicy — one of the better diner pork chops I’ve had recently.Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) pork chop

For my sides, I chose beets and they were good as well. Nothing unique or unusual, but they tasted good.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) beets

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) Service: B
Our waitress at the Superior Diner was friendly and our food came out fast. She was one of the better waitresses I’ve had recently. There was another waitress who was holding loud conversations and it made it hard to hear anything. At one point, she was yelling something about her cats.

Superior Diner (Perth Amboy) Cost:
For my pork chop special and coffee, the cost was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Superior Diner (Perth Amboy)?
I liked the Superior Diner and it’s a stereotypical New Jersey Diner. It’s a great stop if you’re heading down the shore and I would go back.

Atmosphere:  B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $12-20
Overall: A

You can see all 279 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you:
Are you a pork chop fan?
What is your favorite type of soup?

 

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Naked nutrition collagen
Food

Naked Nutrition Collagen

Naked Nutrition Collagen

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different types of collagen.  I’ve written a dozen posts about the uses and benefits of collagen, but it’s been a few months.

Naked nutrition collagen

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body.  It’s a major component of connective tissues in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and skin.  Consuming collagen will provide benefits, whether you are an athlete or not.

For runners, collagen can help bone and joint health, plus it can aid in workout recovery.

For nonrunners, collagen also helps skin and healthy hair and nails. I notice the difference of both my hair and skin when I consume collagen.

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My cay appreciates Naked nutrition collagen too 😉

Why Take a Collagen Supplement?

It’s hard to get hydrolyzed collagen from food sources. You can do it by drinking bone broth every day, but taking a collagen supplement like Naked Collagen is going to make it easier to get the appropriate amount. Like whey protein powder, Naked Nutrition Collagen can help rebuild muscles post-workout.

So What is Naked Nutrition?

As the brand suggests, Naked Nutrition doesn’t contain any extra “stuff.” It’s flavorless and tasteless and so far the most tasteless collagen I’ve found to date. Naked Nutrition Collagen is highly soluble and tasteless.

The Naked Nutrition Collagen only has 35 calories per serving because it contains no extra filler. Just hydrolyzed collagen.  Personally, I’ve been using it in coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.  During the warmer months, I’ll probably add it so cold drinks and smoothies. You can add Naked Nutrition Collagen Peptide Powder in almost anything because you don’t taste it.

Naked nutrition collagen

So What Does Naked Nutrition Collagen Contain (or not contain)?

  • One Ingredient: Collagen Peptides
  • Collagen Contains 9 out of 18 Essential Amino Acids
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen Comes From Pasture-Raised and Grass-Fed Bovine Hides
  • No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
  • 9 Grams of Protein and 0.6 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving**
  • GMO-Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and Gluten-Free
  • Growth Hormone Free, no rBGH or rBs

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Questions for you:

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Do you take a Collagen Peptide Supplement? 

 

Townsquare diner Wharton stirfry
Diners

Townsquare Diner (Wharton)

Townsquare Diner (Wharton)
Recently I was in North Jersey and decided to stop at the Townsquare Diner. This isn’t to be confused with the Town Square Diner in Aberdeen. When I arrived around dinner time, it wasn’t busy and we were quickly seated.

Townsquare diner Wharton

Townsquare Diner (Wharton) Atmosphere: B
The Townsquare Diner is located on the main road and a big building. It’s not a shiny or metallic building but a regular looking restaurant building.Townsquare diner Wharton

The inside of the Townsquare Diner has plenty of seating, a full-length bar, and tables, and booths. We sat in a corner booth with strange neverending mirrors so you could stare at yourself all meal long.

Townsquare Diner (Wharton) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Townsquare Diner was good. It was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress kept it refilled often.

Townsquare diner Wharton coffee

Townsquare Diner (Wharton) Food: C
The Townsquare Diner menu is enormous and has everything and anything you could want in a diner. It took a while for me to decide what I wanted. The Townsquare Diner drink menu is also one of the biggest I’ve seen. In fact, it’s probably bigger than the majority of bars I’ve been too.  A few things the menu at the Townsquare Diner is known for include onion rings, gluten free menu, greek salad, breakfast meals, and their business power lunches.

Townsquare diner Wharton meze platter

For an appetizer, I decided to order the Meze Platter and I was thoroughly disappointed. It was bland and boring and had nothing unique or exciting about it.

For my entree, I ordered the stir fry, which came with mixed vegetables, including corn and cauliflower. Plus a nice serving of rice. The entre itself was excellent and I would order it again, but the Meze platter was bland and boring.

Townsquare diner Wharton stirfry

Townsquare Diner (Wharton) Service: B

Our waitress at the Townsquare Diner was great and I couldn’t say enough good things about her.  Her good service kept the Townsquare Diner from receiving an F. However, the food took a long time to come out with no explanation of why. It took roughly 30 minutes for our Meze platter to come out and there was nothing cooked with it. It was just thrown onto the plate.

Townsquare Diner (Wharton) Price: $12-23
For my coffee, meze platter, and entree, it was $26.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come back to the Townsquare Diner (Wharton)?
The Townsquare Diner wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t the worst diner stop ever, but I would need a reason to come back. It’s a stereotypical Jersey Diner along Route I-80.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: C
Serice: B
Price: $12-23
Overall: B

You can see all 276 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like stirfry?

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Vest Review
Gear Review, Running

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration Vest Review

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration Vest Review (Also known as the S.A.S.)

Recently I’ve been looking for a lightweight hydration pack that I can use for 1-2 hours of hiking. I don’t need anything heavy-duty, but something to keep water and maybe a snack on the go without holding it.

The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration seemed to meet those requirements, so I decided to try it.

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Vest Review

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration Vest Review

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration (S.A.S.) Features:

  • Minimalist vest designed for fast, ultrarunning, trail running or short hiking
  • Soft Flasks vital kit sits tight and close
  • The fabric is lightweight, breathable and chafe-free
  • Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration uses SensiFit system molds to the contours of your body
  • It also has front hydration pockets allow for easy access
  • Additional storage with front pockets and side zip pockets.
  • The Chest stretch pocket with silicone grip makes it easy to forget you’re wearing a pack
  • Plus, reflective details and a whistle. I’m not hiking at night but good features if you’re doing a 24-hour ultra or night race.
  • Sizing small, medium, large

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration (S.A.S.) Thoughts:

The greatest importance for me was to wear a pack but forget I was wearing a backpack. I wanted a pack that was lightweight and minimal and it didn’t feel like “another thing” I was carrying. That’s precisely what the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration is. It’s perfect for a short run or hike.

Salomon SAS Hydration Vest

I’m looking forward to using it more.

I appreciate the flasks are easily washable and I don’t have a giant bladder to clean out routinely. This pack isn’t meant for an all-day event, but something shorter. I appreciate the soft flasks and front stretch pockets for an ultimate gear stowing solution. I’ve used on several hikes less than 3 hours and never had an issue with chafing or feeling like it was bulky.

The Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration Pack isn’t a “one size fits all pack,” and I wear a small (I wear a small top too). Think unisex sizing, and whichever unisex top you typically wear should be reasonably comparable. Of course, I would try it on, if possible.

Salomon SAS Hydration Vest

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Questions for you:

Have you tried the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration (S.A.S.)?

What is your favorite pack? 

 

 

Blairstown Diner wrap
Diners

Blairstown Diner

Blairstown Diner

The Blairstown Diner is extra special because it’s the site of where the original Friday the 13th movie was filmed. It’s only fair that a movie that includes a diner is a New Jersey Diner. I have wanted to visit the Blairstown Diner for years, but the timing never worked out. When I was in the area last month, I was able to stop. Plus their social media is awesome.

Blairstown Diner

Blairstown Diner Atmosphere: A
The Blairstown Diner resembles any small-town diner. It’s a shiny, metallic diner that has stood the test of time. From the outside, it looks like a shiny, metallic New Jersey diner.

The inside of the Blairstown Diner has plenty of Friday the 13th memorabilia and even a Freddy Poster. It’s one of the smaller side. When we arrived, we got the lat booth next to the door. It’s one of my least favorite spots to sit because it gets cold quickly with the door opening and shutting.

Blairstown Diner

Blairstown Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but there was nothing unique or interesting about it. I was hoping for a few refills.

Blairstown Diner Food: B
The Blairstown Diner menu has everything a regular diner has. It has daily specials including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are plenty of omelets, pancakes, and breakfast specials. For dinner, you have daily specials like pork chops., sandwiches, and wraps.

Blairstown Diner wrap

I decided to order a corn muffin and veggie wrap. The corn muffin was excellent, and the waitress asked if I wanted it buttered (you bet). The eggie wrap was cooked well, but it was boring.Blairstown Diner wrap

It didn’t come with any sides and was kind of like a wrap placed on a plate.

Blairstown Diner corn muffins

Blairstown Diner Service: B
The waitress at the Blairstown Diner was friendly, but the food took a while to come out.

Blairstown Diner Price: $
For my coffee, cornbread, and wrap, it was $14.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Blairstown Diner?
I would come back to the Blairstown Diner and for the relation to the original Friday the 13th movie, I think anyone driving close should go. That being said, did I think it was the best diner in NJ? No, it’s right in the middle.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: B
Price: $10-15
Overall: B

You can see 276 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you:
Hae you have seen the movie Friday the 13th?
Hae you been somewhere that has been on the television?