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Bandwagon Diner (Toms River)

Bandwagon Diner (Toms River)

Recently the owner of New Jersey isn’t boring, Cyd, and myself met at another diner in Toms River. We’e been to a few Toms River diners, a few months ago; we met at the Fast Break Diner as well as the Four Seasons.  We’ve been to over 20 diners together!

band wagon diner toms river

Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere of the Bandwagon Diner is stereotypical of many diners down the shore. It looks rustic and beachy. The inside is a bit outdated but still decent. There are several booths, tables, and a full-length bar. Plus, it has pink curtains.  It could use an update, but it was clean which is what matters.

Coffee: B
There was nothing unusual or unique, but it was hot. The waitress refilled it a few times too.

band wagon diner toms river

Food: B
The Bandwagon Diner has everything from big breakfasts to lunch and dinner specials. I was going to order off the specials menu with a wrap that contained  “chopped meat,” but since I had enough mystery meat in high school, I ordered the Mediterranean wrap.  It contained grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, tomato, and spinach. In all the wrap was good but the tomato cooked spinach made it soggy.

band wagon diner toms river

I ordered a side salad which was nothing unique.  In all the meal was good, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Service: B
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly. In fact, the food was one of the fastest to come in out in any diner I’ve been too.  We were in and out of the diner within 30 minutes!

Cost: $$
For my wrap, salad, coffee, the cost was about 12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Bandwagon Diner, and it is one of my more favorite diners of the area. I would go back.  The service was quick.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: B
Cost: $8-15
Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve been: Four Seasons, Crystal, Fast Break

See all 172 Diners here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite wrap?

Do you like cooked vegetables or raw?

 

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Kick Me Out of the Foodie Club

Do you what I realized, I haven’t been posting my nomtastic eats lately.  How can I begin to classify myself as a food blogger (actually true life: I’m not a foodie at all) if I never post about any sort of food.

But I do enjoy photos of my cat.

It was a day of interesting eats to say the least.  Remember the other day when I was getting my Thanksgiving on with sweet potato pancakes?

Now I am pretending (since it’s a little bit closer) that It’s Halloween and having pumpkin pancakes.  I finally was able to find more pumpkin at Farm Fresh.  I may or may not have hoarded a few cans.

Speaking of Farm Fresh, that is where I got my lunch today.  While yes, it is a grocery store (I mean you New Yorkers have Wegmans), Farm Fresh has the bomb.com salad bar.  One would think if I spent the same amount for this glorious salad as some fancy restaurant,  I could get away with having it for two meals.

Not the case for this girl.

I don’t get full on 3 spinach leaves okay thanks.

But it was the best salad in the whole wide world and I need to stop buying gas station coffee so I can buy 13 dollar salads.  I couldn’t tell you everything I added in here but I remember these from staring at the photo for a hot second:  it had a base of spinach leaves followed by corn, 3 bean salad, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, ham, turkey, sun dried tomatoes, grapes, this weird stuff that looked good (and duh it was)….yes I could spend 10 blogs writing about how nomtastic it was.

I wanted to run and swim today but it started thundering so I had to settle with just running.  I took yesterday off from running and had an excellent ten miler today.

For dinner, mother and I went on a little date to a place called Joe’s Crab Shack.  It’s adorable and literally can fit about 10 people max inside.  I had a delicious bbq wrap.  I’m not really into bbq at all but it sounded and looked amazing on the menu.  There was corn, salsa, sour cream, bbq chicken, lettuce and tomato all wrapped up in a wrap.

Mom got a crab cake.  I guess that is kosher since it was called Joe’s Crab Shack.

Then for dessert, I got one of these bad boys.  Contrary to popular bloggatude, my favorite dessert is not ice-cream.  It’s bread pudding.  I haven’t had it in a while and this more than made up for it.

There are certain things in your life that just deserve a hell yeah.

PS: Thank you for your help yesterday, it seems the blogging world wants me to go with the short floral.  I was thinking 80s hooker style personally…

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Question for you:

  1. 1.       What is your favorite holiday?
  2. 2.       What is your favorite dessert?

What you didn’t do that in your youth?

My fellow blogging besties.  I have returned after a rather short but much needed personal time off.  I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  It is kinda of flying by for me.  Maybe that was because I was too busy being a real girl wearing real girl clothes.

Before I begin and partially the reason I needed to come back so quickly.  My bestie Anna, (better known as aDuBs…but only because I call her that and she hates it) has created and a blog and I’m going to personally make sure each of you become her biggest fan.

So go there now because she is amazing and fabulous and the only one to put up with me for 10 years.  God knows no one else can.  So go.   NOW!

And because I’m on the topic of aDuBs…I goggled her name into my 1500 photos and found some winners.

This must have been over Thanksgiving.

This was in the middle of glassblowing class last summer. Clearly we were studious.

In one of those mall booths. I was so confused of what we were doing bahaha.

10th grade cruise! (and yes my hair is that color when I don't dye it)

As you can clearly see she puts up with my crap.  ha.  😉

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Fun fact of the week: I wore real girl clothes and looked presentable every single day.  I also wore a bathing suit and running spandex most days too but there were clothes that wouldn’t make you question that I was a member of society (as my dad says).

Whenever I don’t wear “real girl clothes” the daddykins always tells me I’m not ready to be a productive member of society for the day.  Which 9/10 days I wear real girl clothes so I don’t have to put up with his sassyness.

Speaking of the daddykins, if you are in the VA Beach area and you go over the bridge right after the downtown tunnel off of 264, my dad’s old ship is in the drydock.  I tried to have a photoshoot with the ship but it was an epic fail.  No, I wasn’t driving and yes I will capture more photos because it will be there for a while.

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Noms of the week:

I had like 20 salads this week.  Have you ever just craved your greens? Each was pretty decent but the one at my favorite diner ever (the Silver Diner) was the best.  Salmon, cranberries, mango, strawberries, spinach…other random things.  The lady asked if I wanted to salmon filets and I responded with…a fatties got to eat.  I guess that meant two because that is what she gave me.

oh yes and this deliscous black bean quasadilla too

Because I was feeling rather down in the dumps all week, my family thought it acceptable to fatten me up with ice-cream.  I’m addicted and if you ever come visit we are going on many dates.   My mom loves froyo but quite frankly nothing beats some good ole cake batter ice cream.

once here

another time here...

I have also been putting my magic bullet to good use and making blueberry smoothies a lot.  Nom nom nom.

My dad asked when I took this photo what the hell I was doing. I asked him what...you didn't do this in your youth.

You know of course, my day wouldn’t be complete without some good ole pancakes and waffles.

dark chocolate cherry pancakes

Strawberry waffle...we have a plethera of strawberries in these parts...

peanut flour pancakes

Well anywho.  I am alive and well and I hope you guys are too.

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Question for you:

Tell something fantastic that has happened to you that you have been dying to tell me about. (I guess that is more of a statement but I’m over it).

Same Ole Jazzy Jazz

Since I’m clearly a regularly scheduled program-I can finally say and now back to your regularly scheduled program.  Except I’m at home now…I haven’t really done any normal shenanigan filled blogs in a week or so.  But now that I home, things might be oh so much different. 

I’ll still be running and swimming and eating pancakes (do you even need to ask?)

But I’ll be teaching some jazzy weight lifting aerobics starting next Monday.

I typed aerobics into my photos and found this picture of how I was shocked my ladiez actually loved my class. hm.

And I’ll be cycling (ah!!) sometime in the future.  I got a sweet old Schwann Bike to attempt this triathlon in a couple weeks. 

Oh and I’m taking human anatomy lab at 7:45-9:45 at night.  Um…grandma Hollie does not approve.

But other than that same ole same ole.

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Please guess what kind of waffle that I made today.  I’ll give you some clues, clearly it is some sort of chocolate but it also has some sort of other hint of flavor (which makes it my favorite!).

Any guesses?

For lunch I had a tuna fish sandwich on flat bread (because we had no normal bread left)  and asparagus.  I saved the other half for after my swim.  I don’t like mayonnaise at all and it disgusts me, so I add lots of mozzarella cheese into too tuna fish and melt it and it is the bomb.com.

Dinner tonight was a new recipe!  You guys would be so proud. 

Chicken parmagiana as found here.

It was quite delicious and I’m a big fan of chicken parmasean as is my family.  As you guys know-anything on this blog is for the easy simpletons like myself so if I can do it…so can you.  😉  I paired it with pasta which is rather boring so I opted not to photograph it.

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Since I wasn’t ready to run just yet, I decided to do a nice long and slow swim at the pool.  It ended up being 2000 meters of swimming and 2000 meters of pulling.  It actually really stretched me out thank goodness.

Well-I’m off to my human anatomy and physiology lab which is from 7:45-9:45pm.  You know…the time I’m normally laying in bed, god help my lab partners.

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Questions for you:

1.       Favorite flavor of chocolate?

I prefer dark chocolate with orange or coconut (nomtastic).  I also like a lot of different fruit flavors with dark chocolate.

2.       Are you a fancy cooker or do you prefer easy and quick recipes?

 

Triple Tangent True Life Tuesday

I thought I would amuse you with fun facts via the beginning of my week. 

Numero uno.  I have had a printer in my room all year long and have not used it once.  Yesterday night I was not in the mood to walk all the way to the library (about 15 minutes away..yes lazy moment)so I figured out why my printer wasn’t working (I had to realign the ink cartridges) and printed in my room.  Yes, that is the first time all year long I have printed from my printer in my room.

True life:  I’m addicted to gas station coffee and will go broke one day buying it and all it’s grimeyness.  I could live off of gas station coffee.  And yes I like it better than Starbucks. 

Recycled photo coffee love.


True life fact number 3: My 50 page paper is donezo.  Done done done.  So it is acceptable to have a photoshoot with it. 

Success!

What it all means..who knows..


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I changed my mind, here are my true life noms of the day. 

Breakfast was my favorite bomb.com waffle.

with greek yogurt to dip obviously.


True life: Not one single person outside the blogging world understand the deliciousness and savory combination of this waffle.  Not many in the blogging world probably do either.  😉

Lunch was a “hugh ass” roast beef wrap.

top to bottom banana and red peppers, chedder cheese, roast beef, lettuce, tomato

True life: I have never been asked if I wanted to ketchup in my wrap.  I have a new bff worker.

Dinner numero uno was a delicious salmon quiche with a sushi salad.

True life: I have had a salmon quiche once a day for the last 4 days.  My campus makes the most random delicious things.  Who thinks of that?

Now that I have overused the phrase true life, I believe I am done now. 

If we chat in real life, you’ll know if I agree with you I’m all about saying true life instead of yes.  So for instance if you asked me if I was having breakfast today,  I’d be like duh true life.

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Ugh, I don’t really want to talk about working out too much the last couple of days but I will anyways.  Yesterday, I woke up and had some pain in my hip flexors.  For those of you who weren’t my besties freshman year, I sprained my hip flexors backpacking.  I could barely walk for a solid month and was the only person under the age of 80 that had managed that.  Anywho, I just opted for some cross training yesterday. I would rather not run one day now, then not race my last half of the season in a couple weeks.

Today, however, I ran and my hip felt a lot better. 

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PS: Don’t forget to enter my swell cookbook giveaway.

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Question for you:

  1. 1.       Do you hate packing or unpacking more?

Packing all my stuff up from school has made me realize I have a ton of crap.  Just saying.

  1. 2.       What are your true lifes?

Girl Was a Diva and Needed To be Sent Home.

Today was my last day observing in a classroom.  Now I have nothing to ramble away with on Thursdays.  Blech.    Except!

I do have more time to take multiple photos of myself.

Wearing my favorite outfit!

Working on my 50 page. Yes 50 page paper due next Thursday. (and exceeding my printing quota on campus).

Or mimicking my math class expressions. Pictures of me sleeping wouldn't be as um. interesting....

Well anyways-I know you were dying to see my face…but onto another face.  PS: I’m sorry for blowing up your twitter feed last night.  It was a big episode.

I tried to show the most divaesc picture of her.

Yes she has finally been voted off.

You are the weakest link.

Goodbye.

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Anywho back to today-Well first, ask me questions here and I’ll do another FAQ post.  You guys know I’m upfront and blunt and will answer 99% of questions.  But don’t ask why I’m extremely weird because god knows my parents haven’t figured that out in the last 20 years….

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Notable Noms of the day:


Breakfast was raspberry pancakes. These pancakes turned out extremely well. Which is why I took a photo.

I actually had lunch at the school today and for obvious reasons, I couldn’t exactly whip out my camera.  It looked something like this though.  I wish my high school had those options all we had were chicken nuggets and French fries.  I would have gotten one of these wraps every day.

mushroom wrap. nom.com. For a school lunch-I'm impressed.

Dinner (number 1) was just salmon and some cooked spinach.  Swimming at 7:30, I don’t want my belly to be too full so I had something light.  I’ll have dinner number 2 (god knows what I’ll forage in my house) after my swim sesh.

Fish skin is my favorite part. I peel it off and eat it last.

Hmm.  I feel like It doesn’t look like I ate a lot today so I’ll include my snacks.

One of my Snickers Marathon Bars in class yes pleasee

Grapes are my favorite snack ever.

yogurt and pumpkin is the bomb.com snack.

I haven’t had ice cream in two days looking back so I’m feeling a milkshake for dinner number 2.  Always acceptable.

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Workouts today included an hour running on the dreadmill.  It is seriously so cold and freezing rain does not help my situation.    I can run outside in the 15 degree temperature but not when there is freezing rain at 40.  I will much rather get my Tyra on. 

Tentatively, grandma Hollie plans to actual venture from my house past 7 pm and go swim laps during open swim. (With the screaming babies and god knows who else is there).. I want to get about 4000 yards in but you can check my daily mile to see if I actually made it there ha.

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And Finally.

Tomorrows Friday which something I have been craving all week (more than usual).  I have an exciting revelation for all my college friends about another use for your race numbers.  Everyone else can judge me….

I'll use the number from this weekend...lucky 692

I think I looked so confused because I had been running for over an hour and a half and was rather uncoordinated to just stop running over a 1 foot line.

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Question for you:

  1. 1.       Were your high school lunches good or bad?  Do you pack/bring your lunch now doing whatever it is that you do. 
  2. 2.       What are you doing this weekend! 
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