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Joey Tomatoes Pizza: A Boardwalk Hit For All Ages

Joey Tomatoes Pizza in Pt. Pleasant
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By Rohan:

There are countless aspects of Point Pleasant, New Jersey that make us to want to come back every year. Maybe it’s the thrilling boardwalk rides or the fun but fierce games of mini golf. Wait, scratch that–it’s enjoying time with family and friends on the Jersey shore, while chomping on delicious thin crust pizza at Joey Tomatoes.

Joey Tomatoes is located in a charming yellow building and is the mix between a sports bar and your neighborhood pizzeria. With pies made to order or slices ready to hit the beach, Joey’s gives you plenty of ways to enjoy their always fresh pies. One of the main reasons why we return to Joey’s every time we’re at the shore is simply their exceptional service. You are welcomed with a smile and served by some of the nicest people on the boardwalk. The passion the cooks have for their pizza is endearing and it shows in how delicious each pie tastes when it comes out of the oven straight to your table. Whether you enjoy tons of toppings or prefer just cheese and basil, Joey Tomatoes knows how to bring New York-style pizza to one of New Jersey’s favorite beaches.

In the real estate world, location is everything, and Joey Tomatoes is perfectly situated on the Boardwalk adjacent to video arcades and fun houses. If you want to work up an appetite, challenge your family and friends to a pirate-themed mini golf course located ON TOP of the restaurant. This little perk makes Joey’s even more charming and keeps the kids entertained while you wait for your pizza to arrive.

The only real downside we see in Joey Tomatoes is that it is expensive. A pie will cost you 21 dollars, assuming you want plain cheese. However, we manage to work our way around it because when it comes to authentic New York pizza with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, Joey’s really can’t be beat.

Make sure to check out Joey Tomatoes at 300 Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Paragliding at Torrey Pines, California – A Memorable First Time Adventure

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone who is pining to fly like a free bird over some of the most picturesque cliffs, beaches and homes.

What? Paragliding at the Torrey Pines Gliderport in San Diego

How? The Torrey Pines Gliderport is located at

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (858) 452-9858
Fax: (858) 452-9983

http://sandiegofreeflight.com/jm170/

It costs $175 for a tandem paraglide.  You can also hang glide here for $225 and take lessons on both.

Why?  For many years, I have wanted to paraglide.  Watching the grace of many a paraglider in umpteen locations around the world, it felt like the ultimate liberating experience.  So, on a trip to one of my favorite cities (La Jolla), I literally decided to fly.  I was there for 10 days, and every time I called during the first few days, my timing did not match that of the wind gods.

I was determined and finally on a clear Friday morning was ready to take my tandem flight.  I got to the Gliderport, did the paperwork, signed all the legal waivers, spoke to the instructor, got strapped in my seat and before I knew it had taken off.

My first reaction was one of delight and pride.  I had talked about this adventure with family and friends for so long and here I was finally summoning the courage to do it.  Looking down at the beach and cliffs and the tiny people left behind, the reaction turned to one of exhilaration. Then my instructor started telling me stories and I felt inhuman being suspended somewhere in open space listening to one anecdote after another of families that owned the multi million dollar homes below that they inhabited a few months during the year.  I wanted to get a better look at these homes and my instructor scooped us down a bit.  I was treated to a magnificent view of the most gorgeous villa like homes with sprawling landscapes and gorgeous pools being tended to by an array of household help.  We proceeded past these homes to admire the ruggedness of Torrey Pines (some great hiking here as well).  There were a few birds that were flying close and it was a bit surreal to be flying amidst them.

The flight was only 20 minutes in length, but somehow felt a lot longer.  As I got instructed on the landing and turned to do so, a wave of nausea hit me, increasing in intensity at landing.  I managed to thank the instructor and stumbled to lay down on the green patch of land from where we had taken off.  After fifteen minutes of laying down and relaxing, I awoke refreshed and ready to share the story of my adventure with my family.

Fisherman’s Cove Chennai – A Resort on the Bay of Bengal

Fisherman's Cove Resort Source:  Google Images
Fisherman’s Cove Resort
Source: Google Images

By Lakshmi:

During a trip to India, we wanted to take a break and go to Mahabalipuram and show the kids just an amazingly beautiful place that had withstood the test of time.  So we decided to stay for a couple of days at the Fisherman’s Cove Resort, which is en route to the temples.  I had seen the picture post card idyllic views of this lovely Taj property many times and the idea of staying at a cottage on the beach with a hammock literally outside your front door was perfect.

The minute you enter the tile lined lobby which resembles a giant sunroom with beautiful old world furniture and ceiling fans, you literally are transported a world away from the heat and congestion of Chennai.  We walked across the palm tree filled pool area to our room and were stunned that we were literally on the beach.

Any beach, anywhere in the world just brings a level of contentment to me that few other things do, and this was one of those moments that just made me feel blissful.  The room was spacious and at this point, the hammock on the porch was what we were most attracted to.

It is not an exaggeration to say that except for our sleeping hours, we either sat /walked on the beach or lay on our hammocks reading and watching the sunrise and sunsets.  The tides get pretty dangerous here, and they do warn about swimming at those times.  From the beach, you can see the distant temples of Mahabalipuram (we have featured the temples in a separate post).

During the tsunami several years ago, Fisherman’s Cove suffered extensive damages.  They have remodelled the place significantly and as I walked through the property during a recent visit, everything that took our breath away remains intact.

If you do plan to visit the shore temples of Mahabalipuram or simply want to get away even for a day from Chennai, this property will transport you a world away.

To learn more about Taj’s Fisherman’s Cove property, click here:

http://www.vivantabytaj.com/Fishermans-Cove-Chennai/Overview.html

To learn more about our trip to Mahabalipuram, click here:

http://pauperswithouttravel.com/2012/06/12/mahabalipuram-a-beautiful-day-trip-from-chennai-2/