Every month, members of The Cheese Cave's club unwrap a bundle of more than one pound of hand-selected cheeses. Like every order at the old-fashioned shop, these curds—from cheeses made with sheep's, goat's, cow's, or mixed milk and sourced from around the globe—are meticulously hand-cut by a team of cheese mongers. The same care goes into custom displays of cheeses, dried fruits, and nuts artfully arranged on bamboo boards in order to enliven fancy soirees or a pet panda's birthday party.
Each of those edible wares is among the groceries available in The Cheese Cave's store, which also stocks brick-oven breads, imported and domestic cured meats, and assorted olives. Live cooking demos highlight palate-pleasing recipes that use the artisanal ingredients, whereas other events dispense tips for tasty cheese pairings and creating your own cheese board.
Opened in 1911, Delicious Orchards has grown to a 110-acre operation that sows and harvests apples and stocks its family farm and country store with a plentitude of tasty treats. The aisles of the gourmet grocery shop shelter more than 400 cheeses, bakery goods, warm prepared entrees, fruits and vegetables, flowers, and more. Sweet teeth can chatter about the orchard-plucked apples that metamorphose into apple-cider donuts ($3.99) and apple pie ($11.99), while empty mouths gobble up a mound of chocolate-chip cookies ($3.99). After filling baskets with hearty meats, cheeses, and produce, shoppers can gawk at the honeybee hive, located at the front of the shop, where a swarm of buzzers busily milk honeycombs and keep the nearby wooden crates stocked with bottled nectar.
In the kitchen at Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe, artisan chocolatier Matt Magyar is hard at work sprinkling real sea salt over his handmade dark-chocolate caramels. As he describes to the Manasquan-Belmar Patch, “I had on-the-job training when I started making chocolate on the boardwalk in Seaside when I was 14.” Decades later, his training is evident in the vast array of tasty treats he crafts each day. Trays proudly showcase homemade treats such as chocolate nut clusters, caramel cranberry sea turtles, and rooster leggs.
Inside Wellington Martial Arts Academy’s well-lit studio, instructors teach students 4 and older how to strike with their fists, feet, elbows, and knees as they practice muay thai, a combat sport from Thailand. The studio also hosts cardio drills such as box jumps, wall scaling, and tire sledges to increase physical fitness.
Blue Water Seafood Company’s expansive menu satisfies the deepest desires of seafaring appetites. Appetizers such as oysters on the half shell ($16/dozen) launch the stomach on a seafaring journey, continued by jumbo lump crab cakes ($17 lunch; $23 dinner) and fried clam strips ($15 lunch; $18 dinner). Blue Water's live Maine lobster ($26/lb., dinner only) is steamed and served with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables upon order, bringing forth celestial flavors from the abyssopelagic depths. The maritime menu is bordered by an assortment of terra firma tasties including lemon chicken with artichoke hearts and crispy garlic ($14 lunch; $18 dinner) and New Zealand lamb chops ($35, dinner only).
The optician behind Luv My Vision helms a team of trained technicians inside a sleek modern showroom. Amid white walls and fire-engine-red accents, frames by brands such as Bulgari, Tom Ford, and Tiffany nestle in little nooks and inside glass cases. Skilled staffers help pair these frames with the right faces. They also make sure glasses are matched with a set of high-index lenses, which were created by chemists to be lighter and thinner than glass lenses.