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.
Ocean Health & Weight Loss’s resident physician harnesses the pound-shedding power of HCG, a natural hormone found in both men and women but best known for boosting the metabolism of expectant mothers. When injected in potent doses, it has the same effect on dieters. As the cornerstone of a four-stage weight-loss plan, the hormone helps participants slash calorie intakes to as little as 1,200 calories per day depending on lifestyle—the same amount a bear consumes when getting back in shape for the summer. Even without exercise, HCG safely shaves off extra inches by evacuating bulk from adipose tissue instead of muscle or structural fat, which bodies need to function. Shots of B12 and other vitamin-rich injections can augment the program with boosts of much-needed energy.
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.
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.
Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey's staff conducts a wide range of services, including those that use lasers and other advanced technologies. Registered nurses zap body hair with pulses of light, resist encroaching facial lines with injections of Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse volumizing filler, and accent complexions with permanent makeup that will outlast the earth. Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey also boasts endermologie machines that can contour torsos and reduce cellulite.