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.
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
At Brighton Eye Care, Dr. Sergio Peneiras treats eye problems by offering the most advanced diagnostic tests possible. To do so, he uses the most up-to-date tools as his disposal, from computer vision testing to neurological examinations, retinal photography, and glaucoma detecting tests. And, in addition to fitting patients for contact lenses or prescription glasses in a wide range of designer frames, Dr. Peneiras can also consult on laser vision correction procedures, for those who are good candidates.
Wemrock Orchards, a decades-old family farm, immerses anyone who visits in the many sweet tastes of country life. It's easy to detect aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting from the country store, which is stocked with seasonal pies, apple cider donuts, jams, apple cider, and other harvest treats. There's also the Tomasello Winery tasting room on the grounds, where you can sample local wines grown from New Jersey grapes.
Back on the farmland, scenic hay rides carry groups down a dirt road and past a shimmering lake, offering many picturesque views of the area. In fall, the scene turns a little spooky when the five-acre corn maze opens and the old orchard is decorated with creepy creatures like witches, ghosts, and goblins. Other fall-themed activities include pumpkin picking, field games for kids, and a bounce house.