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.
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.
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).
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.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
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.