Carmella’s Cafe, Pier Village, Long Branch. They serve coffee, danishes, and a sparse selection of paninis. If you’re a foodie, go to one of the other restaurants in Pier Village… but if you’re like me and prefer informal dining experiences (and if you happen to be wandering through Pier Village anyway), check it out.

…I was gonna title this “reflections,” but I have, over the course of my life, created a ridiculous number of things with that title. It’s even one of my commonly-used (overused, even) tags.