Saturday night my mom surprised us with tickets to the Rolling Stone's Last One concert at the Prudential Center. It has been my lifelong dream to see the Stones play and I couldn't have been more excited to cross that off my bucket list. Not to mention it was the most amazing concert ever, with guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer (sigh) and Lady GaGa (don't ask).
Monday night marked my 21st birthday which was well spent in Atlantic City with family and friends. We had a great dinner at Buddakan in Caesar's Palace (the tuna tartare spring rolls are to die for) and then checked out the club in the Borgata, which was completely empty on Monday night. We finished the night with some gambling in the Borgata's Casino, no one got lucky except for my mom who won $5. It was the best way to spend my milestone birthday.
On Thursday I went back to my internship in NYC to help out for the Christmas season. It was so good to see everyone at work and the website is still doing great! (its still not too late to order an after-Christmas present!)
After work my dad and I met up for dinner and drinks at a new restaurant in Asbury Park called Fish. Built in an old bank on Mattison Avenue, not only is it historic but it's one of the few good seafood restaurants in the area. I was pleasantly surprised by the Shrimp and Grits appetizer that my dad and I shared, rarely do you see a Northern restaurant perfect a dish like that. Even though I was so full from the grits I managed to finish the entirety my entree, the Cioppino, which was delicious. My dad went with the Pan Roasted Monkfish, which he let me try before he scarfed it down, and I would definitely get that the next time I go. This place is definitely a hidden gem in Asbury Park that I would recommend to any seafood foodies.
The week ended with an official birthday celebration with friends in NYC at a B.Y.O Indian restaurant called Panna II, known for its creative assortment of decorative ceiling lights. Even though we were 45 minutes late, and pretty rushed by the staff, the food was absolutely delicious and I was just happy to be in good company.