South Jersey Belle

It's all about the attitude.

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Work Hard to Play Hard…

Work hard to play hard is totally my motto. I fly as much as I can, squeeze in some time at my part time gig in the city, work on my doctorate, and make time for my fitness, family, and friends. But sometimes your body just tells you, you need to slow down. Thats exactly what happened to me after a full schedule in July and heading in that direction for August, I got sick! (insert sad, pathetic face here). I worked the red eye in from San Diego and all I wanted was my bed. The doctor said no work for you, rest up! I will update you all on my crazy adventures as soon as I start to feel better. Until then here’s a picture of my pup trying to check on me after sleeping for hours on end!




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In-N-Out Burger-Worth the Hype?

Well, today I finally gave in to what most people treasure as the greatest hamburger joint, In-n-Out Burger. First I have to preface this post by saying I very rarely eat red meat so a hamburger is not my go to choice and fast food joints aren’t really my thing either.

IMG_3899So on my Vegas layover I decided to try the oh so talked about In-n-Out Burger. If you haven’t heard or seen it on the East coast, thats because they are only out West. What makes In-n-Out so popular or the special allure is the “secret menu” that really isn’t that secret. Just Google secret menu and get something like this. When I arrived at the burger joint, the menu is short and to the point. Hamburger, cheeseburger, fries, and shakes. With the secret menu you can opt for crispy fries, fried onions, double burgers, no buns (wrapped in lettuce) and much more.


Off the secret menu I ordered a rootbeer float, crispy animal style fries, and a cheeseburger. I can’t remember the last time I actually had a hamburger, but this one was pretty tasty. The animal style fries were well done like I like. Topped with cheese whiz, secret sauce, and fried onions. I would probably just order crispy cheese fries next time. And how could you possibly go wrong with a rootbeer float?! Overall, I would give this place an 8/10. Until my next crazy adventure, eat up!




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Recharge Needed

After a crazy July month that started to carry over into August I realized I needed to reboot and recharge. Between flying, school work, trying to keep myself in shape, and have somewhat of a normal social life I felt exhausted. My apartment was a complete wreck from coming and going and dropping clothes every place I saw an empty spot, I just needed to stay home. I was starting to feel emotionally drained. I love being a flight attendant because sometimes you just want to not be the babysitter/nurse/physiologist/teacher/waitress/cook/safety ensurer. Thank goodness for family and friends that let me rant and keep me sane.

I had 2 days off and one day I spend with family down the Jersey shore going on a little bike ride with my uncle. Learning how to properly ride my road bike in the summer sun was great. The second day I spent cleaning my apartment, doing laundry, and preparing for the next 4 days living out of my suitcase. I did get to have my parents over to grill out and of course they brought along my fur baby, Bentley.


Last month’s wild ride taught me we all need to have a little more patience and understanding for one another. I know I was under a great deal of stress and you never know what the stranger next to you is going through also. Take some time for yourself once in a while. It will do wonders. Take care.



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Beautiful Lowcountry to Drinking Authentic German Beers in Munich

I know my posts have been a bit sporadic, but that is my life sometimes in a nut shell. I was counting down the days in July till I had a stretch of 4 days off in a row. I had a little getaway planned to Charleston, South Carolina otherwise known as Lowcountry or the Holy City.


I stayed at the Andrew Pinckney Inn in the historic part of Charleston. It was a great location just a block from the city market and walking distance to all the great restaurants in the city. I hit the streets running with a list of things I wanted to see and do in my short time there. Shopping on King Street! Seeing the famous Rainbow Row homes! Eating lots of delicious southern cuisine. My favorite meal came from Husk (make sure you have reservations)! The menu changes everyday and for dinner I had the catfish with Carolina gold rice with okra and tomatoes. Out of this world delicious! Ofcourse I had dessert, a very southern dish called chess pie.


Pimento Cheese


My amazing catfish

Now I had to decide if I was going to visit one of the typical tourist plantations. No! I decided to go see the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in North America.

IMG_3325IMG_3338IMG_3324The tea plantation is about a 25 minute drive from downtown Charleston, but well worth it. I also was about to stop at the Angel Oak, the oldest Oak tree in North America. It’s massive and beautiful. There’s only one option for a location to eat and that’s Stono’s Market and it will not disappoint. My last stop before leaving the island was Firefly Distillery. This is where the Firefly Sweet Tea vodka comes from. It’s dangerously good (don’t worry I had a dd).


My last full day in Charleston I decided to try out paddle boarding. To my luck I was the only person booked to the morning tour with Charleston Paddler. I had a great time exploring Shem Creek and even saw some dolphins up close. IMG_3531After my time in the creek I headed over to Sullivan’s Island to check out the beach which was very beautiful, but I did not get to spend much time there because I had a brewery tour booked with Brews Cruise. Awesome to have a cold one on a hot day! I highly recommend checking out this tour!


So you are probably all wondering how Munich ties into South Carolina. Well, I finally get back to Philadelphia and I’m hoping I’m not going to work the next day, but I was totally wrong. At least scheduling was considerate when they assigned me a trip to Germany. The next day I’m off again on my way to explore Munich. When I arrived Saturday morning it was a perfect 70 degrees. Since I had never been there I went right out to explore because yes this is the city where Oktoberfest is held! I headed right to Marienplatz to see the glockenspiel.

IMG_3681IMG_3680I had a wonderful time exploring the city which was very easy to get around by foot. Ofcourse I had to stop and try some of the local beer, pretzels, and bratwurst!

IMG_3752IMG_3751IMG_3742With around 30 hours in the city I saw as much as I could until the time change really started to effect me! I returned home on Sunday only to be called out again Monday morning. This evening I’m writing you from my hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia. Just another day in the life. Until my next crazy adventure, take care.