Beach House Eats

Beach house lunch: toasted Italian bread w. tomato, rosemary and cashew spread w. a sliced nectarine. #vegan


We vacation in Ocean Grove, NJ every year. Every year it gets easier and easier to be vegan down there. From Porta and Mogo in Asbury Park which is just a short boardwalk walk North or Kaya’s Kitchen in Belmar just a short car ride 2-3 towns South. It used to be that I would have to bring a ton of food with me. I’d have to pack a cooler. With 2 kids now I don’t have room for a cooler anymore besides a small frozen lunch bag thing that I bought awhile ago. I ended bringing down: Earth Balance and a cashew spread that I made. So I appreciate the vegan options that are popping up all over the Jersey Shore. Here are a few of the eats from down there. I’ll have a separate post about Kaya’s and the Cinnamon Snail coming later in the week or two.

My mother in law would toast some bread with tomatoes, herbs and cheese for everyone. I asked that the cheese not be added to mine and I topped mine with a cashew spread I made the day before we left and brought down with us. That spread came in handy while I was down there! I was glad I brought it! It’s cashews, garlic, lemon, water, salt and pepper blended in the Vitamix.

Beach House Snack: #vegan #glutenfree peanut butter cookies from The Barbaric Bean in Ocean Grove.


Local Ocean Grove coffee house The Barbaric Bean offers soy or almond milk for their coffee drinks and had a gluten free vegan peanut butter cookie. I’ll admit that I wasn’t to excited for these cookies when I saw them. I wanted to try them anyway and I was glad I did. They were really good!  I hope they have them next time we are there. Pre-vegan I LOVED the scones at The Barbaric Bean. They were the best I ever had. I wish they would consider making vegan versions of them.

Beach House Breakfast: seitan tart from the Cinnamon Snail! #vegan @veganlunchtruck


On Sunday’s the Cinnamon Snail is in Red Bank, NJ at the Farmers Market. I brought back a large box of treats and two of these savory seitan mustard cashew tarts. Peter and I each had one for breakfast later in the week. They are one of my favorite things that the Cinnamon Snail has to offer.

Beach House Breakfast: bagel, EB and nooch. Homemade cold brew coffee w. almond milk. #vegan

Bagel Breakfast

We all know my obsession with bagels. Especially bagels with Earth Balance and nooch. This part of NJ isn’t known for there bagels like the part of NJ that I live in. I found some decent looking ones at a bakery in town and they didn’t disappoint! Me and kids were happy that I remembered to bring some Nooch down with us.

The Iced Coffee in some of the pictures was beach house homemade. I brought down my large french press and made some cold brew coffee with some almond milk that my mother in law picked up at a grocery store down there. I bring that french press on all our vacations.

5 Comments on Beach House Eats

  1. Lauren
    August 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM (8 years ago)

    Thanks for posting this! I grew up in Monmouth county and my whole fam (and hubby’s fam) are down there so we go almost every weekend. I love how vegan the area has become. :) now I need union county to get on it!

  2. AutumnTao
    August 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM (8 years ago)

    I look forward to these posts every summer :) I grew up in the area and visit often. Kaya’s has a great Sunday brunch (and all day Sunday is buffet). Also, From Seed to Sprout open last winter in Avon. I have heard great things, but haven’t been yet. They also do brunch. It’s one thing I’ve missed as a vegan in Jersey :) Also, have you tried the pizza at Crust and Crumble in Asbury? Great lunch specials and BYO. Cheers!

    • JENNA
      August 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM (8 years ago)

      Thanks AutumnTao! I look forward to writing these post every summer. I always wish these vacations never end.

  3. Jes
    August 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM (8 years ago)

    I’ve never tried a bagel with EB & nooch–now I totally have to!!


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