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31 Best Boardwalks for Food in America

31 Best Boardwalks for Food in America

It wasn’t until Hurricane Sandy wrought its terror on the Northeast shoreline that we realized just how precious establishments like a beach boardwalk are. While the damage that this super storm created was far more devastating than a destroyed boardwalk, when it happened the Jersey shore all of the vacationers who made a pilgrimage here every year realized how many of their happy memories were tied to those boards.

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Those who have a boardwalk in traveling distance know that it isn’t simply a beach town gimmick with tourist t-shirts and overpriced rides. It was where some families watched their child’s face light up at the joy of riding a carousel for the first time. It is where a little boy won his first arcade game, where a little girl got her face painted for the first time. It is where high school seniors went after prom or for senior week, where they got their first kisses, and where they dreamed of returning with their own families someday.

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Boardwalks are living nostalgia, and the memories families and friends make on them are ones that last a lifetime. And while the rides and the kitschy shops are all part of the necessary experience, so is the food. Maybe it is the beautiful scenery or something in the air, but sipping on lemonade while munching on your favorite fries along a beloved boardwalk is just a special experience. But good fries and super sweet drinks aren’t enough to make a boardwalk a great spot for food. So what does?

To help us determine this, we categorized popular American boardwalk vacation spots into five separate categories. Our social category not only took into consideration the amount of followers they had on Twitter and Facebook, it noted how often they posted about the food scene on their boardwalks, and how many “deals” they post. Next we looked at the actual quantity of restaurants on or just off of the boards. The more locations, the better! But it isn’t all quantity over quality here at The Daily Meal: they had to be highly rated places, and there had to be a wide variety of eateries (it can’t all be a potato on a stick, people!). We also considered the atmosphere surrounding the boardwalk and eateries, as well as the fun-factor of it being bustling with fun people. Our final category was editorial judgment, where we considered all of this elements, plus commentary that floated around the social sites surrounding these beach institutions.

While many shore points are still recovering from natural damage, and some of them aren’t your typical “boardwalk” establishments, we feel we rounded up some of the best waterside hangout spots with the best food you can find.

Additional reporting by Erica Rivera.

31. Old Orchard Beach Pier, Old Orchard Beach, Maine

While this beloved vacation spot for Maine folks may not be bustling with typical boardwalk activity, the establishments around it cannot be missed — especially for seafood lovers! Bayley’s Lobster Pound has plenty of seafood on the menu to entice you, but it’s the lobster roll that locals and tourists alike rave about. Dig in on their deck overlooking the water or get it to go — and don’t forget to add a slice of Maine blueberry pie to your order.

30. Louisiana Boardwalk, Bossier, LA

Definitely not a conventional boardwalk, the Louisiana Boardwalk is more about the shopping than it is about the beach life. This boardwalk does have a lot of chain establishments on it, but also hosts a few gems like Sushiko Sushi & Grill and Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro with hearty menus any diner would enjoy.

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Ocean City, Maryland and Boardwalk Fries

We recently took a trip through the Eastern Shore of Maryland and explored St. Michaels and Easton, then Ocean City, and back to Cambridge before heading home. Today, I am covering the last section of our trip, Ocean City and Assateague Island, along with a recipe for Boardwalk Fries. In case you missed it, here are my other posts from our trip: Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge, and the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.


50 Best Walks in America That Every Traveler Must Explore

From mountains to canyons to lakes, these top-rated trails explore the natural wonders of the U.S.

The U.S. is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. From the Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park, every state has natural beauty that's primed for exploring. Here, we've mapped out the difficulty, location, and key points to hit at each destination. Be sure to pack your sunscreen, bug spray, and walking shoes!

Additional reporting by Kasey Benjamin and Nora Horvath.

Location: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores, AL

Distance: 1-mile loop

Explore the Gulf Coast of Alabama on this flat trail for all skill levels. Stop at the small observation deck in the middle of the trail and see if you can spot one of the many birds that frequent the refuge, such as the common loon during winter and the osprey in the spring. The trail ends at Little Lagoon.

Location: Tongass National Forest, Juneau, AK

Distance: 0.8 miles

Pack your binoculars to stroll the low gradient shoreline of Mendenhall Lake, where you'll see a massive glacier and maybe even some goats in the surrounding mountains. Your reward at the end of the Nugget Falls Trail: the roar of Nugget Falls.

Location: Superstition Wilderness, Gold Canyon, AZ

Distance: 2.9 miles out and back

Steps: 5,800

Travel back in time along the Hieroglyphic Trail and see Native American rock drawings called petroglyphs. You'll also find wild flowers, small waterfalls, and wildlife on this moderate hike.

Location: Lost Valley State Park, Ponca, AR

Distance: 2.2 miles

Steps: 4,400

Take this trail up stone steps into the Ozark Mountains and you'll see 53-foot-high Eden Falls. Feeling more adventurous? Continue your climb up steeper and rockier terrain to see a cave at the top. Lost Valley Trail closed in 2018 for improvements after flooding and was set to reopen this April, though the National Park Service hasn't issued an update.

Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla, CA

Distance: 2-to-3 mile loop

Steps: 4,000-6,000

Look out over the waves rolling in from the Pacific on this short walking trail along the California coast that features panoramic views and gorgeous wildflowers, ferns, and cacti.

Location: White River National Forest, Silverthorne, CO

Distance: 3.3 miles out and back

Steps: 6,600

The Lily Pad Lake Trail takes you on a path surrounded by aspen trees and crosses a few small streams. Stop for lunch at beautiful Lily Pad Lake, and you might even spot a moose! Good news, dog owners: The trail is pet-friendly and accessible year-round.

Location: Hubbard Park, Berlin, CT

Distance: 4.4-mile loop

Steps: 8,800

Starting at Mirror Lake, follow this moderate loop to Castle Craig and enjoy views of the Merimere Reservoir below. Then continue your hike around Merimere Reservoir to end up back at Mirror Lake. The trail is rated as moderate and a bit buggy, so be sure to pack the bug spray. It's best from April to October.

Location: Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, DE

Distance: 2.6-mile loop

Steps: 5,200

You'll travel through wooded uplands and a tidal marsh and end with a spectacular view of the Delaware Bay. Visit the Walking Dunes Trail in the spring to see blooming Pink Lady's Slipper and yellow Beach Heather.

Location: Ocala National Forest, Ocala, FL

Distance: 1.4 miles out and back

Steps: 2,800

If you're planning to visit the Ocala National Forrest, the Juniper Springs Recreation Area Trail is a must-see. Stroll along the boardwalk in this beautiful national landmark and you'll see hundreds of tiny bubbling hot springs beneath a canopy of palms and oaks.

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Helen, GA

Distance: 2 miles out and back

Steps: 4,000

Hike this gorgeous trail and you'll pass pretty rhododendrons and a wooden bridge before encountering a pair of waterfalls. Legend has it that, near the gorgeous waterfalls, a piece of armor was found from Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto's expedition in the mid-1500s.

Location: Naalehu, HI

Distance: 5.4 miles out and back

Steps: 10,800

Pack extra sunscreen and water to reach one of the only green sand beaches in the world. Check out the coast from above or below and watch the blue waters roll in from Antarctica. The Trailhead starts on Hwy. 11 between the 69- and 70-mile markers, where you'll find South Point Road. Continue down the road for approximately eight miles, and you'll find the beautiful Papakolea Green Sand Beach.

Location: Tubbs Hill Park, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Distance: 2.4-mile loop

Steps: 4,800

This dog-friendly trail is suitable for all skill levels and features beautiful views of Lake Coeur d'Alene and evergreen forests. When planning your trip to Tubbs Hill Main Trail, keep in mind that winter access can be limited and is determined by the snow level.

Location: Northbrook, IL

Distance: 1.9-mile loop

Steps: 3,800

This paved trail will take you through more than 27 breathtaking gardens, including the Japanese Garden and the English Oak Meadow. The Chicago Botanic Garden Hike is best from April to October and is a great trail for all skill levels.

Location: Indiana Dunes, Porter, IN

Distance: 1.8-mile loop

Steps: 3,600

The best part about the Indiana Dunes State Park trail? You can take off your shoes to walk along the beautiful, sandy coast. The views are fantastic over Lake Michigan.

Location: Big Creek State Park, Ankeny, IA

Distance: 24.8 miles (point to point)

Steps: 49,600

This paved rail trail runs for about 25 miles from Ankeny to Woodward, but you can turn around at any point. During the day, you can take in spectacular views of the valley below. And at night, the rails above the High Trestle Trail light up in blue.

Location: Konza Prairie Natural Area, Manhattan, KS

Distance: 2.6-mile loop

Steps: 5,200

Stroll through the timber-lined banks of Kings Creek to the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie on the Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop. Be sure to visit the rustic Hokanson Homestead from 1878. Bikes and fur babies are not permitted.

Location: National Bridge State Park, Slade, KY

Distance: 0.6-mile point to point

Steps: 1,200

Though short, this trail isn't for beginners. The Battleship Rock Trail is mostly flat, but slightly uneven and fairly steep. Nevertheless, it's a gorgeous run around Battleship Rock. Stop by at sunset for spectacular views.

Location: Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

Distance: 1.8-mile loop

Steps: 3,600

Audubon Park Trail is manageable for all walkers the park features a paved loop minutes from downtown New Orleans. Enjoy the beautiful path along the Audubon Park Lagoon, check out the golf course, or grab a cup of coffee at the Audubon Clubhouse Café to sip on your stroll.

Location: Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME

Distance: 4.5 miles out and back

Steps: 9,000

Hiking Ocean Path Trail will let you experience the beautiful landscape of Maine, from coastal sea cliffs to forest. This relaxing walk ends at Otter Point, with views of Cadillac and Dorr Mountains.

Location: Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, MD

Distance: 7.4-mile loop

Steps: 14,800

If you&rsquore looking for a historical walk, the Monocacy National Battlefield Trail is it. Located where the Battle of Monocacy took place during the Civil War, these trails pass historic buildings and landmarks. It's mostly flat and is usually filled with visitors.

Location: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, MA

Distance: One-quarter mile loop

Listen for songbirds as you travel along a paved trail to a boardwalk into the wetlands, where you&rsquoll likely spot some painted turtles from late spring into fall. You can also follow along the All Persons Trail with an audio tour for spring or fall.

Location: Marquette, MI

Distance: 4 miles

Steps: 8,000

Stretching 4,600 miles over eight states, the North Country Trail is the longest in the National Trails System. If that's a little too long for your trip, consider this portion of the trail from Marquette to Little Presque Isle. Start in downtown Marquette and follow along the shoreline of Lake Superior until you reach Little Presque Isle. This "Crown Jewel of Lake Superior" is home to blue waters, a sandy beach, endless timbered forests, and views you won't forget.

Location: Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, MN

Distance: 2.5-mile loop

Steps: 5,000

This wide path takes you from aspens to pines and provides great views of Kabetogama Lake. Birds love hanging around the Echo Bay Trail, too, and you might spot a great blue heron, warbler, or woodpecker.

Location: Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Brooksville, MS

Distance: 2 miles out and back

Steps: 4,000

Beaver sightings are common along this popular path that winds through the bayou and along the banks of Oktoc Creek. You may also encounter other exciting wildlife on the Beaver Dam Hiking Trail, like blue herons, wood ducks, and deer.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Distance: 8-mile loop

Steps: 16,000

This peaceful trail is located in a small urban forest that takes you through second-growth timber and over a boardwalk for a view of a small waterfall. Good news for avid hikers: Old Kate Trail is accessible year-round.

Location: Glacier National Park, MT

Distance: 5.4 miles out and back

Steps: 10,800

Expect high sun and wind on this popular hike, which takes you through alpine meadows into the heart of the glacier to discover Hidden Lake and stunning mountain views.

Location: Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, NE

Distance: 1.3-mile loop

Steps: 2,600

This easy loop near the Missouri River is both wheelchair- and stroller-friendly, making it the perfect stroll through the woods for the whole family.

Location: Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

Distance: 2.2-mile loop

Steps: 4,400

Step through jumbled sandstone to reach a hidden water pocket with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas skyline on this moderate hike.

Location: Belknap, NH

Distance: 1.5 miles out and back

Steps: 3,000

This dog-friendly route features sweeping water views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the ruins of a stone hut. Challenge yourself on some small rock scrambles, or take the detour to avoid difficult areas. The trail ends at Mt. Major summit.

Location: Washington, NJ

Distance: 5.5-mile loop

Steps: 11,000

Stroll around the edge of the Merrill Creek Reservoir on this mostly even trail. Walk a smaller section of the path or tackle the entire loop. In winter, the trails are open for cross-country skiers as well as walkers.

Location: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Silver City

Distance: 1-mile loop

Steps: 2,000

Go back millennia on this desert trail that leads to the historic Gila Cliff Dwellings, where nomadic people lived for thousands of years. After hiking, head down to the hot springs, only a 20-minute walk from the visitor's center.

Location: Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, NM

Distance: 5-mile loop

Steps: 10,000

This easy loop skirts the base of the rock climbing cliffs for breathtaking views of the climbers and the valley below. Or take the J.S. Grafton Sensory Trail, which features a butterfly garden.

Location: Dupont State Forest, Cedar Mountain, NC

Distance: 2.2 miles

Steps: 4,400

See three of the area's cascading waterfalls on one hike though hardwood forest and along the Little River in this state park near Asheville.

Location: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND

Distance: 1.76-mile loop

Steps: 3,520

Stroll through a historic park on this easy loop that features views of the On-A-Slant Indian Village and the Missouri and Heart rivers. You can even camp overnight! Just be sure to pack the bug spray.

Location: Hocking Hills, OH

Distance: Approximately 3 miles

Steps: 6,000

Enjoy the beauty of Ohio's waterfalls at this large state park. Follow the Old Man's Cave trail to get a view of both Cedar Falls and Rose Lake. Don&rsquot miss the annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike in January with navy bean soup, cornbread, hot chocolate, and live music.

Location: Turkey Mountain

Distance: 3.7-mile loop

Steps: 7,400

Yellow Trail is one of the longer hikes at Turkey Mountain, but it's flatter than the others. Bring your dog on a leash and enjoy views of the Arkansas River and downtown Tulsa.

Location: Silver Falls State Park, Sublimity, OR

Distance: 7.8 miles, but can be reduced with 2 cut-off trails

Steps: 15,600

Silver Falls State Park is the "crown jewel" of the Oregon State Parks. Walk behind a waterfall (or 10!) in the largest state park in Oregon.

Location: Bushkill Falls, Bushkill, PA

Distance: 1.4-mile loop

Steps: 2,800

Enjoy the beauty of the Pocono Mountains on this quick hike, known as &ldquoThe Niagara of Pennsylvania.&rdquo Walkways and stairs make it easy to view the waterfalls without climbing the rocks.

Location: Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, South Kingstown, RI

Distance: 0.8 miles

Steps: 1,600

Stroll through woodlands, marshes, and meadows, where you might catch a glimpse of a piping plover. The reward for your walk on Osprey Point Trail? Reaching the barrier beach and the view out over Trustom Pond. Don't forget your swimsuit!

Location: Sumter National Forest, Mountain Rest, SC

Distance: 1.7 miles point to point

Steps: 3,400

After a good rain, come for a hike to see the spectacular waterfall in this park. With some uneven terrain and a slight incline, the Yellow Branch Falls Trail is considered moderately difficult.

Location: Mount Rushmore, Keystone, SD

Distance: 0.6 miles

Steps: 1,200

If you're visiting South Dakota, you must cross Rushmore off your sightseeing bucket list. The Presidential Trail has a lot of stairs, but it will give you the best views of the iconic monument. You may see some mountain goats on the way up!

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

Distance: 4 miles

Steps: 8,000

This hike has it all: ruins from old settlements, countless wildflowers, and flowing water. Around 2 miles on the Porters Creek Trail, hikers will find the stunning 60-foot Fern Branch Falls.

Location: Amistad National Recreation Area, Del Rio, TX

Distance: 2.8 miles

Steps: 5,600

Experience the stark beauty of an oasis in the desert on this walk. While strolling along the Sunrise Trail, you'll see native plants like cacti, Texas persimmon, mesquite, and, after a rain, the beautiful purple flowers of the cenizo bush.

Location: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT

Distance: 3.5 miles out and back

Steps: 7,000

This family-friendly trail is popular among both locals and visitors. Wide trails wander through the woods, immersing hikers in the beautiful Utah wilderness. Come in the summer to see the wildflowers, but bring plenty of water, as temperatures can reach 90 degrees.

Location: Stowe, VT

Distance: 4.2 miles

Steps: 8,400

While much of the hiking in Vermont is steep, the Moss Glen Falls Trail near Stowe Mountain has an incline just before the waterfall and is appropriate for hikers of all skill levels.

Location: Shenandoah National Park, East Luray, VA

Distance: 1.2-mile loop

Steps: 2,400

Explore this family-friendly forest trail that takes you past a historic cemetery. For $1, you can get a guide to the historic sites along the route. Your kids will love the easy Fox Hollow Loop, but sorry dog moms, no pets allowed.

Location: North Bend, King County, WA

Distance: 4 miles out and back

Steps: 8,000

Don't worry, this popular trail doesn't get its name from the wildlife you'll find there, but rather from the lake it's on. You'll see breathtaking views of Mount Washington as you travel through the Cedar River watershed.

Location: Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass, WV

Distance: 78 miles

Steps: 156,000

The historic Greenbrier River Trail Run is a former 78-mile railroad, transformed into the state's longest trail. Bundle up to check out the stars on one of this park's regularly scheduled Full Moon Hikes during the spring and winter. Just remember that part of the trail falls within a National Radio Quiet Zone, so you may not get any cell phone service.

Location: Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, WI

Distance: 1.7 miles

Steps: 3,400

Scale the stone steps to the top of East Bluff, or stop at the first outlook near Elephant Rock. Watch out for the turkey vultures, Bald Eagles, and Peregrine Falcons!

Location: Yellowstone National Park, WY

Distance: 2.3-mile loop

Steps: 4,600

Enter on the east side of Yellowstone for this level hike. Once you reach the tip of Storm Point, enjoy the expansive views of Yellowstone Lake and the surrounding mountains.


The 46 Most Quaint and Charming Beach Towns in America For Your Best Vacation Yet

You don't even have to leave the U.S. for a warm weather getaway.

We're cracking open a classic beach read, because it's vacation time! If you're planing your next big beach trip, may we suggest soaking up the sun and enjoying the laid-back attitude of a quintessential beach town? There are so many beautiful and fascinating places outside the country that are waiting to be explored, but sometimes you just need a vacation that's more about catching up on some much needed relaxation. You won't need a passport for any of the places on this list, because the United States has thousands of miles of pristine coastlines &mdash and we've found the best beach towns among them.

And while you probably know how you'll be spending your vacay on the beach (something along the lines of enjoying the lovely view, turning off your phone, and getting some much-needed R&R), it's important to remember that every coastal destination has a different vibe. For instance, one of the quaint villages tucked away on the Massachusetts coast feel very different from a tropical, laid-back hangout in Southern Florida. There's so much natural beauty to enjoy in this country &mdash who knows, you may even find a hidden gem to too far from where you live. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway for two, or somewhere that the whole family can enjoy, consider one of these picturesque getaways for you next vacation.


Cabbage rolls are one of those all-time favorite comfort foods. The most time-consuming prep steps are avoided with this easy skillet version of the dish. There's no need to fuss with whole cabbage leaves and the task of stuffing them. If you crave cabbage rolls but don't have the time, try this delicious skillet recipe.


8 ways to go beyond the boardwalks and blackjack this winter in Atlantic City

The South Jersey City Brew Tour in Atlantic City offers 3.5-hour tours featuring tastings at three local breweries, locally made snacks and an ‘ edu-taining’ look at the history of beer and how it’s made. Photo courtesy of City Brew Tours South Jersey

Quick: when you think of Atlantic City, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, it’s the world-class casinos and old-timey oceanfront boardwalk (with the iconic Miss America pageant coming in third?).

But today’s Atlantic City has so much more to offer visitors than beaches and blackjack since the resort town reopened in July after the shutdown due to the pandemic. With endless shopping options, a vibrant arts district and all-inclusive brewery tours , there’s enough to keep visitors busy this winter that require neither betting nor warm weather. Add to that fabulous restaurants, spas and resorts that have all made safety adjustments to accommodate COVID protocols, and Atlantic C ity just might be your go-to pandemic getaway.

While dates for many of the must-see shows and performers have been pushed back until spring , at the earliest, there are still plenty of activities to fill a whole weekend in Atlantic City. Grab your special someone or gather your pod, and make plans for one of these COVID -friendly activities:

The Rock Spa & Salon features 31 newly designed treatment rooms where guests can choose from a variety of massages, facials and therapies. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

What To Do This Winter In Atlantic City

1. Indulge in a s paaaaaah day at Hard Rock Spa & Salon

Let’s face it: things have been a little stressful lately , and we all need to chill. The Rock Spa & Salon features 31 newly designed treatment rooms where guests can choose from a variety of massages, facials and therapies of the world’s first fully music-centric spa menu. The playlist includes the Rock Spa’s Rhythm & Motion treatment, which utilizes vibrations, pressures and patterns as its soothing foundation. Keep on rocking in the steam and sauna facilities followed by a tour of the Vitality pool area, which features a heated hydrotherapy tub, ambient temperature tub and specialty shower with three different experiences (Cool Mist, Caribbean Rain and Atlantic Ocean). If this doesn’t help you take it easy, maybe you should just go your own way.

2. Drink and don’t drive w ith City Brew Tour

Climb aboard the South Jersey City Brew Tour van at the Tropicana for a tour of the area’s hopping (get it?) craft brewery scene. “New Jersey does have quite a few breweries , and we just keep adding more in the South Jersey area,” said owner Lisa Lopez, who explained the 3.5-hour tours feature tastings at three local breweries, locally made snacks and an “ edu-taining ” look at the history of beer and how it’s made. Breweries could include nearby Garden State Beer Co . , Somers Point Brewing Co . or Tuckahoe Brewing Co. that feature small batch beers on tap using premium ingredients, quality and flavor. “If you love drinking really good beer, you’ll love it even more coming from the source,” Lopez said . “Learn about the Prohibition days of Atlantic City , and discover the new beer traditions being brewed right here in South Jersey.” Cheers to that.

Add to your luck in 2021 by celebrating the Chinese New Year on Friday, Feb. 12 at Resort Casino and Hotel’s EastWind Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Resorts Casino Hotel

3. Ring in the Chinese New Year because we could all use something to celebrate

Add to your luck in 2021 by celebrating the Chinese New Year on Friday, Feb. 12 at Resort Casino and Hotel’s EastWind Restaurant. Featuring dishes like “Good Luck Soup,” “Preserve Wealth” and “Triple Happiness,” the menu seems designed to ensure that the new year brings better fortune than 2020. Just steps away from the casino floor and the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, EastWind Chinese Restaurant and Noodle Bar is just one of Resort’s many food and beverage options during your AC stay.

4. Make it legal and turn 21 in AC

Turning 21 in 2021? Assemble your squad and head to Resorts where you and your besties can own the night and celebrate in style. You and your guests will be eligible for food and drink discounts at eateries like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, drink specials including a free daiquiri tray at Wet Willies, 20 % off your overnight stay and $20 in Match Play or Free Slot Play. Adulting has never been so fun.

5. Feeling trapped? Break out at an escape room

Escape AC is located right in the heart of Atlantic City at the Tropicana Casino Hotel and combines highly immersive sets with clever puzzling to deliver four themed and challenging escape room adventures. This winter, the family friendly rooms include Casino Cage and The Boardwalk — which are moderately challenging — and the extremely challenging Poker Room and Backstage. If you survived quarantining with your family, solving these puzzles should be a piece of cake.

The Hard Rock’s extensive memorabilia tour features historic pieces from the world’s top musicians, including New Jersey’s own Jon Bon Jovi. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

6. Remember old time rock ‘n’ roll greats at the Hard Rock

The Hard Rock’s extensive memorabilia tour features historic pieces from the world’s top musicians, including the silk suit Prince wore to the 1988 Grammy Awards, handwritten lyrics from an unreleased Drake song, an ostrich-feather gown worn by Lady Gaga in a magazine shoot, and Elvis’ iconic Rolls Royce Phantom V. What’s perhaps most impressive and exclusive about the hotel’s collection of iconic items is what they’ve comp il ed from great New Jersey-born and bred artists — think : Lauryn Hill, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen and more. If that denim vest doesn’t bring you back to 1984’s Born in the USA tour and make you want to go out and buy some Aqua N et, you don’t know Bruce.

7. Call Borgata your work home this winter

Like many other New Jersey resorts and hotels, the Borg a ta is offering virtual workers the opportunity to get out of Dodge for a few days and channel their inner Eloise. Why not break up the day to day by working from one of the resort’s guest rooms overlooking the Atlantic City Marina and enjoy in-room dining options or the BorgataEats take out program, which lets you order from one of its eateries? When the workday is done, you can slip away to their action-packed casino or treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at Spa Toccare . This takes your usual take out and Netflix routine to the next level.

8. Buy one, get one at Showboat

During the week this winter you can buy one night and get another one free at Showboat. As a mainstay of AC’s legendary b oardwalk, the hotel is close to nearby casinos with its own gym facilities and plenty of dining options, like the Atlantic City Eatery.

If you’re looking to get away from the everyday grind and like a variety of activities, Atlantic City’s got you covered. From sipping brewskis to getting pampered at a spa — and hoping for a lucky 2021 — there’s always plenty to do in AC.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.


Forget the boxed version you grew up with. This yellow cake gets a rich dark-chocolate frosting with a touch of tang thanks to sour cream. For the best presentation, it’s important to cut the cake layers evenly.

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Scones vs Biscuits?

Some have asked, &ldquoWhat&rsquos the difference between scones and biscuits?&rdquo

Dawn Perry, writing for Bon Appetit, humorously explains&hellip

&ldquoPoint being, a biscuit is not a scone. Sure, they&rsquore made up of almost the same stuff&mdashflour, leavener, fat, dairy&mdashbut they are two altogether different things and you better not try to trick me into thinking one is the other.&rdquo

And then distinguishes between the two&hellip

&ldquoBiscuits should be light&mdashairy even&mdashwith well-defined flaky layers. Tender, yes, but sturdy enough to support or be dragged through gravy, a runny egg yolk, or a generous serving of maple syrup. A scone should not flake like a biscuit. It can have layers of course, but they should err on the side of crumbly. A scone is slightly dryer than a biscuit and yet, when done well, not dry at all. Scones are intended to be consumed with a hot beverage of your choice after all. And clotted cream, or butter, or jam.&rdquo

I&rsquoll let you decide which recipes are biscuit-y and which are not. To me&hellip they&rsquore all incredibly delicious!

We&rsquove separated the scone recipes into two groups: traditional cream-style scones and specialty scones. But first&hellip


Food Sources for Vitamins and Minerals

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, you're probably looking for the bottom line: How much do you need, and what foods have them? The list below will help you out. It covers all the vitamins and minerals you should get, preferably from food.

Foods that have it: Milk, fortified nondairy alternatives like soy milk, yogurt, hard cheeses, fortified cereals, unfortified almond milk, kale

  • Adults ages 19-50: 1,000 milligrams per day
  • Women age 51 and older: 1,200 milligrams per day
  • Men age 51 - 70: 1,000 milligrams per day
  • Men 71 and older: 1,200 milligrams per day

What it does: Needed for bone growth and strength, blood clotting, muscle contraction, and more

Don't get more than this a day: 2,500 milligrams per day for adults age 50 and younger, 2,000 mg per day for those 51 and older

Foods that have it: Milk, liver, eggs, peanuts

  • Men: 550 milligrams per day
  • Women: 425 milligrams per day women: 450 milligrams per day women: 550 milligrams per day

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What it does: Helps make cells

Don't get more than this much: 3,500 milligrams per day

Foods that have it: Broccoli, potatoes, meats, poultry, fish, some cereals

  • Men ages 19-50: 35 micrograms per day
  • Women ages 19-50: 25 micrograms per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 30 micrograms per day women: 45 micrograms per day
  • Men age 51 and up: 30 micrograms per day
  • Women age 51 and up: 20 micrograms per day

What it does: Helps control blood sugar levels

Don't get more than this much: No upper limit known for adults

Foods that have it: Seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat bran cereals, whole grains

  • Adults: 900 micrograms per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 1,000 micrograms per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 1,300 micrograms per day

What it does: Helps your body process iron

Don't get more than this much: 8,000 micrograms per day for adults

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Foods that have it: Plant foods, including oatmeal, lentils, peas, beans, fruits, and vegetables

  • Men ages 19-50: 38 grams per day
  • Women ages 19-50: 25 grams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 25 to 30 grams per day
  • Men age 51 and up: 30 grams per day
  • Women age 51 and up: 21 grams per day

What it does: Helps with digestion, lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol, helps you feel full, and helps maintain blood sugar levels

Don't get more than this much: No upper limit from foods for adults

Foods that have it: Fluoridated water, some sea fish

  • Men: 4 milligrams per day
  • Women: 3 milligrams per day. This includes pregnant or breastfeeding women.

What it does: Prevents cavities in teeth, helps with bone growth

Don't get more than this much: 10 milligrams per day for adults

Foods that have it: Dark, leafy vegetables enriched and whole grain breads fortified cereals

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  • Adults: 400 micrograms per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 600 micrograms per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 500 micrograms per day

What it does: Helps prevent birth defects, important for heart health and for cell development

Don't get more than this much: 1,000 micrograms per day for adults

Foods that have it: Seaweed, seafood, dairy products, processed foods, iodized salt

  • Adults: 150 micrograms per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 209 micrograms per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 290 micrograms per day

What it does: Helps make thyroid hormones

Don't get more than this much: 1,100 micrograms per day for adults

Foods that have it: Fortified cereals, beans, lentils, beef, turkey (dark meat), soy beans, spinach

  • Men age 19 and up: 8 milligrams per day
  • Women ages 19-50: 18 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 27 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 10 milligrams per day
  • Women age 51 and up: 8 milligrams per day

What it does: Needed for red blood cells and many enzymes

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Don't get more than this much: 45 milligrams per day for adults

Foods that have it: Green leafy vegetables, nuts, dairy, soybeans, potatoes, whole wheat, quinoa

  • Men ages 19-30: 400 milligrams per day
  • Men age 31 and up: 420 milligrams per day
  • Women ages 19-30: 310 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Women age 31 and up: 320 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 350-360 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 310-320 milligrams per day

What it does: Helps with heart rhythm, muscle and nerve function, bone strength

Don't get more than this much: For the magnesium that’s naturally in food and water, there is no upper limit.

For magnesium in supplements or fortified foods: 350 milligrams per day

Foods that have it: Nuts, beans and other legumes, tea, whole grains

  • Men: 2.3 milligrams per day
  • Women: 1.8 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 2.0 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 2.6 milligrams per day

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What it does: Helps form bones and make some enzymes

Don't get more than this much: 11 milligrams per day for adults

Foods that have it: Legumes, leafy vegetables, grains, nuts

  • Adults: 45 micrograms per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women: 50 micrograms per day

What it does: Needed to make some enzymes

Don't get more than this much: 2,000 micrograms per day for adults

Foods that have it: Milk and other dairy products, peas, meat, eggs, some cereals and breads

What it does: Cells need it to work normally. Helps make energy. Needed for bone growth.

Don't get more than this much:

  • Adults up to age 70: 4,000 milligrams per day. The limit is lower if you're pregnant.
  • Pregnant women: 3,500 milligrams per day
  • Adults age 70 and older: 3,000 milligrams per day

Foods that have it: Potatoes, bananas, yogurt, milk, yellowfin tuna, soybeans, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

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  • Adults: 4,700 milligrams per day, unless breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding women: 5,100 milligrams per day

What it does: Helps control blood pressure, makes kidney stones less likely

Don't get more than this much: No upper limit known for adults. However, high doses of potassium can be deadly.

Foods that have it: Organ meats, seafood, dairy, some plants (if grown in soil with selenium), Brazil nuts

  • Adults: 55 micrograms per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 60 micrograms per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 70 micrograms per day

What it does: Protects cells from damage. Helps manage thyroid hormone.

Don't get more than this much: 400 micrograms per day for adults

Foods that have it: Foods made with added salt, such as processed and restaurant foods

  • Adults ages 19-50: up to 1,500 milligrams per day
  • Adults ages 51-70: up to 1,300 milligrams per day
  • Adults age 71 and up: up to 1,200 milligrams per day

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What it does: Important for fluid balance

Don't get more than this much: 2,300 milligrams per day for adults, or as instructed by your doctor, depending on whether you have certain conditions, like high blood pressure

Foods that have it: Sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, fortified cereals

  • Men: 900 micrograms per day
  • Women: 700 micrograms per day
  • Pregnant women: 770 micrograms per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 1,300 micrograms per day

What it does: Needed for vision, the immune system, and reproduction

Don't get more than this much: 3,000 micrograms per day for adults

Foods that have it: Whole-grain, enriched, fortified products like bread and cereals

  • Men: 1.2 milligrams per day
  • Women: 1.1 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women: 1.4 milligram per day

What it does: Helps the body process carbs and some protein

Don't get more than this amount: No upper limit known for adults

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

Foods that have it: Milk, bread products, fortified cereals

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  • Men: 1.3 milligrams per day
  • Women: 1.1 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 1.4 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 1.6 milligrams per day

What it does: Helps convert food into energy. Also helps make red blood cells.

Don't get more than this much: No upper limit known for adults

Foods that have it: Meat, fish, poultry, enriched and whole grain breads, fortified cereals

  • Men: 16 milligrams per day
  • Women: 14 mg per day if not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 18 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 17 milligrams per day

What it does: Helps with digestion and with making cholesterol

Don't get more than this amount: No upper limit from natural sources. If you're an adult and are taking niacin supplements, or getting niacin from fortified foods, don't get more than 35 milligrams per day.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

Foods that have it: Chicken, beef, potatoes, oats, cereals, tomatoes

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  • Adults: 5 milligrams per day, except for pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Pregnant women: 6 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 7 milligrams per day

What it does: Helps turn carbs, protein, and fat into energy

Don't get more than this much: No upper limit known for adults

Foods that have it: Fortified cereals, fortified soy products, chickpeas, potatoes, organ meats

  • Men and women ages 19-50: 1.3 milligrams per day, except for pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Pregnant women: 1.9 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 2 milligrams per day
  • Men age 51 and up: 1.7 milligrams per day
  • Women age 51 and up: 1.5 milligrams per day

What it does: Helps with metabolism, the immune system, and babies' brain development

Don't get more than this amount: 100 milligrams per day for adults

Foods that have it: Liver, fruits, meats

  • Adults: 30 micrograms per day, except for breastfeeding women
  • Breastfeeding women: 35 micrograms per day

What it does: Helps your body make fats, protein, and other things your cells need

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Don't get more than this amount: No upper limit known

Foods that have it: Fish, poultry, meat, dairy products, fortified cereals

  • Adults: 2.4 micrograms per day, except for pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Pregnant women: 2.6 micrograms per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 2.8 micrograms per day

What it does: Helps your body make red blood cells

Don't get more than this amount: No upper limit known

Foods that have it: Red and green peppers, kiwis, oranges and other citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes

  • Men: 90 milligrams per day
  • Women: 75 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 85 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 120 milligrams per day
  • Smokers: Add 35 milligrams to the numbers above.

What it does: Helps protect against cell damage, supports the immune system, and helps your body make collagen

Don't get more than this much: 2,000 milligrams per day for adults

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Foods that have it: Fish liver oils, fatty fish, fortified milk products, fortified cereals

  • Adults ages 19-70: 600 international units (IU) per day
  • Adults age 71 and older: 800 international units per day

What it does: Needed for bones, muscles, the immune system, and communication between the brain and the rest of your body

Don't get more than this much: 4,000 international units per day for adults unless directed by your doctor

Foods that have it: Fortified cereals, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, vegetable oils

  • Adults: 15 milligrams per day or 22.5 international units. That includes pregnant women.
  • Breastfeeding women: 19 milligrams per day, 28.5 IU

What it does: Helps protect cells against damage

Don't get more than this amount: 1,000 milligrams per day for adults

Foods that have it: Green vegetables like spinach, collards, and broccoli Brussels sprouts cabbage

What it does: Important in blood clotting and bone health

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Don't get more than this amount: Unknown

Foods that have it: Red meats, some seafood, fortified cereals

  • Men: 11 milligrams per day
  • Women: 8 milligrams per day, unless pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Pregnant women: 11 milligrams per day
  • Breastfeeding women: 12 milligrams per day

What it does: Supports your immune system and nerve function. Also important for reproduction.

Don't get more than this amount: 40 mg per day for adults

Sources

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets.


6 Tips to Determine a Good Dog Food by the Label

Now that you have a better understanding of the difference between the worst and the best dog food, here is a list of quick tips to help you identify a good food simply by glancing at the label:

  1. Check for the AAFCO statement. The American Association of Feed Control Officials conducts feeding trials on dog food and has established minimum criteria for dog food products to meet in order to be considered “complete and balanced.” Don’t buy a food that doesn’t have this stamp of approval.
  2. Look at the guaranteed analysis. This is the chart on the label that tells you how much crude protein, fat, moisture, and fiber is in the product. If you’re looking for a product that meets a certain minimum, this is the quickest way to find it. You can also use it to compare/contrast two similar products.
  3. Check the first five ingredients. The ingredients list is arranged in descending order by volume, so the first five ingredients are going to be used in the highest volume. If you see any low-quality ingredients or fillers within the first 5 ingredients, it is not a good product.
  4. Skim the rest of the ingredients list. Once you’ve determined that the first five ingredients are good, take a look at the rest of the list. You’re looking for supplementary sources of protein, healthy fats, digestible carbohydrates, fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and beneficial supplements.
  5. Check the calorie content and feeding recommendations. Every food is different in terms of calorie content. It’s a good idea to check if you’re trying to compare two products or if you’re looking for a recipe that will help your dog gain or lose weight.
  6. Read the rest of the label. If you’re not familiar enough with dog food ingredients to know exactly what benefits they provide, you may find an explanation on the label. Keep in mind that claims on dog food packages are not closely regulated so you should take everything with a grain of salt, but if you’re looking for a specific benefit this is a good way to find it.

Learning to read dog food labels takes practice, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get! If you’re still not sure you understand, don’t worry! We’ve come up with a list of the 15 best dog foods to make your job easy. You’ve already received our top 5 picks for the best commercial foods, but here are 10 more of the best dog food reviews.


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