My husband and I became frequent visitors to Long Branch, NJ this year. The beach, boardwalk and many outdoor concerts entertained us throughout the summer. The beach season is over, but Long Branch has a lot more to offer than just sunbathing and watersports. We enjoyed Mexican/Hawaiian quick bites at Shaka, sipping great martinis at Avenue, and relaxing at Wine Loft with a glass of wine and tasty tapas-like plates. Last but not the least, there are interesting stores to satisfy shoppers. Among all the stores, my favorite is Carter and Cavero, an olive oil company where you can taste all sorts of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. We sampled most of their vinegar selection (some fifteen or more types of infused vinegars) from coconut to tangerine, though eventually getting a bottle of fig vinegar. There are many ways to use this slightly sweet vinegar, but I decided to pair it with the most obvious, fresh figs.