December 18th, 2014
Savoring the dishes prepared tableside by the area’s top restaurants, shopping beautiful works of art by local artists and artisans….just in time for the Holiday Season, enjoying the soothing sounds of live music, and sipping martinis, beer, and wine.
All for a good cause. The event was to benefit Children & Families First, an organization that has been in existence since 1884. Focusing on children and families Children & Families First goes the full circle; from helping moms have healthy babies to supporting healthy aging for older adults….and everything in between.
To know about them, and to give a much appreciated donations by the end of the year, please visit http://www.cffde.org. They have locations in Wilmington, Dover, Seaford, and Georgetown.
Two events happen every year in Southern Delaware. The office located at 410 South Bedford Street in Georgetown, Delaware was in charge of putting the 2 events in Sussex County. At the helm? Marcie Urgo. Tel. 302-856-2388.
In its fith year a Taste for Art of Southern Delaware is an event not to be missed. It is a fun night! This year’s event took place at Indy Hall at Independence, accessible to all Delaware Beaches and beyond.
It was a festive atmosphere with guests mingling as they sampled delicious tapas style presentations, shopping and listening to music.
Thirteen local artists set up shop around the rooms, along with the restaurants. Here are some photos.
Basket Whimsies by Mary Morton – Beautiful fabrics making a variety of items.
Kevin Fleming – A Delaware native and international photographer. http://www.kevinfleming.com.
Magpie Design – One of a kind figues made from papier mache. Peggie Gielis creates them and they were one of my favorites. Visit her shop on http://www.etsy.com/shop/magpiedesignltd.
I found at A Taste for Art one of my favorite toffees….Taylor’s Toffee is made in Selbyville, Delaware, a few miles of Fenwick Island on Rt. 54. This is a family operation and it is so good. Please visit http://www.taylorstoffee.com.
And a Silent Auction for those that wanted the excitement of watching their bids for pretty nice things.
It is almost the end of 2014, but a new year is just around the corner with many activities and events covering the Delmarva Peninsula…..when you see A Taste for Art of Southern Delaware….make sure you pencil it in. It is usually in the Fall. Don’t worry, I will let you know.
December 9th, 2014
It is past midnight as I write this post. I am wondering if my plane will be on time. Southern Delaware is being hit with one of those Mid Atlantic n’or easters. Nasty weather event!!
So I started thinking about that Bungalow at The Breakers Palm Beach….what a setting! Warm breezes, swaying palm trees, personal service. Visualization, that’s what I am doing.
The Breakers Palm Beach is located at One South County Rd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 Tel. 561-659-8488, or, 888-273-2537. Website? http://www.thebreakers.com
There are 4 pools at the Breakers Palm Beach for guests and club members. They are all gorgeous.
At poolside? Yes, the beach by its side, as well, and two restaurants. But Cindi and I were looking for Bungalow 15…The Reef.
These bungalows are only for the hotel guests and club members, as well. They are about 300 to 400 square feet. Do you like to lounge? Take in the scenery? This is a real treat.
Private patios, living room, refrigerator, flat screen t.v., bathroom, well appointed with spa necessities…..and food. Some, not all have open sky showers….ours did.
The idea is to relax, to just stay at the water’s edge and enjoy your well deserved vacation.
Molly, our personal concierge, received us with fruits and a something to quench our thirst.
So, the girls in the next Bungalow were having a nice time…then a delivery of red roses, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries….the giggles and the excitement of a birthday surprise by a significant other. They told us at The Breakers that nothing is impossible to make your dreams come true at The Breakers Palm Beach!
Still pouring…..and still dreaming….Have a Good One!!
December 8th, 2014
“A good photo is a good photo regardless of the gear used to take it. A person’s skill, knowledge, and eye is what will make photos worth looking at.”
I love taking photos and I used them on my posts constantly. I am by no means a professional photographer. I am one of those “point and shoot” ones. Photos create memories, they tell a story and at times words are really not necessary.
Every second Saturday of the month MOSAIC, sponsors the self guided art and gallery tour from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. It is a time to visit and mingle with participating artists, get to know them up close and personal, and enjoy a culinary treat. It is an art stroll.
MOSAIC’’s mission is to promote art awareness in the Rehoboth Beach Area. For more info. and to check the map, please visit http://www.mosaicrehoboth.com.
This coming Saturday, December 13th, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Museum joins MOSAIC ARTwalk, hosting an opening reception for Delaware Beach Life Magazine 2014 Photography Contest Winners. This is an exhibit of the winners for 2014 photo contest. Delaware Beach Life magazine opens this photography contest annually to all amateur photographers. The contest for 2015 will have a due date for entries of July 1, 2015. For more info., please visit http://www.delawarebeachlife.com/photography/photography-contest.html. Remember that the photos must capture life, here, at the Delaware coast.
The exhibit will run through February 23, 2015. The Rehoboth Beach Museum, http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org, is located at 511 Rehoboth Ave., right past the canal bridge, when entering Rehoboth Beach. It is also next door to the Visitor Center. The Museum is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. More info? Please call 302-227-7310.
The exhibit is small but strong. The 13 award-winning photographs were chose from among more than 300 entries. Their images captured the many forms of life on Coastal Delaware. The judges referred to the contestants’ photographs as creations of vivid moments.
Terry Plowman, the Editor and Publisher of Delaware Beach Magazine stated: “This year our entrants captured a variety of compelling views, as they skillfully combined color, composition and creativity.”
So if you live in the area, or are visiting, stop by the Rehoboth Beach Museum, to see how this popular beach resort started and how far it has come.
Have a great day…..too chilly for shopping!
December 7th, 2014
Plenty of times I don’t attend parties where they are going to be selling something. These invitations always say that they love to see you, that you can check things out and don’t be pressured to by anything and on and on. I should be happy that someone, actually, invited me, right? But, I always feel I have to buy something. That changed a couple of weeks ago, when my personal friend, Jade McClure, invited me to a Sip & Shop, Stella & Dot Party. I invited my friend, Paula, to come along, as well. The beginning of the Holiday Season with friends and meeting others in the community sounded like a good proposition. Jewelry?, Accessories….Sip, Shop, & Chat!
Jade McClure is an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. Her Stylist ID is 183187. I am giving you her info. now because you will want to come back to it after the post. Tel. 302-245-9502. On Facebook, please find her as Stella & Dot Stylist, Jade McClure. Her email is email@example.com. Website? http://www.stelladot.com/jademcclure When the website opens, you can see her name under Stella & Dot. And, if you don’t just click on Stylist and put her name on. Congratulations to Jade on her new venture.
Stella & Dot is a designer of jewelry and accessories for every woman on your list, including young girls. Independent stylists host parties showing what this company has to offer and friends also get to hosts parties, as well….getting all kinds of goodies too. A comfortable setting at someone’s house, appetizers, drinks, and shopping.
Ordering was easy. It took no time to receive it. The jewelry is well made, and the pieces I bought show that I was in the Holiday Spirit. The recipients of these pieces are going to love them.
On the left is the Rory Necklace. With that particular person in mind living in the tropics….perfect! The one on the right is the Mae Necklace. It is also for someone living in the tropics and the color reminded me of the island’s Flamboyan!
Loved these: Necklace & Bracelet!!
Jade’s Sip & Shop was very well attended. Sipping the Sassy N Simple Apple Pie Sangria, tasting some delicious finger foods…and trying some of the samples that Jade had on display.
The Apple Pie Sangria was so good and light…perfect for the Holidays.
2 bottles (regular size) white, sweet wine like Riesling or Moscato
5 cups fresh apple cider
2 cups ginger ale
2 cups caramel vodka (less strong? 1 cup and add more if desired)
3 honey crisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped (pears are so good this time of the year)
2 cinnamon sticks
Cut the fruit and place in bottom of your pitcher or jug.
Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks. Stir, and stir, and stir again.
Let sit overnight, or at least a couple of hours. Then, about 4 hours before serving, throw in the cinnamon sticks. Again, the stirring process…a few times. Serve over ice and Enjoy!!
NOTE: You may save the ginger ale until just before serving, making the Apple Pie Sangria a bit crisper.
So, what are you waiting for? Have a Good One!!
December 5th, 2014
Santa does have a schedule and it seems that it will be making its annual Boardwalk stop in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Santa’s House is the cutest one, not many have a background of the Atlantic Ocean in an award winning Boardwalk. Santa will be there on Saturdays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. until December 21st. On Sunday, December 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is Pet Time!! Bring your pets for a photo with Santa. It is all FREE! Donations are very much appreciated.
Santa’s House is Rehoboth Beach is remembered by many of those that make this seaside town their home. A “moment” at Christmas time with my own children.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – COOKIES!! – It is called a Cookie Walk at Epworth United Methodist Church located at 19285 Holland Glade Rd., off Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) north of Rehoboth Beach. This Cookie Walk is an anticipated event at the beach. Arrive early because the “Walk” begins at 9 a.m. until they are all gone!! Tables and and tables of yummy homemade cookies will be available for you to select your favorites. They will also have pre-packaged cookie assortments wrapped with Christmas spirit, as well as gift baskets of Fair Exchange coffee and chocolate. Those selected cookies will be sold for $8 per pound.
The Heavenly Creations Cookie Cookbook contains 120 recipes from the kitchens of the Epworth family will be for sale. More info? Please call 302-227-7743.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – THE REHOBOTH ART LEAGUE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. – All decorated for the Holidays the gallery will offer fine art, fine crafts and unique holiday gifts. There will be art demonstrations, music and singing….and refreshments. At 11:30 a.m. Sussex Tech “Bella Voice” and Concert Choir, Noon until 2:00 p.m. Pottery Demo by Carmela Coleman, 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Roo Brown and Mixed Blessings-Acapella group, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Watercolor Holiday Card demo and Make Your Own Card with Kacie Yakimowicz. The Rehoboth Art League is located at 12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres in Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-227-8408. Website? http://www.rehobothartleague.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH – REHOBOTH BEACH MAIN STREET INVITES ALL TO DOWNTOWN’S COMMUNITY UNITY DINNER – An invitation by Rehoboth Beach Main Street to kick-off the Holiday Season on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. This is an annual family event in Rehoboth Beach with plenty of food, fun, and entertainment for all ages. Taste local chefs/restaurants’ favorite dishes and desserts while enjoying live performances, crafts and even a visit from Santa from 5 until 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) amd $5 for children. Children under 5? FREE. Guests are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item for a person or pet.
For the children, enjoy a kids’ interactive art project with jewelry designer, Heidi Lowe, decorate gingerbread cookies with Joyce from The Bake Shoppe, and be entertained with Magic by Charlie.
The Rehoboth Beach Main Street continues its mission of the beautification and preservation of Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Proceeds from this event will go for this mission. For more info., please visit http://www.downtownrb.com. Or, call 302-227-2772.
Have a Good One!!
December 4th, 2014
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4TH – MERCHANT’S HOSPITALITY NIGHT – It is an event for the entire family, taking place in the Historic District. Stroll Historic Lewes, visit with the local merchants, grab a few holiday gifts….shopping with the merchants hosting this event offering complimentary refreshments and live entertainment.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4TH – ZWAANENDAEL MUSEUM HOSPITALITY NIGHT – A free Holiday themed program from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Seasonal refreshments, demonstrations, and festive decorations to get you in the Holiday Spirit.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH – CHILDREN’S BEACH HOUSE – SHARE A MAGICAL NIGHT – HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE – A tradition in Lewes, this event kicks off a wonder week-end at the beach. Funds raised will help support the Children’s Beach House general operating budget. Auction, Dinner, Cocktails, Live Music and Dancing!! 6:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Please note that the Art Show will follow on Saturday and Sunday, so please stop by 1800 Bay Avenue. Tel. 302-645-9184. Tickets for Friday’s event can be purchased online by visiting http://www.cbhinc.org. If you would like to make a donation to this wonderful organization, you can always do so by visiting the mentioned website. Thanks!!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH – FULL MOON HIKE – 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. During full moon nights it is a beautiful time to visit Cape Henlopen State Park. Explore it at night by the light of the full moon as you search for the sights and sounds of animal activity. This hike is perfect for ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Dress warmly. Pre-registration is necessary by calling 302-645-6852. $2/person. Cape Henlopen State Park is located at 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr. in Lewes.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – LEWES IN BLOOM CHRISTMAS MARKET – Location? St. Peter’s Church yard in the Historic District, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They will be selling fresh greens, pine cone trees, swags, roping, holiday bows and other handmade items.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – THE 41ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOUR OF LEWES – 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Adance tickets are $20 each. Tickets on the day of will be $25. Children under 12 are free. Online ticket purchases can only be made until 4 p.m. on Friday, December 5th. After that time, tickets will only be available at The Ryves Holt House and Lewes Chamber of Commerce Office. If you ordered tickets online or by phone, all ticket orders will be held at The Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop at the corner of 2nd & Mulberry Sts. They will be available for pick up 48 hours after our order is placed. Please pick up all tickets prior to the tour date. More info. 302-645-7670. Please visit http://www.historiclewes.org/events/2014-christmas-tour-lewes.
Tickets can also be purchased at: Community Bank Delaware, The Zwaanendael Museum, The Inn at Canal Square, Habersham Peddler’s in Lewes, Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, and the Rehoboth Beach Museum in Rehoboth Beach.
This is a self-guided tour. The historic houses will be decorated for the season. There are several private homes that are selected each year to bring even more Yuletide to this historic town. Please visit the above mentioned website for details on this most popular week-end of the year in the First Town of The First State.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – 83rd ANNUAL LEWES CHRISTMAS PARADE – This year’s theme is Santa’s Workshop. The parade will be Saturday but in the event of rain, it will be Sunday at the same time. It will start at 5 p.m., with a line-up beginning at 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The parade will begin on Savannah Rd. at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second St. The Chamber Board of Directors will be leading the parade, carrying a huge helium balloon. After the parade, stand by because the Christmas tree in Zwaanendael Park will be illuminated followed by candlelight caroling in the park. NOTE: DUE TO THE FORECAST, THE PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR BOTH DAYS. SO SORRY!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH – DELAWARE DAY – Merchants in Lewes celebrate the day in 1787 when the First State ratified the Constitution. 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Front Street, the merchants will have available Delaware items, as well as refreshments. More info? Please call 302-645-0567. On Facebook please visit the page Front Street.
Have a good one!!
December 2nd, 2014
I just want a salad!! That’s all I want! Many times this is what we say at a restaurant, referring to having a lighter meal. Actually, some salads can pack those calories without us even knowing it. At this time of the year, after Thanksgiving, and looking forward to Christmas and New Year’s….I really only want a salad; the lighter side.
I have a friend….her name starts with S. When she goes to a restaurant she really deconstructs a salad. Take this out, no, I don’t want that either, don’t like olives, onion? not sure, the dressing….nothing with mayo….really why doesn’t she ask for lettuce?
In the past months these salads at the Delaware Beaches have been so good, refreshing. No more boring greens, or just a slice of tomato. These salads make a meal. Check them out!
AGAVE – Located in Lewes, Delaware at 137 2nd St., 302-645-1232, Agave offers a few salads. The Mango and Avocado Salad with Queso Crema is substantial, full of avocado and mango and you can get it plain and simple or top it with shrimp or something else offered on that day.
Served in a tostada bowl, this salad topped with salmon is also a winner.
THE PICKLED PIG – 18756 Coastal Highway (Rt. 1), Rehoboth Beach, Tel. 302-645-5444. Website? http://www.pickledpigpub.com. This gastro pub has spirits, pretty good food and salads. Their Roasted Vegetable Salad I would say is fairly new but I think it is a keeper. Asparagus, zucchini, red onion, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, quinoa, with a white balsamic-orange vinaigrette and parmesan….topped with grilled chicken, it is a complete meal.
Their Chopped BLT Salad has mixed lettuces, blue cheese dressing, smoked bacon, diced tomato, red onion and blue cheese crumble.
FINS ALE & RAW BAR – 19269 Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) in Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-227-3467. I thought this salad looked good and tasted even better. The Chopped Salad has romaine lettuce, mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, bacon, corn cucumber, Jack and cheddar cheeses….all chopped and served with their buttermilk dressing. I topped it with Calamari.
Their Fins Bar Salad wih mixed greens, almonds, dried cranberries and gorgonzola cheese topped with tuna salad and their homemade whole grain mustard vinaigrette was delicious….nice serving of tuna salad, by the way.
CASA DILEO NORTH – Located at 18701 Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) in Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-644-8256. The Tricolore Signature Salad hit the spot. Arugula, Radicchio, Belgian Endive, Treviso and spring mix. To that mix chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and pine nuts. It is hand tossed with lemon juice, plenty of fresh garlic and olive oil.
PETE’S CHEESESTEAK SHOP – It is located at 19287 Miller Rd. Unit 1A, in The Food Lion Shopping Center on Coastal Highway, RT 1. Tel. 302-226-3000. Website? http://www.ultimatecheesesteak.com. This restaurant is impeccable…so clean. Fast service, and comfortable seating arrangements. Their Greek Salad topped withy Gyro Meat is very good. It is a garden salad with feta, Kalamata olives, and pita bread with a side order of a vinaigrette with a hint of strawberry…just a hint. The pita bread is grilled and warm making it extra special and definitely a full meal.
EDEN – Located on 23 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Eden is really one of my favorite restaurants in Rehoboth. Consistently good with professional staff, it stands out. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tel. 302-227-3330. Website? http://www.edenrestaurant.com Eden’s Grilled Caesar is awesome. Sun dried tomato/olive tapenade and pecorino romano cheese. The first time I had a grilled Caesar, it was many years ago at a restaurant in Hagerstown, Maryland. I never had any other good one anywhere else until Eden’s Grilled Caesar and it has become a favorite. Two views of this simple and delicious salad follow:
LILY THAI – Located at 10 N. 1st St. in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Tel. 302-227-3348….I love Thai Food!! The Larb Gai Salad is spicy!! It is so good. Ground chicken breast tossed in lime juice, red onions and fresh mint….a gluten free salad!!
MODERN MIXTURE – Located at 62A Rehoboth Avenue. Tel. 302-227-0600. Website? http://www.modern-mixture.com. All salads are chopped at Modern Mixture. Their House Salad has romaine, onion, tomato, and fresh cactus called “Nopalito”, feta and lime juice topped with avocado….this salad is gluten free!
DOGFISH HEAD – Located at 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Website? http://www.dogfish.com In a mood for a Cobb Salad? Their version, topped with salmon or a crabcake is very good….but their basil vinaigrette dressing is a true keeper of this salad.
LOBSTER SHANTY – Located a few miles west of Fenwick Island. Address: 37310 Lighthouse Rd., Selbyville. Tel. 302-436-2305. It opens Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Great views of the marsh. A fantastic salad called the Seafood Tasters Duo has fresh lobster and shrimp salads over field greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and seasonal fruits with Nantucket’s Maple Vinaigrette. An awesome salad if you like seafood.
So as you are shopping and exhausting yourselves….a little salad!! Have a good one.
November 30th, 2014
This is one of my favorite stores at the Delaware Beaches. My friends do know so because I give them some of these baubbles to them. And, some have come to know TKO, Alice, and her husband, Bryant, as well. Love stopping by when in Bethany Beach to check what’s new. Usually, there is plenty to see. Alice and her husband, Bryant, who is also an artist and designer, as well, design and make their jewelry in-house.
TKO is located at 100 Garfield Parkway in Downtown Bethany Beach, Delaware. Stores 6 and 7. Tel. 302-539-6992. Website? http://www.alicehklein-tko.com.
Since 1980, Alice has been in business and she has quite a following. Her designs are recognizable; many customers collect her pieces of art.
Alice can customize any of your current pieces of jewelry. Maybe a little “facelift” is all that is needed.
From fun to fine jewelry, there is something for that special person in mind or for your own indulgence. Traveling? Her fun jewelry would be perfect!!
Alice has a line of wedding bands. She tells me during the summer, men and women come in because they have lost their wedding bands. That turns into a shopping event; all putting their 2 cents into the conversation.
You may also shop online, but at this time of the year TKO is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can also call for an appointment, as well.
Women love accesorizing with jewelry. Jewelry can add so much to a simple dress. And, at times just that special piece is all you need to make that entrance.
And, for that Caribbean vacation, when warmer climates are just what is in your future….this line is very cool.
Tax free shopping at the Delaware Beaches….oh, I love it!!