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August 18th, 2014

2015 Courage Unmasked: 911 4 HNC Fund, Cookie Kerxton, Fundraising Event, Save the Date, SEPTEMBER 2015, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, The Nation’s Summer Capital, Artists Unite to Benefit Head & Neck Cancer Patients, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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I read that “there are no challenges, just opportunities”.  This is very much true.  Life throws curves to most of us when we least expect it.  How we act on them says a lot of who we, actually, are.

I am meeting tomorrow an interesting lady in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  She is one of those that took an opportunity when a challenge presented itself.  Her name is Cookie Kerxton.  While undergoing radiation treatment for head and neck cancer, (HNC), Cookie wanted to find a way to ease the financial burden to other patients with HNC who cannot afford the many types of additional expenses incurred throughout and after treatment for HNC.

Courage Unmasked: 911 4 HNC was then conceived by her.  It means “Help for Head and Neck Cancer”.  Its uniqueness is based on the fact that the fund dedicates itself to granting financial aid directly to patients who have or had head and neck cancer.  The fund does not give dollars to research…none!  It supports only individuals and their families in the locations where money is raised.

Cookie is an artist and she invited over 100 artists to sculpt with radiation masks.  Cookie stated “Most people have no idea of how head and neck cancer radiation affects a person’s life, and almost no one knows about the radiation masks used for treatment”.

This event first started in Washington, D.C…..and in September, 2015 Courage Unmasked, will come to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware!!  Already the work is taking place in order for artists to transform radiation masks into art.

For further information and to get involved, please visit http://www.courageunmasked.org.  Much more to come in the future, but the start of word of mouth is always a good thing.

Note:  http://www.9114hnc.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Address:  4550 N. Park Avenue #506, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  Tel. 301-654-7529.  Visit the websites to learn more.  Donate in memory/honor of someone.  Or, donate as an act of kindness by making a tax deductible donation.  You may mail the check to 911 4 HNC at the above mentioned address.

The information posted was taken from Courage Unmasked: 911 4 HNC.  More to come later on.

Have a good one!!

August 16th, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Eats!! Mariachi, Spanish & Mexican Cuisine, Dine In, Carry Out, Margaritas, Sangria, Mojitos, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Buen Provecho!!

It is passed 5:00 p.m. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and if you arrive at Mariachi located at 14 Wilmington Avenue, just steps from the award winning Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, this is the scene you might find by the upstairs bar…..mint being snipped and prepared for the so popular Mojitos.

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Take a look at the bar and the homemade Margaritas were ready to be delivered to some expectant customers.

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Mariachi’s telephone is 302-227-0115.  Website?  http://www.mariachirehobothde.com.  Mariachi’s menu will appeal to the entire family.  Also they are very aware of customers with a gluten allergy and other food related allergies.  All you have to do is ask.  You can dine in, carry out or take a seat on the balcony.

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It is a good place for your “Crawling Rehoboth”…stop have a Margarita, Mojito or your preferred spirit and then ask for Pupusas, from El Salvador or Platanos, ripe and fried, a staple of Comida Latina.

Yolanda, Owner of Mariachi, is always hands on and very approachable.

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The Pupusas are masa cakes and usually they are prepared by slapping the dough back and forth between greased palms.  They are stuffed and fried.  And Yolanda makes some pretty awesome ones.

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Plantains are versatile…Yolanda serves them ripe and fried!

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There is also a Kids Menu for 12 and under.

Mariach opens Sunday through Thursday at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Nos vemos!!

August 16th, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Eats! The Pickled Pig, Gastro Pub, Restaurant, Pub, Open 7 days a Week, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

Parking!!  Plenty of it and easy access from Coastal Highway or Rt. 1 in Rehoboth Beach.  The Pickled Pub is located at 18756 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-645-5444.  Website?  http://www.pickledpigpub.com.

Start your luch with a Moscow Mule.

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Order cheeses from the Cheese Board…it changes daily.  Just to wet your appetite.

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My Cuban Press was as close to a Cubano as you can get in this neck of the woods….Smoked pit ham, shredded pork, pickles, Swiss cheese, Dijon and a pressed panini roll.

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Pub Fish & Chips….the Chef’s catch will be house battered, a traditional tartar sauce, fresh lemon, slaw and pickle.  Lightly breaded, well seasoned but not overly salted.

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It is crowded out there…week-ends at the beach are very much so year round….

The Pickled Pig Pub offers parking, spirits, salads, soups, sandwiches….and very good dinners, as well.  It opens daily at 11:30 a.m.  Very casual.  Oh, I forgot; prices are reasonable.

August 15th, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Kids Cottage, Family Fun Night, Friday, 8/15, Children’s Films, Crafts, Film-Inspired Activities, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware

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What are you doing tonight?  If you are visiting the Beaches and want a Family Fun Night….tonight’s the night.  It is one awesome day!!

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Kids Cottage co-present a Family Fun Night tonight from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  The event will be held at Kids Cottage located at 35448 Wolfneck Rd., Rehoboth Beach.  The evening will include screenings of popular children’s films from Scholastic Publishing along with a variety of fun crafts and film-inspired activities.  Children will be supervised by employees of Kids Cottage of Rehoboth and Rehoboth Beach Film Society.

The theme is friendship, feelings, and problem solving.  The short stories to be screened are:  “Bink and Gollie” (featuring two friends who find it hard to agree on anything); “Each Kindness” (a teacher shows how even small acts of kindness can change the world); “I Want My Hat Back” (presenting Bear who can’t find his hat until another animal helps him remember where it might be); “Blackout” (during a power outage a young boy finds out how much fun not normal can be), and “Chrysanthemum” (a little mouse thinks her name is perfect until she starts school and all the kids make fun of her).

These films are provided courtesy of Weston Woods, a division of Scholastic Corporation, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology.

The cost is $10 per family and pre-registration is required.  To register, please call Kids Cottage at 302-644-7690.

Enjoy this beautiful day.

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August 13th, 2014

Crawling! a(muse.), Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Tasting, Burratta, Potted Chicken, Live Scallop, Soft Shell Crab, A Gourmand’s Heaven!!, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Rehoboth Beach Eats!

“”Gourmandise is an impassioned, rational and habitual preference for all objects that flater the sense of taste.”  brillat-savarin

Meet Hari Cameron, Chef and Owner of a(muse.), located at 44 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-7107.  Website?  http://www.amuse-rehoboth.com.  In this photo Harri was making mozzarella in front of all of us that were participating in the Eating Rehoboth tour.  Even though I have only spoken to him a few times, my impression is that he loves to teach.  His passion?  Food…he does play golf, as well.

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A crawl in Rehoboth Beach is a must if you are visiting the area or if you are a local.  It is the best way to savour what downtown Rehoboth Beach has to offer.  A little shopping, a little sipping, and a little tasting.   Our destination?  was a(muse.).  It was a week ago Monday.  What a way to start the week….our crawl was a total success.  Well, my friends, Madelon and Cindi thought so too.

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The bread brought to our table was delicious.  I usually tend not to eat the bread but a taste of it sprinkled with sea salt and the olive oil had me tasting a few slices.

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We were sharing our courses….tastings!!  Burratta is Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is mozzarella, but the inside is a combination of mozzarella and cream.  It is unusually soft in texture.

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Our next course was Potted Chicken.  Foi grass, port and whiskey…Perfect for sharing.  Unique taste and presentation.  Mix the potted chicken to get all those flavors immersed.

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So far this is how my plate was looking. Burratta and Potted Chicken.

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Madelon and I decided to get the Live Scallop.  Both of us loved this dish.  Fresh live scallops are so delicate and sooo good….Borage, dill flower, fermented cucumenter and roe.  That roe was a perfect compliment to the scallop.

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The Soft Shell Crab with new potato, mustard and bone marrow….was also very delicate.  The bone marrow was a surprise.

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I had been told to get the Bone Marrow Oreos, served with sweet silver corn milk.  So, take a good look at the photo.  They looked like oreos, they tasted like oreos, but they were made out of bone marrow…everything.  At this point, Hari stopped at our table to chat.  So impressed with the oreos and we let him know how good everything was, including the service.

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From store to restaurant to store and back to restaurant….it was a great evening in Downtown Rehoboth Beach with friends.   Then, off they went to O.C.

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Try Crawling Rehoboth….fun!!

Note:  This restaurant is sensitive to customers with food allergies!!

August 13th, 2014

4th Annual Wings of Hope Kicks-Off, Wednesday, August 13th, Campaing For Hope, Butterfly Release, Saturday, September 13th, Cancer Support Community Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County

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The mission at The Cancer Support Community Delaware is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  It is the only organization in Delaware dedicated exclusively to helping people cope with and manage the emotional aspect of cancer.  The professionally led programs provide emotional support, education and hope.  Best of all, all of the programs are offered free of charge.

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4th ANNUAL WINGS OF HOPE KICK-OFF

Today, Wednesday, the 13th of August is the official kick off date for the 4th Annual Wings of Hope…the Campaing of Hope.  This prelude to the much anticipated Butterfly Release that will be taking place on Saturday, September 13th.

Businesses and organizations throughout Sussex County will be selling seeded paper buterflies to honor friends and loved ones impacted by cancer.

Epworth United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, All Saints’ Church, Dimitra Yoga, Rehoboth Beach Public Library, Tomato Sunshine and Surf Bagel are just a few of the locations selling butterflies.

Beauties and Butterflies — Salons Suporting Cancer Support Community Delaware chaired by Drexel Davison of Bad Hair Day? includes over a dozen beauty salons participating in the Wings of Hope by selling butterflies.  For a complete list of butterfly sales locations, please visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org/wingsofhope.php.

Thousands of paper butterflies will be displayed at the Wings of Hope – A Butterfly Release on 9/13 on the grounds of the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus on Rt. 24 in Rehoboth Beach.

This very special celebration of life is highlighted with the release of 250 live Monarch butterflies in recognition of Sussex County friends and neighbors impacted by cancer.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the admission is free.  The event will also feature vendors, demos, refreshments, and children’s activities.

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For more information about the Cancer Support Community Delaware and the Wings of Hope, visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org, or, call 302-645-9150.

Have a great day….sun is coming out!!

August 10th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Bandstand, Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Summer 2014, The Nation’s Summer Capital, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Tic Toc, Tic Toc, it seems like summer is flying by.  Best weather ever that we all remember.  Rehoboth Beach boasts a mile long boardwalk.  It gives the locals and residents opportunities for walking, jogging, cycling or just sitting back on one of the iconic benches and people watch.

Sunday night brought our coastal area a full moon, no humidity and plenty of crowds.

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On the Bandstand Oh Boy was entertaining the crowds.  A tribute to Rockabilly.

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From the top of the Greene Turtle, the following photos were taken.

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On the south side of the Boardwalk attractions for the whole family include Funland, a family-owned amusement park that has been a lardmark on the Boardwalk for more than 50 years.  That’s when Debbie and I decided to play whac a mole.

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The night was still young and families were having fun.

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And, on the north side of The Boardwalk amusements and Boardwalk Grub…pizza!!

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It seems tonight everyone was eating ice cream.  Look at the lines.  The Ice Cream Store has more than 100 flavors and some of them are the craziest.

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See you…..enjoy the rest of the summer.

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August 10th, 2014

Summer Travel? Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto, The Caribbean, Sunny Weather, Hot and Sizzling!

Summer Travel?  Yes, Puerto Rico, year round!!  I was just talking to my cousin in Puerto Rico and she told me that it is a spectacular day in La Isla del Encanto.

Locals in Old San Juan take to The Castle of El Morro, which was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century.  It was needed to protect Old San Juan from attacks by French and English buccaneers.

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On a beautiful sunny day, having fun at El Morro is a must.

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Old San Juan is a city protected by a wall….The Paseo de La Princesa is very walkable and gorgeous.

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Stroll on Calle Del Cristo on the cobblestones take some maneuvering….but you can do it.  The Chapel at the end is full of history and forklore.

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Many of the old 17th and 18th century Spanish houses have been restored and now serve as attractive shops, restaurants, and museums.

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A stop at Rosa de Triana, a traditional Spanish Tasca is what we did.  This building was built in 1523.  It is one of the first structures of the Old San Juan Government Center during the XVI century.  It was also the first City Hall.

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It is located in one of my favorite streets in Old San Juan #72 Caleta de San Juan, across El Convento Hotel.  Tel. 787-722-1144.

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We sat by the cellars which also served as the first jail of the capital.  The walls were so thick that cell phones did not work well inside, which was a good thing ,by the way.

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We ordered tapas for the table:  Boquerones, Sorullos, Salchichas, Pulpo, Papitas, and plenty Sangria.

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So easy to get to Puerto Rico….major airlines, no passport, English is spoken.  See you.

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