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October 23rd, 2014

Curried Carrot & Apple Soup, Tostones (Fried Plantains), Rehoboth Beach Eats!!, Meatless!! Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

I love the title my Mother in Law gave to a family cookbook of recipes:  Begged, Borrow, & Stolen.  That’s how I feel when I use recipes.  The good thing is that I usually change them with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I make the recipes my own.

So, being that it is cooler, rainy, windy…and Fall, I think that the Curried & Apple Soup could be a keeper.  Served with a side dish of tostones or fried plantains and Mojito….it is even better.  The word Mojito has been around for such a long time.  In Puertorican cooking it means a sauce made for dipping certain local delicacies.

Carrots are so healthy and the saying of “an apple a day, keep the doctors away”, is probably so true, as well.  Hope you like it.

CURRIED CARROT & APPLE SOUP

2 tablespoons margarine

1 small onion, chopped

1 leek, thinly sliced

1 small fennel bulb, cored and chopped

salt and pepper

1 pound carrots, cut into 1/4 inch rounds

3/4 pounds celery root, chopped (regular celery will do)

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

4 gingersnaps cookies

1/2 tablespoon yellow curry powder (more if you like curry)

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 teaspoon of finely grated fresh ginger

2 thyme sprigs (1/4 tsp. ground thyme will do)

3 cups chicken stock (I used unsalted chicken stock)

1 cup Apple Cider

1/2 cup sour cream (I used non-fat)

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Garnish:  Toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped mint, fresh cilantro or cilantro paste, and favorite hot sauce; optional.  The pumpkin seeds were toasted on the stove in a frying pan.  Make sure they do not burn.  So good!!

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In a large saucepan, melt butter.  Add onion, leek, fennel, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Cook stirring here or there until softened and veggies are browning.

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Add carrots, celery, apple, gingersnaps, curry powder, garlic, ginger, and thyme.  Cook until the carrots and celery soften somewhat.

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Add chicken stock and apple cider.  Bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for about 15 minutes until the veggies are very soft.  If using thyme sprigs, remove, otherwise, continue with the next step.

Working in small batches, depending on the size of your blender, puree the soup with the sour cream and vinegar until smooth.  What I did was mixed the sour cream with the vinegar and added a tablespoon with each batch.  This is a creamy soup so, make sure there are no lumps.

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You can reheat the soup and seasoned it with salt and pepper, if necessary.  Laddle the soup into bowls and top it with the garnish above mentioned.  ENJOY!

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I decided that Tostones or Fried Plantains would be great with this soup.  A meatless meal, no less!  Plantains are a starch.  If you let them ripen, then, they are sweet and if green you can make Fried Plantains.  For the longest time I used to mashed them with a plate, but now I have my Tostonera from Puerto Rico.  The Tostonera and the Pilon are a necessity when cooking Puertorican food.  The Pilon is very versatile…use it to mash garlic, make mojito, and other PR dishes.

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The plantain was peeled, cut, and ready  for the next step of frying.

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Fry the chunks of plantain in oil until lightly browned.  Then, place on the tostonera, or between wax paper.

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The tostonera is going to make it so much easier to mash.  Otherwise, while between the wax paper, mash with a plate.  2 plantains were used on that evening. Finish mashing them and keep on paper towels until the next step.

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Heat the oil back again and place the mashed plantains in batches once again.  They will rise to the surface. Let them get nice and light brown.  Take them out and place on paper towels again to drain the oil.

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You can serve them on a platter with just butter and garlic salt.  Or you can make the mojito by placing in the Pilon or Mortar 1 garlic clove, a pinch of salt.  Then with the pestle, crush garlic and salt together.  Add a bit of olive oil, a tablespoon or so, a small can of tomato sauce, tabasco and cilantro.  Then squeeze half a lime and add it, as well.  That’s it.

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Note:  This recipe is gluten free.  Make sure you check the tomato sauce, the chicken stock, and apple cider. Have a good one!!

October 21st, 2014

Destination? The Upper Crust, Coffee House, Homemade Baked Goods, Georgetown, Delaware, Coffee and More, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert…Artist Exhibit, Georgetown Art Crawl, Sussex County, Southern Delaware

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The Upper Crust is located at 7 East Market Street, Georgetown, Delaware 19947.  Tel. 302-856-2300.  Website?  http://www.theuppercrust.info.  On Facebook you can “Like” Upper Crust Georgetown.  Lots of events are being sponsored by the small and quaint restaurant across from the Courthouse…right by The Circle.

Georgetown, Delaware is the County Seat.  It is “Sixteen Miles from Anywhere” in the Deep South of Delaware.  We live in Sussex County and Georgetown is the County Seat.  Sussex County is also referred to as “Delaware’s Dixie”.

At some time or another you might have to visit Georgetown….Some pass by Georgetown as they make their yearly or week-end trips to the Delaware Beaches. Others, make Georgetown their workplace.   And, as you drive by…have you noticed how cute the streets are looking in Georgetown?  Getting into the season, I should say!

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My friend, Jody, and I stopped by because as it happened word of mouth told us that The Upper Crust was one to be checked.  They said that everything was homemade, delish, and their service was excellent.  So, we did!!  We found out that everything was that and more.

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The Daily Menu has specials like Cellblock Specials….it is by the Courthouse, of course.  On that day I had their Quiche which was bacon, broccoli and cheddar, with a nice bold cup of coffee.

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Busy in the kitchen getting ready for the day.  We tasted their soup…so delicious, but it was not ready yet.

Quiches were being prepared.

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Dessert anyone?  At times that’s all that is needed with a cup of coffee or tea…seasonal cheesecake!

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Events:

The Upper Crust will be transforming their herb garden into The Great Upper Crust Decorated Pumpkin Patch.  Pumpkin registration is at The Upper Crust at 7 East Market St. in Gerogetown.  Registered pumpkins will have their picture taken and posted on The Upper Crust Facebook Page (Upper Crust Georgetown).  Show your creativity and register your pumpkin until October 29th.  They will judged at close of business on that day.  The 1st, 2nd or 3rd….could be yours!

The Upper Crust is the Birthplace of the Historic Georgetown Art Crawl.  Exhibits and Events originate here…They offer space to local artists who might not otherwise have an opportunity to show their works.  Please visit http://www.theuppercrust.info/current_artist_exhibit, to see what else is happening here.

Unitl October 25th the exhibit is Millsboro Creative heARTS of The Salvation Army’s Developmental Disabilities Program.  Designs have been used by The Salvation Army for Divisional Chistmas Cards.  The group of 15 artists is empowered by their own work and inspired by the relationships they have developed with members of the local arts community.

November:  The Upper Crust will exhibit Award Winning Folk Artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans.  It will start October 25th until November 22nd.  Her colorful Folk Art is known as “Fun, Funky and Folk” and uses plenty of jewel-encrusted frame color.  You can meet her on Thursday, November 6th at The Upper Crust….Return Day.  Her theme of the exhibit will be “Georgetown and Return Day”.

For more information, please contact Bruce at bruce@theuppercrust.info, or 302-856-2300.

Note:  Stay tuned for info. on the 2015 Georgetown Art Crawl Festival by visiting http://www.facebook.com/georgetowncrawl.

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October 20th, 2014

Tomato Sunshine, Garden Center, Farm Market, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Into the Fall Season!

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Located at 19791 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, you will find Tomato Sunshine.  You cannot miss it!! It is so visible not because of its name but because it changes drastically with the seasons.

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Today is so sunny and cool…just the perfect autumn day!  Tomato Sunshine is open just as it is every day.  Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Tel. 302-226-9533.  Website?  http://www.tomatosunshine.com.  Check the website, and once on it, click on “In the Greenhouse”…there is an interesting recipe using garden sorrel for a winter soup.

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The market is ready for Halloween….

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I stopped so often throughout all seasons not just to buy produce, plants or whatever else I would need, but also because it brings a smile to my face.

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Shrubs, perennials, and veggies are available at Tomato Sunshine.  Any questions?  They are experts!!

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In the meantime, enjoy Autumn because pretty soon when you pass by Tomato Sunshine……Christmas Trees!!

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October 18th, 2014

Broadway Cabaret Night, Premier Center for The Arts, Zombie Walk and Apocalypse Ball, Milton Theatre, Po-Boys, Milton, Delaware, Southern Delaware

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Milton was on my mind this week-end.  Small businesses and restored historic homes located at the head of the Broadkill River make this town home to many who are deciding to relocate in Southern Delaware.  Quiet and unassuming is how I choose to describe it.

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What’s Going on Milton?

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Sunday, October 19th – BROADWAY CABARET NIGHT AT THE MILTON THEATRE – The Broadway Cabaret Series is being presented by Premier Centre for The Arts.  The Milton location is 110 Union St., Milton, DE 19968.  Tel. 302-684-3038.  Website?  http://www.pcade.com.  Showtimes?  Sunday October 19th at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m.  For tickets and information, please visit the website.

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Live musicians present Broadway and Jazz music. Amuse bouche menu presented by Vintage Pasta.  Cash Bar.  A cabaret style show with cabaret tables and candlelight.  Featuring new music and food each month.  Menu for the October show is featured on the website above mentioned.

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Friday, October 24th – ZOMBIE WALK AND APOCALYPSE BALL – They say it will be a benefit of apocalyptic nature.  This themed night will blow your undead mind to pieces.  The Shuttle from the Milton Theatre to Po-Boys runs from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Po-Boys Pig Roast and Cash Bar.  8:30 Zombie Walk to the Milton Theatre.  8:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Apocalypse Ball with DJ, Cash Bar, Unique Performers.  $25/Zombies, $12/ZombieCare, includes pizza dinner.  For more information, please call 302-684-3038 or go to http://www.pcade.com.

Have a great time!!

Note:  Information and Zombie photo courtesy of Premier Centre For The Arts.

October 15th, 2014

Destination? Lewes, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Stay Local, Have Fun, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delawre

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The Second Season is one of the most beautiful ones at the Delaware Beaches.  Even though these coastal resorts are now considered year round, they are a little bit more quiet…the perfect time to discover them!!

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Friday, October, 17th – CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK – NO ENTRANCE FEE – The Park celebrates its 50th anniversary and wants you to enjoy everything they offer for free….the beach, trails, its beauty.  8 a.m. until 8 p.m.  So, have fun!

Friday, October, 17th – “THE HISTORY OF DELAWARE LICENSE PLATES”  A First State Culture! – Lewes Historical Society Speaker Series will present this event at the Lewes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Enter the parking lot from Franklin Street.  The programs are free and open to the public.  This particular evening should be of interest to so many that value their Delaware license plates.  In most states the license tag on their cars is just that, a tag, but for some states like Delaware vehicle owners have embraced license plate ownership as a status symbol and a connection to their past.  Mike Williams, Chief of Communications for the Delaware State Division of Motor Vehicles will be the speaker on this evening.

Mr. Williams, is a native of Delaware. He will include in his discussion the desirable black and white procelain sets from the 1940s, the black stainless steel tags from the 1950s, and the story behind the controversial front style changes in the early 1990s.

Light refreshments will be served follwoing the presentation.  More info. on the Lewes Historical Society?  Please visit http://www.historiclewes.org.

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Saturday, October 18th – HISTORIC LEWES FARMERS MARKET -  Saturdays from 9 a.m. until Noon at Shields Elementary School Parking Lot on Savannah Rd.  A producer only farmers market and a place for the community and visitors to gather every week.  Celebrating Jazz Festival at the Market, special guest Everett Spells will be present entertaining the crowds.  For more information of Historic Lewes Farmers Market, including recipes and events, please visit http://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.

Saturday, October 18th – BATTERY 519 OPEN HOUSE – Fort Miles was a key part of the nation’s coastal defense during and after WWII.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Fort Miles Historic Site is at 15099 Henlopen Drive, in Lewes.  Call 302-645-6852 for more info. and to register.

Docents from the Fort Miles Historic Association will be on hand to answer your questions as you tour Battery 519.  $3 per person.

Saturday, October 18th – 9th ANNUAL ” WINE, BEER & CHEESE TASTING” – At Cape Henlopen State Park Officer’s Club from 4 to 6 p.m.  Admission is $20 in advance and $24 at the door.  Tickets are available at the Park Office, Lewes Chamber of Commerce, and R & L Liquors in Lewes.  Call 302-858-6127.  Please note that your ticket will be your entrance to the Park.

Saturday, October 18th – COASTAL CONCERTS PRESENTS LEON BATES & PORTLAND STRING QUARTET – Location?  Bethel Uniqued Methodist Church Hall on Fourth & Market Streets in Lewes.  Famed pianist Leon Bates will join talents with the Portland String Quartet, a group admired for its many years of excellent music making.  This promises to be a remarkable evening of music.  For tickets please visit http://www.coastalconcerts.org.

Have a great time!!

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October 13th, 2014

Out & About, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Week-Ends at The Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Looking out the window, I am wondering what the heck happened to the sun?  It was so gorgeous on Sunday at the beaches, that I called my neighbor and asked her if she wanted to take a walk around Rehoboth Beach.

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Rehoboth Beach is a great town to walk. The Boardwalk is award-winning and the iconic benches line this popular boardwalk just in case you want to relax and people watch.  Sunday was one of those days that even though it was a bit cool, the beaches were packed.  Some were at the water’s edge with sweaters, some were shopping, others were just enjoying one beautiful day.  And others decided to just eat and have something to drink.

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The Greyhounds stayed in Dewey but they also made the rounds in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  At least they had one good sunny day this week-end.

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Walking through The Pines, a neighborhood, between Downtown Rehoboth Beach and Henlopen Acres, we stopped to check out 2 Open Houses.  One new construction and the other one a house that had been built in the 1940s and was still owned by the family.  We got a bird’s eye view from the top of this house, whose “upper deck” was a later addition.

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On our walk we stopped at Anita Peghini-Raber Gallery.  It is located at 49 Baltimore Avenue.  Anita is an expressionist; she is also self-taught.  Website?  http://www.rehobothart.com.

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What’s Happening at the gallery?

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Oriental Dance with Viviana on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $10 donation at the door.

Tango de Arte takes place the last Saturday of the month.  A free class from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. From 9 p.m. dance until……late.  Please visit http://www.tangolewes.com.

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These events are well attended and they tell me that they are so much fun!!

Hungry and late in the afternoon we decided to stop at Semra’s Mediterranean Grill.  It is located at 19 Rehoboth Avenue.  John and Semra are the owners and they are always at the restaurant.  I cannot say enough about their cuisine.  Everything is made in house. Website?  http://www.semras.com.  Tel. 302-727-5964.  Sema’s is on Facebook.  Watch for Belly Dancing Events coming up in the months to come.

You know, it is really interesting, because I can say that I can make a Mousaka, but when Mousaka is served at Semra’s it takes your palate to a different dimension.  Their spices are sent by relatives and the taste is delicate, with dishes perfectly seasoned.

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My dish was traditional from Semra’s city in Turkey…..except I forgot if it was called Manti, Monti…hopefully she will correct me.  It was light, and Semra’s described it that way.  Ground lamb with amazing spices and with just a hint of heat, topped with tzatziki (yogurt) sauce.

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Off we went back to our car….Lucky to live at the beach and never take it for granted.  Have a great day!!

October 12th, 2014

Destination? Junction & Breakwater Trail, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Delaware, Beautiful Day at the Delaware Beaches, Biking, Walking & Hiking Trail, Southern Delaware, Gorgeous Day in Delmarva!

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This is a gorgeous day to go out and about at the Delaware Beaches….If it is too cool at the beach…hiking, biking or walking is just within reach at the Junction & Breakwater Trail.

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The trail lies between Rehoboth and Lewes.  Since I live in Rehoboth Beach, I usually park behind the outlets and take off walking with a friend.  Plenty of others choose to bike it.

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This trail used to be a rail line that ran between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach in the mid 1800s.  The former Penn Centrail Rail line, once transported passengers to many Methodist resorts camps along this coast.  So, in reality you are standing in the path of a train.

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The Junction & Breakwater Trail opened in December of 2003.  It was originally a 3.6 mile crushed stone trail extending from Hebron Rd. in West Rehoboth going north to the Wolfe Glade trestle.  In 2007 an additional 2.4 mile corridor was opened with a total of 6 miles.

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The trail includes an 80 foot long railroad bridge originally built in 1913 that crosses Holland Glade.  Beautiful views of the wetlands and of the WWII observation tower on the beach.

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For more information please visit http://www.leweschamber.com/trails/junction-breakwater-biking-and-hiking-trail.

If you get tired, you will find benches along the way where you can sit, relax and take it all in.

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Have a great day!!

October 10th, 2014

TGIF, Happy Hour, Shorebreak Lodge, Restaurant, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southen Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Love the Happy Hour Tapas Style!!

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Happy Hour will begin at Shrebreak Lodge @ The Bar at 5 p.m. and will continue until 7 p.m.  The menu is constantly changing which is great.

My neighbor, Chris, and her friend, Barb, did not have to twist my arm when they called me last Friday, October 3rd, to see if I would join them at Shorebreak for a little Happy Hour Tapas Style.

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Love Shorebreak Lodge, located at 10 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-1007.  They do accept reservations!!  A novelty these days.  Website?  http://www.shorebreaklodge.tumblr.com.

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We were the first ones there….lucky for me so that I could take photos.

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Shorebreak is ready for fall season.  The decorations are simple and so appropriate for this very quaint restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

There are plenty of seating options at the restaurant.  We sat at the bar to take advantage of those very reasonable prices during Happy Hour.

We were going to share:  Happy Hour Tapas Style

The olives.  Salty and delicious….perfect with our drinks.

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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad.  I do like beets and so does Barb….Chris does not like them.  She was outnumbered….she ate the greens.  There were two colors of beets.

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Brussel Sprouts, Bacon and Fig Jam….Loved them.  I probably would have cooked the sprouts one more minute, nevertheless they were very good.

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Crab & Pumpkin Dip.  Good combination with the pumpkin not overpowering the crab.

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I love Mussels and with chorizo, even better…..always comparing to the ones from Liquid Assets in Ocean City, Maryland.  These were close.  Tender, with a well seasoned broth and grilled bread for dipping, of course.

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Chatting with others that were joining us at the bar….then it was time to go. Always priceless, having something to eat with friends!!

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