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August 28th, 2015

Destination? Lewes, Delaware, What’s Going On?, Activities, Events, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Summer 2015!!

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In 2006, the city of Lewes was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations”, and was named a “Preserve America Community”.  Founded in 1631, by the Dutch, Lewes is Delaware’s oldest settlement, earning it the nickname of “The First Town in The First State”.

So, What’s Going on this week-end?

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Saturday, 8/29 – Historic Lewes Farmers Market…Location? The Lewes Historical Society Complex at 110 Shipcarpenter St.  Love this market.  Demonstrations during the morning…9 a.m. Maurice Catlett, Executive Chef at Fish On! in Lewes will prepare fried green tomatoes with spicy shrimp salad and blue cheese.  Love fried green tomatoes!  http://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org

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Saturday, 8/29 – Brews by The Bay 2015…This is the second year for this event.  Experience the only Bi-State Beer Festival in the Country.  Live music, 20+ breweries, local food, and yard games on each side.  Taste the best new craft beers from both Delaware and New Jersey.  Where?  The Cape May Terminal from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and the Lewes Terminal from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Better yet, buy a discounted combo ticket and take the ferry to both fests and decide which state has the best new brew for you.  Prices:  $48.25 for NJ only and Delaware only.  $74.50 for both Plus a roundtrip ferry ride!!  Special reduced rates for designated drivers.  Please note that no alcohol or samples can be carried on the ferry.  Beverages are available for sale on the ferry.  More info?  Please visit http://www.capemaylewesferry.com.

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Saturday, 8/29 – Free Deck Tour of the Kalmar Nyckel.  Join the crew.  Kids can ring the ship’s bell.  Please call 302-645-2791 or visit http://www.kalmarnyckel.org.

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Saturday, 8/29 – Live Music at Bethany Blues, Lewes at 18385 Coastal Highway, http://www.bethanyblues.com/lewes Entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.  Stop by and listen to Captain Blue’s Bluegrass Band.  CJ and the Band lead the way with Americana/Folk Bluegrass!  Check them out at http://www.reverberation.com/captainbluemusic

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Sunday, 8/30 – Yoga in the Park at Lewes Canalfront Park on Front Street from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.  Every Sunday until September 6th.  Sessions are by Dimitra Yoga.  Tel. 302-645-2795 or visit http://www.lewescanalfrontpark.org

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Sunday, 8/30 – A Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Sail the Tall Ship of Delaware.  Join the captain and the crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas.  $60 for adults and $40 for children 7 years of age and under.  Meet at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Public Pier.  http://www.kalmarnyckel.org

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August 25th, 2015

Destination? Ocean Downs Racetrack, Casino at Ocean Downs, 2015 Live Racing Season, Ocean City, Maryland…And They’re Off!!

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After a very satisfying dinner at Sello’s in Ocean City, Maryland, we took off for Ocean Downs Racetrack & Casino.  This has been a racetrack for 66 years.  We were looking forward to a nice evening of harness racing and a little gambling, as well.  Don’t worry our bets were very conservative.  Address 10218 Racetrack Rd.  Tel. 410641-0600

Casino at Ocean Downs has 800 slot machines and electronic table games, like Crabs, Blackjack, Roulette and Poker.  For more information please visit http://www.oceandowns.com.

At the game tables you will play against a virtual croupier.  You have to be 21 years old and please play responsibly.

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A Trotter or a Pacer?  The Trotter moves a right leg and a left leg forward at the same time; his right front and left rear, then his left front and right rear.  The Pacer moves both legs on the same side of his body forward at the same time.

Running horses gallop, moving both front legs forward and then both rear legs forward.

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At the racetrack children are allowed to come in if accompanied by an adult.  You must be 18 or older to place a wager (bet).  Four wagers are available:  Win, Place, Show Exacta, and Big Triple.

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When you wager (bet), you are not betting against the track, but against everyone who is making that type of wager in that race.  Post time is 7:20 p.m.

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All of us won some money on that beautiful evening.  We laughed…we were there to have fun.  First I started picking the horses traditionally….by their starts.  Then, I said the heck with this, it is going to be by the names.  Their names were just too good to pass.

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Here are some of the names:  What I say Goes, Girlfriend Bash, Givetheladyabeer, Fashion Villager, Gimmesomeroom, Feelingmightygood, A Wild Impulse, Big Is Better, Howsaboutakiss, Shessoserene, Well Maid.

There were 11 races on Sunday evening.  You can watch these races every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday through September 4th.

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Please visit the website http://www.oceandowns.com/racing.php for other events going on.  On August 27th The Clydesdale Horses will appear.

Certainly a lot of fun with great friends…priceless!!

August 24th, 2015

West Ocean City Eats, Sello’s, Ocean City, Maryland, Italian Cuisine, Bar, Restaurant, OC Beaches, Summer 2015

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“Dinner is where magic happens in the kitchen.”  kris carr

Stopping for a very early dinner on Sunday, with friends, en route to the Harness Races at Ocean Downs Casino…our choice?  Sello’s, located at 9802 Gold Course Rd., Tel. 410-390-3543  Website?  http://www.sellosoc.com

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Sello’s does not accept reservations, but you may call ahead of time to tell them you are coming.  The restaurant’s decor and logo is based on the following fabric.  I have no idea why, but all I can tell you is that the pants I was wearing had a similar pattern.

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The restaurant is comfortable and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  Throughout the restaurant you will see photographs taken by the owners in Italy.

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The bar is cozy, another very welcoming area to wait or just enjoy a few drinks.

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After an order of drinks we got down to the business of appetizers:

Carpaccio di Manzo…Thinly sliced tenderloin of beef garnished with capers, chopped onions, shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese and arugula.

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Barbabietola e Finocchio…Roasted Beets & Fennel with black olives, grilled asparagus, gorgonzola cheese in a citrus vinaigrette.  Love beets and these were delish.

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Pomodoro Caprese…Nothing like fresh tomatoes this time of the year with fresh mozzarella, as well…Fresh Burata Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil with a touch of EVO and balsamic vinegar.

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Catching up with friends is also a plus, but when you get together with this O.C. crowd I think laughter gets contagious.

Time for Dinner, Shall We?

Two of us ordered the Catch of The Day….Grouper, olives, sauce so perfectly seasoned.  As a side dish eggplant stuffed with risotto.

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A Pasta Bolognese…please note the pastas are made in-house.

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Involtini di Melanzane…Thinly sliced grilled eggplant rolled and stuffed with angel hair pasta with Marinara sauce and fresh parmigiano reggiano.  This is Kathlene’s favorite and once again she decided to order it.

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Ross’s Pizza….It was a personal pizza but it was quite large.  Perfectly cooked…thin and crispy.

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No dessert was necessary; we were totally satisfied…plus we needed to take off for Ocean Downs Racetrack and Casino where we were hoping to make some money, and enjoy more laughter and good times as Summer 2015 is coming to an end.

Have a good one!!

August 23rd, 2015

RBVFC Fire Fightin’ 5k Run/Walk, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Raising Funds for the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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The perfect summer day….Temperatures in the 70s, low humidity, blue skies and a morning to race or walk.  The Inaugural RBVFC Fire Fightin’ 5k Run/Walk was early this morning as many as 300 plus participants were getting ready to walk or run in order to raise funds for the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department – Station 86 Capital Campaign Building Fund.  More info?  Please visit http://www.rehobothbeachfire.com.

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This event was produced by Seashore Strider Event Production, Inc.  Please visit their website for upcoming events.  http://www.seashorestriders.com.

Refreshments and Post Race Party and awards took place at Lula Brazil at 234 Rehoboth Avenue.

Have a great Sunday!!

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August 20th, 2015

24 Hours, New York City, The High Line, City Park, Friends of the High Line, Walk it, Jog It, Love It!!

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Walking the High Line meant that my friend, Cindi, and I would be walking all those “indispensables” New York City has to offer…from Str-eat food to fine dining, and a few cocktails along the way.

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The High Line is a New York City Park, maintained and supported by the Friends of the High Line, http://www.thehighline.org.

In 1934 as part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line opened to trains.  It was designed to go through the center of blocks, rather than over the avenue, carrying goods to and from Manhattan’s largest industrial district.

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In 2002-2003 the High Line’s preservation and re-use began.

In 2005-2006, the City accepted ownership of the High Line which was donated by CSX.  The groundbreaking was celebrated in April, 2006.

On September 21, 2014 the third and northernmost section of the park, the High Line at the Rail Yards, opened to the public, with a celebration for a successful 15 years of advocacy to preserve the entire structure.  For more info., please visit http://www.thehighline.org/visit/#/access.

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The High Line is open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.  There are public tours on Tuesday and Saturday from May through September.  Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.  The location?  Gansevoort St. entrance, on the High Line at Gansevoort St.  More info?  Please call 212-500-6035.

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Along the way you will see the Hudson on one side and the City on the other.

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While visiting check the landscaping, and the railroad ties that are still seen and have been preserved on purpose throughout the walk.

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It was a little hot last Sunday but you can take your shoes off and cool off.

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Plenty of benches to take a break and the trees are now grown, giving shade on hot summer days.  You will also find vendors selling cool refreshments….one of my favorites the Shaved Ice or Piraguas as they are called in Puerto Rico

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The Mural…Love Is The Answer

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You can’t miss it.  Portraying Albert Einstein’s literal words.  The street art is by Bansky, known for his social and political art commentaries that pop up around NYC.

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Come Build With Us…The Collectivity Project will be at the High Line until September 30th from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  This is an installation of 2 tons of white LEGO bricks that features an imaginary cityscape conceived and designed by the public.  Visitors are welcomed to play with the installation, building and rebuilding the structures over time.  More info?  Please visit http://www.art.thehighline.org.

So, if you are visiting the Big Apple, this is a must do activity!!

Have a good one…TTYL

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August 13th, 2015

Shopping!! Lilypad, Children’s Boutique, Boys, Girls, Babies, Toddlers, Young Boys & Girls Clothing, Accessories, Toys, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Looking Good Back to School

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Now that a lot of my friends are having grandchildren, including myself….this post is for you.  Your little ones deserve the best and you will find it at Lilypad Children’s Boutique located at Village-By-The-Sea Shops at 149 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-4464.  You can find them on Facebook as The Lilypad Children’s Boutique.

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Lilypad has clothing, accessories, swim suits, and toys from babies to young children.  Gayle and Paige, mother and daughter, are the owners of the cutest children’s boutique in Southern Delaware.  Gayle and Paige are very friendly and will help you find the best outfits for your little ones.

For Boys:

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For Girls:

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So many accessories….loved the Chew Beads.  They are the perfect accessory for Mom…let those babies chew on them with no problem.  Very safe.  I loved them so much I bought some for myself, as well.  Great summer necklace!

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Funky Swim Goggles and Glittery Sunscream:

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For my granddaughter Sophia I got the cutest clothes.  Can’t wait to see her wear them.

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Have a good one!!

August 11th, 2015

Out & About, What’s Going On? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, The Bandstand, Free Summer Concerts, Dogfish Head, Restaurant,

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“Summer is kind of like the ultimate One Night Stand:  Hot as Hell, Totally Thrilling, and Gone Before You Know It….Yes, Summer 2015 is flying by.  Rehoboth Beach will continue just as busy in the Second Season, so make plans to come back to the Beach.

The day started with rain, then sun, then rain again, but the beach was crowded.

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Spending a few hours in town with my friend, Jody, we noticed that The Ice Cream Store, located at 6 Rehoboth Avenue had a line.  It always does.  Flavors like Bacon, Beer Ice Cream. Blood Orange Mango, Dirt, Motor Oil, and Booger!!  Check the other flavors by visiting http://www.rehobothbeachicecreamstore.com/flavors.htm.

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They have over 100 flavors and you can customize your cone and cup.  They also give samples, which is great to make sure those crazy flavors are what you are looking for.  Pretty much endless possibilities.  And, I have not tried them.  Ice cream is my weakness and don’t want to start anything I might not be able to stop.  Lol.

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The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and The Boardwalk are the meeting places in Rehoboth Beach.  Free Summer Concerts take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  During the day it is quiet, just the visitors taking photos, beaching, or sampling the Boardwalk Grub, on one beautiful coastal beach town.  But, during the evenings when concerts are taking place, it is crowded, noisy, and you might be able to kick your shoes and start dancing.

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This coming week-end check who the entertainers will be:  Music begins at 8:00 p.m.  More info?  Please visit http://www.rehobothbandstand.com

Friday, 8/14 – Lower Case Blues – Genre?  Hard Rockin Blues to New Orleans Funk with a mix of Jazz & Soul.

Saturday, 8/15 – Vinyl Shockley -  Genre? This band reflects the influences that Rhythm & Blues & Hillbilly Music have.

Sunday, 8/16 – Phillip Fox Band – Genre?  Southern Rock

There are so many place to eat in Rehoboth Beach, but our choice for lunch today was Dogfish Head located at 320 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-226-2739.  It was so crowded that we had to wait for half hour.

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You might think that that visitors come for just the beer.  Maybe so, but their food is constantly good, as well.  Check the website at http://www.dogfish.com.

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Two orders of the Pub Salad…Seasonal lettuces, grape tomato, carrot, cukes, red onion and Midas Touch vinaigrette, topped with woodgrilled salmon.  So delicious, especially when you want something light.

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Jody ordered the same salad but topped it with woodgrilled chicken.

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This evening, a rainbow over Rehoboth Beach!

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Have a good one!!

August 6th, 2015

Ocean City, Maryland, Sahara Motel, Oceanfront, The Boardwalk, White Marlin Open, Longboard Cafe, Barn 34, 24 Hours In Ocean City, Summer 2015

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They say that during summer week-ends Ocean City, Maryland hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers.  Up to 8 million visitors annually.  Businessman Isaac Coffin built the first beach-front cottage in 1869 in order to receive paying guests.  Guests would arrive by stage coach and ferry.  The idea was to fish off the shore, and to enjoy the beautiful and long strip of sandy beach.  As it happens, soon after, others followed his lead and built houses on the strip of sand.  Then the development came as businessmen were attracted to the area.  Two hundred and fifty lots were cut into it; a corporation was formed to help with the development of the land.  And, the corporation stock of 4,000 shares were sold for $25 each.  The rest is history.

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There is plenty to do in Ocean City.  The beach is so wide and very clean.  Early in the a.m. already visitors choose their spots.  Umbrellas up and they are all good to go.

I was spending 24 hours in O.C. with my friend, Cindi.  She and I were going to enjoy some of the activities that visitors love in this coastal resort.  We were staying at the Sahara Motel.  Oceanfront at the Boardwalk’s edge.  The Sahara Motel is located at 19th St. and Boardwalk.  It does have a very popular Cafe open for breakfast and lunch.  Tels. 410-289-8101, 1-800-638-1600.  Website?  http://www.saharamotel.com.

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The Sahara Motel is a sister motel to:  Beachmark Motel, Tides Motel, Executive Motel, and Empress Motel & Apartments.  You can choose oceanfront, oceanview, poolside, west or tower building.  To see the other motels, please visit http://www.bestmotels.com.

The Ocean City Boardwalk is 2 1/4 miles.  Early in the a.m. walkers, bikers, and joggers take the opportunity to exercise while having the best view in town.

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Sand Sculpting in OC

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Just remember to touch at the end of the boardwalk to make sure your walk counts.

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Turning around we went off for another 2 1/4 miles.  The Boardwalk was waking up.

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You can still find some of those cottages that make you say Oh, So Cute!!  On the Boardwalk!

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If you get tired of walking the Boardwalk, hop on the tram.  $3/person one way, but there are other deals available if you are spending the week.  Please visit http://www/ocbound.com/boardwalk-tram.

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The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open takes place this time of the year.  August 3 – 7.  It is the World’s Largest Billfish Tournament with a purse of about $3.8 million dollars.  This year there were 370 boasts registered.   One of the activities for spectators is to go every afternoon to the Harbourside Marina to attend the weigh-in from 4 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.  Balancing the tip of the scale can make you a winner of lots of money.    Harbourside Marina is at 14th St and the Bay.  It gets crowded.  You can shop because there are plenty of vendors and you can also have something to eat and a few drinks, as well.

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I bought the 2015 T-shirts but then we found a gentleman wearing one from 1988 when the purse was only $50,000.

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It was a beautiful evening with plenty of boats in the marina and some were already getting ready for the next day of fishing.

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The waiting was over.  Only 5 boats went out on Tuesday because of the 10 foot seas.  Finally, one of the boats, The Mahi, came in with a tuna.  The weight was 19 1/2 lbs.  If it had been 20 lbs. it would have won $12,000.

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Friday, August 7th, is the last day.  If you want more info., please visit http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/info/for-spectators.

Late night dinner at Longboard Cafe located at 6701 Coastal Highway was a good choice.  They are open for lunch and dinner.  A casual atmosphere, you may eat outdoors on their deck or inside.  Tel. 443-664-5639.  Website?  http://www.longboardcafe.net.

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We sat at the better where we were able to see a very fast and busy bartender doing his best to keep everyone very well hydrated.

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Chris Button was entertaining the patrons and he was excellent.

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A Grilled Caesar for Cindi and I…it was good and plenty for sharing.

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Halibut Mediterranean style for me with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers, lemon, wine and garlic pan sauce.  Nice white fish with a mild flavor.  Fish comes in fresh every day.

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Cindi’s Wild Caught Salmon Filet was also very good…teriyaki sriracha lacquer, field greens, avocado, roasted corn, grape tomato, and a balsamic drizzle.

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No need for dessert…

Getting up at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday to go to the inlet and wish all those boats good luck was tough.  But we did it.  Hundreds of boats went out on Wednesday.

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Walking the OC Boardwalk to get energy for breakfast at Barn 34 located at 3400 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 410-289-5376.  Website?  http://www.barn34oc.com.

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Mary Anne, Mike, and Michael….The Lawsons!! Great to chat with them and to see them doing so well.  Barn 34 is open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It is casual…with a very friendly staff.

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Cindi had The Beach Babe…Scramble eggs with sauteed onions, potato, red peppers, chorizo, stuffed into a flour tortilla, and topped with salsa and cheese.  Yum!!

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I was sold the moment I heard that one of their specials was the Fried Green Tomatoes Benedict…..So delicious, the tomatoes perfectly cooked and seasoned.  Grits!!

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It was time to head back to Rehoboth Beach….24 Hours in OC went by so quickly but that happens when you are in good company and having fun.  Until next time!!  Thanks Cindi!

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