February 19th, 2019

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Exhibit, Fabulous Fashions, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, Day Tripping

Each piece is tailored specifically for the client. “The word ‘haute’ means high, in the sense of high class. “Couture” refers primarily to designers or couturiers and dressmaking that’s made to order.”

For example, above you see dresses for the Spring of 1948 designed by Christian Dior. The pink one was a new revolutionary “Look” geared to the active life of the day. A little different from what I call active, but what do I know, right? I am just writing a post.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Website? http://www.philamuseum.org

This particular exhibit is called Fabulous Fashions and will be there until March 3rd. From the Delaware Beaches it is about 2 1/2 hours and an easy trip to say the least. Grab a friend and go. That’s what I did. Cindi and I had the best time. Not overly scheduled, just enjoying a winter day in the city.

The starting price for haute couture is $30,000. Long hours of work can hike that price, as will also the embellishments chosen.

For example the photo above shown at the exhibit is called “Sea Fan Fantasy”. Designed by Tina Leser, and American designer for Edwin H. Foreman, Inc. It was hand-painted and spray-painted cellulose acetate plain weave with metallic sequins. Ms. Leser was from Philadelphia and liked to incorporate exotic elements from her travels. This was gown was indicative of the fashion trends of 1947.

Fashion trends keep changing. But what goes around comes around. When I looked at the above fashions I can see them being worn in 2019. On the first photo, the dress with the horizontal stripes was originally designed in 1952 and later on reinterpreted in 2013. In 2013 Francisco Costa, creative director for Calvin Kline and designer Ellsworth Kelly, modernized the look a bit. The original dress was longer and had a light blue band on the bottom.

Anne Fogarty was the designer for the above pictured dress. She started out as a model and was from Pennsylvania. She became well-known for full skirted designs with fitted bodices. She was inspired by Dior. This dress was her own and was so tiny that the Museum needed to make a special manequin.

The evening dress on the left was designed by Ives Saint Laurent for his Fall/Winter 10th collection 1966-67. He was 30 years old and the dress was meant to speak for the moment…”here today, gone tomorrow, young, amused”.

The gold dress on the right, I had never heard of the American designer Vicky Tiel. This dress was designed in 1989. Her signature style was the draping and construction for the glorification of the female body. Her favorite was a low, strapless neckline. She is still active in Paris.


The accessories that make or break a design…texture, color, and design.

The shoes date from 1991 and the purse circa 1955-65.

Major designers also design hats. Here are some from Balenciaga, Givenchy, Nan Duskin, Stephen Jones.

Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, was from Philadelphia. Her dress is a classic and was designed by Helen Rose who was an American costume designer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The dress was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is very delicate now and they don’t really bring it out much. But the next photo will show her headpiece made also by Helen Rose, the shoes designed by David Evins, an American, born in England, with a copper penny encased in the right shoe for good luck, and a Bride’s Manual decorated by the wardrobe department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This was a gift to her from a family friend from Chestnut Hill. She also carried a small bouquet of lillies of the valley.

We took a tour and I recomment it very much. Maybe you should call for the tour hours as they are not offered on an hourly basis. Then, you may want to have something to eat there as well. That is another post in the making.

Until then…check my Facebook Page AboutMyBeaches. Would love it if you decide to Like it.


February 7th, 2019

Mary’s Touch, Moving, Packing, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County

A few months ago I needed a mover. As it is usually the case a friend gave me the name of Mary Nicholson who is the owner of Mary’s Touch. Her company, Mary’s Touch Moving & Packing, LLC specializes in new homes, storage and retirement homes. Tel. 302-745-1272.

Word of mouth is the best advertising you can get. You are happy with the work, you will definitely, pass the word around. I have been meaning to write a post on Mary because they were true professionals. At some point or another everyone needs a mover that will pack and move your treasures to either another home or to a storage unit.

Totally recommend this company. Please give Mary a call.


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November 19th, 2018

Office Spaces, For Rent, Starboard Center, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

For many years Bethany Beach has been known as one of the quiet resorts.  For many of us that have been in the area for many years and have seen it grow, there is nothing quiet anymore. It is vibrant and it is full of life.  All you have to do is come visit at different times of the year to see how this small town has grown so much.  People come to these beach towns because it is a way of getting out of the cities.  The Delaware Beaches are so popular now, not only to vacation but to live here and establish new businesses.

The Starboard Center is located at 32892 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.  There are 6 business offices located in this very centrally and accessible location.  One of the offices, Suite 3, is 460 square feet.  It looks pretty nice and it is ready for rent.  The other office is 725 square feet and will be ready in a few weeks. CAM charges are very reasonable, plenty of parking too.

For more information, please contact Joe Maggio Realty at 302-539-5500.

What perfect way to start in a new office for the New Year.

Make that call to Joe Maggio Realty at 302-539-5500, and see for yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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November 12th, 2018

Travel, Hotel RIU, All Inclusive Resort, Ocean Front Hotel, Adults Only Resort, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas, Chutney, Indian Restaurant, Girls Trip, What Happens on a Girls’ Trip, Stays on a Girls’ Trip

 

Mid October was our trip to the all inclusive RIU, adults only resort located in Paradise Island in the Bahamas.  It was going to be a big birthday for one of our friends and being that we are always in the mood for something exciting, we took off for a few days of fun and relaxation.  It is getting cold here at the Delaware Beaches and my thoughts go back to those few days where the appreciation of the bluest waters of the Bahamas come to mind.

It took some time to make a decision where to go.  We wanted something easy to get to from Salisbury, Maryland.  Hard to get everyone on board but thanks to Cindy McCabe of Bethany Travel located in Millsboro, Delaware, we were able to make up our minds.  Sun, blue waters, good food, drinks were in the requests.  Their tel. in case you find yourself in this predicament is 302-933-0955.

The following photo is the group, leaving at the crack of dawn from Salisbury, Maryland, to Charlotte, NC, and then to Nassau.  We were sitting on the beach by 2 p.m.

Guess what?  American Airlines sang Happy Birthday to our friend and so did every restaurant and place we visited.  I think that traveling with a bunch of women is a lot of fun.  But, there are a few things we should have in mind.  You have to be open minded, be yourself, enjoy the time you have with friends.  We all have different personalities and when you travel you have to go with the flow.  At times you have to compromise too.

We did take a lot of photos.  The next one is us after we arrived at RIU, checking in and greeted with champagne.

Being that it was an all inclusive resort, you had food and drinks 24/7.  So on this trip diet, counting calories, were simply not allowed.  A few glitches with the rooms but finally we got all settled in.

This was my room and my view. No complaints there.

RIU’s entertainment was not good.  They do have a great setting so that should be something to improve, because people do want good singers and programs.

One restaurant that caught us by surprised was Chutney.  Truth be told, we really did not know how the food at Riu and its restaurants was going to be.  But, it was delicious.  Chutney is a tasting Indian Restaurant.

Traditional cold and hot appetizers, main courses and desserts.  Every dish was introduced and we all shared the bounty.  Good selection of wines, as well.  No rush, just a really nice evening.

Starting with a cold tomato soup….yes, it is that little glass on the photo.

A mix green salad, eggplant with yogurt and dill.  Hot appetizers like vegetarian Samosas, lamb Samosas, fish and Paneer Tikka.

We loved our table and our service.  Culinary Cudos to Chutney!!

For our Main Courses we had lamb curry, Tikka tandoori chicken, fish in coconut curry, Dal makhani and Basmati rice.

There was music, bangings and singing….. yes, for the birthday girl.  Dessert of Coco laddoo, Burfi which was squares with pistacchio,  Genoise with coconut and sweet potato pudding.

And a special treat for our friend.  To tell you the truth with all the commotion I did not get the details. LOL

So that was our beginning.  Until the next post, I remain.  Remember YOLO “you only live once”.

 

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November 11th, 2018

Out & About, The Bungalow on 2nd, Lifestyle Boutique, Lewes, Delaware, Shopping, Shop Local, Small Business Saturday, November 24th, Delaware Beaches, Historic Lewes, Holiday Shopping

 

I was out and about with a friend on Second Street in Lewes, Delaware.  The Fall is the time for us “locals” to get out and see what is new.  A relaxed way of discovering the town.  No parking, which makes a big difference. My friend, Madelon, and I loved the storefront of this boutique that we had not noticed in the past.  It is called The Bungalow on 2nd.  Second Street is really Main Street in Lewes.

I am sure some of you will disagree but I find boutique shopping the most comfortable way to shop.  These shops in small towns all over the United States give clients the opportunity to get to know the store owners. You get a one on one service.

The young woman behind the counter I had to engage in conversation.  If you were in a big mall that usually does not happen.  No time for small talk, really.  Her name is Kaitlin and she has been opened for just about 6 weeks or so.  The shop is adorable; so very well appointed.  The store is not crowded and she has done a great job in redoing the shop.  Before starting this new venture she was a 9th grade teacher.  It would be great for you to stop by and welcome her to the community.  The Bungalow on 2nd is located at 142 2nd St., Lewes, DE 19958.  Tel. 302-644-1544

You can find clothing, presents for friends and family and, of course, a little indulgence for yourself, as well.

There is nothing like the right accessory to enhance an outfit.  You can find necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for all tastes.

Clean looks, napkins, table runners, candles, home accents…..all very pretty and affordable.

November 24th it is called Small Business Saturday.  Obviously, we live in small coastal towns and promoting the local businesses is something a lot of us find dear to our hearts.  We wish Kaitlin much success and look forward to stopping by again.

Until then, have a good one!!

 

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October 1st, 2018

Meatless Monday, White Onion Soup Chablis, Recipe, Easy, Comfort Food, Soup, Delaware Beaches, The Beach Eats, Southern Delaware, Recipes Begged, Borrowed and Stolen

 

Meatless Monday is a trend.  In reality you can do this any day of the week.  One day or more than one.  But it is catchy to say “Meatless Monday”.  Leaving the meat behind and for one day enjoy the many dishes that usually revolve around meats.

I have roots in Baltimore.  My husband was from Baltimore.  My sister in law lives there.  I worked in Baltimore for years before moving to the Delaware Beaches.  Way before I started this blog too.  Baltimore is a city of many firsts.  Museums, churches, hospitals, neighborhoods.  Many times it gets bad reviews but I really enjoyed my time there.

Private Collections:  A Culinary Treasure is a cookbook that contains timeless recipes put out by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Gallery, a one of a kind museum located in Baltimore.  Beautiful art treasures are displayed in its pages, along with amazing recipes from soups to nuts.

I have posted this recipe before, but just in case you missed it, here it is again.  It is a different type of onion soup but the combination of ingredients makes it a winner.

ONION SOUP CHABLIS

1 lb. white onions, sliced very thin

1/4 lb. butter

2 cups chicken broth (your choice of unsalted or salted, or even a mixture of both)

1 cup Chablis

1 tsp. salt

pepper

2 cups medium cream (half and half will do too)

Swiss cheese, freshly grated

In a large soup pot saute the onions in butter until soft and transparent but not brown.  Add chicken broth and simmer until the mixture is reduced somewhat.  To tell you the truth, I skipped that step.

Add the Chablis, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 minutes.

Stir in cream, heat, not boil, and serve.

Garnish with plenty of cheese.  The marriage of flavors is awesome!! You’ll see. Enjoy!

Serves 6.

Remember that with any recipe you can always make it your own.

 

 

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September 25th, 2018

Semra’s Mediterranean Grill, Restaurant, Take Out, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Review, Lunch, Dinner, The Beach Eats, Casual, Homemade Food, Aromatic Spices, Southern Delaware

Crushed red pepper directly from Turkey.  Semra’s family sends her this sweet pepper.  It does not look sweet but it is.  Very good.  Semra’s has it on all tables.  I had a craving for Moussaka from Semra’s.  In Turkey, which is where Semra is from, the Moussaka has a different appearance.  I always thought Moussaka looked like and eggplant lasagna.  At Semra’s it is prepared Turkish style.  It is so aromatic and flavorful.

The Kofte I had for lunch today.  The patties are char-grilled, again, seasoned with those delicious Turkish herbs and spices.  It was served with rice, yogurt sauce and pita bread.

Semra’s is located at 19 Rehoboth Avenue on the ocean block.  You can find them on Facebook.  Their website is http://www.semras.com.

Semra’s also has take out and catering.  During the winter they have belly dancing evenings, a complete fun show.  It is very well attended.  You can check their Facebook page or visit the above mentioned website.

It is interesting to find out other restauranteurs visiting their favorite restaurants in Rehoboth Beach.

Semra and her husband, John, are always at the restaurant.  They are so friendly.  Very nice couple.  Their food is cooked inhouse and they consider themselves foodies.  That is why their food taste so good.  Their cooking reflect the love of delicious homemade food, beautifully spiced.

Until next time!!

 

 

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September 24th, 2018

Meatless Monday, Delaware Beaches, Recipe, Spinach Pie, Easy, 5 Ingredients, Southern Delaware Eats, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany, Fenwick Island, Healthy Eating, Recipes Begged, Borrowed & Stolen

 

I got into not eating meat on Monday.  Following the Meatless Monday campaign if you want to know.  This is an international campaign nonetheless.  It is just a way of not eating meat one day of the week to improve your health.  This organization was founded in 2003.  There is also a Facebook Page called Meatless Monday. To know more about it, please visit http://www.meatlessmonday.com.

A few years ago I was visiting my cousins on the island of Culebra.  Gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery.  On the photo a look at Luis Pena from their balconies.  One of the recipes they prepared was a Spinach Pie.  Not only was it good, but it was so easy with 5 ingredients.  The chopped frozen spinach I was buying for this recipe had a lot of water but I found a few months ago a spinach that is steamable and to tell you the truth it is so much better.  You can get it in all supermarkets.

 

I have shared this recipe on my website before so I decided to do it again as I remembered that this summer, here in Rehoboth Beach, Sharon, Amantha, Debbie and I would have impromptu dinners on the beach. This is one of the recipes I took.  You can eat it hot, warm, room temperature or even cold.

Recipe – Spinach Pie

1 package or bag of spinach – 10 ounces

1 block cream cheese.  You can use the less fat one or regular one.

1 onion (Cut in chunks.)

4 eggs

1 cup Parmesan cheese

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease lightly a pie dish.  I use a glass one.  Let spinach defrost and squeeze it to get all the water out.  Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator and let it soften a bit.

In a blender put eggs, spinach, onion, and cream cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I usually add just pepper since the cheese has plenty of salt.  Blend.  Pour into a pie dish.

Place in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top to cover.  The cheese will make a crust and will add taste to the pie. Don’t be shy and sprinkle on.

It will take another half hour or so to be ready.  Test it with a knife and if comes out clean then it is ready.  It should have a nice rich crust.

You can really use this spinach pie for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And even for an appetizer.  I would cut in squares instead of wedges if that is the case.

When I joined my friends this summer for our Rehoboth Beach dinners, I think they loved it.  Don’t you think?  They are smiling!

Remember that these recipes are begged, borrowed, and stolen…..please make them your own.

Until next time!

 

 

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