May 22nd, 2016
I could not believe it!! No rain! Can you imagine? We have been so inundated with rain that I was not sure how this event was going to turn out. But, as it happens, on Thursday, May 19th, the skies were clear, the moon and the stars were out and the location was mesmerizing.
It was going to be a celebration of the 23rd year anniversary of Atlantic General Hospital located at 9733 Healthway Dr., Berlin, MD 21811. Tel. 410-641-1100. Website? http://www.atlanticgeneral.org.
We were meeting at the “Speakeasy”, where the event was taking place. This is the farm of the Host and Hostess, Mr. & Mrs. Buddy Jenkins. Atlantic General has been celebrating its anniversaries with an annual event. Fun and Fundraising for the hospital. This year’s theme was the Roaring 20’s and with 500 people of their supporters, family and friends in attendance it was certainly a memorable evening.
Most of the attendees wore 1920’s dress code…..long pearls, fringes…it was a time of excess. Games and crafted cocktails. You picked your own glass at the entrance and fill it to your hearts desires. The tent was huge and it was very well appointed. The center pieces were gorgeous, as well. No detail was left out.
LA Catering from Liquid Assets located at 94th & Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland did a spectacular job with their catering. Besides their restaurant in Ocean City their catering side of it can work magic for any of your events, small or large. As you can see they fed 500 and there was no shortage of food throughout the evening. Tel. 410-524-7037 Website? http://www.ocliquidassets.com.
We are located on the eastern shore so seafood is regarded as a main staple at events. Surrounding the Speakeasy there were stations where attendees could fill their plates and come back for more.
Oysters on the half shell, shrimp, smoke scallop salad, smoked salmon, crab claws!!
Softshells!! My favorites!
Cheeses and Charcuterie!!
Lisa & Cindi checking it out!
Dessert!! That sweet ending that completes a meal….Have you had the doughnuts made in house at Liquid Assets? They are to die for. At the event they gave them a little twist. You could customize them. They were warm, perfect to hold in one hand or on your plate and then the sweet condiments on top.
I took a look at the cakes….could they possibly be the cakes that have been the talk of the town? Yes!! I could not believe it. I am going to learn more about the two guys that are from Brooklyn and call themselves the Brooklyn Baking Barons. The cakes featured the other night were Honey Whiskey Cakes, accompanied by local strawberries. They were so good that at the table we all went back for seconds. They are the perfect size…guilt free shall we say? They will be opening a store front in Berlin, I believe on or around Memorial Week-End. Check them on Facebook. From their website they ship nationwide. http://www.bkbarons.com.
Cannot wait to taste a new flavor….the Limoncello Cake with homemade Limoncello….Justin Noble, a friend of theirs said this new cake is out of this world.
It is that time of the year to fund raise at the Maryland and Delaware Beaches. People have big hearts here. Lucky to call it home!!
May 13th, 2016
Wearing the T-Shirt volunteers and runners celebrated the Super Heroes in their lives!! The Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5 K Fun Run/3 K Walk is an annual event that has been taking place in Downtown Bethany Beach, Delaware on Mother’s Day Week-End. Every year more and more people register to honor someone and have the opportunity to spend some time at the beach.
It is a relaxed race and walk. The Founder and Chair is Ann Raskauskas and the Co-Chair is Carol Hartnett. The event just took place last week-end, but pretty soon plans for next year’s event will be taking place. The website is http://www.bethanybeachbreastcancer.com.
If you have been at the Delaware Beaches you know we have had an amazing amount of rain this week. But, it just so happened that last Saturday early in the morning the clouds broke and we even saw sunshine for a little bit of time while the race and walk took place. The Boardwalk in Bethany was the meeting place and look how pretty the ocean looked!!
I was in charge of the Information Booth and Dog Station where pooches stopped to say hello, have some water and grab a bandana.
It is a community affair with friends and families reuniting in celebration of miles stones in their lives.
This year’s theme was so much fun. The runners really got into the dressing up….
These guys were part of a team but they were so funny.
There were prizes awarded and then a little bit of stretching before starting the Run/Walk.
The Boardwalk in Bethany Beach is the center of this coastal resort town. The Boardwalk grub like fries, pizza and the rest of those yummy treats…..but I stopped at Turtle Beach Cafe on the south side of the boardwalk for a smoothie.
The Green Smoothie is so delicious and refreshing. It has banana, mango, pineapple, spinach and spirulina….also they will add yogurt, as well, but you can have it without. Spirulina is a microalgae that has high nutritional value and health benefits. It is is considered a super food.
Remember same time same place next year in Bethany Beach the Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run/3K Walk will be waiting for you!!
May 10th, 2016
Heaven for those who love to gather and eat with family and friends!! Rehoboth Beach Reastaurant Week will begin on Sunday, June 5th through Friday, June 10th.
Rehoboth Beach is a dining destination for the Mid-Atlantic states. Those that are fortunate to visit the Nation’s Summer Capital can really enjoy small town atmosphere, the beaches, the boardwalk and amazing restaurants serving delicious food year round.
Restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus that make your culinary adventure both affordable and tempting.
Enjoy a 3-course meal priced at $25, $35, or $45 per person, at more than 30 participating Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, restaurants.
Need more info? Want to see the list of participating restaurants…..then, by all means visit http://www.downtownrb.com.
You may also call 302-227-2772. The restaurants will be posting menus during the week and also will be commenting on social media.
Restaurant Week in Rehoboth is the perfect opportunity to try all the great restaurants that we have at the beach before the real crowds come down.
Have a good one!!
May 6th, 2016
Choosing Mariachi located at 14 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was a no brainer. Have you had Yolanda’s cooking? That woman can cook!! And, she can cook diverse Spanish and Latin American dishes. Mariachi has been in Rehoboth Beach since 2006. Spanish and Latin American cuisine has always been so flavorful…it was not discovered just the other day. Foodies have embraced this cuisine because there is so much to choose from.
Mariachi is open every day now. Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. They offer Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant has 2 floors with 2 bars and on the top floor there is a great balcony where you can dine on beautiful summer nights and watch Rehoboth Beach show visitors why we love living here. Great Happy Hour by the way. The telephone is 302-227-0115.
Please check their website…http://www.mariachirehobothde.com
Unfortunately, it was really raining on Cindo de Mayo. We had reservations, thank God. The restaurant was packed, the line coming to the street. My friend, Jody pushed her way through. Some were looking at us funny as we passed through, but we did have reservations. My party? Some old and new friends; from left Lori, Jody, Julie and Kelly.
A quick visit to the bar but we did not have to wait long to be shown to our table. Some tables were louder than others, but ours was a little quieter. I kept watching Yolanda as she handled all the customers with her usual smile as she walked from one side of the restaurant to the other, also asking customers how their food was.
On Cinco de Mayo Mariachi had a special menu but you could also order from the main menu, which by the way it is extensive.
My friends ordered from the special menu:
Poc Chuc Tacos on a corn tortilla. Poc Chuc is charbroiled pork which has been marinated in imported Mayan spices. The tacos came with pico de gallo and sour cream.
And broiled Tilapia fish tacos on flour tortillas.
What caught my eye was from their Main Menu….Masitas de Puerco Cuban Style. These were pork morsels marinated in a “criolla” sauce and roasted in Sevilla’s bitter oranges. Loved this dish and I would order it again on a heart beat. The pork morsels just melted in your mouth. Great seasoning….accompanied with rice, black beans, of course, sweet plantains, a bit of broccoli and rice. The photos shows how good it looked.
No dessert was necessary…Summer 2016 is almost here.
Service was very attentive even though the restaurant was so crowded. The bill? So reasonable. Mariachi is one of those restaurants that serves the whole family. Check it out.
May 4th, 2016
Here we are. We are fairly new to Selbyville. We are Alpacas. Along with LLamas we are family members of the camels but we do not have that hump. We are natives to America and we are known as animals of the new world. Get it? Nuevo Mundo.
I arrived at Jose Palma and Elizabeth Ferguson with my friend, Jody. She has known Liz for some time. Jose and Liz moved to Selbyville from Kentucky. When asking them if it was because of low property taxes, they said no. It was just a random choice after looking at several properties. Both are extremely friendly and generous with their time. This is a new business for them but they are thoroughly enjoying this new journey.
You can check Nuevo Mundo Alpaca on Facebook. The website is http://www.nuevomundoalpaca.com.
On the website Liz is going to be introducing their Alpacas. The first one being introduced is Tempest. She is a 5 year old female. On the photos that I took I am not sure which one she was but on the following photo it might be the one on the right. The brown cria was a doll.
Alpacas and Llamas are natives to the Andes. The Llama is the bigger one. The Alpaca is smaller and compact. Here is Liz feeding them. They are friendly but cautious. And like I told my friend Jody….they do spit.
Jose and Liz are introducing their Alpacas to shows and competitions. Something completely new to them. On the farm their rescued Great Pyrenees keep watch over the Alpcas.
During beautiful weather the Alpacas enjoy the gorgeousl Southern Delaware sunshine. But during inclement weather they have their barn for much needed shelter.
There is more to Nuevo Mundo Alpaca…..chickens!! Their chicken coop is precious. And Jose and Liz’s pooch thinks he owns them.
Liz and Jose are learning everything Alpaca. The fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is soft, durable and luxurious; a silky natural fiber.
If you have any questions please email Jose@nuevomundoalpaca.com, 502-767-9543, or Elizabeth@nuevomundoalpaca.com, 502-235-4543.
In the area there are now about 3 alpaca farms. Lewes/Rehoboth, Berlin, and now Selbyville.
Jose: Fue un placer conocerte. Espero cuando venga tu Mama pueda saborear algo de su cocina. Gracias a ti y a Liz por habernos recibido tan amablemente.
April 27th, 2016
“Most heirlooms have been saved and selected because they have the best flavor and production in home and small market gardens. We get the benefit of this long development cycle, as only the best producing, most flavorful, most memorable and most dependable varieties have made the selection through the years. Delicate, weak or fickle varieties are no longer with us.”
Hello to Heirloon, located at 212 Savannah Rd. in Historic Lewes, Delaware. Tel. 302-313-4065. You may also find Heirloom on Facebook. Website? http://www.heirloomdelaware.com
At this time of the year I am trying to visit some of the new and already seasoned restaurants in our area. Pretty soon it will be a little difficult to park, get reservations….Yes, Summer 2016 is almost here. Meters will be going up, you know what I mean.
My friend Cathy from Bethany Beach, and I, decided on Heirloom on a quiet week day a couple of weeks ago. Have heard all good reviews but I like to see for myself. Not all of us have the same discriminate palate.
I felt like I was home. The restaurant is charming. It exudes warmth.
A small gathering at the bar.
Our table was in a cozy corner….drinks and bread were served.
Our room was quiet and our service was unobtrusive. Our server was attentive but she sensed we wanted to catch up, so she let us have our time.
We decided on a few appetizers. I had heard that they had sweetbreads. I ordered the Veal Sweetbreads in honor of my late husband, who totally loved them. John ordered them every time he saw them offered at a restaurant.
These Crispy Veal Sweetbreds had a chili glaze, served with charred broccoli, egg yolk puree, and sesame seeds. They were so flavorful, tender and delicious.
Cathy ordered the Beets in a Garden, served roasted, pickled, raw, dehydrated, and puree, house whipped ricotta, brown butter crunch, and hazelnut “dirt”. Beautiful presentation and tasty beets.
Our choices for entrees were just perfect.
Cathy chose the Pan Seared New Jersey Scallops. They have had scallops on the menu before, but these were new. Fiddlehead ferns, asparagus, charred rhubard compote, and ramp pistou. Ramp pistou is Provence’s much loved answer to pesto. The French Pistou is made with soft herbs, oil and toasted nuts or seeds of some kind.
Best Pork Chop at the Beach!! This Double Cut Berkshire Pork Chop was huge and so tender and juicy. Granny Smith apple puree, crispy brussels, fingerling potatoes, and shaved horseradish. What a dish!!
For dessert, we shared a sampler of ice cream and sorbet. Refreshing and the perfect ending to such a nice meal.
Megan Lee is the owner of Heirloom and was so gracious to show us around. She has put so much work into this restaurant and it shows. I wish her the best!!
Rose Dinner in conjunction with Southern Wine Spirits will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd. It is a 5 course dinner paired perfectly with the proper wine for each tasting. You may call 302-313-4065 to make a reservation or visit the Facebook Page.
Heirloom: We will be back!!
April 26th, 2016
The Delaware State Fair is a 10-day event that takes place at the end of July. This year’s event will begin on July 20th until July 30th. It is located at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952. Tel. 302-298-3269. Please visit http://www.delawarestatefair.com.
The fairgrounds include racetracks, agricultural exhibits, and stage where entertainment takes place. People think that nothing else happens at the fairgrounds besides the State Fair, but check the website above mentioned to see what is going on. Save the date for May 21st for the “In the Come Together Day Dog Show” hosted by the East Coast Bully League.
So you wonder, what my friend Susan Dimondi and I were doing there. She does have a connection to the Fairgrounds. Delaware is so small. No one ever comes here, right? I am not sure if other candidates have visited Delaware in the past year, but Donald came to see if he could snatch those 3 delegates we have to offer.
When we arrived, the arena already had about 3,500 supporters. It is a huge place.
Outside security was tight Plenty of food trucks. No alcohol. No protesters.
Hillary’s Tail of Lies….this guy was a hit on the arena. His shirt on big letters “”At this point What Difference does it Make”. No, I don’t think he likes Hillary at all. Check his website http://www.justaskamerica.com
The media was ready. Donald made his usual comments about the media….the Worst!!
Before Donald arrived, a prayer for all, the Pledge of Allegiance, The National Anthem. The crowds were so well behaved.
Donald was about to land in his helicopter.
And then the crowds went crazy. There were over 10,000 people there. Someone said to me that the whole state was there. LOL
His speeches are the same. The crowds react the same. People are definitely angry. There were people there that had just been to Berlin, Maryland, when he visited on the same week. This crowd was very patriotic and anything he said along those lines was cheered.
I was surprised to see how slender he looked in person. Even if you were not a Trump follower, you would have gotten right into it. You could not help to follow the crowd’s chantings.
So The Donald came and went. Please get out and VOTE!!
April 16th, 2016
Temperatures are cool but definitely it feels like spring is in the air. The evenings are perfect to enjoy a Moqueca. Say what? Okay, look at the entree….it is served at Lula Brazil located at 234 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Tel. 302-212-2755.
The Moqueca is a seafood stew. It is made with a fragrant broth of coconut milk, dende oil, which is Palm Oil, mixed peppers and onions served with rice. My table enjoyed it with mixed seafood; fish, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari. If you like soups and stews, this one is a winner.
Meg Hudson is the owner of Lula Brazil, which is going into its second year. The restaurant has been received well by locals and visitors. I was talking to Meg and she said that she had arrived at Fortaleza many years ago and fell in love with this beautiful area, which is one of Brazil’s largest cities. Fortaleza attracts tourists from other parts of Brazil and also from overseas. The reason is its beaches and the party atmosphere. It has rolling dunes and quaint fishing villages, as well. She never forgot it. Life continued and almost two years ago, she opened Lula Brazil, decorated with the bright colors of Brazil.
Lula Brazil is bigger than you think. It has a large bar area in the back and also it has outdoor dining, as well. At night dancing put on your dancing shoes because this place gets hot hot. Summer 2016 promises to be a very good year for Lula Brazil. At the present time they are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday, from 4 p.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m. Reservations are accepted, but you may also walk in.
The night I visited Lula Brazil, Carlos was in the kitchen and Jack was our server. A few drinks to start and for me a Shrimp Ceviche. I love when you can taste the lime in the ceviche.
Fried Yucca with grilled sausage. The vinaigrette veggies gave a kick to the sausage and yucca. The farofa or yucca flour is used as a condiment. This one served was perfectly cooked and not greasy at all.
The Moquequinho de Caranguejo or Crab Soup had a different twist to the more traditional crab soup. It had coconut milk.
Grilled Fish with Black Beans & Rice, farofa (yucca flour) for condiment, as well and grilled veggies.
A Mixed Grill with Picanha, Sausage and Shrimp. Picanha is a cut of beef popular in Brazail. In the U.S. you can find it as top sirloin cap.
For dessert a custard is a favorite of mine. It was velvety smooth and the surprise of coconut inside.
There are events already in the calendar at Lula Brazil. You can check what’s going on by visiting the Facebook Page or http://www.lulabrazil.com.
And remember that Lula Brazil has plenty of space to hold parties. Just give them a call.