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November 24th, 2014

Lane Builders, Lewes, Delaware, Building Contractors, Custom Homes, Preplanned Homes, Renovations, The Tidewater, The House on Parkwood St, A Builder that Cares!! Giving Thanks, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County

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It is a time of the year to give thanks….shouldn’t we be doing this every day?  I try to but at times, I do forget.  Giving thanks to Lane Builders is something that I will never forget.  No way.  Lane Builders is located at 1009 Kings Highway in Lewes, Delaware, 19958.  Tel. 302-645-5555.  Website?  http://www.lanebuilders.com.

On AboutMyBeaches I have posted about Lane Builders.  It is my story and my relationship with this caring builder.  Jeff Burton, Keith Hastings and their staff at Lane Builders made sure that the process of building the House on Parkwood Street in Bethany Beach went smoothly and on a timely manner.

Besides Lane Builders offering custom homes, renovations, and anything under the sun that could be done to enhance your property, they also have 4 Preplanned Homes:  Mission Bay, Sunset Bay, Tidewater, and Berkshire.  When you open the above mentioned website, you can click under the heading of Preplanned Homes.

Then, if you click on Tidewater and scroll down a bit, you will also see that this home is in memory of my late husband, John Merryman, III, who owned Tidewater Realty, Ltd. in Bethany Beach.  Lane Builders and John designed this home to fit just the right lot in beautiful Bethany Beach. You can also read and check the photos of my testimonial.

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The Tidewater, along with the other preplanned homes are designed with the Delaware coast in mind.  Energy efficient; careful detailed has been given to them just like they would give to any custom home, just like Tidewater was.

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I am in Bethany Beach every week.  I drive at times by the house.  The last photo was taken a few weeks ago.  I have seen the new owners’ car there…..They are making their own memories in The Quiet Resort. John would have been so proud.

Again, thank you Lane Builders.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

November 23rd, 2014

Horseshoe Casino, Baltimore, Maryland, Table Games, Slots, Entertainment….Dining!! Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar, Casual Dining, Burgers, Wings, Small Bites, Shareables, Downtown Charm City, Maryland

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I’ll bet you…..Who hasn’t said this at one point or another?  We all have.  You are gambling on the outcome of something.  Growing up in the Island of Puerto Rico, a destination for gambling, it was no big deal. Let’s face it.  You “wanna” gamble, you’ll do it anywhere, even from the comforts of your own home.

In Puerto Rico the islanders do visit the casinos which are in every hotel.  Years back the dress code was:  men would wear coats and the women were very smartly dressed.  Casinos would have racks filled with coats of every size for those that did not have any.   After dinner it was fun to go to the casinos and try your luck and hopefully nobody would have to stroll the walk of shame.

One of my favorite casinos in Puerto Rico was the one at the El San Juan Hotel in Isla Verde.  Elegant and classic, just like casinos should be.  It still looks that way.

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Casinos bring out a lot of emotions on people.  The gambling factor, the drinking, the undesirables….but, some will always live La Vida Loca.  Pennsylvania, and Delaware have casinos.  So, when Marylanders were up in arms about the casinos coming to Maryland……I was like, what’s the big deal?  The State needs money, and jobs. Otherwise, they will come to Delaware and Pennsylavania, so if you can’t fight them, you might as well join them.

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Horseshoe Casino opened in Baltimore, in August of this year.  Arriving in Baltimore, I passed it and did not even notice it.  That’s how understated it is.  Located at 1525 Russell St., Baltimore, MD 21230.  Tel. 844-777-SHOE.  Website?  http://www.caesars.com/baltimore.  Right next to the Ravens’ Stadium, Orioles Stadium, and the Inner Harbor….walking distance!!

Horseshoe Casino offers free parking, which by the way is bright, and with plenty of security around the perimeter of the casino.  We are in Downtown Baltimore and just like any downtown, security is a must.

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Horseshoe has partnered with the local hotels.  You can make reservations right from their website.  The casino has 122,000 sq.ft. of gaming space.  For those that love table games…Blackjack, Craps, Bacarat, Roulette and plenty more.  Check the website above mentioned.  Slots?  Many, many.  It is also a multi-level casino.

We arrived early afternoon, just in time for lunch.  Entertainment in this cool bar at Horseshoe was already on-going.

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For those that love to sit at a bar and enjoy a food court for there is a level just for that.

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Celebrity chefs have taken notice of Baltimore and the charm this city has to offer.  We decided to visit Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar.  This restaurant has seating for 350 customers, but it does not feel that big.

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Guy Fieri has about 7 other restaurants throughout the U.S.  So, this latest one is part of the branding of a chef’s cuisine.

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Immediately, we noticed that the servers were attentive and friendly.

Are you hungry?  Be prepared for large portions.  Shareables, they call it.  Eat them tapas style.  I am not kidding, the portions were huge and the food was great.  You will have to “up” your exercise routine, after dining here.

I started to notice other customers getting their food brought to the table….wow, we were in for some trouble.

The B-More Fries passed by….waffle cut with a creamy blue crab dip, Old Bay and green onions.  You see what I mean?

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A Caesar Salad!!

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A Burger followed those gigantic dishes for 2 people.

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We had already ordered and suddenly our table was covered with food…decadence!!

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Following is what we had.

Shashimi Won-Tacos – Love these, really, they were delicious.  Sashimi grade ahi tuna and mango jicama salsa on crispy wonton taco shells, drizzled with sweet soy and wasabi cream.

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Vegas Fries – A Guy Fiori’s signature dish.  The crispy cut fries, the spicy buffalo sauce, topped with blue cheese crumbles, served with a blue-sabi dipping sauce. Crispy, well seasoned and the sauces were just right.  Yikes!

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Lollipop wings served with veggies and Guy’s blue sabi sauce, added to an already exciting afternoon lunch.  These particular wings a little sweet and a little tangy!  Easy to handle!

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How could we not have a salad?  Always complementing a lunch or dinner….this was a meal in itself.  The Guy-Talian Deli Salad it was called.  It was in a crown of prosciutto-wrapped smoked provolone.  It was also filled with crisp romaine lettuce, imported Italian meats and cheeses, pickled veggis and tossed in a red wine vinaigrette.  Totally, awesome!  Presentation and taste did not disappoint.

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Needless to say….no dessert was needed or necessary, but they do offer desserts comparable in size to our lunch.

I think Horseshoe is a good addition to Downtown Baltimore.  Check the websites for the upcoming events at Horseshoe.

Something that caught my attention was that on Thursday nights, except Thanksgiving and Christmas…Chips & Salsa is a happening thing at Johnny Sanchez.  This restaurant offers extended Happy Hour on Thursdays and free Salsa Lessons by dance instructors Mike Fok and Kaya Barraza.  This Mexican and Southwestern restaurant was opened by celebrity chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez.

Have a good one!!

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November 21st, 2014

What’s Going On? Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware….TGIF, DE Beaches, Activities, Events, Entertainment!!

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I look out the window and it looks sunny…..but I don’t kid myself.  It is chilly and windy.  Oh, well it is that time of the year.  Second Season at the DE Beaches is great.  So, what are you up to?  Or, better yet, what would you like to do?  Here are a few of my picks.

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THE CULTURED PEARL’S HOLIDAY GIFT CARD SALE – Until Monday, November 24th.  Buy one, then get one for 50% off!! The card will be accepted by The Cultured Pearl, Pearl Essence Gift Shop, The Cultured Pearl Liquor Company and Grub Grocery.  The Cultured Pearl is located at 302 Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-227-8493.  Website?  http://www.culturedpearl.us.

HIKING THOMPSON ISLAND – Starting your Saturday, November 22nd hiking Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Lean about the island’s Native American presence and observe the abundant wildlife that calls this island home.  Space is limite so pre-registration is required.  Call 302-227-6991.  It is FREE!!  Location?  Indian River Life-Saving Station, by the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

REHOBOTH BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY – FALL LUNCHEON – It will be held at Kings Creek Country Club on Saturday, November 22nd.  Cash bar starts at 11 a.m.  and the luncheon buffet will begin at 11:30.  The cost is $30 for members and $34 for non-members.  For reservations, please call 302-227-7310.  Dennis Forney, Cape Gazette Publisher will take the audience on a visually descriptive ride of his cross country bicycle trip in 2013.  From “Sea to Shining Sea”.  He wrote pieces for the Cape Gazette on his travels.  The trip began May 10th and after many miles , Mr. Forney decided that America’s looking friendly and beautiful!!

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SEASHORE WREATH-MAKING – Saturday, November 22nd from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, located at the Delaware Seashore State Park on Coastal Highway, by the Indian River Inlet Bridge.  Please call to register at 302-227-6991.  Ages 10 and up.  Only $20/person.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD – IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at Cape Henlopen High School Theater in Lewes, Delaware.  The opera will begin at 12:55 p.m.  Admission:  $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, 65 years of age and over or Rehoboth Beach Film Society members, and MET members, as well.  $15 for students with I.D., $15 for a child, 12 years of age and under.  Gourmet lunches from Hobos will be available before the opera at Noon in the Atrium.  To purchase tickets and more info., please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.  Note:  The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is looking for help:  Office Associate needed for their office.  Part time.  Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Position involves clerical support functions.  Must be proficient  with Excel, Word, and Database programs.  Customer service experience required.  Resumes can be sent to administrator@rehobothfilm.com.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES AT BAYWOOD GREENS – Saturday, November 22nd, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  This is fun and festive fund raising event to benefit Delaware Hospice.  Baywood Greens will be beautifully decorated, showcasing the creations of area decorators.  An exciting menu of contemporary American fare awaits you.  Entertainment will be provided by Keith Mack, a native of Rehoboth Beach.  $75/person.  For more information and online registration, please visit http://www.delawarehospice.org/events/festival-of-trees-at-baywood-greens.

SEMRA’S – BELLY DANCING PARTY – Saturday, November 22nd at 7 p.m.  Asala will put a spectacular show.  Please call to reserve your table at 302-226-4976.  Semra’s is located on 19 Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  This show is being brough back by popular demand.  Love Semra’s food, they offer dishes based on fragrantly spiced, sun-drenched Middle Eastern vegetables and beans, savory grains and homemade yogurt.

Going South...too cold here!!

Going South...too cold here!!

“THANKSLIVING” DINNER – Cilantro Restaurant located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach is offering a 3-course, sit-down meal which will featured seasonal food creatively prepared by local chefs. Sunday, November 23rd, at 6:00 p.m.  The garden meat-free Turkey Roast will be provided by VegRehoboth.  You may purchase tickets at Good Earth Market located at 38121 Terrace Rd.

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THANKSGIVING GABBY GOBBLE 5k – Thursday, November 27th at Irish Eyes Pub, 213 Anglers Rd. in Lewes.  It is the first year for this event and proceeds from the race will go to the Get Well Gabby Foundation.  This foundation started in honor and memory of Gabriella Vogel, who was a valiant fighter of childhood cancer, but passed away at the age of 5.  Her family and the foundation have pledged $125,000 to the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children to build and furnish a playroom in the new oncology department in Wilmington.  They have also collected 14,000 new books and donated them to the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Hershey Medical Center.  To learn more go to http://www.getwellgabby.org.

This course is USATF certified with chip timing.  Entrants receive long-sleeved T-shirts and awards will go to the top 3 male and female finishers in 10-year age categories, 9 and under to 70 and over and to top fundraisers.  The post-race party includes beer for participants over 21 years of age.  Race participants are encouraged to wear festive costumes and enjoy Turkey Day!!  Registration is availabe online at http://www.races2run.com for $25 until Noon, Monday, 11/14, or at the Rehoboth Beach Running Company.  Packet pickup and late registration will be then at Irish Eyes in Lewes for $30 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26th.  And, in case you decide to run on the day of….registration can also be done on the day of the event.  Additional donations are greately appreciated to the Get Well Gabby website above mentioned.  This foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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SHOPPING – TANGER OUTLETS – Moonlight Madness Sales , Stores open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day!  Finish your dinner, then it is time for some serious shopping…tax free!!.  The stores will stay open until 2 a.m. so that you can find all those madness deals!  Offers and specials savings?  Visit http://www.tangeroutlet.com/rehoboth/events.

That’s all for now….have a great week-end!!

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November 19th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Georgetown, Milford, Delaware, Thanksgiving at The Beach!! Relax, Give Thanks, Enjoy your Stay, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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Before I was married, became a mother and decided to be a stay-at-home mom, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland.  I worked in Baltimore and then on Wednesday of Thanksgiving I would drive to Orlean, Virginia, to my boyfriend’s family farm house.  He then became my husband, John.  My mother in law, Louise, is a great cook and she would go all out Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.  Feeling totally satisfied and comatosed I dreaded the late in the day drive to Baltimore.  Work was waiting on Friday.  They really should give Friday off to everyone.  A long week-end of Thanksgiving.  Most of us have a lot to be thankful for.

I love an overcast day on Thanksgiving.  I like it cold, as well.  So, even though I enjoy the swaying palm trees of warmer climates, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, my preference is the chill in the air that the Atlantic Coast usually offers.

The Delaware Beaches are open for business.  The following are restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Georgetown, and Milford that will have Thanksgiving fare.  This list is probably not complete.  I will update it as I find other restaurants, but in the meantime, it might help if you are coming to the beaches to start a new Thansgiving tradition.

Please note that the following restaurants will be open all week-end long!!

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BIG FISH GRILL – 20298 Coastal Highway. No reservations! Tel. 302-227-FISH. Website? http://www.bigfishgrill.com.  11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  $26.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 5 years of age to 12.  Under 5 eat free!!  They will also be offering a la carte menu, as well.  Carry out?  Give them a call now!

SUMMER HOUSE – 228 Rehoboth Avenue. Tel. 302-227-3895.  Webstie?  http://www.summerhousesaloon.com.

VICTORIA’S- Located at 2 Olive Ave. and The Boardwalk.  Thanksgiving Buffet!  Tel. 302-227-0615.  Menu at http://www.boardwalkplaza.com/pdf/menu-thanksgivng.pdf.  Gluten Free items are marked GF!!

BLUE MOON -  Located at 35 Baltimore Ave., in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-227-6515.  Website?  http://www.bluemoonrehoboth.com.  They will be offering a regular menu plus seasonal additions from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

JUST IN THYME – Highway 1 and Robinson Drive.  Tel. 302-227-3100  $29.95, starting at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Website?  http://www.justinthymerestaurant.com.

SAKETUMI – A Thanksgiving Buffet, 18814 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-645-2818.  Even though I would have never thought about going to Saketumi for Thanksgiving, they tell me that it is an awesome buffet!

DOS LOCOS – 208 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3353.  http://www.doslocos.com.

PURPLE PARROT – 134 Rehoboth Avenue, Tel. 302-226-1139.  Thanksgiving starts at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Website? http://www.ppgrill.com.  Check out the website because they have so many events coming up, including their Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.

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THE BUTTERY – Located on Second Street in the Historic District this restaurant offers their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at $69/person plus alcohol. $24 for children 12 years of age and under.  Tel. 302-2=645-7755.  Check the Thanksgiving menu by visiting http://www.butteryrestaurant.com/ButteryThanksgivingDinner.Le.html.

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ABBOTT’S GRILL – Located at 249 NE Front St. Tel. 302-491-6736.  Buffet starts at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Adults $21.95.  Children under 10 $12.95.

GEORGETOWN

THE BRICK HOTEL – A Thanksviging Buffet Feast, A Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, and a Thanksgiving Take Out Menu.  Located at 18 The Circle on The Circle in Georgetown.   Buffet Feast from noon until 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   Reservations 302-856-1836.   Check the menus at http://www.brickhotel.com.

Note:  Let me know if you know of any other restaurants offering a Thanksgiving menu….Talk to you later.

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November 17th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing Along, Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:30-7:00 p.m., Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Rehoboth Beach Main Street Celebrates the Holidays!!

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A beautiful time of the year in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when residents, family, and friends gather at the Bandstand for Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Downtown Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-Along, on Friday, November 28th from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Love to see the tree completely exposed and then totally dressed up for that favorite time of the year.  Rehoboth Beach might be a summer destination but the Second Season and the Holidays are truly special.

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Everyone is invited to this cherished annual tradition, where hundreds of spectators gather to ring in the Holiday Spirit in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Clear Space Theatre will host the Sing-Along at 6:30 p.m. and then, officially, illuminate the City’s most famous tree at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s tree was generously donated by Harriet Magee of Rehoboth Beach.

After the Tree Lighting, catch a special performance of She Loves me at Rehoboth’s Clear Space Theatre, located on 20 Baltimore Avenue, walking distance from Rehoboth Ave.  Ticket information?  Tel. 302-227-2270.

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Enjoy dinner downtown, Rehoboth Beach is a culinary destination….or get your Holiday shopping finished….Tax Free Shopping in Delaware!!

Please visit http://www.downtownrb.com.  Talk to you later!!

November 16th, 2014

The Brunch, Circle Room, The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, The Palm Beaches…Always A Special Occasion! A Sunday Affair!

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I have been writing posts from The Breakers Palm Beach.  Having stayed for a few days, this historic and iconic hotel offers everything you can imagine under the sun and palm trees.  Special attention is given to even minute details.

It was so sunny and warm in Florida….but I am enjoying the coolness of the fall weather at the Delaware Beaches at the moment and tomorrow rain!! How exciting!

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One of the readers on my Facebook page of AboutMyBeaches commented that in the late 80’s she had lived in Florida and would attend The Brunch at The Breakers Palm Beach….for over 25 years this fabulous brunch is still ongoing every single Sunday.

The Breakers Palm Beach is located at One South County Rd.  Tels. 561-659-8488, 888-273-2537.  To check the information on The Brunch, please visit http://www.thebreakers.com/restaurants_lounges/Sunday_Brunch.

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The Brunch takes place at The Circle Room.  This room is so pretty; elegant, hand painted ceilings and a view of the water.  No photos were taken of the room while The Brunch was taking place….privacy to those enjoying their Sunday.  The harpist was playing on the background.

The Brunch is $100 per person plus tax and service charge.  Children 3 years of age to 11 are $45 plus tax and service charge.  Under 3?  Complimentary brunch.

Sunday Brunch at The Breakers is always special.  The dress attire?  Daytime resortwear.

A brunch is eaten during the late morning; a combo of breakfast and lunch.  Having brunch with me last Sunday were my friends, Cindi, Michael, and Jeff.  We were starting our brunch adventure at 11 a.m.  Please note that while attending The Brunch, there will be no rush, stay awhile, if you will.  And, so we did….until 3 p.m.  We paced ourselves, a little drink, here or there….amazing conversation, and plenty of laughs.

A must?  A Bloody Mary, and Mimosas, as well.

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The Brunch is comprised of stations, all with an immaculate presentation.  And, all chef attended, as well.

This feast has everything from the traditional brunch menu, to seafood, lobster rolls, pate, caviar, eggs benedict, you name it, they had it.

This photo shows a display with roasters stacked up….a decoration.  But, the dainty lobster rolls were great!!  They made their way to my plate.

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I decided that I was not going to have the traditional….Cindi was not either. We were immersing ourselves in the seafood; lobster tails, stone crab claws and sauces.  Michael and Jeff were going all out.

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The eggs benedict looked tempting…but I resisted.

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I grabbed some of the Orange Chicken Ponzu.  It just looked too good to pass.  Ponzu is a tangy soy based sauce made with citrus fruits.  Very tasty.

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I did have some slices of the prime rib…rare and delish!

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Domestic Caviar, along with salmon, and smoked fish…in memory of my husband, John.

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Up to this point we were doing so well.  We really had been pacing ourselves.  These were my plates.

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The pate was divine.  The Orange Chicken Ponzu in the glass was so good, along with the rest of the pate, smoked fish and loster rolls.

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We were comfortably satisfied….but how could we not have dessert?  Living dangerously……we made our way to decandence!!  There were over 30 desserts.  First of all I was just truly in awe about the fact that every Sunday they offer The Brunch.  They told me that the bake shop is open 24/7.  I believe it.  Everything is made in-house, except the truffles, I think.

The mini waffles dipped in chocolate.

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These cups caught my attention immediately.  A discussion…were the chocolate cups bought or made in-house?  Had to ask….made on the premises.

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I was not the only one taking photos.  The dessert station was over the top.  Check some of the other desserts.  Words are not necessary, don’t you think?

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I love custards so I went for the desserts that were made with custard.  They were just out of this world.

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Writing and posting photos of The Breakers has been fun.  The hotel has a comfortable elegance.  Just like any other hotel, the prices reflect the time of the year.  One thing that never changes is the price of The Brunch.  It is very popular and exceeded my expectations.  One for the Bucket List?  I think so!! Checked.

Room with A View!

Room with A View!

November 15th, 2014

Destination? HMF, Palm Beach Eats, The Breakers, Dine, Wine, Share, Hot, Hot Hot!!, New Years at HMF!!, Palm Beach County, South Florida

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Going South?  Way down south where it is warm and sunny and the palm trees sway….A beautiful hotel, The Breakers Palm Beach, iconic, historic…dining at HMF!!

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HMF has only been at The Breakers for a few years.  It is located at One South County Rd., inside The Breakers.  You do not have to stay at the hotel to enjoy HMF’s dining.  Tel. 561-290-0140.  Website?  http://www.hmfpalmbeach.com.  The restaurant is open daily from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Sunday through Thursday they serve food until 11 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, they serve food until midnight.  Stop by have a drink, something to eat and stay awhile.  It is a fun place to be.

Taking in the scene, Cindi and I noticed the staff’s dress code.  Some had dresses in the same style, but different colors, then, another completely different style for others.  Loved them, had to ask.  The dress code is a classic and elegant look.  The dresses were made to order for all of them.  The make-up and poof….all shown to them so that there is a uniform polished look.

Dining at HMF is an adventure with shareables for the table, served in a tapas style.  The available seating is conducive to friendly conversation while the music in the background sets the mood for the evening.

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There are over 1,000 varieties of wines from around the world, along with crafted drinks.

Warm nuts served the moment you take your seat.

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Mixing and matching and ready to share the following:

Brussels Sprouts

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Tuna, Salmon, Eel, Shrimp, Spicy Tuna Roll

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Tuna Tataki with a Passion Fruit Ponzu

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As you can see from my plate the sharing portions were substantial.

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There were a few things that we wanted to try; HMF was worthy of another visit.

Inspired by the Food Truck Craze…even at The Breakers the enticement of well seasoned and ethnic foods come to play.

Wild Boar Empanaditas (turnovers) were awesome.  Served with a spicy sauce.  Really, don’t miss these.

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The Wagyu Slicers were one of my favorites.  Served with smoked bacon, caramelized onions and antique cheddar. Wagyu cattle has intense marbling and is known for its quality.  It also demands a high price.

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And the final order of Margherita Pizzette…well done, just like I like it!!

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New Year’s celebrations are everywhere but they told me that at HMF, the scene is one of those you do not want to miss.  First of all, HMF will be open for regular dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m…..just in case staying up late is not your thing.  Then, they will close at 8:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m in order to get HMF party ready!! Reservations for seatings at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. are available.

The price for New Year’s at HMF depends on where you want to sit.  The bar, the comunal table, the private dining room, the loggia…..best is to visit http://www.hmfpalmbeach.com/happenings/#nyel15.  For more information, please call 561-659-8466, ext. 7262.

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Note:  A beautiful setting, great food, and a good friend…..Priceless!

November 13th, 2014

Destination? The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, Legendary Oceanfront Resort, Florida Luxury Resort, A One-Of-A-Kind Resort, The Palm Beaches, South Florida, Palm Beach County

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When my son hit “Like” on the Facebook page of The Breakers Palm Beach he became the 10,000 Liker!!!  With that came a dream package of 3 nights/4 days in a magnificent oceanfront room, oceanfront bungalow with concierge, golf, and plenty more to enhance an already wonderful dreamy vacation.

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The Breakers is an iconic hotel.  It is located at One South County Rd., Palm Beach, Fl 33480  Tel. 561-655-6611.  Website?  http://www.thebreakers.com

I have to thank The Breakers for letting my son pass on this package to me, his mother.  I took along a very good friend, Cindi, and on Saturday, November 8th, we arrived at The Brearkers.  This is the honest truth….how lucky!!

The Breakers is a venue for weddings.  There are plenty of ballrooms to offer that elegant wedding.  They also can provide a wedding just for a few.  There is nothing this hotel can’t do when it comes to weddings and other social and corporate events.  As Cindi and I arrived at The Breakers this gorgeous bride was getting ready to celebrate her nuptials.

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The ballroom she had chosen was the Mediterranean Ballroom.  It looked breathtaking!!  This room was one of my favorites.  To learn more about it, please visit http://www.weddingsbythebreakers.com/showcase/mediterranean-ballroom.

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From the moment you become a guest of The Breakers, the service is impeccable and so professional.  The hotel is just so pretty.  We were not the only ones taking photos.  Everyone was in awe of this historic hotel that was built by Henry Flager in 1896.  The Breakers burned in 1903 and rebuilt to open in 1904.  The rooms were then starting at $4 per night.

Another fire destroyed the hotel in 1925 and then it was built with fireproof concrete, opening in 1926.

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The ceilings throughout the hotel will leave you speechless.  The lobby was painted by Alexander Bonanno, a classically trained New York City artist.

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We loved our oceanfront room.  Very comfortable and very well appointed…coffee in the morning was brought in.

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Our views from the balcony changed by the hour.  Here are some of the photos.

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The Breakers Palm Beach has 140 acres.  You can play, relax, pamper yourself, exercise, shop, walk… all within the property.

There are plenty of restaurants….the gym is a necessity while staying here.

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In strolling through the hotel another room that caught our attention was the Gold Room.  Niches below the ceiling contain portraits of Renaissance rulers and explorers of the New World.  This room is smaller than the other big ballrooms but so elegant.  Please visit http://www.weddingsbythebreakers.com/showcase/gold-room.

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The Venetian Ballroom has large windows overlooking the ocean.  It is an imposing room.  Please visit http://www.weddingsbythebreakers.com/showcase/venetian-ballroom.

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In speaking to some…..they said that they love to work for the company.  That they treat their employees so well.  There are employees that have been working for The Breakers for 45 years.  Stay tuned because I have so much more…..the food, the bungalows….It is getting colder in the northern states and South Florida looks like a destination.

Talk to you later.  Some info. was taken from Wikipedia.

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