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July 24th, 2015

Destination? The Grove Market, Bishopville, Maryland, Smokehouse, Restaurant, Review, Good Food? Will Travel!!

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“Pull up a chair.  Take a taste.  Come join us.  Life is so endlessly delicious.”  ruth reichl

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The Grove Market never changes, which is a good thing.  That’s why we love it!!  Located at 12402 St. Martins Neck Rd., Bishopville, Maryland, 21813  Tel. 410352-5055  The Grove Market is funky, small and you will not find another restaurant like it in Delmarva.  In the summer, it opens every day at 5 p.m.  Leslie is the owner.  Her brother, Patrick helps.  But, tonight Lisa was taking care of us.  Please note that there are no credit cards accepted so bring cash or a check.

How to make a reservation.  It can be tricky.  That’s for sure.  When you call to make a reservation make sure you have a few dates available and times.  If you have to leave a message do so and be specific.  Leslie will call you back and either she will say yes or you might have to pick another day or another time.

The Grove Market is small.  I think about 7 tables and maybe a couple of stools at the bar.  This restaurant is very popular.

At the helm of the tiny kitchen is John McDonald.  John is from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and he is a well known chef and wine connoisseur.  He makes his ingredients come alive and your taste buds will immediately start dancing.

There is an extensive wine list.  No written menu; everything is recited from memory.  Their menu changes practically every day.

Seated in the back porch with only 3 tables we were chatty with our fellow diners. Not enough time to write the description of our dishes…but take a look at the photos.

Drinks and the appetizers followed:

I only wanted a small wine cup.  That’s what I got.

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Crabmeat Remick

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Fried Green Tomatoes topped with shrimp.  I have a thing for this dish.  I will order Fried Green Tomatoes in every restaurant that serves them.  These were superb.

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Our table full of Roasted Ducks.  This is the most amazing entree.  One of their most popular.  It is a Delaware duck, roasted to perfection with a semi sweet sauce, accompanied with chutney.

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Our Roasted Duck came with the side dish of the Grove Market’s Mash Potatoes and their famous breadstick, which is made out of the dough that was in the pizza recipe when many years ago pizza was served.

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Well, I needed more photos of the entrees that Lisa had so perfectly recited.  Here is where our fellow diners come into play.  Could I take photos of your food?  I have a blog with photos.  They were great and immediately caught on to the fact that they could not touch their food until I had taken the pictures.  Thanks so much for being so gracious.  This is what our Maryland diners had for dinner.  By the way, they are repeat customers.

The Tuna

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The Stuffed Flouder with Smith Island Crab Meat.

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The Scallops.

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The Crab Cakes…Smith Island Crab Meat.

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“We must have a pie.  Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”  david mamet

The Bumble Berry is a pie of a mix of berries.

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And, if you like chocolate….then, the Chocolate Silk Pie should be ordered.

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Sharing a meal with friends is always priceless…the chat, the laughs and the friendship.  Cannot wait to go back!

Note:  The Grove Market is also a smoke house so when there is smoked fish for an appetizer you might want to order it.

July 22nd, 2015

Day Tripping, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Chicks in A Limo, Atlantic Transportation Services, Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, July 22nd & 23rd, Fundraising Event, Friends of the South Coastal Library, Roosters Nest, Just Hooked, Restaurant, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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It was that time of the year…for 24 years the Beach and Bay Cottage Tour has been taking place in July.  It is a fundraising event for the Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  It also has been probably that many years since a “true” cottage has been on the tour.  There are still a few of those left in town reminding us that life was much simpler then, at the beach.  The tour was today, July 22nd and tomorrow, July 23rd.

It is my second year joining this great group of women that only travel in style, thanks to our oganizer Sandy.  She is a gracious hostess and lunch at her house in between the touring of 10 magnificent homes was fantastic.

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We have been traveling by limo.  Nothing but the best for the group.  Atlantic Transportation Services was going to be taking care of us.  Yes, we were the chicks in the limo!!  And, Ellyne Gale, one of the owners of Atlantic Transportation Services was our driver.  Please check http://www.atlanticlimode.com.

We arrived early, the tour was starting at 9:30 a.m. and we had 10 houses to visit.  Here is our group.  In the limo we had things to eat: champagne and wine!!  It was going to be a long day!!

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Sorry, but no photos were allowed in any of the houses.  All the houses were interesting to say the least.  The largest one was 7,000 square feet.  The group of homes on this year’s tour had something that would appeal to every one that visited.  Thanks to the 400 volunteers that worked so hard to make this year’s tour a sensational event.  Great weather, as well!!  And, we toured all 10 houses!!

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Stopping at Rooster’s Nest is always a must stop.  Rooster’s Nest is located west of Fenwick Island, Delaware, at the Bayville Shopping Center.  It is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day.  Tel. 302-436-1848  This shop has home furnishings, home accessories, and so much more.

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If you are a fan of Bossom Buddy Bags from Baltimore, Maryland, Rooster’s Nest has a nice collection of them.  These handbags are beautifully made:  “Handbags as extraordinary as the women who carry them.”  bossom buddy bags

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Summer at the beaches can be a tricky time when you have a large group of people that are ready for dinner….Not all restaurants can handle big groups.  Thanks to Just Hooked because they made sure that all of us had a comfortable table with exceptional service.  Just Hooked is located at 1500 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 19944.  Tel. 302-581-0098  Website?  http://www.justhookedfi.com.

An order of fried calamari to wet our appetites.  Light and perfectly season, we passed them around the table.

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There were a few specials….The Salmon was one of them.  I almost got it.  It had chutney, which I think adds so much to any dish.

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Instead, I decided on the Softshell Crabs.  I do love them and Just Hooked was supposed to have delicious ones.  They did not disappointed.  They were light, sweet and oh, so good.

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Someone ordered a salad with a filet.  Something light.

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Fish n’ Chips…buttermilk battered cod, house fries, coleslaw and a remoulade.

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Local Crab Cake with pickled carrot n’ peashoot salad, bacon fingerling frittes and classic remoulade.

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Seared scallops, with pearl faro, spring peas, artichokes, chicory and pesto.  They looked beautiful.

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Shrimp n’ Grits…cheesy grits, fried green beans, chorizo vinaigrette and chili threads.

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No dessert was necessary after all this delicious food accompanied by wine and other spirits like Orange Crush!!

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It was time to go home…”The most valuable live thing for me is when people look like they’re having a good time.”  grimes

We certainly did, ladies and until next time….I remain.

July 19th, 2015

Destination? Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Lewes, Delaware, Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-Noon, Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Definitely, farmers markets are not just for chefs anymore.  In come the foodies who have a very discriminating palate.  Nothing but the best for them.  Getting up close and personal, the farmers love to show off their produce, so please ask questions!!

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My friend, Cindi, drove all the way from Ocean City, Maryland, and Brenda Jones is a local.  You will find Brenda at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market most every Saturday in the a.m.  The market opens at 8 a.m. until Noon.

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Historic Lewes Farmers Market is celebrating 10 years in the community.  During the summer season, you can find the market at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, located between Second & Third Streets at Shipcarpenter St.  Please note that on August 1st the market will take place at Shields Elementary School Parking Lot at 910 Shields St.  Fall hours will be 10/3 – 11/21 from 9 a.m. until Noon at Shields Elementary Parking Lot.  No pets are allowed, so leave Fido at home for a few hours.  Please visit the website at http://www.historiclewesmarket.org.

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The white tents are scattered throughtout the Historical Complex, a beautiful place to be on Saturday morning.  To find out the vendors that come to this market, please visit http://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org/market-vendors.

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Celebrate Summer’s Bounty by Growing Local, Buying Local and Eating Local!!

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Please open the Historic Lewes Farmers Market website to get some of their delicious recipes…http://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org/recipes.

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Markets are rising in popularity because consumers can get fresh produce directly from the farm.  The pick of the day, shall we say.

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Learning about ground cherries.  Had not seen them before.  They have a papery husk, which encloses the small fruit.  The fruit is small and orange.  Ground cherries are part of the same family as the tomatillos.  They are good in pies and they are also good with salsa and in a salad.

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Never too early to start your day with fresh shucked oysters!!

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Beautiful mushrooms!!

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Peach Season and Bennett’s tent was full of beautiful peaches.  The long line of customers waited patiently but the line went fast.

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“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man.  When tillage begins, other arts will follow.  The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.”  daniel webster

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July 19th, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD, Saturdays, Cape Henlopen High School Theater, Lewes, Delaware, HD Transmissions, Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation, Award Winning Series, Southern Delaware

Kristine Opolais as Manon of Manon Lescaut

Kristine Opolais as Manon of Manon Lescaut

Since its initial broadcast in 2006 “The Met: Live in HD” has grown exponentially with classical music lovers from around the world proving opera can have a place in their local theaters and it is now the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world.  “The HD transmissions stimulate opera lovers, and they are a catalyst for the singers, too.”  said Met General Manager Peter Gelb.  “Knowing that a global audience is watching and listening, our opera stars are inspired to give their greatest performances.”

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society in partnership with the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation presents “The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” on Saturdays at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater., located at 1255 Kings Highway in Lewes, Delaware.  Now in its tenth season, this award-winning series will feature live transmissions of 10 Met performances, including all 6 new productions.

The 10th season begins on Saturday, October 3rd at 12:55 p.m. with “Il Trovatore” Future transmissions are as follows:

“Otello” – October 24th at 12:55 p.m.

“Tannhauser” – October 31st at 12 p.m.

“Lulu” – November 21st at 12:30 p.m.

“Les Pecheurs de Perles – January 16th at 12:55 p.m.

“Turandot” – January 30, 2016 at 12:55 p.m.

“Manon Lescaut” – March 5th at 12:55 p.m.

Madama Butterfly – April 2nd at 12:55 p.m.

Roberto Devereux – April 16th at 12:55 p.m.

Elektra – April 30th at 12:55 p.m.

In addition to the opera performance, the HD series features Met opera stars conducting live interviews with cast and/or various production crew members while showing behind the scene features.  Complete details, including casting, are available at the Film Society website, http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

Advance online sales for all 10 transmissions will open to the public on July 24th.  Met members already have been purchasing since July 17th and Rehoboth Beach Film Society members may order beginning July 22nd.

Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for Met members, RBFS members, or seniors 65 years of age and plus; and $15 for students with ID or children 12 and under.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.  No reserved seats.  Online reservations are available.  Admission will be offered at the door with cash payment only.  More info?  Check the website above mentioned.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community.  Please check the many events sponsored by this organization by visiting http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

Or, you may call 302-645-9095.

Have a great day!!

July 16th, 2015

Destination? The Dewey Beach Scavenger Hunt, Dewey Beach, Delaware, Saturday, August 1, 2015, The Craziest Beach Town Hunts for Treasure, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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What can I say….searching is half the fun!  The tradition continues when Lindy Promotions & Miller Lite team up once again to bring back the most exciting summer tradition; The 5th Annual Dewey Beach Scavenger Hunt.

This is the Wildest Scavenger Hunt in the Craziest Beach Town!!  Dewey is the playground of the Delaware Beaches!!

It will take place on Saturday, August 1st from Noon until 8:00 p.m., during which teams will attempt to earn as many points possible by collecting random items, taking pictures at different landmarks, visiting bars and answering trivia in the wildest scavenger hunt ever seen.

Pre and post-parties are held around the Hunt itself.  The regisration/pre-party will be held from Noon until 2:00 p.m. at The Starboard for the post-party, where they will be judged and awarded prizes from 6 until 8 p.m.

Prizes this year include Maryland Football tickets, Six Flags America Tickets, Medieval Times Tickets, gift certificates and much more!!  All participants will also receive a special event koozie!!

What are you waiting for?  Get your teams together.  They can consist of between 4 and 8 people (all must be 21+).  Team themes and constumes are greatly encouraged.  Registration is currently just $50/team.

In previous years the event has had over 400 participants and this year is expected to be even bigger and better.  Participating bars include The Starboard, Gary’s DBG, Woody’s, Port, Scully’s, The Lighthouse, Nalu, Whiskey Beach BBQ, Que Pasa, Grotto’s, McShea’s & Hammerheads.

For full details and to register a team, go to http://www.lindypromo.com.

More info?  Contact Lindy Promotions at 301-652-7712.

Lindy Promotions has spent over 20 years successfully planning events in numerous cities throughout the country.  Each event provides an excellent chance to bring people together for a great time while enjoying discount specials at participating bars.

Have a Good One!!

July 13th, 2015

Melissa Etheridge, Ultimate Classic Rock, Blondie, Icons Rocked The Stage, Freeman’s Stage, Live Music, The Wailers, Reggae, Selbyville, Delaware, Delaware Beaches

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  bob marley

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During the day The Freeman’s Stage is quiet and peaceful.  The stage is small and cozy.  The laws are beautifully manicured.

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Throughout the summer this venue offers live music for everyone. It is outdoors and listening to music under the stars is…..priceless.  Top national performers as well as local ones come to The Stage.  Is funny to hear the performers say that they feel like they are in someone’s yard.  Well, they sort of are.  Please check the schedule by visiting http://www.freemanstage.org.

Now, when Melissa Etheridge, and Blondie…ultimate classic rock stars arrived, and then followed a couple of days later by The Wailers…..this venue was everything but quiet.

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Melissa Etheridge is a super star and an activist. Her voice continues to entertain so many of us that have known her for a long time.  She is on tour at the moment and her time at The Freeman Stage is not going to be forgotten.

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When she sang I’m the Only One, I Want to Come Over, and Come to My Window among others the audience went nuts.  She gave it her all in every song.  And, believe me, it was steamy that night.

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Blondie, another icon form the late 1970’s.  She had just turned 70!!!  The Tide is High, Hanging on The Telephone and Rapture brought all of us to a good cheer, remembering those days long gone.

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Last Friday night at The Freeman Stage it was a night of reggae with The Wailers coming to the Delaware Beaches to play some of the songs we have loved through the years.

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Reggae…the music, is influenced by mento, which is Jamaican folk music, calypso, and believe or not….American jazz.

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Red Stripe Beer, a place to sing and dance….young ones to the more matured crowd….they knew all the words to the songs!!

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“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”  victor hugo

July 12th, 2015

Golf Tournament, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, September 21st, Village Improvement Association, VIA, Rehoboth Beach, Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, “Hole in One” Contest!! A car!!!

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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  charles dickens

The Village Improvement Association, or VIA, as it is commonly known, invites players of all levels to participate in their 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, September 21st, at The Peninsula.  This event will benefit the VIA’s local charitable outreach programs.

It is a well established golf tournament with golfers from all over the region participating in a day of fun and relaxation that benefits programs throughout the greater Rehoboth Beach area.

The Peninsula is located on Delaware’s Indian River Bay at 26937 Bay Farm Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966.  It is the first private Jack Nicklaus Signature Design venue in Delaware.  Take a tour by visiting http://www.peninsula-delaware.com/golf.

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The tournament will feature prizes for men, women and mixed groups, the longest drive, closest to the pin and other categories.  Preston Motors Boulevad Ford will offer a car as the prize for the “hole in one” contest.  There will also be door prizes and raffles.

In addition, the event will include a Continental Breakfast and a Southern Barbecue luncheon.

The cost is $125 per person.  For additional details or to register, please visit http://www.rehobothbeachvia.org.

For questions concerning the event, please call Shirley Fleegle at 302-226-1681

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Let me tell you about the VIA.  First of all, it is a unique women’s civic and charitable organization located at Boardwalk and Grenoble Place in Rehoboth Beach; off the Boardwalk.  When women get together they get things done.  The VIA is a member of the Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club (DSFWC) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

This orgazination has done so much since 1909 when it was first organized.  It is still committed and dedicated to their mission of supporting the needs of the local community.

The VIA is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Following are some of the contributions of this powerful women’s organization:

The establishment of the Rehoboth Beach Library.

Provided parks with shrubbery, flowers and trees.

Provided the Boardwalk with lights, the iconic benches, water fountains, the original Bandstand, and refuse cans.

They also began a successful mosquito campaign.

Restored Cape Henlopen Lighthouse replica.

Helped with the formation of the Rehoboth Art League and Sussex Gardens Club.

They spearheaded a war bond drive to buy a bomber for the Air Force.

Established nursing scholarships.

Purchased Beach Wheels to provide beach access to the disabled.

The list goes on… Please visit http:///www.rehobothbeachvia.org/accomplishments

Throughout the year their events are very well attended.  They also have a cookbook, which by the way, I do have.  Delicious local recipes from the members of the Village Improvement Association.

So gather your golfing friends for a day of golfing at The Peninsula.

It is a beautiful day at the DE Beaches!!

July 11th, 2015

Bethany Beach Eats! Sedona, Restaurant, Creative American, Tapas Specials, Dinner, Gluten Free, Vegan, Opens Daily, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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Years ago when I lived in Bethany Beach, Delaware, the population was 500.  Today is 1,077.  That’s not counting the summer visitors.  During the height of the season, this town swells.  Lots of shops, restaurants, and beautiful beaches.

Bethany is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the bays.  Bethany and South Bethany are considered the Quiet Resorts.  On any given day, during the summer, please stop by.  You will see that Bethany is everything but quiet.  The town was founded in 1901.  Originally, it was a bit of a challenge to get to Bethany.  Not anymore.  In just a few hours you can reach the beach from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.  Traffic?  Well, that’s another story.  Just have patience, the reward is at the end of the road….beaches!!

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Up and down the coast, plenty of restaurants to choose from.  One that I went to a few weeks back was Sedona.  It is located at 29 Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach.  Tel. 302-539-1200.  http://www.sedona-bethany.com.  Reservations are accepted.  Sedona opens at 5:30 p.m.  Every day they offer their well known tapas special which means 3 small plates for $25.00.  Full bar is also available.

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Walking by Sedona with your pooch?  Water and treats are always available, as well.

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Early in the evening my friends, Debbie, Jody, and I decided to stop by and grab something to eat.  Sedona looked quiet at the time but by the time we left, there were plenty of patrons savoring some delicious and innovative food.  The menu changes frequently.  Please note that Sedona offers Gluten Free and Vegan choices.

The Soup was excellent….I do remember my friend, Jody saying so….I just forgot what it was…Sorry, lol.

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I always like to start with a salad and their Field Greens Salad was fresh with a very good dressing of whole grain mustard vinaigrette.

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The Caprese Salad had a twist.  Homemade mozzarella over tomatoes and grilled watermelon on the side.

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Tapas of Scallops with arugula and lemon thyme vinaigrette.  Did not hear any complaints. Both of my friends loved them.

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Tapas of seared rare tuna on crispy wontons with Asian slaw and seaweed salad.  This dish got great reviews.

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I love salmon and upon entering Sedona, a friend was there and told me that this was the dish to order.  Following her lead….I loved it!!  It is usually on the menu.  Grilled Summer Salmon on a salad of arugula and fresh spinach tossed with a shallot vinaigrette, black quinoa, tomatoes, and hard boiled eggs.

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We resisted the dessert temptations.  We were perfectly satisfied.  Maybe another time.

Please note that many restaurants at all the Delaware Beaches do not take reservations, so when you find one that does is just perfect.

Sharing a meal with friends is always priceless on my book!!

Have a good one…Summer is flying by!!

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