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July 3rd, 2015

Destination? Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, Independence Day Celebration, Saturday, July 4th, Let Freedom Ring, Fireworks, Parades, Entertainment, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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I like putting on the heading that Bethany Beach is The Quiet Resort.  Maybe it was known to be that quiet many years ago, but no more!!  This is a sought after coastal town in Southern Delaware….perfect for summer vacations, and to get away during the fall and winter.

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Bethany was founded by members of the Christian Church; the Disciples of Christ.  They came from Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.  It was not supposed to be a town.  They wanted it to be a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country.

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But quite a little town it is.  Families have been coming for so many years, creating many summertime memories.

The Fourth of July is celebrated big time in Bethany Beach.  This is the 32nd year.  There is usually a theme to every Fourth of July celebration.  This year’s theme is Let Freedom Ring.

Please note that on Friday, July 3rd, the Beach will be closed between Oakwood Street and Hollywood Street beginning at 5 p.m. in order to get ready for the Town’s 4th of July fireworks displays.  Make sure to pick all your beach items in this area.  The beach will re-open on Sunday, July 5th.

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Fourth of July:  Registration

You may register your floats and bikes the day of the parade from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the registration desks as follows:  Floats-Route 1 and Central Avenue; Bikes-Christian Church grounds.

Fourth of July:  Schedule

Noon…The parade will begin at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Garfield Parkway and take its traditional 2 mile route through the town.  It will feature 5 marching bands and 6 entertainment groups on trucks with marching units.

After the parade, enjoy the following activities:

2 p.m.  Try your skill at the horseshoe-throwing contest at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds.

7:15 p.m.  Award Ceremony

7:30 p.m.  The Vigilantes band performs popular dance music on the Bandstand.  The 2015 Summer Concert Series continue all summer long.  On Sunday, July 5th the entertainment will be The Reagan Years, and 80’s Tribute.  All concerts begin at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.  These concerts are popular and perfect for summer evenings at the beach.  For more info., please visit http://www.townofbethanybeach.com.  Click on Activities and scroll down to Bandstand.

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Dusk:  FIREWORKS!!  No July 4th event would be complete without them!!!

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Around 40,000 people attend the celebrations all day long with the culmination of the Fireworks.  As you can imagine traffic and parking can be a hassle.  Best deal in town are the Trolleys.  They run continuously between 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  You can flag down the trolley anywhere along the route for pick-up or discharge, except on Rt. 26 and Rt. 1.  No pick-up or drop-off on Jefferson Bridge or Rt. 26.  The fare is $.25.  The driver does not make change  Please note that the trolley no longer stops at the Lake Bethany entrance or the South Coastal Library.  For more information, please call 302-539-1996, or visit http://www.townofbethanybeach.com.  Click on Services and scroll down to Trolley.

Sunday, July 5th, is the Bethany Beach Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. until Noon at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue.  More info?  Please visit http://www.bethanybeachfarmersmarket.com.

Have a great holiday week-end!!

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June 24th, 2015

The Cafe on 26, Ocean View, Delaware, Gluten Free, Fresh, Local Seasonal Cuisine, Full Bar, Open Year Round, Lunch, Dinner, Menu Changes Daily, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Eating Gluten Free at the Delaware Beaches has been getting easier and easier as the years go by.  Restaurants have decided that offering gluten free dishes is in their best interest.  So many people are being diagnosed with celiac disease and the only treatment at the moment is to follow a gluten free lifestyle.

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Having followed a gluten free regimen in my household for many years, I know how wonderful it is to find restaurants where you can completely feel at ease when ordering a meal.  Not to be afraid of contamination.  Hey, it does happen.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the restaurants at the Delaware Beaches are doing an amazing job in creating dishes for those that have to eat gluten free.

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Last night, friends got together to try The Cafe on 26, located at 84 Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26) in Ocean View, Delaware.  Tel. 302-539-2233.  Website?  http://www.thecafeon26.com. Find it on Facebook and Twitter. This restaurant is 99% gluten free.  Please mention that you have the allergy and they will tell you what Not to order.  Probably just a couple of things, really.

Ocean View is located a couple of miles west of Bethany Beach.

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We decided to try it yesterday.  I was also giving Allyson some info. regarding my experiences eating gluten free.  What to do?  Hidden glutens, etc. etc.

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What a pleasant surprise!  First, Christie, our Server was so good.  And funny too.  We arrived super early.  Yes, it was going to be an early dinner for all.

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The Cafe on 26 has a full bar.  They open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday:  Lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  On Sunday they are only open for dinner from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

After a few drinks we ordered salads:  Everything that we ordered was Gluten Free!!  Note:  Menu changes daily.

On the left, a Classic Caesar Salad with Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, garlic crouton and a Caesar Dressing.  On the right, a Summer Salad with spring greens, mandarin oranges, dried bing cherries, seasonal local berries, red onion, cucumber, apples and candied walnuts with a citrus basil vinaigrette.

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My Spinach Salad was delicious.  I had them take out the Queso Fresco….not eating cheese at the moment.  Baby spinach, bacon, mandarin oranges, red onion, almonds slivers and a bacon vinaigrette dressing.

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Our entrees:

Stuffed Flounder…Fresh flaky flounder filet stuffed with all lump crab imperial and topped with their imperial sauce.  Side dishes of mashed sweet potatoes and broccolini.

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Their signature dish was the Potato-Romano Encrusted Salmon.  Scottish Faroe Island Farm Raised Salmon, encrusted with potato, Romano and Parmesan Cheese, then topped with Lump Crab, and a dill and cream reduction.  Side dishes of sauteed zucchini and squash and a Tabouli salad.

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My Duck Breast was awesome.  Tender and juicy.  Pan seared then finished in the oven and complimented with a dried cherry port reduction.  Side dishes of mashed sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus.

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Another order of the Potato-Romano Encrusted Salmon, but with side dishes of sauteed green beans with carrots and toasted almonds and a Quinoa Salad.

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For dessert an order of their Chocolate Cheesecake.  Love chocolate?  This is the one and Gluten Free!!  Dense and rich just like a cheesecake should be.

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Relax and enjoy.  TTYL

May 15th, 2015

Recipes Begged, Borrowed, or, Stolen, Roasted Butternut Squash with Corn, Red Onions & Cranberries, Rehoboth Beach Eats, Meatless Any Day! Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

The gates are beginning to open…..Summer 2015 officially opens next week.  Yikes….a new way of trying to figure out when to go here or there.  Welcome to the Delaware Beaches!!

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.  In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell-attitude.”   julia child

Even though my recipes can, at any time, be begged, borrowed, or stolen….this recipe was given to me as a gift by my friend, Jody.  It is totally delish and you can serve it by itself for any meatless day; with a salad for a complete veggie meal.  Or, just let it sit by the side of beef, chicken or fish.

The main ingredient is a butternut squash.  This fruit/vegetable is full of Vitamin C, A, & E.  It is also a good source of manganese, magnesium and potassium.

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Butternut squash can be roasted, toasted, pureed for soups, or mashed and used in casseroles, breads and muffins.

2 new sauces for this recipe, and they are easily found at Peppers on 176 Coastal Hwy. #1 in Lewes, Delaware.  The Garlic Pepper Sauce made out of aged red peppers and garlic and the Peri Peri Pepper Sauce which is a blend of Moroccan flavors.

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ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH CORN, RED ONIONS & CRANBERRIES

1 2 lb. butternut squash, peeled with a veggie peeler

1 large red onion, chopped into bite size pieces, not diced

4 Tbsps. Olive Oil

2 Tsps. Garlic Pepper Sauce (Mountain Man)  Taste it and add more….I did.

2 Tsps. Peri Peri Pepper Sauce (Warrior’s Potion)  Taste it and add more…I did.

1 Tsp. Sea or Pink Himalayan Salt

1.5 Cups Frozen Corn or steamer bag of “honey roasted corn”

1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

1/2 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup chopped cilantro

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Chop the peeled butternut squash into circular disc pieces then cut in cubes from the discs.  Lightly toss the pieces in olive oil or in coconut oil and a bit of salt.  The smaller the pieces are, the faster they will roast in the oven.

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Put on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Bake in batches for about 10 minutes.  You want them tender but not mushy.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and saute onion.  Add corn, hot sauces, salt, and cayenne to the onions and stir for a minute or so.  Then add cranberries.

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Add the roasted squash cubes to the mixture and stir for a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend.  Then add the chopped cilantro.

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This recipe has a very good combination of flavors….a little heat, the sweetness of cranberries, and cilantro.  As usual, make it your own.

Enjoy.  Talk to you later.

January 26th, 2015

Meatless Any Day! Spinach Gratin, Casserole, Easy, Recipes Begged, Borrowed & Stolen….Gluten Free, Delaware Beaches Eat!

Meatless recipe….but the day is perfect for a nice hot chili!!

This recipe is totally stolen.  Cannot take any credit for it.  It is a recipe from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa.  It comes out so good and it can be served by itself, or, as a side dish for meat, chicken or fish.  I have served it with a Turducken and I just served it for Christmas Eve dinner with my small standing rib roast from Hickman’s in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Spinach Gratin and sliced tomatoes on the side…yummy!  It is by no means a low fat, low cal recipe but some adjustments can be made….substitute the butter for something lighter.  The heavy cream can be half and half, and the milk can be low fat, as well.

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SPINACH GRATIN

4 tablsps. usalted butter

4  cups yellow onions, chopped

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated (I used ground)

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups milk

5 10-ounce packages of frozen spinach, defrosted

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon Kosher salt (optional)

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat.  Add onions and saute until translucent.  About 10 minutes.  Add the flour and nutmeg and cook stirring for a few more minutes, making a roux.  Add the cream and milk and cook until thickened.

Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the defrosted spinach.  Add the spinach to the sauce.  Then, add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and mix it well.  Season with salt and pepper if you want to.

Transfer the spinach to a baking dish, 9 x 13, and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 Parmesan and the Gruyere on top.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!!

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I made this recipe gluten free.  Please grate your cheeses to make sure there are no additives containing gluten.

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January 20th, 2015

Eat Meatless Sometimes…And Loving It! Barley Waldorf Salad, Pearled Barley, Easy, Nutritious, Delaware Beaches Eat!! Recipes Begged, Borrowed & Stolen

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My tiny bag of pearled barley is part of my decor….does not fit in any cabinet.  Barley has a low glycemic index.  It is also the highest in fiber of all the whole grains.

Check this recipe out!!  It is a Stolen Recipe…not my own, even though I usually try to make recipes my own…in this particular recipe the lettuce used was not the one suggested.  It worked out just fine.

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BARLEY WALDORF SALAD

3/4 cup pearled barley

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (I used non-fat yogurt, instead)  Anything to help the battle of the bulge.

3 tablespoons light mayo

1/4 teaspoon of finely shredded lemon peel

1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest (This was an extra addition, it gave it a better lemony taste.)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon sugar (I used Stevia.)

1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt

1 1/2 cups seedless gred graves, halved (I bought the smaller seedless ones.)

2/3 cup corsely chopped red apple

1/2 cup finely sliced celery

lettuce….Any leaf lettuce will do.  The recipe called for 8 leaves of butterhead, Boston or Bibb lettuce.  I tore my lettuce leaves.

1/4 cup walnuts and walnut pieces….toasted

In a large saucepan toast pearled barley over medium to low heat for about 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring.  Add 4 cups of water.  You can also cook it in unsalted chicken broth, like I did.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for about 40 minutes until tender.  Drain and rinse.  Set aside to let it cool off.

The rest of the ingredients are just an easy assembly.

In a large bowl combine yogurt, mayo, lemmon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.  Stir in cooked barley, grapes, apple and celery.

Toast the walnuts in a medium heat over the stove, in a frying pan.

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To serve, spoon barley mixture over your choice of lettuce.  Sprinkle with walnuts and garnish with the shredded lemon peel.

I thought it was great….one of my sons thought it was okay!!  You decide.

Have a good one!!  Quiet day on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach.

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January 14th, 2015

Destination? State of Delaware, Tourism, Delaware, New Tourism Brand Campaign, Delaware Tourism Office, “Endless Discoveries”, New Delaware Tourism Office Logo

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From the Delaware Tourism Office comes great news for those of us that have the ability to pass on information about our small state.  Sought after by many as a place for retirement, for fun, and for relaxation, the Delaware Tourism Office is really campaigning so that when it comes to your vacation choices…..Delaware is It!!

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It is the first time in the state history, that the Delaware Tourism Office has created a brand identity, a tagline and even television commercials designed to increase national awareness of Delaware as a desirable place to vacation.  Many of us know that already, now we want you to check it out.

It is called the “Endless Discoveries” brand campaign.  It aims to boost visitation and tourism revenue in Delaware by creating an image in consumers’ minds of the state as a destination that will surpass any preconceptions.

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The Director of the Delaware Tourism Office states:  “The challenge has always been to show others that Delaware is far more than just a place they pass through on I-95”.   That, I have heard….receiving a call saying “We are on 95 going to such and such place…passing through Delaware….and, are you close by?”

I found this interesting…The brand campaign messages were specifically designed to resonate with female consumers, who have been shown to statistically more likely to take the lead in vacation planning decisions.  The campaign is expected to reach hundreds of thousands of people in 16 East Coast states.

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The new logo above shown, along with the words Endless Discoveries is hoping to spark the travelers’ curiosity and make them want to learn more……The Director of the Delaware Tourism Office, Linda Parkowski, goes on to state “The next step was to create words and images that fit that concept, and give travelers a sense that Delaware has treasures waiting to be found.”  Some of us have found those already!!

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To learn more, and to begin your journey, please visit http://www.visitdelaware.com.

NOTE:  To see the 60-second Endless Discoveries commercial, visit the DTO YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msCpCkUemoA.

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Please also note that the information for this post was taken from the Delaware Toursim new brand campaign:  “Endless Discoveries”

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November 28th, 2014

Destination? Annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour, Friday, November 28th, Saturday, November 29th, Southeastern Sussex County, Free Tour, Self Guided, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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A tradition in Southern Delaware, this is the 20th Annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour.  It covers the towns of Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Dagsboro, Selbyville, and Fenwick Island.  So, are you awake? Because, today and tomorrow are the days where these talented artists open their studios.  Get to know them up close and personal.  Thirteen full time artists will be participating this year.  Some you already know, but also there are a few new faces, as well.

The doors open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  This is a self guided free tour.  You can visit http://www.artstudiotour.com for more detailed information.

Click on http://www.artstudiotour.com/artists.htm to see the participating artists, and also their bios.

“Art in the Hat Raffle” – In each studio you visit you can purchase raffle tickets for $4.99 each or 5 for $20.00  100% of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit art programs and education in the Indian River School District.  Each particpating artist has donated a work of art.  And, they will all be raffled.  Put however many tickets you want on your favorite piece or try your luck and put a few in each one.  To find out what work of art each artists is donating, please visit http://www.artstudiotour.com/raffle.htm.

Over the years I have crawled the tour, always stopping by to visit one of my favorites.  His name is Fom Frey.  He is a Woodturner, located in Dagsboro.  Using mostly local woods he turns them into beautiful pieces of art.

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His miniatures are just gorgeous and so delicate.

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Meet Tom Frey, the Woodturner.

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Shopping season has started in earnest…..the Rehoboth Beach outlets were packed on “Midnight Madness”….but these artists offer something unique…a piece of art; all from their heart.

Stop by check them out, have some cookies and refreshments….they offer that too.

Have a great week-end!!

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November 5th, 2014

Sussex County Return Day, Georgetown, Delaware, Hungry? Upper Crust, The Brick Hotel, Patty’s, Unique to Sussex County, Southern Delaware, A Tradition for 222 Years!!

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Two days after election day Southern Delaware gathers in Georgetown, Delaware, for Return Day.  2014 will celebrate 101 years of this tradition which is unique to Sussex County.

State Law in 1791 removed Lewes, Delaware, as County Seat.  Georgetown became the new County Seat.  Much more geographically centered was the reason.  The State Law required that the voting take place in the new County Seat.  Those same voters would “return” 2 days later to hear the outcome of the election….therefore the name Return Day began.

The celebration will have a carnival atmosphere….a celebration no less!!  The Courthouse will shine during the festivities.  And, The Circle will be crowded.

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There are new traffic patterns in place.  To find out information regarding this and schedule of events, please visit http://www.returnday.com.

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Hungry?  On The Circle…..

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Great food and friendly service.  On Return Day, exhibitor, award-winning folk artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans will be at the Coffee Shop. Check http://www.theuppercrust.info/current_artist_exhibit. The Upper Crust will be offering a court-themed menu.  The Menu has been updated and a version in Spanish is included.  Please visit http://www.theuppercrust.info/menu.

The Upper Crust is located at 7 E. Market St.  Tel. 302-856-2300.  Catering is available….everything is homemade.

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The Brick Hotel is located at 18 The Circle, right in the heart of Georgetown.  Tel. 302-856-1836.  Website?  http://www.thebrickhotel.com.  They offer nightly specials.  Open every day.  Happy Hour is from 3 until 6 in The Tavern.  Fridays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. complimentary appetizers.  Tuesday through Saturday, they serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Lite Menu from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sundays the Breakfast buffet is $9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Outstanding crab soup!!

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The Classic Cheeseburger and The Pulled Pork I totally recommend.

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The Pulled Pork!!  And, if they offer the Grilled Portobello…then it will be a decision.  Talk to the server.  They are good with their recommendations.

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Patty’s is located at 517 South Bedford Street in Georgetown.  Tel. 302-253-8692.  Website?  http://www.pattys.comcastbiz.net.  They cater and deliver, as well.  Find them on Facebook.

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I first became acquainted with Patty’s when they catered an event for Fund for Women.  The small chicken salad croissants were outstanding.

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Subs, sandwiches, salads, party trays, and gourmet foods.  Patty has been in the business for so many years throughout the U.S.  She is so friendly and the food is so good.  The menu changes constantly but she is happy to tell you that Patty’s serves food from subs to the sublime.

Here is Patty at the counter.

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During good weather you can take a seat on her picnic table, otherwise, I think people come in to order and then take out.

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Chips from restauranteur Jose Andres!!  Got some.  You pay a bit more but worth it.

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On the left is a Grain Salad with Quinoa tossed with Genoa Salami, hot and sweet sopressata, provolone, Goathorn peppers and tomatoes in an oregano vinaigrette.  And, on the right is a Corn Salad tossed with scallions and cherry tomatoes in a smoked paprika vinaigrette.

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Have a great day!!

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