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April 16th, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Lula Brazil, Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Dining, Dancing, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Moquequinho de Caranguejo or Crab Soup had a different twist to the more traditional crab soup.  It had coconut milk.

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Grilled Fish with Black Beans & Rice, farofa (yucca flour) for condiment, as well and grilled veggies.

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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.

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For dessert a custard is a favorite of mine.  It was velvety smooth and the surprise of coconut inside.

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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.

Bom Apetite!!

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April 3rd, 2016

What’s Going On? Film Programs, Cinema, The Arts, Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Movies offer us a ticket into another world.  You can cry, scream, cheer, or maybe all of it at once.  It is cheap therapy for a couple of hours.  Better than sitting home watching the political circus 24/7.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is located in beautiful Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 107 Truitt Avenue.  Tel. 302-645-9095.  Its mission is to promote cinematic arts and provide education and cultural enrichment.  It is very active and throughout the year it offers residents that ticket to another world mentioned above.  For more information, trailers, etc. etc. please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

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So, What’s Going On?

Thursday, April 7th – Film Programs/Cinema & The Arts…This film series brings art and artists to the big screen.  Typically, there is a guest speaker who will introduce the film and also lead a post screening discussion.  So, on Thrusday, 4/7, the featured film will be THE WINDING STREAM.  This looks like an interesting film, more so if you like the Carter and Cash families.  It tells the story of the Carter and Cash family dynasty seated at the heart of country music.  Starting with the original Carters, the film traces the transformation of their musical act into the Carter Sisters.  The marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter.  This is shot in HD. The Winding Stream features original Carter Family recordings but also showcases interpretrations of their songs as performed by such legends as John Prine, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Sheryl Crow.  It is told through interviews with family and friends who knew them best.   This film has won numerous awards.  It will run 90 minutes.  A post film discussion will be led by George Spicer, who currently serves as secretary of the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association.  The Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association hosts concerts the second Sunday of each month in Marydel, Delaware.   This film will take place at Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes.  This location is behind Wawa in Lewes.  Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  You can visit the above mentioned website and purchase tickets online, or by calling 302-645-9095 ext. 1.  Online reservations will close on Thursday, the 7th at Noon.  Please note that reservations made are non-refundable.

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Friday, April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, Sunday, April 10th – What Makes Us Tick?  This analytical series will be for the whole week-end.  It explores the theme of Secrets and Lies through films and post-screening discussions.  All screenings will be held at the Cinema Art Theater located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes (behind Wawa).  These 3 films will reveal the devastating effect that keeping secrets and telling lies has on individuals, families and communities.  Issues such as redemption, forgiveness, and hope will be discussed.  Each film will feature an introduction by licensed family therapist Joan Procaccio, and a post screening discussion facilitated by a mental health or educactional professional.

Admission prices for members are $15 per screening or $41 for the 3-film package.  For the general public the admission will be $17 per screening and $47 for the 3-film package.  Ticket prices include pre-screening refreshments.  Wine will be available for purchase at selected screenings.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the film  The tickets can be obtained by visiting the website above mentioned, or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1, or by visiting the RBFS office Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Please also note that to receive the membership discounted admission, proof of current membership must be presented at the time of purchase, or in the case of online or tel. reservations, at admission to the event.

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE – Friday, 4/8 at 7 p.m. – This is a British film and it is a heart-wrenching fact-base drama, when social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) uncovers the horrific scandal of forced child migration from the UK.  Between the 1940’s and ’50s, and as recently as 1967, nearly 130,000 British children, some orphaned and some forcibly removed from their homes, were packed into ships and sent to Australia.  They were told their parents were dead and instead of oranges and sunshine, a paradise offered to them, they were forced into hard labor and sometimes abuse….It runs 105 minutes and it is Rated R.  A post film discussion will be led by Perrin Smith.  He is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and their families.

DEAR FRANKIE –  Saturday, 4/9 at 3 p.m. – This is a Scottish drama, with many awards won including a 15 minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  Dear Frankie is a working class fairy tale and it is the story of 9 year old Frankie and his mother Lizzie.  He remembers nothing of the abuse he suffered as a child and his mother is determined to keep it that way.    Through a Glasgow post office box he maintains a regular correspondence with someone he believes is his father.  The letters, secretely authored by Lizzie, detail seafaring adventures from around the globe.  But she cannot maintain this charade forever and torn between telling the truth and protecting her son, Lizzie gets more than she bargained for when she hires a handsome stranger to play the role of a lifetime.  This simple story is rich with precise observation and it tugs at the heartstrings withouth being maudlin or manipulative….It runs for 105 minutes and is Rated PG 13.  The post film discussion will be led by Suzanne Murphy, Suzanne Thurman, and Joe-Anne Corwin.  Suzanne Murphy is a licensed clinical social worker who has a PHD in social welfare.  Suzanne Thurman is the director of the MERR Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue efforts of stranded marine life.  Joe-Anne Corwin was a professor of psychology at the Marine Maritime Acade in Castine, Main.

STORIES WE TELL – Sunday, 4/10 at 1:30 p.m.  This is a Canadian documentary.  Oscar nominated writer/director Sarah Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers.  This documentary explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, and how our narratives shape and define us.   This documentary is Rated PG 13. A post film discussion will be led by Carolyn Walter and Suzanne Thurman.  Carolyn Walter is a PHD, LCSW, Professor Emerita, Center for Social Work Education, Widener University and an Adjunct Professor at Univ. of PA, School of Social Work.  Her area of specialty is grief, loss and transformation.  Suzanne Thurman is the director of the MERR Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue efforts of stranded marine life.

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Wednesday, April 13th at 4 p.m. – THE SELFISH GIANT, was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.  It is a gripping story about 13 year old best friends, Arbor and Swifty.  During a forced absence from school, the boys begin working for a dubious scrap dealer selling discarded wire to scrap yards.  Their hard works pays off in the beginning but as Arbor becomes increasingly greedy, tensions build leading to a tragic event that transforms them all.  This is a British drama set against the backdrop of post industrial northern England.

This screening is part of the monthly “Read a Movie” series in which members read a little-known short story in advance of the screening, then gather to share their thoughts about how well, or not so well the story expanded to the big screen.  On the evening of the screening attendees can receive 15% off Dos Locos’ regular priced dinner entrees.

Admission is $3 for members, (current members need to present their membership card).  $5 for future members.  Location? Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes’ Wawa.

Have a great time!!

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December 3rd, 2015

Destination? Bethany Beach, Delaware, Holiday Happenings, Tree Lighting Ceremony, A Tradition Begins in The Quiet Resort, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Saturday, December 5th the Holiday Season will begin in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  Known as The Quiet Resort, Bethany Beach does get a little quiet in the winter but plenty of the merchants are open during the week-ends.  Not wanting to stay behind other Delaware Beach resorts, Bethany puts a good show for the Holidays.

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On Saturday make plans to be there by 1 p.m. when free events will be happening:  Photos with Santa….he will be arriving at 1:15 p.m., Letters to Santa, Horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, face painting, hot cocoa and cookies and music!!

Help Bethany Beach start a new tradition when at 6 p.m. the Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Boardwalk by the Bandstand.

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Gather with friends and family and help light the “Tree of Warmth”, and sing along to a performance by the Lord Baltimore Children’s Choir.

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Everyone is encouranged to bring hats, gloves, scarves and canned goods as a donation to area charities.

Please have in mind that every Saturday in December prior to Christmas, there will be caroling arond the “Tree of Warmth” on the Bandstand to end the day.  Stores will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Please check the schedule of events for the Holiday Season in Bethany Beach at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com

Merry Christmas!!

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November 17th, 2015

Destination? Chelsea Tavern, Dinner & Drinks, The Grand Lady of Market Street, Entertainment at the Grand Opera House, Wilmington, Delaware

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My friend Debbie and I were spending the night at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.  You can see my post right before this current one.  Hungry we were so off to the Chelsea Tavern we went.  Arriving at the tavern so early…they told us they did not have tables available.  All booked.  But, they gave us a great table at the bar.  One of those tall tables.  We had a clear vision of the dining room.  You see how that photo looks so empty, soon enough the whole restaurant was packed.  At the bar…standing room only.

The Chelsea Tavern is located at 821 Market Street.  Tel. 302-482-3333.  Website?  http://www.chelseatavern.com.

This tavern is another dining option if you are attending a play at The Playhouse or a concert at The Grand Opera House which is literally across the street.

Debbie and I were taking our time at grazing.  The football games were going on the t.v.s and the beer was flowing.  If you would like to see their beer menu, please visit http://www.beermenus.com/places/5089-chelsea-tavern.

The first thing we ordered was their Loaded Brussels.  These were crispy brussels sprouts, with applewood bacon, scallions, topped with a beer and cheddar cheese sauce.

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Continuing enjoying ourselves and then talking to people from Chicago that were in Delaware because their children were playing lacrosse…..we ordered an entree salad called the Quinoa & Beet Salad.  It had mixed greens, toasted almond, portobello mushrooms, pickled beets, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and a sage-balsamic vinegar dressing.  After the Brussels Sprouts it was a great cleansing palate salad.

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Our server was spot on.  His suggestions were all perfect.  So, he suggested the Mediterranean Pizza.  It had roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, baby spinach, artichokes, Kalamata olives, and a garlic oil and balsamic reduction.  This pizza was outstanding.  We ordered it well done. No guilt eating this whole pizza.  The combination of toppings was delicious.  The crust thin and crispy. Yum!

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No dessert for us.  It was time to cross the street and take our seats at The Grand Opera House where we met one of our other usual suspects, Paula…..she is my entertainment director.  In concert Delbert McClinton.  He is best know for his hit “Giving It Up For Your Love”.  He is a Grammy Award winning recording artist and songwriter.  His sax player was amazing.

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The Grand Opera House is also known as The Grand Lady of Market Street.  It opened in 1871 as a home for the Grand Lodge of the Masons.  The Grand was designed by architect Thomas Dixon in the Second Empire style.  Its facade is of cast iron adorned with Masonic images.  In 1909, The Grand was for a short time converted into a regular stop on the vaudeville circuit, and then into a movie theater.  In 1967 it closed its doors.  In 1971 plans were unveiled to renovate the theatre to its former splendor. Today The Grand presents more than 75 shows each season.  For more information, please visit http://www.thegrandwilmington.org.

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That’s all folks!!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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November 17th, 2015

Destination? Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware, Elegant, Classic, Iconic, Sunday Brunch, Great Get-A-Way!!

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One of my usual suspects, Debbie, and I took off for Wilmington, Delaware…just a quick, ovenight, get-a-way trip.  Tickets to see Delbert McClinton in concert were ordered by another suspect, Paula…who is my entertainment director.  I have always loved this hotel.  It encompasses timeless elegance and beauty.  It is located at 11th and Market Sts., Wilmington, DE 19801  Tels. 302-594-3100, 800-441-9019.  You can find it on Facebook, as well.  Website?  http://www.hoteldupont.com

The hotel is an Italian Renaissance building.  It was commissioned by Pierre S. du Pont in 1913.  It took 2 1/2 years to build.  It has 12 stories with 217 rooms and suites.  Almost all rooms have king size beds but if you would like a room with 2 beds, please give them a call.  They do have some rooms with 2 beds.  They are very large and comfortable rooms.

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One of the most favorite ball rooms is the Gold Room.  During weddings a signature from the hotel is when they bring their baked alaskas for each table all lit.  It is something to see.  The Gold Room was built in 1918 in the French Neoclassic & Louis XVI style.  It can accommodate up to 500 guests.  The chandeliers are gorgeous.

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Another smaller room, more intimate is The du Barry Room.  The chandelier was imported from Yugoslavia.  It can accommodate up to 125 guests.

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Every Sunday brunch is served in the Green Room.  It is an iconic room with families coming here for this amazing brunch on a regular Sunday or just to celebrate a special holiday year after year.  It serves as their main dining room, as well.  The oak paneling is impressive and so is their impeccable service.   There is live music from the gallery above the restaurant on Friday, Saturday, and during Brunch on Sundays.   On Sunday, Crystal took care of us.  She was great.

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The brunch starts at 10 a.m. and reservations are a must.  We were just having a regular breakfast but that did not keep us from staring at all the food that was being set up.

We started with a few baked goods…Crystal staged my plate.

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My French Omelette had asparagus, Brie, and white truffle oil.  I chose very well done scrapple and I have to say it did come out perfectly crispy on the outside, just like I like it.  The fancy cut was something new since at Crystal in Rehoboth Beach…they do not go that far.

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These are a few of the Brunch offerings that caught my attention.

The desserts looked well so incredibly delish.

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Throughout the room there were other stations offering eggs, tenderloin, pastas, vegetables, breads, cheeses, and seafood.

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I have to tell you that Debbie and I behaved well….we did not touch one dessert!!

If you would like to learn more about the history of this iconic hotel, please visit http://www.hoteldupont.com/about-en/html.

Inside the hotel you can find the The Playhouse.  This theatre has been entertaining guests since 1913.  Comming up is Annie, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Blue Man Group, 42nd Street, and Jersey Boys.  Please visit http://www.duponttheatre.com.

And last but not least, you have to get them for you or for a friend….Dick Bryan their Famous Pecan Macaroons.  As you check in or out they are right their behind their counters.  I am sure they are addictive!!

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October 16th, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is open year-round.  It has been a thing of the past when after Labor Day the streets were rolled up until next Summer.  The Second Season at the Beach brings events and activities that keep all visitors very busy and having a good time.  Charming shops, tax free shopping, art galleries, restaurants…and of course, the perfect time to stroll and catch your breath.

So what is going on this week-end?

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Saturday, October 17th – DELAWARE SPCA-5TH ANNUAL BARK ON THE BOARDS – At Lake Gerar Park, in Rehoboth Beach  10:30 a.m. (registration).  11:30 a.m. Walk.  Grand Marshal Celebrity Recording Artist, Pamela Stanley.  Refreshments, Children’s Activities and Vendors.  This Dog Walk on Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk will benefit Homeless Shelter Pets.  Celebrate the off season when dogs are welcomed on the boards and beach in Rehoboth Beach.  So break out the leash and your flip flops to take to the boards and help animals in need.

No dog? No problem! You don’t have to have a dog to participate.  enjoy a leisurely stroll on the boardwak and participate in fun activities for the whole family.  Please do not forget to dress up!  This year’s theme is “Mardi Gras for Paws”.

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Until Sunday, October 18th – GALLERY 50 ANNUAL CONSIGNMENT SALE – Art, china, sculpture, furnishings and much more from the gallery’s clients.  Gallery 50 is located at 50 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-3227-2050  http://www.gallery50art.com

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Saturday, October 17th – SODEL FEST-SOUTHERN DELAWARE WINE, FOOD 7 MUSIC FESTIVAL from Noon until 4:30 p.m. at Independence Hall & Grounds, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, Millsboro, DE.  It will be hosted by Paul Cullen, the event promises a fun and refined afternoon of food, beer and wine samplings and pairings, cooking demos, and a great musical line-up.  The Culinary Theater will feature Food TV’s Neil Fuentes, “The Singing Chef” and 5 local, award-winning restauranteurs.  Special events include a 100-pt wine tasting, an exclusive cheese tasting, a blind tasting and Wine 101 for the wine newbie!  General Admission Tickets are $75 per person.  This event will be benefitting Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.  More info?  http://www.sodelfest.com

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Until Sunday, October 18th – REHOBOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL…Please visit http://www.rehobothjazz.com/index.php/shows/saturday

For Sunday’s shows please visit http://www.rehobothjazz.com/index.php/shows/sunday

Have a great week-end!!

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September 25th, 2015

Destination? Sunfest, Ocean City, Maryland, Fall Festival, The Second Season, Arts, Crafts, Live Entertainment, Maryland Beaches

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Opening Day for Sunfest in Ocean City, Maryland was Thursday, September 24, 2015.  It is ranked the number one arts and crafts festival in the nation!!  It was filled with crafts, arts, food and entertainment.  Everything for the whole family to enjoy.

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Walking on the award-winning boardwalk the visitors were enjoying a beautiful day at the beach.

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Passing the ever popular Thrasher’s French Fries, already the line was so long.  To tell you the truth I am not such a big fan of them because I like my fries crispy.

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Hundreds and hundreds of people were checking out this first day of Sunfest.  Apparently, the weather might be a little crazy on Saturday evening, so if you get a change today and tomorrow, please stop by.

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The tent we were looking for was the Food Tent and we immediately found it.

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One food vendor after another.  If you have been at Sunfest before you probably have your favorites.

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You can sit down in the many tables available or just stand and use the tall tables as well.

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Funnel Cakes anyone?

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We decided on some Seafood Bisque with Lace chips!! Perfect combination.  They were so light.

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Ross decided on pulled chicken and regular just made chips.

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Sunfest will be opening Friday and Saturday from 10 1.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 .am. until 6 p.m.  During the day you can enjoy the live entertainment completely free, either in their open air venue or inside the tent.  In the evening the live entertainment is by ticket holder.  Depending on the entertainer you tickets could be as low as $15 to $60.  Please visit http://www.ococean.com

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Stop Mr. Elvis himself, local color in Ocean City for many years.  Known to all the residents.  Take a photo.  He loves it!!

Some of the crafts that caught our attention:

Wire Sculpture by Devin Mack of Drawn Metal Studios.

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The lady that works with clay.  She has been at the festival for years.  You can see her working the clay with such minute detail.

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The driftwood sailboats and ships were really cute.  The company is Art Sea., from Pasadena, Maryland.

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The painted ostrich eggs were very detailed.  Loved Starry Nights.

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This next company’s baking is not your usual.  It looked so real, you could taste it…The Fake Baker.

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The beautiful Adirondack Chairs, Hinkleys Chair Art….whatever you want, they will paint it.

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Grabbing beers and on our way to listen to Skinny Leg Pete.  Definitely a party band.  Their genre?  soul, funk, blues and rock.  And, yes, people were dancing.

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And then followed by Teenage Rust on the outdoor stage.

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Thanks Cindi for inviting me…It was a great time with a BFF.

Have a great week-end!!

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September 18th, 2015

Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival, October 17, 2015, 12:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M., Independence Hall, Food, Wine, Music, A Singing Chef, Local Chefs, Food Pairings, 13 Local Restaurants, A Man Cave? Do not Miss this Event!! Raising Funds for Rotary’s Global Eradication of Polio, Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”  booker t. washington

With that quote I begin my post by reminding you that Delaware is a Small Wonder with a Big Heart.  Fundraising events happen all year round, but it seems that as the Second Season takes hold of all of us living in Southern Delaware, we set records for fundraising.  It is incredible the amount of money raised to help others.

I got an invite to a Kick Off Party for the Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival which will take place on Saturday, October 17th (noon until 4:30 p.m.) at Independence Hall located at 23767 Samuel Adams Circle in Millsboro, Delawared.  Even though the address is Millsboro, it is, actually, closer to the beaches.

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The Kick Off Party took place at (a)Muse on Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, on Thursday, 9/17.  My friend, Susan DiMondi came with me to see what all the commotion was all about.

Let me tell you a little about What is Going On…

This event is being billed as the “ultimate wine, food and music event on DelMarVa”.  It will be hosted by former Bad Company bassist, now food, wine and music aficionado, Paul Cullen.  It will be a fun and refined afternoon of food, beer and wine samplings and pairings, cooking demos, and a great musical line-up.

This is a benefit for Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.

This is an inaugural SoDelFest.  The culinary Theater will host the chef showcases/demos, where you will find Neil Fuentes, The Singing Chef and Food Rewrapped Champion and 5 of our top local chefs including: Hari Cameron, Lion Gardner, Doug Ruley, Ronnie Burkle and Sean Correa.

The festival will also offer wine and food pairings with 13 local restaurants including; Abbot’s Grille, Bluecoast, Seafood Grill, Bramble and Brine, Cultured Pearl, Grandpa 9Mac), JD Shuckers, Lupo’s Italian Kitchen, Michy’s Relaxed Dining, Nage, Palate, Semra’s, Summerhouse and Touch of Italy.

You will be able to experience the Man Cave….don’t worry we are all welcome for cocktails, a raw bar and Cigars!  Join Rob Bagle from Bramble & Brine and representatives from Wigle Whiskey, Dad’s Hat, Benromach Scotch, George’s Bloody Mary Mix (a new local favorite from Berline, Maryland) and 16 Mile Brewery.  There may just be oyster shooters there!

30 wines will be offered by Teller Wines and the distributors for pairing and additional tastes.  Dogfish Head and Mispillion Breweries will be pouring their fall favorites at the bar!

There will be 2 special wine education seminars in the Wine University; Mike Zygmonski (Level II Sommelier, Sodel Concepts) will present a blind tasting and John McDonald (Wine Columnist, Cape Gazette) will present Wine 101 for anyone who wants to learn about the art of Wine Tasting.

General Admission tickets are $75 and there is a VIP upgrade that includes two special tastings at 95+ point wines and exclusive cheeses and a seat on-stage during one of the chef showcases.  The press is invited at no charge with advance notice.  Please visit http://www.sodelfest.com

Presenting Sponsor:  Ocean Atlantic Companies

Major Sponsors:  Schell Brothers, Sysco, SoDel Concepts, Coastal Style

Sponsors:  Good Clean Fun Life, Sposato Family Vineyards, Active Adult Realty

Event Chair is Stacy LaMotta

Event Coordinator is Carlene Roche

Volunteer Coordinator is Meg Gardner

Arriving at (a)Muse Susan and I were invited to taste some of the wines offered by Sposato.  For 6 years the Sposato Family researched, studied and visited South America.  In 2012 the family purchased their farm in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, Mendoza.

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Based on their 23 years of experience in working with land, soil irrigation and plants, by running their top rated landscape company, Sposato Landscape Co., they saw this as a great opportunity to further their experience in the agriculture industry.  The farm was purchased as virgin ground.  A new irrigation system, electric and other improvements have been installed with more to come.

The farm is 250 acreas located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, 3,000 ft. above sea level.  Sposato Family Vineyard has some of the best and most popular wineries in Argentina as neighbors.  The farm is located between two notable wineries, Bodega Septima and Vina Cobos by Paul Hobbs with more just around the corner.

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We tasted 2015 Chardonnay.  This fruit focused Chardonnay has an attractive color with aromas of tropical fruit, apples and peaches.  Also a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, from their prize winning high elevation vineyards has aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, herbs, species and orange blossom notes that are persistent through the finish.  The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has intense red with blue shades. Another one was their 2013 Reserve Malbec…intense violet color, typical of Argentine Malbec.  And the 2014 Malbec had deep purple color, with high intensity of black fruits, raspberries and violets.  Please note that you can get the wines in the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes area.

A presentation was given by all of those that are involved and making sure that this will be an unforgettable event.

Stacy LaMotta, Event Chair

Stacy LaMotta, Event Chair

Paul Culen, Host

Paul Culen, Host

Lion & Meghan Gardner, Blue Moon

Lion & Meghan Gardner, Blue Moon

Hari Cameron, (a)Amuse

Hari Cameron, (a)Amuse

Paul Cullen entertained us while we tasted delicious offerings by Blue Moon, Nage, and (a)Muse.

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So what are you waiting for?  Call your friends, pass the word, share in social media and get ready to have some fun!!

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