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February 6th, 2015

Delmarva Connections, “Brewmore Baltimore”, Documentary, Friday, March 6, 2015, Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Historical Society, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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What temperature to serve beer?  It has to do with one’s preference….mine?  I love it ice cold….with a side of steamed crabs!!

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Lewes Historical Society are co-presenting Delmarva Connections.  This is a 3-part film series that explore connections to the region around us.  The final event of the 2015 series takes place on Friday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of the film, “Brewmore Baltimore” at The INN at Canal Square, 122 West Market Street in Lewes, Delaware.

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For those comming to the Delaware Beaches for a week-end of fun and relaxation, March is a wonderful month at the beach.  So, I am giving you plenty of time to make plans because this documentary is worth seeing if you are a beer aficionado.

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This informative domentary chronicles the story of one of the most vibrant and popular industries in the U.S…..BEER!!  With nealy one billion in annual sales, the U.S. beer market is growing rapidly.  At its peak, in the early 1900s, the brewing industry in Baltimore distributed products by over 40 distinct breweries, and National Brewing Company was a producing over 1 million barrels per year.  Although the industry declined, it made a resurgence in the mid-1980s and microbreweries started opening in neighborhoods throughout the city.  “Brewing Baltimore” takes us on a journey through Baltimore’s past and present as historian Maureen O’Prey guides us through the city’s rich brewing history.  We learn about the old stalwarts of the trade and are introduced to Baltimore’s newes set of modern day brewers.  A review on http://www.baltimorepostexaminer.com says “When the film ends, it feels much like the introduction to something much larger.  It’s like it’s setting up some grand adventure that is just beginning.”  When you open the website above mentioned, put Brewmore Baltimore on the Search.

A post film discussion will be led by filmmaker Nicholas Kovacic and Baltimore historian Maureen O’Prey.  Admission for this event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rehobothfilm.com, or by calling the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at 302-645-9095, ext. 1.

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RBFS’ mission:  To promote cinematic arts and to provide educational and cultural enrichment for our community.    The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival will be November 11-15, 2015….mark your calendars!!

Have a good one!!

Note:  My photos are from The Boulder Beer Company in Boulder, Colorado, and Dogfish Head in Milton, Delaware….both tours are excellent!!!

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January 26th, 2015

Dover Eats! Flavor of India, Dover, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Northern Indian Cuisine, Southern Delaware, Kent County

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The aroma of Indian food; coriander, curries, dry red chillies, turmeric, fennel….sooo good.  Only a few Indian restaurants in Delaware and one of them, Flavor of India, is located at 348 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.  Tel. 302-677-0121.  Website?  http://www.flavorofindiade.com.  It is in the same building with a separate entrance from the Motel 8.  Believe me, the restaurant is really good.

They are open 7 days a week.  Dine in or take out.

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Stopped to pick up some take-out and gave Tony the news that my husband, John, had passed away on August 31, 2013.  He was truly shocked and could not believe it.  John and I enjoyed eating at Flavor of India and also enjoyed talking to Tony.

I picked up Lamb Saagwala, which had lamb pieces and fresh spinach cooked in an Indian spicy herbal sauce.  I also picked up some Lamb Pasanda, an authentic dish from northern India. In northern India the curries are thick and the gravies are very creamy.  The basmati rice is awesome with a rich aroma…..you cannot find that rice in Rehoboth Beach…Flavor of India have their own connections.

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In the past when dining in I have ordered the pappadom, which is like a flat bread.  Sauces are brought to the table for dipping.  You can also eat it by itself.

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And dishes like the Goat Masala, which my husband loved.  Most of the goat dishes have a bone.

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And, Lamb Zafrani…one of my favorites.

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I took home for dessert Gajar Halwa, which is mainly made with carrots….sweet and very interesting taste.  Have had it before and still like it.  Served warm.

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The sense of taste is so acute and amazing….trying the foods from northern India with so many different spices, each hitting at the right time.  So, if you have a craving for Indian food, or just want something different, go and visit Tony at Flavor of India.  I keep telling him they should open a restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

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Note:  Flavor of India continues to receive awards for being a true representation of Indian food with great service, delicious food, and reasonable prices.  They are also aware of customers with gluten free allergies.

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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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January 11th, 2015

All Things Local!! Fresh Free Range & Pasture Grown Duck Eggs, Black Hog Farm, Lewes, Milton Sausage!!, Milton, Delaware, Southern Delaware

The trend continues….but to tell you the truth, it has always been there.  Eating, buying, shopping and immersing ourselves in our local communities.  We are emphasizing the fact that it is all good, so, I am promoting “All Things Local” in 2015.

It is Sunday morning.  Fresh Duck eggs and sausage.  Bread?  Yum!!

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It started when my son picked up duck eggs from Black Hog Farm, located at 16371 New Rd., Lewes, Delaware 19958.  Black Hog Farm has very visible signs on New Rd.

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You might see Pepper, the dog, running and barking like saying “don’t even try it”.  It is just a show. Pepper is 9 years old and it is the family pet.  The name Pepper comes from Pepper Greenhouses in Milton, just up the road.  That’s near where he was found.

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The farm is about 4.19 acres with a beautiful home, barn, ornamental and cutting gardens, including fig trees.  The proprietors are Helen Waite and John Feliciani.  Website?  http://www.blackhogfarmstead.com. Tel. 302-236-2437.  This is a self sustaining farm.

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The sign…..

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On their porch there is a refrigerator.  If they have duck eggs that day, all you have to do is put the money in the jar.  That simple and that trusting.  $5/dozen.

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Free range and pasture grown duck eggs are the best you can get.  They are larger in  size.  The shells are tougher than a chicken egg.  They are also higher in fat content, a bit more protein and cholesterol, more vitamins and minerals than chicken eggs, as well.  These eggs were laid on 1/8/15 and I got them Saturday, the 10th.

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I met Helen and John which by the way they were waiting for guests for dinner.  They graciously invited me into their home and after a few pleasantries, I went to check out the ducks.  It is a small flock, with a few geese, as well.

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Mr. Cat was trying to get into the barn….seemed like he was allowed to, but I did not dare to open the door.

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Black Hog Farm is also a B & B.  Only 3 miles from the beach it is the perfect get-away.  It is open from Mid-March through October.

Sunday dinners, once a month, on the porch, at Black Hog Farm is another event I did not know anything about.  On the porch, a mid-day Sunday dinner following the rural tradition of dinner at 1 p.m.  Check the website above mentioned as in the next few months they will start putting the schedules.

Leaving the farm until next time, I went home to see what I was going to do with my fresh duck eggs.

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The duck eggs have been a total success in my household.  First we ate them with Milton Sausage.  This sausage is local, as well, and it is found in the grocery stores in Southern Delaware.  Milton sausage had a delicious taste….I just added pepper and sage.

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I usually do not eat many eggs….I love them as egg salad, deviled and at times in other ways….so, today, Sunday, I decided to fry a duck egg.  I definitely felt how the shell was definitely tougher, and how big the yolk was.  My son said the yolks are creamier and have a richer taste.

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Then, I made myself a duck egg sandwich with sliced tomatoes on rosemary ciabatta bread from another local…..Old World Breads from Lewes, Delaware…another post in the making.  Delish.

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All Things Taste Better Local!! Have a great day!

November 29th, 2014

Poinsettias, Cyclamen, Lilies, Forever Christmas Decorations, Fresh Wreaths, Pepper’s Greenhouses, Events, Santa Visits Milton, Holiday Stroll, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Small Business Saturday, Shop Local!

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It might be so gray and cold today at the Delaware Beaches, but if you want to see some color and get into the Christmas Spirit, take a Drive to Milton, Delaware….just about 20 minutes away from the Delaware Beaches, where Pepper’s Greenhouses are warm and cozy…stroll through the isles and get ideas for your holiday decorations.

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Pepper’s Greenhouses are located at 13034 Cedar Creek Rd., Milton, DE 19968.  Tel. 302-684-8092.  They close on Tuesdays but Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  On Sundays they open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Website?  http://www.accentsforhomeandgardens.com.  Find them on Facebook:  Pepper’s Greenhouses or Accents for Home and Gardens.  Online business?  Yes do have it.  This is a family business, operating since 1985.

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The Greenhouses change with the season.  During the summer months there is a lot going on outdoors, as well.  At this time, it is mainly indoors unless trees and shrubbery is what you are looking for.

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Their poinsettias are gorgeous.  All sizes, colors and variations.  Hard to make a decision.

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Pepper’s Greenhouses have pots, baskets and their staff is so helpful.  Add a bow, making the containers look just right for gift giving.

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Poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and Central America.  They were introduced in the U.S. in 1825.  I am from Puerto Rico and they do love the weather there.  They are trees flowering at different times of the year.

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Pepper’s Greenhouses have forever wreaths and Holiday decorations.  Don’t have that touch?  They can help.

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Fresh wreaths and garlands are also available, while they last.

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Other popular plants like lilies, the easy to take care of cyclamen and violets are available this time of the year.

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So, if you are tired of fighting the shoppers in town, now you know where to go and get away for a little visual relaxation.

Have a great Small Business Saturday!!

NOTE:

Santa Comes to Town – Welcome Santa with music by the First State Harmonettes.  Santa will be in town from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Santa will reside in Milton from today, Saturday, November 29th through December 21st:  Fridays 6 – 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Holiday Stroll – Friday, December 5th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. – An enchanted evening downtown.  Horse-drawn hay rides, Santa House, Refreshements, Carollers, Music and more.

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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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