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June 2nd, 2018

Fenwick Island Eats, Our Harvest, Delaware, Small Plates, Shareables, Large Plates, Bar, Gluten Free, Vegan, Southern Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Relaxed Dining, Casual Atmosphere, Delaware Beaches, Good Food? Will Travel!!

 

When we share a meal with friends, it is so much more than food (really?)…and, when we share it with girlfriends, and for purposes of this post, like the Swirl Girls, then it is really priceless.  Some of us have known each other for years while others, are getting to know each other very fast.  Here we were trying to figure out which table would be the best one.  Right after Memorial week-end we had the place to ourselves since we arrived early.  We did not want a big table.  We like to be cozy in order to get that conversation going.  The group had just gone to watch the Book Club, if you get my drift.

The majority of us had not yet dined at Our Harvest.  This restaurant located at 1106 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 19944, opened last year.  Every day, at 5:00 p.m., you can come in and experience a way of eating that has become so popular in the U. S.  Telephone is 302-581-0377.  No reservations are accepted.  The website is http://www.ourharvestde.com.

As the season progresses please have in mind when you would like to eat.  You have to have a plan because it gets crowded at the Delaware Beaches.  If you arrive and there is a wait, you could have cocktails, relaxing in their bar or in any of the very comfortable leather sofas.

There is an open concept kitchen.  You really can see how the kitchen is running.  I have to tell you that I probably should have come to try Our Harvest last year.  I love their sister restaurant, Liquid Assets, in Ocean City, MD, and I did not want to like this one more.  Guess what?  They are completely different.

The menu was presented and our server knew the menu well.  She explained the concept of eating small plates and shareables.  At that moment all we wanted was some wine.  Having watched the Book Club, wine was very much consumed by the characters.  It was time to relax.  The wine that you see at the table was from South Africa.  A full bodied Merlot called Immortal Hero.

At first you are a bit overwhelmed because you, actually, do not know how much to order for the table.  And, we all have our likes and dislikes.  We managed to do a good job and we were all very pleased with how the evening was progressing.  Could not believe Jane Fonda looks that good at 81… I know, I know.

We all decided to have a small plate to start our dining experience.  Every time I see the offering of a Grilled Caesar Salad, I order it.  Years ago I had it at a restaurant in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Since then, a few have gotten close at how good that one tasted so I wanted to see how this one would be, more so because it had Boquerones which are white anchovies.  They are very mild and usually they are marinated in vinegar.  It gives the salad a kick.  I will have to say that this Caesar was excellent.

Others ordered the Salt Roasted Beets & Two Cheeses.  Served on a wooden plank it had whipped ricotta, Stracciatella, local greens, black pepper and beet vinaigrette. Stracciatella cheese is produced from Italian buffalo milk in the southern Italian region of Apulia.  They use a stretching and shredding technique.  This particular small plate could have been shared by two people.

We ordered the Spring Harvest Flatbread.  A crispy crust filled with local peas, ramps, morel mushrooms, local asparagus, ricotta, gruyere mornay, green garlic pesto and crispy capers.  Ramps are a special type of wild onion, found in eastern Canada and U.S.  And a Gruyere mornay is a bechamel sauce that has Gruyere cheese added to it.  It was delicious but to tell you the truth we probably ordered too much.  Not that we did not eat it, by the way.

“Friendship is a delicious meal to be shared off one large plate.”  So, we decided to order our large plates.  This particular dish I truly loved.  It was called the Vegan Feast.  It was a whole wood fire roasted head of cauliflower, benne cashew crumb, and a lemon garlic vegan aioli.  At first we thought it was cheese but it was the benne cashew crumb. Cashews are lower in fat than other nuts. You can find online a lot of recipes for this vegan seed.

A very popular dish at Our Harvest is a whole Amish air chilled chicken…Arnold Palmer brine, (sweet tea and lemonade brine chicken, I believe), wood fired with lemon and rosemary.  Liquid Assets has an amazing chicken, as well.  Both chickens are completely different and delicious in more ways than one. We ordered TWO.

Needless to say, no need for dessert.  We decided that definitely we would be back.  Thanks to our server and also to the hostess that so graciously explained to me how the restaurant worked.

And so I end my post with this quote from John Lanchester….”Hospitality is central to the restaurant business, yet it’s a hard idea to define precisely.  Most, it involves being nice to people and making them feel welcome.  You notice it when it’s there, and you particularly notice it when it isn’t.  A single significant lapse in this area can be your dominant impression of an entire meal.”

Until next time….

January 10th, 2016

West Ocean City Eats! Bull on the Beach, Horn & Shell, Raw Bar, Canteen, West Ocean City, Maryland

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It just opened about one month ago, but already some of my friends are becoming habitual frequenters to this new place to eat in West Ocean Cit, Maryland at 12611 Ocean Gateway.  It is right next to West O Bottle Shop.  Tel. 410-213-7020.  Website? http://www.hornandshelloc.com.

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It is a casual place.  Come as you are.  It is serving Small Plates, Crafted Signature Sandwiches, Daily Soups, Greens, Oyster Shooters…a Shell Bar!! Desserts!!

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Arriving for a quick lunch, Cindi and I ordered oysters.  Salty and cold!!

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We decided to eat Tapas stye; choosing from their Shares & Tasters Small Plates.  An order of Beer Brined Wings…Brined and grilled and then dunked in the fyer to finish.  We wanted them well done!  We chose the Mojito Glaze.

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Black Skillet Corn Bread was dense, rich and warmed on the Pit.  It was served with 3 housemade spreads on the side…savory butter, sun-dried tomato pesto, and cheddar cheese spread.

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Our third taster was K.H. Beef Plank…Paper thin, super rare Pit Beef, pickled red onion, greens, shaved parmesan, chimichurri, and crisp bread.

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Thanks Nikki for your suggestions and for taking care of us so well.

Talk to you later.

January 4th, 2016

Ocean City Eats! Liquid Assets, Bistro, Bar, Ocean City, Maryland, L.A. On Location, Catering, Best Pan Roasted Mussels Ever!!

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Opening 2016 with a visit to Liquid Assets in Ocean City, Maryland with my friend, Shelley.  Crowded?  You bet! It was a beautiful week-end at the Maryland and Delaware Beaches.  Liquid Assets is located at 9301 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland.  Tel. 410-524-7037.  Website?  www.ocliquidassets.com.

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Liquid Assets is a Bar, a Bistro, and a Package Goods Store.  They are open every day of the week…Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to Midnight.  Plenty of parking available.

The only seats available were at the Kitchen Bar in the second dining room.  This was new for us.  We could see some of the preparations going on.  I have never sat in this room and to tell you the truth the idea of a kitchen bar is pretty unique just like everything they do.

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Coming out of this Kitchen Bar were delicious looking Tuna Crisps…rare ahi, crispy wontons, Kimchee, seaweed salad and wasabi cream.

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We ordered the Salted Roasted Beets and Caramelized Pear Salad with Point Reyes blue cheese and coriander dusted pepitas.  The cheese melted in your mouth and I always order beets when found on the menu.

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My friend, Shelley, loves their Caesar Salad…but she will deconstruct the salad….Topped with grilled chicken.  Knew she was going to have it.  Did not even have to look at the menu.

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From the first time I tasted Liquid Assets’ Pan Roasted Mussels, I have tried them in other restaurants, others states; everywhere.  The best EVER are here at Liquid Assets.  Plenty of mussels with chorizo, shallots, garlic and grilled bread.  A spoon will be also given to you because you will not resist the broth.  They are truly awesome!!  I have them every time.

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Then an order of their Massaged Kale Salad with Burgarian feta, roasted cauliflower, pickled shallots, Serrano ham crisps, crispy leeks, roasted garlic and lemon vin.  Topped with a Bristro Steak cooked and seasoned to perfection.

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I will have this Sweet Ending one of these days….we looked at it coming out of the Kitchen Bar and it looked soooo good!  It is their unique Ice Cream Sandwich…House Made Doughnut with God Bless The Queen Chesapeake Bay Farms ice cream, and a bourbon caramel sea salt sauce.  Please note that the doughnuts will be warm!!  Seriously decadent.

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Liquid Assets can custom build menus for your affair, no matter what size.  They bring it to your location.  And it is not just food.  They have professional servers, bartenders, china, silver, linens, tables and chairs.  You may call 410-524-7037. Fax number is 410-524-3308.  Email contact@ocliquidassets.com.

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The ride is manageable from the Delaware Beaches so get out and enjoy Liquid Assets for lunch or dinner.  Check out the above mentioned website because throughout the year they have plenty of events.

Have a good One!!

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December 17th, 2015

Women & Wine, The Swirl Girls, Ocean City, Maryland, Thanks for a Great Evening

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A glass or two of wine with friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  The Swirl Girls started in Ocean City, Maryland, almost 6 years ago by a group of friends that enjoy wines.  Women and Wine, it is all about good conversation and great wines to taste.  And, dinner is usually served, as well.

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Once a month throughout the year they get together.  One person is the host, she provides the food, the rest bring what they would like to drink which is usually wine but there a few that prefer spirits at times.

And, at this time of the year, Donna, gives a Swirl Girls Christmas Party.  It is at this time that “members” can invite friends to attend.  And, that is where I come into the picture.  My friend, Cindi, invited me.

We were to only bring a present worth about $20 or so with an Italian theme.  We arrived at Donna’s to find the house totally decorated, the tables set, and the Swirl Girls ready to mingle with friends.

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Nobody is posing for photos so what you see is what I got.

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Tasting wine is not the same as drinking it.  You have to pay attention to those acute senses of sight, smell, touch and taste.

A true Swirl Girl holds the stem of the wine glass, and gently swirls the glass in small circles on a flat surface, allowing the oxygen to penetrate the wine.  You are aerating the wine.  As the wine coats the sides of the glass, it releases its bouquet.

For dinner, we had pasta, Caesar Salad, shrimp, cheeses, breads and soups.

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For dessert homemade cakes, cannoli and cookies.

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Then the Presents…..We all got one number.  Everyone got a present.  By the order of numbers, starting with number 1, this person opens her present, then the person with number 2 decides if she wants that present or she can open her own.  In reality you can steal the other person’s present.  And so the evening went.  For example, I got this bottle of Italian Pisa Liquor and was immediately snatched by one of my “friends”.

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Others were able to show their presents so others could make a decision.  The bottle of champagne was snatched too.

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The next photos show some of them wearing colanders.  There is a reason.  And, it is not that they had too much wine.  Did you read about the woman that wanted to wear a colander on her head on her license’s photo?  They finally did let her.  She is part of a “religion” called the Pastafarians.  I am not making this up.  You can research it yourself.  So being politically correct, we decided that the theme would still be Italian and few colanders showed up during the evening.

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The greatest gift of life is that of friendship, and I have received it!! At times I don’t get to see them often enough, but when we get together is like time have stood still.  Love it and I find it priceless!!

Yeah, it's all here.

Yeah, it's all here.

October 29th, 2015

West Ocean City, MD Eats!! Fat Fish OC, Restaurant, Review, Opens Daily, Good Food?, Will Travel, Ocean City, Maryland

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It was warm, it was sunny, we probably could have eaten outside.  Arriving with my partner in crime, Cindi, to Fat Fish OC located at 12703 Sunset Avenue, Unit 7, Ocean City, MD 21842.  Tel. 410-390-5006.  Website?  http://www.fatfishoc.com.

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You can find it on Facebook as Fat Fish OCMD….please Like the page because Fat Fish is very active on FB and also they are opening other restaurants….you might not want to miss out on all the specials coming up as the Second Season continues at the beaches.  Hey guess what?  They do deliver.  Fat Fish opens at 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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The restaurant is not big.  It is so cute and very local, indeed.

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Meet Joe, the owner, as he was getting ready to chow on the daily special…Today’s Bruschetta Burger.  I saw with my own eyes.  1/2 lb burger, pesto, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil on a brioche bun.

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But, get a little closer…you want to get a good look at it, don’t you?  Here it is.  Yum!!

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Cindi ordered the Blue Crab Tacos.  Their tacos are well known and one of the most ordered items, as well.

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And I ordered the Fat Fish Sandwich…Tempura battered tuna and shrimp, wasabi, mayo, red onion, lettuce, tomato and cilantro crema.  Look how beautiful it looks.  First I ate the shrimp and then followed with the sandwich.  Awesome indeed!

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Would you like to check the menu?  Please visit http://www.fatfishoc.com/menu/

So now you know about this great local place.  Worth the trip.

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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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August 25th, 2015

Destination? Ocean Downs Racetrack, Casino at Ocean Downs, 2015 Live Racing Season, Ocean City, Maryland…And They’re Off!!

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After a very satisfying dinner at Sello’s in Ocean City, Maryland, we took off for Ocean Downs Racetrack & Casino.  This has been a racetrack for 66 years.  We were looking forward to a nice evening of harness racing and a little gambling, as well.  Don’t worry our bets were very conservative.  Address 10218 Racetrack Rd.  Tel. 410641-0600

Casino at Ocean Downs has 800 slot machines and electronic table games, like Crabs, Blackjack, Roulette and Poker.  For more information please visit http://www.oceandowns.com.

At the game tables you will play against a virtual croupier.  You have to be 21 years old and please play responsibly.

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A Trotter or a Pacer?  The Trotter moves a right leg and a left leg forward at the same time; his right front and left rear, then his left front and right rear.  The Pacer moves both legs on the same side of his body forward at the same time.

Running horses gallop, moving both front legs forward and then both rear legs forward.

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At the racetrack children are allowed to come in if accompanied by an adult.  You must be 18 or older to place a wager (bet).  Four wagers are available:  Win, Place, Show Exacta, and Big Triple.

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When you wager (bet), you are not betting against the track, but against everyone who is making that type of wager in that race.  Post time is 7:20 p.m.

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All of us won some money on that beautiful evening.  We laughed…we were there to have fun.  First I started picking the horses traditionally….by their starts.  Then, I said the heck with this, it is going to be by the names.  Their names were just too good to pass.

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Here are some of the names:  What I say Goes, Girlfriend Bash, Givetheladyabeer, Fashion Villager, Gimmesomeroom, Feelingmightygood, A Wild Impulse, Big Is Better, Howsaboutakiss, Shessoserene, Well Maid.

There were 11 races on Sunday evening.  You can watch these races every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday through September 4th.

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Please visit the website http://www.oceandowns.com/racing.php for other events going on.  On August 27th The Clydesdale Horses will appear.

Certainly a lot of fun with great friends…priceless!!

August 24th, 2015

West Ocean City Eats, Sello’s, Ocean City, Maryland, Italian Cuisine, Bar, Restaurant, OC Beaches, Summer 2015

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“Dinner is where magic happens in the kitchen.”  kris carr

Stopping for a very early dinner on Sunday, with friends, en route to the Harness Races at Ocean Downs Casino…our choice?  Sello’s, located at 9802 Gold Course Rd., Tel. 410-390-3543  Website?  http://www.sellosoc.com

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Sello’s does not accept reservations, but you may call ahead of time to tell them you are coming.  The restaurant’s decor and logo is based on the following fabric.  I have no idea why, but all I can tell you is that the pants I was wearing had a similar pattern.

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The restaurant is comfortable and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  Throughout the restaurant you will see photographs taken by the owners in Italy.

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The bar is cozy, another very welcoming area to wait or just enjoy a few drinks.

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After an order of drinks we got down to the business of appetizers:

Carpaccio di Manzo…Thinly sliced tenderloin of beef garnished with capers, chopped onions, shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese and arugula.

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Barbabietola e Finocchio…Roasted Beets & Fennel with black olives, grilled asparagus, gorgonzola cheese in a citrus vinaigrette.  Love beets and these were delish.

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Pomodoro Caprese…Nothing like fresh tomatoes this time of the year with fresh mozzarella, as well…Fresh Burata Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil with a touch of EVO and balsamic vinegar.

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Catching up with friends is also a plus, but when you get together with this O.C. crowd I think laughter gets contagious.

Time for Dinner, Shall We?

Two of us ordered the Catch of The Day….Grouper, olives, sauce so perfectly seasoned.  As a side dish eggplant stuffed with risotto.

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A Pasta Bolognese…please note the pastas are made in-house.

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Involtini di Melanzane…Thinly sliced grilled eggplant rolled and stuffed with angel hair pasta with Marinara sauce and fresh parmigiano reggiano.  This is Kathlene’s favorite and once again she decided to order it.

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Ross’s Pizza….It was a personal pizza but it was quite large.  Perfectly cooked…thin and crispy.

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No dessert was necessary; we were totally satisfied…plus we needed to take off for Ocean Downs Racetrack and Casino where we were hoping to make some money, and enjoy more laughter and good times as Summer 2015 is coming to an end.

Have a good one!!

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