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August 5th, 2019

Station on Kings, Lewes, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Lunch, Dinner, Bakery, Cafe, Garden Store, The Art of Wining and Dining, Southern Delaware

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” anthelme brillat-savarin

Everyone’s is a food critic these days. I find that the experience comes from eating out often. It is actually very personal. You might love the restaurant and then someone will come back saying; what were you thinking?

The more relaxed you are while eating, the best it will be for you and your dining companion.

Kris Etze and I chose The Station on Kings located at 720 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958. Tel. 302-645-0300. You can reserve tables online and the restaurant has plenty of parking. They are open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Early morning coffee and baked goods are served. Every day you can enjoy lunch and dinner. Website? http://www.thestationlewes.com

Kris is a well known local personal chef. If you would like to know more about her…..she gives cooking classes too, please check her website http://www.abracadinner.com.

I love to see a beautiful plate full of colorful and well seasoned food. Kris can dissect how perfectly cooked a dish is. A pro at what she does.

The Station on Kings is a one stop shop. Beautifully displays of food, baked goods, home accessories.

Our server was very attentive. We ordered some wine and then jumped into the appetizers.

Have you ever had Blistered Shishito Peppers? Or, even know what they are?

Up close and personal…here is the photo. They are great for snacks. Easy to “blister” too. They are from Japan and sweet. But, caution is in order. 1 in 10 peppers are spicy. Don’t worry, nothing extreme. People that are in the know like Kris, will probably tell you that high heat and quick cooking is what you want. You want them fairly firm but with charred blisters on all sides.

My expert told me they were perfectly cooked. And me, the eating expert, will tell you that they were mild. The dipping sauce of kimchi aioli was also very good.

There is plenty to choose if you are vegetarian or have to eat gluten free.

Kris chose the Vegetarian Risotto. This dish was composed of farro, grilled corn, shaved fennel, house ricotta and chives. It was a nice portion and Kris really commented on how good it was.

I really do love octopus, so every time I see it being offered I order it. You want it to be firm but not dry and chewey and at The Station on Kings it did not disappoint. Perfectly done!! It was served with smoked potatoes, romesco, chorizo jam and salsa verde. Romesco is a tomato-based sauce that originated in Tarragona, Catalonia. The sauce was made by fishermen and should be eaten with fish.

Our choice for a sweet ending was Stone Fruit Frangipane Tart. A frangipane is made with almonds or almond flavoring, butter, sugar and eggs. The combination of cherries and roasted apricots was delicious. Cardamon almonds, brown butter caramel, and rum toffee ice cream. What can I say? Awesome!!

I am looking at these photos and I am salivating. Summer 2019 has brought the local restaurants to bring the best of what they have. Just yummy!!

Check my FB page AboutMyBeaches and comment if you have made it already to The Station on Kings.

Until then, Relax, You are at The Beach.


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July 17th, 2019

Miyagi, Ramen Bar, Restaurant, Review, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, DE Beaches, Japanese, Korean, Fusion Cuisine, The Art of Wining and Dining







We should consider ourselves so lucky to be at the Southern Delaware Beaches. Scorching temperatures even if sitting at the beach.

With hot temperatures I would like something light for lunch and dinner. It was late in the afternoon when I decided to stop at Miyagi Ramen Bar located at Shops at Seacoast, 19266 Coastal Highway, Unit 6 in Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. It is where the Safeway is.

Miyagi opened a few years ago and to tell you the truth I should have stopped sooner. It was great to see Kim again. I used to always talk to him when he was at Saketumi. He owns Miyagi and is enjoying the hard work that it takes to give customers the best ingredients money can buy.

By the way his noodles are homemade. He makes weekly trips to Philadelphia to buy all the ingredients needed to make these dishes all top notch.

The restaurant is bigger than it appears from the outside. Plenty of parking which is a relief this time of the year.

There is a full bar, as well.

I decided on the Tuna Poke Bowl. This dish had sashimi grade tuna, poke sauce, avocado, edamame, bonito, seaweed salad, nori, masago and mixed greens over rice. It was delicious. A healthy serving too.

The website is http://www.miyagiramenbar.com.

The telephone is 302-567-2385. Take out orders are offered but to me I think the experience is eating inside. Check the menu.

I cannot wait to go again. Plenty to choose from even for my Vegan friends.

Unitl later, let me know how you like by going to the AboutMyBeaches Facebook page.

Summer 2019 is passing by.


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July 12th, 2019

The Grove Market, Restaurant, Review, Bishopville, Maryland, The Art of Wining and Dining, Delmarva

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

I first wrote about The Grove Market in 2009. This was before I had incorporated photos in my posts. Having photos is wonderful because, we, humans, are so visual. The scenery, the colors, always create an impact in our minds.

A few weeks ago I had guests and we were on the go from the moment they arrived. On Friday evening we met my friend, Cindi, and her husband in West Ocean City and from there we took to 12402 Saint Martins Neck Rd., Bishopville, MD 21813. Tel. 410-352-5055. My guests had no idea where we were taking them. Then, the first impression of the place was the photo above taken. What would you say about this tiny place on a country road not far from Ocean City?

My friend’s husband told them to please choose the cheese pizza because it was the best. They were like….really?

Inside what you will find is a small bar, only beer and wine is served at The Grove Market. And only about 10 tables. We sat in the back of the building.

As you can see, very simple, funky and also whimsical.

The pizza story is not way off. At some point it was a pizza place. The breadsticks served are from the pizza recipe from those years long ago. It was a fish market too.

There is a protocol to get a reservation. You call, if nobody answers leave the message with the time of the reservation and day. And, give another time as well or day. If Leslie calls you and tells you I only have this or that, please take it. This is a special place. The food is outstanding.

Cash only. Depending how much wine or beer you drink the cost will vary. Between $100 and $120 per person to be on the safe side. Be prompt, and you cannot linger. The place is small and others want to experience what you just had.

I have mentioned before that there are 5 ingredients for a good restaurant; quality of ingredients, culinary competence, service, ambiance, and price. The Grove Market has all those. You’ll see when you go.

John McDonald is chef extraordinare. In a very small kitchen he creates unique dishes full of flavor. Many years ago he owned The Garden Gourmet in Rehoboth Beach. He is a wine connoiseur, as well. He truly is excellent and so nice.

Here is our group. Patrick is Leslie’s brother and he is such a character. The restaurant does not have a menu. First the appetizers, then the dinner, then dessert. Out loud so the group of tables in the back need to pay attention. When Patrick danced the Macarena, I knew we would have a good time.

So this is what we had:

Appetizers:

Please have in mind that even though the menu changes here and there, they continue to have many favorites all the time.

Crab Remick was ordered by Cindi. I have had it before and at this time of the year the crabmeat is superb.

Our friend, Jody, ordered the Beef Stroganoff….served with no noodles.

Patti ordered the Cream of Crab Soup. Thick and full of crab, with a hint of Sherry.

And I ordered a salad that could have been shared.

Wine was ordered. But, I was a designated driver so nothing for me.

Now dinner…..Patrick came out again, veryl lively to announce their offerings. A few of us already knew what we wanted. Practically, we always order their duck. A Delaware duck, no less. It was roasted to perfection wih a semi-sweet sauce and chutney. Ross and I did not want to share with anyone and the bones were clean at the end.

Cindi had the lamb. If I had not had the duck that would have been my other choice. It looked fantastic.

Another excellent choice that is usually on the menu are the scallops. Jody ordered them and look how perfectly cooked they look. See the breadstick on the side of his plate. This is what I was talking about at the beginning of the post. How they have kept the pizza dough recipe and added as a bread.

Our friend, Patti, ordered the crabcakes. No fillers just tremendous lump.

Some entrees came with the side dish of cucumbers, onions, breadstick and potatoes. The others had it already on their plates.

A few desserts were ordered. The portions at The Grove Market are healthy ones. But, it is always good to order a few.

The Bumbleberry is a pie of a mixture of berries. There is no such thing as a bumbleberry. It is usually on the menu.

And also, usually on the menu is the Chocolate Silk Pie.

The story goes like this….Do you remember the movie Runaway Bride? It was mostly filmed in Berlin, Maryland. Not far away from The Grove Market. Apparently they were looking for a restaurant to feed their crew and stars. The Grove Market fed them through the duration of the filming.

I can go on an on talking about a restaurant and its food. But, it is the people that share your meal that make it priceless!!

Give it a try. Let me know on my AboutMyBeaches Facebook page how you rate your experience. Until then, Summer 2019 continues.

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June 1st, 2019

Big Chill Beach Club, Indian River Inlet, Delaware State Seashore Park, SoulFire Collective, Yoga, Delaware Beaches, Misaki Sushi, South Bethany, Bethany Beach, Sipping, Dining, Coastal Delaware, Summer 2019

At times when you do not plan anything and just go with the flow or wing it, you have the most fun. Long summer days, not rushing, is part of living here at the Delaware Beaches. Believe me, I know I am lucky to live here and never take it for granted.

Debbie and I took off towards the Big Chill Beach Club. This is located south of Dewey Beach, Delaware, and probably closer to Bethany Beach. The actual address is 27099 Coastal Hwy., Bethany Beach, DE 19930. It opens at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. Website? http://www.bigchillbeachclub.com

You can have the server sit you at a table or you can take a seatt at the bar looking out, which is what Debbie and I did. That was our view, sipping a little wine. We checked the menu and it actually looked good. Have not tasted the food so let me know if you do.

As we arrived it seemed there was a yoga class. This yoga studio in Rehoboth Beach, SoulFire, was celebrating with a class their 1st year anniversary. Very popular as you can see. SoulFire Collective Yoga is located at 176 Rehoboth Ave., #2a, in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Website? http://www.soulfirecollective.com

The sun was setting and being high up you could capture how pretty it was.

Summer 2019 is expected to be a very busy one. The Delaware Beaches are year round resorts. People want to get out of the city. They want to experience that total physical and mental inertia. Refresh, really. Rehoboth Beach has a sign as you enter the city that says “Relax, You Are at The Beach”.

Finding parking might take all that physical and mental inertia by the wayside so Debbie and I continued to Misaki Sushi in South Bethany. Parking, good food, great service and very affordable.


Misaki has been around for many years. The location is at 34444 Coastal Highway, York Beach Mall, Bethany Beach, DE 19930. It opens at 5 p.m. Tel. 302-539-0500. You can find them on Facebook as Misaki Sushi Bethany Beach. You can also find them on Instagram.

A shout to our server who was attentive but not intrusive.

Debbie and I started with two salads. The Seaweed Salad for Debbie, which was marinated seaweed and sesame seeds. And mine was the Lighthouse Salad which I found delicious. Seared tuna, avocado and sweet miso.

I love scallop sashimi so when on the menu, I do order it. My roll was the special of the evening.

For Debbie the Bam Bam, salmon, scallop and avocado.

We chatted, caught up with each other, and laughed…..what are friends for, right?

The Art of Sipping & Dining, a way to relax, enjoy and reconnect. Talk to you later.

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May 31st, 2019

The Wooden Indian, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Boutique, Shopping, Baltimore Ave., Tax Free Shopping, Gifts, Housewares, Bridal Registry, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Summer 2019

Shop Local….The Wooden Indian is one of those boutiques that couldn’t be more local. Located on the trendy Baltimore Avenue, it is an iconic shop in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. It has been here since 1977. If Frances Cowgill happens to be there when you visit, please ask her to tell you from the beginnings ot The Wooden Indian until now. She has been there all that time. Location? 25 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Tel. 302-227-8331. Find them on Facebook. Website? http://www.woodenindianltd.com

Every time I have written about The Wooden Indian I have to mention that when my kids were very young I would bring them into the store. The first time they looked at me probably thinking “if you break it, you buy it”. What they did not know then was that I would have told them that they could only touch with their eyes. Amazingly so I never had a problem.

The Wooden Indian has an extensive bridal registry department. China, crystal, silverware and other gifts appropriate for weddings and parties in a wide variety of prices.

Exquisite brands…the store is beautifully appointed. Upon entering you feel right at home. Not only a friendly staff, but the building itself is cozy.

Great pillows to refresh those sofas at home.

We, here in Delaware, have tax free shopping. It really is a big savings, so take the opportunity to shop in our beach towns. At The Wooden Indian, they can fix party baskets for all seasons. They will wrap your gifts beautifully. They also can ship.

I don’t know about you but my friends are grandparents now many times over. Baby gifts that are unique can be found at The Wooden Indian. Look how cute they are.

You have to agree that they are very different from what you get in other stores.

I can guarantee you that you will find that perfect gift you are looking for.

Summer 2019 is here….and so is June. We have many coastal weddings, taking advantage of our beautiful resort towns.

Until next time…..Relax, You are At The Beach!!

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May 29th, 2019

The Blue Hen, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Sipping, Dining, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Summer 2019

Tuesday evening, before the Memorial weekend, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was one of those clear nights with cooler temperatures conducive to seating outdoors by the fire sipping a little something before having dinner. A Tempranino for me and a beer for Cathy.

The Blue Hen is located at the Avenue Inn on 33 Wilmington Avenue. Tel. 302-278-7842. Website? http://www.thebluehenrehoboth.com

There are not too many restaurants in Downtown Rehoboth Beach where you can sit outside. Besides that, The Blue Hen serves delicious food.

Having first a few drinks by the fire…..you can see my friend, Cathy with the red jacket on this photo.

The Blue Hen has a casual atmosphere, just like most restaurants at the Delaware Beaches. It is a way of life. There is a full bar available, as well.

We started with a salad called Baywater Farms Salad, mesclum, shaved beet, radish, avocado, roasted pepitas, ricotta salata and a green chili ranch dressing.

After the salad which by the way set the mood for our dinner was an order of Fried Green Tomatoes. Totally delicious with shrimp salad, avocado and espelette. Don’t worry I did not know what espelette was. But, inquiring minds want to know so I Googled it. It is a variety of pepper that is cultivated in the French commune of Espelette, which is in the northern territory of the Basque people. The combination of flavors and the shrimp salad added not only terrific flavor but a pretty presentation.

My friend decided on the Pan Seared King Salmon. It was like a tower with sunchoke cream, braised red cabbage, the salmon and green pickled cucumbers.

Not only did it look amazing but it tasted just like it looks here on the photo.

Softshell season is one of my favorite times at the Delaware Beaches. I love softshells sauteed. I think I do because it is when you first experience how sweet a blue crab is. But, at times, I indulge on a fried softshell. At The Blue Hen you had a choice, just so you know. Once our server mentioned they had them, I did not have to look any further. This was my first one of the season. It did not disappoint.

The desserts sounded delicious but we wanted to take a stroll on the Boardwalk before nightfall.

There are so many places to eat in Rehoboth Beach and surrounding beaches. Plenty of us, foodies, would like you try them all. It is such a personal thing, I hope you enjoy my choices.

If you are dining in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, a stroll is a must after dinner. Beautiful at dusk……Relax You are At The Beach.


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May 19th, 2019

14 Global, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Coastal Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Sipping & Dining at The Beaches, Summer 2019

This past Friday was a beautiful night in Bethany Beach, Delaware. For those off you that have never visited this coastal town, this is a very popular family resort in Southern Delaware. I know it well because I lived here for many years. It has come a long way since back in the mid 70s when we first moved here.

The town has kept its charm. A Main Street, Garfield Parkway, leads to the ocean and then the side streets have beach homes that all are very walkable to the beach. It is a year round resort just like all the other beaches in Southern Delaware. My friend, Cathy, and I chose 14 Global, which is located at 14 N Pennsylvania Ave. Right next to the Post Office. Their tel. is 302-616-1035. Their website is: http://www.14global.com

One thing to have in mind as you visit the Delaware resorts is that in the summer you pretty much need to make a reservation. If restaurants do not offer them, and a lot do not, then please plan ahead. Show up, put your name down, have a drink. You are on vacation so in reality you have to go with the flow.

I love the idea that 14 Global has kept a small, intimate setting. Good atmosphere too. And this restaurant offers many choices for those with food allergies.

We decided to share our dining experience. We first tried the Grilled Caesar Salad. The first time I tried one of these I fell in love how a grilled romaine tasted. This one had a homemade dressing, romain hearts, romano, bacon and cheddar corn pone croutons. The croutons had the perfect texture.

From 14 Global’s Small Shares we ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartare. A beautiful presentation, surprising us with Habanero Sesame Oil, sea beans, watermelon radish, red onion, jalapeno, mint, avocado mousse, pistachio dust, pea shoots, red alaea salt, and crispy wonton chips.

Picking something out from their Medium Shares we decided on the Vegetable Plate. At 14 Global you will find Small Shares and Medium Shares. Depending on how hungry you are, the Medium Shares are a larger portion. The Roasted Vegetable Plate came full of color and delicious veggies…carrots, wild mushrooms, beets, cauliflower, asparagus, shallots, truffle and herb goat cheese. It tasted as good as it looks on this photo.

Moving on to our last dish we decided on the Surf & Turf Tacos, which were under their Medium shares. They are called 14 Global Mini Beach Tacos. The Surf & Turf ones were 4 tacos, the others were 3 tacos. They were delicious with charred corn and cilantro relish, pickled purple cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado mousse, cotija cheese, and citrus aioli.

We accompanied our dinner with the house Chardonnay, Butter, from Napa, California. A Chang Tai cocktail was also served. Sorry, I forgot to take those photos. lol

The desserts sounded sooooo good, but we were satisfied. No desserts for us on Friday.

There is an art when you sit down at a table to enjoy a meal with a friend, a significant other or even by yourself. You don’t have to be a foodie, but I think you should taste and enjoy the different flavors and spices. You will get a completely new experience when you take your time.

Until next time, I hope you enjoy our Delaware Beaches and everything they have to offer.

Relax, you are at the Beach.

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March 27th, 2019

United By Blue, Coffee Shop, Retail Store, Accessories, Apparel, Camping, Online Shopping, Old City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,


A coffee shop experience is different for most everyone. I remember when I used to be petrified of going into Starbucks. How in the world do you order? I learned quickly…..A Venti, Cafe Mocha, Extra Hot, No Whip. That is my standard.

People watching is a must. Some are relaxing checking their texts. Others are rushing by.

When I was young I remember my grandmother always had coffee in the balcony in Puerto Rico, accompanied by the neighbors. It was a time to relax and talk. Really talk! You had to. There were no portable phones yet. Not even in the imagination of us mortals.

I was in Philadelphia last month and this city is perfect for foodies. It is also a paradise for good coffee shops. Are you a coffee snub? Then you are in the right city.

United By Blue started in Philadelphia in 2013. My son told me he was taking me to a very interesting coffee shop. Indeed it was! It is located at 205 Race St., Old City, Philadelphia 19106. Tel. 267-457-3114. Website? https://www.unitedbyblue.com/pages/flagship

United By Blue is local, so you probably won’t see too many tourists yet. Another location on Walnut Street.


Their coffee was excellent. You can do a little online shopping if you want to try something delicious.

A Breakfast sandwhich with home fries. The menu is online, as well. It was perfect for a cool morning in the City of Brotherly Love.

We all call our planet home and United By Blue is doing its part to help keep it clean. Their Mission? “For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our World’s ocean and waterways.” To find out why please log onto the website above referenced.

Besides being a coffee shop, it is also a retail store. Apparel for men, women, including shoes. Camping gear too.

In the store there is copperwear to buy. I particularly liked the straws. I think you can see them in the following photo, inside the mugs.

Very interesting indeed. Read about them, join a cleanup and check past cleanups as well.

In the meantime, if you are in Philly and want to really be a neighborhood local, by all means stop by. Remember this company offers coffee, food, retail shopping but in their hearts it is an “enviornmental conservation organization”.

Follow them on Instagram ubb_phila and on FB as United By Blue.

Have a great day.

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