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January 3rd, 2016

Destination? Condado, Puerto Rico, Mercado Urbano (Farmers Market), Ventana al Mar, San Juan, Buy Local, The Caribbean, La Isla del Encanto, First Urban Market of 2016!!


We really should not complain here in Southern Delaware.  The temperatures so far have been great and it has felt like summer all through the Holidays.  But, as we start a new year, and being that it is January, the temperatures dipped a bit this a.m.  Thinking about the blue waters of San Juan.  Getting to Puerto Rico is pretty easy.  It is a relatively short flight and there are daily flights from Baltimore (BWI) and Philly.

Every first Sunday of the month the Mercado Urbano or Farmers Market takes place at 1054 Ashford Avenue…9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  It is a great way to get up close and personal with farmers, and artists.  It is a family affair with plenty of food for everyone. This will be the first Mercado Urbano of 2016!!


This time of the year in San Juan the temperatures will be in the low 8Os, which is great for walking and exploring the Condado area.  Mercado Urbano is also ocean front.

Fresh coconut water.


Local produce.


Every Sunday there will be paella.


Local cookies…bring back childhood memories.


Cod Fish Cakes or Bacalaitos.  They are so good, and yes they are fattening.


Fresh Pasta.


Throughout the day there are plenty of activities.  On Sunday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Yoga with Lara.  All you have to do is bring your mat.

From 10 a.m. unti Noon you can participate in Boot Camp with Spartan Fit.


From 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. there will be live entertainment on the stage.

Shop around for Puerto Rican cigars.



Every household in Puerto Rico has “pique” or hot sauce, locally made.


And please stop by to meet Carla from Carla’s Rosaries.  All made by Carla…they are beautiful.  Check her out on Facebook.  Her website is




This customer was so graciously posed for a photo.


If you are in the metropolitan area of San Juan, please stop by.  It is a lot of fun!!


December 20th, 2015

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Shop Local

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I big shout to Doggies at The Beach for taking such good care of my little Diva, Miss Addy.  Doggies at the beach is a 3,500 square foot indoor, cage free doggie day care.  It is Miss Addy’s home away from home.  While visiting Doggies at the Beach she met Santa.  I know what her expression is telling me, but I am glad she went along with the program.  Doggies at The Beach is located at 18806 J. Williams Hwy. in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-644-8200.  They have 24 hour human supervision and even web cams so that you can follow your precious pooch.  Grooming is also available.  They are on Facebook, as well.  Check them out because they are always hosting events and very much involved in the community.  Jim and his staff are very caring and obviously they love dogs!!  Please visit

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This would be a great stocking stuffer for your dog.  Your pooch will love these Tail Bangers made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, eggs, canola oil, fresh ground peanuts, honey, cinnamon, with a vanilla yogurt coating.  Tail Bangers are made in Millsboro, Delaware, about 1/2 hour from Rehoboth Beach.  The company has gone big, a success story.  I have not visited but can’t wait to do so.  You can find Tail Bangers at Doggies at The Beach, Candy Kitchen, Pet Stores in the area and even the UPS store at the Safeway Shopping Center.  I took them as a gift to my friend’s dog, Dale, in Bluffton, South Carolina and they were a big hit.  So, I decided to try them myself.  They smell so good.  I took a bite and they were not bad at all.  After all they are made with all natural ingredients.  Tail Bangers is located at 24546 Betts Pond Rd., Millsboro, DE 19956   You can find them on Facebook and Twitter. Website?

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Another great stocking stuffer for those that love to cook and for your favorite foodies are these Sea Salts made right here on the coast by SoDel Concepts.  There is the Bay Spice, the Summer Lemon Zest, and the Black Pepper Fennel.  You can get these salts at any of SoDel Concepts Restaurants from Lewes to Fenwick Island.  For the locations of the restaurants, please visit


Another perfect gift….a book, the perfect companion.  Truddi Chase was from Maryland.  Her story was made into a movie years ago, base on her first book When Rabbit Howls.  The movie was called Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase.  It was an autobiography about her experiences after being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.  Truddi was interviewed by Oprah.  Her story is a fascinating one of survival after been sexually abuse from age two.  She coped by developing 92 personalities.  She never integrated them so she lived with them all of her life until she died in 2010.  Her second book has just come out thanks to her daughter, Kari, who lives in Lewes.  This second book is more whimsical.  All art work is by Truddi and the different personalities.  The name of the book is The Creature of Habit.  You can get it at


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Have a good one!!  TTYL

December 13th, 2015

Sweetgrass Baskets, A Proud Tradition, Trudy Hicks Baskets, Charleston, South Carolina


I thought that on this second trip to Charleston I was going to again leave without a sweetgrass basket.  I don’t know, to tell you the truth as I was passing plenty of weavers, none hit it where it should have….my heart.  Except, that on my last day I grabbed a cup of coffee and went down the street by my hotel, The Vendue, towards the Waterfront Park, which is on Vendue Range.  The photo above is exactly what I first saw.  I have never met a stranger, so this time I stopped and engaged Trudy Hicks in conversation.


As it happened, Trudy is one of Charleston’s finest sweetgrass basket makers.  She was taught as a child and she has passed this art form to her children, grandchildren and plenty of others that want to learn.


Many years ago, before she took over for her grandmother, Trudy had her own hair salon.  She has a great spot on this street because the previous mayor of the City of Charleston awarded her this particular station because of her connection to Boone Hall Plantation.  Her grandmother is the last living person that lived at Boone Hall.  Her aunt had been born there, as well.  Once she is finished for the day all she has to do is close the doors.  The basket weavers in the market have to take everything down every day and take it home.


Trudy showed me photographs of her family.  Also a photo of the first road stand in Mount Pleasant where the first baskets were weaved and sold.



Trudy gives back to the community.  The flowers, wreaths, crosses made out of sweetgrass…proceeds go to The House Of Love.  She takes children out on field days, and helps in every which way she can.



I think everyone in her family except one of the little ones know how to weave.  She tells her daughter to get those little fingers ready!!


Sweet grass baskets are so easy to take care.  Since the grasses are from swamps and marsh areas, water will not hurt them.  To clean, just spray the basket with cold water and then let them air dry.  That’s it.  Trudy’s telephone is 843-460-0901.  She also ships.  So, next time while visiting Charleston stop by and say hello.  She will give you a warm smile and plenty of hugs and will really make your day, I promise you, she will.   She is one awesome lady.



Have a Good One!! TTYL

December 12th, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Christmas In Rehoboth Beach, Happy Holidays, Tax Free Shopping, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


So many visitors come to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, year round.  Rehoboth was incorporated in 1873 to create a Christian seaside resort.  The railroad was extended in 1878 to Rehoboth Beach, therefore, bringing more visitors and businesses to this seaside town.  In 1879 the town was renamed “The Rehoboth Beach Association”.  The population has grown over the years.  Plenty of summer visitors and part time residents increase the population significantly .

During Christmas I love grabbing something to eat in town with a friend….come to think of it I just did that with my friend, Jody.  Stopping at Dogfish Head on Rehoboth Avenue for one of my favorite salads….their pub salad topped with grilled salmon and a delicious dressing is not to be missed.  It looks good and it tasted even better.


If you decided to visit Rehoboth Beach during the Holidays you will find the town looking more beautiful than ever.  Tiny lights cover the trees in town.  The Boardwalk is a mile long.  It was quiet when Jody and I were walking, no one around.


The big iconic Dolle’s sign remind visitors that you are at the beach!!


Santa’s House on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is the cutest Santa House on the coast.   There is no charge to visit with Santa but donations are appreciated. Please check


The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 12/13, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Friday, 12/18, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 12/19, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Sunday, 12/20, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.  NOTE:  At 3 p.m. is Pet Time with Santa.


Thursday, December 17th – CANVAS AND CORKS at Rehoboth Art League, located at 12 Dodds Lane. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  This is a class about art, fun, socialization and wine, or your beverage of choice.  The class will be creating a painting step-by-step with an instructor and all your supplies are included.  Instructor Gerilyn Gaskil will help you have a great time creating a great piece of art.  Must be 21 years of age.  For more info., please visit

Friday, December 18th and Saturday, December 19th – 2015 HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST FOR HOMES IN THE CITY OF REHOBOTH BEACH…2 categories:  Traditional and Truly Fabulous.  Turn your Holiday Lights on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.  No registration is required but you may email to let them know you are participating.

Saturday, December 19th – A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT at Clear Space Theatre located at 20 Baltimore Avenue.  7:00 p.m.  Local favorites Matthew Kenworthy, John Flynn, The Family Jewells, and Alicia Dennis join forces to celebrate the Holiday Season with music.  A journey through traditional and not so traditional seasonal favorites and original musical skits will inspire belly laughing good times.  General Admission, Open Seating…All seats are $15.  More info?  Please visit

Sunday, December 20th – A HOLIDAY PEACE CONCERT – at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Rd.  4 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and anyone under 18 is Free.  Tickets are available at Browseabout Books at 133 Rehoboth Avenue, and also at the Door. Rehoboth Concert Band is a community band of instrumentalists at all levels of play and all ages.  It performs concert band literature, including classical and contemporary music, marches, show tunes, and some novelty pieces.  Please visit

Saturday, December 26th – THE FAREWELL PARTY – At MCC Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Rd. in Rehoboth Beach.  The film is presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society.  These monthly series present films and discussions about the various cultures in the world, including diversity in our own country. Admission is $4 for Members (current card must be presented) and $6 for future members.  This is a compassionate and surprisingly funny story about residents at a Jewish retirement home who help their terminally ill friend by constructing an euthanasia device…..more info?  Please visit

SHOPPING in Delaware is Tax Free!!  Participating Downtown Rehoboth Beach businesses are giving 10% off your purchases until December 24th.  For more info., please visit

TANGER OUTLETS….coupons and great deals…please visit

Have a Good One!!

October 19th, 2015

Destination? Spicy Caribbee, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Herbs, Spices, Fragrant Soaps, Oils, Seasonings, Rubs, Hot Sauces, A Must Visit in Old San Juan


On November 19, 1493 Puerto Rico was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to claim lands for the Rulers of Spain.  When he arrived the island was called Borinquen by the Indians who lived there, but Columbus named it San Juan Bautista.  Old San Juan is 522 years old.


It has diverse architectural and historic treasures and these make Old San Juan quite distinct from any other place in the world.  It has lively plazas, parks, and promenades, restaurants, and plenty of shopping as well.  One such shop that I visited was Spicy Caribbee located at 154 Cristo Street or Calle del Cristo, Old San Juan, PR 00901  Tel. 787-725-4690  Website?


Follow them on Facebook.

Their Spicy Caribbee line is their own recipe and has been created to make cooking fun.  They have been serving customers since 1988.  They do ship and there is also online shopping, as well.  The photo shows Sica, the owner, taking care of customers.


The hot sauces looked amazing.  It is their recipe and they are made for them.  You can buy individual bottles or the small crates.  Some of the sauces are hot and others are more a condiment to enhance your cooking like the Ginger and Garlic.



If you are in the store you will be able to sample some of the sauces before purchasing.


Coffee is so much of a part of the Puerto Rican tradition.  At any time of the day a cup of coffee is always offered.  Their coffee is from Hacienda San Pedro, which is a family tradition for 4 generations.


Rag Dolls, homemade in Puerto Rico are a tradition….their particular ones were so cute and my little granddaughter, Sophia, got one of them.


Their tropical jams are prepared just for them, as well.  Banana, Mango, Guava, Pineapple, Mango Pineapple and Hot Pepper Jam…use them on toast, pastries or in any cooking were you want to add a bit of the Caribbean.  Honeys and teas!!  Remember that they can ship everything to your home.


Rubs are so easy.  Just rub your chicken, steak, or fish and then decide your method of cooking it….got some of the rubs!!


So as the weather begins to cool off in the Northeast….the Caribbean is warm year-round.


Have a good one!!

October 15th, 2015

Commemorative 2015 Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting Ornament, Local Artist, Deri Dibiase, Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Christmas Spirit, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware


Have you eve spent Christmas in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware?  For many is a tradition to attend the tree lighting ceremony.  This year’s tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 27th …. practice your vocals because there will be a sing along, as well.

Rehoboth Beach Main Street commissioned local artist, Geri Dibiase, to design a commemorative ornament for the 2015 Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting.  Dibiase has paired her masterful photography with an ancient art for to design this beautiful unique glass ornament.  This exquisitively crafted decoration is the perfect gift for loved ones and friends to adorn their tree for generations to come.  Ornaments will be on sale starting November 1 through December 31 at Christmas Spirit located at 161 Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Geri Dibiase Ornament Sale

Each ornament is priced at $20 and all proceeds benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street.  Have your ornament signed by the artist herself on November 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Christmas Spirit.  For more info., please call 302-227-2772 or visit

Have a good one!!

September 29th, 2015

Shopping! TKO, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Alice H. Klein, Designer, 35th Anniversary, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware…Fun to Fine Jewelry


For many years I have know Alice Klein…her husband, Bryant, as well.  Don’t want him to get jealous.  I am a fan like many other of my friends that have come to enjoy Alice’s designs.  Always so nice to chat and see what new designs she might be working on.

On this particular day I was so glad to congratulate Alice on her 35th year in the jewelry business.  Her designs are so unique and recognizable.  In celebration of her 35 years as a desinger she has an exhibit….memory lane shall we say.  If you stop to see her, ask her to tell you what her original designs are all about, materials, concepts, etc. etc.


Alice says she draws her inspiration from customers, mentors, and art history.


TKO is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 100 Garfield Parkway.  Tel. 302-539-6992.  Website?


TKO offers a wide variety of price ranges…from fun to fine jwelry.  Something to complement a casual outfit at the beach or maybe something for that special occasion.



The holidays are around the corner….please note that Alice can reset anything you already have and give it a fresh look.




Have a great day!!

September 25th, 2015

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


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.


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


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.



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.


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


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



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


Funnel Cakes anyone?


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



Ross decided on pulled chicken and regular just made chips.



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


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.


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.



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


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


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




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



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.




And then followed by Teenage Rust on the outdoor stage.


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

Have a great week-end!!


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