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June 24th, 2019

Grace Manor, Bed & Breakfast, Greenville, Florida, Historic Inn, Summer Travel 2019

I am not sure how my brother, Miguel, found this B & B. My nephew, Alonzo was graduating from Florida State University. As it happens, these large universities never seem to have a lot of hotels/motels in their towns. As graduation approaches everyone is scrambling to find a place to stay.

It is a Victorian Inn Circa 1898-1902. Located at 117 SW US 221 in Greenville, FL 32331-0087. Tel. 850-948-5352 You can find it on Facebook am Twitter. Website? http://www.gracemanorinn.com

One of the very first things that attracted me to this historic inn was its balcony. It reminded me of balconies in Puerto Rico where I am from.

Some of the reviews say that it is in the middle of nowhere. The town of Greenville has seen better days. There is not much, that is for sure, but getting away to a place like this is definitely worth it. I think it is about 38 miles east of Tallahassee. I was fine with it. Check the website above given for more detailed information.

This area of Florida is great for road biking and the Grace Mannor Inn is perfect for a restful night. Make sure to call and make reservations. Besides the rooms there is a guest cottage, as well. Also make sure to check for the Murder Mystery Dinners. Apparently, they are very popular.

They have a great pool and the property is very well kept by Brenda, the Innkeeper.

I have yet to find a more comfortable bed than the ones at Grace Mannor. I think originally I checked but at the moment the brand escapes me. I know the company was in Georgia.

The dining room was so pretty and Brenda outdid herself with our breakfast. We stayed 2 nights and both breakfasts were to die for. By the way Brenda is a one woman show. She is the innkeeper, she keeps the grounds, she cleans, she cooks. At time she gets a little bit of help from the neighbors.

In the dining room there was the Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table. This is a memorial set up in military dining facilities. It honors the fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service men/women.

I have been meaning to write a post about this Inn. It is one of those places that are so relaxing. A place to recharge.

Brenda’s cooking was all homemade and so delicious.


I hope that if you are looking for somewhere to stay in your Florida travels, that you check Grace Manor. You can bring kids too. The pool is great.

You can go sightseeing to Madison, Jefferson, and Taylor, Florida. We did.

Greenville, Florida, is where Ray Charles grew up. More about that later.

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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April 21st, 2019

Ish, Shop, Apparel, Home, Beauty, Baby!! Ocean City, Maryland, Ish is Opening in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

A couple of weeks ago my friend, Sharon, and I stopped by Ish. This boutique is located at 3408 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, MD 21842. Website? http://www.ishshop.com

The owner of Ish is Christina Lawson. A very dedicated and fun young woman who is taking this boutique to a different level. It is basically, a women’s boutique but she has a little bit for everyone….almost every woman could find something here for her, for the home, gifts and even for babies.

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Here is Christina with my friend, Sharon. It was the opening for the 2019 season. Ish is opening in a few weeks in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 403 Rehoboth Ave. Already, as I drive by the store in Rehoboth it looks like it is getting ready. The light and airy lifestyle of our beaches is something that will be seen throughout the store.

Make sure you check out the website because they do offer online shopping.

Look at some of the things we found at Ish in Ocean City.

Over the years I have always said that there is nothing better than the personal touch of a boutique. Stay in touch and keep because I believe the opening is the week-end of May 3rd.

Anyway, at least stop by and say hello. You will fall in love with her.

Until next time….I hope your Easter Sunday is grand.

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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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February 21st, 2019

Stir, Restaurant, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lunch, Brunch

On my previous post I mentioned that day tripping to Philadelphia is an easy one from the Delaware Beaches. It only takes a few hours and if you casually plan it well, you will have a fun day. A change of scenery, as well.

The Philadelphia Museum of art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Our quest was to make it to the Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now exhibit. It is there until March 3rd. You can check the museum’s website by visiting https://philamuseum.org.

I was trying to see what dining experience we could have at the museum. In order not to be rushed it would be perfect to eat there. I found out that a new restaurant called Stir had opened in October, 2018. There is the restaurant and there is also a Cafe. My interest was Stir, the restaurant.

Stir was designed by Frank Owen Gehry. His is considered to be one of the most well known architects in the world. Some of his buildings, including his home in Los Angeles have become world-renowned attractions.

The day it opened Metro wrote an article about Stir and Mr. Gehry. Very interesting. Please check https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/philadelphia/philadelphia-museum-of-art-new-restaurant-Stir

We, actually, made a reservation through Open Table. The restaurant’s ceiling looks like it is floating. The chairs were so comfortable and the lighting was perfect. The Executive Chef is Mark Tropea who is a Philly-born guy with 20 years of experience.

Stir is managed by the Philadelphia’s Constellation Culinary Group which was known as the STARR Catering Group.

The moment I saw the Roasted Duck on the menu, I knew that would be my choice. Served with Vadouvan carrots, wheat berries, sour cherry and port reduction. Vadouvan is a French Masala Curry Powder with a little kick. The blending of classic curry spices with aromatic onion, garlic, and shallot. It is ground to fine powder. Medium rare and chrispy on top is how it was presented. So delicious, I want to go back.

The Grilled Venison Loin also caused a “Stir” because just like the duck it was perfectly cooked, as well. A currant and pink peppercorn gastrique, castle valley grits, and brased rainbow chard complemented the venison.

We did not have dessert. But, we did have wine. Our server was friendly and his suggestions were on point.

But we had a tour to catch. Isn’t it great when a restaurant delivers such a good experience?

Anyway, remember that there is an AboutMyBeaches FaceBook page and if you like it will be much appreciated.

Until then…..Spring is around the corner.


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