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July 29th, 2009

Events in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milton, Delaware and Ocean City

A few fun things to do while here at the beaches:

“Lewes Steps Out For Fitness”  This event is for the young and old alike. It is getting people together to do something fun and healthy for you.  The date is July 30th and registration is at 5:30 p.m. at the Lewes Beach Parking Lot.

Basically, you will walk to Canal Front Park on Front St. There, at the park, there will be belly dancing to move and relax your body. Then return on the same walk back to the Lewes Beach Parking Lot.

While you are in Lewes, go get something to eat in one of the great restaurants this town has to offer. By that time it will be easy to park since the meters are not in effect after 6:00 p.m.

In the town of Milton, Delaware, which is about 25 minutes away, give or take with the traffic you will find the Milton Theatre. The play on July 31st and August 1st and 2nd is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Friday and Saturday showings are in the evening and start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Check out their web site  and you may buy the tickets on line. The theatre is located on 110 Union St., Milton, DE 19968 and their tel. is 302-684-3400

If you find yourself on the beach in Rehoboth you might want to walk to the north end of the boardwalk, to Fisherman’s Beach. The 31st Annual Sandcastle sculpting event will be held there on August 1st and it is free. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and judging begins at 3:00 p.m. There is also a children’s division. You have to follow certain rules like the sculptures may only contain objects natural to the beach, manpower only and the sculptures are not to be wet down or sprayed. Should be fun.

Ocean City, Maryland is getting ready for the 36th Annual White Marlin Fishing Tournament. It will be August 3rd until August 7th. You may go on their web site

The fun part for spectators like me would be to go for the weigh-in which starts at 4:00 p.m. until 9:15 and is free of charge, at the Harbour Island Marina located on 14th st. and the Bay. There is no parking at the Marina but you can park within a few blocks and you may also park at the Presbyterian Church on 14th st. Just give them a donation. There will be Park & Ride shuttle service from the Convention Center.

July 28th, 2009

Sweet White Corn-Farmers Markets

100_1065It does not matter what town you are visiting, there is a resurgence for fresh produce, baked goods and local findings and what better place to get all these goodies than at a local farmers market.  I have been to some in San Diego, Boulder, and you will also find them in all the beach towns.

In Lewes, Delaware, every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, the farmers market is located on 110 Shipcarpenters St.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware has its own farmers market on Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. at the Grove Park by the round about and behind the Chamber of Commerce.

Bethany Beach is not staying behind and this beach town holds its market on Sundays from 8 a.m. until noon.

Fenwick Island, Delaware, south of Bethany Beach has one on Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon in the Chamber’s Information Center’s parking lot on Rt. 1, North of Fenwick.

Ocean City, Maryland, don’t worry I am not forgetting you either because I know that one of your markets is at the Phillips Restaurant’s parking lot on 142nd St. and Coastal Highway on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information call Paul Wood at 410-860-2607.

What I am looking forwward the most in the summer is that sweet local white corn.  In our household, we practically eat it every day.  I told you before how my husband is a fan of corn and loves the one served at Agave in Lewes.  I have been trying to duplicate that one. Not yet, but soon, though.

So, Freeman, has, I kid you not, the best corn in the area.  You might find other sweet corn and you may say “no, I found a sweeter one” but in my eyes, his is the best and has it until mid September.  I don’t think anyone can match that one.  You can find Freeman’s corn at the Farmers Markets in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.  But, you can also find him every day in the afternoon on the 1D road that runs parallel to Coastal Highway, Rt. 1.  He is by the Plantations complex.  I am such a fan of this corn that I package it and send it to my parents in Puerto Rico as a gift.  So let us say I pay $5.50 per dozen and then I just sent 3 dozen, well with the shipping being $103, hmmm it is like liquid gold.  By the way, you would think that in Puerto Rico they would grow corn but they can’t. They can only grow the field corn; something in the soil, I believe.

With the kind of rain we have had in the Delmarva Peninsula, this year’s crop should be spectacular so steam it, boil it, bake it or grill it. It should be great!!  See you, later. Gloria

July 27th, 2009

Agave/Restaurant & Tequila Bar,Lewes, Delaware

Hola Amigos:

This restaurant is worth the trip to Lewes even if you live in West Ocean City, Maryland or Dover, Delaware.  It is small and gets crowded fast so if you do not wish to wait then go early or late.  The atmosphere is lively and casual with a good beat of Latin music on the background.  You see some of the patrons enjoying the ever present Margaritas served in colorful martini glasses and at the same time moving their shoulders to the music.  The waiters and bartenders are very friendly.  They have a full bar so if Tequila is not your thing then you may have wine or beer.

Even though I have not tried everything on the menu, the food coming from their open kitchen looks fabulous.  It is very reasonable and the portions are actually big.  Their nachos can probably feed 4 people with no problem.  My husband loves their ears of corn.  It is presented grilled but on top it has a chipotle sauce with a crumbled “queso”.  The husk is pulled back and braided.  It is so delicious that it is the only thing my husband ever has and they already know it.  Their chili is fantastic.  Not ground beef but more like pieces of fillet and the right amount of spice.  Their guacamole is also very good.  They have 3 kinds and you can have a sample of each.  One is shrimp and garlic, the original topped with tomatoes and onions and the other has pine nuts.  The different salads are excellent too and you can top them with shrimp, fillet or chicken.  All of them have that “queso” on top which resembles goat cheese.  Their entrees range from stuffed chilies to fish tacos. 

If you are on a gluten free diet, the chips are made of corn so you can eat your guacamole with no problem. Just make sure you mention that you are on a wheat free diet.

If you tend to finish your meal with dessert, you will not be disappointed.  What better way to finish your meal than with flan? The custard is always an ever present dessert in Latin American restaurants.  They also have other great desserts, it is just that flan is the one I would pick.  Buen Provecho!!

Eating in Lewes, Delaware is very relaxing.  And, no meters after 6:00 p.m.

Agave is located on 137 2nd St., Lewes, DE 19958 and their tel. is 302-645-1232

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July 27th, 2009

Queso (Mexican Cheese Dip) Recipe

I told you that I have a recipe, donated by McCabe’s Gourmet Market located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1), York Beach Mall, South Bethany, Delaware, 19930 Tel. 302-539-8550


1 1/2 lbs. American cheese, cubed, preferable “Land of Lakes”

1 (7 3/4 ounce) can jalapeno tomato relish

1 white onion, diced

10 slices of jalapenos, cut up

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

In a double boiler, mix all ingredients until thoroughly melted. Serve it with your favorite crackers, bagget or crudites.

That was easy, wasn’t it?

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July 27th, 2009

McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Bethany Beach, Delaware

I have been going to McCabe’s for many years.  It is such a nice gourmet store.  I wanted to get some pate, and they always have a good selection.  Their pates are from a company called Three Little Pigs.  I had to check them out closely because, my husband has celiac disease and has to follow a gluten free diet.  I could not buy the truffles pate but I bought the Campagne and the Au Poivre and they were both delicious.

Their store is nice and cozy and you may eat indoors or outside, weather permitting.  You find customers just coming for lunch or ordering take out.  Or, just coming to have a cup of coffee and a croissant or other baked goods.  I know that in the winter they have great soups too.  They also have a freezer, so they have great goodies to take home for a later time.  One of those treats is their Queso (Mexican Cheese Dip) and I happen to have that recipe because years ago when I was part of a group that put together a school cookbook, they graciously donated their recipe and I will be posting it on my next blog.

This market has great salads, carry a pretty good selection of gourmet foods, olive oils, pastas, etc.

Another reason to know this market is that you may order ready to go gourmet gift baskets or customize your own.  You can find some great cookbooks and magazines all catering to foods.  Their prices are comparable to a lot of the gourmet shops in all the beaches in the area.  It is easy to get to since it is at the end of South Bethany, on Coastal Highway, the last strip mall, with plenty of parking too.

I hope you like it, and let me know what you think.

Until then, Gloria

July 27th, 2009

What Defines a “Local”

When I started thinking about what to write on my blog I had to start by saying that I define myself as a local of the beaches, more so of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Bethany Beach, Delaware.  I am not from the area but I have, actually, lived here longer than where I grew up.  My friend, Barry, does not think I am a “local”. Because I was not born here, I am, therefore, an outsider in his eyes.  But, I am as local as they come.  I pay my taxes, my children were born in Lewes, Delaware and have gone to schools in the area.  I have my own stimulus package going on at the beach and I try to always buy from the local vendors.  So, with that said, I can tell you that I have acquired a wealth of information of the area.  Sometimes, it might have been through friends but pretty much is by experience.  My friends tell me that I have missed my calling; I should have been a concierge.  I like to learn and pass on information about my beaches.   A good example would be where to buy the best corn in July and August and where to find fig trees in the area, besides the one in my own yard.

As I start writing on this blog, I would love to get your comments, questions and suggestions.  I will be reviewing restaurants and other establishments.  I will give you my own opinions on these reviews and, hopefully, if there has been a “so so” review, I will go back again to that place of service and see if things have changed for the better.

Living in the Delmarva coast is a treat. Sooooo, see you soon,


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