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March 31st, 2011

What’s Going On?, Lewes, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches

 

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Visitors that come to Lewes are always enchanted by the character of this Historic Town.  The shops, the restaurants, the scenery.  But, Lewes is also known for its residents.  They are friendly, loyal, and most of all really love the town and what it stands for.  Lewes has so many events on their 2011 schedule. 

 

Thursday, 3/31 – Bethany Blues, Lewes is celebrating their 2 year anniversary starting at 8:00 p.m.  Bethany Blues is located at 18385 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-644-2500. Since it will be a celebration, they will be having great specials.

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Live music by Jimi Smooth & Hit Time.  Their genre is Funk, R & B, and Soul.  You know, favorite Motown and Soul classics.  Check their website at www.jimismoothandhittime.com.  If you visit Dewey Beach in the summer, they are regulars at the Delaware Beaches.

 

Saturday, 4/2 – Cooking Demonstration, Inspirational Talk and Book Signing at 10:00 a.m.  Location?  Seekers, Spiritual Treasures at St. Peter’s Square, in the parish hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church located at 211 Mulberry St., Lewes.  You can visit www.seekerslewes.com or call 302-645-9916.

Seekers has a mission of offering resources for spiritual growth, knowledge and inspiration for people of all faiths.

Katie Moose is the author of her cookbook God’s Bounty.  She will be signing the book and giving a demonstration.  She is from Easton, Maryland and has written a number of guidebooks and other cookbooks. 

I have Chesapeake’s Bounty and Chesapeake’s Bounty II.  One of the recipes I featured as a post on this blog.  It was her Corn Chowder.  You can see this post by clicking on the month of April, 2010 and scroll down to the 27th.

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Saturday, 4/2 – A Talk about Delaware’s Lighthouses at 2:00 p.m.  Free!!  The talk will be given by Judith Roales of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation.  Location?  The Zwaanendael Museum at 102 Kings Highway, Lewes.

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This foundation is working actively on behalf of Delaware’s Lighthouses.  The State’s oldest one, at Cape Henlopen was lost to erosion in 1924.  The Bombay Hook Light one was demolished in 1974, the New Castle Bar Light was destroyed in 1982 and the Mahon River Light burned in 1984 just at the preservation group was being formed.  For more info. you can call 302-645-1148 or visit www.history.delaware.gov.

 

Saturday, 4/9 – Flea Market – Seaside Nature Center located inside the Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.  Time?  From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park. 

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Items can be dropped off at the Nature Center Friday, 4/8 from 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  For more info. please call 302-858-6127 or visit www.friendsofcapehenlopen.org.

 

Sunday, 4/10 – Autism Delaware half-marathon, 5K and children’s run.  All starting and ending at Irish Eyes on Anglers Rd., Lewes.  Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. and the runs will start at 7:50 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

$10 for children’s run, other prices range from $20 to $55 depending on the race and date registered.  Runners can also raise money for Autism Delaware.  For more info., please call 302-644-3410 or visit www.delautism.org.

 

Thursday, 4/14 – Lewes Preservation Dinner, which is sponsored by the Lewes Historical Society to honor area residents for their commitment to historical preservation will be at the Lewes Yacht Club starting at 5:30 p.m.  $50.  Inf you need more info., please call 302-645-7670 or visit www.historiclewes.org.

 

Mark your calendars or see if you can make it to Lewes on the Week-End of April 15th and 16th.

It is the 2nd Annual Lewes Tulip Festival.  The Town of Lewes celebrates spring and the town’s Dutch heritage.  It is centered around Zwaanendael Park. 

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In the fall of 2009, Lewes in Bloom selected red and white tulips and blue Muscari bulbs to showcase a red, white and blue theme; colors of the Dutch and American flags.

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This past fall the addition of pink tulips will add to the color spectrum; also more red and white bulbs were planted, as well.

Trolley rides will be $5.  There will be photography exhibits, workshops about historical restoration; a quilt exhibit, as well.  For more info., please call 302-645-8073 or visit www.leweschamber.com.

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April 16th is also Dutch-American Friendship Day, at the Zwaanendael Museum.  Focused on Lewes’s Dutch roots.  It is free from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  For info. please call 302-645-1148 or visit www.historydelaware.gov.

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Saturday, 4/16 – Plant Sale – Sponsored by the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary.  Location?  Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center, at 18947 John J. Williams Highway (Rt. 24) near Midway.  9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Rain date?  It will be April 17th.  For more info., please call 302-645-3531.

 

Have a great time!!…talk to you later….

March 30th, 2011

Five Guys, Hamburgers, Fries, Restaurant, Review, Ocean City, Maryland, Off the Chart

 

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I might have to blame Cindi for having to drink water for for all meals for the next few days.  Washing all those calories out.  You saw the heading of this post; Five Guys, Hamburgers, Fries. 

I met Cindi at Five Guys in Ocean City, Maryland.  The address is 6401 Coastal Highway.  Tel. is 410-723-4411.  Website?  www.fiveguys.com.

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I had never been to any of them.  They have been around for years; since 1986.  Rehoboth Beach and Lewes in Delaware have one each.

Every time I say that I have never been to one, people are surprised.  Their comments range from “they are the best”.  Then, another comment was “best beef without all that crap”.  Pardon my French.

Five Guys is considered to be a fast food joint; a very casual atmosphere, as well.  The one in Ocean City had plenty of tables available.  When we arrived it was packed.  It was 12:30 p.m.  But, by the time we left, everyone was gone.

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I found out that they have zero artificial trans fats. That’s a relief!!  200 Five Guys will be opening up in 2011.  350,000 burgers are sold daily.  I can’t even imagine how many potatoes.

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Don’t forget the bulk peanuts.  They were so good; adding fuel to the calories.

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The menu is limited but there is a reason to their madness.  They want just a few items, serving them to the best of their ability.  Makes sense.

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Cindi decided to order the Little Hamburger.  It looked great.  A normal size one.

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I, decided that doing this would require for me to go all out.  I got the Bacon Cheeseburger with everything on it.  That meant, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, relish, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles.

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It was huge and very messy.  Yes, I am guilty because I ate it all.

When I said that it was off the chart, I meant it in two ways; flavor and calories.  Just the Bacon Cheeseburger without the many toppings was 920 calories.  Add a few hundred for the toppings.  Cindi’s normal burger was a mere 480 calories.

Then, how could we not have fries?  We split them, thank God because they would have been 620 calories.  I figured we had 310 calories each, give or take.  They were so tasty!!

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Even though I am telling you all this, I really don’t feel guilty.  Cindi and I don’t do this often.  Last time we ate this much was at the Oktoberfest in Bear Mountain, NY, in October. 

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Anyway, always the best times are spend with a girlfriend….talk to you later…

March 29th, 2011

Paws for the Cause Foundation, 1st Annual Chef’s Challenge, Research for the Cure of Canine Cancer, The Cordrey Center, Dick Bryan, Auctioneer, A Success but it does not end there…

 

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Raison d’etre = “reason for existence”.  I have not thought about that phrase in a long time, but seeing Checkers’ portrait at the fundraising event Paws for the Cause Foundation, I could not help thinking about it. 

This little dog whose passing has given its owner a reason to not sit back, has now a non-profit foundation.  As I just mentioned, the foundation is Paws for the Cause.  The website is www.pawsforthecausefoundation.org.  The Foundation has also partnered with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s Chase Away Canine Cancer Program.  Website? http://www.acvimfoundation.org.

Sunday was the event.  It was a beautiful day.  The 1st Annual Chef’s Challenge was from 2 to 5 p.m.  The venue?  The Cordrey Center located at 30366 Cordrey Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966.  For more info., please visit their website www.thecordreycenter.com

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The Cordrey Center is situated among plants, flowers, shrubs.  It is also the home of East Coast Perennials.  Gorgeous flowers were already abundant. 

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I arrived a few minutes early and then at 2 p.m. the place started filling up.  I have lived at the Delaware Beaches for many years, and granted, Millsboro is about 1/2 hour inland, but still I really did not know many people, at all.  

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Lite fare was served courtesy of Fish On, from Lewes. 

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There was a silent auction with so many items.  A few caught my attention. 

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Pet Portraits by Jerry Dahl, 103 Brookthorpe Ter., Broomall, PA 19008.  Tel. 610-356-4943.

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The Delaware Dog Book.  In Three Words.  It is also a fundraising event for Paws for the Cause Foundation.  I will be getting more info. but basically it consists of your dog or dogs, sitting for a photo shoot and in 3 words your description of your pet.  For more info., please visit www.pawsforthecausefoundation.org.  

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Another was the Twin Lakes Brewing Co. from Greenville, DE.  Their website is www.twinlakesbrewingcompany.com. The Twin Lakes Farm has a long and prestigious history dating back to our found fathers, George Washington and Caesar Rodney.  The beer is all natural, brewed using whole flower hops; unfiltered and unpasteurized.  Considered to be “all natural”  beers.

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The Chef’s Challenge:

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Three restaurants with their chefs were on one side of the building.  We were all asking questions and they were prepping.  The restaurants were Fish On, www.fishon.bz, Abbott’s Grill, www.abbottsgrillde.com, and Luca, www.lucaristorante.com.

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Getting ready for a food challenge takes some preparation, and here are a few pictures.  The aroma was amazing. 

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Three judges were selected to sample the delicacies, which included scallops, fish, and lamb.

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Even though I had to leave early, I did find out that the winner was…..

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The Live Auction

There were about 6 items in the Live Auction.  The auctioneer that lent his services for this worthy cause was Richard (Dick) L. Bryan.  Dick is a native, a real estate broker, and an auctioneer with a specialty in residential and commercial real estate.  His e-mail is rbryan@dmv.com and his tel. is 302-645-4800.

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It really was such a nice afternoon.  I congratulate Bonnie Benson for a job well done.  She really should be proud on how smoothly everything went. 

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The fundraising does not end there.  Everyone that has a pet knows how attached we become to them.  They bring so much joy and love into our lives.  There will be other fundraising events and I will be passing them along to you.

 

Have a great day!!…talk to you later…

March 28th, 2011

Get Down In Town, Rehoboth Beach, Specials, Coupons, Discounts, Can You Believe It?, Free Food, Free Beverages, Delaware Beaches, April 1st, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

 

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The Beach should be the destination!!  The Delaware Beaches are cleaning and sprucing up for what it is hoped to be one of the best seasons.  Summer!!  Rehoboth Beach is also one of those coastal towns that can offer so much to its visitors and residents.

April 1st will be “Get Down In Town”. It is the first event of this nature.  From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. you will find great deals in your favorite Rehoboth Beach stores and restaurants. 

Stroll Rehoboth Beach.  Take advantage of no meters.  All participating merchants will be offering their best.  Can you believe it?  Wine, dine and shop; just perfect.

For more information on everything that will be going on that particular evening, please visit www.azuraclothing.net/getdownintown/.  You can also find Get Down In Town on Facebook.

Come to the Delaware Beaches; kick back and relax.

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Have a great day!!

March 26th, 2011

Dos Locos, Restaurante Mejicano, Fajita & Stonegrill, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Review, Ay Caramba Que Bueno!!

 

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Tantos anos este restaurante ha estado en nuestra playa y que extrano que nunca lo habia visitado anteriormente.  En una semana he ido 3 veces.

Oh, excuse me.  I got caught into my Spanish.  I was just thinking that this restaurant has been in our beach for so long and I had never paid them a visit.  I don’t even know why.  This past week I have gone 3 times.  I actually found a waiter that I knew, Alex, who is working at Dos Locos and he took care of my family with his usual friendly disposition.

Dos Locos is located at 208 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. is 302-227-3353.  Websited?  www.doslocos.com.

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First of all, I have to congratulate them for having a Gluten Free Menu.  So exciting it is to find so many restaurants in our coastal area having this menu for the customers that have a gluten allergy.

The first night I went I only got a couple of pictures because I forgot to charge the battery.  In the back of my mind I knew that I would be coming back to try one of the stonegrill meals. 

Remember my old partner in crime, Debbie?  Well, she was there with me again.  Catching up after not seeing each other for quite some time.  And, she asked me; what do you want me to order?  It really did not matter as long as one of us had the stonegrill meal.

We took our time in ordering because we were bla, bla, bla, and more bla.  Taking a look at the restaurant I want to let you know that it was very comfortable, casual and relaxing.  A nice side bar area on one side; on the other, side booths and single tables were available.  The restaurant also had another room in the back.  It was crowded.  It is a restaurant that welcomes everyone.

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Our waiter brought us some tortilla chips and salsa.  The chips were warm and a little salty; perfect.  The sauce?  I would have put more cilantro and a bit of lime juice.

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Debbie decided to have the beef fajitas; hold the beans, please.  Guacamole?  Of course.  I had that dish the other night and mine was good. Debbie really enjoyed hers today, as well.

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Stonegrilling is done on individual stones that are over 700 degrees.  What’s good about it?  It sears the food at high temperatures, therefore, all natural juices are contained.  It is healthy because there are no oils; the meats; so tender.

I chose a combination of Angus beef filet and shrimp.  You can choose rub and sauces, but to tell you the truth I forgot about it and was not sure how it was going to taste. 

When the stone was brought in, it was so hot; no wonder they say the stonegrilling is not for children.  It looked beautiful.

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Then, I followed the directions and turned over the food so it would cook on the other side.  I cut and enjoyed a great lunch.  I asked for a side salad.  You had the choice of salad or rice.  The taste of the beef was juicy and I must admit that I did not miss any rub or other seasoning.  The shrimp were large and cooking them over the stone was perfect.

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Dos Locos has a retail shop right next door.  It is a Gallery.  In it they have t-shirts, pick up souvenirs, plaques, hot sauces, and salsas.

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They also carry the line of candy wrapper handbags.  Popular and very interesting.  Check that website www.nahuiollin.com.

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It was already about 4:30 p.m.  Long lunch even though it did not seem so.  In the past I have said that sharing a meal with a friend is always….priceless.

Note:  Dos Locos opens daily at 11:30 a.m.  Check the website www.doslocos.com because they have so many specials and even Karaoke at 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Saturday evenings.

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Hasta luego…..nos vemos……

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March 25th, 2011

Out and About, Delaware Beaches, Rehoboth Beach, Silver Lake…Quiet, but not for Long

 

Looking out the window, all I can see is blue sky and sunshine.  I took a drive early this morning to Rehoboth Beach.  It was chilly, but you know what?  It was beautiful, as well.  I encountered a young woman walking her dog.  She had her pajamas on, still.  They were very stylish; but pajamas, they were.  She told me so.  She could not believe how pretty it was.  Warmer here vs. Maryland.  Yes, our Delaware Beaches give us warmer temperatures in the winter and cooler ones in the summer. 

The Rehoboth Boardwalk is pretty long and looking north, it was empty.  The beach, well, that’s a scenery I never get tired of.

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Then I looked south and just as empty.  Oh well, it might be quiet now, but not for long.  Come that Memorial week-end, the gates will open and these coastal towns in the Delaware Beaches will be showing its visitors why there are so many people choosing to move to the area; not just the ones retiring, either.

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I came to Silver Lake.  It is one of my favorite spots.  If you are coming into Rehoboth from the south side of Coastal Highway, it will be right there to your right. 

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Silver Lake is part of the Delaware Birding Trail.  A variety of gulls and many waterbirds are found; a refuge for all of them.

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And then I saw him; the beautiful Blue Heron.  He was just looking out into the water. 

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There are 3 lakes; 2 in Rehoboth Beach; Lake Gerar and Silver Lake are partly fresh water and partly salt water lakes.  Lake Comegys is in Dewey Beach.  These 3 fresh water lakes are the closest to the ocean anywhere in the country.

Rehoboth Beach; lucky to live here….talk to you later…..

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March 24th, 2011

Sausage Cheese Grits Casserole, For Breakfast?, Perfect!, For Lunch?, Of Course!, For Dinner?, Why Not?, Recipe, So Easy

 

Last night the weather was stormy, rainy and chilly.  There is something about comfort foods.  Some of them stick to your ribs more than others.  This recipe is so easy and in the oven in no time. 

 

Sausage Cheese Grits Casserole

 

1 cup Old Fashioned Grits

1-1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 butter or margarine

1 lb. sausage, browned (I used Jimmy Dean’s with sage)

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup milk

3 cups water

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

2 tsps. Tabasco (optional)

 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 3-quart baking dish.

In a frying pan, cook the sausage breaking it down into small pieces, until it browns.

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In a 3-quart saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil.  Slowly add grits, stirring constantly for about 4 minutes.  Reduce heat, cover pan, and continue cooking for about 15 minutes, or so.  Remove from heat.

Add 1 cup of cheese and butter or margarine; stir until smooth and well blended.

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Add sausage, eggs, milk and Tabasco.  Mix well.  Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

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Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until it is golden brown.

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Add your favorite salad or veggie and you have a meal!!

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Serves 6.

Note:  Even though the Tabasco is optional, it does give it a nice kick.  I thought I would add next time a few chopped jalapenos and elevate it to a different heat index.  I don’t know, making it my own, I guess. 

And, guess what?  This recipe is gluten free.

March 23rd, 2011

Philly Pretzel Factory, Rehoboth Beach, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches

 

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Months and months ago my friend, from Ocean City, told me that she has a friend who comes to Rehoboth just to have pretzels from the Phillly Pretzel Factory, located at 18701 Coastal Highway, Midway Galleria, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. 302-645-2271.  Website? www.phillypretzelfactory.com.  

Today, Michael and I decided to try it out.  This is a franchise and as such I know that the franchisor wants to protect his trademark, control the business concept; secure his know-how. 

It is not very big inside and the owners have been the proprietors since last March.  Paul and Heidi are the second owners.  One small table inside and a couple outside.  Plenty of parking.

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There are different pretzel flavors.  Some are salted, poppy, sesame, garlic or with everything.  The dips are yellow mustard, spicy brown mustard, hot mustard, cinammon dip and a few more, including a honey mustard.

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Heidi suggested that I ate my salted pretzel with the honey mustard.  She was right because it was the perfect combination; sweetness and saltiness.  I thought mine was very good.

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Pretzels are made every day on location.  Hours of operation at this time of the year are:  Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Michael had the Buffalo Chicken Pretzel.  It looked like a “pocket”.  You know the ones that you buy frozen at the grocery store.  I was a little disappointed at its size.  I thought it would have been bigger.  If you ask him what he thought his answer would be “o.k. but not crazy about it”.

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Mark was working the store with Heidi and they were both very gracious.  I know that some franchises are more strict than others.  I don’t blame them but I have gone to some, lately, that at least they let them personalize the establishment so it has an individual and unique touch. 

Philly Pretzel Factory has party trays available.  All you have to do is call ahead and place your order.  Please check www.phillypretzelfactory.com to find out about the different trays available and its prices.

 

Talk to you later…have a good one!!

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