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January 31st, 2012

What’s Going On? Delaware Beaches, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Lewes, Rehoboth, Bethany Beach, 2/1/12 – 2/5/12

 

No reason to stay indoors this winter. You can kick back and relax or do a little bit of this or a little bit of that. The beaches don’t seem to want to take a rest so if you are coming to the Delaware Beaches this week, this is what’s in store for you.

 

Lewes

Wednesday, 2/1 – 2/28 – Exhibit – Art Treasures from the Delaware Historical Society. The Lewes Historical Society and Peninsula Gallery, at 520 E. Savannah Rd. will be hosting this exhibit. Saturday, 2/4 – Preview Party from 5 – 8 p.m. For more info., please visit www.historiclewes.org.

 

Saturday, 2/4 – Fundraising Event to Benefit Mike Jennings at Lazy Susan’s “Hot Fat Crabs”, right on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1). On January 9th, Mike Jennings was hit head on by an oncoming truck leaving him with serious medical injuries. The proceeds from this event will go directly to Mike to help cover major medical costs and future rehab needs. So, please join everyone for “Cheers to Jennings” at 5 p.m. for an all you can eat shrimp and beer event. $25 a ticket at the door. There will be a live auction, as well.

 

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Saturday, 2/4 – Dr. Nancy Targett, Dean, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment will be presenting “UD’s Wind Turbine and Other Environmental Innovations” at the Zwaanendael Museum on Savannah Rd. & Third St. at 7 p.m.

 

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Sunday, 2/5 – Fenwick Island Lighthouse will be presented by Jan Thompson. This is part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series at the Zwaanendael Museum, at 2 p.m. More info? Please visit www.history.delaware.gov.

 

Rehoboth Beach

Wednesday, 2/1 – The Wednesday Business Mixer Returns to the Frogg Pond from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. They say that for the Business Mixer to be successful, they are seeking the participation of local businesses and entrepeneurs.

The Wednesday Business Mixer will give you the opportunity to meet with other local business people and develop your business network, enjoy a free buffet of light hors d’oeuvres, business-sponsored door prizes, entertainment by Viki Dee and enter to win an I-Pad.

On February 1st the business sponsor will be Seacoast Salon, February 8th, Clear Space Productions will be the sponsor, on the 29th of February, Amerispec Inspections will the one, February 15th and February 22nd are still open as of this writing. March 7th will be Geri DiBiase Photography and the 14th of March the SPCA will be the sponsor. March 21st and 28th are still open.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Business Mixer, please contact Pete Borsai at 302-227-2364, or e-mail him at pete@thefroggpond.com.

The Frogg Pond is located at 3 South First St. in downtown Rehoboth Beach. The website? www.thefroggpond.com.

 

Wednesday, 2/1 – Around the World Series features critically acclaimed, award-winning international independent films. The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, the Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway are the proud sponsors. On Wednesday at Movies at Midway at 7 p.m. The Queen of Hearts will be the featured film. Location? Upstairs Screening Room at Movies at Midway. No charge.

This charming romantic comedy paints a light-hearted portrait of a young woman experiencing the ups and down of love in contemporary Paris. Thirty-something Adele is devastated after a painful breakup. With no close friends or family, her distant cousin, Rachel, takes her in. Rachel decides that Adele’s life needs a make-over. She gets her a new job and suggests that she begin dating as many different men as possible to get over her heartbreak…..French with English subtitles. To see the trailer go to http://www.rehobothfilm.com/film_events_around_the_world.html.

 

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Friday 2/3 – 2/19 – Blithe Spirit at Clear Space Theatre Company – Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. A special matinee on Thursday, February 9th at 11 a.m. Tickest are priced $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students/children, are available at www.clearspacetheatre.org, by phone at 302-227-2270 or in person at the box office, located at 20 Baltimore Avenue.

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It is the first production that required the construction of a completely functional interior, or unit, set. Blithe Spirit will usher in a good bit of theatrical spectacle along with other technical elements.

 

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Saturday, 2/4 and Sunday, 2/5 is The 2012 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach – Week-End Festivities

On Saturday, 2/4 – There will be a 5K Run to the Plunge, Polar Bear Cake-Off, Ice Sculpting Demonstration, Restaurant Chili Contest, activities for children.

On Sunday, 2/5 – Brrrr….The Plunge at 1 p.m. on Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk. Please visit www.plungede.org because there are entry deadlines that need to be met.

 

South of Dewey Beach/North of Bethany Beach

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Wednesday, 2/1 – The Indian River Life-Saving Station, located at the Delaware Seashore State Park will be hosting Little Keepers: Heroes of the Beach at 10 a.m. Learn about the surfmen of the United States Life-Saving Service, who lived and worked in the Indian River Life-Saving Station. The location is south of Dewey Beach and north of Bethany Beach. This program is targetted for 3 to 5 years of age. $3 per child. For info. you can call 302-227-6991. I wrote a post on The Indian River Life-Saving Station on 8/29/10. If you would like to see it just click on the month of August, 2010 and scroll to the 29th.

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Friday, 2/3 – The Venue? Mangoes located at Garfield parkway and The Boardwalk in Bethany Beach. 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Hosted by Alpha Alpha Sorority. It is their annual Fundraiser Dance, featuring live music by The Funsters. Light refreshments and dessert, Chinese auction and 50/50 cash drawing. Tickets? $20 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. You can purchase your tickets at Miller’s Creek on Rt. 26 in Millville, about 3 miles west of Bethany Beach or at Seaquels located at 4 Town Rd. in Ocean View, just a couple of miles west of Bethany Beach.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the local community. In the past Alpha Alpha Sorority has donated to needy families, Families in Crisis, Justin’s Beach House, Indian River School District, among others. Should be a fun event so be ready to party; it is a lively band.

 

As you can see the Beaches are busy….this is just a sample of the many things to do. As usual, favorite restaurants are open; some of them offering live entertainment….Enjoy your time at the beach, plenty of shopping; lots and lots of sales….

Monday's Sunset

Monday's Sunset

January 29th, 2012

What’s Cooking? Greek Moussaka, Comfort Food, Recipe, One step at a time, Gluten Free

 

A Greek Moussaka is similar to an Italian lasagna.  There are different variations of moussaka.  Mine is from a recipe I got in 2004.  No potatoes are used in this recipe.  You can use beef or lamb.  I wanted lamb but, of course, could not find it at my Giant; ground beef was then used.

I also decided not to peel the eggplants.  I picked eggplants that were medium size.  The flour I used was rice flour because I needed to make this recipe gluten free.

My Greek Moussaka is comfort food and great for Sunday meals.

 

Greek Moussaka

 

3 eggplants

3 cups milk

6 tablespoons butter

6 tablespoons flour (rice flour if making it gluten free)

3 eggs

a few dashes of Tabasco

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons of Olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 large onion, diced

2 lbs. of either ground beef or ground lamb

8 ounces Tomato juice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon oregano

3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped (More if you love mint.)

2 cups shredded mozzarella (I shredded my own to make sure it was gluten free.)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (Again, I shredded my own.)

1 cup bread crumbs (I bought gluten free ones.)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice eggplants 2/3 inch thick and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

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White Sauce:

Heat milk in a separate saucepan.  Melt butter and mix in flour, whisk and cook for 2-3 minutes to release flour taste.  Add to heated milk, stir.  Set aside.

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Beat eggs until frothy and add to the warm milk, stir.  Heat again, but do not boil.  Whisk in nutmeg and Tabasco.  Remove from heat.

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Red Sauce:

In a frying pan add Olive oil, garlic and onion.  Saute until tender, then, add beef or lamb and cook breaking into small pieces until meat is done.  Add tomato juice, cinnamon, oregano and mint.  Set aside.

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Dredge eggplants in flour and sear on each side in olive oil.

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In a casserole dish layer eggplant slices, then meat mixture, white sauce, cheese, and bread crumbs.  Repeat until dish is filled.  The last layer being the eggplant topped with white sauce, cheese and bread crumbs.

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Bake for 20 minutes.  I decided to use my convection oven and it took about the same time.  You want it to have a nice crusty top.

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Slice, enjoy, add a salad or vegetable, and remember to make it your own.

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Have a good one!!

January 27th, 2012

Lily Thai, Restaurant, Review, Thai Cuisine, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

 

I think I would like to have some Vietnamese soup, he said.  He, meaning my husband.  I gave him that look like he had horns coming out of his head.  Really?  Is that so?  It’s not like we live in New York where out the door and you can get anything you want.

He continued….”we” can make it.  Another no no.  “We” means, “you can maket it”.  So, we went to Lily Thai instead, located at 10 North 1st St. in downtown beautiful and warm Rehoboth Beach.  Yes, it was at that time of the evening and 54 degrees.  Tel. 302-227-3348.

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Rehoboth Avenue and 1st Street

I have gone plenty of times to Lily Thai.  And, have written about it, as well.  I was late in discovering this small restaurant that has been around for a few years now.  Originally, it was BYOB.  Then, an application process cut that out until last year they finally got their liquor license.  It has made such a difference; people do like to have a drink with dinner.

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Lily Thai opens 6 days a week for lunch and dinner, closed on Mondays, at this time of the year. They have great specials, and it is very affordable.

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The last time I was there I had a dish that even though I took a picture, then I could not remember what it was.  It was one of the specials of the evening.  Last night I found out that what I had eaten was Chili Crusted Eggplant.  Lightly fried Thai eggplants flavored with sweet and spicy roasted chili sauce, chicken, shrimp, tomatoes, onions and topped with fresh cilantro. 

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Ingredients for Thai food are mixed together in such a way to create different appetizing flavors.  Thai food plays with your taste buds; it’s like they are having a great party.

Last night my husband then decided to have their Pad Thai with tofu and extra peanuts.  Completely forgot about the Vietamese soup.  It was a large portion, almost enough for 2 people.  Rice noodles with tamarind pulp, bean sprouts, red tofu, egg and crushed nuts.

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I decided on the Duck Grob Roasted Chili.  It was one of their specials.  Roasted Chili, sweet crispy honey duck, crusted eggplants, tomatoes, onions, sweet and spicy roasted chili sauce.  I love the Thai eggplants and this dish was really good with just enough kick.

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Biologists consider eggplant to be a fruit and not a vegetable.  An eggplant can absorb almost any flavor from any of the ingredients in a dish as well.

For dessert we had the imported mango, sweet sticky rice, topped with coconut cream.  The last time I had it it was so good.  This time, well not that great.  The mango was a little hard and not good at all.  This is not the mango season in many parts of the world so maybe that was the reason. 

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All in all, our meal was very good.  Lily Thai is like a neighborhood restaurant; don’t feel like cooking and want flavorful and colorful food?….then you know where to find it now.

 

Talk to you later….

January 26th, 2012

Dos Locos, Rehoboth Beach, Stonegrilling, Restaurant, Review, Thursdays $10 Stonegrill Seafood Night, Delaware Beaches

 

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This was not my first time at Dos Locos and it won’t be by last.  The evening started by taking 2 friends to enjoy a dinner out in downtown Rehoboth Beach. 

I chose Dos Locos because it is a casual restaurant and my husband was dying for stonegrilled scallops. 

As we arrived my friend said to her husband “let me sit across from Gloria…we are going to talk about fashion and jewelry….haha.  That set the tone for laughter and a really fun meal to be enjoyed with close friends.

Dos Locos is located at 208 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3353.  Website? www.doslocos.com.  The restaurant has a full size bar on one side and booths and tables on another.  Even a private room is available for parties.

Alex was our server and he was really so attentive, as usual.  Gosh we talked and talked….chips and salsa always at the table.

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A few shots of tequila, a martini, and a margarita came to the table.  The Margarita was freshly made; no mix there.  It went so smoothly that another had to be ordered.

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Some ordered from the stonegrill menu.  Stonegrilling is very social.  A stone is brought to your table and it is heated at about 700 degrees.  You will be doing the cooking.  All meat or seafood arrives raw. You can personalize it by cooking it rare, medium or well.  When you cook on these stones the food is seared with all the natural juices inside.  Very healthy; no oils and fats are included; just rubs and dipping sauces.  All dishes came with a salad or chef’s side.

The Scallops.

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The Scallops and Steak.

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Another entree was the Steak Quesadilla which was grilled steak with melted cheese and a choice of Vallarta sauce which is a tomato sauce or the Santa Fe with jalapenos.  She ordered the Santa Fe….Que bueno!!

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I decided on Steak Fajitas.  I love making my own.  Temperature?  Medium rare.  It was a good size entre and it really hit the spot.  Delicioso!!

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As I looked at the table I thought it looked fun.  Rice, beans, salsa, and dips!!  Nothing else was needed.

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It was such a nice evening…..Dos Locos has Happy Hour, specials pretty much every night of the week….they are also on Facebook. 

Note:  Dos Locos also offers a Gluten Free Menu

Gracias Amigos…Hasta Luego…

January 26th, 2012

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

 

These pooches are at Seaquels in Ocean View, Delaware

These pooches are at Seaquels in Ocean View, Delaware

 

When I, actually thought that the Beaches were slowing down, taking that well deserved rest, then, all these events start popping up.  You really can do as little or as much at this time of the year.

There are a few events that will take place at venues which are a few miles inland, but believe, it is not far at all.

So, if you a local, a native, resident, or visitor this is what is going on….

 

From the Rehoboth Beach Film Society

Monthly Screenings feature films and discussions about the various cultures in the world, including diversity in our country.

The First Grader is an uplifting biographical drama that takes place in a small, remote primary school in the Kenyan bush, where hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government.  Maruge an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties struggles to gain admission so that he can learn to read at this late stage in his life.

Visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.   Click under Film Events and you can check the Trailer.

 

Thursday, 1/26 at 7 p.m. at DiFebo’s at Bear Trap Dunes Clubhouse.  Doors open at 5 p.m. $4 for members, $6 for non-members.  Bear Trap Dunes is located at 7 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean View, Delaware.  Tel. 302-537-5600.  Website? www.beartrapdunes.com.

Or, you can go on Friday, 1/27 at 7 p.m. at the Movies at Midway-Upstairs Screening Room and see it in Rehoboth Beach.  The doors will open at 6 :30 p.m. $4 for member; $6 for non-members.

 

Friday, 1/27 and Saturday, 1/28 – THR’s Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow at Americinn, 36012 Airport Rd.  Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The focus of this event will be on gold and silver coins made before 1970, military items, toys and trains, musical instruments, pocket and wrist watches.  For more info., please call 217-787-7767.

 

Friday, 1/27 – MIXX Restaurant, 26 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach is donating 20% of the total sales for the evening to benefit Safe Haven Sanctuary.  This is a no-kill sanctuary on Shingle Point Rd. between Georgetown and Milton.  5:30 – 10:00 p.m.  Reservations at 302-226-8700.  You can check MIXX at www.mixxrehoboth.com.

 

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Friday, 1/27 – Opening Reception at Rehoboth Art League, located at 12 Dodds Lane. Tel. 302-227-8408.  Website? http://www.rehobothartleague.org.

Exhibit – The Other Side of Howard Schroeder – Rarely seen works from the Schroeder Family Collection.  January 27th until March 4th.

The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception on Friday, 1/27 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  This is an exhibit of work not readily associated with this iconic artist of the Henlopen school of Delaware artists.  Please visit http://www.rehobothartleague.org/exhibitions_2012_jan_schroeder.html for more info. on Howard Schroeder.

The Rehoboth Art League is offering plenty of classes at this time of the year.  Maybe something you might have wanted to learn….pottery?, glass bead making?  Visit the website for the schedule and class price, but these are a few of the classes that are about to start.

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Glass Bead Making will be on Wednesday starting 2/8 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

On Tuesdays, starting 2/28 through 4/3 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Pottery Basics.  Hand building and wheel work.

On Wednesday, starting 2/29 until 2/4 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. another chance to learn Pottery Basics.  You can also attend the evening session from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, 1/27 – Fundraising Event at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center located on Rehoboth Avenue.  This event will benefit the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation (CHEF).  It is a Winter Jam with 2 party bands, The Funsters and The Bullbuckers; both Delaware bands.

Tickets in advance can be purchased at the Cape schools for $15; at the door? $20.  You can also get the tickets at Federal Street Gallery in Milton, and at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue.  For more info. contact Chris King at christinedking@comcast.net .

 

The Rehoboth Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue near the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and Grove Park.  I like to mention this museum because if you love Rehoboth Beach, it can show what it was then and what has become; a year-round destination.

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The Exhibit Skimming the Surface; Surf, Skimming, and Floating off the Delaware Coast is one that should be seen for all those aficionados of water sports.  It will be there until the first week in March.  The Museum is open on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 to p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 3 p.m.  For more info, please call 302-227-7310 or visit www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.

 

Saturday, 1/28 – 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Lewes – Cape Henlopen’s Battle of the Bands at the Cape Henlopen High School Theatre.  $10 (come and go).  Proceeds will benefit the theatre group’s spring production of Cats and for guest speakers.  Cape Henlopen Highway is located on Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware.

 

Saturday 1/28 at 2 p.m. – Lewes –  Coastal Concerts presents Clancy Newman, Cello and Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Piano Bethel United Methodis Church Hall on 4th & Market Streets in Lewes, Delaware.

Coastal Concerts promotes classical music appreciation in Southern Delaware and surrounding areas.

Clancy Newman has ferocious technical ability, impeccable tonal mastery, and passionate commitment.  Noreen Cassidy-Polera is a highly regarded Julliard-trained pianist who has colaborated with Yo-Yo Ma among others.

For more info. please visit www.coastalconcerts.org.

 

Saturday, 1/28 – From 6 p.m. until midnight is SPCA Poker, Black Jack Night at Poker at the Beach located at Beach Plaza, Rt. 1, Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-3760.

 

Sunday, 1/29 – First Annual Winter Wine Festival – Nage Rehoboth presents an evening of wine, beer, music and food!!  5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Festival will include wine tastings, beer tastings, specialty cocktails, open bar, live local music and food by Nage Chef Hari Cameron.  Tickets are $49 and you must be 21 to attend.  You can purchase tickets online by visiting http://www.nagerestaurant.com.   Nage is located at 19730 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-226-2037.

 

Have a great week-end!!

Lewes

Lewes

January 25th, 2012

Seaquels, Furniture Consignments, Home Accessories, Ocean View, Delaware, Resale, Replace, Renew, New Location

 

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“Once loved treasures can be true joy to someone else.”  Consignment shops sell second-hand items.  Sometimes the profit is split 50/50 between the owner and the person that brought the merchandise in; others might have a different arrangement.  One thing for sure is that consignment shops will only accept items that look like new.

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There are many reasons to go to a consignment shop.  If you are taking your own merchandise in, then you might be turning a cluttered house into cash.  These shops are a business, not thrift shops; they do want to make a profit.  The idea is to sell at the highest possible price with the customer still getting a good deal.

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These shops are popular.  Everyone wins and everybody likes a bargain.

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Seaquels is a furniture consignment shop located at 4 Town Rd. (between the 2 World Gym buildings) in the town of Ocean View, Delaware.  Ocean View is west of Bethany Beach, about 2 miles.  This is their new address.  They just moved last week.  If you have visited the shop before, go in that same entrance but go towards the back of the buildings.  There is plenty of parking.

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Seaquels is owned by Cindy and Kathy.  Tel. 302-829-8636.  E-mail is seaquels@gmail.com.  You can find Seaquels on Facebook like everyone else.

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The first thing you will see is that Cindy and Kathy are so friendly.  I feel like I have known them forever.  Very easy to talk to and just as helpful.

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Seaquels has great merchandise and it turns over quickly.  The pictures of the merchandise you will see on this blog, might not be there next week.  You can also ask Cindy and Kathy to be on the look-out for a specific piece.  One thing for sure is that they do have very affordable prices.

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This new building has great lighting and they can spread out.  They just moved here so they are still placing furniture, art, plants, wall decor and basically, getting used to this much space.

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So check out the store!!  Seaquels opens, at this time of the year,  from 10 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday.  On Sundays it opens from 11 to 2 p.m.

Beautiful day in the Delmarva Peninsula!! Enjoy and talk to you later…

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January 23rd, 2012

Indian River Inlet Bridge, South Bound Lane Opens, Looks Great at the Delaware Beaches!!

 

For years it has been “pedal to the metal” as you crossed over the Indian River Inlet Bridge.  It was looking old and a bit decrepit. 

It took long enough but after a few years of building, it finally has opened. 

If you are traveling right by the coast, south or north bound on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) you will find this route to be so scenic and gorgeous; the Bay on one side, the Atlantic Ocean on the other.  The locals that drive this route back and forth to the different towns for work every day are truly lucky.

The South Bound lane is the one that just opened and so I took a drive on a rainy, foggy and warm winter day.  Can’t complaint because it has not been bad at all.  Here are the pictures.

South Bound (New Bridge)

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North Bound (Old Bridge and Pedal to the Metal)

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My trip was not only to cross over the new bridge but to also visit Seaquels, the consignment shop near Bethany Beach.  Just moved to a new building….post in the making, stay tuned….

Have a good one!!

January 22nd, 2012

Delray Beach, Restaurants, Favorites, Tried & True and Always on Their Menu, Delray Beach, Favorite Eateries, South Florida, Palm Beach County

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In Delray Beach, Florida some restaurants come and go, just like anywhere else.  But then, there are those who are now part of the established eateries that make this Village by the Sea such a South Florida destination.  They are serving tried and true dishes; some are a house specialty and some are a customer’s favorite.

So, if you find yourselves in this Village by The Sea, enjoy the town, the beach, the shops and all the restaurants; some are more casual than others, but almost all of them offer al fresco dining.

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I visit Delray often and the following restaurants are favorites in Delray.  They all offer so much on their menu.  But, there are some dishes that I am totally hooked on.  Check my list.

Ziree Thai and Sushi is located at 401 West Atlantic Ave. (a few blocks west of the Delray Beach Tennis Center).  Tel. 561-276-6549.  Website? http://www.zireethai.com.

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Sushi, sashimi, other Asian delights are among the many dishes.  I have been visiting Ziree since they opened and have seen it grow and be such a part of the local community.

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I love a dish called the Atlantic Ocean.  It is a combination of salmon, shrimp, scallops, squid and mussels, steamed in thick curry sauce and basil leaves.  It is a delicious dish and can you believe that it is only $19.95.  It is served with your choice of white or brown rice.

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Jimmy’s Bistro has been in Delray for a few years, at 9 S. Swinton.  Tel. 561-865-5774.  You can find Jimmy’s Bistro on Facebook. I was there when Jimmy first opened the bistro.  I knew success was around the corner.  It was a matter of time; a few passed the word around and Jimmy has become very much loved in the community.  It is small, quaint and has great background music.

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One of my true favorites and I imagine, a signature dish along with his Po’ Boy is Jimmy’s Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crust.  It is served steaming hot; love poking through the crust to find a comforting soup.  It is filling so get a lighter entree. Or, have a salad with it.

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Cabana El Rey – It is referred to as Cabana, located at 105 East Atlantic Ave.  Tel. 561-274-9090.  Website?  www.cabanarestaurant.com.  This restaurant serves a variety of Latin dishes; tostones, mariquitas, coconut rice, morcillas, paella, rice in squid ink, but a favorite of mine and one that you will always find on its menu, is the Pollo Asado which is a half roasted chicken rubbed with adobo (garlic, oregano, lime and extra virgin olive oil).  It is served with a choice of yellow or white rice and beans, of course.  It is $17.95 and is the best; kid you not.

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Tramonti is located at 119 E. Atlantic Avenue. Tel. 561-272-1944.  Website? www.tramontidelray.com.  This restaurant is one of those that is crowded all the time.  Do anything you can to get ahead of the line; speak Italian? That’s even better.  They serve a very good lunch too if dinner is not your thing or reservations are hard to get.

A signature dish of Tramonti is called Spaghetti in Cartoccio Areo.  It is a baked spaghetti with shrimp, parma prosciutto in a cognac cream sauce.  The baking is done in foil.  Well seasoned, thick sauce, just enough cognac.

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Another favorite? Carpaccio Di Manzo is a beef carpaccio on a bed of arugola, capers, balsamic vinegar and shaves of parmigiano cheese.  It is more of an appetizer.

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Brule Bistro is in what is known as Pineapple Grove.  This Art District of Delray is becoming a second Atlantic Avenue.  Brule is located at 200 NE 2nd Ave., Tel. 561-274-2046.  Website? www.brulebistro.com.  I have yet to make it for dinner; that will be soon, though.  The restaurant has a good menu and an extensive wine list.

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The chilled gazpacho with yogurt creme is excellent on a hot South Florida day.  Homemade; not canned.

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The Market Salad is a favorite and it has assorted veggies and white balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Topped with grilled chicken, it is certainly a beautiful meal.

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City Oyster was one of the first restaurants I went to when I first came to Delray Beach about 9 years ago.  It is located at 213 East Atlantic Avenue.  Tel. 561-272-0220.  Website? www.cityoysterdelray.com.  Definitely it is defined as American Cuisine.  It has a great bar and very impressive inside.  I usually just sit outside having what I love there best; raw oysters.  They are from different parts of the country.  Served on ice, plump and salty.  That’s all I need to say.

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Vic & Angelo’s is located at 290 East Atlantic Ave.  Tel. 561-278-9570.  Website? www.vicandangelos.com.  Great atmosphere, good bread, fine wings, and delicious pastas, but one dish that I order every single time is the V & A Caesar Salad.  Romaine Hearts, hand shaved Reggiano, white anchovies with the homemade Caesar dressing makes this one of my favorite salads.  It is large enough to share; I never do and I never offer either.

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After that salad a veal picatta with artichokes, capers and lemon jus…is a favorite, as well.

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Bru’s Room is a Sport’s Bar right in the heart of Delray.  Along with many types of beers, and plenty of televisions for all the sport aficionados, they serve the best, bar none, Wings.  I usually order the Triple Threat. It is a combination of all their wings; BBQ, Sweet ‘N’ Tangy and hot, grilled and topped with minced garlic.  You can leave the garlic out or just get like I sometimes do, the Sweet ‘N’ Tangy, but the magic word is Grilled.  You can order them for take-out, as well. Call 561-276-3663.  Bru’s Room is located at 35 NE 2nd Ave.  Website? www.brusroom.com.  The wings are gluten free and it is one of the few restaurants that I have encountered in South Florida offering a gluten free menu.

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The Office is located at 201 East Atlantic Avenue.  Tel. 561-276-3600.  Website?  www.theofficedelray.com.  No ordinary office this is.  They serve outdoors, at the bar or indoors.  I have had different salads at the office; some are specials but one that is always on their menu and a favorite is the Vinegar Maker’s Salad.  Romaine, tomato, avocado, cucumber, carrot, onion, olives, chick peas, and roasted cauliflower.  It is even better topped with a fish, beef or chicken.  My choice is usually beef.

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A resurgence of deviled eggs I have found to be in a lot of restaurants.  Their Truffled Deviled Eggs with paprika and chives are so good.

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The Dark english Ale Battered Fish with salt and vinegar “chips”, pan fried onion dip, and cole slaw does not have any rivals.

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Lemongrass is located at 420 E. Atlantic Avenue.  Tel. 561-278-0222.  It is a happening spot with plenty of customers enjoying unique fare.  I have had, just like in the above mentioned restaurants, plenty of what they have to offer, but, one dish that is outstanding, besides being a conversation piece is their Holly Snapper.  Boneless and fried snapper, topped with a garlic sweet chili sauce.  I take my time in eating it and savour every last bite.  Love it!!

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Another favorite and signature dish is the Lobster Monster Roll…crispy lobster, cucumber, scallions, asparagus, masago, I/O with sesame seeds.  This is all you need to order.

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Delray Beach, let me tell you that you have come a long way….good for you…talk to you later.

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