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April 30th, 2013

Car Auction, Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, Florida, Classic Cars, Exotics, Customs, 2013, 11th Annual Palm Beach Auction, Fundraising for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, South Florida Fairgrounds, South Florida, Palm Beach County

The headquarters for Barrett-Jackson are in Scottsdale, Arizona.  “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions” has a trade mark.  In addition to their auctions in Scottsdale, they have annual auctions in Las Vegas, Reno, and Palm Beach, Florida.  And that’s the one that I attended.  Believe me, I only know how to drive a car, so I was really following my friends who had flown from Denver, Colorado, not only to visit me, but to attend the 11th Annual Palm Beach Auction.  Even though they had plenty of snow in Colorado, they, actually, did not care they were in somewhat sunny South Florida…palm trees? Pleeease, sun, sand, sea?  Maybe later…

If you are a bidder for this auction there are several procedures to follow, including letters from your bank acknowledging the fact that you do have available cash to purchase an automobile.

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A Gala on Wednesday evening.  The auction started in earnest on a Thursday and ended on Saturday…that’s where the high end cars could be found.

Waiting for Saturday!

Waiting for Saturday!

The numbers are in for the Palm Beach auction:  $21 million in gross sales, which were over the 2012 sales.  Almost 55,000 car fans attended the event even though the weather was not cooperating.  People did fly from all over.  And, more than $1.8 million raised for charity.

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I had to laugh, when I arrived on Friday, the parking was jammed packed.  On that day I qualified as a senior citizen…what?  Yes, at the Barrett-Auction in Palm Beach, if you were 55 you were a senior and admission was $8.

The South Florida Fairgrounds are located off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach.  The area is mostly agricultural; the Fairgrounds promote trade, entertainment, and historical heritage.

There are 10 acres designated as a historic park.  It is called Yesteryear Village.  This park transport visitors to a time when schools were located in one small building and houses did not have running water.  People had goats, chickens and sheep in their backyards and life was, definitely, simple.  There are tours available and you can call 561-790-5232 to get more info.  Or, visit the website http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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So, I followed the fans into the massive building.

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The entrance had new cars and a store atmosphere.

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Bidding goes all day long.  Cars are brought into the main room with plenty of auctioneers on hand.

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Visitors can go on the grounds and visit the individual tents.  And, also visit other buildings housing gorgeous automobiles.

I told you already that on that Friday it was a little rainy, so it was a bit trying for those that had to handle the cars and get them in the line up.

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Following are some of the cars that caught my eyes:

The BMW Isetta was built by BMW in 1955.  It was an Italian designed micro car.  In 1955, it was the world’s first mass produced car, with about 161,728 sold.  It was one of the most successful and influential city cars in the world.  It was also called the Bubble Car because of its shape.

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The 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible Light Blue.  Only 2 cars with that color combination.

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The 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, 4 Door Custom Sedan.

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The Morgan.  Manufactured by the Morgan Motor Company.  It is British.  All cars are assembled by hand.  Approximately a 2-year wait, with at times being a 10-year wait.

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I, then, went into one of their showrooms.  Climate controled and not wet.  The 1969 Jaguar XKE Convertible was beautiful.

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The DeSoto.  This was a U.S. manufactured car.  The DeSoto was a division of Chrysler from 1928 – 1961.

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The interior of some of these cars also caught my attention, as well.  Some had the same color inside and out.

The Dodge

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The Town and Country Chrysler

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The 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible will bring memories of the t.v. series Route 66!  It had a black convertible top and the optional hardtop.

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Another car that captured me completely because its features was the 1955 Nash Stateman Super.  It had the original hide a bed seats and window air conditioner.

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The 1963 Rambler American Custom, 2 Door Hardtop was a blend of Southern California and surf culture.  The car came from the estate of Mike Marshall, who owned the car, and was a well known and respected local surfer, surfboard shaper and surf historian in Southern California.  It came by way of the Surfing Heritage Foundation.

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You could have spent hours looking and testing and eating….then it was back into the auction.

The crowd got excited as the bidding for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible got competitive.

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All for charity…the winner was Rick Hendrick, the NASCAR team owner….$1,000,000.

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The proceeds of this particular sale benefitted the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States.  The only hospital in Michigan dedicated exclusively to fighting cancer.  It is among the nation’s best cancer centers, with more than 100 cancer treatments that no other hospital has.  It is the only major cancer center in the U.S. named for a woman.  More info?  Please visit http://www.karmanos.org.

Besides the Corvette, 5 other vehicles were sold during the auction for charity, including a 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew Pickup onced owned by former President George W. Bush.  It sold for $350,000, with proceeds benefitting the National Guard Youth Foundation.

Around the same time next year, Barrett-Jackson will be back in Palm Beach.  Check their website http://www.barrett-jackson.com for more info.  Talk to you later.

Note:  Some info. for my post was taken from the Barrett-Jackson’s press release.

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April 29th, 2013

What’s Cooking? Pork Mole, Salsa & Rice Timbale, Recipe, Easy, Cinco de Mayo is Next Sunday!!

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I will be the first one to tell you that when I first tasted “mole”, let’s say I was not that thrilled.  Was it a sauce to cover otherwise a tasteless piece of beef or chicken?  Over the years I have learned to acquire the taste.  So many variations of this sauce…some nutty, sweeter, more cumin, less cinnamon.  Mine just has a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and brown sugar.  Not traditional but it tastes good.

The pork mole is gluten free; so is the rice timbale and salsa.  Make sure your store bought ingredients are gluten free.  It also does not take long to make, either.  Pretty easy and tasty, actually.

You can make both dishes at the same time or start with the pork mole, keeping it warm while making the rice.  Make it your own, remember?

PORK MOLE!!

1 1/4 lbs. pork tenderloin. Cut into bite size pieces

1 teaspoon crushed garlic (store bought or your own)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, no salt added (No salt added stewed tomatoes can be substituted.)

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1/2 teasppon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed (Splenda has a Brown Sugar substitute that can also be used.)

Spray or lightly oil a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Add pork and cook until the pork is no longer pink.  Stir occasionally.

Add garlic and oion and cook for a couple of minutes until tender and lightly browned.

Add remaining ingredients, bring mixture to a boil.  Then, reduce and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

SALSA & RICE TIMBALE

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 red pepper, seeded and finely diced

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced (store bought or your own)

1 cup uncooked long grain rice

2 cups low sodium, chicken broth

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2-3 cups fresh salsa

In a medium sauce pan heat oil over medium-low heat.  Add the red pepper, shallots and garlic.  Cook for about 5 minutes.

Add rice and stir well.  Add the stock, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 17 minutes, until rice is tender.

Mix in the cilantro.

Spray or lightly oil (your preference), the timbales (tartlet pans), or ramekins.  You might need 40 to 6 depending on size.

Once rice is ready, mix one cup of the fresh salsa into the rice.  Then, spoon rice into the timbales, pressing down firmly with the back of a spoon.  Turn one timbale on each serving plate to unmold and garnish with the rest of the salsa.

Place 1/2 – 1 cup of the pork mole on the plate.

I served mine with sauteed spinach….it gave it more color!!  Cook your favorite veggie!

Note:  I bought “fresh salsa” from the supermarket, by the vegetables…or, you can prepare your own.

Enjoy!!

April 27th, 2013

Happy National Prime Rib Day!! Fager’s Island, Ocean City, Maryland, Best Prime Rib on the Coast!! Fager’s, You Get My Vote!

These National Food Holidays are getting crazy…yesterday was National Pretzel Day.  I hope you took my advice and tasted the Crab Pretzel from Woddy’s in Dewey Beach, Delaware.  Don’t worry…it’s on their menu all the time.  Next time.

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Today is another day and another National Holiday Celebration on a gorgeous day in Delmarva.  Happy National Prime Rib Day!!  Just the tought of a juicy prime rib can get my mouth to water.  The marbling on a prime rib gives it the designation…and taste too.

Less than 2% of all beef produced in the U.S. will earn the prime designation.  This is the highest quality; with USDA designation being the most desirable.

Fager’s Island is located at 200 60th St. in Ocean City, Maryland.  Tel. 410-524-5500.  They open all day long.  Brunch, light fare, fine dining…plenty of events all year long.  Website?  http://www.fagers.com

Since 1976 Fager’s has been serving one awesome and delicious Prime Rib.  If you are at the beaches during the fall, winter and spring…check out their prime rib nights.  To me, it is the best prime rib.  Cooked to order, with seasonal side dishes and shaved horseradish…

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Had to share it!!  You’ve got to try it!!

Note:  Fager’s has a full menu…please check out the website.  And also please note that Fager’s is one of those restaurants that take care of customers with food allergies….very aware of those with gluten allergies and sensitivities.

April 26th, 2013

What’s Going On? Delaware Beaches, Activities, Events, Southern Delaware, Sussex County….AboutMyBeaches Picks

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One month away before the gates open and the Delaware Beaches start doing what they do best….receive visitors with open arms.  The Delaware Beaches are rehearsing for the coming months.  So if you have decided to get out of town this week-end and head out to the Delaware Beaches…check What’s Going On?

LEWES

Saturday, 4/27 – 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. – The War Years, an annual re-enactment event.  See period uniforms, barracks displays, equipment and gun demonstrations.  Fort Miles is located within Cape Henlopen State Park.  After entering the park continue past the toll booths and turn right at the T-intersection.  Continue straight and bear left near the campground entrance.  The Fot Miles Historic Site is on the right, directly across the street from the observation tower.  There are plenty of signs to guide you to the destination.  At 1 p.m. a re-enactment of the German U-858 submarine surrender will take place.  The artillery demonstrations will be at 10 a.m., Noon, 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  More info?  Please visit http://www.fortmilesha.org.

Sunday, 4/28 – “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” – 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club vs the Diamond States.  Location?  University of Delaware Lewes campus near the Virden Conference Center grounds at 700 Pilottown Rd.  The Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club plays by 1864 rules which have several differences from contemporary baseball.

REHOBOTH BEACH

Saturday, 4/27 – The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival invites you to their 2013 Line Up Announcement Celebration and CD Release Party for Brian Simpson, featuring special Guest Star, Art Sherrod.  9:00 p.m. at Old Bay Restaurant located at 18693 Highway 1 (Coastal Highway) in Rehoboth Beach.  Those who attend will be able to buy premium seats of your choice for events at this year’s Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, which will take place on October 17th-20th.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.rehobothjazz.com, at the door, subject to availability, or by phone 800-595-4849.  Tickets are $10.00.  Your attendance helps to celebrate live music!

Sunday, 4/28 – Walk for Sight sponsored by the Delaware Lions Foundation.  Grove Park behind the Visitors Center and the roundabout in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Registration begins at 12 Noon until 1 p.m.  The walk begins at 1 p.m.  More info?  Please call Wayne Powers at 410-924-2745.

Sunday, 4/28 – Nage Rehoboth Annual Spring Wine Festival – A benefit for The Children’s Beach House.  Over 50 wines from around the world, food by The Chefs at Nage Rehoboth, Create your own Blend, Wine & Food pairing station, Blind Wine Tastings, Silent Auction.  Tickets are $35 per person with a portion going to the Children’s Beach House.  You have to be 21 to attend.  If you are a fan of Nage’s chefs there will be a One-Time Only Battle of the Chefs!! Root for your favorite former Nage chef as they battle current Chef, Ted Deptula!!  Nage is located at 19730 Coastal Highway (Rt. 1)  Please visit http://www.nagerestaurant.com.  Tel. 302-226-2037

Tuesday, 4/30 – Job Fair Hosted by Senator Carper, Senator Coons & Congressman Carney at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, located at 229 Rehoboth Avenue.  It starts at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  More info?  Please email latisha_bracy@coons.senate.gov.

DEWEY BEACH

Saturday, 4/27 – Dewey Beach Treasure Fest Community Yard Sale on Dickinson St. & the Bay.  8 a.m. until Noon.  It is a town wide event.  Free parking and free food!!  More info?  http://www.deweybusinesspartnership.com.

Saturday, 4/27 – Doodles in Dewey, which started in 2005 as a fundraiser for the Food and Friends organization, as a way to honor a young man who died from aids.  He was a teacher, counselor and a dog lover who used Food and Friends services when he was ill.  In his memory, the Doodle Romp started and continues.  So, this is the 8th Annual Doodles in Dewey.  There will be a 9:30 meet on the beach off Saulsbury St. entrance off Rt. 1 in Dewey.  11:30 a.m. Raffle, then Group Picture.  Noon…lunch, either on your own or buy Grotto Pizza on the Beach as part of the Romp.  Yappy Hour at 4 p.m. at Sharkey’s.  Dinner at 7 p.m. at Lazy Susan on Rt. 1.  More info?  Please visit http://www.doddlesindewey.com/schedule.htm.

Saturday, 4/27 – 1 – 4 p.m.  Chili Cook Off at the Rusty Rudder.  30 vendors…plenty to sample.  It is also Free!!

MILFORD

Only about 25 minutes away from Rehoboth Beach, the town of Milford is holding their 10th Bug & Bud Festival on Saturday, 4/27, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Please visit http://www.downtownmilford.org for more info.

OCEAN VIEW

Sunday, 4/28 – Brunch & Bubbly at the Bear Trap Dunes Clubhouse in Ocean View.  This is a fundraising event for Children & Families First, http://www.cffde.org.  In 1884, 3 local organiations, The Friends Benevolent Society, The Provident Society, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, combined to form the Associated Charities of Wilmington.  Their purpose was “To ensure that all who have fallen into distress…shall be wisely helped to regain self-support…”  Through various mergers with other charitable organizations over the past 126 years…Children & Families First.  It is a non profit social services agency whose branches have touched every corner of Delaware; improving the lives of those in need.

The Sunday Brunch & Bubbly will be a lot of fun with a Champagne Menu  and a delicious menu by DiFebo’s Bistro.  They will be offering:  Specialty Quiche Assortment, Fresh Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto Ham, Mini Spring Rolls with Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce, Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Raspberry and Brie Cheese Wrapped in Phyllo, Fresh Sliced Fruit with Honey Yogurt and more!!

The Exhibitors will be:  Bling Salon, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Floridella Boutique, May Kay Cosmetics, Cabi Clothing, Designs by Aubre Duncan, Tastefully Simple, Faylor’s Foffees, Stephan & Co. Salon, Judith’s Gourmet Cupcakes, Nerium AD…Entertainment by DJ Avery Withers.  $32 at the door or, visit http://cffde.org You can also call Marci Urgo at 302-604-6277.

Have a Good One!!

April 25th, 2013

Cooking Fun, Tune Your Palate, The Cordrey Center, Millsboro, Delaware, with Paul Cullen…and Bonnie too!! A little music, a little homemade pasta!! A One Man Show!

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It really was a great evening on Wednesday, 4/24, when Jody, Donna, and I took off for a cooking class with Paul Cullen at The Cordrey Center located in Millsboro, Delaware.  We were looking forward to great food and music.  We had heard that the previous event was so much fun and a sell-out.

Now, I was a little worried, since I have been counting fats…and calories too.  It would be very interesting…pasta…olive oil; you know what I mean.

A little reception with wine and friends.  I only knew a few people.

Bonnie (Paul's wife), Jody, Donna

Bonnie (Paul's wife), Jody, Donna

Paul Cullen has his own wine label.  Both, wine and music, were for sale on Wednesday.

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Louie and Frank from Frank & Louie’s located at 58 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, arrived with cheeses and Italian delicacies….They are the Bascio Brothers who are on their own and waiting for you to come to the store and check them out.  Their tel. 302-227-5777.  You can find them on Facebook.

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Maria DeForrest was taking the professional photos of the evening.  Please check her out at http://www.deforrestphotography.com.

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So let’s get started…we all got the recipes…Paul does not measure; it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Paul had fixed an Antipasti Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette.  The salad consisted of Romaine, fennel, radishes, cucumbers, red onion, salami, and sharp provolone.  The dressing took no time to make with Paul mixing the white balsamic vinegar, Virgin olive oil, stoneground mustard, a dash of salt and pepper.  Simple, tasty, and so easy.

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Next course was Ricotta Cheese Crostini with a Balsamic Drizzle…..the key for making the homemade Ricotta Cheese is to stir constantly to keep the milk and half and half from burning on the bottom of the pan.

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The next course was Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Pancetta Chive Sauce.  Plenty of Italians in attendance at this event.  They liked them!!  Paul did make this dish look easy.  To tell you the truth, I would have made such a mess in my kitchen!

You have to work in batches…bring out the potato ricer…make a mess!!

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Knead until dough comes together…form into a ball, divide and roll each piece between hands.

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Cut and place them in boiling water and as soon as they float, they are ready!!

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The Pancetta Chive Sauce was easy and was done in no time…key ingredients?  Butter and Olive Oil!

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Paul took a little break from the kitchen while we were all enjoying our food and played a little music for us.  The evening was flowing well.  Everyone was relaxed, taking it all in.

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And one more dish…making pasta dough for Ravioli.  Again, Paul made it look easy.  The necessary ingredients of unbleached flour, eggs, salt….and have fun on the counter.

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The ideal is a pasta machine for roling and cutting the dough.  And, a glass of wine in front.

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On this photo, Paul shapes the ravioli and then will use a glass to cut them.  He likes the round shapes.

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His simple sauce called Grandma Tags Fast Sauce consisted of San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, shallot, basil and olive oil.

Bonnie watching the sauce.

Bonnie watching the sauce.

And then it was our turn to taste again….So good!!  Bonnie told us that she never has to cook.  Paul does all the cooking at home!!

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The evening went quickly..2 hours in the middle of the week with friends…perfect!!

Note:  Please check Paul Cullen’s website http://www.paulcullen.net for more information and other events.

Also, please visit The Cordrey Center’s website at http://www.thecordreycenter.com.  They have already on their schedule…trips, classes, events, activities and even a cruise!!

Have a good one!!

April 25th, 2013

At Melissa’s, Bed & Breakfast, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, The Nation’s Summer Capital, A Gluten Free B & B, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Second block to the Beach, the Shops, the Restaurants

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Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is one square mile.  It is a vacation destination for visitors and home for many.  Downtown is full of restaurants and shops…all leading to an award-winning Boardwalk and to the Beach!!  Surrounding this coastal town are the homes that still stand today after so many years.  The stories they could probably tell….  These vintage homes give character to Rehoboth and when other towns have done away with them, Rehoboth Beach continues to keep these “cottages” reminding visitors and residents…that living at the beach is special.

One of those vintage homes is At Melissa’s.  It was built in 1910.  It is a bed and breakfast located at 36 Delaware Avenue; second block from the beach and second street south of Rehoboth Avenue.  What sets this B & B apart from the rest, is that it is a full Gluten Free B & B!!  Tels. 800-396-8090, 302-227-7504.  Website?  http://www.atmelissas.com.

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My friend, Debbie, was the one that contacted me to go in search of At Melissa’s.  I don’t know if you were here, in Rehoboth Beach, yesterday, but it was an awesome day!!  Today, as well.  Debbie and I found parking right in front of At Melissa’s.  This is one of the wider streets in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  We were ready to meet Melissa Clink, Innkeeper of this Gluten Free B & B.

The first thing that caught my attention was how big the house was.  Some of the “cottages” in Downtown Rehoboth Beach are a bit smaller.  The porch was so nice and at sidewalk so you can talk to pedestrians….that’s how it used to be in small town America.

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Melissa was working out in the backyard.  That’s where Debbie and I found her…with a big friendly smile.  We introduced ourselves.  Melissa is going into her 19th year as innkeeper of At Melissa’s.  She was telling us how she had heard that innkeepers only last about 5 years….the other bed and breakfasts on Delaware Avenue have been there almost as long as she has.

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Private Backyard At Melissa's

Melissa is already receiving guests on week-ends, at this time of the year.  That will soon change as the 2013 season goes into effect.  During the week, she is taking time to fix things here and there.

Melissa has a gluten allergy.  Her B & B is Gluten Free!!  Guests have been coming here for years.  Since adhering to a gluten free diet, here guests are also eating gluten free.  I have a gluten free kitchen, so all I can tell you is that unless she told you about it, you probably would not even notice the difference.  Bed and breakfasts serve breakfast in the a.m.  Melissa has many delicious breakfast items for her guests.  She will let them know if she is trying something new on them.  Her guests with gluten allergies will have the peace of mind that there will be eating delicious gluten free foods with no cross contamination.

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This is also Melissa’s home and it is very comfortable.  You can sit outside on the backyard, the porch, or park yourselves on some of her comfortable chairs and sofas, while sipping coffee or tea in the a.m.

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At Melissa’s, the kitchen overlooks the backyard…well stocked, fresh fruits, vegetables and gluten free flours, oats, crackers, etc. etc.

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At Melissa’s has 6 bedrooms.  Four of those bedrooms have king size beds.  One bedroom on the first floor…all have their bathrooms.

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One of the bedrooms’ bathrooms is across the hall but it belongs to that bedroom only.  The bedrooms on the first and second floor have air conditioned window units. The following bedroom is on the first floor.

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Going to the second floor….the bedrooms on this floor were getting spruced up…so just a few pictures here or there.

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Going to the third floor.  This floor is big and comfortable with plenty of room for a family.  Central air conditioning, as well.

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Melissa told us that her guests come from all over; Virginia, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.  At Melissa’s is so centrally located; second block to the beach, to the shops and restaurants.  Park your car and forget about it.

And, then, when Melissa told Debbie and I that we should stop by when guests are in town and join them on the porch for a little wine….I think we might just have to do that.  Thanks Melissa!!

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April 23rd, 2013

“Tune Your Palate”, Event, Cordrey Center, Millsboro, Delaware, Wednesday, 10/24, Paul Cullen, Music, Wine, Italian Cuisine

It was supposed to have been just one signature event….but the public wants another one.  “Tune Your Palate” is an innovative cooking class from former Bad Company Bassist, Paul Cullen.

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Paul artfully blends his passion for cool music, jazzy wine and divine cuisine into one signature event.  He will demonstrate how to make his Italian cuisine, such as handmade ravioli, gnocchi and ricotta cheese.  All this while pairing his delicious wines and playing an intimate concert to finish the night.

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The Cordrey Center, a garden event venue, is located at 30366 Cordrey Rd., Millsboro, Delaware. 19966.  It will only take you 2 turns off of Rt. 24. The event is from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  The cost is $30 per person.  For reservations, please call 302-945-5853.

The evening will have an added bonus with an artisan cheese tasting/demo with Andy Meddick of Morgan and Gower Cheesemongers of Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Also available will be handmade breads from Old World Breads.

The first event was a success; this second one should be a sellout, as well.  Talk to you later!!

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April 22nd, 2013

What’s Going On? Milton, Delaware, First Annual Shakespeare Festival, Sussex County, Southern Delaware…Milton Celebrates the Birthday of the Great Shakespeare, All Week Long!!

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A rural setting with a small town America kind of pace.  Milton has plenty of small, quaint businesses, and historic homes.  The town is located at the head of the Broadkill River.  In the old days, it was an ideal place for shipbuilding.

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If you are fans of King’s Ice Cream and Dogfish Head….this is their home base!!

Milton is celebrating their First Annual Shakespeare Festival.  It is a week long event, with today, Monday, 4/22, starting with a Birthday Party for young Will Shakespeare at 5:30 p.m. at the Milton Public Library, located at 121 Union St.  This event is free and elementary school kids are invited.  The kids will ge to know a bit about the bard and his works, and will enjoy crafts and activities led by dance and theatre teacher, Janet Layden.  Parents are asked but not required to call the theatre office to register to ensure space and materials for the party-goers.  Tel. 302-684-3400.

Wednesday, 4/24 at 6 p.m. a presentation by Master Gardener, Wendy Aycoth, at the Milton Public Library, 121 Union St…Shakespeare’s Garden and His Flowers.  This will be a free event with a presentation on true English Gardens, just like Anne Hathaway might have nurtured, as well as the flowers in those gardens that inspiresd William Shakespeare.

Topics like…What constitutes a real English garden and how to develop one of your own? And, how did Shakespeare use his garden’s flowers in his poems and plays to his audience?

Wendy Aycoth comes from a lovely area very near to where Shakespeare lived.  She designed and cultivates her own English Garden with “room after room”, each decorated differently through a variety of flowers and paintings.

Friday, 4/26, at 7 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front St…a One-Man performance by Joe Plummer.  Tickets are $20 ($18 for Seniors/Students).  “Will Shakespeare Live!”  This is a one man performance by noted actor, Joe Plummer.  He chronicles Shakespeare’s life.  Mr. Plummer is a retired actor and college teacher.  He has appeared in 2 Off-Broadway productions and is best known on Delmarva for his portrayals of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.  He is also a native of Washington, D.C., where he first appeared in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at the age of 12.  He toured as Mark Anthony in the same play throughout the U.S. and Europe in the late 1950’s as part of Players Incorporated, now known as National Players.  Tickets will be available at the door, but reservations are recommended by calling 302-684-3400 or email MDC110@verizon.net.

Saturday, 4/27 at 1 p.m….Scenes from Shakespeare’s Plays Performed by New Faces of Shakespeare, Music by Richard Eckerd, Location?  Milton Memorial Park, located at 703 Chestnut St.  It is a free event but donations are happily accepted.  A delightful and dramatic set of scenes from our favorite plays by Shakespeare, performed by New Faces of Shakespeare, an affiliate of Possum Point Players in Georgetown, Delaware.

The costumed performances, which will take place in the gazebo in Milton Memorial Park, are directed by Maureen Downing, co-directed by Tom Sweeny, and produced by Beverly Smith, who is the Executive Director of the New Faces of Shakespeare.

Scenes from “As You Like It”, “Anthony and Cleopatra”, “Richard III”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Macbeth”, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Comedy of Errors”, “Twelfth Night”, and “The Tempest”.

There will be Renaissance period music provided by Richard Eckerd, plus vendors.    The public is invited to attend dressed in costume!!

More info?  Please Call 302-684-3400.  Website?  http://www.miltontheatre.org.

Milton has plenty of places to eat and relax.  One of them is the Vintage Cafe.  Great sandwiches, soups, and baked goods.   The cafe is located at 113 Union St.  They can also be found on Facebook.

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