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February 28th, 2014

Rare Disease Day, February 28, 2014, Awareness-Raising Event, Internationally, Nationally..CARE-Join Together for Better Care

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First time I heard about this was just today…Did you know about it?  We hear so much about any other days but this one is probably so important to those jumping hoops to continue with their healthcare.  My heart goes out to them.

Rare Disease is also known as Orphan Disease and is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population.

The Day was first launched in Europe in 2008 and in 2013 over 70 countries participated in raising awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about the impact on patients’ lives these rare diseases cause.  Every day is a struggle.

To read more about it, please visit http://www.rarediseaseday.org.

Have a nice day!!

February 26th, 2014

Cafe Azafran, Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Breakfast, Saturday, Sunday, Lunch & Dinner Daily, Tapas, Small Plates, Large Plates, Restaurant, Review, Live Entertainment Thursdays, Tapas Happy Hour, Delaware Beaches

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The Spaniards have been doing this type of eating for hundreds of years…The Spanish tapas are a great way to try many dishes without having to really have a full meal.  It is also a great way to share when friends get together and want to chat and catch up.

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So, we decided we would go and graze at Cafe Azafran located at 18 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  It is on the ocean block.  Tel. 302-227-8100.  Website?  http://www.cafeazafran.com.

Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is a very trendy street in Downtown Rehoboth with plenty of restaurants and boutiques.  During the height of the season our visitors enjoy walking out and about Rehoboth stopping at favorite restaurants.  Cafe Azafran has been in Rehoboth more than a few years with a sister restaurant in Lewes.

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Cafe Azafran offers Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays at this time of the year.  Every day lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Dinner begins at 5 p.m.  Tapas Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. During warmer months and weather permitting there is also al fresco dining.

Every Thursday night John Flynn and Holly Lane perform live from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Our grazing began with the following tapas:

Lamb Albondigas or lamb meatballs in a roasted red pepper sauce.

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Asparagus a la Plancha, grilled and topped with crispy Jamon Serrano from Spain.

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An order of Ratatouille Provencal with fresh herbs and Pecorino.

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A Roasted Beet Salad to go with all of the above had mixed greens, endive, asparagus, boucheron, candied pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

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And because one salad was not enough…haha…we ordered the Salad Nicoise du Jour topped with salmon, haricots verts, egg, field greens, endive, new potatoes and olives.

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My small plate was filled with delicious food….there was no room for dessert.

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Have a good one!!

February 25th, 2014

America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Maryland, WINNER!!, Congratulations! Save The Date, Paint Berlin 2014, Plein Air, September 18 – 20, 2014, Worcester County Arts Council, #mdcoolesttown

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The results are in and officially, Berlin, Maryland is the Coolest Small Town in U.S.  That celebration will be all year long.  Congratulations Berlin!  This was Budget Travel’s 9th Annual contest.  Berlin is open year-round with many shops, restaurants, and art galleries.  It is the perfect town to stroll.  The merchants are so welcoming and very unique shops are all over Historic Berlin.

Berlin was Numero 1…..the rest of the towns were:

2 – Cazenovia, NY

3 – Buckhannon, WV

4 – Travelers Rest, SC

5 – Mathews, VA

6 – Nevada City, CA

7 – Rockport, TX

8 – Estes Park, CO

9 – Galena, IL

10 -Elkin, NC

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SAVE THE DATE!!  Paint Berlin 2014, Plein Air, is coming on September 18 – 20, 2014.  Artist registration begins on May 1st.  Only 50 artists will be able to network, exhibit, sell their artwork, as well as compete for cash prizes.

Paint Berlin 2014, is open to experienced and novice painters.  There will be a “Wet Paint” Sale & Exhibit on Saturday, September 20th.

The Worcester County Arts Council is the sponsor for Paint Berlin 2014.  It was established in 1977.  It is located at 6 Jefferson Street in Historic Berlin.

Their Co-Op Gallery features local artists and their work.  Great to visit since you can get to see the artists up close and personal.  The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is also open some Saturdays.

Please visit http://www.worcestercountyartscouncil.org for information on everything relating to the arts in Worcester County.  You may call them at 410-641-0809.

In April – Call for Artists – Earth – Through The Artist’s Eye:  The Worcester County Arts Council invites all interested artists to participate in a juried art show to be exhibited during the month of April at their Gallery.  The exhibition is open to all artists, professional or amateur with work in all media.   The work must be delivered to the Arts Council’s Gallery between March 24 – 28 to be accepted.  Please check the above website or call for more info.

Have a good one!!

February 23rd, 2014

Delmarva Furniture Consignment, Laurel, Delaware, Great Prices, Gently Used, In Excellent Shape, Sell, Buy, Bargain Hunting From Home, Cash-In on Your Unwanted “Treasures”, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula

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Who doesn’t want a bargain and who doesn’t want to make big profits from their attic, closets, homes, and garages?  No need to wait for an answer.  Consignment shops can help you strike pay dirt.

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Another person’s “garbage” may be another person’s “gold”.  That’s what’s been happening at Delmarva Furniture Consignment.  This consignment shop opened on December 26, 2013 and already a 3,000 sq.ft addition is in place.  That’s how popular it has been.  It is located at 11212 Trussum Pond Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.  It is really next to Johnny Janosik’s Distribution Center on Rt. 13.  From Rehoboth Beach just take Rt. 24 through Millsboro, cross Rt. 113 and continue to Rt. 13.  Turn left and you will see shortly on the left hand side of the road.  Tel. 855-875-7292.

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The Store Manager is Diane Frabizzio and the Assistant Manager is Doug Trice.  The website is http://www.delmarvaconsignment.com.   You can find all necessary info. to buy and sell in the website.

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All the photos on this post were taken on Saturday, February 22nd.  So as you can imagine items don’t stay long in consigment stores.  Selling your items with Delmarva Furniture Consignment is very easy.  You can do everything from the comfort of your home, just like my friend, Paula, did.  I just jumped in her truck to check it out.  So glad I did in order to pass on the info.

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To consign all you have to do is visit their website above mentioned, then click on “Sell Your Furniture”.  Fill out the consignment request form and attach your photos.  Sending them the photos will make the process so much easier.  At times these stores get too much of one item so they might tell you to wait until what’s in the store sells.  They will give you a 120 day consignment contract with 50/50 terms.

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You might choose to bring your items for their approval.  This is done by appointment only.  They can preview products on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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All of their consignment merchandise is photographed and put on their website, therefore, allowing you to browse from the comfort of your home.  If you see something that catches your attention, just give them a call at 855-875-7292.

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Paula had done it all through their website.  Upon arrival we sat with Diane.  She is so friendly and will set the initial price with your approval and input.

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The photos show how good the furniture looks.  They accept home decor items, area rugs, pool tables, game tables, exercise equipment, antique, mid-century modern items and all should be gently used, in good shape, stain and oder free, without animal hair, rips and tears.  They also need to have all major hardware, functional parts and frames.  They will dust but they are not in the business of refinishing your items.

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They do not accept cribs, lamps without shades, or water beds.

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Delmarva Furniture Consingnment offers pick-up for a fee.  The fee is not paid until your merchandise is sold.  It will come out of your consingnment commission check.  This fee is not charged if your items do not sell. They can pick up one piece or a room full.  For info on their coverage map, please visit http://www.delmarvaconsignment.com.

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After 30 days, the item will be 15% off initial selling price, after 60 days, 40% off and after 90 days, 50% off initial selling price.  Should your items not sell during the 120 days contract, they will call and ask you to pick up your merchandise.  Items that are not picked up within 7 days will be sold at no commission or donated to charity.

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For example, on my photo I am showing the cutest accent chair.  The starting price was $175 as of this week-end.  On March 22nd it will be reduced to $148.75.  On April 21st the next price reduction will be $105.00 and the last reduction on this piece will take place of May 21st with a final price of $87.50.  What a deal!!

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So, now that I have given you the tools for easier bargain hunting from your home, you will be able to find that special one of a kind item…the one that you have been looking for all along.

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February 22nd, 2014

Blue Skies, Cool Temperatures, No Snow!, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware….A Quiet Week-End at the Beaches, What Are You Doing Today? How About Hot Off The Press?

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Whether you like to visit the Delaware Beaches at the height of the season or during their Second Season, you have to admit that it is great to get out of town and from the routines of our daily lives.  For many this year is shoveling snow.  Guess what?  There is no snow at the Delaware Beaches, and I am writing this post from Rehoboth Beach.

You can walk the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk while breathing in the ocean air and taking in the gorgeous scenery.

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You might have to walk it a few times if you are like me…..taking my friend, Ron, to eat his first pizza at Nicola Pizza the other day.  I told them that Ron knew how to make pizza.  He says he can make a Chicago pizza on the grill that it is to die for.  I said to the server…make it a large, half sweet peppers and mushrooms; the other half sausage and onions….well done, please.  I think Ron liked it!!

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If you are looking for something to do today….Hot Off The Press Exhibit at the Rehobothy Art League located at 12 Doods Lane.  Tel. 227-8408.  Website?  http://www.rehobothartleague.org.

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This exhibit is the first ever at the Rehoboth Art League of student work from various colleges and universities in Delaware and Maryland.  Delaware State University, Salisbury University and Washington College will be represented.  This exhibition gives these students a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a professional setting, and learn valuable skills important to an artist, such as submitting, preparing, and displaying their work.

The Rehoboth Art League is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 4 p.m.  This particular exhibit will be displayed until March 2nd.

If you are traveling to Georgetown, Delaware……you might be coming to the Delaware Beaches, leaving town or just doing some business in Georgetown…The Brick Hotel is a great place to have lunch or dinner.  Please check their website, http://thebrickhotel.com.  It was a half point place to meet a friend….and this is what we had for lunch, which takes place daily from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Oyster Po Boy…fried oysters on a torpedo roll with chipotle mayo and a side green salad.

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Marci got the Daily Quiche accompanied with a green salad, topped with blackberries and a sweet mustard dressing.

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Shops are open at the Delaware Beaches…along with all the outlets.  Great sales going on!  Talk to you later.

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February 19th, 2014

Cottages, Indian River Marina, Waterfront Cottages, Indian River Inlet, Spa Getaway Package, Golf Retreat Package, Open Year Round, Delaware State Park, Delaware Beaches

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The Cottages are open year-round….stay in a warm and cozy waterfront cottage right on the Indian River Inlet in the Delaware Seashore State Park.

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New vacation packages have been added:  The relaxing Spa Getaway, which is perfect for couples or a girls’ week-end at the beach.  Or, the Golf Retreat Package, which is perfect for the group that will enjoy championship golf and other amenities.  Great for couples or for a “guys only” trip.

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You will be at 39415 Inlet Rd.  This is on the North Shore of the Indian River Inlet inside the Park.

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This could be a relaxing vacation where you will take in the gorgeous views, read a book, or cook outdoors. It can be a last minute gift for someone or for an indulgence for yourself and friends.  After the winter we have been having, getting away might be the thing to do.

If you want to know more about these packages, what they include, and how to make the reservations, please visit http://www.destaetparks.com/spa, or http://www.destateparks.com/golf.

The Spa Getaway Package ends April 17th.  The Golf Retreat Package ends March 31st.

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Are you ready to Visit Southern Delaware?

February 19th, 2014

Addy, My Pooch, Won!!, Daycare & Grooming, Doogies at The Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Come closer…May I help you?

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Shadow, was eager to help as I stepped into Doggies at The Beach located at 18806 John J. Williams Highway, or Rt. 24 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

My Heinz 57, Addy, won the “Valentine”s Day give-away.  How exciting!  Addy will be getting complimentary Daycare and Grooming, and she has until December of 2014 to use.  That won’t be a problem because when I need to leave the area, Doggies at The Beach is home away from home for Addy.  I have written plenty of times about this doggie day care facility.  It is cage free with 24/7 human supervision.  They offer day car, overnight care, training courses, and lots of love.  Tel. 302-644-8200.  Website?  http://www.doggiesatthebeach.com.  You can also follow them from your computer since they have webcams.

These other customers were there and I had to take their picture, as well.  They are a family and they moved in unisome.  Almost like saying “okay we stay together when at daycare”.  Too funny.

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And here is the winner…Addy!!

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February 19th, 2014

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Throwdown, Wednesday, February 19th, Free Tasting, NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, Ocean View, Delaware, SoDel Restaurant, Matt Haleys Companies, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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A Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Throwdown?  Tonight at NorthEast Seafood Kitchen that’s what you will experience.  It is the 2nd Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Throwdown.  Girl Scout Cookies have been around since 1917.  Some of of us have our favorites, of course.  They are an “icon of American Culture”.

Tonight, February 19th, you get the opportunity to sample desserts made out of Girl Scout Cookies from each SoDel Restaurant:  Fish On!, Lupo di Mare, Matt’s Fish Camp,  Bluecoast, NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, Catch 54, and Papa Grandes.

The event will be at NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, located at 29F Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26) in Ocean View, Delaware, just a couple of miles west of Bethany Beach.   It will begin with a cocktail hour from 4:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Then on with the throwdown!  Special guest judges will be attending.

The actual throwdown will start at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.  For tickets and information, please call 302-537-1785. Or, email Ronnie at ronnie@sodelconcepts.com.

Hurry!!!

Note:  For more info. on Girl Scout Cookies and the Girl Scout Cookie Championship, please visit http://www.girlscoutcookies.org

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