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June 30th, 2014

Sweet Destination? Kilwin’s, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Fudge, Brittles, Hand Dipped Caramel Apples, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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The first time I visited Kilwin’s was in Delray Beach, Florida.  One of the most profitable Kilwin’s…..always crowded.  People sitting outdoors savoring ice cream and sweet confections.  Yum!!

Then, a couple of years ago Kilwin’s made its appearance in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  The location is 140 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3611.  Website?  http://www.kilwins.com/rehobothbeach.  Last year during the http://www.eatingrehoboth.com tour of Rehoboth Beach…another visit, and a taste of the most delicious Salted Caramel Ice Cream…..it is to die for.  I was, definitely, visiting again.

Strolling Downtown Rehoboth Beach is a favorite past time of many visitors.  A stop at Kilwins is a must.  They have hand-padded fudge.

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Cashew and peanut brittles…homemade.

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Caramel apples.

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Plenty of chocolate covered….anything.

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It was a gorgeous day in Rehoboth Beach.  Debbie, Jody and I decided to stop at Kilwins just to look.  No, we were not going to have a taste of anything…..the diets have not been the best.  We had willpower.

That lasted like 2 minutes.  We tasted ice cream and my favorite was the Salted Caramel….hands down.  Jody loved the coconut.  Not me.  The Salted Caramel is awesome!!

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I think the chocolate covered pretzel rod is probably very good too.  The combination of salt, and dark chocolate is incredible.  Debbie’s choice.

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In the making….the magnificent turtles.  Huge!!

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The chocolate covered oreos…

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And the tiniest chocolate cups were being made.

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We had to get out of there….fast….enough damage had been done….hahaha!!

Talk to you later.  Have a good one!!  Remember that you are at the beach.  Enjoy!

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June 29th, 2014

Destination? Bethany Beach Bandstand, Activities, Events, Bethany Beach Boardwalk, Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, Southern Delaware

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Bethany Beach, Delaware, the Quiet Resort as it is also known, is full of activities and entertainment for the whole family.  This coastal resort has a Bandstand and a Boardwalk.  They are the life of Bethany Beach.  During the day, swimming and other ocean related activites….Summer 2014 is definitely here!

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But, in the evenings the ourtdoor performances at the Bandstand are not to be missed.  You will get the small town atmosphere of Bethany Beach.

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The performances are free.  You can bring your own chairs, as well, but there are plenty of benches.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Besides musical entertainment, movies are also shown on the beach every Monday night at dusk, off Garfield Parkway and bonfires are held every Thursday at dusk, off Campbell Place.  Exercise schedules are also posted on http://www.townofbethanybeach.com.  Just click on the tab that says “Movies on the Beach” for movie titles and ratings.  The exercises are posted under “Summer Exercise Classes”.

You may also click on their Bandstand Program on the website to find out the entertainment bios.

Please note that all these outdoor activities and performances are weather dependent.

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It is Sunday, June 29th and tonight’s performers will be Electric Velvet…genre of Rock and Pop.

Tuesday, July 1st – “Dancing through the Decades” with DJ Batman.  Dance the night away on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk with music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2nd – Uncle Pete with kids on the Bandstand from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 3rd – National Guard Army show Band from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. followed by a bonfire at dusk on the beach at Campbell Place.

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Friday, July 4th –  Happy 4th!!  Parade at Noon with bands, horseshoe-throwing contest at 2 p.m., awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m…..FIREWORKS AT DUSK!

Saturday, July 5th – The Stims…genre of Rock/Pop

Sunday, July 6th – Sarah Williams, Singer and Songwriter.

Remember that you are at the beach….Relax and Kick Back!!

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June 27th, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Casapulla’s Subs, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Steaks, Deli, Catering, NEW!! Online Ordering, Website, Facebook, App, Delaware Beaches, Eat In, Take Out, Southern Delaware

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As I looked through the photos of a family busines, I cannot help to think what Luigi Casapullas, who opened Casapulla’s back in 1956, would be asking himself…..What’s Going On?  At the Beach?, Online Ordering?, Website?, Facebook?, An App?  What has this world come to?

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After years of being in Rehoboth Beach, ordering from Casapulla’s Subs just got even easier.  You might be at the beach, shopping, strolling…order online and pick it up.  Three easy ways, besides just driving up to Casapulla’s at 19331 Lighthouse Plaza Blvd., Rehoboth Beach, and relax in their dining area.  Tel. 302-227-7827.

From their website, please visit http://www.casapullassubs.com.

From Facebook, please visit Casapulla’s Subs – www.facebook.com/casapullassubs.

Or, order through the APP Casapulla’s Subs.

Besides the ever popular subs, Casapulla’s also caters any events you might be thinking having this summer.  They also have homemade heat and serve trays for easy entertaining.  When you live at the beach…..summer guests are at times unexpected.  Add their deli salads and you can then relax and enjoy your guests.

Guess What?  They also deliver lunch to your office from Monday through Friday to Georgetown, Millsboro, Lewes, and Rehoboth.  If you are in Georgetown or Millsboro, please call them between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.  And, if you are in Lewes and Rehoboth, please call between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.  There is an applicable delivery charge.

My order…2 subs.  Depending how hungry you are, there are 3 sizes…by the size of mine, you guessed right…I was hungry!

I have had the Turkey Stuffer before and I still like it a lot.  It’s the combination of turkey, whole cranberry sauce and stuffing.  It is really good!!  Thanksgiving all year-long!!   Love the bread. Look how nice it looked.

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My order of a Boar’s Head Chicken Breast Sub hit the spot, with everything on it.  Boar’s Head does not add additional salt to their lunchmeats.

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Writing a blog is writing about your experiences.  Believe me, not all the time I write posts about what I am doing, or eating for that matter.  But, these subs were good…..I had to pass the word along.

TGIF….have a great week-end!!  It is Summer 2014!  Let someone else do the cooking.

June 25th, 2014

Fig Tree Studio, Berlin, Maryland, Art Lessons, Workshops, Children, July Art Classes, Worcester County Arts Council, Worcester County, Maryland

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I think you will like this!!  Fig Tree Studio travels around the Eastern Shore providing 1-hour classes to day care and community centers.  Ages 10 months and up!!  Supplies are included, affordable art lessons; prices depend on how many kids end up participating in the art lesson.

10 students and under-$25

20 students and under-$35

30 students and under-$45

40 students and under-$55

50 students and under-$65

More than 50 students, please contact them for a price.

Fig Tree Studio’s schedule caters to the needs of the center, whether its a one session, weekly, or monthly class.

For detailed information and any questions you may have, please contact Erika Ritlling, 443-523-7656.  You shoud visit the website http://www.figtreestudioberlin.com.  On Facebook you may find it as Fig Tree Studio.

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JULY ART CLASSES – Fig Tree Studio will be providing art classes at the Worcester County Arts Council located at 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin, Maryland, for the month of July.  Your kids will have a great opportunity to create during the summer.  All classes include supplies.  Sign up and show up!!  You may book a class by visiting the above mentioned website.

The following classes will begin the first day of July :

RHYME WITH ART – Ages 2-4.  Price $6.00.  4:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

July 1 – It’s Raining It’s Pouring – These little artists will learn basic watercolor techniques by creating a scene from this famous nursery rhyme.

July 8 – Itsy Bitsy Spider – Little artists will construct a spider using construction paper and other materials.

July 15 – Down in the Meadow – Little artists will create a family of fish using tempera paint and other tools to create a texture pattern.

July 22 – Humpty Dumpty – The little artists will create their own Humpty Dumpty using contact paper and paint.

July 29 – Alphabet Song – Little artists will create their initials using stamps made from fruits and veggies.

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ART AROUND THE WORLD – Ages 5-13.  Price $12. 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

July 1 – Creative Alphabet – Little artists will gain inspiration from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and create their own alphabet using inks and brushes.

July 9 – Circles in Art – The little artists will create a mandala using a variety of mediums.

July 16 – Mexican Masks – Little artists will use their imagination to travel to Mexico and create a collage inspired by the tradition of the Day of the Dead.

July 23 – Faces on the Pole – The little artists will create their own 3D pole inspired by North American totem poles.

July 30 – Light Your Way – Little artists will create their very own Chinese lanterns.

July is around the corner….have a great day!!

June 24th, 2014

Art, Delaware Seashore State Park, Sea Glass Jewelry, Classes, Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, Saturday, June 28th, Sunday, June 29th, Historic Lewes, Delaware

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Sea glass can be found all over the world.  Combing the shoreline for sea glass is a hobby for many.  The beaches of the northeast United States, California, northwest England, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, Italy and southern Spain are famous for it.

The photo shows sea glass from the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico.

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At the Indian River Life-Saving Station, you can make sea glass jewelry.  The Indian River Life-Saving Station is located south of Dewey Beach, and north of Bethany Beach, depending which direction you are coming from.

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The classes will be taking place as follows:

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On Wednesdays through August 20th at 10 a.m…..Sea Glass Jewelry, Part I – Make a simple sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques.  Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from their own collection.  Please call ahead of time to pre-register.  Ages 12 and  up.  $15 per person.

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On Fridays through August 15th, Sea Glass Part II at 10 a.m. will be taking place.  Make a set of earrings to match your sea glass pendant!  Once you have mastered Part I, learning another wire-wrap technique will be a bit more challenging.  The day I visited the Indian River Museum, the ladies were all wearing their earrings.  It really looked like a lot of fun.  This class is $15 per person and it is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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You will be working on tables and all instruction and materials will be available for you to make an awesome piece of jewelry.

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MID-ATLANTIC SEA GLASS & COASTAL ARTS FESTIVAL

This festival will take place on Saturday, June 28th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Sunday, June 29th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.   Location?  Lewes Historic Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street.  For more detailed information, please visit http://www.historic lewes.org/events/mid-atlantic-sea-glass-coastal-arts-festival-2014.  You may also call 302-645-7670.

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Admission to the festival is $5 per person; children under 12 are free.  A wrist band will be issued allowing entrance both days.  Wrist bands may be purchased in advance in Historic Lewes at Sand ‘n’ Stones on Front Street or the Society’s Museum Gift Shop at the Ryves Holt House at Second and Mulberry Streets.

The festival will feature more than 70 area glass artists, joined by other coastal artists, including decoy carvers and waterfowl artists.

Live music on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. by steel drum player Jimmy G.  Enjoy delicious festival fare by Casa Amici all week-end.

On Saturday, the 28th, there will be free presentations at St. Peter Church Hall at 211 Mulberry Street.  Check the website above mentioned for more info. on the speakers and presentations on that day.

They are expecting large crowds, as this is the fifth year for the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival.

Hope you have a great time.

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June 22nd, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, November 5 – 9, 2014, Festival Film Reviews, Open to the Public, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

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There is something magical about Sundays….The beaches get quiet at the end of the day.  Just a few playing here or there.

All movies have a hero; the main character, and, an enemy….You can assist the Rehoboth Film Society with the film selection process for the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, which will be taking place on November 5th through November 9th.  You can become a film critic, by attending the Festival Film Review sessions which are open to the public.

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Each session will include the screening of a documentary or a feature and a short, time permitting.  Reviewers are asked to complete a rating form and may also join the post film discussion.

Festival Program Director, Joe Bilancio, will facilitate the reviews so you will be sure to enjoy stimulating discussions about what factors determine a film’s suitability for a Festival.

Please remember that screener copies of films are provided as courtesy to the Film Society for the specific purpose of reviewing for consideration as a festival entry.  These copies may be of lesser technical quality and are not designed to be projected on the big screen.  Despite these circumstances, review sessions provide a unique opportunity for film enthusiasts to see a broad scope of films from emerging directors.

Festival Film Reviews will take place June 23, and 30, July 7, 28 and August 4 at the South Coastal Library located at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach.

Festival Film Reviews will take place June 24, July 1, 8, 29, and August 5 in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach.

Film screenings will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $2 for Rehoboth Beach Film Society members and $4 for future members at Rehoboth.  The screenings in the Bethany location will be free.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community.  The Film Society sponsors monthly screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more info. on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.  You may also call 302-645-9095.

June 22nd, 2014

North Bethany Eats! Matt’s Fish Camp, Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour, Carry Out, Bethany Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Matt’s Fish Camp is a Supporter of Operation Seas The Day September 2nd – 7th, 2014

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In the 1930’s the ritual of anglers dangling their reels over rivers, waiting for a bite, gave birth to fish camps along the Southern U.S.  Fish camps have become local favorites and hidden jewels, found, at times off the beaten path; no frills establishments serving fresh catch.

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With that in mind, I am sure, Matt’s Fish Camp opened its doors in 2011 in North Bethany Beach, on Coastal Highway.  If you are driving south from Dewey Beach, Matt’s Fish Camp is the only eatery right on the highway, oceanside, until you arrive closer to Bethany Beach.  From Rehoboth to Bethany….12 miles more or less.  Tel. 302-539-2267  Website?  http://www.mattsfishcamp.com.

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Not really off the beaten path like the first fish camps, Matt’s Fish Camp can easily be spotten from Coastal Highway or Rt. 1.  This restaurant is part of Matt Haley Companies…with several sister restaurants at the Delaware Beaches.  No reservations, the restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day.  Wine and beer are served at Matt’s Fish Camp.

The community where Matt’s Fish Camp is located is called Tower Shores.  It is one of the original communities right on the beach, adjacent to the State Park beaches, the Indian River Marina, and the Indian River Inlet.

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The restaurant is casual, come as you are or get dressed up….really that’s how comfortable it is.  You can sit at the bar by the open kitchen, or by the window. Booths are available and a large center table for large parties.  Maybe even call the restaurant for carry out, because all you have to do is drive up, park and pick it up on the side.  Perfect if you are spending a day at the beach.

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I stopped late in the day, driving from Bethany to Rehoboth, when I got a little hungry.  Something light is what I wanted.

What I did was to order a tea, a garden salad, with a side order of Lobster Salad, and….since my eyes were bigger than my hunger….I also added Lobster Deviled Eggs.

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I had my own salad bar going on….a clean plate was ordered and this is what it looked like.  To tell you the truth I don’t eat too many eggs. But, deviled eggs, I do like.  These were traditionally made.  At first I was going to order the Lobster Roll without the roll when Reed, my server, pointed out that I could have an add on, which was just a Lobster Salad.  The garden salad was also traditionally made, and very fresh.

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Just a perfect lunch at the beach!!

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Matt’s Fish Camp is a supporter of Operation Seas The Day.  This is an annual warrior family beach week event held in Bethany Beach the week of September 2nd to the 7th for our Veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country, and their immediate families.  A week of rest and relaxation.

The families will be staying in homes donated by local homeowners.  Plans underway for organized events, including a kickoff welcome reception, a beach bonfire/cookout, a concert at Freeman State, and a farewell brunch.

Additionally, Bethany Beach businesses and area residents have offered a “menu” of options and activities available, free of charge, throughout this week.

If you would like to learn more, please visit http://www.operationseastheday.org

June 22nd, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Bramble & Brine, Restaurant, Review, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  luciano pavarotti and william wright

Which brings me to my post…..Roberta, Missy, Debbie, and I have been getting together to celebrate each others birthdays for so many years.  I really don’t remember how many exactly, but they have been many.  We usually have breakfast, but now that we are more matured, it is about time we start having dinner instead.

The following photo is of us after having dinner at Bramble & Brine, located at 315 Rehoboth Avenue, in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-7702.  Find The Bramble & Brine on Facebook.

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Megan and Joe Churchman are they owners of Bramble & Brine that opened last fall in Rehoboth Beach.  Rehoboth is a foodie’s destination and opening a restaurant in this town is probably challenging and exciting at the same time.  So much competition….guess what?  Megan and Joe have managed to create a restaurant catering to a diverse clientele, whose taste and palate are very discriminating.

I congratulated Megan for their success….and her answer was “we are so blessed”.

I called about 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation….I wanted that much sought after table by the window at streetside.  You can see it on the above photo to the right.  Yes, that was our table.  Missy was celebrating a birthday and our table looked beautiful, colorful and we could not wait to experience our dinner.

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Bramble & Brine was comfortably crowded at 7:30 p.m.  The bar had customers enjoying a few drinks waiting for their tables.  The restaurant has a shabby chic decor….we loved that our chairs had wheels; easier to push in and out.

You will only see the photos of our food…..privacy is important when taking photos, especially when it is crowded.

After much catching up we decided to start with 2 appetizers for the table.  Bramble & Brine outdid themselves with the food presentation.

The Lemon Carameled Scallops with pickled mushrooms, radish, pearl onion, chive and shellfish emulsion, and coconut creme fraiche where so tasty.  Love when scallops are crispy on the outside and oh so….melting in your mouth, as well.

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Ribeye Crown with corn truffle, stuffed poblano, hominy, chimichurri and queso fresco.  Good combinations with the poblano and chimichurri adding that extra punch.

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Some salads were ordered, as well:

The Chestnut Smoked Ricotta Salata with beets, cucumbers, pea tendril, micro basil, bread and butter pickle dressing.  That was my salad and it was refreshing.  My palate was ready for the main event.

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The Market Salad had arugula, radish, shaved pecorino, and sherry vinaigrette.  Very nice with a light and well seasoned vinaigrette.

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The Birthday Girl, Missy, decided to have the Chowder.  The chowder had clam and tomato broth, confited fingerlings, braised bacon, charred leeks, and confit tomato.   At tableside the broth was poured over the clams to complete the dish.  A presentation of a steamy chowder was well received.

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Three orders of Halibut with fregola and radish, cauliflower puree, caper and brown butter. The were devoured and got great reviews.

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Any time I see a whole fish offered at a restaurant, I pretty much order it.  Even though you have to be careful with some bones, a whole fish offers total flavors.  So, when I saw that Bramble & Brine was offering Salt Crusted Whole Rainbow Trout my choice was easily made.  It had a parsley puree, new potato, enoki mushroom, sweet sopressate and confit almonds.  It was served on a slate tile; it looked gorgeous, and it tasted even better.

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Believe it or not….we did order dessert.   All desserts are made in-house.  The Pound Cake Banana Split did not last long.  The homemade salted caramel ice cream was to die for, as well as the pretzel ice cream.  It also had banana jam peanut butter and cashew nougat and toasted malt crumbs. These dessert was made for sharing.

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Note:  Our server was so pleasant…he knew his menu well.  He was very attentive, but not intrusive.

Wishing Megan and Joe the best for Summer 2014!!

Having a meal with friends is….priceless!!  Talk to you later.

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