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November 19th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Georgetown, Milford, Delaware, Thanksgiving at The Beach!! Relax, Give Thanks, Enjoy your Stay, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches


Before I was married, became a mother and decided to be a stay-at-home mom, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland.  I worked in Baltimore and then on Wednesday of Thanksgiving I would drive to Orlean, Virginia, to my boyfriend’s family farm house.  He then became my husband, John.  My mother in law, Louise, is a great cook and she would go all out Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.  Feeling totally satisfied and comatosed I dreaded the late in the day drive to Baltimore.  Work was waiting on Friday.  They really should give Friday off to everyone.  A long week-end of Thanksgiving.  Most of us have a lot to be thankful for.

I love an overcast day on Thanksgiving.  I like it cold, as well.  So, even though I enjoy the swaying palm trees of warmer climates, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, my preference is the chill in the air that the Atlantic Coast usually offers.

The Delaware Beaches are open for business.  The following are restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Georgetown, and Milford that will have Thanksgiving fare.  This list is probably not complete.  I will update it as I find other restaurants, but in the meantime, it might help if you are coming to the beaches to start a new Thansgiving tradition.

Please note that the following restaurants will be open all week-end long!!


BIG FISH GRILL – 20298 Coastal Highway. No reservations! Tel. 302-227-FISH. Website?  11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  $26.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 5 years of age to 12.  Under 5 eat free!!  They will also be offering a la carte menu, as well.  Carry out?  Give them a call now!

SUMMER HOUSE – 228 Rehoboth Avenue. Tel. 302-227-3895.  Webstie?

VICTORIA’S- Located at 2 Olive Ave. and The Boardwalk.  Thanksgiving Buffet!  Tel. 302-227-0615.  Menu at  Gluten Free items are marked GF!!

BLUE MOON –  Located at 35 Baltimore Ave., in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-227-6515.  Website?  They will be offering a regular menu plus seasonal additions from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

JUST IN THYME – Highway 1 and Robinson Drive.  Tel. 302-227-3100  $29.95, starting at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Website?

SAKETUMI – A Thanksgiving Buffet, 18814 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-645-2818.  Even though I would have never thought about going to Saketumi for Thanksgiving, they tell me that it is an awesome buffet!

DOS LOCOS – 208 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3353.

PURPLE PARROT – 134 Rehoboth Avenue, Tel. 302-226-1139.  Thanksgiving starts at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Website?  Check out the website because they have so many events coming up, including their Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.


THE BUTTERY – Located on Second Street in the Historic District this restaurant offers their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at $69/person plus alcohol. $24 for children 12 years of age and under.  Tel. 302-2=645-7755.  Check the Thanksgiving menu by visiting


ABBOTT’S GRILL – Located at 249 NE Front St. Tel. 302-491-6736.  Buffet starts at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Adults $21.95.  Children under 10 $12.95.


THE BRICK HOTEL – A Thanksviging Buffet Feast, A Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, and a Thanksgiving Take Out Menu.  Located at 18 The Circle on The Circle in Georgetown.   Buffet Feast from noon until 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   Reservations 302-856-1836.   Check the menus at

Note:  Let me know if you know of any other restaurants offering a Thanksgiving menu….Talk to you later.


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November 17th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing Along, Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:30-7:00 p.m., Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Rehoboth Beach Main Street Celebrates the Holidays!!


A beautiful time of the year in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when residents, family, and friends gather at the Bandstand for Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Downtown Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-Along, on Friday, November 28th from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Love to see the tree completely exposed and then totally dressed up for that favorite time of the year.  Rehoboth Beach might be a summer destination but the Second Season and the Holidays are truly special.


Everyone is invited to this cherished annual tradition, where hundreds of spectators gather to ring in the Holiday Spirit in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Clear Space Theatre will host the Sing-Along at 6:30 p.m. and then, officially, illuminate the City’s most famous tree at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s tree was generously donated by Harriet Magee of Rehoboth Beach.

After the Tree Lighting, catch a special performance of She Loves me at Rehoboth’s Clear Space Theatre, located on 20 Baltimore Avenue, walking distance from Rehoboth Ave.  Ticket information?  Tel. 302-227-2270.


Enjoy dinner downtown, Rehoboth Beach is a culinary destination….or get your Holiday shopping finished….Tax Free Shopping in Delaware!!

Please visit  Talk to you later!!

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November 16th, 2014

The Brunch, Circle Room, The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, The Palm Beaches…Always A Special Occasion! A Sunday Affair!


I have been writing posts from The Breakers Palm Beach.  Having stayed for a few days, this historic and iconic hotel offers everything you can imagine under the sun and palm trees.  Special attention is given to even minute details.

It was so sunny and warm in Florida….but I am enjoying the coolness of the fall weather at the Delaware Beaches at the moment and tomorrow rain!! How exciting!


One of the readers on my Facebook page of AboutMyBeaches commented that in the late 80’s she had lived in Florida and would attend The Brunch at The Breakers Palm Beach….for over 25 years this fabulous brunch is still ongoing every single Sunday.

The Breakers Palm Beach is located at One South County Rd.  Tels. 561-659-8488, 888-273-2537.  To check the information on The Brunch, please visit


The Brunch takes place at The Circle Room.  This room is so pretty; elegant, hand painted ceilings and a view of the water.  No photos were taken of the room while The Brunch was taking place….privacy to those enjoying their Sunday.  The harpist was playing on the background.

The Brunch is $100 per person plus tax and service charge.  Children 3 years of age to 11 are $45 plus tax and service charge.  Under 3?  Complimentary brunch.

Sunday Brunch at The Breakers is always special.  The dress attire?  Daytime resortwear.

A brunch is eaten during the late morning; a combo of breakfast and lunch.  Having brunch with me last Sunday were my friends, Cindi, Michael, and Jeff.  We were starting our brunch adventure at 11 a.m.  Please note that while attending The Brunch, there will be no rush, stay awhile, if you will.  And, so we did….until 3 p.m.  We paced ourselves, a little drink, here or there….amazing conversation, and plenty of laughs.

A must?  A Bloody Mary, and Mimosas, as well.


The Brunch is comprised of stations, all with an immaculate presentation.  And, all chef attended, as well.

This feast has everything from the traditional brunch menu, to seafood, lobster rolls, pate, caviar, eggs benedict, you name it, they had it.

This photo shows a display with roasters stacked up….a decoration.  But, the dainty lobster rolls were great!!  They made their way to my plate.


I decided that I was not going to have the traditional….Cindi was not either. We were immersing ourselves in the seafood; lobster tails, stone crab claws and sauces.  Michael and Jeff were going all out.


The eggs benedict looked tempting…but I resisted.


I grabbed some of the Orange Chicken Ponzu.  It just looked too good to pass.  Ponzu is a tangy soy based sauce made with citrus fruits.  Very tasty.


I did have some slices of the prime rib…rare and delish!


Domestic Caviar, along with salmon, and smoked fish…in memory of my husband, John.



Up to this point we were doing so well.  We really had been pacing ourselves.  These were my plates.


The pate was divine.  The Orange Chicken Ponzu in the glass was so good, along with the rest of the pate, smoked fish and loster rolls.


We were comfortably satisfied….but how could we not have dessert?  Living dangerously……we made our way to decandence!!  There were over 30 desserts.  First of all I was just truly in awe about the fact that every Sunday they offer The Brunch.  They told me that the bake shop is open 24/7.  I believe it.  Everything is made in-house, except the truffles, I think.

The mini waffles dipped in chocolate.


These cups caught my attention immediately.  A discussion…were the chocolate cups bought or made in-house?  Had to ask….made on the premises.


I was not the only one taking photos.  The dessert station was over the top.  Check some of the other desserts.  Words are not necessary, don’t you think?








I love custards so I went for the desserts that were made with custard.  They were just out of this world.


Writing and posting photos of The Breakers has been fun.  The hotel has a comfortable elegance.  Just like any other hotel, the prices reflect the time of the year.  One thing that never changes is the price of The Brunch.  It is very popular and exceeded my expectations.  One for the Bucket List?  I think so!! Checked.

Room with A View!

Room with A View!

November 15th, 2014

Destination? HMF, Palm Beach Eats, The Breakers, Dine, Wine, Share, Hot, Hot Hot!!, New Years at HMF!!, Palm Beach County, South Florida


Going South?  Way down south where it is warm and sunny and the palm trees sway….A beautiful hotel, The Breakers Palm Beach, iconic, historic…dining at HMF!!


HMF has only been at The Breakers for a few years.  It is located at One South County Rd., inside The Breakers.  You do not have to stay at the hotel to enjoy HMF’s dining.  Tel. 561-290-0140.  Website?  The restaurant is open daily from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Sunday through Thursday they serve food until 11 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, they serve food until midnight.  Stop by have a drink, something to eat and stay awhile.  It is a fun place to be.

Taking in the scene, Cindi and I noticed the staff’s dress code.  Some had dresses in the same style, but different colors, then, another completely different style for others.  Loved them, had to ask.  The dress code is a classic and elegant look.  The dresses were made to order for all of them.  The make-up and poof….all shown to them so that there is a uniform polished look.

Dining at HMF is an adventure with shareables for the table, served in a tapas style.  The available seating is conducive to friendly conversation while the music in the background sets the mood for the evening.


There are over 1,000 varieties of wines from around the world, along with crafted drinks.

Warm nuts served the moment you take your seat.


Mixing and matching and ready to share the following:

Brussels Sprouts


Tuna, Salmon, Eel, Shrimp, Spicy Tuna Roll


Tuna Tataki with a Passion Fruit Ponzu


As you can see from my plate the sharing portions were substantial.


There were a few things that we wanted to try; HMF was worthy of another visit.

Inspired by the Food Truck Craze…even at The Breakers the enticement of well seasoned and ethnic foods come to play.

Wild Boar Empanaditas (turnovers) were awesome.  Served with a spicy sauce.  Really, don’t miss these.


The Wagyu Slicers were one of my favorites.  Served with smoked bacon, caramelized onions and antique cheddar. Wagyu cattle has intense marbling and is known for its quality.  It also demands a high price.


And the final order of Margherita Pizzette…well done, just like I like it!!


New Year’s celebrations are everywhere but they told me that at HMF, the scene is one of those you do not want to miss.  First of all, HMF will be open for regular dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m…..just in case staying up late is not your thing.  Then, they will close at 8:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m in order to get HMF party ready!! Reservations for seatings at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. are available.

The price for New Year’s at HMF depends on where you want to sit.  The bar, the comunal table, the private dining room, the loggia… is to visit  For more information, please call 561-659-8466, ext. 7262.


Note:  A beautiful setting, great food, and a good friend…..Priceless!

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November 13th, 2014

Destination? The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, Legendary Oceanfront Resort, Florida Luxury Resort, A One-Of-A-Kind Resort, The Palm Beaches, South Florida, Palm Beach County


When my son hit “Like” on the Facebook page of The Breakers Palm Beach he became the 10,000 Liker!!!  With that came a dream package of 3 nights/4 days in a magnificent oceanfront room, oceanfront bungalow with concierge, golf, and plenty more to enhance an already wonderful dreamy vacation.


The Breakers is an iconic hotel.  It is located at One South County Rd., Palm Beach, Fl 33480  Tel. 561-655-6611.  Website?

I have to thank The Breakers for letting my son pass on this package to me, his mother.  I took along a very good friend, Cindi, and on Saturday, November 8th, we arrived at The Brearkers.  This is the honest truth….how lucky!!

The Breakers is a venue for weddings.  There are plenty of ballrooms to offer that elegant wedding.  They also can provide a wedding just for a few.  There is nothing this hotel can’t do when it comes to weddings and other social and corporate events.  As Cindi and I arrived at The Breakers this gorgeous bride was getting ready to celebrate her nuptials.


The ballroom she had chosen was the Mediterranean Ballroom.  It looked breathtaking!!  This room was one of my favorites.  To learn more about it, please visit


From the moment you become a guest of The Breakers, the service is impeccable and so professional.  The hotel is just so pretty.  We were not the only ones taking photos.  Everyone was in awe of this historic hotel that was built by Henry Flager in 1896.  The Breakers burned in 1903 and rebuilt to open in 1904.  The rooms were then starting at $4 per night.

Another fire destroyed the hotel in 1925 and then it was built with fireproof concrete, opening in 1926.


The ceilings throughout the hotel will leave you speechless.  The lobby was painted by Alexander Bonanno, a classically trained New York City artist.


We loved our oceanfront room.  Very comfortable and very well appointed…coffee in the morning was brought in.



Our views from the balcony changed by the hour.  Here are some of the photos.




The Breakers Palm Beach has 140 acres.  You can play, relax, pamper yourself, exercise, shop, walk… all within the property.

There are plenty of restaurants….the gym is a necessity while staying here.



In strolling through the hotel another room that caught our attention was the Gold Room.  Niches below the ceiling contain portraits of Renaissance rulers and explorers of the New World.  This room is smaller than the other big ballrooms but so elegant.  Please visit


The Venetian Ballroom has large windows overlooking the ocean.  It is an imposing room.  Please visit


In speaking to some…..they said that they love to work for the company.  That they treat their employees so well.  There are employees that have been working for The Breakers for 45 years.  Stay tuned because I have so much more…..the food, the bungalows….It is getting colder in the northern states and South Florida looks like a destination.

Talk to you later.  Some info. was taken from Wikipedia.


November 5th, 2014

Sussex County Return Day, Georgetown, Delaware, Hungry? Upper Crust, The Brick Hotel, Patty’s, Unique to Sussex County, Southern Delaware, A Tradition for 222 Years!!


Two days after election day Southern Delaware gathers in Georgetown, Delaware, for Return Day.  2014 will celebrate 101 years of this tradition which is unique to Sussex County.

State Law in 1791 removed Lewes, Delaware, as County Seat.  Georgetown became the new County Seat.  Much more geographically centered was the reason.  The State Law required that the voting take place in the new County Seat.  Those same voters would “return” 2 days later to hear the outcome of the election….therefore the name Return Day began.

The celebration will have a carnival atmosphere….a celebration no less!!  The Courthouse will shine during the festivities.  And, The Circle will be crowded.


There are new traffic patterns in place.  To find out information regarding this and schedule of events, please visit


Hungry?  On The Circle…..


Great food and friendly service.  On Return Day, exhibitor, award-winning folk artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans will be at the Coffee Shop. Check The Upper Crust will be offering a court-themed menu.  The Menu has been updated and a version in Spanish is included.  Please visit

The Upper Crust is located at 7 E. Market St.  Tel. 302-856-2300.  Catering is available….everything is homemade.


The Brick Hotel is located at 18 The Circle, right in the heart of Georgetown.  Tel. 302-856-1836.  Website?  They offer nightly specials.  Open every day.  Happy Hour is from 3 until 6 in The Tavern.  Fridays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. complimentary appetizers.  Tuesday through Saturday, they serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Lite Menu from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sundays the Breakfast buffet is $9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Outstanding crab soup!!


The Classic Cheeseburger and The Pulled Pork I totally recommend.


The Pulled Pork!!  And, if they offer the Grilled Portobello…then it will be a decision.  Talk to the server.  They are good with their recommendations.


Patty’s is located at 517 South Bedford Street in Georgetown.  Tel. 302-253-8692.  Website?  They cater and deliver, as well.  Find them on Facebook.


I first became acquainted with Patty’s when they catered an event for Fund for Women.  The small chicken salad croissants were outstanding.


Subs, sandwiches, salads, party trays, and gourmet foods.  Patty has been in the business for so many years throughout the U.S.  She is so friendly and the food is so good.  The menu changes constantly but she is happy to tell you that Patty’s serves food from subs to the sublime.

Here is Patty at the counter.


During good weather you can take a seat on her picnic table, otherwise, I think people come in to order and then take out.



Chips from restauranteur Jose Andres!!  Got some.  You pay a bit more but worth it.


On the left is a Grain Salad with Quinoa tossed with Genoa Salami, hot and sweet sopressata, provolone, Goathorn peppers and tomatoes in an oregano vinaigrette.  And, on the right is a Corn Salad tossed with scallions and cherry tomatoes in a smoked paprika vinaigrette.


Have a great day!!

November 5th, 2014

What’s Going On? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, St. Nicholas Tea, Cocoa Crawl, Downtown Poker Crawl, Art Walk, Events, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware



Shops, restaurants, hotels, B & B’s, theatre, entertainment, galleries….The Boardwalk…the beach.  Just a stroll away; shop local, stay awhile.  Rehoboth Beach has outdone itself bringing something every week to the town.  Something worth driving to.  From the tri-state area it is so easy to get to Rehoboth Beach.  It was not so many years ago.  In 1878 the railroad was extended to this coastal town bringing more visitors and businesses.  The population in Rehoboth has grown so much. And, the Second Season is gorgeous at the beach.


So, What’s Going On?


Wednesday, 11/5 – Sunday, 11/9 – REHOBOTH BEACH INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society.  The Big Tent will be behind Movies at Midway on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1).  You can find Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival on Facebook…or, check for detailed info., reviews, ticket info., etc. etc.


Friday, 11/7, Saturday, 11/8 – ST. NICHOLAS TEA, presented by the Village Improvement Association.  Two seatings each day.  This event starts the Holidays…a little shopping, wreaths, great home cooked food.  Call 302-227-1631 or visit  My post on 10/29/14 is all about this event.  Just click on the date on the left hand side of AboutMyBeaches.


Friday, 11/7 – COCOA CRAWL, presented by Rehoboth Beach Main Street.  $10 Admission!!  This is a fun evening in Downtown Rehoboth Beach from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Participating shops will have participating restaurants cooking in their stores.  Drinks, desserts, discounts and live music by Paul Cullen. For more information, please visit  You can purchase online tickets through their website, but you can also purchase them on Friday throughout town.  The website will show which store is hosting which restaurant.

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Saturday, 11/8 – POKER CRAWL, presented by Rehoboth Beach Main Street.  You heard it right and it will be all day Saturday.  Collect a poker card from participating restaurants then show’em at the Greene Turtle at 8 p.m……the best hand will win.  For more information, please visit,


Saturday, 11/8 – 2nd SATURDAY ART WALK, presented by MOSAIC.  It hapens every second Saturday of the month.  Stroll the art galleries, greet and meet the owners and check out some awesome exhibits in town… a little local shopping, as well.  More. Info?  Please visit

Have a great day!!

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November 3rd, 2014

Meatless Monday!! Rehoboth Beach Eats! Veggie Loaf, Gluten Free, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


I have tons of cookbooks.  Not enough years to read them.  Some I like better than others.  This Meatless Monday recipe is not my own, but I treat it like it is.  It was Giada’s mother’s recipe.  It is good;  perfect for company.  A little tricky getting out of the loaf pan, though.

Veggie Loaf gives you an opportunity to leave meats on the side.  Just by itself, it is plenty.  Serve it with a fruit salad would be my choice.



Cooking Spray

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small white onion, chopped (finely, please)

1 shredded carrot

1 celery stalk, sliced (thinly, please)

4 cups fresh baby spinach

1 15 ounce canned cooked lentils, drained

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup canned corn

1/3 cup chopped basil leaves (If not available use basil paste by the vegetables in the grocery store.  Use about 2 tablespoons.)

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

1 large egg white, lightly beaten

1 tsp. kosher salt (optional)

1/2 tsp. freshly black pepper

2 medium tomatoes, sliced (You can use smaller tomatoes, as well.)


1 box (pint) cherry tomatoes, halved

3 scallions, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)

8 fresh basil leaves (Use basil paste, if fresh basil leaves are unavailable.)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp. Kosher salt (optional)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Make the sauce first and just put it aside.  In a blender or food processor chopped the ingredients.  Do not puree, you want them a little coarse.  I used a blender.


Proceed with the loaf:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a skillet, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, carrot, onion, celery….cook for about 5 minutes or so stirring frequently.  Put in a large bowl to cool.

In the same skillet, cook spinach until it wilts, which does not take long.  Drain and let cool slightly.  Squeeze the excess liquid.  On a cutting board coarsely chop it.  Add to the onion mixture.

Add the lentils, brown rice, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella, the corn, basil, eggs, egg white, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup of the sauce to the already cooled veggie mixture.


Fill the loaf pan with this mixture.  Arrange the tomatoes in a couple of rows, depending on their size, covering the mixture.

Sprinkle the remining 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.


Bake until loaf is heated through and the topping has melted and starts to brown.  It might take 35 minutes or a bit more.  Let it cool for about 15 minutes.


Slicing this loaf is tricky.  Do so while the loaf is still in the pan.  Do not attempt to take it out.  Otherwise, you will have to do some rearranging.


I think 1 inch slices will be a good portion.  Arrange on plates and top with sauce.  Enjoy your Meatless…..whatever day you want it to be.


Note:  This recipe was gluten free.  Please check the labels for canned goods, grate your own mozzarella cheese or read the label on the bag.  If using basil paste instead of fresh basil, Gourmet Garden, Basil Paste is gluten free and usually available by the produce in the local grocery stores.

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