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April 27th, 2016

Lewes Eat!! Heirloom, Restaurant, Downtown Historic Lewes, Delaware, Open 7 Days a Week, Dinner, Coastal Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Rose Dinner, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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“Most heirlooms have been saved and selected because they have the best flavor and production in home and small market gardens.  We get the benefit of this long development cycle, as only the best producing, most flavorful, most memorable and most dependable varieties have made the selection through the years.  Delicate, weak or fickle varieties are no longer with us.”

Hello to Heirloon, located at 212 Savannah Rd. in Historic Lewes, Delaware.  Tel. 302-313-4065.  You may also find Heirloom on Facebook.  Website?  http://www.heirloomdelaware.com

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At this time of the year I am trying to visit some of the new and already seasoned restaurants in our area.  Pretty soon it will be a little difficult to park, get reservations….Yes, Summer 2016 is almost here.  Meters will be going up, you know what I mean.

My friend Cathy from Bethany Beach, and I, decided on Heirloom on a quiet week day a couple of weeks ago.  Have heard all good reviews but I like to see for myself.  Not all of us have the same discriminate palate.

I felt like I was home.  The restaurant is charming.  It exudes warmth.

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A small gathering at the bar.

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Our table was in a cozy corner….drinks and bread were served.

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Our room was quiet and our service was unobtrusive.  Our server was attentive but she sensed we wanted to catch up, so she let us have our time.

We decided on a few appetizers.  I had heard that they had sweetbreads.  I ordered the Veal Sweetbreads in honor of my late husband, who totally loved them.  John ordered them every time he saw them offered at a restaurant.

These Crispy Veal Sweetbreds had a chili glaze, served with charred broccoli, egg yolk puree, and sesame seeds.  They were so flavorful, tender and delicious.

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Cathy ordered the Beets in a Garden, served roasted, pickled, raw, dehydrated, and puree, house whipped ricotta, brown butter crunch, and hazelnut “dirt”.  Beautiful presentation and tasty beets.

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Our choices for entrees were just perfect.

Cathy chose the Pan Seared New Jersey Scallops.  They have had scallops on the menu before, but these were new.  Fiddlehead ferns, asparagus, charred rhubard compote, and ramp pistou.  Ramp pistou is Provence’s much loved answer to pesto.  The French Pistou is made with soft herbs, oil and toasted nuts or seeds of some kind.

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Best Pork Chop at the Beach!!  This Double Cut Berkshire Pork Chop was huge and so tender and juicy.  Granny Smith apple puree, crispy brussels, fingerling potatoes, and shaved horseradish.  What a dish!!

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For dessert, we shared a sampler of ice cream and sorbet.  Refreshing and the perfect ending to such a nice meal.

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Megan Lee is the owner of Heirloom and was so gracious to show us around.  She has put so much work into this restaurant and it shows.  I wish her the best!!

Event:

Rose Dinner in conjunction with Southern Wine Spirits will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd.  It is a 5 course dinner paired perfectly with the proper wine for each tasting.  You may call 302-313-4065 to make a reservation or visit the Facebook Page.

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Heirloom:  We will be back!!

April 26th, 2016

VOTE, Primaries, Delaware, Donald J. Trump Visits Delaware, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware State Fair, July 20 – 30, 2016

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The Delaware State Fair is a 10-day event that takes place at the end of July.  This year’s event will begin on July 20th until July 30th.  It is located at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952.  Tel. 302-298-3269.  Please visit http://www.delawarestatefair.com.

The fairgrounds include racetracks, agricultural exhibits, and stage where entertainment takes place.  People think that nothing else happens at the fairgrounds besides the State Fair, but check the website above mentioned to see what is going on.  Save the date for May 21st for the “In the Come Together Day Dog Show” hosted by the East Coast Bully League.

So you wonder, what my friend Susan Dimondi and I were doing there.  She does have a connection to the Fairgrounds.  Delaware is so small.  No one ever comes here, right?  I am not sure if other candidates have visited Delaware in the past year, but Donald came to see if he could snatch those 3 delegates we have to offer.

When we arrived, the arena already had about 3,500 supporters.  It is a huge place.

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Outside security was tight  Plenty of food trucks. No alcohol. No protesters.

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Hillary’s Tail of Lies….this guy was a hit on the arena.  His shirt on big letters “”At this point What Difference does it Make”.  No, I don’t think he likes Hillary at all.  Check his website http://www.justaskamerica.com

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The media was ready.  Donald made his usual comments about the media….the Worst!!

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Before Donald arrived, a prayer for all, the Pledge of Allegiance, The National Anthem.  The crowds were so well behaved.

Donald was about to land in his helicopter.

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And then the crowds went crazy.  There were over 10,000 people there.  Someone said to me that the whole state was there.  LOL

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His speeches are the same.  The crowds react the same.  People are definitely angry.  There were people there that had just been to Berlin, Maryland, when he visited on the same week.  This crowd was very patriotic and anything he said along those lines was cheered.

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I was surprised to see how slender he looked in person.  Even if you were not a Trump follower, you would have gotten right into it.  You could not help to follow the crowd’s chantings.

So The Donald came and went.  Please get out and VOTE!!

April 16th, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Lula Brazil, Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Dining, Dancing, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

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Temperatures are cool but definitely it feels like spring is in the air.  The evenings are perfect to enjoy a Moqueca.  Say what?  Okay, look at the entree….it is served at Lula Brazil located at 234 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-212-2755.

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The Moqueca is a seafood stew.  It is made with a fragrant broth of coconut milk, dende oil, which is Palm Oil, mixed peppers and onions served with rice.  My table enjoyed it with mixed seafood; fish, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari.  If you like soups and stews, this one is a winner.

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Meg Hudson is the owner of Lula Brazil, which is going into its second year.  The restaurant has been received well by locals and visitors.  I was talking to Meg and she said that she had arrived at Fortaleza many years ago and fell in love with this beautiful area, which is one of Brazil’s largest cities.  Fortaleza attracts tourists from other parts of Brazil and also from overseas.  The reason is its beaches and the party atmosphere.  It has rolling dunes and quaint fishing villages, as well.  She never forgot it.  Life continued and almost two years ago, she opened Lula Brazil, decorated with the bright colors of Brazil.

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Lula Brazil is bigger than you think.  It has a large bar area in the back and also it has outdoor dining, as well.  At night dancing put on your dancing shoes because this place gets hot hot.  Summer 2016 promises to be a very good year for Lula Brazil.  At the present time they are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Friday, from 4 p.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Reservations are accepted, but you may also walk in.

The night I visited Lula Brazil, Carlos was in the kitchen and Jack was our server.  A few drinks to start and for me a Shrimp Ceviche.  I love when you can taste the lime in the ceviche.

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Fried Yucca with grilled sausage.  The vinaigrette veggies gave a kick to the sausage and yucca.  The farofa or yucca flour is used as a condiment.  This one served was perfectly cooked and not greasy at all.

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The Moquequinho de Caranguejo or Crab Soup had a different twist to the more traditional crab soup.  It had coconut milk.

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Grilled Fish with Black Beans & Rice, farofa (yucca flour) for condiment, as well and grilled veggies.

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A Mixed Grill with Picanha, Sausage and Shrimp.  Picanha is a cut of beef popular in Brazail.  In the U.S. you can find it as top sirloin cap.

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For dessert a custard is a favorite of mine.  It was velvety smooth and the surprise of coconut inside.

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There are events already in the calendar at Lula Brazil.  You can check what’s going on by visiting the Facebook Page or http://www.lulabrazil.com.

And remember that Lula Brazil has plenty of space to hold parties.  Just give them a call.

Bom Apetite!!

April 3rd, 2016

What’s Going On? Film Programs, Cinema, The Arts, Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Movies offer us a ticket into another world.  You can cry, scream, cheer, or maybe all of it at once.  It is cheap therapy for a couple of hours.  Better than sitting home watching the political circus 24/7.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is located in beautiful Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 107 Truitt Avenue.  Tel. 302-645-9095.  Its mission is to promote cinematic arts and provide education and cultural enrichment.  It is very active and throughout the year it offers residents that ticket to another world mentioned above.  For more information, trailers, etc. etc. please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

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So, What’s Going On?

Thursday, April 7th – Film Programs/Cinema & The Arts…This film series brings art and artists to the big screen.  Typically, there is a guest speaker who will introduce the film and also lead a post screening discussion.  So, on Thrusday, 4/7, the featured film will be THE WINDING STREAM.  This looks like an interesting film, more so if you like the Carter and Cash families.  It tells the story of the Carter and Cash family dynasty seated at the heart of country music.  Starting with the original Carters, the film traces the transformation of their musical act into the Carter Sisters.  The marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter.  This is shot in HD. The Winding Stream features original Carter Family recordings but also showcases interpretrations of their songs as performed by such legends as John Prine, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Sheryl Crow.  It is told through interviews with family and friends who knew them best.   This film has won numerous awards.  It will run 90 minutes.  A post film discussion will be led by George Spicer, who currently serves as secretary of the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association.  The Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association hosts concerts the second Sunday of each month in Marydel, Delaware.   This film will take place at Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes.  This location is behind Wawa in Lewes.  Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  You can visit the above mentioned website and purchase tickets online, or by calling 302-645-9095 ext. 1.  Online reservations will close on Thursday, the 7th at Noon.  Please note that reservations made are non-refundable.

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Friday, April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, Sunday, April 10th – What Makes Us Tick?  This analytical series will be for the whole week-end.  It explores the theme of Secrets and Lies through films and post-screening discussions.  All screenings will be held at the Cinema Art Theater located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes (behind Wawa).  These 3 films will reveal the devastating effect that keeping secrets and telling lies has on individuals, families and communities.  Issues such as redemption, forgiveness, and hope will be discussed.  Each film will feature an introduction by licensed family therapist Joan Procaccio, and a post screening discussion facilitated by a mental health or educactional professional.

Admission prices for members are $15 per screening or $41 for the 3-film package.  For the general public the admission will be $17 per screening and $47 for the 3-film package.  Ticket prices include pre-screening refreshments.  Wine will be available for purchase at selected screenings.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the film  The tickets can be obtained by visiting the website above mentioned, or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1, or by visiting the RBFS office Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Please also note that to receive the membership discounted admission, proof of current membership must be presented at the time of purchase, or in the case of online or tel. reservations, at admission to the event.

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE – Friday, 4/8 at 7 p.m. – This is a British film and it is a heart-wrenching fact-base drama, when social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) uncovers the horrific scandal of forced child migration from the UK.  Between the 1940’s and ’50s, and as recently as 1967, nearly 130,000 British children, some orphaned and some forcibly removed from their homes, were packed into ships and sent to Australia.  They were told their parents were dead and instead of oranges and sunshine, a paradise offered to them, they were forced into hard labor and sometimes abuse….It runs 105 minutes and it is Rated R.  A post film discussion will be led by Perrin Smith.  He is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and their families.

DEAR FRANKIE –  Saturday, 4/9 at 3 p.m. – This is a Scottish drama, with many awards won including a 15 minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  Dear Frankie is a working class fairy tale and it is the story of 9 year old Frankie and his mother Lizzie.  He remembers nothing of the abuse he suffered as a child and his mother is determined to keep it that way.    Through a Glasgow post office box he maintains a regular correspondence with someone he believes is his father.  The letters, secretely authored by Lizzie, detail seafaring adventures from around the globe.  But she cannot maintain this charade forever and torn between telling the truth and protecting her son, Lizzie gets more than she bargained for when she hires a handsome stranger to play the role of a lifetime.  This simple story is rich with precise observation and it tugs at the heartstrings withouth being maudlin or manipulative….It runs for 105 minutes and is Rated PG 13.  The post film discussion will be led by Suzanne Murphy, Suzanne Thurman, and Joe-Anne Corwin.  Suzanne Murphy is a licensed clinical social worker who has a PHD in social welfare.  Suzanne Thurman is the director of the MERR Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue efforts of stranded marine life.  Joe-Anne Corwin was a professor of psychology at the Marine Maritime Acade in Castine, Main.

STORIES WE TELL – Sunday, 4/10 at 1:30 p.m.  This is a Canadian documentary.  Oscar nominated writer/director Sarah Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers.  This documentary explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, and how our narratives shape and define us.   This documentary is Rated PG 13. A post film discussion will be led by Carolyn Walter and Suzanne Thurman.  Carolyn Walter is a PHD, LCSW, Professor Emerita, Center for Social Work Education, Widener University and an Adjunct Professor at Univ. of PA, School of Social Work.  Her area of specialty is grief, loss and transformation.  Suzanne Thurman is the director of the MERR Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue efforts of stranded marine life.

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Wednesday, April 13th at 4 p.m. – THE SELFISH GIANT, was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.  It is a gripping story about 13 year old best friends, Arbor and Swifty.  During a forced absence from school, the boys begin working for a dubious scrap dealer selling discarded wire to scrap yards.  Their hard works pays off in the beginning but as Arbor becomes increasingly greedy, tensions build leading to a tragic event that transforms them all.  This is a British drama set against the backdrop of post industrial northern England.

This screening is part of the monthly “Read a Movie” series in which members read a little-known short story in advance of the screening, then gather to share their thoughts about how well, or not so well the story expanded to the big screen.  On the evening of the screening attendees can receive 15% off Dos Locos’ regular priced dinner entrees.

Admission is $3 for members, (current members need to present their membership card).  $5 for future members.  Location? Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes’ Wawa.

Have a great time!!

April 1st, 2016

Bethany Beach Eats! Off The Hook, Restaurant, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Good Food, Will Travel

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Catching up, telling stories, laughing, and sharing a meal.  Priceless moments I never forget.  That is what happens when my friends and I get together.  Three of them coming from Ocean City, Maryland, and myself from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the perfect halfway point was Bethany Beach.

It has been some time since I have visited Off The Hook.  It is known for its fresh food and their use of local vendors; supporting everything local.  It is located at 769 Garfield Parkway, a mile or so west of Downtown Bethany Beach.  Tel. 302-829-1424.  Website?  http://www.offthehookbethany.com.

Every day, except Saturday, there is a Special.  The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m.  When visiting the website above mentioned make sure you click on Specials.  They have some pretty good ones.  And, let me remind you that they do not accept reservations.  The restaurant is small but with plenty of tables.  I don’t think this time of the year is a problem, but come Summer 2016, that might be another story.  Just plan ahead.

On the Board….the Specials of the Day

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Our server was attentive and had a sense of humor.  Quickly a delicious bread was brought to the table.

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I was looking around….Off The Hook was crowded and we were eating early.  It was Fish n’ Chips night and 1/2 off pints (bottled).  It brought locals and visitors, as well.   In the meantime some wine and a Cosmo for the table.

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A discussion of what to eat followed. The Charred Broccoli Salad was excellent.  Great for sharing.  Two salads for the table served 4 people. It had roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, bacon, bleu cheese crumbs, and a warm mustard vinaigrette.

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Also on the special was the Sheepshead…this is a saltwater fish from the Atlantic that you see more and more on the menus.  It is an ugly fish.  So 3 out of the 4 of us decided to have it.  It was fried, over smokey roasted cauliflower, Pecorino polenta, baby kale, pickled raisins, toasted pine nuts and pancetta vinaigrette.  Two of my friends were totally satisfied.  The other one said it was good but maybe a little dry.

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More wine for the table and an appearance of a beautiful Salted Caramel Martini.

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I had decided on the Grilled Salmon…It was over charred broccoli, wild mushrooms, leeks, smoked bacon, broccoli puree, meyer lemon yogurt and pickled mustard seed.  Excellent and perfectly cooked.  A nice portion, as well.

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No dessert was necessary, we were perfectly satisfied plus you know, summer is around the corner.

Have a good one!!

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