September 29th, 2016
It is the perfect time of the year to try one of Rehoboth Beach’s restaurants that opened this year. The summer crowds are gone. Locals come out and not having to pay for parking is a blessing.
So nice to get together with Debbie and Jody….birthday girl was Debbie. Arriving early at Blackwall Hitch located at 52 Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-226-0550. Website? http://www.theblackwallhitch.com/rehoboth
Blackwall Hitch looks amazing inside. Plenty of tables, comfortable enough that you are not on top of each other. It is so well appointed, very chic indeed.
The expansive bar is on the other side. From Wednesdays through Sunday live music begins at 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more info. on who is playing, please visit http://www.theblackwallhitch.com/rehoboth/live-music
Starting with The Blackwall Salad of mixed field greens, grape tomatoes, cukes, red onion and carrots, tossed with their signature house vinaigrette. A simple salad with flavor and big enough to share. I could have had a different starter but after eating my way through Portland, it was best to keep it low cal, if you get my drift.
The Chicken Lemongrass Soup was loved by Debbie and Jody…roasted chicken, lemongrass, celery and onions topped with a fried veggie dumpling.
People are talking about their Fish Tacos and our taco connoisseur, Jody, was the one to try them. She said they were amazing, full of flavor. Blackened Cajun Mahi-Mahi served in soft taco shells with spicy slaw, roasted corn salsa, avocado, feta cheese, pico de gallo and avocado sour cream, served with a side of herb pearled couscous.
My Striped Bass was delicious, as well. It was pan seared served with a chayote squash salad and lime butter sauce.
Debbie’s Salmon Kale Salad was colorful…Grilled Atlantic Salmon, basil oil and kale salad with roasted red beets, mango, and candied walnuts tossed in their poppyseed lemon vinaigrette.
No dessert was necessary even though there was plenty of temptation like Sminth Island Cake, Chilled Key Lime Panna Cotta, Monkey Bread, Chocolate Flourless Torte, Pineapple Upside Down Skillet Cake, Chocolate Truffles and more. But we were so good. Only coffee and tea, please.
Our server was attentive, more than attentive if I should say so. It is feast or famine, some don’t care and others care too much.
Every Sunday there is brunch beginning at 10 a.m. For more info. please visit http://www.theblackwallhitch.com/rehoboth/sunday-brunch
Wednesday, October 5th Blackwall Hitch Presents – Inside The Glass. This is their inaugural event of Dinner Series. These dinners will take place the first Wednesday of the month and will feature a specially crafted chef’s dinner. Multi-course dinners will be paired with drinks. 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. This first dinner will feature a 4-course craft beer dinner menu. Please check their Facebook Page for more information.
Blackwall Hitch offers other menus as well: Gluten Free Menu, Kids Menu, Happy Hour Menu, Late Night Menu…just check their website above mentioned and click Menu.
So what can I say about our dining experience? We loved the atmosphere, and the food was very good. I had been told that it was pricey, but we found that it was a la par to all other restaurants in Rehoboth Beach at that level.
Dinner is even better when we eat together, catching up is always priceless with Jody and Debbie.
September 27th, 2016
This has been my year for traveling. But you know what? “Do me a favor…Stand up, walk to wherever the nearest window is, and just look outside. You may not know this, but there’s an entire planet-worth of summers, friends, sunsets, street lamps, songs, late nights, great films, and night skies waiting for you. Your life is as amazing as you want it to be, but first, you have to let it be that way.” chad sugg
I took off for Portland, Oregon, to visit a friend that I had not seen since 1973. We had so much fun. The weather was pretty good in Portland. I had no idea that it does not snow. Maybe once or twice through the years. What they do have for a winter is a day like we have had today at the Delaware Beaches…..grey and wet. They don’t even get thunderstorms. It is a drizzle. That is probably why their soil is fertile and the wine is delish.
Arriving in Portland the first thing that caught my eye from the airplane was Mt. Hood. Towards the end of my stay we decided to go up to the mountain to check out Timberline Lodge. The lodge was built in 1937. Some of the scenes of the movie The Shining were filmed here. They used aerial shots of the Timberline Lodge as part of its opening scene and also some other shots outside of the fictional Overlook Hotel.
The inspiration for the Lodge was the mountain. The architects used 3 themes to illustrate the regional heritage: hand-hewn timbers and hand-crafted furnishings to pay tribute to early pioneers, carved wood and wrought iron designs to capture the Indian spirit, and carvings of animals and paintings of wildflowers to represent wildlife native to Mt. Hood.
The timbers used were huge. The lodge had the fire going. It was rainy and cold. Plenty of hikers last week. We were hungry and thirsty so we decided to try the Ram’s Head Bar which is uniquely located on the second floor circular balcony.
We ordered some drinks. I decided to try Grady’s Spill…It is the short glass on the photo. “It’s advocaat sir, it does tend to stain. I’ll just set my Bourbon and Advocaat down…right here”…from Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining” Eastside Distilling egg nog advocaat liqueur, Jack Daniels, angostura bitters; served on the rocks with nutmeg, cinnamon and hazelnuts. It really tasted like an egg nog. It was good!!
And speaking of hazelnuts, Oregon is the largest producer of hazelnuts. We ordered Smoked Hazelnuts and Charcuterie.
A delicious Puree of Mushroom Soup with smoked hazelnuts, and green onions, and a Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with a rosemary crouton, and olive oil garnish.
The weather was conducive for a warm and comforting soup. But this was just a tasting. A dinner reservation was waiting in Portland where chefs are preparing some amazing dishes. Talk to you later.
September 12th, 2016
It was getting dark and the perfect time of the evening for Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. I was attending this production by Brown Box Theatre, brining free theatre to the Delmarva. This is the Six Annual Free Shakespeare at the Beach. Nothing better than enjoying a production under the stars, and on this particular night at Tower Road with one of the WWII towers paying attention.
Meet Kyler Taustin…Hometown? Ocean City, Maryland…He is the founding artistic director of Brown Box Theatre Project. He has directed all of the past Brown Box Theatre Project’s productions including all past 5 previous performances of the Annual Free Shakespeare at the Beach. Once again he has done so with Cymbeline.
Brown Box Theatre Project began in 2009. Their productions take place in intimate theatres throughout Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland and beyond. Their mission is to “create high-quality theatre and deliver their work directly to communities to expand the reach of impactful professional performing arts”.
On Monday, September 12th, Shakespeare’s Page to Stage Workshop led by Brown Box Theatre Project will take place from 3 – 4 p.m. This is an adult workshop. Then from 4:30 – 5:30 the teen workshop will take place. It is free and you still have time to pre-register by calling 302-645-2733.
On Saturday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. this outdoor production will be behind the Lewes Library located at 111 Adams Ave. on the lawn in Lewes. Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please check their schedule at http://www.brownboxtheatre.org/schedule.html.
And for more information about Brown Box Theatre Project, please visit http://www.brownboxtheatre.org.
If you are hesitant about understanding a Shakespeare production, this particular one is very easily understood. Kyler has made a point to make sure his audience captures the essence of the play.
We thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope you put it on your social calendar!! I mentioned above that it is free of charge, but at the end of the performance donations are much appreciated.
Cymbeline “is one of Shakespeare’s rarely produced works. It is an algamation of romance, ferocity, intrigue, and fancy, all in one play”.
Have a good one!!
September 9th, 2016
Laurel, Delaware, is considered to be part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. It takes about 40 minutes from Rehoboth Beach. Going on Rt. 24 all the way, checking out the country side. Stopping for lunch which is something I have been wanting to do. It happened that I was in the area.
It was such a hot day, we decided to eat indoors. But, I must tell you that the outdoor seating looked very nice, more so as the cooler fall temperatures start to arrive. Abbott’s Grill is located on Broad Creek at 300 Delaware Avenue. Tel. 302- 280-6172. They open for lunch and dinner. Website? http://www.abbottsgrillde.com.
Friday, September 16, there is a Murder Mystery Dinner. It will begin at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 302-280-6172. It will be a 3 course dinner & show, by Ovation Dinner Theatre Performance… $40/person….Who Shot the Sheriff?
I found the restaurant to be bigger than I thought. It has a separate bar and banquet facilities, as well. But, the first thing I saw as we came in was the bread on the counter. Just baked and beautiful.
Kristen was to take care of us and she did a great job. A big shout for her.
The most incredible chips were brought to our table. They were made out of flour and spinach. Soft, warm, lightly salted, and the best ever, accompanied with salsa. Worth driving there. And, of course, they are made in house.
We ordered the same thing from the daily special….Colvine Farms Bison Burger with white cheddar, bacon, portobello and onion. Colvine Farms are located on Rt. 404….local, the best!!
A medium rare bison burger is so yummy, cooked to perfection with beautiful looking tomatoes. Loved the flavor of the bison!
It was a quick lunch with no dessert because as you can see it was not necessary.
Abbott’s Grill on Broad Creek is the sister restaurant of Abbott’s Grill located in Milford, Delaware, north of the Delaware beaches.
Have a great week-end.
September 6th, 2016
“Don’t be afraid that something happens to you. Be afraid that nothing happens to you. Nothing noteworthy or exciting or breathtaking. I’m more afraid of a life where nothing extraordinary ever happens. I am more afraid of putting my dreams on a shelf and later realizing that I am too jaded or to tired to live them.” we are sole sisters
Yes, it has been some time since I put my thoughts and my photos on this blog. But here I am. I was telling a friend not long ago that seizing those special moments is something we should all aspire to. Hey, you never know what is around the corner. So I have decided that once a month I Want To Go Somewhere! It does not necessarily have to be taking off on a plane. It could be a day trip with friends, a new museum. I don’t want to be stuck in a rut.
When my friends called me last April or so to tell me that they had planned a trip to Italy and were thinking if…..I am In, I said. I don’t think I let them even finish the sentence. LOL
My friends are the perfect traveling partners. Italy is home to them. Italian they do speak. I can manage with my Spanish. So off we went to an adventure. Guess what? It was a #girlswannahavefun kind of trip. We got along, we were on time when required, more so at 7:15, for drinks, a nightly ritual, we laughed and we were all 20 years apart.
Traveling is exhausting and you have to be patient. Meeting my friends from Boston to Rome I was supposed to be on that plane, but I won’t bored with the details, my plane was canceled from BWI to Boston so I got to Rome a day late and another expensive plane ticket in order to get there.
Our first stop was the seaside town of Terracina, located about 47 miles southeast from Rome; between Rome and Naples. Sandy beaches attract summer visitors and it is the perfect beach get away since it is only about an hour from Rome and Naples.
Our hotel was Albergo Mediterraneo, located on Via Veneto, 2, 04019 Terracina Lt. Website? www.albergo-mediterraneo.it. The hotels in Terracina are comfortable and simple. Visitors come mainly for the main attractions which are the beaches, bars, and restaurants.
Every town we visited had either fireworks or some sort of festival. Seafood for the evening with family friends.
The beaches were wide. Wide enough that right on the sand are clubs you can pay a fee and enjoy more of an upscale service. Plenty of music on the beach, as well. You can walk from one beach club to another choosing the perfect one for you and your family. No boardwalk here but the sidewalks and bike lanes were very well defined.
If you just wanted to sit on the beach, there was plenty of space to do that. The clubs just attracted my attention since we do not have that type of set up here in our Delaware resorts.
Beach vendors pass you on the beach. You could have bought beach toys to evening wear. And if you forgot your swimwear….hey, they had that too.
Judith, my friend, and I took off walking early. Terracina is a seaside town and fresh seafood abounds. The crates of fresh fish arriving daily. And the vegetables stands were simple and beautiful, showing us that eating fresh and local is so amazing.
By the bridge overlooking the canal and then my first fig tree showing up. After that I saw fig trees everywhere. I was in heaven!
Like many towns there was the new section of town; modern and then the historic sites where you could appreciate the ruins of the time and the old cathedral and the Piazza del Municipio. This piazza is the ancient Roman forum.
While in Italy we ate a lot, but lucky that portions are not super size like we have here in the U.S. Plus the fact that we walked and climbed steps. Boy did we ever!
While in Terracina a trip to the Temple of Jupiter Anxur is a must. You will be able to get a breathtaking and scenic view from that advantage point. This temple has towered over the city since the second century A.D.
During the Middle Ages there was a Benedictine Monastery dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel.
In the year 2000 the Temple of Jupiter Anxur was recognized as a National Monument.
And in 2008 it became part of the Natural Regional Park of the Ausoni Mounts and the Lake of Fondi.
It was 9 p.m. in Terracina and a delicacy called the Bomba Calda is a nightly ritual for many. It is like a stuffed doughnut with Nutella cream and Panna cream. There are other flavors but the best are these. Down the beach road we went by the hotel and here it was.
Nobody twisted my arm to have the Bomba Calda…..I needed that like a hole in the head. But, in Terracina you follow others. haha
In most parts of Italy, if you are thirsty drink from the fountains in town. Perfectly safe. Next is the Amalfi Coast.