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September 6th, 2016

Summer Travel 2016, Terracina, Italy, Bomba Calda, Terracina’s Delicacy, Go Somewhere! Italy’s Beaches

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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During the Middle Ages there was a Benedictine Monastery dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel.

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In the year 2000 the Temple of Jupiter Anxur was recognized as a National Monument.

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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.

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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.

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July 24th, 2016

Fun at Funland, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, A New Post by Sophia, Watching out for You Kids!! Summer 2016

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Need a ride to Funland?  Remember me?  I am Miss Sophia and I am a little bit new at posting on a blog.  So give me a chance.  I will improve.  There is nothing better than living at the beach!  It is my playground.  On such a hot week-end a day at the beach was a must.

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Rehoboth Beach has parks and plenty of places to have a picnic.  One of my favorites past times.  I am a foodie at heart so a little to eat outdoors is always priceless!

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Kids coming to Rehoboth Beach will soon find out that the Boardwalk is the life of the town.  Lots of fun for young ones like me.  But there is one place where the whole family will enjoy.  That is Funland located at 6 Delaware Avenue and the Boardwalk.  There are a lot of young kids attractions but the thrill rides that the older ones like, are also there.  It opens daily at 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.  The website is http://www.funlandrehoboth.com.

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We had just been at Nicola Pizza, having dinner and a delicious Nic-o-Boli.  Website? http://www.nicolapizza.com.

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It was in June and the weather was still a bit cooler.  So off we went to Funland.  First thing my Grandmas and my Mom wanted to do was Whack-a-mole.  This game was invented so long ago, in 1976. We had just gone from Nic-o-Boli to Whack-a-mole!!  I was not sure about why all the screaming, but they thought it was fun.  So here I am with my Mom.  A Nikon Moment.

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The beautiful carousel was more my speed at this stage of my life.  I forgot to tell you but I have been busy mastering the art of walking.  I am a bit stiff but it is definitely getting much better.

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I know I am very serious on my photos but I can assure you that I was having fun.  haha

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I think the boat rides are the same price of so many years ago.  On the first photo you can see my Dad on a green boat when he was little. He is not smiling either. On the other photo is where I am. A green boat, as well.  1 ticket per ride still!! A bargain.

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Early evening is a good time for Funland.  It is quieter than later at night.

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I am going on the cutest little engine ride.

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And then on the Police Car.

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Oh no, I did not know about this next ride….but here they were taking me too!!

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It was getting late and more people were starting to come in.  It is right off the Boardwalk so it such an easy walk from all points in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  I will get the hang of all these rides as I get older but my first experience was a “blast”.  Talk to you later!!

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July 18th, 2016

Hotel Gault, Old Montreal, Canada, Summer Travel, Boutique Hotel, A Shout to Their Staff!! “Houssman architecture influenced by contemporary Paris”

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A week-end is not enough, but that is all we had.  You certainly need a few more days when visiting Montreal, Canada.  Even though I live at the beach and this is a destination for many, for some of us getting out of town is definitely the thing to do when the beaches get too crowded.  Summer travel is great.  Everyone does it.  I was reading an article the other day that you should try to visit a new place every month.  I am trying to, and it does not have to be far away, but if you can do it please do because traveling inspires you to explore, to see the world for what it really is, regarding of the news of the day.

The Hotel Gault is located at 449, Rue Sainte-Helene, Montreal, QC, H2Y 2K9  Tel. 514-904-1616 or 1-866-904-1616  Website?  http://www.hotelgault.com

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As you can see from the photo taken outside of Hotel Gault, its architecture is classic.  They mentioned that it is “Houssman architecture influenced by contemporary Paris”.  Napoleon III brought Baron George-Eugene Haussman to bring order and structure to the chaotic, cramped Paris.

Very modern inside.  The hotel showcases contemporary art from local Quebec and Canadian artists.

The hotel only has about 30 or 35 rooms.  Ours was the apartment.  Room 410.  Huge.  It really was like an apartment.  Very comfortable with good lighting.

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I am giving a shout to the staff and to the hotel guests.  Looking for my key in my pocketbook I left my wallet in a cubby by the hall.  A few hours later I got a call saying a hotel guest had returned it to the Front Desk.  I had no idea I had left it so you can imagine how appreciative I was.

Hotel Gault is open to the public for dining…breakfast, brunch and lunch.  The guests have 24 hour service.

Needless to say we had great service and the location was perfect.  We could walk to all the cafes, restaurants, and shops.  Loved Old Montreal!!

July 12th, 2016

Ants Pants Cafe, La Colombe, Draft Latte, Out & About in Philly, City of Brotherly Love, Saturday, Summer 2016, Sights & Scenes of the City, Philadelphia, PA

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Everyone was driving south as I took for Philly driving north from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  The DE beaches are so crowded.  It is the height of the season.  Hot summer days get everyone out of town.  I love a Saturday and Sunday in a city.  You can walk around with ease.

Such was last Saturday.  I arrived at Rittenhouse Square.  This is one of the prettiest squares in Philadelphia.  Quickly we took a walk to South St. looking for a cafe that is very popular and very understated.  Called Ants Pants Cafe, located at 2212 South St.  Tel. 215-875-8002.  The Cafe has a small terrace in the back if you want to eat al fresco.  They offer breakfast, brunch, and lunch.  They take cash only but there is also an ATM machine inside.  Website? http://www.antspantscafe.com

The Ants Pants Cafe has offerings that could be found in any cafe in Australia.  The coffee is from Australia’s Tobbys Estate.  Ants Pants mean outstandingly good person.

Not knowing what the other table was asking I found out that they had ordered sweet potato fries.  They looked amazing so I had to have them.  They were brought in with sour cream and sweet chili sauces.

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A Spinach Salad with baby spinach, goat cheese, green apples, walnuts, red onions with a balsamaic vinaigrette, dressing, topped with crispy bacon.  An order of yogurt with fruit was also enjoyed.  All good and fresh with very friendly service.  Ants Pants Cafe offer smoothies, milkshakes and juice. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Walking back to Rittenhouse Square I could not believe how quiet the streets were.  People usually do not see Philly this way.  The beautiful streets with its grand row houses and flowers.  The city is getting ready for the Democratic Convention and the Equality Forum.

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Rittenhouse Square has so many shops, restaurants and cafes.  This particular children’s shop caught my attention.  I am putting it in the post because I have so many friends becoming grandparents.  Check it out ladies.

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From tailoring, reconstruction, and custom design, Irina Sigal is on Locust Street.  Dressmaker Irina Sigal…www.irinasigal.com.

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These people were having fun discovering the city. Exploring Philly like never before.  It is a 15 guest bike. An open air tour bus. You are among other riders who might want to pedal around Philly during the day and during evenings stop at favorite bars.  They offer history tours, food tours, fitness rides, kids’ parties, and a new history tour with Ben Franklin.  Please visit http://www.bigredpedaltours.com

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Time for coffee.  The daily addiction.  I remember not that long ago in Puerto Rico, they thought that Americans did not know how to drink coffee.  Not strong enough, they would say.  Well that has certainly changed with amazing coffee shops found all throughout the nation.  One coffee shop being mentioned as one of the bests nationwide is La Colombe.  I arrived at this coffee shop located at 130 South 19th street in Philadelphia.  Tel. 215-563-0860.  It was packed with customers drinking the most incredible coffee.  This is not the only spot in Pennsylvania.  They have opened coffee shops in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.  Check their website at http://www.lacolombe/blogs/cafes.

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La Colombe takes an iced coffee to a different level.  First ever Draft Latte, a take on the draft beers, except it is coffee. It even has the foam.  Now you can even find it in a can!!  It certainly was delicious sipped among others in this coffee shop which reminds me of a coffee shop in Europe.

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Things cannot be that bad in the world as long as there is coffee…lol.

We could not get into this tiny bar called the Graffitti Bar.  Through the alley way we went only to find it completely full.  Oh well, another time.

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There was a bit of thunder and a few sprinkles.  Time to head back home but not before I saw this couple.  Yes, romance is still in the air.

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June 22nd, 2016

New Foodie in Town, Sophia, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Half Full, Restaurant, Pizza, Lewes, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, A New Post by Sophia, Kids Eat at The DE Beaches

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Hi there. Here I was this past week-end when the weather was glorious.  It is what I love the most. Playing on the beach with my family.  Well, there is another thing I like to do just as much and that is eating.  I am Sophia and I am a new foodie in town.  Looking for places that kids are welcomed and not rushed.  It is the beach, afterall, you should come here to relax and chill out.

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Half Full is the restaurant that we went to eat the other night.  It is in Lewes, Delaware, located at 125 Second St.  Tel. 302-645-8877.  It is open from Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.    Website?  http://www.halffulllewes.com.

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My Grammy and my Mom were there too.  Half Full is celebrating their first year in this location.  I guess it is about my age.  I just took my first steps and this is a milestone.  I am growing up.  Everyone has been laughing and clapping at my way of walking.  I will master it and then they will be sorry because I will be all over the place.

At Half Full you order at the counter and then they will bring you the food at the table.  Our table, and this is a tip from me to you, was inside.

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It was a corner booth.  It is perfect for little ones like me.  You can also eat outside on their porch but my Mom thinks this is the best one.  There is also a high table that I have sat before.  Yes, I do get around.

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Some of you might think I should be home in bed but to tell you the truth it was not late and I also took a late afternoon nap.  So I was ready for some tasting.

The first thing we ordered was the Cold Board.

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It is a composed salad of two cheeses, sopressata, roasted red pepper and tomato, Kalamata olives, which I so love, and garlic sauce.  I am not into the garlic sauce but I love everything else.  You can tell by the photos by Grammy took.

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Two pizzas were ordered.  These pizzas are thin and crispy.  They are sooooo good.  You are going to love them and so will your children.

In the background the pizza was Have It Your Way….you customize it.  Tomato sauce, caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes and Kalamata Olives. That was my Mom’s.

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In the foreground my Grammy’s was The Lobster & The Leek…Canadian lobster, creamy leek confit, cognac tomato sauce.  My Grammy said she had forgotten how good these pizzas were.  I totally agree with her.  They were yummy!!

It was an early evening in Lewes.  The town was quiet.  Stay tuned for my next post.

Night Night!!

June 19th, 2016

What’s Going On? New Foodie in Town, Sophia, Nicola Pizza, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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I am Miss Sophia.  Most of the time my favorite past time is playing on the beach.  I am very new to this.  I am only 15 months old.  I am a fast learner.  Besides doing all those things babies do, I have become quite a foodie.  I like most everything.  I try it once and if I put a funny face my Mom usually knows that I am not too comfortable with such a unique taste.  One thing I love is ice cream, watermelon, and cherry tomatoes.

I love Italian food so we took off to Nicola Pizza.  They tell me that since 1971 it has been a favorite of residents and visitors alike.  It has 2 locations:  the original located at 8 N 1st Street and the second on 71 Rehoboth Avenue.  The second one is practically around the corner.  Tel. 302-227-6211.  Website http://www.nicolapizza.com.

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My Mom and my 2 grandmas were with me at the original location.  Nicola Pizza is very kid friendly.  No rush, stay as long as you want.

We ordered French Fries!  Sprinkling them with a little Apple Cider Vinegar is always good, but I just put ketchup on mine.  My Grammy calls this type of food Boardwalk Grub!  Not sure what she means, but I think I will be learning more and more about these favorites of all that come to the beach.  I forgot to tell you that it seems they all like their fries well done!

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Nicola Pizza is known for their Nic-o-Boli.  The original has ground beef and you can add all kinds of other goodies like, onions, cheese, sweet peppers, mushrooms and the list goes on.  They have a vegeterian ones, as well.  These Nic-o-Bolis can be also bought by the dozen.  Nicola Pizza also ships.

This is what the Nic-o-Boli looks like. Inside, it is hot and full of meat, cheese and sauce.

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My Grammy wanted to have it but did not want to eat all the dough.  She says summer is coming.  I want to tell her summer is here!!  Anyway, they have what they call a Nic-o-Boli in a bowl.  She added sweet peppes, and mushrooms.

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She loved it.  Guilt free she said.

Mama Nicola (Joan Caggiano) was making the rounds.  She always stops at each table to see if her customers are satisfied.  When she came to my table she decided to take a seat and watch me eat my spaghetti which by the way, I loved.  I slurperd those noodles right up and loved the meatballs, as well.

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Mama Nicola was so nice.  She just watch me eat and have a good time.

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From here we were off to the rides at Funland, also in Downtown Rehoboth Beach!!

I’ll be passing the word around as I see kid friendly places, here at the Delaware Beaches.  Night Night!!

May 26th, 2016

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Eden Restaurant, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Bar, Catering, Tried & True Restaurant, Delaware Beaches

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Eating is not merely a material pleasure.  Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship.  It is of great importance to the morale.  elsa schiaparelli

Meeting friends on trendy Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach….we were trying to grab dinner at favorite restaurants of mine before the crowds arrive and the meters come into effect.

Rehoboth Beach is known for its culinary excellence.  The chefs are really outdoing themselves.  I think when visitors arrive this week-end they will see that there are other restaurants now manking an appearance in town.  But I never forget the true and tried restaurants.  Over the years I keep coming back to those establishments that give me good service, let me chat with friends without intrusion, and serve food cooked with the best ingredients.

I always have loved Eden.  When someone asks me where to go in Rehoboth for a special dinner Eden always comes to mind.  The staff is so professional.  And don’t get me wrong I love plenty of other restaurants in Southern Delaware, but Eden is on the top of my list.

Eden is located at 23 Baltimore Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3330  Website?  http://www.edenrestaurant.com

The website is informative.  Eden offers catering.  On Fridays Eden Classic Dishes are half price.  And don’t forget that the bar is always open.

Meeting Madelon and Cindi for dinner we arrived early, which was the perfect opportunity for photos.  The dining room is open and the booths are perfect for an intimate dinner.

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A few glasses of Trefethen Chardonnay.  A Grilled Caesar with sun dried tomato/olive tapenade, pecorino romano and the classing dressing.

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Tuna Tartare that melted in your mouth.

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One Artic Char, perfectly seasoned.

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And two of us had the Venison, which looked as good as it tasted.

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At Eden there are always various desserts…..but the Chef’s Daily Whim was a tribute to the Almond Joy…..decadent and totally sinful!!

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I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Week-End.  Don’t be shy, try Rehoboth Beach Bests Restaurants….you will not be disappointed!!

May 22nd, 2016

What’s Going On? Puttin’ On The Ritz, Event, 23rd Year Anniversary Celebration, Fun-Fundraising, Atlantic General Hospital, Meet Me at the “Speakeasy”, Berlin, Maryland, Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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I could not believe it!! No rain! Can you imagine?  We have been so inundated with rain that I was not sure how this event was going to turn out.  But, as it happens, on Thursday, May 19th, the skies were clear, the moon and the stars were out and the location was mesmerizing.

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It was going to be a celebration of the 23rd year anniversary of Atlantic General Hospital located at 9733 Healthway Dr., Berlin, MD 21811.  Tel. 410-641-1100.  Website?  http://www.atlanticgeneral.org.

We were meeting at the “Speakeasy”, where the event was taking place.  This is the farm of the Host and Hostess, Mr. & Mrs. Buddy Jenkins.  Atlantic General has been celebrating its anniversaries with an annual event.  Fun and Fundraising for the hospital.  This year’s theme was the Roaring 20’s and with 500 people of their supporters, family and friends in attendance it was certainly a memorable evening.

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Most of the attendees wore 1920’s dress code…..long pearls, fringes…it was a time of excess.  Games and crafted cocktails.  You picked your own glass at the entrance and fill it to your hearts desires.  The tent was huge and it was very well appointed.  The center pieces were gorgeous, as well.  No detail was left out.

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LA Catering from Liquid Assets located at 94th & Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland did a spectacular job with their catering.  Besides their restaurant in Ocean City their catering side of it can work magic for any of your events, small or large.  As you can see they fed 500 and there was no shortage of food throughout the evening.  Tel. 410-524-7037  Website?  http://www.ocliquidassets.com.

We are located on the eastern shore so seafood is regarded as a main staple at events.  Surrounding the Speakeasy there were stations where attendees could fill their plates and come back for more.

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Oysters on the half shell, shrimp, smoke scallop salad, smoked salmon, crab claws!!

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Softshells!!  My favorites!

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Cheeses and Charcuterie!!

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Lisa & Cindi checking it out!

Lisa & Cindi checking it out!

Seafood Paella.

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Sushi!!

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Dessert!!  That sweet ending that completes a meal….Have you had the doughnuts made in house at Liquid Assets?  They are to die for.  At the event they gave them a little twist.  You could customize them.  They were warm, perfect to hold in one hand or on your plate and then the sweet condiments on top.

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I took a look at the cakes….could they possibly be the cakes that have been the talk of the town?  Yes!!  I could not believe it.  I am going to learn more about the two guys that are from Brooklyn and call themselves the Brooklyn Baking Barons.  The cakes featured the other night were Honey Whiskey Cakes, accompanied by local strawberries.  They were so good that at the table we all went back for seconds.  They are the perfect size…guilt free shall we say?  They will be opening a store front in Berlin, I believe on or around Memorial Week-End.  Check them on Facebook.  From their website they ship nationwide.  http://www.bkbarons.com.

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Cannot wait to taste a new flavor….the Limoncello Cake with homemade Limoncello….Justin Noble, a friend of theirs said this new cake is out of this world.

It is that time of the year to fund raise at the Maryland and Delaware Beaches.  People have big hearts here.  Lucky to call it home!!

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