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February 16th, 2014

Sundays, Lunch, Dinghy Dock, Open Air, Dockside Dining, Locals’ Hangout, Dewey, Culebra, Puerto Rico, Warm, Tropical Breezes, Island Time, There is Something Magical About Sunday Afternoons


When I was younger Sundays, did not mean a thing.  As I matured, I found that Sundays are magical.  It is that day of the week where you can just relax, cook outdoors, read a good book….it is your own time.  No worries.  Monday is the next day, and you will worry about that when it gets there.

Visiting the Island of Culebra off Puerto Rico….Laid back Caribbean Island.  There is a slower time.  It is so scenic.  The sounds of the waves is all it takes to put you to sleep under a palm tree.


When visiting Culebra, and I will tell you more about it in a later post…..lunch at the Dinghy Dock is very relaxing.  At dockside.  It is located outside the Dewey Draw Bridge on Calle Fulladoza.  Tel. 787-742-0233.  Locals mingle and Dinghy Dock serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Entering Dinghy Dock and sitting at dockside….it is an open air restaurant with full bar, serving American and Puertorican food.



The view of the anchored boats and of the fish expecting a treat from your table.



A full bar and grab a table, please.  Remember, you are on island time… rush.



It was the perfect place to stop for lunch after touring the island with family.  On our table the following was ordered.

Beef Fajitas


Two orders of the local bean burritos.


And after I had been eating lechon asado (roasted pig), morcillas (blood sausages), pastelillos (turnovers), plantains….it was time to eat fish.  So, my sushi grade seared tuna hit the spot!!


No dessert for us….we were completely satisfied.

Visiting Culebra….priceless!!


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September 17th, 2012

Dining in Rehoboth Beach, Eden, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches…The combination of presentation, creativity and taste is what sets Eden apart!!


I must have looked like I did not know where I was going, as I checked Eden’s menu.  Two couples said “there are no bad restaurants in Rehoboth Beach”.  I turned around and answered “I know, I live here”.  With that the conversation continued as to what restaurant they should go to on Sunday evening.  I told them that my choice was Eden.  I quickly told them a bit about the restaurant and I also told them about other restaurants in the area.  Then I said “read my post on AboutMyBeaches”.

In the meantime, my friends arrived.  We were looking forward to this dinner.  I mean it when I say that Eden has never failed me.  The combination of presentation, creativity and taste really does set them apart.  It is quiet inside, with just the right music on the background.  Tables and booths are the choices of seating.


Eden is located at 23 Baltimore Avenue, in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-3330.  Website?  The restaurant also has outdoor dining.  On summer nights or balmy fall evenings, it is a nice place to have dinner.


Danielle was going to be taking care of us.  She was so attentive and so professional.  Her suggestions were perfect.  I wanted to try something different and she guided me to dishes that contained amazing flavors.

When reviewing a restaurant, it can be said that we eat with our eyes at first; a beautiful presentation starts the process.  Eden offers that and so much more.  You don’t want it to end.

So, on Sunday night this was our experience.

Only 2 of us wanted appetizers, and we both ordered the same thing.  Truffled parsnip and Mushroom Salad – Spinach, Toasted Hazelnuts, Ricotta Salata.  Danielle told us how the salad was wrapped and how the flavors with the toasted hazelnuts were going to be so different and good.  She was right!


An entree of Wasabi/Sesame Crusted #1 Ahi Tuna, with sticky rice, seaweed salad, wasabi, and soy sauce.  This tuna will melt in your mouth.


Another entree that was very well received was the Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope, toasted Farro, heirloom carrots, Fifer white peaches, brussel sprouts, blueberry/black cardamon savory demi.


An order of grilled artichokes hearts for the table…tasty.


The Pan Roasted Salmon was beautiful and got good reviews, as well.  It had a lima and white bean saute, crispy rutabaga, maitake mushrooms, creamy butternut squash puree, and mizuna pesto.


I loved my entree.  I really did.  It was Braised Pork Ragu, with caramelized pearl onions, roasted apples, wild mushroom confit, rosemary fazzoletti and nutmeg/ricotta foam.  Lots of different flavors in this dish.  A fazzoletti is a pasta handkerchief; they are delicate.


Our dinner ended with a Tribute to the Candy Bar!!  Layers of peanut butter and dark chocolate mousse, ganache and sea salt.  Everything edible!!


Always love having dinner with friends….it seemed that the evening went so fast!!  Until next time.  Talk to you later.

Note:  Eden has a full bar.  It also offers catering and has room for private parties.  And, they are sensitive to those customers with gluten allergies.  On Wednesday evenings is Steakhouse Night.  Prix Fixe Menu.  $35 for 3 courses.  Save the date of Friday, 10/12 when there will be a Jazz Wine Dinner.

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April 23rd, 2012

Lunch in…Delray Beach, City Oyster, American Food, Fresh Seafood, Village by the Sea, South Florida

With such a gorgeous South Florida day, who wants to be indoors, or eat indoors, when you have so many restaurants in Delray, that offer al fresco dining?


We picked City Oyster because of its consistency; a dependable restaurant, offering a relaxed dining atmosphere.  It was one of the restaurants that we first visited when we arrived in Delray years ago.  Lunch, dinner or a drink at the bar, your pick.  For us, it was lunch.

City Oyster is part of the group of restaurants owned by the Big Time Restaurant Group.  It is located at 213 E. Atlantic Ave.  Tel. 561-272-0220.  Website?

It is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For Dinner the schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 5 until 10 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, they start serving dinner at 5  until 10 p.m.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, dinner will start at 5 until 11 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday City Oyster offers a brunch from 11:30 until 2:30 p.m.


I was delighted to see today on their chalk board, Dogfish 60 Minute IPA, our own Delaware beer.  The board will show the Daily Beers on Tap, as well as a list of the oysters available for the day; other daily seafood too.


The bar runs the length of the restaurant.


Today everyone was sitting outside.  The tables were closely assembled.  As we waited for wine, which by the way it took a little longer than it should have, the gentleman on one side was choking (he got the help needed), on another side the guy sent his food back but then it looked like the same food came back. Go figure.  And, the young woman that was savoring her fish tacos started to quietly cry.  It was not the food, I know that.  I think she got sentimental.  The guy with her seemed very nice.  Didn’t I tell you the tables were closely assembled?

Thank God our food came out and my attention was directed to my Grilled Mahi Mahi, which was the fish of the day, on a French garden salad.  Tomatoes, broccoli, shallots, Mesclum with homemade aioli and a mustard vinaigrette.  It was delicious and I really loved the fish.


My husband decided on Blue Point oysters and a side order of Red Bliss Potato Salad.



That was it!!   No other excitement or drama….

Talk to you later…have a good one!!

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February 3rd, 2012

Out & About in Delray Beach, Restaurant Opening, Worthing Park, Village By The Sea, Palm Beach County, South Florida


Officially, Park Tavern is opening its doors tonight in Delray Beach. The restaurant is located at 32 SE 2nd Ave. at Worthing Place. Tel. 561-265-5093. Website?

This restaurant will be serving sustainable American cuisine; farm fresh. Ask and they’ll tell you all about the best farmers, fisherman, and ranchers. Better yet, visit the website, check the menu, scroll down and a list of those who will be suppliers to Park Tavern is there for you to check out.


From breads to cured meats and condiments, everything will be made in-house.

Have not visited yet so my review is not available. Will wait until the novelty wears out a bit. You know how it is.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that Park Tavern is owned by another restaurant in Delray Beach, Cut 432.


Another restaurant that will be opening doors in Delray Beach is called SALT. They will be serving prime steaks, sushi and raw bar. The domain is SALT is located opposite corner from Park Tavern.


Plenty of choices for all aficionados. Talk to you later….

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December 21st, 2011

Brule Bistro, Pineapple Grove Art District, Restaurant, Al Fresco Dining, Review, Delray Beach, Florida


Warm in Rehoboth Beach.  I like it that way, even though at this time of the year I really do like winter to show its face for the holidays.

Rehoboth is known for its good restaurants; great chefs introducing their innovative cuisine is what a lot of foodies in the area want to experience.

Delray Beach, Florida is known also for its restaurants.  One after another you will find them on Atlantic Avenue, which is “Main Street”.  Italian, Japanese, American, French, and Latin.

Years ago another street was introduced in Delray Beach.  The street is NE 2nd Ave.  This is known as Pineapple Grove, due to the produce that was grown in years past. It looked, at the time, that it would end up being an extension of Atlantic Ave.


Well, it has turned out to be one of the hippest parts of town; sidewalks are lined with art, sculptures, bookstores, eateries; downtown living at its best.  The residents of Pineapple Grove have everything accessible to them, including gyms and postal service.  Oh, and don’t forget that they are pretty close to the beach, as well; a bike ride or a short drive.

Early Sunday a.m.

Early Sunday a.m.

One thing that Delray Beach has taken to the next level is the availability to dine “al fresco”.  A temperate climate in South Florida is so conducive for this type of dining.  In Delray you might find yourselves dining right on the sidewalk or in some private garden, as well.  The sidewalks are wide enough to let the pedestrian activity run smoothly.

Brule Bistro is located at 200 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 109, Delray Beach, FL 33444.  It is right on City Walk which has retail on the bottom.  Tel. 561-274-2046.  Website?


This past summer I went on a hot day and thought it was delicious.  Again, just a few weeks ago, it was the choice for my son and I on a perfect day in the Village by the Sea.

Brule has a casual atmosphere.  The bistro is known for its extensive collection of wines.  It has take out; no reservations, though.  It opens early and closes late.  The website has a full menu for you to check out.  And, specials every day.

The staff was friendly and knew the menu well.  There was an excitement as I asked my server what the dish that he had just served to another table was.  I ordered that lunch special of salmon over roasted beets.  It was considered a salad and I did not want it to end. 

I first started with a Chilled Gazpacho with a yogurt creme.  The gazpacho was homemade, no canned tomato juice there.


Then came that salmon over the roasted beet salad.  I usually write down what I am eating but it the excitement of it all, I forgot.  At least, the photo says it all.


My son started with a Shrimp Ceviche in a citrus and chili marinade, served with avocado and the thinnest of warm house chips.


Then an order of their Brule Club with roasted turkey, bacon, arugula, tomato, avocado, Asiago and pesto aioli on a multigrain bread.  It was a handsome portion, perfectly displayed. Gone in not time.



No desserts for us….we were perfectly happy.

If you are in the Village by the Sea….check it out and let me know what you think.  You can write to me to the blog or visit AboutMyBeaches on Facebook.

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September 17th, 2011

Liquid Assets, Restaurant, Wine, Martini Bar, Review, Ocean City Dining, Maryland, The Perfect Bodega to Have Lunch in O.C.



I am welcoming this change in the weather like you would not believe.  It is so gorgeous and crisp; makes you want to get up and do something. 

If you are spending time this week-end at the beaches, you will hear the roar of motorcycles up and down Coastal Highway (Rt. 1).  They are mainly heading towards Ocean City, MD, where the Delmarva Bike Week is presently taking place.

The other day I went to have lunch at Liquid Assets.  This restaurant, bar and beautiful bodega is located at 94th St. & Coastal Highway.  Tel. 410-524-7037, website?   I think this is the perfect opportunity to write the post on L.A. since just as it opens for lunch, it is also open for dinner.

I took my sister in law, Susie, on this outing.  I wanted her to see how different it was.  Don’t have one in our Delaware Beaches. 


It has a bistro atmosphere with different choices for dining.  You may choose to stay in the package goods section where you can see the comings and goings of patrons, and at the same time have a quiet dining experience.



You can also sit at the bar, or decide to dine in their separate dining room, which might be more intimate.  The feel of it is, definitely, more like a wine cellar.



Susie and I decided on a corner table in the middle of the package goods store.

Diane was our waitress and she turned out to be very knowledgeable about the menu and very friendly, as well.

Usually, I do have their Pan Roasted Mussels.  I truly love them and even though I have had very good ones in other restaurants; these, at L.A. are totally #1.

But, I decided to have something else.  I went with their L.A. Burger.  It was made with Creekstone Farms beef, with a traditional cucumber and red pepper relish, bibb lettuce, Denhay English Cheddar, and thick cut fries on a Kaiser roll.  Temperature?  Medium rare. 


As you can see from the pictures, it was a very generous portion.  How I ate it?  I don’t know.  To tell you the truth I don’t know why I even dare to question this since I have always been able to finish all my food.


It was juicy, well seasoned and I really did like the addition of the bibb lettuce.

Susie had their Deluxe Grilled Cheese.  This sandwich is always on their menu and it is very popular.  Applewood smoked bacon, sliced apples, cheddar, spinach, pane dolce and thick cut fries.


Great combination of flavors for this time of the year.  We had to open it so that you could see what it looked like inside. 

Liquid Assets has an extensive wine collection, as well as plenty of spirits.  As I walked around a few caught my attention.



Then, one in particular.  It was a Vodka called Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  In large letters it also said Gluten Free.


This vodka is handmade in Austin, Texas by Mockinbird Distillery.  It has been in the press lately, as well.  It has the designation of being the First Spirit to be Made in USA Certified.  If you visit their webiste,,  you will find very interesting info., including the press releases from Buy American Challenge, WSJ, Martha Stewart, NY Times and CNN Money.

Liquid Assets also has catering, and the availability to hold private parties in the restaurant.

By visiting their website, above mentioned, you will find their menus, including their cheeses, their martinis and their beer list.  Throughout the year they hold events and interesting specials, as well.  You can even share your lazy dog photos with L.A. 

Lazy? Don’t want to cook?  They have carry-out.

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Have a great day!!  Talk to you later….

February 21st, 2011

JAM Bistro by Eden, Rehoboth Beach, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches



Last September 9, 2010, I went to dinner with friends to a very popular restaurant in Rehoboth Beach called Eden.  You can read this post if you click on the month of September on the left hand side of this website and scroll down to the date.  On that night I happened to look across the street and saw a new restaurant that I did not know about.  It was JAM; also owned by Eden; recently opened.  A mental note to visit this restaurant some time soon.

Well, it has been more than a few months so on Friday, Linda, Harry, John and I decided to check it out.  I had previously called to find out if they were aware of gluten allergies.  They said yes and to inform the waitress.

JAM is located at 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. is 302-226-5266.  Website? It is open Thursdays and Fridays  from 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:100 a.m.  E-mail is

Linda and Harry are game to try something new even though at times I see a hesitation when I suggest to go to a new place.  It was pretty funny when a couple of years ago I took them to the Grove Market in Bishopville, MD.  Linda did not know what to think when we arrived.

On Saturday, it was the perfect night to go out.  We needed to catch up.  When the 4 of us get together is non-stop talking and laughter. 

I had no preconceived ideas about JAM.  Did not even read a review; I wanted to see for myself.

A flight down a set of stairs and then you enter to a surprise.  From the outside JAM is so deceiving.  I thought it would be small but it was not.  A large room with tables scattered throughout and tablecloths.  A partition divided a bar with tables set for dinner.  We decided to sit in the larger dining room.  The colors and art were very pretty. 




JAM is a casual restaurant.  We live at the beach; it should be that way. 


Amy was our waitress and she was very friendly.  Throughout our meal she stopped at the table to see if we needed anything; very unobtrusive.  She let us talk and talk and talk.

At JAM you can order every wine by the glass, but what got rave reviews was the Dirty Martini.  It came just like a dirty martini should; cloudy.


A few appetizers were ordered:

Crispy smashed firgerlings with smoked bacon and vermont cheddar, Old Bay and tartar sauce.  They were crispy and you could definitely taste the Old Bay.


Shrimp dumplings, lemongrass broth, green, yuzu/truffle dressing.  Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit; the rind predominantly used.  Seasoned well with a nice flaky crust.

House made meatballs, tomato gravy and shaved parmesan was another appetizer ordered, but Linda has been perfecting meatballs at home and thought hers were better. 


I went with the $30 prix fixe menu and I chose the roasted carrot and ginger soup with fried parsnips chips.  It was delicious and I hope I can get the recipe.


More wine and more dry martinis followed.  Then for our entrees we ordered.


Grilled Pork Chop and a side of broccolini over mashed potatoes.  It looked beautiful.  Harry said it was delicious; not dry and great gravy.


Linda had the Pappardelle Bolognese which was a house made pasta with shaved pecorino and olive oil.  I think she liked it but, again, she has been experimenting a lot with her own Bolognese sauce and she thought hers was so good.  She is inviting us to sample her Italian cooking.  A post will be coming soon.


John and I chose the Grilled Whole Silver Snapper that came over jasmine rice, garlic broccolini and a preserved orange vinaigrette.  Amy suggested we had this entree and it truly was delicious.  It was a white flaky fish with mild flavor; seasoned and cooked to perfection.


A word of caution.  If you do not like to see a whole fish then don’t order it.  That has never bothered me.  Also if you don’t like the idea of picking thrugh fishbones, then don’t order it either.  You will be missing a great tasting fish, though.

We had to try the desserts and a outrageous dark chocolate brownie was ordered with vanilla bean ice cream, and caramel krispies.  The brownie was dense and sweet, just as it should be.


My Key Lime Pie was also perfect.  Tart; not too sweet, just the way I like it.


Coffee and laughter was the perfect ending to a perfect evening……friends, always there….I love it that way….

Talk to you later…

P.S.  I must be hitting all the restaurants at the right time because to tell you the truth most of them have been good with just a few having bad nights.  I hope that’s what they had.

August 24th, 2010

The Cultured Pearl, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Asian Food, Sushi, Sashimi, Delaware Beaches



Every week I say that I should not be eating this much raw fish; once again I had that craving for sashimi.

If you are a frequent visitor to the Delaware Beaches you know that we do have excellent restaurants in all the beaches.  So many choices and so lucky to be able to experience the best.

On Monday night my craving took me to the Cultured Pearl located at 301 Rehoboth Avenue right on downtown Rehoboth Beach.  The telephone is 302-227-8493.  Website  Telephone for carry out is 302-227-4217.

I have been a customer of the Cultured Pearl for many years, going back to their old location on Wilmington Ave.  Rob and Susan are the owners of this very popular Asian restaurant.

It is decorated with an inspiration in traditional Japanese architecture; bamboo, flowing water, koi, and live birds. 



During the summer months I usually try the downtown restaurants during the week because it is hard to find parking.  Actually, I have to be honest with you, it is a pain.  But, last night I figured that being that it was a Monday night, and the weather was not the greatest, well, it would be better.  And it was.

At first the restaurant did not seem that crowded, that changed later on.  On good weather, it is great to sit outdoors.  The roof top area has a lake effect; koi below and gazebos on top.


I usually sit at the sushi bar.  I go to this restaurant to strictly eat sushi and sashimi, but if you have not acquired a taste for it, don’t worry because the Cultured Pearl is restaurant that also offers American Cuisine. 


Those 2 first seats at the sushi bar are the ones I go for.  Right in front of Master Sushi Chef, Yasuhiro Sano.  Last night he fixed us a little something to wet our appetite.  The Firecracker is a roll that is so delicious.  It has a kick to it because of the fresh jalapeno.  It has tuna, salmon, wrapped in Nori Hasomaki style, tempura battered, topped with spicy mayo, fresh jalapeno, crab meat, sriracha.  It is slightly warm and we always order it.


I have ordered Miso soup in every Japanese restaurant, but I must admit that the one at the Cultured Pearl is one of the best if not the best, in my opinion. 


Last night I was looking at it wondering how this soup was made.  Miso soup consists of a stock called “dashi”, which is a simple broth made by boiling edible kelp and preserved, fermented tuna; then straining the liquid.  Hmmm…  Then softened miso paste is mixed into it.  Miso paste is a seasoning and it is produced by fermenting rice, barley and or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kojikin.  Hmmm…again.  Miso is high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals.

I am not thinking again how this soup is made.  I love it, anyway.

Two entrees were ordered.  Well, look at my sashimi.  The live scallops are one of my favorites; eaten with the thinly sliced lime.  On the picture, they are on the right hand side.  Red snapper in the middle, salmon, tuna, eel, etc. etc.  A feast, no less.


The other entree that was ordered was very well received, as well.


By the time we were finished the restaurant was crowded; it was a rainy night in Rehoboth Beach, the people eating outdoors had to come in and I took off to meet Paula so that she could show me what else the beaches had to offer on a Monday night.


Have a great week!!

P.S.  The Cultured Pearl is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.  Check their website.

Note:  The Cultured Pearl is also aware of customers with a gluten allergy.  Wheat free soy sauce is served upon request.

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