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July 23rd, 2018

Friendships, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurants, The Back Porch, a(Muse), Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Summer 2018, Chicken Wings, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, SODE, Sussex County

Many years ago when I first came to the Delaware Beaches, Bethany Beach became my home for a long time.  My first friendships were made there.  Over the years life happens.  Happyness, marriages, children, grandchildren, divorces, and yes, even death have impacted our lives.  New friends have been made but you always remember those first ones.  We were so young then.

Deveraux is one of those friends that then moved out of town.  We still text or call during our birthdays in March, but we have not been together much.  This week-end she came to Rehoboth Beach.  Oh yes, this rainy weekend, so no beach time for us but plenty of activity, eating and catching up did happen.

Friday was going to be the best day so she arrived by lunch time.  Arriving in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, we were hungry.  Something light is what we wanted.  We decided on The Back Porch.  This restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Liked by many and in competition with plenty of other restaurants in town.  I had not been there in quite a few years.

Deveraux had the Seared Day Scallops, Thai Red Curry, and Sesame Noodles.  She loved this dish.

I had the Burrata Salad, which was light and very good.  Would have loved to have had it topped with scallops or something else but there were no changes to be made at The Back Porch.  I can see if the restaurant was crowded but with only a couple of people having lunch at 2 p.m. what would have been the big deal?  Go figure.

Happy Hour at my house with Annie visiting from Bethany Beach.  Deveraux had made marinated Chicken Wings…Gluten Free.  Easy fixing.  First cook the wings in oil in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then make a marinade of Whiskey, brown sugar and mustard.  You can mix different kinds of mustards.  Then marinade for at least 24 hours.  Put them in the oven at 400 degrees for about half hour or so.  Check them and if you like them well done then you know what you need to do.

Friday really was a perfect day.  Our next stop was going to be a(Muse), located on Baltimore Ave. in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  This restaurant is great for foodies.  If you are one of those people that want quantity vs. quality, then this might not be an eatery for you.  All we wanted was to graze.  A little bit of this or a little bit of that.

Two different types of Rose for us.  One dryer than the other.  Perfect.

People stuff squash blossoms.  This is what they would look like.

We share the Smoked Salmon Squash Blossoms.  Dill, croutons, and heirloom tomatoes.  Love, Love!

We also ordered a salad of Baby Kale, boquerones, pine nuts, golden raisins, lemon vinaigrette dressing and parmesan cheese.  Boquerones are originally from Spain.  I think they are delicious. They are fresh anchovies, marinated in vinegar.

Our next shareable was the Middleneck Clams…they had country ham, tomatillo, and green tomato.  I had a problem with this dish.  It look so beautiful and appetizing.  But, it really was too spicy and you could not taste the steamed clams.  And yes, we did tell our server.  Usually you would have liked to dip bread in this sauce, but not this time.  Honestly said, hopefully they took the hint.

The pasta with Maryland Crab, heirloom tomato, celery and fennel was a dish we really ennjoyed and wished we would have ordered the whole portion instead of the half.  You could have this with a salad and be pretty content.

Our sweet ending of 3 scoops of our choice of ice cream was truly excellent.  Made in house.  They were delicious.  One was a Brie Ice Cream, a Vanilla, and I cannot remember the other.

We took off for the Bandstand to listen to the last of the music.

And last but not least…..Funland to play Whack a Mole.  This is a tradition and a must.  Sorry Deveraux, but I had to put you on the blog.

And so our weekend did continue.  Sometimes there is no friend like an old friend.  These types of friendships are the comfort food of our relationships.

Talk to you later.


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September 18th, 2015

Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival, October 17, 2015, 12:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M., Independence Hall, Food, Wine, Music, A Singing Chef, Local Chefs, Food Pairings, 13 Local Restaurants, A Man Cave? Do not Miss this Event!! Raising Funds for Rotary’s Global Eradication of Polio, Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches


“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”  booker t. washington

With that quote I begin my post by reminding you that Delaware is a Small Wonder with a Big Heart.  Fundraising events happen all year round, but it seems that as the Second Season takes hold of all of us living in Southern Delaware, we set records for fundraising.  It is incredible the amount of money raised to help others.

I got an invite to a Kick Off Party for the Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival which will take place on Saturday, October 17th (noon until 4:30 p.m.) at Independence Hall located at 23767 Samuel Adams Circle in Millsboro, Delawared.  Even though the address is Millsboro, it is, actually, closer to the beaches.


The Kick Off Party took place at (a)Muse on Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, on Thursday, 9/17.  My friend, Susan DiMondi came with me to see what all the commotion was all about.

Let me tell you a little about What is Going On…

This event is being billed as the “ultimate wine, food and music event on DelMarVa”.  It will be hosted by former Bad Company bassist, now food, wine and music aficionado, Paul Cullen.  It will be a fun and refined afternoon of food, beer and wine samplings and pairings, cooking demos, and a great musical line-up.

This is a benefit for Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.

This is an inaugural SoDelFest.  The culinary Theater will host the chef showcases/demos, where you will find Neil Fuentes, The Singing Chef and Food Rewrapped Champion and 5 of our top local chefs including: Hari Cameron, Lion Gardner, Doug Ruley, Ronnie Burkle and Sean Correa.

The festival will also offer wine and food pairings with 13 local restaurants including; Abbot’s Grille, Bluecoast, Seafood Grill, Bramble and Brine, Cultured Pearl, Grandpa 9Mac), JD Shuckers, Lupo’s Italian Kitchen, Michy’s Relaxed Dining, Nage, Palate, Semra’s, Summerhouse and Touch of Italy.

You will be able to experience the Man Cave….don’t worry we are all welcome for cocktails, a raw bar and Cigars!  Join Rob Bagle from Bramble & Brine and representatives from Wigle Whiskey, Dad’s Hat, Benromach Scotch, George’s Bloody Mary Mix (a new local favorite from Berline, Maryland) and 16 Mile Brewery.  There may just be oyster shooters there!

30 wines will be offered by Teller Wines and the distributors for pairing and additional tastes.  Dogfish Head and Mispillion Breweries will be pouring their fall favorites at the bar!

There will be 2 special wine education seminars in the Wine University; Mike Zygmonski (Level II Sommelier, Sodel Concepts) will present a blind tasting and John McDonald (Wine Columnist, Cape Gazette) will present Wine 101 for anyone who wants to learn about the art of Wine Tasting.

General Admission tickets are $75 and there is a VIP upgrade that includes two special tastings at 95+ point wines and exclusive cheeses and a seat on-stage during one of the chef showcases.  The press is invited at no charge with advance notice.  Please visit

Presenting Sponsor:  Ocean Atlantic Companies

Major Sponsors:  Schell Brothers, Sysco, SoDel Concepts, Coastal Style

Sponsors:  Good Clean Fun Life, Sposato Family Vineyards, Active Adult Realty

Event Chair is Stacy LaMotta

Event Coordinator is Carlene Roche

Volunteer Coordinator is Meg Gardner

Arriving at (a)Muse Susan and I were invited to taste some of the wines offered by Sposato.  For 6 years the Sposato Family researched, studied and visited South America.  In 2012 the family purchased their farm in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, Mendoza.


Based on their 23 years of experience in working with land, soil irrigation and plants, by running their top rated landscape company, Sposato Landscape Co., they saw this as a great opportunity to further their experience in the agriculture industry.  The farm was purchased as virgin ground.  A new irrigation system, electric and other improvements have been installed with more to come.

The farm is 250 acreas located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, 3,000 ft. above sea level.  Sposato Family Vineyard has some of the best and most popular wineries in Argentina as neighbors.  The farm is located between two notable wineries, Bodega Septima and Vina Cobos by Paul Hobbs with more just around the corner.


We tasted 2015 Chardonnay.  This fruit focused Chardonnay has an attractive color with aromas of tropical fruit, apples and peaches.  Also a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, from their prize winning high elevation vineyards has aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, herbs, species and orange blossom notes that are persistent through the finish.  The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has intense red with blue shades. Another one was their 2013 Reserve Malbec…intense violet color, typical of Argentine Malbec.  And the 2014 Malbec had deep purple color, with high intensity of black fruits, raspberries and violets.  Please note that you can get the wines in the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes area.

A presentation was given by all of those that are involved and making sure that this will be an unforgettable event.

Stacy LaMotta, Event Chair

Stacy LaMotta, Event Chair

Paul Culen, Host

Paul Culen, Host

Lion & Meghan Gardner, Blue Moon

Lion & Meghan Gardner, Blue Moon

Hari Cameron, (a)Amuse

Hari Cameron, (a)Amuse

Paul Cullen entertained us while we tasted delicious offerings by Blue Moon, Nage, and (a)Muse.




So what are you waiting for?  Call your friends, pass the word, share in social media and get ready to have some fun!!


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May 4th, 2015

Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 10th Anniversary Celebration, Progressive Dinner, 3 Historic Homes, 3 Chefs, Eating Fresh & Local for 10 Years, Historic Lewes, Delaware Beaches, Opening Day, Saturday, May 9th!!


There were so many guests gathering for a special celebration, as the Historic Lewes Farmers Market celebrates its 10th year in the community.  Buying directly from family farmers and vendors…getting up close and personal with them.  Buying local food means it does taste better, it is fresh and therefore, more nutritious, as well.  The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will be opening for Season 2015 on Saturday, May 9th, from 8 a.m. until Noon.  Location?  The Lewes Historical Society Complex.  More info?  Please visit


Our Progressive Dinner Party in honor of HLFM started with 3 groups divided by color.  Our cards indicated the order in which we would visit each home.  My group had the color Green!!


3 Star Chefs, 3 Historic Homes….and 10 Years of Being Fresh!!  Let the party begin!!  Each of these chefs prepared light fare at each house, accompanied by specially selected wines, beers, and champagne.  Many of us did not know each other at the beginning of this journey…we were friends by dessert.


240 Second Street is the home of Nancy Staisey and Stan Divorski.  We thank them for opening their gorgeous home to all of us.  The Featured Chef was Hari Cameron, who is the Executive Chef and Owner of a(MUSE.) in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.


The patio of this home was beautiful and on a cool spring night in Lewes it was just wonderful.


Inside, Chef Hari Cameron was so busy.  Hari always has time for his guests.  He will stop what he is doing and give you complete attention, explaining everything that he is doing.  I hope he takes this as a compliment, because it is.


As he got ready for us we proceeded to get drinks and some appetizers…meats, cheeses, and mustards.


Hari outdid himself with the following:


Homemade ricotta cheese, Davidson’s exotic mushrooms, and spring peas.


Beetroot soup, fresh goat cheese, radish, and herbs and spices.  I am one of those that love beets, so, for me this was awesome!  A little spicy with a lot of flavor.


Housemade carrot pasta, bay scallops, dill and watercress.  Have you tried any of Hari’s pastas?  I have tried his pumpernickel, and now this carrot one.  The flavors are just incredible.


This first round was a total success….check my plate.  There was a pickled okra that was so yummy!!


After 45 minutes the bell rang which meant we had to go to our next rotation….

231 Second Street is the home of Jody Ware and Bob Hyberg.  Again, we thank the homeowners for opening their home.  The Featured Chef was Bill Clifton, who is the Executive Chef of the Henlopen City Oyster House in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.


This home is generally referred to as the Daniel Rodney House. He was a relation to Caesar Rodney, signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He was, also, a Governor and U.S. Senator for Delaware.  It is a fine example of early Lewes architecture, circa 1800.  Some accounts point to the late 1700s.  One link is the inference that this house may have been where the body of Camptain James Drew, Commander of HMS DeBraak, laid in state in 1798.

Chef Bill Clifton offered us…


Henlopen City Oyster House is known for its oysters.  They were the Main Event on this rotation.  Chincoteague Island Oysters pack the full salt of the Atlantic.  They are skinny and elongated…on ice, of course.


Springfield Farms braised lamb bacon, romaine, backyard jams, tomato jelly on brioche.


The Mediterranean Spring Rolls were very interesting…Calliope Farms fava bean hummus, cucumber, dried olives, sprouts and piri piri sauce.


Once again the bell rang and off we went to our next and final rotation.

228 Second Street is the home of John Mini and Robert Perri.  Many thanks for opening your home to us.  The Featured Chef was Aaron Berg, Executive Chef of The Buttery.


This was our last rotation on this very special evening.  My Green Group was still going strong…plenty to drink and to eat.  The kitchen was getting ready for us.


In the meantime, the following is what Chef Aaron Berg had for us…

Chapel Creamery Cheese Board with specialty crackers and sauces.


Shaved asparagus and arugula salad, deviled duck eggs, pickled rasperries and lavender honey.  These deviled duck eggs were awesome and my group certainly loved them  The pickled rasperry was definitely a most delicious touch.


Braised pork belly, sweet carrot puree, smoked cherry BBQ sauce.  It was crispy, perfect addition was the carrot puree…a favorite of the evening.



Enjoying drinks outdoors we did….waiting for the Cake.


It was time to cut the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Anniversary Cake.  Each home had a cake.  HLFM thanked all of us for making this evening such an unforgettable night.


Funds from this event will help HLFM operate the market so that their local farmers and vendors can grow, support their families, and build the local food movement in Delmarva.

And, until next time….have a good one!!


February 10th, 2015

Chowdown For Charity, Next Gen South, Delaware Community Foundation, Fundraising Event, Southern Delaware, Kent & Sussex Counties, Food Tasting, Voting, Wall of Wine, Silent Auction, Fun=Fundraising, Same Time Next Year!!


Here we were, the usual suspects….we do have a younger suspect, Jade!!  We were ready to Chowdown for Charity, an event that took place on Friday, February 6th, at Baywood Greens Golf Course in Long Neck, Delaware.  It was an evening of food tasting, voting and mingling.  Much loved local chefs were cooking for a cause….Next Gen South of the Delaware Community Foundation, This is a non-profit board of young professionals from Kent & Sussex Counties that was founded in 2012.

Next Gen South selects an area of focus every 2 years based on what is needed in our communities.  Presently, the focus is and has been for the past 2 years, Children’s Mental Health.  This is one fundraising event that lets this organization award grants to local organizations on an annual basis.  Next Gen South might be young but in 2014 they awarded $15,000 to:  Delaware Guidance Services, Delaware State University, The Seaford House.


Chefs were ready for the guests….remember we were given 3 tickets to put on our favorites.  A friendly competition would be taking place.


ABBOTT’S ON BROAD CREEK – This restaurant is located in Laurel;  It is a sister restaurant to Abbot’s Grill in Milford.  Chef Ryan Cunningham was serving Smoked Strip Loin with a Scallop Vinaigrette & Coriander Popcorn.


Loved the addition of the popcorn to the tender beef.  Ryan asked us to come to Laurel for a real treat this year.


a(MUSE.) – Located in Dowtown Rehoboth Beach,  Hari was hard at work, but always explaining exactly what he is cooking.  Pumpernickel Pasta?  OMG!! This pasta tasted just like pumpernickel bread.  You had to be there to experience it, but Hari said he has it at the restaurant, among other amazing tasting pasta flavors.  It was served with Brussel Sprouts, Pastrami Beef Cheek, Charred Onion & Pickled Mustard Seed.


The pasta was cooked to perfection and the other flavors complemented already a winning central ingredient.


LUPO DI MARE – Located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach,  This restaurant is part of the family of SODEL Concepts restaurants and started by the late and much missed Matt Haley.


They were serving Rustic Meatballs, Parmesan Polenta with Tomato Gravy.  I can’t make a good meatball, so always enjoy little morsels like these ones.  They did tell us that this was not their signature meatball…prepared exclusively for this event.


PAPA GRANDE’S – Two locations:  Downtown Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island.  A Delaware coastal taqueria.  Papa Grande’s is also part of the SODEL family of restaurants.


I love Scrapple!!  And, this is what they were serving…House Scrapple Tostada, Hibiscus Jelly, Apple Radish Jimaca Salad, Corn Chip.  Having had their scrapple taco last year….of course just by looking at these tostadas, I knew they were going to have an awesome taste.


They asked if we had had their Duck Scrapple….and that they were planning on a crab scrapple this summer….can’t wait.


THE BRICK HOTEL RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Located in Georgetown on The Circle,  The chefs were serving Black Cherry Braised Beef with a Root Vegetable Puree & Roasted Brussels Sprouts.


The black cherry flavored was detected on the braised beef.  It was cooked in a 250 degree oven for 6 hours.  It melted in your mouth.  Totally delish!


THE WALL OF WINE –  This has become very popular at events.  Wine aficionados love it….more so if they get a prized bottle of wine.  You pay $20 and then get to choose a wrapped bottle of wine from the wall.  You might get the $10 bottle or a very expensive bottle.  A ticket was also given for a raffle….a bottle of Dom Perignon at the end of the evening!!




Stuffed Pork Pinwheel!! Pop them in your mouth.  They would be perfect for a party.


NAGE BISTRO & WINE BAR – Located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) in Rehoboth Beach,


This pastrami was made out of tuna, on a pumpernickel crouton, caraway sauerkraut, spicy mustard….definitely one of my true favorites of the evening.


Next stop?  BETHANY BLUES, LEWES…Located on Costal Highway (Rt. 1),


I love St. Louis Ribs more than any other rib.  That’s what they were serving.  Smoked St. Louis Ribs, caramelized in a Habanero Apple Cider, served with a Jalapeno Slaw.  Got those tastebuds dancing immediately!!



TOUCH OF ITALY – A trattoria, salumeria and pasticeria….  These restaurants can be found in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Ocean City, Maryland.


Making mozzarella…it looked time consuming, but also relaxing.  Take a look.



Smaller mozzarella balls were served with rosemary and EVOO!!


ESPUMA RESTAURANT & MARTINI BAR – Located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Chef Jay Caputo was serving Spanish Style Clam Chowder topped with Potato Foam and Scallion Powder.


The biscuits were filled with the creamy, and well seasoned clam chowder.  I liked it a lot.


Love this tapas eating style….grazing here or there!!  We tried them all!!  Next!!


FINS FISH HOUSE & RAW BAR – In Downtown Rehoboth Beach and with a sister restaurant on Coastal Highway,  Another time consuming dish is making risotto.


FINS did a great job with their Crab & Shrimp Risotto.  It was delicious!!




THE ROOKERY – Located in Milford…2 golf course locations, Milton and Milford,  We finished our Chowdown with a treat of Ahi Tuna with a Ginger Lime Soy, served over a Seaweed Salad, Cucumber & Wasabi Tobiko.  Excellent ending!!


We then continued to listen to DJ Jimmy Young, who provided great entertaining throughout the evening.  Plenty of items on the silent auction raising funds for a great cause.

Have a good one!!

THE WINNER?  a(MUSE.)  Congratulations!!

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August 13th, 2014

Crawling! a(muse.), Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Tasting, Burratta, Potted Chicken, Live Scallop, Soft Shell Crab, A Gourmand’s Heaven!!, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Rehoboth Beach Eats!

“”Gourmandise is an impassioned, rational and habitual preference for all objects that flater the sense of taste.”  brillat-savarin

Meet Hari Cameron, Chef and Owner of a(muse.), located at 44 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-7107.  Website?  In this photo Harri was making mozzarella in front of all of us that were participating in the Eating Rehoboth tour.  Even though I have only spoken to him a few times, my impression is that he loves to teach.  His passion?  Food…he does play golf, as well.


A crawl in Rehoboth Beach is a must if you are visiting the area or if you are a local.  It is the best way to savour what downtown Rehoboth Beach has to offer.  A little shopping, a little sipping, and a little tasting.   Our destination?  was a(muse.).  It was a week ago Monday.  What a way to start the week….our crawl was a total success.  Well, my friends, Madelon and Cindi thought so too.


The bread brought to our table was delicious.  I usually tend not to eat the bread but a taste of it sprinkled with sea salt and the olive oil had me tasting a few slices.


We were sharing our courses….tastings!!  Burratta is Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is mozzarella, but the inside is a combination of mozzarella and cream.  It is unusually soft in texture.


Our next course was Potted Chicken.  Foi grass, port and whiskey…Perfect for sharing.  Unique taste and presentation.  Mix the potted chicken to get all those flavors immersed.


So far this is how my plate was looking. Burratta and Potted Chicken.


Madelon and I decided to get the Live Scallop.  Both of us loved this dish.  Fresh live scallops are so delicate and sooo good….Borage, dill flower, fermented cucumenter and roe.  That roe was a perfect compliment to the scallop.


The Soft Shell Crab with new potato, mustard and bone marrow….was also very delicate.  The bone marrow was a surprise.


I had been told to get the Bone Marrow Oreos, served with sweet silver corn milk.  So, take a good look at the photo.  They looked like oreos, they tasted like oreos, but they were made out of bone marrow…everything.  At this point, Hari stopped at our table to chat.  So impressed with the oreos and we let him know how good everything was, including the service.


From store to restaurant to store and back to restaurant….it was a great evening in Downtown Rehoboth Beach with friends.   Then, off they went to O.C.


Try Crawling Rehoboth….fun!!

Note:  This restaurant is sensitive to customers with food allergies!!

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October 21st, 2013

Dining Events, Cooking Classes, Cooking Demonstrations, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware…What’s Cooking?


As The Second Season continues at the Delaware Beaches….the restaurants and area chefs are sharing their culinary expertise by holding cooking classes and events.  Some of these events are held with fundraising in mind; it is also a great opportunity to get out and meet some of the people lucky enough to live on the coast and learn about a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.


TUESDAY, 10/22 – WOMEN & WINE – at Lupo di Mare located at 247 C Rehoboth Ave. inside the Hotel Rehoboth.  The evening will be a fundraising event for United Way Delaware whose mission is to maximize the community’s resources to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans.

This event is limited to 65 guests.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.  $39/person.  Gratuity is not included.  Please RSVP Mike Dickinson at 302-226-2240.


Pairing Wines with delicious food.  An Aperitif of Lake Chalice “Cracklin Savie”.  First course of fresh mozzarella, roasted beets, olive tapenade, sea salt, paired with with Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc.  Second course of local apple salad, fennel, baby kale, crispy soprasata, asiago, grilled lemon vinaigrette, paired with Seifried Riesling.  Third Course of pork meatballs, white corn polenta, rosemary, tomatoes, pecorino, paired with Forrest Pino Noir.  Final course of house made ricotta cheesecake, honeyed walnuts, paired with Forrest “Doctors” Riesling…..

WEDNESDAY, 10/23 – NEW ENGLAND COOKING DEMO from 6 – 7 p.m. at Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, Delaware, just a couple of miles west of Bethany Beach.  The cocktail hour will begin at 4:45 p.m. until 6 p.m.  The deomonstrations of Autumn Sangria, Warm Baby Kale & Apple Salad, Lobster & Sweet Potato Piegories, and Pumpkin Maple Bread Pudding.  For tickets and information, please call 302-537-1785 or email


SATURDAY, 10/26 – A NIGHT IN NORTHERN ITALY – Tune Your Palate with Paul Cullen at the Bellmoor Inn & Spa located at 6 Christian St. in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  His demonstrations bring his passions for food and music.  The cost is $55 and they include everything he will make and wine.  You must 21 to attend.  You can purchase tickets, by visiting, or call 302-228-9775.

SATURDAY, 10/26 – ABRACADINNER COOKING CLASSES with Chef Kris.  On Saturday the class will be A Season for Soup.  It’s that time of the year and Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, Raunchy Red Lentil Soup, and Asian Dumpling Soup will be on the menu.  Besides this class, Chef Kris holds classes throughout the season.   The schedule is as follows: 11/9 Pumpkin Palooza!, 11/30 Comfort Foods, 12/14 Gifts from Your Kitchen.

The classes are held on Saturdays at 10 a.m.  The fee for each class is $55.  Please call Chef Kris at 302-228-6125 for further information.  Check

FRIDAY, 11/1 – BEER DINNER, DAY OF THE DEAD BREWERY, at Papa Grande’s located on Rt. 54 in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  Growing up in Puerto Rico “El Dia de Los Muertos” was a day of usual torrential rain, and floods.  The evening begins at Papa Grande’s with a reception of duck tostada paired with Day of the Dead Blonde Ale.  First Course will offer hangover seafood cocktail, fresh seafood, spicy tomato salsa, and avocado, paired with Day of the Dead Amber Ale.  The second course will bring honey crisp apple salad, baby kale, jicama, pickled onion, cajita, pumpkin seed lime vinaigrette, paired with Day of the Daed Hefeweizen.  The third course will have adobo marinated pork loin, spicy rainbow chard, potatoes, grilled green onion, crema, paired with Day of thye Dead IPA.  Dessert will be a house-made cinnamos churros (love churros), coffee infused Mexican chocolate dip, paired with Day of the Dead Porter.  Please RSVP to Jim Affeldt at 302-436-papa, or


SATURDAY, 11/2 – COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF HARI CAMERON of a(muse.), located at 44 Baltimore Ave., in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Noon until 2:30 p.m.  He will be putting his distinctive twist on a collection of Classic American Recipes.  Learn the basic of iconic American dishes and learn to put your own signature twist…in other words….make it your own.  On Saturday, 12/14 from Noon until 2:30 p.m. the class will be centering on the holiday foods that come to mind.  Chef Hari  will be taking a look at those favorite holiday dishes; putting his own spin on them.

These classes are informal and are followed immediately by a special lunch with Chef Hari.  Please call 302-227-7107 or visit and click under menus.  The classes are $60.00.

MONDAY, 11/11 – MURDER MYSTERY – A FOWL FEAST at The Buttery on the corner of Savannah Rd. and Second Street in the heart of Historic Lewes, Delaware.  6:30 p.m.  For reservations and info., please call 302-645-7755.


TUESDAY, 11/12 – LIVING GLUTEN FREE IN DELAWARE  at The Birch Tree Cafe located inside Good Earth Market, 4 miles west of Bethany Beach in Clarksville, Delaware.  Join the group to discuss and share the gluten free lifestyle, cooking and dining habits.  They will be offering cooking/baking advice, new product information and much more.  Each month they will taste different products.  This meetings will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

SATURDAY, 11/16 – HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING at Nage, located at 19730 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Classes are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  If you cannot make it, then on Saturday, 12/7 Nage is offering a Holiday Dessert Cooking Class.  More info? and registration?  Please call 302-226-2037.  Or, visit

SATURDAY, 11/23 – BIG FISH GRILL COOKING CLASSES at 4117 Highway One in Rehoboth Beach.  The cost per class is $75 and you must register in advance by calling 302-227-9007.  The classes are held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Menu items from the Big Fish Grill and Summerhouse will be featured.  Hands-on participation in the pereparation of festured menu items is part of the fun.  The classes will include a tour of the restaurant, a whole fish cutting demonstration, which I happened to volunteer when I participated some time ago, and tips about purchasing and preparing fresh seafood.

Other dates:  December 7th and 21st, January 4th and 18th, February 1st and 15th, March 1st, 15th and 29th, April 12th and 26th and May 3rd.

On the day of the class the doors will open at 9:45 a.m.  Go hungry!!

Have a great time!!

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June 13th, 2013

Eating Rehoboth, Food Tours of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Walking, Tasting, Sipping, Wine, Beer, Cultural Tours, Southern Delaware


It is true when they say that if you have a passion for what you do, then, you will never work a day in your life…I found that to be true when I toured the Rehoboth Beach restaurants with Eating Rehoboth….the new walking food, wine, beer and cultural tours that just started in the month of May.  Already, a must do, when visiting the Nation’s Summer Capital.

Eating Rehoboth meets either at Hotel Rehoboth on Rehoboth Avenue or at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa on Christian Street.  You can book your tours, always through the website,  Tours start at 1 p.m.  You can book the tours as late as 11 a.m. on the day of the tour.  They take up to 16 people on each tour.  Please do check the website for additional info. and for questions you may have.  Please note that they do have gift certificates and private tours, as well.

The restaurants you will visit will be a total surprise.  Just go with the flow and enjoy the experience.  It’s a lot of fun!

So my post begins with my arrival at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa located at 6 Christian Street.  Tel. 302-227-5800.  Website?  This is a beautiful hotel in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  A great location; walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants.


A little welcoming reception with Paul Cullen wines.  We were waiting for all to arrive.  This was a fun group.  Eclectic, outgoing, and ready to eat!


Our tour guide was going to be Dave McCormick and in not time we were out the door.  But, we all burst out laughing when Dave brought out the “placard”.  When have you seen such a thing in Rehoboth Beach?  There is no way we would get lost.  Believe me, this is a true tour…placard and all.


So, off we went to MARIACHI. This Latin restaurant is located on 14 Wilmington Avenue.  Yolanda is the owner and as usual she received us with a smile.  Tel. 302-227-0115.  Website?


And with Margaritas!!


Then, chips and homemade salsa, papusas from Salvador, and the ever present plantains, a staple in Latin cooking.




Yolanda gave us a tour of Mariachi and we thanked her for her hospitality.

Off to CONFUCIUS, located at 57 Wilmington Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3848.  Website?  Shawn has taken his Chinese cuisine to a different level.  It is not your usual “Chinese” restaurant.  His food is delicious and his wine list is awesome.



He received us with wine, his amazing green beans, tofu, and steamed dumplings.  As usual, Shawn made his customers feel at home.



Next stop was KILWINS, located at 140 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3611.  Website?  This was the perfect stop at this time of our tour.  A time to “cleanse” our palate.  Sarah Ratzel, Manager, received us with open arms.  She took the time to explain step by step what they do and offer at Kilwins.


Their fudge is amazing and plenty of it is gluten free!  Same with the ice cream.  A top seller at the store is the Sea-Salt Caramel.  I resisted the fudge, the turtle, but no way I could resist the ice cream.  True, this Sea-Salt Caramel is outstanding.  Sarah told us that the ice cream is made at Kilwins in Michigan.

Sea-Salt Caramel

Sea-Salt Caramel

Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Chocolate Chip

We thanked everyone and took off again, but not before one last tasting…..


Dave was really having fun and steered us in the right direction towards SEMRA’S, the new Mediterranean Grill.


SEMRA’S is fairly new in town and is located at 19 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-226-4976.  Website?  Please check the website because they do have entertainment on some week-ends…belly dancer!


As you step into the restaurant the take out counter will be on your left, but the dining room is at the back of the restaurant.



We were served a delicious tea and a mini lamb and chicken shish kabob.  Moist and perfectly seasoned.  We all loved it!


It was a beautiful day in Rehoboth Beach and the beach was crowded.  We continued on our Eating Rehoboth tour towards the Boardwalk Plaza, where their restaurant, Victoria’s, was waiting for us.



The Boardwalk Plaza is located at Olive Avenue and The Boardwalk. Victoria’s is their restaurant. They offer oceanfront dining…and at times there is entertainment, as well.  It is a great place to watch a full moon.  Tel. 302-227-0615.  Website?


A Signature Margarita was served.


The Chef gave us a description of our tasting.


The baked oysters were outstanding!!


Our final destination was a(muse.)  This restaurant is located at 44 Baltimore Ave.  Tel. 302-227-7107.  Website?  Hari Cameron is the Chef and Owner.  Rehoboth Beach has developed into a dining destination.  The chefs are unique, their presentations are daring and for all of us that like to try and taste morsels of delicious food…it is priceless!  Rehoboth Beach had 3 chefs nominated for the James Beard award.  Hari was one of them.



We were going to be eating on the side porch, which is a fun place to eat, more so when the weather is nice.



The moment you meet him, you can see that he loves what he does.  Not only is he a well respected chef, but, he is also an excellent teacher.  His presentation of his dishes were very detailed and impressing.

A glass of tamarind juice with I believe, tequila.


A tasting of Quinoa.


Hari decided to make fresh mozzarella…very effortless, I may add.



Next course was salmon…just a tasting to keep you wanting more.


And, then, he proceeded to make a pineapple sorbet using liquid nitrogen.





a(muse.) has many dining options…tasting menus, late night menu, classes and private tastings, as well.  Chek their website for more information.

And, then, it was time to go home.  It has been almost 2 weeks since I went on the tour.  It was perfectly planned with the restaurants all being so different.  If you like to eat, then, you will love Eating Rehoboth!!


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