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April 19th, 2015

Destination? Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe, Historic Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Grits, Sweet Potato Corn Bread…One More Bite!!

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Love starting Sunday mornings with a proper breakfast:  A couple of bowls of confidence with a side dish of Charleston Grits; creamy and stone ground, accompanied with sweet potato corn bread.  This tasting left me wanting some more, except it will have to be another time.  Looking forward to Fried Chicken & Waffles and, apparently, their Heirloom Tomato Pie is out of this world.  Arrive casual, that’s the kind of place it is.  Plenty of smiles letting me know that Southern Hospital is taken seriously.

Breakfast is that meal that is a big deal…love it, and enjoy it!!  Once you have it you won’t be that hungry at lunch.

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Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe came to my attention while visiting Historic Charleston at the end of February.  It is located at 62 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401  Tel. 843-722-5650  On Mondays, they close.  The rest of the week they will open from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Website?  http://www.dixiecafecharleston.com/home.aspx

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Their menu looked great….you might have to walk Historic Charleston a few times afterwards, though.  Their cuisine comes from generations of family recipes.  Local seasonal produce is used and also almost everything is made from scratch.

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Or, take a seat….that bench looks so good.  Relax and enjoy the moment!!  Magical Sundays!!

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April 1st, 2015

Historic Lewes Eats!! Nectar, Cafe, Juice Bar, Restaurant, Lewes, Delaware, Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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If you are a resident of Lewes, you will probably be using your bike as a way to get around the Historic District.  Debbie and I did not do that….we were probably going to take some leftovers home. Our destination on this gorgeous evening in Lewes was Nectar.  This is the second anniversary for Nectar and Sara McKewon, Proprietor, has done an outstanding job in keeping the restaurant fresh, delicious, and comfortable.

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The location is 111 Neils Alley in Historic Lewes.  Tel. 302-645-5842.  It opens from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  It closes on Tuesdays.  Nectar is known for its amazing juices.  You can make a selection of available ones or you can customize your own.

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Stepping into Nectar you feel immediately at home.  That has not changed since Sara opened 2 years ago.  Debbie and I arrived early in order to be able to take photos.  Take a peek….look how pretty it is.

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Just until a week or so ago, Nectar was only open for breakfast and lunch.  The addition of dinner had us all excited.  So, here is what Debbie and I had.

Starting with a Fresh Fruit Mimosa and Kale Chips.  I have done my own kale chips at home.  These were all crunchy, with beautiful color.

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Continued on our grazing mood….PB & J Meatballs.  The peanut sauce was awesome.  Pick them up with your hands or just be prim and proper and use your fork and knife.

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Our next dish was the Cauliflower “Steak” –  This is a Vegan Entree.  So good, I cannot wait to have it again.  The cauliflower is both roasted in the oven and finished in the frying pan.  Served over rice pilaf with romesco sauce and topped with olives, capers and roasted tomato.  Romesco sauce is a nut and red pepper base sauce that originated in the area of Tarragona in northeastern Spain.

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I love roasted/baked chicken.  So far in my travels, I have found a great one in Delray Beach, Florida, another on Ashford Avenue in Condado, Puerto Rico, and this Dogfish 60Min Baked Chicken at Nectar is out of this world.  It is a 1/2 chicken baked in Dogfish Head beer with honey mustard glaze.  Served with mac n cheeese and coleslaw.

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Catch of the Day in Parchment was Monkfish…Steamed in parchment with lemon, capers, and dill.  Rice pilaf and vegetables on the side….moist, well seasoned and glad I ordered it.

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So, which one did we choose for our sweet ending?  The Lemon Meringue Cheesecake or the Banana Fosters Pie? All desserts are made in-house.

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The Lemon Meringue Cheesecake won!!  It was sweet but not overly so…..great lemon flavor.

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Hope you stop by Nectar.  Let me know what you think.  I am writing this post a few hours after our dinner.  I think everything we tried was so appealing because the dishes were so simple, colorful and tasted so fresh. Keep up the good work, Sara.  You and your staff made our evening tonight.

The beaches are ready for the season and so are all of us that call Coastal Delaware home!!  Talk to you later.

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June 16th, 2014

Breakfast? Sahara Cafe, Ocean City, Maryland, Breakfast, Lunch, Maryland Beaches

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I am so glad Cindi and I walked the 2-1/4 mile Ocean City Boardwalk.  I kid you not, because….well, let me show you in case you are hungry for breakfast.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So my most important meal was made of homemade chipped beef, hash browns, and scrapple.  By no means a small portion.  Huge….I almost ate it all.

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The Sahara Cafe is located at 19th and Baltimore in Ocean City, Maryland.  In 2013 it was Voted Best Breakfast in Ocean City.  Tel. 410-289-5080.  Website?  http://www.saharacafeocmd.com.  We arrived to grab the last table.  After us, the line started forming outside.  You should go early or late.  They also serve lunch.

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The Cafe serves very good coffee.  The staff is so friendly and they did tell me that the chipped beef was the best.  Homemade, the salt of the chipped beef is just enough.  You can get it on toast or biscuit.  They recommended the toast.  So, I did.  Loved it and ate it honoring my husband, because it is what he would have had.  Good excuse!!

The rest of my breakfast party had traditional breakfasts of eggs, and omelets.

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My party liked scrapple and it was served well done…just perfect.

And if you become a regular, those familiar faces will be there early on Sunday mornings!!

Have a beautiful day…it has been, hasn’t it?

Update:  The Sahara Cafe served Saturday and Sunday over 1,100 customers!!!

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November 10th, 2013

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Quiche Lorraine, Simple, Savory, Versatile, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner….You Choose, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Plenty of restaurants offer the versatile Quiche for breakfast, brunch, lunch and even dinner.  It is that kind of dish.  My favorite is more of the traditional Quiche Lorraine.  It originated in Lorraine, France.  But, the word “quiche” come from the German word “kuchen” or cake.

My motto is “make it your own”, when it comes to recipes.  The same has happened with Quiche Lorraine; no two are created equal.  It is been said that, traditionally, the cream shoud be just that…cream, or even a stiff “creme fraiche”.  For my recipe, I used a light cream, trying to save calories and fat where I can.

Hope you like it.  It is very easy.  I do have a deep pie dish, but if you don’t, just cut the recipe in half.  I bought a prepared pie crust, and followed the directions on the package…making things so much more simple.

QUICHE LORRAINE

6 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups light cream

10 slices of bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled…I bought the low sodium bacon.

6 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/2 cup finely minced onion

2 cups grated Swiss cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt…I did not add any salt because the bacon and cheese have plenty…up to you.

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Pie dough…if you want to make your own, it would probably be awesome!

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all ingredients except pie dough…haha.  Pour into prepared pie pan and bake it for about 45 minutes to an hour. Closer to the hour, unless you cut the recipe in half.

It will be ready when a knife inserted in filling comes out clean.

Then, all you have to do is serve it and enjoy.

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I served the Quiche Lorraine with a Kale Mango Salad.  Sounds weird to have served it with this salad, but it was great!!  The recipe for the Mango Kale Salad can be found on AboutMyBeaches.  Just click on the month of June of 2013 and scroll down to the 17th.  It is under Meatless Monday, Mango Kale Salad.  I got the recipe from Vege Fest in Rehoboth Beach this summer.

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Have a great day!!

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May 14th, 2013

Corner Grille, American Food, Authentic Greek Cuisine, Eat In, Take-Out, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Restaurant, Review, Falafel, Tzatziki, Gyros, YUM! Serving Breakfast All Day Long!, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Such a friendly smile; it said a lot.  I loved it because it was Mother’s Day when my son and I chose Corner Grille in Downtown Rehoboth Beach for our special lunch.  We could have had breakfast but we knew what we wanted; Greek food.  We had been told what to ask for.  Steve and Rene, local foodies, are customers of this restaurant that has been in Rehoboth Beach since 2009.  Nothing better than word of mouth.

I kept thinking where have I seen her?  It was Soula who owns Alterations by Soula on Coastal Highway.  She is a friend of the family and was helping on Sunday.  Great to see her.

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Corner Grille is located at 11 South First Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. 302-227-7653.  Website?  http://www.cornergrillerehoboth.com.  It is a family owned and operated restaurant.  Corner Grille offers breakfast all day long, lunch, eat in our take out.  Pretty soon, as the season opens, they will also be serving dinner. At present, it opens from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Catering is available and if you like it a lot, they have gifts certificates, as well.

Two dining rooms are available.  The restaurant is casual. George showed us our table.

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We decided to start with an order of Falafel.  These well seasoned fritters or croquettes are made out of chickpeas, fava beans or both.  They were delicious; crispy on the outside with a soft center.

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We asked George to bring us an order of Tzatziki sauce with pita bread.  I love this sauce.  It is a blend of yogurt, sour cream, cucumber and garlic, incorporating at times, lemon juice, dill, parsley or mint.  It is a versatile sauce, used as an appetizer or a side dish, and served cold.  The pita was warm and the combination with the sauce was perfect.

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My son and I, both ordered the same thing.  The Gyro!!  The correct pronunciation?  “Yee-roh”.  Known to be the best in town.  I did not know that the Gyro is considered an American-Greek sandwich, originating in New York in the early 1970s.

To me the perfect Gyro is made out of lamb, sliced; not ground.  The slices of the lamb are then served on the bread, topped with garnishes, Feta cheese, and….Tzatziki sauce!!  That’s how it came out.  It was so delicious!!

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My son and I enjoyed every bite and we were totally satisfied.

Corner Grille has a full menu, from the traditional breakfast, to salads, burgers, and Greek specialties…they also have a kids menu.

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George and Irene, and the rest of the family were great….they sent us home with some of their homemade rice pudding!!

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Affordable, delicious, great service!!!  What are you waiting for?

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Note:  The Board says a lot!

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January 27th, 2013

Crispy Pork Belly, St. Louis Ribs, Barbecue Sauces, Delmarva Chicken, Creamed Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Sussex Medley…Gluten Free!! At Bethany Blues, Lewes, Delaware…Live Music, Fridays, Saturdays, Sydney’s Music Revival at 8:30 p.m.

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A Delmarvalous full moon, no less!!  It was gorgeous.  I stood on Lewes Beach, Delaware, to admire it.

Then, off to Bethany Blues, Lewes, located at 18385 Coastal Highway.  A craving for ribs and barbecue chicken.  Tel. 302-644-2500.  Website? http://www.bethanyblues.com.  Love coming here when I least expect it.

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I give Bethany Blues and Big Fish Grill big thanks for being so aware of customers with food allergies and sensitivities.  In my family’s case, it is a gluten allergy.  Bethany Blues Manager will come to your table to discuss your allergy and your food options.

The restaurant was comfortably crowded and the fire was glowing.  We sat at the bar area.

A dish that I would say “gotta have it” is the Crispy Pork Belly.  It is an appetizer.  Basically, you get cured pork bellies with a vinegar/apple cider sauce.  Just a little bit is enough.  Delicious.

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An order of St. Louis Ribs which were thick and meaty, prepared with a brown sugar rub, smoked for a long time.  The mashed potatoes were made out of red skin potatoes.

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The Cheesy Creamed Corn….customers’ favorite.

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My Saucy Delmarva Chicken was smoked and seasoned and then brushed with their house sauce.  The meat fell off the bones, true!!  And, that Sussex Medley, was a mix of garbanzo beans, diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions with chopped cilantro in a light vinaigrette.  It screamed Summer!  That side was sooo good.  During the summer months, when the veggies are at their best, this Sussex Medley is made with local tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Some of their award winning sauces are gluten free.

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The background music was good tonight.  Live music on Fridays and Saturdays with Sydney’s Music Revival starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Friday, 2/1 is Deb Callahan Band – Philadelphia’s blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter.  Check http://www.debcallahanband.com.

Saturday, 2/2 Keith Mack and Ed Shockley, lifetime musicians will be performing.  They are returning to their fan base by popular demand.  Check http://www.keithmack.net.

Checking the restaurants that are open year-round….2013 is a new season!!

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December 31st, 2012

Crystal Restaurant, Locals’ Hangout, Breakfast & Lunch, Full Bar, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches….Open on New Year’s Day!!

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This post is for my friends that “hangout” at Crystal every time we get the chance.  A little displaced, we are, at this time of the year.  But, every time they are in my thoughts when I eat at Crystal.  They know who they are.

Crystal is located at 37300 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-1088.  It was my last breakfast of 2012.  Since my friends were not here to join me, I brought second best; my two sons.

Crystal was totally packed.  Visitors and locals making a special breakfast morning something to be remembered.  Great weather too!!

I had to be fast with my camera.  We chose the following.

Crab Benedict, using crab meat instead of Canadian Bacon.  This dish is packed with crab meat.  It is always served with that tiny steak knife.  Too funny!

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A Norwegian Benedict, using smoked salmon instead of Canadian Bacon.  It was a huge portion….a little doggy bag for later on.

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French Toast was my choice.  I have not had it in a long time.  It’s a good one at Crystal!!

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Never fails; well done scrapple.  Sorry, but I do love it.

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A side order of Creamed Chip Beef for the table almost did us in.

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A perfect breakfast….enjoying the holidays in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware!!

Note:  Crystal serves breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast sandwiches, cereal, side orders, eggs, omelettes, a kids’ corner, salads, grilled sandwiches, specialty burgers, sandwiches….and on and on.

Happy New Year’s!!

July 30th, 2012

Mid Summer Night, Rehoboth Beach, Eating Tamales at Modern Mixture, Delaware Beaches

Penny Lane in Downtown Rehoboth Beach

Penny Lane in Downtown Rehoboth Beach

Dowtown Rehoboth Beach looked beautiful tonight.  It is mid summer, almost a full moon.  Summer’s going fast but, here at the beach, time stands still, it seems that way.  We love it.

What a coincidence!! Some of us that like to eat, write, and photograph what we eat happened to be at the same place almost at the same time.  Bob, Allen and I were at Modern Mixture to eat Tamales.  We had the choice of so many restaurants in Downtown Rehoboth Beach but this one was our choice.  After meeting Leo on Sunday I could not wait to go back.  His casual restaurant fits perfectly with our beach atmosphere.

Bob, Allen, and I are on the same page.  We want you to try Leo’s food.  It is light, fresh, delicious and you will become a fan, as well.  Leo deserves this extra post, his tamales were awesome!!

Modern Mixture is located at 62A Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. 302-227-0600.  Website? http://www.modern-mixture.com.

My husband has to eat gluten free.  The tamales were gluten free, so he was in seventh haven.  Leo also has other foods that are gluten free.  If you have a question, just give him a call.

I decided to try another smoothie.  It had avocado and the rest was the addition of a fruit cup; melon, grapes, pineapple.  Again, so refreshing!!

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We ate so many tamales.  Okay, here it is.  I ate 4 tamales.  And, a few bites of the dessert tamales too.  I know, I know…a few extra laps around the circle.

Leo brought 3 tamales each.  The Salsa Verde, Chicken and Mole, and Jalapeno and Cheese.

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My favorite was the mole.  My husband loved the Jalapeno and Cheese.  We even ordered 2 for carry out.

The dessert tamales were interesting.  One had coconut and pineapple and the other had raisins.  Both, very good.  We decided to eat a little bit of each and take the rest home.  Afterall, how many tamales can one eat?

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Gracias Leo.  And to Allen and Bob…so nice meeting you!!

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