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May 28th, 2015

Day Tripping, Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, Maryland, Talbot County, Casual Outdoor Dining, Fine Dining, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Teas, Dinner, Open Year Round

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Oxford is one of Maryland’s oldest towns.  It was the first and only port-of-entry on the Eastern Shore mandated by the Maryland legislation back in 1694.

Oxford is such a charming town.  Sailors, cyclists, kayakers enjoy the scenery and the peace emanating from this quaint town.  It is picture perfect and streets are lined with beautifully manicured, elegant and historic homes, framing the banks of the Tred Avon River.

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On the road for the day with my friends, the two Debbies, it only took us about an hour and a half from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Our destination was the historic Robert Morris Inn.  It is 300 years old!!  Located at 314 North Morris Street (Main St.).  Tel. 410-226-5111.  Websiste? http://www.robertmorrisinn.com.  The Inn serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas (by reservation) and dinner.  It is open year-round.

There are 14 historic bedrooms located on the second and third floors.  Adjacent to the Inn they have the Bottle Cottage…..two modern, waterfront rooms.

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On this day the temperatures were a little warm but the cool breezes kept us very comfortable.  Oxford is very walkable.  Park your car, cycles and just walk and enjoy the beautiful town.

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Robert Morris was known as the “Financier of The Revolution”.  He arrived in Oxford in 1738.  President George Washington was a friend.  A part of Robert Morris’ residence is incorporated in the Robert Morris Inn.

A little trivia?  James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake, at the Inn.

The Robert Morris Inn has been enlarged several times since its time as a private home.  The murals in the dining room were made from wallpaper samples used by manufacturers salesmen, 140 years ago.

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The Tavern has a slate floor that came from Vermont.  Timber beams, panelled walls and open fires.

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This fireplace is from the 1800s and the spot for many to have their photos taken.

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It was great to see my friend, Susan Campbell.  She joined our small group for an outdoor lunch.  Her family owns Campbell Boatyards with 3 locations in Oxford.  They are a full service, high quality marine and boat building facility.  Please visit http://www.campbellsboatyards.com.

We were looking forward to the offerings of Celebrity Chef, Mark Salter, of Scottish descent.

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Spring Pea & Mint Soup with Crispy Shallots was served warm.  It had the perfect consistency. The peas paired with mint…a pretty good combination of flavors.  I think this soup could also be served chilled in the heat of summer.

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The Grilled Asparagus Salad with Panko Crusted Goat Cheese, organic greens, toasted walnuts, dried fig chutney and a blackberry balsamic vinaigrette was a signature salad dish.   Perfect for summer and for those trying hard to keep their girlie figures.

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Chef Salter is Scottish…so, Fish n’ Chips is another signature dish offered at this time of the year.  Battered Cod, buttered peas, remoulade and shoestring fries.  It was awesome!!  Not in the least greasy!!  Light and perfectly seasoned.

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An order of the Chicken Salad Sandwich….except no bread, so it became a Chicken Salad entree with lettuce, tomato, celery, red onion, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds. Homemade chips!!

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Thanks for such great service and suggestions!!

Friends are the best, and sharing a meal with them is always priceless!!  No dessert…..heading towards the Scottish Highland Creamery on Tilghman St.

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Note:  Some info. was taken from the Robert Morris Inn’s brochure.

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September 3rd, 2014

Destination? Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Machipongo Trading Co., Breakfast, Lunch, Take Out, Coffee, Gluten Free Beer, Gluten Free Cider..Must Stop!! Machipongo, VA, A Virginia’s Eastern Shore Quick Get-Away!

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A quick get-away, with an old friend, Cindi, and new soon to be new friends, took us on a kayak expedition to Chatham Winery, near Cape Charles, Virginia.

We met for sustance before our expedition at the Machipongo Trading Co., located at 13037 Lankford Hwy., Machipongo, VA 23405  Tel. 757-678-005.  Lankford Highway is also Rt. 13.  Many of you travel this route throughout the year, mostly in the winter as you try to go south for warmer temperatures.

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It is only 20 minutes north of the Bridge-Tunnel, and across from the Barrier Islands Center.

Introductions were made and we proceeded to order lunch.   Our kayak guide, Brandon, was getting our kayaks ready while we had lunch.

This place was a great stop.  And, surprise, surprise….it was charming and quaint.  Wi-Fi available, as well, so make yourself at home, will you?

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Looking around I found gluten free beer and cider!!  They also offer local wines.

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And I bought Machipongo Morning Coffee by local Coffee Roaster, Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Co.  Cannot wait to try it.

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Machipongo Trading Co. offers picnic provisions for any of your expeditions.  You can also call ahead for carry out orders at 757-678-0005.  Or, do like we did and enjoy sandwiches and paninis.

My Falafel Wrap was amazingly good with onions, spinach, cucumbers and tzatziki.

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Since this was my first time with this group….I only took a few photos….did not want to scare them away.  In the following posts, initiations had ended and they went with the flow.

Hours of operation for Machipongo Trading Co. are:  Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Hungry while traveling Lankford Highway……this is a must stop for all kinds of goodies….healthy, not so healty (ice cream)…..and remember if you have a gluten allergy…..this is the place.

Have a great time!!  Until next post.

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May 27th, 2014

Breakfast?, Victoria’s Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Outdoor Dining, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, DE Beaches, Southern Delaware, Hot & Sunny, Sit At Boardwak Side

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Finally, a gorgeous week-end.  So, looking for a place to have breakfast on Memorial Week-End was going to be tough.  I don’t like waiting in line.

Jody and I found the perfect place….we wanted to sit outside.  After the winter weather, when it is sunny and hot at the Delaware Beaches, that’s what you want to do.  We found it!!

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Victoria’s Reaurant is located inside the Boardwalk Plaza at 2 Olive Avenue & The Boardwalk in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  The key word here is Boardwalk.  Tel. 302-227-7169.  Website? http://www.boardwalkplaza.com/victorias-restaurant.

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At Boardwalk is where you want to sit…forget the inside.

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Jody and I walked the beautiful Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, passing the lifeguards who had finished their morning exercises.

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Our service was prompt.  Love it when warm blueberry sweet breads were presented with our coffee.

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My Grilled Portobello Benedict which grilled protobello caps were topped with scrambled egg white and Canadian bacon, drizzled with pesto sauce and served with a side order of fruit salad, really was perfect.

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Jody’s Spinach Mushroom and Quinoa Frittata also was delicious….and healthy.  It was made with fresh spinach, quinoa, chopped portobello mushrooms, parmesan and ricotta, served with seasonal fruits.

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When you are at the beach, you want to enjoy the outdoors and on a beautiful day…..it was priceless!!

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March 7th, 2014

High Street, Restaurant, Market Street, Old City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, A Must!!

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Breakfast is supposed to fuel your body for the chores ahead, an early morning ritual not to be missed…..The chore at hand was visiting the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.  I could not wait…you know how it has been; cold, snowy, and gray.  My friend, Jody, and I took off for Philly to make this a girls’ trip.

High Street is located at 308 Market St. in Old City.  Tel. 215-625-0988  Website?  http://www.highstreetonmarket.com

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For breakfast we were to order at the counter, and then it would be brought to our booth.  High Street opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…yes, they serve food all day long.

All pastries and breads are made in-house.  They use locally milled flours and grains.

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They also cure their meets…my breakfast was going to be made with this brown sugar cured pastrami.

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The long hot peppers were already roasted and were also going to be part of my breakfast.  Actually, I found them mild, but others have mentioned that they are hot.  Needless to say they give a bit of a kick to an expectant palate.

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My friend, Jody, decided on something that would stick to your ribs….oatmeal!  It was cold in Philly.  But, what she was not expecting was their her oatmeal was the best she had ever tasted…..It was Baked Oatmeal; stone cut organic Carolina oats, dried orchard fruit, oatmeal streusel.  Delish!!

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My son, who had decided to accompany us went for a more traditional breakfast.  It was called the Italian Market Breakfast with Lancaster bologna, spicy Coppa, Roasted Broccoli Rabe, Old Bay Fried Potatoes, Farm fried eggs and homemade toasted bread.  Also a winner!!

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My usual question….What is the dish that is the most popular, the one that keeps customers coming back again, and again?  Without hesitation it was the Pastrami & Hash.  This breakfast sandwich was so impressive, with an awesome presentation and fabulous taste.  It had shaved pastrami, spiced hash, roasted peppers and onions, farm egg, and Russian dressing.  It was served on a board with a side dish of a long hot pepper and hot sauce made from those peppers, as well.  The sauce some heat and added even more flavor.  Loved it and would have it again in no time.

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Fueld up and ready to attend the flower show….we were on our way.

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February 26th, 2014

Cafe Azafran, Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Breakfast, Saturday, Sunday, Lunch & Dinner Daily, Tapas, Small Plates, Large Plates, Restaurant, Review, Live Entertainment Thursdays, Tapas Happy Hour, Delaware Beaches

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The Spaniards have been doing this type of eating for hundreds of years…The Spanish tapas are a great way to try many dishes without having to really have a full meal.  It is also a great way to share when friends get together and want to chat and catch up.

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So, we decided we would go and graze at Cafe Azafran located at 18 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  It is on the ocean block.  Tel. 302-227-8100.  Website?  http://www.cafeazafran.com.

Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is a very trendy street in Downtown Rehoboth with plenty of restaurants and boutiques.  During the height of the season our visitors enjoy walking out and about Rehoboth stopping at favorite restaurants.  Cafe Azafran has been in Rehoboth more than a few years with a sister restaurant in Lewes.

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Cafe Azafran offers Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays at this time of the year.  Every day lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Dinner begins at 5 p.m.  Tapas Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. During warmer months and weather permitting there is also al fresco dining.

Every Thursday night John Flynn and Holly Lane perform live from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Our grazing began with the following tapas:

Lamb Albondigas or lamb meatballs in a roasted red pepper sauce.

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Asparagus a la Plancha, grilled and topped with crispy Jamon Serrano from Spain.

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An order of Ratatouille Provencal with fresh herbs and Pecorino.

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A Roasted Beet Salad to go with all of the above had mixed greens, endive, asparagus, boucheron, candied pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

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And because one salad was not enough…haha…we ordered the Salad Nicoise du Jour topped with salmon, haricots verts, egg, field greens, endive, new potatoes and olives.

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My small plate was filled with delicious food….there was no room for dessert.

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Have a good one!!

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March 17th, 2013

Modern Mixture, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches…What’s Cooking Leo? Roady’s Cinco de Mayo 5K Run/Walk, Delaware Tech, Jack F. Owens Campus, Saturday, May 4, 2013, Post Race Fiesta, Margaritas, Prizes, Fun, Music

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Had to go and check what Leo was cooking at Modern Mixture.  He has been posting eye catching soups and salads on Facebook. It is that time of the year, as Leo said, when we want something a little lighter.  Everyone is trying to get in shape for the warmer months, if they ever get here.

Jody and I stopped by and we noticed more tables, more art, an extra bathroom, and the ever smiling Leo…cooking and talking to customers explaining the dishes of the day; a little cayenne here or a jalapeno there.

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Modern Mixture is located at 62A Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, on the ocean block.  They open every day at 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Great coffee, as well.  Tel. 302-227-0600.  Website? http://www.modern-mixture.com.  You can also find Modern Mixture on Facebook.

Leo is the type of chef that even though he has a set menu; he is not afraid to improvise to give customers what they want.  Any allergy issues?  He is happy to help you with that, as well.

His cuisine is a fusion of Latin, Mediterranean, and American.  His homemade tamales are to die for.  If that is what you have in mind, call him up to make sure he has them on that particular day.

I decided to go with Leo’s suggestions, because he said they were summer body ready dishes…haha.

A smoothie of kale, pineapple, and just about 2 ounces or so of cherry juice was going to be my drink.  So good and refreshing…just 3 ingredients.

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Okay…his Lentil Soup was a large bowl.  It was made with a reduction of black beans and portabella mushrooms.  Truly delicious; well season and light.  It really was.

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Leo called this salad his “Cool Summer Body Chopped Salad”.  It is not even on the menu yet.  Very chopped lettuce, then a mango salad of mango, red pepper, cucumber, onion, scallions, sea salt, and cayenne pepper.  The dressing was so light and refreshing….only lime juice and cayenne pepper!!

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Modern Mixture will be at Roady’s Cinco de Mayo 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m. Rain or Shine!  Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m.  This race and event production is presented by Seashore Striders.

It will be at the Delaware Tech, Jack F. Owens Campus, Student Services Center Pavillion in Georgetown, Delaware.

Registration:  Adults $20 prior to May 1, and $25 the day of the race.  DTCC studens, $10.  Children 17 and under, $10.  Sleep Walkers? $20 (Sleep in and we’ll mail you a shirt.)

Awards: Presented to overall winners and age category winners.

Amenities:  T-shirts and celebration after the race guaranteed for all pre-registered runners and walkers.

Register by visiting http://www.dtcc.edu/owens/roady5k.

Have a good day!!

July 1st, 2012

The Point, Coffee House, Bake Shoppe, Free Wi-Fi, Parking, Breakfast, Lunch, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

 

On this Sunday morning, this post begins with breakfast.  So, Good Morning to you too!! I am sure that you will be trying to find a breakfast spot in Rehoboth Beach.  There are plenty; I have my favorites.  The Point is one of them. 

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The Point is located at 37140 Rehoboth Ave. Extended.  Right where Rt 1 (Coastal Highway) meets 1A.  Tel. 302-260-9734.

I am sure that by now you are realizing how important parking becomes at the Delaware Beaches during the height of the season.  The Point has plenty of parking. No hassle, just pull in.

It is such a quaint building.  Outdoor seating is also available.  The umbrellas will be up; don’t worry.

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The Point opens at 7 a.m. and stays open until late in the afternoon.  It also offers lunch, with delicious sandwiches, soups, quiches, and salads.

Beyond dispute; one thing for sure is the fact that breakfast should taste very good.  It is the first meal after a long night sleep.

The Point is a full coffee house; coffee, lattes, and iced coffees, among other coffee drinks.  Coffee is my daily addiction.  I want it bold.

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Even though the other day Tom was not there, the staff was very friendly and attentive.

The Point bakes everything in-house.  Sticky buns, cinnamon buns; they all looked so tempting.

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My friend, Susan, and I resisted but we kept on looking.  The croissants, the coffee cakes and all those sinful baked goods.

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Fresh artisan breads, homemade granola, made to order waffles and pancakes. You can order to go or stay awhile.  Free Wi-Fi is available, as well.

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We were soooo good.  We split a fancy blueberry muffin.

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And, we also split the bowl of fruit and yogurt.

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Nothing better than catching up with an old friend.

Have a great day in Rehoboth Beach!!  Talk to you later.

Really….the truth is our thoughts were on this cake….the Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cake…we left it right where it belonged; behind the glass case.  Maybe some other time.

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April 19th, 2012

Eating in…Milton, Delaware, The Vintage Cafe, Breakfast, Lunch, Open Tuesday through Saturday, Restaurant, Review

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This post came about because 2 Facebook friends decided to meet face to face.  The town of Milton, Delaware, was our choice.  Just in case you do not know, the historic town of Milton is about 20 to 25 minutes north of Rehoboth Beach.

Small businesses and historic homes is what you will find in Milton.  It is located at the head of the Broadkill River, which feeds into the Delaware Bay.  Because of its location, it was an ideal place for shipbuilding in the old days.

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Historic Milton is, really, set in a rural setting.  The pace?  Well, I think you would find it to be quiet and leisurely; definitely, small town America.

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Are you a history buff?  “Milton is the birthplace of 5 governors, a town divided in allegiance during the Civil War, house to many officers who participated in the War of 1812, and rich in agricultural and political facts.”

Button making?  Large mother of pearl shells were once shipped to Milton from the South Pacific.  The button blanks were cut and polished and then shipped to the northeast for more decoration and use on garments of all kinds.

If you like ice cream, Milton is the home of King’s Ice Cream with locations in Milton and Lewes.

You can find these facts and more at www.historicmilton.com.

When Kathy told me that The Vintage Cafe would be a good spot for our meeting, I was excited to check another place.  The Vintage Cafe is located at 113 Union Street, Milton DE 19968.  Tel. 302-684-3480.  Email vintagecafemilton@gmail.com.  The owner is Ami Rae.

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The Cafe opens Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.  If you are coming for breakfast you will find delectable offerings, including muffins, scones, and croissants.  Of course, coffees, teas, espresso, capuccinos and lattes.

The baked goods are fresh and the soups are homemade.  You can eat in, take out, and if you have an event, they can event cater.

The Cafe also carries gluten free baked goods, but it would be best to call them and see what’s available.

A PopStand! CakePop is a cake dipped in candy coating on a stick.  Please call Ami Rae, who is the CakePop Pro at 302-684-3480.  These can make the perfect gift, fun for parties, and a conversation piece for weddings.  Flavors and colors can be customized, as well.

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Kathy and I greeted each other and proceeded to sit down and take a look at the menu.  There is a board with the daily specials.

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And, this is what we had:

Kathy had Beans in the Garden, which was spinach, tomato, black beans, cheddar and brown rice, with red pepper aioli in a tortilla.  She thought it was delicious.  Kathy stops frequently at the Cafe when coming through Milton.

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I decided on The Farmer.  I thought the combination of country ham with cheddar, green apple and sweet hot mustard on a ciabatta roll made an interesting combination.  It did not disappoint; it was perfect.

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We decided that our sandwiches were enough.  The portions were a good size so we took half of them home.  By the way, the prices are very reasonable, the service was good and offered with a friendly smile.

Lunch with a new friend, in a historic town, at The Vintage Cafe, made for a great afternoon.

Talk to you later…

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