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August 5th, 2019

Station on Kings, Lewes, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Lunch, Dinner, Bakery, Cafe, Garden Store, The Art of Wining and Dining, Southern Delaware

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” anthelme brillat-savarin

Everyone’s is a food critic these days. I find that the experience comes from eating out often. It is actually very personal. You might love the restaurant and then someone will come back saying; what were you thinking?

The more relaxed you are while eating, the best it will be for you and your dining companion.

Kris Etze and I chose The Station on Kings located at 720 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958. Tel. 302-645-0300. You can reserve tables online and the restaurant has plenty of parking. They are open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Early morning coffee and baked goods are served. Every day you can enjoy lunch and dinner. Website? http://www.thestationlewes.com

Kris is a well known local personal chef. If you would like to know more about her…..she gives cooking classes too, please check her website http://www.abracadinner.com.

I love to see a beautiful plate full of colorful and well seasoned food. Kris can dissect how perfectly cooked a dish is. A pro at what she does.

The Station on Kings is a one stop shop. Beautifully displays of food, baked goods, home accessories.

Our server was very attentive. We ordered some wine and then jumped into the appetizers.

Have you ever had Blistered Shishito Peppers? Or, even know what they are?

Up close and personal…here is the photo. They are great for snacks. Easy to “blister” too. They are from Japan and sweet. But, caution is in order. 1 in 10 peppers are spicy. Don’t worry, nothing extreme. People that are in the know like Kris, will probably tell you that high heat and quick cooking is what you want. You want them fairly firm but with charred blisters on all sides.

My expert told me they were perfectly cooked. And me, the eating expert, will tell you that they were mild. The dipping sauce of kimchi aioli was also very good.

There is plenty to choose if you are vegetarian or have to eat gluten free.

Kris chose the Vegetarian Risotto. This dish was composed of farro, grilled corn, shaved fennel, house ricotta and chives. It was a nice portion and Kris really commented on how good it was.

I really do love octopus, so every time I see it being offered I order it. You want it to be firm but not dry and chewey and at The Station on Kings it did not disappoint. Perfectly done!! It was served with smoked potatoes, romesco, chorizo jam and salsa verde. Romesco is a tomato-based sauce that originated in Tarragona, Catalonia. The sauce was made by fishermen and should be eaten with fish.

Our choice for a sweet ending was Stone Fruit Frangipane Tart. A frangipane is made with almonds or almond flavoring, butter, sugar and eggs. The combination of cherries and roasted apricots was delicious. Cardamon almonds, brown butter caramel, and rum toffee ice cream. What can I say? Awesome!!

I am looking at these photos and I am salivating. Summer 2019 has brought the local restaurants to bring the best of what they have. Just yummy!!

Check my FB page AboutMyBeaches and comment if you have made it already to The Station on Kings.

Until then, Relax, You are at The Beach.


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February 21st, 2019

Stir, Restaurant, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lunch, Brunch

On my previous post I mentioned that day tripping to Philadelphia is an easy one from the Delaware Beaches. It only takes a few hours and if you casually plan it well, you will have a fun day. A change of scenery, as well.

The Philadelphia Museum of art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Our quest was to make it to the Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now exhibit. It is there until March 3rd. You can check the museum’s website by visiting https://philamuseum.org.

I was trying to see what dining experience we could have at the museum. In order not to be rushed it would be perfect to eat there. I found out that a new restaurant called Stir had opened in October, 2018. There is the restaurant and there is also a Cafe. My interest was Stir, the restaurant.

Stir was designed by Frank Owen Gehry. His is considered to be one of the most well known architects in the world. Some of his buildings, including his home in Los Angeles have become world-renowned attractions.

The day it opened Metro wrote an article about Stir and Mr. Gehry. Very interesting. Please check https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/philadelphia/philadelphia-museum-of-art-new-restaurant-Stir

We, actually, made a reservation through Open Table. The restaurant’s ceiling looks like it is floating. The chairs were so comfortable and the lighting was perfect. The Executive Chef is Mark Tropea who is a Philly-born guy with 20 years of experience.

Stir is managed by the Philadelphia’s Constellation Culinary Group which was known as the STARR Catering Group.

The moment I saw the Roasted Duck on the menu, I knew that would be my choice. Served with Vadouvan carrots, wheat berries, sour cherry and port reduction. Vadouvan is a French Masala Curry Powder with a little kick. The blending of classic curry spices with aromatic onion, garlic, and shallot. It is ground to fine powder. Medium rare and chrispy on top is how it was presented. So delicious, I want to go back.

The Grilled Venison Loin also caused a “Stir” because just like the duck it was perfectly cooked, as well. A currant and pink peppercorn gastrique, castle valley grits, and brased rainbow chard complemented the venison.

We did not have dessert. But, we did have wine. Our server was friendly and his suggestions were on point.

But we had a tour to catch. Isn’t it great when a restaurant delivers such a good experience?

Anyway, remember that there is an AboutMyBeaches FaceBook page and if you like it will be much appreciated.

Until then…..Spring is around the corner.


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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 12th, 2014

Cooking Rehoboth, Cook, Shop, Eat, Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, Market Tour, Cooking Demo, Lunch, Recipes, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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A great mid day activity in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that I am not sure if you already know.  Through September, on Tuesdays, and beginning at 11 a.m., you can start your mid day with a cooking class….here is how it works.

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It is called Cooking Rehoboth.  You can get more info., by visiting http://www.cookingrehoboth.com, but, in the meantime, even though I have not attended this weekly event, I can pass on the info., before September flies by.

The cost is $75 per person.  Group discount for 2 or more, as well.

Location?  The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market at Grove Park, located next to the Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce and The Visitor’s Center in Dowtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  More info?  http://www.rbfarmersmarket.com/map.html.

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You will start in the instructor’s kitchen which is around the corner.  Beginning with a pie crust, takling about the culinary heritage of Delmarva…pie crust done and then in the refrigerator.  Off to the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, http://www.rbfarmersmarket.com to find fresh fruit to put in the pie.  There is always plenty of fresh fruit at the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market.  It will be a surprise, though.

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Shorter days and cooler temperatures bring a different atmosphere to this market.  It will be a great experience to shop, then cook, and….Eat!!!

Never a lack for seafood at the market, but at times, meat and poultry are not available on that particular Tuesday.  The chef might have to order fresh meats ahead of time.  That is all that might be pre-planned.  The rest of the meal will be an unexpected surprise….you will have to see what’s available at the market that day.

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The lunch will be casual, yet elegant.  It will be easy to make so that you can do so, as well, at home.

You can watch or, as they say, roll up your sleeves and enjoy the moment.

I think it sounds great!!  Have a good day.

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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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June 22nd, 2014

North Bethany Eats! Matt’s Fish Camp, Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour, Carry Out, Bethany Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Matt’s Fish Camp is a Supporter of Operation Seas The Day September 2nd – 7th, 2014

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In the 1930’s the ritual of anglers dangling their reels over rivers, waiting for a bite, gave birth to fish camps along the Southern U.S.  Fish camps have become local favorites and hidden jewels, found, at times off the beaten path; no frills establishments serving fresh catch.

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With that in mind, I am sure, Matt’s Fish Camp opened its doors in 2011 in North Bethany Beach, on Coastal Highway.  If you are driving south from Dewey Beach, Matt’s Fish Camp is the only eatery right on the highway, oceanside, until you arrive closer to Bethany Beach.  From Rehoboth to Bethany….12 miles more or less.  Tel. 302-539-2267  Website?  http://www.mattsfishcamp.com.

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Not really off the beaten path like the first fish camps, Matt’s Fish Camp can easily be spotten from Coastal Highway or Rt. 1.  This restaurant is part of Matt Haley Companies…with several sister restaurants at the Delaware Beaches.  No reservations, the restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day.  Wine and beer are served at Matt’s Fish Camp.

The community where Matt’s Fish Camp is located is called Tower Shores.  It is one of the original communities right on the beach, adjacent to the State Park beaches, the Indian River Marina, and the Indian River Inlet.

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The restaurant is casual, come as you are or get dressed up….really that’s how comfortable it is.  You can sit at the bar by the open kitchen, or by the window. Booths are available and a large center table for large parties.  Maybe even call the restaurant for carry out, because all you have to do is drive up, park and pick it up on the side.  Perfect if you are spending a day at the beach.

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I stopped late in the day, driving from Bethany to Rehoboth, when I got a little hungry.  Something light is what I wanted.

What I did was to order a tea, a garden salad, with a side order of Lobster Salad, and….since my eyes were bigger than my hunger….I also added Lobster Deviled Eggs.

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I had my own salad bar going on….a clean plate was ordered and this is what it looked like.  To tell you the truth I don’t eat too many eggs. But, deviled eggs, I do like.  These were traditionally made.  At first I was going to order the Lobster Roll without the roll when Reed, my server, pointed out that I could have an add on, which was just a Lobster Salad.  The garden salad was also traditionally made, and very fresh.

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Just a perfect lunch at the beach!!

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Matt’s Fish Camp is a supporter of Operation Seas The Day.  This is an annual warrior family beach week event held in Bethany Beach the week of September 2nd to the 7th for our Veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country, and their immediate families.  A week of rest and relaxation.

The families will be staying in homes donated by local homeowners.  Plans underway for organized events, including a kickoff welcome reception, a beach bonfire/cookout, a concert at Freeman State, and a farewell brunch.

Additionally, Bethany Beach businesses and area residents have offered a “menu” of options and activities available, free of charge, throughout this week.

If you would like to learn more, please visit http://www.operationseastheday.org

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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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