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August 24th, 2015

West Ocean City Eats, Sello’s, Ocean City, Maryland, Italian Cuisine, Bar, Restaurant, OC Beaches, Summer 2015

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“Dinner is where magic happens in the kitchen.”  kris carr

Stopping for a very early dinner on Sunday, with friends, en route to the Harness Races at Ocean Downs Casino…our choice?  Sello’s, located at 9802 Gold Course Rd., Tel. 410-390-3543  Website?  http://www.sellosoc.com

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Sello’s does not accept reservations, but you may call ahead of time to tell them you are coming.  The restaurant’s decor and logo is based on the following fabric.  I have no idea why, but all I can tell you is that the pants I was wearing had a similar pattern.

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The restaurant is comfortable and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  Throughout the restaurant you will see photographs taken by the owners in Italy.

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The bar is cozy, another very welcoming area to wait or just enjoy a few drinks.

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After an order of drinks we got down to the business of appetizers:

Carpaccio di Manzo…Thinly sliced tenderloin of beef garnished with capers, chopped onions, shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese and arugula.

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Barbabietola e Finocchio…Roasted Beets & Fennel with black olives, grilled asparagus, gorgonzola cheese in a citrus vinaigrette.  Love beets and these were delish.

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Pomodoro Caprese…Nothing like fresh tomatoes this time of the year with fresh mozzarella, as well…Fresh Burata Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil with a touch of EVO and balsamic vinegar.

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Catching up with friends is also a plus, but when you get together with this O.C. crowd I think laughter gets contagious.

Time for Dinner, Shall We?

Two of us ordered the Catch of The Day….Grouper, olives, sauce so perfectly seasoned.  As a side dish eggplant stuffed with risotto.

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A Pasta Bolognese…please note the pastas are made in-house.

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Involtini di Melanzane…Thinly sliced grilled eggplant rolled and stuffed with angel hair pasta with Marinara sauce and fresh parmigiano reggiano.  This is Kathlene’s favorite and once again she decided to order it.

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Ross’s Pizza….It was a personal pizza but it was quite large.  Perfectly cooked…thin and crispy.

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No dessert was necessary; we were totally satisfied…plus we needed to take off for Ocean Downs Racetrack and Casino where we were hoping to make some money, and enjoy more laughter and good times as Summer 2015 is coming to an end.

Have a good one!!

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August 6th, 2015

Ocean City, Maryland, Sahara Motel, Oceanfront, The Boardwalk, White Marlin Open, Longboard Cafe, Barn 34, 24 Hours In Ocean City, Summer 2015

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They say that during summer week-ends Ocean City, Maryland hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers.  Up to 8 million visitors annually.  Businessman Isaac Coffin built the first beach-front cottage in 1869 in order to receive paying guests.  Guests would arrive by stage coach and ferry.  The idea was to fish off the shore, and to enjoy the beautiful and long strip of sandy beach.  As it happens, soon after, others followed his lead and built houses on the strip of sand.  Then the development came as businessmen were attracted to the area.  Two hundred and fifty lots were cut into it; a corporation was formed to help with the development of the land.  And, the corporation stock of 4,000 shares were sold for $25 each.  The rest is history.

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There is plenty to do in Ocean City.  The beach is so wide and very clean.  Early in the a.m. already visitors choose their spots.  Umbrellas up and they are all good to go.

I was spending 24 hours in O.C. with my friend, Cindi.  She and I were going to enjoy some of the activities that visitors love in this coastal resort.  We were staying at the Sahara Motel.  Oceanfront at the Boardwalk’s edge.  The Sahara Motel is located at 19th St. and Boardwalk.  It does have a very popular Cafe open for breakfast and lunch.  Tels. 410-289-8101, 1-800-638-1600.  Website?  http://www.saharamotel.com.

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The Sahara Motel is a sister motel to:  Beachmark Motel, Tides Motel, Executive Motel, and Empress Motel & Apartments.  You can choose oceanfront, oceanview, poolside, west or tower building.  To see the other motels, please visit http://www.bestmotels.com.

The Ocean City Boardwalk is 2 1/4 miles.  Early in the a.m. walkers, bikers, and joggers take the opportunity to exercise while having the best view in town.

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Sand Sculpting in OC

Sand Sculpting in OC

Just remember to touch at the end of the boardwalk to make sure your walk counts.

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Turning around we went off for another 2 1/4 miles.  The Boardwalk was waking up.

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You can still find some of those cottages that make you say Oh, So Cute!!  On the Boardwalk!

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If you get tired of walking the Boardwalk, hop on the tram.  $3/person one way, but there are other deals available if you are spending the week.  Please visit http://www/ocbound.com/boardwalk-tram.

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The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open takes place this time of the year.  August 3 – 7.  It is the World’s Largest Billfish Tournament with a purse of about $3.8 million dollars.  This year there were 370 boasts registered.   One of the activities for spectators is to go every afternoon to the Harbourside Marina to attend the weigh-in from 4 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.  Balancing the tip of the scale can make you a winner of lots of money.    Harbourside Marina is at 14th St and the Bay.  It gets crowded.  You can shop because there are plenty of vendors and you can also have something to eat and a few drinks, as well.

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I bought the 2015 T-shirts but then we found a gentleman wearing one from 1988 when the purse was only $50,000.

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It was a beautiful evening with plenty of boats in the marina and some were already getting ready for the next day of fishing.

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The waiting was over.  Only 5 boats went out on Tuesday because of the 10 foot seas.  Finally, one of the boats, The Mahi, came in with a tuna.  The weight was 19 1/2 lbs.  If it had been 20 lbs. it would have won $12,000.

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Friday, August 7th, is the last day.  If you want more info., please visit http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/info/for-spectators.

Late night dinner at Longboard Cafe located at 6701 Coastal Highway was a good choice.  They are open for lunch and dinner.  A casual atmosphere, you may eat outdoors on their deck or inside.  Tel. 443-664-5639.  Website?  http://www.longboardcafe.net.

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We sat at the better where we were able to see a very fast and busy bartender doing his best to keep everyone very well hydrated.

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Chris Button was entertaining the patrons and he was excellent.

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A Grilled Caesar for Cindi and I…it was good and plenty for sharing.

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Halibut Mediterranean style for me with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers, lemon, wine and garlic pan sauce.  Nice white fish with a mild flavor.  Fish comes in fresh every day.

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Cindi’s Wild Caught Salmon Filet was also very good…teriyaki sriracha lacquer, field greens, avocado, roasted corn, grape tomato, and a balsamic drizzle.

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No need for dessert…

Getting up at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday to go to the inlet and wish all those boats good luck was tough.  But we did it.  Hundreds of boats went out on Wednesday.

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Walking the OC Boardwalk to get energy for breakfast at Barn 34 located at 3400 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 410-289-5376.  Website?  http://www.barn34oc.com.

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Mary Anne, Mike, and Michael….The Lawsons!! Great to chat with them and to see them doing so well.  Barn 34 is open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It is casual…with a very friendly staff.

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Cindi had The Beach Babe…Scramble eggs with sauteed onions, potato, red peppers, chorizo, stuffed into a flour tortilla, and topped with salsa and cheese.  Yum!!

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I was sold the moment I heard that one of their specials was the Fried Green Tomatoes Benedict…..So delicious, the tomatoes perfectly cooked and seasoned.  Grits!!

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It was time to head back to Rehoboth Beach….24 Hours in OC went by so quickly but that happens when you are in good company and having fun.  Until next time!!  Thanks Cindi!

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May 23rd, 2015

Delaware Boardwalks, Ocean City Boardwalk, Summer 2015 is Open for Business

Rehoboth Beach

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Gates have opened and visitors have been arriving since Thursday evening.  A beautiful day in Delmarva with blue skies, slightly cool temperatures, and no humidity….So perfect and hard to believe that there is no rain in the forecast for Memorial Day!!

Boardwalks are the center of the coastal towns of Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Ocean City, Maryland.  Early in the a.m. joggers, bikers, walkers….pooches too, are seen enjoying glorious days at the beach.

Hard to believe that the 3 mile long Ocean City Boardwalk, was once rolled up and stored under porches during high tide.  Please visit http://www.ococean.com.

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Ocean City

Stop by Dolles for some amazing Sea Salt fudge…love it…among other sweet sensations.  Every morsel is made in-house.

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Summer in Bethany Beach, Delaware, revolves around the Boardwalk.  This boardwalk is not as long as the other two, but offers so much to its visitors….entertainment or just the fact that you can take a seat on those iconic benches and look out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Please visit http://www.townofbethanybeach.com.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is also known as The Nation’s Summer Capital.  The award-winning Boardwalk is a mile long.  Just make sure that when you get to the end on both sides of the boardwalk you touch the railing….it’s a local’s thing.  The entertainment begins on the Boardwalk every week.  Check http://www.rehobothbandstand.com

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Lucky for the coastal towns that do have boardwalks.  They are successful commercial districts and tourist attractions for the whole family.

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July 12th, 2014

Destination? Annual Ocean City Greek Festival, Saturday, 7/12, Sunday, 7/17, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland, Vendors, Food, Entertainment, Maryland Beaches, Recipes!!

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I love Greek food!!  And, this week-end is the 25th Annual Ocean City Greek Festival, sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church.  The festival will have entertainment, authentic Greek food, and unique vendors.

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It will take place at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center at 41st Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City.  Saturday:  Noon until 11 p.m.  Sunday:  Noon until 9 p.m.  Parking is free, air-conditioned hall is handicap accessible.  Credit cards are accepted at the festival and there is also ATM availability.

Admission:  Noon to 4 p.m. daily is free for locals and children under 14 years of age.  Others $2/person.  Late admission after 4 p.m. is $3/person and children under 14 are free.

You can check the festival’s Facebook Page by visiting http://www.facebook.com/greekfestivaloceancity.

For more info. on the festival and the links to the menu and entertainment, please visit http://www.stgeorgebythesea.org/greek-festival.

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The Festival will hold 3 raffles.  You do not need to be present to win:

“Best Odds in Town Raffle” – $100 per chance with a 1:100 chance to win $5,000, enough for your own Green Island vacation!

Or, take a $10 chance on a 50cc Roketa Motor Scooter provided by Fun Cycles.

O, take 6 chances for $5 to Win a Grand!

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Authentic Greek cuisine dine in or carry out….Greek Moussaka, Keftethakla, Spanakopita, Papoutsakia to name a few.  Check the link above mentioned for a full menu.

Recipes:

Papoutsakia or Little Shoes  – You can find this recipe by clicking on July, 2011 of AboutMyBeaches and then scrolling to the 17th.

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Another recipe that you can find on AboutMyBeaches is Greek Moussaka.  Just click on the month of January 2012 on the left-hand side of the website and scroll down to the 29th.

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It is a beautiful day at the beaches….Have a good one!!

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June 25th, 2014

Fig Tree Studio, Berlin, Maryland, Art Lessons, Workshops, Children, July Art Classes, Worcester County Arts Council, Worcester County, Maryland

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I think you will like this!!  Fig Tree Studio travels around the Eastern Shore providing 1-hour classes to day care and community centers.  Ages 10 months and up!!  Supplies are included, affordable art lessons; prices depend on how many kids end up participating in the art lesson.

10 students and under-$25

20 students and under-$35

30 students and under-$45

40 students and under-$55

50 students and under-$65

More than 50 students, please contact them for a price.

Fig Tree Studio’s schedule caters to the needs of the center, whether its a one session, weekly, or monthly class.

For detailed information and any questions you may have, please contact Erika Ritlling, 443-523-7656.  You shoud visit the website http://www.figtreestudioberlin.com.  On Facebook you may find it as Fig Tree Studio.

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JULY ART CLASSES – Fig Tree Studio will be providing art classes at the Worcester County Arts Council located at 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin, Maryland, for the month of July.  Your kids will have a great opportunity to create during the summer.  All classes include supplies.  Sign up and show up!!  You may book a class by visiting the above mentioned website.

The following classes will begin the first day of July :

RHYME WITH ART – Ages 2-4.  Price $6.00.  4:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

July 1 – It’s Raining It’s Pouring – These little artists will learn basic watercolor techniques by creating a scene from this famous nursery rhyme.

July 8 – Itsy Bitsy Spider – Little artists will construct a spider using construction paper and other materials.

July 15 – Down in the Meadow – Little artists will create a family of fish using tempera paint and other tools to create a texture pattern.

July 22 – Humpty Dumpty – The little artists will create their own Humpty Dumpty using contact paper and paint.

July 29 – Alphabet Song – Little artists will create their initials using stamps made from fruits and veggies.

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ART AROUND THE WORLD – Ages 5-13.  Price $12. 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

July 1 – Creative Alphabet – Little artists will gain inspiration from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and create their own alphabet using inks and brushes.

July 9 – Circles in Art – The little artists will create a mandala using a variety of mediums.

July 16 – Mexican Masks – Little artists will use their imagination to travel to Mexico and create a collage inspired by the tradition of the Day of the Dead.

July 23 – Faces on the Pole – The little artists will create their own 3D pole inspired by North American totem poles.

July 30 – Light Your Way – Little artists will create their very own Chinese lanterns.

July is around the corner….have a great day!!

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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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June 16th, 2014

Destination? Sahara Motel, Ocean City, Maryland, Oceanfront, Ocean City Lodging, OC Air Show, Event, The Skies Were Blue & Roaring in Ocean City, Oceanfront & A Bird’s Eye View

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When visitors come to Ocean City, Maryland, they have pretty much one thing in mind…..the beautiful wide beaches that it is known for and the award winning Boardwalk.  A much needed vacation for those that want to leave the city for just a few days or more.  You might want to stay awhile, though.

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Word of mouth is a great advertising tool.  When you have had the experience, then, you can talk about it.  Well, let me tell you about the Sahara Motel.  It is located at 19th Street & Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21843-0540.  Tel. 1-800-638-1600, or, 410-289-8101.  Website?  http://www.saharamotel.com.   Get close….look at the view.  It was my view!!  This is why you come to Ocean City.

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Early in the a.m. step into the balcony to see if you want to walk the two and a quarter mile of Boardwalk…

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The Sahara Motel is a family owned business.  It has other sister motels in Ocean City.  You may find more info. on the above mentioned website.  All properties have been given tender and personal loving care.  They are immaculate properties.  Very well taken care of.

My room was spacious, comfortable and sooooo clean.  It had a small refrigerator and a microwave.  Open those curtains, step out into the balcony and take it all in.

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The Sahara Motel is reasonably priced with plenty of room choices:  Oceanfront, Oceanview, Poolside, West or Tower Buildings.

My oceanfront room had a front seat to the OC Air Show, which took place Saturday, 6/14, and Sunday, 6/15.  Beachgoers arrived early to take the best seats.  In a matter of an hour or so, the before and after photos show how quickly the beachgoers settled.

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And then the skies roared…This is a unique year for the show, since it is the only show on the docket for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in the Mid-Atlantic.

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The U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs parachute team and several civilian acts for the show participated.

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You have plenty of hotels/motels choices when staying in Ocean City….check http://www.saharamotel.com.

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Have a good one!!  Breakfast at the Sahara Cafe….post in the a.m., of course.

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May 11th, 2014

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! Enjoy the Day!!

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I wish all my friends and readers a beautiful day.  I remember when I became a Mother, I was totally complete.

For those of you you who Mother someone in your life….Happy Mother’s Day!

Note:  The photo was taken in Bethany Beach the other day.  It is not unusual to see families like this throughout the Delaware Beaches in the Spring.  I never get tired of looking at them.

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