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March 5th, 2015

The Vendue, Art Hotel, Historic Charleston, South Carolina, Artist in Residence, Fred Jamar, The Rooftop, Restaurant, Charleston’s French Quarter

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Discovering Charleston at our own pace.  Walking, dining, shopping and being just tourists is not a bad thing.  I had being told that The Vendue’s Rooftop Bar offers great drinks and one such drink is the Lavender Martini. And, no we did not try it….maybe next time.  What we did find is that this boutique hotel is the only hotel in Historic Charleston that is considered an Art Hotel.  There are exhibits and even an Artist in Residence Program.  The art is for sale.  In the next photo if you can see it up close, the sculpture is made out of watches.

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The Vendue is located in Charleston’s French Quarter at 19 Vendue Range and 26 Vendue Range.  Yes, 2 properties one in front of the other.  Tel. 843-577-7970  Website?  http://www.thevendue.com There are 45 rooms at 19 Vendue Range and 39 guests rooms at 26 Vendue Range.  These were warehouse buildings that date to 1780.  The restaurant called The Drawing Room is elegant with the beautiful chandeliers that are seen all over Charleston.

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Having a few drinks and then curious to see the art housed at The Vendue, we were invited to walk and admire the artwork.

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This particular sculpture is made out of bullets.

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Across the street the art exhibits continued.

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Meet Fred Jamar, who at present and for months has been the Artist in Residence at The Vendue.

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The photo above was taken by my cousin Maru….Fred graciously let us take photos.  The one on the botton is from one of his paintings of Frat Houses on George St..  Oil on Canvas.

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He is a Belgian Artist and will be the first one to tell you that his life has been a journey of discovery.  He has been many things and has enjoyed them all.   A very interesting life but he says that if he had to do it all over again…a painter always, he would have been.

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To visit the studio or commission an oil painting you may call 843-762-5770 or email fredjamar@bellsouth.net.  His website is http://www.fredpaintings.com.  To buy a painting call or visit RLS on Queen St., Tel. 843-805-8052. Website http://www.rlsart.com.

Discovering Charleston….will continue later.

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July 29th, 2014

Bethany Beach Eats! Off The Hook, Restaurant, Lunch, Dinner, Alfresco Dining….Love the Crunchy Tuna Lettuce Wraps!! Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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It was just a quick lunch…that’s what Debbie and I wanted.  Spending the day in Bethany Beach, it is amazing to see how many restaurants are now offering lunch. I remember when that was not the case and Bethany was a dry town.  Things have changed quite a bit since the mid 70’s.  Our choice was Off The Hook, located at 769 Garfield Pkwy. or Rt. 26, just a mile or so west of Bethany Beach.  Tel. 302-829-1424.  Website?  http://www.offthehookbethany.com.

Off The Hook opened in 2010 in Bethany Beach and was received with open arms.  You can have lunch or dinner, or both…and even have a little alfresco dining.

The restaurant is small and cozy.  The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable.

My friend Debbie had the Arugula n’ Melon Salad….local melon, crispy prosciutto, goat cheese, chive crumb and a champagne orange vinaigrette….topped with grilled salmon.  This is a favorite of Debbie’s so it goes without saying that she likes it!!

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I was looking for something light…too much eating lately if you get my drift.  I spotted the Crunchy Tuna Lettuce Wraps and they were really good.  They had seared tuna, avocado, pickled carrots, pea shoots, and spicy peanuts with a Japanese Wasabi Mayo.  All the distinctive combinations of foods and those pickled carrots hit the spot.

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I almost forgot to tell you that the prices were very reasonable….the restaurant was crowded for lunch.  See you.

Note:  Gluten Free Awareness

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July 17th, 2014

Destination? The Lobster Shanty, Restaurant, Seafood, Spirits, Lunch, Dinner, Free Scenery & Sunsets, Bay Front Dining, Fenwick Island, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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Awesome day in Delmarva!!  Low Humidity, blue skies….and it is Summer 2014!  You might be at the beach, or gardening or just plain doing nothing at all.  A couple of weeks ago the day was the same and my friend, Debbie K, called me and we wanted to play tourist.  Enjoying the beautiful day we took off, unexpectedly, for the Lobster Shanty located on Rt. 54 in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  Tel. 302-436-2305.  Website?  http://www.twiningshanty.com.

The Lobster Shanty opened its doors in 2010.  It is owned by restauranteurs David and Janet Twinings.  It really does have awesome views of the bay and marshes from most of the tables, including an open air sunset bar. Check the scenery because during different times of the day you may see herons, egrets and the creatures that make the bay marsh their own habitat.

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The location is just a few miles west of Fenwick Island on Rt. 54…over the “bridge”.  The Lobster Shanty can get pretty crowded, but on that particular day, at lunch time, we were lucky because it was quiet and had the perfect lunch…seafood was on our minds.

The bar is huge and also has that magnificent view.  The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner and happy hour.  You can make reservations by calling the above mentioned telephone number.

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My friend, Debbie K, had the best salad….It was called the Lobster & Shrimp Salad.  It was almost enough for 2 people.  The salads were served over field greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and seasonal fruits….dressed with their own maple vinaigrette dressing.  It was so pretty!

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My Lobster Salad Roll did not disappoint…it was, definitely, a perfect summer dish.  It had knuckle and claw lobster, a little Helman’s, their own seasonings…..shhhhhh a secret, and an originial New England buttered grilled roll.

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Debbie K and I caught up with each other lives and decided that we are lucky to live here at the Delaware Beaches….and, do not take it for granted.

Our lunch was very reasonable, our services was attentive, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!!

And as we drove on the ocean front road in Fenwick…..look at this!  One lot back from being ocean front.

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Have a good one…remember that you are at the beach; relax and kick back!

January 11th, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Eats!! Fins Ale House, Raw Bar, Fresh Seafood, American Fare, Gluten Free, Delaware Beaches, New for 2014!! Restaurant, Review

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My usual suspects and I decided to follow the trail of many who have discovered that a new restaurant has opened in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Fins Ale House & Raw Bar is located at 19269 Coastal Highway, or Rt. 1.  Tel. 302-227-3467.

Fins Ale House is the newest sibling of 2 other restaurants in Downtown Rehoboth Beach:  Fins Raw Bar located at 243 Rehoboth Avenue, and Claws Seafood House.

The restaurant opens for lunch at 11 a.m. and stays open until 1 a.m.  It has plenty of parking and even though parking is pretty much accessible at this time of the year in all Rehoboth Beach…in the summer, it will be a totally different scene.  So, keep Fins Ale House in mind when visiting Rehoboth Beach and want fresh seafood, raw bar, American fare and gluten free items.  And, for those young ones, there is a kids’ menu, as well.

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When we entered the restaurant the feel I got was of a fish house in the south.  Open bar, lots of wood…a place where friendly chatter accompanies fresh seafood, and drinks.

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There is another dining room adjacent to the bar area if you prefer so.

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I love oysters at this time of the year.  Cold outside and cold, salty oysters are my favorites.  I decided to get one of each to try them.  On the board, there were the choices of the day.  On my plate and clockwise are the oysters.

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We all decided on the House Salad, which by the way, was delicious and refreshing.  We are all trying to keep our New Year’s resolutions, if you get my drift.

Debbie had fried oysters on her salad.

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Jody had fried shrimp on hers.

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And mine was just the plain House Salad.

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That’s all we had but we will be back for more….Talk to you later.

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October 10th, 2013

Dining, Henlopen City Oyster House, Restaurant, Review, The Second Season, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware,

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Cathy and I decided to stop for something to eat at one of the most popular restaurants in this coastal town…Henlopen City Oyster House.  It is located on 50 Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. 302-260-9193.  Website?  http://www.hcoysterhouse.com.  Open for lunch and dinner…no reservations.

It was surprising to see Rehoboth Beach so crowded on a Tuesday night.  Almost no parking…can you believe it?  It is a thing of the past when Rehoboth Beach used to roll up its sidewalks until the following season.  No way…this is a year-round resort.  Very vibrant, offering its visitors and residents something to do, practically every night of the week.

I love this restaurant….it never disappoints.  Fresh seafood, salty oysters, beer, specialty drinks, and wine.

A Fruit and Nut Salad offered sliced apple, five spice pumpkin seeds, candied walnuts, dried cherries, bleu cheese, and a while balsamic dressing.  A substantial salad full of flavor.

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I love beets and their Roasted Beet salad contained sunflower seeds, pickled radish, feta cheese, mixed greens, drizzled with a balsamic reduction.  Very good!!

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The Herb Grilled Maryland Rockfish was ordered by Cathy and it was grilled and lightly brushed with an herb olive oil, served with her choide of seasonal veggies and braised kale.  Seasoned to perfection!

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I ordered the Sesame & Spice Seared New Zealand Hapuka Seabass with spicy coconut green bamboo rice, lobster mushrooms, zipper peas, grilled long beans, and a cashew curry sauce.   All those combinations gave this dish an array of flavors that were truly delicious.

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Even though the desserts can be tempting at Henlopen City Oyster House, we were very satisfied.  Perhaps another time.

Talk to you later….have a good one!!

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February 19th, 2013

Cooking Demonstration, NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, Wednesday, 2/20/13, Free!!, Ocean View, Delaware, Let others do the Cooking, while you do the Tasting!!!

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After a long holiday week-end, there is nothing better than letting others do the cooking.  The setting is NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, located at 29 Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26) in Ocean View, Delaware.  Tel. 302-537-1785.  Website?  http://www.northeastseafoodkitchen.com.  You are letting them cook, demonstrate and teach, so, you might learn a thing or two.

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen is part of the Sodel Concepts family of restaurants, owned by restauranteur and philanthropist, Matt Haley; http://www.sodelconcepts.com.

I can’t promise their outdoor fireplace will be keeping you warm….it might be too cold to go outside, but inside, the chefs will be doing their magic.

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This month, NorthEast will travel further northward to the State of Connecticut.  They will be making local favorites like baked oysters, “stuffies” (suffed clams) and classic Connecticut crullers – freshly fried, doughnut-like desserts.

Why don’t you join them for cocktails beginning at 4:45 p.m. with small plates available, followed by the Demo held from 6 until 7 p.m., then a tasting of the fabulous dishes prepared right in front of you.

These demonstrations held the 3rd Wednesday of the month are so popular.  They fill quickly.  To reserve a seat, please call NorthEast at 302-537-1785 or email Colby@sodelconcepts.com.

Have a good one!!  Talk to you later.

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November 23rd, 2012

Destination? Delaware Beaches, Lewes, Black Friday, Cafe Azafran, Lunch, Restaurant, Review, Mediterranean Cuisine

So far so good…the weather has been amazing.  Lewes, Delaware looked beautiful on Thanksgiving Day as I drove around this quaint town.  It was quiet; the end of the day.  A drive through Pilottown Rd. took me towards the Lewes Boat Ramp.

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Then, back to town, the views were, really, so gorgeous.  Crisp colors; the marshes giving this part of town a serenity, which was perfect on Thanksgiving Day.

2-megawatt wind turbine

2-megawatt wind turbine

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Black Friday….some of us say, we have not seen this many people at the Delaware Beaches in years.  Don’t know if it was the forecast or, people just wanting to get out of town.

I love Agave.  Located at 137 2nd St. in Downtown Lewes, it is a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. Tel. 302-645-1232.  That it is popular, is an understatement.  No reservations; I am always complaining.  The wait too long.  Well, guess what?  Today, I was doing what everyone else in Lewes had found out.  Agave certificates were going to be sold today.  Bring your “dinero” and double the dollar amount.  So, I brought $200 and I got $400 worth.   Yes!!  That was my Black Friday deal.  If I had known earlier, I would have told you.  I only found out today, but I believe this is not the first year.  Stay tuned for next year.

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The certificates could be bought in increments of $10.  I got mine all in 10’s.  They cannot carry a balance.  Dine in only.  Not for carryout.  Can use as many as necessary in one visit.  Cannot be used for merchandise, or for happy hour specials.  Could not be used on Black Friday.  And, last, but not least, cannot be used for gratuity.

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I waited for about 1 1/2 hours….worth the wait.  Now I will have to see when will I be able to get into Agave.  Don’t worry, a post will, definitely, follow.

My sister in law was patiently waiting for me, shopping around Lewes.  We decided to have lunch at Cafe Azafran.  My Agave certificates were safely in my bag.  Cafe Azafran has been in Lewes for many years.  It is a Mediterranean Cafe located at 109 Market St.  Tel. 302-644-4446.  Another location has been in Downtown Rehoboth Beach for a few years.  Website?  http://www.cafeazafran.com.

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It is casual. Seating available inside or at the side porch.  Today it was the perfect day.  The heaters were hardly needed.

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An order of their vegetable soup, accompanied with bread.  Great consistency, not salty; light.

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An order of the Mediterranean Platter – Serrano ham, roasted peppers, romesco, olive tapenade, artichoke hearts, Manchego & goat cheese with warm baguette.  Gorgeous colors were so welcomed. Delicious.

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The Special Panini was ordered – Ham, asparagus, melted brie, onions, accompanied with pasta salad.  The brie and ham, always a very nice combination.

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That’s all for… Black Friday!!  Have a good one!

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November 18th, 2012

Dining, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Henlopen City Oyster House, Restaurant, Raw Bar, Seafood, Review, Delaware Beaches

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“We like to keep a constant rotation of beverages and fresh food on hand, that’s why we update our menu daily.”  henlopen city oyster house

With that in mind, my friend, Debbie, and I decided on this restaurant for lunch.  She had asked me to choose…believe it or not, I had never been.  I must be the only one in Rehoboth Beach who has not.  Henlopen City Oyster House is located at 50 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-260-9193.  Website?  http://www.hcoysterhouse.com.  It opens at Noon for lunch and for dinner, as well.  No reservations.

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As you entered the restaurant, to the left was the bar.  Already the Sunday football fans were taking their places.  The bar was crowded and the oyster bar was busy.

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It is an oyster house, therefore, a wide variety of oysters are available.  Please check their selections.  Have in mind that they get updated all the time.  http://www.hcoysterhouse.com/specialy.html.

We were surprised to see friends from Ocean City.  They had plates full of oysters.

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We chose to sit in their dining room.  It was comfortable with large windows, and the perfect spot to catch up.

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The lunch and dinner menu looked great.  Fresh seafood and local foods, supporting the local farmers is something this restaurant takes seriously.

The question to my server was…If you have never eaten here, what would be the dish that would really hook you?  There was no hesitation on her part when she answered…New England Lobster Roll or the Lobster Reuben.  She said they were delicious.

For me that did it.  An order of their Lobster Reuben.  Lobster salad, cole slaw, thousand island dressing, gruyere, grilled rye, served with a choice of side.  I decided on the side salad since this sandwich was going to be big.  When it was placed in front of me, it looked great.  The bread nice and thick….the first bite had my taste buds dancing.  I was hoping I did not have to share.

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Debbie went all out, by ordering their Classic Oyster Stew.  It was made in a traditional Eastern Shore classic way with cream, oyster liquor, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, and Old Bay.  It was a little thicker than the one I just had last week in Philadelphia.  Great flavor and consistency.

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She decided on the Henlopen City Po’Boy Sandwich.  Debbie chose the Po’Boy made with a combination of scallops and shrimp.  This sandwich was huge, with Creole mustard marinated cabbage, pickled red onions, soft roll.  Her side was the Mac & Cheese, which was creamy, well seasoned with a hint of nutmeg.

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No dessert was necessary….a walk around Downtown Rehoboth Beach is what we needed.

We really enjoyed it….great to get together with good friends…Priceless!!  Talk to you later.

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