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June 1st, 2019

Big Chill Beach Club, Indian River Inlet, Delaware State Seashore Park, SoulFire Collective, Yoga, Delaware Beaches, Misaki Sushi, South Bethany, Bethany Beach, Sipping, Dining, Coastal Delaware, Summer 2019

At times when you do not plan anything and just go with the flow or wing it, you have the most fun. Long summer days, not rushing, is part of living here at the Delaware Beaches. Believe me, I know I am lucky to live here and never take it for granted.

Debbie and I took off towards the Big Chill Beach Club. This is located south of Dewey Beach, Delaware, and probably closer to Bethany Beach. The actual address is 27099 Coastal Hwy., Bethany Beach, DE 19930. It opens at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. Website?

You can have the server sit you at a table or you can take a seatt at the bar looking out, which is what Debbie and I did. That was our view, sipping a little wine. We checked the menu and it actually looked good. Have not tasted the food so let me know if you do.

As we arrived it seemed there was a yoga class. This yoga studio in Rehoboth Beach, SoulFire, was celebrating with a class their 1st year anniversary. Very popular as you can see. SoulFire Collective Yoga is located at 176 Rehoboth Ave., #2a, in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Website?

The sun was setting and being high up you could capture how pretty it was.

Summer 2019 is expected to be a very busy one. The Delaware Beaches are year round resorts. People want to get out of the city. They want to experience that total physical and mental inertia. Refresh, really. Rehoboth Beach has a sign as you enter the city that says “Relax, You Are at The Beach”.

Finding parking might take all that physical and mental inertia by the wayside so Debbie and I continued to Misaki Sushi in South Bethany. Parking, good food, great service and very affordable.

Misaki has been around for many years. The location is at 34444 Coastal Highway, York Beach Mall, Bethany Beach, DE 19930. It opens at 5 p.m. Tel. 302-539-0500. You can find them on Facebook as Misaki Sushi Bethany Beach. You can also find them on Instagram.

A shout to our server who was attentive but not intrusive.

Debbie and I started with two salads. The Seaweed Salad for Debbie, which was marinated seaweed and sesame seeds. And mine was the Lighthouse Salad which I found delicious. Seared tuna, avocado and sweet miso.

I love scallop sashimi so when on the menu, I do order it. My roll was the special of the evening.

For Debbie the Bam Bam, salmon, scallop and avocado.

We chatted, caught up with each other, and laughed…..what are friends for, right?

The Art of Sipping & Dining, a way to relax, enjoy and reconnect. Talk to you later.

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April 1st, 2016

Bethany Beach Eats! Off The Hook, Restaurant, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Good Food, Will Travel


Catching up, telling stories, laughing, and sharing a meal.  Priceless moments I never forget.  That is what happens when my friends and I get together.  Three of them coming from Ocean City, Maryland, and myself from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the perfect halfway point was Bethany Beach.

It has been some time since I have visited Off The Hook.  It is known for its fresh food and their use of local vendors; supporting everything local.  It is located at 769 Garfield Parkway, a mile or so west of Downtown Bethany Beach.  Tel. 302-829-1424.  Website?

Every day, except Saturday, there is a Special.  The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m.  When visiting the website above mentioned make sure you click on Specials.  They have some pretty good ones.  And, let me remind you that they do not accept reservations.  The restaurant is small but with plenty of tables.  I don’t think this time of the year is a problem, but come Summer 2016, that might be another story.  Just plan ahead.

On the Board….the Specials of the Day


Our server was attentive and had a sense of humor.  Quickly a delicious bread was brought to the table.


I was looking around….Off The Hook was crowded and we were eating early.  It was Fish n’ Chips night and 1/2 off pints (bottled).  It brought locals and visitors, as well.   In the meantime some wine and a Cosmo for the table.


A discussion of what to eat followed. The Charred Broccoli Salad was excellent.  Great for sharing.  Two salads for the table served 4 people. It had roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, bacon, bleu cheese crumbs, and a warm mustard vinaigrette.


Also on the special was the Sheepshead…this is a saltwater fish from the Atlantic that you see more and more on the menus.  It is an ugly fish.  So 3 out of the 4 of us decided to have it.  It was fried, over smokey roasted cauliflower, Pecorino polenta, baby kale, pickled raisins, toasted pine nuts and pancetta vinaigrette.  Two of my friends were totally satisfied.  The other one said it was good but maybe a little dry.


More wine for the table and an appearance of a beautiful Salted Caramel Martini.


I had decided on the Grilled Salmon…It was over charred broccoli, wild mushrooms, leeks, smoked bacon, broccoli puree, meyer lemon yogurt and pickled mustard seed.  Excellent and perfectly cooked.  A nice portion, as well.


No dessert was necessary, we were perfectly satisfied plus you know, summer is around the corner.

Have a good one!!

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January 31st, 2016

Bethany Beach Eats! 99 Sea Level, Restaurant, Raw Bar, Review, Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, Delaware Beaches, Sip & Savor, Wine Society Dinner Series


“Wine is meant to be with food – that’s the point of it.”   julia child

It is January at the Deaware Beaches and it should a little quieter.  And it is, don’t get me wrong.  But these beaches have become year round resorts.  No longer just for summer residents, people have been moving to the Delaware Beaches in large amounts.  Years ago living in Bethany Beach meant that once Labor Day Week-End came around, only abou 500 of us would be left behind.  I liked it like that but the towns had to grow just like anything else.

I was meeting on Thursday with a few friends from Ocean City, Maryland.  This was a good mid point to meet.  But, we also found out that 99 Sea Level, a new restaurant that opened this year at the also newly opened Marriott Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, was considered very good with a perfect location, as well. 99 Sea Level is located at 99 Hollywood St., Bethany Beach, DE 19930  Tel. 302-539-0299  The restaurant is open at this time of the year, Wednesday through Sunday.  Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Website?

99 Sea Level is inside the hotel on the same level of the hotel’s Reception.


It is too cold to sit outside but this summer make sure to stop by and grab outdoor dining which is oceanfront by the Boardwalk.


The lobby of the hotel is so pretty and make sure to notice the chandelier designed and built by glass blower, Jeffrey Auxer, from Berlin, Maryland.


Every Thursday 99 Sea Level offers a Wine Society Dinner.  You can choose to be part of the dinner or you can eat from the regular menu.  We decided to go with the wine dinner.  Ms. Donna Serafini who is the Director of Operations was going to be our Wine Sommelier.

4 Courses paired with beautiful wines.  This dinner was $48.00.  The bar was crowded and also the room was full with all of us expecting one delicious meal accompanied by the perfect wines.


The First Course was a Chickpea Vegetable Stew with pearl onion, fingerling potatoes and flatbread.  The Wine?  Firesteed Riesling from Oregon.


Between courses the staff made sure we were comfortable attending to our needs.  We were enjoying chatting and catching up.

The Second Course was Warm Octopus…leeks compote, Peruvian Anticucho Sauce, Truffle Virgin Olive Oil.  Anticucho, say that again?  They say it is a name given by Peruvians to a very hot soup, prepared with a special pepper from the jungle.  The Wine?  Ferarri Carano Fume Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California.


The Third Course was a Veal Sirloin…yuca puree, carrots, and mustard peppercorn.  It was paired with Edmeades Zinfandel from Mendocino County.


The Fourth Course…The sweet ending of Dessert was an Apple Upside Down with cinnamon, vanilla cake, and candy pecans.  It was paired with Block Nine Pinot Noir from California.


It was a lot of fun…and lots of wine!!  These dinners happen every Thursday.  They will also have in February a Beer Dinner also pairing courses with them.  You can check the website or visit them on Facebook for more information.

There will be a Super Bowl Party on the 7th!!  And Valentine’s Day is around the corner, as well.

So the evening was over.  I headed to Rehoboth Beach and my friends headed to Ocean City, Maryland, but not before we stopped in front of our favorite jeweler in Bethany Beach, Alice H. Klein of TKO Designs.


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June 13th, 2013

Eating Rehoboth, Food Tours of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Walking, Tasting, Sipping, Wine, Beer, Cultural Tours, Southern Delaware


It is true when they say that if you have a passion for what you do, then, you will never work a day in your life…I found that to be true when I toured the Rehoboth Beach restaurants with Eating Rehoboth….the new walking food, wine, beer and cultural tours that just started in the month of May.  Already, a must do, when visiting the Nation’s Summer Capital.

Eating Rehoboth meets either at Hotel Rehoboth on Rehoboth Avenue or at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa on Christian Street.  You can book your tours, always through the website,  Tours start at 1 p.m.  You can book the tours as late as 11 a.m. on the day of the tour.  They take up to 16 people on each tour.  Please do check the website for additional info. and for questions you may have.  Please note that they do have gift certificates and private tours, as well.

The restaurants you will visit will be a total surprise.  Just go with the flow and enjoy the experience.  It’s a lot of fun!

So my post begins with my arrival at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa located at 6 Christian Street.  Tel. 302-227-5800.  Website?  This is a beautiful hotel in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  A great location; walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants.


A little welcoming reception with Paul Cullen wines.  We were waiting for all to arrive.  This was a fun group.  Eclectic, outgoing, and ready to eat!


Our tour guide was going to be Dave McCormick and in not time we were out the door.  But, we all burst out laughing when Dave brought out the “placard”.  When have you seen such a thing in Rehoboth Beach?  There is no way we would get lost.  Believe me, this is a true tour…placard and all.


So, off we went to MARIACHI. This Latin restaurant is located on 14 Wilmington Avenue.  Yolanda is the owner and as usual she received us with a smile.  Tel. 302-227-0115.  Website?


And with Margaritas!!


Then, chips and homemade salsa, papusas from Salvador, and the ever present plantains, a staple in Latin cooking.




Yolanda gave us a tour of Mariachi and we thanked her for her hospitality.

Off to CONFUCIUS, located at 57 Wilmington Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3848.  Website?  Shawn has taken his Chinese cuisine to a different level.  It is not your usual “Chinese” restaurant.  His food is delicious and his wine list is awesome.



He received us with wine, his amazing green beans, tofu, and steamed dumplings.  As usual, Shawn made his customers feel at home.



Next stop was KILWINS, located at 140 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3611.  Website?  This was the perfect stop at this time of our tour.  A time to “cleanse” our palate.  Sarah Ratzel, Manager, received us with open arms.  She took the time to explain step by step what they do and offer at Kilwins.


Their fudge is amazing and plenty of it is gluten free!  Same with the ice cream.  A top seller at the store is the Sea-Salt Caramel.  I resisted the fudge, the turtle, but no way I could resist the ice cream.  True, this Sea-Salt Caramel is outstanding.  Sarah told us that the ice cream is made at Kilwins in Michigan.

Sea-Salt Caramel

Sea-Salt Caramel

Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Chocolate Chip

We thanked everyone and took off again, but not before one last tasting…..


Dave was really having fun and steered us in the right direction towards SEMRA’S, the new Mediterranean Grill.


SEMRA’S is fairly new in town and is located at 19 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-226-4976.  Website?  Please check the website because they do have entertainment on some week-ends…belly dancer!


As you step into the restaurant the take out counter will be on your left, but the dining room is at the back of the restaurant.



We were served a delicious tea and a mini lamb and chicken shish kabob.  Moist and perfectly seasoned.  We all loved it!


It was a beautiful day in Rehoboth Beach and the beach was crowded.  We continued on our Eating Rehoboth tour towards the Boardwalk Plaza, where their restaurant, Victoria’s, was waiting for us.



The Boardwalk Plaza is located at Olive Avenue and The Boardwalk. Victoria’s is their restaurant. They offer oceanfront dining…and at times there is entertainment, as well.  It is a great place to watch a full moon.  Tel. 302-227-0615.  Website?


A Signature Margarita was served.


The Chef gave us a description of our tasting.


The baked oysters were outstanding!!


Our final destination was a(muse.)  This restaurant is located at 44 Baltimore Ave.  Tel. 302-227-7107.  Website?  Hari Cameron is the Chef and Owner.  Rehoboth Beach has developed into a dining destination.  The chefs are unique, their presentations are daring and for all of us that like to try and taste morsels of delicious food…it is priceless!  Rehoboth Beach had 3 chefs nominated for the James Beard award.  Hari was one of them.



We were going to be eating on the side porch, which is a fun place to eat, more so when the weather is nice.



The moment you meet him, you can see that he loves what he does.  Not only is he a well respected chef, but, he is also an excellent teacher.  His presentation of his dishes were very detailed and impressing.

A glass of tamarind juice with I believe, tequila.


A tasting of Quinoa.


Hari decided to make fresh mozzarella…very effortless, I may add.



Next course was salmon…just a tasting to keep you wanting more.


And, then, he proceeded to make a pineapple sorbet using liquid nitrogen.





a(muse.) has many dining options…tasting menus, late night menu, classes and private tastings, as well.  Chek their website for more information.

And, then, it was time to go home.  It has been almost 2 weeks since I went on the tour.  It was perfectly planned with the restaurants all being so different.  If you like to eat, then, you will love Eating Rehoboth!!


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