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May 21st, 2011

Raw Bar, Big Fish Grill, Rehoboth Beach, Lunch, Dinner, Middle Necks, Blue Points, Crab Claws, Clams, Shrimp, Restaurant, Review


The Raw Bar is between the Seafood Market and the Restaurant

The Raw Bar is between the Seafood Market and the Restaurant

It was raining last night and I was not sure if I wanted to go out.  Plus, the fact that the Beaches were crowded.  So many events and activities on this week-end; just a prelude of next week-end’s official start of the Summer Season at the Delaware Beaches.

But, the craving was for oysters and a raw bar.  I had gotten an e-mail from Big Fish Grill announcing the opening of their new raw bar.  It is an addition to their restaurant.  Same location at 20298 Coastal Highway.  Telm 302-227-FISH.  Website?

You can either go through the front door of Big Fish Grill or you can enter through a side door directly into the Raw Bar (used to be their Tiki Bar).  It is between the Big Fish Grill Market and the restaurant.

As you enter, the high top tables and the seating at the raw bar are for grabs.  For the regular tables you need to talk to the staff.


This room is noisy and lively.  Shucking oysters, peeling shrimp, pass down the clams, and help me open this lobster.  While you are at it hand me a beer or give me another glass of wine, please.  That’s the atmosphere!!


For the Memorial Week-End the restaurant and raw bar will be opening from Friday until Monday from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 4 p.m.

As of June 1st dinner will be starting at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and at 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Back to my Fruits de Mer.  This restaurant is known for their fresh seafood.  So, the offerings might be changing from time to time.  Last night some of the clams and oysters were Middle Necks, Blue Points Chincoteague and Delaware Bay (NJ). 


Since we sat at the bar we could see what was being served.  There was a Cold Seafood Plater which had oysters, clams, shrimp and Main lobster.


We ordered some crab claws and shrimp.  The size of the shrimp was impressive and I was not sure how they were going to be.  You know, at times those big shrimp are not that great.  Well, surprised again; sweet, moist and definitely good.



Then we ordered some Blue Points and I must admit I do love oysters even though May does not have an “r” in it.  They say you should not eat oysters on the months that do not carry an “r”.  But since the world was going to end on Saturday, I took that chance.


I even ordered more shrimp.  Had to take plenty of pictures.  They were unreal.


Big Fish is one of those restaurants that take food allergies very seriously.  There is a menu for every allergy and you can eat there with peace of mind. 


Enjoy the weather….it is one of those days at the Delmarva Peninsula; Priceless…

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May 20th, 2011

What’s Going On?, Ocean City, Maryland, Events, Cruisin’ Ocean City, Spring Arts & Crafts Show



If you decided to cruise up and down Rt. 1 and get to Ocean City you will find yourself at the 21st Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City week-end.  This is when over 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars gather for days of enjoyment.  One local said that this week-end is better than Christmas. 

The venue is the Convention Center, Inlet Parking Lot at 4001 Coastal Highway.  This is a family event; to be enjoyed by all.  There is a general admission of $10 but children under 14 are free with a paying adult.

For further info. you can visit

Danielle Colby Cushman who is the star of the History Channel American Pickers will appear on Saturday from 11 – 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 until 1 p.m.  She will sign autographs, pose for pictures and talk with the fans.

As part of the festivities there will be a concert Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Convention Center.  Enjoy the Cruisin’ Legends Concert and Dance.  It will be a tribute to the Blues Brothers, Sir Rod, and Johnny Seaton’s “Elvis”.  Tickets available through or call 800-551-7328.


Saturday and Sunday, 5/28 – 5/29 – Is the Spring Arts & Crafts Show at the Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway.  This is Ocean City’s only Memorial Week-End craft show.  You will find vendors displaying garden accessories, jewelry, candles, florals, nautical items and wood crafts.  And, a good selection of homemade chocolates, fudge and dip mixes.  Saturday is 10 until 5 p.m. and on Sunday 10 until 4 p.m.  It is Free.


Have a great week-end.  Relax…you are at the beach.

May 20th, 2011

What’s Going On?, Dewey Beach, Activities, Events, Delaware Beaches, Saturday, Sunday


You can feel it in the air and on the highway.  My first traffic jam happened today.  People coming to the beaches, rain, etc. etc. sales and more sales and finally the sun came out.

Dewey Beach has all its music venues opening this week-end, but you will also find the following.

Saturday and Sunday the 28th Annual Sidewalk Sale continues in the Rehoboth/Dewey area.  Bargains at the beach, that’s what it is.  Some people enjoying going through the racks and racks of sale items; and others won’t get near it.  I think I am in the latter group.  10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Have fun!!

Saturday is Boat Drinks Bacchanal.  This riotous celebration with plenty of revelers will take place at North Beach, 125 McKinley St. & The Bay.  Noon until 5:00 p.m.  An afternoon of music, open bar and $5 sandwiches.  It is a fundraising event for Delaware Seashore Parrot Head Club.


The Parrot Head Club is a club with members of similar interests that participate in a variety of environmental and community services, providing a variety of social activities for the members.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $50, but you might still be able to get them for $45 if you call 302-542-7651.  More info?  Please visit


On the other hand if you just want to sit out to enjoy the scenery, there is a nice corner table by Lighthouse that might have your name on it.


Have a nice week-end….talk to you later….

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May 18th, 2011

Off The Hook, Restaurant, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Fresh, Local, Lunch, Dinner, Review, Delaware Beaches



It has been a year since this Bethany Beach restaurant opened.  They have served lunch and dinner every day.  That’s what they wanted.

Renee told me last summer how she had tried Off The Hook; her meal had been delicious.  One thing lead to another; I did not make it.

Last Monday I had to go to Bethany Beach.  My husband’s only concern was; what’s for dinner?

I had roasted such a good chicken on Sunday that I thought leftovers would be the perfect meal for a cold evening. Don’t you think so too?  Answer:  I am not eating leftovers.  Bla bla bla.  Well, you can come with me to Bethany but I don’t know what’s even open.

And, that’s how we finally got to Off The Hook.  It is located at 769 Garfield Parkway (Rt. 26), Bethany Beach, DE 19930.  Tel. 302-829-1424.  You can find it on Facebook.

I was plesantly surprised.  I found a cozy restaurant; small but inviting.  Light walls with colorful prints on one side of the room.  On the other, there were 3 blackboards.  One of those was offering thanks to the suppliers.  Johnson’s Country Market in Eastview, DE, Julius Silvert Mushroom Farm from Kennett Square, PA, Other Side Produce, Easton, MD, Big Fish Wholesale Fish Market, Rehoboth Beach, and Crack of Dawn Bakery in Berlin, MD.



One of the boards expressed its appreciation to all the locals for patronizing them during those long winter months and the other had the Daily Dinner Specials.


There was a bar, which overlooked the kitchen. 



Tiffany was our waitress.  She was efficient and knew the menu well.

Chef Matt Cornelius stopped at every table to see if everyone was enjoying their meal.

And, then Steve Hagen, Chef and Owner, came in and we met him, as well.  Of course, the topic of gluten came afloat, as it always does.

Tiffany brought bread to the table.  I am pretty sure it was rosemary, olive oil and cracked pepper.  My husband was drooling.  He could not have the bread.  Guess what?  It was so good.


I went right to my entree.  I chose from the Dinner Specials Board; the Clams Linguini with sundried tomatoes, capers, basil, and garlic in a white wine butter sauce.  It really was good.  The whole combination was in unison.  And, I loved the sweetness of the garlic.


My husband had the Pan Roasted Scallops.  This dish is usually served with fregola sarda, caramelized onion, garlic confit, spinach, chicken jus, crisp rosemary.  Due to the fact that it had gluten, Chef Cornelius prepared a corn confit just for him.


Then he ordered clams as well.  This dish was an appetizer.  Middle Neck Clams, with tarragon, capers, white wine and lemon.  I got to taste one and I recommend them totally, if you like clams.  The tarragon made such a difference. 


We ordered a takeout from the dinner specials; Oyster Stew.  The review from that stew was that it was not too heavy, or too milky; just the right consistency.  I wonder if Chef Cornelius can give away that recipe?


We did not have any dessert but some of the sweet endings were key lime pie, truffle terrine, french toast bread pudding and apple pie cannoli.  Don’t they sound good?

Anyway, there is excitement this week at Off The Hook.  Their new sister restaurant, Just Hooked, is opening in Fenwick Island, Delaware.  Congratulations!!



My husband shared his clams with me.

My husband shared his clams with me.


Talk to you later….

May 17th, 2011

What’s Going?, Rehoboth Beach, Events, Activities, Arts, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches, 5/19 – 5/23




“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”  jacque cousteau


It is so true.  So many times I have met people at the beach and the first thing they say is “I have been coming here for years”, whether it has been with family or friends, the beach brings in all of us feelings of nostalgia and serenity.

Last summer on the Boardwalk

Last summer on the Boardwalk

If you happen to be in Rehoboth Beach this week-end, then get ready because the town of Rehoboth has a lot to offer as the week-end approaches.  I call it “a soft opening”, because the gates will open on Memorial Week-End and the season will formally open then.  Once that happens, this small coastal resort will be non-stop with shopping, arts, entertainment, restaurants; the beach and the boardwalk.


Thursday, 5/19 – All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast and Annual Walk-A-Thon. 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth Beach.


The breakfast is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under the age of 10.  Then, after eating, the 2 mile Walk-A-Thon begins on the Rehoboth Boardwalk at 9:00 a.m.  That walk is great and don’t forget to touch the end of the boardwalk each way.  That’s a ritual for Boardwalk walkers.  I had to laugh; pancakes, sausage and then walk…or roll, that would be me.

The funds raised will be used to purchase “new” chairs.  For more info. please call 302-227-2055.



Thursday, 5/19 – A Flower Show presented by the Sussex Gardeners called “A Gardener’s Palette”.  It will include a plant sale and a display of artwork by the Cape Artists.  1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at All Saint’s Parish Hall located at 18 Olive Ave., in Rehoboth.  Questions? Please call 302-227-9194.

The Sussex Gardeners is a club that has been in existence for about 70 years.  The group helps in providing plant materials for the houses built by Habitat for Humanity, is involved in the Rehoboth Cottage Tour, maintains the gardens at the Devries Monument in Lewes, the State Police Memorial Garden at Troop 7 and the Lewes Senior Center.



Thursday – Sunday, 5/19 – 5/22 – Clear Space Sings the Classics in “Gershwin”.  Clear Space Theatre Company brings some of the greatest music of the 20th century to the stage with their original musical “Words & Music: By Gershwin”.  Location? Clear Space Theatre at 20 Baltimore Ave.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and $5 for children under 12.  Tickets are available online at, by phone at 302-227-2270, or in person at the box office.


Friday – Sunday, 5/20 – 5/22 is the 28th Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale.  Shops in the Rehoboth and Dewey Beach area will be having their annual sale from 10:00 until 8 :00 p.m.  I don’t need to tell you anything else.  It is shop, shop, shop at bargain prices in downtown Rehoboth and Dewey!!!



Friday – Sunday, 5/20 – 5/22 – Plein Air Arts Festival Paint Out throughout downtown Rehoboth Beach.  You will have the opportunity to watch artists at work, purchase completed works of art and stroll through the quaint streets of our coastal town.  More info?  Visit or call 302-227-8408.

This is the 5th Plein Air Arts Festival.  It is also a competition.  Over 50 artists will be competing.  As you walk through the streets of Rehoboth Beach you will get to see them as they work and show Rehoboth through their eyes.

This event is co-sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Main Street and the Rehoboth Art League.


Saturday, 5/21 – A transformation will take place on trendy Baltimore Avenue with bright tents and local craft artists and photographers.  From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  For more info. visit

This event is sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Main Street.  This is a membership organization of merchants, business owners, residents and visitors who love Downtown Rehoboth Beach and want to preserve it as a real hometown and thriving resort community.  Their website is



Saturday, 5/21 – Clear Space Theatre Company/Plein Air Arts Festival will host an outdoor concert series on the patio in front of the Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave. from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  For schedule and info. visit


Saturday, 5/21 – “Seraphine”.  Screening.  Brought to you by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema & Arts Series and the Plein Air Arts Festival.  Location?  Rehoboth Beach Art League’s Corkran Gallery, 12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach.

There will be a reception with ligh refreshments at 6:30 p.m.  The screening will start at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15.

Please note that there is limited seating so advanced ticket purchase is necessary.  Tickets?  Call 302-645-9095, ext. 1, or visit  Tickets are non-refundable.


Saturday, 5/21 – Yard Sale sponsored by The Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Association’s club house located on Grenoble St. on the Boardwalk.  Info? 302-227-1631, or visit


Sunday, 5/22 – Second Annual DE-Feet Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk.  9 a.m. until Noon at Tanger’s Outlet’s behind Applebee’s Rest.  Location? 36470 Seaside Outlet Drive on Rt. 1.  Wear Pink!!  Proceeds to benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.  Visit


Monday, 5/23 – Walt Wagamon Golf Classic at Rehoboth Beach Golf & Country Club.  This tournament will benefit the Wellness Community Delaware.  Tournament starts at 1:00 p.m.  $130/person.  More info? Please call 302-645-9150 or visit


Busy little town, don’t you think?  Have a good one!!  Talk to you later…


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May 17th, 2011

Seaquels, Furniture Consignments, Used, Second Hand, Slightly Used, Ocean View, Delaware


“Sometimes the best treasures can be found in the most unlikely places.”


Some like to cruise the malls; others, like me, are in search of those small stores, boutiques, and yes, consignment stores that are usually located off the beaten path.  Finding the words, used; slightly used; and consignment will get my attention.

It was not always like that.  I used to think that consignment shops were the discarded items nobody really wanted.  Think again, they might have been discarded by someone for whatever reasons, but they are certainly someone else’s treasures. 

Consignments stores have gotten very popular.  What are you looking for?  At times what you are looking for, it is not on your first visit to a consignment shop.  The good thing about these shops is that the majority of the owners will be more than happy to call you or send you an e-mail if what you are looking for happens to fall into their hands.


I stopped at Seaquels the other day.  It is located at 9 Atlantic Ave., (Rt. 26) in Ocean View, DE 19970.  It is about 1 1/2 miles west of the town of Bethany Beach.  Tel. is 302-829-8636.  You can find them on Facebook.  E-mail is

Being that Seaquels is a consignment shop, the merchandise moves quickly.  In reality you can stop every day and see something new.  Never boring; always interesting and fun.  On this particular day the merchandise was moving quickly.

The store is owned by two friends, Cindy and Kathy.  One or the other is always there.  They have about 700 consigners, which is a lot.  The majority of the merchandise is on consignment.  But, they do have new items like tea towels, rugs, jewelry and Bethany Beach bags.



I took so many pictures.  So, are you ready to go shopping?

The entrance


Wicker – For some reason they had gotten plenty of wicker pieces by Lloyd/Flanders who since 1983 has been known for excellent quality.  Cushion fabric is suitable for outdoor use.













Furniture pieces.  A sofa, headboards, desk and furniture.








Do you see anything you like or need?  Give Cindy or Kathy a call at 302-829-8636.  They’ll hold it for you.






Hope you found something… to you later….

Oops…I forgot to tell you.  Everything is very affordable.  For real.

May 16th, 2011

Justin’s Beach House, The Justin W. Jennings Foundation, Bethany Beach, Contractors for a Cause, Delaware Beaches, A Time and Place of Joy and Peace for Families with Cancer


I have to start by saying that I don’t know the Jennings family.  But, I had seen this house going up on Rt. 26 in Bethany Beach.  For many years I used to live, practically, across the street from where Justin’s Beach House is located.


The blue Adirondack chair?  I thought somebody liked these laid back chairs as much as I did.  Justin’s Beach House is about 1/2 mile from the center of town and the beach.

I was told that I should stop and see this house.  Its story is very well expressed in their website;   It is Justin’s story; the developing of the brain cancer that ultimately would claim his young life.  And, the parents who sprung into action, by starting The Justin W. Jennings Foundation.


Bethany Beach is known as a quiet resort.  Also known to be a family oriented coastal town.  I cannot imagine a better place to have a home for families with cancer where they can spend time together in peace.  Getting away from it all.


This house could not have taken place without the tremendous help of Contractors for a Cause.  This organization is made up of local contractors who want to give back to the community that support them.  They are based in the Bethany Beach and Ocean View area. 


If you would like to learn more about what they do, please visit

There are some events already in the calendar for 2011.  Check

Saturday, May 28th is the Justin’s Beach House Memorial 5k Run – Walk in Bethany Beach.  You can get all the information for this event on the above mentioned website.

Wednesday, June 8th – Ravens Roost Annual Golf Tournament at Ocean City Golf & Country Club.  $100 will get you the cart and dinner. Cash bar will be available, as well.  Shotgun is at 1:00 p.m.  If you do not play golf but would like to attend, then, the cost would be $30.  Again, please visit the website for all pertinent information.

The website is very informative.  You will find the application process and the calendar of available dates for Justin’s Beach House.  You can meet the Board, read the history and also check the donation information.

Thank you to Justin’s family who in their grief started this foundation so that in his name they could help others.

 Please note that the first guests at Justin’s Beach House welcomed 2011 in this beautiful home.

Talk to you later….

May 15th, 2011

Rehoboth In My Pocket, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Application, Rehoboth Beach, Travel Guide, 5 Give-Away Applications


rehoboth in my pocket

Last year I met Nancy Bauer at the Rehoboth Beach Museum.  It was the opening exhibit of an archaeological excavation here at the Delaware Beaches.  Nancy and I were surprised that our invitation to this event was addressed to “Members of the Press”.  We got a chuckle but were so honored to be there.

Rehoboth Beach In My Pocket is the only iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad travel guide application for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Nancy and her husband, Rick Collier, are the authors of this application.  They also have Virginia Wine in My Pocket, which is a travel guide to Virginia wine country.

Rehoboth Beach In My Pocket or as we call it, Rehoboth In My Pocket, features restaurants, inns, entertainment, places to go, things to do; you name it; in Rehoboth Beach.  Right at the tip of your fingers.  It makes it so much easier for you and your friends to find the right destination.  It also has online GPS mapping to lead the way.


Nancy has given AboutMyBeaches 5 codes for the Rehoboth In My Pocket application for iPhone and iPad. 

This is such a treat because if you are the lucky winner all you have to do is use the code to download the application completely free.  You love coming to Rehoboth Beach?  Then, this is your opportunity.

Please take notice that the codes NEED TO BE REDEEMED by 5/29 or they will expire.  They can be used just like iTunes gift codes; in the iTunes store, click on Redeem on the right-side link from the main page.

The great thing about smart phone travel guides is that they are infinitely updateable, so you will always find new places to go and things to do in and around Rehoboth Beach.

To win one of these 5 codes all you have to do is “Like” AboutMyBeaches on Facebook and make a comment about Rehoboth Beach.  Please keep it clean.

The first 5 people to “Like” AboutMyBeaches will get one of these codes.  Remember to comment on Rehoboth Beach.

Rehoboth In My Pocket’s website is Check it out because there is so much information that will be useful if you are visiting Rehoboth Beach.    The iTunes store link is:

Rehoboth Beach In My Pocket is on Facebook and Twitter.

Have fun and let me hear from you soon.  Talk to you later….

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