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August 30th, 2022

Broccoli Salad, Vichysoisse, Recipes, Hot Summer, Soup, Salad, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

I don’t know about you but it is still very much summer weather out there even though the official end of summer is around the corner.

The Second Season in our beaches is the best!!

Salad and cold soup are on my mind this week.

The first is a Broccoli Salad. Refreshing, easy to make and lots of flavor. If you don’t want to use fat free mayo, I suggest Duke’s. My favorite.

Vichyssoise is a classic Julia Child recipe. It is a cold soup. So simple which reminds me that the best things in life tend to be simple.

For some reason you don’t see it offered at restaurants. Hot and humid weather is perfect for this soup. It does have cream but I used a Light Table Cream. You can also find a “fat free” cream. The chives are a must for garnish.

The recipes come from a binder of recipes written by my late Mother in Law, Louise. She called it Recipes, Begged, Borrow, & Stolen.

They are Tried & True??

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And here on this blog you can check back to find out about, events, restaurants, reviews, where to shop and what to cook for dinner.

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August 25th, 2022

Spain, Wine Bar, Restaurant, Review, Ocean City, Maryland, Good Food, Will Travel, Congratulations!! One Year Anniversary

I have had over the years traveled to Spain. It has been some time, though. I love it for many reasons. My family has its origins in Spain, later coming to Puerto Rico. I am laughing as I am writing this post because I keep saying in my mind “The Rain in Spain stays Mainly in the Plains”. Don’t ask my why. Just silly.

Ocean City, Maryland, is not far from Rehoboth Beach. During the summer it can take you some time to get there. The traffic nowadays is unreal. But off we went to meet Bob, and Michael, who have been dying to introduce me to Spain Wine Bar & Restaurant located on the 8th floor of the Cambria Hotel, 13 St. Louis Ave. It is Bayfront and the restaurant has the whole top floor. Incredible views and gorgeous sunsets.

This is the first anniversary of its opening and it has been received so well. There is nothing like Spain in OC. I knew that I was going to have tapas and I think our group also wanted to eat that way. You get to taste plenty of small plates; some offerings you may like more than others. We had a great seat by the veranda.

Reservations are a must at Spain. Maybe later in the Second Season in our beaches you may be able to get a table without a reservation but I think you should make it.

Visit their website http://www.spainwinebar.com

That gorgeous looking drink you see above was Mar Azul (Blue Ocean)…Vodka, coconut rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple, lime and coconut cream. Super refreshing.

The first tasting was the Gazpacho. Yellow tomato, cucumber, onion and Sherry vinegar. I really love Gazpacho. It is prepared differently in many regions in Spain. Spain’s rendition with the yellow tomatoes was delicious and one of my favorite dishes of the evening.

The next dish is also a favorite of mine. In Spain the Boquerones are very popular. They are white fresh anchovies marinated in olive oil and vinegar. You don’t find them often here, except maybe just plain on top of a Caesar Salad. Of course I had to order them and introduce my fellow diners to them.

Another very typical dish eaten in tapas and often made at homes for guests, as well is the Tortilla Espanola (potatoes). I liked the one served at Spain. A little different to the ones I have had before but nevertheless very good.

We all were tasting the dishes ordered and having a great time along the way.

The croquettes came in made with Jamon Serrano, a creamy bechamel sauce, garlic aioli and pimenton. The combination of all those ingredients was perfect. A little salty, the sauce, the everything.

You have to agree that the Charcuterie ordered was just awesome. The Jamon Serrano was from Sierra, dry-cured….black Iberian pig.

Mixed Marinated Olives served warm.

I order Pulpo or Octopus every time I see it on a menu. The pulpo served at Spain was not a favorite. I think it lacked flavor, and was a little tough. Served with too many potatoes.

Loved the Roasted Heirloom Carrots. Idiazabal Cheese, red pepper aioli and crumbled marcona almonds. Worth trying, for sure.

The 18 Hour Pork Belly was so tasty and full of flavor. Cranberries, sherry reduction and pickled finger chilies. Another awesome tapa.

The Scallop Risotto is a signature dish. I was so interested in the other dishes that only had a little taste. I thought the risotto was a little dry. My opinion.

Have you ever heard that if you are eating at a good restaurant and you see hamburger on the menu, you should order it? I have plenty of times. Bob is a Burger Connoisseur and a Mustard Lover. So here is his Burger which he loved. I guess we did not have enough to eat. Mind you, that was all to himself.

The Olive Oil Cake was our dessert, served with vanilla ice cream. Olive oils are also used for desserts. Imagine that? It has become more popular in recent months. It is moist and so delicious. Next time you see it, please give it try.

As you can see we tried a little bit here or there but there is so much more to try still. I saw the Paella coming out. It looked great. It takes a bit of time to cook but there is also plenty to drink.

Until next time remember that AboutMyBeaches has a FaceBook page and is on Instagram, as well.

Good Food, Will Travel. Don’t let a bit of distance hold you back.

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