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December 10th, 2021

Agave, Lewes, Delaware, Mexican Restaurant, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

Back on July 27, 2009 I started my blog. I have been living in the area for so long that a lot of times people would ask me where to go, where to shop, what restaurants were the best, where to shop and what to cook for dinner.

http://www.aboutmybeaches.com 

The above website became my blog. A sort of diary you may say. I write when I feel inspired and other times I just stay quiet. Not for long though lol. AboutMyBeaches is on Facebook as well.

I wrote about Agave on the same day I opened my blog. Agave has expanded but I still enjoy the location at 137 2nd St. in Historic Lewes.

It is still quaint and I hope it stays that way. Just the right amount of noise and a little Latin music in the background.

Now that the new location has opened on Coastal Highway you are able to find seating available.

At the bar we sat where you get to be in the know. Those gigantic Margaritas were being prepared more than a few times. Look at that size.

We had the average size. There is something so good about their Margaritas. People love them. And, not all Margaritas are the same.

There is a martini that it is not on their menu. You know it exists because you have been there so many times. It is an Avocado Martini. I don’t even know how to describe it. The rim is caramelized sugar; the martini is not sweet; it is smooth and does make an impact if you get my drift.

Look how gorgeous and festive it is 😀 We ordered their traditional guacamole and warm chips. Sorry about the blurred photo. At times you try to move too fast.


Honey Rum Beans are a favorite. And so is the Jalapeno Corn Bread.

I love the Avocado & Mango Salad, topping it with filet. All these are shareables.

Over the years Agave has been a very consistent restaurant. We have had our moments, but who wouldn’t?

TGIF enjoy the weekend. Take time to relax in this Christmas Season. Take a drive and enjoy all the holiday decorations. They are beautiful this year.

Agave’s website is: http://www.agavelewes.com

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November 2nd, 2021

Crystal Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach, Breakfast, Lunch, Bar, Scrapple, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

For so many years my friends and I have had breakfast at Crystal. It opens 7 days. The food is consistently delicious. The service is attentive and the prices are great. No wonder there are always lines in the summer and on weekends.

And, what was the best stop after the Monsters on Parade on Sunday for some sustenance? Definitely Crystal was. It is located at 37300 Rehoboth Ave. Ext #1 right as you come into Rehoboth Ave. from Coastal Highway. 302-227-1088. You can find it on Facebook.

Crystal has a long bar with plenty of seating. And, in case you don’t know they have excellent Bloody Marys.

After watching Monsters on Parade at the Boardwalk Crystal was a must stop.

Besides the Bloody Marys Crystal has the best scrapple bar none. Cooked to perfection. I love it thin and crispy.

I kid you not, if I was to choose a last meal this would be it.

You may turn your nose up but you have to try it the way it should be cooked.

We met Yanni whose parents own Crystal and he has grown up in the business. His uncle likes to stay in the kitchen but he gave a smile and a wave.

So when you come to town make sure you try this family owned restaurant. Don’t forget the scrapple. Ohh and the Bloody Mary, of course.

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November 1st, 2021

Thrasher’s, French Fries, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the Boardwalk Grub, Delaware Beaches

It is just one product; potatoes. Deep fried. I like them well done. Up and down our coast you will find a line, waiting. They don’t mind the wait.

Waiting for the Pet Parade on the Boardwalk we made the line. A bucket full or more of a conservative size. We chose the second one.

Look at the friers. Non stop. It started in Ocean City, MD in 1929. Practice makes perfect. If you want to learn more visit http://www.thrashersfries.com

You must not forget the salt and vinegar. It is a must.

And off we went to check out those Monsters on Parade.

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November 1st, 2021

Sea Witch Festival, Halloween, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Annual Event, vendors, Music, Parades, Monsters on Parade, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

A beautiful weekend after the rain and wind event in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Sea Witch Festival went on and my favorite day was Sunday with the Monsters on Parade taking place on the Boardwalk. Tons of competitors and a very well behave group of dogs.

There was music at the Bandstand and plenty of vendors too.

People in costumes and these two were my favorites.

Plan for next year. For me will be making a reservation at The Boardwalk Plaza for outdoor seating on the Boardwalk to sip Bloody Marys as the parade passes by.

Great to see so many smiling faces. This is the way it should be.

Love this time of the year. Have a great day.

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September 10th, 2021

Blue Moon, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, American Food, Nate on the Keys, Magnolia, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Summer at the Beaches

Seems we go to Downtown Rehoboth Beach on Wednesdays. Middle of the week, not too many people, praying for that. Weekends are impossible. So many restaurants to try and to go back. Have not been to all. The meters drive me insane.

Our choice? Blue Moon. This restaurant has been in Rehoboth Beach for so many years. It is located at 35 Baltimore Ave. Tel. 302-227-6515. Website? http://www.bluemoonrehoboth.com

You can make a reservation for the dining room or you can do like we do and make a high top reservation for the bar. You can enjoy a full menu there, as well. From Sunday through Thursday Nate on the Keys is playing. He brings his guests too. Check their website as the second season has started.

The bar area is fun with a diverse group of customers. One thing we all have in common is eating good food, having good service and the enjoyment of live music.

Magnolia was in the house. She sang with Nate and they were so funny together. Her last show, Games with Magnolia was Thursday. Things change a little during the second season.

One appetizer I always ordered and at times that is my dinner is the Tuna Carpaccio. #1 tuna, garlic aioli, shallot, lemon, olive oil and chives. So good on a hot summer night at the beach.

I love octopus so an order for the table of the Crispy Octopus was a must. Shareable too. The octopus was crispy on the outside and very soft in the middle. The chorizo gave the fingerlings and white beans a tasty flavor. And, the chimichurri added even more flavor and color.

Usually we have drinks and appetizers and continue on to try other places to eat in Rehoboth, but Wednesday we decided to stay. The food coming out looked amazing.

The Duck Breast was an entree, ordered medium rare. It has those delicious fingerlings, french beans, and a blueberry compote. Definitely well received.

I have not had anything blackened in a long time. My choice was the Blackened Sea Bass, over Carolina grits, baby carrots and peas. I was between that and the swordfish but once I saw the grits on the menu, it was a done deal. I would suggest to them to have these grits as a side dish so they are always available. I could have had a bowl. If you are there, this is one dish I would suggest you order if you like seafood.

Life continues at the beach in spite of the fact that the world is going to pieces. Fires, storms, floods, world unrest. This is a special weekend remembering the time when our innocent as a country was lost.

We have a lot of venues that offer live music. Bob Marley quoted “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.

Have a nice weekend and remember AboutMyBeaches has its own page on Facebook. There and here the purpose is to promote our beaches, to find out about events, restaurants, reviews, where to shop and what to cook for dinner.

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August 21st, 2021

Old Shoal Food Truck, Lewes, The Freeman Stage, Selbyville, Music Venue, Trombone Shorty, Outdoor Concerts, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

All Summer long the Freeman Stage located in Selbyville about 4 miles west from Fenwick Island offers amazing shows for the whole family. Last night on a what I thought was going to be a rained out event, we were there to see Trombone Shorty. He is everything you can imagine a performer should be. The first thing he said was that it was so nice to be able to perform again.

It was so much fun and such a high energy performance. Trombone Shorty is best know as a trombone and trumpet player. He also plays drums, organ and tuba. He sings too, so a well rounded entertainer. A lot of fun and the perfect evening, as well.

There are still plenty more at the Freeman Stage. For more info., tickets, etc. etc. you can check their Facebook Page or their website

http://www.freemanarts.org

In the evening the shows start at 7 p.m. for the most part. Since I am also interested in what are we going to eat, you will find food trucks and also a grill inside the grounds. If you check their FB page they will tell you what food trucks will be there for each performance.

Perfect for last night the food truck that attracted our attention was Old Shoal Food Truck. They also have a Facebook Page. A creole menu for this week was exactly what was called for.

Joe was cooking but we talked to Sara who took our order. If you Google them it will show that they are in Exmore, Virginia. They have relocated to Lewes. Joe has been a chef in the area in the past at various establishments. So, the experience is there. They offer their services for private events, fundraisers and you name it, they can do it. This Sunday, tomorrow, they will again be at the Freeman Stage. If you are going please try them. The food comes out hot, deliciously seasoned and served with a smile on their faces.

We had the Crawfish & Crab Etoufee…crawfish, crab, green peppers, tomatoes and onions, served over rice with maque choux (creamed corn and other veggies; a Cajun dish) and jalapeno corn bread. It had a kick to it and if you want more of a punch there is plenty of hot pepper sauce to help you achieve that level.

All in all Summer 2021 continues to fly by. Enjoy your weekend.

Remember AboutMyBeaches has its own page on FB.

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August 11th, 2021

Tuna Avocado Salad, Recipe, Healthy, Easy, Summertime Cooking, Pico de Gallo, Chili Bean Salad, Southern Delaware Cooks, Delaware Beaches

“Real cooking is more about following your heart than following recipes.” unknown

That unknown quote is really so true. The Tuna Avocado Salad I will be sharing in this post did not start as my own. But, I made it my own by changing it a lot. It is easy, it is healthy and perfect for the summer weather here at the beaches.

In 2009 I started my blog. So it has been 12 years. I had forgotten all about it. It is a diary of sorts and still a lot of fun to put my thoughts, ideas, experiences on paper.

This is the final look of the Tuna Avocado Salad. It was enjoyed last week. Presentation is always something I care about. It adds to the mood of the evening.

The first thing I changed was the canned tuna. Fresh Sashimi tuna is what I used. Be mindful that you can modify this salad to your liking, using crabmeat, shrimp, lobster, chicken salad or whatever your heart or tummy desires.

The second thing that happened was that I needed a cylinder in order to make a perfect round stack. Could not find it anywhere so I opened a large can that held 32 ounces on both ends. For future references this recipe says that it feeds 2 people but it really feeds 4 if you use a smaller can. We had leftovers.

Ingredients:

two large fresh Sashimi grade tuna fillets (I usually say I need 2 good size pieces)

Mayonnaise ( I only use Dukes and you can start with a tablespoon and add more, but don’t let it get too soggy.

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (If you don’t like it, and a lot of people don’t, use fresh Italian parsley.)

2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice

Avocados (They were small so I got 4 and used all of them.)

Pico de Gallo (Homemade, recipe will follow, use enough to top the stack. From 1/2 cup to a cup.

1/8 teaspoon of salt

PICO DE GALLO RECIPE

Pico de Gallo

This is not my recipe but it very easy and you can use it for so many things. Pico de Gallo is basically a Salsa. You can buy salsa at the store but why would you want to do that when it is so easy to prepare.

6 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/2 red onion, minced

3 tablespoons of chopped fresh Cilantro or Italian Parsley

1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (I used bottled sliced jalapenos)

1/2 lime, juiced

1 clove of garlic, minced

a pinch of garlic powder

a pinch of cumin or to taste

salt and black pepper to taste

Combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro or parsley, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, garlic, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. You will have leftovers and use it for tacos or for salsa with chips. Mind you that the jalapenos give it a kick. I do love that though.

Continue with the Tuna Avocado Stack

Dry the tuna steaks and season with salt and pepper. Heat a good skillet with a bit of oil. We only seared it, so it is rare in the middle. Of course, you can make it your way.

Take fillets out and cut them in small pieces for the stack. Not tiny pieces, just small. In a bowl mix the cut tuna, mayonnaise, cilantro or parsley and juice for half a lime. Add salt to taste and stir it together.

Peel and chop the avocados. Put them in a bowl and mash them a little bit but also leaving some of the chunks. Salt to taste.

Place the cylinder in the middle of each plate. First put avocado in and pack it in. Remember that you are making a stack so you want it to hold its shape. Then a layer of the tuna. Again, press on it gently so it stays. Finish with the Pico de Gallo salsa. Go on to the next second serving.

Always treat your stack gently when you are taking the cylinder out. You see that photo above. I was scared it was not going to work but it certainly did.

The Chili Bean Salad made it look that it was placed on pebbles. This Salad was a recipe given to my children’s school cookbook many years ago. It is very good.

Recipe

1 15 ounce can each of black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans and whole-kernel corn

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1/4 chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 cup diced celery

1 4 ounce can chopped green chilies, not drained

Dressing:

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons leaf oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce (I used Crystal)

Drain and rise beans and corn. Put all dressing ingredients in a jar; shake well to mix.

Combine all ingredients except dressing in a large serving bowl. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Cover and chill 6 hours or overnight and mix it from time to time so all beans take advantage of the dressing.

When preparing your serving plates, just put it around it just like the photo shows. You will have leftovers.


Life around a table…”If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health.” shauna niequist

This post is a little long and you may think this recipe is hard to make. I can tell you that it takes no time. I think you will love it.

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July 2nd, 2021

Dalmata, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Pizza, Pasta, Bar, Downtown Rehoboth Beach

Look at the menu. Dalmata has been serving carry out this past year and just recently opened for inside dining. I love the idea that it stays open until 10 p.m. Located at 28 Wilmington Ave., Unit E in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Just tried it on Wednesday and was pleasantly surprised. Seeing the restaurant taking shape from the street, it look like it was going to be so comfortable and pretty inside. It certainly is.

They do still have curbside pick up as well. Check http://www.dalmataitaliano.com

A little Chianti, and a chat with our server, Katie. She was very enthusiastic and knew her menu well.

I asked her about the size of the pizza. She said they were 14 inches and good to share if you have other things or if you are hungry it would be just perfect for one person. I found that it was a good size. The crust was delicious. It really was and our choice was #1 White Lightning. This pizza had creamed roasted garlic and garlic oil. I put the menu above so take a look at it to see what else was on it.

But before the pizza an order of the Caesar Salad which was perfect for one person. Love the croutons and dressing.

Not on the menu as a side serving, but they were making some in the kitchen. I am talking about Broccoli Rabe. They were very nice in serving us a dish full of it and I hope they add it to the menu. We loved it.

Another glass of Chianti because why not? It is the beginning of the 4th of July weekend. I know, I know…..Wednesday, right, but here at the beaches we take an opportunity to celebrate every time we get a chance.

I almost forgot to tell about my calamari. I love squid and octopus. When I see calamari on the menu I usually order it. Lightly fried, a little heat with the banana peppers and tasty sauce. Went very well with the Chianti.

I really do want to go back and try a few other things. Love that the menu is simple. The best things in life are usually that way, simple.

Enjoy the weekend. Celebrate and remember those who have given their lives so that we can celebrate.

A shout to Katie, as well.

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