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April 8th, 2021

What’s For Dinner? Heirloom, Restaurant, Review, American Cuisine, Lewes, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Season 2021

We had a craving for soft shell crabs. It is that time of the year when crabs have recently molted their old skeleton and are still soft, sweet, delicious; a true delicacy for all of us that like crabs. Soft shells are my favorite. After cleaning them, you eat them whole. In a sandwich, sauteed, lightly fried…Yummy.

I have had them before at Heirloom and they have been getting them this past week.

Love going out to the restaurants in our beaches on a Wednesday. It is not as crowded and I like to relax while enjoying the amazing cuisine our restaurants are offering. Sitting at the bar is our favorite seat in the house.

Heirloom is located at 212 Savannah Rd. It is in Historic Lewes in a beautifully renovated Victorian house that kept its charm.

Heirloom opens at 5 p.m. They are on Social Media. Their website? http://www.heirloomdelaware.com

The bread at the table very simple. Just a little something with delicious butter including one with herbs.

What to order as an appetizer was a challenge. You could almost make a dinner out of a few of them. I was between octopus, the Burrata or the pate.

The pate won. It was called a Shiitake Mushroom & Pistachio Pate. Sherry and soy gelee, porcini and horseradish aioli, spring herb and pickled carrot salad with sherry vinegar. It is a vegetarian pate. The combination of flavors was amazing and it was a light beginning to be followed by the crabs.

The crabs did make a presentation. They were sitting a top of a shrimp head bisque and blue corn grits. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. My first soft shells of the season and they certainly were delicious. I did not want my entree to end so I proceeded to take little pieces apart and enjoy them slowly. The salad was light and I loved the watermelon radishes.

If you like to end your meal with a sinful dessert, they do have them. But, we were very satisfied.

Hope you have a great week. Tulips are out, the trees are flowering and our beaches are considered HOT!!


February 5th, 2021

Henlopen City Oyster House, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Dine-In, Curbside PickUp, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

Henlopen City Oyster House is located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 50 Wilmington Avenue. It is one of the few restaurants that, at this time of the year, are open for lunch and dinner. It closes on Tuesdays.

Website? http://www.hcoysterhouse.com

We sat at the oyster bar. Perfect seating watching the guys shucking oysters. We had 3 varieties….the saltier the better in my book.

You see that glass of wine there? We asked for a suggestion of what would pair well with the oysters. It was called Barbara Ohlzelt and it is a Gruner Veltliner type of wine from Austria. It was perfection with our oysters and seafood choices.

A New England Clam Chowder was ordered. It had plenty of clams, smoked bacon, potatoes and veggies. Look how good it looked.

Up and down the beaches I have my favorite restaurants for a particular food. Henlopen City Oyster House is a favorite of mine for scallops. Any which way they fix them, I love them. Always perfectly cooked. So my choice last night was Seared Massachusetts Scallops with saffron migas, tangerine-meyer lemon emulsion, butternut squash, and sage and speck. Speck is a pork fat with or without some meat in it. It is sort of a type of prosciutto. My review? Excellent!!

I usually rave about the grilled octopus in another local restaurant in town. So I was very excited when the Grilled Octopus was order at Henlopen City Oyster House. I tasted a little bite and it was up there with my other favorite one. Tender and very well seasoned. Braised in red wine, with bay water purple sweet potatoes, bravas sauce, crispy capers, olive oil and parsley. Both the octopus and the clam chowder were appetizers that were ordered as a main entree.

Even through a Pandemic, Rehoboth Beach continues to be a foodie’s destination with our restaurants offering really good food. There is something for everyone in this town.

AboutMyBeaches has a Facebook Page. Leave me a message will you?

TGIF

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January 30th, 2021

Exotic Mushroom Soup, Buckley’s Tavern, Soup, Centreville, Delaware, Neighborhood Tavern, American Food, Good Food Will Travel

Continuing my motto of “Good Food, Will Travel” we found ourselves this past week at Buckley’s Tavern located at 5812 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807. http://www.buckleystavern.com

This area in northern Delaware has beautiful rolling hills. It is historic Centreville. Buckley’s is open for lunch and dinner. Even though we showed up without a reservation for lunch it would probably be best if you did that. We love sitting at the bar so that is what we did.

Starting with a Bloody Mary, our lunch had just begun.

This Tavern has been here for a very long time. The food is delicious but there is one item on that vast menu that to me is just amazing. They call it Buckley’s Exotic Mushroom Soup. Centreville is adjacent to the mushroom capital so getting the best mushrooms is what they do best.

It is cold and this is soup weather, for sure. The soup has a depth of flavor, but you do have to like mushrooms. The recipe does not change. It has a wide variety of wild and exotic mushrooms, blended and topped with crispy leeks.

You will not leave Buckley’s Tavern hungry. They are very generous with their portions.

My appetizer looked like a regular lunch portion. Seared Tuna served with baby fennel; orange segments, yellow pepper, kalamata olive tapenade, baby arugula, honey-shallot orange vinaigrette and light wonton crisps. If you like seared tuna, you can even split this offering with a friend.

It was hard to pick because there is so much that attracted my attention.

Another hit was the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich. Walnuts and dried cranberries on a croissant. You could pick a side. Very nice.

Social distance is very much in order at Buckley’s. It is a popular lunch and dinner spot.

If you find yourselves around the area please don’t hesitate to stop. The Tavern is near museums in that valley. And, very close to Longwood Gardens, as well.

In the meantime, have a great weekend.

Remember that AboutMyBeaches has its own page on FB just in case you have something to tell me.


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January 5th, 2021

Shorebreak Lodge, Restaurant, Review, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Casual, American Food, Eclectic, Heated Patio, Southern Delaware, Open Year Round, Lunch and Dinner

The Delaware Beaches have been crowded this Holiday Season. Why not? The weather has been somewhat “warm”, the beach is an inspiration for many, shopping could be a therapy for most. A change of scenery which feels soooo good.

This area is a foodie’s paradise. You really find a wide variety of foods and establishments. I have felt very safe in the restaurants. They are really doing a good job.

Having lived here for a long time I have my favorite restaurants. My blog was started in 2009 to promote the area. And, I think I have.

One of such restaurants that I use like a neighborhood restaurant is Shorebreak Lodge, located at 10 Wilmington Ave. in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. They will be open for lunch and dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 10 p.m. http://www.shorebreaklodge.com

You can reserve online or you can call them at 302-227-1007.

Shorebreak also has Bar Seating. Great when there are only two of you. Good music and great wines.

If you would like a French 75 Cocktail this will be a good restaurant to try one. Ask to be made with Courvoisier instead of Gin.

I can tell you that I have loved everything I have tried at Shorebreak. But I always, for the most part, order the Grilled Octopus. It is the most tender octopus you will ever try. You can ask my brother, Miguel.

The Char Grilled Octopus is placed over Kohlrabi garbanzo slaw, harissa aioli.

The Seared Duck Breast melts in your mouth. Served with fingerling potatoes, beet greens and a butternut squash puree.

The Day Boat Scallops are huge. Most of all offerings can be served as appetizers or entrees.

The Shrimp N Grits are so well seasoned including a chorizo sauce.

The Deviled Eggs are very popular. A House Chimmi sauce and house cured bacon. What’s not to like?

You see that Hummus photo? Someone in the group said I don’t want any. I will tell you that it is outstanding. Pepita pesto, pickled red onion, garbanzo beans and toasted naan.

Brie N Naan was another choice for the table. Great for a crowd.

Coming to the desserts which are usually ordered when there is a group. Carrot Cake, a Key Lime Cake and a Chocolate Cake were sweet endings with everyone taking a bite here or there.

Enjoying a dinner with friends, good conversation, tasty food….all priceless!!

Shorebreak Lodge has a Facebook Page. AboutMyBeaches has a Facebook Page, as well where you can read little teasers of what’s to come to the blog or just leave a comment there. Until then, Have a Great Week.

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October 28th, 2020

Sabieware Pottery, Clarksville, Delaware, Sabie Carey, Master Potter, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

To say that 2020 has been quite a year is an understatement. It has impacted so many, even our resort areas who in their second season a lot of the festivities have been canceled, including the Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour right after Thanksgiving. It has been postponed until next year.

One of those artist is Master Potter Sabie Carey. 20 years ago I had commissioned her to make me oversized dinner plates. I still used the plates all the time and I don’t even have to get a salad plate because everything fits just right. My 12 inch plates also fit in my dishwasher.

I contacted Sabie to see if I could stop by her studio. It takes about 20 minutes from Rehoboth Beach. You should call her to make an appointment or just ask when she is going to be there. Next is her business card.

I am always in awe at the beautiful pieces a potter can make out of a lump of clay. Must be so rewarding and so full of accomplishment.

Her studio is small but that is all you need to appreciate her work.

It is that time of the year and even though I use my plates frequently, they really show off during holidays. Sabie has many things in her studio for you to pick and choose from. Following are some of the photos I took the other day.

There is still time to order something for the holidays.

Our talented artists in Southern Delaware make one of a kind pieces. I enjoy so very much every time I get the opportunity to engage in conversation with them. My Sabie plates I love and they are made to be used and enjoyed every single day.

Have a great week and remember that in the hands of a potter the clay becomes magical.


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October 8th, 2020

Mill Pond Garden, Lewes, Delaware, NonProfit Native Plants, Michael Zajic, Horticulturist, Garden in Southern Delaware, October Opening, Sunday, October 11th

Mill Pond Garden was a total surprise to me. No idea something this pretty was in close proximity to my own home in Rehoboth Beach.

It is located on Red Mill Pond in Lewes. It is the private home of Michael Zajic and his wife, who bought the property 10 years ago and the garden opened to the public about 4 years ago. You have to love flowers and gardening and landscape design. Mr. Zajic has a long history in all those things. Currently he is working on the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro.

Mill Pond Garden opens to the public once a month and later during holidays they have different events to show off during that special time of the year. For more information please visit http://www.millpondgarden.com.

On the link above mentioned you will be able to buy tickets, as well. It is $12 per car and you can have up to 6 people in your car. Once you get to the property you will park in the cul de sac and enjoy this special place.

I went to the September opening. And will be going again with friends this coming Sunday the 11th. In case of rain then Wednesday the 14th will be the other date. Keeping my fingers crossed. The photos on this post were taken in September. On this next trip the garden will showcase Mums, Asters, and Mist Flowers who they call “Gems of the Autumn Garden”.

I cannot imagine waking up every morning to experience nature’s beauty It has been hard work and everything has been designed and done my them and helpers. Even the walkways.

I thought he had planted the water lilies but he said those were indigenous to Delaware and no he did not.

The garden is soothing and full of surprises in every corner.

I wanted to be his neighbor because across the street the garden continues to display a koi pond, ferns and many perennials as well as annuals.

This is also a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Check the photos in the gallery to see who stops to visit the garden. https://millpondgarden.com/wildlife-photo-gallery/

When clicking on the gallery, if it is shaded just click on each individual photo.

The garden is open from 10 until 12:30 p.m. It is best to buy tickets from the website above mentioned because you have to choose the time you would like to visit.

Hope you do visit on Sunday and if not, then you will have to check my next post. Until then have a beautiful Fall Season.


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September 21st, 2020

Bon Appetit, Seaford, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Western Sussex County, French Restaurant, Family Owned Restaurant, Good Food, Will Travel

Seaford, Delaware, is in West Sussex County. From Rehoboth Beach it is probably about 38 miles. It may be a little bit of a hike for some, but for me, “Good Food, Will Travel. And so my post begins with 4 of us taking off for Seaford. Mind you, even though 2 of them do not live there anymore, they do have strong ties to this town. Locals they are.

I apologize for the photo above. A bit blurry but at least you can see how pretty this brick building is.

These true locals tell me how wonderful it was to grow up in Seaford. It was a prosperous town located along the Nanticoke River. At one point it was voted to be the Best Small Town in America.

For many years DuPont was in this town. Seaford was also known as the Nylon Capital of the World.

Restaurants, Inns, golf courses, hospitals, Seaford had everything a small prosperous town would want. Unfortunately, a lot of that is now gone.

Hold it there, don’t discount this town as a lost cause. There is one restaurant that for 28 years has been and still is worth going. And, I just went to Bon Appetit for the first time last week. I remember people mentioning the restaurant, and how good it was. I just never visited.

Bon Appetit is located at 312 High St. You need to call for reservations to 302-629-3700. They open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 .m. Website? http://www.bonappetitseaford.net

Husband and wife team. Chino from Peru and Karen from NY. Please read about them on their website above mentioned. Everything is prepared in-house.

There is Karen on the photo. The restaurant was about to close and we were saying our goodbyes. Bon Appetit has tablecloths, lace, French prints and a comfortable atmosphere.

They have a great menu with appetizers like corn fritters, poached mussels, country pate, pickled herring, smoked bluefish and so on. Soups and salads including the French onion soup, chilled Gazpacho, etc.

About 9 entrees are offered along with a couple of nightly specials.

Desserts which we did not have are Profiterole, Chocolate Mousse, Creme Caramel and so forth.

For a Wednesday night it was crowded.

I don’t think I have been in a restaurant in recent years where the butter served looked like this. So glad that this presentation has not gone by the wayside.

You almost hated to touch it. Small rolls for the table.

Some photos I did not take but the smoked fish ordered was delicious. I had a bite.

The Chilled Gazpacho I did have. I can make a Gazpacho, as well, and there are many ways of making this traditional Spanish soup. This particular one was excellent. Don’t miss it when you go.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms were delicious. Almost could not get that photo.

Sauteed File Mignon with Diane sauce was ordered. Perfectly cooked and seasoned.

I knew even before I got to the restaurant what I was going to have. Tommy said that they were known for their duck. I order duck everywhere I go and this was one I was hoping was going to be as good as it was described.

Tommy and I had it and it did not disappoint. It was roast half of duck with a honey pear sauce. Crispy and great combination of flavors.

Ever since they started the restaurant every dish is accompanied by a vegetable mousse. You can see it in these photos. It is so good and a detail that cannot be forgotten.

No photo of the soft shell crabs, but they were big. Got great reviews too.

All in all a very nice evening.

The Rehoboth Foodie has written about Bon Appetit. And, when I told him where I was he said “LOVE Bon Appetit! Now, THERE’S skill”.

All I have to say is that I cannot wait to go back. Remember that driving around Sussex County is pretty easy. Fall is here pretty much so go out and try something new. You won”t be disappointed.

Enjoy!!

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August 23rd, 2020

Our Harvest, Fenwick Island, Delaware, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, The Art of Wining and Dining, Delaware Beaches, Good Food, Will Travel

I call it the Art of Wining and Dining. There are 5 elements that are key to food presentation. There is color, shape, texture, arrangement, and garnish. Using the best local ingredients is a must.

First time this summer, just last week, we went to Our Harvest located at 1106 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware. They are open 7 days per week. There is parking and they accept reservations. Awesome!!

Website? http://www.ourharvestde.com

Even though we decided to eat inside, the outdoor seating on these trying times was very cute and complemented the restaurant’s aura. Inside the restaurant is very spacious and tables are placed according to the new regulations.

I knew what I was going to eat. They have a chicken that is to die for. It is a shareable dish but think about it, you can take the leftovers home. We had enough for 2 extra dinners.

Doesn’t it look amazing? Believe me, it is. Usually people don’t go to a restaurant to eat chicken but at Our Harvest this is a very popular dish. Even a signature dish I would dare to say.

This chicken is called the Whole Amish Air Chilled Chicken. It is Arnold Palmer brined, and wood fired with lemon and rosemary. An explosion of flavors.

Baywater Blistered Shishitos, sambal butter and sesame salt. I have always been told that in a group of Shishitos there is usually a hot one. I have yet to found it. Also a shareable Small Plate.

Baywater Farms Stuffed Squash Blossoms. Got great reviews and the squash blossoms were crispy and stuffed with ricotta, local crab meat, and creamless cream corn.

This is the Grilled Calamari with charred bead, and warm tomato bagna cauda. To tell you the truth, they were not the favorites. A little overdone and probably I would have preferred olive oil, capers and garlic.

This was another winner. The Crispy Rice Flour Soft Shell, paprika aioli, pea shoot salad, and a celery seed vinaigrette. Nice size soft shell and delicious combination of flavors.

Our service was perfect. We had enough time to talk and there was no rushing us.

If you have the opportunity to go to the restaurants that are in all our beaches, please do so. It is not a long drive. My motto? Good Food, Will Travel.

Have a great week. Enjoy the Season!!


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