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April 26th, 2016

VOTE, Primaries, Delaware, Donald J. Trump Visits Delaware, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware State Fair, July 20 – 30, 2016

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The Delaware State Fair is a 10-day event that takes place at the end of July.  This year’s event will begin on July 20th until July 30th.  It is located at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952.  Tel. 302-298-3269.  Please visit http://www.delawarestatefair.com.

The fairgrounds include racetracks, agricultural exhibits, and stage where entertainment takes place.  People think that nothing else happens at the fairgrounds besides the State Fair, but check the website above mentioned to see what is going on.  Save the date for May 21st for the “In the Come Together Day Dog Show” hosted by the East Coast Bully League.

So you wonder, what my friend Susan Dimondi and I were doing there.  She does have a connection to the Fairgrounds.  Delaware is so small.  No one ever comes here, right?  I am not sure if other candidates have visited Delaware in the past year, but Donald came to see if he could snatch those 3 delegates we have to offer.

When we arrived, the arena already had about 3,500 supporters.  It is a huge place.

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Outside security was tight  Plenty of food trucks. No alcohol. No protesters.

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Hillary’s Tail of Lies….this guy was a hit on the arena.  His shirt on big letters “”At this point What Difference does it Make”.  No, I don’t think he likes Hillary at all.  Check his website http://www.justaskamerica.com

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The media was ready.  Donald made his usual comments about the media….the Worst!!

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Before Donald arrived, a prayer for all, the Pledge of Allegiance, The National Anthem.  The crowds were so well behaved.

Donald was about to land in his helicopter.

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And then the crowds went crazy.  There were over 10,000 people there.  Someone said to me that the whole state was there.  LOL

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His speeches are the same.  The crowds react the same.  People are definitely angry.  There were people there that had just been to Berlin, Maryland, when he visited on the same week.  This crowd was very patriotic and anything he said along those lines was cheered.

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I was surprised to see how slender he looked in person.  Even if you were not a Trump follower, you would have gotten right into it.  You could not help to follow the crowd’s chantings.

So The Donald came and went.  Please get out and VOTE!!

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April 3rd, 2016

What’s Going On? Film Programs, Cinema, The Arts, Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Movies offer us a ticket into another world.  You can cry, scream, cheer, or maybe all of it at once.  It is cheap therapy for a couple of hours.  Better than sitting home watching the political circus 24/7.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is located in beautiful Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 107 Truitt Avenue.  Tel. 302-645-9095.  Its mission is to promote cinematic arts and provide education and cultural enrichment.  It is very active and throughout the year it offers residents that ticket to another world mentioned above.  For more information, trailers, etc. etc. please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

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So, What’s Going On?

Thursday, April 7th – Film Programs/Cinema & The Arts…This film series brings art and artists to the big screen.  Typically, there is a guest speaker who will introduce the film and also lead a post screening discussion.  So, on Thrusday, 4/7, the featured film will be THE WINDING STREAM.  This looks like an interesting film, more so if you like the Carter and Cash families.  It tells the story of the Carter and Cash family dynasty seated at the heart of country music.  Starting with the original Carters, the film traces the transformation of their musical act into the Carter Sisters.  The marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter.  This is shot in HD. The Winding Stream features original Carter Family recordings but also showcases interpretrations of their songs as performed by such legends as John Prine, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Sheryl Crow.  It is told through interviews with family and friends who knew them best.   This film has won numerous awards.  It will run 90 minutes.  A post film discussion will be led by George Spicer, who currently serves as secretary of the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association.  The Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association hosts concerts the second Sunday of each month in Marydel, Delaware.   This film will take place at Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes.  This location is behind Wawa in Lewes.  Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  You can visit the above mentioned website and purchase tickets online, or by calling 302-645-9095 ext. 1.  Online reservations will close on Thursday, the 7th at Noon.  Please note that reservations made are non-refundable.

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Friday, April 8th, Saturday, April 9th, Sunday, April 10th – What Makes Us Tick?  This analytical series will be for the whole week-end.  It explores the theme of Secrets and Lies through films and post-screening discussions.  All screenings will be held at the Cinema Art Theater located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes (behind Wawa).  These 3 films will reveal the devastating effect that keeping secrets and telling lies has on individuals, families and communities.  Issues such as redemption, forgiveness, and hope will be discussed.  Each film will feature an introduction by licensed family therapist Joan Procaccio, and a post screening discussion facilitated by a mental health or educactional professional.

Admission prices for members are $15 per screening or $41 for the 3-film package.  For the general public the admission will be $17 per screening and $47 for the 3-film package.  Ticket prices include pre-screening refreshments.  Wine will be available for purchase at selected screenings.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the film  The tickets can be obtained by visiting the website above mentioned, or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1, or by visiting the RBFS office Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Please also note that to receive the membership discounted admission, proof of current membership must be presented at the time of purchase, or in the case of online or tel. reservations, at admission to the event.

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE – Friday, 4/8 at 7 p.m. – This is a British film and it is a heart-wrenching fact-base drama, when social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) uncovers the horrific scandal of forced child migration from the UK.  Between the 1940’s and ’50s, and as recently as 1967, nearly 130,000 British children, some orphaned and some forcibly removed from their homes, were packed into ships and sent to Australia.  They were told their parents were dead and instead of oranges and sunshine, a paradise offered to them, they were forced into hard labor and sometimes abuse….It runs 105 minutes and it is Rated R.  A post film discussion will be led by Perrin Smith.  He is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and their families.

DEAR FRANKIE –  Saturday, 4/9 at 3 p.m. – This is a Scottish drama, with many awards won including a 15 minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  Dear Frankie is a working class fairy tale and it is the story of 9 year old Frankie and his mother Lizzie.  He remembers nothing of the abuse he suffered as a child and his mother is determined to keep it that way.    Through a Glasgow post office box he maintains a regular correspondence with someone he believes is his father.  The letters, secretely authored by Lizzie, detail seafaring adventures from around the globe.  But she cannot maintain this charade forever and torn between telling the truth and protecting her son, Lizzie gets more than she bargained for when she hires a handsome stranger to play the role of a lifetime.  This simple story is rich with precise observation and it tugs at the heartstrings withouth being maudlin or manipulative….It runs for 105 minutes and is Rated PG 13.  The post film discussion will be led by Suzanne Murphy, Suzanne Thurman, and Joe-Anne Corwin.  Suzanne Murphy is a licensed clinical social worker who has a PHD in social welfare.  Suzanne Thurman is the director of the MERR Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue efforts of stranded marine life.  Joe-Anne Corwin was a professor of psychology at the Marine Maritime Acade in Castine, Main.

STORIES WE TELL – Sunday, 4/10 at 1:30 p.m.  This is a Canadian documentary.  Oscar nominated writer/director Sarah Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers.  This documentary explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, and how our narratives shape and define us.   This documentary is Rated PG 13. A post film discussion will be led by Carolyn Walter and Suzanne Thurman.  Carolyn Walter is a PHD, LCSW, Professor Emerita, Center for Social Work Education, Widener University and an Adjunct Professor at Univ. of PA, School of Social Work.  Her area of specialty is grief, loss and transformation.  Suzanne Thurman is the director of the MERR Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue efforts of stranded marine life.

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Wednesday, April 13th at 4 p.m. – THE SELFISH GIANT, was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.  It is a gripping story about 13 year old best friends, Arbor and Swifty.  During a forced absence from school, the boys begin working for a dubious scrap dealer selling discarded wire to scrap yards.  Their hard works pays off in the beginning but as Arbor becomes increasingly greedy, tensions build leading to a tragic event that transforms them all.  This is a British drama set against the backdrop of post industrial northern England.

This screening is part of the monthly “Read a Movie” series in which members read a little-known short story in advance of the screening, then gather to share their thoughts about how well, or not so well the story expanded to the big screen.  On the evening of the screening attendees can receive 15% off Dos Locos’ regular priced dinner entrees.

Admission is $3 for members, (current members need to present their membership card).  $5 for future members.  Location? Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes’ Wawa.

Have a great time!!

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March 31st, 2016

What’s Going On? Sussex Survive & Thrive Walk 2016, Saturday, May 14th, Cancer Support Community Delaware, Southern Delaware, Whoop It Up!, Chicks For Charity, Kentucky Derby Party With a Purpose

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“Through participation led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of the disease.”  The Cancer Support Community is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides suport, education and hope to people with all kinds of cancer and to their loved ones, as well.  ALL programs are offered at no cost to cancer patients, survivors, and their family members.

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I have plenty of friends with different kinds of cancer.  Come to think of it, I don’t think there is anyone that has not been touched by this physically and emotionally devastating disease. Unpredictable to say the least.  My friends that have gone through the initial diagnosis, surgeries, treatments and finally remission say that it does change you.  After going through something like that you don’t sweat the little trivial things of every day life.

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The Cancer Support Community offers so many programs and the participants form friendships and connect with one another.  The Cancer Support Community is busy fundraising this year.  The following events are coming up and I think it would a great opportunity to participate in some of them.  You are new in Southern Delaware?  Check What is Going On with this amazing organization and you might make a few new friends.

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MONDAY, APRIL 4th – Whoop It Up! For Cancer Support Community Delaware at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar at 19930 Lighthouse Plaza in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Happy Hour on Opening Day the Phillies vs. Reds.  Enjoy great bar food and watch the live opening day broadcasts.  Silent Auction, 50/50 and Baseball Trivia Games!  Open keg with purchase of $5 Commemorative Glass.  The tickets are only $20.  To get tickets, please visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

Or, you may also get tickets by calling 302-645-9150.  Please join Cancer Support Community for a night of good friends and good times!!

TUESDAY, APRIL 19th – At Fish On! Restaurant at the Village of Five Points in Lewes, Delaware.  A buffet dinner with appetizers and dessert at  6:00 P.M.  $30 per person, cash or check only, payable at the door.  Checks must be payable to Fish On!.  There will be a Cash Bar available, as well.  This April Chicks for Charity Dinner will benefit Cancer Support Community Delaware.  Please RSVP to chicksdinner@gmail.com.  There will be great raffle items and a 50/50 too!  They hope to see you there.   Check http://www.chicksforcharity.us.

Chicks for Charity started in July of 2010 by Kari Ainsworth and Marcie Urgo.  They have helped so many local charitable organizations in the community.

SATURDAY, MAY 7th – Kentucky Derby Party With a Purpose at Northbeach in Dewey Beach, Delaware…fundraising for Cancer Support Community.  Opening Party for Northbeach, Summer 2016!!  Save the Date and stay tune.  Check Northbeach on Facebook, or visit http://www.deweybeachlife.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 14th – Sussex Survive & Thrive Walk 2016.  Last year my team participated in this walk.  We had a blast.  Our team was called 16 Miles or Bust!  Yes, the walk was 16 miles.  This is a big fundraising event for Cancer Support Community Delaware.  There are opportunities for sponsorships..from $300 to $7,500 for this particular walk!!  More info?  Please Call Linda Bowers at 302-645-9150 or visit the website http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

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And, Yes that was the team!!  It was for such a great cause and some of our team walkers were cancer survivors and others were walking for a loved one that had passed away.  We started early in the a.m. and finished at the 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown.

Now is 2016 and a new walk is almost around the corner.    This year the walk is called Sussex Survive & Thrive Walk 2016 and it has been tweaked.  Instead of the 16 miles there will be 10 miles.  You may also do a 3 1/2 walk and a 1 Mile Survivors Walk.  For all information regarding the walk, start a team, etc. etc. please visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

The walk will begin at Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth.  Check in will be at 7:00 a.m. and the walk will begin at 7:15 a.m.  The 3 1/2 Mile Walk will check in at 8:45 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:15 a.m.  The 1 Mile Survivors Walk will begin at Norfolk Street & the Rehoboth Boardwalk, with a check-in at 9:45 and the walk will begin at 10:15 a.m.

The Covertte Club will also be available to give rides to walkers that might want to take a break!!

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The FINISH LINE will be at the Forgotten Mile Ale House, who is sponsoring the Walk, for an After-Walk Celebration from 10:30 until Noon with food, and drinks and….AWARDS!!

Free Shuttle Transportation will be available back to the Gordon’s Pond Parking Lot beginning at 11 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.  Parking Passes for the Walk will be included in your Walk Packet, but please try to car pool if at all possible.

You may pick up Walk Packets at the Cancer Support Community at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy, Suite 312 in Rehoboth Beach.  Wednesday and Thursday May 11th and May 12th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or on Friday, May 13th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  Packets will also be available on Saturday, May 14th at walk check-in.

So what are you waiting for?….Should be fun, for a great cause, make new friends or catch up with old friends.

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March 23rd, 2016

Freeman Stage, Arts, Entertainment, Open Air Entertainment Venue, Selbyville, Bad Hair Day, Award Winning Spa, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches

“Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  plato

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No, Patti Grimes, Executive Director, was not getting her hair done by no other than Drexel Davison, owner of Bad Hair Day in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Actually, Patti was very well coiffed.  The Freeman Stage came to have a little wine, beer, hor d’ouvres, and to chat about what is very dear to their hearts….the Arts at The Freeman Stage at Bayside.

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I thought that The Freeman Stage needed no introduction.  Everyone knows by now that this outdoor entertainment venue has been giving Southern Delaware memorable performances.  It is like Patti was saying….the first time you hear opera, the first time you see a ballet, the first time you see a live concert, it transforms you.  The legendary Bob Marley so well stated “One Good Thing about Music, when it Hits you, you feel no pain”.

Have you attended any of the peformances at The Freeman Stage?  It is located about 4 miles west of Fenwick Island.  The actual address is 31556 Winterberry Parkway, Selbyville, DE 19975.  Tel. 302-436-3015 Website? http://www.freemanstage.org.

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The Big Reveal for what is coming up to The Freeman Stage Summer 2016 will be Thursday, March 24th.  Check out the website above mentioned or visit their Facebook Page.

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Summer nights at the beach are unforgettable, more so if you attend one of the concerts at The Freeman Stage.  The Stage is quiet at times during the day, but at dusk it takes a life of its own.  People dance and how could they not?

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This summer seeing Melissa Etheridge who is such a Superstar.  Blondie, and icon from the 70’s.  And, The Wailers, entertaining us with Reggae, the music, which is influenced by mento, which is Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American Jazz.

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Summer 2016 promises to be an exceptional year, so please check the website to see who is coming to perform on this amazing stage.  You will see the performers up close and personal.

Bad Hair Day is located at 20 Lake Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-4247.  It is a full service salon and barber shop.  Website? http://www.badhairday.biz

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I want to thank Virgina and Jose Somalo who invited my friend, Jody and I.  On the photo you will see Virginia Esteban on the left, Jody, on the center and Jose on the right.  Virginia Esteban is the Editor, and Jose is the Publisher of Hoy en Delaware.  This is a completely Spanish newspaper, sold throughout the state of Delaware.

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Great to have met Leah Reynolds, right, Development Director, and Denise Allen on the left.

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It was a very nice time to be able to mingle and meet new faces.  Drexel, chatting with his guests.

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Debbie Killeen, Leah Reynolds, Virginia Esteban Somalo

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Have you been to Bad Hair Day?  Let me show you a bit of it while there are no customers.  Have in mind that this is an award winning spa.  They moved this past year to this new location across the street from the previous one.  They are also open 7 days a week….no excuse for not looking your best!!

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Drexel's Dad's Bike

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It was getting time for a presentation by Patti Grimes.  She has a soft voice that commands attention.

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The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It was established in 2007 to honor Josh Freeman after his passing on 2006.  Even though in Southern Delaware there is a lot of entertainment, this company set the tone for what is happening in the area.  Last year visitors to The Freeman Stage were in excess of 50,000.

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Many sponsorships are available. Please visit http://www.freemanstage.org, and http://www.freemanfoundation.org.

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The Freeman Stage is helping the community enjoy national class acts as well as regional and local ones.

In the meantime……

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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

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“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? http://www.99sealevel.com.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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January 10th, 2016

Three Kings Day, The Three Wise Men, Los Reyes Magos, The Epiphany, January 6th, Gifts, Family Gathering, Food, Music…Celebrating Three Kings Day in Rehoboth Beach

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Growing up in Puerto Rico gave me an extra holiday to celebrate.  This holiday celebrated in Spain and in Latin countries is called Three Kings Day. In Spanish it is Dia de Los Reyes.  It’s celebrated on January 6th.  Known as the Epiphany it is the Holiday celebrating the biblical adoration of the Baby Jesus by the Three Kings, or Wise Men…in Spanish Los Reyes Magos.  Their names?  Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar.

They offered gold representing Jesus’ royal standing as King of the Jews.  They also offered frankincense referring to His Divine nature.  And, myrrh which was often used to embalm corpses.  This was presented to the new baby as a symbol of Jesus’ mortality.

So, when I was a young girl, I would go outside on the eve, which would have been January 5th, with a shoebox, and collect grass for the camels. I would place the box under my bed.  Then, I would put cookies and milk for the Kings.  In the morning I would find that the camels had made such a mess!!

Once John and I had children and lived in Bethany Beach, I continued with this tradition.  It really was a mess, but so worth it!!

The tradition in Puerto Rico was to celebrate this day with roasting pigs, blood sausages, plantains, rice with green pigeon peas, flan and local music!!  You still can find those parties but it is not like when I was growing up.

I invited friends for dinner on January 6th to celebrate Three Kings Day.  I think this might become an annual tradition.  I got some Puerto Rican flags to put on the tree….forgot to get the group photo.  I will be more organized next year, I promise.

One of the typical drinks in Puerto Rico at this time of the year is Coquito.  It is like an egg nog.  My brother told me that the Rum Chata would be perfect to serve.  Guess what?  I forgot to serve it, as well!!  But, Cindi and I tried it the next day.  Sooooo good!!

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I really thought I was very organized, but as my friends came and the chatting continued I almost forgot a few things that should have started cooking.  Hey, don’t worry everything did come out pretty good.

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As usual we all gathered in the kitchen…that’s usually the case.  A few appetizers…not too many because I had a lot of food.  Pasteles are like tamales, but made with plantains.  My brother had a Puerto Rican woman in Orlando, Florida, make them for me.  Federal Express and here in no time. My grandmother used to make the best plantains but these were a second best.  Inside they had raisins, olives, garbanzo beans, and chicken or pork.

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Fried plantains with mojito…I like the plantains thin.

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Here is Donna helping out in the kitchen.

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Pork loin chunks prepared with spices, cilantro, tamarind, olives, capers, and tomatoes.  Cooked for some time letting the spices do their thing.

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The rice with green pigeon peas was cooking but to tell you the truth I did not like the consistency.  The taste was good, nevertheless.

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A green salad to clean our palate.

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For dessert 2 flans were made.  One a traditional Puerto Rican flan with milk and eggs. The other also widely made with cream of coconut….Guess what?  I forgot to take the photo but here is a photo of one that I had made some time ago.  No kidding, I will have to be better next time.  That’s what happens when you are a too relaxed hostess!!

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Two tables with the sounds of laughter and story telling, celebrating long time friendships!!  It is always amazing!!

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And my new granddaughter, Sophia, experienced her first Puerto Rican Fiesta!!

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Have a great 2016!!

Note:  And if you thought you were finished with the Holidays, think again.  In Puerto Rico beginning on January 7th….8 more days of parties…called the Octavitas.

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January 3rd, 2016

Destination? Condado, Puerto Rico, Mercado Urbano (Farmers Market), Ventana al Mar, San Juan, Buy Local, The Caribbean, La Isla del Encanto, First Urban Market of 2016!!

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We really should not complain here in Southern Delaware.  The temperatures so far have been great and it has felt like summer all through the Holidays.  But, as we start a new year, and being that it is January, the temperatures dipped a bit this a.m.  Thinking about the blue waters of San Juan.  Getting to Puerto Rico is pretty easy.  It is a relatively short flight and there are daily flights from Baltimore (BWI) and Philly.

Every first Sunday of the month the Mercado Urbano or Farmers Market takes place at 1054 Ashford Avenue…9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  It is a great way to get up close and personal with farmers, and artists.  It is a family affair with plenty of food for everyone. This will be the first Mercado Urbano of 2016!!

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This time of the year in San Juan the temperatures will be in the low 8Os, which is great for walking and exploring the Condado area.  Mercado Urbano is also ocean front.

Fresh coconut water.

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Local produce.

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Every Sunday there will be paella.

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Local cookies…bring back childhood memories.

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Cod Fish Cakes or Bacalaitos.  They are so good, and yes they are fattening.

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Fresh Pasta.

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Throughout the day there are plenty of activities.  On Sunday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Yoga with Lara.  All you have to do is bring your mat.

From 10 a.m. unti Noon you can participate in Boot Camp with Spartan Fit.

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From 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. there will be live entertainment on the stage.

Shop around for Puerto Rican cigars.

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Every household in Puerto Rico has “pique” or hot sauce, locally made.

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And please stop by to meet Carla from Carla’s Rosaries.  All made by Carla…they are beautiful.  Check her out on Facebook.  Her website is http://www.carlasrosaries.com.

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This customer was so graciously posed for a photo.

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If you are in the metropolitan area of San Juan, please stop by.  It is a lot of fun!!

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December 14th, 2015

Historic Charleston Eats!! Cypress, Restaurant, Review, Charleston, South Carolina

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Eating my way through Charleston.  A friend that reads my posts told me she was not going to read them anymore.  She was gaining weight just looking at some of the food.  I arrived at Cypress which was across my hotel, The Vendue.  This is a historic building….but practically a lot of the buildings in downtown Charleston are historic.  The location? 167 East Bay Street.  Website? http://www.cypresscharleston.com.

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You may call for reservations at 843-727-0111.  The Mezzanine Bar opens at 5:00 p.m. and the Dining Room opens at 5:30 p.m.  You may also make reservations online.  The above mentioned website is a wealth of information.  You can also read about the chefs, and check out what events are going to be happening in 2016.  They will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so please take a look in case you want to take advantage of a relaxing and delicious experience in dining.

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Cypress is part of a group of restaurants…Magnolias, Blossom, and Artisan Meat Share.  If you are visiting Charleston take a look at them, as well.

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Taylor was my server and I have to give a loud shout to her.  She knew the menu so well, having tasted most everything from the kitchen.  I followed her advice and I could not have been happier.

A little wine and warm bread to the table.  Not just a simple bread….the crust was well done and the inside was just perfect and so warm.

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An appetizer of Sashimi Tuna & Oysters….what a great combination of flavors.  Oysters are in season.  It had a ginger-garlic glaze, and pineapple wasabi.  Not only did they tasted delicious, the presentation was awesome.

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For my entree I was looking at the Crisp Wasabi Tuna.  Taylor told me that it was a signature dish, and one that is usually photographed in the magazines.  I had to have it because it sounded perfect.  The tuna had a crispy outside placed on carrots, turnips, radishes, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, and that fab ginger-garlic glaze once again.  I could not get enough of it.

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What could my sweet ending be?  The Grand Marnier Souffle sounded decadent.  It was brought to the table and when the Marnier creme anglaise was poured from above, I was just so happy to have had my camera ready!!

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If dining or having drinks on the Mezzanine you will have an advantage bird’s eye view of the kitchen.

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Once again many thanks to Taylor for taking care of me.

Eating by myself was just fine.  “All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambiance.  It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.”  charlie trotter

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