Monday, July 27, 2009

Woody's Grill and James Otto

Since I mostly cook and eat-in, oh how happy I am when I find a new place to dine in Dewey Beach which fits the bill.  Woody's Grill is the place and one the locals have already dubbed their own.
Woody's is located in the former rather sketchy-looking "Mike's Frozen Tundra" at which I never-even took one look-see.
The outdoor seating area is actually cozy and comfy.... and fabulous for people watching those across the street at The Bottle and Cork....... my next destination.  Inside, the dining area does not appeal.  But the bar does.
Even better is the menu which is Dewey Beach Up-Scale-d!   Creative and fun menu with appetizers, sandwiches and entrees!  The prices are ever so mild.  I ordered a Cajun crusted Ahi tuna.... with a scary sounding but yummy side of seaweed salad with cucumber and melon.  Delicious.  Served on a cool square china dish, sprinkled with the Cajun spice.  This is dinner worth the price!  
Then it was off to the Bottle and Cork for James Otto! I started out feeling a bit miffed as the show started near to 11PM...... thus indicating it would be only one set.. which it was.
But, this 6'5" musician won me over in the first song! His good looks helped too!
James Otto must come from a long line of musicians, he plays with such confidence.  He can play anything, but his chosen style is very Pop/Country/Nashville.  Love-love-love his back up group, especially the steel-guitar player!!!!
Although I high-tailed it home near to 1 AM..... James Otto met the audience and gifted many with guitar picks and signed drumsticks!  
Saturday I was only good for beach time: swimming, reading, lounging!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bonfire, Piping Plovers and Que Pasa! Typical!

Friday night was a fun Birthday Bonfire!  30 to 40 year olds, married with their first kid-lets and accompanying dogs.  Birthday Boy was surrounded by family and some single friends so a Yucca ( jug with water, sugar, vodka, lemon, limes) was passed round and round.
A father of two cute kids and a hot wife, decided to be Jack-Be-Nimble Jack-Be-Quick and he really did jump over the huge Fire Pit!!!!!  Nothing was scorched.  I squealed!  His wife and kids did not! 
Saturday I did Bird Police at Cape Henlopen State Park.  What a great session it was!  ~ 20 birders from a Baltimore club came to bird the spot and cross the Endangered Species Piping Plover off their Life List.  I was able to show them a chick..... and adults too. From their leader,  I learned much about Terns and Gulls.
I rushed back to the cottage for a quick snack and to spend the afternoon lounging and swimming on my beach.
Saturday evening I was off with friends to Que Pasa.
Que Pasa is wonderful because there ain't much there except a garage with glass doors! It is as if you docked with your boat and got out for drinks with chips and salsa.  We waited 30 minutes to get a table on "the Bay beach".  We talked past the sunset into the night.
The food is very curious and shows some invention.  As dinner, it is over priced...... as rental for the local real-estate ... worth every penny.   It is my favorite Sunday wind-down spot.
For not much more cash........ Rehoboth's Finn's buys you a cozy bar, with a fabulous beer menu, and the best fried ( lightly) oyster dinner I've had since????
Sunday it was back to Cape Henlopen State Park and more swimming!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 4th Rehoboth Fireworks: Dewey Beach Style

Nothing is sweeter than July 4th Rehoboth Fireworks viewed and enjoyed from my Dewey Beach beach!  45 minutes prior to blast-off, just walk up the street with a beachy chair and a warm jacket.  Scan the scene and then crash the best block party bonfire ;-)
I love the moments before the fireworks start......children are loaded up  and zingy on too many treats and are lit up with those crazy neon rings.  Doggies run after the children.
One group let off wondrous colored paper balloons lit with candles which took off high against the sunset darkening sky.
This year the display was near to 45 minutes!!!!  I think the longest show that I remember!  The wind was coming our way, so it brought the boom-boom sounds too.
Afterwards the bonfire party got-going.  Kids to the right....doing smores and adults to the left doing their adult beverage thing.  Kids and doggies settled in for naps with toes and paws pointed towards the fire-pit.
~ 45 minutes after the fireworks ended........we saw more!  Lewes, Broadkill, Slaughter Beach firework displays danced just above the horizon. 
The midnight walk back to the cottage is just as sweet.  No fighting road traffic :-) and no desire to add more to the delicious-sundae sweetness of happiness by going out to a bar.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

1 Day, 3 Beaches!

Summers as a child my day was made if got to visit "a new beach".  As an adult I am driven still to find, "a new beach"!  Lord knows how I love the Island of Kauai for spending a day wandering from one beach cove to the next!
Sunday I did my childhood dream of three beaches in one day!
I started off the day with a glorious hour's swim at DE's Seashore Park, Tower Road.  Then I tried out the West Street Beach for a quick dip and to check out the beach break, which is much improved since 2008.
Then as the sun started to dip, I raced off to Cape Henlopen's State Park at The Point for "Bird Police Duty" and to take in the feeding birds at low-tide and the  sunset.
1 Day, 3 Beaches: makes me happy!