So, we had some company at the end of October. The best part about having company is exploring the food scene nearby, and the best part about doing that now is that we don’t have to fight seasonal visitors to get down to Rehoboth Beach. Saturday, we visited Blackwall Hitch for lunch.
I’ve wanted to go there for a long time. It’s a beautiful restaurant on the outside, which is what initially caught my attention during my first walk through Rehoboth Beach. On a nice day, they can completely pull open the front windows to expose the whole of the restaurant to the outside air. The inside is just as pretty as the outside, all wood finished and dark.
Back when I first came to Delaware, I visited the very recently opened EasySpeak Spirits in Milford. This was in December, and a lot has changed over there. I’ve closely followed their facebook page to keep an eye on their development, and I’ve seen improvements to their location, live music, and meal specials added to their repertoire. I thought it only right to visit again so far down the road.
We arrived on a cool Sunday evening under an overcast sky. We were one of a few small groups there, and it made the available area feel spacious and comfortable. Their outdoor seating area is the most changed since those cold December nights. They’ve added a sandy area, hammocks, and games for visitors to hang out. On any other night, I may have been inclined to stay awhile. This makes it a good spot for when you have company.
Do you find yourself in the same cooking routine week in and week out? Do you struggle to do something new during the work week? Fear not, I am here to share with you some of the things I have discovered during the last few months that have kept me from falling prey to the dangerous recipe loop, the most feared enemy of most home cooks. I certainly feared it until I got my shit together.
I had a few recipes that I fell back on every single week. It was the same chicken tenders, the same pasta dishes, the same grilled cheese. Up until I changed my diet, I found it really hard to break the routine. I knew these things could be made quickly on a weeknight when I might not feel like cooking. My shopping list never changed. My refrigerator had the same stuff in it every single week. Something had to give, especially if I was going to do this food blogging thing with any kind of seriousness.
So, I took a few steps to beat the loop. If I couldn’t beat the loop, I would lose most of my interest in cooking.
Fair food has a reputation: a greasy, nasty reputation. It’s something that a number of Americans look forward to come the summer time. I have never spent a day at a state fair, much to my regret since I spent some time in Iowa. Small, local fairs are often the only chance to get a variety of foods like funnel cakes and regional favorites like fried butter at the Iowa State Fair. This weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Delaware State Fair where the food offered had a special flare to it.
I have never been to a proper state fair before Saturday when I pulled up to the Delaware State Fair. Overhead, a tour helicopter circled the fair. The sun was startingto come out from behind the clouds and giving the large field it’s heat. Luckily, it was a mild summer day that we chose to visit the food vendors.
If you are a frequent reader, you know that I spent my birthday at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton. The whole reason we went was to take part in their Grain to Glass tour, a deeper look at the operations going on behind those steel walls. It was my first brewery tour. I didn’t know what to expect from what was inside or the tour guide. I was pleasantly surprised all along the way, and learning about what goes into what is easily one of my favorite craft breweries of all time was an enlightening experience.
They have you meet up in the Tasting Room, an onsite bar. It is a good, central location, and they have a box of safety goggles and close toed shoes there for your safety before the tour. Definitely wear a pair of jeans and sneakers if this is something you want to do one of these days. They recommend it on the website, and they won’t let you go if you aren’t wearing long pants on Grain to Glass. If you aren’t sure where to meet up, no worries. They do a PA system page for each tour about ten minutes before they get under way.
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