The boardwalk holds many, many memories for me. From the ocean-side boards of Ocean City, MD and Rehoboth, DE to the random “strip mall” type in Myrtle Beach, I love them all! The souvenir shops might all be the same and, frankly, I am amazed by what you can find with your first name emblazoned on the side! Apart from keychains and vulgar t-shirts there is the salty humid air, the sandy grit between your flip-flops and the worn planks of wood, the beach bodies (both fantastic and less than) and of course the food! Little can compare to the aroma of an ocean front pizza shop or french fry stand. You can almost see the cartoon-esque waft of food smells trailing down the beach and dragging an unsuspecting tanner by his nostrils off his towel, past the dunes and up the counter where he orders a funnel cake for no other reason then “they have funnel cake!”. So what’s the smell that gets me every time? The french fries! Erics quick tip: When used correctly, a medium boardwalk fry can be used as lunch. If you have ever been unsure about boardwalk fries and their sublime perfection, I have a small experiment for you to try. Throw one fry onto the boardwalk. Examine the frenzy of gulls as 2 dozen birds vie for just a beak-full of fried potato bliss. Now, repeat with a stem of broccoli. Record and note any differences. Continue reading
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During the warmer months, Dustin and I migrate every few weeks to my parents beach house in Lewes, De. At first it was a great beach get-away. Quiet, warm, salted breezes and close to downtown Rehoboth. As we began to learn more and more about our home away from home, we discovered it’s terrific restaurants and eateries. One such dinner adventure took us to a tapas restaurant called Cafe Azafran. Early for our reservation, we decided to walk the side streets behind the well known Rehoboth Boardwalk. That’s when we saw it. Just sitting there. Like a mirage in the desert. I ran to it, arms outstretched, mouth open. Cue slow motion run. In front of me was the simplest of windows.
Touch of Italy is a tiny Italian deli, bakery and grocery store, all wrapped up (presumably in prosciutto) into one. We finished our walk, made it safely to our tapas dinner and went back home. We decided recently to return to the Italian deli for lunch. Hanging about the cases of meat, cheese and olives were sandwiches simply displayed and described. Before I get to the sandwich, let’s take a look at what the great folks at Touch of Italy have to offer.
This Cheese case looks like a dream I once had!
Now THATS a hunk of provolone. I’m going to need a moment to myself.
I chose the number 5. But who cares what it looks like on the menu, LET’S SEE THE SANDWICH!
And there it is. The bread was fresh and the smoked mozzarella was fresher! The pungent meat was balanced perfectly by the soft, pillowy, smokey-bland mozzarella cheese. It’s construction was simple but the flavors were sublime! I urge anyone that finds themselves walking the Rehoboth Boardwalk this summer, to take a little side treck down 1st Street to Baltimore Ave. The address it 33 Baltimore Ave Ste A, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2156. Don’t Miss out on this amazing find!