Saturday we got down at the Delaware Taco Festival and had a blast. The rain never came when we were there and we ran into some old friends everytime we turned around. I had about 4 tacos and drank a bunch of beer from Sol. The atmosphere was great and the food and brews even better. Great time.
If you’re looking to expand your pallet a bit The House of William and Merry is the place to do it. Last week I stopped in there and had three items that I had never had before. They were all knock out good. What were they you say, well how about Marlin, Octopus, and Foie gras or duck liver. Yeah, when you were like, “MMM whats that a pick of” that was the duck liver featured above. All three dishes were amazing. The portions were smaller but the flavor was huge. William and Merry are a husband and wife duo that is making amazing food in Delaware. I don’t know how I have never been there before, but I will definitely be making a trip back in the near future. They racking in awards, and I am sure their Zagat rating will only continue to climb. Thanks for sharing your amazing food with the world. I could go on and on about the experience that night but in reality, you just need to get up there and try it for your self.
Oh boy another great week in the books. We ate, we drank, we hung out, and just had a good ass time. We didn’t travel at all this week but we had some folks come over a couple of times. All in all another great week down.
Well mother nature tested my week. She tried her hardest to make this week shitty. Your not bringing me down bitch, will all your snow and shit. I had some good beer, some good food, a great party, and a daddy daughter dance. That kind of combo makes for a great week, and now that it’s Sunday I am going to kick back and relax.
So after very short hiatus the Freak contacted me to tell me that he is doing a dumplin eating contest in Philadelphia at Sang Keen Noodle House. He will be hanging with some of his buddies from wing bowl like Shittsburgh I mean Pittsburgh Paulie, Dave Brunelli, and for the love of god Heather Cahill. Go ahead click that link, you won’t be disappointed. The gist of the competition is to finish 58 Dumplings (48 for women) in 45 minutes, and your meal is on Sangkee, plus receive a $88 Sangkee Gift Card. So basically no chewing, just swallowing. My pick is on a certain contender that I believe can swallow all day, yup Pittsburgh Paulie. You sly fuckers, I know what you were going to say. It’s almost dumplin time.
The weigh ins are complete and the kings of wings are off to their homes to get a nap in before the festivities begin. The Freak made his appearance and took over the place like he usually does. He will now head down to Route 2 Tavern to hand out some swag. Tonight was an awesome display of competitors hanging out as well as some awesome people some hot women and of course the crew from Wing Bowl. It’s never to late to get tickets to this event and see some of the coolest characters ever. The Freak will be there to put on a show. You can catch HisVault on the Freaks Float hanging with his entourage. Stop by and grab a selfie.
Wing Bowl is just days away and The Freak continues to prepare for the greatest competitive eating contest known to man. The festivities will kick off with the weigh in and pre-party at Chickie’s and Petes in South Philly. This is the party to start the mother of all parties. Then on Feb 2nd at the Wells Fargo Center the party will begin, WING BOWL 26.
I will tell you the tale of a man who is a legend, mainly in his own mind, but his growing popularity is that of an active volcano, we are all waiting for it to erupt. His claim to fame seems to come from lies and wise tales yet many have been there to either witness or be implicated in one of his acts. His mind wonders a bit and he doesn’t sit still much, or he sits still too much it’s kinda weird to explain. Either way this man has gone by many names, Stephen, Stephano, The Aquatic Giant, TAL, T, Frankie, SLAM, and the finally the Freak. He rarely matches his clothes which adds to the oddity of his character. He may be wearing a black fur with red shorts, or plaid pants with an off-color V-neck. It doesn’t make sense nor should it. He is more cartoon character than real human. Most stories start with, “hey remember that time he did this or did that”. You all laugh and the new guy says “No Fucking Way.” You chuckle, shake your head and walk away, he doesn’t know any better. Recently the Freak added small but new accolades to his growing resume of I can’t believe he is doing that tasks. He was in an independent short film, is a professional boxer (March 24th), had a beer named after his alter ego ” The Selfie King of Delaware”, and now has made it to competitive eater. The Freak will be participating in Wing Bowl on February 2nd.
Week 1 of the family vacation has come to an end. This week was loaded with surprises. We met some amazing people and have had nothing but fun. According to the wife we are in our happy place and I couldn’t agree more. From day one we have enjoyed every minute of it and the pace has been nice and slow. I already feel like I have been here for a month and I can’t wait to do this again next year.
We got down here last Saturday with a crappy down pour and a ton of traffic. Not the start we were looking for. We did however get to the house around three unpacked and got settled in. The cottage is small but feels like the perfect size. We found it on Home Away last year ( Thanks Paula for opening your home to people). The best part is that it is less than two houses off the beach, and just two houses down from where I proposed to the wife in nearly 12 years ago.
Sunday the wifes grandparents came down. They rented places in Dewey for more than 30 years. A few years ago it got to be a bit to much for their advancing age and ended the tradition. My wife was hell bent on starting that back up and this is the first year we were able to do it. So we invited them down for a few days so they could enjoy it with us. It was perfect and we all had the time of our lives.
The Neighbors have a 6 year old that has been playing wonderfully with the kids and almost eliminated any boredom for the children. This is huge because as you all know kids can get bored at the greatest places ever. We hate to see them go on Sunday.
Most days have been spent on the beach but there were two nights where we changed up things a bit. On Thursday night we took a Sunset cruise on a friends boat to Paradise Grill in Long Neck. We took the boat from Dewey over to Paradise docked up and had a great night. We came back home around midnight with the kids fast asleep on the boat. They have been worn out every night this week.
Friday night we went out on to the beach around 830 pm and had ourselves a bonfire. If you have never experienced a fire on the beach at night there is nothing like it. The neighbors came down with their kid and their friends kids and we all had s’mores and just relaxed. They left a little early so it was just the family sitting there and enjoying the night. This was probably one of the most relaxing things I have ever done. We just sat and talked about the week we already had and then we just watched the girls play. I don’t even think they know the memories they are making. The wife and I remind each other all the time on how precious these moments are.
Getting the permit for the fire was easy two just go down to the Dewey Beach Town Hall fill out a piece of paper and put down the deposit of $150 bucks. If you don’t leave a mess than you will get a $100 back.
Week 1 Photo Slide Show:
I love Dewey and can’t wait to see what happens during week two. I highly suggest anyone just to come expereince it for a weekend. You won’t be dissapointed.
Holy Shit I had a lot of drinks this week. From Orange crushes, Jameson and Ginger, to St. Bernarbus Wit, and Brother Thelonious. A battle of the holy beers, with St. Bernarbus Wit easily coming out on top. That was a damn good beer. I’ll try to list all of them in some order but there is a good chance I am going to screw this post up. The biggest reason is that I am drinking now so we will just go with whatever my fat ass hands can type.
I came into this week having picked up two beers that I would try but being on vacation I clearly have had far more than that. Shock Top and Cage Radler have been my go to beers so far. Two easy drinking summer beers. These are the guys I would knock down while relaxing on the screened in porch here at the rental just talking about how relaxing this is and that we will make it an annual tradition.
Brother Thelonious and St. Bernarbus we two very different beers with the St. Bernarbus coming out on top. This was a sweet beer and I think that it just fit in a bit better for the setting I was in. I don’t match my beers with my food but with the good times I am having. Summer brings out more of the sweeter beers like the Wits. So in good fashion I will be picking this one up again. I highly suggest it ro all.
Enjoying Dewey is easy all you have to do is show up and a party is going to break out. Each turn you take there is a place that is offering great drinks and great times. This week there have been five places that I have enjoyed and I think you will all enjoy them as well.
#1. This is a no brainer and most reading this are going to say no shit but The Starboard is one of the greatest bars ever created by the beach gods. I don’t believe this was built by man it is to mythical and to amazing to have been the creation of a mere mortal.
#2. Listen if you want to relax, people watch, and enjoy some amazing beers you have to stop into the Dewey Beer Company. I had three beers from there and bought up some swag, the buzz forced me to do it. The beers in ranking order from Dewey Beer Company would be #1 Citra Wit #2 Social Kolsch #3 Summer Saison. All awesome beers.
#4 Surf Side Bar is a great pit stop for some good drinks and fun times. On a walk from Dewey Town Hall I popped in just to grab a Sam’s Summer Ale to take the heat off. They look small from the outside but the bar is deep and the good times are even deeper.
#5 Paradise Grill is off the charts fun. Look this place is huge, has the best atmosphere for the family. This place is bayside so it will either take a bit of a drive to get there, or my preferred method a night boat trip where you can dock at the place. They have plenty of beers decent food and some good bands that play.
This week is slowing down and we are preparing to head into week #2 of this vacation. Sunday you can catch me day drinking at the The Star Board stop in grab a selfie and a beer.
Never Drink Alone
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler.