Day 3 started with some early morning coffee on the front porch.
Then Nate and I ventured to the nearby gym for an a.m. workout. We procured day passes, shot up some steriods, and travelled back in time to 1985. Seriously people, this gym was hilarious. Posters of Arnold Schwarzanegger covered the walls, 80’s music pumped through the sound system, and protein shakes flowed like water. I think I was one of only 2 women in the gym. I found an elliptical and sweated to my fav Bon Jovi songs for 45 minutes. After some stretching, it was time for food!
Course # 1 was OJ, a small piece of homemade chocolate cake, and a fruit cup.
Course # 2 was a plate of beautifully presented french toast covered in powdered sugar and raspberry drizzle. Mmm!
After some much needed showers, we hit the road and headed to the ferry in Cape May. My family was spending the week in Ocean City, MD and we planned a lunch-time rendez-vous in Rehoboth Beach (a good half-way meeting point).
Breakfast was good, but it was lacking in protein. I snacked on some smoked almonds and 8 oz of low-fat chocolate milk to fill me up. The smoked almonds were a real nutritional powerhouse – 250 calories, 9 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 10 % RDA calcium, 10 % RDA iron, and a good amount of Magnesium and Manganese.
We hopped on the 11am ferry from Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE and enjoyed the 70 minute ride full of sunshine and sea breezes.
A shuttle bus ride later (yay, public transportation!) Nate and I arrived at the Dogfish Head Brewpub. Since Nate loves microbrews, he was in heaven!
I don’t get visit with my family very often, so it was great to spend time with them :-)
Me and Rachel (my sis!):
Rachel and her friend Eric:
Yum, yum, yum! I ordered the grilled portobello sandwich for lunch. My grilled portobello mushroom was served on a crusty roll with grilled onions, roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion. I ate all of my veggies, 1/2 the bread, and most of my side salad.
Accompanied by a refreshing glass of Dogfish Head Lawnmower beer. This beer was meant to be enjoyed after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day!
Nate enjoyed the “Indulgence Burger” – local, grass-fed beef topped with an onion ring, cheese, and bacon!
After lunch with the fam, we explored Rehoboth Beach. It was such a beautiful sunny day!
At 4:30pm, we returned to the Brewpub for a tour of the original brewing equipment and the distillery. Most Dogfish head beer is now brewed at the company’s Milton, DE brewery, but some special batches are still made at the restaurant.
from the Dogfish Head website:
Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Our very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, we brewed three times a day, five days a week! The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. We quickly got bored brewing the same things over and over – that’s when we started adding all sorts of weird ingredients and getting kind of crazy with the beers!
We learned a lot about the beer-making process. Dogfish head’s signature beers – the 60 minute and 90 minute IPA’s were originally produced in a very creative way. In order to add the hops over a long period of time (rather than all at once), the founder filled a vibrating foos-ball table with hops and rigged it so that it slowly dropped the hops into the beer barrel. The process took about 90 minutes, hence the 90 minute IPA! I don’t remember details, but I think adding hops over time (rather than all at the beginning) changes the flavor of the beer.
During our explorations of Rehoboth, we found a cute little bakery called The Bake Shoppe. Check out these S’mores danishes:
And giant cookies!
I couldn’t resist the tart cherry-white chocolate cookie. I had about 1/3 on our ferry ride back to Cape May. Delicious!
We arrived in Cape May around sunset and took a walk around town to check things out. Around 9pm, I was ready for some food! I found a veggie-licious pizza with super crispy crust. I shared a little of my pizza and diet coke with Nate and we enjoyed it at a table overlooking the beach. Lovely.
Obviously, I am nearly incapable of ending the night without ice cream. Nate helped me finish a waffle cone full of Moose Tracks. Yum!
After a day full of sun, ocean breeze, and good food it was time for bed….
Stay tuned for Part 3 of the Beach Recap!