Giant dog sits in a SUV waiting for a command.

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a Dog

Travel pet bowls are a a necessity for your pet's comfort.

Traveling With Pets 

Puppy in the car for the first time

Take your puppy on short trips as soon as possible, and he will learn to love it. If your young dog has never ridden in the car, it’s not too late. Take him or her for rides with family members or friends. Ask them to offer treats and pet the dog ensuring that he has a good experience.

Dog Travel Gear

If your dog uses a crate, put it in the car and place familiar toys in it. His favorite toys offer more security in a strange environment than new ones.

Take a water bottle and treats.You may need to put some treats in the crate or car to encourage the dog to jump in.

Buy a blanket with Velcro edges to protect your car and ease the dog. This blanket protects the sides and bottom of an SUV. You can purchase seat covers too.

Use Common Sense and Don’t Leave Pets in Hot Cars 

Walk and water the dog before entering the car.

Blast the air conditioner ten minutes or so before you and your pet get in. If you have air-conditioning in the second and third rows, turn that on too.

If you are traveling alone, opt for drive-through restaurants. If you need a restroom, park in the shade, open the windows enough for air and safety. Don’t dawdle.

Never leave your dog in a hot car, even if it’s 70 degrees and you cracked the windows. Researchers at Stanford University School of  Medicine had discovered that a car’s temperature can rise 40 degrees quickly and become lethal.

Dog Obedience

For safety reasons teach basic commands like down, sit, stay, and come. If the dog stands while you are driving, he should respond to “down.” The dog should know “stay,” because when you open the car door or lift the hatch, the dog shouldn’t jump out until you hook the leash on his collar and he hears a command, like “ok.” If he jumps out before you attach the leash, and he doesn’t respond to “come,” offer him treats to get his attention. Learning these commands could save your dog’s life.

Warning: Dangerous Prong Collars, Slip Collars or Choke Collars

I never put my dog in the car or leave him alone wearing a prong collar or a choke collar, also called a slip collar. I only use them to control him during walks.

As a puppy, his slip-collar Loop became lodged between two deck boards. I heard whimpering and saw him jerk his head up and down trying to escape as the metal choke collar tightened, strangling him like a noose. I pried the collar over his head while my husband raced for the wire cutters. Consequently, I will never leave him unattended wearing one of those collars. He wears a buckle collar at home and in the car. When driving with him, I keep the prong collar in the front seat.

I hope these tips help ensure a happy and safe trip with your pet.

Traffic Congestion Driving to the Maryland/Delaware Beaches

On Route 404 west of Denton, Maryland, road construction is causing workers to direct traffic one way while  cars driving in the opposite direction wait. Traveling eastbound, I waited a few minutes, however as traffic increases I suspect that will change. At 11:30 a.m., travelers heading westbound were backed up about two miles.  I would try to avoid this area or check with the state police for traffic conditions.

Commercial Citrus Juicer

Orange and Grapefruit Crushes

 Father’s Day Gift Idea

My husband received a commercial style juicer as a gift a few years ago. It’s one of our favorite kitchen items and would make a unique Father’s Day gift. We use it to squeeze fresh oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. You can juice a citrus fruit in seconds, and it’s easy to clean with two removable parts that are dishwasher safe.

During our summer parties, we often serve orange and grapefruit crushes because the sweet tang tastes refreshing.  Below are the recipes that I follow.

Orange Crush Recipe

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, I prefer Valencia juice oranges, but I use what is available.

1-2 ounces of Smirnoff Orange or Grey Goose l’Orange vodka

1 splash Triple Sec

1 splash soda water

Serve over ice.

Grapefruit Crush

1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1-2 ounces Smirnoff Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka

1 splash Triple Sec

1 splash soda water

Serve over ice.

The commercial citrus juicer is a gift for the woman or man who has everything and enjoys entertaining.

Snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands

How the Ocean Benefits Your Health

View from Serenity Restaurant in Anguilla, BWI

You can dine at Serenity Restaurant in Anguilla, BWI and breathe the salt air. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Health Benefits of Ocean Air 

According to studies by the Lung Institute, breathing salt air can improve lung function lessening the need for antibiotics. It thins mucus, eases sinus pressure, reduces coughing, and the risk of asthma attacks.

The sea air’s “negatively charged hydrogen ions” promote oxygen absorption improving mood, energy, creativity, and sleep.

 Health Benefits of Ocean Saltwater

Floating in the ocean increases blood flow throughout our body and drives oxygen to the brain making us attentive and energized.

The sea’s magnesium moisturizes our skin, and the antibacterial properties improve ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. According to sources, the ocean boosts our immunity and helps us sleep.

Swimming in cold water releases hormones that elevate our spirit and energy levels and reduce inflammation. In addition to burning calories, a regular cold water dip can release dopamine and upgrade our physical condition.

Saint Barthelemy is in the Lesser Antilles

Shades of blue can calm us. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Warm sea water opens our pores enabling us to detoxify and absorb the ocean’s elements. In places where we see the ocean in shades of blue, it calms some but energizes others.

A boy catches a football in the Caribbean in Torotola, BVI.

Vacation is a great time to relax and exercise. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Increased Physical Activity

Seaside living is conducive to activities like tennis, golfing, running, biking, swimming, surfing, exploring, and walking. Exercise strengthens our bodies and reduces health risks like obesity, some cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and depression, helping us live longer.

Sunlight

Our bodies produce vitamin D from the sun’s UVB rays.  Its anti-inflammatory properties may prevent cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and elevate our disposition. By spending ten to thirty minutes in the sun per day, we can improve our wellbeing. Daily exposure enables the body to store up to 60 days of the vitamin that we lack during northern winters. Darker or sunscreen-coated skin may need longer exposure to realize the rewards.

Seaside Dining 

If you are visiting a seaside resort, you should have your choice of high-protein-low-fat-fresh seafood along with fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy dining.

Conclusion

Years ago, an acquaintance said that he had moved seaside because it was his wife’s “power zone.” They knew that inhaling the oxygen-rich-salt air and wading in the lilting waves was a distraction from worries and elevated their wellness and demeanor.

Home

To enjoy some of the perks at home, rub  Epsom salts on your skin to Polish or exfoliate, then add about two cups to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes to detoxify and enjoy the advantages of magnesium.

 

Fenwick Island is family oriented.

Fenwick Island Tips and Tricks

The Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware

There are two Fenwick Islands, incorporated and unincorporated. The Town of Fenwick Island that stretches from Atlantic to Lewes streets on the ocean side, and Delaware to James streets on the bay side was incorporated in 1953. Incorporated Fenwick has its own government that restricts zoning for a uniform appearance. The rest of Fenwick is unincorporated and follows Sussex county rules.

Fenwick Island, Delaware

Fenwick Island’s homes are zoned for uniform height. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Incorporated Fenwick Island Tips and Tricks

  • You can walk or bike to restaurants like Nantuckets, Just Hooked, Our Harvest, or Dairy Queen, or shops like The Country Store. You may not need your car for days.
  • The Town of Fenwick Island is committed to maintaining their reputation as a quiet resort where police are visible and vigilant. Therefore, it’s a good idea to follow the rules and obey the speed limit.
  • The authorities enforce parking restrictions from May 15 to September 15, and the police station sells daily to seasonal parking passes.

Fenwick Island Beach

  • Except for storm beach erosion, there is no need to stake your space on the beach at 7 a.m. Though Fenwick Island is busiest around the Fourth of July, crowds begin to dissipate in July and August as fall sports’ practices begin and students leave for school.
  • Lifeguards protect Fenwick Island’s one-mile beach, and they have access to two beach wheelchairs.
  • Mobi-mats cover dune walkways allowing easy navigation or use of beach wheelchairs.

Fenwick Island is Family Oriented

  • Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the parks.
  • The town caters to families providing playgrounds, shuffleboard, half-court basketball, volleyball, and benches in a garden setting.

Fenwick Island Upcoming Events

  • On 7/8/17, on the beach at Dagsboro Street, all are welcome to attend the town bonfire that includes music, games, a silent auction, t-shirts and more.
  • At dusk on the Bayard Street beach, the town will feature the following Fenwick Flicks: Moana on July 11, Zootopia on July 25, and Finding Dory on August 8.

For more fun, check out the  Fenwick Boardwalk, and enjoy your summer.

The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Palm Beach

A List of Interesting Facts About The Breakers, Palm Beach 

Henry Morrison Flagler opened The Breakers in 1896, and his heirs still own and run the hotel.

The Breakers Had Burned Down Twice

The Breakers, formerly the Palm Beach Inn until 1901, burned down in 1903 and 1925. The first fire ignited during renovations to expand the building, and the second fire originated in a room where a curling iron was supposedly left on by the Chicago Mayor’s wife.

The architects of the Waldorf Astoria in New York also designed The Breakers that opened in 1926, that we know today.  They based their plan on  Villa Medici in Rome.

The Breakers Palm Beach Lobby

Crystal chandeliers hang in The Breakers lobby that is 200 feet long. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers Palm Beach Lobby Ceiling

Seventy-five Italian artists painted The Breakers vaulted ceiling. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Famous Guests

In the early 1900’s, guests included the Rockefeller’s, J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and the Vanderbilts to name a few. Today, presidents, nobility, businessmen, politicians, and movie stars still visit the world-renowned hotel.

While dining or sipping cocktails at the oceanfront Seafood Bar, unsuspecting patrons may flinch when they get the Impression of something sliding under their plate or wiggling beneath their drink. The bar is a saltwater aquarium that contains marine life including fish, eels, sponges, coral and more.

Seafood Bar at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida is an aquarium.

The bar at The Breaker’s Seafood Bar teems with life. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Seafood Bar, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

An eel forms a heart in the aquarium in Seafood Bar in The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Seafood Bar in The Breakers Palm Beach

Customers sometimes jump when something moves in the bar in Seafood Bar restaurant in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers is detail oriented:

    •  In the Palm Courtyard, orchids are attached to the trunks of palm trees and appear to grow from the bark.
    • Palm Courtyard at The Breakers

      Colorful cushions and flowers brighten the Palm Courtyard in The Breakers Palm Beach. (Photo by dorothyadele)

      Palm Courtyard at The Breakers

      The Palm Courtyard in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida, is a perfect place to read a book. (Photo by dorothyadele)

  • Crystal chandeliers hang in the lobby as well as the hallways.
  • The receptionists and concierge wear Lilly Pulitzer making a tropical Impression.
  • Fresh flowers adorn the hotel rooms.
  • Flowers grow and bloom on The Breakers’ seawall.
  • The Breakers Palm Beach Seawall

    The seawall lines the walkway at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

More Interesting Facts

In 2009, a trapper stole Amazon parrot chicks from The Breakers resort. When he failed to sell them to a pet store, he abandoned the unharmed chicks at the store, and the owner called the authorities.

Pine Walk at The Breakers Pam Beach, Florida

Amazon parrots thrive in the trees along Pine Walk at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The  Egyptian Goose is a combination of duck and goose. Many of them live on the Breakers’ property.

Egyptian Goose at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Egyptian Goose is native to Africa. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers accommodates children with a family pool, camps, and a Family Entertainment Center. Also, the staff keeps a supply of stuffed animals at the lobby entrance.

The game room at the Family Entertainment Center in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida has a game room in the Family Entertainment Center. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Hotel activities including visiting the spa, tennis, golf, nature walks, biking, fitness, water sports, shopping, dining and more. Visit their website for the latest offers.

Black-Eyed Susan Day

Photo by:  grassrootsgroundswell     Creative Commons

Black-Eyed Susan Day celebrates Maryland’s state flower and falls on the day before Preakness. Though less crowded, less dressy, and more relaxed than Preakness, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is the second most popular race run at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

Three-year-old fillies run 1 1/8 miles contending for the filly Triple Crown. Abel Tasman won the 2017 first jewel in the Kentucky Oaks Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is the 11th race today, and Belmont Park hosts the final race, the Acorn Stakes.

The famous Pimlico Black-Eyed Susan drink recipe follows:

1 part Makers Mark Bourbon

1 part DeKuyper Peachtree

1 part Effen Vodka

2 parts Orange Juice

2 parts Sour Mix

Shake with ice and strain in a Preakness glass over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with an orange and cherry.

If you aren’t fighting the Preakness crowds, you can watch the race at home and enjoy a Black-Eyed Susan.

 

Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy and World War II

Normandy, France

The allied forces landed at Utah Beach in Normandy, France. (photo by dorothyadele)

Those killed during the invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles rest at Normandy American Cemetery in France. Ten formerly temporary graveyards formed this burial ground. The chartreuse grass is weedless and meticulous. The soldiers are painstakingly buried directly below their markers that face west toward the United States. Their white marble headstones total 9,387: 9,238 Latin crosses and 149 Stars of David. The headstones do not have birth dates, just death dates making them timeless. The cemetery stretches 172.5 acres overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel where casualties totaled about 2,400 US troops.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Latin crosses and the Star of David markers are aligned exactly in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. (photo by dorothyadele)

Normandy, France

Many allied soldiers died before landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. (photo by dorothyadele)

The allied forces began their D-Day Normandy invasion by air and sea on June 6, 1944, and their success marked the beginning of the war’s end. They used deceptive radio intelligence to steer the Germans away from Normandy to Calais, that was farther north. Under Gen. George Patton’s guidance, film studios constructed fake barracks and tents, landing crafts, imitation tanks and trucks, and placed them in Dover, that was across The Channel from Calais. The attack location was believable because Calais and Dover were on opposite banks of the narrowest part of the waterway. To further confuse the Germans, the Allies dropped simulated airborne dummies with artillery recordings and bombs attached to them in locations far from Normandy.

On D-Day, poor weather conditions and high seas caught the Germans off guard. They assumed that the Allies would wait for improved conditions before invading. Some German officers believed that the Normandy invasion was a ruse to distract them from Calais, and ignored it. Others continued their parties with the locals. Also, German Field Marshall Rommel was away with his wife.

Strong tides caused allied ships to drift from their targeted landing position. When troops arrived on the beach in heavy wet clothes and laden with ammunition and supplies, they faced German artillery and weaponry, some fired from bunkers. The Allies navigated metal beach obstructions, ditches, hedgerows, mines and scaled high precipices. If they saw livestock grazing in open fields, soldiers knew that the area was free of explosives.

Pointe du Hoc Beach in Normandy

Allied soldiers scaled the precipice at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France. (photo by dorothyadele)

Bunkers at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

Allies faced German bunkers at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France. (Photo by Arwin Meijer) http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8674055https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Before dropping the paratroopers, pilots faced thick clouds, and many airborne missed their targets finding themselves navigating the terrain alone. The soldiers, loaded with ammunition and supplies, sprained muscles or broke their bones on impact. Others were shot down by Germans, drowned, perished in fire from bombs, or trees and poles caught their chutes. Paratrooper John Steele is remembered today for landing on the steeple at Sainte Mere Eglise church. The Germans captured him, and he escaped. This chart lists the fatalities, casualties and missing for the US Airborne in the Cotentin Peninsula.

Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy was the first town liberated by the Allies.

Paratrooper John Steele’s chute was caught on the steeple on Sainte Mere Eglise church during the Normandy landing. (photo by dorothyadele)

Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France

Tourists can still see bomb craters at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France.  (photo by dorothyadele)

On D-Day, the Allies landed 160,000 troops including 73,000 Americans. The Allies endured 10,000 casualties. During the entire campaign, from June 6, 1944, to August 21, 1944, the two million allied troops in Northern France sustained more than 226,386 casualties: 72,911 were missing or killed, and 153,475 wounded. The German’s suffered 240,000 injuries and deaths, and 200,000 were apprehended.

Omaha Beach, Normandy France

The Germans targeted the allied soldiers as they approached Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

In the Normandy cemetery, the Walls of the Missing list 1,557 names. Among those are 750 Americans killed on 12/24/44, when a German submarine torpedoed the S.S. Leopoldville killing both Americans and British.

Interred in the cemetery, officers and the enlisted lie next to one another with no exception for rank. Thirty-three of 45 sets of brothers, and a father and son lay side by side. Others interred include three Medal of Honor recipients, 307 unknown soldiers, Preston and Robert Niland who inspired Saving Private Ryan, and two sons of President Theodore Roosevelt.

All who suffered and died for our freedom were exceptional. Please honor our fallen soldiers by respecting our American flag.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/german-report-on-the-normandy-invasion-2014-5

https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/normandy-american-cemetery#.WRo63lLMxE4

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/06/fact-sheet-normandy-landings

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Bayeux, France

Light Show in Bayeux, France

In response to word prompt: Pink

When we walked the streets of Bayeux, France, we happened upon the light and sound show at the cathedral entitled “RENDEZ-VOUS À LA CATHÉDRALE, LES LUMIÈRES DE LA LIBERTÉ.”

As we listened to ten stories celebrating France’s journey to freedom and liberty,  colors painted the “Tree of Liberty” and the Bayeux Cathedral in iridescent hues of red, pink, purple, green, blue, white, orange and gold.

In the French language, these stories commemorated the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, the Allied landings, the freedom of the press, the freedom to love,” and more.

The show was a pleasant addition to our Normandy trip.  This year’s light show runs from 7/11/17 to 8/26/17.

Normandy, France

Bayeux Cathedral glows during the light and sound show in France.

Bayeux, France

Lights illuminate the “Tree of Liberty” in Normandy, France.

Bayeux, France

The Bayeux Cathedral bathes Normandy, France in color.

 

Bayeux, France Light Show

The lights resemble fire on the “Tree of Liberty” in Normandy, France.

 

Southwest Airlines

Bad Day Traveling Southwest

We had a five-hour Southwest flight delay

We had arrived at the airport at 2:30 for a 3:50 flight. Inclement weather resulted in several flight delays. Over five hours, we checked the tracker for our Southwest Airlines flight status. On each occasion, our departure time increased by an hour, though we watched passengers board their delayed flights and take off.

The Southwest agent explained that the passengers from the original destination were aboard our plane and it was on the runway, but she couldn’t give me more information until they were in the air.

Two hours later, after I saw the departure time increase again, I asked the representative if the passengers were still on board.  She said that they had deplaned because of a mechanical problem. I later learned that when they reboarded the flight a passenger was missing and they had to take roll call.

As the evening progressed, passengers spoke loudly on their phones, others read books, some slouched in chairs, one played his guitar, some tried to sleep, and others walked the terminal. I empathized with the parents who pursued their toddlers who ran the aisles.

As businesses closed, the noise grew. Employees yelled to their coworkers. The maintenance crew slammed doors. Others rolled plastic dumpsters the length of the terminal dumping trash in them, and the restroom cleaners pushed their yellow rattling carts.

Some, who I assumed were on break, sat behind the vacant gate desk and blared music. People who were reading moved. Eventually, they lowered the Starbucks’ gate closing off half the café.

Around 7:30, when Southwest announced that our plane had taken off, we knew that we were going home. Customers headed to the pizzeria and ordered thin crust pizza, beer, wine, and tall alcoholic drinks. The bar echoed with music and chatter.

When the plane arrived, the incoming passengers looked exhausted but walked briskly, probably relieved that they were finally at their destination.  When it was our turn, we boarded efficiently, took off at 8:50, and arrived as scheduled at 10:50 p.m.

Another twenty-minute delay because the jetway employees were not available

Travelers hunched under the overhead bins, some stood in the aisles ready to grab their carry-on bags and exit. The captain announced that he had called ahead, but no one was on the jetway to meet us, so we waited.

No one was there to remove baggage from two arriving flights

Finally, we left the plane and luckily we had not checked any bags. As we pulled our suitcases through baggage claim, we heard a report: the baggage crew had not removed the luggage from two flights. We suspected that the passengers who checked their bags probably had at least another half-hour delay.

Southwest offered the passengers $100 vouchers to account for bad weather, roll call, a mechanical problem, an empty jetway and delayed baggage. We thought that they could have done better.

Pursue

 

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Serendipity Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

Mother/Daughter Time: Serendipity

My daughter and I exercised then split a Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream. What could have been better than chocolate and family?

Located in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida, Serendipity restaurants offer a full menu, but their “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is their specialty. Unlike a chocolate milkshake, the cocoa delivers a dark, rich flavor and ice provides refreshment. I like this recipe because other variations include ice cream.

Unexpectedly, we felt rejuvenated after indulging and that allowed us to skip a heavy dinner. Was it serendipity?

Daily Post Prompt: Better

Leonberger dog

Leonberger Dog Show

Landseer Newfoundland

Landseer Newfoundland


Saint Bernard

Hummel_Vedor_vd_Robandahoeve, St. Bernard.


The Leonberger originated in the 1800s when the alderman of Leonberg, Germany, bred a Landseer Newfoundland with a St. Bernard and mated later generations with the Great Pyrenees. Sources say that the alderman wanted a dog that resembled the lion on the Leonberg crest.

The Leonberger was considered a “Rare Breed’ until recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010. If you are interested in more information about AKC breeders of merit, please contact the Leonberger Club of America.

Leonberger enthusiasts, trainers, owners, and breeders had traveled hundreds of miles to attend the 2017 Leonberger Club of America National Specialty, Old Bay Leos. We spotted dozens of these dogs, some well over 140 pounds, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore Hunt Valley.  Their black-masked expressions and flowing coats created a stunning spectacle.  Both adults and children showed these “gentle giants.”

Leonberger dog

A woman holds her Leonberger dog at Delta Hotels by Marriott.

Leonberger Dog

A woman gives her Leonberger dog treats at the 2017 LCA National Specialty dog show.

Woman spins Leonberger fur into yarn

A woman spins Leonberger fur into yarn.


2017 LCA National Specialty

An old Leonberger dog rests in a carriage.


Leonberger Dogs

Trainers and owners wait to show their dogs.


A Leonberger at the dog show

A Leonberger dog sits by the show ring at the 2017 LCA National Specialty in Hunt Valley, Maryland.


Leonberger dog

A woman holds her Leonberger dog at the 2017 LCA National Specialty.

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Cantina 76

Cantina 76 Restaurant Review

Cantina 76 Restaurant Review Article

Cantina 76 in Columbia, South Carolina

Customers dine on Tex-Mex in Cantina 76 on Main Street in Columbia, S.C.

Cantina 76, Main Street Columbia, S.C.

Cantina 76 tortilla chips with queso, guacamole, and salsa are a good start.

The Cantina Margarita

The Cantina Margarita tasted refreshing and like a “Skinny Margarita. “

A group of friends from Columbia with a love for travel and food established Cantina 76 in Columbia, South Carolina. Currently, the restaurant has three locations, two in Columbia and one in Greenville.

 

Inside, customers can watch TV and dine at the high top and low top tables or sit at the bar. Small lights string around the perimeter; and stars and metal lights hang from the ceiling creating an uncontrived atmosphere. Outside, pansies flow from hanging baskets, and tables flank the restaurant on two sides. Though the tables are under a metal awning, customers can still enjoy the sun. Cantina 76 has a come-as-you-are atmosphere. Casual to dressy attire is acceptable.

 

Cantina 76 features signature margaritas, tacos, enchiladas, salads and more. They tout an atmosphere where customers can relax and dine on Mexican-influenced cuisine made with fresh ingredients. They pitch premium tequila and creative margaritas. The Cantina 76 menu offers a variety of soft tacos on flour tortillas, but hard corn tacos are also available. Chicken Pesto, Teriyaki Chicken, Peruvian Shrimp, Barbecue Brisket, and Fish are a sampling of their 12 taco creations. In addition, they offer weekly specials.

 

We sat outside where dogs lay under their owners’ tables, and we began with Tres Hombres Sampler. We dipped crispy salted tortilla chips in queso, salsa, and guacamole. The warm queso’s mild cheese tasted rich and creamy, and a touch of minced green pepper gave it a slight crunch and sweetness. The salsa had a tangy kick with a hint of lime. Small pieces of avocado, onion, tomato and garlic added flavor and interest to the guacamole. It was a great start.

 

I tried the Barbecue Shrimp Taco. Sautéed onions and feta accompanied perfectly seared shrimp topped with a Chipotle barbecue sauce. The sweet, spicy sauce and the feta’s saltiness added a welcoming punch.

 

The Barbecue Brisket Taco sweetened with honey barbecue tasted down-home. Pico de gallo lightened the sauce and balanced the sweetness. We loved it.

 

The Traditional Taco included chili-spiced-ground beef, melted cheese, lettuce, and tomato. There was no sauce. The ground beef tasted lean, and the taco was ordinary.

 

Everything was fresh and the tacos were not overstuffed which made them easy to handle and not too filling.

 

Instead of dessert, I tried the Cantina Margarita. Salt rimmed the glass that contained tequila, plenty of fresh lime juice, low-sugar-agave nectar, and a quartered-half lime. Agave nectar blended with lime tasted sweet and refreshing.

 

I would recommend Cantina 76 because they offer quality food and selection at reasonable prices.

 

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Cantina 76

Location: 1301 Main St., Columbia

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Wednesday; 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday; closed Sunday; no reservations

Cost: Tacos start at $2.99.

Info: 803-543-3279 http://www.cantina76.com