One Coastal Fenwick Island — Best Deal in Town

The best kept secret in Fenwick Island, Del. is One Coastal Delicatessen at 101-6 Coastal Highway. It is located just north of the Maryland/Delaware line –next to Ruddo’s Golf. The restaurant is convenient from Ocean City, Md., Route 54 and Bethany Beach, Del.

It is a little difficult to find, but once you try their food and check their prices, you will return, just like the locals.

My husband and I visit One Coastal often, because the food is fresh and homemade, prepared to order and reasonably priced. You can dine in, carry out or just stop in for a drink at the bar. One Coastal is family owned by Bernadette and her son Randy. Their goal is  great food and service.

Last night we enjoyed the seared ahi tuna and edamame, as we sipped our drinks and waited for our carry out order. We ordered one of my favorite sandwiches the Coastal Club which has turkey, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato with Dijon-mustard mayonnaise. We also ordered Italian sandwiches served on homemade rolls filled with Italian meats and cheeses.

Some other meals that we love are their meaty lasagna and their seafood specials like ahi tuna with wasabi mayonnaise. Other daily specials include Asiago shrimp wrapped in bacon with rice pilaf, tuna steak with vegetables and rice, kielbasa with sauerkraut, and brisket.

One Coastal serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something for everyone.

When you visit the Maryland/Delaware Eastern Shore, stop in One Coastal for  great food and the best deal in town.

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Fenwick Island, Delaware

Woman Makes Scene in Restaurant Over Spilled Wine

This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy)...

This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy) with white wine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday night, we dined at Nantuckets in Fenwick Island, Del. As we enjoyed our meal we saw a waiter, who appeared about 20-years old, trip and spill a glass of white wine on a lady at the next table. The waiter looked terrified as the lady ranted about the wine. My husband said to the woman that at least it wasn’t red wine hoping that she would stop berating the waiter.

The woman complained and the manager visited her table. Customers in our dining room made eye contact and smirked at the irate woman. I suspected that her overreaction was a scam to get a free dinner or maybe free meals for her table.

As I watched this minor incident, I remembered how my husband reacted on two occasions when someone poured a large glass of red wine on him — and no it wasn’t me. On both occasions we laughed and he ensured that the person who spilled the wine did not feel guilty over an accident.

On the positive side, the woman’s behavior provided entertainment to the patrons in our dining room.

Comcast’s Corporate-Customer-Service-Phone Number

My Comcast experience this week had been so frustrating that I called the corporate office to get service.  You can find the Comcast corporate phone number at the end of my post. Following is a list of some of  our  phone calls to Comcast customer service:

1.   At the beginning of the week, Sunday or Monday, we called 1-800 COMCAST, and we asked for an appointment by Friday — we had been without service for a few days. The Comcast representative told us that they couldn’t schedule an appointment until Monday a week. I did not plan to be home the following Monday, and we thought that was too long to wait.

2.   On the next call, a representative told us and that we would have to pay for the service call and we would receive a rebate. We didn’t understand why we would have to pay for a service call if the issue was with Comcast.

3.   On the next call, we spoke to a representative who put my husband on hold for 10 minutes twice, while she supposedly spoke to a supervisor. She set up an appointment for Thursday and offered my husband a $30 rebate and free channels for a year. She told him that someone would call my cell phone within 30 minutes to confirm the appointment. No one called.

4.   My husband called Comcast again about Thursday’s appointment. We learned that the appointment was scheduled for Friday and it was not to fix our service but to switch our phone to Comcast. We felt that we had been misled.

5.   My husband asked to speak to a supervisor and waited 22 minutes to speak to Christopher. Christopher said that he would try to set up an appointment, and we would hear from Comcast. No one called.

6.   I spoke to a representative Wednesday who set up an appointment for Friday from 1 – 3 p.m. I asked him if the appointment was confirmed, he said yes.

7.  I called Comcast the next day to check my confirmed appointment, the recording said that my appointment was scheduled for Monday.

8.   I called the corporate office and spoke to a representative who filed a report and informed me that someone from the regional office would contact me shortly.  I waited a few hours, and I never heard from the regional office.

9.  I called the corporate office again. The corporate representative gave me the name and phone number of the regional customer service representative who had our case. She said that the representative from the regional office had sent my husband an email instead of contacting me.

10.  . I called the regional representative who was handling my case twice, and I did not receive a return call. I called the corporate office again, and they kept me on the line for about 10 minutes while they contacted him.

11.   He finally called me and said that he had sent an email to my husband — to an address that never existed.

12.  I asked him to please send Comcast service technicians to my home today, Thursday, I was out of patience.

13.   Technicians arrived within 10 minutes and spent a few hours and resolved the Comcast issue.

If you can’t get service using 1-800- COMCAST, try the corporate number 215-286-1700.

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The fountain in the courtyard at The Setai

Tranquility at The Setai resort in Miami Beach

Roses and an orange in the lobby at The Setai

Roses and an orange in the lobby at The Setai )photo by dorothyadele)

The Setai hotel in South Beach Miami, Fla., is rated one of the top luxury hotels in the area. The art deco design, peaceful ambiance and outstanding customer service places The Setai in a unique category.

Upon entry, the hotel’s atmosphere transports visitors to a tranquil resort. Oranges are displayed in clear glass globes on wooden tables in the courtyard and along the walkways to remind visitors that they are in South Florida and not just in an Asian retreat.

As we entered The Setai, the front desk agent greeted us and gave us cold lemongrass iced tea and warm moist hand towels to freshen us while we waited to check in. The dimly lit hotel and lobby made me feel like I had entered a spa.

As we exited the elevator and walked toward our room instrumental music drifted through the hall. We entered our softly lit suite and heard music that had previously been turned on.

A suite at The Setai in Miami Beach,Fla.

A suite at The Setai in Miami Beach, Fla. (photo by dorothyadele)

Dark cherry colored wood floors, cream-colored walls and sleek brown rectangular tables and lamps create a peaceful art deco design in our room. A comfortable king size bed is set against the far wall beyond a brown square table with two chairs. The hotel management is serious about relaxation, and it was the first hotel room that I have visited that didn’t have an obvious clock.

Room amenities include a large bathroom with double-above -the-counter sinks and a large shower. The overhead rain shower and the wall system stream water from two directions.

Guests may brew tea, espresso, regular and decaf coffee with the shiny black and stainless Illy coffee maker in the room. The coffee maker includes a steam wand for milk frothing. The Setai also offers a beach bag and umbrella for guests to use while visiting.

The hotel has three large pools set at different temperatures. Large comfortable lounge chairs are near the pools and on the beach. Between the pools and the beach is an outdoor bar and restaurant. The food is excellent.

I have never visited a hotel comparable to The Setai. The Setai’s soothing atmosphere, muted decor and superb customer service offer the traveler a unique experience.

The Setai lounge near the pools

The Setai lounge near the pools (photo by dorothyadele)

Self Storage Plus and Von Paris — Great Customer Service

Self Storage Plus Units

Self Storage Plus Units (photo by dorothyadele)

My daughter needed temporary storage for her furniture when she changed her residence. Von Paris picked up her furniture and delivered it to a Self Storage Plus facility in Timonium, Md. The Von Paris  employees were efficient, clean cut and polite. It amazed me how methodically they stacked her furniture in a 5×10 storage unit. They stacked a queen bed (mattress and box spring) long dresser, mirror, office chair, futon,  night stand

5X10 Storage Unit

5X10 Storage Unit (photo by dorothyadele)

and boxes in the unit. They left room  for additional storage.

Nick Calvert at Self Storage Plus literally walked us through the process and left nothing to chance.  Prior to the Von Paris truck arriving, Nick took us to the truck entrance,  we entered our code and he took us to our unit. He ensured that we knew how to lock the unit properly.  His demeanor and expertise relieved our stress.  The move went smoothly. I would highly recommend Self Storage Plus and Von Paris for moving and storage.  

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort — Luxury and Comfort

We recently attended a party on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and spent the night in Cambridge, Maryland at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Marina and Spa.

Upscale amenities, attractive-curb appeal and excellent service and hospitality classify it as a luxury hotel with a four diamond rating by the AAA .

When we entered the hotel, the receptionist welcomed us with a glass of cranberry juice and champagne. (This is one of my favorite holiday drinks– sometimes called a poinsettia.) She was personable, knowledgeable and efficient as she answered our questions and directed us to our room.

After checking in, we sipped a drink in Michener’s Library (named after James Michener who wrote Chesapeake). Two stone fireplaces flank the spacious lounge giving it a warm, cozy feeling. Large windows offer a spectacular view of the Choptank River.

Our spacious king room included a desk, and the bathroom was large enough to accommodate a table. We could step out on our tiny balcony (if it was warmer), instead we viewed the Choptank River through the sliding-glass doors from our room (see photo).

Luxury sheets concealed a pillow-topped mattress on the king bed. A white down comforter dressed the bed. The bed was comfortable and we slept well.

In the morning, we enjoyed breakfast in our room. I had an egg-white-vegetable omelet filled with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. (I switched from mozzarella to cheddar.) My meal was delicious, healthy and filling.

Unfortunately, we only stayed at the Hyatt for about 15 hours, because we had another commitment. However, I plan to return for a longer visit.

I would consider the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay for a meeting, reception or wedding because it offers good service and a great venue.

Safeway in Towson, MD — Not Enough Scheduled Staff

I visited Safeway in Towson at noon today. It is convenient, but I hesitate before shopping in this store, because they don’t seem to schedule enough employees.

One lady sliced meat and cheese behind the deli counter that extended around the corner into the prepared food area.

Safeway in Towson Deli

Safeway in Towson Deli

The deli lady was the high point of my visit because she was efficient and pleasant. As she waited on the customer in front of me, I thought that if someone wanted to place a prepared food order (from the other end of the deli), the customer would have to find an employee to wait on them. I wonder how much business Safeway has lost because their counters are not always staffed.

At the checkout, there was one large-order register, a few self-service and two express lanes open.

No Service at Deli and Hot Food Counter

No Service at Deli and Hot Food Counter

A line formed in the large-order lane and a customer asked a customer service employee if it was possible to open another large-order register. The employee immediately opened a new register, but why didn’t he think of that in the first place?

I don’t understand why Safeway in Towson lacks scheduled employees. When I shop at other Safeway locations or competitive stores, I don’t have this problem. Why is this store different?

What is your experience with grocery store customer service?

Mark Cottman relaxes in his Federal Hill art gallery.

Artist Mark Cottman — Living the Dream

Mark Cottman relaxes in his Federal Hill art gallery.

Mark Cottman relaxes in his Federal Hill art gallery.

In the 1970s,  Baltimore’s  Federal Hill   was a poverty-stricken– inner- city neighborhood.  Today, it bustles with activity.  Stone and brick row houses complement new restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and salons. Business suit attired men and women meld with local residents, blue-collar workers, yuppies and Raven’s-shirted-20 somethings.  Elm trees with yellow and green blended leaves line  S. Charles in front of The Mark Cottman Gallery.  

Mark Cottman dressed in dark khaki colored pants and a blue short-sleeved shirt relaxes in his chair surrounded by his vivid colored art and discusses his passion.

“I am so excited that the colors come out excited,” said Cottman. “The colors always indicate hope.”  

It wasn’t easy for Cottman, but he had hope and a positive attitude.   He persevered like the renovators of “inner city” Federal Hill. Today, he is living the dream.

Beginning in the early 1990s, Cottman said that he worked as a stand-up comedian.

“I was always funny,” Cottman said. “You know you are funny when you make your mother laugh and she laughs so hard she tells you to stop.”

Cottman said that he learned stand-up comedy by watching the best comedians and that the funniest ones told stories.  Cottman said that he was a good stand-up comic, and he also wrote for other comedians.

In addition, from 1994 to 1999, Cottman said that he worked as an accessibility officer for the State of Maryland.  He wrote waivers for construction projects to enable them to meet accessibility standards, ADA codes, for handicapped people.  He suggested changes for companies to comply with these standards. However, Cottman said that he was unhappy with the job politics at the State of Maryland for a few years and  that he was passed over for a new position.

Cottman said that he decided to paint his “visions” and left his job for six months to promote his art. When he returned to work for the State of Maryland, he said that he didn’t fit in, because  he was like “a round peg and my position was definitely a square hole.” His supervisor and HR personnel told him that he needed “mental counseling.” He said that they thought that I “slipped off the cliff.”

“So they slid this application across the desk for me to fill out,” Cottman said. “Two days later I had it upside down, I slid it back across the table and I wrote in big bold letters, I quit,” and he gave his  two-weeks notice.

Cottman said that his coworkers were angry with him and that it was painful and he didn’t understand their anger.  He said that he spoke to them and realized that they were upset because he was leaving to live his dream and it “reminded them of their dreams they didn’t pursue.” He said in order for them to deal with it they “lashed out at me.”  

When he left his job, Cottman  concentrated on his art.   He also said that he sold his car and bought an old van for cash. He  paid cash for his house to avoid debt and keep his expenses down.

“That was my plan and it worked,” said Cottman.

Mark Cottman and "This is Baltimore!"

Mark Cottman and “This is Baltimore!”

Cottman said he gets his inspiration for his art from life.  He said that someone could come into the gallery and sit or talk a certain way and he and Antoinette Powell, his assistant, see it as art.


“I would call myself a universe creative receptor,” Cottman said. “I am always aware.”  He said that it is like having a third eye. Cottman said that people who don’t have a third eye look across the street and see a building with glass. He said that we watch colors change and see shadows on buildings and trees.  They listen to conversations as people pass and watch to see if someone is wearing an interesting color.

“There is so much stuff going on out there, it could keep you entertained forever,” Cottman said.

Powell runs the gallery.  She describes Cottman’s work as different and vibrant. She said that passion drives Cottman and that he loves life and receives joy from his love of painting.
  Cottman lives his passion daily.  He and Powell view “Main Street” Baltimore (or Federal Hill) through their window that faces S. Charles Street. They watch diverse people blend like colors on an artist’s pallet.   They see hope and art as people pass by.

Lady Baltimore Hardwood Floors, Finksburg, MD — Beautiful Floors, Great Customer Service

OLD STAINED HARDWOOD FLOOR AND NEW STAINED HARDWOOD FLOOR

OLD STAINED HARDWOOD FLOOR AND NEW STAINED HARDWOOD FLOOR

Lady Baltimore Hardwood Floors in Finksburg, MD installed a new hardwood floor next to my existing 12-year-old hardwood floor.  Tim Dipaula, the owner,  matched the old floor almost perfectly.

Lady Baltimore recommends three polyurethane coats while other companies suggest two poly coats or a water base. (I learned, from experience, that three  polyurethane coats make a big difference in preventing wear.) The installer placed a walnut strip between the two floors to  separate the old and new floor.  I am very happy with their quality, professionalism and customer service.

 It is a messy process. They remove all the furniture from the room. They install the floors on day one and sand and stain them on the following day. They hang protective plastic in the work area to contain as much dust as possible.  They follow with three coats of polyurethane. The job lasted five days.  We could not use the floor until the sixth day.     

PRE-FINISHED HARDWOOD FLOOR

PRE-FINISHED HARDWOOD FLOOR

OLD STAINED FLOOR ON RIGHT AND NEW PRE-FINISHED FLOOR

OLD STAINED FLOOR ON RIGHT AND NEW PRE-FINISHED FLOOR

I chose pre-finished hardwood floors for my bedrooms. Lady Baltimore laid the  pre-finished floor next to the old finished floor.  They matched those floors almost exactly too.  I chose  pre-finished for the bedrooms because it took two men four days to install it versus 12 days for unfinished floors.  Also, they shifted the furniture from one side of the room to the other instead of removing it.  For me, it was worth it.  

If you plan to add hardwood floors, call Lady Baltimore.  They are a family business with an Angies’s List “A” rating.

 

Warning Issued in Bethany Beach, DE to Bicyclist That Slowed for a Stop Sign

Crime Scene Evidence

A police officer issued my husband, Doug, a warning in Bethany Beach two days ago when he slowed for a stop sign at Atlantic and Garfield Parkway  while  he rode his bike.  Yes, it is the type that you pedal. It was 9:30 a.m., and Doug said that there was minimal pedestrian and car traffic.  The officer who stopped him said that Delaware received a federal grant for bicycle safety.  He said that Delaware treats bicycles like cars. ( I guess that a 10 minute ride through Bethany just turned into an hour. On the bright side,  you can impress your friends that you rode your bike for an hour and they will think that you rode  for several miles, when you actually just stopped at every stop sign!)

Since Doug does not carry his license when he rides his bike, (imagine that) the police officer gave him a warning. The officer asked him for his address and of course Doug gave him the correct address. How would the officer know if the address  was accurate if the accused does not have identification?  Does this make any sense? 

This is information on the federal grant for Delaware.  It seems irrelevant to this situation. Is this another way for Bethany Beach to raise revenue?

On a positive note, it is an entertaining story for a dinner party!

One Coastal Delicatessen, Fenwick Island, DE, Great Food!

One Coastal Delicatessen

 Check out One Coastal Delicatessen at 101-6 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, DE. If you proceed north on Route 1 from Ocean City, go 2 blocks from Route 54 (the Maryland/Delaware line), and it is on your right next to Ruddo’s Golf Store. Locals, councilmen and business owners frequent One Coastal. (Don’t you think that says it all?) The owners, Randy and his mother Bernadette, and staff  accommodate their customers and are very friendly. For example, before they had a juicer, Randy hand-squeezed orange crushes on request.  Isn’t that great service?

 My husband and I like the Edamame. They are crisp, tender and tossed with a little kosher salt. In addition, One Coastal offers Pulled Pork Tacos, Baked Coconut Shrimp and Scallops to name a few of their Small Bites.

 Old Bay Broth flavors their steamed mussels, shrimp, clams and crab legs. I tried the mussels and they were tender and the Old Bay enhanced them with a “steamed crab taste”.

 My husband loves the Italian Sandwich. Imported mortadella, parma cotto, ham, genoa salami, capicola and provolone pack a homemade hoagie bun. Seasoned evoo tops off the meat and cheese. It hits the spot after a long beach day.

 The Caprese Salad combines fresh local greens and tomatoes with fresh basil and homemade mozzarella in a balsamic redux. The mozzarella melts in your mouth. The tangy balsamic redux  compliments the tomatoes, greens and cheese. 

 Organic greens, local strawberries, walnuts and goat cheese, with the dressing of your choice, compose the Summer Salad. Creamy goat cheese melds with sweet strawberries and crunchy walnuts for this unique delicious salad.

 One Coastal serves several dinners, among them are Meaty Lasagna, Seafood Salad, Half Chicken and Dogfish Mussels. They also serve several sandwiches that include a Muffuletta, Coastal Club and Veggie Delight.

 Salads, meat and cheese displayed in their deli case are available for take home.

 I have to grab dinner,  see you there!

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Gary Cress Cleans Window Treatments in Your Home

GARY CRESS

Gary Cress cleans window treatments where they hang in your home. He serves the Maryland and Washington, DC region.

His phone  number is 410-876-6605. He has an Angie’s List “A” rating, and I highly recommend him.

 He cleans bolted-in top treatments, jabots, swags, balloons, valances, fabric shades and more.  He also cleans upholstery and lampshades. 

 I used Gary several years ago to clean my window treatments.  He was

GARY CRESS MADE THEM LOOK LIKE THEY ARE NEW

thorough and professional. Recently, Lady Baltimore Floors installed hardwood floors in my home.  I had dust throughout my home from the sanding process. The hardwood floors are beautiful and it was worth it.

 I was concerned that I had to replace my window treatments because they were 11 years old and very dirty.  Gary made them look new.  Furthermore, he cleaned my sofa and did a great job.

Gary’s wife, Lydia, also makes house calls. She makes custom window treatments. Her work was shown in the Baltimore Symphony Show House at The Ritz Carlton Residences in Baltimore.  Gary and Lydia are a great team.

 Give them a call!

 

Gasoline Spill on Southwest Tarmac in Jackson, Mississippi

We boarded our Southtwest Flight 1979 on June 21, 2012 from Jackson, Mississippi which was already 20 minutes late. As we sat at the gate, a gasoline odor permeated the cabin. We deplaned because of a fuel spill on the tarmac. Southwest would not allow photos of the fire engines and the spill. Three Jackson Airport Authority officers blocked the airport window from the passengers view. The original departure time was 10 a.m. It is now 11:15 and we are reboarding. I took a few photos from inside the airplane. They will follow!

Gustaf III Airport Runway in St. Barths

First Flight to St. Barths, I was the Co-Pilot

When my husband, Doug, and I visited St Martin, our friend Gene invited us to stay with him on St. Barths, which is a quick flight or boat ride away. Two cultures split St Martin, French and Dutch. We flew from the French side of St. Martin, because St. Barths is French, and we wanted to avoid customs.

Gustaf III Airport Runway in St. Barths

We hired a pilot who owned a small plane to fly us to St. Barths.

The night before our flight, strong winds blew through our villa and knocked over a lamp. I awoke, worried about our dangerous flight into an airport with  a runway that measures 2,133 feet long,one of the shortest runways in the world. 

St. Barths’ airport nestles between two mountains and the Carribean Sea. If you land too soon or to late, you crash into the sea or the mountain.

The next morning, we met our long -blond- haired-laid-back pilot Christian at the St. Martin’s airport. I was surprised when we climbed aboard a plane that had only three seats. My husband wedged himself into the back seat, and I climbed into the co-pilot seat. My first thought was — if Christian had a heart attack, we were doomed.

When we took off, I watched Christian put on head phones. I hoped that he was listening to instructions from the airport control tower, but I feared that he was listening to Jimi Hendrix.

The flight was about 15 minutes, and the Caribbean Sea sparkled. I started to relax, but that changed abruptly. The nerve-racking part about landing in St. Barths is after the plane clears the first mountain. (We were elated when it missed the mountain.) The plane stalls than dives to approach the runway. Butterflies invade your stomach.

Gustaf III Runway and St. Jean Beach

It is frightening but exhilarating. The pilot must break quickly after landing to avoid the Caribbean at St. Jean Beach.

After we landed, we saw a small plane wing jutting out of the sea at the end of the runway. Christian said that the plane didn’t make it and that it was not uncommon. This is a clip of a plane that missed the runway. Usually passengers only receive minor injuries, thank goodness!

Since that first flight into St. Barths, when I fly on a commercial flight, I watch and listen for the passengers’ reaction during the approach to St. Barths. When we make the approach, someone always gasps.
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Extraordinary Event in My Ordinary Life: I Won a Car

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle (Photo credit: Karen Roe)

When I was 16, I had worked at a women’s retail shop, that offered bumper stickers to promote the rock radio station WKTK in Baltimore.  I had placed  a bumper sticker on my father’s Chevrolet station wagon, that I drove daily.

The bumper stickers were part of a contest that had employees from WKTK drive around the Baltimore area writing down license plate  numbers from cars that displayed the WKTK sticker. I didn’t pay much attention to the contest, because I knew that I wouldnt win. During the summer of 1973, they had selected one license number per week and announced it over the radio. If the owner of that license number called in, they won a stereo or other music related prize. I never listened for my license number.

In the fall of 1973, WKTK awarded the grand prize by drawing a name at an Elton John concert. They drew my father’s name. 

WKTK contacted him the next day, and my father called me at school and told me that I had won a car.

The car was bright orange with WKTK and yellow beetles and butterflies painted on the hood, sides and back. You couldn’t miss it! 

However, I had  been driving a Pontiac Firebird, that I loved, that my parents had purchased for me early in the summer, and I was working to pay for a windshield wiper a week. 

The Volkswagon was worth about $2,800.00., and after driving it for a few months, I suggested that my parents sell it.  I asked them to keep the money, but they had to tell everyone that I paid for my Firebird. It was a win-win!