Bites of July

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The July 4th holiday weekend seems like it happened about 5 minutes ago and it’s hard to believe there’s only a month left of summer. July was fun and full of time relaxing with friends, family, and FOOD! 


We did a raft up with friends the weekend of July 4th. After Hurricane Arthur blew by, we experienced a cool (maybe even a little chilly) holiday weekend. We loved having a cooler July 4th weekend for once. Usually it’s sweltering.


We even had a nautical themed boat picnic. How cute is this?!

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Have you ever received fruit mail? Imagine my surprise when I opened a package from my Mother in Law containing key limes and fresh mangoes from Florida! We didn’t waste much time before making mango margaritas.


No Sunday trip to Homestead Gardens is complete without a snowball bribe for the “big kid” AKA Ben.


A friend went fishing and brought us some fresh yellowfin tuna. We served up some sashimi about 5 minutes later 🙂 I doesn’t get any fresher than this. Thanks, Dave!


As you probably know by now, Ben and I are huge beer fans. So we couldn’t make a trip to the beach without a stop at a local brewpub. Evolution was awesome if you’re ever in the area.


Great menu!


Great food 🙂 I got the chipotle softshell sandwich. Delish!


And great beer! I ordered a flight so I could taste as many as possible. Don’t worry, those are mini pint glasses not full size 😉


We liked it so much that we got some for our friends.


The highlight of our trip to the beach was a meal at the Grove Market. This place is awesome. There is no menu to order from. Instead, the waitress tells you the menu from memory (it changes daily and contains about 10 choices for each course). It was hard to choose because everything sounded so good!


I started with the fried green tomatoes with crab and a smoked tomato sauce. YUM!

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 Ben got the duck and I got the crabcakes. What a meal! The atmosphere was great and the wine list did not disappoint.


That’s it for July! Check back in August for Fried Green Tomato recipes, grillin’ recipes, and some farmer’s market vegetable dishes!

Happy August.

As always, thanks for reading!

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    • Bri says

      The Grove Market is in Bishopville, MD just outside of Ocean City, MD. Apparently the reservation system is a little wacky…you leave a message with the date and time you want to eat and they may call you back if they have availability. Funky but definitely worth it 100%!

  1. says

    Summer just goes by too fast but your July sounded wonderful. Anchors were really big this year clothes and everything. Would love to receive fruit mail, never have as of yet! Can only imagine how exciting that was. We caught a yellowfin tuna on our one year anniversary trip to the Virgin Islands, amazing experience, except we just took it up to the restaurant and had them cook it for us. Love the boat photo with the flag pic under the sunset.

  2. says

    I have never received fruit mail. 🙁
    I am in love with those cutest plates. I now want to throw an end of summer party in that theme. Maybe like a seafood boil type. Yummm. Sadly the summer is coming to an end toooooooo fast. It’s sort of making me sad.
    Glad to read you had a great time.


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