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New Year’s at Rehoboth

January 1, 2011

Hello friends! I hope you each had a wonderful, fun, safe New Year’s celebration and are ready to get 2011 off on the right foot.

Before jumping into the action, I’d love to get your feedback on this short post from earlier today. Major blog work is needed in the next couple of weeks — switch to self-hosting, hopeful redesign — and I’m curious what you would like to see from a content perspective: life blogging, daily eats, recipes, vlogs, etc.? Thank you! 😀

This Rehoboth recap will be split into two parts so you’re not overwhelmed. Ringing in NYE at the beach is the way to do it and having a low-key celebration was the way to go. Seriously, this is what we were up to just minutes before midnight:

That’s an intense game of Cranium right there! 😉 Other games we played were Bananagrams (my mad Scrabble skills came in handy) and Trivial Pursuit. Cray-zay! 😀

Let’s back up, though, and start at the very beginning (and very good place to start). To even get to the beach, you have to cross the Bay Bridge. It’s notorious for terrible traffic but thankfully the car zoomed both to and from Rehoboth. Woooo!

Steven’s parents’ beach house is decorated very 1980s, ‘Golden Girls’ in Miami style. In other words, totally kitschy and cute.

After settling in and dropping off our stuff, the entire group was more than ready for lunch. The drive only takes about 2.5 hours but by the time we got onto the road and arrived at the house, it was 2pm. Way past my lunchtime! The answer to our hunger: Big Fish.

My eyes immediately went to the soup special of the day, a pumpkin-crab bisque. Awesome! Big chunks of crabmeat and a slightly sweet and flavorful pumpkin broth. Plus a small arugula salad with pecans, dried cranberries and Parmesan.

I’m trying to become more conscious about ordering local, sustainable seafood and was disappointed to find out that my first menu choice — yellowfin tuna — wasn’t locally caught and gets a poor grade from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app, which is on my phone. This soup  + salad was a great choice, though, and exactly what I wanted.

After the excitement of a late lunch and a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up dinner supplies, we headed back to the house for an intense games marathon. Having a low-key New Year’s was exactly what I wanted.

When dinnertime rolled around, I made an easy baked ziti. Is there anything simpler when feeding a group?

Nothing creative here, friends. It’s the exact recipe from the ziti box, plus extra cheese sprinkled on top. You can’t go wrong with pasta when serving people with a range of taste preferences.

I ate mine with two huge bowls of salad. Gotta get in some greens!

After eating, it was back to the games. I’m trying to be more conscious about the amount of sugar I eat — it became a bad habit over the holidays to reach for a cookie after lunch or cut a huge slice of pumpkin bread in addition to my usual afternoon snack — and I need to get back into my usual groove. That said, I fell in love with incredible salted chocolate brownies from Trader Joe’s and couldn’t keep my hand out of the container. 😳

Ah well, tomorrow is (was!) a new day. 😀

We watched the ball drop — just boring Times Square, not Snooki — and caught a little of the postshow before going to bed around 1:30. I was exhausted but happy to welcome 2011. 2010 was a great year and even though I’m not sure how, I’m confident 2011 will be even better.

… and so ended day 1 at the beach. Up next: a sunrise walk along Rehoboth Bay and a stroll down the snowy beach. Stay tuned tomorrow!

How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? Don’t forget to give me your feedback on the future of Travel Eat Repeat, please!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2011 10:00 pm

    Oh, I love the way their house is decorated – such beachy colors and cute wall hangings!

  2. Marie permalink
    January 1, 2011 10:23 pm

    Love the low-key night… and Cranium! Sounds like a lot of fun. Happy New Year! (and yes, let’s meet up!)


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