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Harpoon Hanna’s and Ocean City Boardwalk

15 Sep

Ocean City brings back a lot of memories for me.  For years, my family would visit there for vacations and it was exciting to visit again and to bring my husband.

Before heading to the beach area, we stopped by a nearby restaurant for lunch to refuel from our morning bike trip.

Harpoon Hanna’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Actually located right outside Ocean City in Fenwick Island, Deleware, we visited Harpoon Hanna’s for lunch.  I had heard of this restaurant last summer from a co-worker who’s daughter worked there while out of college.  After reading the menu online, we decided to put it on the “to do list” for the day.

We opted for an outdoor table on the deck by the water.

It was scenic, peaceful and chilly!

While the sun was out, the wind was breezy near the water.  To warm our bellies, we ordered a bowl of Maryland Crab Soup to start.

This picture was taken post a bite or two 😉

The menu claimed the soup to be a local favorite, which always sparks my attention and it did not disappoint.  The broth was a spicy tomato vegetable filled with small lumps of crab meat.  I think the spice was paprika.  It was very tasty and we gobbled it all up in no time.

For my entree, I ordered the Crabby Sliders.  The sliders included lump crab balls topped with American cheese on mini potato buns.  The plate was garnished with lettuce, tomato and a special bistro sauce that Ed kept snagging to dip his flounder in.

Crabby Sliders

The only thing I would change the next time I ordered this dish would be to remove the American cheese.  I didn’t taste it and would not have missed it.  The crab meat stole the show!


We opted not to order dessert and saved room for a boardwalk treat to come.

When we left the restaurant, I cracked up when we walked to our car…

We were surrounded!

I know we didn’t leave the car this way. 🙂  This weekend just happened to also be Bike Weekend in Ocean City.  It was noisy and crowded to say the least and I’m pretty sure the motorcycle’s beat out the cars by the hundreds.  Apparently we missed the memo on “motorbikes” and not “road bikes” this weekend.

Once parked, we grabbed our bikes and headed to the Ocean City Boardwalk for some more riding.  While the morning gave a cool breeze, the sun was running full blast this afternoon.

We headed down to the pier and relaxed before grabbing and sharing an orange vanilla swirl ice-cream bowl.  The picture didn’t make it’s way to the blog.  We didn’t mess around.

Our pier view.

While much of the boardwalk has changed since I was younger, I was pleased to see some things have stayed the same too.

The “sandman” is still sculpting.

And Thrasher’s French Fries (nicknamed “Boardwalk Fries”) are still around every corner you turn.


After our treats, we were on our way back home for the night.  I love being close enough to the ocean to visit in a day.  Maybe one day we’ll get even that much closer. 😉

What are your favorite family vacations from your childhood?

Some of my families favorite vacations include Disney World and Virginia Beach.  My parents still visit Virginia Beach on a yearly basis and Disney World holds so many great memories for all of us.  I personally loved our beach vacation to Myrtle Beach.  We camped in our camper on a great campground and enjoyed a lot of what it had to offer.  Including a lazy river at the pool.  Fantastic.

Road Trips

31 Aug

Today’s lunch was quick and cold.  I stumbled through my parents fridge (where we are staying this weekend) and created an ‘end of summer’ fruit smoothie.  While summer still has some days left, it’s hard to believe we are in the final day of August.  September is practically here and after arriving in Ohio last night…it’s already colder here.  Yep, it’s true.

In the smoothie you will find Chobani Mango Greek Yogurt (enough protein for some staying power), lots of frozen peaches, 2 ice cubes and organic milk.

I drank that with a side of almonds and a quick sandwich and off for more Ohio excitement.

Road Trips

Since Ed and I moved to Maryland from Ohio, road trips have been a part of our lives often.  Long weekend trips usually start on an evening after work and arriving somewhere around midnight.  In order to stay on budget, we usually pack enough food to keep us from eating on the road.

I LOVE this bag! I found it at Target on Clearance for $8 this year and its perfect for traveling.

In the bag this time we packed grapes, watermelon, salad, granola bars, yogurt, almonds and water.  We try to keep things on the healthier side since we I have a bad snacking problem when I’m stuck in one space for 6 hours.  Popping grapes in my mouth instead of chips or cookies seems like the better choice.

As tasty as these things were, we needed some substance and still made a quick stop by Wendy’s for a burger each for dinner.

Niagara Falls – September 2008

Before Ed and I ‘officially’ dated, what seemed like every weekend was filled with a day trip to somewhere within a reasonable distance.  Our first day trip was probably one of the biggest and most memorable to Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side.  It took just over 3 hours to get there and it was my very first trip outside the country.  For a few hours we visited the falls, mini golfed, ate a very tasty Italian dinner and checked out the casinos before heading back that evening.

Columbus Zoo – September 2008

After Niagara Falls, other trips included while we were dating:

  • Columbus Zoo
  • Toledo Zoo
  • Pittsburgh Zoo
  • Kentucky
  • Cinncinnatti, OH
  • Presque Isle, PA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Hocking Hills
  • Renaissance Faire (Southern Ohio)
  • New York City (We took a bus trip that drove us overnight.  We spent 12 hours in NYC before hopping back on the bus home)
  • Among many others…

Top of the Rockefeller Center – New York City, NY – December 2008

All these trips included a lot of getting to know each other conversations and car games that we still bring back on our long car trips today.  Who knew that all these road trips would prepare us for our car rides when we moved out of the state together.

While the trip from Maryland to Ohio is much longer then most of these trips, we thought we would be smart and leave the seat in the back open for the non-driver to take a nap if they wanted.  We figured that would be much more comfortable then the passengers seat.  While it worked for a while, I was really missing a bed.  After waking up at 5 AM, working 9.5 hours not to include rush hour traffic, I tend to turn into a pumpkin around 9:30 PM.  It was a tight squeeze back there.

We eventually made it and are settled in at my parents for another crazy busy weekend with friends and family.

How do you pack for a longer road trip?  How do you pass the time?

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