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Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend

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The 2011 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend is right around the corner, March 17-20, 2011.  The Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA) has been hosting the Taste of The Beach for over 25 years. With over 50 individual events from Corolla to Manteo, the festival will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, tapas crawls, brewery tours and an exciting array of creative combinations of culinary delights and fun activities on the Outer Banks, culminating with the OBX Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 20 at Pamlico Jack's Pirate Hideaway located on the Roanoke Sound waterfront in Nags Head , North Carolina.
"The grand finale of Taste of the Beach, the OBX Grand Tasting will be the hottest ticket in town.  From 5:30pm to 9pm, twenty or so of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks together with the largest beverage vendors under one roof to give you the experience of alifetime," explains Ben Sproul, Chairman of the Oute…

Cannonball Jellies Make an Appearance

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Driving down the beach the last week of the year, from Buxton to Frisco and then the Hatteras loop, it looked as though there had been a slaughtering of jellyfish. The numbers of cannonball jellyfish that had washed up on the beach was incredible. Also called jelly balls, jelly bombs and cannonball jellyfish, these harmless jellies are mostly seen offshore in the gulf or when warm waters push up close to the shore, but are not uncommon during late summer/fall.
Their name derives from their shape and size. These jellies can grow up to 10 inches in diameter and are often colored with a brown/ red pigment. Underneath their body is a cluster of arms that they use to propel themselves and catch food. Their tentacles are not made to sting, however, they do secret a type of mucous when disturbed that can be an irritant.
While seen all along the east coast from New England all the way down to Brazil, they seem to appear more in the fall months off the NC coast. With the abundance of drum larvae…