DISHcover Lehigh Valley with Porters’ Pub & Restaurant

August 1st, 2014 posted by

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Porters' Pub in Easton

The instant I stepped foot into Porters’ Pub & Restaurant in Easton, I felt like I had traveled to Ireland. One thing though, I’ve never been to Ireland, nor had I been to this place. I’ve driven past it many times and wondered what it was like inside. Did they have good food? Is there live music? What was the bar and clientele like?

Well, once inside, it is exactly how I envisioned a quaint little Irish pub, from the atmosphere of the stone walls to the wooden floors and bar area. The clientele was mixed which was nice. And, let me tell you, the food was great … definitely not your typical pub fare.

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Lehigh Valley’s Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Lets Kids of All Ages Dream Big with its Production of Cinderella

July 7th, 2014 posted by

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PA Shakespeare Festival's Cinderella & Prince Charming

Most little girls dream of becoming a princess. You know, falling in love with prince charming. Living in a great big castle. Having gobs of money to do whatever you please. And, for that very reason, most little girls look up to Cinderella, the original fairy tale character who goes from rags to riches and is swept off her feet by the most handsome man around. It seems like the perfect world when you’re a kid, so why not dream big, right?

Well, dreaming isn’t just for kids! In fact, dreaming keeps the brain young. And, to relive my childhood dream, I couldn’t think of a better thing to do than to go see Cinderella at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University. I saw it a couple of years ago, but knew it wouldn’t be the very same production. It never is! Last time I took my niece, who was 11 at the time. She was definitely not too old for it and we had an absolute blast. This year, it was my 84-year old grandmother’s turn, along with my 65-year old mother! Yup, three generations of us gals, enjoying a fun day out together.

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DISHcover Lehigh Valley at CORKED Wine Bar & Steak House

June 27th, 2014 posted by

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CORKED Wine Bar & Steak House

Did you ever get the vibe when you walk into a place that it is going to be absolutely amazing? Well, if not, you should walk into CORKED Wine Bar & Steak House in Bethlehem, Pa. and you’ll understand the feeling. This place is definitely one you should put on your list … and make it a regular!

I recently met the owner/chef, Joe Grisafi, and he took us behind the scenes with a demonstration of one of their most popular dishes, beef tips risotto.

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DISHcover Lehigh Valley Youell’s Oyster House … “Lehigh Valley’s Comeback Kid”

May 30th, 2014 posted by

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Youell's Oyster House

In this week’s Foodie Friday, I had the opportunity to chat with Christian Filipos, Proprietor of Youell’s Oyster House in Allentown. Youell’s restaurant has been a longstanding Lehigh Valley tradition for the local community and beyond.

Unfortunately, devastation struck the restaurant on January 22, 2013 when it was destroyed by a fire. The only thing to survive was a bee hive that was housed on the roof of the building for honey-making purposes used in their cooking.

In true comeback fashion, Youell’s returned to its Lehigh Valley location in March of 2014.

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DISHcover Lehigh Valley with Jessica’s Tearoom at the Historic Weaversville Inn

May 9th, 2014 posted by

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Historic Weaversville Inn

Mark Prostko knows what running a restaurant takes. He’s come through the ranks starting at the bottom as “chief bottle washer.” He went to college to get his degree. And, he’s been around the block in a kitchen or two.

When you think tearoom, you probably think of a lacey, frilly atmosphere where tea and scones are served at high noon. Well, that would be correct, at least in one of the dining rooms offered, but this place is so much more than that. From New Zealand Rack of Lamb to Caprese Ravioli and everything in between, this is one restaurant that should not be missed.

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Rise of the Peeps: Mainstream Media, the Culinary Arts, Crafts, Academia, Peeps, Peeps and more Peeps

April 18th, 2014 posted by

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Lehigh Valley, Home of the Peeps

It’s Good Friday and that can only mean one thing … Easter is right around the corner. As I drove in to work today the local radio personality was talking about Easter baskets. They asked listeners to call and let them what their most hated candy was that they used to get as a child in their basket.

People mentioned Sweetarts, Cadbury Eggs, maple flavored anything, certain types of name brand chocolate, among others. One candy that was not mentioned however, was our locally-made Lehigh Valley Peeps.

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Why should you come out to Bethlehem’s 2014 Community Day on April 5th? It’s fun and it’s FREE for kids .

April 4th, 2014 posted by

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Heritage Trail

So, what exactly is Community Day in Bethlehem all about? Historic Bethlehem Sites & Museums is opening their “doors” for the public to be able to explore the heritage of the town. The Heritage Trail is free and kids are free for all activities and entrance to specific sites; there are fees for adults to partake in interior tours of the museums with a starting price of $12 for two sites.

Visitors will be able to partake in a variety of activities throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Create a Memorable Experience in Lehigh Valley for a Great Cause

March 21st, 2014 posted by

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Woodstone

Judy Brooks, general manager of Woodstone Country Club, is in the running for the designation of “Woman of the Year.” If you don’t know Judy, let me tell you a little bit about her. She’s a petite little thing; I’d be surprised if she reaches 5 foot tall. She may be small, but she sure is mighty! When Judy goes on a mission, there’s no stopping her. She’s also an extremely diverse individual. She graduated with a degree in Education from the University of Iowa, although she’s far from being a small town girl.

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Fun Tips for Traveling with Your Pet in Lehigh Valley

February 18th, 2014 posted by

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Traveling with Fido

Did you know that February 20 is a national holiday? No, it’s not Snow Please Go Away Day, and it’s not Where is Spring Day either. It is however, a major holiday for those who have a strong bond with their animals because it’s National Love Your Pet Day.

Yes, there really is such a thing and I’m sure people go all out and get their pets funky clothes to wear, take them to spas for “peticures,” buy them special treats and more.

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How Lehigh Valley is Woven into the Olympic Games

February 7th, 2014 posted by

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The Olympics are here

Today marks the start of the XXII Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia through February 23. It’s a time when billions of people are glued to their television sets watching athletes from all over the world compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in multiple sports including skiing, bobsleigh, curling, cross-country, skating, ice hockey, luge, snowboard, biathlon and more.

Did you know that Lehigh Valley has facilities that have groomed many an Olympian competitor and winners respectively?

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