Celebrating Lehigh Valley Beer Week (Top Five Places to Grab a Beer)

February 15th, 2013 posted by

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Copper Lager at PJ Whelihan's

In celebration of Lehigh Valley Beer Week I have created a list of my 5 favorite places to grab a beer in Lehigh Valley.  Each of the bars features a great beer selection on draft and in bottles.

  1. The Mint – This former bank has become one of my favorite places to stop for an evening beer.  Their massive beer list includes Rye Beers, Belgian Style Ales, Lagers and so much more.  Some of my favorites include Victory Whirlwind Wit and Troegs Dream Weaver Wheat.
  2. Strange Brew Tavern – Looking for a place to relax after a long day, the Strange Brew Tavern is the perfect spot.  This Allentown bar features more than 20 beers on tap and an even larger bottle menu.   The Clown Shoes Clementine and Free Will Citra Pale Ale are highly recommended.
  3. PJ Whelihan’s Bethlehem – Whether you are watching the game or getting dinner, Whelihan’s is a great place to grab a beer.  They have great specials including $3.50 Pints of Hoegaarden on Monday and $3.50 Guinness drafts on Tuesday.  I highly recommend the P.J.W. Copper Lager, which is always $4 for a 22 ounce draft.
  4. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery – You can’t go wrong with over 30 beers on tap.  The selection at the Tilted Kilt includes a great mix of local and national options.  The Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA and Victory HopDevil are always great choices.
  5. Bethlehem Brew Works – You can’t make a list of bars in Lehigh Valley without mentioning Bethlehem Brew Works.  Their diverse offerings include the Steelworkers’ Oatmeal Stout, Fegley’s ESB and the Valley Golden Ale.  With that being said, my favorites are the Steelgaarden Wit and the Knuckleball.

For those nights that you don’t feel like going out there is always Abe’s Cold Beer in Bethlehem for an awesome selection of 6-packs.   What do you think, who has the best beer selection in Lehigh Valley?

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Revolutions in Saucon Valley is Lehigh Valley’s Newest Entertainment Option

January 31st, 2013 posted by

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Last week I attended the Grand Opening of Lehigh Valley’s newest entertainment center, Revolutions at Saucon Valley.  The building, formerly a movie theatre has been transformed into an upscale recreation center featuring bowling alleys, pool tables, video games, several bars and a restaurant.  Upon walking into this state of the art facility you are immediately drawn to the dozens of TV’s spread throughout the entire building.  The layout and décor create an enjoyable atmosphere for visitors of all ages.

After watching the ribbon cutting, the crowds headed in all directions to check out this unique facility.  While many visitors made their way to the two bars, several groups headed to the video games which are located on the second level.  In addition to the newest video games, the second level features basketball games, skee-ball and a four-way air hockey table.

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A Lehigh Valley Birthday in Downtown Bethlehem

January 18th, 2013 posted by

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My wife and I have celebrated many memorable birthdays in Lehigh Valley.  Most of these celebrations have included dinner at one of our favorite Bethlehem restaurants including Apollo Grill, Edge Restaurant and Emeril’s Chop House at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.  My wife’s birthday was especially special because the day featured just enough snow to create a winter wonderland.

Since the snow made driving a little challenging, the two of us decided to bundle up and walk to downtown Bethlehem for dinner.  With so many options we headed down Main Street until something caught our attention.  That something just happened to be the aroma of garlic coming from Mama Nina.

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Dreams Come True at Lehigh Valley International Airport

January 4th, 2013 posted by

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North Pole Express Flight

Who wants to go to the North Pole?  Recently some very special children from Lehigh Valley had the opportunity to take this memorable flight.  These kids are a part of Dream Come True, an organization that benefits seriously, chronically and terminally ill children.

Back in December I had the opportunity to be involved in the North Pole Express Flight from Lehigh Valley International Airport.  This unique event was a true Lehigh Valley event supported by great partners including the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Just Born Candy, Nazareth Chamber of Commerce and many more.  The entire day was a rewarding experience for the volunteers, families and children.

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Thanksgiving Shopping Tips Can Benefit You for Other Holiday Meals

December 4th, 2012 posted by

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Customized Carvel Ice Cream Cake

While this year’s Thanksgiving is a memory full of too much turkey and probably not enough cranberry sauce, the lessons learned while shopping for it can benefit anyone when it comes to other holiday meals.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There are so many things that make the day great including football, parades and the food.  How could anyone forget the food?  For my family, planning for Thanksgiving starts at the beginning of November when we create the menu.  The menu always includes the staples, but then we get creative with some new items.  Since I’m not a gourmet cook, this means visiting several Lehigh Valley stores and picking up some hometown items.

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Lehigh Valley Christmas Season kickoff: It’s time to light the Lights!

November 23rd, 2012 posted by

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Welcome to Peddler's Village

The holiday season in Lehigh Valley is filled with wonderful attractions and events.

Over the next four weeks I will be visiting some of these great venues including Chriskindlmarkt Bethlehem, Lights in the Parkway and Koziar’s Christmas Village. With that being said, I kicked off the 2012 holiday season with a visit to Peddler’s Village for their Grand Illumination Celebration.

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Paws, Pups and a Parade; Doggie Day Comes to Bethlehem

October 19th, 2012 posted by

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Snickers dressed as a NY Giants Cheerleader

This weekend is shaping up to be a very busy weekend in Lehigh Valley.  The Runner’s World Half Marathon & Running Festival is taking place in Bethlehem and Ottertoberfest will be at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.  Both of these events are sure to be unique and will draw thousands of visitors.  With that being said there is another event I look forward to every year, Doggie Day in Bethlehem.

From a pugs dressed as pirates to collies dressed as clowns, Doggie Day in Bethlehem has become a mainstay going into its fourth year. On Doggie Day, Main Street in Bethlehem becomes the nexus of the cute universe as numerous pets and their owners stay in the downtown area throughout the afternoon, resulting in some interesting encounters with pets you wouldn’t normally find in overalls, or tutus.

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Top Five Fall Foods in Lehigh Valley

October 2nd, 2012 posted by

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Wawa's Pumpkin Spice Coffee is back

October in Lehigh Valley has become one of my favorite months and not just because the college football season is in full swing. It has more to do with all of the foods that are associated with Fall.

Since the season features so many great tastes, I have put together my Top 5 Favorite Fall Foods:

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Memories of The Great Allentown Fair

September 11th, 2012 posted by

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Meeting the animals

The Great Allentown Fair has always been one of my favorite Lehigh Valley events. Weather it be the exhibits, music or great food, the Allentown Fair never seems to disappoint.

The 2012 fair was special for me because I got to share the day with my niece Sammy (4 years old) and nephew Andrew (2 years old).

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Outdoor Dining in Lehigh Valley

August 28th, 2012 posted by

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The Green Pepper

Recently the weather in Lehigh Valley has been perfect for outdoor dining and Tuesday was no exception. So when my wife suggested we meet up with some friends for dinner, my first thought was The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

The four of us discussed several options including The Pita Pit, Pandini’s and White Orchids. After several minutes of discussion, we decided we were in the mood for something new and were going to try The Green Pepper.

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