I’m … Bug-In … Out …

November 6th, 2008 posted by

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And I want the world to know …

OK, a bad rendition of the classic Diana Ross song, “I’m Coming Out,” but when I heard the title of the exhibit at the Da Vinci Science Center, it was the first thing that came to my mind … call me an ’80s kid! The next thing that came to mind was that I can’t wait to check this thing out.

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Lunch at Stabler

November 5th, 2008 posted by

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena in Bethlehem.

This was my first Chamber affair, and I was pleasantly surprised at the grandeur of the event. Stabler provided a big, open area to house the 1,000 or so people in attendance. As you can imagine, lunch for that many people could be a task, so they opted for boxed lunches and goodie bags at every seat. There was confetti streaming from the stage, a dramatic voice announcer and lots of audio-visual effects; it was quite a show.

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Special occasion dining in Lehigh Valley

November 4th, 2008 posted by

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This month marks a very special anniversary for me and my boyfriend – 5 years! – which got me thinking about “special occasion” restaurants in the area. My favorite, hands down, is Grille 3501 in Allentown. In fact, it was just voted “Favorite Special Occasion” and “Favorite Overall” restaurant in Lehigh Valley Style‘s 2008 Decadent Dish Awards (on newsstands now).

It’s been two years since I’ve been to 3501, but that’s only because my pockets aren’t deep enough to go there on a regular basis. 3501 is described as a “fusion of classy, urbane and modern” that offers Asian, French and Mediterranean cuisine. To a country girl like me, that translates to mean the fanciest, swankiest restaurant I’ve ever set foot in.

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Hot Doggin It

November 3rd, 2008 posted by

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Lehigh Valley has many fine dining establishments, but the finest cuisine has to be hot dogs. Not having a hot dog when visiting or passing through here is like not getting a cheese steak “with whiz” in Philadelphia.

Every city in Lehigh Valley has a favorite hot dog joint. The most famous is Yocco’s. They have stores all over Lehigh Valley, but the dogs that come from the 86-year-old store on Liberty Street in Allentown are, quite frankly, amazing. (By the way, Yocco’s dogs come with everything: chili sauce, onions and spicy mustard.)

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Beauty and the Beast at Civic Theatre: Part 2

November 3rd, 2008 posted by

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Well, Lehigh Valley residents and visitors to our area, the Civic Theatre of Allentown is certainly a gem!

The performance of Beauty and the Beast was absolutely mesmerizing! My four-year-old niece, who has never seen a live stage performance, was so entertained she could not take her eyes off the stage. She clapped after every song, and at one point leaned over and whispered, “I like Belle.”

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View from my bicycle

November 1st, 2008 posted by

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OK, anyone who knows my husband, Don, from his Allentown days can picture him riding his road bike all over town. He even biked to Indiana in five days! 

Fast forward to him moving up to Moore Township, a bicyclist’s dream! Don had his tandem tuned up, and together we set out to explore the area I’ve lived in since 1994.

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Going to market!

October 31st, 2008 posted by

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One of my latest passions has become buying local. I like the idea of supporting local people and families with my purchases as opposed to some conglomerate mega-mart.

One way I try to practice what I preach is at local farmers’ markets. Since I live in the Easton area, the market I make it to most often is the Easton Farmers’ Market in Centre Square. It takes place every Saturday morning from 9 a.m – 1 p.m. and runs from spring right through fall. It claims to be the “oldest continuous open-air farmers’ market in the U.S.,” or something like that.

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The Grand Phinale

October 30th, 2008 posted by

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It's over. I can get back to a normal sleep pattern. I'm so excited, as is the majority of the east coast who have daytime jobs! Yes, I'm talking about the World Series.

The highlight for me was having two tickets to the World Series Premiere Party, hosted by Nacci Printing, at Coca-Cola Park last Wednesday. Even with temps in the 30s, my son and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to watch the first game of the series on the big screen in center field.

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I’m a One-Stop Shopper

October 29th, 2008 posted by

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At some point in the past five years I’ve turned into a shopaholic of sorts, and lucky for me, there are many things in my life right now that require big purchases:– home furnishings– wedding accessories– "work" clothes– a new purse or pair of shoes I must haveAnd Christmas is coming up too, so I can add gifts to my list (hey, it’s only two months away people).

My favorite place to shop where I can find all those things is The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. I love going there because they have everything from unique boutique shops to name brands like L.L. Bean and American Eagle.

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Beauty and the Beast at Civic Theatre

October 29th, 2008 posted by

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I am so excited. I have tickets for Saturday night’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Civic Theatre! I am taking my 4-year-old niece and her mother and forcing my husband to accompany us. Hopefully the Phillies will have won the World Series, otherwise I will need to find a willing replacement!

Just want to know if anyone has seen it yet and how you liked it? It has been getting good reviews in the newspaper.

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