A great Saturday night in Allentown, PA

November 16th, 2009 posted by

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It might get loud

I have been waiting to see It Might Get Loud, a documentary about the electric guitar featuring Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, The Edge from U2 and Jack White from White Stripes and The Raconteurs, since August. Last weekend, it finally came to the Civic Theatre in Allentown.

It was the perfect Saturday night. Me, Casey and two friends of ours started the evening at Liberty Street Tavern for dinner and some beverages. The food there is always good. My buddy tried something different that night – wasabi wings – which were fantastic. They weren’t really spicy but they sure did open up your sinus.

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A Lehigh Valley Ribbon Cutting

November 13th, 2009 posted by

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Last month I told you about Lehigh Valley’s newest hotel, the Hyatt Place Bethlehem. Well, last Thursday I attended the Hyatt’s ribbon cutting celebration.

The invitation from Posh Properties and Meyer Jabara Hotels, the folks that run the Hyatt Place, stated “lite fare and libations” but then mentioned “catering by Shula’s.” I only wish I hadn’t had such a big lunch at The Tavern on Liberty earlier in the day. Boy, these folks can throw a party!

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Dinner at Assante Ristorante Italiano in Northampton

November 12th, 2009 posted by

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Last week I compared Lehigh Valley attractions from 25 years ago to their present state. I also said that I would do that again this week. Well, I lied. It is far too much research. And a good blogger doesn’t actually do research, so I will just give you my opinion about a restaurant I went to Saturday night.

My brother called me up Saturday afternoon to see if Casey and I wanted to go out to eat with him and his new woman. Paolo’s in Northampton was our original destination, but when Casey and I arrived, there was an hour and twenty minute wait so we made a quick decision to move our dinner date down the street to Assante Ristorante Italiano. There was also a wait at Assante’s, but not as long … and they have a bar, so we got a round of drinks while a waiter walked around with appetizers. That kept us content for a while.

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Monday night at Pig Pen

November 10th, 2009 posted by

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Since I’m gonna be out of town for most of the week, my buddies and I went out last night to Pig Pen Sports Bar to grab some grub, shoot pool and watch the Steelers destroy the Broncos.

This was my first time at Pig Pen but not because I didn’t know about it … Justin has blogged about going there several times and my cousin, who doesn’t even live here 9 months out of the year, raves about the place. When my buddy Aaron suggested we go there because his buddy Tommy was one of the new managers at Pig Pen, I was all for it.

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Lehigh Valley: Ground Zero for the 2009 World Series

October 22nd, 2009 posted by

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With the Phillies already in the World Series and the Yankees well on their way, we are sitting at Ground Zero for the World Series. Lehigh Valley is located just over an hour from Philly and about an hour and a half from NYC. (Of course those driving times are without traffic figured in; you could be 3 hours away from either of them depending on driving conditions.)

Lehigh Valley is where oil and vinegar mix because there is a very strong fan base for both teams here. In fact The Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club is the largest in the country. I have no allegiance to either of these teams – I’m a Mets fan (please take a few seconds to compose yourself after all the laughing you just did before continuing).

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Got kids? Head to Rascal’s Food & Fun!

June 1st, 2009 posted by

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If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids, you’ve gotta head to Rascal’s Food & Fun in Allentown, Pa. I recently took my 15-year-old son and one of his friends and they had a blast.

When we got there I almost had to pay them to order dinner first because all they were focused on were the games, games and more games. Unfortunately someone had to wait for the food, which meant I had to stay behind. But I really wanted to play the games too!

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Doing the SouthSide (Bethlehem) Stroll on First Friday

November 7th, 2008 posted by

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If you’ve never been to SouthSide Bethlehem’s First Friday event, then you just HAVE to go tonight and check it out.

The SouthSide district in Bethlehem puts on an evening event that takes place the first Friday of each month. The merchants, restaurants, art galleries and other venues open their doors and invite people in with live musical performances, free drinks and nosh, and special promotions/discounts.

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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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Lehigh Valley Wedding

October 20th, 2008 posted by

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This weekend, my girlfriend and I attended a wedding of a long time friend in Lehigh Valley. The ceremony was held at the beautiful United Church of Christ in Bethlehem. Following the ceremony, we had some time to kill before the reception, so roughly 30 of us made our way to The Tally Ho in south Bethlehem to get a head start on things. I don’t think The Tally Ho was expecting a mad rush of thirsty wedding goers on a Saturday afternoon, but the college tavern manned up and took care of business.

Following “The Ho,” which it is referred to by the brainiacs at Lehigh University, we made our way over to the Best Western on 512 where the reception was held. To many of the guests’ surprise, the 30 and over divorcé meat market that usually is The Bar With No Name was transformed into a lovely cocktail area with tasty hors d’oeuvres – can’t go wrong with the bacon wrapped scallops. There was also violin and keyboard players for the guests’ musical delight.

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