Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree…

December 12th, 2008 posted by

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Last weekend I accomplished a major feat: I bought my Christmas tree and had it back home and in the stand in less than 15 minutes.

Why is this a major feat you ask?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

November 28th, 2008 posted by

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And I’m not just saying that because it’s the holiday season. I’m excited for the return of Rude Elf’s Reserve! What is that you ask? It’s my most favorite microbrew from The Brew Works; both the Allentown and Bethlehem locations.

I first tried it about five years ago, when it went by another similar name. Visiting Bethlehem Brew Works, I asked the waitress what beer she recommended and she told me Rude Elf’s Reserve. After hearing a description of it (medium-to-dark beer with essences of cloves and cinnamon) I thought it sounded disgusting but decided to try it anyway based on her recommendation alone.

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8 Unique Christmas Gifts I Found in LV

November 26th, 2008 posted by

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It’s only two days till Black Friday and if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to buy and for whom. Here’s a list I started of some unique Christmas gifts I didn’t find at the mall …

1.  Moravian Star – Since my grandmother grew up in Bethlehem, I thought a star from the Moravian Book Shop might be a nice keepsake for her.

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Make mine Cabernet

November 14th, 2008 posted by

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One of my best local restaurant finds happened earlier this year when I signed up for an e-newsletter from one of my favorite downtown Bethlehem restaurants, Starfish Brasserie. I received an e-mail notice about a wine-tasting event they were doing that was only $20 per person and included four wine tastings and some light nosh. So my boyfriend and I decided to give it a shot.

It got started at 7 p.m. and was hosted by a wine expert who is also a wine distributor. All of the tastings had a theme such as a particular type of wine, such as merlot, or wines from a designated wine region, such as southern Italy. I think our theme was zinfandels.

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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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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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You light up my life – glass blowing at Banana Factory

October 26th, 2008 posted by

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I got to go to the Fire & Ice fundraiser event two weeks ago at Banana Factory in SouthSide Bethlehem. It benefits their GlassWorks studio, which I am crazy about. If you haven’t yet been to BF, you really need to check it out. You can tour the artists’ studios and visit their two galleries and see the exhibits and it won’t cost you a dime!

They also have classes on everything from digital photography, in case you want to make the most of that expensive camera your husband talked you into buying, to dancing, in case you have two left feet and your wife demands that you do something about it.

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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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