My Enchanted Evening in Lehigh Valley

June 21st, 2011 posted by

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I often wondered why I love musicals so much, and Saturday night I figured it out. Unlike movies with a good plot and great acting, concerts with wonderful music and powerful singing, or performances by nimble dance ensembles, musicals are a combination of all three. When done well, they are unforgettable.

Case in point, South Pacific … the quintessential musical (you’re probably humming “Some Enchanted Evening” right now, aren’t you?).

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Dinner at Melt in Center Valley

June 8th, 2011 posted by

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The Granchio Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Lemon Garnish may well be the single most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I partook in this culinary delight at Melt, one of the premiere restaurants at Lehigh Valley’s Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley. The best part? It was only the appetizer.

In addition to the delicious food, the atmosphere is equally impressive. Their website describes it as “warm” and “soothing,” and they actually deliver on that with soft lighting and subtly striking decor. They have this really cool chandelier (pictured), and these neat luminous vases flanking the granite staircase. I wish I could have explored the place a bit more, just to find out what other sights there were to be seen. Oh, and the bathrooms are amazing. If you go to Melt, do not miss the bathrooms. I’ll just leave it at that.

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Majestic Vision – 20 Years of Drama

May 26th, 2011 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is blessed with some incredible talent. Yesterday I had the opportunity to witness several aspects of that talent. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival held each summer showcases impressive local and professional talent in its productions. In honor of its 20th season a book of photographs of these seasons has been released entitled Majestic Vision. That is exactly what it is, a portrayal of the majesty of the productions of PA Shakespeare Festival. It is an incredible book with more than 190 pages of full color photographs, documenting productions since the early beginnings of the festival. Printed on high quality paper and hard bound, this book shows the artistry of the PA Shakespeare Festival productions.

Official PA Shakespeare Festival photographer, Lee Butz (whose office is down the hall from our offices) has demonstrated an ability to capture the moment in his photographs. Lee, an amateur photographer whose photographs are nothing less than incredible, is a Lehigh Valley native and for more than thirty-five years headed Alvin H. Butz, Inc., one of the country’s largest construction management firms. Lee is at the podium in the photo above.

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Swing away!

May 6th, 2011 posted by

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We’ve had some pretty nice weather lately in good ol’ Lehigh Valley. One of my top five summer activities is golfing. So the first nice evening that came along, my sister and I threw our clubs in the car and went to the driving range at Two T’s Log Cabin Creamery in Forks Township.

Two T’s has a nice driving range with both covered and uncovered stalls, an irons only area and a small chip and putt spot. They also have a 9-hole, par three golf course and miniature golf. Whoever wins mini golf buys the other ice cream at their ice cream stand (ok that’s my rule, not theirs).

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I Scream for Ice Cream

April 27th, 2011 posted by

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Ice cream has been on my mind since I saw the upcoming weather forecast for Lehigh Valley. In my opinion ice cream is a great compliment to any day with warm temperatures and sunny skies.

Since I have a lot of experience with ice cream in Lehigh Valley, I decided to share my 5 favorite shops (in no particular order):

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Sunday at Shula’s

March 29th, 2011 posted by

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Back in January my wife and I purchased the Dream Come True Restaurant of the Month Calendar. Each month the calendar features a Buy One Entrée, Get One Free Offer at one of Lehigh Valley’s fine restaurants. March’s featured restaurant was Shula’s Steak House at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

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February golf shows bring March Lehigh Valley golf

February 24th, 2011 posted by

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Each year around this time Discover Lehigh Valley heads out to the two North Coast Golf Shows in the Mid-Atlantic area to promote its Lehigh Valley Stay & Play Golf Packages. My personal experience at this year’s shows at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ and at the Greater Oaks, PA Expo Center reinforced the fact that Lehigh Valley has a ton to offer when it comes to golf. While golfers of all ages attended both shows, it’s my recollection that the Greater Oaks, PA golf show really impressed as far as overall attendance and in the amount of Lehigh Valley information we handed out.

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White Orchids: Worth the Wait

February 11th, 2011 posted by

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Three years. That’s how long I waited to try White Orchids Thai Cuisine in The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Twice I made reservations, but both times I had to cancel. So I wasn’t really expecting to eat there last Thursday, even though my name was on the list. But, to my surprise and delight, the weather cooperated and everyone arrived on time. Everyone, except me. Even though we had the shortest distance to travel, my husband and I got stuck in traffic trying to make our way across Lehigh Valley. We arrived fifteen minutes late, while my sister, who came from Philadelphia, and my dad, who flew in from Chicago, got there early. Fortunately, White Orchids proved to be worth the wait.

I was impressed from the moment I walked through the door. The décor is modern with an Asian flair and it immediately invites you in. I knew we were off to a good start when I opened the drink menu and saw my favorite wine, Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, and my husband’s favorite beer, La Fin du Monde.

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Great offers in Lehigh Valley for a great cause

January 27th, 2011 posted by

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If you have been paying attention to my blog posts, you can tell that my wife and I love experiencing restaurants in Lehigh Valley.  I recently came across a fantastic offer that I couldn’t pass up.

The Dream Come True charity is selling a Restaurant of the Month Calendar for $50. Each month the calendar offers a Buy One Entrée, Get One Free offer at a selected Lehigh Valley restaurant.  Participating restaurants include:

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Scottish fare in Lehigh Valley

January 21st, 2011 posted by

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Did you ever walk into a restaurant or pub and think “I wish this was near my house”? That’s what I think whenever I stop in Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown, Lehigh Valley’s only authentic Scottish Pub.

Last Monday, Don and I decided to stop for a bite to eat on the way to visit my parents. When he suggested Braveheart I thought he was reading my mind. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting and I’ve never had a bad meal there. The service has always been great, too. The servers are genuinely pleasant, not that fake “I’ll be nice so you leave a good tip” attitude you can spot a mile away.

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