Restaurant Week in Lehigh Valley

January 13th, 2012 posted by

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Abe Lopez

This whole week has been “Restaurant Week” in Allentown with participating eateries offering 3 course lunches and dinners at a fixed price. A three course lunch may be a bit much, but I was ready to do my part to support the cause.

Yesterday’s dreary weather didn’t make me want to venture out. Luckily we have two very good options right in our building. After checking out the online menus, I decided to patronize Sangria*, one of Lehigh Valley’s many great restaurants to open within the past year.

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The Benefits of Buying Local in Lehigh Valley

October 12th, 2011 posted by

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Local Greens at Easton Farmers Market

There has been a growing movement towards general food awareness and caring about where it’s coming from, and it’s been getting more attention in the past few years. Do you ever get frustrated when you buy “fresh” fruits and vegetables in the store, only to see them go bad within a few days?

Many people don’t realize that some of the produce they buy can take weeks to even make it to the store. According to Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley, supermarket food travels on average 1,500 miles from farm to table.

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The Liberty Bell Museum…in Allentown!

August 24th, 2011 posted by

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The Liberty Bell Museum

After lunch with some co-workers on Tuesday afternoon, we decided to stop in at the Liberty Bell Museum (622 W. Hamilton St.) in Allentown since I hadn’t been there yet. It’s located in the basement of the Zion’s Reformed Church, that huge building with the red doors. I’d walked by it plenty of times, but the FREE admission sign (which is apparently every day!) drew me in.

If you don’t already know the history of the Liberty Bell in Lehigh Valley, I’m going to give you the quick rundown…

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Stay & Investigate in Lehigh Valley – No. 9 Mine

July 19th, 2011 posted by

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No. 9 Coal Mine Hospital

This past Wednesday I took a driving tour of locations in and around Lehigh Valley that are to be featured in our newest Stay & Save deal for visitors called “Stay & Investigate”. With the long history of inhabitants in Lehigh Valley, there’s bound to be a few accounts of paranormal / haunted activity in some of these buildings (many of which date back to the 17th century).

A few locations in particular caught my attention; the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe and the No. 9 Mine & Museum in Lansford. Unfortunately, the Old Jail Museum is closed on Wednesdays but I still got a few nice photos of the exterior and got to visit the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe. Upon leaving, I headed west to the No. 9 Mine to get there in time for the last tour.

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Conservation and Education at the Lehigh Valley Zoo

June 29th, 2011 posted by

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Penguins

Recently my colleague Ryan and I were given a private tour of the Lehigh Valley Zoo by Alan Raisman, their Development & Marketing Coordinator. I had never been to this particular zoo, so I was excited to see what they had to offer visitors to Lehigh Valley. First of all, the drive up to the zoo is pretty cool. It already felt like an escape as we drove the car up and around the winding curves that led up to the picturesque Trexler Nature Preserve, an 1,100 acre wonderland within which the zoo is located.

Home to more than 275 animals representing some 70 species, the Lehigh Valley Zoo is an educational and entertaining escape from the everyday routine. One of my favorite parts was walking into the Lorikeet enclosure and letting them perch on my shoulder, mainly because it kind of made me feel like a pirate. I also enjoyed watching the three Mexican Gray Wolves prowl about their area, especially since there are only about 40 of them left in the world.

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A Cool 52° in June?

June 14th, 2011 posted by

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Lost River Caverns

Call me old fashioned, or stubborn even, but I don’t have air conditioning…not in my car or in my 100 year-old apartment. And since I have yet to reach millionaire status, I haven’t gotten around to installing a pool in my apartment either. So when summer comes each year, I look for fun and affordable things to do to beat the heat. One way I recently found is to take a trip to Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, and at 52° all year it’s perfect for cooling down in the sweltering heat.

Lost River Caverns is a series of beautiful underground chambers in a cave that descends 100 feet below the earth’s surface. Over the course of roughly 250,000 years, water slowly dissolved the limestone, forming winding caverns and leaving behind stalactites, stalagmites and picturesque crystal formations in its wake. Lost River Caverns is named for the “lost river” that flows through it, which is aptly named since the origin and destination of the river remain a mystery (They’ve made several unsuccessful attempts at getting to the bottom of it, including sending out 150 ping pong balls with their name and phone number on them).

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Let’s Go to the Drive-in!

May 20th, 2011 posted by

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Becky's Drive-In

For the past month or so, I’ve been overly excited to see the movie Bridesmaids. Friday night, May 13th, Bridesmaids hit the theatres. Finally!

I found a friend, Emily, who was interested in seeing this hilarious movie with me and we planned our ‘date night’ to Becky’s Drive-in (one of two drive-ins in the Valley, bet ya didn’t know that). It was Emily’s first time at Becky’s, I helped to build her excitement by telling her about how they have two screens, both of which feature two movies a night for only $8 (per person). “Only 8 bucks! We’d have to pay $10 at the theater for only ONE movie!” Emily said.

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Jumbars – Bethlehem’s hidden treasure

March 11th, 2011 posted by

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Blog Picture - Jumbars

Several months ago a friend of mine told me that Groupon had added a Lehigh Valley section.  Since that time, I have purchased a bunch of offers including ice skating, movie rentals, meals and even a hot air balloon ride.

My first purchase on Groupon was for Jumbars in Bethlehem.  My wife and I had been hearing great things about this restaurant and this was a perfect reason for us to give it a try.  Since the certificate was getting ready to expire we decided to visit on Saturday morning.

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Sushi anyone?

October 20th, 2008 posted by

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Sushi

Saturday, Don and I were shopping at Elias Market in Allentown and ran into Jae Chung, the owner of Ichiban Japanese Steak House. I just happened to be wearing my “sushi socks” (as opposed to my “martini socks”) and the coincidence was just too great to ignore! Needless to say we headed over to Catasauqua Road to scarf down their Sushi and Sashimi Lunch Combo. Great deal for $13.95 since it includes miso soup and salad too. Jimmy always makes me take him there when he is home from school, which is fun “bonding with your son” time, but an unexpected great lunch out with my husband and hot sake can’t be beat. Did I mention Don paid?

 

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