Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate

January 30th, 2009 posted by

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I can smell the chocolate already. The truffles, the pastries, the candies, and even the chocolate martinis. It will be my own personal nirvana, just like it was last year.

Tomorrow night, I will be volunteering at the Chocolate Lovers’ Soiree, which benefits a local non-profit called the Easton Main Street Initiative. It’s an important fundraiser for this small organization in the city’s downtown.

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I resolve to buy local!

January 2nd, 2009 posted by

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Now I’m not someone who usually makes New Year’s resolutions since I know I can’t possibly stick to them. It’s just not the way I’m made. But this year I think there is one resolution I am going to try to stick to whenever possible, and that’s to buy local.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love malls and chain restaurants just as much as the next person. But as I get older I’ve come to respect and appreciate the “little man” (as country singer Alan Jackson would call him) who, despite the tremendous investment of both money and time, decides to open up a business of his own.

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Lehigh Valley Theater: Top 5 Plays for 2009

December 16th, 2008 posted by

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This is the first in a series of three posts in which I detail my 2009 New Year’s resolutions, all of which revolve around experiencing more in Lehigh Valley.

Thanks to Netflix, I watch a lot of movies. On the flip side, I rarely go see a play. So my first New Year’s resolution is to see five plays performed in the Valley in 2009.

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Down by the river … River Grille that is

December 6th, 2008 posted by

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love fine dining. Eating is life, right? I don’t often have the moola to eat such fancy dinners so I rely on special occasions. Just such an event took place recently when my boyfriend’s brother from Maine came to the region for a visit.

We elected to take him and their parents to River Grille on Northampton Street in downtown Easton for dinner. I’ve been to River Grille several times before and know it to be a cool place with good food, so I was looking forward to our dinner out.

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Pasta e Vino

November 29th, 2008 posted by

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If you’ve followed my blog posts by now you probably think that all I do is write restaurant reviews. But it’s just not true. Sure, I love to eat out at fancy places as much as the next person, but there’s another side to me too. However, you’re not going to see that side this time, since I have yet another dining recommendation for you!

You’ve seen me mention that Easton has a burgeoning dining scene. And one of my favorite places to dine downtown is Sette Luna. It’s been around for several years, and expanded its space about two years ago to add a larger dining room and bar. The menu is what I’d call “upscale Italian”: The gourmet pizzas Josh and his staff make feature cornmeal crusts that are to die for, the pasta is homemade and the wine selection is diverse.

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A Big Thank You!

November 24th, 2008 posted by

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We all owe a big “thank you” to the Lehigh Valley Erectors and Ironworkers Local 36 for volunteering their time and talent to erect Easton’s Peace Candle this year.

We were concerned that the Peace Candle might not be in place this year, but according to LehighValleyLive.com, “Dan Schaffer, vice president of Lehigh Valley Erectors, said Ironworkers Local 36, which was founded in Easton, was happy to offer its services. ‘We feel we owe Easton something and we’re happy to be back,’Schaffer said.”

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Buy local this Saturday, Nov. 22

November 21st, 2008 posted by

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The older I get, the more I’ve come to appreciate things that are handmade, especially those items made locally. Whenever I can, I try to buy things from local places as opposed to the chain stores. That’s not to say you won’t see me at the Lehigh Valley Mall or The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. I love those places too. But I’ve come to value the person behind the product; to meet the lady that bakes the pies, grows the vegetables or makes the homemade soaps.

This Saturday, Nov. 22, is your chance to do the same on “Buy Local Day,” also known as “America Unchained” day. It’s part of a national campaign to get people to consider shopping in their own downtowns from locally owned and operated stores, shops and restaurants. They predict that if all of us would purchase our goods locally for just one day, it would have a considerable impact on local economies all over the country.

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Experiencing Easton

November 19th, 2008 posted by

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Last week I had the pleasure of spending the day in Easton (fun fact I learned about Easton: it’s where Dixie cups are made!). My colleague Tracey and I were at the Northampton County Courthouse for one of our community presentations (a grassroots effort by the bureau to promote the region and things to do to the locals), so we decided to grab a bite to eat in town while we were there.

Tracey had to stop by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor office at Hugh Moore Park before lunch, so I got to see where the National Canal Museum gives canal boat rides. I made a mental “note-to-self” that I need to bring my fiance back there when the weather gets warmer and take a ride. Where else in the area can you take a boat ride pulled by live mules!?

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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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Kudos to the Canal Museum!

October 22nd, 2008 posted by

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Kudos to Easton’s National Canal Museum on receiving the 2008 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience at a Small Institution given by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

The National Canal Museum was recognized for its innovative canal exhibit, which offers visitors a hands-on water-based lesson on how canals work. Easton Mayor Sal Panto described the award as the “Oscar or the Emmy of Tourism.”

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