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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Learning to Ski in Lehigh Valley

November 12th, 2008 posted by

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I've never skied or boarded before; probably because I've heard stories from my friends about broken bones and concussions! But with ski season in the Valley around the corner, I'm determined this year to see if it's for me.

Since I only live 4-1/2 minutes from Bear Creek Mountain Resort, I thought I'd start there in case I have any mishaps on the mountain. They have packages for first-timers like me, which include a lift ticket, rentals and lessons for as long as you need that day (I'd probably get my money's worth right there!).

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I’m STILL stuffed!

November 7th, 2008 posted by

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Its 5:05pm on Wednesday as I write this and I’m stuffed! Here’s why. Today I decided to invite Kim Lilly to join me for lunch, my treat. No, I didn’t win the lottery (yet), but I had promised her lunch on her last birthday. (NOTE:  I didn’t actually say which one!)

I was craving the Black Orchid’s ribs with my favorite two side dishes, collard greens and baked macaroni and cheese, so we grabbed a Dining Guide and headed over to 12th & Chew Streets in Allentown, in the old Louie’s location. 

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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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Hot Doggin It

November 3rd, 2008 posted by

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Lehigh Valley has many fine dining establishments, but the finest cuisine has to be hot dogs. Not having a hot dog when visiting or passing through here is like not getting a cheese steak “with whiz” in Philadelphia.

Every city in Lehigh Valley has a favorite hot dog joint. The most famous is Yocco’s. They have stores all over Lehigh Valley, but the dogs that come from the 86-year-old store on Liberty Street in Allentown are, quite frankly, amazing. (By the way, Yocco’s dogs come with everything: chili sauce, onions and spicy mustard.)

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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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Last-Minute Lunch Plans

October 25th, 2008 posted by

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Earlier this week I received an e-mail invitation to sign up for a Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon which was to be held at The Historic Weaversville Inn & Jessica’s Tearoom …THE NEXT DAY!

Now, for those of you (especially guys) who would cringe at the thought of stepping foot into a frilly tearoom, you gotta try this one. They do have the frilly, lacey side, but this lunch was held in the dining room off to the right.

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Coffee Cravings

October 22nd, 2008 posted by

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My name is Kendall and I am a coffee shop addict.

While I do love a good cup of coffee, that’s not the driving force behind my coffee shop addiction. It’s the coffee shop itself: big pillowy chairs, high-top tables, wireless Internet, walls painted in a pallet of warm colors and John Mayer‘s whiney voice humming from speakers hooked up to an iPod (yes, I enjoy the humming). The atmosphere of the coffee shop is the real reason I go.

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Sushi anyone?

October 20th, 2008 posted by

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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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