My Lehigh Valley Mother’s Day Top 5 “Payback” Wishes

May 10th, 2012 posted by

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Ok, I admit it. I’m the mother of an 18 year old. I find that hard to believe because I really don’t feel that old. I still remember putting him on the kindergarten bus and yet next month he will be graduating from high school. It brings both tears of sadness and joy to my eyes. For those of you who think it’s over once your kid turns 18, ummm, let me tell you, it’s far from over. It may be a new chapter, but their need for their parents is probably just beginning, especially the way the world is today.

So, with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend and my son taking on a new chapter of his life, I’m thinking my time is coming for some awesome “payback” gifts to come. Not that his handmade cards and gifts weren’t the best. I’ve loved each and every one of them and still have plenty of them around the house. I would love even more just spending some quality time with him. I’m lucky if I get a, “hi mom” out of him anymore. It’s usually, “I need money.” Oh the joys of motherhood!

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Rockin’ is their Business at the Sands® Bethlehem Event Center

May 4th, 2012 posted by

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Event Center VIP Suites

Some of my colleagues and I had the opportunity to tour the all new Sands® Bethlehem Event Center last week. The venue is sure to impress.

Without giving too much away, the color and décor leads to the upscale feel that I’m sure they were going after.

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Visiting the Shoppes at Sands

March 6th, 2012 posted by

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Hot Tamales Dispenser

My wife and I paid our first visit to the Shoppes at Sands last week. Okay, I’ll be honest, we really went to go to Peeps and Company, the other stores were an afterthought. This is Just Born’s third Peeps and Company location and we had visited the location at National Harbor in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.

After a warm welcome by the staff and a taste of a Peepster (Vanilla cream inside a dark or milk chocolate shell), we explored. There were all things Peeps, Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. There’s clothing, plush peeps, books, toys and a lot more. The back wall is a huge dispenser for various flavors of Mike and Ike and increasing “heat” of Hot Tamales.

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A Deli of Colossal Proportions

February 7th, 2012 posted by

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Last week, I was introduced to Carnegie Deli, located at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. It has the essence of a great New York City deli, except for one thing: I’m pretty sure their meals are designed for giants, easily some of the biggest in Lehigh Valley. As I sat down, I started noticing sandwiches stacked about a mile high being delivered all around me.

I was going to try and conquer one, but I opted for the “Zorba the Greek” salad instead. Before our meals arrived, we enjoyed some potato pancakes that were about the size of my head and extremely tasty. When my salad arrived, I had to take a minute to assess how I was going to tackle this thing. The fresh veggies, feta cheese, and Greek dressing were absolutely delicious and seemed never ending, to the point where I thought someone was refilling it when I wasn’t looking. To say I had plenty of leftovers is an understatement (and I wasn’t complaining)!

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Top 5 Things To Do if you don’t want to watch the Superbowl

February 3rd, 2012 posted by

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Things To Do on Super Sunday

This list is not intended for the sole use of people who don’t care about football. I also dedicate it to all of my friends who are Eagles or Jets fans, who can’t root for either side.

1. Go Skiing It is winter and although your backyard may not have snow the mountains do. Both Bear Creek and Blue Mountain are ready for you to hit the slopes.

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A Memorable Night Out in Bethlehem

December 21st, 2011 posted by

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Prime Steak House

This past week, the staff here at Discover Lehigh Valley went out for our annual holiday party. The location chosen was Prime Steak House in Bethlehem, a steakhouse with a very inviting atmosphere and some delicious cuts of meat. Since we were dining at Prime, I had to go with the prime rib … medium rare, of course. It broke my heart to see a few of my coworkers ordering their steaks well and medium well, but apparently they prefer to have the flavor cooked out of their steaks!

We were able to enjoy a delicious meal with plenty of laughs and stories to be told. It’s truly special to work somewhere where my coworkers and I can have a great time and enjoy each other’s company, especially out of the office and after hours.

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Emeril’s Chop House: The Sands’ Best Bet

November 4th, 2011 posted by

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Photo courtesy of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

Last week, a friend came from out of town to have dinner with me, so I was left with the always daunting task of deciding where to dine. I was in the mood for steak, so I figured: what better way to show off Lehigh Valley than to dine at Emeril’s Chop House in the Sands Casino?

We started off with the Poached Jumbo Gulf Shrimp as an appetizer. The shrimp were huge and accompanied by delicious sauces to dip them in. I was particularly fond of the Louisiana-style remoulade sauce that Emeril Lagasse is known for.

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Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem ups the ante at its Lehigh Valley location

June 15th, 2011 posted by

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Sometimes I get to do some really awesome things as part of my job “requirements” at Discover Lehigh Valley. Last week just happened to be one of those times. I had an invitation to the official opening of the new hotel at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. It didn’t stop there though, ’cause when Sands does an event, they do it right. That same day included dinner at the all-new Emeril’s Italian Table restaurant, which happens to be the third Emeril Lagasse restaurant located there. And there always has to be a night cap, so to top it off I got to see a performance by Paul Anka (definitely not my style, but people watching was classic).

My words to describe the 302-room hotel? Classy, stylish, spacious rooms with common areas to match. I absolutely love the artwork that was chosen behind the front desk area and in the hallways, which is reminiscent of the Bethlehem Steel Plant, the grounds it lies on. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool, small fitness center and around 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

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Laughs in Bethlehem

June 7th, 2011 posted by

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Jon Oliver

What do you get when you combine a delicious burger and a hilarious comedy show? The perfect Friday night in Lehigh Valley.

Like so many of my other blog posts, this evening began with dinner in Bethlehem. Erin and I visited one our favorite restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem; Burgers and More By Emeril. We both enjoyed a fantastic meal of burgers and onion rings. By the time we left the casino, we were both completely stuffed and ready to be entertained.

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A Lehigh Valley Familiarization (FAM) Tour

May 31st, 2011 posted by

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit several Lehigh Valley attractions on a familiarization tour with a bus full of people who were visiting the region. Everyone aboard the bus is responsible for planning group getaways for their area (Shamokin, Pa.).

The day was very busy, it started with a tour of the Martin Guitar Factory and Museum, followed by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The last stop was Vynecrest Winery and it was the perfect way to end the tour.

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