Destination Lehigh Valley

May 27th, 2011 posted by

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This past wednesday I finished a 10.5 hour hospitality and tourism certification program called “Destination Lehigh Valley,” which is conducted semi-annually by Northampton Community College (NCC) and Discover Lehigh Valley. The course is intended to provide new hires to the tourism industry with a greater understanding of the importance that superior customer service and hospitality have in our industry. With roughly 23,000 jobs in Lehigh Valley revolving around tourism, this course could really be beneficial for a lot of service industry businesses in Lehigh Valley.

David Schweiger, the director of the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program and Hospitality Career Institute at NCC (he might also hold the Guinness World Record for longest job title ever), conducted this certification in conjunction with Mike Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley.

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My Lehigh Valley Adventures

March 16th, 2011 posted by

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Buffalo Tommy @ Wally's

Tuesday was a busy day for me in Lehigh Valley. I decided to venture outside of the downtown Allentown lunch scene and took a short drive over to Wally’s Deli. I ordered a “small” Buffalo Tommy (yes, that picture above is considered a small) and I couldn’t have been happier with my decision. It only set me back about $6, and I feel like it was one of the best values I’ve gotten in the month or so that I’ve been working in Lehigh Valley.

After work, I figured I should head over to Sands Casino in Bethlehem since I hadn’t been there yet (like I need an excuse to visit a casino). I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a very good gambler. In fact, I’m pretty bad. For me, it’s more about the entertainment than winning money, although I wouldn’t complain if I hit the jackpot.

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Get out your leg warmers…

March 9th, 2011 posted by

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If you like 80’s music, and wonder why the 80’s ever had to end, then you will probably enjoy this band. The M80’s play in and around Lehigh Valley, I usually go see them play at the Molten Lounge in Sands Casino. Hearing them play may bring you back to a time of leg warmers, side pony tails and mullets, or maybe you’ll just have a good time and dance a little.

In my humble opinion they are a great 80’s cover band, dare I say the best around. By the looks of the crowd they bring in, several people agree with at least part of my previous statement. If you plan on sitting to watch the show then you better get there early.

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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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Ringing in the new year at Sands Casino in Bethlehem

December 31st, 2010 posted by

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Sands Bethlehem Casino

Still wondering what to do tonight? Last year, my friends and I rang in the new year at Sands Casino in South Bethlehem.

We got there a little after 9pm, and the Sands was hopping! It was fun to be around all the people and the sounds of the casino. The cocktail waiters and waitresses were not only passing out free drinks but free party hats and noise makers. Everyone in the place seemed to be having a great time and really embracing the holiday. My friends and I went looking for the lucky slot machine that was going to make us rich for 2010 (not sure any of us ever found it, but we sure had fun looking!).

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Foreigner Rocks Lehigh Valley

October 21st, 2010 posted by

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Last week, Kim and I headed over to Bethlehem to see Foreigner as part of the new Musik @ The Sands concert series.

For starters, Foreigner played most of their old hits. You know, great songs that take you on a trip back in time to a more innocent and carefree time in all our lives? I can still recall walking into the cafeteria in my junior year and hearing the jukebox blare out “Hot Blooded.” (Yes, we were allowed to have a jukebox in our “caf”… didn’t require money to play it either.) Now that I think about it, “Double Vision” was always being played too. See, high school wasn’t all bad.

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Lehigh Valley Baby Momma

May 7th, 2010 posted by

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I made it to my first Mother’s Day! Honestly, it was questionable whether I was gonna to, especially during the late night feedings and not knowing that teething and screaming can go on for 4 hours straight. But the joys outweigh the bad and now I get to enjoy a day that is all about me (in and around Lehigh Valley, of course)!

When I was growing up, for Mother’s Day my mom usually got breakfast in bed, flowers, and then got to do whatever she wanted. This year instead of the normal Mother’s Day brunch with my in-laws, my mom and I are headed to the Home Town Diner in Breinigsville – even former president George W. has been to Home Town Diner, it’s that good. After lunch, we’ll be off to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown for a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game against the Columbus Clippers – the first 2,000 women get a pink visor in honor of Mother’s Day. We’ll finish off the day by collecting our Vera Bradley cosmetic cases and, hopefully, striking it rich at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem!

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Erin Go Bragh at St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery

February 16th, 2010 posted by

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When I think of Irish pubs, Bethlehem, Pa. normally doesn’t come to mind. That is until I recently went to St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

It was Friday at lunchtime and I wanted to try a new place in Lehigh Valley. I have been to all of the other restaurants at Sands except this one, so I figured why not?

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Top 10 indoor things to do in Lehigh Valley

January 12th, 2010 posted by

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Top ten courtesy of coinlink dot com

Winter has certainly fallen upon Lehigh Valley. Too bad I can barely stand to be out in the cold for the time it takes me to get the mail, let alone spend hours in it skiing like I used to. But I know I’m not alone, so for those of you who are looking for things to do this time of year without having to dress up like an eskimo, here are my top ten favorite indoor things to do in the Valley:

1. Go-kart racing at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown. (Learn about my first-ever go-karting experience.)

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Ringing in the New Year to the sounds of Sands Casino

January 7th, 2010 posted by

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When my friends and I were thinking about what to do for New Years Eve, the Sands Casino was one of the first places I thought of. I’ve been there several times and win or lose I always have a good time, so why not ring in the new year with the chance of some extra money in my pocket (or less, which is usually my case!).

By the time we got there a little after 9pm, The Sands was hopping! It was fun to be around all the people and the sounds of the casino. The cocktail waiters and waitresses were not only passing out free drinks but free party hats and noise makers. Everyone in the place seemed to be having a great time and really embracing the holiday. My friends and I went looking for the lucky slot machine that was going to make us rich for 2010 (not sure any of us ever found it, but we sure had fun looking!).

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