Guest post by Barbara A. Ballard
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Guest post by Barbara A. Ballard
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I was recommended your blog and wanted to ask a question of you-
First of all , I recently moved my 22 year old daughter to Emmaus PA.
She was home for Labor day weekend, to Michigan. She confessed how very difficult it has been to meet young people. Her work seems to be mostly married folks, or at least 10 years her elder. She has a boyfriend, long distance, loves to go running, and is very active. She is working a lot of hours, and has a quiet life at this time.
Any ideas I can pass on to her for how to meet folks, outside of work in the Lehigh area? Just tying to get her some ideas- Thanks for your time, love your blog-just sent it to her to catch up.
I confess, I outsourced my reply to a fellow Michigan native-turned Lehigh Valley transplant-turned Michigan boomerang, and will post her reply shortly. But readers - any suggestions? And hey - early 20-something female readers - want to meet her?
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
- Open communication, encouragement, patience and sound advice
- A separate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender, and a quiet place to study
- Three daily meals (school lunch may be one of them)
- Local transportation (students are not permitted to drive while on the program)
- Treatment as a member of the family, which may include household rules, responsibilities and privileges.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I was complaining to my friend Allison that I ‘never’ get to Easton anymore (which is an exaggeration, but it inspired her to invite me to lunch so – yay). I had heard and read about Mesa Modern Mexican (42 S. 3rd St., Easton) but had not yet visited. I figured it would be worth checking out, judging by the owners’ other properties – you might have heard of them – Pacifico in the Promenade Shops and Tapas on Main in Bethlehem.
It was a random Tuesday at lunchtime and not great weather. If it had been, it would have been fun to hang out on the patio and people-watch. No Lehigh Valley city has better people-watching than Easton! When I arrived, Allison was already seated, which was a good thing, since the place was filling up unexpectedly fast. By this I mean, Sette Luna, Sogo, River Grille and Maxim’s 22 are also within walking distance of Centre Square and everyone already knows they serve a fabulous lunch. It wasn’t a seriously businessy scene. It was totally normal looking people who might have read a review in The Morning Call or something… or maybe… this place already has regulars? Am I that out of the loop or does this place catch on that fast? There were already 10 Yelp reviews posted, 8 of which were positive.Our server was great, also sort of a surprise (what restaurant puts good servers on Tuesday lunch shift?).
I ordered a lunch special – a salad vaguely reminiscent of myfave beet and arugula salad at Pacifico and soft tacos withtilapia. The special was a perfect lunch portion and cost just $9.95. The next time I go back, I want to hang out at that beautiful bar and sample tequilas (a special feature). There’s also a small private room with glass that would be perfect for a small party or business function.
Call to make a reservation… you might need it! 610-829-2101
Monday, July 01, 2013
Then, it dumped me. Us. All of us.
I've moved on, to The Old Reader, because I'm nostalgic and read blogs on a desktop computer most of the time. It still hurts.
But while I'm exporting and importing and getting used to the new/old platform, I am also saving and printing my favorite, or "starred" posts, which will not make the trip. I thought I'd share a few with you while I was at it! Enjoy!
When I first read some online reviews, this sounded too good to be true—a dumpling house that rivals Manhattan’s Chinatown? On Bath Pike in Bethlehem?
Friday, June 28, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Taste as You Go - Yes, I make a cameo in this one, but I didn't write about it. Michelle Rittler is the brains and the beauty behind this blog, which is one part cooking, one part exploring, two parts great writing. I also adore Olive Branch and need to go there more often. Their fatush salad is my favorite! "Olive Branch Restaurant - Bethlehem, PA"
The Easton Eccentric - Christina Georgiou covers Easton news that you often won't find anywhere else. In this post, she introduces a new restaurant in Easton's collection. Brazilian BBQ is catching on in the Valley, and it is 100% due to the efforts of the DeMattoses. I will be in Easton for lunch this week, at Mesa, not Batuque. But I will definitely give it a slooow drive-by while I'm downtown. "Easton's Newest Restaurant, Batuque, Offers Authentic Brazillian BBQ"
ArtsLehigh - Happy news concerning $75K in NEA grants to ArtsQuest, Touchstone Theatre, and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Sure didn't see this on the front page of MCall - it was tucked into the last two paragraphs of John Moser's piece on the RiverJazz Festival. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Silagh! "National Endowment for the Arts Grants in Bethlehem, PA"e
Liz in the LV - Bride-to-be Liz, born in Scranton-lived in NY, opens her heart and her laptop, writing an old-school journal blog that leaves me wondering what will happen next in her life and wishing we could meet for coffee. (All posts)
Valley 610 - Still my favorite MCall column. Emily Opilo discovered that Allentown is considered "flirty" among conservative cities. Her story concludes: "So there you go, you saucy minxes. You're all a bunch of crazy, albeit conservative, flirts. Now quit winking at strangers online and get back to work."
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
This Thursday, I might actually go to the mall. The Lehigh Valley Mall. I hear on May 9 there will be beauty demos, entertainment, and snacks. They had me at snacks.
From free makeovers at Boscov’s and complimentary hair styling by Metro Beauty Academy to product giveaways at JCPenney Salon and Zumba demonstrations presented by SFP Health and Wellness Center Allentown, Mom’s Nite Out celebrates motherhood by giving moms a guilt-free excuse to take the night off.The presenting sponsor of Simon’s Mom’s Nite Out celebration is Rethink Varicose Veins, an educational campaign encouraging those who suffer from venous disease, including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), to rethink their condition and recognize it as a serious health concern. It's an organization I wasn't aware of, and certainly isn't as jazzy as some other women's health organizations that get a lot of play. Kudos to Simon for having some imagination.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is a mom or has one. :)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
One is Kathy Frederick, author of the hilarious blog, The Junk Drawer.
The other is Rebecca Olesen, owner of Milk and Honey Kids.
They both happen to be curly-haired, smarty pants, beautiful, creative ladies. And now they are both full of crepe, too. Love you ladies.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Friday, April 05, 2013
|Some tasty treats from The Artisan's Kitchen Project|
I knew there was a place in Hellertown that made cupcakes. I'm all about cupcakes, so that was not a hard sell. Then I saw their whoopie pies at The Burger Shack in Whitehall. Then I started following @warmsugarbakery on Twitter, and @warmsugarbakery followed me back! Then Warm Sugar cupcakes started popping up at events I attended. And finally, I read that Carrie Havranek and John Toner started making their sweets in something called the Artisan's Kitchen Project, headquartered at... Warm Sugar Bakery.
|A birthstone cupcake - diamond, for April!|
Today, as I walked in the door at 1308 Main Street in Hellertown, I was greeted by one of the artisans, testing a recipe for this weekend's Crepe Crusaders Cafe. I met Amy and forced her to sit down and have a cup of tea.
I won't cover all that Diane Stoneback wrote about so well. Just click the link above. What I will tell you is that Amy and Peter Wardle are not Trend-Setters. They are Trend-Spotters. And extremely thorough. So even though Diane depicts the Project as very sweet (see: naming your business after your kid and conceiving of a business at the school bus stop), this is serious business.
|Coming soon - Doodlebug Cookies|
A few of the Project's participants are already collaborating. You'll find granola made in the kitchen inside a special crepe. One of the newest participants, a vegan baker, will be baking vegan cupcakes and topping them with Warm Sugar's (already vegan) icing. Warm Sugar experimented with baking using Project-made Freckle Face Fudge (oops, fail) and is toying with some other tasty pairing ideas. Amy looks forward to seeing where each of the Project's participants takes their ventures. Some may open their own shops, others may want to sell their product wholesale locally and nationally. And who knows, someday, if the Lehigh Valley's municipal leaders ever change the crazy limitations they put on small business owners, maybe we'll see a cupcake truck (a girl can dream). I'm going to keep an eye on Amy and Peter - I have a feeling they'll be spotting the next trend and capitalizing on it long before the rest of us catch on.
You can visit them on Facebook, but it's not nearly as tasty as visiting in person. Go any Friday between 12-5 or Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and experience The Crepe Crusaders Cafe, offering a full menu of crepey goodness, and take home a variety box of Artisan Kitchen Project goodies.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has awarded $22,500 for the purchase of a delivery van for the Millennium Project. The Millennium Project is a cooperative effort of the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries to share resources, save costs and more efficiently serve the public. The project was conceived by the directors of the three libraries. The directors and staff have been meeting for over a year to facilitate best practices and identical borrowing policies. The three libraries already share an online catalog system. The van will enable daily deliveries between the three libraries. The delivery service will be less expensive than interlibrary loan which is the current method to fulfill patron requests for materials from other libraries.
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is a collaboration among area philanthropists to improve the quality of life in our region. They awarded a substantial number of grants to area nonprofits totaling $1,748,935 last year. The South Side Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library benefitted from a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation $5000 grant for the recent renovations to the first floor.
Friday, March 15, 2013
This space will allow us to sell retail, and will have two walk-up windows for our customers to order and pick up from – kind of like a stationary food truck. Since there’s no indoor seating, everything will be “to-go”. During nice weather, we’ll pop a few cafe tables out on the sidewalk.I love Gail's cappucino brownies and peach jam, and Mark has a weakness for her granola. I can't wait for BDB, retail-style. I predict it will bring some life to East Broad Street and inspire some other businesses to get spruced up!
Along with all of our baked goods, we’ll be offering soup and sandwiches for lunch (just wait ’til you see our sandwich menu) and quiche and muffins for breakfast. Keep an eye out for our daily cakes and pies – and we’re reviving the Bundt cake. Oh, and our coffee will be supplied by a great roaster based in Monmouth Beach, NJ.Booskerdoo Coffee offers quite a few delicious blends, and we’ll be brewing it fresh just for you. We’ll also have tea, hot cocoa, and other soft drinks.
What else is (already) worth checking out in that neighborhood?
Panache Skin Care & Makeup
Sew On & Sew Forth tailoring (in concert with Underwired vintage store!)
The Other Fish Sushi Bar
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Adding seafood to the mix, the Third and Ferry Street Fish Market is scheduled to open by early spring on the first floor of Lipkin’s building, 44 S. Third St., said Mike Pichetto, proprietor of Vintage at the Club at Morgan Hill in Williams Township.Meals to go, fish market, raw bar... all new things to the downtown Easton restaurant scene, plus a talented chef and experienced ownership team. A winning combination. I can't wait for this place to open. And when it does, it will make four fantastic restaurants on one block - Ocean, Sette Luna and Mesa. Progressive dinner, anyone?
Featuring a raw bar, it will also have a retail fish market, Pichetto said. It may eventually offer oven-ready dishes for sale, he added.
On the upper floors, building owner Pal Reality is starting to rent six 1,000-square-foot duplex apartments on the third and fourth floors and two 1,300-square-foot second-floor apartments, Pichetto said. The company plans to have tenants by February in the old furniture store, he said.
A chef — Javin Small, formerly at The Farmhouse in Emmaus — has been hired, Pichetto said.