Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The flyer proclaims "Music, Art, Buskers, Workshops & More!" I hope that one of the workshops is on fire safety... seriously, we can all use a refresher. This fire started because one guy was grilling on his deck on a warm spring evening. It destroyed one duplex (two homes), damaged four other homes, and injured seven firefighters.
From the Express-Times story: "...Flames from a gas grill...compromised the hose to the propane tank, which exploded. The fire spread quickly across the wooden porch and also caused several other nearby propane cylinders to explode."
Best wishes to all of the families affected by the fire. The benefit will be held July 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
WFMZ covered the hard-hitting story without an ounce of humor.
But the billboards are hilarious! Here's the transcript.
TRUMP GIVES YOU MORE
FREE OCEAN VIEW ROOMS
ACTUALLY, BETHLEHEM GIVES YOU MORE
DINNER AT THE TABLE WITH YOUR FAMILY
FREE CHRISTMAS CITY WALKING TOURS
ENTERTAINMENT (NOT JUST THE ADULT KIND)
TOW PATH AND SOON, A GREENWAY
Moms pushing kids in strollers, older couples walking cute dogs, and a wide range of other people were strolling around Centre Square. I love taking my sister Lauren and watching her fascination with all the different sights, sounds and smells. The vendors are always so sweet to her. Today the Market was celebrating strawberries, and the strawberry pancakes with strawberry syrup looked yummy.
However, I was focused in my pursuit of rosemary and lavender plants for the garden. The lavender didn't survive 'the move' and I forgot to move the rosemary indoors for the winter. One of the merchants had a huge spread of herbs in little pots, looking very healthy and smelling yummy and fragrant! My purchase totaled $7.50 and the little guys went into the ground the minute I got home, next to huge bushes of purple sage, mint, tarragon, oregano, and chive, and rows of cilantro and basil peeking out of the ground.
I also picked out some baked goods from one of the stands ($11.00) and a pack of bacon from a local pig farmer ($5.50). Oddly, they brought a pig too.
My favorite market in DC was held in the parking lot of the USDA building next door to the Smithsonian Castle on Friday afternoons. I learned so much about fresh food from those vendors. Just like in Easton, there were soap makers, bakers, dairy farmers with homemade yogurt and cheese, fruit farmers, and farmers who raise their own organic meats and grow organic veggies that didn't always look as pretty as the ones in Safeway, but were quite tasty.
While I was downtown, we stopped by the Carmelcorn Shop and Eagle's Nest Antiques, too. I picked out some vintage candy for gifts and a pack of fudge to snack on. In the antique store, I wandered and gazed at some beautiful pianos and brooches, but didn't take home any souvenirs.
The Easton Farmers' Market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday from May through October.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
There is one new place on the list since the last R Week:
- Tika's/aka South Beach (formerly Tortilla Flat)- 500 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108; Call 610-841-5831 for details
- Dartos’ Restaurant 46 W. North StreetBethlehem, PA 18108610-866-5005 Lunch: $5 Dinner n/a
- Bethlehem Brew Works 569 Main Street Commons Bethlehem, PA 18108610-882-1300 Lunch: $10 Dinner $20
- Looper's Grille & Bar 313 E. Third Street Bethlehem, PA 18108610-882-2424 Lunch: $10 Dinner $30
- Main Street Depot 61 W. Lehigh Street Bethlehem, PA 18108610-868-7123 Lunch: $10 Dinner $20
- Mama Nina Foccaceria 548 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108610-867-9802 Call for pricing
- Starfish Brasserie 51 W. Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18108610-332-8888 Lunch: $15 Dinner $30
- Starters Riverport 17 W. 2nd Street Bethlehem, PA 18108610-625-2300 Lunch: $10 Dinner $20
- The Café 22 W. Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18108610-866-1689 Lunch: $15 Dinner $30
- Edge Restaurant 74 W. Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18108 610-814-0100 Lunch: n/a Dinner $30
1741 on the Terrace 437 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-625-2226 Lunch: n/a Dinner $30
24 East Asian Bistro 24 E. Third Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-867-5979 Lunch: $15 Dinner $30
Apollo Grill 85 W. Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-865-9600 Lunch: $15 Dinner $30
Blue Sky Café 22 W. Fourth Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-867-9390 Lunch: $10 Dinner $10
Confetti Café 462 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-861-7484 Lunch: $10 Dinner $20
Hotel Bethlehem–Tap Room 437 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-625-2226 Lunch: $10 Dinner n/a
McCarthy’s Tea Room & Restaurant 534 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-861-7631 Lunch: $10 Dinner n/a
Moravian Book Shop Deli 428 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18108
610-691-6619 Lunch: $5 Dinner n/a
Con: I'd love to see a train to NYC, but honestly, I don't know how much I'd use it. When I want to go to the city, either for work or pleasure, a 2-hour bus ride isn't too bad, and for less than 40 bucks, Bieber Tourways delivers me directly. I doubt I would take a train to Philadelphia, because I don't think you can get around Philly very easily without a car (Anneke, please chime in).
Pro: When new stations were added to the DC Metro, a veritable explosion of economic development occurred around them - condos, apartments, parking garages, Starbucks, bus depots, you get the idea. We lived almost right on top of a stop in the northwest part of the city, and there wasn't a square inch that was not developed and/or leased within 10 blocks. Hot property. And, tourists from Jersey and New York would visit the Valley for our casino, and Christkindlmarkt (oh wait... they already do). :)
What do you think we need? Trains? Bus? People movers?
Random aside: I can't stand the word "gauging," as in "gauging support." Sounds painful.