Friday, March 25, 2011

Try new things, meet new people this week in the Lehigh Valley

Recently I mentioned that attending beer and wine tastings was a great way to meet people. If you needed more encouragement, there are three events happening in the next week that would give you an excuse to get out of the house.

Brownie Tasting
If you're into delicious baked goods, music and friendly people who also like baked goods and music, check out the second annual Brownie Tasting Sunday, Mar. 27, 2-4 p.m, at Terra Cafe (formerly Wildflower Cafe) at 326 S. New St. in South Bethlehem. Dina Hall and Beth Sherby will entertain the crowd, and Gail from Backdoor Bakeshop will provide snacks for your consideration. Make a day of it by getting a taco at General Zapata (15 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem), or a sandwich at Goosey Gander (102 W 4th St, Bethlehem, known to locals as "The Goose") before you go, and work off the extra calories by walking over to Loose Threads Boutique (9 West Fourth St., Bethlehem) and Home & Planet (25 E. Third St., Bethlehem) before you head home.

Allentown Restaurant Week
Or, if you want to try a new restaurant (or enjoy a great "old" one again - Bay Leaf is the only one on the list that's been in Allentown more than 5 years), visit downtown Allentown next week for its inaugural Restaurant Week starting March 28. You don't even have to find a parking space or pay to park. From my girl Kelly Huth at

Fixed-price lunches are $10 to $15, and dinners cost $20 to $30. Participating restaurants include Sangria, Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Made In Brazil, The Bay Leaf, Allentown Brew Works and Bada Bingg. Bada Bingg will offer breakfast for $5.

Free parking is available at...The Bay Leaf, Sangria and Cosmopolitan (valet parking). Bada Bingg, Allentown Brew Works and Made In Brazil will validate tickets from the parking deck.
Spring Home Show
Also this weekend, check out the Spring Home Show at Lehigh University. It's always a lively, casual event where you can dream about projects and find experts who can make them a reality in your home. Make sure you check out the promo video on the LVBA web site and watch for the host requesting whipped cream in the hot tub! The event will take place inside Stabler Arena, which is dangerously close to the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.


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