Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crabs in the Lehigh Valley

I received some reader email this week, from a nice couple we recently met at a neighborhood party. After we met, they looked up the blog and sent in a question:

Hi, We checked out your blog and thought that you would be the right person to ask about, you guessed it, crabs. I sometimes have severe crab cravings, either for Maryland Blue crabs or Alaskan Snow crabs.  Have you heard of anywhere in the valley that has them.  You can help my fix..

Here's my reply:

Hi! Thanks so much for your email, it is good to hear from you!

There are two places I think of when I think seafood in the LV - Henry's Salt of the Sea in Allentown and Marblehead Grille and Chowderhouse in Bethlehem Twp (the address might be Easton). Both reliably have fresh seafood. Or you could go to Allentown Farmer's Market and talk to the fishmonger. If they don't have something they will order it for you.

Readers, how did I do?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blogs you might not be reading yet

Here are a few Lehigh Valley blogs that you might not be following yet. Best wishes, bloggers!:

Lehigh Libations by Kristen Dunleavy on Lehighvalleylive.com: She's blogging about tasty beverages and all the fun activities that surround them here in the Lehigh Valley. Her first post recommends a margarita from Spectator's in Kutztown.

A Foodie in the Valley by Donald Harer II, also on Lehighvalleylive.com: He's started with a series on guilty pleasures.

The Corner Seat gives you a front row seat to what's happening with the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls, the women's rollerskate derby that is a sight to see.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Did you forget about Valentine's Day?

Did you forget about Valentine's Day?

Don't worry. I have three chocolatey recommendations that could save the day.

Alan Pitotti, Pastry Chef at Dolce Patisserie (23 Main St Hellertown) has you covered. Just stop in and pick up some of the most beautiful chocolates you have ever seen and watch your loved one melt when they take a bite (if they dare - they are almost too pretty to eat. Almost).
Dolce came highly recommended to me by my friend Tom, who told me that when he was on a feeding tube in the hospital, he fantasized about eating the French pastries at Dolce, and when he was well enough, that's exactly what he did. Wow.
Alan's a boomerang like me - he grew up in Pen Argyl, and graduated from Northampton
Community College's culinary arts program. He left the area to study at the Culinary Institute, specializing in baking and pastry, served as the assistant pastry chef at the Hotel Hershey, then worked at Philly's legendary French restaurant Le Bec Fin and Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers, FL, before coming home to the Lehigh Valley to open Dolce in 2008.

If you're closer to Bethlehem, stop in at Tallarico's Chocolates (17 E. Third St., South Side Bethlehem). You can always find metered street parking on the block. Brian and his parents will be there to welcome you. He's pre-packaged gift boxes for easy pick up, or you can select a mix that would be just right for your sweet-toothed sweetheart. To me, Brian's chocolate-covered Oreos (pictured below), "Kona Crunch" coffee and chocoate bites (pictured right), and dark chocolate-covered lemon snaps are just divine. Check out his collection of cigar-box guitars while you're inside the store! And if you dare - inquire about the novelty chocolates he can make for any occasion, including bachelorette parties! You won't see them in the display case. :)

When I want a fix of something special when I'm on Main Street in Bethlehem, I stop in at Chocolate Lab, at 446 Main Street, next to the Moravian Book Shop and across the street from Hotel Bethlehem. The owner, Arlene, helps me pick out a box of completely gorgeous, unique chocolates. From chocolate-covered marshmallows to chocolates that taste like Mounds if they were made fresh, she's got a wide variety of treats, many pre-packaged and ready to give. Or, you can just get a box, and a napkin, and hit the road.

(Don't they look like cupcakes?!)
Happy Valentine's Day, all!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Literary speed dating for young Bethlehem-area singles

Can a love of books lead to true love? Let your passion for a particular book, whether you loved it or hated it, become an ice-breaker on Valentine’s Day. What are you doing on Tuesday, February 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.? If you are single and in your 20’s or 30’s, sign up for Literary Speed Dating at the Main Library.
The event promises to be a fun event for singles on a notorious couples’ day! Enjoy refreshments and win door prizes from Bethlehem stores and restaurants including Horns, Girlfriends Boutique and Billy’s Downtown Diner.

Registration is required for both men and women. Register online or phone 610 867-3761 x224. Convenient parking is available in the garage below the Library. Click here for more info… and enjoy!